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Can I be on a spiritual path while living in the society?

Transcript: So we are always weaving philosophies as to how to cripple ourselves. Because a whole lot of people understand. They think spirituality is a certain kind of disability. Yes? Because if you say I'm spiritual, the first thing they'll ask you is what are all the things you don't do? Or cannot do? Spiritual process, if it's a disability, we must banish it isn't it? If spiritual process is a disability,...

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... we must ban it in this country or no? If it's an empowerment, then everybody must have it. If it's a disability, we must get rid of it. But unfortunately, it's been seen as a disability for a long time. To such an extent, all kinds of things. You know a few months ago, I was in Chennai. There was an important event and traffic in every city in India is becoming undrivable, you can't plan in how many minutes or hours you can reach from one place to another. There's no sense to it. It can go anyway. You may land up there in 15 minutes or you may take two hours. So I find I'm running out of time, I'm stuck in the road. Then I'll do some forceful driving. It's the way to drive in this country, okay? Forcefully. And this is in some hotel so I have somebody clear the security gate of the hotel and I drive in nearly 80-100 kilometers per hour into the portigo, stop and I get out of the car and I run in because I have a reputation that in the last 35 years, I have not been late to a single event in my life. So I don't want to break it today so I run in. Then after the event, this journalist comes and says, I saw you coming into the hotel, how you came. In ancient times yogis used to walk. You drive your own car. And I said, you idiot, in ancient times everybody was walking. Not just the yogi. Everyone was walking. You think others were driving cars? Everybody was walking, yogi also was walking. So we have these ideas that if you're spiritual, you must be incapable of living in this world. You must just talk about that la la land that you have not seen. Spirituality or spiritual process is the highest level of empowerment that a human being can have.

Transcript: So we are always weaving philosophies as to how to cripple ourselves. Because a whole lot of people understand....

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... They think spirituality is a certain kind of disability. Yes? Because if you say I'm spiritual, the first thing they'll ask you is what are all the things you don't do? Or cannot do? Spiritual process, if it's a disability, we must banish it isn't it? If spiritual process is a disability, we must ban it in this country or no? If it's an empowerment, then everybody must have it. If it's a disability, we must get rid of it. But unfortunately, it's been seen as a disability for a long time. To such an extent, all kinds of things. You know a few months ago, I was in Chennai. There was an important event and traffic in every city in India is becoming undrivable, you can't plan in how many minutes or hours you can reach from one place to another. There's no sense to it. It can go anyway. You may land up there in 15 minutes or you may take two hours. So I find I'm running out of time, I'm stuck in the road. Then I'll do some forceful driving. It's the way to drive in this country, okay? Forcefully. And this is in some hotel so I have somebody clear the security gate of the hotel and I drive in nearly 80-100 kilometers per hour into the portigo, stop and I get out of the car and I run in because I have a reputation that in the last 35 years, I have not been late to a single event in my life. So I don't want to break it today so I run in. Then after the event, this journalist comes and says, I saw you coming into the hotel, how you came. In ancient times yogis used to walk. You drive your own car. And I said, you idiot, in ancient times everybody was walking. Not just the yogi. Everyone was walking. You think others were driving cars? Everybody was walking, yogi also was walking. So we have these ideas that if you're spiritual, you must be incapable of living in this world. You must just talk about that la la land that you have not seen. Spirituality or spiritual process is the highest level of empowerment that a human being can have.

June 8, 2021

3:19

Can I have two Gurus?

Transcript: This question is from Richa. Can a disciple have two masters? In case one is initiated by two spiritual masters, is it advised to stick to one way and one master? Or practice what is taught by both of them? If I follow one master, then does it mean that I am being disrespectful to the other one, who chose to initiate me on the path? Well, being with a guru or a spiritual master is not a question of...

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... loyalty. But it's a question of integrity. What is the difference between loyalty and integrity? Loyalty is coming from certain emotions that you have. Integrity means that you are dedicated to the purpose for which you are there. Any place. You are in some place, what is the purpose of that place? You are absolutely dedicated to that, you will not do something else there. Loyalty is a different thing. Loyalty is not needed in this affair. So, whoever you are, if you are here and you've gone somewhere and you're struggling, please don't struggle, just dump me. And wherever you are, just do that. Because the very fact you've gone somewhere is in some way, for whatever reason, it did not work here. So you go on somewhere. At least there you do well, as long as you grow. What's my problem? Or if you were somewhere and now you're here and you're struggling here, dump the nonsense that you carried from elsewhere and do what you require to do here. Because this is like, you know, coconut gardens and mango gardens. You don't go into a coconut grove, take one of these trees and plant it on top of the mountain. It won't last for a month. That's not where it works. It can only work here. Nor will you take a mango tree and plant it in a desert. Not going to work. So the very fact you move from one place to other, either by your own choice, or some other compulsion, or maybe that master is dead, or I'm dead, when it happens. Well once you find the need to go somewhere, give yourself absolutely there, wherever that is. Because you can't be in this place and dig in that place, it doesn't work like that. Does it mean you're disrespectful to somebody? No.

Transcript: This question is from Richa. Can a disciple have two masters? In case one is initiated by two spiritual...

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... masters, is it advised to stick to one way and one master? Or practice what is taught by both of them? If I follow one master, then does it mean that I am being disrespectful to the other one, who chose to initiate me on the path? Well, being with a guru or a spiritual master is not a question of loyalty. But it's a question of integrity. What is the difference between loyalty and integrity? Loyalty is coming from certain emotions that you have. Integrity means that you are dedicated to the purpose for which you are there. Any place. You are in some place, what is the purpose of that place? You are absolutely dedicated to that, you will not do something else there. Loyalty is a different thing. Loyalty is not needed in this affair. So, whoever you are, if you are here and you've gone somewhere and you're struggling, please don't struggle, just dump me. And wherever you are, just do that. Because the very fact you've gone somewhere is in some way, for whatever reason, it did not work here. So you go on somewhere. At least there you do well, as long as you grow. What's my problem? Or if you were somewhere and now you're here and you're struggling here, dump the nonsense that you carried from elsewhere and do what you require to do here. Because this is like, you know, coconut gardens and mango gardens. You don't go into a coconut grove, take one of these trees and plant it on top of the mountain. It won't last for a month. That's not where it works. It can only work here. Nor will you take a mango tree and plant it in a desert. Not going to work. So the very fact you move from one place to other, either by your own choice, or some other compulsion, or maybe that master is dead, or I'm dead, when it happens. Well once you find the need to go somewhere, give yourself absolutely there, wherever that is. Because you can't be in this place and dig in that place, it doesn't work like that. Does it mean you're disrespectful to somebody? No.

May 25, 2021

3:28

What is samadhi? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Anupam Kher | #7

Synopsis: Your book ‘Mystics Musings’, which I read many years ago when I lost my younger brother. It was a great tragedy in the family and something that I was finding difficult to cope with. It gave me a great amount of courage and made me feel much better. Also it talked a lot about spirits, it talked a lot about life being a continuous process. In that, you write about...

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... when you and your wife, everybody was constructing the Dhyanalinga. And you talk about how a thread of life, grasp of life, something to that effect, became very fragile. When she could not hold onto it and she passed away. What exactly did you mean by that?

Synopsis: Your book ‘Mystics Musings’, which I read many years ago when I lost...

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... my younger brother. It was a great tragedy in the family and something that I was finding difficult to cope with. It gave me a great amount of courage and made me feel much better. Also it talked a lot about spirits, it talked a lot about life being a continuous process. In that, you write about when you and your wife, everybody was constructing the Dhyanalinga. And you talk about how a thread of life, grasp of life, something to that effect, became very fragile. When she could not hold onto it and she passed away. What exactly did you mean by that?

May 7, 2021

11:47

Can spirituality help get rid of corruption? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Anupam Kher | #4

Synopsis: I feel very proud to be an Indian. And I’m sure a lot of people feel. But corruption bothers me. And I’m sure you also spoke about it. Do you think spirituality can help get rid of corruption to some extent?

Synopsis: I feel very proud to be an Indian. And I’m sure a lot of people feel....

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... But corruption bothers me. And I’m sure you also spoke about it. Do you think spirituality can help get rid of corruption to some extent?

May 7, 2021

10:45

Sadhguru, how do you have so much clarity? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw | #1

Synopsis: How do you basically cut through all the noise? How do you have this clarity of thought and words that we all listen to and suddenly feel that oh my god, it’s so simple. It’s such common sense, why didn’t we think of it this way? And my question to you, guruji, is how do you, you know, help us to cut through that noise? To gain that clarity and to find answers...

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... to these problems or complex situations that are there, or maybe we create. To really make us better people? Can you share with us those secrets, those guidelines. You know, those small, simple formulae that we can use in our lives. Or is it making things too simplistic?

Synopsis: How do you basically cut through all the noise? How do you have this...

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... clarity of thought and words that we all listen to and suddenly feel that oh my god, it’s so simple. It’s such common sense, why didn’t we think of it this way? And my question to you, guruji, is how do you, you know, help us to cut through that noise? To gain that clarity and to find answers to these problems or complex situations that are there, or maybe we create. To really make us better people? Can you share with us those secrets, those guidelines. You know, those small, simple formulae that we can use in our lives. Or is it making things too simplistic?

May 6, 2021

6:02

How are research and spirituality connected? | Sadhguru at JNU | #7

Synopsis: Sadhguru, I have one more question on research. In research, we are taught to emphasize five senses and logic. When it comes to spirituality, in many videos you said, five senses and logic would not help you to access reality. So how to reconcile between these two, research and spirituality?

Synopsis: Sadhguru, I have one more question on research. In research, we are taught...

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... to emphasize five senses and logic. When it comes to spirituality, in many videos you said, five senses and logic would not help you to access reality. So how to reconcile between these two, research and spirituality?

April 23, 2021

2:48

Why does everyone judge people who are on the spiritual path? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #1

Synopsis: When I first heard about you many years ago, I rolled my eyes and I muttered something about guru types. And until a few months ago, when my sister gave me your book, Inner Engineering, which happens to be a New York Times bestseller, it changed my perspective. And when I was working on this interaction, I came across a few interviews of yours. One of them being a senior...

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... writer from my field. And, he was vehemently attacking you. He was trying to frame you for being a fake. And he himself is accused of plagiarism. So my question is, why does a person connected to spirituality on its path, why does everyone feel entitled to judge them? And honestly, if it wasn’t a New York Times bestseller book, I would’ve not read it. What is it about this West stem, that we can’t do without it? I mean there are so many books. And unless Americans don’t approve of it, it just doesn’t make sense. Why is that?

Synopsis: When I first heard about you many years ago, I rolled my eyes and I muttered...

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... something about guru types. And until a few months ago, when my sister gave me your book, Inner Engineering, which happens to be a New York Times bestseller, it changed my perspective. And when I was working on this interaction, I came across a few interviews of yours. One of them being a senior writer from my field. And, he was vehemently attacking you. He was trying to frame you for being a fake. And he himself is accused of plagiarism. So my question is, why does a person connected to spirituality on its path, why does everyone feel entitled to judge them? And honestly, if it wasn’t a New York Times bestseller book, I would’ve not read it. What is it about this West stem, that we can’t do without it? I mean there are so many books. And unless Americans don’t approve of it, it just doesn’t make sense. Why is that?

April 22, 2021

5:19

How do I find my Guru?

Transcript: Where will you search? And how will you know who is Sadhguru and who is not Sadhguru. You have no way to judge, isn't it? So how do I seek something? You just seek. You simply seek, I want to know. The more you become I do not know, the deeper your seeking is, isn't it? Seeking does not mean seeking something. Seeking means seeking that which you do not know. If you have to seek, you should not make...

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... any assumptions, isn't it so? You already made an assumption god is sitting up in the heaven, I am seeking him. This is not seeking. This is just hallucination. Seeking means simply seeking. Seeking is possible only when a deep I do not know has happened within you. If a vacuum of I do not know happens within you, Sadhguru will happen to you. You don't have to search. Because you don't know how to search. If you search with your intellect, naturally you will search for that kind of person with whom you are most comfortable, isn't it? See if you seek a friend, what kind of friend do you seek? Do you seek a friend who punctures your ego every day? You seek a friend who nourishes your ego every day, isn't it? Yes or no? If somebody punctures your ego, he becomes your enemy, isn't it? So even if you seek a guru, you will only seek with this context. And that kind of guru who comforts you is no good to you. There's nothing spiritual about giving solace to people. It is just a psychological comfort, which your family can offer, which your dog can offer. Dog is good solace for you, isn't it? Yes or no? You have pets at home? They can be a great source of solace for you, isn't it so? You don't need a god for solace. You seek the beyond, not for solace but for liberation, to become free from everything that you are right now. So if you are seeking a guru for solace, there are many. If you are seeking a guru for liberation, then if you sit with him, you feel threatened, you want to run away from him. But at the same time you don't want to leave him for a moment. If you constantly feel threatened by him, at the same time you want to be with him, that means he's a good guru for you. If you are very comfortable with him, he is a no good guru for you. You must be constantly uncomfortable with him, at the same time you long to be with him, that is a good prescription for you.

Transcript: Where will you search? And how will you know who is Sadhguru and who is not Sadhguru. You have no way...

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... to judge, isn't it? So how do I seek something? You just seek. You simply seek, I want to know. The more you become I do not know, the deeper your seeking is, isn't it? Seeking does not mean seeking something. Seeking means seeking that which you do not know. If you have to seek, you should not make any assumptions, isn't it so? You already made an assumption god is sitting up in the heaven, I am seeking him. This is not seeking. This is just hallucination. Seeking means simply seeking. Seeking is possible only when a deep I do not know has happened within you. If a vacuum of I do not know happens within you, Sadhguru will happen to you. You don't have to search. Because you don't know how to search. If you search with your intellect, naturally you will search for that kind of person with whom you are most comfortable, isn't it? See if you seek a friend, what kind of friend do you seek? Do you seek a friend who punctures your ego every day? You seek a friend who nourishes your ego every day, isn't it? Yes or no? If somebody punctures your ego, he becomes your enemy, isn't it? So even if you seek a guru, you will only seek with this context. And that kind of guru who comforts you is no good to you. There's nothing spiritual about giving solace to people. It is just a psychological comfort, which your family can offer, which your dog can offer. Dog is good solace for you, isn't it? Yes or no? You have pets at home? They can be a great source of solace for you, isn't it so? You don't need a god for solace. You seek the beyond, not for solace but for liberation, to become free from everything that you are right now. So if you are seeking a guru for solace, there are many. If you are seeking a guru for liberation, then if you sit with him, you feel threatened, you want to run away from him. But at the same time you don't want to leave him for a moment. If you constantly feel threatened by him, at the same time you want to be with him, that means he's a good guru for you. If you are very comfortable with him, he is a no good guru for you. You must be constantly uncomfortable with him, at the same time you long to be with him, that is a good prescription for you.

April 21, 2021

3:15

Are Isha volunteers driven by clarity? | Sadhguru at Yale School of Medicine | #11

Synopsis: My question is that you mentioned before that just the belief without clarity is not a good thing. And I’m absolutely impressed by the amount of volunteers, like millions of volunteers. I cannot even imagine how many people come to learn and volunteer. It’s a lot. Do you think they are all driven by clarity? And the search for clarity? Or they believe that once they...

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... will do inner engineering, they will work around the process of gaining joy. And eventually they will have a positive aura as yours. The positive storage as you mentioned before.  

Synopsis: My question is that you mentioned before that just the belief without...

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... clarity is not a good thing. And I’m absolutely impressed by the amount of volunteers, like millions of volunteers. I cannot even imagine how many people come to learn and volunteer. It’s a lot. Do you think they are all driven by clarity? And the search for clarity? Or they believe that once they will do inner engineering, they will work around the process of gaining joy. And eventually they will have a positive aura as yours. The positive storage as you mentioned before.  

April 19, 2021

5:07

Can the material co-exist with the spiritual? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Barkha Dutt | #2

Synopsis: This beginning of this conversation perhaps underlines that you are atypical. You are atypical of what we imagine Gurus to be. We expect people who don’t crack jokes, we expect people who don’t have a zest for life. Somehow, all of our spirituality has traditionally been centered around giving up. Around abstinence of some kind, abstaining from pleasures, from denying...

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... creature comforts. Why do you believe that the material can co-exist with the spiritual?  

Synopsis: This beginning of this conversation perhaps underlines that you are atypical....

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... You are atypical of what we imagine Gurus to be. We expect people who don’t crack jokes, we expect people who don’t have a zest for life. Somehow, all of our spirituality has traditionally been centered around giving up. Around abstinence of some kind, abstaining from pleasures, from denying creature comforts. Why do you believe that the material can co-exist with the spiritual?  

April 16, 2021

2:12

What are the barriers in the path of devotion? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Deepak Chopra | #3

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...Dr. Chopra, you have spoken about the different forms of yoga. The RajaYoga, the PapaYoga, the path of devotion. And we know that’s been spoken about in the Gita. So what’s so difficult? What is the barrier? That people haven’t seen it yet. It seems obvious on one level, and it’s very difficult to grasp on the other? Could you just talk to us about it?  

Synopsis: Dr. Chopra, you have spoken about the different forms of yoga. The RajaYoga,...

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... the PapaYoga, the path of devotion. And we know that’s been spoken about in the Gita. So what’s so difficult? What is the barrier? That people haven’t seen it yet. It seems obvious on one level, and it’s very difficult to grasp on the other? Could you just talk to us about it?  

April 14, 2021

21:21

Sadhguru, how was your childhood? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Juhi Chawla | #1

Synopsis: I’m fascinated and I want to know about your life. And I’d like to know, that, were you just born brilliant? Did it begin from that very moment? I’m from the movies, and I can’t help thinking, was it like it is in story books? A vulnerable sage came to your home, and when he looked at your mother he said, there is going to be born a guru. Rejoice. He will lighten...

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... his own path, and that of others. No, but was it like that? Or, how was it? How was your childhood?  

Synopsis: I’m fascinated and I want to know about your life. And I’d like to...

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... know, that, were you just born brilliant? Did it begin from that very moment? I’m from the movies, and I can’t help thinking, was it like it is in story books? A vulnerable sage came to your home, and when he looked at your mother he said, there is going to be born a guru. Rejoice. He will lighten his own path, and that of others. No, but was it like that? Or, how was it? How was your childhood?  

April 14, 2021

11:02

Can you have multiple gurus? | Sadhguru at University of Toronto | #8

Synopsis: I always thought that in order to be spiritual and liberated, you need to find yourself a guru. And in the process of doing so, I’ve traveled to Nepal and India looking for a guru. I’ve read an article that you published online where you said that, how do you know when you find your guru. And you’ve mentioned that if you meet someone who almost threatens you and...

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... makes you want to leap at the same time, there is something that brings you back to this person. Then you’ve found your guru. Like, can you have multiple gurus? Or how do you know you’re in a right path that this is working for me and I should be doing this?  

Synopsis: I always thought that in order to be spiritual and liberated, you need...

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... to find yourself a guru. And in the process of doing so, I’ve traveled to Nepal and India looking for a guru. I’ve read an article that you published online where you said that, how do you know when you find your guru. And you’ve mentioned that if you meet someone who almost threatens you and makes you want to leap at the same time, there is something that brings you back to this person. Then you’ve found your guru. Like, can you have multiple gurus? Or how do you know you’re in a right path that this is working for me and I should be doing this?  

April 12, 2021

4:05

Sadhguru, why did you get enlightened and not anyone else? | Sadhguru at Shiva Nadar College | #7

Synopsis: You said in one of your speeches that Shiva entered your life and enslaved you. Why did it happen to you? Why not others? The consciousness of the truth that you have, that is because of the seeking that you did. But this thing, why did it happen?

Synopsis: You said in one of your speeches that Shiva entered your life and enslaved...

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... you. Why did it happen to you? Why not others? The consciousness of the truth that you have, that is because of the seeking that you did. But this thing, why did it happen?

December 31, 2020

7:45

Sadhguru, when you were pursuing this path, were you not scared? | Sadhguru at Shiva Nadar College | #6

Synopsis: So I had finished my inner engineering program three years back, through Isha. So I felt really blissful, I’ll be very honest. So I just wanted to ask you this question that many decades back, when you were pursuing the path, the philosophical path to find the solution, were you not even a little scared that you might have gone wrong?

Synopsis: So I had finished my inner engineering program three years back, through...

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... Isha. So I felt really blissful, I’ll be very honest. So I just wanted to ask you this question that many decades back, when you were pursuing the path, the philosophical path to find the solution, were you not even a little scared that you might have gone wrong?

December 31, 2020

7:10

Misconception – those on the spiritual path should withdraw from society

Transcript: Whether you're political, or spiritual, or you're in a commercial venture, or you're doing nothing, you're a citizen of this nation. You have rights and responsibilities of being in this country. Each person, according to his understanding of his rights and responsibility, and his intelligence and capability, should act to better everything around us, because we are all benefiting from the platform...

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... of nationhood, isn't it? We are not living away from it, just because I'm spiritual I'm not walking in the sky, I'm still driving on the road. If the road is a mess, should I not talk about it? I'm asking. Right now we got stuck in the traffic for 10 minutes. It's so simple. There's not enough automobiles on the road for the road, the width of the road. But, because everybody is driving so haphazardly, it is a mess. So should I not talk about it? Because it is impeding in my spiritual activity also, the traffic jam. So similarly people are malnourished in the village, should I not talk about it? Because if they're malnourished, if they're not even eaten properly, should I talk to them about enlightenment? It's obscene, I will not do such things. When somebody is hungry, I will not go and tell them you must get enlightened, that is the solution. No, I think he must be given fundamental thing to eat. So the question is about life, the question is not about area of function that you have chosen. If you want to enhance life, all aspects are involved. Somebody wants to get directly into political space, I would not do that, not because I think it's wrong, simply because it doesn't agree with my aesthetics, that's all. My focus is elsewhere, my competence is elsewhere, so I focus on that. But somebody wants to stand for election, let's say somebody who's wearing saffron clothes wants to stand for election. It's his prerogative. As a citizen of this India, he has the right to do that. I don't think we should get overly perturbed about these things. If he has earned people's respect, it will happen. Otherwise it won't work. In all these things, are all spiritual people perfect people? Unfortunately, they are not. But it is not necessary to go on making this judgment. Let Bill Gates do it. You wait for Bill Gates to make 100 billion dollars, then come and give it to you, it's just stupid. Everybody has to do the best they can do, wherever they can do. Only then something will happen. You want an American business success to come to India and do charity for you, you must be ashamed even to say that. Every one of us, whether you can help 1 or 10 or 100 or a million is just a question of your capability. But everybody must do what is needed in the society, isn't it?

Transcript: Whether you're political, or spiritual, or you're in a commercial venture, or you're doing nothing, you're...

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... a citizen of this nation. You have rights and responsibilities of being in this country. Each person, according to his understanding of his rights and responsibility, and his intelligence and capability, should act to better everything around us, because we are all benefiting from the platform of nationhood, isn't it? We are not living away from it, just because I'm spiritual I'm not walking in the sky, I'm still driving on the road. If the road is a mess, should I not talk about it? I'm asking. Right now we got stuck in the traffic for 10 minutes. It's so simple. There's not enough automobiles on the road for the road, the width of the road. But, because everybody is driving so haphazardly, it is a mess. So should I not talk about it? Because it is impeding in my spiritual activity also, the traffic jam. So similarly people are malnourished in the village, should I not talk about it? Because if they're malnourished, if they're not even eaten properly, should I talk to them about enlightenment? It's obscene, I will not do such things. When somebody is hungry, I will not go and tell them you must get enlightened, that is the solution. No, I think he must be given fundamental thing to eat. So the question is about life, the question is not about area of function that you have chosen. If you want to enhance life, all aspects are involved. Somebody wants to get directly into political space, I would not do that, not because I think it's wrong, simply because it doesn't agree with my aesthetics, that's all. My focus is elsewhere, my competence is elsewhere, so I focus on that. But somebody wants to stand for election, let's say somebody who's wearing saffron clothes wants to stand for election. It's his prerogative. As a citizen of this India, he has the right to do that. I don't think we should get overly perturbed about these things. If he has earned people's respect, it will happen. Otherwise it won't work. In all these things, are all spiritual people perfect people? Unfortunately, they are not. But it is not necessary to go on making this judgment. Let Bill Gates do it. You wait for Bill Gates to make 100 billion dollars, then come and give it to you, it's just stupid. Everybody has to do the best they can do, wherever they can do. Only then something will happen. You want an American business success to come to India and do charity for you, you must be ashamed even to say that. Every one of us, whether you can help 1 or 10 or 100 or a million is just a question of your capability. But everybody must do what is needed in the society, isn't it?

November 23, 2020

3:27

What is the significance of Guru Purnima? Why does one need a Guru?

Synopsis: ...

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...This is a beautiful video, a must watch for all seekers, where Sadhguru talks about the significance of a Guru. He says, that human beings can grow only once they become conscious. But, this is an uncharted path. Sadhguru gives the example of Columbus, because he landed in America, now it became easier for others to go, following his footsteps. Sadhguru also tells about the significance of Guru Purnima.

Synopsis: This is a beautiful video, a must watch for all seekers, where Sadhguru talks about the significance...

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... of a Guru. He says, that human beings can grow only once they become conscious. But, this is an uncharted path. Sadhguru gives the example of Columbus, because he landed in America, now it became easier for others to go, following his footsteps. Sadhguru also tells about the significance of Guru Purnima.

July 4, 2020

4:46

When Adi Shankaracharya Drank a Pot Full of Alcohol

Synopsis: Adi Shankaracharya was an early 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. He is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in Hinduism. Many consider him Hinduism's greatest thinker. Sadhguru narrates a captivating incidence from his life, when he drank a pot full of arrack (a local Indian brew)!

Synopsis: Adi Shankaracharya was an early 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian who consolidated the doctrine...

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... of Advaita Vedanta. He is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in Hinduism. Many consider him Hinduism's greatest thinker. Sadhguru narrates a captivating incidence from his life, when he drank a pot full of arrack (a local Indian brew)!

February 15, 2020

3:22

Will you become spiritual by just watching Sadhguru videos?

Synopsis: " I have watched all your YouTube videos and familiar with your teaching. Do I still need to attend Inner Engineering Program? " - asks a curious participant. Sadhguru's simple yet immensely impactful and profound answer will just leave you mesmerised....

Synopsis: " I have watched all your YouTube videos and familiar with your teaching. Do I still need to attend Inner...

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... Engineering Program? " - asks a curious participant. Sadhguru's simple yet immensely impactful and profound answer will just leave you mesmerised....

November 4, 2019

04:26

Why Brahmacharya?

Synopsis: Is there any difference between joy and pleasure? Should we seek joy - or should we seek pleasure? Pleasure creates a certain bondage within us, whereas being joyful sets us free. Joy is always within us, and being joyful is an aspect of a Brahmachari. But, among other things, isn't being celibate the definition of Brahmachari? Sadhguru clarifies...

Synopsis: Is there any difference between joy and pleasure? Should we seek joy - or should we seek pleasure? Pleasure...

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... creates a certain bondage within us, whereas being joyful sets us free. Joy is always within us, and being joyful is an aspect of a Brahmachari. But, among other things, isn't being celibate the definition of Brahmachari? Sadhguru clarifies...

July 2, 2018

12:21

What is the Best Way to Be With You?

Synopsis: What is the best way to be with Sadhguru? Investigator? Spectator? Disciple? Student? Devotee? Which are you? What kind of relationship do you want... find out!

Synopsis: What is the best way to be with Sadhguru? Investigator? Spectator? Disciple? Student? Devotee? Which...

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... are you? What kind of relationship do you want... find out!

June 6, 2018

6:36

When Buddha allowed Ananda to stay with a prostitute

Synopsis: Sadhguru narrates the story about Gautama the Buddha. Gautama had made a rule for monks - they can not stay at any host for more than 2 days. But during the monsoon season, due to severity of the they weather, could stay at one place for up to 2 months. During, one such stay, Anand Teertha, went to collect alms, and also looking for a place to stay, and a prostitute offered stay to him. Did Gautama...

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... allow Anand Teertha to stay with the prostitute? What happened after that...

Synopsis: Sadhguru narrates the story about Gautama the Buddha. Gautama had made a rule for monks - they can not...

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... stay at any host for more than 2 days. But during the monsoon season, due to severity of the they weather, could stay at one place for up to 2 months. During, one such stay, Anand Teertha, went to collect alms, and also looking for a place to stay, and a prostitute offered stay to him. Did Gautama allow Anand Teertha to stay with the prostitute? What happened after that...

April 30, 2018

8:40

The True Meaning of Brahmacharya

Sadhguru explains that 'Brahmcharya' means - 'Brahman' means 'the divine' or the 'ultimate' and 'charya' means 'the path'. So 'Brahmcharya' means the 'path of the divine'. Sadhguru explains what does it mean to be on the path of the divine. He tells us - "Everyone should become a brahmachari, not necessarily in terms of lifestyle, but internally." In this article Sadhguru also tells us the significance of setting up a certain order, and why it is important for any society.

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August 1, 2020

5 min read

3 Types of Yogis – Mandha, Madhyama, and Uttama.

Yogis can be classified into three categories. Mandha Yogis - those who have experienced oneness, but are not able to keep it up all the time. His perception is not always the same. Madhyama Yogis - for them, the dimensions of the beyond are constantly in perception, but they are unable to manage the physical dimension in which they exist. Uttama Yogis - they are constantly in perception of the ultimate, and also perfectly in tune with the outside world.

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July 11, 2019

6 min read

What is Shambhavi Mahamudra?

Because of the modern lifestyle, we have an overload, an over-stimulation of the senses. This is making your energy dissipate in reaction to all these inputs. Shambavi Mahamudra, locks your energies, and divert them in a completely different direction - turn it around in a way that instead of a loss, there is a gain. There is also medical evidence of the benefits. The cortisol awakening response, and brain derived neurotropic factors show significant increase. The inflammatory markers greatly improve; and after 90 days of practice the DNA shows that you are 6.4 years younger! Most significant aspect about Shambhavi is that people become very peaceful, pleasant, and at the same time their brain activity goes up.

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June 10, 2019

5 min read

What is Sanatana Dharma? Is it Relevant Today?

Sanatana means eternal, and Dharma means law. Sanatana Dharma are the fundamental laws that govern existence, it is an Existential Dharma. Dharma does not mean religion. So Sanatana Dharam is looking at underlying laws of existence for your life to happen in the best possible way. Sanatana Dharama is not Hindu; wherever you are whether you are Indian, Hindu or non-Hindu, it applies to everyone - because these are the basic laws of life. In this blog Sadhguru also elaborates on what is Smriti (Memory) and what is Shruti (tune of life), and also the meaning of the word Bharata.

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May 20, 2019

7 min read

Are you confused about Spritual path not leading you anywhere?

People get confused that spiritual path is a way to get to some particular place. Sadhguru clears this confusion  and explains that spiritual path is about seeking existential reality and getting away from mind projections. It is not about good or bad either, as that is a matter of one's exposure and culture and nothing to do with reality.  Spiritual path is understanding life they way it is devoid of any mind games and hallucinations.

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March 29, 2019

5 min read

What is Brahmcharya?

In this profound article, Sadhguru tells us what Brahmcharya really is. He says, Brahmcharya means to simply be life, to live the way you were born - alone. If you do not do anything - you are a Brahmchari. You do certain sadhana, so that you do not give in to the tendencies of the earth, the material that you have picked up - otherwise your life will become cyclical. These tendencies are not natural to you - it is like the tendencies of a vehicle you have gotten into, like the tendencies of your car. One takes on the path of Brahmcharya, to break this cyclical motion of life.

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January 3, 2019

6 min read

Why Do We Celebrate Guru Purnima?

The first full moon after the summer solstice (Dakshinayana) is Guru Purnima. It is the day the first Guru was born.  Shiva is referred as Adiyogi - the first yogi. After much insistence and preparation by his seven disciples; on the first full moon after Dakshinayana, he transformed himself into a Guru. Adi Guru - the first guru. This was the most significant day for humanity, since it is on this day the possibility of transcending opened up for a human being. Guru Purnima is about transcendence and liberation, and the story of Guru Purnima predates all religions.

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July 25, 2018

9 min read

How to Recieve Guru’s Grace on Guru Purnima?

On Guru Purnima, the position of the moon and planets is such that it creates a receptivity in people to the guru. Traditionally, in India, to make the best use of it, people would stay out at night in the moonlight, along with their guru. This month is the best time to receive the Guru's Grace. With Grace, a person can enhance himself to another dimension of existence and capability. To enhance your receptivity, it is best that 'you do not do anything of your own, so that you become less of yourself'.

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July 24, 2018

9 min read

Shiva And His 7 Disciples (Saptrishis)

Sadhguru tells us the probable reason why Adiyogi decided to teach only one of the seven aspects of yoga to each of the Saptrishi; and how by offering him whatever they had learnt as guru dakshina and becoming empty, all the the seven aspects (112 ways) became present in all seven of them!

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July 17, 2018

4 min read

Mahabharat Episode 23: When an Aghori Almost Killed Bhima

How Duryodhana conspired to kill Bhima? In this episode, Sadhguru tells this riveting tale! The rivalry between the Kauravas and the Pandavas had flared up like never before. Bhima's dangerous fling, and a chance event... makes for a thriller!

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June 6, 2018

9 min read

Did Buddhism Originate in Tibet?

Contrary to popular perception, Gautama Buddha mainly spent his time in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India. In fact, Buddhism became a religion only after he left. During his time, India, what was once very spiritual and turned ritualistic. He wanted to bring a transformation back to spiritual ways. In India, people saw him as one more Yogi. Outside India, these ideas were so fresh, that entire nations took upon Buddha's ways. Buddhism as was taught initially was for the monks, too dry. Over a period it absorbed a lot of Yogic and Tantric cultures. Padmasambava brought Buddhism to Tibet 1300 years ago; and weaved Bon religion prevalent in Tibet at that time with Buddhism. Later Tibetan Buddhism also absorbed elements of Kashmiri Shaivism, as the people moved further North into Tibet because of invasions.

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May 29, 2018

3 min read

The Story of Ribhu Maharishi and Nidhaga

In the yogic tradition masters have used many unique methods for their disciples. Sadhguru says - "Each master made it happen to people in many strange ways. Because every master expresses himself in his own way, each one of them faces different types of resistance in society". Here Sadhguru tells us the story of Ribhu Maharishi and his disciple Nidhaga.

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July 4, 2017

5 min read

Have To Support Aeging Parents, How To Come To The Ashram?

Many people face the dilemma, they find a conflict between their spiritual longing and responsibility to support their ageing parents. He suggests that to the extent necessary, one can take care of their physical wellbeing. So, one should set a time limit to take care of the financial situations. He says - "I am not trying to tell you what you should do or not do. All I am saying is, whatever it is in your life, if you think it is precious for you – not for somebody else – if you think this needs to be done, you must do it today, not tomorrow because tomorrow never comes, both within and outside."

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April 27, 2017

4 min read

The True Meaning of Brahmacharya

Sadhguru explains that 'Brahmcharya' means - 'Brahman' means 'the divine' or…

August 1, 2020

5 min read

3 Types of Yogis – Mandha, Madhyama, and Uttama.

Yogis can be classified into three categories. Mandha Yogis - those…

July 11, 2019

6 min read

What is Shambhavi Mahamudra?

Because of the modern lifestyle, we have an overload, an over-stimulation…

June 10, 2019

5 min read

What is Sanatana Dharma? Is it Relevant Today?

Sanatana means eternal, and Dharma means law. Sanatana Dharma are the…

May 20, 2019

7 min read

Are you confused about Spritual path not leading you anywhere?

People get confused that spiritual path is a way to get…

March 29, 2019

5 min read

What is Brahmcharya?

In this profound article, Sadhguru tells us what Brahmcharya really is.…

January 3, 2019

6 min read

Why Do We Celebrate Guru Purnima?

The first full moon after the summer solstice (Dakshinayana) is Guru…

July 25, 2018

9 min read

How to Recieve Guru’s Grace on Guru Purnima?

On Guru Purnima, the position of the moon and planets is…

July 24, 2018

9 min read

Shiva And His 7 Disciples (Saptrishis)

Sadhguru tells us the probable reason why Adiyogi decided to teach only…

July 17, 2018

4 min read

Mahabharat Episode 23: When an Aghori Almost Killed Bhima

How Duryodhana conspired to kill Bhima? In this episode, Sadhguru tells…

June 6, 2018

9 min read

Did Buddhism Originate in Tibet?

Contrary to popular perception, Gautama Buddha mainly spent his time in…

May 29, 2018

3 min read

The Story of Ribhu Maharishi and Nidhaga

In the yogic tradition masters have used many unique methods for…

July 4, 2017

5 min read

Have To Support Aeging Parents, How To Come To The Ashram?

Many people face the dilemma, they find a conflict between their…

April 27, 2017

4 min read

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