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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

Can one 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 travelled 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 travelled 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?

August 26, 2020

4:05

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

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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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