Unfortunately the common perception of spirituality today is of someone not eating properly, renouncing everything, sitting on the roadside and begging! Sadhguru says - "Being spiritual has got nothing to do with your external situation. You can be spiritual whether you live in a hut or a palace". Spirituality is fundamentally about realizing that "I am the source of my joy".
Neither scientists, nor philosophers have been able to figure out what death is - that is why it seems so mysterious. Sadhguru says - "Body is life and death – the spiritual process is about yourself, which is neither life nor death". So, in a way, it is only the body that dies, not you. The simple reason that death seems so profound and mysterious is because you have had a 'memory loss'. If you remembered about your past lives, death would no longer be mysterious - isn't it?
The reason why the yogis always chose the mountains is because there the body is reminded of its mortality. If the physical body is aware that it is not permanent - then one naturally becomes a seeker. Sadhguru says - "If you realize the mortality of who you are, if you are constantly aware that you will die, if your physical body is aware that it is not permanent, that it is going to be sucked into this earth one day, and it could be today – now your spiritual search is unwavering".
Can getting high on plant based substances like marijuana help one on their spiritual journey? Consuming these substances gives a high and makes one feel free. Isn't that the purpose of being spiritual - to be free? Then what is the difference? Sadhguru explains that though the chemicals may give one a sense of expansion and freedom, but it is a false sense of expansion. And this false sense of freedom will lead to regular consumption, which will ultimately break the body. It leads to pleasure without any sense of purpose, which leads to suicidal tendencies.
Is it ok for a Yogi to do business, make money and enjoy material conveniences? Or is there a contradiction between Yoga and Bhoga? What does being a Spiritual person or a Yogi truly mean? Where does religion fit into spirituality and is Yoga linked to any particular religion? How does one enhances one's Life beyond physical possessions? Sadhguru and Baba Ramdev answer some of these topics in conversation with Prasoon Joshi during 'Rising India Summit 2019' .
While explaining how consecration is different from initiation, Sadhguru unravels some mysticism around what happens to him during these processes. While its easier to do these processes on living beings rather than inanimate objects like halls, but if people do not behave or are upto some mischief, it badly affects Sadhguru. In one instance, he lost his sense of taste and smell for over an year. It is indeed our most fortunate privilege to be blessed with a living Master like him.
If you know how to stimulate yourself from within, you can always be intoxicated, without taking any substance. Shiva is also referred as Soma or Somasundara - which means intoxication. He is always inebriated, but fully alert. Sadhguru narrates an interesting incidence that happened to Adi Shankara - and how he gave a message to his disciples - don't always try to imitate your Guru! It's very important to have clarity in life. And there is intoxication in absolute clarity. Marijuana, and other intoxicants, you are lowering your capability. It is a backward step in human evolution - there is nothing spiritual about it.
Is there a difference between a pilgrim and a tourist? Both visit the same place! Sadhguru tells us that if you want to go on a pilgrimage, then you must totally give yourself to the journey and the place and not get distracted by your cellphone, or other things. Sadhguru tell is about his journey to Kailash over the last so many years, and how a pilgrimage to Kailash is a tremendous opportunity to return in an enhanced way.
A human being has two basic forces. One of preservation, and the other of expansion. Most people see them as conflicting. That is why 'material vs spiritual'. Sadhguru says - "These two longings – to preserve and to expand – are not opposing forces". These two forces are for two different aspects of life. If you identify only with the physical, this will be a conflict for you, otherwise these are collaborating forces.
Although someone on the spiritual path is called a 'seeker', but he is not seeking to find anything. Sadhguru says - "He does not know, so he is seeking". It is out of ignorance that spiritual seekers are trying to find themselves. A human being by his very nature is longing to expand, so constantly longing for something more than what they are right now. Sadhguru says - "If you try to find yourself, you will be on an endless run". He gives a simple experiment to make one experience that our likes and dislikes have no reality to them!
Sadhguru narrates a story, to highlight - "People always believe that they are good and somebody else is bad". He says, that the most important thing is that they work upon themselves to become a joyful human being. Sadhguru says - "Good people cannot be silent. Evil people cannot be silent. Only those who do not pay attention to either, who just pay attention to the process of life, can be truly silent."
Gautama Buddha said the Wheel of Dharma will turn full cycle in two thousand five hundred years. We are close to that now. So, Are We Living In a Spiritually Significant Time? Sadhguru says - "This point of time that we are in is the most spiritually significant for the world......As strife and struggle in the world has increased, interest in the inner world has also increased."
The logical mind is essential for survival needs, but not to address all aspects of life. Someone who becomes extremely logical, will become depressed and self-destructive. Logical mind is an instrument to handle the duality of existence, and it is building up a certain tension within the system. Sadhguru says - "If you become extremely logical, you become horribly argumentative about everything in your life. So meditation is a way of unstringing this."