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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

Religion versus spirituality | Sadhguru in Conversation with Karan Johar | #1

Synopsis: I think we bottle it down to some spiritual inquiries, some religious ones. There’s always been a debate about these two terms. Religion, and then spirituality. There are people who feel like, I’m not religious, I’m spiritual. And I’m not quite sure they know the meaning of that. But they use it because sometimes terms are just thrown around. To those people,...

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... who are at the crossroad between religion and spirituality, what is your answer to their dilemma?

Synopsis: I think we bottle it down to some spiritual inquiries, some religious...

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... ones. There’s always been a debate about these two terms. Religion, and then spirituality. There are people who feel like, I’m not religious, I’m spiritual. And I’m not quite sure they know the meaning of that. But they use it because sometimes terms are just thrown around. To those people, who are at the crossroad between religion and spirituality, what is your answer to their dilemma?

April 25, 2021

7:42

Can wasting our semen damage us spiritually? | Sadhguru at JNU | #12

Synopsis: How important is a man’s semen for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being? Can wasting our semen damage us spiritually?

Synopsis: How important is a man’s semen for physical, mental, and spiritual...

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... well-being? Can wasting our semen damage us spiritually?

April 23, 2021

6:09

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 don’t we talk about death? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #14

Synopsis: I personally have read a lot of books about spirituality. And I’ve been following Swami Vivekanand from the age of 17. And I never really felt the need of a guru. Until I was faced with mortality. I lost a friend at the age of 25 and since then I just feel that everything that I’ve done in my life, or every situation I’ve been into, or I’ve walked into, I’ve...

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... always held my head very high and always been prepared for it, as much as I could. I just can’t wrap my head around it. And when I read your book, I didn’t instantly feel that I would be seeing this day. I felt okay, I’ve read Buddha, you’re one of those enlightened people. I wasn’t impressed. But then I read More Than A Life, and there was this mention of the yogi, Swami Nirmalananda, who waited for you all his life and apparently you were supposed to guide him to Mahasamadhi. Now Mahasamadhi is something that I’ve only heard of in stories and in myths. Where you willingly walk out of your body because you think that’s the best thing to do at that point of time. Now that seems too fantastic. And looking at how our society is, that euthanasia has been made legal now. And when your wife heard about the process, she showed extreme desire to adapt to that. And she acquired Mahasamadhi in the middle of thousands of people. It’s written elaborately in the book. And Swami Nirmalananda was opposed by the government, you know, he was not allowed to take Mahasamadhi. Apparently they were like, you can’t take Mahasamadhi. So don’t you think we as people, we have stopped to discuss death? Because shouldn’t we be prepared for that day? Since then I realized maybe you can help me. Someday, I’m not saying now, but someday. But when the time comes, don’t you think I should be ready for it? I should be dressed like this and be like, come, let’s go. Why is it pushed under the carpet? Why don’t we talk about death?

Synopsis: I personally have read a lot of books about spirituality. And I’ve...

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... been following Swami Vivekanand from the age of 17. And I never really felt the need of a guru. Until I was faced with mortality. I lost a friend at the age of 25 and since then I just feel that everything that I’ve done in my life, or every situation I’ve been into, or I’ve walked into, I’ve always held my head very high and always been prepared for it, as much as I could. I just can’t wrap my head around it. And when I read your book, I didn’t instantly feel that I would be seeing this day. I felt okay, I’ve read Buddha, you’re one of those enlightened people. I wasn’t impressed. But then I read More Than A Life, and there was this mention of the yogi, Swami Nirmalananda, who waited for you all his life and apparently you were supposed to guide him to Mahasamadhi. Now Mahasamadhi is something that I’ve only heard of in stories and in myths. Where you willingly walk out of your body because you think that’s the best thing to do at that point of time. Now that seems too fantastic. And looking at how our society is, that euthanasia has been made legal now. And when your wife heard about the process, she showed extreme desire to adapt to that. And she acquired Mahasamadhi in the middle of thousands of people. It’s written elaborately in the book. And Swami Nirmalananda was opposed by the government, you know, he was not allowed to take Mahasamadhi. Apparently they were like, you can’t take Mahasamadhi. So don’t you think we as people, we have stopped to discuss death? Because shouldn’t we be prepared for that day? Since then I realized maybe you can help me. Someday, I’m not saying now, but someday. But when the time comes, don’t you think I should be ready for it? I should be dressed like this and be like, come, let’s go. Why is it pushed under the carpet? Why don’t we talk about death?

April 22, 2021

24:26

Are we operated by outside beings? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #11

Synopsis: So all the enlightened people. I’ve heard about many. Like you know, say Krishna, or Mohammed, or Ram, or Christ, Buddha. You know, all the enlightened people, who’ve been on this planet, there’s some sort of mention of their birth or death. But, when it comes to Shiva, like you say, and I’ve read, that he was self created. And, I often ask you this question,...

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... that did he disappear into thin air? And apparently, something like that happened. He couldn’t even have biological children with any of the women he was married to. There is a theory that Shiva is alien. There is this theory that everything that humans encounter, whether it’s an idea, it’s a thought, it’s anything. Anything that they encounter, it’s been transmitted into them through an outer space, an outer being. My favourite director, Christopher Nolan, made this film Interstellar, which is one of my favourite films. Where they are constantly referring to certain beings as ‘they’. They are communicating, they are talking to us, they are doing this, but they never really clarified who ‘they’ were. Were they aliens? Were they gods? Who were they? And, I’ve felt it. When any creative idea comes to me, it has absolutely no intellectual grounds where I can go back and track it down. It’s like mail dropped in my head. It seems like it’s from outside space. I know it’s a confession, but is it that we’re operated by outside beings? Is it that?

Synopsis: So all the enlightened people. I’ve heard about many. Like you know,...

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... say Krishna, or Mohammed, or Ram, or Christ, Buddha. You know, all the enlightened people, who’ve been on this planet, there’s some sort of mention of their birth or death. But, when it comes to Shiva, like you say, and I’ve read, that he was self created. And, I often ask you this question, that did he disappear into thin air? And apparently, something like that happened. He couldn’t even have biological children with any of the women he was married to. There is a theory that Shiva is alien. There is this theory that everything that humans encounter, whether it’s an idea, it’s a thought, it’s anything. Anything that they encounter, it’s been transmitted into them through an outer space, an outer being. My favourite director, Christopher Nolan, made this film Interstellar, which is one of my favourite films. Where they are constantly referring to certain beings as ‘they’. They are communicating, they are talking to us, they are doing this, but they never really clarified who ‘they’ were. Were they aliens? Were they gods? Who were they? And, I’ve felt it. When any creative idea comes to me, it has absolutely no intellectual grounds where I can go back and track it down. It’s like mail dropped in my head. It seems like it’s from outside space. I know it’s a confession, but is it that we’re operated by outside beings? Is it that?

April 22, 2021

14:00

What should be done about refugees? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #9

Synopsis: These days, the common discussion which is going on is about the refugees. And we being celebrities, we get these questions asked. And this is the most conflicting question ever. Because as a nation, being a part of this country, and knowing so many of us don’t even have access to food, education, electricity. Absorbing more people into our population clearly isn’t...

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... a good idea, but denying those people seems even worse. So again, where does spirituality come here? What part does it play? And what happens to inclusiveness when such a thing happens? I clearly know that this is the worst thing to do. Because they’re coming in millions and millions and millions where our own are starving. So it’s like saying that I let my own child die but I save the neighbour’s. So what sort of negotiation is that?

Synopsis: These days, the common discussion which is going on is about the refugees....

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... And we being celebrities, we get these questions asked. And this is the most conflicting question ever. Because as a nation, being a part of this country, and knowing so many of us don’t even have access to food, education, electricity. Absorbing more people into our population clearly isn’t a good idea, but denying those people seems even worse. So again, where does spirituality come here? What part does it play? And what happens to inclusiveness when such a thing happens? I clearly know that this is the worst thing to do. Because they’re coming in millions and millions and millions where our own are starving. So it’s like saying that I let my own child die but I save the neighbour’s. So what sort of negotiation is that?

April 22, 2021

6:52

What has yoga and spirituality given us as a country? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #2

Synopsis: That brings me to a question about our roots ingrained in yoga, and spirituality. But where has it got us? As a nation. As a country. As a continent. What has it given us? I know what you say about karma bondage and I quote you, if somebody breaks your leg, don’t go after that person’s leg. Fix your leg and go your way. I understand, that sounds fantastic. But, if...

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... somebody breaks your leg and you go your way, somebody again comes and breaks your leg. What do you do? No, you’re literally taking it. But tell me, don’t we have a history of thousand years of invasion after invasion. And didn't we grow up hearing this from our mothers, that if somebody rubs you the wrong way, the only thing that they say is, bhagvan dekh raha hai. What? I mean, we as a land, I don’t know much about history, but this much I know that we as a land, we’ve not. And thanks to our spiritual education, we have never gone to invade a continent or gone for a conquest like that. But where has it got us? Where has it landed us? So why not imitate the West?

Synopsis: That brings me to a question about our roots ingrained in yoga, and spirituality....

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... But where has it got us? As a nation. As a country. As a continent. What has it given us? I know what you say about karma bondage and I quote you, if somebody breaks your leg, don’t go after that person’s leg. Fix your leg and go your way. I understand, that sounds fantastic. But, if somebody breaks your leg and you go your way, somebody again comes and breaks your leg. What do you do? No, you’re literally taking it. But tell me, don’t we have a history of thousand years of invasion after invasion. And didn't we grow up hearing this from our mothers, that if somebody rubs you the wrong way, the only thing that they say is, bhagvan dekh raha hai. What? I mean, we as a land, I don’t know much about history, but this much I know that we as a land, we’ve not. And thanks to our spiritual education, we have never gone to invade a continent or gone for a conquest like that. But where has it got us? Where has it landed us? So why not imitate the West?

April 22, 2021

4:10

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

Mental health and spiritual health | Sadhguru in Conversation with YouTubers | #11

Synopsis: I talk a lot about mental health with the youth. It is a word that more and more, I become uncomfortable saying. Because when you say mental health, you’re already separating the other holistic health to one that focuses only on the mind. Right? And when I talk about mental health, for me it’s body health, it’s spiritual health, and it’s not only the mind. I...

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... wear a shirt that says ‘breathe’ because for me that’s also connected to the body. The question for you is, can you talk a little bit about the connection between mental health and spiritual health? Because I see so many similarities in the way that you are experiencing the world, which seems in a very spiritual way. But I also don’t even want to call it spiritual because it would be creating a division between how to experience the world.  

Synopsis: I talk a lot about mental health with the youth. It is a word that more...

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... and more, I become uncomfortable saying. Because when you say mental health, you’re already separating the other holistic health to one that focuses only on the mind. Right? And when I talk about mental health, for me it’s body health, it’s spiritual health, and it’s not only the mind. I wear a shirt that says ‘breathe’ because for me that’s also connected to the body. The question for you is, can you talk a little bit about the connection between mental health and spiritual health? Because I see so many similarities in the way that you are experiencing the world, which seems in a very spiritual way. But I also don’t even want to call it spiritual because it would be creating a division between how to experience the world.  

April 20, 2021

10:12

What does the Jananam Sukhadam chant mean? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Yalda Hakim | #1

Synopsis: Sadhguru, can you tell us a little bit about that chant and what it means?  

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...Sadhguru, can you tell us a little bit about that chant and what it means?  

April 18, 2021

2:22

How did you discover yoga? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Barkha Dutt | #5

Synopsis: You were 13 when you first, quite accidentally, discovered yoga. Tell us how did you discover yoga?  

Synopsis: You were 13 when you first, quite accidentally, discovered yoga. Tell...

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... us how did you discover yoga?  

April 16, 2021

4:43

Is human being capable of being a godman? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Barkha Dutt | #4

Synopsis: Tell us a little bit about yourself. One of the things that she has said is that you give great space for descent, you like a good argument. That you’re not one of those dictatorial gurus. But you’re saying that many people who are positioning themselves as gurus are really only elevating themselves and fooling people. But, a very genuine concern, is whether godmen...

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... are often conmen. And how does this lady here know the difference between who’s a godman and who’s a conman. And is a human being capable of being a godman? Do you think of yourself as  godman? How do I make a difference between a godman and a conman if I don’t even believe that humans can be godly? I think humans can be great, and strong, and inspiring, but I don’t think they have magical powers.  

Synopsis: Tell us a little bit about yourself. One of the things that she has said...

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... is that you give great space for descent, you like a good argument. That you’re not one of those dictatorial gurus. But you’re saying that many people who are positioning themselves as gurus are really only elevating themselves and fooling people. But, a very genuine concern, is whether godmen are often conmen. And how does this lady here know the difference between who’s a godman and who’s a conman. And is a human being capable of being a godman? Do you think of yourself as  godman? How do I make a difference between a godman and a conman if I don’t even believe that humans can be godly? I think humans can be great, and strong, and inspiring, but I don’t think they have magical powers.  

April 16, 2021

10:40

Is Inner Engineering only for those who believe? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Barkha Dutt | #3

Synopsis: If your technology of Inner Engineering is available to all of us to, in a sense, find strength within ourselves, then does that mean that the atheist and the agnostic and the skeptic, can also embrace spirituality? Is Inner Engineering only for those who believe? Or is it for anyone who asks questions?  

Synopsis: If your technology of Inner Engineering is available to all of us to,...

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... in a sense, find strength within ourselves, then does that mean that the atheist and the agnostic and the skeptic, can also embrace spirituality? Is Inner Engineering only for those who believe? Or is it for anyone who asks questions?  

April 16, 2021

11:35

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

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

Adiyogi is not light, he’s darkness | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #11

Synopsis: My question to you is, since I’ve come here, I’ve had to explain my way of upbringing, my culture, or the way I do certain things. And, you have said, Adiyogi is not light, he’s darkness. Darkness is something which is associated with evil in certain cultures. I understood when you said Adiyogi is darkness, not light. But when I’m explaining it to my friend,...

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... or to anyone, how do I put it in a context that they understand? Because like you said, there are cultural differences. And how do I put it in a proper context?  

Synopsis: My question to you is, since I’ve come here, I’ve had to explain...

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... my way of upbringing, my culture, or the way I do certain things. And, you have said, Adiyogi is not light, he’s darkness. Darkness is something which is associated with evil in certain cultures. I understood when you said Adiyogi is darkness, not light. But when I’m explaining it to my friend, or to anyone, how do I put it in a context that they understand? Because like you said, there are cultural differences. And how do I put it in a proper context?  

January 4, 2021

8:34

How do I see Adiyogi as self-born and unborn? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #11

Synopsis: How do I see or understand Adiyogi as a swayambhu, which is self born, and aja, as unborn, since both are contradictory. Also, he’s referred to as limitless, and nothingness. So can you please state your opinion?  

Synopsis: How do I see or understand Adiyogi as a swayambhu, which is self born,...

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... and aja, as unborn, since both are contradictory. Also, he’s referred to as limitless, and nothingness. So can you please state your opinion?  

January 1, 2021

8:33

What is the role of a spiritual leader in politics? | Sadhguru at Harvard University | #6

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...So, in today’s society, many influential people, judges or senior civil servants, armed forces officials. They don’t express their personal political views in public because the thinking is that they hold a post which should be beyond any political party. Now, what do you think the role of a spiritual leader should be when you’re thinking about politics?

Synopsis: So, in today’s society, many influential people, judges or senior civil...

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... servants, armed forces officials. They don’t express their personal political views in public because the thinking is that they hold a post which should be beyond any political party. Now, what do you think the role of a spiritual leader should be when you’re thinking about politics?

December 31, 2020

5:42

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

Move from religion to responsibility

Somewhere, at some point, all religions started as a spiritual process. But in their eagerness to organize, they lost the fundamentals. Religion is just spirituality gone bad. In the past, nobody was allowed to think for themselves - it was the priest, pundit, guru or scripture that thought for you. The moment you start thinking logically, questions will arise in your mind. If you ask three penetrating questions, all the scriptures, religions and heavens will collapse. For too long, if something is going right, we think it is because of us, but if something is going wrong, we think it is because of God. It is time to change this. Human potential will be fully explored only by moving the world from religion to responsibility. Otherwise, everybody has an excuse and divine sanction for all the rubbish they do.

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July 13, 2020

6 min read

What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual?

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".

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February 27, 2020

3 min read

Why Is Death So Mysterious?

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?

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December 29, 2019

3 min read

Awareness of Mortality Naturally Kindles Spirituality

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".

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December 5, 2019

4 min read

Is Getting High on Drugs Speed Up My Spiritual Journey?

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.

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October 11, 2019

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Is there a conflict between Yoga and Bhoga (material pleasures) ?

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' .

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April 11, 2019

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Does Sadhguru gets affected by initiation and consecration processes?

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.

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April 8, 2019

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Can Marijuana Further My Spiritual Journey?

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.

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February 28, 2019

6 min read

Is Shiva A God? What Does Shiva Mean?

Is Shiva a God sitting up there? Sadhguru explains what does the word 'Shiva' actually mean and the significance of this in the spiritual process.

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February 4, 2019

11 min read

What is a Pilgrimage?

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.

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June 12, 2018

10 min read

Material Vs Spiritual – How To Resolve The Conflict?

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.

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May 7, 2018

4 min read

Is Spirituality About Finding Yourself?

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!

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November 21, 2017

7 min read

How To Discriminate Between Good & Bad?

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."

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March 9, 2017

7 min read

Are We Living In a Spiritually Significant Time?

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."

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December 19, 2016

3 min read

Limitations of The Logical Mind

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."

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July 30, 2012

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Move from religion to responsibility

Somewhere, at some point, all religions started as a spiritual process.…

July 13, 2020

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What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual?

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February 27, 2020

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Why Is Death So Mysterious?

Neither scientists, nor philosophers have been able to figure out what…

December 29, 2019

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Awareness of Mortality Naturally Kindles Spirituality

The reason why the yogis always chose the mountains is because…

December 5, 2019

4 min read

Is Getting High on Drugs Speed Up My Spiritual Journey?

Can getting high on plant based substances like marijuana help one…

October 11, 2019

6 min read

Is there a conflict between Yoga and Bhoga (material pleasures) ?

Is it ok for a Yogi to do business, make money…

April 11, 2019

6 min read

Does Sadhguru gets affected by initiation and consecration processes?

While explaining how consecration is different from initiation, Sadhguru unravels some…

April 8, 2019

6 min read

Can Marijuana Further My Spiritual Journey?

If you know how to stimulate yourself from within, you can…

February 28, 2019

6 min read

Is Shiva A God? What Does Shiva Mean?

Is Shiva a God sitting up there? Sadhguru explains what does…

February 4, 2019

11 min read

What is a Pilgrimage?

Is there a difference between a pilgrim and a tourist? Both…

June 12, 2018

10 min read

Material Vs Spiritual – How To Resolve The Conflict?

A human being has two basic forces. One of preservation, and…

May 7, 2018

4 min read

Is Spirituality About Finding Yourself?

Although someone on the spiritual path is called a 'seeker', but…

November 21, 2017

7 min read

How To Discriminate Between Good & Bad?

Sadhguru narrates a story, to highlight - "People always believe that…

March 9, 2017

7 min read

Are We Living In a Spiritually Significant Time?

Gautama Buddha said the Wheel of Dharma will turn full cycle…

December 19, 2016

3 min read

Limitations of The Logical Mind

The logical mind is essential for survival needs, but not to…

July 30, 2012

5 min read

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