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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

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

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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

6 min read

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

6 min read

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

6 min read

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

5 min read

What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual?

Unfortunately the common perception of spirituality today is of someone not…

February 27, 2020

3 min read

Why Is Death So Mysterious?

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

December 29, 2019

3 min read

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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