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Yoga Demystified

What is the purpose of meditation?

Transcript: So what is meditation? The purpose of, if we have to look at the purpose. If you sit in meditation slowly it will become like this, your body is here, your mind is out there, what is you is somewhere else. Once these three things are happening separately, once there is a space between you and the body, between you and the mind, this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away,...

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... only then you will keep your instinct of self-preservation down. Otherwise you won't keep it down. As long as the fear of suffering is there, you will not keep the instinct of self-preservation down. The only reason why you are naturally not spiritual is because you have empowered your instinct of self-preservation too much. All the time it is trying to make you like a bubble in the world, separate bubble, not willing to mix with anything. So unless you keep your instinct of self preservation down, you will not become spiritual in any way. You will not know life as one happening, you will always be an individual. Trapped. Have you noticed, even in your general life, when you are very happy you keep your guards down? Isn't it so? When you're unhappy, fully shielded. When you're happy, little down, isn't it? When you're very happy, it's all down. Have you noticed this? So this is the reason why you're willing to be happy only among certain people. Because you don't know how to be just happy and still know where to stop life when it has to be stopped. You are willing to be happy only with five people in your life because you think that is only safe atmosphere where you can be happy because you have always understood happiness as a certain vulnerability. See, just see, you walk on the street and you smile at anybody, they look like this. Why? What's their problem smiling back at you? What are they going to lose? They think if I smile, he may exploit me. How will he exploit you? If he comes to pick your pocket, you can stop him. If he smiles, even a pickpocket smiles at you, why can't you smile at him? What is the problem? Just try today and see. Just go out and smile. People who look like this, they're surprised somebody's making me vulnerable to life. They want to go on the street like rocks. They want to go home and become life. Doesn't work. After some time, you become a rock there also. If you want to be life, you must practice it everywhere isn't it? So meditation gives you that space between you and your body, between you and your mind. Whatever suffering human beings have known, it has either entered them through the body or through the mind. Do you know any other kind of suffering? The only two kinds of suffering, isn't it? Once you have a distance from these two things, this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away, only then you are willing to venture into other dimensions of life. Otherwise, no matter what I tell you, you're only looking for safety.

Transcript: So what is meditation? The purpose of, if we have to look at the purpose. If you sit in meditation slowly...

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... it will become like this, your body is here, your mind is out there, what is you is somewhere else. Once these three things are happening separately, once there is a space between you and the body, between you and the mind, this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away, only then you will keep your instinct of self-preservation down. Otherwise you won't keep it down. As long as the fear of suffering is there, you will not keep the instinct of self-preservation down. The only reason why you are naturally not spiritual is because you have empowered your instinct of self-preservation too much. All the time it is trying to make you like a bubble in the world, separate bubble, not willing to mix with anything. So unless you keep your instinct of self preservation down, you will not become spiritual in any way. You will not know life as one happening, you will always be an individual. Trapped. Have you noticed, even in your general life, when you are very happy you keep your guards down? Isn't it so? When you're unhappy, fully shielded. When you're happy, little down, isn't it? When you're very happy, it's all down. Have you noticed this? So this is the reason why you're willing to be happy only among certain people. Because you don't know how to be just happy and still know where to stop life when it has to be stopped. You are willing to be happy only with five people in your life because you think that is only safe atmosphere where you can be happy because you have always understood happiness as a certain vulnerability. See, just see, you walk on the street and you smile at anybody, they look like this. Why? What's their problem smiling back at you? What are they going to lose? They think if I smile, he may exploit me. How will he exploit you? If he comes to pick your pocket, you can stop him. If he smiles, even a pickpocket smiles at you, why can't you smile at him? What is the problem? Just try today and see. Just go out and smile. People who look like this, they're surprised somebody's making me vulnerable to life. They want to go on the street like rocks. They want to go home and become life. Doesn't work. After some time, you become a rock there also. If you want to be life, you must practice it everywhere isn't it? So meditation gives you that space between you and your body, between you and your mind. Whatever suffering human beings have known, it has either entered them through the body or through the mind. Do you know any other kind of suffering? The only two kinds of suffering, isn't it? Once you have a distance from these two things, this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away, only then you are willing to venture into other dimensions of life. Otherwise, no matter what I tell you, you're only looking for safety.

May 21, 2021

3:43

What is Yoga? Yoga is not body twisting postures

Transcript: Now what yoga means is, the boundaries that we have drawn with the instrument of body and mind, you consciously obliterate. So that when you sit here, your experience of life is not contained just to the limitations of your body, or your thinking process, or your emotional process. Your ability to experience life as a life, not as a body. Because if you experience this life as a body, this is me, that...

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... is you, there is no way to mix this. If you go as a mind or a thought process, this is me, that is you, no way to mix it up. But if you go as a life, fundamental life process, there is no distinction between this and that. Not just between two human beings, between everything and everything. There is no distinction. So the word yoga means union. That you consciously obliterated the boundaries of your individuality. That is why you know a sense of union. We are anyway in union with the existence. The problem is, it's not in our experience because we are too caught up with our individual experience. What yoga means is, you stretch the boundaries of your sensations. As there is a physical body, there is a sensory body. If your sensory body expands, let us say your sensory body became as large as this hall, then you will experience all these people as a part of yourself. As you experience the five fingers as yourself, you will experience all these people as yourself. Even for a moment, if you experience all these people as a part of yourself, after that do I have to teach you morals, ethics, be good to this person, don't kill this person, don't harm this person. Would you need teachings, I'm asking? This is what yoga means. It is not a teaching, it is not a philosophy, it is not an ideology. It is a technology of obliterating the boundaries of your individuality.

Transcript: Now what yoga means is, the boundaries that we have drawn with the instrument of body and mind, you consciously...

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... obliterate. So that when you sit here, your experience of life is not contained just to the limitations of your body, or your thinking process, or your emotional process. Your ability to experience life as a life, not as a body. Because if you experience this life as a body, this is me, that is you, there is no way to mix this. If you go as a mind or a thought process, this is me, that is you, no way to mix it up. But if you go as a life, fundamental life process, there is no distinction between this and that. Not just between two human beings, between everything and everything. There is no distinction. So the word yoga means union. That you consciously obliterated the boundaries of your individuality. That is why you know a sense of union. We are anyway in union with the existence. The problem is, it's not in our experience because we are too caught up with our individual experience. What yoga means is, you stretch the boundaries of your sensations. As there is a physical body, there is a sensory body. If your sensory body expands, let us say your sensory body became as large as this hall, then you will experience all these people as a part of yourself. As you experience the five fingers as yourself, you will experience all these people as yourself. Even for a moment, if you experience all these people as a part of yourself, after that do I have to teach you morals, ethics, be good to this person, don't kill this person, don't harm this person. Would you need teachings, I'm asking? This is what yoga means. It is not a teaching, it is not a philosophy, it is not an ideology. It is a technology of obliterating the boundaries of your individuality.

May 19, 2021

2:42

How does initiation happen?

Transcript: When you ask, how can it happen without the physical presence of a guru? The physical presence of the guru is actually a hindrance because right now you look at me and no matter what, because the very nature of the mind is such, it is making a thousand judgments as it sits here, isn't it? Not all of it is conscious. But a whole lot of judgments are going on within you. Because there is a person. A...

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... person means, you can like him, you can dislike him, you want him, you don't want him, so many things. If I say something nice, wow. If I say something nasty. All this will happen, isn't it? Because a person is sitting. How he sits, how he stands, what he says, what he does not say, all this becomes important. The physical presence is not of any consequence actually. If physical presence is everything, that's called karishma, not grace. This is not karishma, this is grace. But I sit here, I don't sit here, I can run the satsang the same way. Only problem is you cannot remain focused, that is your problem. If you're willing to sit here simply focused as you are right now, no video, no audio, no nothing. We'll still run the satsang. Wonderfully well, okay? It's just that, nobody. What are we doing? Because you have that problem. Either I have to sit here, or a video has to play, audio has to come. I'll tell you, no video, audio, nothing. We can still initiate people if you're just willing to sit. It is just that the necessary attention is needed, that's all. Even without attention, in your sleep we can initiate you. But benefit may happen but you don't know why it's happening. You think you just got lucky.

Transcript: When you ask, how can it happen without the physical presence of a guru? The physical presence of the...

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... guru is actually a hindrance because right now you look at me and no matter what, because the very nature of the mind is such, it is making a thousand judgments as it sits here, isn't it? Not all of it is conscious. But a whole lot of judgments are going on within you. Because there is a person. A person means, you can like him, you can dislike him, you want him, you don't want him, so many things. If I say something nice, wow. If I say something nasty. All this will happen, isn't it? Because a person is sitting. How he sits, how he stands, what he says, what he does not say, all this becomes important. The physical presence is not of any consequence actually. If physical presence is everything, that's called karishma, not grace. This is not karishma, this is grace. But I sit here, I don't sit here, I can run the satsang the same way. Only problem is you cannot remain focused, that is your problem. If you're willing to sit here simply focused as you are right now, no video, no audio, no nothing. We'll still run the satsang. Wonderfully well, okay? It's just that, nobody. What are we doing? Because you have that problem. Either I have to sit here, or a video has to play, audio has to come. I'll tell you, no video, audio, nothing. We can still initiate people if you're just willing to sit. It is just that the necessary attention is needed, that's all. Even without attention, in your sleep we can initiate you. But benefit may happen but you don't know why it's happening. You think you just got lucky.

May 16, 2021

2:48

The mystical Koorma Nadi – key to experience life beyond body

Transcript: So this breath, or what conducts the breath, in yoga we call this the Koorma Nadi. You know what's Koorma? Not kurma. No I saw some tongues. Koorma means a turtle or a tortoise. An amphibious creature, it's in the water but it can also venture out. So you can become an amphibious creature if you master this Koorma Nadi. That means you're in the body but you can be little outside the physical nature...

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... because this is your desire. Your desire is not to leave the physical for good. You want to be rooted in the physical but you want to have a taste of what is beyond. This is human desire, always. So Koorma Nadi, this breath is referred to as Koorma Nadi because if you use it properly, you can become like an amphibious creature. That you can be in the body but you can venture outside. This is like a rope. Let's say we pull out your breath right now. If I take away your breath, what will happen? You and your body will fall apart. Right now in your experience, you are the body sitting here. But this rice and chinta taku and gomakura, everything is gathered up here and sitting here. Yes or no? Yes? It's food that you've eaten. Is this an accumulation? Do you understand this is an accumulation? What you accumulate can be yours, can never ever be you, isn't it? Whatever you accumulate can be yours, can never ever be you. So the moment, if I pull the breath away, then you and what you have gathered will fall apart. You and your body will fall apart. Or in other words it's the breath or the Koorma Nadi which ties you and your body together. When we say Koorma Nadi, we're not just talking about the passage of air. Right now you're incapable of experiencing the breath. In the sense, see right now if you watch, you think you're watching the breath? No. You're only noticing the sensations caused by the passage of breath. You're not capable of knowing the breath itself. So the breath, or what sets up this pattern, what directs this pattern, that we are calling as Koorma Nadi. If you have some mastery over that, you become an amphibious creature. That is, you are rooted in the physical but you can venture out. If this much freedom arises in human life, suddenly you know there is another possibility. That there is something beyond physical nature. Whatever you are going through within this physical cocoon is not everything. You know, on a completely different dimension of life. If this one thing you know, if you have a moment of experience beyond your physicality, death is not an issue, isn't it?

Transcript: So this breath, or what conducts the breath, in yoga we call this the Koorma Nadi. You know what's Koorma?...

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... Not kurma. No I saw some tongues. Koorma means a turtle or a tortoise. An amphibious creature, it's in the water but it can also venture out. So you can become an amphibious creature if you master this Koorma Nadi. That means you're in the body but you can be little outside the physical nature because this is your desire. Your desire is not to leave the physical for good. You want to be rooted in the physical but you want to have a taste of what is beyond. This is human desire, always. So Koorma Nadi, this breath is referred to as Koorma Nadi because if you use it properly, you can become like an amphibious creature. That you can be in the body but you can venture outside. This is like a rope. Let's say we pull out your breath right now. If I take away your breath, what will happen? You and your body will fall apart. Right now in your experience, you are the body sitting here. But this rice and chinta taku and gomakura, everything is gathered up here and sitting here. Yes or no? Yes? It's food that you've eaten. Is this an accumulation? Do you understand this is an accumulation? What you accumulate can be yours, can never ever be you, isn't it? Whatever you accumulate can be yours, can never ever be you. So the moment, if I pull the breath away, then you and what you have gathered will fall apart. You and your body will fall apart. Or in other words it's the breath or the Koorma Nadi which ties you and your body together. When we say Koorma Nadi, we're not just talking about the passage of air. Right now you're incapable of experiencing the breath. In the sense, see right now if you watch, you think you're watching the breath? No. You're only noticing the sensations caused by the passage of breath. You're not capable of knowing the breath itself. So the breath, or what sets up this pattern, what directs this pattern, that we are calling as Koorma Nadi. If you have some mastery over that, you become an amphibious creature. That is, you are rooted in the physical but you can venture out. If this much freedom arises in human life, suddenly you know there is another possibility. That there is something beyond physical nature. Whatever you are going through within this physical cocoon is not everything. You know, on a completely different dimension of life. If this one thing you know, if you have a moment of experience beyond your physicality, death is not an issue, isn't it?

April 30, 2021

3:29

The science behind bowing down & a crash course on 7 Chakras

Transcript: Essentially because, you can receive anything that comes towards you in many different ways. The yogic intention, always, is to receive it from the higher aspects of your life. You know there is anahata, which is the meeting of two triangles. Below that, is manipuraka, swadisthana, and muladhara. Which are all chakras representing different aspects of survival process. Survival, basic survival, reproductive...

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... process, maintenance process, all survival related. Here it comes. And there are two triangles intersecting each other because this is ultimate ecstacy, this is realisation, this is power, this is love. And these sections, these triangles intersecting. When there is a consecrated space, what it means is, there is a powerful energy which has the possibility of transforming you. That energy must come to you always from the highest possibility that you can receive. You can receive from your sahasrar, it would be too fantastic. That is the reason, the moment any Indian person goes into temple, first thing is they want to expose this. They keep it wet. In a proper temple they're told, even in the Dhyanalinga temple people go, wet themselves. A wet head, because they're hoping this energy will enter hear. It didn't work, so hoping here. Didn't work, then they will take, hoping this will work. Nothing worked. Then they will say this. But they don't want to go here. Because these are survival processes. We don't want to enhance them. We want to enhance other dimensions of life which will enhance our life because if you survive better. If you survive, it's good. It's very essential we survive. But, surviving better than somebody is not a life goal. It's a waste of time because whatever you do, you're not going to survive forever. So because of this, the whole culture, understanding this dimension, they created the societies in a certain way. That when you go to any consecrated space, you're like this because you want it to enter here, you want to become blissful. Ecstatic. Doesn't work. At least peacefulness and realisation. Balance and free from all kinds of poisons that are there in the world should not enter you. So essentially, you want the upper part of your body, above anahata, to be exposed to this.

Transcript: Essentially because, you can receive anything that comes towards you in many different ways. The yogic...

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... intention, always, is to receive it from the higher aspects of your life. You know there is anahata, which is the meeting of two triangles. Below that, is manipuraka, swadisthana, and muladhara. Which are all chakras representing different aspects of survival process. Survival, basic survival, reproductive process, maintenance process, all survival related. Here it comes. And there are two triangles intersecting each other because this is ultimate ecstacy, this is realisation, this is power, this is love. And these sections, these triangles intersecting. When there is a consecrated space, what it means is, there is a powerful energy which has the possibility of transforming you. That energy must come to you always from the highest possibility that you can receive. You can receive from your sahasrar, it would be too fantastic. That is the reason, the moment any Indian person goes into temple, first thing is they want to expose this. They keep it wet. In a proper temple they're told, even in the Dhyanalinga temple people go, wet themselves. A wet head, because they're hoping this energy will enter hear. It didn't work, so hoping here. Didn't work, then they will take, hoping this will work. Nothing worked. Then they will say this. But they don't want to go here. Because these are survival processes. We don't want to enhance them. We want to enhance other dimensions of life which will enhance our life because if you survive better. If you survive, it's good. It's very essential we survive. But, surviving better than somebody is not a life goal. It's a waste of time because whatever you do, you're not going to survive forever. So because of this, the whole culture, understanding this dimension, they created the societies in a certain way. That when you go to any consecrated space, you're like this because you want it to enter here, you want to become blissful. Ecstatic. Doesn't work. At least peacefulness and realisation. Balance and free from all kinds of poisons that are there in the world should not enter you. So essentially, you want the upper part of your body, above anahata, to be exposed to this.

February 12, 2021

3:34

Why is the number 108 so important and significant in eastern (Hinduism) cultures

Transcript: This 108 number is significant and you will see it. In the east everything is 108 because the diameter of the sun and the distance between the earth and the sun is 108 times. The diameter of the moon and the distance between the moon and the earth is 108 times. The diameter of the earth and the diameter of the sun is 108 times. Yoga is essentially understanding, aligning your system with the cosmic...

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... geometry. See, in the yogic system we see the body as 114 chakras. 72,000 nadis meeting in 114 junctions, which are called as chakras. Out of these, 2 are outside your body, 112 inside the body. Of this 112, there are 4 about which you don't have to do anything. They are like that. If other things work, they will flower by themselves. So there are only 108 with which you can work. So 108 has become significant. If you wear any beads, people wear 108 beads. If they say a mantra, 108. Because these are the 108 chakras that you need to work with. And in this body there are 108 chakras that you can work upon. So the cosmic geometry. I can go into a lot of arithmetic which will match with your human system, and these things we have been conscious of and that is how we came up with 84 basic asanas. Out of this 84, if you do 21 of them properly and you just master one, your system will get aligned with the cosmic system. Once it's aligned, everything that you need to know about the cosmos is right here.

Transcript: This 108 number is significant and you will see it. In the east everything is 108 because the diameter...

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... of the sun and the distance between the earth and the sun is 108 times. The diameter of the moon and the distance between the moon and the earth is 108 times. The diameter of the earth and the diameter of the sun is 108 times. Yoga is essentially understanding, aligning your system with the cosmic geometry. See, in the yogic system we see the body as 114 chakras. 72,000 nadis meeting in 114 junctions, which are called as chakras. Out of these, 2 are outside your body, 112 inside the body. Of this 112, there are 4 about which you don't have to do anything. They are like that. If other things work, they will flower by themselves. So there are only 108 with which you can work. So 108 has become significant. If you wear any beads, people wear 108 beads. If they say a mantra, 108. Because these are the 108 chakras that you need to work with. And in this body there are 108 chakras that you can work upon. So the cosmic geometry. I can go into a lot of arithmetic which will match with your human system, and these things we have been conscious of and that is how we came up with 84 basic asanas. Out of this 84, if you do 21 of them properly and you just master one, your system will get aligned with the cosmic system. Once it's aligned, everything that you need to know about the cosmos is right here.

February 6, 2021

2:06

One day the whole world will do yoga

Transcript: Thousands of years ago, when Adiyogi looked at or, transmitted the tools of transformation, which got labelled as yoga. When this was transmitted, Adiyogi firmly believed that one day the entire world will take to it. There are scraps of information here and there of him talking about how every human being, someday, will evolve to take on to some tools of yoga. When they asked why so many, do we need...

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... so many? One, two, three would be enough. Why do we need so many? He said the entire world will take to it so many are needed. Not everybody will like the same thing. Somebody would like to do it this way, somebody would like to do it that way, so all these are needed. The initial teachers, or the first teachers, of this, of this science. The Sapta Rishis obviously express doubt. We have not even seen those people, we don't know who they are in strange lands, we don't know what kind they are, will they all take to this? He said your business is to plant the seeds. One seed can turn the earth green, entire earth green. It has the potency. Your business is to keep the potency of the seed. When the weather is right, it will turn green. By the end of May, those of you who live through May here, you are beginning to think the end of the world is coming. Yes? It's beginning to feel like everything is going to wilt and die in this heat. See. When the weather changes, everything bursts back into life. Every time the seasons happen, it's like this. In temperate climates it's far more dramatic. In the winter months, if you look out, it looks like end of the world. Looks like, if you don't know seasons change, and if you look around, you think the world is going to come to an end. Not a single leaf, not a spot of green, everything has gone. But as the ice melts and spring comes on, life bursts forth. So Adiyogi said, your business is not to teach yoga to everybody, your business is to keep the potency of the seed. You keep the seed pure and strong. When the weather is right, it will happen.

Transcript: Thousands of years ago, when Adiyogi looked at or, transmitted the tools of transformation, which got...

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... labelled as yoga. When this was transmitted, Adiyogi firmly believed that one day the entire world will take to it. There are scraps of information here and there of him talking about how every human being, someday, will evolve to take on to some tools of yoga. When they asked why so many, do we need so many? One, two, three would be enough. Why do we need so many? He said the entire world will take to it so many are needed. Not everybody will like the same thing. Somebody would like to do it this way, somebody would like to do it that way, so all these are needed. The initial teachers, or the first teachers, of this, of this science. The Sapta Rishis obviously express doubt. We have not even seen those people, we don't know who they are in strange lands, we don't know what kind they are, will they all take to this? He said your business is to plant the seeds. One seed can turn the earth green, entire earth green. It has the potency. Your business is to keep the potency of the seed. When the weather is right, it will turn green. By the end of May, those of you who live through May here, you are beginning to think the end of the world is coming. Yes? It's beginning to feel like everything is going to wilt and die in this heat. See. When the weather changes, everything bursts back into life. Every time the seasons happen, it's like this. In temperate climates it's far more dramatic. In the winter months, if you look out, it looks like end of the world. Looks like, if you don't know seasons change, and if you look around, you think the world is going to come to an end. Not a single leaf, not a spot of green, everything has gone. But as the ice melts and spring comes on, life bursts forth. So Adiyogi said, your business is not to teach yoga to everybody, your business is to keep the potency of the seed. You keep the seed pure and strong. When the weather is right, it will happen.

January 20, 2021

3:42

What is Kundalini? How to make it rise? Kundalini yoga is dangerous if not done properly

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains that the fundamental life force in the existence is referred as 'kundalini'. However, most people interpret it is the latent energy within the system. This dormant or latent energy is way bigger than what has manifested. Sadhguru explains to live a complete life, you only need to activate 21 out of the 112 chakras. Before activating the other dimensions, you must make sure that you...

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... are ready for it. Kundalini Yoga in its essence is the most potent. If improperly handled it is also the most dangerous form of yoga.

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains that the fundamental life force in the existence is referred as 'kundalini'. However,...

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... most people interpret it is the latent energy within the system. This dormant or latent energy is way bigger than what has manifested. Sadhguru explains to live a complete life, you only need to activate 21 out of the 112 chakras. Before activating the other dimensions, you must make sure that you are ready for it. Kundalini Yoga in its essence is the most potent. If improperly handled it is also the most dangerous form of yoga.

August 2, 2020

8:22

The science of Vak Shuddhi – How and what you speak has an impact on you

Synopsis: Vak Shuddhi means cleansing the sounds that one utters. Humans can utter complex sounds. In the Indian culture, language like Sanskrit were created in such a way that simply using the language would cleanse the system, because of the reverberation they created within the system. Sadhguru explains that both the sound, and the intention of the sound will have a bearing on what impact it has on the system....

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... In fact the volition, which is the intention has a significant impact. Because the modern languages are not designed to generate the necessary vibrations, the volition or intention becomes even more significant.

Synopsis: Vak Shuddhi means cleansing the sounds that one utters. Humans can utter complex sounds. In the Indian...

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... culture, language like Sanskrit were created in such a way that simply using the language would cleanse the system, because of the reverberation they created within the system. Sadhguru explains that both the sound, and the intention of the sound will have a bearing on what impact it has on the system. In fact the volition, which is the intention has a significant impact. Because the modern languages are not designed to generate the necessary vibrations, the volition or intention becomes even more significant.

July 6, 2020

5:14

Is wearing orange necessary for spiritual growth?

Monks and Orange have almost become synonyms - so much so that people think wearing Orange is a pre-requisite for walking the spiritual path.  Well, nothing could be farther from truth. The Sanyasis (monks) in India do not wear Orange per se - they color their clothes with the soil (red earth) - giving it brownish/orange hue.  Keeping the body well is important,  so that it does not become an impediment in one's spiritual journey.  Sanyasis wear clothes that are washed in soil because the best way to make the body stable is to be connected to the Earth. Especially for one who is focused on something beyond the body, he does not want his body to come in the way. So this is like covering oneself  by Earth and  being continuously conscious that this body is part of the Earth and is just a temporary outcrop of the planet.  

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April 19, 2021

3 min read

Mantra – the sound of existence

Mantra means a sound.Where there is vibration, there is a sound - so in a way the whole existence is a complex amalgamation of sound. Of these, a few mantras or a few sounds have been identified, which are like keys. If you use them in a certain way, they become a key to open up a different dimension of life and experience within you.  Fundamentally, there are three sounds in the existence and any given sound can be created out of these three sounds. This fundamental sound 'AUM"  is the very basis of existence.

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July 21, 2020

12 min read

Why Is The Symbol of Yoga a Flower?

In Yoga, God is not seen as a creator, but as an ultimate flowering. Sadhguru says - "The whole science of yoga, the whole process that we are referring to as spirituality is just a question of good gardening – nurturing the seed so that it will become a flower."

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March 23, 2017

3 min read

Why Are There So Many “Rules” in Yoga?

In the Indian culture the rules that govern life are called as dharma. Dharma means law, not religion as it is commonly misunderstood. People observed these laws, laws that govern the universe, our nature and the process of creation. There is a geometrical basis for everything physical. If you are not aligned to this geometry, there will be friction within you - pain and suffering, anxiety, tension, stress, misery. So, yoga instructions are not new rules, these are ways in which the body will function to its maximum efficiency.

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November 7, 2016

7 min read

Yoga & The Pineal Gland

Today, medical science has proven that chemicals can create pleasant and unpleasant experience within you. In yogic physiology, pineal gland is associated with the agna chakra. If you have sufficient and stable pineal secretions, you will always be pleasant within yourself. Sadhguru tells about a certain bindu, a spot on the pineal gland, and its significance. In yoga, the initial phase of practice is towards stability.

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September 27, 2016

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Yoga – The Significance Of Bandhas

Sadhguru says, "Bandhas are employed to gain control of your energy system". An important aspect of yoga is to gain control over the energy body and the mental body. Only when the physical body, mental body and energy body are properly aligned, your actions will be smooth, easy and effortless. Once you are able to use your energy body, the way you use your physical body, then there is no limit in terms of experience and exploration.

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June 14, 2016

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Yoga – Significance Of Spinal Twist

Sadhguru says, that spine is very subtle, made of 33 pieces of bone, and it is designed to support a certain amount of weight. The spine is like the suspension of a car. And, if we look at the body in two halves, the lower part weighs more than the upper part. So, when one does any upside down posture, there is very high weight on the spine. Because of this, after doing such asana, it is important to flex the spine back to its natural state. That is the significance of spinal twists postures.

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May 13, 2016

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Is Yoga Only About Asanas?

Yoga is misunderstood, especially in the west, as twisting the body into impossible postures. Sadhguru says, that in Patanjali's yoga sutras, which form the bedrock of modern yoga, only one sutra is dedicated to asanas, thiram sukham asanam. Asanas are only for preparation, they are not the whole yoga. There are other dimensions to yoga. Sadhguru says "Yoga is a tool to find ultimate expression to life. Every human being must explore and know this".

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February 1, 2016

4 min read

Yoga – Significance Of Breathing A Certain Way

Most people use only about 20% if their lung capacity. As your lung capacity expands, the number of breaths per minute will come down. As you continue practicing classical yoga, your breath will become slow. As your breath becomes slow, your perception will enhance. Sadhguru says "You will start understanding what people around you are saying. You will understand the language of other creatures, the language of the planet, and the very language of the source of creation."

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June 29, 2015

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What Is Kundalini Yoga?

In the yogic culture, kundalini is symbolized by snake. Kundalini is energy within you what has not manifest. If one's kundalini is aroused, miraculous things will happen to them. It will also significantly enhance their perception. Before activating the kundalini, it is very essential that the body and mind have been sufficiently prepared. Kundalini yoga is the most dangerous form of yoga. Pumping up of energy without necessary preparation, and proper guidance, should not be attempted.

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April 23, 2015

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What Is Tantra Yoga?

In this article Sadhguru dispels the misconceptions around tantra yoga. It is a total misinterpretation in the west, that tantra yoga means uninhibited sex. "Tantra", means technology. It is a technology to go beyond the compulsiveness of the body and mind. Tantra yoga is not to fulfill your sexual needs. Sadhguru says - "Unlike sexuality, which tends to find release at the lower level of the energy system, tantra is about building our energies to the fountain-head of the uppermost dimension of the energy system". Tantra yoga, has two paths, a cruder left-hand tantra, and a more refined, right-hand tantra.

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May 27, 2013

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What Is Upa Yoga?

In the Indian languages, the word upayoga means, 'that which is useful'. Upa Yoga, is sub-yoga or semi-yoga. Yoga is for a committed practitioner, who wants to attain the the ultimate. Upa Yoga is for someone who doesn't yet have the inclinations for that. Upa Yoga is a system of yoga that is oriented more towards the physical, and not strongly towards the spiritual. Upa Yoga is a good for beginners, for people to start yoga.

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April 19, 2013

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Why Should Yoga Be Imparted Orally – The Guru-Shishya Paramparya

Sadhguru tells us about the guru-shishya paramparya. The spiritual aspects were never written down, because once it is written, anyone can read and misinterpret. Only once a person has attained a certain level of experience within himself, he should know, others should not. So, that is how it was transmitted. Sadhguru also tells us about the significance of a guru for someone on a spiritual path.

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March 29, 2013

3 min read

What Yoga Is Not – Some Common Misconceptions

There are a few common misconceptions about Yoga. Sadhguru looks at them and clarifies: Myth 1: Yoga comes from Hinduism; Myth 2: Why be a human when you can be a pretzel? Yoga is all about impossible postures; Myth 3: Want six-pack abs? Yoga is a great exercise regime; Myth 4: It is only in the last century that yoga has gone global; Myth 5: Find your groove. Yoga & music go well; Myth 6: Need a yoga study guide? You can learn yoga from a book; Myth 7: Yoga is something you practice every morning and evening

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November 9, 2012

11 min read

Yoga – What Does It Mean?

Sadhguru says, once we attach the word 'yoga' to anything, it means that it is a complete path by itself. What yoga means is to move towards an experiential reality, where one knows the ultimate nature of existence, the way it is. Yoga refers to union - not as an idea or philosophy or as a concept, but as an experiential reality.

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August 13, 2012

3 min read

Is wearing orange necessary for spiritual growth?

Monks and Orange have almost become synonyms - so much so…

April 19, 2021

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Mantra – the sound of existence

Mantra means a sound.Where there is vibration, there is a sound…

July 21, 2020

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Why Is The Symbol of Yoga a Flower?

In Yoga, God is not seen as a creator, but as…

March 23, 2017

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Why Are There So Many “Rules” in Yoga?

In the Indian culture the rules that govern life are called…

November 7, 2016

7 min read

Yoga & The Pineal Gland

Today, medical science has proven that chemicals can create pleasant and…

September 27, 2016

8 min read

Yoga – The Significance Of Bandhas

Sadhguru says, "Bandhas are employed to gain control of your energy…

June 14, 2016

9 min read

Yoga – Significance Of Spinal Twist

Sadhguru says, that spine is very subtle, made of 33 pieces…

May 13, 2016

3 min read

Is Yoga Only About Asanas?

Yoga is misunderstood, especially in the west, as twisting the body…

February 1, 2016

4 min read

Yoga – Significance Of Breathing A Certain Way

Most people use only about 20% if their lung capacity. As…

June 29, 2015

4 min read

What Is Kundalini Yoga?

In the yogic culture, kundalini is symbolized by snake. Kundalini is…

April 23, 2015

5 min read

What Is Tantra Yoga?

In this article Sadhguru dispels the misconceptions around tantra yoga. It is…

May 27, 2013

7 min read

What Is Upa Yoga?

In the Indian languages, the word upayoga means, 'that which is useful'. Upa…

April 19, 2013

3 min read

Why Should Yoga Be Imparted Orally – The Guru-Shishya Paramparya

Sadhguru tells us about the guru-shishya paramparya. The spiritual aspects were never…

March 29, 2013

3 min read

What Yoga Is Not – Some Common Misconceptions

There are a few common misconceptions about Yoga. Sadhguru looks at…

November 9, 2012

11 min read

Yoga – What Does It Mean?

Sadhguru says, once we attach the word 'yoga' to anything, it…

August 13, 2012

3 min read

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