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Did you know – The human brain is always looking for intoxication!

Transcript: You must understand, whatever stimulants, whatever stimulus you may take from outside, essentially human experience of all kinds is caused only from within. The question is only are you on push-start, or are you on self-start. Which is better, technologically? Self-start. So if I teach you, suppose I teach you that you can simply sit here and be totally blissed out, more stoned than anybody on the...

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... campus. At the same time, you're fully aware. Would you go for it? Would you go for it? Fully stoned, fully conscious, would you go for it? See, the only problem with your alcohol, drugs, everything is not a moral issue, it is a life issue because it destroys life. It's not a morality, that this is good, this is bad, that's not the point. The point is it makes you incapable in so many ways. There was a certain Israeli scientist who was researching on marijuana or cannabis. Over 18 years the US drug administration gave him large quantities of marijuana and he went on experimenting and 18 years time he came up with really nothing significant. And during mid-80s, when American agencies were fighting drug on the street, they changed their policy of fighting the suppliers in Mexico and South America. They decided to fight on the street, with the users. So they said, somebody said, this is not right. You're giving this man such a big stock, we don't know what he's doing. Because he's not produced anything, 18 years of research. Then he moved to Israel. The Israeli government looked at his work and they decided to give him big stocks of marijuana. And after another 3.5-4 years, he came up with this. He found that in the human brain there are millions of cannabis receptors. Then he threw this question to various disciplines. Anthropologists tried to look at it and say, at some time in history maybe every human being was smoking, that's why the receptors. Then they said, this is rubbish. Because in many parts of the world it was not there, even an Eskimo has cannibus receptors, where he's never seen anything like this. Then various things happened, then the neurologists came up with this. They said, always, the human brain is waiting for the cannibus, that which causes intoxication. Not waiting for it from outside, it can generate from within. That is why there are receptors. So this is something that we have always known. I can show you, I'm there always. You look at my eyes, I'm always stoned. But as aware as anybody can be. If you do not know intoxication in life, you will never know a sense of abandon. If you don't have a sense of abandon, you will never walk full stride in your life, you will only walk half steps all the time.

Transcript: You must understand, whatever stimulants, whatever stimulus you may take from outside, essentially human...

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... experience of all kinds is caused only from within. The question is only are you on push-start, or are you on self-start. Which is better, technologically? Self-start. So if I teach you, suppose I teach you that you can simply sit here and be totally blissed out, more stoned than anybody on the campus. At the same time, you're fully aware. Would you go for it? Would you go for it? Fully stoned, fully conscious, would you go for it? See, the only problem with your alcohol, drugs, everything is not a moral issue, it is a life issue because it destroys life. It's not a morality, that this is good, this is bad, that's not the point. The point is it makes you incapable in so many ways. There was a certain Israeli scientist who was researching on marijuana or cannabis. Over 18 years the US drug administration gave him large quantities of marijuana and he went on experimenting and 18 years time he came up with really nothing significant. And during mid-80s, when American agencies were fighting drug on the street, they changed their policy of fighting the suppliers in Mexico and South America. They decided to fight on the street, with the users. So they said, somebody said, this is not right. You're giving this man such a big stock, we don't know what he's doing. Because he's not produced anything, 18 years of research. Then he moved to Israel. The Israeli government looked at his work and they decided to give him big stocks of marijuana. And after another 3.5-4 years, he came up with this. He found that in the human brain there are millions of cannabis receptors. Then he threw this question to various disciplines. Anthropologists tried to look at it and say, at some time in history maybe every human being was smoking, that's why the receptors. Then they said, this is rubbish. Because in many parts of the world it was not there, even an Eskimo has cannibus receptors, where he's never seen anything like this. Then various things happened, then the neurologists came up with this. They said, always, the human brain is waiting for the cannibus, that which causes intoxication. Not waiting for it from outside, it can generate from within. That is why there are receptors. So this is something that we have always known. I can show you, I'm there always. You look at my eyes, I'm always stoned. But as aware as anybody can be. If you do not know intoxication in life, you will never know a sense of abandon. If you don't have a sense of abandon, you will never walk full stride in your life, you will only walk half steps all the time.

December 24, 2020

3:59

15 Dec to 15 Jan – How to make use of the planetary positions in this month of Margazhi

Transcript: We are at a time of the year which is considered significant for those who are on the spiritual path. The terminal month of margazhi starts from 16th. What is the significance of this month? It is at this time of the year that the planet earth is closest to the sun. So this should have been the hottest month. But, this is a time when the planet is shy of the sun and the northern face faces away from...

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... the sun. In the southern hemisphere, this is the hottest part of the year. In the northern hemisphere, this is the coolest part of the year because the northern hemisphere, or the northern face, of the planet is facing away from the sun. But it is closest. So in terms of temperature, because of the closeness to the sun, the angle at which the sun's rays hit the planet is very diffused. But in terms of sun's gravity functioning on the planet, right now it is at the highest. So the maximum pull of the sun's gravity is functioning upon the planet at this time. So this margazhi month is a time to bring balance to the system. It is like if something is flying all over, if you just pull it, it gets centralized. So that is the effect that the margazhi month has on the human system, it pulls you from the base. So it brings balance and stability. Recognizing this, that one needs to bring balance and stability, this is a time when there are practices in the yogic system which has transmitted itself into culture in many different ways. This is a time when men will do what generally women are supposed to do and women will do what men are supposed to do. In the sense, in Tamil Nadu, there's a culture that this is a time when men will go on nagaras and kirtan. That means men will practice devotion, they will sing. Singing and devotion is largely considered feminine, so men will practice this. Woman will practice making geometrical figures. Geometry and masculinity are very directly connected. If a woman sees something, let's not say woman. If feminine sees something, it will always pay maximum significance to the colour and form of that. If the masculine sees something, it always sees the geometry first and then the colour and the form. So it is in this month women practice geometry.

Transcript: We are at a time of the year which is considered significant for those who are on the spiritual path....

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... The terminal month of margazhi starts from 16th. What is the significance of this month? It is at this time of the year that the planet earth is closest to the sun. So this should have been the hottest month. But, this is a time when the planet is shy of the sun and the northern face faces away from the sun. In the southern hemisphere, this is the hottest part of the year. In the northern hemisphere, this is the coolest part of the year because the northern hemisphere, or the northern face, of the planet is facing away from the sun. But it is closest. So in terms of temperature, because of the closeness to the sun, the angle at which the sun's rays hit the planet is very diffused. But in terms of sun's gravity functioning on the planet, right now it is at the highest. So the maximum pull of the sun's gravity is functioning upon the planet at this time. So this margazhi month is a time to bring balance to the system. It is like if something is flying all over, if you just pull it, it gets centralized. So that is the effect that the margazhi month has on the human system, it pulls you from the base. So it brings balance and stability. Recognizing this, that one needs to bring balance and stability, this is a time when there are practices in the yogic system which has transmitted itself into culture in many different ways. This is a time when men will do what generally women are supposed to do and women will do what men are supposed to do. In the sense, in Tamil Nadu, there's a culture that this is a time when men will go on nagaras and kirtan. That means men will practice devotion, they will sing. Singing and devotion is largely considered feminine, so men will practice this. Woman will practice making geometrical figures. Geometry and masculinity are very directly connected. If a woman sees something, let's not say woman. If feminine sees something, it will always pay maximum significance to the colour and form of that. If the masculine sees something, it always sees the geometry first and then the colour and the form. So it is in this month women practice geometry.

December 17, 2020

3:59

Why is the number 112 important? Why is the Adiyogi statue 112ft?

Transcript: See, what is big and small is according to people's perceptions. All the people in the yoga center, they say, Sadhguru, we should have made it little bigger, it's looking so small compared to the mountain behind. So what is small and big is always people's perception. But, there is something called as visual impact. Of all the five sensory organs that you have of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting,...

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... and touching. Tell me, if I tell you, suppose I'm going to take four of these away from you right now, which one would you like to keep? Just the nose or just the tongue? What would you like to keep? This is the option. Four, you have to lose. One, you can keep. Which one will you keep? Eyes of course. Because the five sensory impacts that you have upon you, visual impact is the largest impact for you right now. But, let us say you are a dog, I'm not saying. I don't think dog is anything derogatory, I think it's a great animal. If you're a dog, if I asked you this question you would say nose. Because his food, his survival happens because of his nose. But for a human being the visual impact is the largest impact. So in that sense, it is not about the size of the Adiyogi, it is about the geometry. To get the geometry perfect in a small size is extremely difficult. Extremely different. So we needed a certain amount of size to get the geometry easily in place. The geometry of Adiyogi, now that you ask this question, is to exude. See, when I say geometry of Adiyogi will exude something. Is it true, you went home today and your father was sitting in a certain way, just by looking at his posture, you know whether he is angry, or happy, unhappy, disturbed? Do you know or not? So the geometry of Adiyogi is, we wanted this to exude three aspects. One is exuberance of life, another is stillness of life, another is intoxication. I worked for two and a half years to get this face right. Many, many, many faces were made, then we decided we need a certain size and that size became over 80 feet. When it became over 80 feet, then we thought the number also has to have some significance. So we went for 112 feet because Adiyogi, when he propounded the ways, the different ways in which a human being can attain to their highest possibility, he gave 112 ways. So we made it 112.

Transcript: See, what is big and small is according to people's perceptions. All the people in the yoga center, they...

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... say, Sadhguru, we should have made it little bigger, it's looking so small compared to the mountain behind. So what is small and big is always people's perception. But, there is something called as visual impact. Of all the five sensory organs that you have of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. Tell me, if I tell you, suppose I'm going to take four of these away from you right now, which one would you like to keep? Just the nose or just the tongue? What would you like to keep? This is the option. Four, you have to lose. One, you can keep. Which one will you keep? Eyes of course. Because the five sensory impacts that you have upon you, visual impact is the largest impact for you right now. But, let us say you are a dog, I'm not saying. I don't think dog is anything derogatory, I think it's a great animal. If you're a dog, if I asked you this question you would say nose. Because his food, his survival happens because of his nose. But for a human being the visual impact is the largest impact. So in that sense, it is not about the size of the Adiyogi, it is about the geometry. To get the geometry perfect in a small size is extremely difficult. Extremely different. So we needed a certain amount of size to get the geometry easily in place. The geometry of Adiyogi, now that you ask this question, is to exude. See, when I say geometry of Adiyogi will exude something. Is it true, you went home today and your father was sitting in a certain way, just by looking at his posture, you know whether he is angry, or happy, unhappy, disturbed? Do you know or not? So the geometry of Adiyogi is, we wanted this to exude three aspects. One is exuberance of life, another is stillness of life, another is intoxication. I worked for two and a half years to get this face right. Many, many, many faces were made, then we decided we need a certain size and that size became over 80 feet. When it became over 80 feet, then we thought the number also has to have some significance. So we went for 112 feet because Adiyogi, when he propounded the ways, the different ways in which a human being can attain to their highest possibility, he gave 112 ways. So we made it 112.

October 23, 2020

3:34

Can reading a book or playing board games make you meditative?

Transcript: Well, if you read a book, or do jigsaw, or whatever else, definitely certain amount of focus is needed. Normally if you stay focused, let's say, you got interested or involved in reading a book and you stayed focused, absolutely focused in the book to a point. Slowly, the surrounding disappeared because the book got interesting. That is called as dharana in yoga. That means you have a focus, you and...

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... the book all that exists. Rest of the world has disappeared. In that sense, there is some use to it, definitely. But, you're using the puzzle or whatever else more as a distraction than as a way of focusing. The reason why you're doing this is, just sitting here by yourself will drive you crazy unless you're doing something either on the phone, or with this, or that. You must be doing something otherwise you'll go crazy. You're using it as a distraction, you're using your focus as a way to distract yourself. I'm saying, this lockdown time at least find out how crazy you are. At least get a diagnosis. Don't have to go to any doctor because that is also under, psychiatry is under lockdown. By yourself, you sit down for one hour. With your eyes closed, see what all happens in your mind. After one hour, to whatever extent you can remember this, just write it down because most of it for most human beings, there is no continuity. Random, random, random stuff is happening, write it down. If you trust anybody at home, you tell them not you, your friend wrote a letter like this to you. Don't expose yourself because people will exploit this. If they read it, they will say this is the work of a madman, 100%. You can take two-three opinions. You yourself will know. So it's good to find out how mad are you. Yes, very important. First and foremost thing, if you want to go somewhere, is to find out where am I right now. Even Google demands where are you. If you ask the route for that place, even the Google maps ask where are you. Because without knowing where you are we cannot direct you anywhere, isn't it? So how crazy are you? I think it's good to find out.

Transcript: Well, if you read a book, or do jigsaw, or whatever else, definitely certain amount of focus is needed....

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... Normally if you stay focused, let's say, you got interested or involved in reading a book and you stayed focused, absolutely focused in the book to a point. Slowly, the surrounding disappeared because the book got interesting. That is called as dharana in yoga. That means you have a focus, you and the book all that exists. Rest of the world has disappeared. In that sense, there is some use to it, definitely. But, you're using the puzzle or whatever else more as a distraction than as a way of focusing. The reason why you're doing this is, just sitting here by yourself will drive you crazy unless you're doing something either on the phone, or with this, or that. You must be doing something otherwise you'll go crazy. You're using it as a distraction, you're using your focus as a way to distract yourself. I'm saying, this lockdown time at least find out how crazy you are. At least get a diagnosis. Don't have to go to any doctor because that is also under, psychiatry is under lockdown. By yourself, you sit down for one hour. With your eyes closed, see what all happens in your mind. After one hour, to whatever extent you can remember this, just write it down because most of it for most human beings, there is no continuity. Random, random, random stuff is happening, write it down. If you trust anybody at home, you tell them not you, your friend wrote a letter like this to you. Don't expose yourself because people will exploit this. If they read it, they will say this is the work of a madman, 100%. You can take two-three opinions. You yourself will know. So it's good to find out how mad are you. Yes, very important. First and foremost thing, if you want to go somewhere, is to find out where am I right now. Even Google demands where are you. If you ask the route for that place, even the Google maps ask where are you. Because without knowing where you are we cannot direct you anywhere, isn't it? So how crazy are you? I think it's good to find out.

October 1, 2020

3:41

Without numbers would life be more beautiful?

Transcript: Sadhguru, one question I keep thinking about is, if there were no numbers in life. We didn't know the concept of numbers, would I be more in rhythm with the nature in life? Namaskaram Prasoon. I know you're a magician of words. You don't like numbers. Well, once you say, me and you, well there are two. Or even if you say, myself, then there is one. Once there is one, then ten, hundred, thousand, million,...

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... is just a natural consequence of that. So the moment you say, me, you already created a number. The number is not only about how old are you, what time is it, when did I sleep, when did I wake up. It's not just about that. You and me itself are two numbers. So myself itself is a number. The only way to be beyond numbers is called a shoonya. Yoga means no number. Why yoga means no number, means the word yoga essentially means union. Which means it is the science of how to obliterate the boundaries of your individuality. Obliterating the boundaries of your individuality means the first basic number, one, that is me, is obliterated. Once you take away one, what is a million, or a billion, or a zillion means nothing. Everything is a zero. So, yoga means obliteration of numbers. Yoga means union. Union means, no you and me, no many. There is just one. But, there is not one, there is none. So this is referred to in many different ways. It's called a shoonya, it is called as shiva, which means, actually, that which is not. That which is not cannot have numbers. Only that which is has numbers. So, numbers are a natural consequence of physical existence. Only when one transcends the physical existence, there is a numberless existence. When we say something is limitless, we're also saying it's numberless. When we say something is boundless, we're also talking about no boundaries. No boundaries means there is no one or two. So numberless existence is possible only when there is an absolute state of yoga or union. That's what we're trying. This is my effort in my life. To take people into that experience of numberlessness. But keep the magic of words going, Prasoon. Magic of numbers is also beautiful in the form of mathematics as magic of words are. So both words and numbers are not two different things because there is one word means there will be many words. There is number one means there wil be many numbers. All this is a consequence of physical manifestation of existence. If one transcends the physical, then we use the most corrupted word, spiritual. What spiritual means is a numberless existence.

Transcript: Sadhguru, one question I keep thinking about is, if there were no numbers in life. We didn't know the...

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... concept of numbers, would I be more in rhythm with the nature in life? Namaskaram Prasoon. I know you're a magician of words. You don't like numbers. Well, once you say, me and you, well there are two. Or even if you say, myself, then there is one. Once there is one, then ten, hundred, thousand, million, is just a natural consequence of that. So the moment you say, me, you already created a number. The number is not only about how old are you, what time is it, when did I sleep, when did I wake up. It's not just about that. You and me itself are two numbers. So myself itself is a number. The only way to be beyond numbers is called a shoonya. Yoga means no number. Why yoga means no number, means the word yoga essentially means union. Which means it is the science of how to obliterate the boundaries of your individuality. Obliterating the boundaries of your individuality means the first basic number, one, that is me, is obliterated. Once you take away one, what is a million, or a billion, or a zillion means nothing. Everything is a zero. So, yoga means obliteration of numbers. Yoga means union. Union means, no you and me, no many. There is just one. But, there is not one, there is none. So this is referred to in many different ways. It's called a shoonya, it is called as shiva, which means, actually, that which is not. That which is not cannot have numbers. Only that which is has numbers. So, numbers are a natural consequence of physical existence. Only when one transcends the physical existence, there is a numberless existence. When we say something is limitless, we're also saying it's numberless. When we say something is boundless, we're also talking about no boundaries. No boundaries means there is no one or two. So numberless existence is possible only when there is an absolute state of yoga or union. That's what we're trying. This is my effort in my life. To take people into that experience of numberlessness. But keep the magic of words going, Prasoon. Magic of numbers is also beautiful in the form of mathematics as magic of words are. So both words and numbers are not two different things because there is one word means there will be many words. There is number one means there wil be many numbers. All this is a consequence of physical manifestation of existence. If one transcends the physical, then we use the most corrupted word, spiritual. What spiritual means is a numberless existence.

September 13, 2020

3:49

How to do open eye meditation

Synopsis: Sadhguru narrates a beautiful story of a sufi master! So, can you meditate with your eyes open - no. But, with my eyes open, can I be meditative - Yes. Sadhguru also tells about the Samyama program where one learns how to meditate with eyes open!

Synopsis: Sadhguru narrates a beautiful story of a sufi master! So, can you meditate with your eyes open - no....

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... But, with my eyes open, can I be meditative - Yes. Sadhguru also tells about the Samyama program where one learns how to meditate with eyes open!

August 7, 2020

2:47

What is the purpose of meditation

Synopsis: Sadhguru says - "The purpose of meditation.... 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 there is space between you and the body, between you and the mind - this is the end of suffering". Only when you do not have fear of suffering, you can become spiritual.

Synopsis: Sadhguru says - "The purpose of meditation.... if you sit in meditation, slowly it will become like this...

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... - your body is here, your mind is out there, what is you is somewhere else... Once there is space between you and the body, between you and the mind - this is the end of suffering". Only when you do not have fear of suffering, you can become spiritual.

August 4, 2020

3:55

YOGA – A profound technology to move from ‘personality’ to ‘presence’

Synopsis: This is a profound talk, where Sadhguru tells us the fundamental purpose of Yoga. Sadhguru says that Yoga as a process, as a technology, as a science - is essentially to break the personality. It is to evolve from being a 'person' to a 'presence'. Now, it is scientifically proven fact, that the fundamentals of the activity of your brain, your chemistry, even the genetics can be altered by practicing...

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... different forms of Yoga.

Synopsis: This is a profound talk, where Sadhguru tells us the fundamental purpose of Yoga. Sadhguru says that...

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... Yoga as a process, as a technology, as a science - is essentially to break the personality. It is to evolve from being a 'person' to a 'presence'. Now, it is scientifically proven fact, that the fundamentals of the activity of your brain, your chemistry, even the genetics can be altered by practicing different forms of Yoga.

July 28, 2020

7:36

The power of the mind – Manifest whatever you want

Synopsis: This is a very powerful and insightful talk by Sadhguru. He explains that anything that we want to manifest in the world, needs to be first clearly manifested in the mind. For that to happen, one needs to transition from a monkey mind, full of unnecessary thoughts and imitation, to a well established mind. Kalpavriksha, is not a tree - a well established mind, a mind which is in a state of 'samyukti'...

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... is referred as a kalpavriksha. Sadhguru says - "If you organize your mind to a certain level of organization, it in turns organizes the system, your body, your emotion, your energy - everything gets organized in that direction." Once all these four aspects get aligned, then anything that you wish will manifest.

Synopsis: This is a very powerful and insightful talk by Sadhguru. He explains that anything that we want to manifest...

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... in the world, needs to be first clearly manifested in the mind. For that to happen, one needs to transition from a monkey mind, full of unnecessary thoughts and imitation, to a well established mind. Kalpavriksha, is not a tree - a well established mind, a mind which is in a state of 'samyukti' is referred as a kalpavriksha. Sadhguru says - "If you organize your mind to a certain level of organization, it in turns organizes the system, your body, your emotion, your energy - everything gets organized in that direction." Once all these four aspects get aligned, then anything that you wish will manifest.

July 20, 2020

16:38

Can listening to Indian classical music heal?

Synopsis: Sadhguru says - "music is a certain arrangement of sounds. If you arrange sound in a certain way, it will become noise. If you arrange sound in a different way, it will become music." Music has the power to set moods in people, even without words. So, music without words is very significant. And sound is existential structure, the meaning of words is a psychological structure. Most of the Indian classical...

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... music is around sound, with minimal words - so it is an attempt to touch life. So, definitely it has the potential to heal.

Synopsis: Sadhguru says - "music is a certain arrangement of sounds. If you arrange sound in a certain way, it...

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... will become noise. If you arrange sound in a different way, it will become music." Music has the power to set moods in people, even without words. So, music without words is very significant. And sound is existential structure, the meaning of words is a psychological structure. Most of the Indian classical music is around sound, with minimal words - so it is an attempt to touch life. So, definitely it has the potential to heal.

July 8, 2020

3:26

Koorma Naadi – The key to enhance your perception

Synopsis: Sadhguru says that - "everything that you are doing... essentially all that you are looking for is that you want a bigger experience in life". And this can only be achieved if you enhance your perception. Sadhguru explains the 'Koorma Naadi' in the human system - this is the Naadi that conducts the breath in the human system. Mastery of this can significantly enhance ones perception.

Synopsis: Sadhguru says that - "everything that you are doing... essentially all that you are looking for is that...

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... you want a bigger experience in life". And this can only be achieved if you enhance your perception. Sadhguru explains the 'Koorma Naadi' in the human system - this is the Naadi that conducts the breath in the human system. Mastery of this can significantly enhance ones perception.

July 5, 2020

4:53

Will doing regular Sadhna answer all my questions?

Synopsis: "I have hundreds of questions in my head. If I do regular practice and Sadhna with full involvement - will they get answered?" - asks a meditator during Sadhguru Darshan at the Ashram. Sadhguru's answer is bound to surprise you.....

Synopsis: "I have hundreds of questions in my head. If I do regular practice and Sadhna with full involvement -...

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... will they get answered?" - asks a meditator during Sadhguru Darshan at the Ashram. Sadhguru's answer is bound to surprise you.....

October 20, 2019

06:20

Five layers of the human body

Synopsis: Sadhguru gives an insight into yogic physiology. There are five layers or sheaths of the body. First is food body, second is the mind body, third layer is the energy body. Sadhguru explains the 114 chakras, or energy nodes in the system. The fourth layer, is vigyanmaya kosha, or a transitional body, where physical is transitioning into non-physical. The fifth layer, is the bliss body. Sadhguru also...

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... explains how the number of breath one takes is directly related to perception.

Synopsis: Sadhguru gives an insight into yogic physiology. There are five layers or sheaths of the body. First...

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... is food body, second is the mind body, third layer is the energy body. Sadhguru explains the 114 chakras, or energy nodes in the system. The fourth layer, is vigyanmaya kosha, or a transitional body, where physical is transitioning into non-physical. The fifth layer, is the bliss body. Sadhguru also explains how the number of breath one takes is directly related to perception.

June 19, 2019

8:52

Can human beings evolve further?

Synopsis: During the Youth and Truth event at the Bennet University, a student asks Sadhguru - "So, I am a big fan of Elon Musk. And, he is on interplanetary travel. So, he is talking about evolution of human beings. I think the last time we evolved was more than 15,000 years ago, and we maybe due for an update. Where do you think the human race is going to go in the next 100, or maybe even 500 years, and how...

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... do you think we are going to upgrade? How are we going to evolve?"

Synopsis: During the Youth and Truth event at the Bennet University, a student asks Sadhguru - "So, I am a big...

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... fan of Elon Musk. And, he is on interplanetary travel. So, he is talking about evolution of human beings. I think the last time we evolved was more than 15,000 years ago, and we maybe due for an update. Where do you think the human race is going to go in the next 100, or maybe even 500 years, and how do you think we are going to upgrade? How are we going to evolve?"

May 2, 2019

6:30

How to find the balance between materialism and spirituality?

Synopsis: How do we draw the balance between materialistic world and the spiritual world? Spirituality has become the most "corrupted" word! There is no such thing as material or spiritual. Sadhguru says, for a moment lets leave the word spirituality aside. Lets just look at it just like life. Body and Mind (impressions), are gathered from outside, they can be yours, but not you. You are only...

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... experiencing your body and mind, the things you have gathered, and have forgotten about the life. Once this life, comes into your experience, once you experience something beyond your physicality, we call this spirituality.  

Synopsis: How do we draw the balance between materialistic world and the spiritual world? Spirituality has become...

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... the most "corrupted" word! There is no such thing as material or spiritual. Sadhguru says, for a moment lets leave the word spirituality aside. Lets just look at it just like life. Body and Mind (impressions), are gathered from outside, they can be yours, but not you. You are only experiencing your body and mind, the things you have gathered, and have forgotten about the life. Once this life, comes into your experience, once you experience something beyond your physicality, we call this spirituality.  

October 29, 2018

12:08

How much karmic influence do parents have on their children?

Synopsis: Lakshmi Manchu asks Sadhguru - "Namaskaram Sadhguru. I have a question. So, does the relationship that we have with our parents, impact the course of our life? If yes, how best our we to nurture this?" Sadhguru tells is that parents karmic influence on their children is till the age of 21 years.

Synopsis: Lakshmi Manchu asks Sadhguru - "Namaskaram Sadhguru. I have a question. So, does the relationship that...

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... we have with our parents, impact the course of our life? If yes, how best our we to nurture this?" Sadhguru tells is that parents karmic influence on their children is till the age of 21 years.

September 17, 2018

2:39

Marma – Can yogic pain relief be used as an alternate to anaesthesia?

Synopsis: During an in-conversation event at the Harvard medical school, Emery Brown (MD, PhD) asks Sadhguru - "Let me pose a question to you Sadhguru. So, we can perhaps work as individuals to .. Now that I know, I take away [as anaesthetist] wakefulness, and not consciousness.. right.. And, that's an individuals decision to maybe train in this particular way. So, is there someway that we can harness these...

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... insights that you have, harness this understanding, and use it as anesthesiologist to take care of patients. Because, if we can adapt it, that would be very very helpful. Because, we would be using the powers in a way that would control the brain in a way that would be more physiologic."

Synopsis: During an in-conversation event at the Harvard medical school, Emery Brown (MD, PhD) asks Sadhguru -...

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... "Let me pose a question to you Sadhguru. So, we can perhaps work as individuals to .. Now that I know, I take away [as anaesthetist] wakefulness, and not consciousness.. right.. And, that's an individuals decision to maybe train in this particular way. So, is there someway that we can harness these insights that you have, harness this understanding, and use it as anesthesiologist to take care of patients. Because, if we can adapt it, that would be very very helpful. Because, we would be using the powers in a way that would control the brain in a way that would be more physiologic."

August 12, 2018

7:56

Why you should not consume food during the lunar eclipse?

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains that during the lunar eclipse, one can see all the 28 phases of the moon. So, in a subtle way, what happens during a month, happens during the lunar eclipse. This has an impact on food, especially cooked food. It will deteriorate very quickly. Sadhguru performs an experiment with the rudraksha mala demonstrate this!

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains that during the lunar eclipse, one can see all the 28 phases of the moon. So, in a...

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... subtle way, what happens during a month, happens during the lunar eclipse. This has an impact on food, especially cooked food. It will deteriorate very quickly. Sadhguru performs an experiment with the rudraksha mala demonstrate this!

July 26, 2018

4:24

Can we learn more about human physiology through yogic kriyas?

Synopsis: A seeker asks Sadhguru - "My question is, if I want to learn more about the human body, would you recommend just doing more yoga or reading the human body as it's described in yogic sciences, or just experience by exercising more often?" Sadhguru says, through the process of kriyas, one can know the human system completely in a different way. However, it needs a certain discipline, and also a body...

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... which has that kind of capability. Right now in the world both these are missing.

Synopsis: A seeker asks Sadhguru - "My question is, if I want to learn more about the human body, would you recommend...

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... just doing more yoga or reading the human body as it's described in yogic sciences, or just experience by exercising more often?" Sadhguru says, through the process of kriyas, one can know the human system completely in a different way. However, it needs a certain discipline, and also a body which has that kind of capability. Right now in the world both these are missing.

June 2, 2018

5:10

Can Ida and Pingala be experienced?

Synopsis: Someone asks Sadhguru - "You mentioned Ida and Pingala. Is it really possible to imagine those, or are they just psychological nadis". Sadhguru says, with awareness they can definitely be experienced

Synopsis: Someone asks Sadhguru - "You mentioned Ida and Pingala. Is it really possible to imagine those, or are...

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... they just psychological nadis". Sadhguru says, with awareness they can definitely be experienced

April 3, 2018

1:16

What Does Good Health Really Mean?

Synopsis: There is a psychological reality, and an existential reality. For many people, a lot of ailments can be taken care of by fixing the psychological reality, because for many of them that is the cause of their ailments. Sadhguru tells us, that if we look at the existential reality, then at a fundamental level, the body is a manifestation of five elements. Our body is 72% water, 12% earth, 6% air and 4%...

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... fire - the remaining is space. If one masters these elements, one can create health within the human system.

Synopsis: There is a psychological reality, and an existential reality. For many people, a lot of ailments can...

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... be taken care of by fixing the psychological reality, because for many of them that is the cause of their ailments. Sadhguru tells us, that if we look at the existential reality, then at a fundamental level, the body is a manifestation of five elements. Our body is 72% water, 12% earth, 6% air and 4% fire - the remaining is space. If one masters these elements, one can create health within the human system.

December 13, 2017

4:05

Four Parts of The Mind, A Yogic Perspective

Synopsis: Dr David Frawley talks about how modern medicine and modern science looks at consciousness, mind and brain. He asks Sadhguru to talk about the nature of brain, mind and consciousness. Sadhguru explains that in yogic sciences, brain is just part of the body. Yogic sciences looks at human mind in 16 parts, which are in 4 categories. First is buddhi (intellect), Second is Ahankara (Identity...

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... - it is usually misunderstood as ego), Third is manas (memory - there are many dimensions of memory, elemental, atomic, evolutionary, karmic, conscious, unconscious, articulate, inarticulate memory), and the fourth dimension is chitta (dimension of intelligence without bounds, unsullied by memory). Sadhguru elaborates on each of these four parts.

Synopsis: Dr David Frawley talks about how modern medicine and modern science looks at consciousness, mind and...

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... brain. He asks Sadhguru to talk about the nature of brain, mind and consciousness. Sadhguru explains that in yogic sciences, brain is just part of the body. Yogic sciences looks at human mind in 16 parts, which are in 4 categories. First is buddhi (intellect), Second is Ahankara (Identity - it is usually misunderstood as ego), Third is manas (memory - there are many dimensions of memory, elemental, atomic, evolutionary, karmic, conscious, unconscious, articulate, inarticulate memory), and the fourth dimension is chitta (dimension of intelligence without bounds, unsullied by memory). Sadhguru elaborates on each of these four parts.

August 24, 2017

16:16

What is Karma?

In the first part of the article Sadhguru explains what is Karma - the past impressions of life. Sadhguru also tells us the distinction between, Sanchita Karma, and Prarabhda Karma. Sadhguru shares a simple way one can start breaking ones physical Karma. Sadhguru says - "Depending on what kind of impressions you took in, whether it was hatred and anger, or love and joy, you accordingly have a certain kind of personality – usually every human being is a complex mixture of these things. Once you allow this karmic structure to build beyond a certain point, there is really no such thing as freedom. Everything that you do is conditioned by the past. If you want to move in the direction of liberation, one of the first things that you need to do is to loosen the grip and shackle of karma."

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September 21, 2020

7 min read

Baalbek Temple in Lebanon – Does it have any Indian Yogic connection?

Sadhguru tells us about the incredible Baalbek temple in Lebanon. Local legend says that the temple was originally built by people "from the East." He tells us about curious facts about the temple. One such fact is that there are stone lotuses carved on the temple's ceiling. There are no lotuses in Lebanon. Sadhguru shares some more fascinating facts about this famous temple.

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August 4, 2020

3 min read

What’s the Difference Between Stillness and Stagnation?

Though physically they may appear the same, but qualitatively stillness and stagnation are poles apart. Someone who doesn't know may think that meditation and sleeping are the same! Stagnation to stillness is like moving from ignorance to enlightenment. To know this qualitative difference, one needs an unshakeable resolve; sankalpa.

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November 8, 2019

4 min read

Yoga is Geometry

Raghu Rai, celebrated and renowned Indian photographer and photojournalist made one of the biggest coffee-table photo books, “Sadhguru”. In this article, Sadhguru tells us the significance of aligning one's own geometry with the cosmic geometry. The nature of a yogi is that he becomes geometrically conscious. Raghu was able to capture this aspect in some of the photographs, making these still pictures exhibiting a video effect - movement in stillness!

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July 2, 2019

5 min read

The Buffalo’s Tail – A Zen Story

The famous Zen story about the buffalo's tail - what is this story trying to tell us? Sadhguru tells us another story, that of how Bahubali got enlightened. And through that he explains what the hidden message in this simple zen story is. This is a must read, for all those seeking to grow on the spiritual path!

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June 26, 2019

5 min read

Living in Consecrated Spaces

Different people, different form, different spaces - all have an impact on you. Your body is accumulated food from the outside. Life can not be measured, but can be known. Only physical aspects can be measured. Sadhguru shares an incident, when he sat for meditation, the instruments measuring his vitals, pronounced him dead! Consecration is that dimension of energy which is not physical. It's very important for individual wellbeing to live in consecrated spaces, especially for children below 14 years of age.

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June 11, 2019

5 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

What are Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras?

Who was Patanjali, and what are the Yoga Sutras written by him? Are they key to well-being and liberation? What is their significance, and how one can make use of this timeless treasure.

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December 21, 2018

8 min read

Is There More To Kailash Than What We See?

Is there something more to Kailash than its visual beauty? Sadhguru tells us about the three dimensions of Kailash, and what is the best way to make use of the possibility when one visits Kailash. Some very simple tips - so that one can make the best use of this tremendous possibility.

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December 12, 2018

7 min read

Why Is Adiyogi Statue 112ft?

Sadhguru tells us that among all the senses that a human being has the visual perception has the most significant impact. Also, to get the geometry absolutely right the statue it had to be a certain size. Above all, Sadhguru wanted to the face to exude three dimensions;  Exuberance, Stillness and Intoxication. To achieve all this, the statue had to be a minimum of 80 - 90 feet. That's when Sadhguru decided to make it 112 feet, since Adiyogi gave 112 ways in which a human being can achieve to their highest.

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September 14, 2018

3 min read

Why Do We Go For a Pilgrimage?

There is a unique life within you. This life has been decorated with so many influences, from parents, family, friends, society, education. Now, you are only focusing on these decorations, your experiences, memories and relationships - and have forgotten about life! By adding the decorations, you can bring convenience into your life, but you can not enhance your life. A pilgrimage is wearing yourself down about this falsehood. You have started believing that these decorations themselves are You!

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April 19, 2018

7 min read

What Is The Significance of The Ring Finger?

These days, for fashion, some people are putting ring on their thumbs. This will not be good for them, they will attract energies which they will not be able to handle. The ring finger is significant in a human mechanism. One thing is that if you put metal on this finger, it brings a certain stability to the system. Another thing is that, Sadhguru says - "The ring finger is significant to open up this human mechanism to many possibilities".  Sadhguru also suggests that it is best not to touch your ring finer with your thumb, as it will dissipate your energies in many different ways.

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January 8, 2018

2 min read

Connect With The Earth For Good Health

Our body is a piece of Earth, made out of the food that we have consumed. Sadhguru says, the soil that makes our body - "This is older than you, wiser than you, far more intelligent and capable than you, and a far bigger process than you are as a person". For you to live well, it is important that you remain in touch with this element. Even if you are living in cities, you must come in contact with the earth, especially palms and soles. Sadhguru says - "Try to spend at least a few minutes in the garden, barefoot, touching plants or trees, because the earth is the basis of life."

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December 9, 2017

5 min read

The Science of Creating Pleasantness

Sadhguru discusses the connection between sensory perception, pleasantness and the energy system. He says - "This pleasantness or unpleasantness does not result from outside stimuli alone. It also depends on how you are at that given moment". Sadhguru tells us that for any beautiful experience to pervade the entire pranic system, we need to hold onto it for a minimum of 24 mins.

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December 2, 2017

7 min read

Element ‘Akash’ – How To Become Aware

Though it could help to sit outside in a field and looking at horizon points, but most people, when they are in open spaces tend to cover themselves. Sadhguru says - "The simple way is to first take charge of the most obvious transactions – of breath, food, consumption of water and the temperature of the body and the temperature outside". So, if you are outside, you can make use that, but otherwise, Sadhguru gives this simple way of becoming more aware of the Akash element.

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October 24, 2017

3 min read

Mundane or Sacred – How To Choose?

This is a basic mistake, trying to separate things into mundane and sacred! The source of creation is involved in everything, whether small or big. Sadhguru says - "If you see one thing as sacred and another thing as filthy, you are lost. What is mundane and what is sacred is your making. It is not existentially true". Sadhguru tells us that there are only two ways to approach life, either see everything as filthy, or everything as sacred.

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October 12, 2017

3 min read

What Is The Significance of Energizing Your Home?

You must be alive to life. And only life enlivens life. The space that you live in must be fully alive. You can keep the space you are living in alive, just by the way you live. But today, the homes have become such, that there are many rooms and enclosures, not all used regularly. Living in spaces devoid of energy can make you sick, especially pschologically. Sadhguru says - "Punya Pooja is about getting you into an energetic space where you become alive to life, because only life enlivens life". Punya Pooja is a process which can be performed. If you have lots of plants and trees around your house, and you keep the doors and windows open, that will also keep the space alive.

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July 25, 2017

6 min read

What Is The Significance of Tying Threads (Sutras)

Sutra means a thread. It also means a formula. Every material can be energized, however some forms and shapes will hold energy longer than others. Silk, Raw Cotton, Copper and Mercury are good in terms of absorbing and retaining energy. Cotton thread, is used extensively for this purpose. It is cheap and available commonly. It is further enhanced by using turmeric. Sadhguru also shares other benefits of turmeric. For different purposes, the thread is energized differently.

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June 22, 2017

7 min read

What Is Chitta?

What is referred as information, is nothing but a certain memory. The body and mind have accumulated memory over a period of time. There is a dimension of intelligence within a human being, which is free from memory. Sadhguru says - "Yet, there is a dimension of intelligence within you that is free, unsullied by memory. In yoga, we call this chitta.... This is not yours or mine. This is a cosmic intelligence – the source of creation."

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May 11, 2017

3 min read

What is a Fire Wash (Klesha Nashana Kriya)?

If you have observed, after taking a shower, you feel rejuvenated. This is because, when water flows over your body, it is not only about cleaning the dirt on your skin. Sadhguru says - "That is also happening of course, but beyond that, there is a certain cleansing of the akashic dimension of who you are". Around 12 to 18 inches of akash is around almost everyone. Cleaning this akash using fire is fire wash. Sadhguru says - "Using fire as a way of cleansing yourself is a very powerful system. This is known as Klesha Nashana Kriya, which means “to destroy or burn up the impurities in the system.”

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April 28, 2017

3 min read

The Science of Creating Elemental Deities

Sadhguru tells us consecration can be done to create the elemental deities. He says - "Being in the yogic system, we generally do not go for a human form. We go for an ellipsoid because we know it is one form which will last longest with least maintenance". So, lingas can be energized in different ways to create the elemental deities. He elaborates, that if you want the deity to be in a human form, then the geometry needs to be perfect. He adds - "An important part of creating a deity is also that people should be able to relate to it". So, usually, they would create a energized yantra, and install it to a human form.

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April 14, 2017

5 min read

Is There Any Relation Between Psychological And Existential?

This is a profound article, where Sadhguru delves into the domain of the psychological. He says - "All these things that you are talking about – your love, your poetry, your lunacy, your rage – are just different manifestations of the mind". In context of, whether the psychological has any relevance, he says - "The psychological has nothing to do with the reality. So, does the psychological have any value at all? This is just like asking if your clothes have any value at all. As long as you are alive, as long as you live in a society, they have a value and a meaning. The meaning is contextual."

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April 11, 2017

9 min read

What Is The Significance of Equinox?

Sadhguru says - "For a human being, the significance of equinox is that the masculine and feminine are at an even keel – within our own system, there is a level playing field....The equinox is considered a day when one can be free of prejudice. All other prejudices are an outcome of this fundamental prejudice, which is physiological in nature."

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March 20, 2017

6 min read

How To Know Where I am on The Path of Spirituality?

A seeker asks - "I have been doing yoga for one and a half years now. The more I wait, the more frustrating it becomes. How do I know where I am on the path of spirituality? Up to what level have I reached?". Sadhguru guides - "The whole yogic process is structured in such a way that you cannot do it without being alert. The day you remain alert without being interested in getting anywhere, when you just do a simple process, something will explode within you". He gives a simple tool for one to be able to do the practices without any expectations.

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March 7, 2017

4 min read

How To Open The Third Eye?

Sadhguru tells us that one of the most significant aspects about Shiva was that he opened his third eye. He says - "What is unseen for a large segment of humanity became a normal part of his vision. That is what the third eye means". He explains the symbolism of fire coming out of Shiva's third eye, and ashes coming out of every pore of his body. Sadhguru tells us two ways of opening the third eye. He adds - "The middle path is a way of not getting anywhere, and after some time thinking this does not go anywhere."

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March 3, 2017

4 min read

What is Karma?

In the first part of the article Sadhguru explains what is…

September 21, 2020

7 min read

Baalbek Temple in Lebanon – Does it have any Indian Yogic connection?

Sadhguru tells us about the incredible Baalbek temple in Lebanon. Local…

August 4, 2020

3 min read

What’s the Difference Between Stillness and Stagnation?

Though physically they may appear the same, but qualitatively stillness and…

November 8, 2019

4 min read

Yoga is Geometry

Raghu Rai, celebrated and renowned Indian photographer and photojournalist made one…

July 2, 2019

5 min read

The Buffalo’s Tail – A Zen Story

The famous Zen story about the buffalo's tail - what is…

June 26, 2019

5 min read

Living in Consecrated Spaces

Different people, different form, different spaces - all have an impact…

June 11, 2019

5 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

What are Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras?

Who was Patanjali, and what are the Yoga Sutras written by…

December 21, 2018

8 min read

Is There More To Kailash Than What We See?

Is there something more to Kailash than its visual beauty? Sadhguru…

December 12, 2018

7 min read

Why Is Adiyogi Statue 112ft?

Sadhguru tells us that among all the senses that a human…

September 14, 2018

3 min read

Why Do We Go For a Pilgrimage?

There is a unique life within you. This life has been…

April 19, 2018

7 min read

What Is The Significance of The Ring Finger?

These days, for fashion, some people are putting ring on their…

January 8, 2018

2 min read

Connect With The Earth For Good Health

Our body is a piece of Earth, made out of the…

December 9, 2017

5 min read

The Science of Creating Pleasantness

Sadhguru discusses the connection between sensory perception, pleasantness and the energy…

December 2, 2017

7 min read

Element ‘Akash’ – How To Become Aware

Though it could help to sit outside in a field and…

October 24, 2017

3 min read

Mundane or Sacred – How To Choose?

This is a basic mistake, trying to separate things into mundane…

October 12, 2017

3 min read

What Is The Significance of Energizing Your Home?

You must be alive to life. And only life enlivens life.…

July 25, 2017

6 min read

What Is The Significance of Tying Threads (Sutras)

Sutra means a thread. It also means a formula. Every material can…

June 22, 2017

7 min read

What Is Chitta?

What is referred as information, is nothing but a certain memory.…

May 11, 2017

3 min read

What is a Fire Wash (Klesha Nashana Kriya)?

If you have observed, after taking a shower, you feel rejuvenated.…

April 28, 2017

3 min read

The Science of Creating Elemental Deities

Sadhguru tells us consecration can be done to create the elemental…

April 14, 2017

5 min read

Is There Any Relation Between Psychological And Existential?

This is a profound article, where Sadhguru delves into the domain…

April 11, 2017

9 min read

What Is The Significance of Equinox?

Sadhguru says - "For a human being, the significance of equinox…

March 20, 2017

6 min read

How To Know Where I am on The Path of Spirituality?

A seeker asks - "I have been doing yoga for one…

March 7, 2017

4 min read

How To Open The Third Eye?

Sadhguru tells us that one of the most significant aspects about…

March 3, 2017

4 min read

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