If you do this few days in a week, you will stop aging
Transcript: If you can transition from wakefulness to sleep consciously, you will also be able to transition from life to death consciously. It is important that one crosses this line from physical to non-physical dimension in a conscious manner. There are many dimensions attached to it, many possibilities attached to it. But at a moment when you're about to lose almost everything that you know as yourself, in...
Transcript: If you can transition from wakefulness to sleep consciously, you will also be able to transition from...
February 5, 2021
In this episode, someone asks - "Sadhguru, you were talking about the cycles of existence. Why these cycles? Also, is dharma something we choose, or something that is waiting for us to discover it?". Sadhguru explains, what really is Dharma, and if it is predetermined and unchangeable! And how the right Sadhana can help calibrate a person their true Dharma.
The human life is just a play of five elements and so is everything in the universe. Without the cooperation of these five elements within oneself, life will be a constant struggle. The entire Yogic system is about gaining mastery over these elements. But why gaining this mastery is important and what can someone do for achieving that? Sadhguru explains some simple tips that even a commoner can do.
When someone dies, we may think they are 'dead', but as far as they are concerned, they just lost their body and along with it all discretion and discerning powers - because now there is no mind. Every culture has been aware of this – irrespective of where or what religion – when someone is dying, whoever he may be, you must create a pleasant atmosphere. Even if your enemy is dying, at that one moment you do not create unpleasantness for him. 'Kalabhairava Karma' is one such Yogic process to help transition the 'dead' .
Neem (Azadirachta indica) is the most potent medicinal flora in the world. The Neem tree has over 130 different biologically active compounds, and the neem leaf is one of the most complex leaves you can find on the planet. From the neem bark to the neem leaves and even the flower, fruit, seed and root – all parts of the neem tree have found widespread use in curing various ailments - most important being its anti cancerous properties. It increases heat in the system which is beneficial for those involved in intense Yogic practices on the spiritual path. Read in detail all about creators very own natural pharmacy
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.
This is an intriguing episode, in which Sadhguru narrates the story of Krishna's dream. After listening to the story, a seeker asks - "Sadhguru, the people whom Krishna let pass were either exploiters or exploited, but this person whom he does not let pass seems to be neither. So why did he not pass?" Sadhguru gives us insight, and explains - "Sweetness of life is not a goal by itself but a necessary condition for you to flower. This life flowers only when it tastes sweetness."
The majestic Himalayas leave everyone spellbound with their sheer beauty and immense size. The legend has it that the temple at Badrinath, about 10,000 feet above sea level was the abode of Shiva himself. Built by Adi Shankara himself, even today, the temple priests are descendants of his family. This itself is amazing as Adi Shankara was born down south in India and traveled more than 3000 km on foot about 1000 years ago to build the temple.
When someone dies, we usually say they are 'No More'. This is not correct, as the person still exists, but not the way we used to know them. In the Yogic wisdom, the body is described as having 5 layers - 3 physical in nature, one transitory and one non-physical in nature. The karmic substance is what keeps one cemented to the physical body. When one dies, the physical body falls apart, but the mental and pranic body go on, depending upon how strong the karmic substance is. Once physical body is lost, the discerning power is completely lost- whatever quality you put in the mind, it will multiply manifold. This is what is referred to as heaven or hell. Heaven or hell are not any geographical locations, but experiential realities that a disembodied life is going through.
In this article, Sadhguru delves deep into what causes relationships to turn sour and eventually end up in divorce. Why is it that the person you once thought as the most wonderful being worthy of spending the rest of your life together with suddenly becomes so unbearable? He explains why divorces are much more painful beyond just emotional trauma, as the body is impacted at physical level in many ways which people don't realize.
In this extensive article, Sadhguru not only defines what is 'consciousness' but also busts many a popular myths around it. Clearly noting that wakefulness and alertness are not to be confused as consciousness, he goes on to explain the sixteen Consciousness has been explained in detail in Yogic sciences, where it is seen as sixteen layered dimension.
- Is brain and consciousness related?
- The four dimensions of a conscious state
- Various degrees of consciousness
- Can you raise consciousness?
- How is Yoga related to consciousness
- Can machines be made conscious?
Emotional security is an extremely important aspect for any human being and any society to flourish. For most people, emotion is a very dominant dimension of who they are. Such being the case, nobody can be truly productive if the emotions are all freaked out. The communities that do best are where there is emotional security for children and they don't have to fight for everything from an early age. Unfortunately, in the name of freedom, we are making children go though emotional upheaval at a young age. It is very important that a culture of commitment is brought back in the society where are committed to their children and children are committed to their parents.
In this episode, Sadhguru answers a seeker's question on luck and grace. He asks, "..... Isn’t luck a byproduct of grace? Are intelligence and intellect the same?". Sadhguru says - "For the Pandavas, Krishna is their grace, and Draupadi is their luck." Sadhguru also elaborates on what is Karma, "Karma is not a concept of crime and punishment, that if you commit a crime, someone punishes you. Karma is a consequence of your own action.", and that intellect is not intelligence - "Intelligence is not thinking up something – intelligence means you have yoked yourself and are in tune with creation. This is what dhyana or meditation means; this is what Yoga means."
The Indian Yogic science has looked at life and death in the most elaborate way. It is from this deep understanding of life that the death rituals evolved. When death occurs, the life looses the body and along with it the discerning mind. From then on, the disembodied being is living just based on tendencies. The death rituals are meant to ease the transition for the disembodied life and these rituals are meant not only to help the dead but also important for those around still alive. If the dead are not taken care of properly there could be many problems for the living.
Human body is the most sophisticated machine on the planet. Indian Yogic sciences have explored this mechanism and the human body physiology in detail. It is surprising to see how small small things, if taken care of, bring profound improvement in one's life. Waking up well is one such area - if you get it right, it will transform your day. Sadhguru provides four simple tips to start your day well.
Akash - One of the five elements (rest being earth, water, fire and air) - the basic ingredients of life, is the most mystical and subtle dimension of existence. It is like a Yogic Net (just like Internet) - if one has access to it - you have access to everything that anyone has known ever. If one has cooperation of this larger intelligence - life works in a blessed and magical way. Sadhguru explains a simple process to gain access to Akashik intelligence.
A leader must be able to inspire people. If people need constant supervision, that's not leadership. Leadership is about being able to take your people in a direction and to a destination that they themselves could not have imagined possible. If it was something that they could have imagined, they do not need a leader around. For this to happen, a leader must be able to see beyond the obvious which others can't see. To become a true leader, one must have a profound sense of insight and need to work upon themselves to enhance their perception skills.
This mental diarrhea of uncontrolled thought process cannot be addressed by such crazy ideas and philosophies as 'sit with closed eyes and try not to think of anything'. Just try for yourself - the harder you try to control your mind, the more active your mind becomes. Sadhguru tells how human 'mind' - instead of becoming a cherished faculty has become a source of misery for most simply because there is no effort to understand its true nature.
In this episode, a seeker asks Sadhguru to elaborate on Yudhishthira's response to a Yaksha's question. Yaksha asked - "And what is true forgiveness?", Yudhishthira responds - "He who endures enmity truly forgives." Sadhguru elaborates and says - "Forgiving means that you will not act out of resentment – you will act out of what is needed for the situation."
Having a good night's sleep is very important for one's psychological, physical and even spiritual well being. Unfortunately, for many, even this has become a struggle. In sleep, one can unconsciously incubate a lot of either negative or positive things in sleep. If you find yourself waking up feeling nasty and ugly for no apparent reason, you must take charge of your sleep. Following these simple techniques will have a profound impact on your well being.
Kashi, Varanasi or Benares - a city known by many names - is ancient than the legend itself. But is it just another ancient city that came about along the journey of human civilization or there is something else to it? This city was created as a huge energy device - a manifestation of a mega human body to make contact with a larger cosmic body. As Sadhguru explains the science behind the mystical aspects of the city and its many rituals, some of which one can experience even today, it will leave you mesmerized, perplexed and in awe of human capabilities.
Yogis who have mastery of over certain life processes can certainly bring the dead alive. There are occult practices (a.k.a tantrik practices in India), wherein people who gain access to this mystical dimension of life can make this happen. There are many stories in India recounting dead coming alive, some of them historically recorded as well.
'Chakras' probably is one of the most misunderstood aspect of Yogic Sciences. A profound knowledge has just become an object of ridicule in the hands of charlatans. In this article, Sadhguru explains the basics of Chakras and the possibilities they offer for a human being to flower to its full capabilities.
In this episode, Sadhguru answers a seeker's question on destiny - '.....to what extent is it already known which choices a person will make in their lifetime?' Sadhguru elaborates and tells us "The very essence of the spiritual process is to deal with your destiny now."
The word 'Death' instills fear in almost everyone - that's why everyone wants to cling to life forever, knowing fully well that if there is one certain thing in this life- that is 'Death'. Yet, we do nothing to prepare ourself for this one 'certain' thing. We must learn to accept death gracefully - and that can happen only when one understands that death is not end in itself, but just a transition for this life.
The raging pandemic around the world has necessitated social distancing norms and 'Namaskar' - the Indian way of greeting has gained much popularity. But this is not just a cultural thing. There is a whole Yogic science behind it as to how bringing the palms together balances one's energy system. It is the simplest form of Yoga, and this one simple tip from Sadhguru could open doorways of love and happiness for you.
Is marriage really necessary? Why can't I just have a live-in relationship? Marriage is a lifelong bondage, I am not willing for that - what's the way out? In this thought provoking article, Sadhguru provides deep insights into one of the most significant and often neglected relationship in one's life and answers questions on wide ranging topics ranging from why marriage, why multiple partners is a bad idea (not just moral aspects), the importance of Yogic ritual of Vivah (the marriage process ) to tips for a successful marriage.
In this episode, Sadhguru answers a seeker's question: "Sadhguru, what can we learn from the story of Ekalavya? He was a greater archer than Arjuna but still lost out." Sadhguru explains, "Drona was an enormously talented man, but his meanness and corruption resulted in a tragedy for Ekalavya."
This is a fascinating article. Sadhguru tells us how the modern science and the yogic science are converging. He says, "Rudra the Roarer and the Yogic Lore of the Big Bang". Sadhguru further says - "By looking into my system, I am saying that creation has roared eighty-four times and it will roar further, many more times." Sadhguru also tells us about his conversation with Paul Steinhardt, who is the Director of the Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton University has written a book called, “Endless Universe.”
How did it all start? Is there just one or many? Will it all end one day? All these and many more such questions about the existence of Universe have baffled scientists since ages. Sadhguru provides a Yogi's perspective on Universe - how it all started, when will it end, do multiple universe exists and how its all linked to 'Karma'.
This is a wonderful article in which Sadhguru explains what 'love' really is! Sadhguru says - "You fall in love, because something of who you are has to go.", you can only fall in love, not rise in love. Through three engaging stories Sadhguru tells us what us unconditional love, and is it possible; is there any relation between gratitude and love; is love a human need. Finally, Sadhguru tells us that 'love' is a very fragile dimension of life, and needs to be handled gently.
In almost all the cultures, there are stories of people changing themselves into different body forms - eagles, wolves, fly whatever. The Native American tribes call it 'Shamanism', while it is known as 'Parakaya Pravesham' in the Indian Yogic culture. These are not just imaginary stories, it is very much possible to do this, just by gaining little bit mastery over life processes. But is it worthwhile to get involved in these highly dangerous practices?
Sadhguru says, it was Yudhishthira's humility that saved the Pandavas many times. Yudhishthira was always honoring the elders. At the end of Bhishma's life when he was lying on the bed of arrows, Yudhishthira and his brothers went to meet him. Sadhguru says - "Yudhishthira asked a hundred questions which developed into a very elaborate discourse with Bhishma.
The food is for the body. If one is aware enough, the body will tell you what is the right kind of food for it. The choice of food is not about culture, morality or the ongoing fashion - its just that if you think about food as fuel for the body you will give the body what is most efficient for it. Eating raw foods - fruits, vegetables, sprouts will make such a positive impact to your health and well being - Just try experimenting and you will know for yourself.
Some 40,000 years ago, a Yogi , by the name of Sunira started a project to create a perfect human being. He couldn't complete that project. In the early 20th century, Madam Blavatsky, who had a great interest in occult and mysticism came to India and started 'Theosophical Society'. Later, Madam Blavatsky, Leadbeater and Annie Besant came together to power this Theosophy movement across the world, which they successfully did to a large extent. They gathered the most phenomenal occult library on the planet, which still exists in the Theosophical Society of India. They set up a whole study team to carry forward the project of creating a 'perfect being'. Was Jiddu Krishnamurthy an outcome of that project? Read on....
Death is the baseline of life. If you do not understand death, you will never know life, nor can you handle life, because life and death are like inhalation and exhalation. They exist together, inseparably. Spiritual process begins only when you are confronted with death – either your own one or that of someone who is dear to you, someone you thought you could not live without. When death is approaching or when it happens, that is when the question comes up in most people’s minds, “What is this all about? What will happen beyond this?”
The word 'Occult' is associated with fear, negativity and something to be avoided. But Occult is just like a technology. Modern science and Occult will meet one day. Occult is being passed of as mysticism or a spiritual process, which is totally incorrect. While Occult is still at a physical level, mysticism is beyond physical. To use an analogy – Occult is like technology, Mysticism is science. Like science, Mysticism is a way to know what the nature of this existence is.
A successful marriage depends upon how responsibly both the partners are behaving. If you make yourself into a joyful, wonderful human being, then you will see that your work, home and marriage will all be wonderful. Everything will be wonderful because you are. If one just remembers that you are coming together to fulfill your physical, psychological, emotional, social and various other needs, then you will conduct your marriage responsibly. But if you think the other person needs you, then ugliness will come in the relationship in many ways.
Sadhguru narrates a short Zen story about Jingxuan and his master Liaoyi. Sadhguru tells is the essence of the story, "If one does not perceive life, how can he perceive what is death? Right now you are alive.....There is no such thing as death. It is only life."
In this episode of Mahabharata... Gandhari curses Krishna, "May you not have a glorious death like my sons who died in the battlefield. You must die like a common human being." Krishna says, "Mother, what you are saying is anyway written, because who else can kill the Yadavas unless they kill each other? Yadavas cannot be killed by anyone else but each other, so let it be so. And how I exit this world does not matter for me, as I anyway know how to exit. Do not worry about my destiny. Focus on yours." Sadhguru narrates how all this came true.
A 'Sutra', literally means a thread. It is energised using certain Yogic processes to accomplish specific purpose. Different kinds of 'Sutras' are created according to the purpose. For example, a 'Mangal Sutra' is about binding two people together as in marriage. Essentially, a 'Sutra' is a medium, an intelligent medium (generally a thread as its easy and handy to manage) made in a certain way that it functions for a certain time with a specific purpose.
This is a must read article for insights into mental health. Sadhguru tells us - "Fundamentally, you expected something to happen and it did not happen." This is the root of depression. Most of the depression is self-created, though few are pathologically ill. Depression makes one cynical and self-damaging. Sadhguru says - "..when you get sad, if you are going to get irritable and angry, and think the whole world is wrong, you are a fool." For one who is wise, one can also use this situation as a tool to grow. How to get out of depression - "One of the simplest and best ways of establishing balance is lots of physical activity in a natural environment – ideally from an early age."
Sadhguru explains that our the building block for our body is the food that we consume. The food that we eat should depend on our activity. A laborer, an athlete, a spiritual seeker, a software engineer and a student - they should all choose certain kind of food suitable for their activity. Sadhguru says - "Ask the body – not your tongue – what kind of food it is most comfortable with." Sadhguru tells us that in yogic system, food is classified as tamas, rajas and sattva. In terms of quality of food, vegetarian food is better than non-vegetarian food. Sadhguru also explains that coffee and tea, being nervous stimulants, though will make you feel alert and awake initially - but they will dull your nervous system and make you insensitive. Just by eating the right food, one can remain healthy and altert!
This is an fascinating excerpt from "Death: An Inside Story"! Sadhguru says - "If life happens, then death is natural. Being afraid of something natural is unnatural." Sadhguru explains that the fear of death is just a social conditioning. In India, traditionally death has never been seen as sinister. In fact, "Only when you realize you are mortal, the longing to know that which is beyond will arise." Sadhguru tells us how if one is aware in the last few moments of life, death can be a doorway to liberation.
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."
We have started looking at every situation that we cannot handle as a problem! Sadhguru says - "Whatever you cannot handle, you call a problem, rather than seeing it is only a situation and trying to equip yourself to handle it. The moment you call it a problem, unpleasantness is a natural consequence." He shared 5 simple tips for parenting a teenager. #1 Be a good friend. #2 Make them responsible. #3 Stop eulogizing helplessness. #4 Don't "own" them. Include them. #5 Do something about yourself.
Positive thinking is dangerous! Sadhguru says - "The nature of the mind is such that if you say, 'I do not want this,' only that will happen in your mind. If you say, 'I do not want the negative,' only that will happen." Instead of looking at things as positive and negative, we should essentially be looking at the situation and act accordingly. Sadhguru explains, that the who existence is happening between two dualities - "What you refer to as positive and negative is: masculine and feminine, light and darkness, day and night. Without this, how will life happen? It is like saying you do not want death, you want only life – there is no such thing. Only because there is death there is life. Only because there is darkness there is light. It is just that you should not allow the negative to overwhelm you. Let both of them be there and see how to make both of them productive."
In this episode of Mahabharata.. Bhima kept insluting Dhritrashtra. Even though Yudhishthira tried to stop him, he would say - "We fought the battle, and still Dhritarashtra tried to crush me. Still, the old woman tried to burn you. No! There is no charity in my heart for them." Eventually, unable to bear the insults, and on Vidura's advice, Dhritrashtra, Kunti, Gandhari, Vidura and Sanjay moved the forest. One day, a forest fire consumed them.
In the Indian culture we say "acharya devo bhava" - that means 'teacher is like god'! Even in contemporary time, though all knowledge is available on the internet, still teacher has a significant role to play in the nurturing of a child. The kind of influence the child goes through in the first 15 years, will determine the kind of human being that the child will turn out to be. The qualities of a good teacher - intelligence, integrity and inspiration!
Everyone is curios to know what is the right amount of sleep for them and how can they reduce it? Sleep essentially is servicing time for the body when it gets rid of impurities. It is a maintenance and repair time for the damage that happens to the body because of daily living – on the cellular level, on the energy level, and in many different ways. Actually, the body does not sleep, it just needs 'rest' to repair itself, but since for most of us, the only restful state we know is 'sleep' we think of sleep as an essential aspect of living. How much maintenance downtime you need simply depends on how much repair work is to be done. In this articles, Sadhguru explains the mechanics of sleep in detail and provides simple tips on how to reduce your sleep quota and how certain meditative practices like 'Shoonya' let you achieve the benefit of 3-4 hours of sleep in just 15-20 minutes.....
Sadhguru delves into the essential nature of grief. In response to a question, "Having recently lost a near and dear one, how does one cope with the grief and distress associated with it?", Sadhguru tells us that grief is about incompleteness. Grief can happen even without someone dying. But, when someone dies, it leaves a vacuum in your life. This feeling of incompleteness is the source of grief.
Meditation (dhyana) means to go beyond the limitations of the physical body and the mind. The body and the mind are just accumulations over a period of time - body is just a heap of food one has eaten and the mind is just a heap of impressions one has gathered from the outside. The body and the mind are just like bank balance - they are your property but they are NOT You. Just like one has a home and a bank balance, one has a body and a mind. A good bank balance, a good body and a good mind are needed to live a good life, but they are not sufficient. The instruments of the body and mind are okay for survival, but they will not fulfill a human being because the quality of a human being is to seek something more. Human life will not be fulfilled with just eating, sleeping, reproducing and dying. All those things are needed in one's life, but still one will not feel complete even if one has fulfilled all these things. This is because the quality of a human being has crossed a certain boundary of awareness. It has to seek something more, otherwise it will never be satisfied. It has to become 'Unlimited' – and Meditation or dhyana is a way of moving into the unlimited dimension of who you are.
In this episode - after the war, they moved towards Hastinapur. Instead of celebrations, all they heard was wailing of orphans and widows. Seeing this - Yudhishthira asked himself, “What is all this for? I never wanted to be the king. Why did I cause this?”. Sadhguru tells the story of how Krishna saved Bhima and Yudhishthira from Dhritrashtra and Gandhari who were seething with revenge.
Mental health issues like depression and anxiety seem to be rampant in many parts of the world now, including India. The pandemic seems to have contributed to this even further. Sadhguru tells us the reasons why mental illnesses are on the rise; one reason is because we have pulled down the support systems. Family was one such support system. Sadhguru says - "Family was one bunch of people who were like a net for the circus that you did. Whichever way you fell, there was someone to hold you for some moments." Sadhguru also explains how yoga can be a tremendous tool to bring balance and help in such situations.
In this storytelling , Sadhguru narrates 4 short stories revolving around Krishna and his life. Each story, in its own unique way, carries a subtle message. #1. Duryodhana hatches a plan to make Krishna drunk and get some secrets out from him. Did he succeed? #2. Satyabama, Krishna's second wife was a very proud lady - extremely beautiful and very very rich. Flaunting her wealth and beauty was he second nature. On Krishna's birthday, she made a grand plan to showcase to the whole town her love for Krishna. Did Krishna use this opportunity to teach her a lesson in humbleness? How was she saved from the embarrassment when the plan went awry? #3. While having lunch one day, Krishna suddenly got up in between the meal and ran towards the door. Satyabama,, who was serving him, got very puzzled. Before she could ask , Krishna came back and resumed his meal. Satyabama was totally bewildered by Krishna's strange behavior - was it the food or something else? #4. Once, Krishna's wives - Satyabama and Rukmini had made grand plans to celebrate Krishna's birthday. The usual playful Krishna, on that day was very quiet and not participating in any celebration. When asked, Krishna complained of severe headache. Physicians from all over the town were called but they failed to cure Krishna. No medicine would appear to work on him. Then Krishna told them the way to cure him. How was Krishna finally cured ? Did Radha and the Gopis cure him?
The Neem (Azadirachta indica) holds a special position in the Indian Ayurveda medicine and Yogic sciences for its immense medicinal and health benefits. The tree has more than 130 active biological compounds and its leaf is one of the most complex leaf on the planet. Daily consumption of neem kills the cancerous cells in the body, kills harmful bacteria in the human system and is a remedy for many a skin infections. It increases the heat in the system, thus helping those on the path of Yoga and Sadhana. However, indiscriminate use can cause harm and one must observe certain precautions while consuming Neem.
Sadhguru narrates a short Zen story. He explains the hidden message in it. Normally, we choose friends who will support our limitations. But when you seek a spiritual master, you should be willing to break your limitations. You don't seek a master to hear pleasant things about yourself. Sadhguru says - "Guru or a master is there to destroy the falsehood in you."
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.
Sadhguru explains that 'Brahmcharya' means - 'Brahman' means 'the divine' or the 'ultimate' and 'charya' means 'the path'. So 'Brahmcharya' means the 'path of the divine'. Sadhguru explains what does it mean to be on the path of the divine. He tells us - "Everyone should become a brahmachari, not necessarily in terms of lifestyle, but internally." In this article Sadhguru also tells us the significance of setting up a certain order, and why it is important for any society.
In this episode: Ashwatthama had killed Pandava's five children. Pandava's pursued him, and a duel happens between Arjuna and Ashwatthama. Ashwatthama pulls out the Brahmastra. Sadhguru says, from Vyasa's description of Brahmastra, it seems like it was a modern day nuclear weapon. Ashwatthama releases the Brahmastra and Krishna has to step in to counter its aftereffects on a just born infant. Krishan broough a stillborn child alive, and this act completely changed Krishna.
In this article Sadhguru tells us about Karna. In India, Karna is considered as an anti-hero. Sadhguru tells us - "He was a man with a phenomenal sense of integrity and generosity but all this was lost." Sadhguru tells us about Karna's life, and the reasons why Karna became so resentful, which ultimately led to his downfall. So, was Karna Good or Bad?
Sadhguru explains the fundamental cause of fear. He says - "Fear is simply because you are not living with life, you are living in your mind." He tells us that we are only suffering our memory, and our imagination. So, how does one overcome fear? Sadhguru says, "The only thing you can do about this is, come down to reality. If you just respond to what is there right now and not imagine something that does not exist, there is no room for fear."
The medical science today is realizing the health benefits of fasting - something which was always know and practiced in Indian Yogic culture. Many Indian rituals and religious practices were built around this to spread this knowledge. There are days when human body does not need food - if one is conscious and has developed necessary awareness of how human body functions, one will know the days when body is telling you - it does not need food. It wants to cleanse itself, repair and maintain itself and remove toxins - but we don't allow that to happen by constantly stuffing food. Fasting is a great way to rejuvenate the body, improve health and cure many a diseases. But there is certain way of doing fasting otherwise it could do more harm. Find out more as Sadhguru explains the benefits of fasting.
In this episode of Mahabharata, Sadhguru distills the three keys to success which we can learn from Mahabharata. One - Be skillful and listen. "If you listen to something, your mind will become focused and still; if you are simply hearing things, the mind will become distressed – that is the effect of noise." Two - Lack of faith leads to failure". And three - Rage will not work for you. "When there is faith, there is no fear. When there is no fear, there is no rage in your heart. When there is no rage in your heart, you will act towards the purpose of your life, without even knowing it intellectually."
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.
A Zen student went about claiming he has attained 'Enlightened' as he has embraced nothingness and is totally empty from within. The Zen master quickly brought him to his senses. It is irresponsible for people to speak as to what is 'enlightenment' or define 'enlightenment' because unscrupulous people will pick up these words and try to deceive someone or more importantly, people will delude themselves with such ideas and start hallucinating.
In this pandemic time, people are realising how important it is to have a strong immunity system so that the human body can fight and keep itself safe from external pathogens. Sadhguru provides a whole list of simple yet highly effective tips that one can follow with ease to boost one's immunity system. Please note - This is not a cure or treatment for Corona Virus.
Somewhere, at some point, all religions started as a spiritual process. But in their eagerness to organize, they lost the fundamentals. Religion is just spirituality gone bad. In the past, nobody was allowed to think for themselves - it was the priest, pundit, guru or scripture that thought for you. The moment you start thinking logically, questions will arise in your mind. If you ask three penetrating questions, all the scriptures, religions and heavens will collapse. For too long, if something is going right, we think it is because of us, but if something is going wrong, we think it is because of God. It is time to change this. Human potential will be fully explored only by moving the world from religion to responsibility. Otherwise, everybody has an excuse and divine sanction for all the rubbish they do.
In this episode of Mahabharata, Sadhguru explains the significance of the practice of yagna. Yagnas are an ancient form of ritual that involves mantras and offerings to fire. Sadhguru says - "Yagna means a disciplined action that will benefit all. If you sit here and meditate, and then you dance around so that everyone benefits from your meditation, it is a yagna. How to perform a yagna? There are many ways to do it...."
The time period between 3:30 AM to Sunrise is called 'Brahma Muhurta' and has very special significance in Yogic culture. Due to the natural relationship between human body and earth, moon and sun, significant physiological changes happen in the body during this time. The pineal gland is functioning at its peak, the entire body is in a conducive atmosphere to stabilize itself. 'Brahma Muhurta' means time of the creator.
The human mechanism is the most complex mechanism on the planet, but unfortunately, we have not inculcated anything in our education systems to teach people how to handle and operate this mechanism efficiently - both at physiological and psychological level. For most people, their intelligence has turned against their own well being. Yoga is a scientific method to make your thoughts, emotion and intelligence work for you. There is enough experiential data to show that it works. Now, even modern medical science is coming to that conclusion as blood markers are being studied and we are clearly seeing that even genetic dispositions are changing by Yogic practices.
If you come out of a relationship, give yourself sufficient time. You can fix a minimum of six months or one year where you are just going to be by yourself. Because whatever went bad, you definitely have 50% contribution for everything that went bad. Use this time to fix that 50%. Disillusionment is a very good thing. If your illusions are broken, that means life is bringing you closer to reality. This is an opportunity for you to sit down and see, “What is the nature of my life?”
In this episode Sadhguru explains the original rationale of the traditional caste system, and different forms of social divisions in modern society, and its relevance in contemporary society. He says - "Is the varnashrama dharma of dividing a society based on craft or competence still there? Is the world not divided by competence? Whether you like it or not, it is divided. The only thing is we have made it a little more porous..."
The pandemic has caused much despair, anxiety and loss of lives across the globe. People are feeling anxious, stressed and afraid of the whole situation. While no doubt, we have a serious situation caused by an external pathogen, how we deal with it is in our own hands. If humanity acts responsibly, we can overcome this. Sadhguru explains what does acting 'responsibly' means and provides 2 simple tips to help reduce the anxiety and stress.
In this episode Sadhguru explains about what is Dharma - is it an absolute truth or a relative truth. He explains using the context if two questions - one about Yudhishthira and the second about Krishna. This is a compelling read, as it breaks our notion about morality and righteousness. What really is Dharma or Truth? Sadhguru says - "The ultimate truth is to act out of your inclusiveness"
Sadhguru narrates a short Zen story, when in response to a disciples question, the master replies "Learn from that Dog". The disciple is disappointed, what can one learn from a dog, he says - "You are making fun of me, Master. What can I learn from a dog? All it does is eat, sleep and reproduce. I have come in search of you only to become free from that.". Sadhguru explains, we are not even fully involved in the basic activity of eating and sleeping. He says - "When you eat, you are thinking about home, when you are at home you are thinking about work, when you are at work you are thinking about travel, when you are travelling you are thinking about when you can sleep, when you go to sleep you are thinking about something else. Your whole life rolls on like this."
Questioner: Sadhguru, you said Barbarik came from the South, and that the southern mysticism had a big influence in the war. Could you elaborate on that? In this episode, Sadhguru elaborates on the Southern influence on the war, though the war was between the Northern kings.
Someone asks Sadhguru - "All my family is in Italy. How can we not panic and be calm in this situation? It is very difficult for me to stay quiet." Sadhguru says - "...I understand the struggle, that people who are dear to you are elsewhere, particularly in a place which is going through the throes of infection and there are hundreds of deaths per day.... Shall we deal with the trouble to the best of our capabilities or shall we multiply it in our mind?"
As the world population is growing, where are the new 'souls' coming from? About five thousand years ago, since the time of Mahabharata, the world population has grown from just 18 million to 7.7 billion today! If there is rebirth and reincarnation, then how are the number of souls increasing? Sadhguru explains - "When you say the word “soul,” which is so loosely used today, we are not talking about a physical thing." So, the usual laws of the physical world, as we understand them, do not apply.
Stuck at home during the Coronavirus lockdown, someone asks Sadhguru - "Sadhguru, I always thought that I can spend my whole life binging on shows on Netflix, but in the last few days of lockdown, I am totally bored of everything on the internet!" Sadhguru explains that boredom is a mind's creation, it's not existential. So, you are bored of just what is happening in your mind! He suggests some simple tips to address this, like - "Every ten minutes, take a two-minute break from it; you will be doing something very fantastic with yourself."
Many people are forced into a lockdown because of the corona virus. With no activity and silence on the outside, suddenly the inside noises are becoming very noisy. How can one deal with this? Sadhguru says - "Do not try to stop it because you cannot stop it. The only way is to distance yourself from it." He shares tips as to how one can achieve this distancing. Simple meditations like Isha Kriya can be of tremendous help.
Sadhguru shares eight simple tips to boost the immune system. These are extremely useful to strengthen the immune system and beat the corona virus #1 Consumption of Neem and Turmeric. #2 Consumption of Jeeva Legium and Raw Mango. #3 Consumption of Amla with Honey and Peppercorns. #4 Consumption of Mahavilva Leaves. #5 Ensure you get enough physical activity. #6 Generate ushna by chanting #7 Keep your self joyful #8 Practice Isha Kriya
Somebody asks Sadhguru "What is the distinction between an avatar and a bhagavan? What is Krishna, really?" Sadhguru says - "Avatar means he is a manifestation of the Creator, but he is not living like that every moment." Sadhguru explains the difference between a bhagavan and an avatar, and tells us what Krishna fits into.
A new disciple asked his widely traveled Zen master, "You have been to many places in the world. Which is the best place in the summer? Which is the best place during monsoon? Which is the best place to go during the winter?" The master kept walking in the rain and said, "If you really want to be in the best place, you must go to the place where there is no summer, rain or winter!" Sadhguru explains the message in this short zen story, that the master is trying to give to his disciple.
In many ways, the quality of relationship one holds, determines their quality of life. Relationships are formed to fulfill various needs - physical, psychological, emotional, social, financial... Sadhguru says - "The needs within a human being have risen because there is a certain sense of incompleteness and people are forming relationships to experience a certain sense of completeness within themselves". This is the source of expectations. Sadhguru says - "If you are happy by your own nature, the relationships will become a means for you to express your happiness not to seek happiness."
Sadhguru says - "Your body and your brain work at their best only when your stomach is empty". One of the reasons why people have so much inertia is that they are eating more than what is needed. Sadhguru suggests - "If you are over 30 years of age, two good meals a day will suffice – one in the morning and one in the evening. There must be three hours after the evening meal, before you go to bed". If you ensure that there is a minimum eight hour gap between two meals, you will see that in six weeks time, almost 50% of your health problems will go away!
Sadhguru tells us that in yoga, the body is seen as five layers; annamaya kosha (physical body), manomaya kosha (mental body), pranamaya kosha (energy body) - these three are physical in nature. The next two are vignanmaya kosha (etheric body) and anandmaya kosha (bliss body). Sadhguru says - "When someone dies, we say, “This person is no more.” That is not true. The person is no more the way you know them, but they still very much exist. The physical body will fall apart, but the mental and pranic body go on, depending upon the strength of the karma.... If you dismantle the karmic structure one hundred percent, you merge with the existence."
Duryodhana tells Bhishma - "Krishna is only a cowherd. What can he do?". When Krishna defeated Duryodhana and Karna by himself, how can Duryodhana say this? Sadhguru says - "People say all kinds of things. Sometimes, the same people who crawled at your feet and said you are God, turn negative at some point, or even become deadly enemies". Sadhguru also tells us that Krishna told Arjuna, that Karna is a better archer than him. "Arjuna was completely disillusioned. He had always been walking around with this aura of being the greatest warrior on the planet."
Sadhguru tells us that being happy or unhappy is a choice that we make! He says - "Whatever every human being is doing on this planet, it does not matter what, even if he is giving away his life to someone, he is doing it because it gives him happiness". Even after doing everything, if we are still unhappy, then somewhere the basic fundamental of life has been missed. Sadhguru tells us that the reason for that is because we have established ourselves in untruth.
Sadhguru says - "The life in you is not looking for meaning; it needs exuberance of experience. First you create that, then all these questions will evaporate". He tells us that we have got ourselves so entangled in our own thoughts, emotions and ideas, that we don't realize that we are life. We have made conclusions about life, without actually knowing about it. He says - "If you can joyfully, consciously, stay in “I do not know,” knowing is not far away".
Human muscles can be enhanced by strengthening them, but also making them very flexible. If you do Upa Yoga, or Angamardana practices, fitness is assured. But Yoga is not an exercise form. It's for wellbeing in all aspects - physical health, energy, mind and also the spiritual dimension. Sadhguru says - "You don’t have to do Yoga to lose weight or to stay healthy. You just have to eat sensibly, play tennis or take a swim. The focus of Yoga is to set another dimension alive within you that is beyond the physical".
Mahabharat is full of individuals following their own dharma. But, how does one decide their Dharma? Sadhguru tells us about Gandhari's life. She went through many difficult situations, and what all it did to her mind was not a small thing. Once she came to know that her husband was blind, one of the things she realized was that she will have to do everything for him. But suppose she chose to be blind, than being a queen, everything will be done for her by someone else. And, the public glory that came with that sacrifice was an added incentive. Once, she has taken a public vow, that becomes her Dharma.
Today, there is medical evidence, that one works at their best when they are joyful. Being joyful means that you are in a certain level of pleasantness within you, it means there is no friction within you. Sadhguru says - "I am at ease because I am not made by someone’s opinion. In no way does someone’s opinion make me happy or unhappy". Being joyful is the basic ambiance for any life to flourish and achieve anything of significance.
Mahabharat Episode 68: Get Out of Cyclical Existence and Karma
The magic of five elements
Importance of rituals for the dead
Neem – The Nature’s Pharmacy
Is wearing orange necessary for spiritual growth?
Mahabharat Episode 67: The One Thing That Existence Cannot Forgive
Why Shiva and Parvati had to leave their abode at Badrinath?
What happens after death?
Why divorce is so painful and how to deal with it?
What is ‘Consciousness’?
Emotional security is a must for societies to flourish
Mahabharat Episode 66: Grace and Luck – Where to Draw the Line?
Significance of death rituals
Waking up well will transform your day
Akash – The gateway to beyond physical
What differentiates a leader from a manager?
How to control the mind?
Mahabharat Episode 65: Should I Forgive and Forget?
Sleep your way to blissfulness
kashi – is it just another city or something else?
Can the dead be re-resurrected?
Chakras demystified: A Beginner’s primer
Mahabharat Episode 64: Destiny or Free Will – What Determines the Course of Your Life?
How to accept death gracefully
Namaskar – much more than just a greeting
Marriage – to be or not to be?
Mahabharat Episode 63: How Ekalavya Lost His Thumb
The big bang theory: A yogic perspective
How did universe come into existence?
Love – Decoded! Is Love a need? Is unconditional love possible?
The occult science of changing body forms
Mahabharat Episode 62: Bhishma on the Bed of Arrows
What kind of food should i eat?
Jiddu Krishnamurti – why did he denounce becoming a world teacher?
life and death – not two different things
is mysticism and occult the same thing?
is arranged marriage better?
Life and Death – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 61: Krishna’s End
Sutra – a Power thread
Depression: Cause, Effect & Solution
The right food to eat to keep you awake and alert
How to overcome the fear of death?
What is Karma?
Parenting Tips: How to parent a teenager
In a Mustard Seed – A Zen Story
Does positive thinking work?
Mahabharat Episode 60: The End of the Kuru Dynasty
What are the qualities of a good teacher?
10 Tips to Sleep Less
How to Deal with the Death of a Loved one?
Why is it Important to Meditate?
Mahabharat Episode 59: After the War, the Meanness Continues
Yoga Benefits for Mental Health
Storytelling: Krishna – 4 Rarely Told Stories
Three Amazing Health Benefits of Neem (Azadirachta)
The Right Guru – A Zen Story
Baalbek Temple in Lebanon – Does it have any Indian Yogic connection?
The True Meaning of Brahmacharya
Mahabharat Episode 58: One Act that Changed Krishna Forever
Was Karna a Hero or a Villain in Mahabharata
How to overcome Fear?
Health Benefits of Fasting
Mahabharat Episode 57: Three Keys to Success, According to the Mahabharat
Mantra – the sound of existence
How to attain enlightenment?
boost body immunity the yogic way
Move from religion to responsibility
Mahabharat Episode 56 : Yagnas – Timeless Rituals
What is ‘Brahma Muhurta’ ?
Can Yoga prevent suicide?
Use breakup as an opportunity
Mahabharat Episode 55: The Age-Old Caste System – Discrimination from the Start?
2 simple tips to deal with covid-19 anxiety
Mahabharat Episode 54: Dharma – An Absolute or Relative Truth?
Learning Zen from a Dog – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 53: Little-Known Southern Influences
Coronavirus – How to stay calm when our loved ones are in mortal peril?
Mahabharat Episode 52: How Do Souls Multiply?
Coronavirus lockdown – How to deal with boredom?
Coronavirus lockdown – How to handle the inner noises?
Coronavirus – Simple Tips To Boost Your Immune System
Mahabharat Episode 51: Krishna – Avatar or Bhagavan?
The Best Place to Be – A Zen Story
How To Deal With Expectations In a Relationship?
What Is The Right Intermittent Fasting Plan?
What Happens After Death?
Mahabharat Episode 50: Who Decided The Course Of The Kurukshetra War?
How Can I Be Happy In Life?
What Is The Meaning of My Life?
Can Yoga Help Me Keep Fit?
Mahabharat Episode 49: The Real Reason Gandhari Chose To Be Blindfolded
Being Joyful Is The First Step In Life