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.....
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.
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.
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.
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."
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...."
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..."
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.
This is a Zen story about a man longing to reach higher states like Budha, and going in search of a master. After a steep climb, he finds the master at the top of a mountain. The master shows him some bamboo vegetation and asks him a couple of questions, and then leaves. Sadhguru explains, that the conclusions we draw from our five senses are always in comparison to something else. If one wants to perceive life, then one has to move beyond the five sense perceptions.
Unfortunately the common perception of spirituality today is of someone not eating properly, renouncing everything, sitting on the roadside and begging! Sadhguru says - "Being spiritual has got nothing to do with your external situation. You can be spiritual whether you live in a hut or a palace". Spirituality is fundamentally about realizing that "I am the source of my joy".
Sadhguru says - "When it comes to God, you have been told to believe; nobody told you to explore Divinity". The intellect is only useful for survival. Exploring deeper dimensions of life through the five senses will not yield results. These are not the right instruments; and without appropriate instruments, people are bound to jump to wrong conclusions.
In Yogic culture, a well established mind is referred as kalpvriksha. For anything to manifest in the world, first it gets created in the mind. Sadhguru says - "If you organize your mind to a certain level, it in turn organizes your whole system; your body, emotions and energies get organized in that direction. If this happens, you are a Kalpavriksha yourself. Anything that you wish will happen". For this to happen, the most important thing is clarity - you must be clear where you want to go.
Shiva found access to the reality of creation in utter stillness or in absolute movement. Intrigued by watching him move from utter stillness to mad dance, and being in absolute ecstasy in both, the Gandharvas and Yakshas were keen to get an grasp of this experience. To have an insider, they plotted and got Shiva married to Sati. Sadhguru narrates the story of how Sati burnt herself up in the ceremonial fire, and how 54 Shakti Sthalas were born when a despondent Shiva carried her rotting corpse.
Unfortunately people today think that temples are places of prayer. Only in South India, people have still kept the basic instructions of going to the temple alive. Temples are not places of worship, they are not places to ask, it is a place to receive. You must sit there for some time and imbibe the energy. Sadhguru says - "You are not going there to tell god what he should do – you are there to make yourself available to a dimension of energy that you by yourself are not able to generate".
If you notice, people who are deeply involved in some intellectual activity, would prefer to read a book than have sex. Trying to get rid of something is not the best way to approach it. Instead, you should find something deeper than what you know right now, then you will be easily able to drop it. If you experience something bigger than sexuality, than automatically you will drop it. Sadhguru says - "Sexuality is just a small part of you. People have become overly sexual only because of stupid morality, because they are trying to forcefully drop it".
Sadhguru tells us about nara/narayana. "Nara means the same source manifested in a more compulsive manner – Narayana means the same source manifested in a more conscious manner". A compulsive life is capable of more action, a conscious life should not be very active. If Krishna chose to act, the scope of his life would come down, so they acted in tandem. Krishna tells Arjuna, "leave it to me and act". He is only saying, Leave the results to me. Don’t leave the action to me. The action is still yours".
Only if a leader is supported by everyone, they will be able to achieve their goals. There is always a process in selecting a leader. Sadhguru says - "If you are interested in the company, organization, nation or any institution for that matter, once we elect or select a leader, we must support them entirely". The leader may have plans, he may have thought of hundred steps, and it is not possible nor advisable to lay out the entire plan with everyone - so, just support them. If they fail, then whatever has to happen, will happen.
This is a zen story about a disciple of the sixth Zen sect who joined a monastery called Kaaksi. Sadhguru explains that what this story is trying to tell is that, realization or enlightenment is not trying to get hold of something, rather realizing what is there already. For that, first you must realize that you do not know. Sadhguru says - "Only if you know that you do not know, you will start longing to know that which you do not know. Now, the possibility of knowing the unknown will arise".
Rudraksh is the seed of a tree, and it has a very unique vibration. There are various types of Rudrakshas, and the number of faces can vary from a single face, upto 21 faces. They have different vibrations, and are worn for different purposes. Five faced, or panchmukhi, is good for everyone, for general wellbeing, health and freedom. If someone has chosen to purify their lives, Rudraksha is a good support for that. Sadhguru also tells about ekmukhi and gaurishankar rudraksh. He also shares various other benefits of Rudraksh and also guidelines on how to wear Rudraksh.
Though Kripacharya wanted to stop Ashwatthama, eventually he did participate in the killing. When they realized that they have killed the children, Duryodhana died, and Ashwatthama lost his mind and went to stay in some ashram. Draupadi went in rage again and wanted Ashwatthama's head. The rishi, where he was staying, did not allow Arjuna to kill Ashwatthama, so instead he plucked off the jewel from Ashwatthama's forehead and brought it to Draupadi. Without the jewel, Ashwatthama would lose his mind completely. They went back to hastinapur.
Diogenes was an ecstatic beggar who lived totally naked. One day Alexander saw Diogenes. Alexander was riding his horse, and was in emperor's clothes. Diogenes was naked, rolling in the sand at the bank of the river. Looking at him in ecstatic state, Alexander remarked, you have nothing, so what are you ecstatic about? He wanted to be ecstatic like Diogenes. Diogenes invited him to throw of this clothes into the river, come down from his horse, and join him in the sand. Alexander remarked, that he did not have the courage to do so, and that he would do it in his next lifetime! Sadhguru says, once you have come as a human being with a certain possibility, you must make use of it.
Sadhguru says that the root cause of all chronic ailments is in the energy body. Disturbance in the energy body can be caused because of various factors - food, relationships, atmosphere, emotions, attitudes, thoughts and opinions. Sadhguru says - "The basic premise in Yoga is that if your energy body is in full flow and properly balanced, there can be no chronic disease either in your physical body or your mental body. If people are willing to do a certain amount of sadhana to balance and activate their energy body, they can definitely be free of all chronic ailments."
The Natadreeswarar temple is located mid way along Cauvery river's path, so its referred as the navel of Cauvery. Sadhguru tells us that the sand linga is still physically intact, and though it was consecrated 6000 years ago, in terms of energy it is still explosive. Sadhguru says - "It is generally believed that Agastya muni left his energies and his subtle body in this space".
Sadhguru tells us about his father, how committed, dedicated and relentless he was in his profession as a doctor. Sadhguru also tells us about his own life - his father was asking him to choose a profession, and Sadhguru refusing to get trained for anything. Sadhguru says - "It is very important to understand that from the moment we are born until we fall dead, we are doing only life, life, and life alone – nothing else but life". So, whatever you are doing in life, must be your life!
Krishna reminded Bhima of his vow to break Duryodhana's thigh. Though hitting below the belt in a mace fight was not allowed, still Bhima hit him, and Duryodhana fell, mortally wounded. Though, by law they should have killed him, but they left him to die slowly. Ashwatthama was raging because Pandavas had killed his father. He wanted revenge. As per tradition, the Pandavas, after victory, went to the Kaurava's camp to sleep. Ashwatthama, Kritavarma, and Kripacharya sneaked into the Pandava camp. They killed Drupada, and Pandava's five children.
Neither scientists, nor philosophers have been able to figure out what death is - that is why it seems so mysterious. Sadhguru says - "Body is life and death – the spiritual process is about yourself, which is neither life nor death". So, in a way, it is only the body that dies, not you. The simple reason that death seems so profound and mysterious is because you have had a 'memory loss'. If you remembered about your past lives, death would no longer be mysterious - isn't it?
Almost all aspects in our lives today have become violent. Today's movies, video games, most of the toys, our music, dance, the very culture is becoming violent. It is natural that it will come on the street. Sadhguru says - "because the violence is within the human being. That is the violence that needs to be attended to". If the enormous energy of a human being is not channelized, they will end up performing violent acts. This is the significance of yoga - through which individuals can learn to harness their energies to reach their ultimate potential. It is only through individual transformation that violence will end in the society.
Only if you keep your body well, healthy and comfortable, you will be encouraged to go further in life. Unfortunately most people today feel that body means pain. But it need not be pain, body can be very beautiful. Sadhguru says - "Just with the right food, practices and a little change in attitude, you will see this body becomes a miracle".
The efficacy of any machine depends on how easily the fuel burns. For the human system, fruits are most easily digestible. It is best to eat locally produced seasonal fruits. Going on a fruit diet can make you very alive and active. Sadhguru says - "Whether you want to use your brainpower or be engaged in physical activity, fruit will work perfectly well". At least 30% of your diet should be fruits. And, if one goes on a total fruit diet, it is important to eat slowly, and consciously ensure that you ingest enough quantity.
This is an interesting Zen story, where a disciple gets enlightened when the master laughs! Sadhguru explains that there is a deep connection between Zen and laughter. In fact, he says, that anyone who has attained a certain state within himself, they can laugh at everything. Sadhguru narrates an amusing incident from his life, when he started laughing loudly when a few volunteers escaped death from an accident! He says - "One who has lost his laughter has lost everything. This is what the Zen master demonstrated to his disciple".
The war is over, but Duryodhana is still alive. He is burning like hot oil. To cool himself down, using certain capabilities, he sits underwater in a pond. To make him come out, Krishna asks Bhima to insult him. Yudhishthira, out of his goodness, offers Duryodhana a last duel. He can choose who to fight, and with whom. If he wins, he gets his kingdom back. Duryodhana chooses to fight with Bhima with the mace. Duryodhana starts winning the fight - he starts laughing - just playing with Bhima.
The word 'kashi' means tower of light. Sadhguru says - "This beam of light is the symbolism of Kashi, because Kashi is a machine, a yantra, a cosmogenic effort to bring the cosmos to you". Sadhguru tells us that in his experience the real energy structure of kashi is 33 feet above ground, and is going upto 7200 feet. At one time, there were over 72,000 shrines, each with their own method, but all with only one goal, that of - mukti (liberation). No one really knows how old the city is, as Mark Twain said "it's older than the legend". The city has been ravaged multiple times, and a lot of it is damaged. Still, Sadhguru says that energy wise it's still phenomenal.
The source of evil is ignorance. Sadhguru says - "Evil is neither a quality nor is it an act, it is a consequence of ignorance". In this short, yet profound article, Sadhguru tells us that evil never leaves. Because, evil is a certain absence of knowing. If something is present, you can destroy it - but absence can not be destroyed. You just have to bring knowing. And, knowing can not be through the mind!
Regardless of any action you perform, life will not attain fulfillment. At so many points in life, one feels, 'if this happens, my life will be complete'. But, whatever happens, life never attains fulfillment. Sadhguru says - "When man has reached a state where within himself, he does not have the need to perform any action and the actions that he performs are only to the extent required for the external situation, that man has become complete". This is fulfillment.
If you want a solution in life, you need to understand, that you are not suffering life, you are suffering your memories. Sadhguru says - "Suffering is entirely your making. Other people can create situations; they cannot make you or me suffer". There are only two kinds of suffering - physical and mental. Once you bring a little distance between you and your body, you and your mind - that is the end of suffering.
The reason why the yogis always chose the mountains is because there the body is reminded of its mortality. If the physical body is aware that it is not permanent - then one naturally becomes a seeker. Sadhguru says - "If you realize the mortality of who you are, if you are constantly aware that you will die, if your physical body is aware that it is not permanent, that it is going to be sucked into this earth one day, and it could be today – now your spiritual search is unwavering".
On the ninth day of the war, Krishna convinces Arjuna to fight the war. By the sixteenth day, the Pandava army became bigger, since the losses on Kaurava side were much higher, and Duryodhana became desperate. For Karna, his only objective was to kill Arjuna. He defeats Yudhishthira, Bhima, Nakula and Sahadeva, but as promised doesn't kill them. Indra takes Karna's kavacha, and in return Karna gets Indra's shakti astra. Though Karna was saving the shakti astra for Arjuna, he ends up using to kill Gatotkacha, Bhima's son, who was creating havoc with his occult powers. Arjuna defeats Karna.
Is there no truth in superstitions? Not necessarily. They do have some scientific basis, but it has got distorted over a period of time. Unfortunately today we believe that if something comes from West, it is science, if it comes from East, it is superstition. Sadhguru says - "Everything – from how you should sit, stand and eat – was designed according to what is best for human wellbeing".
Sadhguru narrates the Zen story of a disciple searching for the 'direct' path to Nirvana, and the master telling him "it's right here". Sadhguru explains, wherever you want to go, whether you want to attain nirvana, or go to some place, the journey can only start from where you are right now. He says - "If you ask for liberation without moving an inch from the place you are in, how will you ever get it?". Only if you take a step from where you are, you can move towards reaching your goal.
Lust is a strong need. Love is not a need. Today, people are physically inactive. Unlike earlier times, everything physical needed for survival is already taken care of. This has made people neurotic, because the energy is not worked out - it is trapped. Sadhguru says - "When you love, you settle down, nothing more is needed. You can just sit here for a lifetime. With lust you cannot sit anywhere. You either get into some mad action, or you are bound to go crazy". So, either, one works out the energy through physical activity, or another way is to simply drop it and move ahead - this is meditation.
Arjuna wants to withdraw from the war, and go back to the forest. Krishna gives the vishwarupa darshan, and tells him that it is not possible now. Mahabharata describes the war in great detail - arrow by arrow. Sadhguru gives us a glimpse of these gory details. Battle sees a seesaw between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Sometimes Pandavas dominate, and sometimes Kauravas. Arjuna avoids going for the kill when facing certain people - especially Bhishma. Krishna tells - hesitation is the worst of all crimes! Once you start something, you don't bail out half way through. Sadhguru also tells us the wisdom behind Krishna left Dwarka, because of which Kaurvas called him ranchor.
If we look at Rama's life, by all accounts it appears to be a big failure. He loses his kingdom and is banished to the forest. Sita, his wife is abducted. He has to wage a war to free her. Once he brings her back, he faces criticism from his own people, and banishes Sita once again, considered by many as being unfair to women. He ends up fighting his own children, not knowing that they are his. And his wife dies in the forest. Then what is it about Rama, that we worship him. And is Rama relevant to India today?
For you to be successful in the world, you need capability and intelligence. But the most important aspect that most people miss, is that you need to have a sense of timing. If timing is not right, even best actions will not yield results. To arrive at the timing is not simple; but Sadhguru gives a very simple method. Do not look at things as important or unimportant - do everything with absolute intention, attention and intensity of expression. Do everything with total involvement; be at your best every moment!
Ever wondered what is the first thing Sadhguru does in the morning? Or the first thing that comes to his mind? How does he define his role as a Guru? In this interesting interview with Schweizer Illustrierte, Sadhguru reveals these interesting aspects, and also delves upon what transformation really means. In conclusion he says, englightenment is not a luxury, it is a necessity!
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.
It is only in situations of crisis, you know the true colors of people, what they can take, and to what extent they will go. War was inevitable. There was one last push for peace. To make peace, Yudhishthira asked for just five towns as settlements, but Duryodhana refused to part with even a needlepoint of land! Draupadi was seething for revenge, she wanted war at all costs. The armies assembled at Kurukshetra. Rukmi and Balrama did not take sides. Barbarik, a warrior from the South arrived for the battle. He met Krishna, and in curious turns of events, he lost his head. Krishna had assured him that his head could see and speak, even after it was severed from the body. His head was placed at a vantage point, where he could see everything about the war!
Time and Energy - these are the two fundamental ingredient of life. Time is running at the same pace for everyone, but you can manage the energy. You want your time to be over, before your energies. If the energies get over before your time, then these lead to various conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia etc. In the human physiology spine is very significant. It is very easy to regenerate and rejuvenate the cells in the spine and brain.
Concoctions with hallucinogenic things, like Ayahuasca, are used to purge parasites from the human body. These are used by tribal societies who are exposed to natural elements, and in whom the number of parasites which reside in the body significantly increase over a period of time. But if you use outside substances for this purpose, you will get addicted to them. If you rise in experience by breaking the mind with chemicals, it is only a temporary access; most of the time it will leave you debilitated.
Don't look at concentrating; look at producing the best results for yourself. If you sit with a textbook, your mind is distracted. But if you watch a movie, you are totally focused. When you read a love story, or a crime thriller - you are relaxed - you not only read fast, but you remember everything that you read! But with textbooks, its always a struggle. The difference is only your level of involvement. So, fall in love with what you are studying. When you fall in love with something, you are naturally involved and focused.
During the one year of agyatvaas (incognito), Pandavas were in Krishna's protection in Matsya. Kichaka, the queen's husband went mad with desire to have Draupadi. But if something happened to Kichaka, they ran the risk of blowing over their cover. Draupadi went to Bhima. Bhima killed Kichaka, and left his trademark of pushing the limbs of the dead into the body. Thew news spread, and Duryodhana was alarmed. Kauravas attacked Matsya. Arjuna, in the guise of Brihnala, a eunuch, became Uttara's charioteer. Uttara was the king's seventeen year old son. Arjuna single handed defeated the Kauravas.
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