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Try this experiment to understand your mind

Transcript: People come to me, like right now you're all saying IIT is the problem, so I'm inviting you to IYC Isha Yoga Center. A lot of people come to me and say, Sadhguru, these are people who passed out okay? Sadhguru, my mother-in-law she's another, you know, from somewhere else she is. I just don't know how to live with this person. And my husband, after all he is her son. My wife, impossible. My boss is...

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... not even human. Like this it goes on. Then I tell them, see don't worry. Your husband, wife, mother-in-law, boss nobody will come here, you're protected. Like IIT, IYC also well protected. Nobody will come here. You just come and stay, I'll give you a nice place to stay, food is good. You don't have to do anything, just be joyful that's all. None of these tormentors are there. Just be joyful. 24 hours you leave them in the one room, you must see in how many ways they twist themselves out. When you are alone if you are miserable, you are obviously in bad company isn't it? So all the young people should do this to yourself. At least for three days, one week. I will provide you the atmosphere, otherwise you can walk into the Himalayas. But there there is no food and supply, you know you will have to go searching. I will provide you food, everything. Just come, spend some time. Not with any purpose, simply. If you sit alone for three days, no television, no book, no texting. Simply by yourself, let's see what happens. You must know the nature of who you are. You should not go on dodging yourself and one day you will explode into something. You must know what is the level of madness you are suffering. When I say madness, if your mind is out of your control, is that called madness in definition? Hello? If your mind does not take instructions from you, it's out of control, is that called madness? Just try. Just today, after this event, just go sit quietly in your room. Just see what all your mind does. You decide, don't tell anybody. You decide what is the level of madness you're going through.

Transcript: People come to me, like right now you're all saying IIT is the problem, so I'm inviting you to IYC Isha...

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... Yoga Center. A lot of people come to me and say, Sadhguru, these are people who passed out okay? Sadhguru, my mother-in-law she's another, you know, from somewhere else she is. I just don't know how to live with this person. And my husband, after all he is her son. My wife, impossible. My boss is not even human. Like this it goes on. Then I tell them, see don't worry. Your husband, wife, mother-in-law, boss nobody will come here, you're protected. Like IIT, IYC also well protected. Nobody will come here. You just come and stay, I'll give you a nice place to stay, food is good. You don't have to do anything, just be joyful that's all. None of these tormentors are there. Just be joyful. 24 hours you leave them in the one room, you must see in how many ways they twist themselves out. When you are alone if you are miserable, you are obviously in bad company isn't it? So all the young people should do this to yourself. At least for three days, one week. I will provide you the atmosphere, otherwise you can walk into the Himalayas. But there there is no food and supply, you know you will have to go searching. I will provide you food, everything. Just come, spend some time. Not with any purpose, simply. If you sit alone for three days, no television, no book, no texting. Simply by yourself, let's see what happens. You must know the nature of who you are. You should not go on dodging yourself and one day you will explode into something. You must know what is the level of madness you are suffering. When I say madness, if your mind is out of your control, is that called madness in definition? Hello? If your mind does not take instructions from you, it's out of control, is that called madness? Just try. Just today, after this event, just go sit quietly in your room. Just see what all your mind does. You decide, don't tell anybody. You decide what is the level of madness you're going through.

June 11, 2021

3:07

Why you must engineer yourself

Transcript: We must understand this. Engineering means, essentially to make things happen the way we want it. That's engineering, isn't it? To engineer this building means what? We want it the way we want it. We could have sat under a tree, but we choose to build this building because we want to sit under something engineered the way we want it. As suitable for us. We have conditioned the place because we want...

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... the temperature in a certain way. All this we did, but is it not important that you engineer this the way you want it? Hello? Outside is air conditioned, inside is boiling, what's the point? I'm saying power is being wasted on you. In the last 100-150 years, with the advent of science and technology, we have more comforts and conveniences than any generation ever could imagine, isn't it? Yes or no? You have more comforts and conveniences than any generation could ever imagine, we are the most comfortable generation ever. Physically, materially. But can you say, are you the most peaceful generation? Joyful? Loving? No. Or can you even say you're the most intelligent generation? That'll be a wrong thing to say. Anybody who claims he's intelligent, amounts to foolishness, isn't it? Because the significance of intelligence is, it shows you how many loopholes are there in your intelligence. This means we have to engineer ourselves to fit in such a way. See a well-engineered machine means, least amount of friction, isn't it so? Yes? A well-engineered machine means what? Least amount of friction. Heavy friction means badly engineered, isn't it? Isn't that the understanding? So the fundamentals of yoga is this. The fundamentals of yoga is in the geometry of physical existence. If you understand the geometry of what this human mechanism is, the body is, the psychological structure is, the chemical processes are, the energy structures are, if you understand the geometry of this and become capable of observing the cosmic geometry. If these two things are well aligned, suddenly your life hits off like a magic. Your life is no more a miserable drag but it's magical simply because you have gotten the right geometry of things. Anything that is geometrically perfect will function absolutely smoothly and for a very long time. This is something that you must do to yourself when you're young. It doesn't matter what you want to do in your life. One thing must happen, your body and your brain should not come in your way. They must work for you. Yes or no? Hello?

Transcript: We must understand this. Engineering means, essentially to make things happen the way we want it. That's...

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... engineering, isn't it? To engineer this building means what? We want it the way we want it. We could have sat under a tree, but we choose to build this building because we want to sit under something engineered the way we want it. As suitable for us. We have conditioned the place because we want the temperature in a certain way. All this we did, but is it not important that you engineer this the way you want it? Hello? Outside is air conditioned, inside is boiling, what's the point? I'm saying power is being wasted on you. In the last 100-150 years, with the advent of science and technology, we have more comforts and conveniences than any generation ever could imagine, isn't it? Yes or no? You have more comforts and conveniences than any generation could ever imagine, we are the most comfortable generation ever. Physically, materially. But can you say, are you the most peaceful generation? Joyful? Loving? No. Or can you even say you're the most intelligent generation? That'll be a wrong thing to say. Anybody who claims he's intelligent, amounts to foolishness, isn't it? Because the significance of intelligence is, it shows you how many loopholes are there in your intelligence. This means we have to engineer ourselves to fit in such a way. See a well-engineered machine means, least amount of friction, isn't it so? Yes? A well-engineered machine means what? Least amount of friction. Heavy friction means badly engineered, isn't it? Isn't that the understanding? So the fundamentals of yoga is this. The fundamentals of yoga is in the geometry of physical existence. If you understand the geometry of what this human mechanism is, the body is, the psychological structure is, the chemical processes are, the energy structures are, if you understand the geometry of this and become capable of observing the cosmic geometry. If these two things are well aligned, suddenly your life hits off like a magic. Your life is no more a miserable drag but it's magical simply because you have gotten the right geometry of things. Anything that is geometrically perfect will function absolutely smoothly and for a very long time. This is something that you must do to yourself when you're young. It doesn't matter what you want to do in your life. One thing must happen, your body and your brain should not come in your way. They must work for you. Yes or no? Hello?

June 10, 2021

3:43

Do we really need to control our mind?

Transcript: This has happened because people have become capable of suffering something that happened 10 years ago. Yes? You can suffer something that happened 10 years ago and you can suffer what may happen day after tomorrow. Already. So you are not suffering life, you're just suffering your memory and imagination because it's gone berserk. Because you did not take charge of it. Or in other words, the greatest...

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... faculty of what makes us human has become the problem. The best thing we have here for ourselves, as human beings, is this cerebral capability. Otherwise, as a body, you are nothing much, you're really nothing much compared to a tiger, or an elephant, or so many other creatures. Yes or no? As a physical body you are nothing much compared to many creatures, isn't it so? But because we got this, we can remember our experience of life, from that we can create an imagination, from that we can create or manage to plan and manifest what we want in our lives. Now such a great faculty has become a problem for a lot of people. Because the only thing, the only and only thing, that they are suffering is life is not happening the way I think it should happen. Is there any other suffering? Is there any other suffering for a human being? It's not happening the way I think it should happen, that's all there is isn't it? Nobody has to tell you, be in the moment, because you cannot be anywhere else. Yes? You just cannot be anywhere else. Can you be? If you live, you live in this moment. If you die, you die in this moment isn't it so? So there is no danger that you may slip away from this moment. That I have to teach you, please be in this moment, don't go away. There is no way to go. There is no way to go. Try. No, no mentally I'm going. Mentally you're not going anywhere. Mentally you can create images of anything. Your mind is a drawing board on which you can write anything. You're in Pune, you can write Mumbai in your mind. Should I take away this capability from you? Should I take away? This is the most beautiful aspect of being human, isn't it? That we can be here but we can imagine that, that, and that, and even things that we have not seen. Yes or no?

Transcript: This has happened because people have become capable of suffering something that happened 10 years ago....

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... Yes? You can suffer something that happened 10 years ago and you can suffer what may happen day after tomorrow. Already. So you are not suffering life, you're just suffering your memory and imagination because it's gone berserk. Because you did not take charge of it. Or in other words, the greatest faculty of what makes us human has become the problem. The best thing we have here for ourselves, as human beings, is this cerebral capability. Otherwise, as a body, you are nothing much, you're really nothing much compared to a tiger, or an elephant, or so many other creatures. Yes or no? As a physical body you are nothing much compared to many creatures, isn't it so? But because we got this, we can remember our experience of life, from that we can create an imagination, from that we can create or manage to plan and manifest what we want in our lives. Now such a great faculty has become a problem for a lot of people. Because the only thing, the only and only thing, that they are suffering is life is not happening the way I think it should happen. Is there any other suffering? Is there any other suffering for a human being? It's not happening the way I think it should happen, that's all there is isn't it? Nobody has to tell you, be in the moment, because you cannot be anywhere else. Yes? You just cannot be anywhere else. Can you be? If you live, you live in this moment. If you die, you die in this moment isn't it so? So there is no danger that you may slip away from this moment. That I have to teach you, please be in this moment, don't go away. There is no way to go. There is no way to go. Try. No, no mentally I'm going. Mentally you're not going anywhere. Mentally you can create images of anything. Your mind is a drawing board on which you can write anything. You're in Pune, you can write Mumbai in your mind. Should I take away this capability from you? Should I take away? This is the most beautiful aspect of being human, isn't it? That we can be here but we can imagine that, that, and that, and even things that we have not seen. Yes or no?

June 7, 2021

3:24

Did you notice this today?

Transcript: Today morning sun came up on time. Hello? Now you're looking, okay so what? You're not understanding what I'm saying.You know this happened a little while ago. I was in the United States and we were to fly a helicopter. It was a nice day, weather-wise. So we decided to take off the doors of the helicopter and fly an open helicopter because the weather was good. Every aviator knows that for every...

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... thousand kilometers, I mean thousand meters that you rise, what is the temperature drop and what are the situations to expect. This is something that everybody knows. So based on that we took off. But after some time we hit a cold front. A cloud cover came and it became very, very cold. So cold that you couldn't really hold the controls properly. So we decided we'll come down. We were coming down, and just a casual discussion, okay tomorrow if sun doesn't come up, what will happen? So we're making a guess, maybe in six months this will happen, in three months that will happen, these kind of wild guesses. After I came down, I did a bit of research. And I found, if the sun disappears right now, in 18 hours time almost everything that you know as life will be gone. Except a few microbial life which is deep down in the earth, except that, almost everything that you know as life, human, animal, plant life will be totally gone. In 18 hours time. So I just now gave you a very great news but you just ignored and just stared at me. I said sun came up on time, you thought, okay what about it? I'm telling you again, sun came up on time. I want to hear appropriate noises. See. And planets are going around the sun perfectly well today. Planet is spinning on time. Everything in the universe is going perfectly well today. Entire cosmos, not a single accident. But one nasty little thought is crawling in your head and it's a bad day. Yes? Just one silly thought is going on in your head and it's a bad day. Everything is perfect in the cosmos. So what this means is your psychological reality has become larger than the existential reality. What's happening in your head has become bigger than the cosmos. This is a loss of perspective.

Transcript: Today morning sun came up on time. Hello? Now you're looking, okay so what? You're not understanding...

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... what I'm saying.You know this happened a little while ago. I was in the United States and we were to fly a helicopter. It was a nice day, weather-wise. So we decided to take off the doors of the helicopter and fly an open helicopter because the weather was good. Every aviator knows that for every thousand kilometers, I mean thousand meters that you rise, what is the temperature drop and what are the situations to expect. This is something that everybody knows. So based on that we took off. But after some time we hit a cold front. A cloud cover came and it became very, very cold. So cold that you couldn't really hold the controls properly. So we decided we'll come down. We were coming down, and just a casual discussion, okay tomorrow if sun doesn't come up, what will happen? So we're making a guess, maybe in six months this will happen, in three months that will happen, these kind of wild guesses. After I came down, I did a bit of research. And I found, if the sun disappears right now, in 18 hours time almost everything that you know as life will be gone. Except a few microbial life which is deep down in the earth, except that, almost everything that you know as life, human, animal, plant life will be totally gone. In 18 hours time. So I just now gave you a very great news but you just ignored and just stared at me. I said sun came up on time, you thought, okay what about it? I'm telling you again, sun came up on time. I want to hear appropriate noises. See. And planets are going around the sun perfectly well today. Planet is spinning on time. Everything in the universe is going perfectly well today. Entire cosmos, not a single accident. But one nasty little thought is crawling in your head and it's a bad day. Yes? Just one silly thought is going on in your head and it's a bad day. Everything is perfect in the cosmos. So what this means is your psychological reality has become larger than the existential reality. What's happening in your head has become bigger than the cosmos. This is a loss of perspective.

June 6, 2021

3:38

How to live in the moment?

Transcript: This is going on everywhere in the world. It's a big fad in the west, particularly United States and of course it's infected India a bit. Be in the moment. I'll ask you a simple question, be somewhere else and show me. Hello? Can you be somewhere else? But that's the reason why you have a mind. You can sit here and think about Mumbai. You can think about yesterday, you can think about tomorrow, you...

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... can think about what was 10 years ago, you can think about what is 10 years later. But you still live in the moment, isn't it? So essentially, what is being said is, do not think about yesterday, do not think about tomorrow. Just be with what is here right now. See, it took millions of years of evolution to get this much cerebral capability that we can vividly remember every experience of our life. And we have a fabulous sense of imagination, that we can project and create a tomorrow in our mind and make efforts to manifest that. Now the reason why somebody's telling you be in the moment is because for many people these two faculties of memory and imagination, which set us apart from every other creature on this planet, no other creature on this planet has as vivid a sense of memory and imagination as we have. It's taken millions of years of evolution to get us here. But now, because people don't know how to handle it, they're saying get rid of it. Don't remember yesterday, do not think about tomorrow, just be with what is here right now. In a way, we're talking about how to become an earthworm once again. Is it important to learn how we can put this memory and imagination to the highest possible usage? Or is it best to erase it so that you can simply be here with little peace, maybe peaceful? It's very easy to do this. If we take away half your brain, you will be very peaceful and always in the now. Yes? Is that what we are seeking is the question.

Transcript: This is going on everywhere in the world. It's a big fad in the west, particularly United States and...

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... of course it's infected India a bit. Be in the moment. I'll ask you a simple question, be somewhere else and show me. Hello? Can you be somewhere else? But that's the reason why you have a mind. You can sit here and think about Mumbai. You can think about yesterday, you can think about tomorrow, you can think about what was 10 years ago, you can think about what is 10 years later. But you still live in the moment, isn't it? So essentially, what is being said is, do not think about yesterday, do not think about tomorrow. Just be with what is here right now. See, it took millions of years of evolution to get this much cerebral capability that we can vividly remember every experience of our life. And we have a fabulous sense of imagination, that we can project and create a tomorrow in our mind and make efforts to manifest that. Now the reason why somebody's telling you be in the moment is because for many people these two faculties of memory and imagination, which set us apart from every other creature on this planet, no other creature on this planet has as vivid a sense of memory and imagination as we have. It's taken millions of years of evolution to get us here. But now, because people don't know how to handle it, they're saying get rid of it. Don't remember yesterday, do not think about tomorrow, just be with what is here right now. In a way, we're talking about how to become an earthworm once again. Is it important to learn how we can put this memory and imagination to the highest possible usage? Or is it best to erase it so that you can simply be here with little peace, maybe peaceful? It's very easy to do this. If we take away half your brain, you will be very peaceful and always in the now. Yes? Is that what we are seeking is the question.

June 5, 2021

3:38

A heavenly joke!

Transcript: This happened. It's okay if I tell you a joke? I know it's a serious question, very spiritual. A husband and wife, who are over 70 years of age, were celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. So they decided they will go through everything just the way it happened on the wedding day. So wedding got over, they went to the church where they got married, they came out of it at the same time, then, as...

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... they did on that day, they went to a romantic Italian movie. Then after that they went for a dinner in a particular restaurant, they had the same kind of food and the same kind of wine and they started driving. Then the wife said, John, what's happened with you? Do you remember 45 years ago, when we were driving, how passionately you kissed me? So he said, okay. Don't laugh, you don't know what is 45 years later. That's a different world, okay? So he tried to kiss her and unfortunately, 45 years later your body is not the same, and the cars are faster, and boom they went into the bridge. So they were at the gates of heaven. Then they got checked in together. And because both of them were golfers, they asked, is there a golf course in heaven? Saint Peter said, yes, the best! The best golf course you would have ever seen. So can we see? He said, fine. They saw, it was an immaculate course. They asked, can we tee of? Is there a tee time? Any time is tea time in heaven. Day or night. But we don't have our clubs. No problem, just for you, fitted for you, golden clubs. So the man teed off splitting the fairway straight and long. The lady walked up to the lady's tee and teed off, again straight. Then they were walking towards the ball for the second shot. Suddenly the husband became depressed, as it usually, many times happens to the husbands. She looked at him and said, John what's the problem? We're in heaven. We're on the best golf course. You had a great shot, I had a great shot. Why are you so depressed? He said, if it was not for your stupid health food, we could have come here long time ago. So this is the nature of human intellect because it gets only one face of everything. It is always thinking everything is a problem.

Transcript: This happened. It's okay if I tell you a joke? I know it's a serious question, very spiritual. A husband...

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... and wife, who are over 70 years of age, were celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. So they decided they will go through everything just the way it happened on the wedding day. So wedding got over, they went to the church where they got married, they came out of it at the same time, then, as they did on that day, they went to a romantic Italian movie. Then after that they went for a dinner in a particular restaurant, they had the same kind of food and the same kind of wine and they started driving. Then the wife said, John, what's happened with you? Do you remember 45 years ago, when we were driving, how passionately you kissed me? So he said, okay. Don't laugh, you don't know what is 45 years later. That's a different world, okay? So he tried to kiss her and unfortunately, 45 years later your body is not the same, and the cars are faster, and boom they went into the bridge. So they were at the gates of heaven. Then they got checked in together. And because both of them were golfers, they asked, is there a golf course in heaven? Saint Peter said, yes, the best! The best golf course you would have ever seen. So can we see? He said, fine. They saw, it was an immaculate course. They asked, can we tee of? Is there a tee time? Any time is tea time in heaven. Day or night. But we don't have our clubs. No problem, just for you, fitted for you, golden clubs. So the man teed off splitting the fairway straight and long. The lady walked up to the lady's tee and teed off, again straight. Then they were walking towards the ball for the second shot. Suddenly the husband became depressed, as it usually, many times happens to the husbands. She looked at him and said, John what's the problem? We're in heaven. We're on the best golf course. You had a great shot, I had a great shot. Why are you so depressed? He said, if it was not for your stupid health food, we could have come here long time ago. So this is the nature of human intellect because it gets only one face of everything. It is always thinking everything is a problem.

June 2, 2021

3:29

A simple method to experience the entire universe as a part of you

Transcript: We need to understand this. To simply sit here and to know, experientially, that this entire universe is actually a part of me, will not happen to most people. They'll hallucinate for a few moments after that they will get distracted by something. If you invest your life to create something, which got nothing to do with you and something to do with everything, then slowly it will seep into you, into...

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... every cell in your body, that everything is actually a part of you. To simply sit here and get it, we don't know, you may take many lifetimes. Most people won't get it. They may get one thought and tomorrow morning it'll be out. But if you invest your time, energy, and life into creating something which is not about you at all, then slowly it sinks into you. Every cell, every atom in the body will soak it up and make you understand that your life, the way you are is actually all-inclusive. Otherwise it's just a talk. A whole lot of people, it's become a fad in the world. I keep hearing this, particularly in United States. People say we love the universe, wow. That is the easiest bloody thing to do because it's not here. If you have to love somebody who's next to you right now, it takes life, it costs life you know. You may have to give something. If you have a mango in your hand, if you love somebody, you may have to give it away. But if you love the universe, you can eat the mango and love the universe. It's a wonderful trick. It's a very wonderful trick. It is like making all the offerings, jalebi, pakodi, this, that, everything to god, knowing well he will not eat. Of course you're the one who gets to eat it in the end. Knowing very well that you are the one who will get to eat it. Children wanting to eat jalebi is perfectly fine. God wanting to eat jalebi is not okay. Because there is a huge deception in god wanting to eat jalebi. Children want to eat jalebi, it's a simple desire.

Transcript: We need to understand this. To simply sit here and to know, experientially, that this entire universe...

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... is actually a part of me, will not happen to most people. They'll hallucinate for a few moments after that they will get distracted by something. If you invest your life to create something, which got nothing to do with you and something to do with everything, then slowly it will seep into you, into every cell in your body, that everything is actually a part of you. To simply sit here and get it, we don't know, you may take many lifetimes. Most people won't get it. They may get one thought and tomorrow morning it'll be out. But if you invest your time, energy, and life into creating something which is not about you at all, then slowly it sinks into you. Every cell, every atom in the body will soak it up and make you understand that your life, the way you are is actually all-inclusive. Otherwise it's just a talk. A whole lot of people, it's become a fad in the world. I keep hearing this, particularly in United States. People say we love the universe, wow. That is the easiest bloody thing to do because it's not here. If you have to love somebody who's next to you right now, it takes life, it costs life you know. You may have to give something. If you have a mango in your hand, if you love somebody, you may have to give it away. But if you love the universe, you can eat the mango and love the universe. It's a wonderful trick. It's a very wonderful trick. It is like making all the offerings, jalebi, pakodi, this, that, everything to god, knowing well he will not eat. Of course you're the one who gets to eat it in the end. Knowing very well that you are the one who will get to eat it. Children wanting to eat jalebi is perfectly fine. God wanting to eat jalebi is not okay. Because there is a huge deception in god wanting to eat jalebi. Children want to eat jalebi, it's a simple desire.

May 30, 2021

3:29

How does synchronicity happen in people who are close to each other?

Transcript: If there are two people close to each other, let's say there are two people who love each other. Now, it may so happen, at a given moment if one person is thinking of a certain thought the other person is also thinking of the same thought. See one person is picking a number which is three, the other person is also picking number three because certain cohesiveness can easily happen with life. Not only...

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... with human beings, it can even happen with other creatures. It can happen with trees, it can happen with other animals. Among trees and animals also this is very much there, much more than human beings. It is very little among human beings because there is too much of intellectual thought in the human being. In the other animals, there is not so much thought so their synchronicity is way better than that of human beings. Because they experience life chemically, or by smell. So because of that there is a much more cohesive synchronicity among other creatures. For example, if a group of wild elephants come and start grazing on a particular species of trees. Within 20 minutes, all the other trees in that region belonging to that species, their leaf will go bitter and they'll turn mildly poisonous. Because they've communicated, we're being eaten up, you do something. They will all turn bitter. The elephants know about it. So because the elephants know about it, they will graze quickly in one place and then they will not even bother to graze the next tree and the next tree because they know they would have turned bitter and they will go far away and again start eating. So, even among trees, there is such synchronicity. If human beings hit a pitch among themselves, good for them. But don't give too much significance to it because then you will start imagining a whole lot of things, which are unnecessary. But is their synchronicity with life? Of course. Otherwise so many things wouldn't happen. There are lots of studies which clearly show this. And in the yogic system we call this Samskriti. What Samskriti means is, there is something called as, you know, learning because of the atmosphere. You're not being actually taught anything. Just because a certain family has certain skills, even the children born in that family just, almost like they're born with those skills, they just adapt. It is just in the air somewhere, the skill. They just pick it up. They have made studies of various people and animals, mice. They have noticed that this is possible that learning can just happen out of contact. So there is synchronicity with life otherwise life would not exist. But it should not be overdone in our minds, that's all.

Transcript: If there are two people close to each other, let's say there are two people who love each other. Now,...

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... it may so happen, at a given moment if one person is thinking of a certain thought the other person is also thinking of the same thought. See one person is picking a number which is three, the other person is also picking number three because certain cohesiveness can easily happen with life. Not only with human beings, it can even happen with other creatures. It can happen with trees, it can happen with other animals. Among trees and animals also this is very much there, much more than human beings. It is very little among human beings because there is too much of intellectual thought in the human being. In the other animals, there is not so much thought so their synchronicity is way better than that of human beings. Because they experience life chemically, or by smell. So because of that there is a much more cohesive synchronicity among other creatures. For example, if a group of wild elephants come and start grazing on a particular species of trees. Within 20 minutes, all the other trees in that region belonging to that species, their leaf will go bitter and they'll turn mildly poisonous. Because they've communicated, we're being eaten up, you do something. They will all turn bitter. The elephants know about it. So because the elephants know about it, they will graze quickly in one place and then they will not even bother to graze the next tree and the next tree because they know they would have turned bitter and they will go far away and again start eating. So, even among trees, there is such synchronicity. If human beings hit a pitch among themselves, good for them. But don't give too much significance to it because then you will start imagining a whole lot of things, which are unnecessary. But is their synchronicity with life? Of course. Otherwise so many things wouldn't happen. There are lots of studies which clearly show this. And in the yogic system we call this Samskriti. What Samskriti means is, there is something called as, you know, learning because of the atmosphere. You're not being actually taught anything. Just because a certain family has certain skills, even the children born in that family just, almost like they're born with those skills, they just adapt. It is just in the air somewhere, the skill. They just pick it up. They have made studies of various people and animals, mice. They have noticed that this is possible that learning can just happen out of contact. So there is synchronicity with life otherwise life would not exist. But it should not be overdone in our minds, that's all.

May 27, 2021

3:09

This is the key to knowing the ultimate reality

Transcript: You're living in a certain prison. Let's say, there's a fort around you. Initially, if the wall is big enough, it all seems to be okay. Yes? Let's say this is a 50 acre land, big wall. You lived in this only all the time. You felt quite all right. But then, suddenly you see up and the birds seem to be going beyond 50 acres. The wind seems to be blowing beyond 50 acres. There is something within you...

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... which gets into the madness. People around you pretend to be sane, they all tell you stop that nonsense, just do what you have to do here. Don't have such fancy dreams, you know. Aren't they telling you? The so-called worldly wise people, they're always telling you. But you cannot suppress this. If you suppress this, you will suffer. If it doesn't find expression, you will suffer. But if it seeks expression, you'll suffer even more. A seeker suffers much more than others because now he knows the pain of ignorance. Most people in the world do not know the pain of ignorance. If you do not know the pain of ignorance, you have no real longing within you, isn't it? You are the kind, if you eat a pizza you are happy. I'm not saying you should not enjoy your pizza. It's just that if you eat a pizza, you think life is fulfilled. Now you still don't know the pain of ignorance. You think by eating, sleeping, or indulging in this pleasure or that pleasure, life is complete. You still do not know the pain of ignorance. The pain of ignorance should tear you apart. Then the longing to know becomes intense. If the longing to know becomes intense, it is just one moment. The reason why it seems to be so far away is simply because the necessary longing has not come. It is just off and on longing. Accordingly, off and on experience. If the longing becomes so intense that, till I know I cannot sleep, I cannot eat, I cannot breathe. If it becomes like that, just in one moment you will know. Because what you are seeking is not sitting on the mountain or floating on the clouds. It is within you. You know Jesus told you, though he did his initial marketing about taking you to kingdom of god, the moment enough people gathered, he turned around and said kingdom of god is within you. If kingdom of god is somewhere, I don't care to go there, it's okay. If it's within you and you missed it, that's tragedy, isn't it? Isn't it so? If it is somewhere up in the heaven, I don't want to go there, I'm happy in Ohio. That's different. But if it's within you and you missed it, that's true tragedy isn't it? Right now that's the tragedy. It's right here and people are missing it.

Transcript: You're living in a certain prison. Let's say, there's a fort around you. Initially, if the wall is big...

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... enough, it all seems to be okay. Yes? Let's say this is a 50 acre land, big wall. You lived in this only all the time. You felt quite all right. But then, suddenly you see up and the birds seem to be going beyond 50 acres. The wind seems to be blowing beyond 50 acres. There is something within you which gets into the madness. People around you pretend to be sane, they all tell you stop that nonsense, just do what you have to do here. Don't have such fancy dreams, you know. Aren't they telling you? The so-called worldly wise people, they're always telling you. But you cannot suppress this. If you suppress this, you will suffer. If it doesn't find expression, you will suffer. But if it seeks expression, you'll suffer even more. A seeker suffers much more than others because now he knows the pain of ignorance. Most people in the world do not know the pain of ignorance. If you do not know the pain of ignorance, you have no real longing within you, isn't it? You are the kind, if you eat a pizza you are happy. I'm not saying you should not enjoy your pizza. It's just that if you eat a pizza, you think life is fulfilled. Now you still don't know the pain of ignorance. You think by eating, sleeping, or indulging in this pleasure or that pleasure, life is complete. You still do not know the pain of ignorance. The pain of ignorance should tear you apart. Then the longing to know becomes intense. If the longing to know becomes intense, it is just one moment. The reason why it seems to be so far away is simply because the necessary longing has not come. It is just off and on longing. Accordingly, off and on experience. If the longing becomes so intense that, till I know I cannot sleep, I cannot eat, I cannot breathe. If it becomes like that, just in one moment you will know. Because what you are seeking is not sitting on the mountain or floating on the clouds. It is within you. You know Jesus told you, though he did his initial marketing about taking you to kingdom of god, the moment enough people gathered, he turned around and said kingdom of god is within you. If kingdom of god is somewhere, I don't care to go there, it's okay. If it's within you and you missed it, that's tragedy, isn't it? Isn't it so? If it is somewhere up in the heaven, I don't want to go there, I'm happy in Ohio. That's different. But if it's within you and you missed it, that's true tragedy isn't it? Right now that's the tragedy. It's right here and people are missing it.

May 26, 2021

3:35

Is my life just a dream?

Transcript: When I'm dreaming at night, it seems real to me. I couldn't differentiate if the people that exist in my dream, they seem very real. And I can talk to them, I can touch them, and events seem to happen too. So when I wake, I know that it's illusions. So is that the same thing for my life right now? How real is this life? Would it be possible, one day when I'm awake, all these are just illusions to me?...

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... All people are going to be gone. The problem is you're reading bits and pieces of zen. Okay? Bits and pieces of zen are dangerous. Bits and pieces of anything is dangerous. Now what you're saying is true, in a way, because 99% of your life is just thought and emotion. Thought and emotion is just a projection of life, not life isn't it? When 99% of the time you're only thinking about life, emotion is also a kind of thought, a juicier thought isn't it? Thought is dry, emotion is juicy, but still a thought, isn't it? The way you think is the way you feel, isn't it so? Yes? Isn't it so? Now if you think, oh this is a wonderful person, you'll have sweet emotions towards that person. Oh this is a horrible person, you'll have nasty emotions towards that person. You can't think this is a wonderful person and have nasty emotions. You can't think this is a horrible person and have sweet emotions, isn't it so? They are same, it is just thought. One is dry, another is juicy. So your whole life is just thought and emotion. So it is very much like a dream. It is. So now that you were on to zen, you must know about Chang Su, who went about doing this. Chang Su was a great zen master. In his monastery he had many monks and he is a recognized master. One day, morning, suddenly he is in great state of misery. So when they saw the master in misery, everybody got terrified. If the master is in misery, something really bad must have happened because always he's joyful and nice. So senior most monks slowly approached him and asked, master what is happening? He said, don't you disturb me, I'm in a deep distress. Get away. They said, if you are in distress, that should be death for us. Please tell us what is causing distress to you. Then Chang Su said, oh yesterday night in my dream, I was a butterfly. Then the monks said, what is wrong in being a butterfly? We've been many things. Sometimes we've been pigs, we've been birds, we've been many things. That is no problem, butterfly is quite good. What's wrong with the butterfly? He said, you idiots, you don't understand. When I was a butterfly, I actually flew. I went and sat on the flower. I could feel the flower, I could smell the flower, I could taste the flower. It was all real. Now I don't know whether I am Chang Su dreaming to be a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming to be a Chang Su? Which is true? Because both look equally vivid and real. When you live just on the thought process, this is how it is. If you're experiencing life, life not thought, not emotion, life. If you're experiencing life as such, such a question will not come.

Transcript: When I'm dreaming at night, it seems real to me. I couldn't differentiate if the people that exist in...

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... my dream, they seem very real. And I can talk to them, I can touch them, and events seem to happen too. So when I wake, I know that it's illusions. So is that the same thing for my life right now? How real is this life? Would it be possible, one day when I'm awake, all these are just illusions to me? All people are going to be gone. The problem is you're reading bits and pieces of zen. Okay? Bits and pieces of zen are dangerous. Bits and pieces of anything is dangerous. Now what you're saying is true, in a way, because 99% of your life is just thought and emotion. Thought and emotion is just a projection of life, not life isn't it? When 99% of the time you're only thinking about life, emotion is also a kind of thought, a juicier thought isn't it? Thought is dry, emotion is juicy, but still a thought, isn't it? The way you think is the way you feel, isn't it so? Yes? Isn't it so? Now if you think, oh this is a wonderful person, you'll have sweet emotions towards that person. Oh this is a horrible person, you'll have nasty emotions towards that person. You can't think this is a wonderful person and have nasty emotions. You can't think this is a horrible person and have sweet emotions, isn't it so? They are same, it is just thought. One is dry, another is juicy. So your whole life is just thought and emotion. So it is very much like a dream. It is. So now that you were on to zen, you must know about Chang Su, who went about doing this. Chang Su was a great zen master. In his monastery he had many monks and he is a recognized master. One day, morning, suddenly he is in great state of misery. So when they saw the master in misery, everybody got terrified. If the master is in misery, something really bad must have happened because always he's joyful and nice. So senior most monks slowly approached him and asked, master what is happening? He said, don't you disturb me, I'm in a deep distress. Get away. They said, if you are in distress, that should be death for us. Please tell us what is causing distress to you. Then Chang Su said, oh yesterday night in my dream, I was a butterfly. Then the monks said, what is wrong in being a butterfly? We've been many things. Sometimes we've been pigs, we've been birds, we've been many things. That is no problem, butterfly is quite good. What's wrong with the butterfly? He said, you idiots, you don't understand. When I was a butterfly, I actually flew. I went and sat on the flower. I could feel the flower, I could smell the flower, I could taste the flower. It was all real. Now I don't know whether I am Chang Su dreaming to be a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming to be a Chang Su? Which is true? Because both look equally vivid and real. When you live just on the thought process, this is how it is. If you're experiencing life, life not thought, not emotion, life. If you're experiencing life as such, such a question will not come.

May 17, 2021

3:49

Anything wrong with having multiple partners?

Transcript: Sadhguru, my next question for you is, why can't one husband be with multiple women? And one woman, or a wife, can be with multiple husbands in today's society among consenting adults. And what impact do these people have when they're involved in such relationships? See, this is a certain framework of, not just of bone and muscle and flesh, there is a certain energy framework. Only because of that...

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... it takes in a certain form. See, if you eat mangoes everyday, and let's say a cow eats mangoes everyday. At some point, will you or the cow get confused whether you're a cow or a human being? Or will the cow get confused? Such a thing never happens because there is a clear-cut inner framework, to which flesh and blood is added. But there is a framework, an evolutionary memory framework is there. It never gets broken, isn't it? So in this framework, how strong you keep this framework, how much integrity is there to this energy framework will determine many things about your life. Many aspects of your life. Especially if you want to raise this life to another level of function, it's very important you maintain this integrity. This is why, irrespective of which religion, which spiritual process, if people want to raise themselves to a certain point, first thing they will talk about is becoming monks or brahmacharis or sanyasis. Because the idea is to create such a level of integrity that this is a whole life by itself. That is doesn't lean on anything else for support. Either for physical wellbeing, or emotion wellbeing, or psychological companionship, it doesn't lean on anything. It stands by itself because you want to take it somewhere else. If you want normal function, these things are not necessary. Now you want to become a rocket which breaks through a certain dimension of space, now you need to be in a different level of force and integrity otherwise it'll crack up. So you don't want to open your body to anything. And especially opening to multiple partners has its own negativity in that context. How much pain. You look at Draupadi's life, how much volatility, how much pain, how much suffering she went through in her life. And how much pain and suffering she caused because of her anger and jealousy and whatever else. So these things happen for variety of reasons, you can't blame everything on that aspect. But that aspect also has a say in these aspects because you're opening up your memory body, your energetic body which is essentially ruled by memory, to variety of memories. This will cause a whole lot of turmoil within the system which could affect that life and many other lives. So Draupadi's life is in a way a sample for that. See, body is the front-end for every other creature on this planet. The only reason this creature is dominating this planet is not because we have the best body. You're not comparable to an elephant, or a tiger, or anything for that matter. You're not even as good as a buffalo. Yes. In terms of strength and physical prowess, you're nowehre comparable. This is dominant because of its intelligence, this is dominant because of its consciousness. But right now, we're creating a world where your biology is the front-end of your life.

Transcript: Sadhguru, my next question for you is, why can't one husband be with multiple women? And one woman, or...

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... a wife, can be with multiple husbands in today's society among consenting adults. And what impact do these people have when they're involved in such relationships? See, this is a certain framework of, not just of bone and muscle and flesh, there is a certain energy framework. Only because of that it takes in a certain form. See, if you eat mangoes everyday, and let's say a cow eats mangoes everyday. At some point, will you or the cow get confused whether you're a cow or a human being? Or will the cow get confused? Such a thing never happens because there is a clear-cut inner framework, to which flesh and blood is added. But there is a framework, an evolutionary memory framework is there. It never gets broken, isn't it? So in this framework, how strong you keep this framework, how much integrity is there to this energy framework will determine many things about your life. Many aspects of your life. Especially if you want to raise this life to another level of function, it's very important you maintain this integrity. This is why, irrespective of which religion, which spiritual process, if people want to raise themselves to a certain point, first thing they will talk about is becoming monks or brahmacharis or sanyasis. Because the idea is to create such a level of integrity that this is a whole life by itself. That is doesn't lean on anything else for support. Either for physical wellbeing, or emotion wellbeing, or psychological companionship, it doesn't lean on anything. It stands by itself because you want to take it somewhere else. If you want normal function, these things are not necessary. Now you want to become a rocket which breaks through a certain dimension of space, now you need to be in a different level of force and integrity otherwise it'll crack up. So you don't want to open your body to anything. And especially opening to multiple partners has its own negativity in that context. How much pain. You look at Draupadi's life, how much volatility, how much pain, how much suffering she went through in her life. And how much pain and suffering she caused because of her anger and jealousy and whatever else. So these things happen for variety of reasons, you can't blame everything on that aspect. But that aspect also has a say in these aspects because you're opening up your memory body, your energetic body which is essentially ruled by memory, to variety of memories. This will cause a whole lot of turmoil within the system which could affect that life and many other lives. So Draupadi's life is in a way a sample for that. See, body is the front-end for every other creature on this planet. The only reason this creature is dominating this planet is not because we have the best body. You're not comparable to an elephant, or a tiger, or anything for that matter. You're not even as good as a buffalo. Yes. In terms of strength and physical prowess, you're nowehre comparable. This is dominant because of its intelligence, this is dominant because of its consciousness. But right now, we're creating a world where your biology is the front-end of your life.

May 12, 2021

3:55

What if you lived forever!

Transcript: Human being means, you know how to be. That's one thing you don't know unfortunately, right now. Now if you have to be, we have to come down to a few fundamentals. Are you mortal or immortal? No, no, no look at it and tell me. Are you mortal or immortal, genuinely tell me. Oh that means you're saying you'll die one day. It's okay, it's okay you will die one day. I'll bless you with a long life, but...

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... you will die anyway with the blessing. Because this is the nature of life. It has to die, isn't it? And how glad I am that you will die. Because if you lived forever, it would be a lot of trouble, isn't it? With a brief amount of time, what a mess we're making. Suppose you would not die, total mess, isn't it? It's good to die. Hello? Is it good to die? At an appropriate time, not today. At an appropriate time, is it good for all of us to die? I want you to understand this. This is one thing that human beings have not come to terms with. If they just learn to handle their mortality gracefully, life opens up in tremendous ways. Right now, yes Sadhguru, but my horoscope says I will live till 90. Your horoscope may say whatever, even the man who wrote your horoscope could have died before his horoscope said so. The only reason, the only reason you behave reasonably sensibly is because you're mortal. Yes or no? If you're immortal, what all you would do, oh my god. When you're driving in Kolkata, there are some immortal people crossing the street. You've seen them right? Immortal, they are. If an automobile touches them, there is an enormous amount of pain involved and there could be death. In spite of that, many people are going about the way they're going. Just imagine, if you made that person immortal, the level of atrocity that would happen in this world. So the only reason why a lot of people are behaving reasonably sensibly is because of mortality. Have you seen some friend or maybe it's just you, going on totally, valiantly. Suddenly your doctor told you, it looks like your kidney, or your heart going down. Maybe you have, if you don't correct this, maybe in six months you will die. Suddenly did you see how disciplined they became? They got up in the morning, did their yoga, ate right, did everything right. Have you seen these people? Entire life transformed simply because they were reminded of mortality.

Transcript: Human being means, you know how to be. That's one thing you don't know unfortunately, right now. Now...

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... if you have to be, we have to come down to a few fundamentals. Are you mortal or immortal? No, no, no look at it and tell me. Are you mortal or immortal, genuinely tell me. Oh that means you're saying you'll die one day. It's okay, it's okay you will die one day. I'll bless you with a long life, but you will die anyway with the blessing. Because this is the nature of life. It has to die, isn't it? And how glad I am that you will die. Because if you lived forever, it would be a lot of trouble, isn't it? With a brief amount of time, what a mess we're making. Suppose you would not die, total mess, isn't it? It's good to die. Hello? Is it good to die? At an appropriate time, not today. At an appropriate time, is it good for all of us to die? I want you to understand this. This is one thing that human beings have not come to terms with. If they just learn to handle their mortality gracefully, life opens up in tremendous ways. Right now, yes Sadhguru, but my horoscope says I will live till 90. Your horoscope may say whatever, even the man who wrote your horoscope could have died before his horoscope said so. The only reason, the only reason you behave reasonably sensibly is because you're mortal. Yes or no? If you're immortal, what all you would do, oh my god. When you're driving in Kolkata, there are some immortal people crossing the street. You've seen them right? Immortal, they are. If an automobile touches them, there is an enormous amount of pain involved and there could be death. In spite of that, many people are going about the way they're going. Just imagine, if you made that person immortal, the level of atrocity that would happen in this world. So the only reason why a lot of people are behaving reasonably sensibly is because of mortality. Have you seen some friend or maybe it's just you, going on totally, valiantly. Suddenly your doctor told you, it looks like your kidney, or your heart going down. Maybe you have, if you don't correct this, maybe in six months you will die. Suddenly did you see how disciplined they became? They got up in the morning, did their yoga, ate right, did everything right. Have you seen these people? Entire life transformed simply because they were reminded of mortality.

May 9, 2021

3:51

Rapid fire | Sadhguru in Conversation with Anupam Kher | #6

Synopsis:

  1. Do you get angry?
  2. What's your shortcoming?
  3. Do you feel lonely?
  4. If you have to describe yourself in one word, what will that word be? Apart from mystic.

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  2. What's your shortcoming?
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  4. Do you feel lonely?
  5. If you have to describe yourself in one word, what will that word be? Apart from mystic.

May 7, 2021

4:35

How to deal with the new generation? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Anupam Kher | #5

Synopsis: Information does not necessarily translate into knowledge. At all. And they always say this, that’s the way I am. I don’t see my grandfather, even at the age of 84, saying, that’s the way I am. So what is this ‘that’s the way I am’, ‘I’m bored’, ‘dude’, ‘cool’? I think that being bad is being cool. If you say, I’m a good man, he’s a boring...

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... man. Breaking news, after every 15 minutes, for millions of channels, is never about good things. It’s only about disaster, rape, swindling of money. We are marketing fear. We are becoming people who are constantly made to feel, suddenly in India also, that we are in a world which is not very, very peaceful, which is a dangerous world. We are becoming, pardon me saying this, like America, where we don’t look at somebody for a little longer. I was in America 2 years back. I was looking at somebody, thinking whether I should ask him the way to my hotel. Because in my hotel there was a mall. So I went into the mall and then I came out, I could not see my hotel. Because I must have got out from somewhere else. So I was looking at somebody, thinking whether I should ask him where my hotel is. He said, what are you staring at? I, being an actor, I said, am I staring at you sir? I’m sorry. I did not know I was staring at you. Poor fellow actually dropped me at my hotel. What my point is, how does one, in these times, retain an amount of innocence? A certain amount of sense of wonder. How does one do that?

Synopsis: Information does not necessarily translate into knowledge. At all. And...

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... they always say this, that’s the way I am. I don’t see my grandfather, even at the age of 84, saying, that’s the way I am. So what is this ‘that’s the way I am’, ‘I’m bored’, ‘dude’, ‘cool’? I think that being bad is being cool. If you say, I’m a good man, he’s a boring man. Breaking news, after every 15 minutes, for millions of channels, is never about good things. It’s only about disaster, rape, swindling of money. We are marketing fear. We are becoming people who are constantly made to feel, suddenly in India also, that we are in a world which is not very, very peaceful, which is a dangerous world. We are becoming, pardon me saying this, like America, where we don’t look at somebody for a little longer. I was in America 2 years back. I was looking at somebody, thinking whether I should ask him the way to my hotel. Because in my hotel there was a mall. So I went into the mall and then I came out, I could not see my hotel. Because I must have got out from somewhere else. So I was looking at somebody, thinking whether I should ask him where my hotel is. He said, what are you staring at? I, being an actor, I said, am I staring at you sir? I’m sorry. I did not know I was staring at you. Poor fellow actually dropped me at my hotel. What my point is, how does one, in these times, retain an amount of innocence? A certain amount of sense of wonder. How does one do that?

May 7, 2021

6:56

Can spirituality help get rid of corruption? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Anupam Kher | #4

Synopsis: I feel very proud to be an Indian. And I’m sure a lot of people feel. But corruption bothers me. And I’m sure you also spoke about it. Do you think spirituality can help get rid of corruption to some extent?

Synopsis: I feel very proud to be an Indian. And I’m sure a lot of people feel....

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... But corruption bothers me. And I’m sure you also spoke about it. Do you think spirituality can help get rid of corruption to some extent?

May 7, 2021

10:45

Sadhguru, do you believe in god? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Anupam Kher | #2

Synopsis: Do you believe that there’s a god?

Synopsis: Do you believe that there’s a god?


May 7, 2021

4:53

Is the world going to end? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Anupam Kher | #1

Synopsis: Intriguing people make these great prophecies about the world coming to an end, etcetera. Will the world come to an end in 2012?

Synopsis: Intriguing people make these great prophecies about the world coming...

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... to an end, etcetera. Will the world come to an end in 2012?

May 7, 2021

1:21

Is it ethical to use animals for testing? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw | #9

Synopsis: Hi, my name is Poorti. I am in my final year of biotechnology and listening to your talk, I have many questions. But for now I will just want to ask one. From what I’ve studied, from what I’ve read, biotechnology is here today because of animals such as mice and microorganisms such as bacteria. But do you think that it is ethical to use these organisms, which help...

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... us so much, and kill them? We are here today thanks to them. Thanks to those small creatures. And testing on those, we are here today. But is it an ethical thing to do?

Synopsis: Hi, my name is Poorti. I am in my final year of biotechnology and listening...

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... to your talk, I have many questions. But for now I will just want to ask one. From what I’ve studied, from what I’ve read, biotechnology is here today because of animals such as mice and microorganisms such as bacteria. But do you think that it is ethical to use these organisms, which help us so much, and kill them? We are here today thanks to them. Thanks to those small creatures. And testing on those, we are here today. But is it an ethical thing to do?

May 6, 2021

6:14

Is technology bringing discontentment? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw | #8

Synopsis: You talked about technology and we know that technology, of course, also raises aspirations. And I remember, we grew up at a time when we didn’t have phones, we didn't have televisions. We were very content with small things. We drove around in an ambassador car, we were lucky if we had a landline. And if we aspired for a telephone and we got a landline after three...

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... years, we were very happy and content. If we got a premium padmini after the ambassador, we were very content. But today things are so different. It’s a great transformation that we’re seeing in our country. You know, you can choose any model you want of cars, smartphones. And yet, we see that technology and aspirations are almost proportionate to discontentment. Do you feel it is true?

Synopsis: You talked about technology and we know that technology, of course, also...

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... raises aspirations. And I remember, we grew up at a time when we didn’t have phones, we didn't have televisions. We were very content with small things. We drove around in an ambassador car, we were lucky if we had a landline. And if we aspired for a telephone and we got a landline after three years, we were very happy and content. If we got a premium padmini after the ambassador, we were very content. But today things are so different. It’s a great transformation that we’re seeing in our country. You know, you can choose any model you want of cars, smartphones. And yet, we see that technology and aspirations are almost proportionate to discontentment. Do you feel it is true?

May 6, 2021

6:03

How do we get a sense of civic-mindedness in our society? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw | #7

Synopsis: We’re all so bothered about the decay that we are seeing in the city. Everything is looking shabby, you know, we’re seeing debris all over the place, we’re seeing polluted lakes, we’re seeing a lot of problems in this city. And everything has to do with us. We can’t keep sort of asking the government to do everything. I mean, after all, if it’s Swachh Bharat...

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... which is what we’re all really, really committed to. We all sort of accepted the fact that by 2020 India must become a clean country, we must have zero open defecation. Everyone, I mean there’s no debate on that. And yet, three years later if you look at what actually we’re doing. We’re not changing our habits, we still keep chucking litter all over the place, we pollute our lakes. Nobody seems to have any civic sense in this country. So how do we get a sense of civic-mindedness in our society? It’s very difficult. Many of us try to do it but we finally give up. You know, today we are taking pictures of people parking on footpaths, which shouldn’t happen. We’ve tried all kinds of things, we made apps, we send it here, send it there. At the end of the day you almost just give up. How do we deal with all these issues?

Synopsis: We’re all so bothered about the decay that we are seeing in the city....

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... Everything is looking shabby, you know, we’re seeing debris all over the place, we’re seeing polluted lakes, we’re seeing a lot of problems in this city. And everything has to do with us. We can’t keep sort of asking the government to do everything. I mean, after all, if it’s Swachh Bharat which is what we’re all really, really committed to. We all sort of accepted the fact that by 2020 India must become a clean country, we must have zero open defecation. Everyone, I mean there’s no debate on that. And yet, three years later if you look at what actually we’re doing. We’re not changing our habits, we still keep chucking litter all over the place, we pollute our lakes. Nobody seems to have any civic sense in this country. So how do we get a sense of civic-mindedness in our society? It’s very difficult. Many of us try to do it but we finally give up. You know, today we are taking pictures of people parking on footpaths, which shouldn’t happen. We’ve tried all kinds of things, we made apps, we send it here, send it there. At the end of the day you almost just give up. How do we deal with all these issues?

May 6, 2021

8:31

Is gene editing good or bad? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw | #6

Synopsis: It’s about designer babies, okay? Now if you think about it, the whole thought of a designer baby is scary. But if you think about saying, okay, I can actually make sure that the same case that I talked about. That, you know, you are in this moral quandary about giving birth to a child with a genetic defect. But yet you can have, you know, gene editing technology to...

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... fix that genetic defect and actually give birth to a normal child. So there’s a good side of designer babies but there’s also a very scary side of designer babies because, like you said, human beings don’t necessarily know where to stop. And you might want to have these super humans with the highest IQ. You know this has been done in even Hitler’s time. They tried to develop these super humans. And through various experiments, nasty and horrific experiments. But it can also happen today. And whilst you need regulation against such things happening, you will still have people who will be able to do this, maybe some countries will say, why don’t we indulge in these kinds of technologies to create a super race in our country. How do you deal with this?

Synopsis: It’s about designer babies, okay? Now if you think about it, the whole...

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... thought of a designer baby is scary. But if you think about saying, okay, I can actually make sure that the same case that I talked about. That, you know, you are in this moral quandary about giving birth to a child with a genetic defect. But yet you can have, you know, gene editing technology to fix that genetic defect and actually give birth to a normal child. So there’s a good side of designer babies but there’s also a very scary side of designer babies because, like you said, human beings don’t necessarily know where to stop. And you might want to have these super humans with the highest IQ. You know this has been done in even Hitler’s time. They tried to develop these super humans. And through various experiments, nasty and horrific experiments. But it can also happen today. And whilst you need regulation against such things happening, you will still have people who will be able to do this, maybe some countries will say, why don’t we indulge in these kinds of technologies to create a super race in our country. How do you deal with this?

May 6, 2021

12:04

Are genetically modified crops good or bad? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw | #5

Synopsis: Look, we actually embrace bio-technology when it comes to saving lives, when it comes to genetically engineered drugs which are saving cancer patients and many, many other types of patients who are suffering from debilitating diseases. And yet we have this huge activism against genetically modified crops, which is also saving lives, by the way. Because there is enough...

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... data and evidence to show that genetically modified crops never killed people, but hunger and starvation has taken many, many lives. And today if we have solutions to actually feed the hungry, feed the starving and we know that genetically modified crops can actually do a lot for our kind of country because you can have drought resistant crops, you can have crops that grow in salient conditions and you know, the marvels of this technology are many. But people are not willing to have a scientific debate, people are not willing to look at data, people are not willing to look at evidence. They always want to look at long-term, absolutely guaranteed, safety of a new technology. How do we deal with this? I want your suggestions on how we deal with these kinds of questions.

Synopsis: Look, we actually embrace bio-technology when it comes to saving lives,...

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... when it comes to genetically engineered drugs which are saving cancer patients and many, many other types of patients who are suffering from debilitating diseases. And yet we have this huge activism against genetically modified crops, which is also saving lives, by the way. Because there is enough data and evidence to show that genetically modified crops never killed people, but hunger and starvation has taken many, many lives. And today if we have solutions to actually feed the hungry, feed the starving and we know that genetically modified crops can actually do a lot for our kind of country because you can have drought resistant crops, you can have crops that grow in salient conditions and you know, the marvels of this technology are many. But people are not willing to have a scientific debate, people are not willing to look at data, people are not willing to look at evidence. They always want to look at long-term, absolutely guaranteed, safety of a new technology. How do we deal with this? I want your suggestions on how we deal with these kinds of questions.

May 6, 2021

12:54

How to deal with moral dilemmas? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw | #4

Synopsis: Lot of people go through moral dilemmas. Like you said, you know, don’t do this, you must do that. You have all these commandments. And sometimes I feel certain moral dilemmas are really, really very difficult moral dilemmas. For example, you know you talked about genetics. And if you think about today, young couples who have pregnancy tests and find out that the child...

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... has a genetic defect. When they discover that the baby has a genetic defect, then they are in this moral dilemma. This is quite a serious dilemma which a lot of young couples grapple with. For instance, some couples say that should we bring this child into the world because it will suffer for the rest of its life? They feel selfish and say, we will suffer for the rest of our life if we bring this child with a genetic defect into this world. And others feel, no, this is god’s wish that this child should be born. Now obviously there is no right or wrong in this, taking this decision. A lot of this moral dilemma comes from this feeling that if we do this, it is wrong, if we do that, it is right. They’re going by moral tenets of society. How does one figure this out, this moral dilemma? What is your advice to such young couples?

Synopsis: Lot of people go through moral dilemmas. Like you said, you know, don’t...

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... do this, you must do that. You have all these commandments. And sometimes I feel certain moral dilemmas are really, really very difficult moral dilemmas. For example, you know you talked about genetics. And if you think about today, young couples who have pregnancy tests and find out that the child has a genetic defect. When they discover that the baby has a genetic defect, then they are in this moral dilemma. This is quite a serious dilemma which a lot of young couples grapple with. For instance, some couples say that should we bring this child into the world because it will suffer for the rest of its life? They feel selfish and say, we will suffer for the rest of our life if we bring this child with a genetic defect into this world. And others feel, no, this is god’s wish that this child should be born. Now obviously there is no right or wrong in this, taking this decision. A lot of this moral dilemma comes from this feeling that if we do this, it is wrong, if we do that, it is right. They’re going by moral tenets of society. How does one figure this out, this moral dilemma? What is your advice to such young couples?

May 6, 2021

13:38

Morality versus integrity | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw | #3

Synopsis: So now I want to move on to another question which I thought I would ask you. It is really about morality and integrity. Okay? I mean it sounds very serious and profound. But the reason I ask you about that is, very often, you know, I feel that we use morality and integrity as interchangeable and yet to me they’re not. To me morality is something that is a social tenet....

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... Where as integrity is something about yourself, it’s about the discovery of truth in yourself. So what are your words on morality and integrity?

Synopsis: So now I want to move on to another question which I thought I would...

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... ask you. It is really about morality and integrity. Okay? I mean it sounds very serious and profound. But the reason I ask you about that is, very often, you know, I feel that we use morality and integrity as interchangeable and yet to me they’re not. To me morality is something that is a social tenet. Where as integrity is something about yourself, it’s about the discovery of truth in yourself. So what are your words on morality and integrity?

May 6, 2021

11:38

Gender bias in society | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw | #2

Synopsis: You know, I want to raise a very important subject, which has always worried me a lot. And that is about the very, very serious gender-bias that we have in society, across the world but I want to focus on our own country. You know I just want to say that, let me tell you, as a woman, I’m very proud to be a woman in this country but, I think I know what this gender...

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... bias is about. Because right from the time I was born, I have seen this gender-bias in society. And I really want to discuss this with you Sadhguru ji because I really think it’s very important for me to, you know, understand from you about certain things that have always been of concern to me as a woman because I remember my mother telling me, when I was born, that my parents were overjoyed. My late grandmother, you know, that is my father’s mother, my late father’s mother, was deeply disappointed. The first child born in the family was a girl child. And my mother told me that she didn’t even come and visit me for a whole day. And yet, my grandmother, as I grew up, you know started respecting me and admiring me for some of the work I was doing. I remember when I came back from Australia, she looked up to me and she said, you know your father doesn’t have two sons and a daughter, he has three sons. So even in that, even though I was achieving so much, she saw that strength in me as being a male. As being a man in a, you know, woman’s body kind of thing. So I just feel this problem that we have in society is real. I mean, let’s not hide away from the fact, in Indian society, as much as we want to basically try and behave there is gender equity, there isn’t. There is a lot of gender bias. I know that we are a strange society. On one hand we, of course, revere goddesses as powerful goddesses. And yet we have wisdom and wealth as female gods. We have durga, kali as powerful iconic symbols. And yet, on earth, we don’t pay that same respect to women.

Synopsis: You know, I want to raise a very important subject, which has always...

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... worried me a lot. And that is about the very, very serious gender-bias that we have in society, across the world but I want to focus on our own country. You know I just want to say that, let me tell you, as a woman, I’m very proud to be a woman in this country but, I think I know what this gender bias is about. Because right from the time I was born, I have seen this gender-bias in society. And I really want to discuss this with you Sadhguru ji because I really think it’s very important for me to, you know, understand from you about certain things that have always been of concern to me as a woman because I remember my mother telling me, when I was born, that my parents were overjoyed. My late grandmother, you know, that is my father’s mother, my late father’s mother, was deeply disappointed. The first child born in the family was a girl child. And my mother told me that she didn’t even come and visit me for a whole day. And yet, my grandmother, as I grew up, you know started respecting me and admiring me for some of the work I was doing. I remember when I came back from Australia, she looked up to me and she said, you know your father doesn’t have two sons and a daughter, he has three sons. So even in that, even though I was achieving so much, she saw that strength in me as being a male. As being a man in a, you know, woman’s body kind of thing. So I just feel this problem that we have in society is real. I mean, let’s not hide away from the fact, in Indian society, as much as we want to basically try and behave there is gender equity, there isn’t. There is a lot of gender bias. I know that we are a strange society. On one hand we, of course, revere goddesses as powerful goddesses. And yet we have wisdom and wealth as female gods. We have durga, kali as powerful iconic symbols. And yet, on earth, we don’t pay that same respect to women.

May 6, 2021

18:45

Sadhguru, how do you have so much clarity? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw | #1

Synopsis: How do you basically cut through all the noise? How do you have this clarity of thought and words that we all listen to and suddenly feel that oh my god, it’s so simple. It’s such common sense, why didn’t we think of it this way? And my question to you, guruji, is how do you, you know, help us to cut through that noise? To gain that clarity and to find answers...

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... to these problems or complex situations that are there, or maybe we create. To really make us better people? Can you share with us those secrets, those guidelines. You know, those small, simple formulae that we can use in our lives. Or is it making things too simplistic?

Synopsis: How do you basically cut through all the noise? How do you have this...

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... clarity of thought and words that we all listen to and suddenly feel that oh my god, it’s so simple. It’s such common sense, why didn’t we think of it this way? And my question to you, guruji, is how do you, you know, help us to cut through that noise? To gain that clarity and to find answers to these problems or complex situations that are there, or maybe we create. To really make us better people? Can you share with us those secrets, those guidelines. You know, those small, simple formulae that we can use in our lives. Or is it making things too simplistic?

May 6, 2021

6:02

Why do we fear death? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Prasoon Joshi | #7

Synopsis: Sadhguru, I wanted to ask you about why do humans have the fear of death? So much. Either you’ve got fear of death or you glorify someone who dies. I mean look at the world, rockstars dying early becomes a virtue. You know, you become a star because of it. So what is it that makes us so uncomfortable and not at ease with death?

Synopsis: Sadhguru, I wanted to ask you about why do humans have the fear of death?...

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... So much. Either you’ve got fear of death or you glorify someone who dies. I mean look at the world, rockstars dying early becomes a virtue. You know, you become a star because of it. So what is it that makes us so uncomfortable and not at ease with death?

May 4, 2021

7:12

What is the contribution of an aghori to our society? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Prasoon Joshi | #6

Synopsis: What is the contribution of an aghori to our society? To the human kind. What have they done for us? I mean, if you talk about science, I can say, yes those monkeys which have been used, ultimately have got some medicines, have got some certain things with which you can fight diseases. But what has an aghori given to the world? Which they should be proud of and we should...

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... give them a sanction to do things which a human being does not find palatable.

Synopsis: What is the contribution of an aghori to our society? To the human kind....

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... What have they done for us? I mean, if you talk about science, I can say, yes those monkeys which have been used, ultimately have got some medicines, have got some certain things with which you can fight diseases. But what has an aghori given to the world? Which they should be proud of and we should give them a sanction to do things which a human being does not find palatable.

May 4, 2021

7:10

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