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Can I have two Gurus?

Transcript: This question is from Richa. Can a disciple have two masters? In case one is initiated by two spiritual masters, is it advised to stick to one way and one master? Or practice what is taught by both of them? If I follow one master, then does it mean that I am being disrespectful to the other one, who chose to initiate me on the path? Well, being with a guru or a spiritual master is not a question of...

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... loyalty. But it's a question of integrity. What is the difference between loyalty and integrity? Loyalty is coming from certain emotions that you have. Integrity means that you are dedicated to the purpose for which you are there. Any place. You are in some place, what is the purpose of that place? You are absolutely dedicated to that, you will not do something else there. Loyalty is a different thing. Loyalty is not needed in this affair. So, whoever you are, if you are here and you've gone somewhere and you're struggling, please don't struggle, just dump me. And wherever you are, just do that. Because the very fact you've gone somewhere is in some way, for whatever reason, it did not work here. So you go on somewhere. At least there you do well, as long as you grow. What's my problem? Or if you were somewhere and now you're here and you're struggling here, dump the nonsense that you carried from elsewhere and do what you require to do here. Because this is like, you know, coconut gardens and mango gardens. You don't go into a coconut grove, take one of these trees and plant it on top of the mountain. It won't last for a month. That's not where it works. It can only work here. Nor will you take a mango tree and plant it in a desert. Not going to work. So the very fact you move from one place to other, either by your own choice, or some other compulsion, or maybe that master is dead, or I'm dead, when it happens. Well once you find the need to go somewhere, give yourself absolutely there, wherever that is. Because you can't be in this place and dig in that place, it doesn't work like that. Does it mean you're disrespectful to somebody? No.

Transcript: This question is from Richa. Can a disciple have two masters? In case one is initiated by two spiritual...

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... masters, is it advised to stick to one way and one master? Or practice what is taught by both of them? If I follow one master, then does it mean that I am being disrespectful to the other one, who chose to initiate me on the path? Well, being with a guru or a spiritual master is not a question of loyalty. But it's a question of integrity. What is the difference between loyalty and integrity? Loyalty is coming from certain emotions that you have. Integrity means that you are dedicated to the purpose for which you are there. Any place. You are in some place, what is the purpose of that place? You are absolutely dedicated to that, you will not do something else there. Loyalty is a different thing. Loyalty is not needed in this affair. So, whoever you are, if you are here and you've gone somewhere and you're struggling, please don't struggle, just dump me. And wherever you are, just do that. Because the very fact you've gone somewhere is in some way, for whatever reason, it did not work here. So you go on somewhere. At least there you do well, as long as you grow. What's my problem? Or if you were somewhere and now you're here and you're struggling here, dump the nonsense that you carried from elsewhere and do what you require to do here. Because this is like, you know, coconut gardens and mango gardens. You don't go into a coconut grove, take one of these trees and plant it on top of the mountain. It won't last for a month. That's not where it works. It can only work here. Nor will you take a mango tree and plant it in a desert. Not going to work. So the very fact you move from one place to other, either by your own choice, or some other compulsion, or maybe that master is dead, or I'm dead, when it happens. Well once you find the need to go somewhere, give yourself absolutely there, wherever that is. Because you can't be in this place and dig in that place, it doesn't work like that. Does it mean you're disrespectful to somebody? No.

May 25, 2021

3:28

How to energetically connect with Sadhguru

Transcript: Q: I have read in a book that those who are sitting with you, you will give liberation or good life. I see that it kills self-striving, it creates dependency. Why you should decide about me or anything? I should decide everything about me. So I read in your book that, so it means if I'm sitting with you means, I have to follow you. Sadhguru: No. I said, only if...

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... you sit with me. So it creates dependency, it means I'm dependent, I'm not striving. You'll pay for it. If you're not striving, you'll pay for it. There's a fee. If you don't strive, one will pay, isn't it? In anything, in any aspect. Whether you're studying for an examination, or you're striving to improve your career, or you're doing business, or you're pursuing spiritual process. If there is no striving, there is a fee for it, isn't it? No? Is there or is there not? There is, always. Even if you get married, you have to strive every day to make it work otherwise it won't work. I'm saying it doesn't matter which aspect of life, if there is no striving, you pay. I understand what you're trying to ask but that's a very simplistic process. I'm saying if you really sit with me, I didn't mean if you sit on the grass out there, this will happen. I said, when you really sit with me. The very fact that you're asking the question, obviously you're not sitting with me, you're sitting by yourself. Sitting with me is a different aspect. If you really sit with me, yes after that no striving. But you will not become lethargic, for sure. It will just become a natural process for you to be like that. There are many people here for whom getting up in the morning and doing morning 5:30 sadhana is not a striving. There are some who are struggling and striving. For others it's just like that, like all the birds wake up in the morning, they also wake up and do what they have to do. They're just here living, breathing, eating, and doing whatever they can. There is no striving, okay? That is only, when you don't really want to go somewhere, you want to go but you want to go somewhere else also, then there is striving. When this is the only place you want to go, there is no striving. Simply you go, you know. There's no struggle and striving in that. That's why I said, it's up to you. Whether you want to go to your destination joyfully or kicking and crying, it's up to you. You can decide, but if you really sit with me, if you really sit with me means you got connected with me in some way energetically. Then you can't go anywhere, you'll only go in one direction. You do this, that, whatever you do, you do circus and go or you go without circus, it's up to you. But that's if you really sit with me, not if you sit with the grasshopper there.

Transcript: Q: I have read in a book that those who are sitting with you, you will give liberation...

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... or good life. I see that it kills self-striving, it creates dependency. Why you should decide about me or anything? I should decide everything about me. So I read in your book that, so it means if I'm sitting with you means, I have to follow you. Sadhguru: No. I said, only if you sit with me. So it creates dependency, it means I'm dependent, I'm not striving. You'll pay for it. If you're not striving, you'll pay for it. There's a fee. If you don't strive, one will pay, isn't it? In anything, in any aspect. Whether you're studying for an examination, or you're striving to improve your career, or you're doing business, or you're pursuing spiritual process. If there is no striving, there is a fee for it, isn't it? No? Is there or is there not? There is, always. Even if you get married, you have to strive every day to make it work otherwise it won't work. I'm saying it doesn't matter which aspect of life, if there is no striving, you pay. I understand what you're trying to ask but that's a very simplistic process. I'm saying if you really sit with me, I didn't mean if you sit on the grass out there, this will happen. I said, when you really sit with me. The very fact that you're asking the question, obviously you're not sitting with me, you're sitting by yourself. Sitting with me is a different aspect. If you really sit with me, yes after that no striving. But you will not become lethargic, for sure. It will just become a natural process for you to be like that. There are many people here for whom getting up in the morning and doing morning 5:30 sadhana is not a striving. There are some who are struggling and striving. For others it's just like that, like all the birds wake up in the morning, they also wake up and do what they have to do. They're just here living, breathing, eating, and doing whatever they can. There is no striving, okay? That is only, when you don't really want to go somewhere, you want to go but you want to go somewhere else also, then there is striving. When this is the only place you want to go, there is no striving. Simply you go, you know. There's no struggle and striving in that. That's why I said, it's up to you. Whether you want to go to your destination joyfully or kicking and crying, it's up to you. You can decide, but if you really sit with me, if you really sit with me means you got connected with me in some way energetically. Then you can't go anywhere, you'll only go in one direction. You do this, that, whatever you do, you do circus and go or you go without circus, it's up to you. But that's if you really sit with me, not if you sit with the grasshopper there.

May 18, 2021

3:46

Sadhguru, why do people believe in you? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Anupam Kher | #3

Synopsis: I have performed in this auditorium, it’s never been so full. So there has to be something in their belief in you which makes them look up at you. Why do they trust you? Why do they believe in you so much?

Synopsis: I have performed in this auditorium, it’s never been so full. So there...

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... has to be something in their belief in you which makes them look up at you. Why do they trust you? Why do they believe in you so much?

May 7, 2021

4:10

Why does everyone judge people who are on the spiritual path? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #1

Synopsis: When I first heard about you many years ago, I rolled my eyes and I muttered something about guru types. And until a few months ago, when my sister gave me your book, Inner Engineering, which happens to be a New York Times bestseller, it changed my perspective. And when I was working on this interaction, I came across a few interviews of yours. One of them being a senior...

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... writer from my field. And, he was vehemently attacking you. He was trying to frame you for being a fake. And he himself is accused of plagiarism. So my question is, why does a person connected to spirituality on its path, why does everyone feel entitled to judge them? And honestly, if it wasn’t a New York Times bestseller book, I would’ve not read it. What is it about this West stem, that we can’t do without it? I mean there are so many books. And unless Americans don’t approve of it, it just doesn’t make sense. Why is that?

Synopsis: When I first heard about you many years ago, I rolled my eyes and I muttered...

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... something about guru types. And until a few months ago, when my sister gave me your book, Inner Engineering, which happens to be a New York Times bestseller, it changed my perspective. And when I was working on this interaction, I came across a few interviews of yours. One of them being a senior writer from my field. And, he was vehemently attacking you. He was trying to frame you for being a fake. And he himself is accused of plagiarism. So my question is, why does a person connected to spirituality on its path, why does everyone feel entitled to judge them? And honestly, if it wasn’t a New York Times bestseller book, I would’ve not read it. What is it about this West stem, that we can’t do without it? I mean there are so many books. And unless Americans don’t approve of it, it just doesn’t make sense. Why is that?

April 22, 2021

5:19

How do I find my Guru?

Transcript: Where will you search? And how will you know who is Sadhguru and who is not Sadhguru. You have no way to judge, isn't it? So how do I seek something? You just seek. You simply seek, I want to know. The more you become I do not know, the deeper your seeking is, isn't it? Seeking does not mean seeking something. Seeking means seeking that which you do not know. If you have to seek, you should not make...

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... any assumptions, isn't it so? You already made an assumption god is sitting up in the heaven, I am seeking him. This is not seeking. This is just hallucination. Seeking means simply seeking. Seeking is possible only when a deep I do not know has happened within you. If a vacuum of I do not know happens within you, Sadhguru will happen to you. You don't have to search. Because you don't know how to search. If you search with your intellect, naturally you will search for that kind of person with whom you are most comfortable, isn't it? See if you seek a friend, what kind of friend do you seek? Do you seek a friend who punctures your ego every day? You seek a friend who nourishes your ego every day, isn't it? Yes or no? If somebody punctures your ego, he becomes your enemy, isn't it? So even if you seek a guru, you will only seek with this context. And that kind of guru who comforts you is no good to you. There's nothing spiritual about giving solace to people. It is just a psychological comfort, which your family can offer, which your dog can offer. Dog is good solace for you, isn't it? Yes or no? You have pets at home? They can be a great source of solace for you, isn't it so? You don't need a god for solace. You seek the beyond, not for solace but for liberation, to become free from everything that you are right now. So if you are seeking a guru for solace, there are many. If you are seeking a guru for liberation, then if you sit with him, you feel threatened, you want to run away from him. But at the same time you don't want to leave him for a moment. If you constantly feel threatened by him, at the same time you want to be with him, that means he's a good guru for you. If you are very comfortable with him, he is a no good guru for you. You must be constantly uncomfortable with him, at the same time you long to be with him, that is a good prescription for you.

Transcript: Where will you search? And how will you know who is Sadhguru and who is not Sadhguru. You have no way...

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... to judge, isn't it? So how do I seek something? You just seek. You simply seek, I want to know. The more you become I do not know, the deeper your seeking is, isn't it? Seeking does not mean seeking something. Seeking means seeking that which you do not know. If you have to seek, you should not make any assumptions, isn't it so? You already made an assumption god is sitting up in the heaven, I am seeking him. This is not seeking. This is just hallucination. Seeking means simply seeking. Seeking is possible only when a deep I do not know has happened within you. If a vacuum of I do not know happens within you, Sadhguru will happen to you. You don't have to search. Because you don't know how to search. If you search with your intellect, naturally you will search for that kind of person with whom you are most comfortable, isn't it? See if you seek a friend, what kind of friend do you seek? Do you seek a friend who punctures your ego every day? You seek a friend who nourishes your ego every day, isn't it? Yes or no? If somebody punctures your ego, he becomes your enemy, isn't it? So even if you seek a guru, you will only seek with this context. And that kind of guru who comforts you is no good to you. There's nothing spiritual about giving solace to people. It is just a psychological comfort, which your family can offer, which your dog can offer. Dog is good solace for you, isn't it? Yes or no? You have pets at home? They can be a great source of solace for you, isn't it so? You don't need a god for solace. You seek the beyond, not for solace but for liberation, to become free from everything that you are right now. So if you are seeking a guru for solace, there are many. If you are seeking a guru for liberation, then if you sit with him, you feel threatened, you want to run away from him. But at the same time you don't want to leave him for a moment. If you constantly feel threatened by him, at the same time you want to be with him, that means he's a good guru for you. If you are very comfortable with him, he is a no good guru for you. You must be constantly uncomfortable with him, at the same time you long to be with him, that is a good prescription for you.

April 21, 2021

3:15

Sadhguru, how can I know that you don’t belong to the Ram Rahim category? | Sadhguru at IIT Chennai | #8

Synopsis: I have two clarifications from you, Sadhguru. First thing is, India, from time in memorial has been producing a lot of philosophers, social reformers like you. Then how can I evaluate you, that you don’t belong to the Ram Rahim category?

Synopsis: I have two clarifications from you, Sadhguru. First thing is, India,...

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... from time in memorial has been producing a lot of philosophers, social reformers like you. Then how can I evaluate you, that you don’t belong to the Ram Rahim category?

April 21, 2021

11:55

If God doesn’t necessarily exist, why do we need gurus? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Barkha Dutt | #1

Synopsis: Let me start with the spiritual. And I hope what you say today is also addressed to the skeptics. I count myself among a skeptic, who if told, that another human being possesses some sort of godly power, I would perhaps, as a first instinct not believe it. But what I find interesting about what you, some of your sayings is captured by Arundhati Subramaniam in this book,...

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... is that you’re actually saying that what we experience beyond our five senses, anything that we experience beyond the five senses can be called God, can be called power, or can be called yourself. So if God doesn’t necessarily exist, why do we need gurus? Why do we need Sadhguru?  

Synopsis: Let me start with the spiritual. And I hope what you say today is also...

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... addressed to the skeptics. I count myself among a skeptic, who if told, that another human being possesses some sort of godly power, I would perhaps, as a first instinct not believe it. But what I find interesting about what you, some of your sayings is captured by Arundhati Subramaniam in this book, is that you’re actually saying that what we experience beyond our five senses, anything that we experience beyond the five senses can be called God, can be called power, or can be called yourself. So if God doesn’t necessarily exist, why do we need gurus? Why do we need Sadhguru?  

April 16, 2021

2:26

What is the importance of a guru to get to the ultimate goal? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Piyush Pandey | #7

Synopsis: The question here is, to get to the ultimate goal, the importance of a guru, in the real sense of the word. Is that absolutely critical or can you find it on your own?  

Synopsis: The question here is, to get to the ultimate goal, the importance of...

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... a guru, in the real sense of the word. Is that absolutely critical or can you find it on your own?  

April 15, 2021

4:50

What is the role of a spiritual leader in politics? | Sadhguru at Harvard University | #6

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...So, in today’s society, many influential people, judges or senior civil servants, armed forces officials. They don’t express their personal political views in public because the thinking is that they hold a post which should be beyond any political party. Now, what do you think the role of a spiritual leader should be when you’re thinking about politics?

Synopsis: So, in today’s society, many influential people, judges or senior civil...

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... servants, armed forces officials. They don’t express their personal political views in public because the thinking is that they hold a post which should be beyond any political party. Now, what do you think the role of a spiritual leader should be when you’re thinking about politics?

December 31, 2020

5:42

What is the significance of Guru Purnima? Why does one need a Guru?

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...This is a beautiful video, a must watch for all seekers, where Sadhguru talks about the significance of a Guru. He says, that human beings can grow only once they become conscious. But, this is an uncharted path. Sadhguru gives the example of Columbus, because he landed in America, now it became easier for others to go, following his footsteps. Sadhguru also tells about the significance of Guru Purnima.

Synopsis: This is a beautiful video, a must watch for all seekers, where Sadhguru talks about the significance...

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... of a Guru. He says, that human beings can grow only once they become conscious. But, this is an uncharted path. Sadhguru gives the example of Columbus, because he landed in America, now it became easier for others to go, following his footsteps. Sadhguru also tells about the significance of Guru Purnima.

July 4, 2020

4:46

What is Tantra? Are all Guru’s Tantriks? | Sadhguru Wisdom

Synopsis: Sadhguru says, unfortunately today, Tantra is misunderstood as 'unbridled promiscuity'. Tantra means technology, it means certain capability. Tantra actually requires extreme discipline. It is learning to use your own body and your own mind like an outside instrument - as you would use a computer. Without Tantrik capabilities one can not be a Guru. One can be a sage, who blesses. But blessings are...

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... without any discretion!

Synopsis: Sadhguru says, unfortunately today, Tantra is misunderstood as 'unbridled promiscuity'. Tantra means...

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... technology, it means certain capability. Tantra actually requires extreme discipline. It is learning to use your own body and your own mind like an outside instrument - as you would use a computer. Without Tantrik capabilities one can not be a Guru. One can be a sage, who blesses. But blessings are without any discretion!

May 18, 2019

8:40

Who can be a Guru – A Saint, Sage or a Seer?

Synopsis: What do we seek in a Guru? In India, there are many saints, sages and seers - who can bless, have knowledge about life, and can see life just the way it is. So, are they Gurus? Or can they be Gurus? Sadhguru answers... how he became a guru and what we need to do to explore mystical aspects and experiences in our life.

Synopsis: What do we seek in a Guru? In India, there are many saints, sages and seers - who can bless, have knowledge...

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... about life, and can see life just the way it is. So, are they Gurus? Or can they be Gurus? Sadhguru answers... how he became a guru and what we need to do to explore mystical aspects and experiences in our life.

June 25, 2018

17:10

What is the Best Way to Be With You?

Synopsis: What is the best way to be with Sadhguru? Investigator? Spectator? Disciple? Student? Devotee? Which are you? What kind of relationship do you want... find out!

Synopsis: What is the best way to be with Sadhguru? Investigator? Spectator? Disciple? Student? Devotee? Which...

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... are you? What kind of relationship do you want... find out!

June 6, 2018

6:36

Sadhguru – What Do You Do As a Guru?

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!

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November 11, 2019

5 min read

Why Do We Celebrate Guru Purnima?

The first full moon after the summer solstice (Dakshinayana) is Guru Purnima. It is the day the first Guru was born.  Shiva is referred as Adiyogi - the first yogi. After much insistence and preparation by his seven disciples; on the first full moon after Dakshinayana, he transformed himself into a Guru. Adi Guru - the first guru. This was the most significant day for humanity, since it is on this day the possibility of transcending opened up for a human being. Guru Purnima is about transcendence and liberation, and the story of Guru Purnima predates all religions.

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July 25, 2018

9 min read

How to Recieve Guru’s Grace on Guru Purnima?

On Guru Purnima, the position of the moon and planets is such that it creates a receptivity in people to the guru. Traditionally, in India, to make the best use of it, people would stay out at night in the moonlight, along with their guru. This month is the best time to receive the Guru's Grace. With Grace, a person can enhance himself to another dimension of existence and capability. To enhance your receptivity, it is best that 'you do not do anything of your own, so that you become less of yourself'.

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July 24, 2018

9 min read

What is The Role of a Guru?

This is a beautiful short article by Sadhguru, where Sadhguru tells us how Guru is like a director of the movie of your life! He says - "If you hold the hand of the director, then it can be a wonderful experience, and above all, you can retire and watch the movie."

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July 13, 2017

3 min read

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