Storytelling – The enlightened vegetable vendor
Transcript: So like this, one day I'm in the vegetable market in Bangalore city. Then I see a man sitting there selling vegetables, who is shining. I just look at him, my god, what the hell is he doing in the vegetable market? He just looks at me. Our eyes lock up with each other. Then he bursts out laughing and I also laugh. Then I walk up to him and say, what the hell are you doing here? And he said, come, come....
Transcript: So like this, one day I'm in the vegetable market in Bangalore city. Then I see a man sitting there selling...
May 8, 2021
Was Lord Rama’s life a success or a failure?
Synopsis: Lord Rama, is revered and worshiped as one of the most sacred Hindu gods. A born prince and a heir to large empire, his life was not exactly a smooth easy going success story. What exactly are we worshiping when we bow down to him in respect? In this talk, Sadhguru explains what made Rama the great man that he was and what can we learn from him.
Synopsis: Lord Rama, is revered and worshiped as one of the most sacred Hindu gods. A born prince and a heir to...
December 30, 2020
The story of Ashtavakra and King Janaka
Synopsis: Emperor Janak after attaining enlightenment wanted to renounce everything and serve his guru, but his guru Ashtavakra asked him to continue ruling the kingdom. He would make regular visits to the guru's ashram to seek blessings and be in his company - something that his guru also seem to enjoy much. Seeing this closeness between the two, guru's other disciples staying with him became resentful. How...
Synopsis: Emperor Janak after attaining enlightenment wanted to renounce everything and serve his guru, but his...
December 29, 2020
How Gautama became a Buddha
Synopsis: The journey of Gautama - 'The Buddha' from being born as a prince of a small kingdom in India to becoming an enlightened being is nothing short of drama. Did the astrological prediction of a seer about Gautam's future had anything to do with Gautama's spiritual quest? Sadhguru narrates the story of Buddha's life journey, explaining what does the word 'Buddha' actually mean.
Synopsis: The journey of Gautama - 'The Buddha' from being born as a prince of a small kingdom in India to becoming...
December 25, 2020
Storytelling – Sadhguru on Gautama Buddha’s enlightenment
Transcript: Gautama went to every known master of the time. He was intellectually so brilliant and his longing so great, if he went to a place, what normally somebody would pick it up in years, he would do it in weeks. The eight types of Samadhis, he achieved all eight of them but still he knew this is not fullness of life. Still longing. When nothing else worked, he took to an extreme path which is called a Samanas....
Transcript: Gautama went to every known master of the time. He was intellectually so brilliant and his longing so...
December 21, 2020
Could Hanuman really become huge in size at will? Can Shamans change their form?
Transcript: About a certain person becoming small, or big, or flying, or doing something else, is that a possibility? Very much a possibility. Very much a reality. It was very much prevalent in this country, in this culture, but it was looked down upon. But it was looked up elsewhere, particularly in the native American cultures. There is a whole tradition of Shamanism where it is, even today, there's any amount...
Transcript: About a certain person becoming small, or big, or flying, or doing something else, is that a possibility?...
November 29, 2020
Is the sacred Kailash mountain from alien land ?
Synopsis: Kailash mountain, in the Himalayan ranges is one of the most sacred and revered places in the Indian Yogic texts. Science is still unable to explain its origin and how it came into existence. Its geological composition is still a mystery and it completely stands out distinct from neighboring structures as if it does not belong there. And the place is full of unbound grace and energy as if some super...
Synopsis: Kailash mountain, in the Himalayan ranges is one of the most sacred and revered places in the Indian...
September 28, 2020
Storytelling – The man who wanted supernatural powers
Synopsis: Is there a secret #Mantra to end all your miseries and bring permanent #bliss? Sadhguru narrates an interesting story about a man from South India in search of a Mantra to gain magical powers, who traveled all the way to Tibet. What did the wise, old #Buddhist Monk tell him? Did he give him the Mantra? Is it possible for you to get it?
Synopsis: Is there a secret #Mantra to end all your miseries and bring permanent #bliss? Sadhguru narrates an interesting...
July 23, 2020
Storytelling – When a farmer got a boon from Shiva to control nature
Synopsis: A farmer was upset because his crops kept getting destroyed because of one thing or another. He called out to Shiva, and told him that since you are a hunter you don't know how best to manage nature - you give me the control. And lo! He got it. What happened next - watch the interesting climax and profound learning from this story that Sadhguru narrates.
Synopsis: A farmer was upset because his crops kept getting destroyed because of one thing or another. He called...
June 26, 2020
Even a worst situation can transform your life
Transcript: This was in 1939. And this family, a Jewish family in Germany or Austria probably, was taken away. First they took away the parents and they took away the children separately. And this girl, who is 13 years of age at that time, and her brother, who is 8 years of age, were brought to the railway station along with a lots of other kids. Parents were taken away somewhere, to some labour camp or something....
Transcript: This was in 1939. And this family, a Jewish family in Germany or Austria probably, was taken away. First...
June 14, 2020
Sadhguru on Agastya Muni
Synopsis: Agastya muni was one of the Saptarishis. In this talk Sadhguru looks at his immense contribution and also explores a few of the many places that Agastya muni spent time at. Kailash, Kantisarovar (lake of grace), where the first yoga program happened; Guptakashi; Vindhyachal Mountains; Biligiri Rangana Betta; Nattatreeswarar Temple; Sathuragiri Hills. Sadhguru says, in many ways, Agastya muni can be...
Synopsis: Agastya muni was one of the Saptarishis. In this talk Sadhguru looks at his immense contribution and...
March 21, 2020
Sadhguru on Mayamma, A Mysterious Devotee
Synopsis: Sadhguru tells about Mayamma, a pious woman who lived in Kanyakumari. She lived like a beggar woman on the streets of Kanyakumari. Always surrounded by street dogs who became her friends. Because of her ways, many times she got harshly treated by society - because people saw her as a thief and not as a saintly person. Sadhguru tells an absolutely incredible fact about a devotee of...
Synopsis: Sadhguru tells about Mayamma, a pious woman who lived in Kanyakumari. She lived like...
March 13, 2020
Why Gorakhnath, the great Yogi, was punished by his Guru?
Synopsis: Gorakhnath was a highly accomplished Yogi with fierce love and devotion for his guru. He went on to establish one of the most widespread spiritual movement in India. Even today, The Gorakhnath followers (called "Nathis") are fierce saadhakas (yogic practitioners) and many have "attained", showing the richness of the system even after thousands of years. Gorakhnath's guru - Matsyendranath, considered...
Synopsis: Gorakhnath was a highly accomplished Yogi with fierce love and devotion for his guru. He went on to establish...
March 6, 2020
Sadhguru on Sage Kaushik, And The Butcher Guru
Synopsis: Can a butcher be a Guru? Sadhguru tells us that any job you do can become spiritual. He shares a story of Sage Kaushik and his first meeting with his Guru, a butcher, to impress upon this point.
Synopsis: Can a butcher be a Guru? Sadhguru tells us that any job you do can become spiritual. He shares a story...
March 2, 2020
Shukracharya, And The Battle Between The Gods And The Demons
Synopsis: Sadhguru tells the captivating story of Shukracharya, Gurus of the rakshas (demons), and the war between the devas (gods) and the rakshas (demons).
Synopsis: Sadhguru tells the captivating story of Shukracharya, Gurus of the rakshas (demons), and the...
February 15, 2020
When Adi Shankaracharya Drank a Pot Full of Alcohol
Synopsis: Adi Shankaracharya was an early 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. He is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in Hinduism. Many consider him Hinduism's greatest thinker. Sadhguru narrates a captivating incidence from his life, when he drank a pot full of arrack (a local Indian brew)!
Synopsis: Adi Shankaracharya was an early 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian who consolidated the doctrine...
February 15, 2020
How Markandeya defeated death
Synopsis: Markandeya, an ancient Yogi and Hindu sage was a celebrated Shiva devotee. His parents had to make a decision when he was being born - because of which he had only 16 years of life. As he grew older, his parents became despondent their son will die soon. When Markandeya came to know of this, he told his parents not to worry - I will not die. What did he do to conquer Death? What does Shiva's form as...
Synopsis: Markandeya, an ancient Yogi and Hindu sage was a celebrated Shiva devotee. His parents had to make a...
February 1, 2020
How Shiva Overcame Kama (The God of Lust)
Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about the God of kama, or the God of lust. He narrates the story of how shiva overcame lust. He tells two versions of the story, one general, told to people, and the other version, as told in the yogic culture. He tells us the basis of lust within us.
Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about the God of kama, or the God of lust. He narrates the story of how shiva overcame...
January 27, 2020
Sadhguru on Dattatreya and Parashuram
Synopsis: Dattatreya is considered one of the most enigmatic and capable yogi ever. Parashuram was a very intense, but emotionally wayward being. Sadhguru tells the story of how Parashuram became Dattatrey's disciple.
Synopsis: Dattatreya is considered one of the most enigmatic and capable yogi ever. Parashuram was a very intense,...
July 15, 2019
Sadhguru on Milarepa, the great Tibetan Yogi
Synopsis: In this captivating talk, Sadhguru tells us about Milarepa's life, a Tibetan siddha, who used occult to take revenge, and then turned to Buddhism to become an accomplished buddhist disciple despite his past. He is generally considered as one of Tibet's most famous yogis and poets, serving as an example for the Buddhist life. He was a student of Marpa Lotsawa, and a major figure in the history of the...
Synopsis: In this captivating talk, Sadhguru tells us about Milarepa's life, a Tibetan siddha, who used occult...
July 13, 2019
Sadhguru on Ashtavakra and king Janaka
Synopsis: Sadhguru tells the story of how Ashtavakra's own father cursed him, and he was born with eight deformities. One day, his father took him to king Janaka's court. The king was an accomplished yogi, looking for enlightenment. Sadhguru tells how Ashtavakra used strange ways to make king Janaka attain.
Synopsis: Sadhguru tells the story of how Ashtavakra's own father cursed him, and he was born with eight deformities....
July 11, 2019
Sadhguru on J Krishnamurti
Synopsis: Jiddu Krishnamurti was an Indian philosopher, speaker and writer. In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the Theosophy organization behind it. His interests included psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society. He stressed the need for a revolution...
Synopsis: Jiddu Krishnamurti was an Indian philosopher, speaker and writer. In his early life he was groomed to...
May 11, 2019
Why did Shiva help Amba take revenge?
Synopsis: During the Youth and Truth event at the Sophia College for Women, a student asks Sadhguru - "My question to you is - in Mahabharat, we see Amba, she is so determined to take revenge on Bhishma, and she goes to Shiva, and Shiva actually grants her that boon. So, why would somebody want to live their whole life, just with the sole intention of taking revenge on somebody, and how would this affect them?"...
Synopsis: During the Youth and Truth event at the Sophia College for Women, a student asks Sadhguru - "My question...
April 29, 2019
Rama’s justice to a Dog, a tale from Ramayana
Synopsis: Rama and the Dog’s Justice There is a beautiful story in the Ramayan. Rama was known to be a very just and caring king. Listen to this rarely told story of how Rama rendered justice to a dog.
Synopsis: Rama and the Dog’s Justice There is a beautiful story in the Ramayan. Rama was known to be a very just...
April 14, 2019
Shiva as Somasundara
Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about Shiva's significant dimension as Soma, or Somasundara. Always intoxicated, and yet fully aware. Sadhguru narrates the story of Prvati's wedding with Shiva.
Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about Shiva's significant dimension as Soma, or Somasundara. Always intoxicated, and...
March 1, 2019
Shiva as Bholenath, The story of Bhasmasura
Synopsis: Sadhguru narrates the intriguing story of a yogi Bhasmasura, who comes and asks Shiva for powers, "whatever he turns should turn into ashes". Sadhguru tells about Shiva's dimension as Bholenath. Without any discretion, Shiva grants to whoever asks.
Synopsis: Sadhguru narrates the intriguing story of a yogi Bhasmasura, who comes and asks Shiva for powers, "whatever...
February 25, 2019
In this episode, someone asks - "Sadhguru, you were talking about the cycles of existence. Why these cycles? Also, is dharma something we choose, or something that is waiting for us to discover it?". Sadhguru explains, what really is Dharma, and if it is predetermined and unchangeable! And how the right Sadhana can help calibrate a person their true Dharma.
This is an intriguing episode, in which Sadhguru narrates the story of Krishna's dream. After listening to the story, a seeker asks - "Sadhguru, the people whom Krishna let pass were either exploiters or exploited, but this person whom he does not let pass seems to be neither. So why did he not pass?" Sadhguru gives us insight, and explains - "Sweetness of life is not a goal by itself but a necessary condition for you to flower. This life flowers only when it tastes sweetness."
The majestic Himalayas leave everyone spellbound with their sheer beauty and immense size. The legend has it that the temple at Badrinath, about 10,000 feet above sea level was the abode of Shiva himself. Built by Adi Shankara himself, even today, the temple priests are descendants of his family. This itself is amazing as Adi Shankara was born down south in India and traveled more than 3000 km on foot about 1000 years ago to build the temple.
In this episode, Sadhguru answers a seeker's question on luck and grace. He asks, "..... Isn’t luck a byproduct of grace? Are intelligence and intellect the same?". Sadhguru says - "For the Pandavas, Krishna is their grace, and Draupadi is their luck." Sadhguru also elaborates on what is Karma, "Karma is not a concept of crime and punishment, that if you commit a crime, someone punishes you. Karma is a consequence of your own action.", and that intellect is not intelligence - "Intelligence is not thinking up something – intelligence means you have yoked yourself and are in tune with creation. This is what dhyana or meditation means; this is what Yoga means."
In this episode, a seeker asks Sadhguru to elaborate on Yudhishthira's response to a Yaksha's question. Yaksha asked - "And what is true forgiveness?", Yudhishthira responds - "He who endures enmity truly forgives." Sadhguru elaborates and says - "Forgiving means that you will not act out of resentment – you will act out of what is needed for the situation."
In this episode, Sadhguru answers a seeker's question on destiny - '.....to what extent is it already known which choices a person will make in their lifetime?' Sadhguru elaborates and tells us "The very essence of the spiritual process is to deal with your destiny now."
In this episode, Sadhguru answers a seeker's question: "Sadhguru, what can we learn from the story of Ekalavya? He was a greater archer than Arjuna but still lost out." Sadhguru explains, "Drona was an enormously talented man, but his meanness and corruption resulted in a tragedy for Ekalavya."
This is a wonderful article in which Sadhguru explains what 'love' really is! Sadhguru says - "You fall in love, because something of who you are has to go.", you can only fall in love, not rise in love. Through three engaging stories Sadhguru tells us what us unconditional love, and is it possible; is there any relation between gratitude and love; is love a human need. Finally, Sadhguru tells us that 'love' is a very fragile dimension of life, and needs to be handled gently.
Sadhguru says, it was Yudhishthira's humility that saved the Pandavas many times. Yudhishthira was always honoring the elders. At the end of Bhishma's life when he was lying on the bed of arrows, Yudhishthira and his brothers went to meet him. Sadhguru says - "Yudhishthira asked a hundred questions which developed into a very elaborate discourse with Bhishma.
Sadhguru narrates a short Zen story about Jingxuan and his master Liaoyi. Sadhguru tells is the essence of the story, "If one does not perceive life, how can he perceive what is death? Right now you are alive.....There is no such thing as death. It is only life."
In this episode of Mahabharata... Gandhari curses Krishna, "May you not have a glorious death like my sons who died in the battlefield. You must die like a common human being." Krishna says, "Mother, what you are saying is anyway written, because who else can kill the Yadavas unless they kill each other? Yadavas cannot be killed by anyone else but each other, so let it be so. And how I exit this world does not matter for me, as I anyway know how to exit. Do not worry about my destiny. Focus on yours." Sadhguru narrates how all this came true.
In this episode of Mahabharata.. Bhima kept insluting Dhritrashtra. Even though Yudhishthira tried to stop him, he would say - "We fought the battle, and still Dhritarashtra tried to crush me. Still, the old woman tried to burn you. No! There is no charity in my heart for them." Eventually, unable to bear the insults, and on Vidura's advice, Dhritrashtra, Kunti, Gandhari, Vidura and Sanjay moved the forest. One day, a forest fire consumed them.
In this episode - after the war, they moved towards Hastinapur. Instead of celebrations, all they heard was wailing of orphans and widows. Seeing this - Yudhishthira asked himself, “What is all this for? I never wanted to be the king. Why did I cause this?”. Sadhguru tells the story of how Krishna saved Bhima and Yudhishthira from Dhritrashtra and Gandhari who were seething with revenge.
In this storytelling , Sadhguru narrates 4 short stories revolving around Krishna and his life. Each story, in its own unique way, carries a subtle message. #1. Duryodhana hatches a plan to make Krishna drunk and get some secrets out from him. Did he succeed? #2. Satyabama, Krishna's second wife was a very proud lady - extremely beautiful and very very rich. Flaunting her wealth and beauty was he second nature. On Krishna's birthday, she made a grand plan to showcase to the whole town her love for Krishna. Did Krishna use this opportunity to teach her a lesson in humbleness? How was she saved from the embarrassment when the plan went awry? #3. While having lunch one day, Krishna suddenly got up in between the meal and ran towards the door. Satyabama,, who was serving him, got very puzzled. Before she could ask , Krishna came back and resumed his meal. Satyabama was totally bewildered by Krishna's strange behavior - was it the food or something else? #4. Once, Krishna's wives - Satyabama and Rukmini had made grand plans to celebrate Krishna's birthday. The usual playful Krishna, on that day was very quiet and not participating in any celebration. When asked, Krishna complained of severe headache. Physicians from all over the town were called but they failed to cure Krishna. No medicine would appear to work on him. Then Krishna told them the way to cure him. How was Krishna finally cured ? Did Radha and the Gopis cure him?
Sadhguru narrates a short Zen story. He explains the hidden message in it. Normally, we choose friends who will support our limitations. But when you seek a spiritual master, you should be willing to break your limitations. You don't seek a master to hear pleasant things about yourself. Sadhguru says - "Guru or a master is there to destroy the falsehood in you."
In this episode: Ashwatthama had killed Pandava's five children. Pandava's pursued him, and a duel happens between Arjuna and Ashwatthama. Ashwatthama pulls out the Brahmastra. Sadhguru says, from Vyasa's description of Brahmastra, it seems like it was a modern day nuclear weapon. Ashwatthama releases the Brahmastra and Krishna has to step in to counter its aftereffects on a just born infant. Krishan broough a stillborn child alive, and this act completely changed Krishna.
In this article Sadhguru tells us about Karna. In India, Karna is considered as an anti-hero. Sadhguru tells us - "He was a man with a phenomenal sense of integrity and generosity but all this was lost." Sadhguru tells us about Karna's life, and the reasons why Karna became so resentful, which ultimately led to his downfall. So, was Karna Good or Bad?
In this episode of Mahabharata, Sadhguru distills the three keys to success which we can learn from Mahabharata. One - Be skillful and listen. "If you listen to something, your mind will become focused and still; if you are simply hearing things, the mind will become distressed – that is the effect of noise." Two - Lack of faith leads to failure". And three - Rage will not work for you. "When there is faith, there is no fear. When there is no fear, there is no rage in your heart. When there is no rage in your heart, you will act towards the purpose of your life, without even knowing it intellectually."
A Zen student went about claiming he has attained 'Enlightened' as he has embraced nothingness and is totally empty from within. The Zen master quickly brought him to his senses. It is irresponsible for people to speak as to what is 'enlightenment' or define 'enlightenment' because unscrupulous people will pick up these words and try to deceive someone or more importantly, people will delude themselves with such ideas and start hallucinating.
In this episode of Mahabharata, Sadhguru explains the significance of the practice of yagna. Yagnas are an ancient form of ritual that involves mantras and offerings to fire. Sadhguru says - "Yagna means a disciplined action that will benefit all. If you sit here and meditate, and then you dance around so that everyone benefits from your meditation, it is a yagna. How to perform a yagna? There are many ways to do it...."
In this episode Sadhguru explains the original rationale of the traditional caste system, and different forms of social divisions in modern society, and its relevance in contemporary society. He says - "Is the varnashrama dharma of dividing a society based on craft or competence still there? Is the world not divided by competence? Whether you like it or not, it is divided. The only thing is we have made it a little more porous..."
In this episode Sadhguru explains about what is Dharma - is it an absolute truth or a relative truth. He explains using the context if two questions - one about Yudhishthira and the second about Krishna. This is a compelling read, as it breaks our notion about morality and righteousness. What really is Dharma or Truth? Sadhguru says - "The ultimate truth is to act out of your inclusiveness"
Sadhguru narrates a short Zen story, when in response to a disciples question, the master replies "Learn from that Dog". The disciple is disappointed, what can one learn from a dog, he says - "You are making fun of me, Master. What can I learn from a dog? All it does is eat, sleep and reproduce. I have come in search of you only to become free from that.". Sadhguru explains, we are not even fully involved in the basic activity of eating and sleeping. He says - "When you eat, you are thinking about home, when you are at home you are thinking about work, when you are at work you are thinking about travel, when you are travelling you are thinking about when you can sleep, when you go to sleep you are thinking about something else. Your whole life rolls on like this."
Questioner: Sadhguru, you said Barbarik came from the South, and that the southern mysticism had a big influence in the war. Could you elaborate on that? In this episode, Sadhguru elaborates on the Southern influence on the war, though the war was between the Northern kings.
As the world population is growing, where are the new 'souls' coming from? About five thousand years ago, since the time of Mahabharata, the world population has grown from just 18 million to 7.7 billion today! If there is rebirth and reincarnation, then how are the number of souls increasing? Sadhguru explains - "When you say the word “soul,” which is so loosely used today, we are not talking about a physical thing." So, the usual laws of the physical world, as we understand them, do not apply.
Somebody asks Sadhguru "What is the distinction between an avatar and a bhagavan? What is Krishna, really?" Sadhguru says - "Avatar means he is a manifestation of the Creator, but he is not living like that every moment." Sadhguru explains the difference between a bhagavan and an avatar, and tells us what Krishna fits into.
A new disciple asked his widely traveled Zen master, "You have been to many places in the world. Which is the best place in the summer? Which is the best place during monsoon? Which is the best place to go during the winter?" The master kept walking in the rain and said, "If you really want to be in the best place, you must go to the place where there is no summer, rain or winter!" Sadhguru explains the message in this short zen story, that the master is trying to give to his disciple.
Duryodhana tells Bhishma - "Krishna is only a cowherd. What can he do?". When Krishna defeated Duryodhana and Karna by himself, how can Duryodhana say this? Sadhguru says - "People say all kinds of things. Sometimes, the same people who crawled at your feet and said you are God, turn negative at some point, or even become deadly enemies". Sadhguru also tells us that Krishna told Arjuna, that Karna is a better archer than him. "Arjuna was completely disillusioned. He had always been walking around with this aura of being the greatest warrior on the planet."
Mahabharat is full of individuals following their own dharma. But, how does one decide their Dharma? Sadhguru tells us about Gandhari's life. She went through many difficult situations, and what all it did to her mind was not a small thing. Once she came to know that her husband was blind, one of the things she realized was that she will have to do everything for him. But suppose she chose to be blind, than being a queen, everything will be done for her by someone else. And, the public glory that came with that sacrifice was an added incentive. Once, she has taken a public vow, that becomes her Dharma.
This is a Zen story about a man longing to reach higher states like Budha, and going in search of a master. After a steep climb, he finds the master at the top of a mountain. The master shows him some bamboo vegetation and asks him a couple of questions, and then leaves. Sadhguru explains, that the conclusions we draw from our five senses are always in comparison to something else. If one wants to perceive life, then one has to move beyond the five sense perceptions.
Shiva found access to the reality of creation in utter stillness or in absolute movement. Intrigued by watching him move from utter stillness to mad dance, and being in absolute ecstasy in both, the Gandharvas and Yakshas were keen to get an grasp of this experience. To have an insider, they plotted and got Shiva married to Sati. Sadhguru narrates the story of how Sati burnt herself up in the ceremonial fire, and how 54 Shakti Sthalas were born when a despondent Shiva carried her rotting corpse.
Sadhguru tells us about nara/narayana. "Nara means the same source manifested in a more compulsive manner – Narayana means the same source manifested in a more conscious manner". A compulsive life is capable of more action, a conscious life should not be very active. If Krishna chose to act, the scope of his life would come down, so they acted in tandem. Krishna tells Arjuna, "leave it to me and act". He is only saying, Leave the results to me. Don’t leave the action to me. The action is still yours".
This is a zen story about a disciple of the sixth Zen sect who joined a monastery called Kaaksi. Sadhguru explains that what this story is trying to tell is that, realization or enlightenment is not trying to get hold of something, rather realizing what is there already. For that, first you must realize that you do not know. Sadhguru says - "Only if you know that you do not know, you will start longing to know that which you do not know. Now, the possibility of knowing the unknown will arise".
Though Kripacharya wanted to stop Ashwatthama, eventually he did participate in the killing. When they realized that they have killed the children, Duryodhana died, and Ashwatthama lost his mind and went to stay in some ashram. Draupadi went in rage again and wanted Ashwatthama's head. The rishi, where he was staying, did not allow Arjuna to kill Ashwatthama, so instead he plucked off the jewel from Ashwatthama's forehead and brought it to Draupadi. Without the jewel, Ashwatthama would lose his mind completely. They went back to hastinapur.
Diogenes was an ecstatic beggar who lived totally naked. One day Alexander saw Diogenes. Alexander was riding his horse, and was in emperor's clothes. Diogenes was naked, rolling in the sand at the bank of the river. Looking at him in ecstatic state, Alexander remarked, you have nothing, so what are you ecstatic about? He wanted to be ecstatic like Diogenes. Diogenes invited him to throw of this clothes into the river, come down from his horse, and join him in the sand. Alexander remarked, that he did not have the courage to do so, and that he would do it in his next lifetime! Sadhguru says, once you have come as a human being with a certain possibility, you must make use of it.
Krishna reminded Bhima of his vow to break Duryodhana's thigh. Though hitting below the belt in a mace fight was not allowed, still Bhima hit him, and Duryodhana fell, mortally wounded. Though, by law they should have killed him, but they left him to die slowly. Ashwatthama was raging because Pandavas had killed his father. He wanted revenge. As per tradition, the Pandavas, after victory, went to the Kaurava's camp to sleep. Ashwatthama, Kritavarma, and Kripacharya sneaked into the Pandava camp. They killed Drupada, and Pandava's five children.
This is an interesting Zen story, where a disciple gets enlightened when the master laughs! Sadhguru explains that there is a deep connection between Zen and laughter. In fact, he says, that anyone who has attained a certain state within himself, they can laugh at everything. Sadhguru narrates an amusing incident from his life, when he started laughing loudly when a few volunteers escaped death from an accident! He says - "One who has lost his laughter has lost everything. This is what the Zen master demonstrated to his disciple".
The war is over, but Duryodhana is still alive. He is burning like hot oil. To cool himself down, using certain capabilities, he sits underwater in a pond. To make him come out, Krishna asks Bhima to insult him. Yudhishthira, out of his goodness, offers Duryodhana a last duel. He can choose who to fight, and with whom. If he wins, he gets his kingdom back. Duryodhana chooses to fight with Bhima with the mace. Duryodhana starts winning the fight - he starts laughing - just playing with Bhima.
On the ninth day of the war, Krishna convinces Arjuna to fight the war. By the sixteenth day, the Pandava army became bigger, since the losses on Kaurava side were much higher, and Duryodhana became desperate. For Karna, his only objective was to kill Arjuna. He defeats Yudhishthira, Bhima, Nakula and Sahadeva, but as promised doesn't kill them. Indra takes Karna's kavacha, and in return Karna gets Indra's shakti astra. Though Karna was saving the shakti astra for Arjuna, he ends up using to kill Gatotkacha, Bhima's son, who was creating havoc with his occult powers. Arjuna defeats Karna.
Sadhguru narrates the Zen story of a disciple searching for the 'direct' path to Nirvana, and the master telling him "it's right here". Sadhguru explains, wherever you want to go, whether you want to attain nirvana, or go to some place, the journey can only start from where you are right now. He says - "If you ask for liberation without moving an inch from the place you are in, how will you ever get it?". Only if you take a step from where you are, you can move towards reaching your goal.
Arjuna wants to withdraw from the war, and go back to the forest. Krishna gives the vishwarupa darshan, and tells him that it is not possible now. Mahabharata describes the war in great detail - arrow by arrow. Sadhguru gives us a glimpse of these gory details. Battle sees a seesaw between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Sometimes Pandavas dominate, and sometimes Kauravas. Arjuna avoids going for the kill when facing certain people - especially Bhishma. Krishna tells - hesitation is the worst of all crimes! Once you start something, you don't bail out half way through. Sadhguru also tells us the wisdom behind Krishna left Dwarka, because of which Kaurvas called him ranchor.
It is only in situations of crisis, you know the true colors of people, what they can take, and to what extent they will go. War was inevitable. There was one last push for peace. To make peace, Yudhishthira asked for just five towns as settlements, but Duryodhana refused to part with even a needlepoint of land! Draupadi was seething for revenge, she wanted war at all costs. The armies assembled at Kurukshetra. Rukmi and Balrama did not take sides. Barbarik, a warrior from the South arrived for the battle. He met Krishna, and in curious turns of events, he lost his head. Krishna had assured him that his head could see and speak, even after it was severed from the body. His head was placed at a vantage point, where he could see everything about the war!
During the one year of agyatvaas (incognito), Pandavas were in Krishna's protection in Matsya. Kichaka, the queen's husband went mad with desire to have Draupadi. But if something happened to Kichaka, they ran the risk of blowing over their cover. Draupadi went to Bhima. Bhima killed Kichaka, and left his trademark of pushing the limbs of the dead into the body. Thew news spread, and Duryodhana was alarmed. Kauravas attacked Matsya. Arjuna, in the guise of Brihnala, a eunuch, became Uttara's charioteer. Uttara was the king's seventeen year old son. Arjuna single handed defeated the Kauravas.
Sadhguru narrates a short Zen parable, and elaborates on how one should strive to find full expression to one's capabilities. Is it better to approach life thinking "I can do this, I can not do this", or thinking "I have to do this, and I should not do this"?
Is it just coincidence that both Rama and Pandavas were exiled for twelve years? Or is there any significance to the duration of twelve years. Twelve years is the solar cycle and it takes twelve years for anything significant to happen to a man. Going to the forest is not a punishment, but a learning process. Pandavas were exiled for twelve years, and an additional one year incognito, just to make sure that they got the point. It was very important that Pandavas did not get discovered during this one year, else they would have had to go in exile for another twelve years. What strategy did the Pandavas adopt to go incognito? Who helped them? How did they achieve not being discovered?
Sadhguru narrates a short zen parable of a blind man carrying a lantern, and then explains what the parable is trying to say. We create processes to benefit our lives. These become part of our culture. But most times we forget why these processes were created in the first place, and start following them blindly. Over time, these get distorted and don't serve the purpose that they were designed for. The new generation then wonders and gets confused about whether it is needed for our life or not. Sadhguru emphasizes this with an example of a certain tradition followed in Karnataka.
Yogis can be classified into three categories. Mandha Yogis - those who have experienced oneness, but are not able to keep it up all the time. His perception is not always the same. Madhyama Yogis - for them, the dimensions of the beyond are constantly in perception, but they are unable to manage the physical dimension in which they exist. Uttama Yogis - they are constantly in perception of the ultimate, and also perfectly in tune with the outside world.
Was twelve years of living in the forest a curse for the Pandavas? Or did it made them into much better human beings? Was it Krishna's plan? In this episode Sadhguru narrates the incidence when all four Yudhishthira's brothers fall dead after drinking water from a pond. He now has to answer questions to the Yaksha in the hope of reviving his brothers. This is a must read. Yudhishthira's responses to the forty questions that the Yaksha asks, are a goldmine - pearls of wisdom!
Goraknath was a very powerful yogi. Although it has been almost two thousand years since his time, still his followers are found in great numbers - they are known as 'kanfats' - recognized by the big hole in their ears. Gorknath's guru was Matsyendranath, a yogi of tremendous capabilities. Sadhguru tells us a story, on how Goraknath took matters into his own hands when he saw his master getting trapped in worldly pleasures.
In this episode - Pandavas Twelve year 'vanavas' (exile) is coming to end. The four brothers go in search of Arjuna, who had gone to do 'tapasya' and acquire extra-ordinary powers and divine weapons. Searching for him they reach the Himalayas, around the area of Badrinath. While searching, Bhima encounters a monkey. What follows takes care of Bhima's pride.
The famous Zen story about the buffalo's tail - what is this story trying to tell us? Sadhguru tells us another story, that of how Bahubali got enlightened. And through that he explains what the hidden message in this simple zen story is. This is a must read, for all those seeking to grow on the spiritual path!
Pandavas started having too many visitors. So they decided to move deeper into the jungle. Draupadi continuously taunted and abused Yudhishthira. And Bhima added to this. Draupadi knew that without Yudhishthira's permission none of the brothers would do anything. So, Draupadi used Bhima, who was really fond of her. After almost six years in exile, Arjuna decides to go into tapasya to acquire astral weapons for the war. In the forest, Sadhguru tells us how Arjuna met Shiva and got the Pashupatastra - the most powerful weapon. After this, Indra took Arjuna, his son, with him. Sadhguru tells us anecdotes from the time that Arjuna spent with Indra.
Pandavas were in exile in the forest. Duryodhana wanted to have the pleasure of visiting them and expressing sympathies! On the excuse of counting the number of cows in the kingdom, he took his entourage and camped at the edge of the forest. Bhima and Arjuna, when the came to know of this, picked up arms, ready for a battle. But Yudhishthira calmed them down. In the meantime, Chitrasena a Gandharva, had an altercation with Duryodhana. Chitrasena killed a few soldiers and tied up everyone except the women. Though the Pandavas were reluctant, on Yudhishthira's instructions, they went and defeated Chitrasena and freed up Duryodhana. Of shame, Dhuryodhana refused to go back to the palace, and for more than a month acted like a madman in the forest.
Sage Durvasa, was a very angry sage. If pleased, he would bless; if unhappy, he would curse. Draupadi had received the akshaya Patra from the sungod and Duryodhana was distraught knowing that Pandavas are eating well in the forest. He sent Sage Durvasa to the Pandavas, conniving that they will not be able to feed him and his disciples. This would enrage the sage and he would curse the Pandavas. Draupadi had to take Krishna's help to avoid the situation. Krishna did such course correction many times. But people asked - why all this? You could have taken care of this earlier and not let the situation happen. Sadhguru reveals this profound aspect. How to best make use of Grace!
This blog narrates two similar stories of a compulsive thief; one from "Les Miserables" and another a Zen parable. Sadhguru explains - a human being can face any kind of punishment given to him, but melts when faced with immense compassion. The way to deal with a thief is compassion and not punishment. A disciple should be someone who is willing to make use of every situation to grow and transform. Those who put conditions on the Guru, are not really interested in transformation - it is better to let them go, then to waste time on them.
Vidura, Dhritarashtra's brother enjoyed an intimate relationship with him. He was terribly upset that Duryodhana was planning to hunt down Pandavas in the forest. Vidura tried to reason with Dhritrashtra, and encouraged him to call Pandavas back from the forest, and give them half the kingdom. Vidura tells him, if it comes to battle, Arjuna can defeat the Kauravas on his own. Dhritarashtra is not convinced. An argument ensures, both narrating incidents to support their point of view. Dhritarashtra got fed up, and sent off Vidura out of the palace into the forest!
Is it really true that Adi Shankaracharya entered the body of a king for some time? Due to certain situations, Adi Shankaracharya got into a debate with a woman. The woman, knowing that Adi Shankaracharya was a brahmchari, trapped him into experiential questions on sexuality. Adi Shankaracharya excused himself for a month, and went into a cave. He went into a King's body who had just died due to a cobra bite. Sadhguru explains the mechanics of prana, and how it is possible for someone to enter into another body.
After the game, Pandavas had to give up everything and go into the wild. When they were leaving for the forest, for their love of the Pandavas, a large number of people wanted to go to the forest with them. Pandavas requested everyone to go back, other than a few brahmins who accompanied them. As they reached the forest, other than Yudhishthira, everyone else was distraught at losing everything. Yudhishthira was enjoying the forest. Seeing him joyful, Bhima and Draupadi were incensed. Soon, the grains ran out and Draupadi was distraught at not being able to feed the brahmins. On sage Vyasa's advise, she prayed to the sun god for akshaya patra. Duryodhana was still not settled. He schemed with Karna to go and hunt down the Pandavas in the forest.
Sadhguru narrates a beautiful story which happened with Ibrahim, the sufi saint, to impress that it is a wrong question! When you sleep, simply sleep! No need to bring any spirituality into sleeping. When you sleep, sleep like a log, like you are dead. Meditation is a quality. You can become meditative, but you can not do meditation. Once you nurture that quality within you, by cultivating your body, mind, emotions and energies, then that quality will always be with you - whether awake or sleeping!
In a monastery a Zen master narrates a story to his disciples. At the end of the story, he asked the disciples - "what is wrong with this story?". None of the disciples got it; the master smiled and walked away. Sadhguru unravels the hidden wisdom of the story. A true master - wherever there is a need and a possibility - will not hesitate to show compassion. Compassion can not choose - it is not bound by morals, laws and beliefs.
The shameful act perpetrated in the Kuru kingdom turned gentle people into beasts. Draupadi vowed to keep here hair loose untill they were washed in Dushasana's blood. Seeing her rage, Dhritrashtra granted here three boons and she asked for Pandava's freedom and kingdom be given back. Kaurvas taunted Pandavas on being saved by a woman, which brought them back again for a second game of dice. Pandavas lost everything again and were exiled to jungles for twelve years. Seeing Draupadi in tears, what does Krishna say and takes a vow for?
People get confused that spiritual path is a way to get to some particular place. Sadhguru clears this confusion and explains that spiritual path is about seeking existential reality and getting away from mind projections. It is not about good or bad either, as that is a matter of one's exposure and culture and nothing to do with reality. Spiritual path is understanding life they way it is devoid of any mind games and hallucinations.
Most spiritual paths across the world talk about devotion or bhakti as the quickest way to explore interiority. This is because for most people, the most intense experience within themselves is emotion. Many people from other cultures came to Indian subcontinent, drawn by what was happening here. Mansur Al Hallaj is one such example, who came from Persia and spent many years in India with a teacher. But why was he persecuted when he returned to Persia?
Duryodhana wanted to take revenge from Pandavas but did not know what to do. And then Shakuni, the deceit master of all times came to his rescue. They laid out a trap to defeat Pandavas in game of dice. But how could Shakuni be so sure of winning? Was there something in the dice? Yudhishthira is invited to game of dice and looses everything - his kingdom, himself, his brothers, even his wife Draupadi. Duryodhana asks Draupadi to be dragged and disrobed in full presence of court as a revenge for his humiliation. Was Draupadi saved from this brutality? What happens to Pandavas next?
Pandavas were all set to perform their Rajsuya Yagna, Bhishma asked Krishna to be made the guest of honor, which incensed Krishna's cousin brother Shishupala. There was old enmity between the two which led to further bloodbath Did Krishna succeed in killing Shishupala? Once the Yagna was eventually over, Yudhishthira, asked his cousin Duryodhana and his brothers to stay over for few more days and enjoy the hospitality. Duryodhana was filled with envy and jealousy on seeing so much wealth and prosperity of Pandavas. While taking tour of the palace, what caused Duryodhana to feel so embarrassed and humiliated that he could not sleep for weeks once he returned to his kingdom?
Ravana was a fierce devotee of Shiva. Once, he travelled all the way to Kailash from down south to see Shiva. He came all the way from south to meet him. All along the long and tumultuous journey, he kept singing Shiva's praises and composed 1008 verses extempore which called Shiva Tandava Stotram. Carrying a drum with him, the music and beats he produced were so melodious that Shiva was completely engrossed and enthralled listening to this. As Ravana came nearer and nearer, he started climbing Kailash from the South Face. What happened as he was about to reach the top?
In pursuit of becoming emperors, Pandavas had planned to conduct Rajsuya Yagna. But Jarasandha, their arch rival had already hatched a sabotage plan by sacrificing One hundred Kshatriya kings and he already had captured Ninety nine and was just one short. Only way for Pandavas to succeed was to kill Jarasandha. Pandavas, along with Krishna, hatch a plan to kill him and wearing disguise as Brahmins, they reach his kingdom. But Jarasandha saw through their disguise and became suspicious. Did Pandavas succeed in their mission?
Mahabharat Episode 68: Get Out of Cyclical Existence and Karma
Mahabharat Episode 67: The One Thing That Existence Cannot Forgive
Why Shiva and Parvati had to leave their abode at Badrinath?
Mahabharat Episode 66: Grace and Luck – Where to Draw the Line?
Mahabharat Episode 65: Should I Forgive and Forget?
Mahabharat Episode 64: Destiny or Free Will – What Determines the Course of Your Life?
Mahabharat Episode 63: How Ekalavya Lost His Thumb
Love – Decoded! Is Love a need? Is unconditional love possible?
Mahabharat Episode 62: Bhishma on the Bed of Arrows
Life and Death – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 61: Krishna’s End
In a Mustard Seed – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 60: The End of the Kuru Dynasty
Mahabharat Episode 59: After the War, the Meanness Continues
Storytelling: Krishna – 4 Rarely Told Stories
The Right Guru – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 58: One Act that Changed Krishna Forever
Was Karna a Hero or a Villain in Mahabharata
Mahabharat Episode 57: Three Keys to Success, According to the Mahabharat
How to attain enlightenment?
Mahabharat Episode 56 : Yagnas – Timeless Rituals
Mahabharat Episode 55: The Age-Old Caste System – Discrimination from the Start?
Mahabharat Episode 54: Dharma – An Absolute or Relative Truth?
Learning Zen from a Dog – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 53: Little-Known Southern Influences
Mahabharat Episode 52: How Do Souls Multiply?
Mahabharat Episode 51: Krishna – Avatar or Bhagavan?
The Best Place to Be – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 50: Who Decided The Course Of The Kurukshetra War?
Mahabharat Episode 49: The Real Reason Gandhari Chose To Be Blindfolded
These are Bamboos – A Zen Story
The Story of Shiva and Sati – Birth of 54 Shakti Sthalas
Mahabharat Episode 48: The Truth About Krishna and Arjuna’s Relationship
Nothing to Get – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 47: The Ugly Aftermath of War
When Alexander Met Diogenes
Mahabharat Episode 46: The Feud’s Bloody Climax
Of Laughter and Enlightenment – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 45: Duryodhana vs. Bhima – The Final Fight Begins
Mahabharat Episode 44: Arjuna vs Karna – A Battle between Archrivals
The Path to Nirvana – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 43: The Worst Crime
Mahabharat Episode 42: The Strongest Warrior in Mahabharat
Mahabharat Episode 41: When Arjuna Single-Handedly Defeated the Kauravas
Making Tea – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 40: The Pandavas Go Incognito
A Blind Man Carrying A Lantern – A Zen Story
3 Types of Yogis – Mandha, Madhyama, and Uttama.
Mahabharat Episode 39: Yudhishthira Answers the Yaksha’s Questions
Matsyendranath Gives a Lesson to Goraknath
Mahabharat Episode 38: Hanuman Teaches Bhima Some Humility
The Buffalo’s Tail – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 37: Arjuna’s Astras
Mahabharat Episode 36: Pandavas Rescue Duryodhana
Mahabharat Episode 35: Durvasa’s Visit – Averting Fury and Curse
How to Deal With a Thief – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 34: Vidura Puts His Foot Down
Did Adi Shankaracharya Enter a Dead King’s Body
Mahabharat Episode 33: The Forest Exile
How to Meditate While Sleeping?
What is Wrong With This Story – A Zen Story
Mahabharat Episode 32: Krishna’s Vow To Draupadi
Are you confused about Spritual path not leading you anywhere?
Who was Mansur Al-Hallaj?
Mahabharat Episode 31: The Game Of Dice
Mahabharat Episode 30: Duryodhana Humiliated To The Core
The Story Of Shiva Kicking Off Ravana Of Kailash
Mahabharat Episode 29: When Bhima Wrestled Jarasandha