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What is the purpose of meditation?

Transcript: So what is meditation? The purpose of, if we have to look at the purpose. If you sit in meditation slowly it will become like this, your body is here, your mind is out there, what is you is somewhere else. Once these three things are happening separately, once there is a space between you and the body, between you and the mind, this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away,...

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... only then you will keep your instinct of self-preservation down. Otherwise you won't keep it down. As long as the fear of suffering is there, you will not keep the instinct of self-preservation down. The only reason why you are naturally not spiritual is because you have empowered your instinct of self-preservation too much. All the time it is trying to make you like a bubble in the world, separate bubble, not willing to mix with anything. So unless you keep your instinct of self preservation down, you will not become spiritual in any way. You will not know life as one happening, you will always be an individual. Trapped. Have you noticed, even in your general life, when you are very happy you keep your guards down? Isn't it so? When you're unhappy, fully shielded. When you're happy, little down, isn't it? When you're very happy, it's all down. Have you noticed this? So this is the reason why you're willing to be happy only among certain people. Because you don't know how to be just happy and still know where to stop life when it has to be stopped. You are willing to be happy only with five people in your life because you think that is only safe atmosphere where you can be happy because you have always understood happiness as a certain vulnerability. See, just see, you walk on the street and you smile at anybody, they look like this. Why? What's their problem smiling back at you? What are they going to lose? They think if I smile, he may exploit me. How will he exploit you? If he comes to pick your pocket, you can stop him. If he smiles, even a pickpocket smiles at you, why can't you smile at him? What is the problem? Just try today and see. Just go out and smile. People who look like this, they're surprised somebody's making me vulnerable to life. They want to go on the street like rocks. They want to go home and become life. Doesn't work. After some time, you become a rock there also. If you want to be life, you must practice it everywhere isn't it? So meditation gives you that space between you and your body, between you and your mind. Whatever suffering human beings have known, it has either entered them through the body or through the mind. Do you know any other kind of suffering? The only two kinds of suffering, isn't it? Once you have a distance from these two things, this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away, only then you are willing to venture into other dimensions of life. Otherwise, no matter what I tell you, you're only looking for safety.

Transcript: So what is meditation? The purpose of, if we have to look at the purpose. If you sit in meditation slowly...

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... it will become like this, your body is here, your mind is out there, what is you is somewhere else. Once these three things are happening separately, once there is a space between you and the body, between you and the mind, this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away, only then you will keep your instinct of self-preservation down. Otherwise you won't keep it down. As long as the fear of suffering is there, you will not keep the instinct of self-preservation down. The only reason why you are naturally not spiritual is because you have empowered your instinct of self-preservation too much. All the time it is trying to make you like a bubble in the world, separate bubble, not willing to mix with anything. So unless you keep your instinct of self preservation down, you will not become spiritual in any way. You will not know life as one happening, you will always be an individual. Trapped. Have you noticed, even in your general life, when you are very happy you keep your guards down? Isn't it so? When you're unhappy, fully shielded. When you're happy, little down, isn't it? When you're very happy, it's all down. Have you noticed this? So this is the reason why you're willing to be happy only among certain people. Because you don't know how to be just happy and still know where to stop life when it has to be stopped. You are willing to be happy only with five people in your life because you think that is only safe atmosphere where you can be happy because you have always understood happiness as a certain vulnerability. See, just see, you walk on the street and you smile at anybody, they look like this. Why? What's their problem smiling back at you? What are they going to lose? They think if I smile, he may exploit me. How will he exploit you? If he comes to pick your pocket, you can stop him. If he smiles, even a pickpocket smiles at you, why can't you smile at him? What is the problem? Just try today and see. Just go out and smile. People who look like this, they're surprised somebody's making me vulnerable to life. They want to go on the street like rocks. They want to go home and become life. Doesn't work. After some time, you become a rock there also. If you want to be life, you must practice it everywhere isn't it? So meditation gives you that space between you and your body, between you and your mind. Whatever suffering human beings have known, it has either entered them through the body or through the mind. Do you know any other kind of suffering? The only two kinds of suffering, isn't it? Once you have a distance from these two things, this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away, only then you are willing to venture into other dimensions of life. Otherwise, no matter what I tell you, you're only looking for safety.

May 21, 2021

3:43

How to do open eye meditation?

Transcript: Q: You said that sleep means, close your eyes and unaware. And meditation means, okay close your eyes but be aware. Can we do, with regard to this, can we do the meditation with open eye? Sadhguru: Once there was a sufi master. His name was Ibrahim. In Ibrahim's ashram there were many people. One day, two disciples met in his garden, in the garden of the ashram....

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... Both were little frustrated and both of them said, I wish we could smoke. They want to smoke, but they're in an ashram. So then they talked about it for some time and said, why don't we go and ask the master. Can we smoke? They decided to go and ask him separately. Then next evening, one man was again sitting in the same spot frustrated. Another man came smoking. Hey, you're smoking. How can you smoke? Master told me not to smoke. What did you ask him? He said, I asked him, can I smoke when I'm meditating? He said, no. How are you smoking? He said, that's your problem. I asked him, can I meditate when I'm smoking? He said okay. So right now, can I meditate with my eyes open? No. With eyes open, can I be meditative? Yes. But in my meditation, can I open my eyes? No. Okay? In fact the samyama we are talking about, you know we mentioned something about samyama. . The samyama meditations are basically to train you to meditate with eyes open. So that 24 hours, no matter what you're doing, you're constantly meditating, actively. With eyes open, in all the activity that you perform, you can become active meditation. Then it's a different world by itself. So samyama meditations are for that purpose, to train you to open eyes and meditate. But don't attempt shoonya with eyes open. With eyes closed, staying aware, you know how many problems you have. You open your eyes, where all you will go.

Transcript: Q: You said that sleep means, close your eyes and unaware. And meditation means, okay...

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... close your eyes but be aware. Can we do, with regard to this, can we do the meditation with open eye? Sadhguru: Once there was a sufi master. His name was Ibrahim. In Ibrahim's ashram there were many people. One day, two disciples met in his garden, in the garden of the ashram. Both were little frustrated and both of them said, I wish we could smoke. They want to smoke, but they're in an ashram. So then they talked about it for some time and said, why don't we go and ask the master. Can we smoke? They decided to go and ask him separately. Then next evening, one man was again sitting in the same spot frustrated. Another man came smoking. Hey, you're smoking. How can you smoke? Master told me not to smoke. What did you ask him? He said, I asked him, can I smoke when I'm meditating? He said, no. How are you smoking? He said, that's your problem. I asked him, can I meditate when I'm smoking? He said okay. So right now, can I meditate with my eyes open? No. With eyes open, can I be meditative? Yes. But in my meditation, can I open my eyes? No. Okay? In fact the samyama we are talking about, you know we mentioned something about samyama. . The samyama meditations are basically to train you to meditate with eyes open. So that 24 hours, no matter what you're doing, you're constantly meditating, actively. With eyes open, in all the activity that you perform, you can become active meditation. Then it's a different world by itself. So samyama meditations are for that purpose, to train you to open eyes and meditate. But don't attempt shoonya with eyes open. With eyes closed, staying aware, you know how many problems you have. You open your eyes, where all you will go.

May 20, 2021

3:01

What is samadhi? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Anupam Kher | #7

Synopsis: Your book ‘Mystics Musings’, which I read many years ago when I lost my younger brother. It was a great tragedy in the family and something that I was finding difficult to cope with. It gave me a great amount of courage and made me feel much better. Also it talked a lot about spirits, it talked a lot about life being a continuous process. In that, you write about...

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... when you and your wife, everybody was constructing the Dhyanalinga. And you talk about how a thread of life, grasp of life, something to that effect, became very fragile. When she could not hold onto it and she passed away. What exactly did you mean by that?

Synopsis: Your book ‘Mystics Musings’, which I read many years ago when I lost...

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... my younger brother. It was a great tragedy in the family and something that I was finding difficult to cope with. It gave me a great amount of courage and made me feel much better. Also it talked a lot about spirits, it talked a lot about life being a continuous process. In that, you write about when you and your wife, everybody was constructing the Dhyanalinga. And you talk about how a thread of life, grasp of life, something to that effect, became very fragile. When she could not hold onto it and she passed away. What exactly did you mean by that?

May 7, 2021

11:47

What is the right place to meditate?

Transcript: How significant is the place or the location where we do meditation? Well, there's a problem in this question. If I say yes, there will be trouble. If I say no, there will be trouble. So it's yes and no. Yes because of course different places are geared in different ways. Some places are created for certain purposes. If you go sit in the Dhyanalinga, you will see that that's engineered for that. But...

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... another way of looking at it is, either you can go in search of significant places or you can make any place significant. I feel the second option is good. But, for that, your presence should become significant. Your presence being significant means, it's a simple arrangement. You have three dimensions of yourself right now. It can be further divided but basically you have a physical body, you have a psychological structure of thought and emotion, and you have an energy body. All these three dimensions are pervaded by certain karmic content. Depending upon this karmic content, your body behaves in one way, your mind behaves in another way, your energies behave another way. For the same situations, different people behave differently. All dimensions. Body behaves differently, mind behaves differently, energies behave differently. Now, in a way what we are looking at right from the basic Shambhavi Mudra practice, what we are looking at is to rearrange them in such a way. The first thing is always life energy, the most dominant force in your life is not your body. Because if body is a dominant force, it will do its own little compulsive things and that's all it can do. If mind is the most dominant thing, most of the time you don't know what the hell you're doing. All right? You'll always be thinking of freedom and imitating the society in which you live. That's all that will happen. Yes. Either you will be imitating it or you will be reacting to it. Both ways you're a slave to what is around you because this is what the mind will do. So you have to arrange yourself in such a way, your life or your life energy is the first thing in your life. This is the most dominant thing. Your body and your mind are minor things. If this one thing happens, then space doesn't matter. Wherever you sit, it's fine. Wherever you sit, it's a significant place because your life has become significant. Significance of life when I say, I'm not talking in terms of social terms. How significant you are in this world, that's not the point. As a life you become significant. Only when you become significant as a life, then you'll see it doesn't matter what you do. Whatever you do is still worthwhile.

Transcript: How significant is the place or the location where we do meditation? Well, there's a problem in this...

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... question. If I say yes, there will be trouble. If I say no, there will be trouble. So it's yes and no. Yes because of course different places are geared in different ways. Some places are created for certain purposes. If you go sit in the Dhyanalinga, you will see that that's engineered for that. But another way of looking at it is, either you can go in search of significant places or you can make any place significant. I feel the second option is good. But, for that, your presence should become significant. Your presence being significant means, it's a simple arrangement. You have three dimensions of yourself right now. It can be further divided but basically you have a physical body, you have a psychological structure of thought and emotion, and you have an energy body. All these three dimensions are pervaded by certain karmic content. Depending upon this karmic content, your body behaves in one way, your mind behaves in another way, your energies behave another way. For the same situations, different people behave differently. All dimensions. Body behaves differently, mind behaves differently, energies behave differently. Now, in a way what we are looking at right from the basic Shambhavi Mudra practice, what we are looking at is to rearrange them in such a way. The first thing is always life energy, the most dominant force in your life is not your body. Because if body is a dominant force, it will do its own little compulsive things and that's all it can do. If mind is the most dominant thing, most of the time you don't know what the hell you're doing. All right? You'll always be thinking of freedom and imitating the society in which you live. That's all that will happen. Yes. Either you will be imitating it or you will be reacting to it. Both ways you're a slave to what is around you because this is what the mind will do. So you have to arrange yourself in such a way, your life or your life energy is the first thing in your life. This is the most dominant thing. Your body and your mind are minor things. If this one thing happens, then space doesn't matter. Wherever you sit, it's fine. Wherever you sit, it's a significant place because your life has become significant. Significance of life when I say, I'm not talking in terms of social terms. How significant you are in this world, that's not the point. As a life you become significant. Only when you become significant as a life, then you'll see it doesn't matter what you do. Whatever you do is still worthwhile.

April 6, 2021

3:31

The four ways of becoming meditative

Transcript: There are four ways to become meditative. So you can use the body to reach your ultimate nature, this is called karma yoga. If you use your intelligence to reach your ultimate nature, we call this naan yoga. If you use your emotion to reach your ultimate nature, we call this bhakti yoga. Yoga of emotion or devotion. If you use or transform your inner energies to reach your ultimate nature, we call...

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... this kriya yoga. On a certain day, these four yogis, all of them are taking a walk together. Usually they can never be together because they can never get along. Because people who follow the path of intelligence or intellect, they have great disdain for others. They think everybody else is a nut case. Devotional people, they have pity for all the other people. They're missing everything. Karma yogis, these are people of action. They think everybody is weaving all kinds of philosophies to hide their laziness. Kriya yogis have absolute disdain for everybody because after all the whole existence is energy. If you do not transform your energies, what? So these four people cannot get along. But today all of them are taking a walk together. Suddenly a thunderstorm broke loose, big rain and wind. They started running, looking for shelter. The man of devotion said, in this direction there's an ancient temple, let's go there. He knows the geography of temples. So they all ran there. Then they saw a temple where the walls had collapsed long ago. Four columns and a roof underneath that, in the center, there was a deity, an image of god. They all ran there to the temple. Then the storm became more and more severe, it started lashing from every direction. To avoid this, they hugged the deity. All four of them hugged the deity, not because they have fallen in love with god, just to escape the rain. And suddenly god appeared. In all their four minds, the same question, oh why now? We did so much yoga, so much devotion, so much worship, you didn't come. Now we are just escaping the rain, why have you come? God said, I have been waiting. At last you four idiots got together. So these four have to get together, then you become meditative. Right now your mind is going in one direction, your body is going another direction, your emotions are going somewhere else, your energies are a different matter altogether. If we can somehow align them for one moment, we will see there will be a different dimension happening within you.

Transcript: There are four ways to become meditative. So you can use the body to reach your ultimate nature, this...

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... is called karma yoga. If you use your intelligence to reach your ultimate nature, we call this naan yoga. If you use your emotion to reach your ultimate nature, we call this bhakti yoga. Yoga of emotion or devotion. If you use or transform your inner energies to reach your ultimate nature, we call this kriya yoga. On a certain day, these four yogis, all of them are taking a walk together. Usually they can never be together because they can never get along. Because people who follow the path of intelligence or intellect, they have great disdain for others. They think everybody else is a nut case. Devotional people, they have pity for all the other people. They're missing everything. Karma yogis, these are people of action. They think everybody is weaving all kinds of philosophies to hide their laziness. Kriya yogis have absolute disdain for everybody because after all the whole existence is energy. If you do not transform your energies, what? So these four people cannot get along. But today all of them are taking a walk together. Suddenly a thunderstorm broke loose, big rain and wind. They started running, looking for shelter. The man of devotion said, in this direction there's an ancient temple, let's go there. He knows the geography of temples. So they all ran there. Then they saw a temple where the walls had collapsed long ago. Four columns and a roof underneath that, in the center, there was a deity, an image of god. They all ran there to the temple. Then the storm became more and more severe, it started lashing from every direction. To avoid this, they hugged the deity. All four of them hugged the deity, not because they have fallen in love with god, just to escape the rain. And suddenly god appeared. In all their four minds, the same question, oh why now? We did so much yoga, so much devotion, so much worship, you didn't come. Now we are just escaping the rain, why have you come? God said, I have been waiting. At last you four idiots got together. So these four have to get together, then you become meditative. Right now your mind is going in one direction, your body is going another direction, your emotions are going somewhere else, your energies are a different matter altogether. If we can somehow align them for one moment, we will see there will be a different dimension happening within you.

February 18, 2021

3:16

Meditation is not what you think (you can not do meditation)

Transcript: When we utter the word meditation, people think it's some kind of an act. Meditation is not an act. Meditation is a certain quality. If you prepare your body or if you cultivate your body, your mind, your emotions, and your energy to a certain level of maturity and preparedness, you become meditative. It's like the fragrance of a flower. Now the problem in the world is, people are interested in the...

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... flower but they're not interested in the plant. If you want flowers in your garden, you don't think about flowers. You think about the root, you think about the manure, you think about the water, you think about the sunlight. Instead of that, if you think about the flower, you will only have plastic flowers in your life. You will not have real flowers. So meditation is a certain fragrance, it's a certain flowering that happens within you. It's a certain quality that you acquire if you cultivate the other four dimensions of life to a certain level of maturity.

Transcript: When we utter the word meditation, people think it's some kind of an act. Meditation is not an act. Meditation...

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... is a certain quality. If you prepare your body or if you cultivate your body, your mind, your emotions, and your energy to a certain level of maturity and preparedness, you become meditative. It's like the fragrance of a flower. Now the problem in the world is, people are interested in the flower but they're not interested in the plant. If you want flowers in your garden, you don't think about flowers. You think about the root, you think about the manure, you think about the water, you think about the sunlight. Instead of that, if you think about the flower, you will only have plastic flowers in your life. You will not have real flowers. So meditation is a certain fragrance, it's a certain flowering that happens within you. It's a certain quality that you acquire if you cultivate the other four dimensions of life to a certain level of maturity.

January 25, 2021

1:26

Sadhguru, why did you get enlightened and not anyone else? | Sadhguru at Shiva Nadar College | #7

Synopsis: You said in one of your speeches that Shiva entered your life and enslaved you. Why did it happen to you? Why not others? The consciousness of the truth that you have, that is because of the seeking that you did. But this thing, why did it happen?

Synopsis: You said in one of your speeches that Shiva entered your life and enslaved...

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... you. Why did it happen to you? Why not others? The consciousness of the truth that you have, that is because of the seeking that you did. But this thing, why did it happen?

December 31, 2020

7:45

What Is Meditation and How To Become Meditative?

Synopsis: In this short yet profound talk, Sadhguru dispels the common misunderstanding that one can 'do meditation'. One can not 'do meditation', one can only 'become meditative'. He explains what is meditation, and how one can become meditative.

Synopsis: In this short yet profound talk, Sadhguru dispels the common misunderstanding that one can 'do meditation'....

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... One can not 'do meditation', one can only 'become meditative'. He explains what is meditation, and how one can become meditative.

January 15, 2020

1:41

Infinity – a powerful guided meditation by Sadhguru

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains the concept of zero and infinity and tells us how when someone is in a particular state, the energies move like the infinity symbol. He then guides through the powerful infinity meditation process.

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains the concept of zero and infinity and tells us how when someone is in a particular state,...

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... the energies move like the infinity symbol. He then guides through the powerful infinity meditation process.

June 18, 2019

34:10

Guided Meditation – Isha Kriya – Simple 12 minute process to relieve stress

Synopsis: Guided meditation process by Sadhguru. It is a simple 12 min process to relieve stress.  Sadhguru says - "Isha Kriya is an extremely simple process, but a powerful tool. These three ingredients, your breath, your thought, and your awareness. In the right combination if you use them, your ability to use your mind and the body is so greatly enhanced, that you almost look superhuman for somebody else....

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... But I am telling you, this us human, this is not about being superhuman, this is about realizing that being human is super."

Synopsis: Guided meditation process by Sadhguru. It is a simple 12 min process to relieve stress.  Sadhguru says...

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... - "Isha Kriya is an extremely simple process, but a powerful tool. These three ingredients, your breath, your thought, and your awareness. In the right combination if you use them, your ability to use your mind and the body is so greatly enhanced, that you almost look superhuman for somebody else. But I am telling you, this us human, this is not about being superhuman, this is about realizing that being human is super."

May 17, 2019

19:34

Why is it Important to Meditate?

Meditation (dhyana)  means to go beyond the limitations of the physical body and the mind. The body and the mind are just accumulations over a period of time - body is just a heap of food one has eaten and the mind is just a heap of impressions one has gathered from the outside. The body and the mind are just like bank balance - they are your property but they are NOT You. Just like one has a home and a bank balance, one has a body and a mind. A good bank balance, a good body and a good mind are needed to live a good life, but they are not sufficient.  The instruments of the body and mind are okay for survival, but they will not fulfill a human being because the quality of a human being is to seek something more. Human life will not be fulfilled with just eating, sleeping, reproducing and dying. All those things are needed in one's life, but still one will not feel complete even if one has fulfilled all these things. This is because the quality of a human being has crossed a certain boundary of awareness. It has to seek something more, otherwise it will never be satisfied. It has to become 'Unlimited' – and Meditation or dhyana is a way of moving into the unlimited dimension of who you are.

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August 23, 2020

5 min read

Meditation – How Does It Affect The Brain?

Sadhguru tells us that shambhavi kriya leads to left brain and right brain coherence, which leads to phenomenal capabilities. He says - "Your ability to function in the world can be greatly enhanced – almost super-enhanced. Physically and mentally, it will set you apart in any crowd of people if you give yourself to the practice sufficiently". He narrates a very interesting incidence, where he was subjected to some tests, and based on the readings, was pronounced dead!

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July 8, 2016

6 min read

What Is Meditation?

Sadhguru says - "You cannot do meditation but you can become meditative". Meditation is a certain quality, it is not an act. Meditation will naturally happen, once the body, mind and emotions are cultivated and the necessary atmosphere prepared.

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October 15, 2012

2 min read

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