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10 manifestations of Prana in the human system

Transcript: The word prana, there is no equivalent word in English. But we can say it's a vital energy. That which we call as the life energy is Prana. Prana has ten different manifestations in the body. But for the sake of understanding we'll bring it down to five. These five are referred to as five vayus or panchavayus. This is pranavayu, samanavayu, udhanavayu, apana, and vyana. They're in charge of different...

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... dimensions of what happens in this human mechanism. This is an endless subject if I speak like this. I'm just trying to abridge it in a sensible manner. Taking charge of this, yama means to control or to take charge. Pranayama means a method with which you want to take charge this bunch of vayus. Because how your body functions, how your mind functions, how the whole physiological framework. This human mechanism, how it functions is determined by this energy. This is an energy. It is an intelligent energy. In the sense, it carries a certain amount of memory. The karmic memory of the individual person is imprinted on this energy. So in each person, the prana functions in a different manner. It is unique to each individual. It is not like, it's like electricity. Electricity is not smart. It can light up the, you know, the light bulb, it can run the camera, it can, you know, run the air conditioning, it can do million things but not because of its intelligence. It does the same thing always. Because of a particular device, a certain thing happens. But now I am talking about, this will happen in future that you may have smart electricity. It is not far away. In the next 50 years you may have smart energy that the energy behaves in a particular way, you can make it behave in a certain way because you can imprint certain memory upon it. So this is an intelligent energy where a certain amount of imprint is there because of that it functions in a specific manner in an individual person. That is, going into an extremely refined form of pranayama where we particularly design something for an individual person because he's in a certain way. For that to come to that level, it will need a general level of pranayam where it takes care of these five vayus. If one has a certain mastery over these five vayus, there is no such thing as physical ailment or, particularly psychological ailment is out of question. If somebody takes charge of their prana, whatever may be the external atmosphere, whatever influences in terms of reverberations, waves, emotions, other kinds of pressures, doesn't matter what. Psychological balance is 100% guaranteed for a person who takes charge of his prana. Always.

Transcript: The word prana, there is no equivalent word in English. But we can say it's a vital energy. That which...

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... we call as the life energy is Prana. Prana has ten different manifestations in the body. But for the sake of understanding we'll bring it down to five. These five are referred to as five vayus or panchavayus. This is pranavayu, samanavayu, udhanavayu, apana, and vyana. They're in charge of different dimensions of what happens in this human mechanism. This is an endless subject if I speak like this. I'm just trying to abridge it in a sensible manner. Taking charge of this, yama means to control or to take charge. Pranayama means a method with which you want to take charge this bunch of vayus. Because how your body functions, how your mind functions, how the whole physiological framework. This human mechanism, how it functions is determined by this energy. This is an energy. It is an intelligent energy. In the sense, it carries a certain amount of memory. The karmic memory of the individual person is imprinted on this energy. So in each person, the prana functions in a different manner. It is unique to each individual. It is not like, it's like electricity. Electricity is not smart. It can light up the, you know, the light bulb, it can run the camera, it can, you know, run the air conditioning, it can do million things but not because of its intelligence. It does the same thing always. Because of a particular device, a certain thing happens. But now I am talking about, this will happen in future that you may have smart electricity. It is not far away. In the next 50 years you may have smart energy that the energy behaves in a particular way, you can make it behave in a certain way because you can imprint certain memory upon it. So this is an intelligent energy where a certain amount of imprint is there because of that it functions in a specific manner in an individual person. That is, going into an extremely refined form of pranayama where we particularly design something for an individual person because he's in a certain way. For that to come to that level, it will need a general level of pranayam where it takes care of these five vayus. If one has a certain mastery over these five vayus, there is no such thing as physical ailment or, particularly psychological ailment is out of question. If somebody takes charge of their prana, whatever may be the external atmosphere, whatever influences in terms of reverberations, waves, emotions, other kinds of pressures, doesn't matter what. Psychological balance is 100% guaranteed for a person who takes charge of his prana. Always.

June 12, 2021

3:59

Try this experiment to understand your mind

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

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

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

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

June 11, 2021

3:07

How does one feel just before dying?

Transcript: Right now there is no experience of life. Largely you're just a bundle of thought, emotion, ideas, opinions, and prejudices. Your psychological drama is being mistaken for life. You must see how people die. It's very important. If you watch people die, over 80% of the people on this planet, when the moment of death comes, there is no pain, there is not even fear but you will see bewilderment on their...

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... face. Like this they go. Because it's like you went to the cinema, you bought the ticket, went to the cinema. You sat there, during the trailer itself you fell asleep. And when they turn on the lights after the movie, you woke up. What! It's already over? This is how most people are dying. This is the most unfortunate way to die. Because before you open your account, it's over. Your own thought and emotion kept you so busy, you thought this is life. But when the moment of death comes, suddenly you know, the drama that you were turning on within you looks so real but the moment lights are going off, then you know this is not it. Your psychological drama. We can all sit in the same place and each one of us can have something different going in our minds right now. Yes or no? So obviously what's happening in your mind is your psychological reality, it's not existential. It has no existential basis. It is in this sense, people are telling you be in the moment. Because there is no basis to your psychological reality, you can make up whatever you want. Or in other words, your creation, your petty creation has become larger than the magnificent creation of the creator. So spiritual process means, you set this anomaly right. You understand your psychological reality is something that you're making up. I'm not saying you should not make it up, you can. But you must be able to switch it off when you don't want. The problem is it's just on 24 hours so it looks like that is the reality. It is not the reality, you're just making it up. Yes or no? The made up world has become larger than the real world. Just to correct this, is spiritual process. You understand what is real and what is made up. This means you are spiritual. If you can identify what is existentially true and what is not true, you will navigate navigate your way through life effortlessly, isn't it? If your mind, your body takes instructions from you, being peaceful and joyful is not even an issue. Is it an issue? If your body and mind is taking instructions from you, is it an issue? Is it even a consideration? Do you have to even bother about it? How to be peaceful, how to be joyful? There's no such thing. This is coming from a very unnatural situation because made up world has become larger than the real world. What's happening on your phone has become bigger than the cosmos, isn't it?

Transcript: Right now there is no experience of life. Largely you're just a bundle of thought, emotion, ideas, opinions,...

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... and prejudices. Your psychological drama is being mistaken for life. You must see how people die. It's very important. If you watch people die, over 80% of the people on this planet, when the moment of death comes, there is no pain, there is not even fear but you will see bewilderment on their face. Like this they go. Because it's like you went to the cinema, you bought the ticket, went to the cinema. You sat there, during the trailer itself you fell asleep. And when they turn on the lights after the movie, you woke up. What! It's already over? This is how most people are dying. This is the most unfortunate way to die. Because before you open your account, it's over. Your own thought and emotion kept you so busy, you thought this is life. But when the moment of death comes, suddenly you know, the drama that you were turning on within you looks so real but the moment lights are going off, then you know this is not it. Your psychological drama. We can all sit in the same place and each one of us can have something different going in our minds right now. Yes or no? So obviously what's happening in your mind is your psychological reality, it's not existential. It has no existential basis. It is in this sense, people are telling you be in the moment. Because there is no basis to your psychological reality, you can make up whatever you want. Or in other words, your creation, your petty creation has become larger than the magnificent creation of the creator. So spiritual process means, you set this anomaly right. You understand your psychological reality is something that you're making up. I'm not saying you should not make it up, you can. But you must be able to switch it off when you don't want. The problem is it's just on 24 hours so it looks like that is the reality. It is not the reality, you're just making it up. Yes or no? The made up world has become larger than the real world. Just to correct this, is spiritual process. You understand what is real and what is made up. This means you are spiritual. If you can identify what is existentially true and what is not true, you will navigate navigate your way through life effortlessly, isn't it? If your mind, your body takes instructions from you, being peaceful and joyful is not even an issue. Is it an issue? If your body and mind is taking instructions from you, is it an issue? Is it even a consideration? Do you have to even bother about it? How to be peaceful, how to be joyful? There's no such thing. This is coming from a very unnatural situation because made up world has become larger than the real world. What's happening on your phone has become bigger than the cosmos, isn't it?

June 9, 2021

3:55

Why does Sadhguru wear a turban?

Transcript: If somebody reaches a state where his energies are really bursting out of his head, if you activate the two chakras which are above the physical body, if those two chakras become active in someone, then we will not shave. In fact, we would like to grow it and tie it up just above that so that it is protected and nurtured. If you don't have enough hair, we will use cloth. You think I'm bandaged or something?...

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... Just in my leg, but. So if there is not enough hair, then you have to use something else. But you will need that, otherwise there will be. Once the two chakras above the physical body are on, it's a phenomenal possibility but it also makes your physical body little fragile. It tends to draw more than it should and this is the reason a lot of yogis die before they're 35. Because once they attain to a certain level of energy, if they don't know all the different aspects of the body, if they do not understand the mechanics of how the human system functions, if you do not understand all the tricks of the creator. In how many ways he's made this so complex and sophisticated. Because sophistication is not just to make it complicated. Sophistication means there are more possibilities than simplistic machine. This is a highly sophisticated machine. So once the energies have topped off, then it needs to be protected. If you have thick long hair, that could be made use of, it's a natural garment. If you don't have or if you're afraid you will lose your hair, then you dreadlock it. You know the dreadlocks? You've seen in saadhu, sanyasis it can be done. I won't tell you how because if you start going around with dreadlocks, that will not be good. There is a way to get your hair into a dreadlock. So you do that. Or, if you don't have that much hair, then you use something else. Garment or a cloth comes in handy.

Transcript: If somebody reaches a state where his energies are really bursting out of his head, if you activate the...

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... two chakras which are above the physical body, if those two chakras become active in someone, then we will not shave. In fact, we would like to grow it and tie it up just above that so that it is protected and nurtured. If you don't have enough hair, we will use cloth. You think I'm bandaged or something? Just in my leg, but. So if there is not enough hair, then you have to use something else. But you will need that, otherwise there will be. Once the two chakras above the physical body are on, it's a phenomenal possibility but it also makes your physical body little fragile. It tends to draw more than it should and this is the reason a lot of yogis die before they're 35. Because once they attain to a certain level of energy, if they don't know all the different aspects of the body, if they do not understand the mechanics of how the human system functions, if you do not understand all the tricks of the creator. In how many ways he's made this so complex and sophisticated. Because sophistication is not just to make it complicated. Sophistication means there are more possibilities than simplistic machine. This is a highly sophisticated machine. So once the energies have topped off, then it needs to be protected. If you have thick long hair, that could be made use of, it's a natural garment. If you don't have or if you're afraid you will lose your hair, then you dreadlock it. You know the dreadlocks? You've seen in saadhu, sanyasis it can be done. I won't tell you how because if you start going around with dreadlocks, that will not be good. There is a way to get your hair into a dreadlock. So you do that. Or, if you don't have that much hair, then you use something else. Garment or a cloth comes in handy.

May 30, 2021

3:16

Who keeps the accounts of karma – where are they kept?

Transcript: So karma is not about punishment and reward. Karma is not a book written somewhere, some ledger that somebody is looking at and punishing you or rewarding you. This gift culture from heaven must go because for all the things that you do very easily, you can pass this off as god's will. Many terrible things men have done, have always been passed off as divine will, all right? So it's very important...

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... that we move people from religious beliefs to a responsible existence here because this is a brief life. If we want to make something out of this, this must be our making. This is our karma. This is what karma means. Karma means, when I say my life is my karma, it means that my life is my making. If I am doing well, it's me. If I'm not doing well, it's me. If I have a fantastic experience here, it's me. If I have a miserable experience, it's me. This much straightness of life everybody must get, that you're straight enough to admit that both your success and failure, your joy and misery, especially the inner things of joy and misery, peacefulness and turmoil, these things are 100% your making. This is what karma means. Karma is not a ledger up there. This body, this mind, this energy, is our ledger. Here it is and it plays out in so many ways. Internally, in terms of human experience, how joyful you are, how peaceful you are, how loving you are, how wonderful is your experience of life, this is entirely your karma. Because the pleasantness of the body, the pleasantness of the mind, the pleasantness of our life energies and our emotions, are 100% in our hands. Human experience happens from within. That means it's entirely our karma. We can make it the way we want. If we make our human experience very pleasant on all these four levels, in body we're healthy and exuberant, in mind we are peaceful and joyful, in emotion we are loving and compassionate, in our life energies we are blissful and edging on ecstasy. Now outside situations will not determine the nature of our experience. Outside situations, we can strive to improve, we can try strive to change. But as I said, in the outside situation there are many pieces, all those pieces don't belong to us. We also are one piece depending upon one skill, intelligence, capability and willingness to strive. That piece can be enhanced but it is never 100% yours or mine, the outside situation. It is also the times in which we exist which determines what kind of situations we are in. But human experience is entirely our karma and we must take charge of that first. If we take charge of this, our ability to create external situations also the way we want it, is greatly, greatly enhanced.

Transcript: So karma is not about punishment and reward. Karma is not a book written somewhere, some ledger that...

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... somebody is looking at and punishing you or rewarding you. This gift culture from heaven must go because for all the things that you do very easily, you can pass this off as god's will. Many terrible things men have done, have always been passed off as divine will, all right? So it's very important that we move people from religious beliefs to a responsible existence here because this is a brief life. If we want to make something out of this, this must be our making. This is our karma. This is what karma means. Karma means, when I say my life is my karma, it means that my life is my making. If I am doing well, it's me. If I'm not doing well, it's me. If I have a fantastic experience here, it's me. If I have a miserable experience, it's me. This much straightness of life everybody must get, that you're straight enough to admit that both your success and failure, your joy and misery, especially the inner things of joy and misery, peacefulness and turmoil, these things are 100% your making. This is what karma means. Karma is not a ledger up there. This body, this mind, this energy, is our ledger. Here it is and it plays out in so many ways. Internally, in terms of human experience, how joyful you are, how peaceful you are, how loving you are, how wonderful is your experience of life, this is entirely your karma. Because the pleasantness of the body, the pleasantness of the mind, the pleasantness of our life energies and our emotions, are 100% in our hands. Human experience happens from within. That means it's entirely our karma. We can make it the way we want. If we make our human experience very pleasant on all these four levels, in body we're healthy and exuberant, in mind we are peaceful and joyful, in emotion we are loving and compassionate, in our life energies we are blissful and edging on ecstasy. Now outside situations will not determine the nature of our experience. Outside situations, we can strive to improve, we can try strive to change. But as I said, in the outside situation there are many pieces, all those pieces don't belong to us. We also are one piece depending upon one skill, intelligence, capability and willingness to strive. That piece can be enhanced but it is never 100% yours or mine, the outside situation. It is also the times in which we exist which determines what kind of situations we are in. But human experience is entirely our karma and we must take charge of that first. If we take charge of this, our ability to create external situations also the way we want it, is greatly, greatly enhanced.

May 28, 2021

3:37

Did you know – Your mind records everything – even in sleep

Transcript: See, you may be sleeping. There are many experiments like this, I won't go into the detail. Even when you're sleeping, you're fast asleep you don't know. I will speak in a language that you do not know, one or ten sentences. Actually we can hypnotize you. After many months or years, we can make you say those sentences in a language that you do not know. You perceive it at a time when you are fast asleep,...

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... it is possible to do that. So I am saying if you walk from this place to that place, there may be 25 different kinds of smells. You may not notice it consciously, only if it's very acute either it is very bad or very good, you may notice it. Otherwise you don't notice it. But, in the sensory system all that is recorded. So without knowing why, without actually mentally or intellectually articulating it, you just don't like to go to certain places. Maybe it's the smell, maybe it's the vision, maybe it's the sounds, maybe it's just the energy there. Whatever it is, your four dimensions of karma - physical, mental, emotional, and energetic karma - is always building an elaborate and spectacular web for you. This web is not to trap you. This web is to make life automatic. So that many things you don't have to think, just like that you can do it because it's in your karmic memory. But unfortunately, because people are getting so identified with many things that they do and they start choosing what is good and what is bad. The moment you say this is good, you will develop certain affinity for it. The moment you say this is bad, you will develop certain aversion for it. Both in affinity and aversion, you will get stuck. Now you built an elaborate web but you got stuck in your own web, this is the fate of karma for most people. Karma is the most dynamic way to exist. It simply, literally means you are the maker of your life. For you to be the maker of your life, without your neurological system functioning to your commands, you will never be the maker of your life. You will always be an accidental life. So if you move away from being an accidental life, the people who are experiencing unnecessary levels of anxiety and fear and things on a daily basis. A whole lot of medical professionals are going about saying, these are normal things, you're anxious it's normal. Even I am also anxious. This is not the way to make a human being. A human being is capable of being above this. We are considered as human beings. We did not use the word being for any other creature. We don't call an elephant an elephant being, a tiger a tiger being, an ant an ant being or something like this. We only called humans as beings because you are capable of being. That means, you are capable of conscious existence. That means you are capable of using every faculty that you have the way you want, not in reaction to what happens around you, but by conscious response.

Transcript: See, you may be sleeping. There are many experiments like this, I won't go into the detail. Even when...

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... you're sleeping, you're fast asleep you don't know. I will speak in a language that you do not know, one or ten sentences. Actually we can hypnotize you. After many months or years, we can make you say those sentences in a language that you do not know. You perceive it at a time when you are fast asleep, it is possible to do that. So I am saying if you walk from this place to that place, there may be 25 different kinds of smells. You may not notice it consciously, only if it's very acute either it is very bad or very good, you may notice it. Otherwise you don't notice it. But, in the sensory system all that is recorded. So without knowing why, without actually mentally or intellectually articulating it, you just don't like to go to certain places. Maybe it's the smell, maybe it's the vision, maybe it's the sounds, maybe it's just the energy there. Whatever it is, your four dimensions of karma - physical, mental, emotional, and energetic karma - is always building an elaborate and spectacular web for you. This web is not to trap you. This web is to make life automatic. So that many things you don't have to think, just like that you can do it because it's in your karmic memory. But unfortunately, because people are getting so identified with many things that they do and they start choosing what is good and what is bad. The moment you say this is good, you will develop certain affinity for it. The moment you say this is bad, you will develop certain aversion for it. Both in affinity and aversion, you will get stuck. Now you built an elaborate web but you got stuck in your own web, this is the fate of karma for most people. Karma is the most dynamic way to exist. It simply, literally means you are the maker of your life. For you to be the maker of your life, without your neurological system functioning to your commands, you will never be the maker of your life. You will always be an accidental life. So if you move away from being an accidental life, the people who are experiencing unnecessary levels of anxiety and fear and things on a daily basis. A whole lot of medical professionals are going about saying, these are normal things, you're anxious it's normal. Even I am also anxious. This is not the way to make a human being. A human being is capable of being above this. We are considered as human beings. We did not use the word being for any other creature. We don't call an elephant an elephant being, a tiger a tiger being, an ant an ant being or something like this. We only called humans as beings because you are capable of being. That means, you are capable of conscious existence. That means you are capable of using every faculty that you have the way you want, not in reaction to what happens around you, but by conscious response.

May 24, 2021

3:21

Your Karma changes when you turn 21

Transcript: Well, the genetic memory has a certain level of significance till you're 21 years of age. At 21 years of age, something very fundamental changes in the system. That, the genetic memory becomes less dominant. It just starts playing minimal role. Many, many parents are surprised, how the children who are so attached to them just some time ago, suddenly they crossed 21 years of age, suddenly they cannot...

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... relate the same way with their parents simply because their genetic memory becomes at a lower scale of function once 21 years of age is over. This is nature's way of building up a kind of a safety mechanism for our growth because a human child doesn't come like other animals. The other animals, 90% of what they should be is already fixed by their genetics. Only 10% of evolution in their lifetime. That too they can either exploit it or not. But with a human being, only 10% is fixed, 90% is left to individual human being. Because of this, the early stage of development for a human child is much more fragile, needs much more atmosphere, needs much more nurture, because 90% has to be created. Only 10% is already there as a standard. So by 21 years of age, your genetic influence would have come down significantly unless you're very unnaturally attached to your parentage. Either because they have too much wealth, or because they are very dominant, or because you admire them too much. Whatever. Otherwise the genetic influence will come down naturally. So after that the karmic influence is a much bigger influence than the genetic influence. When we say karmic influence, we should not, because there is this wrong perception that karma means, it is only talking about something that comes from elsewhere, elsewhere from another life or whatever. It's not like that. From this morning, from the time you got up to this moment, your body is doing its own physical karma. Mind is doing its mental karma. Emotion is doing its emotional karma. Energy is doing its energetic karma. Every moment, in wakefulness and sleep, it's happening. But let us take into account only the wakefulness. From the moment you got up till now, how much of these four aspects of karma have you performed consciously if you look at it? I don't want to ask you the question, I would normally ask but with you, you are all doctors I won't ask you the question. I will just say this, you please analyze this yourself. Not even 1%. Way below 1% is what you're conscious of. Everything else is happening unconsciously. Or in other words, instead of using the unconscious word which is a kind of a negative word, let's say you're happening automatically. You're happening automatically because of the karmic memory. You have so much memory that you don't have to really think. You don't have to think how to eat. See when the first time, as a child, eating was such a big thing, you know. Especially Indian food, it was falling all over you. But today, very efficiently you eat, but you don't think exactly how to hold the food, what to do because this memory has been built up with your karma. Karma means action. These four dimensions of action are always building things up to make life easier for you, not to entangle you. So it's a web of karma that you create. But when you create a web, you must have a certain, you know, you must have some kind of a solvent that you don't get stuck in it.

Transcript: Well, the genetic memory has a certain level of significance till you're 21 years of age. At 21 years...

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... of age, something very fundamental changes in the system. That, the genetic memory becomes less dominant. It just starts playing minimal role. Many, many parents are surprised, how the children who are so attached to them just some time ago, suddenly they crossed 21 years of age, suddenly they cannot relate the same way with their parents simply because their genetic memory becomes at a lower scale of function once 21 years of age is over. This is nature's way of building up a kind of a safety mechanism for our growth because a human child doesn't come like other animals. The other animals, 90% of what they should be is already fixed by their genetics. Only 10% of evolution in their lifetime. That too they can either exploit it or not. But with a human being, only 10% is fixed, 90% is left to individual human being. Because of this, the early stage of development for a human child is much more fragile, needs much more atmosphere, needs much more nurture, because 90% has to be created. Only 10% is already there as a standard. So by 21 years of age, your genetic influence would have come down significantly unless you're very unnaturally attached to your parentage. Either because they have too much wealth, or because they are very dominant, or because you admire them too much. Whatever. Otherwise the genetic influence will come down naturally. So after that the karmic influence is a much bigger influence than the genetic influence. When we say karmic influence, we should not, because there is this wrong perception that karma means, it is only talking about something that comes from elsewhere, elsewhere from another life or whatever. It's not like that. From this morning, from the time you got up to this moment, your body is doing its own physical karma. Mind is doing its mental karma. Emotion is doing its emotional karma. Energy is doing its energetic karma. Every moment, in wakefulness and sleep, it's happening. But let us take into account only the wakefulness. From the moment you got up till now, how much of these four aspects of karma have you performed consciously if you look at it? I don't want to ask you the question, I would normally ask but with you, you are all doctors I won't ask you the question. I will just say this, you please analyze this yourself. Not even 1%. Way below 1% is what you're conscious of. Everything else is happening unconsciously. Or in other words, instead of using the unconscious word which is a kind of a negative word, let's say you're happening automatically. You're happening automatically because of the karmic memory. You have so much memory that you don't have to really think. You don't have to think how to eat. See when the first time, as a child, eating was such a big thing, you know. Especially Indian food, it was falling all over you. But today, very efficiently you eat, but you don't think exactly how to hold the food, what to do because this memory has been built up with your karma. Karma means action. These four dimensions of action are always building things up to make life easier for you, not to entangle you. So it's a web of karma that you create. But when you create a web, you must have a certain, you know, you must have some kind of a solvent that you don't get stuck in it.

May 22, 2021

3:59

How does initiation happen?

Transcript: When you ask, how can it happen without the physical presence of a guru? The physical presence of the guru is actually a hindrance because right now you look at me and no matter what, because the very nature of the mind is such, it is making a thousand judgments as it sits here, isn't it? Not all of it is conscious. But a whole lot of judgments are going on within you. Because there is a person. A...

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... person means, you can like him, you can dislike him, you want him, you don't want him, so many things. If I say something nice, wow. If I say something nasty. All this will happen, isn't it? Because a person is sitting. How he sits, how he stands, what he says, what he does not say, all this becomes important. The physical presence is not of any consequence actually. If physical presence is everything, that's called karishma, not grace. This is not karishma, this is grace. But I sit here, I don't sit here, I can run the satsang the same way. Only problem is you cannot remain focused, that is your problem. If you're willing to sit here simply focused as you are right now, no video, no audio, no nothing. We'll still run the satsang. Wonderfully well, okay? It's just that, nobody. What are we doing? Because you have that problem. Either I have to sit here, or a video has to play, audio has to come. I'll tell you, no video, audio, nothing. We can still initiate people if you're just willing to sit. It is just that the necessary attention is needed, that's all. Even without attention, in your sleep we can initiate you. But benefit may happen but you don't know why it's happening. You think you just got lucky.

Transcript: When you ask, how can it happen without the physical presence of a guru? The physical presence of the...

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... guru is actually a hindrance because right now you look at me and no matter what, because the very nature of the mind is such, it is making a thousand judgments as it sits here, isn't it? Not all of it is conscious. But a whole lot of judgments are going on within you. Because there is a person. A person means, you can like him, you can dislike him, you want him, you don't want him, so many things. If I say something nice, wow. If I say something nasty. All this will happen, isn't it? Because a person is sitting. How he sits, how he stands, what he says, what he does not say, all this becomes important. The physical presence is not of any consequence actually. If physical presence is everything, that's called karishma, not grace. This is not karishma, this is grace. But I sit here, I don't sit here, I can run the satsang the same way. Only problem is you cannot remain focused, that is your problem. If you're willing to sit here simply focused as you are right now, no video, no audio, no nothing. We'll still run the satsang. Wonderfully well, okay? It's just that, nobody. What are we doing? Because you have that problem. Either I have to sit here, or a video has to play, audio has to come. I'll tell you, no video, audio, nothing. We can still initiate people if you're just willing to sit. It is just that the necessary attention is needed, that's all. Even without attention, in your sleep we can initiate you. But benefit may happen but you don't know why it's happening. You think you just got lucky.

May 16, 2021

2:48

Why do we offer milk and water to a linga?

Transcript: About rituals, Sadhguru. On Shivaratri we offer honey, milk on Shivalinga. Is there a scientific reason behind why we do that? Milk and honey is offered because most of the lingas that you're offering to are stone lingas. Alright? A stone linga, which is kept for worship or whatever else it may be, if you don't feed it with some kind of fat or oily material, either ghee or milk or something like this,...

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... it will crack. It will become brittle and crack over a period of time. So, periodically, you have to apply either oil, or ghee, or milk, or whatever you like. Something through which the stone can absorb fatty material so that there is integrity to the stone. So once you're worshipping something, you don't want it to crack up. It's more like the maintenance. It is a certain maintenance. And also, it makes the linga, if it is properly consecrated, it'll reverberate better if it remins wet. See, if you apply oil or ghee, or even milk, the fat of the milk, the linga remains wet all the time. As I said earlier, you have to keep your body wet to receive. And similarly linga has to be wet for it to exude this. So one simple way of keeping it wet is, soak it in oil, or ghee, or honey, or milk. All these things which will keep it wet for a long period of time. If I pour water, that also is being done, it will remain for ten minutes and then it'll dry up. But if I pour milk, it stays wet for months on end. Because the fat has entered the pores in the rock. Is this the reason why even rudraksh in soaked in ghee? Of course. Otherwise, rudraksh will become brittle and crack up. You just put rudraksh on your body, because they share body heat and other things, in six to eight months it'll crack up. But if you periodically put it in ghee and milk, it will last for a lifetime and more.

Transcript: About rituals, Sadhguru. On Shivaratri we offer honey, milk on Shivalinga. Is there a scientific reason...

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... behind why we do that? Milk and honey is offered because most of the lingas that you're offering to are stone lingas. Alright? A stone linga, which is kept for worship or whatever else it may be, if you don't feed it with some kind of fat or oily material, either ghee or milk or something like this, it will crack. It will become brittle and crack over a period of time. So, periodically, you have to apply either oil, or ghee, or milk, or whatever you like. Something through which the stone can absorb fatty material so that there is integrity to the stone. So once you're worshipping something, you don't want it to crack up. It's more like the maintenance. It is a certain maintenance. And also, it makes the linga, if it is properly consecrated, it'll reverberate better if it remins wet. See, if you apply oil or ghee, or even milk, the fat of the milk, the linga remains wet all the time. As I said earlier, you have to keep your body wet to receive. And similarly linga has to be wet for it to exude this. So one simple way of keeping it wet is, soak it in oil, or ghee, or honey, or milk. All these things which will keep it wet for a long period of time. If I pour water, that also is being done, it will remain for ten minutes and then it'll dry up. But if I pour milk, it stays wet for months on end. Because the fat has entered the pores in the rock. Is this the reason why even rudraksh in soaked in ghee? Of course. Otherwise, rudraksh will become brittle and crack up. You just put rudraksh on your body, because they share body heat and other things, in six to eight months it'll crack up. But if you periodically put it in ghee and milk, it will last for a lifetime and more.

May 11, 2021

2:18

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

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

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

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

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

May 6, 2021

6:02

What is Saptarishi puja? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Prasoon Joshi | #8

Synopsis: You are here in Kashi and you said that this is the first time you’ve come here properly. And you’ve done Saptarishi puja here. What is that? I was wanting to know.

Synopsis: You are here in Kashi and you said that this is the first time you’ve...

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... come here properly. And you’ve done Saptarishi puja here. What is that? I was wanting to know.

May 4, 2021

9:34

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

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

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

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

May 4, 2021

7:12

What is death? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Prasoon Joshi | #4

Synopsis: What is exactly death? Is it the decaying of the body? Or the dying of the body is death? On one hand my body is dying and my thoughts, my ideas are becoming something which the world suppose, embraces. And they live without me. So would you call it death? What would you define death as?

Synopsis: What is exactly death? Is it the decaying of the body? Or the dying of...

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... the body is death? On one hand my body is dying and my thoughts, my ideas are becoming something which the world suppose, embraces. And they live without me. So would you call it death? What would you define death as?

May 4, 2021

7:54

Is being reborn a curse? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Prasoon Joshi | #3

Synopsis: On one hand we say that, you know, this is just a change of clothes. But why do people glorify death so much when they come to Kashi? Why do we need so many rituals around death? Second thing is, what is this ‘moksha’? What is ‘mukti’? Isn’t it against life? Re-birth, everything. Isn’t it that we are glorifying death far too much? And ultimate death in Kashi,...

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... which is mukti. Does it mean we are against life? Do we think that being reborn is a curse?

Synopsis: On one hand we say that, you know, this is just a change of clothes....

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... But why do people glorify death so much when they come to Kashi? Why do we need so many rituals around death? Second thing is, what is this ‘moksha’? What is ‘mukti’? Isn’t it against life? Re-birth, everything. Isn’t it that we are glorifying death far too much? And ultimate death in Kashi, which is mukti. Does it mean we are against life? Do we think that being reborn is a curse?

May 4, 2021

10:08

Sadhguru’s thoughts on Kashi | Sadhguru in Conversation with Prasoon Joshi | #1

Synopsis: You must have thought a lot about this place. Does it match up to what you thought?

Synopsis: You must have thought a lot about this place. Does it match up to what...

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... you thought?

May 4, 2021

8:31

The unbelievable power of imagination

Transcript: Tantra is willing to use the mind in a certain way. Tantric processes need elaborate visualization. Elaborate. Very sophisticated levels of visualization to a point where it manifests. To make mental process just like a physical process is what tantra is trying to do. To make imagination so strong that after some time, it is like physical. You actually create a ghost or you create a god. Both are possible....

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... Both are possible, any kind of form you want, you can actually create it, manifest it, and make it walk. You know, like I was probably at that time, first standard means I was five, six. Six, seven I think. Second, third standard I must have been. And I have a cousin brother who's a no good fellow. So that time, in my mind I'm, you know, like if I'm sitting like this, I can be engaged in my mind for hours on end without any communication with anybody. Because I'm setting up all kinds of things. So I loved Mysore zoos so much, I want to have my own zoo. So I designed my own zoo. I didn't call it a zoo, it was a world by itself where animals were not locked as I wanted them. They were all over the place. Lots of animals and of course, I had a rhinoceros. So this fellow, you know one day something, he was with me and I told him, do you want to see my pet animals? He said, yeah. So I just kind of took him in. I just started talking to him and I sat with him and I told him, see this is it. Can you see this? Can you see this? Can you see this? See this one. Every day he wants to go. A couple of times I allowed because he had something that I wanted. After that he has nothing but he wants to go every day. And every day I have to sit with him and take him in. He got addicted to it. I am saying, it can become so real.

Transcript: Tantra is willing to use the mind in a certain way. Tantric processes need elaborate visualization. Elaborate....

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... Very sophisticated levels of visualization to a point where it manifests. To make mental process just like a physical process is what tantra is trying to do. To make imagination so strong that after some time, it is like physical. You actually create a ghost or you create a god. Both are possible. Both are possible, any kind of form you want, you can actually create it, manifest it, and make it walk. You know, like I was probably at that time, first standard means I was five, six. Six, seven I think. Second, third standard I must have been. And I have a cousin brother who's a no good fellow. So that time, in my mind I'm, you know, like if I'm sitting like this, I can be engaged in my mind for hours on end without any communication with anybody. Because I'm setting up all kinds of things. So I loved Mysore zoos so much, I want to have my own zoo. So I designed my own zoo. I didn't call it a zoo, it was a world by itself where animals were not locked as I wanted them. They were all over the place. Lots of animals and of course, I had a rhinoceros. So this fellow, you know one day something, he was with me and I told him, do you want to see my pet animals? He said, yeah. So I just kind of took him in. I just started talking to him and I sat with him and I told him, see this is it. Can you see this? Can you see this? Can you see this? See this one. Every day he wants to go. A couple of times I allowed because he had something that I wanted. After that he has nothing but he wants to go every day. And every day I have to sit with him and take him in. He got addicted to it. I am saying, it can become so real.

May 3, 2021

3:29

Is Ganga water really special? Myth or reality?

Transcript: This would have been the argument about 10 years ago, that people would say water is water. How can one water be different from another? If water is cleaned off impurities, all water is same. This would have been the argument 10 years ago, but not anymore. Modern science is clearly saying that depending upon what the water has been in touch with, accordingly it behaves differently. This is an established...

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... fact now because water has memory. Now, when we say Ganga jal, why it's been important is, it is flowing through certain lands. It is flowing through certain terrain which has a certain impact. And it is not for one or two generations, for hundreds of generations people have been doing spiritual sadhana and they have been in touch with this water. The quality of that is there in the water. Sunderlal Bahuguna went about proving this to people. Nothing much happened unfortunately. But his own health got transformed tremendously, just living on the Ganga bank. Now, is this just emotion? No. But at the same time, is the water what it used to be before in Ganga? No, because the water that you're drinking today is held in a dam in two, three different places and one dam which holds it there for a long period of time and then let out. It is not the same thing anymore unfortunately. This is one thing we should have not done. If you want electricity, there are so many other ways to do it. This is one thing we should have not done because Ganga had a special quality. Now we put a dam across this, in Himalayas, which is absolutely unnecessary. So I think it was a sacrilege that we put a dam on Ganga for electricity. We could have generated it in so many different ways. Well it is the necessity of the people. On the planes, we do it. But that one river, which is the consciousness of this country, we could have left it alone. Most of the water that's coming in Ganga river today flows through tunnels, it's going through turbines and then coming. So I cannot assure you that it's the same quality now, but still whether you believe or you don't believe, if you touch the water you will see it's very different. Because I've trekked in Himalayas for 27 years. Continuously, 27 years I tekked, every year I went back. Many times I have seen, just a glass of water I drink, I don't have to eat anything. Whole day I'm walking with just one glass of water. You drink a stomach full of water, it just keeps you going. That won't happen anywhere else. If you go to the upper regions, if you go towards, you know, Gomukh and those areas, the water is definitely special. As it comes down with all these turbines and stuff, it's not the same. But still it is different from what you would find elsewhere. So this is not an emotional aspect, there is a scientific basis to it. Unfortunately, we are not maintaining that atmosphere. We are destroying the atmosphere and expect the water to be same. It won't be after some time.

Transcript: This would have been the argument about 10 years ago, that people would say water is water. How can one...

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... water be different from another? If water is cleaned off impurities, all water is same. This would have been the argument 10 years ago, but not anymore. Modern science is clearly saying that depending upon what the water has been in touch with, accordingly it behaves differently. This is an established fact now because water has memory. Now, when we say Ganga jal, why it's been important is, it is flowing through certain lands. It is flowing through certain terrain which has a certain impact. And it is not for one or two generations, for hundreds of generations people have been doing spiritual sadhana and they have been in touch with this water. The quality of that is there in the water. Sunderlal Bahuguna went about proving this to people. Nothing much happened unfortunately. But his own health got transformed tremendously, just living on the Ganga bank. Now, is this just emotion? No. But at the same time, is the water what it used to be before in Ganga? No, because the water that you're drinking today is held in a dam in two, three different places and one dam which holds it there for a long period of time and then let out. It is not the same thing anymore unfortunately. This is one thing we should have not done. If you want electricity, there are so many other ways to do it. This is one thing we should have not done because Ganga had a special quality. Now we put a dam across this, in Himalayas, which is absolutely unnecessary. So I think it was a sacrilege that we put a dam on Ganga for electricity. We could have generated it in so many different ways. Well it is the necessity of the people. On the planes, we do it. But that one river, which is the consciousness of this country, we could have left it alone. Most of the water that's coming in Ganga river today flows through tunnels, it's going through turbines and then coming. So I cannot assure you that it's the same quality now, but still whether you believe or you don't believe, if you touch the water you will see it's very different. Because I've trekked in Himalayas for 27 years. Continuously, 27 years I tekked, every year I went back. Many times I have seen, just a glass of water I drink, I don't have to eat anything. Whole day I'm walking with just one glass of water. You drink a stomach full of water, it just keeps you going. That won't happen anywhere else. If you go to the upper regions, if you go towards, you know, Gomukh and those areas, the water is definitely special. As it comes down with all these turbines and stuff, it's not the same. But still it is different from what you would find elsewhere. So this is not an emotional aspect, there is a scientific basis to it. Unfortunately, we are not maintaining that atmosphere. We are destroying the atmosphere and expect the water to be same. It won't be after some time.

May 1, 2021

3:37

The mystical Koorma Nadi – key to experience life beyond body

Transcript: So this breath, or what conducts the breath, in yoga we call this the Koorma Nadi. You know what's Koorma? Not kurma. No I saw some tongues. Koorma means a turtle or a tortoise. An amphibious creature, it's in the water but it can also venture out. So you can become an amphibious creature if you master this Koorma Nadi. That means you're in the body but you can be little outside the physical nature...

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... because this is your desire. Your desire is not to leave the physical for good. You want to be rooted in the physical but you want to have a taste of what is beyond. This is human desire, always. So Koorma Nadi, this breath is referred to as Koorma Nadi because if you use it properly, you can become like an amphibious creature. That you can be in the body but you can venture outside. This is like a rope. Let's say we pull out your breath right now. If I take away your breath, what will happen? You and your body will fall apart. Right now in your experience, you are the body sitting here. But this rice and chinta taku and gomakura, everything is gathered up here and sitting here. Yes or no? Yes? It's food that you've eaten. Is this an accumulation? Do you understand this is an accumulation? What you accumulate can be yours, can never ever be you, isn't it? Whatever you accumulate can be yours, can never ever be you. So the moment, if I pull the breath away, then you and what you have gathered will fall apart. You and your body will fall apart. Or in other words it's the breath or the Koorma Nadi which ties you and your body together. When we say Koorma Nadi, we're not just talking about the passage of air. Right now you're incapable of experiencing the breath. In the sense, see right now if you watch, you think you're watching the breath? No. You're only noticing the sensations caused by the passage of breath. You're not capable of knowing the breath itself. So the breath, or what sets up this pattern, what directs this pattern, that we are calling as Koorma Nadi. If you have some mastery over that, you become an amphibious creature. That is, you are rooted in the physical but you can venture out. If this much freedom arises in human life, suddenly you know there is another possibility. That there is something beyond physical nature. Whatever you are going through within this physical cocoon is not everything. You know, on a completely different dimension of life. If this one thing you know, if you have a moment of experience beyond your physicality, death is not an issue, isn't it?

Transcript: So this breath, or what conducts the breath, in yoga we call this the Koorma Nadi. You know what's Koorma?...

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... Not kurma. No I saw some tongues. Koorma means a turtle or a tortoise. An amphibious creature, it's in the water but it can also venture out. So you can become an amphibious creature if you master this Koorma Nadi. That means you're in the body but you can be little outside the physical nature because this is your desire. Your desire is not to leave the physical for good. You want to be rooted in the physical but you want to have a taste of what is beyond. This is human desire, always. So Koorma Nadi, this breath is referred to as Koorma Nadi because if you use it properly, you can become like an amphibious creature. That you can be in the body but you can venture outside. This is like a rope. Let's say we pull out your breath right now. If I take away your breath, what will happen? You and your body will fall apart. Right now in your experience, you are the body sitting here. But this rice and chinta taku and gomakura, everything is gathered up here and sitting here. Yes or no? Yes? It's food that you've eaten. Is this an accumulation? Do you understand this is an accumulation? What you accumulate can be yours, can never ever be you, isn't it? Whatever you accumulate can be yours, can never ever be you. So the moment, if I pull the breath away, then you and what you have gathered will fall apart. You and your body will fall apart. Or in other words it's the breath or the Koorma Nadi which ties you and your body together. When we say Koorma Nadi, we're not just talking about the passage of air. Right now you're incapable of experiencing the breath. In the sense, see right now if you watch, you think you're watching the breath? No. You're only noticing the sensations caused by the passage of breath. You're not capable of knowing the breath itself. So the breath, or what sets up this pattern, what directs this pattern, that we are calling as Koorma Nadi. If you have some mastery over that, you become an amphibious creature. That is, you are rooted in the physical but you can venture out. If this much freedom arises in human life, suddenly you know there is another possibility. That there is something beyond physical nature. Whatever you are going through within this physical cocoon is not everything. You know, on a completely different dimension of life. If this one thing you know, if you have a moment of experience beyond your physicality, death is not an issue, isn't it?

April 30, 2021

3:29

How to have an out of body experience?

Transcript: See, most of the people, I know that a lot of stuff going on here. In United States everybody is doing astral journeys. It's just hallucination. Okay? You lie down and just imagine that you're flying here, flying there. That's not it. See, what is being referred to, unfortunately everything becomes ridiculous when all kinds of people start handling it. What is being referred to as astral is, there...

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... are five kinds of bodies. Physical body, mental body, energy body, etheric body, and bliss body. These are five dimensions of the body. What is being referred to as astral body is, leaving the physical body, mental body, energy body, and the bliss body intact. And just allowing the etheric body to float around. That means you can conduct your activity here because your physical body, mental body, energy body is intact. But just allowing the etheric body to go, that's a certain kind of mastery. You can't just psych yourself into it. It needs enormous sadhana for a person to do that. Now, leaving the body when we say, we are just allowing the pranic body to move out, which is much simpler. It is a much simpler thing to do and it is more concrete thing. Compared to etheric body, pranic body is physical. It's more physical kind of presence. It's energy but it's a physical energy. Etheric is a transitory energy, it is neither physical nor beyond. It is a transition. Bliss body is totally beyond the physical. So getting the pranic body out and putting it back is easy and it's a much stronger experience because a physical part of you goes out and gets back. Etheric body needs much more sadhana because that is not even in your experience, it is not something that you can touch unless you're in a certain level of sadhana and intensity within yourself. But every street corner they are doing astral travel these days. That's just hallucination. See these things were done for a certain purpose. It's called Parakaya Pravesa. There have been schools which have been fundamentally focused towards this in India. Simply for entertainment, it's not worth exploring those things because it takes enormous effort to get mastery of all those things. And in the end what? What do you achieve? It is of no spiritual consequence.

Transcript: See, most of the people, I know that a lot of stuff going on here. In United States everybody is doing...

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... astral journeys. It's just hallucination. Okay? You lie down and just imagine that you're flying here, flying there. That's not it. See, what is being referred to, unfortunately everything becomes ridiculous when all kinds of people start handling it. What is being referred to as astral is, there are five kinds of bodies. Physical body, mental body, energy body, etheric body, and bliss body. These are five dimensions of the body. What is being referred to as astral body is, leaving the physical body, mental body, energy body, and the bliss body intact. And just allowing the etheric body to float around. That means you can conduct your activity here because your physical body, mental body, energy body is intact. But just allowing the etheric body to go, that's a certain kind of mastery. You can't just psych yourself into it. It needs enormous sadhana for a person to do that. Now, leaving the body when we say, we are just allowing the pranic body to move out, which is much simpler. It is a much simpler thing to do and it is more concrete thing. Compared to etheric body, pranic body is physical. It's more physical kind of presence. It's energy but it's a physical energy. Etheric is a transitory energy, it is neither physical nor beyond. It is a transition. Bliss body is totally beyond the physical. So getting the pranic body out and putting it back is easy and it's a much stronger experience because a physical part of you goes out and gets back. Etheric body needs much more sadhana because that is not even in your experience, it is not something that you can touch unless you're in a certain level of sadhana and intensity within yourself. But every street corner they are doing astral travel these days. That's just hallucination. See these things were done for a certain purpose. It's called Parakaya Pravesa. There have been schools which have been fundamentally focused towards this in India. Simply for entertainment, it's not worth exploring those things because it takes enormous effort to get mastery of all those things. And in the end what? What do you achieve? It is of no spiritual consequence.

April 29, 2021

3:21

Is death a design failure? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Sabyasachi | #12

Synopsis: It’s a design failure right? Eventually that’s what death is.

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...It’s a design failure right? Eventually that’s what death is.

April 29, 2021

3:37

Is there chaos in yoga? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Sabyasachi | #11

Synopsis: But Sadhguru, yoga often feels like a very rigorous discipline. Where does chaos fit into that?

Synopsis: But Sadhguru, yoga often feels like a very rigorous discipline. Where...

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... does chaos fit into that?

April 29, 2021

8:39

Chaos | Sadhguru in Conversation with Sabyasachi | #10

Synopsis: Sadhguru, I think if you said more about this notion of chaos, it would interest us.

Synopsis: Sadhguru, I think if you said more about this notion of chaos, it would...

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... interest us.

April 29, 2021

3:30

How is our body similar to the cosmos? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Sabyasachi | #5

Synopsis: I remember when I came to the ashram, Sadhguru, many years ago for the first time, it struck me how beautiful the place was. I didn’t expect it because I thought ashrams had to follow a very dreary kind of aesthetic. So it took me by surprise. And it’s only later in conversations with you that I’ve understood that you talk about the individual. The atomic and the...

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... cosmic, sharing the same fundamental design structure. And you say, you even talked of the capacity of the body to download the cosmos. Is this because we share the same structure? Can you say more about this because it’s an exciting image and an exciting idea. For us, still an idea. For you, an experiential reality.

Synopsis: I remember when I came to the ashram, Sadhguru, many years ago for the...

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... first time, it struck me how beautiful the place was. I didn’t expect it because I thought ashrams had to follow a very dreary kind of aesthetic. So it took me by surprise. And it’s only later in conversations with you that I’ve understood that you talk about the individual. The atomic and the cosmic, sharing the same fundamental design structure. And you say, you even talked of the capacity of the body to download the cosmos. Is this because we share the same structure? Can you say more about this because it’s an exciting image and an exciting idea. For us, still an idea. For you, an experiential reality.

April 29, 2021

8:31

How can one be Indian and global? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Sabyasachi | #3

Synopsis: I think we all know that in this country we’ve had quite a magnificent heritage of design. The visual arts, the plastic arts, the performing arts. And, somehow, modern India doesn’t seem to necessarily access a particular heritage with the ease that it ought to have been able to, for various historical reasons. How would you respond to that? And what do you think...

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... one can do? What is your own engagement with reviving certain traditions but making them alive without turning insular in some way? How can one be Indian and global, which is something that you mentioned in your design statement.

Synopsis: I think we all know that in this country we’ve had quite a magnificent...

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... heritage of design. The visual arts, the plastic arts, the performing arts. And, somehow, modern India doesn’t seem to necessarily access a particular heritage with the ease that it ought to have been able to, for various historical reasons. How would you respond to that? And what do you think one can do? What is your own engagement with reviving certain traditions but making them alive without turning insular in some way? How can one be Indian and global, which is something that you mentioned in your design statement.

April 29, 2021

12:13

Do your genes rule you? Is it possible to break the genetic grip?

Transcript: So the reason why an individual human being may feel trapped in their own limited ways is simply because they are super identified with their memory. So one of the first steps in yoga is always this, that you start identifying with your ignorance never with your knowledge. Because your knowledge, it doesn't matter how vast it is, it is minuscule in this cosmos. But our ignorance is boundless. So to...

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... blow the maximum bubble that you want, first and foremost thing is you do not identify with your knowledge. That means you do not identify with your accumulated memory. Accumulated memory, on a superficial level, may be just what I learnt. But on a deeper level, it is my genetics, it is my evolutionary memory, it is all the different dimensions of memory. So one fundamental thing we do, which is something, which would be very interesting for doctors like you to study is, we do certain things with people so they'll become free from their genetic memory as far as possible. Except for the physiological factors, we want them to be released from their parentage. This is the purpose. The entire Eastern cultures were focused on this. Now it's all messed up, people have forgotten this. Otherwise one thing is, we are always seeing how to distance ourselves from the genetic memory because we saw that if you are identified with your genetic memory, you will just be a replay of your parents life. You will not be a fresh life. If you want to be a genuinely fresh possibility, you have to distance yourself. There are many types of processes through which we distance ourselves from genetic memory. You must see this, it's so dramatic. In the sense, in 24 hours' time, the human being changes completely. The very way they think, feel, understand, and perceive life. With some of them, even their facial features will change. Suddenly they look different within 24 hours' time. The change is so dramatic. So what do you do? Like him, I also delink. For a different purpose but, it's in a way alienating from the genetic memory so that your functionality is not limited to your genetics. That you are not a copy of the parents who produced you. Yes, they have given your body, they have nurtured you to a certain adulthood, after that their business is done. Now your business is to become a totally new potential of life. That's what it is. But this will not happen. You will see this happening with people. When they were 16, 18, they're very rebellious about how they want to be. But you watch the same people after they're 45, they're behaving just like their parents. They walk like them, sit like them, talk like them, everything coming back, catching up with them. Because the genetic memory overpowers the initial desire and exuberance of youth. Once it begins to receive, you will see you start behaving just like your parents. Because the genetic memory overpowers you.

Transcript: So the reason why an individual human being may feel trapped in their own limited ways is simply because...

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... they are super identified with their memory. So one of the first steps in yoga is always this, that you start identifying with your ignorance never with your knowledge. Because your knowledge, it doesn't matter how vast it is, it is minuscule in this cosmos. But our ignorance is boundless. So to blow the maximum bubble that you want, first and foremost thing is you do not identify with your knowledge. That means you do not identify with your accumulated memory. Accumulated memory, on a superficial level, may be just what I learnt. But on a deeper level, it is my genetics, it is my evolutionary memory, it is all the different dimensions of memory. So one fundamental thing we do, which is something, which would be very interesting for doctors like you to study is, we do certain things with people so they'll become free from their genetic memory as far as possible. Except for the physiological factors, we want them to be released from their parentage. This is the purpose. The entire Eastern cultures were focused on this. Now it's all messed up, people have forgotten this. Otherwise one thing is, we are always seeing how to distance ourselves from the genetic memory because we saw that if you are identified with your genetic memory, you will just be a replay of your parents life. You will not be a fresh life. If you want to be a genuinely fresh possibility, you have to distance yourself. There are many types of processes through which we distance ourselves from genetic memory. You must see this, it's so dramatic. In the sense, in 24 hours' time, the human being changes completely. The very way they think, feel, understand, and perceive life. With some of them, even their facial features will change. Suddenly they look different within 24 hours' time. The change is so dramatic. So what do you do? Like him, I also delink. For a different purpose but, it's in a way alienating from the genetic memory so that your functionality is not limited to your genetics. That you are not a copy of the parents who produced you. Yes, they have given your body, they have nurtured you to a certain adulthood, after that their business is done. Now your business is to become a totally new potential of life. That's what it is. But this will not happen. You will see this happening with people. When they were 16, 18, they're very rebellious about how they want to be. But you watch the same people after they're 45, they're behaving just like their parents. They walk like them, sit like them, talk like them, everything coming back, catching up with them. Because the genetic memory overpowers the initial desire and exuberance of youth. Once it begins to receive, you will see you start behaving just like your parents. Because the genetic memory overpowers you.

April 25, 2021

3:48

Does reincarnation happen? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Karan Johar | #17

Synopsis: I’d like to ask you a question because you’re a mystic. Even otherwise, please don’t say I don’t care because many people out here, I’m sure, don’t. My question is what do you think of reincarnation? Do you believe in it? And if so, can you elaborate on the subject and let us know what you were in your last birth?

Synopsis: I’d like to ask you a question because you’re a mystic. Even otherwise,...

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... please don’t say I don’t care because many people out here, I’m sure, don’t. My question is what do you think of reincarnation? Do you believe in it? And if so, can you elaborate on the subject and let us know what you were in your last birth?

April 25, 2021

6:17

Why do we direct our negative emotions towards our loved ones? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Karan Johar | #5

Synopsis: The people you love the most, you kind of tend to dump all your anxieties, your anger, your fears, your insecurities, all onto that one source that gives you the maximum love and the one that you love the most. Why is it that we, as a human race, tend to do that? Tend to lumber all our negative emotions on our most positive light source.

Synopsis: The people you love the most, you kind of tend to dump all your anxieties,...

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... your anger, your fears, your insecurities, all onto that one source that gives you the maximum love and the one that you love the most. Why is it that we, as a human race, tend to do that? Tend to lumber all our negative emotions on our most positive light source.

April 25, 2021

8:33

Why don’t we talk about death? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #14

Synopsis: I personally have read a lot of books about spirituality. And I’ve been following Swami Vivekanand from the age of 17. And I never really felt the need of a guru. Until I was faced with mortality. I lost a friend at the age of 25 and since then I just feel that everything that I’ve done in my life, or every situation I’ve been into, or I’ve walked into, I’ve...

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... always held my head very high and always been prepared for it, as much as I could. I just can’t wrap my head around it. And when I read your book, I didn’t instantly feel that I would be seeing this day. I felt okay, I’ve read Buddha, you’re one of those enlightened people. I wasn’t impressed. But then I read More Than A Life, and there was this mention of the yogi, Swami Nirmalananda, who waited for you all his life and apparently you were supposed to guide him to Mahasamadhi. Now Mahasamadhi is something that I’ve only heard of in stories and in myths. Where you willingly walk out of your body because you think that’s the best thing to do at that point of time. Now that seems too fantastic. And looking at how our society is, that euthanasia has been made legal now. And when your wife heard about the process, she showed extreme desire to adapt to that. And she acquired Mahasamadhi in the middle of thousands of people. It’s written elaborately in the book. And Swami Nirmalananda was opposed by the government, you know, he was not allowed to take Mahasamadhi. Apparently they were like, you can’t take Mahasamadhi. So don’t you think we as people, we have stopped to discuss death? Because shouldn’t we be prepared for that day? Since then I realized maybe you can help me. Someday, I’m not saying now, but someday. But when the time comes, don’t you think I should be ready for it? I should be dressed like this and be like, come, let’s go. Why is it pushed under the carpet? Why don’t we talk about death?

Synopsis: I personally have read a lot of books about spirituality. And I’ve...

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... been following Swami Vivekanand from the age of 17. And I never really felt the need of a guru. Until I was faced with mortality. I lost a friend at the age of 25 and since then I just feel that everything that I’ve done in my life, or every situation I’ve been into, or I’ve walked into, I’ve always held my head very high and always been prepared for it, as much as I could. I just can’t wrap my head around it. And when I read your book, I didn’t instantly feel that I would be seeing this day. I felt okay, I’ve read Buddha, you’re one of those enlightened people. I wasn’t impressed. But then I read More Than A Life, and there was this mention of the yogi, Swami Nirmalananda, who waited for you all his life and apparently you were supposed to guide him to Mahasamadhi. Now Mahasamadhi is something that I’ve only heard of in stories and in myths. Where you willingly walk out of your body because you think that’s the best thing to do at that point of time. Now that seems too fantastic. And looking at how our society is, that euthanasia has been made legal now. And when your wife heard about the process, she showed extreme desire to adapt to that. And she acquired Mahasamadhi in the middle of thousands of people. It’s written elaborately in the book. And Swami Nirmalananda was opposed by the government, you know, he was not allowed to take Mahasamadhi. Apparently they were like, you can’t take Mahasamadhi. So don’t you think we as people, we have stopped to discuss death? Because shouldn’t we be prepared for that day? Since then I realized maybe you can help me. Someday, I’m not saying now, but someday. But when the time comes, don’t you think I should be ready for it? I should be dressed like this and be like, come, let’s go. Why is it pushed under the carpet? Why don’t we talk about death?

April 22, 2021

24:26

Are we stuck in time? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #12

Synopsis: Einstein said that time doesn’t exist. But, somehow we’re stuck in it. And you say that space took a cyclic turn and that’s how we’re stuck in time. Is it only our bodies or our mind? What is it exactly like?

Synopsis: Einstein said that time doesn’t exist. But, somehow we’re stuck in...

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... it. And you say that space took a cyclic turn and that’s how we’re stuck in time. Is it only our bodies or our mind? What is it exactly like?

April 22, 2021

3:28

Are we operated by outside beings? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #11

Synopsis: So all the enlightened people. I’ve heard about many. Like you know, say Krishna, or Mohammed, or Ram, or Christ, Buddha. You know, all the enlightened people, who’ve been on this planet, there’s some sort of mention of their birth or death. But, when it comes to Shiva, like you say, and I’ve read, that he was self created. And, I often ask you this question,...

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... that did he disappear into thin air? And apparently, something like that happened. He couldn’t even have biological children with any of the women he was married to. There is a theory that Shiva is alien. There is this theory that everything that humans encounter, whether it’s an idea, it’s a thought, it’s anything. Anything that they encounter, it’s been transmitted into them through an outer space, an outer being. My favourite director, Christopher Nolan, made this film Interstellar, which is one of my favourite films. Where they are constantly referring to certain beings as ‘they’. They are communicating, they are talking to us, they are doing this, but they never really clarified who ‘they’ were. Were they aliens? Were they gods? Who were they? And, I’ve felt it. When any creative idea comes to me, it has absolutely no intellectual grounds where I can go back and track it down. It’s like mail dropped in my head. It seems like it’s from outside space. I know it’s a confession, but is it that we’re operated by outside beings? Is it that?

Synopsis: So all the enlightened people. I’ve heard about many. Like you know,...

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... say Krishna, or Mohammed, or Ram, or Christ, Buddha. You know, all the enlightened people, who’ve been on this planet, there’s some sort of mention of their birth or death. But, when it comes to Shiva, like you say, and I’ve read, that he was self created. And, I often ask you this question, that did he disappear into thin air? And apparently, something like that happened. He couldn’t even have biological children with any of the women he was married to. There is a theory that Shiva is alien. There is this theory that everything that humans encounter, whether it’s an idea, it’s a thought, it’s anything. Anything that they encounter, it’s been transmitted into them through an outer space, an outer being. My favourite director, Christopher Nolan, made this film Interstellar, which is one of my favourite films. Where they are constantly referring to certain beings as ‘they’. They are communicating, they are talking to us, they are doing this, but they never really clarified who ‘they’ were. Were they aliens? Were they gods? Who were they? And, I’ve felt it. When any creative idea comes to me, it has absolutely no intellectual grounds where I can go back and track it down. It’s like mail dropped in my head. It seems like it’s from outside space. I know it’s a confession, but is it that we’re operated by outside beings? Is it that?

April 22, 2021

14:00

Is it dangerous to strongly identify with your country? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #3

Synopsis: So, Sadhguru, talking about spirituality and like I questioned how practical is it in today’s world? Where as like the whole philosophy of spirituality. I know yoga is the ultimate union and everything that we do in yoga is supposed to make us inclusive. So it is supposed to make us inclusive of our environment, and then further expanding that, our country, our countrymen,...

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... and then the planet, and then the cosmos, and it goes on. But, my question is, I want to present an example. I was in London, you know what happens to you when you’re in a beautiful city with good infrastructure, you’re with a couple of friends. And, Indian friends, they’re always cursing India. This is so great, where we live is a piece of garbage. You know, with all that I felt so overwhelmed. I couldn’t wait to get to my room and when I got there, I was crying. I found myself crying. And I was muttering something that what do you expect? And why don’t they have sympathy for their own land? And then I realized that identifying like that, with your country, today I’m crying, tomorrow I might just punch somebody. And everybody will behave in their own way. So, this kind of identification with your environment, with your country, with your religion, with your family, is the root cause of all atrocities. So isn’t that kind of dangerous? Now, don’t tell me, be inclusive, but still not be inclusive. How can you be inclusive and yet not be inclusive. If you’re inclusive, you’re inclusive. Or you don’t be inclusive.

Synopsis: So, Sadhguru, talking about spirituality and like I questioned how practical...

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... is it in today’s world? Where as like the whole philosophy of spirituality. I know yoga is the ultimate union and everything that we do in yoga is supposed to make us inclusive. So it is supposed to make us inclusive of our environment, and then further expanding that, our country, our countrymen, and then the planet, and then the cosmos, and it goes on. But, my question is, I want to present an example. I was in London, you know what happens to you when you’re in a beautiful city with good infrastructure, you’re with a couple of friends. And, Indian friends, they’re always cursing India. This is so great, where we live is a piece of garbage. You know, with all that I felt so overwhelmed. I couldn’t wait to get to my room and when I got there, I was crying. I found myself crying. And I was muttering something that what do you expect? And why don’t they have sympathy for their own land? And then I realized that identifying like that, with your country, today I’m crying, tomorrow I might just punch somebody. And everybody will behave in their own way. So, this kind of identification with your environment, with your country, with your religion, with your family, is the root cause of all atrocities. So isn’t that kind of dangerous? Now, don’t tell me, be inclusive, but still not be inclusive. How can you be inclusive and yet not be inclusive. If you’re inclusive, you’re inclusive. Or you don’t be inclusive.

April 22, 2021

8:15

How does one birth cycle affect the next? | Sadhguru at IIT Chennai | #14

Synopsis: So I wanted to know about the duration of women's birth cycle. And how does it affect the next birth? Like people say, good karma will affect the next birth, and bad karma will affect the next birth. 

Synopsis: So I wanted to know about the duration of women's birth cycle. And how...

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... does it affect the next birth? Like people say, good karma will affect the next birth, and bad karma will affect the next birth. 

April 21, 2021

8:30

How does a near-death experience awaken consciousness within us? | Sadhguru at IIT Chennai | #6

Synopsis: Near death experience is a phenomenon by which we hear that the memories of previous births are awakened and people gain extra sensory perceptions. As a person, since you have undergone a near death experience, so can you please share what near death experience is to us? How does it awaken consciousness within us?  

Synopsis: Near death experience is a phenomenon by which we hear that the memories...

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... of previous births are awakened and people gain extra sensory perceptions. As a person, since you have undergone a near death experience, so can you please share what near death experience is to us? How does it awaken consciousness within us?  

April 21, 2021

11:37

Death is inevitable | Sadhguru in Conversation with YouTubers | #3

Synopsis: You’ve said that, you know, death is going to come. Is that the thought you have when you are speeding in a car? When you are being the rider that you are, standing on the bike and you’re going through smokeland, hilly, dangerous regions.  

Synopsis: You’ve said that, you know, death is going to come. Is that the thought...

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... you have when you are speeding in a car? When you are being the rider that you are, standing on the bike and you’re going through smokeland, hilly, dangerous regions.  

April 20, 2021

3:08

Is there a positive role of our traditions? | Sadhguru at Yale School of Medicine | #6

Synopsis: Can I ask your thoughts on this? In many ways we are the inheritors of our traditions. And they do influence us and shape us. Is there a positive role for the traditions from when we come? For example, if I’m going to try to inner engineer my inner life and try to get some direction, and meaning, and faith, and hope, and values, I can’t do it alone. And there are...

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... rich traditions, Hindu traditions, Judail Christian traditions, Muslim traditions, that give some context, some meaning, some structure, upon which to anchor my life. What do you think about that? Do we throw away all the traditions and inner engineer our lives? Do we use these traditions?  

Synopsis: Can I ask your thoughts on this? In many ways we are the inheritors of...

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... our traditions. And they do influence us and shape us. Is there a positive role for the traditions from when we come? For example, if I’m going to try to inner engineer my inner life and try to get some direction, and meaning, and faith, and hope, and values, I can’t do it alone. And there are rich traditions, Hindu traditions, Judail Christian traditions, Muslim traditions, that give some context, some meaning, some structure, upon which to anchor my life. What do you think about that? Do we throw away all the traditions and inner engineer our lives? Do we use these traditions?  

April 19, 2021

5:23

The science of consecration | Sadhguru in Conversation with Yalda Hakim | #12

Synopsis: Namaskaram Sadhguru. I would like to know about the science of consecration. And, if I’m worthy of knowing it, how do I go about it?  

Synopsis: Namaskaram Sadhguru. I would like to know about the science of consecration....

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... And, if I’m worthy of knowing it, how do I go about it?  

April 18, 2021

9:49

Kali Yuga | Sadhguru in Conversation with Yalda Hakim | #9

Synopsis: In Kali Yuga, is it possible to take the advaitic meditative route to try and get in touch with your consciousness, without a guru and the gurumantra? Or, should one pursue namasmarana and bhaktimarga as the way?  

Synopsis: In Kali Yuga, is it possible to take the advaitic meditative route to...

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... try and get in touch with your consciousness, without a guru and the gurumantra? Or, should one pursue namasmarana and bhaktimarga as the way?  

April 18, 2021

7:56

Are we living in the best time in history? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Yalda Hakim | #7

Synopsis: Are you saying that we are living in the best time in history?  

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...Are you saying that we are living in the best time in history?  

April 18, 2021

5:07

Is it possible to leave behind memory? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Yalda Hakim | #5

Synopsis: Is it possible to shed or leave behind memory?  

Synopsis: Is it possible to shed or leave behind memory?  


April 18, 2021

1:41

What if death is imposed on you? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Yalda Hakim | #2

Synopsis: You just said, the worst thing that can happen is if you live forever. But what if that death is, then imposed on you? So, I go back to what happened on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. And the attacks on various churches across Columbo, where 310 people were killed. I mean, what goes through your mind when you see this. Some would say, a level of evil inflicted on man by...

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... man.  

Synopsis: You just said, the worst thing that can happen is if you live forever....

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... But what if that death is, then imposed on you? So, I go back to what happened on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. And the attacks on various churches across Columbo, where 310 people were killed. I mean, what goes through your mind when you see this. Some would say, a level of evil inflicted on man by man.  

April 18, 2021

8:11

How to deal with death? | Sadhguru in Conversation with India’s BSF Officers | #3

Synopsis: Sadhguru, I’ve heard in your talks, and read in your books that you talk a lot about death. You have even experienced it. When we are at the border, we also see and experience death. So how is it similar or different? And how do we deal with it?  

Synopsis: Sadhguru, I’ve heard in your talks, and read in your books that you...

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... talk a lot about death. You have even experienced it. When we are at the border, we also see and experience death. So how is it similar or different? And how do we deal with it?  

April 17, 2021

10:24

Is it more important to see externally or internally? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Barkha Dutt | #11

Synopsis: What I get from Isha’s philosophy, if I may say there is, is that you need to see internally. You need to fix it internally before fixing your external situation. But is it also not right, is it also not very important to do the right thing externally?  

Synopsis: What I get from Isha’s philosophy, if I may say there is, is that you...

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... need to see internally. You need to fix it internally before fixing your external situation. But is it also not right, is it also not very important to do the right thing externally?  

April 16, 2021

2:20

Intensity versus dhyana | Sadhguru in Conversation with Barkha Dutt | #10

Synopsis: ...

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...Sadhguru, in one of your videos, you say that the problem with the world is that most people lack the intensity. Most people lack the necessary intensity. And then you say the way is dhyana. So intensity is more associated with fierceness and personality and dhyana is more associated with calmness. So they’re somehow counter-intuitive. Can you elaborate a little?  

Synopsis: Sadhguru, in one of your videos, you say that the problem with the world...

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... is that most people lack the intensity. Most people lack the necessary intensity. And then you say the way is dhyana. So intensity is more associated with fierceness and personality and dhyana is more associated with calmness. So they’re somehow counter-intuitive. Can you elaborate a little?  

April 16, 2021

2:57

Sadhguru’s experiment with Death

Transcript: This happened to me when I was just 13 years of age. We went for a Dusshera vacation, which was just about 15 days or so, and when we came back, we realized one of our classmates had died. A girl. In the vacation time she died of pneumonia. So her brother, who was one year junior to us, came back and said she died in the vacation. So initially we thought this was fun and we tried to imitate a female...

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... voice and answer our attendance and things, because they were still calling her name in the attendance book. But after some time this just freaked me out. This girl is just our age, she was right here, and she just evaporated. Where the hell is she? I thought she's going to come back after a few days. Do the act and come back. But then I saw this is not an act, it's gone. This just got me up like this and I couldn't go to school for a few days. This is not something emotional or nothing. Okay? I have nothing for that person as such, but just the intrigue that somebody who was real just like me, poof. Search where you want. So I really wanted to know what the hell happens. It just so freaked my mind, I wanted to know. So I thought I'll go and see myself. Because I'm made like this, I want to go and see everything for myself. So I went and researched through my father's medicine cabinet. Then I found a bottle of barbiturates and I took them out. Because it was opened, I counted there were 98 of them. And I just mildly inquired, how many does it take. They said an adult could die with 30. 25-30 tablets, they could die. And I thought I am only 13. 98 is good enough. So I had lots of properties. Many things, you know, I won't tell you what all they are. I distributed all of them among my friends and I told a few of my friends you know I'm going, I want to see what the hell this is. They thought I'm joking, they were happy I'm giving away things. They thought some nut case is talking something. So I went home and I knew if I'm on empty stomach it'll be good and I refused to eat my dinner. I said, I have stomach pain, I don't want to eat. And I swallowed 98 barbiturates and went to sleep. And then I don't know what happened. After three days I sort of opened my eyes and I was not in heaven or hell or anywhere. When I saw the rafters, I knew it was my dad's hospital. I immediately closed my eyes. I thought I knew I was in the wrong place. Three days they gave me some, all kinds of stomach washes and they kept me on drip and they did every kind of possible thing and they didn't let me go. Three days later, after all that, I still did not know anything. All I knew was I blanked out for three days and I was in a hospital bed. Then I knew this is not the way to find out.

Transcript: This happened to me when I was just 13 years of age. We went for a Dusshera vacation, which was just...

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... about 15 days or so, and when we came back, we realized one of our classmates had died. A girl. In the vacation time she died of pneumonia. So her brother, who was one year junior to us, came back and said she died in the vacation. So initially we thought this was fun and we tried to imitate a female voice and answer our attendance and things, because they were still calling her name in the attendance book. But after some time this just freaked me out. This girl is just our age, she was right here, and she just evaporated. Where the hell is she? I thought she's going to come back after a few days. Do the act and come back. But then I saw this is not an act, it's gone. This just got me up like this and I couldn't go to school for a few days. This is not something emotional or nothing. Okay? I have nothing for that person as such, but just the intrigue that somebody who was real just like me, poof. Search where you want. So I really wanted to know what the hell happens. It just so freaked my mind, I wanted to know. So I thought I'll go and see myself. Because I'm made like this, I want to go and see everything for myself. So I went and researched through my father's medicine cabinet. Then I found a bottle of barbiturates and I took them out. Because it was opened, I counted there were 98 of them. And I just mildly inquired, how many does it take. They said an adult could die with 30. 25-30 tablets, they could die. And I thought I am only 13. 98 is good enough. So I had lots of properties. Many things, you know, I won't tell you what all they are. I distributed all of them among my friends and I told a few of my friends you know I'm going, I want to see what the hell this is. They thought I'm joking, they were happy I'm giving away things. They thought some nut case is talking something. So I went home and I knew if I'm on empty stomach it'll be good and I refused to eat my dinner. I said, I have stomach pain, I don't want to eat. And I swallowed 98 barbiturates and went to sleep. And then I don't know what happened. After three days I sort of opened my eyes and I was not in heaven or hell or anywhere. When I saw the rafters, I knew it was my dad's hospital. I immediately closed my eyes. I thought I knew I was in the wrong place. Three days they gave me some, all kinds of stomach washes and they kept me on drip and they did every kind of possible thing and they didn't let me go. Three days later, after all that, I still did not know anything. All I knew was I blanked out for three days and I was in a hospital bed. Then I knew this is not the way to find out.

April 15, 2021

4:00

Benefits of burning incense – what is the right material for incense?

Transcript: Incense burning is about the atmosphere, not about you. Because different spaces, indoors especially. In different spaces there are different kinds of, one thing is smells. There's also different kinds of energy structures which will happen. The shape and size of the room will do this. This is why there is such a attention to the shape and size of the room. In Indian culture, there is a whole attention...

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... to the shape and size of the room in which you live. So, different shapes and sizes kind of create different kinds of energy structures. These energy structures can, if they become very strong, can determine your psychological and emotional state. Which either can be conducive or can become an impediment in who you want to be. So certain substances like sandal in India. There is something called a sambrani which is a very powerful thing, which is used even when people are ill. First thing they do is this and it is now been found it also kills certain types of bacteria in the air and also on the surfaces. So especially if there is a sick person in the house, sambrani everywhere. If they want to do some auspicious event, sambrani all over the place. It's a certain kind of regime, which as a tree drips. This has a powerful impact on the atmosphere. It is not necessarily a fragrance. It is a different kind of thing that it clarifies the air, it just makes the atmosphere feel more lively. Fundamentally it, whatever structures that they are there, it will make indoor like outdoor. If you burn a mild, you shouldn't to put too much then you will sneeze and lose your brains. Just mild sambrani in the house will make it feel like, though you're indoors, the feeling is of outdoors because it's an unstructured space. Especially if death happens in the family, sambrani is burnt for up to 11 to 12 days because they want to clear that air completely. Incense has a certain impact but don't overdo it. Don't think it will determine your spiritual nature. It can change the atmosphere a little bit. It should not be over certified. It has certain impact. These days incense is being made with chemical stuff. Best you don't burn those things. It's very, very important before, you have enough chemical thing happening on the street, in the industry, in the factory floor that you may be working, wherever. There's enough chemicals floating around. At least within your house do not burn chemically made incense because I think that is almost 70% or 80% of what's available in the market today is chemical. You must take it out before you burn it. It's very, very important because within the closed enclosures if you burn chemicals, well the negative impact of that is very, very big. So it must be natural resin or certain other oils, essential oils and things which can make a difference.

Transcript: Incense burning is about the atmosphere, not about you. Because different spaces, indoors especially....

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... In different spaces there are different kinds of, one thing is smells. There's also different kinds of energy structures which will happen. The shape and size of the room will do this. This is why there is such a attention to the shape and size of the room. In Indian culture, there is a whole attention to the shape and size of the room in which you live. So, different shapes and sizes kind of create different kinds of energy structures. These energy structures can, if they become very strong, can determine your psychological and emotional state. Which either can be conducive or can become an impediment in who you want to be. So certain substances like sandal in India. There is something called a sambrani which is a very powerful thing, which is used even when people are ill. First thing they do is this and it is now been found it also kills certain types of bacteria in the air and also on the surfaces. So especially if there is a sick person in the house, sambrani everywhere. If they want to do some auspicious event, sambrani all over the place. It's a certain kind of regime, which as a tree drips. This has a powerful impact on the atmosphere. It is not necessarily a fragrance. It is a different kind of thing that it clarifies the air, it just makes the atmosphere feel more lively. Fundamentally it, whatever structures that they are there, it will make indoor like outdoor. If you burn a mild, you shouldn't to put too much then you will sneeze and lose your brains. Just mild sambrani in the house will make it feel like, though you're indoors, the feeling is of outdoors because it's an unstructured space. Especially if death happens in the family, sambrani is burnt for up to 11 to 12 days because they want to clear that air completely. Incense has a certain impact but don't overdo it. Don't think it will determine your spiritual nature. It can change the atmosphere a little bit. It should not be over certified. It has certain impact. These days incense is being made with chemical stuff. Best you don't burn those things. It's very, very important before, you have enough chemical thing happening on the street, in the industry, in the factory floor that you may be working, wherever. There's enough chemicals floating around. At least within your house do not burn chemically made incense because I think that is almost 70% or 80% of what's available in the market today is chemical. You must take it out before you burn it. It's very, very important because within the closed enclosures if you burn chemicals, well the negative impact of that is very, very big. So it must be natural resin or certain other oils, essential oils and things which can make a difference.

April 14, 2021

4:05

Can a negative energy harm a positive energy? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Rakul Preet Singh | #4

Synopsis: In today’s competitive world. Or where people really think that you need to, you know, there’s cut throat competition. And you’re working towards it. And then there’s negativity. And say if someone is, for example, I’ll take an example of myself. I believe in completely just working towards your goal and being positive about it and not looking around on what’s...

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... happening, or what people are doing. So, there’s a certain positive energy that you are surrounded with. Does negative energy really affect a positive energy? Like, you know people talk about evil eye, or drishti, that in our Indian culture is so much. I personally don’t believe it, but you know, you hear from people that if you’ve done a good job, there’s drishti. You know, you should come and do this pooja and there are rituals that are followed. So, can a negative energy harm a positive energy?  

Synopsis: In today’s competitive world. Or where people really think that you...

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... need to, you know, there’s cut throat competition. And you’re working towards it. And then there’s negativity. And say if someone is, for example, I’ll take an example of myself. I believe in completely just working towards your goal and being positive about it and not looking around on what’s happening, or what people are doing. So, there’s a certain positive energy that you are surrounded with. Does negative energy really affect a positive energy? Like, you know people talk about evil eye, or drishti, that in our Indian culture is so much. I personally don’t believe it, but you know, you hear from people that if you’ve done a good job, there’s drishti. You know, you should come and do this pooja and there are rituals that are followed. So, can a negative energy harm a positive energy?  

April 14, 2021

11:19

Benefits of applying Vibhuti (sacred ash) – how to prepare and where to apply?

Transcript: Ash is made in different ways. A yogi always uses ash from a cremation ground. For householders, people who are holding on to their houses. For householders we made other kind of ash. We made it from, the next best thing that we did was, cow dung. We burnt it and made ash. This is also good, it does certain things. It opens up your receptivity in a certain way. So we said don't apply it all over your...

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... body, just in certain points. If that is also difficult, then we did rice bran. Otherwise we did sesame seed ash. Like this we produce more and more benign things. But when Adiyogi used, he used cremation ground ashes. Even today many yogis use only that. But you should not do that unless you're properly initiated into the process and you know what to do with it and if certain things happen, you know what to do with it. For you the simple ash, either made out of cow dung or rice bran. When you apply, if you go into a space which is energetically charged in some way, if you apply it between your eyebrows. There is a spot, you must know this exact spot, there is a spot behind your ears, if you apply on those two sides and the pit of your throat and where the rib cage meets, just beneath that. The idea is you want the higher aspects of who you are to become receptive. See right now, to put the example very basic, I want you to understand this, don't react to these things. Now let us say you are a man. A woman came in front of you. It is not just the eyes, the whole body responds, okay. It depends who it is, what it is. Now, if you look at her in a certain way, you may think she's your mother. If you look at her in another way, you may be drawn to her sexually. If you look at her in another way, you may be repelled because it reminds you of something. Reminder need not be necessarily in the mind, it's all over the body. So now you're walking on the street, you don't want to get entangled in all these things. If you see anything, you want to receive this in the highest possible way. So you apply vibhuti to make those spots more sensitive. So that your receptivity is in the higher dimension of life, not on the lower dimension of life. When I say lower, I am not talking in terms of hierarchy, high and low. I'm talking geographically lower in your body, okay. It is not a question of morality, it is not a question of right and wrong. It is a question of entanglement. If you receive from higher dimensions within you, there is no entanglement. If you receive the same thing from lower dimensions, the same thing will become entangling in the process.

Transcript: Ash is made in different ways. A yogi always uses ash from a cremation ground. For householders, people...

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... who are holding on to their houses. For householders we made other kind of ash. We made it from, the next best thing that we did was, cow dung. We burnt it and made ash. This is also good, it does certain things. It opens up your receptivity in a certain way. So we said don't apply it all over your body, just in certain points. If that is also difficult, then we did rice bran. Otherwise we did sesame seed ash. Like this we produce more and more benign things. But when Adiyogi used, he used cremation ground ashes. Even today many yogis use only that. But you should not do that unless you're properly initiated into the process and you know what to do with it and if certain things happen, you know what to do with it. For you the simple ash, either made out of cow dung or rice bran. When you apply, if you go into a space which is energetically charged in some way, if you apply it between your eyebrows. There is a spot, you must know this exact spot, there is a spot behind your ears, if you apply on those two sides and the pit of your throat and where the rib cage meets, just beneath that. The idea is you want the higher aspects of who you are to become receptive. See right now, to put the example very basic, I want you to understand this, don't react to these things. Now let us say you are a man. A woman came in front of you. It is not just the eyes, the whole body responds, okay. It depends who it is, what it is. Now, if you look at her in a certain way, you may think she's your mother. If you look at her in another way, you may be drawn to her sexually. If you look at her in another way, you may be repelled because it reminds you of something. Reminder need not be necessarily in the mind, it's all over the body. So now you're walking on the street, you don't want to get entangled in all these things. If you see anything, you want to receive this in the highest possible way. So you apply vibhuti to make those spots more sensitive. So that your receptivity is in the higher dimension of life, not on the lower dimension of life. When I say lower, I am not talking in terms of hierarchy, high and low. I'm talking geographically lower in your body, okay. It is not a question of morality, it is not a question of right and wrong. It is a question of entanglement. If you receive from higher dimensions within you, there is no entanglement. If you receive the same thing from lower dimensions, the same thing will become entangling in the process.

April 13, 2021

3:33

Thoughts on near-death experiences | Sadhguru at Harvard Medical School | #6

Synopsis: So I want to hear your thoughts on near death experiences. A lot of people in surgery have said that, in the middle of the surgery they could come out and see what’s happening, see the conversation, what the doctor is doing. So just a thought, you know when, do people really die at the time or they reach some heaven and come back?   

Synopsis: So I want to hear your thoughts on near death experiences. A lot of people...

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... in surgery have said that, in the middle of the surgery they could come out and see what’s happening, see the conversation, what the doctor is doing. So just a thought, you know when, do people really die at the time or they reach some heaven and come back?   

April 12, 2021

9:26

Why do we do pooja? | Sadhguru at University of Toronto | #7

Synopsis: My question is why do we do pooja? Or, any kind of ritual in our Hindu religion?  

Synopsis: My question is why do we do pooja? Or, any kind of ritual in our Hindu...

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... religion?  

April 12, 2021

7:39

How do we begin to understand our authentic truths? | Sadhguru at University of Toronto | #5

Synopsis: So, I’m a diaspora, I’m Canadian born, my family is from Tanzania but originally from Gujarat. So I’ve always struggled to identify who I am in the Canadian context. So when I went to school, I had to eat my lunch. So I would take my butter chicken and go on the side because I didn’t want my white friends to smell my food. But when I was with my family at a mosque,...

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... or temple, I would all of a sudden have an Indian accent. So I was always stuck between these two identities, constantly. And these are things I did as a child, 6, 7, 8, 9. And now as an adult I’m still trying to figure out how to navigate in this space. So my question for you is, as youth we have the ability to adapt our identities to fit the social surroundings we’re in. How do we begin to understand our authentic truths and act upon them in a world that expects us to change and be amiable to our environments?  

Synopsis: So, I’m a diaspora, I’m Canadian born, my family is from Tanzania...

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... but originally from Gujarat. So I’ve always struggled to identify who I am in the Canadian context. So when I went to school, I had to eat my lunch. So I would take my butter chicken and go on the side because I didn’t want my white friends to smell my food. But when I was with my family at a mosque, or temple, I would all of a sudden have an Indian accent. So I was always stuck between these two identities, constantly. And these are things I did as a child, 6, 7, 8, 9. And now as an adult I’m still trying to figure out how to navigate in this space. So my question for you is, as youth we have the ability to adapt our identities to fit the social surroundings we’re in. How do we begin to understand our authentic truths and act upon them in a world that expects us to change and be amiable to our environments?  

April 12, 2021

6:27

When does the soul enter the body?

Transcript: As life does not engage with the body just like that. It happens as a process. When a woman or a mother conceives, two little cells coming together then become some meatball, literally. But this meatball will become a life. It is somewhere between 40-48 days after conception that the life process enters. I don't know what the medical opinion is. Any doctors here? Okay. Okay. Alright. I'm saying this...

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... from my personal experience. It's 40-48 days, that's the space where you enter. There are some lives which enter later. Suppose, see this is something a woman or a mother would feel if we train her a little bit. If she sees that a life entered beyond 48 days, then you're delivering somebody truly special. Because this life will take time to settle. Some phenomenal is on the way. You have heard, somebody sees you know, Gautama's mother and this man says, you're going to deliver a phenomenal being. Somebody looks at Yashoda and says to the mother, you're delivering a phenomenal being. This is simply because when you notice after 48 days of conception, still life has not entered but enters a little later than that, this means you are expecting a phenomenal being to arrive. Why it is so, if I go into the intricacies, it'll take you somewhere. But normal life enters somewhere between 40-48 days. Now after this, for some reason, after all womb is a manufacturing unit of this body. For some reason, if the body did not form itself appropriately for that life, or for any life, then the life chooses to exit before its delivered. So this is a stillborn baby. Or sometimes, because of whatever compulsions, a mother may choose to abort the child. That is another form of thing. But in these things, the engagement with the body for this life truly begins somewhere approximately between 84-90 days. It is where really life gets engaged. Till then it's foraging. It is looking if this is suitable, if this womb is a right place. This is not a conscious thing. This is an unconscious. Tendency wise, it is seeing if it matches. By tendencies. The appropriate word for this is, traditionally we call this vasanas. Depending upon the vasana, you're looking for an appropriate body. So, though it is partially engaged, it can exit before 90 days. Between 84-90 days, the life gets properly engaged. From then on, it's a proper baby. From then on it's a proper life.

Transcript: As life does not engage with the body just like that. It happens as a process. When a woman or a mother...

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... conceives, two little cells coming together then become some meatball, literally. But this meatball will become a life. It is somewhere between 40-48 days after conception that the life process enters. I don't know what the medical opinion is. Any doctors here? Okay. Okay. Alright. I'm saying this from my personal experience. It's 40-48 days, that's the space where you enter. There are some lives which enter later. Suppose, see this is something a woman or a mother would feel if we train her a little bit. If she sees that a life entered beyond 48 days, then you're delivering somebody truly special. Because this life will take time to settle. Some phenomenal is on the way. You have heard, somebody sees you know, Gautama's mother and this man says, you're going to deliver a phenomenal being. Somebody looks at Yashoda and says to the mother, you're delivering a phenomenal being. This is simply because when you notice after 48 days of conception, still life has not entered but enters a little later than that, this means you are expecting a phenomenal being to arrive. Why it is so, if I go into the intricacies, it'll take you somewhere. But normal life enters somewhere between 40-48 days. Now after this, for some reason, after all womb is a manufacturing unit of this body. For some reason, if the body did not form itself appropriately for that life, or for any life, then the life chooses to exit before its delivered. So this is a stillborn baby. Or sometimes, because of whatever compulsions, a mother may choose to abort the child. That is another form of thing. But in these things, the engagement with the body for this life truly begins somewhere approximately between 84-90 days. It is where really life gets engaged. Till then it's foraging. It is looking if this is suitable, if this womb is a right place. This is not a conscious thing. This is an unconscious. Tendency wise, it is seeing if it matches. By tendencies. The appropriate word for this is, traditionally we call this vasanas. Depending upon the vasana, you're looking for an appropriate body. So, though it is partially engaged, it can exit before 90 days. Between 84-90 days, the life gets properly engaged. From then on, it's a proper baby. From then on it's a proper life.

April 3, 2021

3:36

An experiment to find if the two out of body Chakras are active

Transcript: I don't know if I should say this because if I say this you may start imagining all kinds of things. If you become meditative, now that you are becoming. As you do shambhavi, I shouldn't say this it'll lead to all kinds of things because people have a very wild imagination. I always avoid telling them anything which is not in that experience because they will start imagining all kinds of things. Because...

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... you need to understand this. Wherever you focus your mind, there there will be some twitching. If you want, right now you experiment. Hold your little finger like this and focus at the tip of this little finger. You will see within a minutes time there will be twitching. Any part of the body, if you focus your mind, some twitching you will notice. So that is not to be mistaken as some other great process happening within you. Or of course there are physiological twitches and twists happening here and there. Once in a way it happens to you. You're sleeping, some part of the body little bit of twitch and this and that. Especially if you're very nervous, it could happen to you quite often. If you're at ease, it may not happen. If you're in a little bit of tension or stress, it could happen to you in different parts. So that is not to be mistaken either. Anyway. Don't do this to yourself, it's not necessary. If I hold my hand above my Brahmarandhra, even up to four feet above. If you hold it, you will see a clear feeling in your hand which is always in the form of. Like a, something like an eight. This will be always happening if you keep your energies in a certain way. This can happen to every human being but it is happening within, it doesn't extend itself beyond because the final two chakras. Out of the 114 chakras that are there in the system, two chakras are outside the body. If dimensions beyond the physical become a constantly active process. Some of you might have felt this in your shambhavi. For a few moments, you feel something beyond yourself has become active. So if a dimension beyond your physicality becomes a continuously active process within you, then after some time these two chakras, which are dormant and outside the body, become active. If they become active, there is a, you got an antenna on your head. You've seen a police antenna? You got an antenna on your head which is giving you a certain perspective of life.

Transcript: I don't know if I should say this because if I say this you may start imagining all kinds of things....

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... If you become meditative, now that you are becoming. As you do shambhavi, I shouldn't say this it'll lead to all kinds of things because people have a very wild imagination. I always avoid telling them anything which is not in that experience because they will start imagining all kinds of things. Because you need to understand this. Wherever you focus your mind, there there will be some twitching. If you want, right now you experiment. Hold your little finger like this and focus at the tip of this little finger. You will see within a minutes time there will be twitching. Any part of the body, if you focus your mind, some twitching you will notice. So that is not to be mistaken as some other great process happening within you. Or of course there are physiological twitches and twists happening here and there. Once in a way it happens to you. You're sleeping, some part of the body little bit of twitch and this and that. Especially if you're very nervous, it could happen to you quite often. If you're at ease, it may not happen. If you're in a little bit of tension or stress, it could happen to you in different parts. So that is not to be mistaken either. Anyway. Don't do this to yourself, it's not necessary. If I hold my hand above my Brahmarandhra, even up to four feet above. If you hold it, you will see a clear feeling in your hand which is always in the form of. Like a, something like an eight. This will be always happening if you keep your energies in a certain way. This can happen to every human being but it is happening within, it doesn't extend itself beyond because the final two chakras. Out of the 114 chakras that are there in the system, two chakras are outside the body. If dimensions beyond the physical become a constantly active process. Some of you might have felt this in your shambhavi. For a few moments, you feel something beyond yourself has become active. So if a dimension beyond your physicality becomes a continuously active process within you, then after some time these two chakras, which are dormant and outside the body, become active. If they become active, there is a, you got an antenna on your head. You've seen a police antenna? You got an antenna on your head which is giving you a certain perspective of life.

April 2, 2021

3:02

How does the soul enter the body?

Transcript: If you have a newborn baby in your home, you would see a certain part of the skull is not formed. Have you noticed this? So the child has to be handled gently. That part is just skin, there is no bone. So this part in the yogic terminology is referred to as Brahmarandhra. Randhra means a passage. Like a small hole, or a tunnel, or a passage. So this is known as Brahmarandhra. So this is the space in...

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... the body through which life descends into the fetus. Because life has descended into the fetus and life keeps its options open. Whether this body is capable of sustaining it or not, it keeps the options open. That much awareness is there in the life process. So it keeps that trap door open till the last minute. It wants to keep it open just in case it finds the body unsuitable for its existence, it will leave. And it does not want to leave from any other passage in the body, it wants to leave the way it came. A good guest always comes through the front door and goes out through the front door. If he comes through the front door and goes out through the back door that means your house is swept clean. So he wants to go out to the same door so he keeps it open till the last minute. He wants to keep his choices. There are any number of, probably if there are doctors or obstetricians you would know, there any number of cases where, by all medical parameters the fetus is healthy, everything is fine. But for some reason a stillbirth happens. Simply because a life within is still choosing if it finds the wrong kind of body is happening. Life has its own karmic substance. And the fetus has the karma of the parents. So it has made its choice, 90% of the time it is correct. Or more, it is correct. Sometimes it is conscious that it could make a wrong choice. So if a being enters into this particular fetus and finds it unsuitable as it evolves to become a baby, then it leaves. That is why one door is kept open. So this is the Brahmarandhra.

Transcript: If you have a newborn baby in your home, you would see a certain part of the skull is not formed. Have...

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... you noticed this? So the child has to be handled gently. That part is just skin, there is no bone. So this part in the yogic terminology is referred to as Brahmarandhra. Randhra means a passage. Like a small hole, or a tunnel, or a passage. So this is known as Brahmarandhra. So this is the space in the body through which life descends into the fetus. Because life has descended into the fetus and life keeps its options open. Whether this body is capable of sustaining it or not, it keeps the options open. That much awareness is there in the life process. So it keeps that trap door open till the last minute. It wants to keep it open just in case it finds the body unsuitable for its existence, it will leave. And it does not want to leave from any other passage in the body, it wants to leave the way it came. A good guest always comes through the front door and goes out through the front door. If he comes through the front door and goes out through the back door that means your house is swept clean. So he wants to go out to the same door so he keeps it open till the last minute. He wants to keep his choices. There are any number of, probably if there are doctors or obstetricians you would know, there any number of cases where, by all medical parameters the fetus is healthy, everything is fine. But for some reason a stillbirth happens. Simply because a life within is still choosing if it finds the wrong kind of body is happening. Life has its own karmic substance. And the fetus has the karma of the parents. So it has made its choice, 90% of the time it is correct. Or more, it is correct. Sometimes it is conscious that it could make a wrong choice. So if a being enters into this particular fetus and finds it unsuitable as it evolves to become a baby, then it leaves. That is why one door is kept open. So this is the Brahmarandhra.

April 1, 2021

3:16

The science behind the Kumbh Mela

Synopsis: This is an exhaustive compilation of talks by Sadhguru on Kumb Mela. Sadhguru explains the science behind the Kumbh Mela. Sadhguru also explains, why it happens only at specific places after every 12 and a quarter years, and how some scientific studies have shown that, phenomenal physiological changes in people who stayed for 40 days at the Kumbh mela and took a dip in the water everyday. Unfortunately...

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... now the science has been lost and it has become more like a ritual. Its time to put back the science.

Synopsis: This is an exhaustive compilation of talks by Sadhguru on Kumb Mela. Sadhguru explains the science behind...

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... the Kumbh Mela. Sadhguru also explains, why it happens only at specific places after every 12 and a quarter years, and how some scientific studies have shown that, phenomenal physiological changes in people who stayed for 40 days at the Kumbh mela and took a dip in the water everyday. Unfortunately now the science has been lost and it has become more like a ritual. Its time to put back the science.

March 26, 2021

20:32

How to overcome fear of death?

Transcript: A very dear friend of mine is completely consumed with cancer and she is very, very, very, ill. Is there anything that I can do, or she can do, to come through this? Come through means? Get cured? Yes. More diapers? Get better. Get better, get better. Now I am not talking with any disregard to your friend, but I want you to understand, people need to die. When and how is the only question, isn't it?...

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... So if death comes to us, yes we will do everything possible to save ourselves. But if it goes beyond that, let us learn to die gracefully. Let's not fight with it and fight with it like endlessly, you know. It's a horrible way to die. The way people are dying in western countries is really a horrible way to die. Even though they're 85-90, staying in a hospital with full of pipes and needles all over them, this is not. It's okay if you die two years early, what's the problem? You die peacefully and gracefully, that's more important, isn't it? See death is the last thing that you do in your life. Shouldn't you do it gracefully? We must learn to accept death as a part of our life. We are not wishing death. But when it comes, let us learn to go through it gracefully, you know. If there is a possibility of saving ourselves, living beyond that, that is fine. But what I see in all the geriatrics homes in United States, many people are living beyond their death just because of medical support. And it's such a torture to themselves and to everybody. You should see the way, in some of the homes, they're being treated. Not because of anything. The people who work there, after some time they get irritated because this dead body is walking around. They don't understand anything, they've forgotten everything, they've like lost all their senses because they've lived beyond their time. If there was no too much medical input, they would have gracefully died at a certain point, isn't it? There is no sense in stretching it one more month, one more month, one more month. It doesn't make any sense. But, life is not understood that way. We are thinking of always stretching it. So if somebody's body is broken beyond redemption, let's learn to die gracefully. Let us make the person understand, it's okay, it's all right, you know. We're all in the queue, aren't we? So you are ahead of me, isn't that great? In any queue, you want to be ahead of everybody, isn't it? So I'm not trying to make fun of somebody's illness, but we should understand where one thing stops and the other thing begins, isn't it?

Transcript: A very dear friend of mine is completely consumed with cancer and she is very, very, very, ill. Is there...

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... anything that I can do, or she can do, to come through this? Come through means? Get cured? Yes. More diapers? Get better. Get better, get better. Now I am not talking with any disregard to your friend, but I want you to understand, people need to die. When and how is the only question, isn't it? So if death comes to us, yes we will do everything possible to save ourselves. But if it goes beyond that, let us learn to die gracefully. Let's not fight with it and fight with it like endlessly, you know. It's a horrible way to die. The way people are dying in western countries is really a horrible way to die. Even though they're 85-90, staying in a hospital with full of pipes and needles all over them, this is not. It's okay if you die two years early, what's the problem? You die peacefully and gracefully, that's more important, isn't it? See death is the last thing that you do in your life. Shouldn't you do it gracefully? We must learn to accept death as a part of our life. We are not wishing death. But when it comes, let us learn to go through it gracefully, you know. If there is a possibility of saving ourselves, living beyond that, that is fine. But what I see in all the geriatrics homes in United States, many people are living beyond their death just because of medical support. And it's such a torture to themselves and to everybody. You should see the way, in some of the homes, they're being treated. Not because of anything. The people who work there, after some time they get irritated because this dead body is walking around. They don't understand anything, they've forgotten everything, they've like lost all their senses because they've lived beyond their time. If there was no too much medical input, they would have gracefully died at a certain point, isn't it? There is no sense in stretching it one more month, one more month, one more month. It doesn't make any sense. But, life is not understood that way. We are thinking of always stretching it. So if somebody's body is broken beyond redemption, let's learn to die gracefully. Let us make the person understand, it's okay, it's all right, you know. We're all in the queue, aren't we? So you are ahead of me, isn't that great? In any queue, you want to be ahead of everybody, isn't it? So I'm not trying to make fun of somebody's illness, but we should understand where one thing stops and the other thing begins, isn't it?

March 23, 2021

3:23

Can thoughts alter reality? Is mentalism possible?

Transcript: Can human mind do things outside? Of course. Of course it can. Today if I utter this word, I'm sure there's a whole lot of misunderstanding because this comes from elsewhere. This is what tantra means. Tantra does not mean unbridled promiscuity as Americans have projected it. Tantra means technology. Technology means when, those times when we did not have any external instruments of technology, we...

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... realized the highest grade of technology is here. And to exercise this in many different ways. Now if we want to see outside the door, we need a periscope. Now somebody found a way to look beyond without a periscope. Using your mind beyond the realm of your body. Right now mind is functioning within the realm of your body. You want to use it there. It is possible to do that, it's not not possible. It's just that all kinds of wild and absurd things are believed. If you trim those things, in many ways, knowingly or unknowingly, many of you are using this. You create what you want in the world when you really want it. In a way it's simply your focus which makes those things happen. Maybe it is not as tangible as it's in a cinema but every one of you, to some extent you're doing, isn't it? How effectively do you do it depends on, there are many things. If I say things that happen around me, they're too fairy tailish. I wouldn't believe such nonsense if anybody told me, so I won't tell you because I don't want you to believe or disbelieve those things. But every day people around me witness things which they think is nothing short of a miracle, but there's no miracle. See if you use any thought. This is, well he was asking how do we do it in the beginning. Suppose you generate a thought. Have you noticed this? Suppose you generate a thought and then you invest your emotion in this thought, suddenly the thought becomes boom. Yes or no? Right now I generate a thought, oh she's such a wonderful person. But now I invest my emotion into the thought. Now suddenly you are not just another person to me you are something else to me. Is it reality or no? Just because you invested your emotion into your thought, now there is a next thing. If you invest your life energies into it consciously, suddenly this will become something else altogether. Suddenly you become like, life is a play.

Transcript: Can human mind do things outside? Of course. Of course it can. Today if I utter this word, I'm sure there's...

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... a whole lot of misunderstanding because this comes from elsewhere. This is what tantra means. Tantra does not mean unbridled promiscuity as Americans have projected it. Tantra means technology. Technology means when, those times when we did not have any external instruments of technology, we realized the highest grade of technology is here. And to exercise this in many different ways. Now if we want to see outside the door, we need a periscope. Now somebody found a way to look beyond without a periscope. Using your mind beyond the realm of your body. Right now mind is functioning within the realm of your body. You want to use it there. It is possible to do that, it's not not possible. It's just that all kinds of wild and absurd things are believed. If you trim those things, in many ways, knowingly or unknowingly, many of you are using this. You create what you want in the world when you really want it. In a way it's simply your focus which makes those things happen. Maybe it is not as tangible as it's in a cinema but every one of you, to some extent you're doing, isn't it? How effectively do you do it depends on, there are many things. If I say things that happen around me, they're too fairy tailish. I wouldn't believe such nonsense if anybody told me, so I won't tell you because I don't want you to believe or disbelieve those things. But every day people around me witness things which they think is nothing short of a miracle, but there's no miracle. See if you use any thought. This is, well he was asking how do we do it in the beginning. Suppose you generate a thought. Have you noticed this? Suppose you generate a thought and then you invest your emotion in this thought, suddenly the thought becomes boom. Yes or no? Right now I generate a thought, oh she's such a wonderful person. But now I invest my emotion into the thought. Now suddenly you are not just another person to me you are something else to me. Is it reality or no? Just because you invested your emotion into your thought, now there is a next thing. If you invest your life energies into it consciously, suddenly this will become something else altogether. Suddenly you become like, life is a play.

March 19, 2021

3:17

A crash course on Karma

Transcript: So when we utter the word karma, it is not one simple formula. Or it's not, you know people are saying theory of karma. We are not talking about any theory. We are referring to a certain reality. Karma means memory. Action and memory. Past action exists only in the form of memory, isn't it so? Yes? Memory, not just what you carry here. Every cell in the body carries its own memory. Why one atom behaves...

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... differently from another atom, though the same ingredients is, it has a memory. A hydrogen atom has one kind of memory, oxygen atom has another kind of memory. Unless you mix them up, they will continue to behave like that. It is in a small circle. You are in a little larger circle. The universe is in a much larger circle. But the same memory rules all of it. So when we say karma, we are not talking about some concept or philosophy. We are referring to a certain reality which is finding manisfestation as who you are. The very shape of your body is because of memory. If a bird eats a mango, it becomes a bird. If a worm eats a mango, it becomes a worm. If you eat a mango, you become a human being. Same mango, how many things it's doing, depending upon what kind of memory it carries. Isn't it? What you call as a seed. In the same soil if you plant an apple seed and a mango seed, this will only produce apples, this will only produce mangoes because seed is a certain amount of memory, isn't it? Whether it is a seed of a plant or your father's seed which enters your mother's womb, it is just memory, and memory, and memory, isn't it so? This is karma. And this goes right back. Right upto the elemental level, everything is memory. Only the pure element is free from memory. So the idea. When we start, we starting off Bhutesha because that's the most important thing that he mastered the element. That's why we bow down to him. Because he mastered the elements. He has an eye which has no memory. A taintless eye which sees everything just the way it is. So yoga essentially means developing an eye which is not contaminated by memory. Which simply sees. It does not see things the way your memory perverts it. It simply sees everything the way it is. This eye will see those things which do not stop light. Right now these two eyes can only sees what stops light. If you start seeing something that does not stop light, that means another dimension of the eye is beginning to function.

Transcript: So when we utter the word karma, it is not one simple formula. Or it's not, you know people are saying...

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... theory of karma. We are not talking about any theory. We are referring to a certain reality. Karma means memory. Action and memory. Past action exists only in the form of memory, isn't it so? Yes? Memory, not just what you carry here. Every cell in the body carries its own memory. Why one atom behaves differently from another atom, though the same ingredients is, it has a memory. A hydrogen atom has one kind of memory, oxygen atom has another kind of memory. Unless you mix them up, they will continue to behave like that. It is in a small circle. You are in a little larger circle. The universe is in a much larger circle. But the same memory rules all of it. So when we say karma, we are not talking about some concept or philosophy. We are referring to a certain reality which is finding manisfestation as who you are. The very shape of your body is because of memory. If a bird eats a mango, it becomes a bird. If a worm eats a mango, it becomes a worm. If you eat a mango, you become a human being. Same mango, how many things it's doing, depending upon what kind of memory it carries. Isn't it? What you call as a seed. In the same soil if you plant an apple seed and a mango seed, this will only produce apples, this will only produce mangoes because seed is a certain amount of memory, isn't it? Whether it is a seed of a plant or your father's seed which enters your mother's womb, it is just memory, and memory, and memory, isn't it so? This is karma. And this goes right back. Right upto the elemental level, everything is memory. Only the pure element is free from memory. So the idea. When we start, we starting off Bhutesha because that's the most important thing that he mastered the element. That's why we bow down to him. Because he mastered the elements. He has an eye which has no memory. A taintless eye which sees everything just the way it is. So yoga essentially means developing an eye which is not contaminated by memory. Which simply sees. It does not see things the way your memory perverts it. It simply sees everything the way it is. This eye will see those things which do not stop light. Right now these two eyes can only sees what stops light. If you start seeing something that does not stop light, that means another dimension of the eye is beginning to function.

March 15, 2021

3:14

The magical last 40 seconds of life – A doorway to liberation

Transcript: Last 40 seconds, many lifetimes of accumulated karma will play out in fast forward. Last 40 seconds of one's life, if one is either conscious or if he is in a consecrated space. This will distinctly happen to every human being. For whatever reason one may be dying. Whether one is dying of old age or disease, the last 40 seconds, many lifetimes of accumulated karma will play out in fast forward. At...

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... that moment, these 40 seconds only. If you lived a life of ignorance, if you lived a life of unawareness, lifetimes of unawareness, these 40 seconds if you can maintain some sense of awareness. He said, all the many accumulated lifetimes of karma, you will drop it. You will go through an intense phase for 40 seconds only and you will be clean and you dissolve. Essentially spirituality means putting your life in fast forward. You may suffer much more because everything is happening at a fast pace. What you would have stretched for 10 years, is happening let's say in one month. So the amount of intensity of suffering that you go through is big. There may be moments of ecstasy and joy but there is so much suffering because things are happening rapidly within you. So at least towards the end of your life you want to hasten the process.

Transcript: Last 40 seconds, many lifetimes of accumulated karma will play out in fast forward. Last 40 seconds of...

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... one's life, if one is either conscious or if he is in a consecrated space. This will distinctly happen to every human being. For whatever reason one may be dying. Whether one is dying of old age or disease, the last 40 seconds, many lifetimes of accumulated karma will play out in fast forward. At that moment, these 40 seconds only. If you lived a life of ignorance, if you lived a life of unawareness, lifetimes of unawareness, these 40 seconds if you can maintain some sense of awareness. He said, all the many accumulated lifetimes of karma, you will drop it. You will go through an intense phase for 40 seconds only and you will be clean and you dissolve. Essentially spirituality means putting your life in fast forward. You may suffer much more because everything is happening at a fast pace. What you would have stretched for 10 years, is happening let's say in one month. So the amount of intensity of suffering that you go through is big. There may be moments of ecstasy and joy but there is so much suffering because things are happening rapidly within you. So at least towards the end of your life you want to hasten the process.

March 6, 2021

2:04

How to activate the Chakras

Transcript: Today this is common scientific knowledge that the whole existence is a reverberation of energy. So the source of all that's physical in the existence today, as for modern science, is a reverbration or a vibration. Among the vibrations that happen in the existence, not all of it is right now available to the human ear. What we refer to as music is a more refined arrangement of the sounds that the creation...

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... is already making. The Indian classical music particularly comes from a very deep understanding of the human system. Every human experience happens only within ourselves, never outside of ourselves. Because we are the basis of our experience. Everything that we do is based upon the nature of the self. Because of this, the music identified certain dimensions of the body which are responsive to the sounds that we generate, or the sounds that come towards us. The human system, being seen as five koshas or five sheets or layers of body. The Annamaya kosha, the Manomaya kosha, Pranamaya kosha, Vigyanamaya koshan, and Anandamaya kosha. Among these five, Pranamaya kosha is the most significant one. Pranamaya kosha is made up of 72,000 nadis which meet and redistribute in 114 significant ways, or there are 114 junction boxes in the human system. Of these, two are outside, the physical nature and 112 are within. Out of these 112, four are dormant to a large extent. So 108 active energy centers in the body are chakras in the body. Based on this, these 108 are divided on the right and the left in the form of Ida and Pingala. They're divided as 54 each. Based on this we formed a sanskrit alphabet of 54 sounds. These 54 sounds in two manifestations are feminine and masculine. We have 108. These 108 sounds has a significance and the whole music system evolved out of these 108. So the Indian classical music, essentially, is about touching these 108 or activating these 108 chakras or points in the body which will lead to a natural evolution of the human being to a higher level of consciousness. So music has never been just a form of entertainment, it has been a way of evolving an individual human being into a universal entity. So this dimension of activating the human system, this dimension of allowing the human system to evolve to its ultimate possibility, by using these 108 sounds, is called as Nada Yoga. So the Indian classical music is an evolution of this fundamental process of Nada Yoga.

Transcript: Today this is common scientific knowledge that the whole existence is a reverberation of energy. So the...

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... source of all that's physical in the existence today, as for modern science, is a reverbration or a vibration. Among the vibrations that happen in the existence, not all of it is right now available to the human ear. What we refer to as music is a more refined arrangement of the sounds that the creation is already making. The Indian classical music particularly comes from a very deep understanding of the human system. Every human experience happens only within ourselves, never outside of ourselves. Because we are the basis of our experience. Everything that we do is based upon the nature of the self. Because of this, the music identified certain dimensions of the body which are responsive to the sounds that we generate, or the sounds that come towards us. The human system, being seen as five koshas or five sheets or layers of body. The Annamaya kosha, the Manomaya kosha, Pranamaya kosha, Vigyanamaya koshan, and Anandamaya kosha. Among these five, Pranamaya kosha is the most significant one. Pranamaya kosha is made up of 72,000 nadis which meet and redistribute in 114 significant ways, or there are 114 junction boxes in the human system. Of these, two are outside, the physical nature and 112 are within. Out of these 112, four are dormant to a large extent. So 108 active energy centers in the body are chakras in the body. Based on this, these 108 are divided on the right and the left in the form of Ida and Pingala. They're divided as 54 each. Based on this we formed a sanskrit alphabet of 54 sounds. These 54 sounds in two manifestations are feminine and masculine. We have 108. These 108 sounds has a significance and the whole music system evolved out of these 108. So the Indian classical music, essentially, is about touching these 108 or activating these 108 chakras or points in the body which will lead to a natural evolution of the human being to a higher level of consciousness. So music has never been just a form of entertainment, it has been a way of evolving an individual human being into a universal entity. So this dimension of activating the human system, this dimension of allowing the human system to evolve to its ultimate possibility, by using these 108 sounds, is called as Nada Yoga. So the Indian classical music is an evolution of this fundamental process of Nada Yoga.

March 4, 2021

3:58

What happens after death? Are there ghosts

Transcript: When somebody dies, we say this person is no more. That's not true. That person is no more the way you know them, but they still very much exist. See when you say I'm a human being, the outermost periphery is the physical body. In yoga, we look at everything as body because it is easier for you to understand that way. So we see the body has five dimensions or five sheets. Physical body is known as...

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... annamay kosha. Annamay kosha means, anna means the food. This is food body. Next one is called manomay kosha. That means it's the mental body. The third one is called pranamay kosha, which means the energy body. Physical body, mental body, energy body, all these three dimensions are physical. They are physical existence. Physical body is very gross, mental body is subtler, energy body is even subtler, but all these three are physical. Now, the next two dimensions are called vignanamay kosha and anandamay kosha. Vignanamay kosha is non-physical but related to the physical. It is like a transient state. Anandamay kosha is completely non-physical. And for all this, the karmic structure is the strings which hold these things together. So when a person dies, obviously the physical body is something that you borrowed from the earth. This body is just earth, isn't it? Physical body will fall apart. The mental body and the pranic body, depending upon the strength of your karma, goes on. If the karmic structure is very intense, unfinished, then it has to finish it. If the karma has become weak because it has run its course, then it very easily finds another body. If it has to find another body, the intensity of the structure should come down, it should become passive. If it is very intense, it cannot find. It has to hang. So this is what you are referring to as ghosts. Somebody is dead, his karmic structure is still intense because it's not over. Now he needs much more time to find another body, he still exists. And the more intense his karmic structure is, the more visible he becomes, are more experientially available to people. There are innumerable such beings all around you. Whether you know it or you don't know it. But most of them you won't feel because their karma is dissipated. They're just waiting for more dissipation before they find another body. Now if you dismantle the karmic structure 100%, now you merge with the existence. This is what is referred to as mukti mahasamadhi. In Hindu tradition it is referred to as mukti. In yogic tradition it is referred to as mahasamadhi. In the Buddhist way it is called as mahaparinirvana. Generally in English we are saying liberation. Liberation means becoming free from the very process of life and birth and death.

Transcript: When somebody dies, we say this person is no more. That's not true. That person is no more the way you...

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... know them, but they still very much exist. See when you say I'm a human being, the outermost periphery is the physical body. In yoga, we look at everything as body because it is easier for you to understand that way. So we see the body has five dimensions or five sheets. Physical body is known as annamay kosha. Annamay kosha means, anna means the food. This is food body. Next one is called manomay kosha. That means it's the mental body. The third one is called pranamay kosha, which means the energy body. Physical body, mental body, energy body, all these three dimensions are physical. They are physical existence. Physical body is very gross, mental body is subtler, energy body is even subtler, but all these three are physical. Now, the next two dimensions are called vignanamay kosha and anandamay kosha. Vignanamay kosha is non-physical but related to the physical. It is like a transient state. Anandamay kosha is completely non-physical. And for all this, the karmic structure is the strings which hold these things together. So when a person dies, obviously the physical body is something that you borrowed from the earth. This body is just earth, isn't it? Physical body will fall apart. The mental body and the pranic body, depending upon the strength of your karma, goes on. If the karmic structure is very intense, unfinished, then it has to finish it. If the karma has become weak because it has run its course, then it very easily finds another body. If it has to find another body, the intensity of the structure should come down, it should become passive. If it is very intense, it cannot find. It has to hang. So this is what you are referring to as ghosts. Somebody is dead, his karmic structure is still intense because it's not over. Now he needs much more time to find another body, he still exists. And the more intense his karmic structure is, the more visible he becomes, are more experientially available to people. There are innumerable such beings all around you. Whether you know it or you don't know it. But most of them you won't feel because their karma is dissipated. They're just waiting for more dissipation before they find another body. Now if you dismantle the karmic structure 100%, now you merge with the existence. This is what is referred to as mukti mahasamadhi. In Hindu tradition it is referred to as mukti. In yogic tradition it is referred to as mahasamadhi. In the Buddhist way it is called as mahaparinirvana. Generally in English we are saying liberation. Liberation means becoming free from the very process of life and birth and death.

February 27, 2021

3:57

What is AURA? How can I see someone’s Aura

Transcript: Aura is that of many kinds. One can carry from a pitch black aura to a pure white aura. Between these two, there are a million shades. Essentially, the physical, mental, emotional, and energy status of who you are right now, in a certain way, is represented by your aura. Or it's visible through the aura. Every substance on the planet has a certain field of energy around it. Or what you see as substance...

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... on the planet is actually energy. It's a scientific fact. The whole existence is energy. One part of the energy has manifested itself into a certain level of reverberation which makes it a physical form. Another part of the energy does not manifest itself into your physical form but it still has a form. So that form, which is not yet physical or refuses to become physical but still maintains a form, that's an aura. Or that's being called an aura. What you call as aura is even more superficial than the skin because it's even further out. So it may have certain, if one has the necessary insight, may have certain, give you certain access to the nature of the person. But you're only looking at the psychological, emotional, and physical structure of the human being. But aura is not even skin deep. So it's not worth spending time on it. If you become conscious of the core, the surface may be just visible to you. But you trying to see and read people's auras is a stupid thing to do. You'll waste your life trying to do such things. If you're conscious, if your perception is enhanced, you may see things.

Transcript: Aura is that of many kinds. One can carry from a pitch black aura to a pure white aura. Between these...

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... two, there are a million shades. Essentially, the physical, mental, emotional, and energy status of who you are right now, in a certain way, is represented by your aura. Or it's visible through the aura. Every substance on the planet has a certain field of energy around it. Or what you see as substance on the planet is actually energy. It's a scientific fact. The whole existence is energy. One part of the energy has manifested itself into a certain level of reverberation which makes it a physical form. Another part of the energy does not manifest itself into your physical form but it still has a form. So that form, which is not yet physical or refuses to become physical but still maintains a form, that's an aura. Or that's being called an aura. What you call as aura is even more superficial than the skin because it's even further out. So it may have certain, if one has the necessary insight, may have certain, give you certain access to the nature of the person. But you're only looking at the psychological, emotional, and physical structure of the human being. But aura is not even skin deep. So it's not worth spending time on it. If you become conscious of the core, the surface may be just visible to you. But you trying to see and read people's auras is a stupid thing to do. You'll waste your life trying to do such things. If you're conscious, if your perception is enhanced, you may see things.

February 19, 2021

2:59

Do I have free will or Is my life predestined – A crash course on Karma

Transcript: Q: I want to know about how much of our life is governed by karma and how much is our free will? Can you change what you did yesterday? Sadhguru: You cannot change that. But, what you make out of it today, that you can change. That is always in your hands. Always and always. It's in your hands. It is by your thought, by your emotion, and your action. This is how...

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... you perform your actions, isn't it? So, karma means, till now whatever you did, the residual impact of that is definitely there upon your life. But, this moment's karma is in your hands. Yesterday's karma, you cannot change. But this moment's karma is in your hands. This moment's karma could be a karma of freedom or of bondage. If you handle this moment in a certain way, you will be free from everything that was yesterday. If you do not handle it that way, yesterday will rule you today. This is also your karma. This is also your. See, please do not understand karma as some kind of punishment and reward. It's not like that. It is just that everything that you touch with your mind, with your emotion, with your body, a bit of it sticks to you. The residual action is remaining with you. Yesterday, whatever you did, is it not there in your memory? Is it not there in your memory? Is it not influencing what you do today? Yesterday what you thought, is it there in your memory? Is it not influencing your thought and action today? Yesterday what you felt in your emotions, is it not there in your memory? Memory is not just mental memory, memory is on many different levels. It is in your body, it's in your chemistry, it's in your energy. In many different back up systems are there for your energy. For your memory. So this memory is acting itself out. But, this moment, if you wish to be conscious, this memory, you can use it whichever way you want. You can look back on your life and laugh at all the stupid things that you did. You can look back on your life and cry, why did I do all these stupid things? Or you can look back on your life and learn that, okay, I did all these stupid things yesterday. What is the smart thing that I can do today? Same karma. Yesterday's karma is same karma. But this moment's karma can be different depending upon how consciously you act this moment, isn't it? This moment's karma can be either karma of sweetness or bitterness. Yesterday might have been sweetness or bitterness, you cannot change that. Can you change what you did yesterday? You cannot change that. But, what you make out of it today, that you can change. That is always in your hands. Always and always. It's in your hands.

Transcript: Q: I want to know about how much of our life is governed by karma and how much is our...

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... free will? Can you change what you did yesterday? Sadhguru: You cannot change that. But, what you make out of it today, that you can change. That is always in your hands. Always and always. It's in your hands. It is by your thought, by your emotion, and your action. This is how you perform your actions, isn't it? So, karma means, till now whatever you did, the residual impact of that is definitely there upon your life. But, this moment's karma is in your hands. Yesterday's karma, you cannot change. But this moment's karma is in your hands. This moment's karma could be a karma of freedom or of bondage. If you handle this moment in a certain way, you will be free from everything that was yesterday. If you do not handle it that way, yesterday will rule you today. This is also your karma. This is also your. See, please do not understand karma as some kind of punishment and reward. It's not like that. It is just that everything that you touch with your mind, with your emotion, with your body, a bit of it sticks to you. The residual action is remaining with you. Yesterday, whatever you did, is it not there in your memory? Is it not there in your memory? Is it not influencing what you do today? Yesterday what you thought, is it there in your memory? Is it not influencing your thought and action today? Yesterday what you felt in your emotions, is it not there in your memory? Memory is not just mental memory, memory is on many different levels. It is in your body, it's in your chemistry, it's in your energy. In many different back up systems are there for your energy. For your memory. So this memory is acting itself out. But, this moment, if you wish to be conscious, this memory, you can use it whichever way you want. You can look back on your life and laugh at all the stupid things that you did. You can look back on your life and cry, why did I do all these stupid things? Or you can look back on your life and learn that, okay, I did all these stupid things yesterday. What is the smart thing that I can do today? Same karma. Yesterday's karma is same karma. But this moment's karma can be different depending upon how consciously you act this moment, isn't it? This moment's karma can be either karma of sweetness or bitterness. Yesterday might have been sweetness or bitterness, you cannot change that. Can you change what you did yesterday? You cannot change that. But, what you make out of it today, that you can change. That is always in your hands. Always and always. It's in your hands.

February 17, 2021

3:30

Is inception possible? Can someone plant thoughts into you?

Transcript: Can somebody plant a thought? Definitely. Definitely, yes. If you're talking about someone consciously wanting to plant a thought in you, is that possible? Very much possible. But you shouldn't get into this mode. Because every time you do something wrong, you will think somebody planted this in my mind. Even if you let somebody plant it in your head, it is still your doing, isn't it? In fact, we can...

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... plant a whole philosophy into you, if you want. Why just a thought? A whole series of thought, a complex series of thought we can plant into your head. But, there are different ways of planting a thought. There are dark ways of doing it. The dark ways of doing it involves various dark arts through which they will plant negative thoughts in your head. Where you will work for your own destruction. So if you're talking about negative thoughts being implanted into you, all you have to do is bring some simple meditation or something where your system gets organized in such a way that these things cannot affect you. Or you must carry something with you which will create a certain cocoon of energies around you where these things cannot affect you. There are various ways of preventing somebody else influencing your thought. There are straight ways of doing it. There are other ways of doing it, where a thought is not planted. You are made to think in a certain way, purely for your well-being. This needs to be done. Otherwise, you will just scatter yourself all over the place and spend your life without any purpose. Without getting anywhere.

Transcript: Can somebody plant a thought? Definitely. Definitely, yes. If you're talking about someone consciously...

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... wanting to plant a thought in you, is that possible? Very much possible. But you shouldn't get into this mode. Because every time you do something wrong, you will think somebody planted this in my mind. Even if you let somebody plant it in your head, it is still your doing, isn't it? In fact, we can plant a whole philosophy into you, if you want. Why just a thought? A whole series of thought, a complex series of thought we can plant into your head. But, there are different ways of planting a thought. There are dark ways of doing it. The dark ways of doing it involves various dark arts through which they will plant negative thoughts in your head. Where you will work for your own destruction. So if you're talking about negative thoughts being implanted into you, all you have to do is bring some simple meditation or something where your system gets organized in such a way that these things cannot affect you. Or you must carry something with you which will create a certain cocoon of energies around you where these things cannot affect you. There are various ways of preventing somebody else influencing your thought. There are straight ways of doing it. There are other ways of doing it, where a thought is not planted. You are made to think in a certain way, purely for your well-being. This needs to be done. Otherwise, you will just scatter yourself all over the place and spend your life without any purpose. Without getting anywhere.

February 15, 2021

2:51

The science behind bowing down & a crash course on 7 Chakras

Transcript: Essentially because, you can receive anything that comes towards you in many different ways. The yogic intention, always, is to receive it from the higher aspects of your life. You know there is anahata, which is the meeting of two triangles. Below that, is manipuraka, swadisthana, and muladhara. Which are all chakras representing different aspects of survival process. Survival, basic survival, reproductive...

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... process, maintenance process, all survival related. Here it comes. And there are two triangles intersecting each other because this is ultimate ecstacy, this is realisation, this is power, this is love. And these sections, these triangles intersecting. When there is a consecrated space, what it means is, there is a powerful energy which has the possibility of transforming you. That energy must come to you always from the highest possibility that you can receive. You can receive from your sahasrar, it would be too fantastic. That is the reason, the moment any Indian person goes into temple, first thing is they want to expose this. They keep it wet. In a proper temple they're told, even in the Dhyanalinga temple people go, wet themselves. A wet head, because they're hoping this energy will enter hear. It didn't work, so hoping here. Didn't work, then they will take, hoping this will work. Nothing worked. Then they will say this. But they don't want to go here. Because these are survival processes. We don't want to enhance them. We want to enhance other dimensions of life which will enhance our life because if you survive better. If you survive, it's good. It's very essential we survive. But, surviving better than somebody is not a life goal. It's a waste of time because whatever you do, you're not going to survive forever. So because of this, the whole culture, understanding this dimension, they created the societies in a certain way. That when you go to any consecrated space, you're like this because you want it to enter here, you want to become blissful. Ecstatic. Doesn't work. At least peacefulness and realisation. Balance and free from all kinds of poisons that are there in the world should not enter you. So essentially, you want the upper part of your body, above anahata, to be exposed to this.

Transcript: Essentially because, you can receive anything that comes towards you in many different ways. The yogic...

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... intention, always, is to receive it from the higher aspects of your life. You know there is anahata, which is the meeting of two triangles. Below that, is manipuraka, swadisthana, and muladhara. Which are all chakras representing different aspects of survival process. Survival, basic survival, reproductive process, maintenance process, all survival related. Here it comes. And there are two triangles intersecting each other because this is ultimate ecstacy, this is realisation, this is power, this is love. And these sections, these triangles intersecting. When there is a consecrated space, what it means is, there is a powerful energy which has the possibility of transforming you. That energy must come to you always from the highest possibility that you can receive. You can receive from your sahasrar, it would be too fantastic. That is the reason, the moment any Indian person goes into temple, first thing is they want to expose this. They keep it wet. In a proper temple they're told, even in the Dhyanalinga temple people go, wet themselves. A wet head, because they're hoping this energy will enter hear. It didn't work, so hoping here. Didn't work, then they will take, hoping this will work. Nothing worked. Then they will say this. But they don't want to go here. Because these are survival processes. We don't want to enhance them. We want to enhance other dimensions of life which will enhance our life because if you survive better. If you survive, it's good. It's very essential we survive. But, surviving better than somebody is not a life goal. It's a waste of time because whatever you do, you're not going to survive forever. So because of this, the whole culture, understanding this dimension, they created the societies in a certain way. That when you go to any consecrated space, you're like this because you want it to enter here, you want to become blissful. Ecstatic. Doesn't work. At least peacefulness and realisation. Balance and free from all kinds of poisons that are there in the world should not enter you. So essentially, you want the upper part of your body, above anahata, to be exposed to this.

February 12, 2021

3:34

Simple process to cleanse your Aura and access Akashik intelligence

Transcript: Fire accounts for 4% of your elemental makeup. If you wish to use fire, you can light a fire with an organic substance like straw, or fire root without any oil and stand facing the fire with your hands open and keep your eyes open for three minutes. Then stand with your back to it, exposing your spine for three minutes. This will cleanse your aura and bring about a new sense of resurgence in the system....

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... This is to rekindle and reconnect the fire within, with the fires outside. This is the basis of all fire based rituals in the east. If having a fire is not very practical for you, at least a lamp with vegetable oil or ghee. You light a lamp and be around this lamp. First face the lamp and sit and then turn around and sit. So that the fire element within you gets rekindled. The fifth and the most expansive dimension of the elemental composition is akash, or etheric space. This has a certain intelligence. The nature, quality and the power of your life essentially is determined by how much excess can you find into the akashic intelligence. As I said, this is an expansive part of the elemental composition. That means there is no limit. There is only that much water, there is only that much air, that much earth, and that much fire. But the akashic dimension is a limitless possibility. If you find excess in a limitless manner, both your perception and intelligence can grow. One simple process you can do to find more access to akash, or the akashic intelligence is, after sunrise, before the sun crosses a 30 degree angle, look up at the sky once and bow down to akash for holding you and this planet in place. After the sun crosses 30 degrees, sometime during the day, any time, look up and bow down again. After the sunset, within the 40 minutes after sunset, look up at the sky and once again bow down. You are not bowing to any imaginary gods up there, just to the etheric space around us which is holding everything that we are in place. If you get the akash to cooperate with your life energies, life will happen in magical ways. An intelligence that you have never thought possible, will become yours.

Transcript: Fire accounts for 4% of your elemental makeup. If you wish to use fire, you can light a fire with an...

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... organic substance like straw, or fire root without any oil and stand facing the fire with your hands open and keep your eyes open for three minutes. Then stand with your back to it, exposing your spine for three minutes. This will cleanse your aura and bring about a new sense of resurgence in the system. This is to rekindle and reconnect the fire within, with the fires outside. This is the basis of all fire based rituals in the east. If having a fire is not very practical for you, at least a lamp with vegetable oil or ghee. You light a lamp and be around this lamp. First face the lamp and sit and then turn around and sit. So that the fire element within you gets rekindled. The fifth and the most expansive dimension of the elemental composition is akash, or etheric space. This has a certain intelligence. The nature, quality and the power of your life essentially is determined by how much excess can you find into the akashic intelligence. As I said, this is an expansive part of the elemental composition. That means there is no limit. There is only that much water, there is only that much air, that much earth, and that much fire. But the akashic dimension is a limitless possibility. If you find excess in a limitless manner, both your perception and intelligence can grow. One simple process you can do to find more access to akash, or the akashic intelligence is, after sunrise, before the sun crosses a 30 degree angle, look up at the sky once and bow down to akash for holding you and this planet in place. After the sun crosses 30 degrees, sometime during the day, any time, look up and bow down again. After the sunset, within the 40 minutes after sunset, look up at the sky and once again bow down. You are not bowing to any imaginary gods up there, just to the etheric space around us which is holding everything that we are in place. If you get the akash to cooperate with your life energies, life will happen in magical ways. An intelligence that you have never thought possible, will become yours.

February 10, 2021

3:08

Why is the number 108 so important and significant in eastern (Hinduism) cultures

Transcript: This 108 number is significant and you will see it. In the east everything is 108 because the diameter of the sun and the distance between the earth and the sun is 108 times. The diameter of the moon and the distance between the moon and the earth is 108 times. The diameter of the earth and the diameter of the sun is 108 times. Yoga is essentially understanding, aligning your system with the cosmic...

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... geometry. See, in the yogic system we see the body as 114 chakras. 72,000 nadis meeting in 114 junctions, which are called as chakras. Out of these, 2 are outside your body, 112 inside the body. Of this 112, there are 4 about which you don't have to do anything. They are like that. If other things work, they will flower by themselves. So there are only 108 with which you can work. So 108 has become significant. If you wear any beads, people wear 108 beads. If they say a mantra, 108. Because these are the 108 chakras that you need to work with. And in this body there are 108 chakras that you can work upon. So the cosmic geometry. I can go into a lot of arithmetic which will match with your human system, and these things we have been conscious of and that is how we came up with 84 basic asanas. Out of this 84, if you do 21 of them properly and you just master one, your system will get aligned with the cosmic system. Once it's aligned, everything that you need to know about the cosmos is right here.

Transcript: This 108 number is significant and you will see it. In the east everything is 108 because the diameter...

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... of the sun and the distance between the earth and the sun is 108 times. The diameter of the moon and the distance between the moon and the earth is 108 times. The diameter of the earth and the diameter of the sun is 108 times. Yoga is essentially understanding, aligning your system with the cosmic geometry. See, in the yogic system we see the body as 114 chakras. 72,000 nadis meeting in 114 junctions, which are called as chakras. Out of these, 2 are outside your body, 112 inside the body. Of this 112, there are 4 about which you don't have to do anything. They are like that. If other things work, they will flower by themselves. So there are only 108 with which you can work. So 108 has become significant. If you wear any beads, people wear 108 beads. If they say a mantra, 108. Because these are the 108 chakras that you need to work with. And in this body there are 108 chakras that you can work upon. So the cosmic geometry. I can go into a lot of arithmetic which will match with your human system, and these things we have been conscious of and that is how we came up with 84 basic asanas. Out of this 84, if you do 21 of them properly and you just master one, your system will get aligned with the cosmic system. Once it's aligned, everything that you need to know about the cosmos is right here.

February 6, 2021

2:06

How to activate the Chakras

Transcript: Today this is common scientific knowledge that the whole existence is a reverberation of energy. So the source of all that's physical in the existence today, as for modern science, is a reverbration or a vibration. Among the vibrations that happen in the existence, not all of it is right now available to the human ear. What we refer to as music is a more refined arrangement of the sounds that the creation...

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... is already making. The Indian classical music particularly comes from a very deep understanding of the human system. Every human experience happens only within ourselves, never outside of ourselves. Because we are the basis of our experience. Everything that we do is based upon the nature of the self. Because of this, the music identified certain dimensions of the body which are responsive to the sounds that we generate, or the sounds that come towards us. The human system, being seen as five koshas or five sheets or layers of body. The Annamaya kosha, the Manomaya kosha, Pranamaya kosha, Vigyanamaya koshan, and Anandamaya kosha. Among these five, Pranamaya kosha is the most significant one. Pranamaya kosha is made up of 72,000 nadis which meet and redistribute in 114 significant ways, or there are 114 junction boxes in the human system. Of these, two are outside, the physical nature and 112 are within. Out of these 112, four are dormant to a large extent. So 108 active energy centers in the body are chakras in the body. Based on this, these 108 are divided on the right and the left in the form of Ida and Pingala. They're divided as 54 each. Based on this we formed a sanskrit alphabet of 54 sounds. These 54 sounds in two manifestations are feminine and masculine. We have 108. These 108 sounds has a significance and the whole music system evolved out of these 108. So the Indian classical music, essentially, is about touching these 108 or activating these 108 chakras or points in the body which will lead to a natural evolution of the human being to a higher level of consciousness. So music has never been just a form of entertainment, it has been a way of evolving an individual human being into a universal entity. So this dimension of activating the human system, this dimension of allowing the human system to evolve to its ultimate possibility, by using these 108 sounds, is called as Nada Yoga. So the Indian classical music is an evolution of this fundamental process of Nada Yoga.

Transcript: Today this is common scientific knowledge that the whole existence is a reverberation of energy. So the...

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... source of all that's physical in the existence today, as for modern science, is a reverbration or a vibration. Among the vibrations that happen in the existence, not all of it is right now available to the human ear. What we refer to as music is a more refined arrangement of the sounds that the creation is already making. The Indian classical music particularly comes from a very deep understanding of the human system. Every human experience happens only within ourselves, never outside of ourselves. Because we are the basis of our experience. Everything that we do is based upon the nature of the self. Because of this, the music identified certain dimensions of the body which are responsive to the sounds that we generate, or the sounds that come towards us. The human system, being seen as five koshas or five sheets or layers of body. The Annamaya kosha, the Manomaya kosha, Pranamaya kosha, Vigyanamaya koshan, and Anandamaya kosha. Among these five, Pranamaya kosha is the most significant one. Pranamaya kosha is made up of 72,000 nadis which meet and redistribute in 114 significant ways, or there are 114 junction boxes in the human system. Of these, two are outside, the physical nature and 112 are within. Out of these 112, four are dormant to a large extent. So 108 active energy centers in the body are chakras in the body. Based on this, these 108 are divided on the right and the left in the form of Ida and Pingala. They're divided as 54 each. Based on this we formed a sanskrit alphabet of 54 sounds. These 54 sounds in two manifestations are feminine and masculine. We have 108. These 108 sounds has a significance and the whole music system evolved out of these 108. So the Indian classical music, essentially, is about touching these 108 or activating these 108 chakras or points in the body which will lead to a natural evolution of the human being to a higher level of consciousness. So music has never been just a form of entertainment, it has been a way of evolving an individual human being into a universal entity. So this dimension of activating the human system, this dimension of allowing the human system to evolve to its ultimate possibility, by using these 108 sounds, is called as Nada Yoga. So the Indian classical music is an evolution of this fundamental process of Nada Yoga.

February 4, 2021

3:58

The magic of five elements

The human life is just a play of five elements and so is everything in the universe. Without the cooperation of these five elements within oneself, life will be a constant struggle. The entire Yogic system is about gaining mastery over these elements. But why gaining this mastery is important and what can someone do for achieving that? Sadhguru explains some simple tips that even a commoner can do.

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May 21, 2021

16 min read

Importance of rituals for the dead

When someone dies, we may think they are 'dead', but as far as they are concerned, they just lost their body and along with it all discretion and discerning powers - because now there is no mind.  Every culture has been aware of this – irrespective of where or what religion – when someone is dying, whoever he may be, you must create a pleasant atmosphere. Even if your enemy is dying, at that one moment you do not create unpleasantness for him. 'Kalabhairava Karma' is one such Yogic process to help transition the 'dead' .

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May 17, 2021

5 min read

Is wearing orange necessary for spiritual growth?

Monks and Orange have almost become synonyms - so much so that people think wearing Orange is a pre-requisite for walking the spiritual path.  Well, nothing could be farther from truth. The Sanyasis (monks) in India do not wear Orange per se - they color their clothes with the soil (red earth) - giving it brownish/orange hue.  Keeping the body well is important,  so that it does not become an impediment in one's spiritual journey.  Sanyasis wear clothes that are washed in soil because the best way to make the body stable is to be connected to the Earth. Especially for one who is focused on something beyond the body, he does not want his body to come in the way. So this is like covering oneself  by Earth and  being continuously conscious that this body is part of the Earth and is just a temporary outcrop of the planet.  

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April 19, 2021

3 min read

What happens after death?

When someone dies, we usually say they are 'No More'. This is not correct, as the person still exists, but not the way we used to know them. In the Yogic wisdom, the body is described as having 5 layers - 3 physical in nature, one transitory and one non-physical in nature. The karmic substance is what keeps one cemented to the physical body. When one dies, the physical body falls apart, but the mental and pranic body go on, depending upon how strong the karmic substance is. Once physical body is lost, the discerning power is completely lost- whatever quality you put in the mind, it will multiply manifold. This is what is referred to as heaven or hell. Heaven or hell are not any geographical locations, but experiential realities that a disembodied life is going through.

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April 2, 2021

5 min read

What is ‘Consciousness’?

In this extensive article, Sadhguru not only defines what is 'consciousness' but also busts many a popular myths around it.  Clearly noting that wakefulness and alertness are not to be confused as consciousness, he goes on to explain the sixteen  Consciousness has been explained in detail in Yogic sciences, where it is seen as sixteen layered dimension.  

  1. Is brain and consciousness related?
  2. The four dimensions of a conscious state
  3. Various degrees of consciousness
  4. Can you raise consciousness?
  5.  How is Yoga related to consciousness
  6. Can machines be made conscious?

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March 22, 2021

18 min read

Significance of death rituals

The Indian Yogic science has looked at life and death in the most elaborate way. It is from this deep understanding of life that the death rituals evolved.  When death occurs, the life looses the body and along with it the discerning mind. From then on, the disembodied being is living just based on tendencies. The death rituals are meant to ease the transition for the disembodied life and these rituals are meant not only to help the dead  but also important for those around still alive. If the dead are not taken care of properly there could be many problems for the living.

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February 26, 2021

8 min read

Akash – The gateway to beyond physical

Akash - One of the five elements (rest being earth, water, fire and  air) - the basic ingredients of life, is the most mystical and subtle dimension of existence. It is like a Yogic Net (just like Internet) - if one has access to it - you have access to everything that anyone has known ever. If one has cooperation of this larger intelligence - life works in a blessed and magical way. Sadhguru explains a simple process to gain access to Akashik intelligence.

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February 12, 2021

11 min read

How to control the mind?

This mental diarrhea of uncontrolled thought process cannot be addressed by such crazy ideas and philosophies as 'sit with closed eyes and try not to think of anything'. Just  try for yourself - the harder you try to control your mind, the more active your mind becomes. Sadhguru tells how human 'mind' - instead of becoming a cherished faculty has become a source of misery for most simply because there is no effort to understand its true nature.

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February 5, 2021

6 min read

kashi – is it just another city or something else?

Kashi, Varanasi or Benares - a city known by many names - is ancient than the legend itself. But is it just another ancient city that came about along the journey of human civilization or there is something else to it?  This city was created as a huge energy device - a manifestation of a mega human body to make contact with a larger cosmic body. As Sadhguru explains the science behind the mystical aspects of  the city and its many rituals, some of which one can experience even today, it will leave you mesmerized, perplexed and in awe of human capabilities.

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January 22, 2021

24 min read

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