FILED IN

Death

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...

show more...
... 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,...

show more...
... 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 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?...

show more...
... 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...

show more...
... 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 death a design failure? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Sabyasachi | #12

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

Synopsis: ...

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

April 29, 2021

3:37

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,...

show more...
... 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 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...

show more...
... 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...

show more...
... 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

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...

show more...
... 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...

show more...
... 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

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?  

Synopsis: ...

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

April 18, 2021

5:07

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...

show more...
... man.  

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

show more...
... 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...

show more...
... 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

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...

show more...
... 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...

show more...
... 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

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...

show more...
... 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

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?...

show more...
... 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...

show more...
... 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

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...

show more...
... 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...

show more...
... 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

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...

show more...
... 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...

show more...
... 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

Is man prudent enough to pull the plug? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #7

Synopsis: Speaking about how it is very important to realize about life and death. So, because I did not decide to be born. A lot of us, we did not decide to be born. But certain countries have taken up this issue of euthanasia very seriously. And they have legalized this, pulling off the plug. So do...

show more...
... you think man is prudent enough to pull the plug?

Synopsis: Speaking about how it is very important to realize about life and death....

show more...
... So, because I did not decide to be born. A lot of us, we did not decide to be born. But certain countries have taken up this issue of euthanasia very seriously. And they have legalized this, pulling off the plug. So do you think man is prudent enough to pull the plug?

January 1, 2021

6:42

If you live past 84 years you will not be reborn

Synopsis: 'May you have a long life' is a much sought after blessing in the Indian tradition and not without a reason. If one has witnessed 1008 full moons, something miraculous happens in the human energy system freeing oneself from the cycles of birth and death, even if one had no spiritual inclination or any kind of spiritual practices the entire life. In this talk, Sadhguru explains the science and rationale...

show more...
... behind what happens when you turn 84.

Synopsis: 'May you have a long life' is a much sought after blessing in the Indian tradition and not without a...

show more...
... reason. If one has witnessed 1008 full moons, something miraculous happens in the human energy system freeing oneself from the cycles of birth and death, even if one had no spiritual inclination or any kind of spiritual practices the entire life. In this talk, Sadhguru explains the science and rationale behind what happens when you turn 84.

November 9, 2020

09:29

The 5 stages of Death: How does life leave the body?

Synopsis: There are many recorded instances of increased brain activity or some other physical movement/twitching long after someone has been declared medically 'dead'. Why is this and what actually happens when one is dead? Sadhguru unravels the mystical aspects of death while addressing a large gathering of doctors at a prominent medical institute.

Synopsis: There are many recorded instances of increased brain activity or some other physical movement/twitching...

show more...
... long after someone has been declared medically 'dead'. Why is this and what actually happens when one is dead? Sadhguru unravels the mystical aspects of death while addressing a large gathering of doctors at a prominent medical institute.

November 3, 2020

11:12

What happens after death? Where is heaven and hell? Is there reincarnation?

Synopsis: ...

show more...
...Shekhar Kapur asks Sadhguru - "What happens after death?". In this riveting talk Sadhguru unravels the mystery, and explains what happens after death. He explains that after dropping the body what happens to life. Depending on the state of life at the time of death, reincarnation can happen within 48 hours, or it can take thousands of years! Sadhguru also explains what and where is heaven and hell!

Synopsis: Shekhar Kapur asks Sadhguru - "What happens after death?". In this riveting talk Sadhguru unravels the...

show more...
... mystery, and explains what happens after death. He explains that after dropping the body what happens to life. Depending on the state of life at the time of death, reincarnation can happen within 48 hours, or it can take thousands of years! Sadhguru also explains what and where is heaven and hell!

July 2, 2020

8:53

What Happens In The Last 40 Seconds Before Death?

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells what happens in the last 40 seconds of your life. For whatever reason one may be dying, whether of old age or disease, the last 40 seconds this will happen to everyone. It is an opportunity for everyone - no matter how you have lived your life, he tells if you live your last 40 seconds of life in a certain way, you will be liberated.

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells what happens in the last 40 seconds of your life. For whatever reason one may be dying,...

show more...
... whether of old age or disease, the last 40 seconds this will happen to everyone. It is an opportunity for everyone - no matter how you have lived your life, he tells if you live your last 40 seconds of life in a certain way, you will be liberated.

February 6, 2020

1:39

Tantrics who make the ‘dead man walk’

Synopsis: This is an intriguing talk by Sadhguru where he tells us about yogis who make dead come alive again! He tells us about two yogis. One who used to bring dead birds alive, using surya sparsha (a type of yoga), and another who brought a 7 year old dead boy come alive!

Synopsis: This is an intriguing talk by Sadhguru where he tells us about yogis who make dead come alive again!...

show more...
... He tells us about two yogis. One who used to bring dead birds alive, using surya sparsha (a type of yoga), and another who brought a 7 year old dead boy come alive!

June 1, 2019

8:50

What is the significance of death rituals?

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains that once someone is certified by the doctor, still the person is not completely dead. Death happens as a process. After someone dies, fingernails keep growing up to 11 days. So, the withdrawal of life happens slowly as a process. With this understanding, there are various death rituals in India, which are carried out up to 14 days of a person's death

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains that once someone is certified by the doctor, still the person is not completely dead....

show more...
... Death happens as a process. After someone dies, fingernails keep growing up to 11 days. So, the withdrawal of life happens slowly as a process. With this understanding, there are various death rituals in India, which are carried out up to 14 days of a person's death

June 1, 2019

9:15

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' .

read full article


May 17, 2021

5 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.

read full article


April 2, 2021

5 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.

read full article


February 26, 2021

8 min read

Can the dead be re-resurrected?

Yogis who have mastery of over certain life processes can certainly bring the dead alive. There are occult practices (a.k.a tantrik practices in India), wherein people who gain access to this mystical dimension of life can make this happen. There are many stories in India recounting dead coming alive, some of them historically recorded as well.

read full article


January 11, 2021

6 min read

How to accept death gracefully

The word 'Death' instills fear in almost everyone - that's why everyone wants to cling to  life forever, knowing fully well that if there is one certain thing in this life- that is 'Death'. Yet, we do nothing to prepare ourself for this one 'certain' thing. We must learn to accept death gracefully - and that can happen only when one understands that death is not end in itself, but just a transition for this life.

read full article


December 31, 2020

8 min read

life and death – not two different things

Death is the baseline of life. If you do not understand death, you will never know life, nor can you handle life, because life and death are like inhalation and exhalation. They exist together, inseparably. Spiritual process begins only when you are confronted with death – either your own one or that of someone who is dear to you, someone you thought you could not live without. When death is approaching or when it happens, that is when the question comes up in most people’s minds, “What is this all about? What will happen beyond this?”

read full article


October 23, 2020

14 min read

How to overcome the fear of death?

This is an fascinating excerpt from "Death: An Inside Story"! Sadhguru says - "If life happens, then death is natural. Being afraid of something natural is unnatural." Sadhguru explains that the fear of death is just a social conditioning. In India, traditionally death has never been seen as sinister. In fact, "Only when you realize you are mortal, the longing to know that which is beyond will arise." Sadhguru tells us how if one is aware in the last few moments of life, death can be a doorway to liberation.

read full article


September 24, 2020

8 min read

What Happens After Death?

Sadhguru tells us that in yoga, the body is seen as five layers; annamaya kosha (physical body), manomaya kosha (mental body), pranamaya kosha (energy body) - these three are physical in nature. The next two are vignanmaya kosha (etheric body) and anandmaya kosha (bliss body). Sadhguru says - "When someone dies, we say, “This person is no more.” That is not true. The person is no more the way you know them, but they still very much exist. The physical body will fall apart, but the mental and pranic body go on, depending upon the strength of the karma.... If you dismantle the karmic structure one hundred percent, you merge with the existence."

read full article


March 16, 2020

4 min read

Why Is Death So Mysterious?

Neither scientists, nor philosophers have been able to figure out what death is - that is why it seems so mysterious. Sadhguru says - "Body is life and death – the spiritual process is about yourself, which is neither life nor death". So, in a way, it is only the body that dies, not you. The simple reason that death seems so profound and mysterious is because you have had a 'memory loss'. If you remembered about your past lives, death would no longer be mysterious - isn't it?

read full article


December 29, 2019

3 min read

Why cremation is such an important ritual?

Why Cremation is such an important process - both for the Living and the Dead? What is the significance of dispersing ashes in the river? Sadhguru unravels it all....

read full article


February 2, 2019

4 min read

What is Samskara and the Significance of Death Rituals?

Samskara is used for two aspects. One is, the genetic memory that we carry; memory coming from previous generations. Another is the rituals that are performed after one's death. These two meanings are connected. Whether the memory that we are carrying through are genetics is a bondage or an advantage for us, simply depends on how much distance we are able to create with it. The way to create this distance is through yogic practices, and through death rituals. Death rituals are not for remembrance, but to distance ourselves from the genetic memory of are parents.

read full article


May 25, 2018

6 min read

How to Deal With Passing Away of a Loved One?

It is important to always be aware that nobody is going to be around forever! People who are close to us, have enhanced our lives in some ways. So, if those who have enhanced our lives pass away, or leave us, we must cherish them joyfully, and not grieve their exit. Whatever wonderful things they meant for you, you must express those to people who are still living around you. Sadhguru shares a beautiful story about Narada and Krishna, to illustrate that in some way all relationships are an illusion!

read full article


May 18, 2018

9 min read

Importance of rituals for the dead

When someone dies, we may think they are 'dead', but as…

May 17, 2021

5 min read

What happens after death?

When someone dies, we usually say they are 'No More'. This…

April 2, 2021

5 min read

Significance of death rituals

The Indian Yogic science has looked at life and death in…

February 26, 2021

8 min read

Can the dead be re-resurrected?

Yogis who have mastery of over certain life processes can certainly…

January 11, 2021

6 min read

How to accept death gracefully

The word 'Death' instills fear in almost everyone - that's why…

December 31, 2020

8 min read

life and death – not two different things

Death is the baseline of life. If you do not understand…

October 23, 2020

14 min read

How to overcome the fear of death?

This is an fascinating excerpt from "Death: An Inside Story"! Sadhguru…

September 24, 2020

8 min read

What Happens After Death?

Sadhguru tells us that in yoga, the body is seen as…

March 16, 2020

4 min read

Why Is Death So Mysterious?

Neither scientists, nor philosophers have been able to figure out what…

December 29, 2019

3 min read

Why cremation is such an important ritual?

Why Cremation is such an important process - both for the…

February 2, 2019

4 min read

What is Samskara and the Significance of Death Rituals?

Samskara is used for two aspects. One is, the genetic memory that…

May 25, 2018

6 min read

How to Deal With Passing Away of a Loved One?

It is important to always be aware that nobody is going…

May 18, 2018

9 min read

Scroll to top