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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the relevance of Mahashivaratri? | Sadhguru at Harvard University | #7

Synopsis: Sadhguru, you speak so logically and it makes sense to me. But at the same time, you’re celebrating the religious festival of Mahashivaratri in a grand way at the Isha Yoga Centre. For a young person like me, these religious festivals seem like outdated rituals. So I want to know what is the relevance of Mahashivaratri to the youth? 

Synopsis: Sadhguru, you speak so logically and it makes sense to me. But at the...

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... same time, you’re celebrating the religious festival of Mahashivaratri in a grand way at the Isha Yoga Centre. For a young person like me, these religious festivals seem like outdated rituals. So I want to know what is the relevance of Mahashivaratri to the youth? 

December 31, 2020

10:54

Are rituals still relevant? | Sadhguru at Shiva Nadar College | #9

Synopsis: My question today is, in the world that we live in today, there exists a multitude of paths to traverse, both, spiritually and religiously. For instance, in Hinduism, there is both, Veda and Vedanta. I can make a conscious choice as to what I would like to take up. But I’m confused. As a millennial I’m really doubting if a ritualistic approach is relevant today....

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... So do you believe that rituals still hold and are relevant today?

Synopsis: My question today is, in the world that we live in today, there exists...

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... a multitude of paths to traverse, both, spiritually and religiously. For instance, in Hinduism, there is both, Veda and Vedanta. I can make a conscious choice as to what I would like to take up. But I’m confused. As a millennial I’m really doubting if a ritualistic approach is relevant today. So do you believe that rituals still hold and are relevant today?

December 31, 2020

15:03

15 Dec to 15 Jan – How to make use of the planetary positions in this month of Margazhi

Transcript: We are at a time of the year which is considered significant for those who are on the spiritual path. The terminal month of margazhi starts from 16th. What is the significance of this month? It is at this time of the year that the planet earth is closest to the sun. So this should have been the hottest month. But, this is a time when the planet is shy of the sun and the northern face faces away from...

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... the sun. In the southern hemisphere, this is the hottest part of the year. In the northern hemisphere, this is the coolest part of the year because the northern hemisphere, or the northern face, of the planet is facing away from the sun. But it is closest. So in terms of temperature, because of the closeness to the sun, the angle at which the sun's rays hit the planet is very diffused. But in terms of sun's gravity functioning on the planet, right now it is at the highest. So the maximum pull of the sun's gravity is functioning upon the planet at this time. So this margazhi month is a time to bring balance to the system. It is like if something is flying all over, if you just pull it, it gets centralized. So that is the effect that the margazhi month has on the human system, it pulls you from the base. So it brings balance and stability. Recognizing this, that one needs to bring balance and stability, this is a time when there are practices in the yogic system which has transmitted itself into culture in many different ways. This is a time when men will do what generally women are supposed to do and women will do what men are supposed to do. In the sense, in Tamil Nadu, there's a culture that this is a time when men will go on nagaras and kirtan. That means men will practice devotion, they will sing. Singing and devotion is largely considered feminine, so men will practice this. Woman will practice making geometrical figures. Geometry and masculinity are very directly connected. If a woman sees something, let's not say woman. If feminine sees something, it will always pay maximum significance to the colour and form of that. If the masculine sees something, it always sees the geometry first and then the colour and the form. So it is in this month women practice geometry.

Transcript: We are at a time of the year which is considered significant for those who are on the spiritual path....

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... The terminal month of margazhi starts from 16th. What is the significance of this month? It is at this time of the year that the planet earth is closest to the sun. So this should have been the hottest month. But, this is a time when the planet is shy of the sun and the northern face faces away from the sun. In the southern hemisphere, this is the hottest part of the year. In the northern hemisphere, this is the coolest part of the year because the northern hemisphere, or the northern face, of the planet is facing away from the sun. But it is closest. So in terms of temperature, because of the closeness to the sun, the angle at which the sun's rays hit the planet is very diffused. But in terms of sun's gravity functioning on the planet, right now it is at the highest. So the maximum pull of the sun's gravity is functioning upon the planet at this time. So this margazhi month is a time to bring balance to the system. It is like if something is flying all over, if you just pull it, it gets centralized. So that is the effect that the margazhi month has on the human system, it pulls you from the base. So it brings balance and stability. Recognizing this, that one needs to bring balance and stability, this is a time when there are practices in the yogic system which has transmitted itself into culture in many different ways. This is a time when men will do what generally women are supposed to do and women will do what men are supposed to do. In the sense, in Tamil Nadu, there's a culture that this is a time when men will go on nagaras and kirtan. That means men will practice devotion, they will sing. Singing and devotion is largely considered feminine, so men will practice this. Woman will practice making geometrical figures. Geometry and masculinity are very directly connected. If a woman sees something, let's not say woman. If feminine sees something, it will always pay maximum significance to the colour and form of that. If the masculine sees something, it always sees the geometry first and then the colour and the form. So it is in this month women practice geometry.

December 17, 2020

3:59

Benefits of applying Red Kumkum

Transcript: So you need to understand what's colour, first of all. The colour of any substance is not because of what it is. It is what it rejects, or what it gives away, or what it reflects. Something looks red not because it's red. Because of the seven colors, that the white light contains, it holds back everything and reflects red. So it looks red. So red does not mean it is red. Red means it is not red. Do...

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... you understand? Yes. Something is red not because it's red, because it doesn't want red. That's why it looks red. So whatever you give away, that will be your quality in the world also, isn't it? So Devi's colour is red because she gives away red. Red means, if you're walking in the forest, it's all green. But there will be one spot of red somewhere, one red flower blossoming that draws your attention, because in your perception red is the most vibrant of all the colours. All other colours may be pretty, good, nice, but red is vibrant, vibrant, vibrant. Sindoor, you must understand, the important thing is that it is turmeric. That is, it's properly made. If you take the sindoor from the Devi, it's made of turmeric. If you buy elsewhere, it's a chemical powder. If you want to chemically poison yourself, you must use that. Turmeric has phenomenal benefits. So there is a certain way of using the turmeric. Turmeric and lime together makes this and it is very, very beneficial. And the colour turns red and it is also used as a symbolism in the society. If a woman is wearing sindoor, she's married. That means she's not approachable. Essentially, it was a social way of discerning who is who in the society. And it has certain health and other benefits to apply. Turmeric, the colour, is you don't want to put yellow color on your head like Mussolini. So red is better and it is also the colour of the Devi always. Not just here, always.

Transcript: So you need to understand what's colour, first of all. The colour of any substance is not because of...

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... what it is. It is what it rejects, or what it gives away, or what it reflects. Something looks red not because it's red. Because of the seven colors, that the white light contains, it holds back everything and reflects red. So it looks red. So red does not mean it is red. Red means it is not red. Do you understand? Yes. Something is red not because it's red, because it doesn't want red. That's why it looks red. So whatever you give away, that will be your quality in the world also, isn't it? So Devi's colour is red because she gives away red. Red means, if you're walking in the forest, it's all green. But there will be one spot of red somewhere, one red flower blossoming that draws your attention, because in your perception red is the most vibrant of all the colours. All other colours may be pretty, good, nice, but red is vibrant, vibrant, vibrant. Sindoor, you must understand, the important thing is that it is turmeric. That is, it's properly made. If you take the sindoor from the Devi, it's made of turmeric. If you buy elsewhere, it's a chemical powder. If you want to chemically poison yourself, you must use that. Turmeric has phenomenal benefits. So there is a certain way of using the turmeric. Turmeric and lime together makes this and it is very, very beneficial. And the colour turns red and it is also used as a symbolism in the society. If a woman is wearing sindoor, she's married. That means she's not approachable. Essentially, it was a social way of discerning who is who in the society. And it has certain health and other benefits to apply. Turmeric, the colour, is you don't want to put yellow color on your head like Mussolini. So red is better and it is also the colour of the Devi always. Not just here, always.

November 12, 2020

3:31

Why is there caste system in India?

Transcript: I want to know truth about our Indian caste system. How can we ensure more inclusiveness and equality? Namaskaram Viru. This system essentially began as division of labour. For a society to function, a certain number of people in the population must do variety of skills and artisans. Somebody should take care of administration somebody should take care of education and spiritual process for the community....

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... Like this they made four basic divisions. Over a period of time, they became further and further divided, not essentially as a discriminatory process, but more as a division of labour. And also, we must understand in ancient times when there were no engineering schools and medical schools, if your father was a carpenter, you learned carpentry at home from childhood and became a good carpenter. So skills were transmitted from generation to generation by maintaining this caste system. But, unfortunately somewhere along the way a goldsmith starts thinking he's superior to a blacksmith. Though a blacksmith's work may be far more useful to the society than a goldsmith's, somehow one thinks he's superior to the other. And over generations, this superiority gets established. All kinds of exploitative processes happened and it came to a place where caste system almost began to manifest itself or it has manifested itself like apartheid. Still in many villages in India, the people who are considered to be lower cause, or what you call as dalits, don't even have basic human rights in many villages. Though much has changed in the last 25-30 years, still many very horribly undesirable things keep happening in our country. The only way out of this is, one thing is, it's not relevant to these times because skills can be transmitted in many different ways. We have educational institutions, we have technological institutions. So this family transference of skills is not the way it is going anymore. But there is one context that is of social security, people take care of their own clan and their caste. They will always reach out to people who are in trouble in their caste. This kind of social security is there. So it is very important that we bring a nationwide social security system and an education system which will transmit skills to everybody according to their aptitude. Once that happens, I think caste system will die a natural death.

Transcript: I want to know truth about our Indian caste system. How can we ensure more inclusiveness and equality?...

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... Namaskaram Viru. This system essentially began as division of labour. For a society to function, a certain number of people in the population must do variety of skills and artisans. Somebody should take care of administration somebody should take care of education and spiritual process for the community. Like this they made four basic divisions. Over a period of time, they became further and further divided, not essentially as a discriminatory process, but more as a division of labour. And also, we must understand in ancient times when there were no engineering schools and medical schools, if your father was a carpenter, you learned carpentry at home from childhood and became a good carpenter. So skills were transmitted from generation to generation by maintaining this caste system. But, unfortunately somewhere along the way a goldsmith starts thinking he's superior to a blacksmith. Though a blacksmith's work may be far more useful to the society than a goldsmith's, somehow one thinks he's superior to the other. And over generations, this superiority gets established. All kinds of exploitative processes happened and it came to a place where caste system almost began to manifest itself or it has manifested itself like apartheid. Still in many villages in India, the people who are considered to be lower cause, or what you call as dalits, don't even have basic human rights in many villages. Though much has changed in the last 25-30 years, still many very horribly undesirable things keep happening in our country. The only way out of this is, one thing is, it's not relevant to these times because skills can be transmitted in many different ways. We have educational institutions, we have technological institutions. So this family transference of skills is not the way it is going anymore. But there is one context that is of social security, people take care of their own clan and their caste. They will always reach out to people who are in trouble in their caste. This kind of social security is there. So it is very important that we bring a nationwide social security system and an education system which will transmit skills to everybody according to their aptitude. Once that happens, I think caste system will die a natural death.

October 26, 2020

3:14

Language impacts intelligence – the significance of Indian languages

Transcript: The fanatic range that is there in Indian languages is such, it stimulates every aspect of who you are. English language has a very narrow fanatic range. So this ability to use sounds to stimulate and trigger one's intelligence and energy within ourselves is something that we should not give up. Every child must know one more language other than English. Whatever that is, because anyway, our states...

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... are divided on linguistic basis. So in that state whatever the language is, they must know. We should not kill these languages because it's taken thousands of years to create it. This is our national pride, that we have the maximum number of languages. If we had to create these many languages, see we must understand this. For example, let's say, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Tamil Nadu and Kerela. There are no geographical separation. There are no oceans between these states. There are no mountain ranges clearly demarcating and separating the populations for a long time. But though they lived here for thousands of years, they kept their language, these people kept their language. It's so beautiful. When they went to trade and transact, they learnt the other language. But, they always kept their language. But today, the new generations are losing their language so rapidly. It's very important, all of you at least in your homes with your children and wherever possible. There must be a certain amount of time where we must use the local language. It's very important. We will regret this deeply after a couple of generations if we don't take care of it now. Because you can't bring back a language. You can kill it, but you can't breathe life into it. It's very difficult.

Transcript: The fanatic range that is there in Indian languages is such, it stimulates every aspect of who you are....

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... English language has a very narrow fanatic range. So this ability to use sounds to stimulate and trigger one's intelligence and energy within ourselves is something that we should not give up. Every child must know one more language other than English. Whatever that is, because anyway, our states are divided on linguistic basis. So in that state whatever the language is, they must know. We should not kill these languages because it's taken thousands of years to create it. This is our national pride, that we have the maximum number of languages. If we had to create these many languages, see we must understand this. For example, let's say, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Tamil Nadu and Kerela. There are no geographical separation. There are no oceans between these states. There are no mountain ranges clearly demarcating and separating the populations for a long time. But though they lived here for thousands of years, they kept their language, these people kept their language. It's so beautiful. When they went to trade and transact, they learnt the other language. But, they always kept their language. But today, the new generations are losing their language so rapidly. It's very important, all of you at least in your homes with your children and wherever possible. There must be a certain amount of time where we must use the local language. It's very important. We will regret this deeply after a couple of generations if we don't take care of it now. Because you can't bring back a language. You can kill it, but you can't breathe life into it. It's very difficult.

September 16, 2020

2:19

Do we need to match horoscopes?

Transcript: Hello, this is Sumona Chakravarti. Namaskaram Sadhguru. Sadhguru, I want to know the truth about astrology. I mean I know it is a science, but you know when one has to match horoscopes before a wedding. Or a Manglik girl who is supposed to wed a tree first, you know, before she marries the guy. Or the fact that, you know one has to wear particular stones to help various things in life. So what is the...

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... truth about it? What is the reality of it all? I mean, because it is very confusing to our generation to understand because either we rebel, or you know, succumb to parental pressure. So if you could help us understand the truth about it, it would be wonderful. Thank you so much. Pranam. Namaskaram Sumona. Well, I like this idea of marrying a tree. I'm married to trees, you know. I think it's a good idea. Very stable partner, rooted. In today's life, getting somebody so rooted is a rare thing. It's a really great idea. See, horoscopes are being matched. What it means is stars are being matched. But how do you match these two idiots, it's impossible. Nobody can match these two idiots. Only if they take responsibility for each other, if they show some sense of involvement and invest their lives in each other then something wonderful may happen. If you match them, doesn't matter how you match them, nothing is going to work out. This is why for most people, all love affairs and marriages are beautiful only for some time. After that it's one big anxiety, or non-stop friction. Simply because people are trying to match each other. You cannot match people. No two human beings are same, it will not work that way. It is just that if you hold the other person's well being above your own, then you will find everything works out. If your life is about extracting happiness from somebody else, you will see it will become bitter over a period of time. If your life is about sharing the joy that you are, then everything will work out. It doesn't matter what the stars say. Anyway, stars can speak what they want. Once you come here as a human being, you are supposed to create this life. This is the only creature on the planet who can structure its own life. If you want to give that up and allow inanimate things like planets and stars to decide the future of who you are, it's a tragic way to exist. So please, you and whoever else is influenced by you, please tell them to take their lives into their hands. It doesn't matter. And how silly is it that a third person, that you do not know, is going to tell you whether you will live happily or not with your husband or your wife. How vulgar is that. Take up this responsibility in your hand. It doesn't matter what kind of fool you marry, you take up the responsibility that you will live well. And that's the only way you will live well.

Transcript: Hello, this is Sumona Chakravarti. Namaskaram Sadhguru. Sadhguru, I want to know the truth about astrology....

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... I mean I know it is a science, but you know when one has to match horoscopes before a wedding. Or a Manglik girl who is supposed to wed a tree first, you know, before she marries the guy. Or the fact that, you know one has to wear particular stones to help various things in life. So what is the truth about it? What is the reality of it all? I mean, because it is very confusing to our generation to understand because either we rebel, or you know, succumb to parental pressure. So if you could help us understand the truth about it, it would be wonderful. Thank you so much. Pranam. Namaskaram Sumona. Well, I like this idea of marrying a tree. I'm married to trees, you know. I think it's a good idea. Very stable partner, rooted. In today's life, getting somebody so rooted is a rare thing. It's a really great idea. See, horoscopes are being matched. What it means is stars are being matched. But how do you match these two idiots, it's impossible. Nobody can match these two idiots. Only if they take responsibility for each other, if they show some sense of involvement and invest their lives in each other then something wonderful may happen. If you match them, doesn't matter how you match them, nothing is going to work out. This is why for most people, all love affairs and marriages are beautiful only for some time. After that it's one big anxiety, or non-stop friction. Simply because people are trying to match each other. You cannot match people. No two human beings are same, it will not work that way. It is just that if you hold the other person's well being above your own, then you will find everything works out. If your life is about extracting happiness from somebody else, you will see it will become bitter over a period of time. If your life is about sharing the joy that you are, then everything will work out. It doesn't matter what the stars say. Anyway, stars can speak what they want. Once you come here as a human being, you are supposed to create this life. This is the only creature on the planet who can structure its own life. If you want to give that up and allow inanimate things like planets and stars to decide the future of who you are, it's a tragic way to exist. So please, you and whoever else is influenced by you, please tell them to take their lives into their hands. It doesn't matter. And how silly is it that a third person, that you do not know, is going to tell you whether you will live happily or not with your husband or your wife. How vulgar is that. Take up this responsibility in your hand. It doesn't matter what kind of fool you marry, you take up the responsibility that you will live well. And that's the only way you will live well.

July 12, 2020

3:57

Your name is important – The name with which people call you has an impact on you

Synopsis: In this old video, Sadhguru says - "Now, we must name your child in such a way, that every time you call that name, something within them should open up". Sadhguru explains, that each form has a sound attached to it, and the sound has a corresponding form attached to it. This is the science of Yantra and Mantra. So, when a child is born, depending on the geometry of the solar system, one determines...

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... the appropriate sound for that child and accordingly they should be given names. Sadhguru also explains, why in Indian culture, there was more care taken to name the male child - and this was not for sexist prejudice.

Synopsis: In this old video, Sadhguru says - "Now, we must name your child in such a way, that every time you call...

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... that name, something within them should open up". Sadhguru explains, that each form has a sound attached to it, and the sound has a corresponding form attached to it. This is the science of Yantra and Mantra. So, when a child is born, depending on the geometry of the solar system, one determines the appropriate sound for that child and accordingly they should be given names. Sadhguru also explains, why in Indian culture, there was more care taken to name the male child - and this was not for sexist prejudice.

July 9, 2020

6:50

Can listening to Indian classical music heal?

Synopsis: Sadhguru says - "music is a certain arrangement of sounds. If you arrange sound in a certain way, it will become noise. If you arrange sound in a different way, it will become music." Music has the power to set moods in people, even without words. So, music without words is very significant. And sound is existential structure, the meaning of words is a psychological structure. Most of the Indian classical...

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... music is around sound, with minimal words - so it is an attempt to touch life. So, definitely it has the potential to heal.

Synopsis: Sadhguru says - "music is a certain arrangement of sounds. If you arrange sound in a certain way, it...

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... will become noise. If you arrange sound in a different way, it will become music." Music has the power to set moods in people, even without words. So, music without words is very significant. And sound is existential structure, the meaning of words is a psychological structure. Most of the Indian classical music is around sound, with minimal words - so it is an attempt to touch life. So, definitely it has the potential to heal.

July 8, 2020

3:26

Why You Should Always Keep Your Clothes Folded Neatly

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about Rudraksha and its unique qualities. How it moves in different directions over different substances. He also gives a demonstration! Sadhguru then tells us that the way the clothes we wear are, they will have a different impact on our system. So one must always keep the clothes folded neatly.

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about Rudraksha and its unique qualities. How it moves in different directions over...

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... different substances. He also gives a demonstration! Sadhguru then tells us that the way the clothes we wear are, they will have a different impact on our system. So one must always keep the clothes folded neatly.

January 30, 2020

4:27

What is Samskara, or Collective Karma

Synopsis: Samsakara is the collective karma of the society. Sadhguru says, in the Indian culture, many things were done to maintain samskara. He explains the science behind this. Sadhguru also explains the significance of the caste system in India, and its social relevance.

Synopsis: Samsakara is the collective karma of the society. Sadhguru says, in the Indian culture, many things were...

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... done to maintain samskara. He explains the science behind this. Sadhguru also explains the significance of the caste system in India, and its social relevance.

November 25, 2019

5:42

What is the significance of Deepawali?

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains the significance of Deepawali, or Diwali as it is called in North India, and why we celebrate it. He also explains, how over a period of time, it has got distorted. Deepawali is about health & wellbeing, but now it has become about wealth. Sadhguru tells us the science behind Deepawali, lighting of lamps and bursting of crackers.

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains the significance of Deepawali, or Diwali as it is called in North India, and why we...

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... celebrate it. He also explains, how over a period of time, it has got distorted. Deepawali is about health & wellbeing, but now it has become about wealth. Sadhguru tells us the science behind Deepawali, lighting of lamps and bursting of crackers.

October 29, 2019

13:05

Why are menstruating women discriminated in India?

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us the 'real' reason why traditionally in India, women were given a break for 3 days, during the time that she was menstruating. This was something which was done for her well-being, but over a period of time it has become a process of discrimination.

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us the 'real' reason why traditionally in India, women were given a break for 3 days,...

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... during the time that she was menstruating. This was something which was done for her well-being, but over a period of time it has become a process of discrimination.

July 29, 2019

3:59

The significance of Makar Sankranti and Pongal

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains the significance of Makara Sankranti and Pongal, that occurs between Jan 14th and Jan 17th. It signifies re-consecrating the house for the new year, using certain materials, like mango leaves, and the first cut of the paddy leaves. People also get rid of unnecessary things from their homes. Sadhguru tells that this tradition does not only have agricultural undertones, there is also...

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... a celestial and spiritual undertone also.

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains the significance of Makara Sankranti and Pongal, that occurs between Jan 14th and Jan...

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... 17th. It signifies re-consecrating the house for the new year, using certain materials, like mango leaves, and the first cut of the paddy leaves. People also get rid of unnecessary things from their homes. Sadhguru tells that this tradition does not only have agricultural undertones, there is also a celestial and spiritual undertone also.

January 18, 2019

4:09

Who Was Narakasura? Why Is His Death Celebrated As Diwali?

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about Narakasura and his friend Mura, and how they fought many battles together. At his last moment, Narakasura realized all the wrongs he did, and said that my death symbolizes the killing of all the wrongs - so it must be celebrated. On the occasion of Deepawali, Sadhguru tells us, that it is not Narakasura's wrongs that we should celebrate; rather the killing of wrongs within us...

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... - that's when the real Deepawali, or Diwali as it is called in North India, happens.

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about Narakasura and his friend Mura, and how they fought many battles together. At...

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... his last moment, Narakasura realized all the wrongs he did, and said that my death symbolizes the killing of all the wrongs - so it must be celebrated. On the occasion of Deepawali, Sadhguru tells us, that it is not Narakasura's wrongs that we should celebrate; rather the killing of wrongs within us - that's when the real Deepawali, or Diwali as it is called in North India, happens.

November 5, 2018

5:13

What Is The Significance Of Navratri?

Synopsis: Every month, after the full moon day, days are counted - ninth day is called as Navami. These nine days are considered feminine. Dussehra is essentially about feminine goddess - because during this quarter the Northern Hemisphere becomes gentle as it receives the least amount of sunlight. Sadhguru tells us that conquest is not the way, embrace is the way. If feminine was dominant on the...

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... planet - we would not be facing the kind of ecological disasters that we are facing, nobody would be going hungry in the world, and compassion, love and aesthetics would be dominant.

Synopsis: Every month, after the full moon day, days are counted - ninth day is called as Navami. These...

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... nine days are considered feminine. Dussehra is essentially about feminine goddess - because during this quarter the Northern Hemisphere becomes gentle as it receives the least amount of sunlight. Sadhguru tells us that conquest is not the way, embrace is the way. If feminine was dominant on the planet - we would not be facing the kind of ecological disasters that we are facing, nobody would be going hungry in the world, and compassion, love and aesthetics would be dominant.

November 2, 2018

4:22

Are Ramayana and Mahabharata Myths?

Synopsis: This is an absolutely fascinating debate between IIM Ahemadabad students and Sadhguru. Writing any summary would be a spoiler! Watch this to get an amazing insight into Indian history, into the life of Rama, and why we worship him - and above all, to see how patiently Sadhguru addresses contrarian perspectives.

Synopsis: This is an absolutely fascinating debate between IIM Ahemadabad students and Sadhguru. Writing any summary...

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... would be a spoiler! Watch this to get an amazing insight into Indian history, into the life of Rama, and why we worship him - and above all, to see how patiently Sadhguru addresses contrarian perspectives.

October 28, 2018

14:38

Mahadev, Mountains & Music – Any Connection?

Synopsis: Mohit Chauhan asks - I grew up in the hills in Himachal Pradesh and I'm extremely attached to the mountains and the beauty and the silence that I found out there. And of course a lot of inspiration came to me from Mahadev and Music. Would love if you can shed some light on the connection between these three - Mahadev, Mountains and Music and their significance in our lives.  Sadhguru reveals...

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... the connection - listen on. And towards the end enjoy the duet by Sadhguru and Mohit Chauhan of Shankar Sankat Harana...

Synopsis: Mohit Chauhan asks - I grew up in the hills in Himachal Pradesh and I'm extremely attached to the...

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... mountains and the beauty and the silence that I found out there. And of course a lot of inspiration came to me from Mahadev and Music. Would love if you can shed some light on the connection between these three - Mahadev, Mountains and Music and their significance in our lives.  Sadhguru reveals the connection - listen on. And towards the end enjoy the duet by Sadhguru and Mohit Chauhan of Shankar Sankat Harana...

October 13, 2018

4:35

Why is Devi depicted standing on a buffalo?

Synopsis: Sadhguru reveals many aspects in this short video. How the human mind evolved, and that the animal nature is still very much present in our brain. Modern neurologists tell us that one part of our brain is reptilian - which is instinctive. And over that a flower  of cerebral cortex developed. Devi killing Mashishasura and his Buffalo, symbolizes that one has transcended the animal nature,...

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... and your brain has fully blossomed. Sadhguru also tells us the significance of Navratri. And that out of 28 days of a moon cycle, 1 day is neutral, 9 days feminine and 18 days masculine. He also tells us that at one point many centuries ago feminine worship was dominant in Kashmir.

Synopsis: Sadhguru reveals many aspects in this short video. How the human mind evolved, and that the animal nature...

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... is still very much present in our brain. Modern neurologists tell us that one part of our brain is reptilian - which is instinctive. And over that a flower  of cerebral cortex developed. Devi killing Mashishasura and his Buffalo, symbolizes that one has transcended the animal nature, and your brain has fully blossomed. Sadhguru also tells us the significance of Navratri. And that out of 28 days of a moon cycle, 1 day is neutral, 9 days feminine and 18 days masculine. He also tells us that at one point many centuries ago feminine worship was dominant in Kashmir.

October 9, 2018

14:30

What is the significance of Ganesh Chaturthi?

Synopsis: In this talk, Sadhguru explains the significance of Ganesh Chaturthi. They create a god, create a whole frenzy around him for 7-14 days, or one month, and then dissolve the god. Sadhguru says that India is the only culture that understood that god is our creation. Ganesha is the symbol of intellectual activity, because he wrote great scriptures.

Synopsis: In this talk, Sadhguru explains the significance of Ganesh Chaturthi. They create a god, create a whole...

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... frenzy around him for 7-14 days, or one month, and then dissolve the god. Sadhguru says that India is the only culture that understood that god is our creation. Ganesha is the symbol of intellectual activity, because he wrote great scriptures.

September 14, 2018

8:09

How deities enhanced Ramanujam’s genius?

Synopsis: During the Youth and Truth event at SRCC college in Delhi, a student asks Sadhguru - "Sadhguru, the next question which we have. I'll just read it out for you. It is believed that Srinivas Ramanujam could write mathematical equations as if he had access to the whole universe. He also says that god dictates him those mathematical ideas. How can I reach to that state?" Sadhguru explains that all the...

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... technological advances are driven my the desire to enhance our own faculties. Like this, in India, machines with energetic process were created - these are called as deities. In a way, the human system is also an energy machine. Deities were designed and created to enhance the human capabilities, and that is what Ramanujam is referring to.

Synopsis: During the Youth and Truth event at SRCC college in Delhi, a student asks Sadhguru - "Sadhguru, the next...

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... question which we have. I'll just read it out for you. It is believed that Srinivas Ramanujam could write mathematical equations as if he had access to the whole universe. He also says that god dictates him those mathematical ideas. How can I reach to that state?" Sadhguru explains that all the technological advances are driven my the desire to enhance our own faculties. Like this, in India, machines with energetic process were created - these are called as deities. In a way, the human system is also an energy machine. Deities were designed and created to enhance the human capabilities, and that is what Ramanujam is referring to.

September 7, 2018

8:50

Should you seek God, or Liberation?

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us that God has always been of our making. If we do not like one, we can create another. Ones ultimate aim should be liberation, which is the aim of the spiritual movement. So is there only one path to liberation, or many? Sadhguru tells us.

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us that God has always been of our making. If we do not like one, we can create another....

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... Ones ultimate aim should be liberation, which is the aim of the spiritual movement. So is there only one path to liberation, or many? Sadhguru tells us.

July 2, 2018

2:36

What is the significance of the festival of Holi?

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us that holi is an opportunity to recognize that life is a very exuberant process. But human beings are caught up in their mind, and they remember everything that they should not, and they forget everything that they should! On holi, people throw colors on each others, and drench themselves in colors - this is to symbolize and remind ourselves that life is exuberant. It also means burning...

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... up all unnecessary things in your life - this is about burning the memory of past one year, and once again become a fresh life.

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us that holi is an opportunity to recognize that life is a very exuberant process. But...

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... human beings are caught up in their mind, and they remember everything that they should not, and they forget everything that they should! On holi, people throw colors on each others, and drench themselves in colors - this is to symbolize and remind ourselves that life is exuberant. It also means burning up all unnecessary things in your life - this is about burning the memory of past one year, and once again become a fresh life.

March 1, 2018

3:49

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

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

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

Namaskar – much more than just a greeting

The raging pandemic around the world has necessitated social distancing norms and 'Namaskar'  - the Indian way of greeting has gained much popularity. But this is not just a cultural thing. There is a whole Yogic science behind it as to how bringing the palms together balances one's energy system. It is the simplest form of Yoga, and this one simple tip from Sadhguru could open doorways of love and happiness for you.

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December 25, 2020

3 min read

is arranged marriage better?

A successful marriage depends upon how responsibly both the partners are behaving. If you make yourself into a joyful, wonderful human being, then you will see that your work, home and marriage will all be wonderful. Everything will be wonderful because you are. If one just remembers that you are coming together to fulfill your physical, psychological, emotional, social and various other needs, then you will conduct your marriage responsibly. But if you think the other person needs you, then ugliness will come in the relationship in many ways.

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October 12, 2020

6 min read

Sutra – a Power thread

A 'Sutra', literally means a thread. It is energised using certain Yogic processes to accomplish specific purpose. Different kinds of 'Sutras' are created according to the purpose.  For example, a 'Mangal Sutra' is about binding two people together as in marriage. Essentially, a 'Sutra' is a medium, an intelligent medium (generally a thread as its easy and handy to manage) made in a certain way that it functions for a certain time with a specific purpose.

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October 2, 2020

9 min read

Baalbek Temple in Lebanon – Does it have any Indian Yogic connection?

Sadhguru tells us about the incredible Baalbek temple in Lebanon. Local legend says that the temple was originally built by people "from the East." He tells us about curious facts about the temple. One such fact is that there are stone lotuses carved on the temple's ceiling. There are no lotuses in Lebanon. Sadhguru shares some more fascinating facts about this famous temple.

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August 4, 2020

3 min read

How To Be In an Indian Temple?

Unfortunately people today think that temples are places of prayer. Only in South India, people have still kept the basic instructions of going to the temple alive. Temples are not places of worship, they are not places to ask, it is a place to receive. You must sit there for some time and imbibe the energy. Sadhguru says - "You are not going there to tell god what he should do – you are there to make yourself available to a dimension of energy that you by yourself are not able to generate".

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February 10, 2020

8 min read

Are Superstitions Pseudo Science?

Is there no truth in superstitions? Not necessarily. They do have some scientific basis, but it has got distorted over a period of time. Unfortunately today we believe that if something comes from West, it is science, if it comes from East, it is superstition. Sadhguru says - "Everything – from how you should sit, stand and eat – was designed according to what is best for human wellbeing".

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November 27, 2019

3 min read

Why Do We Worship Rama?

If we look at Rama's life, by all accounts it appears to be a big failure. He loses his kingdom and is banished to the forest. Sita, his wife is abducted. He has to wage a war to free her. Once he brings her back, he faces criticism from his own people, and banishes Sita once again, considered by many as being unfair to women. He ends up fighting his own children, not knowing that they are his. And his wife dies in the forest. Then what is it about Rama, that we worship him. And is Rama relevant to India today?

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November 17, 2019

7 min read

A Blind Man Carrying A Lantern – A Zen Story

Sadhguru narrates a short zen parable of a blind man carrying a lantern, and then explains what the parable is trying to say. We create processes to benefit our lives. These become part of our culture. But most times we forget why these processes were created in the first place, and start following them blindly. Over time, these get distorted and don't serve the purpose that they were designed for. The new generation then wonders and gets confused about whether it is needed for our life or not. Sadhguru emphasizes this with an example of a certain tradition followed in Karnataka.

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July 30, 2019

3 min read

Why is Water Considered Spiritually Significant in India?

Soil becomes food, food becomes a body, and the body becomes soil again. It is the memory that is carried in the seed that makes soil into food and food into a body. And with a certain control over thought, emotions and energies, you can exert a tremendous amount of influence in the body - to a point where everything about the body can change. Our body constitutes about 65% of water, and today there is scientific evidence that with a thought and emotion, the molecular structure of water can be altered. So, without any chemical change, depending on the kind of memory the water carries, the same water, can either become a poison or an elixir of life!

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July 29, 2019

5 min read

What is Sanatana Dharma? Is it Relevant Today?

Sanatana means eternal, and Dharma means law. Sanatana Dharma are the fundamental laws that govern existence, it is an Existential Dharma. Dharma does not mean religion. So Sanatana Dharam is looking at underlying laws of existence for your life to happen in the best possible way. Sanatana Dharama is not Hindu; wherever you are whether you are Indian, Hindu or non-Hindu, it applies to everyone - because these are the basic laws of life. In this blog Sadhguru also elaborates on what is Smriti (Memory) and what is Shruti (tune of life), and also the meaning of the word Bharata.

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May 20, 2019

7 min read

The Significance of Indian Classical Music, And Activating The Chakras

Modern science tells us that the entire existence is a reverberation of energy - or in other words - an amalgamation of sounds. The human ear can hear only a small band of the spectrum. But in certain states - Rithambhara Pragna - you can hear the sounds beyond this limited spectrum. The whole existence can be experienced as sound. When sounds are arranged in a certain pattern, they impact our system in a certain way - this is the science of mantras. Indian classical music is a modification of the mantras - where both aesthetics and technical arrangements are important. Indian classical music can activate the chakras and evolve a human being into higher levels of consciousness.

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March 1, 2019

10 min read

What is Vidyarambham?

In the Indian culture, education of a child is always started after a certain process, called 'Vidyarambham'. This is so, so that before a child is empowered, in some way it is brought into the life of the child that he feels a certain responsibility for everything in the existence. This is important, otherwise intelligence will work against humanity. Sadhguru tells us, that it is only because the intelligent people in the world have co-operated, that today we have the most violent ways to destroy humanity, enabling a violent man to kill millions.

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October 19, 2018

3 min read

Why Do We Celebrate Dussera or Vijaydashmi?

Dussehra or Vijadashmi is essentially about feminine goddess or feminine divinity. After nine days of Navaratri, the tenth day is celebrated as Dussehra. Sadhguru tells us that the nine days of Navaratri are about vanquishing evil and wanton nature - three days for each of the three basic qualities - tamas, rajas and sattva. Tenth day, Vijaydashmi, means that you have won over all these three qualities. It signifies that how being in reverence and gratitude to everything that matters in our lives leads to success.

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October 18, 2018

3 min read

What is the sgnificance of Ayudha Puja?

Ayudha Puja is one of the most significant aspects of Navaratri celebrations. The deep wisdom behind Ayudha Puja, is that unless you approach the tools and instruments with a certain sense of reverence and involvement, they will not yield. Sadhsguru tells us, that among all the instruments that we use, the most fundamental instrument is our own body and mind - so Ayudha Puja means you become reverential towards your own body and mind.

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October 17, 2018

3 min read

How Important is Devi Workship today?

Unlike the past, when feminine worship was dominant across the planet, today masculine has become the way to be successful - even women are being compelled to become masculine. Sadhguru tells us that conquest or masculine is not the way. If feminine was dominant on the planet - we would not be facing the kind of ecological disasters that we are facing, nobody would be going hungry in the world, and compassion, love and aesthetics would be dominant.

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October 15, 2018

4 min read

Why Do We Celebrate Guru Purnima?

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

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July 25, 2018

9 min read

How to Recieve Guru’s Grace on Guru Purnima?

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

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July 24, 2018

9 min read

Are Traditions Important?

All traditions sprout from an inner experience. In order to share it with others, it becomes a system, then a tradition. Tradition sometimes becomes a religion and sometimes many other things. In India, to preserve the purity of what was transmitted, a tradition of oral transmission was followed, called the Guru-Shishya Paramparya. Tradition per se is not important; it is only a means for the current generation to experience some glorious experience what was the genesis of the tradition. Traditions get distorted over a period of time. Any tradition that does not work, will get demolished. If you can bring the original experience back to people, they will anyway preserve it.

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June 16, 2018

4 min read

What is a Pilgrimage?

Is there a difference between a pilgrim and a tourist? Both visit the same place! Sadhguru tells us that if you want to go on a pilgrimage, then you must totally give yourself to the journey and the place and not get distracted by your cellphone, or other things. Sadhguru tell is about his journey to Kailash over the last so many years, and how a pilgrimage to Kailash is a tremendous opportunity to return in an enhanced way.

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June 12, 2018

10 min read

Did Buddhism Originate in Tibet?

Contrary to popular perception, Gautama Buddha mainly spent his time in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India. In fact, Buddhism became a religion only after he left. During his time, India, what was once very spiritual and turned ritualistic. He wanted to bring a transformation back to spiritual ways. In India, people saw him as one more Yogi. Outside India, these ideas were so fresh, that entire nations took upon Buddha's ways. Buddhism as was taught initially was for the monks, too dry. Over a period it absorbed a lot of Yogic and Tantric cultures. Padmasambava brought Buddhism to Tibet 1300 years ago; and weaved Bon religion prevalent in Tibet at that time with Buddhism. Later Tibetan Buddhism also absorbed elements of Kashmiri Shaivism, as the people moved further North into Tibet because of invasions.

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May 29, 2018

3 min read

Why Do Married Indian Women Wear Kumkum?

Every material has a certain property. Some of them will gather and retain energy easier than others. So, if you keep them in an energized space, they will gather and retain those energies. Vibhuti, kumkum and to some extent sandal paste are such material. Kukum is made out of turmeric powder and lime. Chemical kumkums are of no use. In the Indian culture, a woman wearing kumkum is used as a certain symbolism, to indicate that she is married.

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January 18, 2018

3 min read

Why Do We Say ‘Mata, Pita, Guru, Daivam’?

In India there is a culture of saying mata (mother), pita (father), guru (teacher), daivam (divine). Sadhguru says - "When they say “mata, pita, guru, daivam”, they are just making a statement about the natural process of life". For an infant, mother is the most important, when the child begins to walk, the father becomes the most important. When that happens, for higher possibilities, a guru is a must. And when you are successful in that then the divine becomes a reality.

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October 28, 2017

3 min read

What Is The Significance of Indian Temples?

An Indian temple is not a place to petition god. They are energized spaces. They are consecrated to create an energy device to be made use of. Sadhguru says - "What was a tremendous science and a phenomenal technology, has largely been reduced by people to an emotional thing today". Each temple is created for a specific purpose. Sadhguru says - "Particularly in southern India, we created five temples to gain mastery over the five elements of earth, water, fire, wind and space".

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October 19, 2017

4 min read

What Is The Significance of Goddess Kali?

In India, yogis established different energy forms. Sadhguru says - "Certain yogis and mystics created particular forms for specific purposes. Some of these forms are pleasant, some fierce, some are very vibrant". Kali, is one such form, a very fierce form.

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September 21, 2017

4 min read

What Is The Significance of Tying Threads (Sutras)

Sutra means a thread. It also means a formula. Every material can be energized, however some forms and shapes will hold energy longer than others. Silk, Raw Cotton, Copper and Mercury are good in terms of absorbing and retaining energy. Cotton thread, is used extensively for this purpose. It is cheap and available commonly. It is further enhanced by using turmeric. Sadhguru also shares other benefits of turmeric. For different purposes, the thread is energized differently.

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June 22, 2017

7 min read

Can Classical Music Become Kriya Yoga?

Sadhguru tells us that kriya means internal action, sound or music is an external action. So, for most people, sound or music is karma not kriya. But music can be transformed into kriya. It depends on the quality of the listener. If one's listening becomes very keen, then the listening is not just limited to the eardrums, every cell in the body can reverberate. Sadhguru says - "If your whole body can listen, what is just entertainment can become kriya yoga for sure."

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May 18, 2017

7 min read

Why Do Different Cultures Have Different Music?

This is an insightful article by Sadhguru on sounds and music. Sadhguru shares the significance of the sound 'shhh' - the sound of silence. He says - "In the science of yoga, the sound “shh” is the fundamental because that is the basis, the first manifestation from stillness". He shares an incidence from his childhood to highlight, that there are some sounds for dance, and some for silence. Different cultures have different music. He says - "Whatever became the prime goal, accordingly you will see the music manifests around that."

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April 24, 2017

5 min read

Natesha – A Significant Dimension of Shiva

Sadhguru tells us that natesha is one of the most significant dimensions of Shiva. Shiva identified 84,000 postures the body can take, and derived 84 yogasanas from that. If it is done with poetic grace, it is called classical dance. The Indian art forms are based on the understanding of human mechanics, and are designed to evolve a human being into higher possibilities. In this culture, music and dance, were a spiritual process, and not for entertainment.

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February 17, 2017

3 min read

What Is The Significance of Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is famous for its sesame sweets and kite flying. Sadhguru says - "These festivals are a reminder that we need to craft our present and our future in a conscious manner". Sadhguru looks at the significance of this festival of movement, and explains how it is based on a profound understanding of cosmic and human geometry. Sadhguru also elaborates on the significance of the number 108. He says - "The significance of Makar Sankranti is that it is the time to remind yourself that celebrating movement is possible only when there is a taste of stillness within you."

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January 13, 2017

8 min read

What Is The Significance of The Festival of Pongal?

Sadhguru tells us that many cultures have been celebrating at the time of winter solstice. He says - "The ancient Egyptians always saw that during this month, the line between the physical and the spiritual is thin, or the two are brought close together". Sadhguru also elaborates on Bhogi, Mattu Pongal, Kaanum Pongal, and stresses on why it is important to revive rural India. He concludes by saying - "This is the time to do spiritual processes and sadhana. This is the time to fast. This is the time to prepare for a new beginning".

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January 12, 2017

9 min read

What Is The Significance of The Month of Margazhi?

Sadhguru says - "At this time of year the planet Earth is closest to the sun". The Sun's gravity is at its highest. Sadhguru says - "That is the effect the Margazhi month has on the human system – it pulls you from the base. Margazhi is a time to bring balance and stability to the system". Sadhguru speaks about the spiritual significance of this time and gives ways as to how we can make use of it to create balance and stability within ourselves.

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December 15, 2016

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Why Other Cultures Don’t Speak About Shiva?

Sadhguru tells us that the word 'Shi-va' literally means 'that which is not'. Today modern science is telling us that everything comes from nothing, and goes back to nothing. So, everything comes from Shiva and goes back to Shiva. There is no enlightened being who has not spoken about Shiva, but they have expressed it in the language and symbolism of their region. Sadhguru tells, that the sound 'Shi-va' was arrived at with a profound understanding of life, and uttering this sound directs energy in a certain way.

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September 9, 2016

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Importance of rituals for the dead

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

May 17, 2021

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Is wearing orange necessary for spiritual growth?

Monks and Orange have almost become synonyms - so much so…

April 19, 2021

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Significance of death rituals

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

February 26, 2021

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kashi – is it just another city or something else?

Kashi, Varanasi or Benares - a city known by many names…

January 22, 2021

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Namaskar – much more than just a greeting

The raging pandemic around the world has necessitated social distancing norms…

December 25, 2020

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is arranged marriage better?

A successful marriage depends upon how responsibly both the partners are…

October 12, 2020

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Sutra – a Power thread

A 'Sutra', literally means a thread. It is energised using certain…

October 2, 2020

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Baalbek Temple in Lebanon – Does it have any Indian Yogic connection?

Sadhguru tells us about the incredible Baalbek temple in Lebanon. Local…

August 4, 2020

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How To Be In an Indian Temple?

Unfortunately people today think that temples are places of prayer. Only…

February 10, 2020

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Are Superstitions Pseudo Science?

Is there no truth in superstitions? Not necessarily. They do have…

November 27, 2019

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Why Do We Worship Rama?

If we look at Rama's life, by all accounts it appears…

November 17, 2019

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A Blind Man Carrying A Lantern – A Zen Story

Sadhguru narrates a short zen parable of a blind man carrying…

July 30, 2019

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Why is Water Considered Spiritually Significant in India?

Soil becomes food, food becomes a body, and the body becomes…

July 29, 2019

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What is Sanatana Dharma? Is it Relevant Today?

Sanatana means eternal, and Dharma means law. Sanatana Dharma are the…

May 20, 2019

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The Significance of Indian Classical Music, And Activating The Chakras

Modern science tells us that the entire existence is a reverberation…

March 1, 2019

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What is Vidyarambham?

In the Indian culture, education of a child is always started…

October 19, 2018

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Why Do We Celebrate Dussera or Vijaydashmi?

Dussehra or Vijadashmi is essentially about feminine goddess or feminine divinity.…

October 18, 2018

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What is the sgnificance of Ayudha Puja?

Ayudha Puja is one of the most significant aspects of Navaratri…

October 17, 2018

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How Important is Devi Workship today?

Unlike the past, when feminine worship was dominant across the planet,…

October 15, 2018

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Why Do We Celebrate Guru Purnima?

The first full moon after the summer solstice (Dakshinayana) is Guru…

July 25, 2018

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How to Recieve Guru’s Grace on Guru Purnima?

On Guru Purnima, the position of the moon and planets is…

July 24, 2018

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Are Traditions Important?

All traditions sprout from an inner experience. In order to share…

June 16, 2018

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What is a Pilgrimage?

Is there a difference between a pilgrim and a tourist? Both…

June 12, 2018

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Did Buddhism Originate in Tibet?

Contrary to popular perception, Gautama Buddha mainly spent his time in…

May 29, 2018

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Why Do Married Indian Women Wear Kumkum?

Every material has a certain property. Some of them will gather…

January 18, 2018

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Why Do We Say ‘Mata, Pita, Guru, Daivam’?

In India there is a culture of saying mata (mother), pita (father), guru (teacher), daivam (divine). Sadhguru says…

October 28, 2017

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What Is The Significance of Indian Temples?

An Indian temple is not a place to petition god. They…

October 19, 2017

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What Is The Significance of Goddess Kali?

In India, yogis established different energy forms. Sadhguru says - "Certain…

September 21, 2017

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What Is The Significance of Tying Threads (Sutras)

Sutra means a thread. It also means a formula. Every material can…

June 22, 2017

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Can Classical Music Become Kriya Yoga?

Sadhguru tells us that kriya means internal action, sound or music is…

May 18, 2017

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Why Do Different Cultures Have Different Music?

This is an insightful article by Sadhguru on sounds and music.…

April 24, 2017

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Natesha – A Significant Dimension of Shiva

Sadhguru tells us that natesha is one of the most significant dimensions…

February 17, 2017

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What Is The Significance of Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is famous for its sesame sweets and kite flying.…

January 13, 2017

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What Is The Significance of The Festival of Pongal?

Sadhguru tells us that many cultures have been celebrating at the…

January 12, 2017

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What Is The Significance of The Month of Margazhi?

Sadhguru says - "At this time of year the planet Earth…

December 15, 2016

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Why Other Cultures Don’t Speak About Shiva?

Sadhguru tells us that the word 'Shi-va' literally means 'that which…

September 9, 2016

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