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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

What Is The Significance Of Ayudha Puja?

Synopsis: Ayudha Puja is the most significant aspect of Dussehra celebrations. Dussehra or Navaratri, is a journey from darkness to light. One should become reverential towards the instruments that you employ - and the most fundamental and basic instrument is your own body and your own mind. Once you establish a certain distance between you and your body and mind, that signifies victory. So, the last...

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... day is celebrated as vijadashmi or the day of victory.

Synopsis: Ayudha Puja is the most significant aspect of Dussehra celebrations. Dussehra or Navaratri, is a journey...

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... from darkness to light. One should become reverential towards the instruments that you employ - and the most fundamental and basic instrument is your own body and your own mind. Once you establish a certain distance between you and your body and mind, that signifies victory. So, the last day is celebrated as vijadashmi or the day of victory.

October 31, 2018

1:54

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 Does the Kumbh Mela Signify?

Synopsis: The Kumbh mela is held at Allahbad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Millions of people from all over India gather at this one of a kind event, that happens only once every 12 years. And the 'Maha Kumbh Mela' happens only once every 144 years. Sadhguru reveals the significance of this mela...

Synopsis: The Kumbh mela is held at Allahbad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Millions of people from all over India gather...

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... at this one of a kind event, that happens only once every 12 years. And the 'Maha Kumbh Mela' happens only once every 144 years. Sadhguru reveals the significance of this mela...

June 7, 2018

2:35

Why is it important to be equanimous?

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 - "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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

4 min read

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

7 min read

A Blind Man Carrying A Lantern – A Zen Story

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

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…

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…

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…

March 1, 2019

10 min read

What is Vidyarambham?

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

October 19, 2018

3 min read

Why Do We Celebrate Dussera or Vijaydashmi?

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

October 18, 2018

3 min read

What is the sgnificance of Ayudha Puja?

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

October 17, 2018

3 min read

How Important is Devi Workship today?

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

October 15, 2018

4 min read

Why Do We Celebrate Guru Purnima?

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

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…

July 24, 2018

9 min read

Are Traditions Important?

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

June 16, 2018

4 min read

What is a Pilgrimage?

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

June 12, 2018

10 min read

Did Buddhism Originate in Tibet?

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

May 29, 2018

3 min read

Why Do Married Indian Women Wear Kumkum?

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

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…

October 28, 2017

3 min read

What Is The Significance of Indian Temples?

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

October 19, 2017

4 min read

What Is The Significance of Goddess Kali?

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

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…

June 22, 2017

7 min read

Can Classical Music Become Kriya Yoga?

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

May 18, 2017

7 min read

Why Do Different Cultures Have Different Music?

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

April 24, 2017

5 min read

Natesha – A Significant Dimension of Shiva

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

February 17, 2017

3 min read

What Is The Significance of Makar Sankranti

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

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…

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…

December 15, 2016

3 min read

Why Other Cultures Don’t Speak About Shiva?

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

September 9, 2016

4 min read

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