Sadhguru’s skydiving adventure

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Sadhguru shares his experience of skydiving. Sadhguru shares a 'shankaran Pillai' joke to illustrate that life is only in the 'now. He also gives a simple experiment to demonstrate that life is only in the 'now'! You should measure life in terms of experiences, not in terms of time. So, are you life oriented, or death oriented?


Duration: 6 min


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Sadhguru’s skydiving adventure

The following is an unedited transcript of Sadhguru's video. For better readability, breaks and highlights have been added by the editors.

I was flying in Indiana, in United States. Then, before flying, there was some time, the pilot didn’t come. Then I was just going around, seeing all their photographs, and records, and things. This club has been there for over 30 years… and there were good records, and all this. Then I asked – how many have died? They said, only 17 people. In the last 30 years, only 17 people.

I said ok, today being 18, the chances are low, but it’s possible, it’s possible. Then the pilot comes late, and he says sorry-sorry, and jumps into his suit, and does all those things in such a rush. Then I wonder, the guy who is tying these knots, if he also has come late, and tied it up in a hurry, then it’s a issue.

So, you are jumping off without anything. Well, you have it on your back, but when you jump, you are just jumping off. So, that last moment, will this open or not – just one string, strings attached you know, only one string – like this you should do. You can’t pull it and test it, because if it open up here, you can’t jump. So, you are not supposed to test it. You are supposed to believe somebody who has tied the knot, and believe he has done it perfect. We do not know if he is putting the knot for the first time!

Thirteen-Fourteen thousand feet, a plane flies. Usually it is a rickety old plane. When I went, the plane was making such horrible noises, it was easier to jump than stay in the plane.

In the state of Ohio, Shankaran Pillai went to learn skydiving. So he is about to jump. And the instructor said, When I say – you pull the string. Only one string. There’s no backup string. Only one string. So Shankaran Pillai asked, “Suppose it doesn’t open, the parachute, how much time do I have?” The instructor said, “Well, all your life.” Your entire life.

This is the nature of life. Your entire life is now

This is the nature of life. Your entire life is now. You have to breathe now, you have to eat today, you have to drink water today. You cannot live on yesterday’s stuff, isn’t it? One day if you stop all this, one minute if you stop all this, life starts going down. Don’t believe what I’m saying, just check. Check with your life. Let me live – so many days, all these years I have been breathing – let me live [without]. Try. Immediately it’ll tell you, this is not the way you idiot. Is it telling you or no?

No no, I loved somebody so much, and she’s gone right now. I want to die. Try. Says hell with her, I want to live, this says. Stock market crashed, I lost all my money, I want to die. Try. Life says hell with your stock market, I want to live. Yes or no?

Are you life oriented or are you death oriented?

Are you life oriented or are you death oriented? This is the question. Because, life is very brief, but death is very long. Hello? People who died have died for a long time, isn’t it? People who lived, just lived for a few years. There is no long life. Only a miserable person has a long life. Otherwise, there is no long life. Where is long life? Even I am becoming old. Hello? One who is exuberant, and joyful, and involved, where long life? It’s just bloody brief life. Yes or no? I bless you with a brief life. Not in terms of time, but in terms of experience.

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