Questioner: Namaskaram Sadhguru. What is Saligram? Is it a special type of stone? Can it be used for different types of consecration and also for Tantrik processes. Is there any specification, like what kind of materials we can use for such kinds of practices or consecrations? And, specific this thing of a Saligram…
Sadhguru: Saligram – generally what you find in the stores is mostly an egg shaped stone. Children who could not buy marbles, used to pick stones in the rivers, and play games with it, you know. Yes! Children who can’t buy glass marbles, went to the river and picked up round shaped stones and started playing with it. And somebody made a very simple game a very serious thing. So, most of the Saligrams that you see are just stones, without any. particular – they are just nice stones. I hope people stop picking them from river beds, because at this rate – I was telling them when we went to Kailash – everybody wants to pick up a stone. There was a time when people were walking from here, from Tamilnadu people walked all the way to Kailash – if 10 people started off, only 2 people came back. At that time, it was okay for those people to bring 2 small pieces of stone, all the way. Because anyway they wouldn’t bring this big stone carrying…walking all the way back. They brought 2 small stones for the eight people that they left back there. That was okay.
Now you are going in vehicles, very comfortably. And, you want to load a bag full of stones, and come home. At this rate – I was just telling them – if this happens, in a few years, the whole of Kailash will be in Tamilnadu! We are transporting the whole mountain piece by piece. The number of people that are going – and we are planning to take thousands of people. So, please leave the Kailash stones in Kailash, it’s no good for you. You want to carry some water, it’s okay. Water migrates without your permission. Stones still don’t migrate. So, wherever these stones are found – Ganga, Yamuna, wherever – if you have picked them up, please carry it all the way back, and throw it back into the same river. Because the life in that river has to happen, all these things are needed.
Saligram is a particular kind of stone which is extremely rare to find
Saligram is a particular kind of stone which is extremely rare to find. Generally, sea animals are being sold as saligrams. Any piece of stone is being sold as saligram. Those are not saligrams. Or people are moulding them in various kind of resins and selling them. Definitely that is not saligram.
Saligram is a rare piece of stone which is one in a billion. If you manage to pick it, and even if you pick it you may not know the difference unless you’re of a certain kind. And if you happen to pick a genuine saligram, if you do happen to pick a genuine saligram, then you’re in real trouble. Because you should know how to manage this. Otherwise you will be in lot of trouble. It can can also make your life, if you know how to use it, it’s a great treasure if you know how to use it. Otherwise it can be disastrous if you do not know how to use it.
People who are living in family situations, simple lives without much discipline, without much focus, without much awareness should never ever keep a saligram in their home
People who are living in family situations, simple lives without much discipline, without much focus, without much awareness should never ever keep a saligram in their home. If they do, they could go through any amount of turmoil. We have seen such families. Somebody, you know, 2-3 generations ago, your grandmother, grandfather, somebody brought a saligram. They made their life out of it. But after they died, the next generation do not know how to keep it. And those families go through such turmoil, and such horrors which are unimaginable. Because they simply do not know how to manage the energy.
It is like you have a powerhouse, you have a power generating source in your house and you don’t know how to manage the energy, and you will be constantly in trouble, isn’t it? Whatever you touch, you will be in trouble. So this is just like that. iI’s a tremendous power storehouse of energy. It is like a mini cosmos. It is a micro cosmos in its own way. Because it carries the same type of energy as cosmos would in its magnified version.
This thing about seeking eka mukhi, seeking saligrams, please leave these things alone. This is not a genuine spiritual process
So, this thing about seeking eka mukhi, seeking saligrams, please leave these things alone. This is not a genuine spiritual process. This is a souvenir collection. You know, wherever you go, you want to pick up something and think this is sacred, that is sacred. Everybody wants a eka mukhi. You yourself have many faces. When you have many faces, if you wear eka mukhi, you are asking for trouble. If your whole life is just one pointed and then you wear it, it’s a great thing. Your life is going in different directions. You are playing many roles. You have different faces for different people that you see in your life. Don’t you? Don’t you have many faces, I’m asking? When you have many faces, if you wear a eka mukhi, you are looking for trouble – just like that. Stop looking for these fanciful things. There is something you can do with ‘this’ [self] one. Let’s do that. Instead of going about looking for fancy pieces in a riverbed or on a tree, or wherever else. Leave them. If you. deserve such things, it will come to you somehow. But, I don’t think you need them right now.