The story of Dhyanalinga

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Explore the profound journey of Sadhguru dedicated to manifesting his Guru's vision of establishing the Dhyanalinga. Sadhguru's path entails lifetimes of intense spiritual practices, reincarnations, and persistent efforts to navigate through both personal and societal challenges, eventually leading to establishing Dhyanalinga - deeply embedded with powerful energies.


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The story of Dhyanalinga

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

Many thousands years ago, there was a yogi whose name was Sunira. We believe Sunira was just the next generation after the Saptarishis. He lived and worked in the mountains which are presently in Nepal, and he took on an impossible project. Sunira saw that human consciousness could be evolved if you produce a perfect human being who could render this to all sorts of people. In a way, he comes from the tradition of Shiva; somewhere it’s his dream to build another being like that.

He wants to build a living Shiva once again, a perfect teacher for the world, who is completely multi-dimensional – not this kind of teaching, or that kind of teaching. As Shiva explored the whole human consciousness and human body in every possible way, he wants that kind of a living being, so he started building the energy body for that kind. And then he believed that he could build a physical body on top of that, and let him loose in the world with a lifespan of a few hundred, or thousand years, so that he will transform the whole world by the time his time is done.

So, he started working on this project, and of course he died unfulfilled. So, here and there, down these 40,000 years, many ambitious yogis picked up the same project that Sunira had left, and tried to reconstruct this energy body of a perfect teacher who can transform human consciousness. They called him Mythreya – ‘Mythreya’ means a friend. A true friend to the humanity to come and change humanity – the world teacher.

Generation after generation many yogis tried to continue to work on the same half-made project of Sunira. It’s always been in the yogic lore, but in the last century it came to the surface. It came to social knowledge because the theosophists worked on it. Annie Besant, Leadbeater, and Madame… whatever her name, I can never pronounce… Blavatsky. All 3 of them took this project up.

They said, we are going to make it. They amassed a vast amount of occult knowledge. Probably for the first time in the last few hundred years, and definitely for the first time, not in a traditional way, but in a modern way, they took up this project and they tried to locate this being. This unfinished project, they want to take it up and complete it. Some work was done.

They had the knowledge, but they did not have the capability. They acquired much information, but they could not acquire the necessary means to do anything like that. Twice they made serious effort to simply declare that they have completed the project, the perfect being has come, but it did not work.

Another parallel line was also being drawn for the last couple of millenniums, where another set of yogis who were aware of this… Sunira’s glorious, but quite impossible project. They started working upon a similar force to create a similar possibility, but with a completely different understanding of the same. Creating a perfect being, but not as a human being, not in human form, because putting it into a human being, such a possibility…Human system has all the capabilities, but still, it doesn’t have the necessary integrity of boundary to hold it.

There are previous experiences of creating, or attempting to create Dhyanalingas in many places. Any number of projects have started in the last 2,000, 3,000 years, and they have been abandoned half way, because of some problem or the other. In Bhojpur they attempted a Dhyanalinga about 1,000 years ago, a little more than 1,000 years ago. This was supported by a local king so it was hugely funded, and they built a magnificent temple, which is half done, and the rest of the plans they drew it on the stone, because there were no drawing boards.

They flattened up a rock, and they made an elaborate plan of the temple in all detailed architectural thing on the stone, they had a grand plan, a beautiful setting and everything, but half completed it stopped because of certain things. The lingam itself, they worked on it for more than 3 years, they had 14 people working on it, one yogi who started this whole process. But this yogi worked for over 2 years, and produced these 14 people, 7 men and 7 women, of enormous, or extraordinary accomplishment, and they started working.

They created this lingam almost 95% done. But at that time, an invasion happened. The invaders who came found these people in certain states which, whatever, looked freakish for them, and they attacked. When they attacked, his left foot was chopped off. Because of this damage in the body, he could not continue. So, he decided that they will merge themselves into the lingam and complete the work. So, they asked another yogi, trained another yogi to lock the energies.

This yogi left their bodies and merged into the lingam, but the other yogi who was supposed to do this was so overwhelmed by the situation, that he could not lock it. Because they did not lock it in time, the lingam just cracked up. Even now you can see, it’s a straight crack in the lingam, about 3

to 4 inches has just opened up, now they patched it up with lime, the archeological department has patched it up with lime, but it just cracked.

Building such structures has been the want of many yogis because creating tools for enlightenment, not just as teachings, not just as practices that one can do, but living tools that people can walk through, living tools by which people can be impacted towards that process, has always been the great desire of the yogis.

One of them who had such a desire, fixed me up for the job. My physical proximity with him was just for a few minutes. It is in these few moments that this fabulous, crafty man, enslaved me for his project. Everything that I did was around it, because it was my Guru’s dream, and it was his vision that the Dhyanalinga has to be established. This is my Guru’s will and grace. I think I must tell you something about the madness from where I come.

Everything that I did was around it, because it was my Guru’s dream. After 2 lifetimes of heartbreaking sadhana, very intense, very… truly heartbreaking sadhana, these 2 lifetimes I was referred to by people as Shiva Yogi. And.. when it was needed, when my Guru appeared, and when he felt he did not feel fit to touch me, he touched me with his stick, and everything that needs to be realized was realized. I was at the very peak of anything can be. So, that being was referred to as Shiva Yogi, trying to fulfill the mission that was put into him, didn’t work.

He came back again as Sadhguru Shri Brahma. He tried very hard, almost successful, but couldn’t fix the goodwill in the society, because the intensity of who he is could not be understood in the social circumstances. They couldn’t fulfill that. He prepared a few people, and then went up the mountain. He was checking himself – why has he failed? He’s got everything; why is it, it didn’t happen? He knew it’s not that he lacks the competence, it’s just that he did not garner the social support that was needed. So, he went up the mountain for the last time.

Before going up he announced here, at the foothills; a few of his disciples gathered, they said, “What now?” He said, “Ivan thirupi varuvan” – that means, “This one will be back again.” And he went up the mountain for the last time. And he did a rare thing: he left his body through all his 7 chakras at the same time. This is he’s just checking himself; he knows it’s not so, but still the first blame should be on you when something doesn’t work.

So, he’s checking in case I’m not good, or I’m not good enough. So, he left his body through all his 7 chakras. This phenomenal energy, this very distinct energy which is nowhere else, you can experience on the 7th hill. It’s very, very different from anything that you would find anywhere, it’s distinctly different. So, with that done he knew what is the problem is, you didn’t handle the circumstance properly.

This round when we came, we planned everything to a point where we decided a few people that I need, where they are born, in which womb, how, everything was planned – it went accordingly. The people needed for the consecration, I placed them in the right kind of places, so that everything comes together at the right time. In spite of that, it took 18 years of preparation in this life to put it together, to put the people together, to remind them of their past, to get them there. In spite of that, it took 18 years of preparation in this life to put it together.

Now, this is too fairytalish for you, but this is something that’s a living reality for us. So, the consecration process itself took 3-and-half years, a very intense process. People who witness these things, their lives are never the same again. Things that they had not imagined in their wildest dreams they witnessed; they still can’t believe that it actually happened in their presence. Yogi Sunira, he worked through his lifetime, and towards the end of his life, when this dream of creating a perfect being remained unfulfilled, yogi Sunira made a prophecy that long time from now – long, long time from now, this work that I have started will find fulfillment and reverberate not here, but in the green hills of the South.

Our hills are green, we are in the South. So, whatever, Sunira’s prophecy has come true, but not the way he thought it would. Dhyanalinga is like a living guru. The role of a guru in a spiritual seeker’s life is not just about giving teachings and guidances. The most fundamental thing why a spiritual seeker seeks a guru is because a guru can ignite his energies into a different dimension. That aspect of guru’s role in a spiritual seeker’s life is very well fulfilled by the Dhyanalinga. Once a person is in the sphere of Dhyanalinga, he cannot escape the sowing of the spiritual seed of liberation within himself.

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