Questioner: Vanakam, Sadhguru. You said in one of your speeches that Shiva has entered your life and enslaved you. Why did it happen to you? Why not others? The consciousness of truth that you have, that is because of the seeking that you did. But this thing, why did it happen?
Sadhguru: I think in some way I already touched this. See, just now, for the previous question what we spoke is relevant to this. The most important thing is to see what is true. Not socially what is true. Socially different things are true for different people. Existentially what is true. Psychologically different things are true for different people, but existentially what is true, we must see.
In the sense, the fact of the matter is, do you know where you came from to this planet? Do you know? Either through your religion or through your science or through some philosophy, do you know for sure from where you came? Hello? Hello? Do you know where you will go, after you die? No. Do you know where you are right now in the cosmos? Do you have a GPS to tell you – in this cosmos, this is where you are? Do you know? Do you really know? You don’t even know where the cosmos begins where it ends, so how do you know where you are? Sitting on this little mud ball, called planet – you and me sitting here and talking all this, quite miraculous, isn’t it?
You don’t know where you come from. You don’t know where you will go. You did not exist, probably thirty years ago, most of you. Today you are here. You will not exist after hundred years. Many people like you and me have sat here like this talking all kinds of rubbish. And they are nowhere to be seen. You don’t a damn thing about life. Yes or no? Hello?
You may know life in Chennai, but you don’t know a damn thing about this [self] life. If you realize this, and if you’re conscious of this, what would you do? Any conclusion you make is just utterly stupid, isn’t it? Hello? Whatever the conclusion – “No, God made me and I’ve come and I’ll go back to God”. Please go back. If you’re so bloody sure. “No, God is up there!” But the planet is round and the damn thing is spinning, you’re obviously looking up always in the wrong direction.
You don’t know a damn thing about anything, please know this. If you realize this, you will become super open to everything. Alert and open. If you just become this – alert and patient, this will happen to you. This is why symbolically – now, don’t think I’m spreading a religion for you, because this is not a religious process. Symbolically, outside every Shiva temple, they put a Nandi. Nandi is a symbolism of eternal waiting. Alert, and waiting. He never said, “Where the hell are you? Come!” He simply waits. This is considered as the highest level of intelligence – because, you are alert, and you’re stable, now things will happen to you. Everything that’s real will touch you.
But otherwise, you’re busy with your own creation. What you think your thought, brilliant thought that some of you are having is just recycling of the limited data that you have gathered. Yes or no? Hello, there’re many computer engineers here. Whatever thought that you are having, is just recycling a very limited data that you have gathered. Yes or no?
So, the important thing in this is, the yogic culture always identified with ignorance, not with knowledge. Because, whatever we may know, if we have read the libraries on the planet, if you have one-hundred PhDs, still what you know is a minuscule in this existence, isn’t it? Hello? Hello? In this cosmos, it doesn’t matter how much we know, if you are the most knowledgeable person on this planet, still what you know is just a tiny little miniscule.
If you identify with this miniscule, you will become a miniscule, because what you identify with you become isn’t it? You identify with India, you become an Indian. You identified with Hindu, you become Hindu. You identify with Islam, you become Muslim, yes or no? What you identify with, you become that. If you identify with this little knowledge, you will become that. But our ignorance is boundless. Hello? So you identify with your ignorance, you identify with what you do not know, now you’re all the time one-hundred percent open and alert to everything. If you just do that, everything will descend upon you.