The Tree of Knowledge
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
“This life for me is an endeavour to help people experience and express their divinity. May you know the bliss of the Divine”
– Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev
We are happy to welcome Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev in our midst. Sadhguru, founder of the Isha Foundation (“Isha” means the formless primordial source of creation) will be introducing us to the powerful yoga programs for inner transformation -‘Inner Engineering: Technologies for Wellbeing’. Sadhguru, a realized Master and profound mystic of our times, he is an intriguing blend of ancient wisdom and modern insight.
At home in loincloth as much as he is in blue jeans, barefoot through the mighty Himalayas, or straddling a BMW motorcycle on the expressway, Sadhguru is the most unusual mystic that one can encounter. Marking a clear departure from mere customs and rituals, Sadhguru’s scientific methods for self-transformation are both direct and powerful. Belonging to no particular tradition, Sadhguru incorporates and presents what is most valid for the contemporary life from the yogic sciences. Above all, Sadhguru’s life epitomizes the immense possibility that every human being carries – a possibility to live life beyond limitations.
Sadhguru’s vision and understanding of modern social and economic issues have led to interviews with BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNNfn, and Newsweek International. His insights are regularly featured in India’s leading national newspapers. A well-known public figure, he regularly draws crowds of more than 300,000 people for his public talks and “satsangs” (group meditation). Traversing seamlessly from the ancient to the ultramodern, Sadhguru bridges the gap between the known and the unknown, enabling all those who encounter him to explore and experience the deepest dimensions of life.
Sadhguru’s introductory program, Inner Engineering, introduces Shambhavi Maha Mudra – a simple but powerful kriya (inner energy process) for deep inner transformation. Isha Kriya is a simple yet potent practice created by Sadhguru, to experience the boundless energy within. The word ‘Isha’ refers to that which is the source of creation, while kriya literally means ‘internal action.’ The purpose of Isha Kriya is to enable an individual get in touch with the source of one’s existence, in order to create life according to one’s vision and ambition. Provided as a free guided meditation online (www.ishakriya.com) and available with written instructions as well, Isha Kriya has the potential to transform the life of anyone who is willing to invest just a few minutes a day.
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Don’t fight with your passions and desires: When this one thing is not fixed within you, then every moment is a struggle, because every moment has a doubt; “What shall I do? May be I am missing out, may be I am missing life, maybe this or that may not happen to me,” all kinds of things. There are so many things that we don’t know about, that other people may be doing. They may be eating, enjoying and doing many other things. Nathalie, have you ever eaten cockroach pickle? No, isn’t it? You missed it? But for someone who has eaten it a few times and it is not available anymore, only he misses it. It is just the way we make it in our mind. Nobody is missing anything. It is just that you make it that way within yourself. “Oh I did not eat this. I didn’t go snow skiing or disco dancing!” This is simply because you have made these things important in your mind. If you fix the goal of your life, you will not miss anything. All these vasanas are there within everybody. The past karmas have influences over you, they push you this way and that way. All your passions, all your desires, you can’t fight with them. Don’t ever try to fight with your passions and desires. Fighting with them is like fighting the demon, Mahishasura. If one drop of his blood falls, a thousand Mahishasura rise up. Your desires and passions are just like this. There is no point fighting them. Just educate your passions, educate your desires to flow in the right direction, that is all. You can never fight them. Fighting them will be futile, it will be a waste of life.
How does one know a genuine guru when one sees him? The concept of a genuine or fake guru is as flimsy as a genuine light and fake light. Either he’s a guru or not. When we put on a light, it does not matter whether it’s halogen, fluorescent or candlelight. When it lights up, it clears the darkness. How it manages it, is not your problem. The problem today is that whoever has read even two chapters of the Bhagavad Gita, becomes a guru. Everyone today seeks solace. Seeking solace means seeking survival — psychological, emotional, physical, financial or social. For your physical survival, you take up a job; for emotional survival you marry; for social survival you join a club and for your psychological survival, you consult a psychiatrist.
But for all kinds of survival, you go to a guru. You go to him/her because you have a different kind of longing—to go beyond the parameters of human existence. A guru should give you the jitters. You should be most uncomfortable with him. You want to run away, but something holds you back. You constantly seek him, amidst emotional violence. He threatens you with his presence. If he does not threaten you with his energy or his presence, then he cannot be your guru.
What is a guru’s duty? If I tell you this, you might misconstrue it. But a guru’s work is fundamentally destructive. He should destroy the way you are till something bigger happens. His existence finds meaning when he destroys the limited in you, so that the ‘unbounded’ can face the world. The guru is someone who continuously punctures your ego, yet is your friend.
Teachings on Stillness: Stagnation is a certain disease. It is anti-life. Stillness is a tremendous amount of life not manifesting itself in any way. It is just there – potent. That is God. God is stillness, not stagnation. The mind is stagnation. Sadhana is a force which moves you from stagnation to stillness, but between stagnation and stillness, when they are together, there seems to be very little difference, since your logical mind only understands in terms of moving and not moving. Not moving is stagnation, but stillness is also not moving.
If you look at it objectively, stillness and stagnation are about the same. Physically they could be seen as about the same, but qualitatively they are worlds apart. A person who is meditating and a person who is sleeping may look about the same. One is sitting and sleeping, another is lying down and sleeping, that is all. For a person who doesn’t know the difference, that’s all he sees. Externally there may be no difference between stillness and stagnation. Internally there is a tremendous difference. From stagnation to stillness, from ignorance to enlightenment, that’s the difference. Once the stillness comes into your life, then the mind also becomes absolutely still. When your mind becomes still, your intelligence explodes.
Extracts from Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s: ‘Essential Wisdom from a Spiritual Master’
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