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Those who have given themselves totally to me, even for a single moment, they do not have to worry about their liberation. Liberation is assured. To live gracefully or not, that is not assured. That is something that you have to earn. There is no other way.

The reason why sadhana is done is that life is not 100% in your hands. Many people may not run their full prarabdha, either because of injury, accident, disease or for any reason. Most people die in hospitals today because they are not running their full prarabdha. How many people die every day, without any ill health, just out of old age? It is a small percentage.

Sadhana is done so that you create a certain sense of awareness, and you are hastening the process of the dissolution of karma so that your prarabdha gets finished faster and faster. If you dissolve some aspects of your prarabdha – generally you are working towards the mental and emotional dimensions of your prarabdha – you can live in a blessed state for a longer period of your life. If you dissolve them, your physical prarabdha is still there, so you continue to live, but without the struggles of the mind and the emotions. That is a blessed state. When physical prarabdha is over, the body will drop itself. The possibility of liberation is so much higher.

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The bark of a dog, the chirping of a bird, the drone of the insects, the full-throated symphony of the frogs, the drum, and the sacred chant are all the same to the divine ear.

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My problem is that I have known something within myself that no one around knows, and I know the significance of this. I know what it means to be with this or not to be with this. For nothing in the universe would I want to be deprived of what I have within me right now, because this is much more
than anything else. I am talking in this context. For someone else, the uncle’s daughter’s friend’s
birthday may be more exciting than this.

It is unfortunate if your life passes away without knowing the profoundness of your existence. Missing that possibility is tragic. But even to know that something tragic is happening, you need a certain awareness. Millions and millions of people are born and will go through life without knowing anything, and they will die without even a pang of wanting to know. The fact that you are sitting here means you at least had one pang of wanting to know something beyond your limitations. You should not ignore that.

That pang, that longing to know is very important and significant. That must be fueled and nurtured. It must become such a longing that you cannot live without knowing. But because you do not know what to do, you have to wait. Whatever you do is wrong. The compassionate Buddha called everyone in the world a fool. Even I think so, but I do not say that because I am in the 21st century. Twenty-five centuries ago, he could say what he wanted. Today, you must be politically correct. Even if the politics are stupid, you have to adjust to it and say utterly idiotic things that do not make any life sense.

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Life has no use at all, declared Adiyogi. It is simply a phenomenon. Little acts have purpose. But life is not framed within the narrow grid of utility. It is beyond frames. It is beyond grids. It is beyond utility. If you have a taste of this existence beyond purpose, of life beyond sense, you are enlightened.

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Reporter: What does enlightenment feel like?

Sadhguru "Take your greatest experience in life ever, and make that your baseline."


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If your energy body is in full vibrancy, the physical body will naturally fix itself.

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' From Stagnation To Radiance '

"Shiva himself said that when women outnumber men on this planet, at that time Kali Yuga will come to an end."

Right now here [referring to the number present at the consecration] women clearly outnumber men.
When #KaliYuga ends the next yuga is supposed to bring forth better people.
It will bring forth devas.
The word ‘deva’ literally means a radiant being.

Essentially, all life upon this planet is solar-powered. It is just that some life holds what comes to it; some life radiates what comes to it.

"If you choose to radiate, you become a deva.
If you hold back you become a rakshasa."

Not because you do something that somebody thinks is bad do you become a rakshasa.
You become a rakshasa because you have no sense of giving.

Giving does not necessarily mean this or that; just that your life process is a giving.

When you are this way, giving will happen the way it needs to happen.
It is not that you have to think,
‘Where should I give?
How much should I give?
What should I give?’
That calculation destroys everything.

If there is a certain sense of giving in everything that you are, if you become a giving, you become a deva.

Sitting here, consecration after consecration, if you continue to remain a rakshasa
– ‘what can I get’; ‘what can I get’
– you will get a stone in the end or maybe nobody will even bother to put a stone.

If you transform your life from
‘What can I get?’ to ‘What can I give?’
if every moment of your life is a process of giving, you become a deva.

Giving is not about developing an attitude.
If you allow life to happen, it is a giving. The nature of life is like that. If it holds it becomes stagnant. Only if it keeps flowing, this is a beautiful experience.

If you horde life, if you become a stagnant life, it is a miserable life. You will have everything, yet you will have nothing. You will have more than everybody but you will have nothing in your experience, because life is not in quantities.

Life is only in the intensity of experience. ‘How much do I have’ doesn’t make your life big or small; how intensely you are experiencing it right now, is what makes your life big or small.

I have had the privilege of meeting and seeing all kinds of beggars. I have seen various kinds of beggars: crippled beggars, blind beggars, malnourished beggars, well-fed beggars, and billionaire beggars.

So this was a real beggar on the street. He had collected a few kilograms of rice for the day.
In India a lot of people don’t give money to the beggars, they give grains. Giving rice is a very common practice.

He had collected quite a bit of rice for the day, in his bag. Then he saw a fine chariot coming and thought, ‘Oh a rich man, maybe I’ll go and beg. If he is generous he may give a gold coin, something.’ He went there to beg.

A really radiant being got down from the chariot; a fabulous looking man. Just when the beggar was about to beg, the man put his hands in front of him and said, ‘Bhiksham dehi,’ he is begging.

He thought, ‘Oh my God.’ The tradition is, if somebody stands in front of you and asks something, you should not deny him.

For a human being to come to a place within himself where he has to beg, once he has put himself into such a despicable place, you must give him something. That’s the tradition.

The beggar looked at him and said,
‘Okay, you look rich but you’re begging,
as per my tradition and culture I can’t say no.’
So he took out one grain of rice from his bag and gave it to the rich man. That man took it and went.

The beggar came home, storing up the rice. Then, as he was pouring the rice into a container, he saw one grain of rice had turned into solid gold.

He sat and cried, ‘If I only had put my whole bag into that man’s hand, I would have had a bagful of gold.’ That’s how life is.

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The more you try to be special, the more you get hurt. Just be, just melt and become part of the wind around you, the earth around you, become a part of everything.

You are here only for a while. Atleast when you're in a place like this, where nobody is going to trample on you, let your defenses down. Let it be. Forget your comforts, your sensibilities, your likes and dislikes. Leave all that nonsense and be with me. Live like the snakes. Just crawl around, eat and if you feel like curling up under a tree, do it; at least for a few days, it's worthwhile. I am telling you, a lot of barriers can be removed by going out and living in nature. That's the reason why, when one begins a spiritual journey, they go to the Himalayas or to some other mountain. By merging with nature and living there, the ego will be destroyed, just by doing that. That itself is half the sadhana.

I met some Naga Babas in a place just above Kedar, in the Himalayas, and stayed them for two days. They had run out of money; they were hungry and cold. For two days I took care of their food and spent time with them. I only had on a little woolen in-shirt and a T-shirt. Fortunately, somebody had given me a shawl which was a big blessing. If the shawl hadn't been there, I would have frozen. It was so cold that even my insides were shivering. I could literary feel the stomach bag shiver. These Babas are naked sadhus who are not supposed to wear anything that is stiched. They wrapped something like a shawl over themselves, because it was too cold. They weren't even wearing footwear and they didn't even have money for tea. They were saving the little they had to go to Kumbh Mela.

That was more important for them than having something to eat. When I asked them what their sadhana was, they said they were doing nothing. They just roam about like the nagas, the snakes. Their Guru had told them to spend twelve years in the Himalayas and then he would initiate them. When one is so uni-directional that he can wait for twleve years, being oblivious to harsh weather and difficult living conditions and just wait for his initiation, reaching the highest can't be denied to him.

There's not much for the Guru to do; whether he has something to give or not, these guys will get it anyway because of the very way they have made themselves. They don't need a Guru. If a man has that much patience and stamina that he can stay for twelve years, not knowing when or if the next meal is going to come, just waiting in that terrifying cold in a queue to be initiated, he will get it anyway. That itself is a sadhana. The Guru knows that if he initiates someone the same day the person comes to him, it will be wasted on the man. He will waste the whole opportunity. So he sends hundreds of people to the mountain like this every year. Maybe only some of them make it - many run away because it's a very difficult path. It's very tough to stay in such conditions. When a person is willing to do this, whether he does it or not, that's not the point. If he's willing to go to any length, that man gets it. It is that simple.

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Why We Fall Out of Love (And What to Do to Prevent It)


Very often, we find that two people who come together out of love grow apart as the years go by. Why does this happen?

Let’s say you planted a coconut tree and a mango tree in your garden when they were young saplings, and they were the same height. You thought they would get along pretty well, a great love affair! And if both of them remained stunted and never grew, they would remain compatible. But if both of them grow to their full potential, they will grow to different heights, shapes and possibilities.

"If you are looking for sameness between two people, the relationship will always fall apart."

After all, a man and a woman come together because they are different. So it is the differences that brought you together, and the differences may become starker and more manifest as one grows. Unless you learn to enjoy the differences as you grow, falling apart or growing apart will naturally happen. If you are expecting both people to grow in the same direction and in the same way, that is unfair to both people. It will curtail and suffocate both of their lives. Whether you fall apart in years, in months or in days simply depends on how fast you are growing.

This whole expectation that the person who partners with you should be just like you is a sure way to destroy a relationship. It is a sure way to destroy the garden. Allow, nurture and enjoy the differences between you and your partner. Otherwise, the situation will be maintained in such a way where one person is compulsively dependent upon the other, or both people are compulsively dependent upon each other.

We need to understand that relationships happen because of certain needs — physical, emotional and psychological needs. Whatever the nature of the relationship, the fundamental aspect is you have a need to be fulfilled. We may claim many things for why we have formed a relationship, but if those needs and expectations are not fulfilled, relationships will go bad.

And as people grow and mature, these needs change. When these needs change, what looked like everything between two people will not feel the same after some time. But we do not have to base a relationship on these same needs forever and feel that the relationship is over. We can always make the relationship mature into something else.

Whatever the needs that brought people together need not be the fundamentals of a relationship forever. The very fundamentals of a relationship have to change as time passes, and as one ages and matures in many different ways. If that change is not made, growing apart or falling apart is definitely a certainty.

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Among the four aspects of who you are — your body, mind, emotion and energy — people generally know emotion as the strongest force within them. This is the reason why emotion is widely used in the religious and spiritual context, and love in particular, because it creates a conducive atmosphere around you. Let us look at it technically — not in terms of good or bad, right or wrong.

Love essentially means somebody else has become far more important to you than yourself. That may be distressing — your existence is threatened. The moment you say “I love you” to somebody, you will lose all your freedom, you will lose everything that you have. You can no longer do what you want in your life; there are innumerable problems. But at the same time, it drags you in. It is a sweet poison, a very sugary poison. It is self-annihilating.

If you do not annihilate yourself, you will never know love. Some part of you must die. That something else or somebody else has to occupy that space within you that was you all this time. If you do not let this happen, there is no love, only calculation.

We have formed a variety of relationships in our lives — family, marital, business, social — a variety of relationships to serve different needs. I am not saying there is no expression of love in these relationships. There is. It should be there in everything that you do — every action can be conducted lovingly. When we are talking about love as a spiritual process, we are talking about love as a process of self-annihilation. But when we use the word “annihilation” it looks like a negative word.

When there is no love, people are rigid. But when you really love somebody, you are willing to surrender everything — your personality, your likes, your dislikes. Suddenly, when you fall in love, you are willing to twist yourself any way you need to, which is a fantastic spiritual process because you are becoming flexible, you could even attempt yoga. Love is definitely self-annihilating; that is the most beautiful part of it.

When we say “Shiva is a destroyer,” we are saying he is a compulsive lover. He destroys you; if he does not destroy you, it is not a genuine love affair. When we say “destroy you,” it does not mean destroy your home or your business or your body. When what you call “myself” is your rigid personality, and it is destroyed in the process of loving, that is self-annihilation.

Your ways of thinking and feeling, your likes and dislikes, your philosophies and ideologies melt down when you fall in love. That must happen to you; do not wait for another human being to come and do it. Just make it happen for yourself. You do not even need anybody to love. You can just love anything. If you simply, deeply create an unreasonable sense of love toward something, you will see self-annihilation will naturally happen.

Generally, what society calls “love” is a mutual benefit scheme. “You give me this, I will give you that, but if you don’t give me this, I will not give you that.” It is an arrangement. There is still some sweetness in this — mutually, both people are benefited, but it is conditional. If you get very unreasonable as to what you want from it, the other person will slowly back off. Even in your love affairs you have to be reasonable.

If you love a man, woman, child or whomever, it is not just you who gets entangled in the process of loving; the other person also gets entangled. Once the entanglement is mutual, you cannot release yourself until you grow out of it. But devotion is love unreasonable. There is no reason — it is one-sided madness. That is the beauty of loving the Divine, because you do not have to have a relationship — you can just love.

The idea of looking up and loving Krishna or Jesus is because you need not have any fear of entanglement from the other side. You love as much as you want; when you grow out of it, there is no resistance from the other side. That is the beauty of devotion. It is a very good preparation for one to become meditative. Without some sense of love in you, without some sense of self-annihilation, you cannot meditate. Some part of you has to be pulled down for you to become meditative. If you pull down the whole of what you call “myself,” you will become absolutely still and transcendent.

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The Spiritual process is always either to become a zero or to become infinite.

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We can call ourselves human only when we rise beyond our personal issues and our issues of community, caste, creed, gender, and nationality.

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' Life is Like a Mango Tree '

The other day, someone here in the US asked me how an enlightened being eats a mango. If that sounds like a silly question to you – mangoes are not a mundane subject. When I was a child, for four months in a year, mango was the religion in India. During the season, I used to be on a mango diet. There was nothing but mango in our stomachs. When mango madness took over, there was mango all over the faces, on our clothes; we smelled of mango and so did the whole house – everything was mango.
I even missed examinations because I was busy studying mangoes. Around Mysore, there were a lot of wild mangoes and mango plantations. I spent almost five, six years exploring the locations and varieties of mangoes, and had all the mango trees in the area mapped in my mind. Mangoes naturally come in different flavors, and their complexion and the way you experience them changes from March to end of June, July. This happened when I was in the pre-university course, which is considered crucial, because what kind of marks one gets in the pre-university decides the future of one’s educational trajectory. The term was over, but we were supposed to study harder to make sure we get maximum marks. That was a period of time when even the family restricted our movement, which was a very difficult thing for me to put up with. The special classes in the college gave me the opportunity to leave the house.
It was the beginning of the mango season. My friends and I assembled at the college. I was the consultant as to where to find what kind of mangoes. We discussed where to go and were just about to leave when the principal of the college came down and took us to task. His office was on the first floor, right above where we were standing. He must have looked down and listened to our discussion. He said, “What? The examination is just another twenty days away, and you are going after mangoes?” Then I told him, “Examinations come twice a year. Mangoes come only once a year.”
There were over 300 varieties of mangoes in South India, mostly grown wild and on a few farms. Today, many of the varieties that we had then have disappeared. Since mangoes are grown in increasingly large farms, the varieties that are grown are chosen based on commercial aspects, like shelf life, and so on. This not only applies to mango varieties – a number of fruits and vegetables we had in India when we were children are not available anymore. They have been wiped out by the multi-national agricultural conglomerates and their seeds, which dominate agriculture today and could destroy the biodiversity of this planet.
Mangoes have always been a part of this culture. Even gods were described as eating mangoes. Probably most of you know the famous story of Ganapati and Kartikeya, the children of Adiyogi and Parvati, competing over a sweet, luscious mango. If I delve deeper into the subject of mangoes, I want to go back to India! To me, what is being served as mangoes elsewhere are not really mangoes. If you already like the mangoes that are grown in other regions of the world, you must travel to India and spend some time there during the season to taste Indian mangoes. I could tell you exactly where to go, what varieties of mangoes to eat, and how to eat them. Mango eating needs a lot of training. You must know which mango to bite which way. These days, even the majority of Indians do not know this anymore, because they all cut and eat them.
If you look at a mango tree in February, March, there will be nothing but green leaves. Then, some small, innocuous looking flowers will bloom. Suddenly, one morning, you will see the tree is full of tiny little mangoes. From then on, they will be growing bigger by the day, until they are full of juice and sweetness. But initially, four, five years, nothing happens. You have to wait for years for a mango tree to bear fruits for the first time. It would be foolish to think after a couple of years, “Nothing happened, so I’m going to chop down the tree and throw it away.”
This is how life is made – first you have to establish a solid basis. This takes time. The same applies to your sadhana. The seed is good – the very source of creation is within it. If the source of creation finds expression, you become an utterly beautiful piece of creation. You are given the raw material – what you make out of it is up to you. Once the seed is planted, don’t dig it out after some time to see if it sprouts. Just keep watering it every day. Don’t wait in front of the mango tree, praying for fruits to come. And don’t try to pluck the mango prematurely. When it is time, the fruition will happen quickly. One day, the mango will drop on your head.

This is what yoga-sthah kuru karmani means. Establish yourself in yoga – then act. Beautiful things will come out of it.

Love & Grace,

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When there is no envy, jealousy, and comparison within you, you can focus your full capabilities on doing what is needed.

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Yoga means union. To be in a state of yoga means to be complete within yourself.

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The boundless dimension of existence is denied to those who remain within the limitations of logic.

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Changing your attitude is pretense – you cannot keep it up forever. The yogic system is about fundamental transformation – that is what ultimately counts.

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Every worm, every insect, every animal is working for the ecological wellbeing of the planet. Only we humans, who claim to be the most intelligent species here, are not doing that.

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You don’t have to withdraw to a mountain cave to turn spiritual. It does not matter where you are or what you do in life. The spiritual process has nothing to do with the outside – it is something that happens within you.

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If you want to enjoy success, before you engineer situations, first of all you have to engineer yourself.

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The Creator did not make a mistake with you
- the mistake is all yours.
You are a fantastic piece of life,
but you have silly ideas about life.

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Do not understand passion as something that happens with a person. Understand passion as anything that is in touch with you right now. The very cloth that you wear, the very air that you breathe, the very food that you eat, the very earth that you walk upon, just practice some passion.
It is horrible to tell anyone to practice passion, but please try. Just be passionate about everything. When it is unbridled, it is not entangling any more.

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Compassion is an all-encompassing passion. That is, it has become an all-inclusive passion. Many, many-fold more than passion. Compassion is not a dry state of kindness, that you are standing above everybody and being kind to everyone, this is not it.

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A nebulous Mind with unchanging focus or direction is the instrument of immense knowing.

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Most human beings are not #paying attention to these simple things that they are doing. They are gulping down what they eat and drink. They breathe completely unconsciously. They touch anything and everything without knowing what they are touching or feeling. Largely, it is happening like this for most people. You can be far more attentive to these things without slowing down anything – this is important, because people think that if you have to pay attention to your breathing, you should not be doing anything else, you must just be breathing. No.
The beauty of being human is that we have a cerebral capability of conducting complex activity within us and we are still able to pay attention.

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