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I would say 70% of the ailments in the world could be handled with a better sense of living, eating, and atmosphere.

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In terms of qualities, these three dimensions are called tamas, rajas, and sattva. In terms of physical manifestation, we call them pingala, sushumna, and ida. These three nadis are the manifestation of who you are. Then there are the three forces earth, moon, and sun. And the three dimensions of one’s existence here: past, present, and future...If you try to conquer only one out of the three, you will be on an endless ride because the three are internally one.

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Do your sadhana, change your diet to include more natural foods, and you will see in a couple of months’ time, you will sit still.

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' Winter Solstice '

Sadhguru explains the significance of Uttarayana, which begins with the Winter Solstice and is traditionally seen as an auspicious time of the year.

Sadhguru: We are now at the threshold of Uttarayana, which is a period of harvest. The Sun’s run in relation to planet Earth will shift from the southern run to the northern run – from Dakshinayana to Uttarayana. It is not that the sun is moving anywhere. What is happening in terms of celestial arrangement is that on the winter solstice on December 22, the sun was over the Tropic of Capricorn. From that day, if you watch the sunrise and the movement of the sun, slowly, every day it will shift to the north.

People who have been spiritually aware have always identified this transition as a possibility for human consciousness to blossom. Particularly, the first half of Uttarayana until the equinox in March is a period where the maximum amount of grace is available. The human system is more receptive to grace at that time than any other. History clearly indicates that the maximum number of people have attained in this phase of the sun in the Northern Hemisphere.


One of the most famous stories is of Bhishma waiting on his deathbed of arrows for many weeks. Though he was severely injured, he held onto his life until Uttarayana came because he wanted to make use of this transition in nature, to make his own transition possible. Gautama also attained on the third full moon day after Uttarayana. And in South India, there are examples of innumerable saints, sages, siddhas and yogis who have made the transition during this period.

During the southern run, what is below the anahata can be purified very easily. During the northern run, what is above the anahata can be worked much more easily. That is why in terms of sadhana, Dakshinayana is for purification. Uttarayana is for enlightenment. This is the period of receptivity, of grace and enlightenment, of attainment of the ultimate. This is the time to harvest, and it is also the reason agricultural harvests begin during this period. Pongal is the harvest festival. So it is not only the time of harvesting food grains, but also the time to harvest human potential.
In terms of sadhana, Dakshinayana is for purification. Uttarayana is for enlightenment.

At the beginning of Uttarayana, we have set up a certain opportunity for people to become more consciously receptive to grace. There will be 21 days of sadhana for ladies, which will start at the beginning of January up until what is called “Dhanya Pournami” or “Thaipusam” in Tamil Nadu. This sadhana will be given out to people wherever they may be. We also give a 42-day sadhana for men which will begin on Thaipusam and last until Mahashivarathri.

The human body, if brought to a certain level of intensity and sensitivity, is a cosmos by itself. Everything that happens in the external sphere, in a subtle way, manifests in the body. It is happening to everyone, it is just that most people do not notice this. But a more organized and purposeful rearrangement of the human mechanism could be done if one becomes conscious of the external movement and aligns that with the movement that is happening within the human system. If you want this body of flesh and bone to imbibe the nature of the cosmic body, understanding and being in tune with this movement of Uttarayana and Dakshinayana is very essential.

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Creation is explosively beautiful the way it is. You don’t have to add any frills to it – neither to your own life nor to anyone else’s

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Whether the world is going to rejig itself or not – it is time you rejig your life.

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What you like is not important. Have you made yourself in such a way that not just people, but just everything likes you, every creature around you likes your presence, even the flowers, the plants and the trees?

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Every privilege comes with a responsibility. If you don’t take the responsibility, you will lose the privilege.

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Questioner: Sadhguru, I wish I could simply sit for long hours, but I am just not able to keep my body still. How can I overcome this limitation?

Sadhguru: To sit still, definitely your body needs to be conditioned – hata yoga is towards that. But even if your body is in a good condition, you still will not be able to sit still, unless you settle some other aspects.

There are eight limbs of yoga – yama and niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi. They are not steps – they are limbs. If you had eight limbs, which one to move first is your choice, according to your need. Is there a rule which limb to move first? Since you are from India – do not think you must always put your right leg first. There are certain aspects of life where putting your right leg first is better, and there are other aspects where putting your left leg first is better. Which leg to move first depends on the activity. Similarly, which limb of yoga to use first depends on where you are.

If you want to sit still, just working on your body is not good enough – you have to work upon your mind too.
For a long time in the history of humanity, the body was the strongest aspect and the biggest hurdle. Therefore, people were put through hata yoga first. A few hundred years ago, only 5-10% of people had mental problems. Others only had physical problems. Even today, in the villages, most people only have physical problems, not mental problems. But generally, in the last few generations, people have had more mental problems than physical problems, because they use their mind more than they use their body. This is a big shift for humanity. Until 100 or 200 years ago, human beings used their body much more than their mind.

Since I am a contemporary mystic, I am looking at people who are here now. As their problems are more mental than physical, we generally start off with kriyas and meditation, which mainly work on the level of energies and mind, and only then go into hata yoga.

If you want to sit still, just working on your body is not good enough – you have to work upon your mind too. Particularly for this generation, focusing on settling the whole system – mind, emotions, body, and energy – is important. It is a wrong perception that people of today are more brilliant than people of the past. It is just that people’s minds are more out of control today because of haphazard use.

The way our education system is structured, it will invariably lead to disturbed minds. A child is going from reading poetry to mathematics – both are connected, but there is no one to make the connection. From mathematics, they go to music – both are connected, but there is no one to make the connection. From music, they go to chemistry – they are connected, but there is no one to make the connection, because the music department and the chemistry department do not get along.

Everything is taught in disjointed ways because after all, no one is studying with a passion to know. Everyone is studying to pass the examination and get a job. This is a very destructive way of educating yourself and a pathetic way to live. But no matter how senseless it is, the majority of people in the world have chosen to live like that.

Recently, I was at a very high profile evening event, where alcohol was being served in a corner. The host said, “Sadhguru is here, let’s not have alcohol served.” But some people could not keep their hands off it. There was a minister who came and said, “I’m sure Sadhguru is a man of the world – he won’t mind.” I said, “When did the whole world get drunk?” Today, it is made out like if you are a man of the world, you must drink, otherwise, you do not belong to this world.

We are culturing human minds in a completely wrong way. Then how can we expect them to be peaceful and blissful? It will not work. Unless you do the right things, right things will not happen to you. If your body is not at ease simply sitting here, obviously, something is not okay with it, even if you are medically certified as normal. I was surprised to know that according to the medical textbooks in the United States, going to the toilet twice a week is considered normal. According to yogic culture, yogis should go to the toilet twice a day, because excreta should not remain in the system. What should go out must go out at the earliest possible time. First thing when you get up in the morning, it should be done. Twice a week means on an average, you keep it in your body for three days, and you expect your mind to be okay? It will not be okay because your colon and your mind are directly connected.

The colon is at the muladhara, which is the foundation of your energy system. Whatever happens at the muladhara, happens to the whole system, one way or the other – and particularly to your mind. Today’s scientists are arriving at such conclusions because they study the human being under a microscope – piece by piece. Therefore, about every bit, they come to a different conclusion. The whole cannot be perceived from outside – it can only be perceived from within.

Do your sadhana, change your diet to include more natural foods, and you will see in a couple of months’ time, you will sit still.

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INTENSITY

Sadhguru: Nachiketa is supposed to have been the first seeker in the world, maybe the first significant one. One of the Upanishads starts with him. Nachiketa was a small boy. His father took a certain vow to perform a yaga, a sacred ritual where all the material possessions that you have – including your wife, your children, your house, your everything – you have to give it away as dana to all the rishis, the brahmins and the other people. Then you’ll attain to spiritual bliss. This is a device somebody has set up in the tradition.

So a few people take this vow for spiritual attainment. Nachiketa’s father took this vow and he gave away all the sick cows, the useless property and everything that he didn’t want, which was a burden in one way or another, and made a big show of it, but he kept everything else that he really needed, including his two wives and children. Nachiketa saw this and he was very hurt. He saw that his father was not being sincere. His father made a vow that he will give away everything and attain spiritual bliss, but that man is playing tricks like everybody else. So Nachiketa went to his father and started talking about this to him. A small boy about five years of age, physically he was five years of age, but the boy had tremendous maturity.
When you are like Nachiketa, there is no need for a path for you. It is already here. There is nowhere to go. It is very much here.

Nachiketa told his father, “What you have done is not right. If you didn’t want to give away everything, you shouldn’t have taken the vow. Once you took the vow, you better give it away. You have to give away everything. You tell me to whom are you going to give me?” His father got angry, and he said, “I am going to give you to Yama.” Yama is the Lord of Death. So the boy took it very seriously and he prepared himself to go to Yama, and he went. Don’t start thinking in terms of, “How could he have gone, with the body or without the body?” That’s not the point. He went.

Yama was not there. He had gone visiting. He makes house calls. So he had gone visiting. For three days Nachiketa waited. A small boy, without food, without water, he waited at Yama’s doorstep. After three days Yama came back and he saw this little boy totally famished and tired, but fully determined. He was just sitting there not moving. He had not even gone searching for food here or there. He was just sitting there waiting for him. So Yama was very moved by this boy’s determination, waiting for three days without anything. So he said, “It is great you’ve been waiting for three days. What do you want? I’ll grant you three boons. What do you want?”

The first thing Nachiketa said was, “My father is in extreme greed. He wants material possessions right now. So you bless him with all the material possessions that he can have. Let him become a king.” Okay, it was granted. The second boon he asked for was, “I want to know what kind of karmas, what kind of yagas I have to do to attain.” The Vedic literature always talks in terms of yagnas and yagas. The whole literature is like that; everything is in terms of yagas and yagnas. So Yama taught him what he had to do.

Then Nachiketa asked him, “What is the secret of death? What happens after death?” So Yama said, “No, this question you take back. You can ask me anything you want. You ask me for a kingdom, if you want. I’ll give it to you. Riches if you want, I’ll give you. All the pleasures in the world, I’ll give you.” He goes on offering, “What do you want, you tell me; all the pleasures in the world, I’ll give you. You take them but this one question, you withdraw.” Nachiketa says, “What will I do with all of them? You’ve already told me, all these things are transient. I have already understood that all activity, everything people are involved in, is meaningless. Simply it seems to be there. It is not the reality. So what is the point in you giving me more riches? It will just be a trap for me. I don’t want anything, you just answer my question.”

In many ways Yama tried to avoid this question. He said, “Even the gods do not know the answer for this question. I cannot give it to you.” Nachiketa said, “If that is so, if the gods do not know this answer and only you know, then you must definitely give me the answer.” He wouldn’t leave him. So once again Yama left him there and went visiting for months. He just wanted to avoid this boy somehow. He wanted to get rid of him, but the boy just stuck around for many, many months; and they say, right on the doorstep of Yama’s domain, he attained to his full enlightenment. He got the answers for everything he had to know in the existence and dissolved himself. He was the first seeker. And he is always used as the best example. A five-year-old boy with that kind of determination, who didn’t fall for a chocolate or a visit to Disneyland or anything. He wanted that and that’s all it is.

When a person is like that there is no need for a path for him because the end is here itself. It is not on the top of Velliangiri Hills. Only when it is not here, it is on Velliangiri Hills and we have to slowly climb it. When you are like Nachiketa, there is no need for a path for you. It is already here. There is nowhere to go. It is very much here. Now the whole purpose of doing everything that we are doing here is to create the intensity. That craving should become so strong, so powerful, that God cannot stay away, and the Divine cannot avoid you anymore. It is not that the Divine tries to avoid you, but this mind and ego tries to screen the reality from your eyes in so many millions of ways. Millions of tricks are played.

No Intensity, No Transformation

Whether you walk the path of karma, gnana, kriya, or bhakti, it is your intensity which keeps you going, not the path itself. No practices or kriyas will do anything when there is no intensity. In turn, when there is intensity, the practices have the power to move you into a different dimension.

It is not the kriya as such which will transform you – it is your intensity. When you have this intensity, the kriya is a tremendous support that enhances it more and more. That is the whole purpose of doing the practices. Whichever path you walk, by itself, the practice is not going to make you realize anything unless you have intensity.

If you half-heartedly love someone, there is no love. It is either 100% or zero. If you think you can love someone 99%, you have not known love at all. The same goes for any kind of action. If you do not perform your action 100%, it is meaningless. It is not going to produce anything great. At the most, it will earn you food. Unless your action is 100%, it cannot transform you. Unless your kriya is 100%, it cannot transform you. Unless your love is 100%, it cannot transform you. It may be a device to get something, like a barter system, but in existential terms, nothing happens.

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Questioner: Sadhguru, there are days when I am extremely happy, and there are days when I am extremely sad for no reason. How to deal with these ups and downs?

Sadhguru: In southern India, if someone laughs too much and is too happy, they say, “Don’t laugh so much. It will be followed by misery.” This is an unfortunate kind of wisdom some people have come to because life has been like that to them. If they experience too much joy today, misery will strike them tomorrow. This is because people work themselves up. In their minds, they multiply both misery and joy. Now you may ask, “If we don’t do this, where is the beauty in life?” Life is beautiful as it is. You do not have to give it a coat of make-up.

It is because you have no attention for life in its fundamental sense that you are lost in your psychological reality. The psychological and physiological aspects of who you are happen in cycles. You may be overly exuberant and on a high today and hit the bottom tomorrow. Most human beings are going through this psychological rollercoaster. You will always find some outside influence as an excuse, but even if we lock you up in a room and there is no one who can cause happiness or misery to you, still these psychological cycles will happen. Similarly, there are physiological cycles, and both the psychological and the physiological cycles can influence each other, depending on which is the bigger force at that moment.
You must hit your golden mean. It is time to simply sit – no matter if your knees swell, your ankles hurt like hell – you are blissful.

The knowledge about these cycles has sunk into people in a certain way, and they kind of psych themselves into believing that anyway misery will strike them – and it will. If you understand that you alone make up both joy and misery, there will be no problem. The biggest mistake that people make is they try to be happy. And not only happy – they try to be happier than someone else. That is a serious problem. Do not try to be happy. Once you experientially know that whatever happens within you is caused by you and nothing else but you, you will be blissful. You will neither be flying high nor will you be in the dumps – you will just be blissful. This maintainable height of pleasantness may be different from person to person, depending upon the intensity and the amount of energy that you have, but it is a stable platform. If you want to enjoy an ecstatic state, you can always go up and come back. If you like melancholy, you can go down and come back up again.

The Golden Mean

This mean experience of blissfulness is the golden mean, the middle path that the Buddha and others have talked about. It is just that different people arrive at a different mean. This is not a passive, sedate state but a lively, pleasant state – like a nice morning. No thunder claps, but everything is fine, going well. This is where the “Good morning!” comes from. When you wake up in the morning after having been removed from the world for a period of time, it feels so nice. Even the afternoon is nice, and so is the evening and everything else, but it takes a withdrawal for you to notice this. It is like after having nothing but kanji [liquid porridge] for five days, you eat regular food again. You will suddenly notice how nice it is. Every moment is good in its own way, but it takes a withdrawal for you to notice this.

This golden mean is not non-participating. If you want, you can fly up and land again, or you can go down and come back again, but in any case, you maintain a certain level of blissfulness. Organizing this blissfulness is the work of your kriya. If you do your kriya properly, you will hit that golden mean and maintain it. From there, you can strive to set your golden mean at a higher, more exuberant level. Depending on how much energy and aliveness you generate within yourself, your mean will settle at a higher or lower level. But wherever it settles, it will be a beautiful experience for you. It is not effervescent ecstasy because you cannot maintain that, or if you do, you cannot be active in the world. You can get sozzled with ecstasy, but then you will not be able to do whatever you have to do.

If you want to be effective in the world, you need to maintain the golden mean of blissfulness – a blissfulness that is, for lack of better words, a combination of natural peacefulness and joyfulness. Let’s say you are moving around in the morning, making your breakfast, humming without knowing; you simply feel nice – this is blissfulness. Ecstasy is a freaked-out state of pleasantness. You cannot stay there unless you have reached a certain level of energy. There are yogis – they are called avadhutas – who are in such states of ecstasy that they do not even know that they must eat. They do not care to do anything. Someone has to feed them, someone has to take them to the toilet – as if they were completely drugged out. But in today’s world, there is no one to take care of you – you better come down.

A Stable Platform

You must hit your golden mean. It is time to simply sit – no matter if your knees swell, your ankles hurt like hell – you are blissful. One part is in heaven, one part is in hell – in between is the golden mean. That is why long meditations – to arrive at a state where you can be engaged in everything in the world, but still be blissful. If you do not have this stable platform and you get into activity, you will get lost. In today’s world, most of people’s lives are too controlled – nothing extreme happens to you. Suppose you were living in the wild, your golden mean of blissfulness would make you very alert and enhance your survival capabilities.

If you are miserable and depressed, you will not survive well – you will want it all to end and become the tiger’s lunch today. If you are too ecstatic, you do not care if the tiger eats you either. Only if you are in the golden mean, you can maintain your survival instinct, do all the work that you can, and still be pleasant to yourself and to everyone around you, which is important if you want to live in the world. If you are so freaked out in ecstasy that you do not care what happens around, you have to withdraw completely. Such people usually will not last too long – they will die young, but this does not matter – ecstasy serves its own purpose. They are in such a freaked-out state of ecstasy that life may pop out any moment. If instead of living for fifty years, they were in freaked-out ecstasy for five years and then died, it is perfectly all right. They have seen everything that human experience can touch – there is nothing more to do.

The Bhava Spandana program is to show you that you can freak out in ecstasy for no reason, which is nice, but you cannot stay there. If you want to always be in a pleasant state, you need to create a stable platform – a golden mean of blissfulness. Meditating a few days in a year will not do. The idea is to take the sadhana into your life. If you give yourself to sadhana, I will be a living reality in your life. Right now, I am a thought, a memory in your mind. If you want me to be a living reality every moment of your life, you have to invest some time into bringing clarity to who you are. If who you are is murky, whatever I am will be missed. There is no space, no nook or corner, not one atom which is not touched by the Grace of the Creator, but you completely miss it as long as who you are is murky. If you settle this, suddenly, it will be like a new existence altogether.

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On Parents

As your birthday gift, you must remind them its time they looked inward. They don't mind you being drunk, they don't mind you being lost but they're afraid if you take a spiritual step, you may not turn back. But they are right on that.

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ON MAHABHARAT


Essentially, the story is trying to make sure that every kind of human being, from the lowest to the highest possibility, has a role to play. If you involve yourself in the story, you can see yourself playing out so many roles. Are you a Duryodhana, are you a Bhima, are you a Yudhisthara? Every one of the emotions that led these people to grand disasters exists within you, and they are leading you to minor disasters because you are a minor human being compared to them. If you were a very big human being, you would have gotten into big trouble. The Mahabharat is not for entertainment. You can grow out of many things in the process of living through what other people lived through. If you have to live it, it would be too expensive life-wise. Without going through the pain, without going through the drama of those things in your life, you can come out transformed.

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'Pranam'

My awareness knows yesterdays and tomorrows,
my love’s domain is only today

Knowing the beginning and the end,
still have to play the game in the middle

The joy of love was coupled
with life-taking venom,
the wondrous grace of the Guru
with heart-breaking sadhana

The fire of enlightenment
with ridicule and failure
the blissfulness of the being,
the rapture of fulfillment, enjoined
with the pain of the body

Is this a joke
Is this Shiva’s will
Is he compassion
Or cruel

O’ Shambho! Let me tell one and all:
I do not want it any other way,
I do not want it any other way!

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Questioner: Is it better to go for a live-in relationship than marriage? It’s often done in the West and they normally just take up a partner and prefer to go for cohabitation vs marriage which takes more commitment.

Sadhguru: Let’s look at the very fundamentals of what marriage is. Why has marriage come up in society? After all, why is it that you want to be with the opposite sex? It is just nature’s trick so that you can reproduce. Nature wants you to reproduce, so it is playing a chemical game with you to get you attracted to the opposite.

A man is opposite to a woman only on the physiological level. In no other way are they opposite. But we have made such a big issue of it. It is a simple difference nature has made for the perpetuation of the race but because this need is there within you, and because you have a few more sensibilities and stronger emotions compared to an animal, we institutionalized our sexuality. That is what marriage is. And because we have to nurture our children and bring them up, unless there is a committed atmosphere, it is not going to happen properly. So we created this institution of marriage so that your sexuality and caring for progeny is also handled, and children grow up in more stable atmospheres.

If you just look at these physical needs as what they are, they won’t be with you for too long. They are strong during a certain part of your life. After that they fade away. But now you have been told that without a passionate relationship, your life is empty. Because of this, no matter what you do, even if everything in your life is happening beautifully, but you don’t get into some relationship like this, you feel like you are missing something. It is not so, but society is training people like this.

You must learn to look beyond the brain-washing that society has done to you, whichever society it is. Only then your intelligence will function. It is time you thought fresh, free from all those things.
Live-in relationships, a substitute for marriage?

A certain part of the population is trying to demolish the institution of marriage because of how marriage has been misused. The so-called rebellious ones think marriage is bondage, so they don’t want marriage. They want free relationships or cohabitation or whatever. Rebelling without any purpose doesn’t mean anything. It is just the ego. The ego always wants to break everything and do something new. But if you carry on with this new thing for 10 years, this will also become old and miserable. Even couples who are in a live-in relationship are fighting with each other. So, these problems are not because of marriage. It is because of people’s own incompleteness and immaturity.

I would say that demolishing the institution of marriage would be foolish right now because you still don’t have a good substitute for it. It is something we created for our convenience, but still you don’t have an alternative better than that. With the alternatives that have been created, there is so much struggle in people. People thought they could be with anybody, but they struggle, they fight, they have their jealousies and all sorts of problems. Isn’t that the reality of the world? Seeing all this, the institution of marriage was created.

With marriage, there was some sense of commitment. That commitment pulled you back if you went off the way. It put you back on track a little bit. Uncommitted relationships can cause an enormous amount of insecurity in people. This is what has happened in the West. Relationships have become so painful because they are constantly uncertain. People may do something because it seems fashionable right now, but most people do not have the stability of mind to handle such uncertainty. Desperately trying to hold on to somebody all the time just destroys a human being in so many ways. When he is constantly uncertain, a human being’s capability to live comes down dramatically.

Human beings have so many complex emotions. If you just leave it to run riot, most people will become insane. There are a few who are free from this but 99% of the population is capable of going insane if their emotions are not somehow organized and channelized. The institution of marriage was created to handle all this. Unfortunately, like so many things, this has been misused. When I say misuse, I am not talking about just women having suffered. Man has also suffered. It is just that women are a little more vocal about their suffering.

Once it happened, in one of those woman’s liberation movement speeches, a real hard-core woman’s libber was giving a whole speech about how the women of the world have suffered in many different ways. There was one meek little man sitting in the front row. After all this bombastic speech, the man raised his hand meekly. The woman asked, “What man, what is it?” You know, he is seen as a “creature” there. He said “I know one way that women have not suffered.” “Which way is that!” “They never suffered silently!”

It is not just that one suffered, the other also suffered but the other was made in such a way, he cannot make an investment of his suffering. He is ashamed to say “my woman is making me suffer.” He feels he will become less of a man if he says that. But it is easier for a woman to say it out. So, both have suffered and misused marriage in different ways.

Once misuse comes in, some people will say “we must end marriage because this is causing suffering.” I would say, don’t destroy any institution unless you have a better substitute. If you have risen in your consciousness in such a way that you have absolutely no sense of possessiveness, you have no need to belong to anyone, if you have that level of consciousness, then you just live. But that is not true with most people.
No common prescription

This is why in Indian tradition, we created a certainty to relationships. Once you are married, it is for life. There is something very beautiful about it, but at the same time, if it becomes a source of exploitation, it can become very ugly. So which system is better? There is no system which is good in the world because every system can be exploited and misused. At the same time, every system can be used to live wonderfully. What we do out of it is the whole thing.

So, whether a live-in relationship or cohabitation or whatever is suitable or not is an individual thing. There is no common prescription. But from what I see, most human beings don’t have the stability of mind to handle constant uncertainty; they will go mad, which is what is happening in the West. Too many people are going insane simply because they are not able to handle the uncertainty of life. Your economic situations, your social situations, even your physical situations are uncertain. But if at least in your emotional situations there is some stability, it gives you a base to live your life more effectively. If you do not need it, it is up to you. It is individual but most people need it.

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Sadhguru speaks about compassion being the highest virtue, and how one can be truly compassionate only when they have gone beyond all identifications of thought, opinion and emotion.


Sadhguru: When you are not identified with anything you will be absolutely virtuous. When you are not identified with anything, only then you are truly capable of compassion. When you are identified you can only be biased. When you are compassionate you are always virtuous.

People being sympathetic to certain causes or certain people is not compassion. When you are passionate about everything, when your passion has become all encompassing, then you are compassionate. Compassion is not little pity or sympathy for something. When your passion encompasses everything, you are compassionate.

Compassion is the highest virtue in a way and compassion is not possible if you are identified with this or that. Only when you are able to just look at life as life, only then you can be compassionate. If you look at it as my life or your life – no compassion. When life is just life, there is compassion.

Virtue is for all human beings and compassion is always the highest virtue. Compassion means including everything in your passion. When the whole existence is involved in your passion, you are compassionate.

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Death is a cosmic joke. If you get the joke, falling on the other side will be wonderful.

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#1 Purificatory Health Benefits of Turmeric

Sadhguru: Turmeric purifies the blood and brings translucence to your energies. Turmeric not only works on the physiology, but also has a big impact on your energy system. It purifies the blood, body, and energy system. For external purification, just take a small pinch of turmeric, put it into a bucket of water and pour it over your body – you will see, the body will be vibrant and glowing.
#2 Anti-phlegm Health Benefits of Turmeric

Those who suffer from cold related diseases and find their nostrils blocked every morning, will benefit a lot from the consumption of neem, pepper, honey and turmeric. Crush about 10 to 12 pepper corns roughly and soak them in a couple of spoons of honey overnight (about 8 to 12 hours). In the morning you consume this and just chew upon the pepper. Mixing some turmeric with the honey should also work. If you avoid all dairy products, your phlegm will go down naturally.
#3 Anti-cancer Health Benefits of Turmeric

Cancer is not a disease, it’s your own body working against you; certain cells have turned against you. Periodic cleansing of the body is good to prevent this from happening. Consumption of turmeric on an empty stomach is a very effective cleanser. This may not be effective after you get cancer, but otherwise, swallowing a marble-sized turmeric ball and neem ball, first thing in the morning acts as a great cleanser and takes away the cancerous cells in your body.
#4 Benefits of Turmeric for Yogic Sadhana

Everything you borrow from the earth, including your body, has a certain inertia. It is important to be conscious of this and to keep the inertia levels at the minimum. When we gauge whether your sadhana is working or not by looking at how much you sleep and how alert you are, we are checking how much inertia you generate. The inertia levels will increase if the body does not allow a certain amount of energy to enter the cellular level. Neem and turmeric as a combination dilate the cellular structure of the body in such a way that it allows energy to enter and fill up every crevice. Neem and turmeric are a physical support towards that, but sadhana itself does it too.

You can generate enormous energy by means other than sadhana, such as stimulants – like a strong cup of coffee or nicotine – but it will not dilate the cellular structure and allow the energy to enter the system to be stored and released over a long period of time. When, instead of being stored, energy finds expression right there, it becomes destructive – not only for the body, but also for the mind, for the activity that you perform, and for the world around you. When we generate energy in the body, it is important that it does not simply burst out but that we are able to hold it and release it by choice.
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The consumption of neem and turmeric with tepid, light honey water is a wonderful way of cleansing and dilating the cellular structure in such a way that it is able to absorb energy. When you do sadhana, the dilation brings flexibility to the muscles. The flexibility helps you to slowly build the system into a more powerful possibility. You will feel it – as you do your asanas, the body will crackle with a different kind of energy.

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The moment you see something is stupid, naturally you will start distancing yourself from that.

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Looking at everything through your phone is only numbing your perception – it does not really enhance your experience of life in any way.

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Collaboration is far more powerful than competition. Do not think that only if you are pushed to the wall, you will do your best.

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Your thoughts and emotions are the drama that you create in your mind. You must be able to end it somewhere.

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The deeper you get into pleasure, the deeper is your bondage to this something or someone.

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If someone loves you because you are theirs, it is about you being their property. If someone loves you for who you are, you are fortunate.

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Diwali Message

The evil need not necessarily come in the form of demons.
Desperation, depression and frustration can cause much
more damage to one's life than the demons that you have not seen.

Diwali is a reminder to slay all that is negative to our life.
Especially in today's global economic situation, on this
festival of lights, let your inner light remain on.

How we go through tough times determines what we are
made of. If only you can go through difficult times with an
inner grace, you could see that every situation we face is
an opportunity to enhance our lives.

Greetings and Blessings.

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