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In the Indian culture , the gods sing and dance. A god without a melody, or movement would be too mundane and misaligned with the rest of creation.

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Competent ones do what they can. Geniuses do what needs to be done.

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From the atomic to the cosmic – the physical can only be cyclical. The more you are identified with your body, the more cyclical and compulsive you are.

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Bound by time, you are in haste. Rooted in the eternal, you are governed by grace.

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As a human being, you come with the whole range of inner possibilities – from the deepest hell to the highest states. It is up to you which one you choose to explore

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Today ( Jan 17,2014 ) on ‪‎Thaipusam‬, 6142 women attended the culmination of their 21-day ‪‎Shivanga‬ ‪‎sadhana‬ at the Isha Yoga Center. Sadhguru speaks at the sathsang:

"‪Devotion‬ is not a 21-day chore. It is something you live. It is like your breath."
"Devotion is a bulldozer that gate crashes all the limitations within you."

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JANUARY, 2014

OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE SPIRITUAL PROCCESS


These past six months have also been a time of intense sadhana for all Ishas, and now we are 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. People who have been spiritually aware have always identified this transition as a possibility for human consciousness to blossom. 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. So 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 it is also the time to harvest human potential.

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 everybody, 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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With the necessary technology, simple space, even a piece of stone can be made into divine exuberance. This is the phenomenon of consecration.

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Tears have nothing to do with pain and suffering. Tears have something to do with the intensity of a certain experience.

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If human beings were experiencing life beyond the physical, violence would go down dramatically.

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If you allow the source of creation within you to find expression, joyful is the only way you can be.

The Egyptian Legend says that if one wants to enter heaven , at the point of entry you will be asked two questions . Unless you are one big Yes to these two questions , there is no entry for you. The first question is : Have you known joy in your life ? And the second question is : Have you given joy to those around you ? If your answer to these two questions is "Yes", I must tell you, you are already in heaven.

To be come a joyful human being is the best thing that you can do for yourself and all around you. Especially when anger , hatred and intolerance are rearing their heads in hideous ways , joyful human beings are the only insurance . Only those who know the value of being pleasant will strive to create pleasantness all around.

May you know the fulfillment of making all that you touch joyful.

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Only when you are absolutely devoted to what you do, you can produce something significant in the world.

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The mind is not only memory – it is a window to consciousness. Memory is just the information you gathered. Consciousness contains the whole cosmos.

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Velliangiri
(silver mountain)

In Southern Mysticism, Velliangiri is not seen as a mountain, it is seen as a temple. Known as Thenkailayam or the Kailash of the South, these mountains have witnessed beings who as Sadhguru says, “Gods would be envious of.” Adiyogi (the first yogi) himself spent time here, imbuing the mountain with an intense reverberation very different from any other place. For Sadhguru, the Velliangiris held the blueprint of Dhyanalinga, and were a constant presence in his eyes, propelling him on a search across India’s length and breadth until the day he finally found them.

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God of Power and Mastery

“If you are receptive enough, the sound Shiva can be explosive – just one utterance will explode within you in such a powerful way. This sound has that kind of power. This is a science that has been understood from a very deep experience within ourselves. We have looked at it in great depth.

The sound “Shi” in Shiva fundamentally means power or energy. In the Indian way of life, we have always symbolized the feminine as power – Shakti. Somehow, the English language found the same word to describe the feminine as “She.” “Shi” fundamentally means Shakti or energy. But if you just go on doing too much “Shi,” it will take you off-balance. So “Va” in the mantra is added as a damper to slow it down and keep the balance. “Va” comes from “Vama” which means mastery.”

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In relinquishing the limited, the unlimited becomes yours.

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Mysticism does not come from the East. It comes from within.

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Karma and the Spiritual Path


"…if you are genuinely on the spiritual path, nothing will be clear. Everything will be a blur."

Once you enter the spiritual path, you are making a statement, “I am in a hurry to get to my ultimate destination.” You don’t want to take one hundred lifetimes. And in the process of this one hundred lifetimes you may gather enough karma to last out for another thousand lifetimes. You want to hurry it up. So, once a spiritual process begins, if initiations are done in a certain way, it opens up dimensions which would not have opened up otherwise. You would have lived a more peaceful life if you were not spiritual, but a more lifeless life too, closer to death than life. Without anything fundamental being shaken within you, maybe you just passed comfortably.

So does this mean all negative things happen to you once you are on the spiritual path? That’s not how it is. It is just that when life moves at a tremendous pace – a pace much faster pace than that of people around you – you think some tragedy is happening to you. No tragedy is happening to you. It is just that they are going at normal speed but your life is rolling on fast-forward.

Many people have this wrong notion that once you enter a spiritual path, you will become peaceful and everything will be clear. If you take on a convenient belief system and become a single-track mind, then everything seems to be clear. But if you are genuinely on the spiritual path, nothing will be clear. Everything will be a blur. The faster you travel the more of a blur it becomes.

A few years ago, I happened to be in Germany and after we finished the program, I had to drive to France, which was about 440 km from where I was. Usually the journey takes five hours. I had no intention of staying on the road for five hours so I just pushed it and we were doing something like 200 kmph. The countryside was supposed to be beautiful in this region, and I thought I would look at it. I tried to roll my eyeballs but everything was a blur and I couldn’t take my eyes off the road for a moment. It was snowing and we were driving crazy speeds.

So, the faster you go, everything becomes a blur and you can’t take your eyes off what you are doing for a moment. If you want to enjoy the countryside, you must go easy and slow. If you are in a hurry to reach your destination, you gas it. You see nothing. You are just going. The spiritual path is like this. If you are really on the spiritual path, everything is in turmoil all around you. But you are still going, so it’s okay. Is this alright? If it’s not alright, you can go at the evolutionary pace. Maybe it will take a million years and you will get there.

For those who are in a hurry, there is one kind of path. For those who are not in a hurry, there is another kind of path. You must be clear what the hell you want. If you get onto the fast track and try to go slow, you will be run over. If you are on the slow path and try to go fast, you will get a ticket. Every seeker must always decide – does he want to just enjoy the road or does he want to get to the destination quick?

http://blog.ishafoundation.org/yoga-meditation/demystifying-yoga/what-is-karma/

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Karma and the Spiritual Path

Once you enter the spiritual path, you are making a statement, “I am in a hurry to get to my ultimate destination.” You don’t want to take one hundred lifetimes. And in the process of this one hundred lifetimes you may gather enough karma to last out for another thousand lifetimes. You want to hurry it up. So, once a spiritual process begins, if initiations are done in a certain way, it opens up dimensions which would not have opened up otherwise. You would have lived a more peaceful life if you were not spiritual, but a more lifeless life too, closer to death than life. Without anything fundamental being shaken within you, maybe you just passed comfortably.


http://blog.ishafoundation.org/yoga-meditation/demystifying-yoga/what-is-karma/

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What is Karma ?

What you call as “my life” is a certain amount of energy controlled by a certain amount of information. This information, in today’s terms, can be called software. A certain amount of life energy is charged with a certain amount of information. Together, this information technology is you. You become a certain kind of character because of the type of information that has gone into you. The past impressions of life go far beyond the moment you were born, but in your perception right now, at least from the moment you were born till today, what kind of parents, family, and education you had, what kind of religious and social background, what kind of cultural realities – all these impressions have gone in. Someone has become a different character simply because of the type of information that has gotten into him. This information is traditionally called karma or karmic body or casual body – that which causes life.

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#5 The quality of life is determined by what lies within.


In many ways, people’s happiness, peace and love are mortgaged to the external situation. So, if the stock market goes up you are happy, if the stock market goes down you are unhappy. The quality of life is not about what is around you. Our ability to live joyfully here does not depend on the size of the house we live in or the car that we drive. These things make your life comfortable and convenient but the essential quality of your life is how you are within yourself right now.

Living joyfully and peacefully is not new to you. You were like that as a child, isn’t it? So, I am not talking about taking you beyond, I am just talking about starting at the square one of your life.

http://blog.ishafoundation.org/lifestyle/reality-check-5-things-you-should-never-forget/

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4 You can create a loving world.


You can create a loving world in every single activity that you do in your life. Creating a loving world does not mean doing something more or less. If you live your life constantly focused on what you want, it will unquestionably happen in your immediate surroundings, and it will also begin to happen in the larger surroundings.

Creating a loving world is not a service that you do for someone else. Within yourself, is it more pleasant to be loving, or to be angry, hateful and jealous? Which is a more intelligent way to exist? Loving, isn’t it? All I am saying is, please live intelligently. This is not for someone else’s sake. It is pleasant and beautiful for you. It is an intelligent way to exist.

http://blog.ishafoundation.org/lifestyle/reality-check-5-things-you-should-never-forget/

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You are mortal.


A significant thing every human being has to do is structure their psychological and emotional framework around the most fundamental fact of their life – their mortality. Right now, it takes a lifetime for people to understand that they are mortal; they need a heart attack or the appearance of a malignant lump somewhere to remind them.

You need to celebrate and enjoy every moment of your life because life does not wait for you even for a moment. If you were immortal, you could enjoy a hundred years each of depression, anxiety, madness and misery and then on the 500th anniversary, you could become joyful. But that is not the case. You are mortal and it is ticking away. So there is no time for frustration, depression, anxiety, anger or for any unpleasantness in this life.

In the ashram I always tell people, no matter what work you are doing, every day you must stick your fingers into the earth at least for an hour. This will build a natural physical memory, a bodily memory in you that you are mortal.

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#1 There is great intelligence in humility.

The difference between a fool and an intelligent person is that an intelligent person knows how foolish he is; a fool does not. Noticing the stupidity of who you are is great intelligence. Anything in this existence – a tree, a blade of grass, a grain of sand, one single atom – do you understand any of these things fully? No. When this is your level of intelligence and perception, how should you walk in the world? Gently, with a little humility, respect and love for everything around you.

If not love, then at least with awe, because you don’t understand a damn thing in this world. If you just learn to walk like this, you will not escape a spiritual process. You don’t need any teaching. It will happen to you anyway. This is why in the eastern cultures, always, you bow down to whatever you see whether it is a rock, an animal or a human being. Being in reverence towards the very earth that you walk upon, towards the air that you breathe, the water that you drink, the food that you eat, the people that you come in touch with and everything else that you use, including your body and mind, is a way of ensuring success in every endeavor that we partake in.

http://blog.ishafoundation.org/lifestyle/reality-check-5-things-you-should-never-forget/

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The difference between a fool and an intelligent person is that an intelligent person knows how foolish he is; a fool does not. Noticing the stupidity of who you are is great intelligence. Anything in this existence – a tree, a blade of grass, a grain of sand, one single atom – do you understand any of these things fully? No. When this is your level of intelligence and perception, how should you walk in the world? Gently, with a little humility, respect and love for everything around you.

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Man mask, woman mask.
Divine. Only if you unmask.

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