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During some of my adventurous days in Himalayas, I happen to spend a few days with a Naga Baba (about 70 years old) who claimed to be enlightened. i definitely felt he had some inexplicable powers. He could read my thought very clearly even though he didn't understand a word of English. I even later checked if I was really thinking in English :) , as it seemed absurd for him to know my single thought of any importance without knowing the language. He spoke to me in Hindi.

He could also heal people, and had in past consecrated temples in Himachal Pradesh. His presence was very powerful, I bursted into tears when I touched his feet. He had a certain power over animals as well.

He wanted me to stay with him for a while, and promised to give me some Siddhi if he can initiate me. Though I was clear that I wanted to walk the spiritual path, I wanted Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev to take me under refuge, because only through his practices, the clarity and longing to walk the path arose within me. Baba was not physically well, so I continued to stay with him for while just to help him recover. He grew very fond of me and asked me to get initiated by him and continue my Sadhana with him. However, my thoughts about Sadhguru won't budge - I just wanted to be initiated by Sadhguru. Baba kept dissuading me to do that.

Anyway, at some point I showed this evolved Naga Baba Sadhguru's photo. He was stunned looking at the photo, and said, ' He is very big!' I asked, ' Baba, who is he?' He said, ' He has come to spread light in the world, he is a light himself.' Then I asked, ' Sadhguru comes to Himalayas sometime, would you like to meet him? ' He said, ' If he comes here, I will wash his feet with my hands, and drink that water! ' (a little while ago Baba claimed to be Enlightened himself). Then I showed him the photo of Dhyanalinga, he bowed down to photo and said, ' One can easily get into a samadhi in this temple, if one is open. If my body allows, I will want to visit Dhyanalinga before I leave my body.' He didn't stop me go back to Sadhguru after that.

There are many such people here who have seen evolved beings bowing down to Sadhguru. I can't even begin to write my own personal experience around this Great Being.

If Krishna, Gautama Buddha, Jesus or Rama were among us today, would you not go to them for salvation, or at least would want to know them, be around them? Trust me ( I know it's hard to trust, especially because i am a monk in his order) he is not famous enough. I don't think Krishna, Rama, Gautama Buddha, Jesus were either during their times. Only a part of humanity knew them; and they had many enemies too!

Such is the nature of human society/human mind.

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Homes have to become incubation spaces which nurture the realization that ultimately, the only home a human being can really know is within. If you do not realize in this lifetime that the ultimate home is within, then the only home you will know will be the grave. This is an understanding that a home is constantly culturing us towards. What one person likes, another person dislikes, and vice versa. Still, because you live in the same home, you come to terms with that. You do not have to try to like it. Learning to live with things you do not like is a huge lesson in life. A home brings us to a place.

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As life is, death is. The awareness of this fact allows you to live life fully and intensely.

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Q: Sadhguru, your knowing seems to be inexhaustible. Is all this recorded in you or are you just getting it from somewhere?

Sadhguru: Karma is recorded in many ways: memory-wise, sensation-wise, physiology-wise and energy-wise. Similarly with knowledge, some things are transmitted to you on the level of your mind, others on the level of your body. Do you see how once you know how to swim, your body knows it? If you fall into the water, you will swim. You do not have to remember how to ride a bicycle. Once you know how, if you sit on the bicycle, it just goes. Even if you do not ride a bicycle for twenty years and then get on to one, you might be a bit off-balance at first but then you just go, because the memory is in the body. It is no longer in the mind. Transmission is also on many different levels.

I am not carrying the burden of this knowledge when I walk on the street. I do not know anything, but at the same time, I know everything. If you ask me anything concerned with the inner dimensions of a human being, I will come out with the answer, without any hesitation, with absolute clarity. Even if somebody says the Gita is saying something else, I will simply say that maybe Krishna does not know. What can I do about it? It is so crystal-clear within me that it cannot be any other way. It is not that Krishna does not know. It is just that maybe you are not able to see what he is saying.

This is not coming from remembrance. This was transmitted in a different way. My association with my Guru was just for a few moments. Somehow, he did not even want to touch me with his foot. He touched me with his walking stick. What cannot be learned in ten lifetimes was transmitted in one moment. It was all there. It was not just about knowing myself. It was also about various technologies, about how and what to do in every aspect, with absolute clarity. When it is transmitted like this, in the form of energy, not in the form of memory or logical understanding, the burden of knowledge is not on you. This is the difference.

People who have studied knowledge become heavy with it. They become serious. Studied people cannot even laugh usually, but someone who comes from his realization – he knows, but the burden of knowledge does not sit on his head all the time. He carries it very lightly, because this is a different technology altogether.

From the days of the stone tablet to today’s microchips, it’s come a long way. The moment we started producing a book, a million stone tablets could go into a single book. Now a million books can go into a CD and a million CDs can go into a chip. And what is stored in a billion chips can be stored in a certain arrangement of energy. I do not know if modern science is working in this direction, but someday, science will come up with ways to store information in an arrangement of energy. I know this clearly as that is the reality within us. Your energy system or pranamayakosha carries stupendous volumes of information, which is so easy to carry and is not burdensome. It is so simple.

Q: Whatever you are speaking now, is it recorded somewhere in your energy system?

Sadhguru: What is already recorded is what is being spoken and what is being spoken is not something which I am thinking of and speaking. What is being spoken is what life is. It is recorded all the time, everywhere. We do not have to re-record it again. It has always been there. Whether I exist or I do not exist, Truth is; it is always there. We can talk about it if you want to, or we can just see it as it is. Do not worry, it will never be lost.

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This psychological drama should not determine the nature of your life because this is just a small happening compared to the life process. Life is a much deeper intelligence than intellect.

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' SHIVA '

In this genderless scape does play
All that is this and that
Him and her, you and me
Don’t miss the canvas
In the play of multiple hues.

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"The book works almost like a small program by itself. All our other titles are inspirational. This book is transformational."

From Sadhgurus first USA published Book(Sept.2016) :

" INNER ENGINEERING : A Yogi's Guide To Joy "

" ...And Now Yoga."

page 75-79


" Yoga tells us that we are actually composed of five "sheaths," or layers or, more simply, bodies. As there is a medical physiology, there is a yogic one as well. It leads us from the gross to the subtlest levels of reality. Do you have to believe in it ? No. But it is a useful place at which to start our exploration. Your fundamental area of work, however, is only with the realities that you are aware of.

The first sheath or layer to which yoga draws our attention is the physical body - the 'annamayakosha' , or more literally, the food body. What you call the "body" right now is just an accumulated heap of food. It is the product of all the nourishment you have ingested over the years. That is how it gets its name.

The second layers is the ' manomayakosha ' , or the mental body. Today, doctors are talking a great deal about psychosomatic ailments. This means that what happens in the mind affects what happens in the body. This is because what you call "mind" is not just the brain. It is not located in any single part of the human anatomy. Instead, every cell has its own intelligence, so there is an entire mental body, an entire anatomy of the mind.

Whatever happens in the mental body happens in the physical body, and, in turn, whatever happens in the physical body happens in the mental body. Every fluctuation on the level of the mind has a chemical reaction, and every chemical reaction, in turn, generates a fluctuation on the level of the mind.

The physical and mental bodies are like your hardware and software. Hardware and software cannot do anything unless you plug into quality power. So, the third layer of the self is the ' pranamayakosha ' , or the energy body. If you keep your energy body in perfect balance, there will be no disease in your physical or mental bodies. Today there is scientific evidence to show that the impact of genetic memory on the human being is not absolute. Except the fundamental aspects of the DNA, everything can be changed, including the genetic trends of susceptibility to ailments. Infectious diseases happen because of external organisms, but chronic diseases are manufactured daily by human beings. When your energy body is in full vibrancy and proper balance, chronic diseases cannot exist in the body. I could introduce you to thousands of people who have gotten rid of their physical and psychological ailments just by doing certain simple yogic practices. These practices are not aimed at the disease. They are just aimed at bringing a certain harmony and vitality to the energy body.

These are the three dimensions of the self you are aware of right now: the physical, the mental, the energetic. They are essentially physical in nature, though each is more subtle than the preceding one. It is like a lightbulb, electricity, and light - all these are physical. One you can hold in your hand; the other you can feel; and the third takes a sensitive receptor, like the eye, to experience. But they are essentially physical, which is why you can experience them through your sense organs.

However, there is a fourth layer called the ' vignanamayakosha ' or the etheric body. Gnana means "knowledge." Vishesh gnana means "extraordinary knowledge" - that which is beyond the sense perceptions. This is a transient state. It is neither physical or non-physical. It is like a link between the two. It is not in your current level of experience, because your experience is limited to the five sense organs which cannot perceive non-physical. Those who report near-death experiences are those who could have slipped accidentally into this state. Such an experience occurs when, for some reason, people's physical, mental, and energy bodies have become feeble. If you learn to find conscious access to this dimension, there will be a quantum leap in your ability to know the cosmic phenomenon.

There is also a fifth sheath, the ' anandamayakosha ' , which is beyond the physical entirely. Ananda means "bliss." It has nothing to do with the physical realms of life. A dimension that is beyond the physical cannot be described or even defined, so yoga talks about it only in terms of experience. When we are in touch with that aspect beyond the physical, we become blissful. It is not that a bubble of bliss lies within your physical structure. It is just that when you access this indefinable dimension, it produces an overwhelming experience of bliss.

But bliss is not a goal in itself. Once you touch this dimension of nonexistence, blissfulness is guaranteed. In this state, you are no more an issue in your own life. When you are no more an issue, you can fearlessly explore the beyond.

When you touch this dimension beyond definition, the impact of time and space is obliterated. This accounts for the many stories of yogis sitting unmoving for incredibly long periods of time. This is possible not because of physical endurance, but because in these states, they are not available to the process of time. They have touched a dimension beyond all the contradictions of here and there, now and then; a limitless ocean of emptiness where there is neither bondage nor freedom - an existence beyond existence.

Yoga does not ask you to work with anything other than what you know. It simply tells you that if the physical, mental, and energy bodies are perfectly aligned, you will find access to the bliss body. But your work, as we said before, is only with the first three bodies.

When it comes to external realities, each human being is differently capable. What one does, the other may not be able to do. But when it comes to inner realities, all of us are equally capable. There is no guarantee that you will be able to sing, dance, climb a mountain, or make money, merely because you want to. But making your inner life blissful is something that everyone is capable of. It cannot be denied to you, if you are willing. Once you master certain basic yogic technologies of inner well-being, your journey through life becomes absolutely effortless. You are able to express yourself at your fullest potential without any stress or strain. You can play with life whichever way you want, but life cannot leave a single scratch upon you."

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'All Shall Pass'

The clock tic tocks
My life away, relentless
And ruthless. Driving me
towards my designated
Goal; not of Glory but Grave.

Grave it shall be for all
The Honored and the Humbled
Shall all make it to one goal
Bound or unbound, in
misery or joy, the Brave
and the Beaten all shall
enjoin in the earthy embrace
But the benediction of
Creation is such that not
One shall fail. As all
Shall pass

Love & Grace,

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You cannot fight darkness. You have to light up, and the darkness will disappear.

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On KAILASH

' Like snow I come and go
Like snow I melt at your feet '

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Death is a fiction of the unaware. There is only life, life, and life alone, moving from one dimension to another.

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Instead of sending 150,000 soldiers or spending a trillion dollars, you can send doctors and engineers to these countries. The investment will be one-tenth of what the government is spending on war. And the world will be yours anyway.

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If you look at the world today, lies are mainstream -
Truth is a fringe phenomenon.

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You never know how big and tall you are..
Till you are asked to rise.

If you are true to my will
You will stand like the Himalayan peak.

The divine you seek
Will Play in every step that you take.

May you rise and show the world
What it means to be an isha

O'ishas I am in you
To make Divine a daily happening.

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With age, physical agility may go down but your aliveness need not go down.

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Devotion is not a dissection of life, but a total embrace.

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Belief leads people to accept the most ridiculous things as the absolute truth.

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Irritation, anger, hate, and rage are just progressions. If you feel the mildest sense of irritation, that’s what you need to work on.

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You don’t have to be better than everyone else, but you have to be at your best.

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After reaching a place of affluence and technology, using chemicals for being joyful is a disaster.

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Karma is like old recordings that keep replaying. Yoga means to make life not just a replay but a profound possibility and experience.

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If you want to take charge of your destiny, the first step is to take charge of your own body and mind.

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Mind is madness.Only when you go beyond the mind, there will be meditation.

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Two ways to look at a birthday - “I’m getting old, time to slow down” or “time is running out, have to speed up.” I want to use the throttle not the brake. What about you?

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The spiritual process is like a journey - constant change. Always new terrain.

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Can drugs help a spiritual seeker experience the divine? Or will they only lead to downfall? Sadhguru describes the possibilities and the pitfalls.

Sadhguru: When Patanjali finished with karma kanda[1] and moved into what is known as kaivalya pada[2] – “kaivalya” means ultimate liberation – he said that you could have a glimpse of the Divine in many ways, either by using drugs, incessantly chanting some mantra, practicing severe austerities, or by deep samadhis.

Coming to drugs, Patanjali was a scientist. He was not the usual religious kind of man. He was not afraid of anything. He looked at everything. A religious man would generally not talk about drugs. Patanjali said a drug is also a possibility to divinity, but the lowest possibility.

What happens with a drug? If you take a chemical like LSD or marijuana, the nature of the chemical is such that somewhere, it breaks the mind. Ultimately your mind and physical body is just chemistry. If you do yogic practices, that is also just to change the chemistry of the system. Drugs are usually described as mind-blowing. You put a drug into your system and suddenly the mind cracks up. So you are able to look at the existence through this crack – without the mind – just for a moment, and it is fantastic.

Then you get hooked on the drug. The next time the dosage will increase. There is no growth or transformation. It just becomes a trip. After a while, there are most probably no more trips. The drug becomes just a helpless dependence for you.

Can You Contain It?

You can’t deny that at least some people who are on the path of drugs have big experiences, but you will see that they don’t grow, there is no transformation in the way they are. In fact, such a person never attains to Grace, he sort of retards. He never attains to any kind of fragrance. He just has big experiences to talk about, otherwise he slowly retards. Only the dosage increases. Even before any recording of history happened, people have used drugs on the spiritual path. The puranas say Shiva himself was the first to use drugs. It starts from there. But please understand that Shiva can contain it, not you.

Once, Adi Shankara was traveling with his disciples. He stopped at a place and drank a lot of country liquor and then resumed walking. A few disciples thought that it meant they could also drink. At the very next place where liquor was available, they drank and began to wobble along behind Shankara because they were unable to hold it. When they entered the next village, Shankara walked directly toward the blacksmith’s and took a vessel full of molten iron and drank from it. Now, the disciples who imitated him in drinking the country liquor got the point.

So drugs are the lowest possibility, but still a possibility. On the yogic path drugs are a taboo, not because of moral correctness, but because of the limitation that they are. We have other ways to blow your mind.

I’ve never touched a substance but if you look at my eyes, I’m always stoned. I can be drunk twenty-four hours of the day – no hangover, it doesn’t cost anything, and it’s good for health! We look at alcohol, drugs and these things as kindergarten stuff because we can get intoxicated a thousand times over just with our aliveness. Why simply wine? You can get drunk with the di-vine!

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