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A seeker asks yogi and mystic, Sadhguru, what is Kundalini – a question that is seldom answered satisfactorily or in terms easily understood. Sadhguru takes us through the explanation of what Kundalini is, using an everyday analogy that should strike a chord in every one of us.

Question: Can you please explain what is Kundalini?

Sadhguru: The word “kundalini” generally refers to that dimension of energy that is yet to realize its potential. There is a huge volume of energy within you which is yet to find its potential. Let me take you from your own experience of life because the stories about it are many. In your house, there is a plug-point in the wall. This plug-point does not actually produce any power. There is a huge power station elsewhere that is producing power, but it cannot give you that power directly. It is the plug-point that gives you the power. Though most people have not even thought about the power station and have no conception of what it is, they know that if they plug an appliance into the plug-point, the appliance will run.

Kundalini is the plug-point. It is not a 3-pin point, it is a 5-pin point. You might have heard of the seven chakras. The muladhara is like a plug-point. That is why it is known as muladhara. Muladhara means “fundamental” or “basic.” Five of the remaining six chakras are the plug. What is the seventh chakra? It is like a light bulb. If you plug it in, then everything about you glows. If you are properly plugged in, keeping the lights on twenty-four hours of the day is not an issue anymore. You don’t have to turn off your power because you are worried the battery might run out. You can just keep it on blatantly, recklessly, because you are plugged into the power source.

Even right now, you still have energy. You can hear what I am saying. That means life energies are functioning, but in a very miniscule way. Just a small part of it is functioning. If the whole of it becomes available to you, if it is properly plugged in, there is no limit to what you can do out of it. Even with the plug-point at home, once you are plugged in, you can make the light happen, you can get the air-conditioning going, you can have the heater, you can have the television – anything you want. Just one power point. You can do so many things.

Unfortunately, most human beings are not plugged in. They are trying to generate their own power. So they eat five times a day, but still they are tired most of the time. It is a struggle to keep life going. Energy is not just in terms of physical energy or activity, energy is in terms of life. Existence is energy, isn’t it? The basis of existence is energy. If you know that basis, it is like knowing the foundations of life. If you understand the ways of the energy, you know the whole mechanics of creation. So if you are plugged in, you know what the power is, what it can do and what you can make out of it. You are plugged into an endless source of power – that is what is Kundalini.

Now to plug in an appliance, if your hands are shaky, you will scratch the whole wall but you will not get the plug in. In the same way, to put the 5-point plug into the plug-point is difficult for a lot of people because there is no steadiness in their body, their mind, their emotions or their energies. All this yoga is just to get the necessary steadiness so that you can just plug it in there. Once you plug it in – boundless energy! You don’t have to go and learn about or understand the power station. You plug it in and everything is fine.

Yoga is just the science of getting the plug properly in so that there is an uninterrupted source of power. Once you are connected to this uninterrupted source of power, naturally you will proceed in the way life should. You will naturally proceed towards the goal of what life is longing for. You will not get lost with your fancy ideas, dreams, thoughts, emotions or entanglements of the world.

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Total involvement in work does not kill you. It can make you far more resilient, competent, and effective in everything you do.

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The unfortunate reality in the world is, most people will know peace only with ‪‎death‬. It is time you do something about it in ‪‎life‬.

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' Linga Bhairavi '

" Seek her in Devotion
She is an ocean of Compassion

Seek her in Desperation
She is a steadfast Companion

Seek her in true Passion
You will be loved to Distraction

Just seek her in your Confusion
She will lead you to Fruition

Jai Bhairavi Devi "

Love & Blessings

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Questioner: Sadhguru, why are women not being allowed into certain temples? For example, now with the Shani temple. Why this discrimination?

Sadhguru: At Linga Bhairavi, men are not allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum, but they never protest. They are married and domesticated – they have been trained not to protest against anything (laughter).

It needs to be understood that these temples are not places of prayer – they are different types of energies. Since we are aware that the planets in the solar system have an impact upon our physiology, our psychological structure, and the context of our lives, we have created temples for the different planets.

Based on the time and date of your birth, and the latitude and longitude of your place of birth, Indian astrologers make complex calculations to see which planets have the greatest influence on your life. These things are relevant to you to some extent. However, if you have access to inner technology, it will level out these planetary impacts.

Shani or Saturn, which is a faraway planet, takes 30 years to complete one revolution around the sun. Considering the revolutions of Saturn and those of the Earth, and your birth details, they can calculate what impact Saturn has on you at different times of your life.

Shani is one of the sons of Surya, the sun – the other one being Yama. Shani is the lord of dominance, distress, depression, disease, and disaster. Yama is the lord of death – the “D” company. These two are brothers-in-arms, always working in tandem. Their mother, Surya’s wife, is Chaya. Chaya means “shadow.” This is science expressed in a dialectical way. The sun is the source of light for us. His wife is Chaya – shadow. Only because there is sunlight, there is shadow.

The seventh day, Saturday, is the day of Saturn. Seven being Saat, it is Saaturday or Saturday. Saturn is the seventh planet or graha in the Indian astrological system. The word “graha” means “to grasp” or “to impact.” Saturn as per modern astronomy is the sixth planet. But the Indian astrology looked at celestial objects which have a strong impact on life upon this planet. In that context, Sun and Moon are also counted as grahas, not to be understood as planets, making Saturn the seventh graha.

In the order of grahas that have a strong influence upon this planet – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – though Shani is the seventh, he is a very dominant force, as health and happiness give you freedom of life, but disease and depression will seriously dominate your life. The question is are you allowing external forces, such as the celestial objects, to influence or impact you, or is your inner nature the only influence upon you. Hence, in this tradition, profound astrologers refused to make predictions for those who are on the spiritual path or under the influence of a spiritual Guru.

Because his is a 30-year cycle, once in 30 years, you become more susceptible to the influence of Saturn. This phase, known as Saade Saati, or in Tamil, Yelarai Shani, lasts for seven and a half years. You may become more susceptible to disease, depression, disasters, and death, and more vulnerable to external influences. In order to bridge the pits that may occur during a Saade Saati, various processes and rituals are associated with Shani temples.

There are temples for Shani Deva, where Saturn is personified as a god. Currently, there is this controversy about allowing women to enter a certain temple in Maharashtra, the Shani Shingnapur temple. Very powerful processes are conducted at this temple. Shani temples are mainly used for occult purposes and exorcism. People come there mainly to ward off occult influences or because they feel they are possessed. Because occult processes are conducted there, the energies are not conducive for women. As a woman is entrusted with the significant responsibility of manufacturing the next generation, her body is far more receptive and vulnerable to certain types of energies – especially during pregnancy and menstrual cycles.

Should women not enter the sanctum at all? They could if they were appropriately trained for it, but it would be much more difficult to train women than men for this purpose, simply because of a few biological advantages men have in this area of life. In the very nature of female biology, occult forces can have a deeper impact upon her system.

To remove occult influences and perform exorcisms, certain energies are used that are not nice for a woman at all. Shani is not nice. But he is a part of our lives – we have to deal with him too. Because of these occult forces, women are asked not to enter the area where such things are done. It would not be good for their physical wellbeing.

When certain things go wrong with life, you have to deal with them in a certain way, which may not be pleasant. These temples were created for this purpose. Today, some people perceive it as discrimination that women should not enter this space. It is not discrimination but discretion.

Maybe the way it is enforced is crude and seems discriminatory, and that is why these women are protesting. If one day, men protest in front of Linga Bhairavi and want to enter the sanctum, I will lock it. I will not let them into sanctum because it is not designed for men unless they are appropriately trained for it. This is not discrimination – it is necessary discretion. The space of Dhyanalinga, for one half of the lunar cycle, is managed by men; for the other half, it is managed by women – as that is the nature of an inclusive consecration, which Dhyanalinga is.

At certain temples, like the Velliangiri hill temple, women are prevented from going up the mountain, as the path goes through dense forest that was rich in wildlife in the past, and it was considered unsafe for women to take this journey. But today, these rules can be relaxed.

In view of the demand to allow women entry to the Shani temple, we need to educate people about the science behind these temples – what they are about and why they were built. In today’s democratic fervor, we want to establish equality, but in certain contexts, this would work to the disadvantage of women. Otherwise, we are one species and two genders. Except for a few areas such as this one, the only places where gender should matter are bathrooms and bedrooms.

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Sarve Shantir Bhavanthu

May peace happen to all

Sarve Sukhino Bhavanthu

May wellbeing happen to all

Sarve Anandaha Bhavanthu

May blissfulness happen to all

Sarvesham Gnanam Bhavathu

Let knowing happen to all

Sarvesham Dhyanam Bhavathu

Let meditativeness happen to all

Sarvesham Shoonyam Bhavathu

May emptiness be known to all

Sarvesham Shivam Bhavathu

May the Boundless Being touch all

Gnanam Dhyanam Anandam

Knowing Meditation and Blissfulness

Bhavathu Bhavathu Bhavanthu

May it Be, may it Be, may it Be


Sadhguru: The chant is about – may everybody know peace; it is not even everybody; everything know peace. May everything know wellbeing. May everything know blissfulness, or everyone know blissfulness. Let knowing happen to all. Let meditativeness happen to all. Let the ultimate emptiness happen to all. Let all beings be touched by the cosmic being. The last part is knowing meditativeness and blissfulness: let it be, let it be, let it be, or, may it be.

Why we are going through a chant like this is, my fears that when you do certain processes, they are essentially designed to take you beyond the manifestations of the mind. When I say manifestations of the mind, Patanjali, who is today being recognized as the father of modern yogic system, because he codified the wide variety of yogic practices which were prevalent during his time into a more simpler form or a more accessible volume. Yoga had gone, as slowly today modern medicine is going. Twenty-five years ago, you had just one family doctor for whatever you may get. Today, if you want a real checkup, you need 25 doctors, because there are specialists and specialists and specialists. It may so happen, in another 50 – 100 years, if you need a thorough checkup, you need over 100 doctors. There were some guests in the military mess. They had all assembled for a special dinner. And one of the wives of the guests saw a fine looking officer, and she asked him, “What do you do?” He said, “I am a naval surgeon.” She said, “My God, the way you specialize these days!” We are going there.

So, when Patanjali was asked to define yoga, being as technical as he was, because Patanjali is more of a scientist than a sage or a yogi. So he said, “Chitta vritti nirodha.” That means, “If you cease the modifications of the mind, then you are in yoga.” Yesterday we were looking at this. There is no such thing as an absolute mind. There is only a certain activity that you call as mind. Various modifications of your consciousness are referred to as mind. If it particularly takes the shape of thought and emotion, then we call it the mind. If it took the shape of a thoughtless reverberation, we wouldn’t call it the mind, but it is still mind. So he is taking all these things into considerations, though socially, if you just feel a reverb in the system, you normally wouldn’t label it as the mind; only if a thought comes, or an emotion comes, then you call it the mind. But Patanjali is taking all modifications of the consciousness as mind. He is saying when you seize all these modifications, then you are in yoga. Because with these modifications, we set up what is you and what is me. This and that. Once there is this and that, or once there is you and me, there is trouble. There is life, but there is also trouble. Like the French philosopher said, “The other is hell.” It’s always the other. This is always ok. It’s the others. So it is these modifications which have created the other. Existence is happening as one large happening. But the individualized experience of life is coming to us, or happening to us, only because of the modifications of our mind. If we seize it, or if we transcend it, then we say you are in yoga. In the traditional yogi terminology, we call this Samadhi. Sama means equanimous, dhi means buddhi, or the intellect. Intellect which is discriminatory in nature when it becomes equanimous, all modifications settled, then you are in a state of yoga, or you are in a state of union. But now, because there is you and me, and there is you and neighbors, there is you and people you don’t like, there is you and your enemies, there is you and all those horrible creatures.

Yes. Because I am trying to find the news channels, trying to catch up with India and the rest of the world. But all these movie channels are coming. Wherever you see, American men are beating up all kinds of creatures, some are aliens, some are of our own planet. Anybody they see, they are trashing them to bits. Have you seen this? Just flick through all the channels, half the movies, some big built man is smashing something up; so because they have understood the other is hell, not in a philosophical way, but in a very rudimentary way. And it manifests itself in a million different ways in life. So what an exercise or a method or a methodology which can render you to the other side of your mind or behind the mirror, also empowers your mind in a certain way. If you have a powerful mind, you would like to change the numbers of that super ball, power ball, super powerful ball. You would like to change the numbers of the powerball. If this guy has the right numbers, we would like to take off his head, of course. He is standing in the way of my powerball. What to do? Pffft! So before we kind of exercise our mind to a certain level of capability, you must set up this intent. May peace happen to all, may well being happen to all, may blissfulness happen to all, let knowing happen to all, let meditativeness happen to all, may emptiness be known to all, may the boundless being touch all.

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RECOGNIZING the ADIYOGI


The Adiyogi brought the possibility that a human being need not be contained in the defined limitations of our species. There is a way to be contained in physicality but not to belong to it. There is a way to inhabit the body but never become the body. There is a way to use your mind in the highest possible way but still never know the miseries of the mind. Whatever dimension of existence you are in right now, you can go beyond that – there is another way to live. He said, “You can evolve beyond your present limitations if you do the necessary work upon yourself.” And he gave methods as to how to evolve. That is the significance of the Adiyogi.

Before I fall dead, I want to make sure that His contribution to humanity is recognized across the world. We are in various stages of doing this. One thing is we are building Adiyogi shrines. It is a twenty-one foot tall bronze Adiyogi with a consecrated linga in front of Him. It is a powerful space. The first one is coming up in our ashram in the United States, in Tennessee.

Everybody on the planet should know that He is the one who offered this science to the world. In the last five to six years, four major books were published in Europe contesting that yoga did not come from India, but is the evolution of European exercise systems. If they write another ten to fifteen books like this, that will become the truth. Whatever you read in your textbook as history, you believe is the truth. It is not, I am telling you, it is just written by some vested interest largely. So if they write twenty-five to fifty books like this in the next ten to fifteen years, after some time everyone will say yoga came from United States or from California, or that Madonna invented yoga. It is not a laughing matter, it can easily be done. There are people who are willing to write anything. Some very famous books are saying this. Dan Brown, in his book Angels and Demons, says yoga is an ancient Buddhist art. Gautama is only twenty-five hundred years, Adiyogi is fifteen thousand years. Now you say Gautama, tomorrow you will say Madonna. If you write a few books that will become the truth. So I want to make sure, before I am dead, that everybody should know yoga came from Him, nobody else but Him.

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The body is an animal – it wants to gather things and procreate. That’s why so much energy goes into the struggle for money and sex.

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Throw yourself into things you can change and accept the things you cannot change, or you will end up upset and not do what you can.

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If you consciously hold an asana, it can alter the way you think, feel, and experience life. This is what hatha yoga can do.

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It is time to conquer the world with inclusiveness and generosity, not with wars and brutal power.

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The idea of Nationhood needs love and pride in the hearts of the people to make it a great Nation.

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Energy is useful only if you can direct it the way you want. That is when a human being transforms into a spiritual possibility.

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If you want to make yourself miserable, you have endless opportunities, because always, someone will do something you don’t like.

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I want you to know the power , the liberation of another kind of science - the inner science, the yogic science - through which you can become the master of your own destiny.

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Devotion is not a concept, ideology, or act – it is an agent of dissolution.

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If you apply only your intellect, you will get confused about every little thing in life.

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You can deepen your experience of life only if you are wide open to everything, without identifying yourself with anything.

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' A YEAR GONE BY '

In the year gone by
have you let life bypass you
Have you let the joy of your being
find expression or have you
found reasons to excuse yourself
Have you let the love in your heart
warm this world or have you found
reasonable excuse to languish in frown
Did you find something wonderful
to say of all around you or have you
become the judgment day damnation
Have you loved, laughed and teared up
or have you remained untouched by life
Years shall go by.

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This is the time of the year to get rid of all the unnecessary things - in your home, your body, mind, emotions - and start life afresh.

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