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When you come into this world, you have nothing but life in you. What you make out of it is up to you.

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People have always misunderstood meditation as some kind of activity. No, it is a quality. That is a fundamental difference. Prayer means you are trying to talk to God. You are trying to tell him your vows, your expectations, or whatever else. Meditation means you are willing to just listen to existence, to the ultimate nature of creation. You have nothing to say, you simply listen. That is the quality of Nandi – he just sits, alert. This is very important: he is alert. He is not sleepy or sitting in a passive way. He is sitting very active, full of alertness and life, but no expectation or anticipation. That is meditation. Just waiting, not for anything in particular.

If you just wait without doing your own thing, the existence will do its thing. Meditation essentially means the individual person is not doing his own thing. He is just there. Once you are simply there, you become aware of the larger dimension of the existence, which is always in action. You become aware that you are a part of it. Even now, you are a part of it. But becoming aware that “I am a part of it” is meditativeness. Nandi is the symbolism of that. He reminds everyone, “You must sit like me.”

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Aliveness is not an acquired state – it is your nature. “Just being” means being absolute life – not a mind, not a thought, not an emotion, not an ideology, not a philosophy, not a belief system, not a gender, not a race, not a caste, not a creed – just life. If you touch life on this level, you will know by experience that life and the source of life are packed inside each other.

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At the spring equinox, the masculine and feminine within us are at equilibrium – a good day to transcend the identification with the body.

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How the mundane has managed to bury the magical in most human lives, I wonder.

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A devotee’s perception is way better than that of a person who intellectually dissects, because devotion is a way of embracing the universe.

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How does a person become free of their bondages when they are in a family where so many people are dependent on them and there are certain chains around you? Sadhguru explains.

Sadhguru: Maybe you cannot release your body from the chains but you can definitely release your mind from the chains. That is in your hands, isn’t it? Right now, maybe you cannot take Sanyas and live in an ashram – your husband, wife or your children will not allow you, but you becoming mentally free, can anybody stop you? No. The bondages have come only because of yourself and nobody else. Freedom does not mean we have to change all our situations. We do not have to turn our life or situations upside down to become free because one situation is not better than some other situation; don’t ever believe that. It is just a choice. Somebody chooses to live in this situation and somebody else chooses to live in another situation; everything has its pluses and minuses. The important thing is how you are within yourself, isn’t it? So, you may not be able to change your external situation immediately, maybe there is nothing wrong with it and there is no need to change it. But you should change your inner situation because it is bothering you.

This mind can become a ladder to divinity, it can make you ecstatic. Many times this mind made you happy, isn’t it? And many times it made you very unhappy, fearful, tense and frustrated. So the same mind is doing both. It is doing whatever it wants because this little instrument of a mind is not in your hands, it has gone out of control. You can take your car and reach the next city or you can ram it straight into a tree. It is left to you. So, it is just about what you do with it. You can reach very far if you keep the controls in your hands.

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Truth is the only authority. Authority is not the truth.

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If your relaxation is not of good quality, your work will not be of good quality.

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' Stillness: The Highest Level of Intensity '


Here we are from the exuberance of Mahashivarathri to the stillness of Samyama. Shiva is an ultimate symbol of exuberant action and motionless stillness. From extraordinary or almost superhuman levels of activity in the last month we have come to the stillness of Samyama.

So, you want to be still, but you are alive and kicking! To bring this life to a certain state of stillness, one must completely dissociate with the activity of the mind. Physiological activity is not a problem — we can still that very easily — it is the psychological structure that is active. You need to understand this, the advantage that the body has over the mind is that even if you keep the body still, it exists. But if the mind becomes still, it does not exist. So, the mind will not let you become still, it will do many things unless you are entirely dissociated with the nature of your mind.

These simple methods of stilling the mind have become irrelevant to modern life because if you talk about them, it looks like exploitation. If you go somewhere spiritual, the first thing they always told you is surrender. That means, you do not make decisions. If you do not use your mind to make decisions, you will see, the mind will be largely still. If you do not understand what it means to surrender, then obedience — just do something. Sit down means sit down, stand up means stand up, speak means speak, shut up means shut up. But this is entirely “wrong” in today’s world. It is wrong if you end up in a place that is exploitative in nature. But if something is done for your wellbeing, I do not see anything wrong with it.


So, if you do not know what surrender is, at least become obedient. Without taking this step, stilling the mind is like trying to catch mercury. If you try to catch one blob of mercury, it becomes one hundred. With surrender or obedience, you can dissociate yourself with the mind. As you dissociate with the mind, you will see that stillness is a natural part of your existence because the existence is largely still. Only the physical is active, the space is still, absolutely still. Stillness is the highest level of intensity. If you experience a bit of stillness within, suddenly your body, mind – everything – is exuberantly intense. It is a different level of life altogether.

If one has to become still, the individual mind has to become less and less important. This is coming from a knowing that the existence itself is a living mind. When such a huge mind is at work, better keep your petty mind aside. If you cannot see the cosmic mind, at least see that the mind of someone who is beyond you is at work. But not in today’s world! That is called slavery. Today’s spiritual process is crippled; we cannot do so many things, but we are still supposed to take people to enlightenment! We are asked to remove the tires of a car, but still drive it very far!

Spiritual masters are always finding easier ways of doing things. If today, at lunchtime, you decide to eat noodles through your ears, we might tell you to try eating through your nostrils; at least the food will go down your throat. You can even try the soup! It will be easier, but you will still find it difficult. If you open your mouth, it will be a joy to eat. The spiritual process is like this. Right now, you are like, “I cannot do this, I cannot do that, but give me a spiritual process!” So, we are trying through your ears, eyes and nostrils – it is very hard, but what to do? We believe if we keep forcing food through your nose, one day you will open your mouth. Not by any teaching, just through sheer sense. We are waiting for that day when you will open your mouth. What a ridiculous thing it is to be a Guru!

Samyama is a state where you are fully aware that you are not the body, the mind or the world. If you are free from these three things, there can be no suffering. That is the aim of Samyama, to move from the chaos of the body and the mind, to the utter stillness within. Six hundred and seventy diehard seekers have come from all over the world to reach this state, and they are doing phenomenally well. For the first few days, they struggled through their physical limitations, but have now moved beautifully into stillness.

May you know the stillness of Samyama.

Love & Grace,

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Stillness is the highest level of intensity. If you experience a bit of stillness within, suddenly your body, mind – everything – is exuberantly intense.

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I have never been lonely because the Creator has never left me for a moment. He has never left anyone for a moment.

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My meeting with the researchers from one of the premier research institutes in the U.S. was interesting. They have been studying the blood and other samples taken from some of our volunteers. They are saying that they have recorded for the first time that Isha Yoga practitioners have a greatly enhanced neuronal regeneration. You know what that means – you cannot forget your misery. Only way is to transform – just in case you were hoping Alzheimer’s will solve your problems. Another hope dashed because of Isha Yoga. There are also very interesting studies on the impact of Dhyanalinga upon the physiological parameters. What a shame that I need to be authenticated.

~ February, 2011

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Yoga always tries to transform the body, because if the body transforms, the mind will mature by itself.

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What is possible and what is not is not your business. Nature will decide this. Your business is just to work for what truly matters to you.

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Life an easy ride,
if no concern of how and where
destination is guaranteed
and no fare.

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Gender equality shouldn’t even be an issue. At work or on the street, where is the need to look at someone as man or woman?

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MARRIAGE - CHOOSING CONSCIOUSLY

Questioner: My question is about marriage and divorce. I’ve been married for 25 years. There were many occasions where I felt like divorce, but then it has been a wonderful experience for me when I really fell in love. But what I see today, many youngsters don’t want to marry, and those who are married are getting divorced. Would you like to throw some light on this situation, Sadhguru?

Sadhguru: What you only intended, they are successful with! You need to understand the institution of marriage. One aspect of it is about bringing a certain sanctity to the simple basic needs that every human being has. There are physical needs, psychological needs, economic needs, emotional needs, and social needs – a variety of needs. To fulfill all these needs, we set up an institution called marriage where all this can be conducted in a sensible manner. Marriage is to bring some organization, some aesthetic, some stability, because man and woman coming together naturally used to bring fresh life.

The nature of human life, the nature of human offspring is such that because of the possibilities that a human being carries, compared to any other creature, it is the most helpless life and needs the maximum amount of support. You could leave a puppy on the street – as long as it gets food, it grows up into a good dog. But not so with human beings – they need not just physical support but a variety of supports, and above all, a stable situation. When they are 18, they will debate whether they should get married or not, because the physical body is asking for freedom. At that time, everyone questions if marriage is really needed, and whether we can just live whichever way we want. But when you were three years of age, you valued a stable marriage immensely – isn’t it so? Not yours – your parents’.

When you were three, four years of age, you were 100% for marriage. When you become 45, 50, again you are 100% for marriage. Between 18 and 35, you are questioning the whole institution.

If at the time when the physical body is dominant, you give in to it, you will question every institution. This is hormone-fired freedom. Your intelligence has been hijacked by hormones, so you question the fundamentals of everything. I am not saying marriage is the thing, but do you have a better alternative? We have not come up with a better alternative, because a stable situation is a must for a child.

If your whims and fancies change, if your emotions change, do not get into such situations. It is neither compulsory nor is it necessary for everyone to get married and have children. But if you get into it, and especially if you have children, you must understand, it is a minimum 20-year project. That is if they do well. If they don’t do well, it is a lifelong project. If you want to get into such projects, at least 20 years, there must be a commitment to create a stable situation. Otherwise, you should not get into such projects. Do not get into a project, drop it halfway and walk away.

If you do not like that, do not start the project – go for short-term projects. They have their benefits and they have their problems. It is your choice, but at least choose consciously. You do not have to get married because everyone is getting married. You do not have to talk about marriage and divorce in the same breath as if they come together. No one thought of divorce in this country until recently.

If it so happens something went entirely wrong between two people, there is no way to fix it, and they have to separate, it is unfortunate, but it happens. You do not have to plan it at the time of wedding.

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Don’t hand over your health to a doctor. Your health is your business.

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Empowered by prana pratishtha, Bhairavi has become a living entity. Her powerful presence is a great boon for us and for generations to come.

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You can expand in two different ways – one is by conquest, another is by embrace. One brings misery, the other brings joy.

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The less you understand life, the more you think it is accidental. Life is not accidental – everything happens between cause and effect.

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Once you are conscious, both unconsciousness and self-consciousness evaporate.

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So darkness is only a problem for those who have unstable minds. If you have a stable mind, darkness is a very beautiful thing. It is the coolest thing because nobody can disturb it. And it is the strongest thing because nobody can throw it out. It is the only thing which is eternal; it is the only thing which is all-pervading. The only thing that pervades the existence through-and-through is darkness. The dark nothingness that is all-pervading is the very lap of creation. May you have the needed stability of mind to know the utter stillness and the eternal nature of darkness.

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You have five friends who are all nitwits; they are half-brained. Whatever you see, whatever you experience, the senses only give you one part of the experience, they will never give you the whole. Because you start trusting and believing them, because you are deeply attached to them, your whole perception of existence is completely twisted.

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