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There is no such thing as ego; it is empty talk.

The nasty part of you, you call it ego.
Wherever you get nasty, you don't want to see, "It is me who is nasty." You want to say, "Oh, it is my ego."

This is another way of passing the buck.
There is no ego. There is just you, and you, and you alone.

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The significance of human nature is that you have the direction to decide how God should function within you.

This is not a small choice, not a small responsibility, not a small honor. Is it a small honor that you can decide how God should function?

Most people are letting this go by, not realizing what is being bestowed upon them.

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It is time we realized that looking to God will not help until we look at our own foolishness.

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Don’t hold back your love, your joy, and your exuberance. Only what you give becomes your quality, not what you hold back.

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When an individual dreams, it is called a fantasy. When a group of people dream, it becomes a society. When the universal dreams, it generally passes off as reality. A dream is a certain reality, and reality is a certain dream. The best thing about a dream is, when you wake up, it’s over. So it is with the so-called reality – when you wake up, it’s over. Medically, if we check the parameters of your body in sleep, it is just in a slightly lower state – you could be meditating. So sleep is just a more relaxed state of wakefulness, or wakefulness is a more agitated state of sleep.

Is this some kind of play of words, some kind of entertainment that we can think, “Okay, dream and wakefulness are the same, reality and dream are the same?” It is not so. You know reality only the way your senses interpret it for you. You do not know it the way it is. So what you call “reality” is an interpretation of your mind, what you call “dream” is also an interpretation of your mind. Whatever happens in your mind is another kind of reality. We can call it “psychological reality.” For most people, their dream is far more powerful than their thought process. Unfortunately, they don’t remember most of it.

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What you consider as divine, what you consider as God is essentially that which is the source of creation, isn’t it? If you pay little attention to the creation, whether to a flower or a leaf or an ant, if you just pay enough attention to the ant – I am sure you have not, because they have no orthopedic issues – but if you pay enough attention to a simple ant, it is such a phenomenal mechanism. You can’t find another machine like that. The efficiency with which it moves with those eight legs is an incredible thing.

So if you look at any piece of creation one thing that it smacks of is intelligence of the highest kind, isn’t it? Why is it nobody said ‘God is intelligence’? – people are saying ‘god is love, god is this, god is that’ all these things we are capable of. An intelligence beyond ourselves is what our problem is, isn’t it? Yes or no? Even a dog is very loving. Not just God; we don’t know about God but dogs are very loving, aren’t they? Yes or no? We are giving all the wrong qualities. If you pay attention to the creation you will see whatever is the source of creation – its intelligence is unbeatable, isn’t it? Why is it that nobody ever said ‘God is intelligence?’ Unfortunate, isn’t it?

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If you try to squeeze joy out of people, only pain will come.

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We need to raise our children to be true contributions to the world. The next generation should be better than us.

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Blissfulness is a pleasant state of life energies that cannot be disturbed by physical, mental or emotional factors.

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Fear, anger, misery, frustration, depression and despair are all products of a mind that you have not taken charge of.

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Give it more time, rather than getting frustrated or comparing yourself to someone else. When practicing yoga, never compare yourself to others. Work with where you are right now. Do not try to do what others are doing. Once you compare yourself to others, competition is inevitable. So, no comparison, but do not spare yourself. You must always go to your fullest, but do not try to be like someone else. This is a fundamental discipline you have to bring into your life if you want to progress on the spiritual path.

Even if people come to us because of their backache, we want to set up the process towards the ultimate for them. How far they go is left to them. If you put in more time, you will see, once you go beyond a certain point, so many things which you thought were a part of you are suddenly not there anymore. This is the nature of the sadhana. So do not compare yourself with someone else and frustrate yourself. That is not necessary at all.

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One fundamental goal of yoga is to put your life and your karmic cycle on fast-forward. Today, finding a solution for your backache or some psychological issue may be your focus, but ultimately, the goal is mukti. When you put your karmic cycle on fast-forward, the suffering that you would have had in a diluted form over 20 years may come to you in a concentrated form in 2 years or 2 weeks – and that is good. When you work through that, you will come to a plateau where, if you look back, you cannot believe you went through all these things. Every sadhaka goes through such phases.

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You can either live logically or magically -it's your choice.

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' Adi Guru '


Ascetics distance
The stoic stance

All this they bore
And He could not ignore

Seekers so intense
Broke his obstinate stance

Celestial sages seven
Strived not in search of Heaven

But to find a way for every human
To find a way beyond hell and heaven

They toiled for their race
He could not withhold his Grace

He turned his sacred face
To south to look upon their race

They not only beheld his divine face
But held the downpour of ultimate space

As the Beginningless One flowed
In knowing, seven sages overflowed

To release the world
From its crusted mold

To this day the sacred knowing flows
We will not rest until every vermin knows

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“If you make mud into food, that is called agriculture.
If you make food into a human being, this is called digestion.
If you make human being into mud again we call this cremation.
If you transform the physical into the non-physical,
that is called consecration.”

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The thought process has become a problem for people only because they are not aware that it is just a reverberation. These reverberations can take any form, or you can experience them just as reverberations without giving them any form.

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In an intimate conversation en route to Kailash, Sadhguru addressed a seeker’s probing questions about the need of devotion and a Guru on the spiritual path.


Questioner: Sadhguru, there are moments when I feel devotion, and at other times, my own will pops up. Given that, can I consider myself a devotee or not?

Sadhguru: There is no human being on the planet who has never experienced moments of devotion, moments of love, moments of joy, and moments of bliss at some time or the other. That does not mean it is your basic quality. One moment of devotion does not make you a devotee. Only when devotion has become the essential quality of your being, are you a devotee. Every human being has an element of devotion. The question is whether they have brought it to a point where it has become the dominant force and the guiding light in their life.

Questioner: If that is the case, can someone be your disciple but not your devotee?

Sadhguru: This is a progression. A lot of people initially either come as curiosity seekers, or sometimes as investigators. Then they think there is something to learn here, and they become like a student. If what they learn begins to transform their lives in some way, they naturally become disciples. When learning, transformation, and everything else becomes irrelevant, when the focus of your life becomes one-pointed, then you become a devotee.

Questioner: But Sadhguru, could I not just follow the path of spirituality through the practices that are given without becoming a devotee, without surrendering everything to the Master?

Sadhguru: Devotion need not necessarily be to a person. Devotion is a certain way to be. If you are on the path, not off and on, but in every moment of your life, you are a devotee. You do not have to be a devotee of anything or anyone in particular. You can be a devotee because devotion is your quality.

Questioner: So if someone has been initiated by you, but he or she is only devoted to the path and not to you as a person, then also, he or she is a devotee?

Sadhguru: What you refer to as the Guru and what you refer to as the path are not different. One is personified, another is not, but they are the same thing. If they are different, they are no good.

Questioner: Sadhguru, you yourself said you walked the path of spirituality for three lifetimes without a Guru.

Sadhguru: The Ultimate did not happen because I differentiated between path and Guru. That way, you may get better lungs, you may get many capabilities, you may become a superhuman. But still, the most significant thing does not happen as long as you make a distinction between path and Guru. As for me, I did so because I was brought up in a tradition where it was always said that the real thing can only happen through Shiva – no other human being can ever do the Ultimate for you. So, accepting another human being as a Guru was out of question.

When the Guru came and the Ultimate did happen, though experientially, it was 100% clear to me that this is it, still there was a little bit of a question why Shiva did not come. At that moment, the Guru took the form of Shiva. It was such a childish desire, but he catered to it and appeared as Shiva.

Questioner: Do seekers need to have a personified Guru? Have there not been many Shaivite saints like Akka Mahadevi, Allama Mahaprabhu, and others who did not have a Guru but were devoted to Shiva or whoever else, and they still got enlightened?

Sadhguru: I think Shiva was their devotee. Another thing is you cannot say they did not have a Guru, because they embraced Shiva completely. He was a living force for them.

Questioner: But wasn’t Shiva a living force for you too?

Sadhguru: He was. Otherwise, I would not have come that far. The Guru did not really push me as such. He just gave me a little nudge, because I had been sitting on the edge for too long.

Questioner: So as a devotee, I can embrace the path itself and not necessarily have a Guru in a physical, human form?

Sadhguru: The path is the Guru and the Guru is the path – there is no difference between the two. The mistake is that we differentiate. Once you differentiate between the two, it becomes unnecessarily complex.

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The only way to get in touch with reality is to pay attention without making conclusions.

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Tradition is not about imitating previous generations. It is about learning from their experience.

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A complete human being is in equilibrium between the masculine and the feminine.

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The United Nations’ declaration of International Day of Yoga on June 21st comes at a critical time in the history of humanity. It is of much more significance than a few more people twisting and turning their bodies. For the first time in the history of the UN, 177 countries co-sponsored the resolution for Yoga Day. Never before has any resolution in the UN gotten this kind of support. On this day, we want to change the direction of humanity as to how people seek their wellbeing. In pursuit of their wellbeing, we do not want people to look out, up or down – we want them to look in.

Yoga is a technology, a tool for people to turn inward and create their own wellbeing. Your wellbeing will not come from somewhere, either you create it or you do not – this is the fundamental of yoga. As there is a science and technology for external wellbeing, similarly there is a science and technology for inner wellbeing. This science and technology has found such a profound expression in this land. It is a wonderful moment for India that today we are able to offer something which is of tremendous value in the world.

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Essentially, meditation means to experientially realize that you are not an individual bubble – you are a universe.

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Individuals should shape their lives according to their particular needs, not according to social trends.

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All the problems on the planet can essentially be reduced to one thing: misaligned human beings, misaligned with all there Is.

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