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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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If you sit in a pitch-dark space, after some time you will not know the boundaries of your own body. You will not know where you are and where you are not. If your mind is stable and meditative, sitting in a dark space will be a fantastic blessing. But for those whose minds are in a certain level of disruption, darkness is a serious problem. Most people are terrified in darkness, though darkness has never bitten anyone, anywhere, anytime. But because the mind takes so much visual content through the eyes, the moment the eyes become helpless in the darkness, the mind becomes terrified because it is so deeply enslaved to the five senses.

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ON DARKNESS

Sunday was Amavasya, or the day when the moon disappears from our sight. On the no moon day, if you are willing not to disturb the darkness and keep it absolutely dark, if your mind is not in a primate condition where it jumps around and imagines ghosts, goblins and other nonsense coming from the darkness, darkness will be the most wonderful thing.

If you sit in a pitch-dark space, after some time you will not know the boundaries of your own body. You will not know where you are and where you are not. If your mind is stable and meditative, sitting in a dark space will be a fantastic blessing. But for those whose minds are in a certain level of disruption, darkness is a serious problem. Most people are terrified in darkness, though darkness has never bitten anyone, anywhere, anytime. But because the mind takes so much visual content through the eyes, the moment the eyes become helpless in the darkness, the mind becomes terrified because it is so deeply enslaved to the five senses.

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.

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.

Love and Blessings.

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Below, read more from Sadhguru on the importance of planting trees and the inspiration for Project GreenHands:

Sadhguru: I have been asked repeatedly by many people, “Why is a spiritual leader, a yogi and a mystic planting trees? Why are you planting trees?”

Trees are our closest relatives. What they exhale we inhale, what we exhale, they inhale. Trees keep our lives going, just like the outer part of our lungs. You cannot ignore your body if you want to live, and in no way is the planet different from this. What you call “my body” is just a piece of this planet. And the very essence of the spiritual process is about just this.

When we say “spirituality”, we are not talking about looking up or looking down. It is about turning inward and knowing the nature of what “this” is. The first fundamental fact of looking inward is always to see that you are naturally very much a part of everything around you. Without that realization, there is really no spiritual process. That is not the goal of spirituality, that is the fundamental – that who you are, or what you think you are, is just a part of everything else.

Today, modern physics is establishing that the whole existence is just one energy. Scientific evidence is establishing that every particle in your body is in constant communication with the whole cosmic space. The spiritual process is about enhancing one’s perception and bringing this into one’s experience. Anyways, what is a dry scientific fact that doesn’t change anybody’s life except trigger the imagination? If instead it becomes a living experience, then to care for what’s around you as you care for yourself is just a natural process.

Returning a Desert into a Forest

So in the year 1998, when certain experts from the United Nations came to Tamil Nadu, they made a study and prediction that by the year 2025, 60% of Tamil Nadu would become a desert. This is a land that has been continually farmed for more than 12,000 years. Probably nowhere else on the planet, except perhaps in parts of South America, agricultural activity has been happening continuously like this. The ethos of agriculture is so deep in the Tamil farmer. His understanding of the land, crop, seed and everything around him is so deep. Even today, most of the Tamil farmers grow three crops per year, many of them four crops in a year; very few places on the planet can do this. Such rich land which has nurtured us for thousands of generations. So when I heard that within one generation, Tamil Nadu would become a desert, I didn’t like it. Essentially, I don’t like predictions because when people make predictions, they are making predictions from existing facts, existing statistics and cold figures. They are not taking human aspirations into consideration; what’s beating in a human heart is completely ignored. What individual people are thinking and dreaming and longing for within themselves is completely ignored in all predictions. The future is not created by cold statistics, but by human aspirations.

So I drove around Tamil Nadu, I just wanted to see if this prediction was real. And I found that it is not real. It is not true in the sense that, in my estimate, I realized that it would not wait until 2025, it would happen much faster. In the last 10-15 years, small rivers have dried up completely. People were now building homes in riverbeds. About 20 years ago in Coimbatore city, one could get water at 120-125 feet. Now they are going 1,400 feet. What tree can put its root to 1,400 feet? And all the palm trees around Coimbatore – their crowns have fallen off. Palm trees, which survived in the Arabian Desert, are dead in Tamil Nadu. There’s not enough moisture in the soil for even them to survive.

So when we saw this, we thought we’ll do something. One of the immediate things that we did was turn a mountain green at our ashram. We are at the edge of a rain forest in Tamil Nadu, and it’s a very beautiful place. But this particular hill right behind us was completely shaved of all timber because there was an illegal furniture industry in the land. We had to pay almost 3-4 times the land price and buy them up, but we dismantled this and the next thing to do was put back the trees on the hill.

So putting back trees into the forest is not an easy thing to do. People said, “Sadhguru, this is not going to work.” The more I hear, “This is not going to work.” The more I know this has to happen because if more and more people think it is not going to happen, that means we’re heading for a disaster for sure.

So we came up with an innovative idea. We invited about 3-4,000 volunteers to come and we took simple sheet metal and rolled it like a cone with a stick attached. They just pressed it into the earth and made a hole, then put two seeds in it. We planted the seeds a few inches deeper so the birds and other animals wouldn’t eat them up. And if you put the seed in mud, then the sprout won’t come because mud is clay, it gets packed and will never sprout. So another set of volunteers carried sandbags and just filled up the holes. We must have thrown about 7-8 million seeds. We had close to 100% sprouting because the land was rich and wet, and about 75-80% of them have survived. Our experience of the hill has completely changed.

About 6-7 years ago, if you came to the ashram, this particular hill would go completely brown during April and May and it would radiate heat. Today, if you come at the peak of summer season, it is still green and the temperatures have come down at least 2-3 degrees. So we are not experiencing global warming. And, I want to insist on this, it took only 20-22 days of work and 3-4,000 people. We just went about singing songs, joyfully doing it. And all that we provided people was just food, two meals a day.

Planting Trees in People’s Mind

Then we took on the more difficult task of planting across Tamil Nadu. We made a simple barefoot calculation – the national aspiration is 33% green cover. We were at 16.4% green cover in Tamil Nadu. So if you plant 114 million trees in about 6-8 years time, in 15 years we’ll have 33% green cover. When I said this figure – 114 million trees – people said, “Sadhguru, do you how many zeros this number has?” So I just asked them a simple question. “What is the Tamil population?” They said, “Sixty two million.” I said, “If all of us plant one tree today, nurture it for two years, and plant one more, it is done.”

So the first 6-7 years were spent planting trees in people’s minds, which is the most difficult terrain. Now we are transplanting with much more ease onto the land because the idea is standing on people’s heads. If we had not spent those 6-7 years of planting trees in people’s minds, today this work could not have happened.

I see that if anything has to happen, it is never going to happen by policy change. Unless people can emotionally relate to it, unless people can have an emotionally charged movement, there is no way anything is going to happen on the ground. So we went about creating the experience of how a tree is not a project for you; a tree is your life. It is an outside part of yourself. It breathes for you everyday. It is more than your lungs; your lungs cannot do anything without trees. We made people understand this in very simple ways and the rural folk, the way they stood up and their commitment, focus and enthusiasm with which they went about, has been so phenomenal. Just seeing this has been such a joy.

When I go to the villages and see people who have to work for their bread everyday, when I see them taking time off and doing this work, it really brings tears to me because these are not people who know what climate change is. These are not people who know what global warming is. These are people who have the least in the world, the smallest carbon footprint on the planet, if they have any at all. Even a sparrow leaves a larger carbon footprint than these people because they just live off the land. They don’t have power in their homes, they are not burning anything. They are the most eco-friendly people, but we are asking them to do this. And their response and their enthusiasm have been so fantastic. I hope these simple folks’ audacity and concern to plant a seemingly impossible number of trees will inspire many across the world.

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Sadhguru: I have been asked repeatedly by many people, “Why is a spiritual leader, a yogi and a mystic planting trees? Why are you planting trees?”

Trees are our closest relatives. What they exhale we inhale, what we exhale, they inhale. Trees keep our lives going, just like the outer part of our lungs. You cannot ignore your body if you want to live, and in no way is the planet different from this. What you call “my body” is just a piece of this planet. And the very essence of the spiritual process is about just this.

When we say “spirituality”, we are not talking about looking up or looking down. It is about turning inward and knowing the nature of what “this” is. The first fundamental fact of looking inward is always to see that you are naturally very much a part of everything around you. Without that realization, there is really no spiritual process. That is not the goal of spirituality, that is the fundamental – that who you are, or what you think you are, is just a part of everything else.

Today, modern physics is establishing that the whole existence is just one energy. Scientific evidence is establishing that every particle in your body is in constant communication with the whole cosmic space. The spiritual process is about enhancing one’s perception and bringing this into one’s experience. Anyways, what is a dry scientific fact that doesn’t change anybody’s life except trigger the imagination? If instead it becomes a living experience, then to care for what’s around you as you care for yourself is just a natural process.

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Ravi Venkatesan: How to manage your time and how to calculate your “Return on Time”?
Sadhguru: You cannot manage time, let this be clear. Nobody can manage time. People are an issue by themselves and on top of that they’re trying to handle other issues. If you are no more an issue, then handling other issues becomes child’s play.

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Killing any life unnecessarily, for pleasure or to splurge, is definitely a crime.

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ON GURU POOJA

Sadhguru explains how Guru Pooja is a process of making yourself choiceless, so that the divine also has no choice but to be with you.


Sadhguru: Guru Pooja is not about offering a flower, a fruit, and a coconut – this is a subtle process to create an invitation to the Divine. There is a difference between meditation and a ritual. Meditation is all your own stuff – it is exclusive. But if we actively participate in a ritual, everyone can be in the same space and enjoy the same thing. If performed properly, a ritual is a vibrant and fabulous tool that supports everyone. A ritual needs integrity, involvement, and inclusiveness. If there is no integrity and inclusiveness in the atmosphere, people can misuse it in so many different ways. So there is a serious risk because generally in the society, there is a lack of integrity and inclusiveness.

Guru Pooja is a tool, a certain method. It is not a thanksgiving ceremony. Yes, there is a sense of gratitude in it, but that is not what it is all about. It is a way of creating a certain sacred energy geometry which will naturally draw certain forces to it. You must do the Guru Pooja in such a way that no matter where I am, I must come. I should not have a choice. This is only possible if you make yourself choiceless.

There is a very beautiful story in the Mahabharat. On a certain day, Krishna was having lunch. Rukmini, his wife, was serving him. Krishna was a man who had taken on the whole world, so he barely got home. The chance of serving him a meal did not come often, even for his wife. It was a privilege that she cherished and valued. Halfway through his meal, he suddenly got up and left without even washing his hands. She said, “Please, at least finish the meal before you go.” He said, “No, one of my devotees is in trouble. I need to go.” He went till the gate, stood there for a moment, turned back and sat down to continue his meal. Rukmini asked, “What happened to your devotee?” He said, “He was sitting in the forest, chanting my name, when a hungry tiger approached him.” Krishna had seen that this man was totally immersed in the chant, calling Krishna with total involvement, and when the tiger approached, immediately Krishna had gotten up and left. He continued, “As I went towards the gate, the fool picked up a stone to protect himself, so I’ll let him do his business.” This is the power of choicelessness.

Guru Pooja is a device for you to make yourself utterly choiceless. All these rituals are just that – you give yourself to a process and make yourself completely choiceless. When you are like that, even the Guru does not have a choice. You need to make it in such a way that the Divine does not have a choice about you. It is from this that many yogis said, maybe in different ways, “Shiva has no choice about whether to be my partner or not.” I have a choice to lose him, but he has no choice. You must always keep him like that because what kind of a fool would consider losing the Divine as a choice? Only someone who has just one brain cell would. If you had two brain cells, you would clearly see that losing him as a partner is not really a choice – it would be utter stupidity.

Guru Pooja is such a tool. You must make it in such a way that the party has no choice. The invitation is sent in such a way that he has no choice; he has to be there. If you create such power about simple things that you do, then the benefit of sadhana will multiply manifold.

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Turning inward is very simple. It is only since you have been looking outward for too long that turning inward appears far away.

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Openness means no conclusions – simply looking at everything the way it is.

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The Divine will not yield unless it is your number one priority.

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"Inspired by Sadhguru’s words, researchers at Lady Irwin College, New Delhi conducted a study a few years ago, on how AUM chanting can help athletes. The study found an increased awareness of the body’s hydration levels in athletes practicing Isha’s AUMkar meditation. Conducted during a two-month period in 2011, the work is a part of ongoing research in clinical and sports nutrition by Dr.Priti Rishi Lal and will be presented at the International Conference on Food Studies to be held in October, in Illinois, USA."

"Research has already explored the physiological and psychological benefits of AUM meditation. Ms.Aggarwal and Dr.Lal make a distinction between how AUMkar meditation is offered at Isha as compared to elsewhere. “While a recent Indian study described AUM as a monosyllable (OM), . . . Isha Foundation offers it as a tri-syllable,” says Ms.Aggarwal. Referring to studies conducted on the positive effects of Shambhavi Mahamudra, she continues, “Yogic practices containing AUM have been recently reported to improve brain function.” This is one of the reasons why the researchers chose AUMkar meditation as a tool for “bridging the gap between knowledge and behaviour,” in their body hydration study."

"During the experimental study, 30 players were divided randomly into two groups: a control group – who received the already existing education module on adequate water consumption – and an experimental group – who received the education module, and practiced a brief session of AUMkar meditation for 21 minutes every day for 21 days. At the end of the 21-day period, tests showed that after the game, players practicing AUMkar had significantly healthier water levels compared to the control group. This also translated into better performance at tests measuring heart rate and physical agility. The players also reported feeling happier, calmer and more focused."

“Many of the participants came up to me and shared that apart from their game performance, they were also experiencing other benefits. One of the participants told me that he was getting along better with everyone at home. They seem to have matured a lot during this study. This study has opened up a whole gamut of possibilities. We have already got two more studies planned to find out more on the benefits of the meditations that Isha offers,” says Dr. Lal."

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The whole existence is a kind of sound, or a complex amalgamation of sounds – the whole existence is an amalgamation of multiple mantras. Of these, a few mantras or a few sounds have been identified, which could be like keys. If you use them in a certain way, they become a key to open up a different dimension of life and experience within you.

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From Blog Series ~ On Krishna

Sadhguru: After Krishna had silenced the violent bull elephant, people once again gushed about the event, “Krishna performed a miracle. Just touching the elephant, he put it to sleep.” Hearing this, Kamsa got really desperate. He called his advisor of many years and told him, “Somehow get Krishna into the wrestling ring with Chanura.”

Chanura and Mushtika, two great wrestlers who had been unbeatable for many years, were told it was their mission to lure Krishna and Balarama into the ring and kill them. Kamsa’s advisor and minister said, “How can you do this? Chanura, a great master wrestler cannot wrestle with a 16-year-old boy. It’s against the dharma. It’s against the rules of the game.” Kamsa said, “To hell with the rules. I want this to happen. Otherwise, you will be dead by the end of the festival.” So it was accordingly arranged.

According to the rules of Bahuyuddha, there was no killing in the ring. If one wrestler held the other wrestler down, and the back of the other one’s head touched the floor for more than 10-15 seconds, it meant the game was over; this is called chit. Though that was the rule of the game, many times Chanura had grievously injured people and even caused fatalities, simply because he was such a huge man. He was not only hugely muscled but also had an enormous amount of flesh and girth, like a sumo wrestler. When he wanted to eliminate his opponents, all he had to do was get them down to the ground and put his full weight on them. That would just crush their ribs. Some people even died. As per the rules, technically he was still correct because he did not do anything to kill them. But they died anyway.

he games started with a great amount of excitement. A lot of people had gathered – royalty, guests, including Nanda, Krishna’s foster father, Vasudeva, his biological father, and the whole family. They firmly believed that Krishna had come to deliver them, to free them of Kamsa and his tyranny. But at the same time, they worried, “What may happen to these young boys?” Already many attempts had been made on their lives.

Many dozens of wrestlers wrestled; people were winning and losing. Then Chanura made his rounds around the ring. Slapping his thighs and biceps, he went around inviting people, “Is anybody man enough to wrestle with me?” There was a royal enclosure, there were guests, there were people of high rank. But Krishna and Balarama, regally dressed, were sitting in an enclosure that was for villagers, because they didn’t have royal passes to get anywhere else. Chanura particularly came in front of the enclosure where Krishna and Balarama were sitting, eagerly wanting to watch the games. He taunted Krishna, “Oh, son of Nanda, you have come? They say you have great skill in wrestling. Why don’t you come and wrestle?” People started shouting, “No, no! A young boy cannot wrestle with a man like you.”

Chanura wanted to make him angry and somehow get him into the ring, but Krishna was not getting angry. He was cool as ever. He got angry only when he wanted to. His awareness was such that for him, the whole life, the whole planet was just a drama stage. He played the game right, the way it should be. He had no ego compulsions to jump into the ring and prove his manhood or some such thing. So for every taunt that Chanura threw, Krishna had an appropriate answer, with a smile. Chanura got angry and said, “Why are you not coming and wrestling with me? Are you not a man?” This was the tradition: if a Kshatriya was challenged, he had to go and fight. You know those duels even in the West – if somebody was challenged for a duel, he could not back out, otherwise, he was considered no good.

So when Chanura challenged him, Krishna, as a then 16-year-old boy, said, “I don’t have my father’s permission to wrestle. That’s why I don’t wrestle.” Chanura said, “Oh, how will your father give you permission? He knows that you can only dance with milkmaids.” Krishna smiled and said, “Yes, I can do Rasa for the whole night.” Then Chanura abused Krishna’s father, “You are not of the right breeding. That’s why you are not coming and fighting with me.” Krishna looked at his father and said, “Father, you must grant me permission. It has gone beyond a certain point now.” So Krishna took off his royal robes and with a langoti, a simple cloth tied tightly around the loins, he got into the ring.

In the meantime Mushtika, the other champion wrestler, was trying to taunt Balarama. Balarama was easy to taunt; he would get madly angry. The moment Krishna jumped into the ring, Balarama took it as permission for himself, immediately jumped into the ring, and without even giving Mushtika a chance to grapple, he just pounced upon him and broke his neck within seconds, and Mushtika died right there. The crowd couldn’t believe it – an 18, 19-year old boy – big built but with no record of winning wrestling matches behind him – for the first time in a competition, just went into the ring and broke the champion’s neck.

Then the wrestling match between Chanura, a huge mountain of a man, and the very lithe, agile 16-year-old Krishna started. The crowd was booing at Chanura, and supporting Krishna, “Jai Krishna, Jai Krishna!” Chanura was trying to grab the boy and just crush him. But all this dancing had kept Krishna so agile that he moved all over the ring; Chanura was never even able to lay his hands upon him.

And Krishna noticed something about Chanura that nobody had ever taken note of before: he was using his left leg a little tenderly, as if in pain. Every time Krishna hit Chanura’s left leg, he went into very painful spasms and almost fell down quite a few times. The crowd could not believe the great Chanura was just falling down because this little boy kicked him. Krishna just exhausted him this way. Chanura’s strength was his size, but Krishna made him run so much that he became very breathless.

When Kamsa saw that Chanura could not handle the boy, he was getting angrier and was in terror because if Krishna killed Chanura, the next one would be him. After a while, Krishna just went upon Chanura, sat on his shoulder and broke his neck. The wrestling was over and a huge celebration began.

Kamsa did not trust his own people; he thought the Yadavas may revolt anytime, so he had a small contingent of Jarasandha’s Magadha soldiers in his palace all the time, for his protection. The Magadha soldiers were strategically positioned, and after Krishna had defeated Chanura, the Yadavas also came with their arms and placed themselves. The moment this happened, the Magadha soldiers attacked, and the first person they went after was Krishna’s father. This was expected, so the Yadavas felled the soldier who had gone after him and a battle started.

This huge crowd of innocent people, women and children, did not know where to go, and a stampede occurred. When Krishna saw the scene and grasped where it was going, he knew he had to do something. He jumped over the barrier that enclosed the wrestling ring and saw Kamsa in his fury pulling out his sword and coming towards him. Akrura, Krishna’s uncle, tried to stop Kamsa who wanted to kill the boy, but Kamsa turned around and knocked him down. Krishna ran up to Kamsa, held him by his hair and pulled him down. Kamsa lost grip over his sword and fell backwards, and Krishna dragged him into the wrestling ring, took Kamsa’s sword and with one slash, he beheaded Kamsa.

Then he took the conch that Kamsa was wearing, blew it as a trumpet of victory, and everything stopped. People immediately knew that the prophecy had come true – Kamsa was dead, killed by a 16-year-old boy. Everything became still. Then some people burst into celebration. But Krishna said, “Quiet! This is not a time for celebration. Our king is dead; this is a time for mourning. I have done what was needed, but this is not something that we should celebrate.” That’s how he was made.

From there, his mission began. Here was established as the Deliverer, the savior of that race, because as it had been prophesied, he came at the age of 16 and put an end to this tyrant.

This man that we call Krishna grew into such a multi-dimensional figure. The way he handled every aspect of his life, as a playful boy, as a lover, as a king-maker, as a statesman, as a warrior, with how much flair he played every role he was given was just unbelievable. He criss-crossed the country any number of times to establish the dharma. By the time he was 30, he was established as an absolute power. Many people offered their kingdoms, but he just remained an arbitrator for all the kings. He was acknowledged as dharma goptr, which means protector of righteousness, but never did he rule a kingdom, though he would have had the power and the capability to do that.

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With awareness, you will know the meaning of life. With abandon, you will know the magic of life.

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What is devotion and how can we practice Bhakti Yoga?

Sadhguru explains how a devotee is someone who has the right perspective of his place in the existence.


Sadhguru: Right now, the only things that are in your experience are your body, your mind, and your emotions. You know them to some extent, and you can infer that if these three things have to happen the way they are happening, there must be an energy that makes them happen. Without energy, all this cannot be happening. For example, a microphone amplifies sound. Even if you don’t know anything about the microphone, you can infer that there is a source that powers it.

These are the only four realities in your life: body, mind, emotion, and energy. Whatever you wish to do with yourself, it must be on these four levels. If you use your emotions and try to reach the ultimate, we call this bhakti yoga, the path of devotion. If you use your intelligence and try to reach the ultimate, we call this gnana yoga, the path of intelligence. If you use your body, or physical action to reach the ultimate, we call this karma yoga, the path of action. If you transform your energies and try to reach the ultimate, we call this kriya yoga, that means internal action. These are the only four ways you can work with yourself.
Intensity of emotion

There was a time when the most dominant factor in a human being was his emotion. Today, emotion is not the most dominant part in you but it is still the most intense part in you. Most people are not able to get their physical body to a high level of intensity. It takes a lot of effort to keep the body intense. People can keep the mind intense off and on, but very few people are capable of just simply keeping the mind intense. In energy, people are generally not at all intense. They know only certain moments of intensity, not a steady state of intensity. But emotion can get very intense. If not love, at least in anger you are intense. In some emotion you are capable of being intense. If I cannot make you get intense with love or joy, if I abuse you, you will become intense with anger at least – intense to a point where you will not sleep the whole night. If I tell you, “Please sit and stay awake. I will teach yoga,” you will drop off to sleep. But if I abuse you, you will sit awake the whole night. Angry people cannot sleep, isn’t it? So emotion has always been the dominant factor in human beings.

What is Bhakti Yoga?

The only thing is, emotion can take different forms. It can take very sweet and wonderful forms, it can take absolutely nasty and horrendous forms. The thing is to train it to take a sweet and beautiful form. Devotion is a way of transforming your emotion from negativity to pleasantness. Just see, people who have fallen in love do not care about what is happening in the world. The way they are, you think they are unrealistic. It is just that they have made their emotions pleasant, so their life is beautiful. That is the state of a devotee. Devotion is a multiplied and enhanced version of a love affair. A devotee is in an unfailing kind of love affair because if you fall in love with a man or a woman, they do not go the way you expect them to, and it eventually gets into some trouble. That is why people choose God. It is simply a love affair, and you are not expecting any response. Your life becomes utterly beautiful because your emotion has become so sweet. Through that sweetness, one grows. That is devotion.

Devotion is another dimension of intelligence. Intellect wants to conquer the truth. Devotion just embraces the truth. Devotion cannot decipher but devotion can experience. Intellect can decipher but can never experience. This is the choice one has to make.


When you are overwhelmed by something or someone, you naturally become devout. But if you try to practice devotion, it creates problems because the line between devotion and deception is very thin – it will lead you into so many kinds of hallucinations. So you cannot practice devotion, but you can do certain things so that you arrive at devotion.

If you just recognize one thing, you will naturally become a devotee: the cosmos is very large. You do not know where it begins or where it ends. There are hundreds of billions of galaxies. In this vast cosmos, this solar system is a tiny speck. If the solar system disappears tomorrow, it will not even be noticed in the cosmos. In this tiny speck of a solar system, planet earth is a micro speck. In this micro speck of a planet, the city you live in is a super-micro speck. In that, you are a big man! This is a serious problem of perspective. It is only because of this that there is no devotion in you.

If you cannot imagine the vastness, the Hubble telescope has brought in all kinds of fantastic pictures which are on the internet. Just look at the pictures and see how endless it is. Or go out at night, switch off the lights and look at the sky. You don’t know where it begins or where it ends, and here you are a micro-super-micro speck of dust, spinning on a planet, not knowing where you come from or where you will go. It will be very natural for you to be devout. You will bow down to everything you see. If you just look at yourself with reference to the rest of the creation, there is no other way to go. It is only because people have lost perspective of who they are and what their place in this existence is, that they have become arrogant fools.

With all our science, we have not figured even a single atom in its entirety. We know things in bits and pieces, we know how to use them but we do not know what it is. If you realize this, if you observe everything, a leaf, a flower, an atom, a bird, an animal, an ant, you cannot understand one thing in its entirety. Then you will bow down to everything. Even an atom is beyond your grasp. That is the nature of creation. If you pay attention to the nature of creation, how can you not be a devotee?

One simple thing you can do is consider everything in this existence as higher than yourself. The stars are definitely higher, but try seeing the little pebble on the street as higher than yourself. Anyway, it is more permanent, more stable than you. It can sit still forever! If you learn to look at everything around you as higher than yourself, you will naturally become devout.

A devotee knows things that you cannot even imagine. He can grasp things that you have to struggle with because there is not much of him within himself. When you are too full of self, there is no room for anything higher to happen.
Devotion does not mean you have to be a temple-going, pooja-doing, coconut-breaking person. A devotee has understood what his place in the existence is. If you have understood this and are conscious of it, you will walk as a devout person. There is no other way to be. It is a very intelligent way to exist.

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When you are overwhelmed by something or someone, you naturally become devout. But if you try to practice devotion, it creates problems because the line between devotion and deception is very thin – it will lead you into so many kinds of hallucinations. So you cannot practice devotion, but you can do certain things so that you arrive at devotion.

If you just recognize one thing, you will naturally become a devotee: the cosmos is very large. You do not know where it begins or where it ends. There are hundreds of billions of galaxies. In this vast cosmos, this solar system is a tiny speck. If the solar system disappears tomorrow, it will not even be noticed in the cosmos. In this tiny speck of a solar system, planet earth is a micro speck. In this micro speck of a planet, the city you live in is a super-micro speck. In that, you are a big man! This is a serious problem of perspective. It is only because of this that there is no devotion in you.

If you cannot imagine the vastness, the Hubble telescope has brought in all kinds of fantastic pictures which are on the internet. Just look at the pictures and see how endless it is. Or go out at night, switch off the lights and look at the sky. You don’t know where it begins or where it ends, and here you are a micro-super-micro speck of dust, spinning on a planet, not knowing where you come from or where you will go. It will be very natural for you to be devout. You will bow down to everything you see. If you just look at yourself with reference to the rest of the creation, there is no other way to go. It is only because people have lost perspective of who they are and what their place in this existence is, that they have become arrogant fools.

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With all our science, we have not figured even a single atom in its entirety. We know things in bits and pieces, we know how to use them but we do not know what it is. If you realize this, if you observe everything, a leaf, a flower, an atom, a bird, an animal, an ant, you cannot understand one thing in its entirety. Then you will bow down to everything. Even an atom is beyond your grasp. That is the nature of creation. If you pay attention to the nature of creation, how can you not be a devotee?

One simple thing you can do is consider everything in this existence as higher than yourself. The stars are definitely higher, but try seeing the little pebble on the street as higher than yourself. Anyway, it is more permanent, more stable than you. It can sit still forever! If you learn to look at everything around you as higher than yourself, you will naturally become devout.

A devotee knows things that you cannot even imagine. He can grasp things that you have to struggle with because there is not much of him within himself. When you are too full of self, there is no room for anything higher to happen.
Devotion does not mean you have to be a temple-going, pooja-doing, coconut-breaking person. A devotee has understood what his place in the existence is. If you have understood this and are conscious of it, you will walk as a devout person. There is no other way to be. It is a very intelligent way to exist.

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What is Bhakti yoga?

The only thing is, emotion can take different forms. It can take very sweet and wonderful forms, it can take absolutely nasty and horrendous forms. The thing is to train it to take a sweet and beautiful form. Devotion is a way of transforming your emotion from negativity to pleasantness. Just see, people who have fallen in love do not care about what is happening in the world. The way they are, you think they are unrealistic. It is just that they have made their emotions pleasant, so their life is beautiful. That is the state of a devotee. Devotion is a multiplied and enhanced version of a love affair. A devotee is in an unfailing kind of love affair because if you fall in love with a man or a woman, they do not go the way you expect them to, and it eventually gets into some trouble. That is why people choose God. It is simply a love affair, and you are not expecting any response. Your life becomes utterly beautiful because your emotion has become so sweet. Through that sweetness, one grows. That is devotion.

Devotion is another dimension of intelligence. Intellect wants to conquer the truth. Devotion just embraces the truth. Devotion cannot decipher but devotion can experience. Intellect can decipher but can never experience. This is the choice one has to make.

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Right now, the only things that are in your experience are your body, your mind, and your emotions. You know them to some extent, and you can infer that if these three things have to happen the way they are happening, there must be an energy that makes them happen. Without energy, all this cannot be happening. For example, a microphone amplifies sound. Even if you don’t know anything about the microphone, you can infer that there is a source that powers it.

These are the only four realities in your life: body, mind, emotion, and energy. Whatever you wish to do with yourself, it must be on these four levels. If you use your emotions and try to reach the ultimate, we call this bhakti yoga, the path of devotion. If you use your intelligence and try to reach the ultimate, we call this gnana yoga, the path of intelligence. If you use your body, or physical action to reach the ultimate, we call this karma yoga, the path of action. If you transform your energies and try to reach the ultimate, we call this kriya yoga, that means internal action. These are the only four ways you can work with yourself.

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Once, I was driving in an upscale area of Washington DC where many significant companies have their offices. There were around 150 to 200 men and women on the sidewalk, all well-dressed and obviously well-employed. It was lunch time, but they were not sitting in some nice place but buying hot dogs or whatever on the street. When I stopped at a traffic light, I saw no one was even talking to each other. All of them were holding something wrapped in paper and biting into it like hungry dogs. Human beings are supposed to eat with a little more aesthetics.

These are all well-to-do, largely young people who are working in some sought-after job. But this is how they eat, standing on the street side. Probably every day, their lunch is like this. If this is how you treat yourself, if this is how you treat the food that you eat and the water that you drink, if this is how you treat the air that you breathe and all life around you, how can you be well? You cannot be well.

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