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The idea of perfection is so messed up. Have you ever seen a perfect human being? And where is the need to put everyone into the same mold?

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'Sadhguru answers a few questions on how youth are making a lot more money in this generation, leading to a lot of disenchantment.'

Question: There are people who start making money early in their lives. By 20 or 21, they are earning huge sums of money in big companies. But then, after some time, they feel that something is lacking in their lives; there is an empty feeling.

Sadhguru: What usually happened to a lot of people when they were 60, is happening to them when they are 24. They must be glad. Realization is coming soon. Otherwise they would have wasted their whole life and only then realized it.

There is only life. If you feel life is superficial, it means you are living superficially.
The reason why previous generations did not realize this is because by the time they were 18, they were married. By 24, they had four children. The whole life was a struggle – getting four children educated and married. Then grandchildren came. And before you realized what happened, they put mud on you – it was your funeral.

Now, you are 25 and you are still not married. You got the money, you have seen the world and you know it doesn’t mean anything. It is good that people are realizing it early.

Question: So at that point of time, what do they have to do? What path should they take?

Sadhguru: There are no two paths. There is only life. If you feel life is superficial, it means you are living superficially. You just have to go a little deeper into life. Is there some other way? “No, I want to die”, “To be or not to be.” Death is also a part of your life. There is nothing else you can do here except life. The only choice you have is either to do it superficially or in a profound manner. Choose. What other choice is there?

Question: But here comes another question: How to choose the right Guru? A lot of people don’t know whom to believe.

Sadhguru: Don’t believe anyone. If you come to Isha, I’ll give you something simple. Work with it. If nothing happens to you, you leave. If it works, take the next step. Or if something ignites within you, I don’t have to tell you anything, anyway you will do what you have to do. Till then, just go one step at a time. If something happens, you stay on and take many more steps.

Question: But how do we know the goal?

Sadhguru: Do you see that you are living with certain limitations? The only goal is to become free from that. What you do on the way is according to your capability. Maybe you will sweep the floor or manage something or run a nation or whatever – that’s just on the way. This is the significance of being in India: Whether you are a king or an illiterate peasant or a great scholar, all of us are aspiring only for the same goal – mukti. Someone is not superior because he is a king. We are all going to the same place. Who goes there quicker is the only question.

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Rama tried to manage the situations in his life, but he could not always do that. He lived in difficult times and things went out of control, but the important thing is that he always conducted himself gracefully. This is the fundamental essence of becoming spiritual. If you want the right kind of ambiance for your being to flower into a beautiful fragrant flower, you must constantly create an atmosphere of grace.

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' Of Dogs and Cats
and Pigs and Rats '

Of dogs and cats and pigs
and rats, who is supreme?

There are those who bark and bite
their tools are made of fear
Fear keeps everything in order
The virtues of fear are too many to list
It can even render you short of breath
and short of everything that is life
Fear is living death

There are those who puss and purr
Sleek and soft full of inducements
For whom life is a seduction
A sweet poison of the marketmen
Tying you up not in chains but in silks
Entangling you in ways
That does not leave you any way

There are those who grunt
and of course stink. To get
the right kind of grunt you
have to bend and snivel and give
something to ingest. Their official sty
is a place you dread but there
is no way you can avoid this slime

There are those who nibble
at all that is yours. There is no
sanctity for your bridal dress or
your long departed grandmother’s
What you worship they will work at
Nothing remains unexplored, they could
even invade your soul. O’ soulmates

Of dogs and cats and pigs and rats
O’ the evolutionary haste.

Love & Grace,

Sadhguru.

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Velliangiri’s lap has been more than my mother’s
for many lives has kept me nurtured and
above all focused upon my master’s will.

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For some time now, we are noticing that everything, whether it is books, documentaries, or movies – everything is getting banned without a thought, almost as a hasty response to avoid trouble. But true democratic thinking does not resort to banning somebody’s opinion. It knows that somebody’s opinion is not the ultimate truth. A society needs different expressions of opinions for its growth. Unless something is written or produced with the explicit intention of hurting or harming a particular group of people, of inciting violence or creating unsubstantiated defamation towards someone or something in particular, there should be no such thing as banning anything in a democratic society.

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When somebody says something about you or anything else, listen to it, just put yourself through a scanner and see if what they are saying is true. If it is, if something needs to be corrected, let’s fix it. If not, enjoy the gossip it generates. That’s all there is. When your reasoning matures, then you learn to accept everything because you understand the process of life. You are not just going by logic, you are going by the reasoning of life. You have more life sense in you, not just logical sense.

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Do not bother about what you like. First of all, don’t set it up like that. Just do what is needed. If you are doing what is needed, everything is fine all the time. There is no question of compulsiveness. Naturally, you become conscious. If you are always looking at what is needed, you will become very conscious. And the only way, and the only and only way you can experience life is to become more and more conscious. If you become less and less conscious, you cannot experience life. Only if you become more and more conscious you can experience life. If you are really conscious, everything becomes fantastic. If you become really unconscious, you are dead.

So the choice is not between what kind of life; the choice is between life and death because consciousness is the only way life can happen. Unconscious means you are moving towards death in installments. And if you invest too much in what you can count, you will become more and more unconscious. There was a sage in Karnataka, his name was Allama Maha Prabhu, a wonderful sage, he wrote thousands of poems. In one poem he laments, he says if a man is drowning, you can still talk to him. If a man is bitten by a snake, you can still talk to him. But a man who is bitten by wealth and money, you cannot talk to because he has become so unconscious.

If you can have a few bucks around, it makes things a little simple and easy. Beyond that it has no consequence. It is what you cannot count which makes the difference. So invest your life in what you cannot count. Whatever you do, you will be a great contribution to the world.

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If you torture yourself and everyone around you enough, you may get employment in hell.

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Bowing down to what seems powerful is natural. Bowing down to what seems weak and worthless – that’s great. That’s devotion.

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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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