Sadhguru Quotes

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If you resist change, you resist life.
Sadhguru
When pain, misery, or anger happen, it is time to look within you, not around you.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
If you ask a tree how he feels to know that he's spreading his fragrance and making people happy, I don't think a tree looks at it that way. I am just like that, and it is just my nature to be like this.
Sadhguru
Too many people are hungry not because there is dearth of food. It is because there is dearth of love and care in human hearts.
Sadhguru
The fear is simply because you are not living with life, You are living in your mind.
Sadhguru
Krishna says in the Gita, “The worst crime in the world is indecision.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
I am not talking about you being a spectator, I am talking about involvement. I am talking about involving yourself into life in such a way that you dissolve into it.
Sadhguru
People have fallen in love with words and lost the world. It’s time to regain it.
Sadhguru
Learning to listen is the essence of intelligent living.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Every moment there are a million miracles happening around you: a flower blossoming, a bird tweeting, a bee humming, a raindrop falling, a snowflake wafting along the clear evening air. There is magic everywhere. If you learn how to live it, life is nothing short of a daily miracle.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The planet is spinning on time: not a small event. All the galaxies are managing fine; the whole cosmos is doing great. But you have one nasty little thought crawling through your head, and it is a bad day! The problem is you are living in a psychological space that bears no connection with reality. And you are insecure, because it can collapse at any moment.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
There is so much adventure that only a youth can experience. Youth is not the time to languish in pleasure - youth is the time for exploration and adventure
Sadhguru
Do you understand? Man needs entertainment simply to hide his madness. If he was perfectly sane, he would not need entertainment. He could just sit and watch this bamboo grow. He does not really need entertainment.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
If you want to become life sensitive, a simple process that you do is this: make whatever you think and whatever you feel less important. Try and see for one day. Suddenly you will feel the breeze, the rain, the flowers and the people, everything in a completely different way. Suddenly the life in you becomes much more active and alive for your experience.
Sadhguru (Of Mystics & Mistakes)
Unless you do the right things, the right things will not happen to you.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The only thing that stands between you and your well-being is a simple fact: you have allowed your thoughts and emotions to take instruction from the outside rather than the inside. On
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Everything that ever happened to you, you experienced right within you. Light and darkness, pain and pleasure, agony and ecstasy—all of it happened within you. If someone touches your hand right now, you may think you are experiencing their hand, but the fact of the matter is you are only experiencing the sensations in your own hand. The whole experience is contained within. All human experience is one hundred percent self-created.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Confidence and stupidity are a very dangerous combination, but they generally go together.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
It is our compulsive reaction to the situations in which we are placed that causes stress.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The whole effort of the spiritual process is to break the boundaries you have drawn for yourself and experience the immensity that you are. The aim is to unshackle yourself from the limited identity you have forged, as a result of your own ignorance, and live the way the Creator made you—utterly blissful and infinitely responsible.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Reactivity is enslavement. Responsibility is freedom.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
But to be loving is simply this: a willingness to respond freely and openly. Right now, it may be limited to one or two people in your lives. But it is possible to extend this ability to embrace the entire world.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Responsibility simply means your ability to respond.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
To program the calories you must consume and the number of hours you must sleep is a foolish way to handle life.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
If you eat raw meat, it takes between seventy to seventy-two hours to pass through your system; cooked meat takes fifty to fifty-two hours; cooked vegetables twenty-four to thirty hours; uncooked vegetables twelve to fifteen hours; fruits one and a half to three hours.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Most carnivorous animals do not eat every day—definitely not three times a day! They know the food they eat moves very slowly through their tracts.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The logic is simple: if you do the right things, the right things will happen to you even without your intent.
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
The more you try to be special, the more you get hurt. Just be, just melt and become part of the wind around you, the earth around you, become a part of everything. You’re here only for a while. At least when you’re in a place like this, where nobody is going to trample on you, let your defenses down.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
The most incredible thing is that you can know everything you wish to know with your eyes closed.
Sadhguru (Of Mystics & Mistakes)
An intellectual understanding that is not backed by experiential knowledge can lead to mind games and deceptive states.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The way you eat not only decides your physical health, but the very way you think, feel, and experience life. Trying to eat intelligently means understanding what kind of fuel this body is designed for and accordingly supplying it, so that it functions at its best. Let
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
If you handle your entire life with logic alone, you will end up a mess.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
There are many ways to understand this. One simple way to know this is: today, if you lose your mental peace totally, you will go to a doctor. He will give you a pill. If you take this pill, your system will become peaceful. Maybe this will last just for a few hours, but you become peaceful. This pill is just a little bit of chemicals. These chemicals enter your system and make you peaceful. Or in other words, what you call peace is a certain kind of chemistry within you. Similarly, what you call joy, what you call love, what you call suffering, what you call misery, what you call fear, every human experience that you go through, has a chemical basis within you. Now the spiritual process is just to create the right kind of chemistry, where you are naturally peaceful, naturally joyous. When you are joyous by your own nature, when you don’t have to do anything to be happy, then the very dimension of your life, the very way you perceive and express yourself in the world will change. The very way you experience your life will change.
Sadhguru (Encounter the Enlightened: Sadhguru, A Profound Mystic Of Our Times)
Today people just go on working, working and working. Not because they are creating something fantastic, but simply because they have to work, otherwise they don’t know what to do with themselves.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
Your ideas of good and bad are just a certain level of prejudice against life. The
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Eating natural foods, in their uncooked condition, when the cells are still alive, will bring an enormous sense of health and vitality to the system.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
To be enlightened is not a condition of certainty. It is to move from limited knowing to boundless unknowing, from gravitas to grace. It is to awaken to a condition of borderless ignorance, of limitless uncertainty. When you are no longer bound by the limitations of creation, you are blessed with the freedom of the Creator. The
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
Man needs entertainment simply to hide his madness. If he was perfectly sane, he would not need entertainment. He could just sit and watch this bamboo grow. He does not really need entertainment.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
The identity around which the intellect functions is called ahankara.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The spiritual journey is a journey towards clarity, but never towards certainty. When you draw conclusions about beginnings and endings, you are a believer. When you accept that you really do not know anything, you become a seeker. To
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
The path is not difficult. It is very simple. If you are simple, it’s very simple. If you are all wound up, the path is very, very winding. That’s all it is.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
Renunciation, or refusing to identify with that which one gathers (however precious it may be), is the ultimate doorway to knowing.
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
Once your intellect gets identified with something, it gets chained to the identifications, and leaves you with a completely distorted experience of the world.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Bullshit may get you to the top, but it never lets you stay there!
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Pain or pleasure, joy or misery, agony or ecstasy, happens only inside you. Human folly is that people are always trying to extract joy from the outside. You may use the outside as a stimulus or trigger, but the real thing always comes from within.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
When most people say “life,” they mean the accessories of life—their work, their family, their relationships, the homes they live in, the cars they drive, the clothes they wear, or the gods they pray to.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Being responsible is taking ownership of your life. It means you have taken the first radical step to becoming a complete human being—fully conscious and fully human. In taking responsibility and beginning the journey toward conscious living, you are putting an end to the age-old patterns of assigning blame outward or heavenward. You have begun the greatest adventure life has to offer: the voyage inward.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Enlightenment is not an attainment or an achievement. It is a homecoming. Your senses give you the impression that you are experiencing the outside, but you have never experienced the outside. When you realize that all that you experience is within, that absolute homecoming is enlightenment.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Things do not descend upon anything that is not ready to receive them.
Sadhguru (Of Mystics & Mistakes)
Life should touch you, even if life smothers you, it's better than remaining untouched by life
Sadhguru
That which knows how to bend will not break.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Every human being is longing for involvement. Not for touch, not for a kiss, not for sex, not for anything else; one is basically longing for a deep sense of involvement.
Sadhguru (Pebbles Of Wisdom)
We are the most comfortable generation to have ever lived on this planet. The rub is that we are definitely not the most joyful, or the most loving, or the most peaceful. Why
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
If your sadness is reminding you that you are incomplete, it is good. Make use of your sadness to grow. When sadness sets in, if you become more compassionate, more caring, and more loving, you have some sense in you.
Sadhguru (Emotion)
Life has no use at all, declared Adiyogi. It is simply a phenomenon. Little acts have purpose. But life is not framed within the narrow grid of utility. It is beyond frames. It is beyond grids. It is beyond utility. If you have a taste of this existence beyond purpose, of life beyond sense, you are enlightened.
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
Affluence has not brought misery. The money did not stay in your pocket; it got into your head. Only then misery came to you. Having lots of money in your pocket is good. But if it enters your head, it becomes misery, because that is not its place.
Sadhguru (Pebbles Of Wisdom)
If you are not using your mind for self-torture, why would you think of peace?
Sadhguru (Of Mystics & Mistakes)
Whatever has been the highest experience in your life should become the centerpiece around which your life is structured.
Sadhguru
Believing means you have assumed something that you do not know; seeking means you have realized that you do not know.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Every opinion you have about anything can be a limiting identity.
Sadhguru (Midnights with the Mystic)
It helps to remember that nobody likes to be managed. But everybody longs to be included.
Arundhathi Subramaniam (Sadhguru: A Life)
One of the biggest problems in the world today is loneliness. It is quite incredible. The planet is teeming with seven billion people, but people are lonely! If someone enjoys being alone, there is no problem at all. But most people are suffering because of it! They are going through serious psychological problems as a consequence. If you are lonely, it is because you have chosen to become an island unto yourself. It doesn’t have to be this way. “I am not responsible” makes you unwilling to get along with anyone—until you can’t even get along with yourself. It often comes to a point when you believe you are not even responsible for what is happening within yourself!
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Don’t think of this as your first step or last step. Just be here as a piece of life. That is the best way to be. You are not a young man; you are not an old man. You are just a piece of life.
Sadhguru (Life and Death in One Breath)
The whole spiritual process is just this: that you are willing to take the next step not knowing where it will lead you. If you are not ready for that, that means you are not ready for any new possibility.
Sadhguru (Of Mystics & Mistakes)
Right now, you don’t have the necessary faculties to know anything which is beyond the physical. If you recognize this, if you understand this, if you accept this absolutely, only then the other dimension opens up.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
The walls of self-preservation that you build for today are the walls of self-imprisonment for tomorrow. Boundaries that you establish in your life as a protection for yourself today will feel like constraints tomorrow.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The hen that you are, how will you know what deceptive ways Grace will descend. It is Grace that brought you here and it is Grace that will deliver: I prefer the hen that looks up to the sky than an eagle that flies but always looking down. How high is not the question, but how intense is your longing for the sky. May you always be in Grace. – Sadhguru
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
but being on the spiritual path is not about making life pleasant. It’s about seeing how to transcend both the pleasant and the unpleasant.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
Belief is just like morality. People who believe something often think they are superior to others.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
neuroscientists say that if there is no past information about an object in your mind, you actually cannot see it. Suppose
Sadhguru (Of Mystics & Mistakes)
The whole world itself is going through a unique kind of neurosis, which was not there in the past. This is simply because modern man has stopped using his body to a large extent.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
Relief from something that you cannot hold within you is always the greatest pleasure, isn’t it? Whatever that thing may be!
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Literally, yoga means “union.” When you are in yoga, it means that in your experience, everything has become one. This is the essence of the science. This is also its deepest aim.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The essence of yoga, as we have said before, is just this—to arrive at that moment where there is a clear space between you and your mind.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
If you consciously get your body into different postures, you can elevate your consciousness.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Morality always differs from person to person, according to time, place, situation—and convenience.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
I do not know” is the doorway—the only doorway—to seeking and knowing.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Freedom—or mukti or moksha—is seen as the natural longing in every human being and our ultimate destination.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
I couldn’t help noticing that people coming out of restaurants always had more joyful faces than those coming out of temples. That intrigued me.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The basic principle is that the very things that can be your downfall in life can be used to raise yourself. If you simply change your perspective, what is down can be up. What is a downward chute can be used as an upward process. Whatever draws you into compulsive nature, you use that to become conscious. You use that momentum to grow.
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
Today, if you have one depressing thought in you, you will sit depressed. Why? The whole cosmos is going on phenomenally well today, but that does not matter. In your mind there is one thought – not too many, just one – that is bothering you, that will depress you and put you in the dumps.
Sadhguru (Of Mystics & Mistakes)
this satsangh?’ You just drop that. You don’t have to get anything, okay? You don’t have to benefit from this. Just waste half a day and go. (Laughter) Really. ‘What should I get out of my meditation?’ Nothing. Just waste fifteen-twenty minutes every day. So do not meditate; just learn to waste some time. Nothing needs to happen. This is not about resting; this is not about becoming healthy; this is not about becoming enlightened; this is not about reaching heaven. All this is just wasting time. When you are not trying to be anything, not trying to get anywhere, you are being.
Sadhguru (Himalayan Lust)
Fundamentally, the basis of yoga is just this: to initiate a process of self-creation where the nature of your body, your emotion, your mind, your energy is consciously created by you. This is what Adiyogi did. He crafted his life in its entirety.
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
If terrible things have happened to you, you ought to have grown wise. If the worst possible events have befallen you, you should be the wisest of the lot. But instead of growing wise, most people become wounded. In a state of conscious response, it is possible to use every life situation—however ugly—as an opportunity for growth. But if you habitually think, “I am the way I am because of someone else,” you are using life situations merely as an opportunity for self-destruction or stagnation.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Resentment, anger, jealousy, pain, hurt, and depression are poisons that you drink but expect someone else to die. Life does not work that way. Most people take lifetimes to understand this simple truth.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Most people will grow only with pain, not with pleasure. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the truth. Generally people only go down with pleasure. They don’t go up with pleasure. Please see, the quality of a human being is like this: when life offers more and more pleasures to a man, he doesn’t grow. He goes down. In terms of the real quality of a human being, only when suffering comes, when pain comes, does a man stand up as a human being.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
It does not matter how large a boundary we set, the moment you become conscious of it, the longing to break it is instinctive.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
We really do not need another nuclear explosion to annihilate life on this planet. Just a successful economy can do it quite effectively!
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
One should use information and logic as a drunkard would use a lamp post – only for support, not for illumination.
Sadhguru (Of Mystics & Mistakes)
The question is, are we using our emotions to entangle ourselves or to liberate ourselves?
Sadhguru (Emotion)
emotional you” is also the “thinking you” – the way you think is the way you feel.
Sadhguru (Emotion)
If you are really interested in knowing life in all its depth and dimension, it is imperative that you look inward, not out.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Yoga is fundamentally aimed at enhancing your experience beyond the five senses.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
If you tell yourself you don’t want to think a certain thought, that is precisely the first thing your mind will produce! That is the nature of the human mind.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Until we learn to respect our women, until every man learns to respect a woman, he will never know himself; there is no way, because half of him is just that. Indian
Sadhguru (Encounter the Enlightened: Sadhguru, A Profound Mystic Of Our Times)
The moment you get strongly identified, you lose your perspective on life!
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
There one exists not as an accumulation of memory and experience, not as an embodiment of love or compassion. There one simply exists in an intensity of inclusiveness.
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
When everything you do is a success, you tend to start believing that the planets revolve around you, not the sun! And
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
All we can ever experience happens from within us.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Peace and joy are the basic requirements for a life of well-being.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
To be human means you can mold situations you are living in the way you want them.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
God loves you’ is not significant. If you are in such a way that everybody around you cannot help but fall in love with you – now, that is great!
Sadhguru (Pebbles Of Wisdom)
It is unfortunate that we have moved from intuition to information.
Sadhguru (Death; An Inside Story: A book for all those who shall die)
The only thing that stands between you and your well-being is a simple fact: you have allowed your thoughts and emotions to take instruction from the outside rather than the inside.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Once you have come with the human form, life has given you a certain sense of intelligence, a certain sense of awareness and freedom to choose what you want to be right now, in this moment.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
Similarly, it goes for you, too. You too have the necessary intelligence to live your life to the fullest. Now the problem is that you want your child to be intelligent your way, not his. You want the child to be intelligent the way you understand intelligence. Now, your idea of intelligence is, your child should become a doctor. Maybe he would have made a wonderful carpenter,
Sadhguru (Encounter the Enlightened: Sadhguru, A Profound Mystic Of Our Times)
Infectious diseases happen because of external organisms, but chronic diseases are manufactured daily by human beings. When your energy body is in full vibrancy and proper balance, chronic diseases cannot exist in the body. I could introduce you to thousands of people who have gotten rid of their physical and psychological ailments just by doing certain simple yogic practices. These practices are not aimed at the disease. They are just aimed at bringing a certain harmony and vitality to the energy body.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Reactivity is enslavement. Responsibility is freedom. When you are able to create yourself the way you want, you can create your life the way you want as well. Your outer life may not be a hundred percent in your control, but your inner life always will.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Now the need for seeking something outside will completely disappear. Once you are blissful by your own nature, your life becomes an expression of your blissfulness, not a pursuit of happiness.
Sadhguru (Of Mystics & Mistakes)
The only thing you can do is to stop attaching importance to your own ways of thinking and feeling, your thought patterns, your emotions, and your opinions. Don’t attach any importance to them. Then your limitations will become weaker and weaker and one day collapse.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
The only reason it has been inaccessible is that you are either busy or preoccupied with what is happening outside or far too engaged in your own psychological drama. It is just a lack of attention which has denied people the possibility of discovering what lies within. Turning
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Love is not a joy; it is a deep wonderful pain. It is a very deep, tearing, wonderful pain. Something within you should tear; not just something, everything within you should tear. Only then you know what love is. If it feels pleasant, that’s not love; it’s just convenience. Maybe you felt a little affection. If you have ever loved, everything inside you tears apart, really tears apart. It’s painful but wonderful. That’s how it is.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
For the sake of the world he married Sati. But once did, he surrendered totally to the union. Immense passion happened between them. The years rolled by, their love making was recorded as the most intense in human history.
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
Intuition is not a different dimension of perception, as people usually try to make out. Intuition is just a quicker way of arriving at the same answer. Intuition is just a way of making use of the data and jumping the steps.
Sadhguru (Of Mystics & Mistakes)
Making yourself mentally open is very fundamental and very crucial, because this is something that is immediately in your hands. Your energy is not in your hands; you don’t know how to open it. Even your physical body, you don’t know how to keep it open, but your mind is something that you can consciously open.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
Because your self-preservation instinct keeps telling you, “Unless you have walls you are not safe,” unconsciously you keep building them. Later, you struggle with them. This is an endless cycle. But creation is not unwilling to open to you the doors to the beyond. It is not creation’s unwillingness that you are struggling with. You are struggling with the walls of resistance that you have built around yourself.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
To experience the ultimate you have to be willing to obliterate the self-created boundaries of individuality, you have to be willing to dissolve. That state of unbounded freedom is a state of oneness with Shiva – an unconditioned state beyond physical experience, beyond imaginative speculation, beyond all conceptual understanding.
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
Seeker: So what is social ego, Sadhguru? Sadhguru: Society has its own ego, isn’t it? For every small thing, the whole society gets upset. It need not be wrong. Suppose it’s summer in the United States. Everybody is hardly wearing anything or maybe they are in miniskirts. Let’s say you’re fully clothed. People will get upset: “What is she doing? Why is she all covered up?” Here in India, if you dress like that, they’ll all get upset. So this is one kind of ego; that is another kind of ego. It’s the social ego which is getting upset, and your karma is becoming part of the collective karma. I want you to really understand this with a certain depth. Your idea of good and bad has been taught to you. You have imbibed it from the social atmosphere in which you have lived. See, for example, a bandit tribe, like the Pindaris, who from a young age were trained to rob and kill, they even had gods who taught them skills and brought them success in their banditry. When the British army was let loose on them, they were shot and killed indiscriminately. They were completely bewildered, as in their perception they had not done anything wrong. The Pindari ego was just to be a good bandit. The same happened for the Native Americans also. Among some Native American tribes, unless you had killed a man in your life, you were not much of a man. They collected the scalp of the man and wore it around their neck. So what is right and wrong, what is good and bad, is all about how the social ego functions.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
What is the biggest wonder of life?’ Without hesitation, Yudhishthira famously answers, ‘Hundreds and thousands of living beings meet death at every moment, yet the foolish man thinks himself deathless and does not prepare for death. This is the biggest wonder of life.
Sadhguru (Death; An Inside Story: A book for all those who shall die)
Now, every child does have the necessary intelligence. You create an atmosphere for him to grow into his intelligence rather than superimposing your rottenness on him.
Sadhguru (Encounter the Enlightened: Sadhguru, A Profound Mystic Of Our Times)
If you are willing, every moment of your life can be a fantastic experience. Just the act of inhaling and exhaling can be a tremendous love affair.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The very Creator is within you; what are you thinking about? The very source of creation is throbbing within you. What are you thinking about that is more important than this?
Arundhathi Subramaniam (Sadhguru: A Life)
The yogic culture is not god-oriented – and this is what makes it an invaluable contribution to a world ravaged by wildly conflicting definitions of the divine. Adiyogi
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
The only thing that stands between you and your wellbeing is a simple fact: you have allowed your thoughts and emotions to take instruction from the outside rather than the inside.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Breaking through the cyclical laws of physical nature is the basis of the spiritual process that Adiyogi explored.
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
Your ideas of good and bad are just a certain level of prejudice against life.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
If you can look at everything lovingly, the whole world becomes beautiful in your experience.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
if you want to experience a mountain peak, you either elevate yourself to that level, or simply look up.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Different people need different kinds of impetus. If they are sensible, they learn by just looking. If they are not sensible, they learn by a thrashing. Life will thrash them.
Sadhguru (Relationships)
You will become spiritual only when the realm of your experience transcends the physical reality, and you begin experiencing that which is not physical.
Sadhguru (Enlightenment an inside story)
This moment, the quality of your life is simply decided by how peaceful and joyous you are right now within yourself. That is all that decides the quality of your life. So
Sadhguru (Encounter the Enlightened: Sadhguru, A Profound Mystic Of Our Times)
Modern science tells us that all of existence is just energy manifesting itself in different ways and in different forms. This means that the same energy that can sit here as a rock can lie there as mud, can stand up as a tree, can run like a dog—or be here reading this book, as you. So, you are essentially a morsel of energy that is part of the much larger energy system of the universe. The cosmos is just one big organism. Your life is not independent of it. You cannot live without the world because there is a very deep moment-to-moment transaction between the two of you.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Up and down, good and bad, sacred and profane: these are all assumed. But inward and outward: this is the one context we are sure of, the one context we can work with. This is Adiyogi’s most significant contribution to humankind and it is a profound and enduring one: “The only way out is in.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
your success in the world depends essentially on how well you harness the prowess of the body and mind. So, in order to achieve success, pleasantness has to be the fundamental quality within you.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Only he who is constantly aware of the mortal nature of his existence, who knows that the flesh and blood that he carries is nothing more than a heap of ash, is truly self-realized. In incinerating all falsehood within is the making of a yogi. This is the ultimate truth that Adiyogi embodied.
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
I understood that being loving and compassionate is not an idea. To live in empathy is not some esoteric principle. This is the way a human being is made. If you do not identify with anything you have accumulated over a period of time, including your body and mind, you will be able to experience this.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
There is no such thing as ego; it is empty talk. The nasty part of you, you call it ego. Whenever 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, loid and you alone.
Sadhguru (Pebbles Of Wisdom)
Good and bad are always according to your ego requirements. If you go by this, you enslave yourself to the dualities of life; you divide the existence. So the question of turning spiritual never arises.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
Responsibility simply means your ability to respond. If you decide, “I am responsible,” you will have the ability to respond. If you decide, “I am not responsible,” you will not have the ability to respond. It is as simple as that. All it requires is for you to realize that you are responsible for all that you are and all that you are not, all that may happen to you and all that may not happen to you. This
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
केवल मन के स्तर पर आपने, ‘मैं ज़िम्मेदार नहीं हूँ’ यों प्रतिबंध लगा लिया, इसलिए आपकी उत्तर देने को क्षमता संकुचित होती है, आपमें जीवंतता कम हो जाती है और इसी से शरीर बीमार को जाता है। चेतना भी कम को जाती है।
Sadhguru (Anand Lahar (Hindi))
Many senseless people who don’t even know how they should live are going on producing more children. They have not even learned how they should live. Forget about enlightenment; they don’t even know how to keep their physical body! They don’t know what the human form is. They don’t know how to keep their emotions; they don’t know how to keep their mind in balance. Why are these people going on producing children?
Sadhguru (Encounter The Enlightened: Conversations With The Master)
The mind has no tools to enter the unconscious dimensions. Only if you are outside of the mind you can look at everything the way it is. When you are in it, there is no way to dissect yourself. You can catch hold of somebody else and dissect them, but you cannot dissect yourself. Even if you do, you cannot see everything. If you are using any faculty of the mind you cannot truly be aware of the nature of the mind.
Sadhguru (Of Mystics & Mistakes)
This is because the way of the physical is circumscribed. The body has only so much of a role to play in your life. If you try to stretch it to all of your life, you will suffer because you are trying to create a falsehood. Life has a million ingenious ways to bend you, break you, knead you, and grind you. Nothing
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Most people are not aware of the nature of their longing. When their longing finds unconscious expression, we call this greed, conquest, ambition. When their longing finds conscious expression, we call this yoga.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
When you pursue your own likes and dislikes, you feel alone in this vast existence, constantly insecure, unstable, psychologically challenged. But once existence yields to you, it delivers you to a different place of grace—where every pebble, every rock, every tree, every atom, speaks to you in a language you understand.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The hardest life in the world is to be constantly putting yourself out into the world like you are joyful when you are not. When you are not happy, to show everybody that you are happy, it costs phenomenal amount of life.
Sadhguru (Life and Death in One Breath)
So the whole process of spirituality is just about enhancing your perception. Unfortunately if I use the word ‘spirituality,’ people think they will have to chant or go sit in the temple, church or mosque, or that they have to give up their food and clothing. Spirituality is not about that. It’s about enhancing your perception. The
Sadhguru (Enlightenment: What It Is (In The Presence of the Master))
If you generate a powerful thought and let it out, it will always manifest itself. For this to happen, it is important that you do not impede and weaken your thought by creating negative and self-defeating thought patterns.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
As your likes and dislikes become stronger, as your identifications become stronger with one thing or another, all that you are doing is excluding existence. If I say, “I like this very much,” in a big way I am excluding the rest of existence at that moment. So the stronger it becomes, the deeper the exclusion becomes. The very process of liberation is to include, not to exclude. In exclusion, you become trapped. In inclusion, you become liberated.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
Whatever happens naturally is always right, there is no question about it. It is just that your short-term goals and objectives may not be in tune with what is happening, so you struggle with it. But in the real sense, it cannot be wrong. It always moves in the right direction because Nature does not decide things with thoughts and emotion. It just decides things as per your tendencies. This is not a thought. With thought, you can always make a mistake
Sadhguru (Death; An Inside Story: A book for all those who shall die)
Choices that you make out of inability are not life solutions. An inability to be joyful by your own nature can make the simplest issues in life seem like highly complex problems. Right now being peaceful and joyful is made out to be the most significant problem in human existence. In pursuit of human happiness, we are ripping the planet apart.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
She trembled—not in fear. Then she asked, “What will you do to me?” The man said, “Well, lady, it’s your dream!” What’s happening in your head is your dream. At least your dream should happen the way you want it, shouldn’t it? Even if the world doesn’t happen the way you want it, at least your thoughts and emotions should happen the way you want them to.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
There is nothing in this existence which is not connected to your spiritual process. Everything is. It is from this that Indian culture created this idea (which now might have taken on extreme forms) that if you see a tree, you bow down; if you see a rock, you bow down; if you see a cow, you bow down; if you see a snake you bow down. Whatever it is, it does not matter what. Every creature, every form, whatever you see, if it makes an impression on you, you bow down to it.
Sadhguru (Of Mystics & Mistakes)
Karma can be compared to a seed. Before the rains, the whole land is barren. There would be nothing. It rains; suddenly all kinds of vegetation will sprout up. The seeds are already there; they’re just waiting for the right kind of atmosphere.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
If you are joyful by your own nature – not because of what is happening around you – then if you really want to have a tag of a good human being, you can take it, but I would say it is better you are a joyful human being, not a good human being.
Sadhguru (Life and Death in One Breath)
Taking responsibility is not accepting blame instead of assigning it. It simply means consciously responding to the situation. Once you take responsibility, you will invariably start exploring ways to address the situation. You will look for solutions.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The reason why everyone is not naturally enlightened is simply this: people have categorized the world into good and bad, God and Devil, high and low, sacred and filthy, pure and impure, heaven and hell. These are parallel lines that will never meet. Once
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Those who are immersed in their own psychological realities usually end up ignoring life around them. They seldom have the eyes to look at a flower, a sunset, a child, or a smiling face. And if it is an unsmiling face, they have no inclination to make it smile; they have no such small duties or minor cares in the world! They are too busy cracking the great puzzles of existence. But
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The quality of our lives is determined by our ability to respond to the varied complex situations that we encounter. If the ability to respond with intelligence, competence, and sensitivity is compromised by a compulsive or reactive approach, we are enslaved by the situation. It means we have allowed the nature of our life experience to be determined by our circumstances, not by us. Being
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
There is a commonly held belief that rage produces results; that nothing happens in the world without the adrenaline rush of anger. The iconic figure of the Cuban revolution, Che Guevara, famously said, “If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, you are a comrade of mine.” Perhaps that is true. But in rage, you become one with a group; out of rage, you become one with the universe.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Your ability to respond is the way you are. Only your ability to act is connected with the outside world. Responsibility is not about talking, thinking, or doing. Responsibility is about being. That’s the way life is—not an independent, self-contained bubble but a moment-to-moment dialogue with the universe. You don’t have to work at making it that way. You just have to see it the way it is.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The most horrific things in life can be a source of nourishment if you accept, “I am responsible for the way I am now.” It is possible to transform the greatest adversity into a stepping-stone for personal growth. If you take one hundred percent responsibility for the way you are now, a brighter tomorrow is a possibility. But if you take no responsibility for the present—if you blame your parents, your friend, your husband, your girlfriend, your colleagues for the way you are—you have forsaken your future even before it comes. You
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Put simply, our inner ecology is a mess. Somehow we think that fixing outer conditions will make everything okay on the inside. But these past 150 years are proof that technology will only bring comfort and convenience to us, not well-being. We need to understand that unless we do the right things, the right things will not happen to us: this is true not just of the outside world, but also the inside.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
In the hierarchy of instincts, sex is considered to be the lowest, and the desire for the divine the highest. But here divinity is represented by the metaphor of sexual union – a hugely courageous way of looking at life. Such an image would be impossible in a culture where perspectives of the sacred evolved out of narrow ideas of morality, good and bad, right and wrong. This is only possible in a culture where an understanding of the sacred evolved out of consciousness. There is no distinction between the sacred and the profane in this symbol.
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
Why do you need to be pleasant within? The answer is self-evident. When you are in a pleasant inner state, you are naturally pleasant to everyone and everything around you. No scripture or philosophy is needed to instruct you to be good to others. It is a natural outcome when you are feeling good within yourself. Inner pleasantness is a surefire insurance for the making of a peaceful society and a joyful world. Besides,
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
To claim a limited end to a limitless process, to reduce the infinite to the finite, to draw borders across the borderless, to make measurements of the unfathomable – this is the beginning of the human impulse to create certainty where none exists. It is the birth of pain, of suffering, of delusion. The
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
The question is: do you want to be a full-time human being or a part-time human being? If you restrict your ability to respond, the scope and dimension of your experience will be unsurprising, predictable, limited, narrow. But to be an absolutely full-time human being is to be a constant full-blooded response to everything. You don’t have to do anything in particular. You just need to become a willing piece of life in this glorious living cosmos. Responsibility
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Stress is not because of work—this is important to remember. Everybody thinks their job is stressful. No job is stressful. There are many jobs that could present challenging situations. There could be nasty bosses, insecure colleagues, emergency rooms, impossible deadlines—or you might even find yourself in the middle of a war zone! But these are not inherently stressful. It is our compulsive reaction to the situations in which we are placed that causes stress. Stress is a certain level of internal friction. One can easily lubricate the inner mechanism with some amount of inner work and awareness. So, it is your inability to handle your own system that is stressing you out. On some level, you do not know how to handle your body, mind, and emotions; that is the problem. How
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
To be human means you can mold situations you are living in the way you want them. But today most people in the world are molded by the situations in which they exist. This is simply because they live in reaction to situations they are placed in. The inevitable question is, “Why was I placed in such a situation? Isn’t it my destiny?” Whatever we do not want to take responsibility for, whatever we cannot make sense of logically, we label “destiny.” It is a consoling word, but disempowering. To mold situations the way you want them you must first know who you are. The crux of the matter is that you don’t yet know who you are. Who you are is not the sum total of accumulations you have made. Everything that you currently know as “myself” is just an accumulation. Your body is just an accumulation of food. Your mind is just an accumulation of impressions gathered through the five senses. What you accumulate can be yours, but it can never be you.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Sadhana Look around. Among your family, coworkers, and friends, can you see how everyone has different levels of perception? Just observe this closely. If you know a few people who seem to have a greater clarity of perception than others, watch how they conduct their body. They often have a certain poise without practice. But just a little practice can make an enormous difference. If you sit for just a few hours a day with your spine erect, you will see that it will have an unmistakable effect on your life. You will now begin to understand what I mean by the geometry of your existence. Just the way you hold your body determines almost everything about you. Another way of listening to life is paying attention to it experientially, not intellectually or emotionally. Choose any one thing about yourself: your breath, your heartbeat, your pulse, your little finger. Just pay attention to it for eleven minutes at a time. Do this at least three times a day. Keep your attention on any sensation, but feel free to continue doing whatever you are doing. If you lose attention, it doesn’t matter. Simply refocus your attention. This practice will allow you to move from mental alertness to awareness. You will find the quality of your life experience will begin to change.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
So, as long as your inner life is enslaved to external situations, it will remain a precarious condition. There is no other way for it to be. What then is the way out? The way out is a very simple change in direction. You just need to see that the source and basis of your experience is within you. Human experience may be stimulated or catalyzed by external situations, but the source is within. Pain or pleasure, joy or misery, agony or ecstasy, happens only inside you. Human folly is that people are always trying to extract joy from the outside. You may use the outside as a stimulus or trigger, but the real thing always comes from within.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Everything, every cell, every atom in the existence can be a doorway to the beyond if you go steadily at it. But the problem is, people keep shifting and shifting and shifting. That is the biggest problem with today’s world, like never before. People think it is a virtue for them to say, “Our attention spans are very short.” If you keep shifting, nothing happens. Which way you want to go, I am not deciding that – go wherever you want to go, but steadily. Not every day altering it, altering it, altering it.
Sadhguru (Life and Death in One Breath)
People generally know only the barter system. “You give me this; I will give you that!” This is not sharing. Most relationships are not about sharing; they are only about bartering – your money, your body, your emotions. Now, sharing is, “You don’t have to give me anything because I don’t need anything from you, but anyway, I will share this with you.” Setting up a whole life of barter may be convenient, but it is the way of the weak. This weakness is the first thing that has to go if you want to meet Shiva.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
Unless you do the right things, the right things will not happen to you. Principles and philosophies are only of social consequence. It is time to wake up to yourself as an existential being, a living being, rather than a psychological case. Then your destiny will be your own. One hundred percent your own. This is not an idle promise. It is a guarantee.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The Yogic system does not talk about God. It does not talk about the soul or heaven. Such talk invariably makes people hallucinatory. Yoga talks only about the barriers that you have set up, because this resistance is all that needs to be attended to. The creator is not looking for your attention. The ropes that bind you and the walls that block you- these are one hundred percent of your making. And these are all you need to unknot and dismantle. You have no work with existence. You only have work with the existence that you created.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Modern physicists have accepted that all existence is fundamentally energy. But now they also acknowledge that there is something else that they have no instrument to measure. They have begun to realize that there is a dimension of energy that seems to hold everything together. They recognize its existence, but have no clue to its nature. Since they are not able to perceive it, they call it ‘dark energy’. For now they concede that it constitutes 73 per cent of the universe. (It will take time and evolution for them to see that it is, in fact, a lot more than that!) They also tell us that at the centre of our galaxy, and presumably of several others, is a ‘black hole’ which is constantly sucking creation in. At the centre of a black hole, they say, is a singularity, a place where creation and destruction happen simultaneously. In fact, scientists seem just one step short of saying: Shi-va!
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
But if you pay attention to creation, you realize that the divine, or whatever is the source of creation, is, above all, the highest intelligence that you can imagine. Instead of trying to tap into this all-powerful intelligence that pulsates within each of us, we opt to use our logical intellect, which is useful in certain situations, but essentially limited.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Somehow we think that fixing outer conditions will make everything okay on the inside. But these past 150 years are proof that technology will only bring comfort and convenience to us, not well-being. We need to understand that unless we do the right things, the right things will not happen to us: this is true not just of the outside world, but also the inside.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
To create what you really care for, your desire must first be well manifested in your mind. Is that what you really want? Think this through carefully. How many times in your life have you thought, “This is it.” The moment you got there you realized that was not it at all! So, first explore what it is that you really want. Once that is clear and you are committed to creating it, you generate a continuous process of thought in that direction. When you maintain a steady stream of thought without changing direction, it will manifest as a reality in your life.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
We have the tools and technologies in our hands with which we can make this world a paradise, or turn it into a living hell, or obliterate it altogether because of our own capabilities. In other words, we have reached a point where if we do not raise human consciousness, our intelligence and capability is going to work against us. We are racing rapidly towards self-sabotage. It
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
Hatha yoga is a way of working with the body, a way of disciplining, purifying, and preparing it for higher levels of energy and for greater possibilities. Hatha yoga is not exercise. It is, instead, about understanding the mechanics of the body, creating a certain atmosphere, and then using physical postures to channel or drive your energy in specific directions. This is the aim of the various asanas, or postures. That kind of posture that allows you to access your higher nature is a yogasana. It is the science of aligning your inner geometry with the cosmic geometry.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
The quality of our lives is determined by our ability to respond to the varied complex situations that we encounter. If the ability to respond with intelligence, competence, and sensitivity is compromised by a compulsive or reactive approach, we are enslaved by the situation. It means we have allowed the nature of our life experience to be determined by our circumstances, not by us.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
So what is happening in your mind is your creation. Isn’t it so? World around you is just giving you information. The world is throwing pleasant information into you, unpleasant information into you; everything that is happening, it is just throwing it into you. What you do with this damn information is definitely yours. Yes or no? When the activity of the mind is yours, the suffering that the mind generates is definitely your making. Would you generate unpleasantness and suffering for yourself if your mind was taking instructions from you? No. That means your mind is out of control.
Sadhguru (Life and Death in One Breath)
So, as you do the practice, if you are connected with your consciousness, then the mind is just free. It is so free that everything that you have smelled, tasted, touched, heard and seen is all there. You don’t have to try to remember anything; it is all simply there. You can just pull it back. Memory is not about remembering, memory is just about your ability to bring back the data, isn’t it?
Sadhguru
Responsibility simply means your ability to respond. If you decide, “I am responsible,” you will have the ability to respond. If you decide, “I am not responsible,” you will not have the ability to respond. It is as simple as that. All it requires is for you to realize that you are responsible for all that you are and all that you are not, all that may happen to you and all that may not happen to you.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Why do you need to be pleasant within? The answer is self-evident. When you are in a pleasant inner state, you are naturally pleasant to everyone and everything around you. No scripture or philosophy is needed to instruct you to be good to others. It is a natural outcome when you are feeling good within yourself. Inner pleasantness is a surefire insurance for the making of a peaceful society and a joyful world. Besides, your success in the world depends essentially on how well you harness the prowess of the body and mind. So, in order to achieve success, pleasantness has to be the fundamental quality within you.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Whatever you wish to do, you must bring yourself to a moment of joy and clarity within yourself. Why I am saying joy is because when you are happy you are not compulsive. When you are very happy and clear, at that time if you look at things and see that “Yes, this is what is more sensible for me” – just do that. It does not matter if it feels like hell; it does not matter if you go through hell for ten years, you just do that, because that is where your wellbeing is. Whenever your emotions go up and down, your mind says many things – that is not important. It says one thing in the morning, one thing in the evening; it says one thing today and another thing tomorrow, that is of no consequence. When you are in differennt states of compulsiveness, if you make decisions as to which way to turn, you will be endlessly lost.
Sadhguru (Life and Death in One Breath)
Entering the spiritual path means you have become conscious of your suffering. You were suffering unconsciously; now you have become conscious of it. Conscious suffering is always deeper than unconscious suffering, but it is good; at least you’re conscious about it. As long as you haven’t become conscious, the suffering will always remain. Once you have become conscious, it need not remain forever. There’s a possibility, isn’t it? Entering the spiritual path is a possibility, being with a Guru is a possibility, that’s all it is. If the possibility has to become a reality, the first thing is that you’re willing to see everything the way it is. You’re at least willing to recognize your limitations. If you want to hide your limitations, where’s the question of liberation? Where is the possibility? You have destroyed it completely, isn’t it?
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
In fact, as we have seen, every subatomic particle in your body is responding in a limitless way to the great dance of energies that is the cosmos. The only reason you are not experiencing the life process in all its majesty and profundity is your current state of mental resistance. Your psychological structure is a stone wall. If you are willing, every moment of your life can be a fantastic experience. Just the act of inhaling and exhaling can be a tremendous love affair.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
All the loving acts that two human beings are capable of, the simple act of holding hands can often become the most intimate. Why is this so? Basically, because the nature of the hands and feet is such that the energy system finds expression in these two parts of the body in a very singular way. Two palms coming together have far more intimacy than the contact between any other parts of the body. You can try this with yourself. You don’t even need a partner. When you put your hands together, the two energy dimensions within you (right-left, masculine-feminine, solar-lunar, yin-yang, etc.) are linked in a certain way, and you begin to experience a sense of unity within yourself. This is the logic of the traditional Indian namaskar. It is a means of harmonizing the system. So, the simplest way to experience a state of union is to try this simple namaskar yoga. Put your hands together, and pay loving attention to any object you use or consume, or any form of life that you encounter. When you bring this sense of awareness into every simple act, your experience of life will never be the same again. There is even a possibility that if you put your hands together, you could unite the world!
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Seeker: Then what can we do with our desires? Sadhguru: Just desire the highest in life. All your passions, direct them to the highest. Even if you get angry, direct it only toward Shiva. Even with your passion, that’s the way to do it. Every bit of energy. These emotions are not in your hands for now, but channeling them in one direction is in your hands. Maybe when you are angry you cannot be loving; you can’t suddenly turn your anger into love, but the anger itself can be directed. Anger is tremendous energy, isn’t it? Lust is tremendous energy also. Direct it in the right way, that is all. If every ounce of energy that you have, every passion, emotion, thought, are focused in one direction, the results can be very, very quick. Things will happen. Once you know there is something higher and you want to be there, there should be no other question about it. Only people around you should have questions about it, not you. There should be simply no questions about it.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)
If you are exuberant by your own nature, if life has become exuberant, activity is just a consequence. But if your life is not exuberant, and you are trying to crank it up with activity, then activity is the means. This is the big difference. Either you dance and arrive at a certain state of exuberance, or because you are exuberant and you cannot contain it, you dance. Is it because there are flowers that the plant and the root came up like a support to the flower? Because there is a beautiful flower, this plant and its root grew, so that it can have a nice pedestal? Is that the way a flower happened? Because the exuberance in the stem could not be contained, it flowered, isn’t it? This is the way life should happen. If you try to live the other way, it is going to be a very hard life.
Sadhguru (Life and Death in One Breath)
So when a certain awareness arises within you, somewhere you begin to feel the meaninglessness of the cycle. It is all nice, we are enjoying it, but just going on and on does not make sense. When that awareness comes, that is when you start talking about mukti. Mukti means you want to become free from the process of life and death. Not because you are suffering. Suffering people cannot attain mukti. You are fine, you are joyful, but you have had enough of the kindergarten, you want to move on. However beautiful your school life was, don’t you want to go to college? Yes? That is all. You have seen enough of it. Now you want to move on.
Sadhguru (Life and Death in One Breath)
It is not about what you are doing. It is just that you are doing it in an unwavering way. You are just unwavering, you have become one pointed. It does not matter what it is – if you want to be a butcher, be a butcher in an unwavering way, it will open up. Just not wavering for a moment. What you have decided in a moment of clarity and joy, just sticking onto it, without wavering a little bit. Nobody can deny it to you. Every day you are off and on, off and on, it does not happen. Every day when your thoughts and emotions fly this way and that way, you keep changing your mind. Changing your mind, changing your mind, you will go in circles – endlessly in circles. One who changes direction too often is obviously not interested in going anywhere, isn’t it? You know the world is round, so whichever direction you go, it does not matter; as long as you go without changing direction you will make the journey, isn’t it? You will complete the journey. If you change your direction, it will put you into an endless state of being lost.
Sadhguru (Life and Death in One Breath)
Right now, you’re in a compulsive state of thought. If one thought enters your mind, it gets you tangled up. If you’re in a conscious state, you can run any number of tracks in your mind. Because it’s not compulsive, it doesn’t entangle you. ‘So compulsiveness takes away the possibility of exploring the full depth and dimension of life; it prevents you from realizing its immensity. In a state of consciousness, you can carry this mind with you without becoming a part of it. ‘See, there are only two ways to live life. You can impart your qualities upon the material that you gather, or you can take on the qualities of the material that you gather. That is the fundamental choice you have. That is yoga.
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
Recent scientific research reveals that the human system is capable of producing its own narcotic if it is maintained in a certain way. It is a completely self-contained system. And, what’s more, this is a narcotic which has a tremendous impact on health, well-being, alertness and perception. This chemical has been termed Anandamide (after the ancient Sanskrit word ‘ananda’, which refers to the core of life as blissfulness). If a sufficient amount is generated in the system, an individual can be intoxicated and fully awake at the same time. So, what Adiyogi disclosed, in effect, was that there is a whole marijuana mountain inside you! If you cultivate it properly, you could be stoned and yet stable, exuberant and yet aware all the time.
Sadhguru (Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga)
Stress is not because of work—this is important to remember. Everybody thinks their job is stressful. No job is stressful. There are many jobs that could present challenging situations. There could be nasty bosses, insecure colleagues, emergency rooms, impossible deadlines—or you might even find yourself in the middle of a war zone! But these are not inherently stressful. It is our compulsive reaction to the situations in which we are placed that causes stress. Stress is a certain level of internal friction. One can easily lubricate the inner mechanism with some amount of inner work and awareness. So, it is your inability to handle your own system that is stressing you out. On some level, you do not know how to handle your body, mind, and emotions; that is the problem.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
Ambition is a constipated expression of a human longing. Whereever you are you want to be something more, depending on what you are exposed to . If you know money you are thinking more money, knowledge more knowledge , love more love etc. The moment you acheived it, you just want more and more of it.All you are looking for is a limitless expansion. As long as your ambition is physical in nature (from your senses) which essentially has a defined boundary. Through physical nature if you are trying to satisfy your urge for boundlesness, you will exhaust somewhere. To acheive this you need alternative means , which today is the most corrupted word called "Spirituality" . Sprituality is not a religion or looking up or down, it means a dimension you want to touch beyond your physical nature.
Sadhguru (Ambition to Vision)
Instead of trying to manage relationships – which is impossible actually – if you just learn to include the other as a part of yourself, your life becomes an expression of joyfulness not a pursuit of happiness. Then you will see, relationships have various colors, but every color could be enjoyed. Every color of it, every color and hue that it takes on, could be just fine. In this inclusion, all the differences are okay. Differences add color and dimension to our lives. Fortunately, nobody else is like you. But that is what you are complaining about – that they are different. What is adding color and dimension to your life, that is what you are complaining about, because there is no sense of inclusiveness. If you have included the other as a part of yourself, you could enjoy all these differences. Then even if you do not understand what the hell is happening with the other person, still it is okay.
Sadhguru (Life and Death in One Breath)
Only for a person who is living with duality there is good and bad karma. For a person who is thinking in terms of transcending life and death, good karma is as useless as bad. To him, karma is just karma; any classification does not matter. All karma is bad for a spiritual person. Good or bad, it’s bad for him. For that person who wants to transcend duality, become one with existence, there is no good and bad. All karma is a barrier, a burden for him. He wants to drop all burdens. It’s not like, “If you give me gold, I’m willing to carry even one hundred kilos, but if you give me one hundred kilos of garbage, I will not carry it.” That’s not the attitude. For a seeker it is, “I want to drop the load.” Whether it’s gold or garbage, both are heavy, but the other fools think carrying gold is great. Do you understand the difference, Nicholas? A man, who has become wise enough, sees that whether he carries gold or garbage, it is anyway burdensome. The other man is thinking gold will be better than garbage because right now he’s carrying garbage.
Sadhguru (Mystic's Musings)