Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev


A stress-free existence

The person you are at night is not the same person you are in the morning? What is it that makes you two different people in a span on 24 hours? What brings about a change in your behaviour?

Flowering of the feminine

Shakti means energy. The energy that makes the atom work is the same energy that makes the cosmos work. And it is identified as feminine.

Sow some love

India is a country where we have 365 festivals for 365 days of the year. Our whole culture revolves around celebration of some kind or the other. If today is ploughing day, it is reason for celebration. If tomorrow is planting day, there’s another kind of celebration. Harvesting, of course, is a major event in our rural life, which we celebrate as Pongal or Makar Sankranti.

Don’t invest in misery

Today, most people in the world, especially young people, have developed a certain allergy towards spirituality. This has happened because spirituality has been presented in such an ugly way.

Don’t be an addict

Addiction is usually to substances. Devotion is towards something that you hold way above yourself. Devotion cannot be practised, it cannot be cultivated or cultured. When you are overwhelmed by something or somebody, when you see something or somebody far beyond yourself, devotion comes naturally.

Faith & the faithful

Faith is not something that you can cultivate. If it happens to you, it happens, if it does not, it does not. Does this mean that, “I have to sit and wait and someday it will fall upon me?” No. If you understand the fundamentals of living here in this existence, you know that for anything to happen, you must create the right kind of condition.

Lamps of clarity

In Indian culture, there was a time when there used to be a festival every day of the year — 365 festivals in a year. The idea was to make our life into a celebration.

The eternal victory

Navratri, culminating in Dussehra, is a cultural festival of great significance for all. It is a festival that is all about the Goddess. In Karnataka, Dussehra is about Chamundi, in Bengal it is about Vijaya Dashami. Thus, it is about various goddesses in different parts of the country, but essentially it is about the feminine divinity.

Married to frog queen

Ravana is a character from our mythic past whom we have not quite cared to fully understand. If you look at his life, you will find he was a wonderful person by himself. It is just that out of his own foolishness and egoistic nature, Ravana was unable to benefit from his great accomplishments.

Identity jacket

Great figures of history have one thing in common — all of them left behind their small, limited identities and moved towards larger ones. Suddenly for some reason, some event took them out of their identities and they identified with a larger process that was happening around, and they did things that they themselves could not imagine.

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