Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev


How to save the planet

How audacious that we can even think that we will allot a day for the earth! Both day and night happen only because of the revolutions of the earth. Our very body is an extract from this planet.

Mind over medicine

Questioner: There are different kinds of medicines and treatments available. There is allopathic, Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani and acupuncture.

The icon of grace

A very large part of the Indian population worships Ram, but if you look at the way life unfolded for him, it seems like a continuous series of disasters.

A bottle of memory

What you call “myself”, what you call the human structure, is essentially the work of a certain “software”. We know today that software means memory. Whether it is the individual human body or the larger cosmic body, they are all essentially made of five elements — earth, water, fire, air and space. All the five elements have a memory of their own. That is the reason why they behave the way they do.

The night of Shiva

When we say Shiva, most people look at him as some kind of a god who is beyond everything.

Spiritual longing

If you look at the human experience, everything that human beings know right now is because of what they have seen, heard, smelt, tasted and touched. What they can gather through the five senses is bound to be physical so their experience of life right now is limited to the physical. So, if you take yourself as an example, what is physical in you — the body that you carry — is essentially something that you have accumulated and gathered.

Choose joy, not misery

We know how to be joyful but we don’t know how to sustain it. In other words, when external situations are conducive we tend to become a little joyful; when they don’t we fret.
The external situations will happen the way we think they should only if the scope and play of our life are very limited. Let’s say your whole life is limited to a room — 90 per cent of the things happen the way you want them, 10 per cent out of your control.

When anger dissolves

No matter how much people preach “don’t get angry,” when certain situations arise we do get angry. Emotional states, such as anger, hate, lust, compassion or love — from the lowest to the highest — are different expressions of the same energy.

Mechanics of joy

Qestioner: You have emphasised the importance of being joyful in all we do. Is it possible to
achieve such a state in the rat race all of us are caught in?

Guru: Road map for life

Life is constantly aspiring to become free. The very spirit of a creature — not just a human being, but even an ant — wants to escape out of the boundary; it wants to go where it wants to go. So freedom is the basis of any creature’s existence. This is why we talk about mukti. Not because it is some kind of ideology invented by some guru but because whether you understand this or not, it’s your basic aspiration in life.

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