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When we say Shiva
The word Shiva has become
synonymous with the third eye.
The third eye… What it means…

These two eyes are to look outside.
These two eyes are capable of showing you
the physicality of the existence; these two eyes
can only perceive that which is physical.

The third eye is an inward-faced eye.
It’s not gonna open up upon your forehead.
The third eye is an inward-looking eye.
But you have heard stories,
“Shiva opened his eyes,
and he burned Kama”.

In India there is a god of love and lust, called Kama (“kama” means lust, which you don’t like to face head-on, so you make it love [audience laugh]; because you need some aesthetic to it). So… He hides behind a tree, and shoots an arrow. And Shiva is hurt. Target is found and Shiva gets a little disturbed. Then he sees it’s Kama (that is, it’s his own lust coming up). Then he opens up his third eye, a fiery eye, and burns Kama, who is hiding behind a tree. Burned him into ashes. Then Shiva took the ashes of this burnt Kama; smeared himself. That put these things to rest for good.

That is the general story told to the people.
But you tell me: your lust arises within you, or behind the tree?

Now, you may go behind the tree; that’s another matter… [Roaring laughter]

But where does it arise? Within you! Desire is not hanging outside. It is not because a beautiful woman or a beautiful man is sitting there that your desire comes. Because the desire, the kama, is within you.

So he opened his third eye. And burned the kama within himself.
Not the one who is standing outside. Because he never, ever stood outside.

Please look at this and see. Your lustfulness, your desiring nature, never ever stood outside. It only stood inside.

So he opened his third eye; not this way [pointing outward]. Inward! Then he saw; this lustfulness. Which essentially means that some aspects are built into you, which make you feel incomplete. So you think you will find completion only by going towards something or somebody.

Lust is not just about the opposite sex. Shopping is lust! Because you have to go towards something. Only then life will be complete. Every desire is lust! Because,

“Without that, I cannot exist! I want that, because only when I have that,
this [lightly thumping his chest with both fists] will be complete!”

It may be a thing, it may be a position, it may be power, it may be sexuality… It doesn’t matter what it is. Essentially lust means, it creates a sense of incompleteness within you. And a longing for something, that it makes you feel, if you don’t have that, you are not complete.

So he decides to burn the kama within himself. He burned the kama, and then, instead of sweat, ash oozed out of the pores of his body. This is the yogic story. The common story told to the public is, he was hiding behind a tree, and burned him; opened his eyes and burned him; and then he took that ash and smeared himself. The yogic dimension of the story is, kama arose within him, he opened his third eye, burned him, and then ash slowly oozed out of his body, clearly showing him, everything is laid to rest.


[Video concludes with
introduction to next episode]

Everything that you know as yourself
should die. When I say death, it’s not
the physical death which is a problem.

The question is your losing
“Everything that I know as myself right now”.
Your personality. Your identity.

Once you learn to be an individual beyond
physiological and psychological formats,
that means you are for good.
This is what living death means.
So if you know how to be an individual, still,
without physiological and psychological format,
you are a living death.
If you are a living death,
you are eternal in your existence.

It is time
that you become living death,
so that you live

Sadhguru transcribed by Leon Hieros