Because what is human, is not an established state.
It is a possibility. It is not a fixed state.
If this possibility has to be made use of,
there is a whole system of understanding
that needs to happen; understanding
the mechanics of how this life functions,
and what we can do with it.
we are referring to
I don’t know 🙏 what types of stuff you’re doing, but my experience in United States, particularly in California… A lot of people believe, yoga started in California. [Audience laugh] Yes? I met someone who seriously believed it was Madonna who started yoga! [Laughter] Yes?
So this mechanics of life, is as simple as this:
I’m sure almost all of you are carrying an instrument, some kind of electronic instrument… A phone at least. The more you know about this phone, the better you can use it. Is that so?
Last year , the cell phone companies in India made a survey.
India is the largest, you know, growing market for telecommunications right now. Every month we’re adding about five and a half million cell phones. Okay. In a year, about sixty million cell phones are being added to the service. Because everybody’s having three, four, five these days. [Laughter]
They made a survey…
[at this very moment, a ringtone goes off in the audience, making everybody burst into laughter]
That’s the second one; you haven’t heard the first one.
[Resuming] …They made a survey, and they found out that ninety-seven percent of the people are using only seven percent of the capabilities that are there in an ordinary phone. I’m not talking about the smart phone; I’m talking about the dumb phone. In the dumb phone, ninety-seven percent of the people are using only seven percent of its capabilities.
So they were contemplating:
If we remove ninety percent of the electronics, still most people will never know… And we can even give them a five-hundred-rupee discount! They will be happy, we will be happy…
You know? Maybe they’ve already taken it off; we don’t know… Only if you try to use all of them, all the functions, then you’ll realize, something is not working.
So, in a little gadget, you’re using only seven percent.
[Opens his arms]
is The gadget.
Every damn gadget
has come out of this.
How much percentage do you think are you employing this gadget? Just make a guess. [Looks around in the audience] Mm? How much percentage?
You’re being very generous to yourself. [All laugh]
It’s well below one percent. Because, for your survival process, to conduct your life in the material world, you do not even need one percent of what this is.
This is capable of perceiving
the whole cosmos.
If you prepare it properly,
if you hold it,
just like an antenna
[slightly shifts his torso],
if you hold it in the right position,
it can just grasp everything in the existence.
It is just that we are doing all kinds of things with it,
because right now, our whole perception of life
is limited to the physical nature of the existence.
Physical, is like the peel of the fruit.
It has no purpose of its own.
In the sense… if you have a fruit, the moment you eat the fruit, the peel goes straight to the trash can. Isn’t it?
The peel is only a package.
Only because the fruit is valuable,
package is important.
Right now as you sit here, this body is very important. You have to feed this, you have to clothe this, you have to decorate this… You have to pamper this, in so many ways.
Tomorrow morning, that something inside, which you never experienced, if that goes away, nobody wants to have any business with this. Yes? Only because the fruit is inside, this peel has become very valuable.
Now, yoga means, not just about twisting your body, not about standing on your head, not about holding your breath… All these things, a circus artist can do better than most yogis. Really. Yes or no? Don’t you think so? A circus artist can do far better than most yogis in terms of twisting the body, doing this, doing that, holding different positions… That is not the purpose of yoga. Unfortunately, if you utter the word yoga, people think you have to be in some impossible posture. Yoga is not about postures. It is just a minuscule aspect of yoga.
in your experience,
everything has become one 🙏
The word yog means “union”.
What is the union? What can unite with what?
As you sit here, your idea, and your sense, and your experience of who you are is very strong. You’re here, as an individual!
But what the trees are exhaling right now, you’re inhaling. What you’re exhaling, the trees are inhaling. Or in other words, one half of your lung is hanging out there. [Laughter] Yes or no?
This is not just in terms of breath. Today modern physics is proving to you that as you sit here, every subatomic particle in your body is in constant transaction with everything else in the existence. If this transaction stops, you will cease to exist.
So yoga means
to know it by experience.
Modern science is proving to you,
the whole existence is just one energy.
The religions of the world have been screaming for a long time that God is everywhere. Whether you say “God is everywhere”, or you say “Everything is one energy”, are we talking about the same reality? Or a different reality?
“God is everywhere”, “Everything is same energy”;
are we talking about the same reality or different reality?
It is just that a scientist has never experienced this;
he has arrived at it through mathematical deductions.
A religious person has not experienced it; he believes it,
because it’s written somewhere, or it’s said by somebody.
If you are a hard case,
that you’re not willing
to settle for deductions
or belief systems, then
you become a yogi.
Yes, if you’re a very hard nut,
you want to know it yourself.
Then you become a yogi.
You want to know the union of the existence.
You want to know the oneness of what it is.
Not believing it.
Like you experience the five fingers of your hand,
if you can experience everything around you,
then we say
Sadhguru transcribed by Leon Hieros
✨ Your body and your brain works at its best, only when your stomach is empty.
✨ Any correction and purification that needs to happen in the body, your stomach needs to be empty. It’s very very important. Otherwise, the purification at the cellular level will not happen.
✨ Health is not something you can do from outside. Health is something you have to do from within.
✨ Minimum eight hours gap is what is recommended in yoga; between one meal and the next meal, there must be an eight-hour space. If you do this, you will see half your problems of health –whatever you have, health problems– minimum fifty percent will go in six weeks time.
✨ If you do certain other things, which may right now seem a little extreme to you, if you have a little yogic practice, something meditative within you, then you will see, ninety percent of your problems will go away. Ten percent, if it still persists, can be treated.
“However impure the food maybe, when it is offered to God, it gets purified and nourishes us both physically and mentally as it is filled with God’s grace.”
According to Bhagavad Geetha, the body and life in it are based on food and sustained by food. The food we eat is an
important constituent of the physical body and the mind. Purity of food leads to purity of mind. Our ancient scriptures insist on the intake of Satwic food. Satwic food is that which is wholesome, nutritious, fresh, and essentially vegetarian. Intake of such food promotes purity, serenity and equanimity of mind. The physical body is “The temple of the living God”. We are what we eat. What we feel, think, and express depend on what we eat. The food we eat has to be pure, free from the subtle evils radiated by the persons who collect the materials, who cook the dishes, and who serve them.
Our ancestors recommended offering of food to God before eating. They say however impure the food maybe, when it is offered to God…
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You can treat surya namaskara as an expression of your regard for the sun, whether it is the material aspect or that underlying spiritual aspect that the material sun symbolizes. Or, if you are not inclined to worship, then do surya namaskara for the sake of maintaining and inducing good health. This is the stepping stone to spiritual awareness and peace.
Digestive system: The abdominal organs and stomach are alternately stretched and compressed. This imparts a healthy massage to the internal organs and ensures that they function correctly, or if they don’t currently work efficiently, encourages them to do so. Many diseases of the digestive system can be prevented and removed by the regular practice of surya namaskara.
Eliminative system: Rapid elimination of waste materials from the body is essential. Often undigested waste products remain in the intestines and bowels due to constipation, which can result in various other disorders. Surya namaskara stimulates the peristalsis of the intestines helping to remove any tendency toward constipation.
The kidneys are also important eliminative organs. They filter impurities from the blood and eliminate them from the body in the form of urine. Therefore any disorders of inefficiency in the workings of the kidneys will result in impure blood. Surya namaskara gently massages these two organs, increases their supply of blood, as well as speeds up the circulation throughout the body. The result is that the kidneys are encouraged to function properly while at the same time the blood is given an additional flush and filter through the kidneys. For best result one should supplement the daily practice of surya namaskara by drinking plenty of fresh, clean water.
A high proportion of the body’s waste products are eliminated through the skin. This process works particularly well when a person sweats profusely. Often toxins accumulate in the skin, manifesting as boils and pimples. If a good sweat was developed regularly there would be less tendency for this to happen as the toxins would reach the outer surface of the skin and be washed off. Surya namaskara results in increased perspiration and thereby encourages the elimination of toxins from the body, helping to prevent skin ailments. This is an excellent method of acquiring a fresh complexion, especially if one takes a bath after surya namaskara or the yoga practice program.
Circulatory system: Surya namaskara increases the heartbeat and the workings of the whole circulatory system, helping to eliminate waste materials from the body. Areas of sluggish blood are also removed and replaced by purified and oxygenated blood. All the cells of the body receive extra nutrition enabling them to function more efficiently. This leads to better health and increased vitality.
The lymphatic system is most important in protecting the body against infection. It is the body’s auto-therapeutic system and without it the body would quickly succumb to disease. Surya namaskara, by increasing the circulation and removal of poisonous bacteria, directly aids the lymphatic system to work more efficiently in its fight against illness.
Respiratory system: Most people tend to breathe superficially in short and shallow gasps. This starves the body of the oxygen it requires for perfect health. Carbon dioxide also tends to accumulate in the system. Further underutilization of the lung capacity allows a build-up of germs which can lead to various illnesses. Surya namaskara, when done correctly, accentuates the exchange of air to and from the lungs, opens and expands the intricate alveoli, or air sacs, of the lung tissue and exercises the muscles of the surrounding chest region. The lungs are emptied of impurities and stale air and the body and brain are revitalized by the extra supply of oxygen they receive. One can almost feel the extra super-charge of energy.
Endocrinal system: This system plays an important part in determining our well-being and attitude towards life. It consists of a large number of chemicals (hormones) which interact with each other, reinforcing or counteracting each other. Even the slightest imbalance can cause widespread repercussions in the form of disease. A well known example is diabetes. There are many other illnesses which are a direct result of hormonal imbalance. The hormones are the officers of the body, the brain is the commander and the pats of the body are soldiers. It is the hormones that mobilize and coordinate the different functions of the body. Rate of growth, sexual functions, excitability and so on are all controlled by hormones. Surya namaskara harmonizes this system helping to remove any irregularities by directly massaging the relevant glands and improving their blood flow. Imbalance of the endocrinal system is often caused by mental tension. Surya namaskara can help to reduce this deeper cause of hormonal malfunction, especially if it is supplemented by other yoga practices.
Nervous system: The multitudes of nerve connections throughout the body are gently stretched, massaged and stimulated while doing surya namaskara. It is these nerves that connect the different parts and organs of the body with the brain. The nerves are the intermediaries. Even if an organ is in perfect condition it can only function as well as the nerves will allow. If the nerves are unhealthy then the functioning of the associated organs must suffer. If the pipe connecting the water tank to the tap is blocked, then the tap cannot work properly, even though it might be perfectly new. It is the same with the body’s nervous system. The nerve fibres determine how well the organs and muscles of the body function.
Most modern, sedentary people don’t exercise their bodies sufficiently. As a consequence the nerve connections tend to become lazy and atrophy develops. Surya namaskara tones up these nerves and simultaneously awakens the associated brain centres. One feels more alive after a few rounds of this exercise.
Muscles and skeleton: Surya namaskara exercises all the main muscles and joints in the body. The muscles are contracted and extended and any impure, stagnant blood is redirected back to the lungs and kidneys for purification. It is an excellent method of loosening up the body for asana practice.
Subtle influences: Surya namaskara can give many additional and perhaps more important benefits beyond the physical. It depends on your attitude. If you are aware and totally involved with the intonations of the mantras, the breathing and the movements, it will induce peace of mind. It is therefore a very useful exercise in reducing emotional conflict, neurosis and stress, especially when supplemented with other yoga practices. If one is devotionally inclined then the exercise can be done with full knowledge of the significance of worshipping the sun. This will purify the heart and mind. Surya namaskara also helps to bring the flow of pranic or bioplasmic energy into balance and remove blockages in the nadis through which it flows. Surya namaskara is an excellent practice with which to start the day. It helps to prepare you in every way to face the oncoming day with physical and mental strength and confidence.
From A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya, by Swami Satyananda
Gratitude dearest Krishna
Everything will fall into place by itself.
You don’t have to bring discipline into your life…
You don’t have to search for a guru…
Everything will fall into line by itself, if you long strongly enough.
So the problem is, there is no longing.
Because there is too much snacking. People who are snacking all the time, they don’t feel hunger. Because you’re snacking. Snacking means, right now, you are trying to satisfy your longing.
Human longing is to expand boundlessly!
But you’re satisfying your longing with shopping… By watching a cricket match… By watching a cinema… By talking to somebody… By reading something… By distracting yourself with a million other things.
So just spend a few days.
Simply you paint your room white. Comfortable chair. But. Eyes open. No sleeping. Alert and open. No reading, no thinking, no creating new philosophy…
You will see.
Initially you may feel like you’re going crazy, but after some time, you’ll see clearly, what this life is longing for, becomes a hundred percent clear to you. One hundred percent clear to you! There will be no doubt about that.
So this is the reason why we create spaces. An ashram exists so that you come and make use of it for your sadhana. That you come, you invest a certain amount of time in a year, at least a week, or two weeks… Just for this one; for nothing else; just… If you feel this being is worthwhile… If you feel this being deserves at least that much attention, you must give it at least a couple of weeks in a year. Fifty weeks for the world, two weeks for you. Just for you. Not for your body, not for your mind, not for entertainment, not for your family. Just for you.
You need to understand this. The best thing; the foremost thing and the most beautiful thing that you can offer to people around you, is you are an evolved human being. Yes or no? Not your money, not your wealth, not your rubbish, not your work which is going to make the difference. That being with you is a wonderful experience for people around you. Your family, the people that you work with, your friends… Everybody aspires to be with you, because it’s a wonderful experience to be with you. This is the best thing that you can ever do to any human being around you. That’s all they aspire for, isn’t it?
But now the problem is, You are looking for that wonderful person.
“Oh, I met this wonderful person…!”
Why the hell are you not that wonderful person? Because you never paid any attention to this. You think something that’s happening around you is more important that what is this.
No, no, no.
The quality of your life is essentially determined by the quality of what this is.
How this is, that’s how it will be. Wherever we put you. Whether we put you in heaven or hell. The experience and the quality of your life is determined by how This is, not how the situation is.
You must spend some time without snacking. Then you will know what is hunger. Once you are sufficiently hungry, then you know the value of food, isn’t it? Otherwise you will not know the value of food… What it is…
Just don’t eat for twenty-four hours.
And then, when somebody serves a meal; don’t gobble it immediately. Just sit there. Wait for two minutes. Just look at the food. See what it means to you. It’s life sitting out there in the plate. Not some rubbish, not some material, not some stuff. It’s life! Your life, sitting out there in the plate, isn’t it?
If you see food like this experientially… The way you handle the food, will it change or no?
Yes? That’s all.
So if you create just one week, where you simply fix it in a certain way, and then you see, wanting to know what This Is, will become the prime importance in your life.
Once there is longing, everything else will align itself. Heaven and hell will work for you. They will start working for you, if the longing is big enough. Nobody can stop it. Everything will align with you. That is the nature of the universe. If this one thing, which is the source of creation, gets fired up, then creation will get aligned behind you. It will not be against you.
The simplest, and the most fundamental thing that you can do in your life is, that you are Life always!
You don’t have to be in any particular way. You just have to be alive!
Everything else, including the body and the mind, are accessories, to life.
Accessories are added to life to facilitate certain things. Not to overshadow life. We add accessories to facilitate. To add on, and enhance. Not to overshadow completely. Not to occupy life, but to enhance life.
If you know this, and know this every moment of your life; that everything that you possess, including your body and your mind, are accessories; they’re here only to enhance this life, not to overshadow this life…
Let me see how you get depressed?
You must get spot-on with life. This is all you have to do.
What is you and what is not you. There must be distinction.
So whatever is not you, when you hold it, you must hold it in a certain way. Of course, depending on the nature of what it is. If it’s a flower, we hold it one way; if it’s a vessel we hold it another way; if it’s a pen we hold it another way… Can you employ the same grip on everything? It’s different! Depending upon the nature of what it is.
But, any kind of grip that you use –if you notice how you hold anything, for that matter– there is always this dimension, that you can loosen the grip and let it be.
Suppose you hold something and you cannot loosen the grip.
OK. You’re heading for the stuff. Ha!
So just look at these things, how many things in your life are such, that you held it and now you can’t loosen the grip. These two weeks, this is all you need to do. Consciously.
Don’t tell anybody; they will all fight you. They’ll think you are going to leave them and go away… They’ll think you’re going to take sannyas… They think something else and something else.
Nothing needs to be done outside. Within yourself. How are you holding it.
For this… a simple thing is like this:
Tomorrow morning you are going to die.
I’m very generous, I’m giving you twenty-four hours. Yes? The nature of life is such, it never guarantees twenty-four hours for you, but I’m giving you twenty-four hours.
Tomorrow morning you are going to die.
Do what you want, you’re going to loosen the grip on everything, isn’t it? Do whatever you want; whichever way, you want to loosen the grip. Loosen the grip. It’s gone. Loosen the grip on your body… loosen the grip on your mind, your thought, your emotions… Just loosen the grip a little bit.
When you are alive, if you loosen the grip, you will become exuberant!
Edited by Leon, part of this on-screen-text audio with Sadhguru: