CONTENTS

Main Article
A Guru’s Predicament
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Musings
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Sadhguru on His Full Potential
Moving into another Dimension
Diwali
Diwali Crackers
Shopping Frenzy
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Festival of Lights
A Childhood Story
Why Shop for Diwali?
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What is Dharma?
Leela Series
The path of the playful – Part XXV:
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News & Happenings
My Conversations with the Mystic
Sadhguru’s Vision for the Nation
Ganas – Demented or Celestial?
Give Isha
Sadhguru speaks out against Corruption
Sadhguru Spot
All-Inclusive Blueness
Independence Day Message 2011
Shekhar Kapur in Conversation with Sadhguru
Isha’s New Fundraising Portal
Isha for a Corruption-Free India
The Smooth Ride to Kailash
An Isha Meditator Shares about His Daughter’s Death
Sadhguru on the Fiction of Death
This Month: Kaju Barfi (Cashew Fudge)
Krishna Janmashtami at the Isha Yoga Center
Sharing Experiences
Isha Recipes For Healthy Living
A Graceful Transition
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SADHGURU
Q: Sadhguru, you once said that you are functioning
at about 3% of your full potential. Can you tell us
how we can create a situation where you could
unleash your full potential? And what would that
100% mean?
Sadhguru: What would the full potential be?
Different people have expressed this in different
ways. Krishna said, “I am the radiant sun among
the luminaries. I am the moon among the stars. I
am the lion among the beasts. I am the king of birds
among the birds. I am the Ganga among the rivers.
I am the Himalaya among the mountains.” In this
language he went on, very eloquently. Jesus said, “I
am the son of God; the only son.” That is another
kind of language; the same thing expressed in a
different way. Gautama said, “If you walk my path,
you will never have to turn around,” – a subtler way
of saying it. In India, it is very common to chant,
“Aham Brahmasmi” – that means, “I am the Ultimate
Truth.” Mansur al-Hallaj, who is the originator of
the Suf system, went to India, came back and said,
“Anal haq.” That means, “I am the truth,” and he got
into a lot of trouble.
I am not given to that kind of language; I am just
putting it very simply. Whatever mechanics of this
existence, whatever dimensions of this existence, if
you just provide me the needed atmosphere, I can
take you to any one of them and I can fx any one
of them. I am not a god, I am not a Guru – I am a
mechanic. This is the 21
st
century where God is a
bad word, and Son of God is even worse. [Laughs]
Two thousand years ago, God was a sacred word;
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A Guru’s Predicament
Sadhguru on His Full Potential
so if somebody said, “I am the Son of God,” it was
all right. So if you prepare the necessary situation,
I can take you to the mechanics of this existence,
whatever dimension it is; whatever needs to be
done, I can fx it. That is the 100% potential; that
does not sound as grand and poetic as, “I am the lion
among the beasts. I am the Himalayas among the
mountains. I am the Ganga among the rivers.” My
interest in the existence is that it works. It looks so
chaotic, so unwieldy, nobody knows the beginning
and the end, but it still works.
So if you are interested in that which works, you
are naturally a mechanic. I can make it work on any
level of existence. It is just a question of creating
a conducive atmosphere, and that is challenging.
If we create the atmosphere, I can make it work
on any level of existence. This is all I have aspired
for – and this is all there is. So what do you have to
do? One thing is the foundation – the foundation
of any building should be in the ground, but the
Isha Foundation is sitting on my head all the time.
I want to put it to the ground. [Laughs] So if you
are willing to be that ground and to take the load
of the foundation, if it is off my head, a lot more
things could be done. That is not all, but it is an
important factor right now – I am trying to unload;
step-by-step, I am getting it off my head, but still it
is happening too slowly because life does not stop
for one moment. [Laughs]
This is a race to the grave. You may think that the
physical body is going to many places. “I went to
Himalayas, I went to Florida, I vacationed in this
place, I did this, I did that.” But still, your body is going
straight to the grave – nowhere else. The rest is your
imagination. Your physical body is going straight to
the grave – no deviation. That is something that I am
constantly aware of. In a very codifed way, not the
knowledge, but the keys to everything that is worth
knowing are all in one place. If tomorrow somebody
with the necessary awareness comes, it will not be
lost. That was the intention of the Dhyanalinga –
not just what I know, also what my Guru knew and
what the whole tradition knew, everything is there,
not in the form of knowledge, but in the form of
keys. If someone is aware enough, they can pick it
up and open whatever they want in the existence.
It is a dvara, a doorway to the creation. You can use
it to open just about anything. But right now, the
21
st
century is a talking century. If you don’t talk,
nobody gets the point.
People don’t understand that if I don’t talk and just
sit, something more profound is happening. If I
don’t talk, they will gape, get up, and leave. People
are even talking to themselves while driving a car
or walking on the street, because there are hands-
free sets. Just twenty years ago, if you had done this
on the street, people defnitely would have thought
you have escaped from some kind of institution –
but now it has become common. You don’t get
along with anybody in this century but you talk
to everybody. You go on the internet and talk to
all kinds of people that you have not seen. People
have love affairs with those that they have not seen
because it is so easy to love people that you have
not seen; it is just like loving God. [Laughter] The
trouble is always with people that you have seen
and have known for long periods of time, or that
you have to live or work with. On some faceless
Facebook, you are all lovey-dovey with the whole
world. That is very easy, you know.
So because this is a talking century – I hope it won’t
be a talking millennium – we have to talk, but at
the same time create an atmosphere where the
needed talk happens as quickly as possible so that
we don’t have to go on talking endlessly. If the talk
has to be quick, it has to be brutal. If the talk has
to be brutal and still people should not run away,
you have to create the necessary atmosphere where
people are so overwhelmed by your love, devotion
and intensity that when they come here, I can go
straight at them – no diplomacy – so that the talking
period can be shortened; otherwise, you will end up
talking for the rest of your life and still people won’t
get it. If you speak gently, the conversation will go
on forever. One brutal word, it stops. To say a brutal
word and not make them run away, to make them
realize this brutality has a profoundness behind it,
you need to create a certain atmosphere, otherwise
the diplomacy that you should do, I will have to do,
and my time is ticking away.
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If people are created who are of a certain capability,
people who are stable beyond mental moods and
emotions, they will be the foundation – that means
it is off my head. Then a lot more can be done. If
we could fnd 100% expression with even a handful
of people, that would already be fantastic. We are
not expecting to fnd 100% expression with the
whole word; that is never going to happen. I am
not so dreamy. But defnitely, it is possible to create
a handful of people with whom it could be 100%.
If that cannot be done, we may be a success in the
world, people may be clapping their hands, but if we
cannot fnd full expression even with a handful of
people, if we have to be careful with them, watching
out for their egos, then as a spiritual movement, it
is a disaster.
We need people who have the necessary integrity,
balance, stability, and heart in them, that even if
you let them out into the most corrupt situation,
they will function successfully there and come out
untouched. Like Gautama allowed a young monk
to stay at a prostitute’s house [knowing he can trust
his integrity]; I want people like that, that I could
send you into a place like that and still I don’t have
to worry about what you will be doing. We need
people of integrity. Integrity has become a dicey
thing in today’s world because people have very
infantile ideas of freedom.
It would be impractical to think that you are going
to make every fool on the planet into an enlightened
being. The world is always a play between the
positives and the negatives. Some generations
enjoy the positives more than the negatives; some
generations suffer the negatives more than they
enjoy the positives. If there is something that we
as a generation can do and be proud of, we have to
see that for the next generation, the positives of life
hugely outweigh the negatives. This does not mean
there will be not a single problem in the world,
that everything will be perfect; that would not be a
dream, that would be hallucination.
When you dream something, it is also a possibility.
When we talk about creating something, and you
cannot see the logical staircase to reach there, or
you see the staircase disappearing into the clouds,
you think it is an impossible thing, but it is not. It
just needs a little more fre. Suppose you were born
in a social or family situation where education was
not possible for you, and somebody told you, “Why
don’t you become a doctor or an engineer,” you
would have said, “Not for me, not possible, I will go
to work.” But if somebody gave you a scholarship,
if somebody supported you, you could have gotten
there.
So that which is not in your realm of experience and
thought seems to be impossible to you. But should
not whoever has the largest experience, whoever
has explored the world to the maximum extent,
guide where the world should go? That is how it
should be, but that does not happen right now. The
whole world may not go spiritual but if you at least
create a possibility that is available and accessible
to the whole world, then the pluses would increase
to a point where people can gloss over the minuses.
When life is so good, even if one little bad thing
happens, you can ignore it and go on. Otherwise,
every little minus pricks you so badly because there
are no pluses in your life.
Particularly in today’s world, because of technology,
our ability to reach people is phenomenal; never
before was this possible. What we can do in terms of
reach, a Krishna could not do, a Buddha could not do,
a Jesus could not do. Today, we have the advantage
of technology – we have audio, video, television,
and the internet – we can slip into everybody’s
house. Though there are many other disadvantages
in today’s world, this is a phenomenal advantage. If
we make use of this – if we can change the culture
of this planet from materialistic to spiritual even
by one percent in our lifetime, it is a phenomenal
achievement because if a ship keeps changing
direction by one percent, after some time, it will
have made a complete U-turn. Yes, you cannot turn
everyone around right now, and there is no need to.
If you can just change the direction by one degree,
in a certain period of time, the world will have made
a U-turn. This can be done if the necessary people
are there.
We still have some life in us – there is time left. You
decide how far you want to take it, what you want
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to do. Let me see that fre spilling from your eyes –
not a fre of anger, greed, or passion, but the cool fre
which burns quietly and does all the work that needs
to be done without burning itself up. Cool fre fuels
everything but it does not burn anything up – and
we have everything in our hands to do that. Today,
we have a social situation in the world where as long
as we don’t break the law, we can do whatever we
want. This was never so before.
It does not take millions of people to do this. Fifty
really committed, stable people who don’t have
basic questions on an everyday basis, are all it takes.
You must settle your basic questions and from then
on your questions should dig deeper. People come
up with the same nonsense every day. If you are
asking the same stupid question for ten years, then
this speaks of your intelligence, – or rather the lack
of it. “Is he going to exploit us? Is he going to use
us?” If I wanted to exploit you, I could have made
it in such a way that when you walked into that
free introductory and I would have told you, “Drop
everything that you have here and walk away,” you
would have done it. At least trust my effciency. If
you take that idea from your mind, you are on stable
ground. If you cannot settle these basic questions,
you must leave or just be on the fringe; just come
and go, fne.
So, if you settle these basic things within yourself
once and for all, this will bring stability, a new
ground for you to stand upon within yourself. Then
the next steps will naturally come. Every rung will
be a challenge, so you have to stabilize the ground
on which the ladder is standing. I am not asking you
to run up the ladder without checking every rung.
But if you keep disturbing the ground on which the
ladder stands, then however good the quality of the
ladder is, it is useless. You take your time on every
rung; that is perfectly okay. If you are maddened
by this, you run up the ladder without bothering
whether it is going to withstand your weight or not –
that is also okay. If that is not possible for you, check
every rung and go. But this one basic thing, the
ground, you must settle. If you don’t settle that, it
will be just waste of time.
Time is not a commodity that comes and goes – it
just goes. Time is life. We cannot afford to squander
it. I would even say, there is no such thing as time,
there is just life. If we create such people with the
necessary integrity, stability, and balance, we can
start exploring.
– Excerpted from a talk by Sadhguru
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Diwali is the Festival of Lights. In India, every city,
town, and village will be lit up with thousands and
thousands of lamps everywhere, because this day
symbolizes that the dark forces are put to death,
so there is light. This is generally the predicament
of human life, it is like dark clouds which brood
about the gloomy atmosphere, not realizing that it
is them who are blocking the sun. You do not have
to bring light from anywhere else. If you dispel the
dark clouds that you have allowed to gather within
yourself, there will be light.
So Diwali is not just about lighting lamps outside.
There has to be inner light, which means clarity.
Without clarity, every other quality that you possess
will only become a detriment, not a gift. Confdence
without clarity is a disaster. Too much action in
the world is performed without clarity. Without
the necessary clarity, every quality that could be a
positive thing in your life becomes a negative factor.
On a certain day, a rookie police man was for the
frst time driving through town with an experienced
mate, when they got a message on the radio. It
said that there was a group of people loitering on a
certain street and they should go and disperse them.
They drove into the street and on one of the corners,
a group of people were standing. As the car came
close by, this new policeman with great enthusiasm
pulled his window down and said, “Hey, all of you,
get off that corner.” They all looked at each other in
confusion. Then he yelled louder, “Didn’t you hear
me? I told you to get off that damn corner!” They
all dispersed. Then, pleased with the effect that he
had had on people when performing his frst offcial
task, he looked at his experienced partner and
asked, “Did I do well?” His partner said, “Not bad
at all, considering that it was a bus stop.” [Laughter]
Without striving to bring in the necessary clarity,
whatever you try to do, in spirituality or otherwise,
everything will be a disaster.
Light brings clarity to your vision, not just in a
physical sense. How clearly you see life, is how
sensibly you live. With how much clarity you
can perceive everything around you decides how
sensibly you conduct your life.
– Excerpted from a talk by Sadhguru
Q: Sadhguru, can you share with us something you
did on Diwali as a child?
Sadhguru: Diwali was always interesting. When I
was just six years of age, I stood on a step and lit one
of these frecrackers which were called ‘aeroplane.’
The cracker just went through the loose shirt I was
wearing and burnt me a little bit. Since it went
through very fast, it did not burn me too much,
but you know, my father is a doctor, so they got
anxious and wanted to take me to a hospital to apply
ointment and all that. I did not want to go. I got
burnt and it hurt, but that was not the point. It had
been such an exciting evening. But they tried to drag
me there and I was crying. They obviously thought
I was crying because I was in pain. But actually, I
was crying because I wanted to continue bursting
crackers.
When I was young, I was extremely excited about
crackers. I used to enjoy it so much – that whole
month [around Diwali], I would be bursting
crackers, and not just on that one day. I would even
light very big crackers and keep them in my hand.
If you hold the cracker at the very tip, however
big it is, it usually does not hurt your hand because
at the bottom, there is a little bit of mud that will
not explode. It does not explode all over unless it
backfres, which it does sometimes. So I just went
about lighting even big crackers in my hand. People
would say, “Your fngers will go off!” My fngers
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Q: What is the spiritual signifcance of shopping
during Diwali?
Sadhguru: There is no spiritual signifcance to it,
but there is a social signifcance. Only today, you
can go and buy clothes anytime you want. This
was not so in earlier times; even when we grew
up as children this was not so. If we had to get
new clothes, it had to be on Diwali, Ugadi, or some
other festival day. Today, anytime you can walk
into a shop and buy what you want. Such a thing
did not exist when shopping was not an occupation
in the world. [Laughter]
In those times, shopping was something that people
only did when they had to get something, so unless
you fxed a day where your whole family should
get new clothes, they would have continued to
live in old rags. So about three, four festivals in
the year were fxed where everybody in the house
had to get new clothes. It did not matter how poor
you were, you somehow had to get new clothes for
your family. Diwali was one of these days.
Apart from the shopping, Diwali is also a day
where you must exchange gifts with your friends
and family. Otherwise, people would not know
when to do what. So it was fxed – Diwali time
means you must send gifts to everybody, you must
have new clothes, and it must be a celebration.
It does not matter what nonsense you are going
through, you put all this aside, just get up, light
lamps, celebrate, and the whole town does the
same thing. This is more a social phenomenon,
there is nothing spiritual about it.
– Excerpted from a talk by Sadhguru
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Why Shop for Diwali?
Shopping Frenzy
are all still there; they just got a little shorter, I
think. [Laughs] But later, when I was about 15
or so, that was the time of Jayaprakash Narayan’s
movement ‘Total Revolution,’ he issued a call on a
Diwali, saying something like “Instead of bursting
crackers, contribute for children’s welfare. So many
children don’t have…” This advertisement in the
newspaper somehow hit me so hard, I just gave up
bursting crackers. My crackers just went out, and
I became like a cracker. [Laughs]
– Excerpted from a talk by Sadhguru
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Krishna’s spent a lifetime wanting to establish
dharma. Many things went his way and to some
extent, he did create what he wanted. Many things
did not go the way he wanted, and people started
interpreting and misinterpreting dharma according
to their own ideas.
So it happened that he met a group of people, and
each one came up to him and said what they saw as
dharma. A rich man came, a skinfint who had done
everything possible to acquire and amass money,
and said, “I buy dharma from the learned Brahmins
and god. I feed my family and worship at the temple.
This is my dharma.” Krishna said, “Your dharma is
the child of greed. I know you not.” And he let him
pass. A man marked with emblems of sanctity came
and said, “I am a pious person. I shrink from the
ways of sin. Never did I kill or steal or commit any
other sinful act. I have lived the righteous way. I am
God-fearing.” Krishna said, “Your dharma is the
child of fear. I know you not.” And he let him pass.
A warrior approached Krishna and said, “I know my
dharma. I have destroyed all my enemies and anybody
who opposed me. I perform sacrifces to appease
the gods, give charity to the poor and proclaim
my victory to the world. I feed the Brahmins and
my praises are sung by them.” Krishna said, “Your
dharma is the child of vanity. I know you not.”
And let him pass. A meek looking person came up
to Krishna and said, “I am meek and resigned. I am
humility personifed. Unresisting I suffer cheerfully.
I bear hunger, thirst, cold, and even misfortune.”
Krishna said, “Your dharma is the child of a slave
mind. You do not know the divine within you. I
know you not.” And let him pass. A sly looking man
came and he said to Krishna, “I stand away from
risky actions, the dens of lions and I walk the path of
safety, escape the wrath of God and by this, I know
peace will come to me.” Krishna said, “Your dharma
is the child of cowardice. I know you not.” And he
let him pass. A very self-assured, arrogant looking
man came up to Krishna and said, “To escape the
snares of life, to repress the longings of fesh, I scorn
human weakness in myself and others. In stern
detachment, I avoid contact and I live apart, all by
myself. I’m completely self-contained. I don’t need
anybody or anything.” Krishna said, “Your dharma
is the dharma of arrogance. I know you not.” And
let him pass. A business man came and said, “I lend
money to God by giving alms to the poor and I even
keep a ledger of this so it can never be missed. I will
attain through my dharma.” Krishna said, “Your
dharma is the child of commerce. I know you not.”
And let him pass. A saintly looking man came up to
Krishna and said, “Mine is the dharma of wisdom. I
live by the words of saints. Not to resist evil, shall
suffer in silence, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Krishna said, “Your dharma is the child of inaction.
I know you not.” And let him pass. A man dressed in
silks, with well-oiled, slick hair, came up and said,
“Dharma is an illusion. I eat, I drink, I fornicate. My
body is my only shrine. The pleasures of the fesh
are my rituals of worship. There is nothing beyond
this.” Krishna said, “You are a child of the demon.
You will never be forgiven.” And he turned his back
upon him.
Q: When this meek person came to Krishna and
explained how he perceived his dharma, that he
took anything that came his way in total acceptance,
Krishna said that his dharma is that of a coward, and
he let him pass. Whereas Jesus says, “Blessed are the
meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” So what is
the difference between the two?
Sadhguru: One thing that you should always consider
is that I am going through all these elaborate stories
of Krishna’s life so that you perceive him in the
right context. It is always very important that one
perceives the kind of situation and the kind of social
realities they lived in and why they spoke the way
they spoke.
There is one aspect of the teaching which is of
an eternal nature – whoever speaks it, speaks in
the same terms. But there is another aspect of the
teaching which is relevant to the people who are
sitting there at that moment. That relevance keeps
changing from generation to generation. Not only
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from generation to generation, but even within the
generation from society to society, from group of
people to group of people, from person to person,
it is a different reality. So if we want to understand
this aspect, we have to bring some kind of alignment
to the social realities that Krishna lived in, the social
realities that Jesus lived in, and the social realities
that you live in right now. Jesus sort of substantiated
this aspect of being meek by saying, “If someone
strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other
also.” He was talking to his closest disciples before
sending them out to spread his message. He said,
“When you go out with this new message, if people
come and slap you on one cheek, show the other.”
But that is not the teaching for all of you. Can you
live by those guidelines? Genuinely, how many of
you are capable of this in your life? You are not
capable of that.
You know, before we consecrated the Dhyanalinga,
I used to tell the brahmacharis, “If you go outside
and somebody spits in your face, wipe it off with
a big smile and go. Don’t do anything else.” But
now, I’m telling them, “If somebody talks nonsense,
stand your ground and tell them what you have to
tell them. Don’t take any nonsense from anybody.”
Not because my perception of the world has
changed – my role in the world has changed. Is this
contradictory? It is not contradictory, you just act as
the situations and conditions you are living in right
now demand it to make yourself more effective.
Krishna lived in totally different conditions, and he
spoke differently to different people. Now if you
pick this aspect [about the meek], you think it is
very contradictory. Somebody else will naturally
pick up something from the bhakti that he is talking
about. If you pick out what Krishna spoke about
bhakti or devotion, he will sound very similar to
Jesus. In other aspects, he is a totally different man
altogether.
Another thing we need to understand is, Jesus
was hugely restricted by the situation in which he
existed. He had no real freedom of speech. Jesus
mostly lived like a fugitive. Here and there, he
spoke to small groups of people. If he had said one
more word, his life would have been fnished, and
it happened that way. The moment he picked up a
little momentum, you know what they did to him.
Krishna was a kingmaker. His friends were kings
and emperors. He could call upon large armies to
fulfll his purpose. So he was placed in a completely
different situation.
When it comes to approaching the eternal, Jesus was
just talking about the yoga of devotion, nothing else,
because that is his way. He was just talking about
one dimension of approaching the Ultimate. He was
just saying, “Follow me.” This is devotion. Krishna
also said the same things. He said, “I am the way.” I
think Jesus said something like, “I am the way, the
truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except
through me.” But he went further somewhere else
and said, “I and my Father are one.” In that part of
the world, uttering such a thing was total sacrilege.
If anybody claims “I and My Father are one,” it
means, “I am God.” Such a claim immediately
brought death penalty in that part of the world.
But here in India, it was not so because any number
of yogis have said it, and people treated them and
worshipped them as gods because they experienced
the Divine in them. When Krishna said, “I am the
Ultimate Divine,” people were not surprised or
shocked; it was not a sacrilege because that was very
much a part of people’s knowing. They were very
happy he had come when they were alive.
Any number of yogis have said this. Well known
ones and very minor ones. When I say minor, I
mean it in terms of social acknowledgement. They
were great people within themselves, but socially, in
the world, they were very small. Even those people
have been worshipped as gods. But for Jesus, it was
totally out of place in that culture. Him saying,
“Me and My Father are one” brought him death.
Any number of times, people tried to kill Krishna,
but he was wily. They tried to kill him not for his
utterances; they tried to kill him for political and
military reasons because he was involved in those
affairs. Nobody ever tried to kill him because of the
teaching he gave.
To be continued…
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Shekhar Kapur: Sadhguru, what I see here [refers
to one of the two pillar-bearing ganas outside the
Linga Bhairavi Temple] looks very much like the
gargoyles in Europe, and you call it a gana. Tell me
about it. What is the relevance of this gana?
Sadhguru: So, you traveled plenty in Europe, not
much in India. [Both laugh]
Shekhar Kapur: Not much.
Sadhguru: In the yogic lore, the ganas are all Shiva’s
friends. They were the ones who were always
around him. Though he had disciples, though he
had a wife, though he had many other admirers, his
private company was always ganas. And ganas are
described as distorted, demented beings. Here, it is
not shown that way. But actually, it is said that they
had limbs without bones coming out of odd parts of
their bodies, so they are described as distorted and
demented beings.
Shekhar Kapur: Great for yoga. [Laughs]
Sadhguru: They were just different from who we
are. So, why could they be so different? This may
be an aspect of life that is a little hard to digest now.
See, Shiva himself has always been described as a
yakshaswaroopa. Yaksha means a celestial being.
A celestial being means someone who came from
elsewhere. So, if you look at the anthropological
history, somewhere around 70,000 years ago, human
beings as a species suddenly took an upward turn.
As far as I know, scientists are not very clear what
happened, but in a short span of 10,000–15,000 years,
something happened to the human species. Before,
they had just been surviving on the planet like any
other creature, maybe slightly better. Suddenly,
they took an upward turn. 10,000–15,000 years is
not a big amount of time for a species to evolve. The
yogic way of looking at it is, Shiva arrived at that
time. Somewhere, approximately 60,000–65,000
years ago, Shiva arrived at Manasarovar, which is a
lake in Tibet. It is one of the remnants of the Tethys
Sea, which is considered as a crucible of human
civilizations. Today, it is at almost 15,000 feet above
mean sea level, but it is actually an ocean which has
moved up and become a lake now. So, the ganas,
Shiva’s friends, were not like human beings, and
it is clearly said that they never spoke any of the
human languages, they spoke in utter cacophony.
When Shiva and his friends communicated, they
spoke a language that nobody understood, so human
beings described it as total, chaotic cacophony. But
the ganas were the ones that he was really close
with. And you know the story of Ganapati losing
his head. When Shiva came and this boy [Ganapati]
tried to stop him, Shiva took off his head. When the
mother [Parvati] became distraught and asked Shiva
to replace the head, he took off the head of some
other creature and put it on the child; this other
creature is described as an elephant. But what you
need to understand is, nobody calls him Gajapati
[Sanskrit for ‘Lord of Elephants’]. We always call
him Ganapati [‘Lord of Ganas’]. So, Shiva took off
the head of one of his friends and put it on the boy.
The ganas had limbs without bones, so this boy
became Ganapati. Because in this culture, a limb
without bones meant an elephant trunk, artists
made it into an elephant – but actually, he is not
Gajapati, he is Ganapati. He got the head of one of
the ganas, and Shiva made him leader of the ganas.
Sadhguru: So, this guy is one of them. We didn’t
distort him so much. We made him a little human-
like, so that people can relate to him. [Laughs] Isn’t
he cute?
Shekhar Kapur: Yeah.
Ganas – Demented or Celestial?
Shekhar Kapur in Conversation with Sadhguru

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Especially in European architecture, a carved stone or metal sculpture, often of a fantastic or grotesque face or animal head with a
spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building
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“It is 64 years since we got independence for
this nation, but still many things which are of
fundamental importance are yet to happen in this
country. Independence Day is not about hoisting
a fag, eating some sweets and shouting slogans.
The commitment and the dedication with which
the freedom struggle happened, the sacrifces that
were made, the lives that were laid down, all this
is a loving gift from the previous generation. As a
generation of people, the onus is on us to create the
life that we want for ourselves, the nation that we
want for ourselves, and the future that we want
for our future generations. It is very important the
fundamental requirements of nourishment, health,
education, and ecology are attended to. This nation
has produced politicians and administrators, but not
enough great leaders. It is time that people who have
the necessary integrity, intelligence, and intention,
above all the youth of this nation, take this into
their hands. Still over 50% of our population is
languishing in almost subhuman conditions.
This Independence Day, I want every Indian to
take this commitment that we as a generation of
people will create the nation that we want to live
in, that we as a generation of people will create a
situation that we would be proud to pass on to our
future generations. Let this Independence Day be a
moment of commitment and a moment of dedication
towards what all of us care for.”
Sadhguru met social activist Anna Hazare on
22
nd
August 2011 at the Ramlila Maidan, New
Delhi. With this meeting, Sadhguru reinforced his
ongoing support for Anna Hazare and the ideal of a
corruption-free India. At the same time, in the heart
of Coimbatore city, Isha Foundation organized a
demonstration of solidarity for the anti-corruption
movement. The event included patriotic songs, a
display of the traditional martial arts form kalari
payattu, as well as Sadhguru’s message on fghting
corruption in India:
“Corruption has become a national malice.
Anna’s movement fortunately has brought focus
and also stoked hope in the hearts of the Indian
people. It is time that the government of India
acts upon those who are corrupt rather than
busying itself to act upon movements against
corruption. These movements may not have
a perfect solution for a corruption-free India,
but they are vital for fring the imagination of
the people rather than making corruption an
accepted norm of our polity and society.
Let us not jeopardize Anna’s life with needless
debate. When half the country’s population
is still hungry, stashing away huge sums of
money elsewhere is not something that can be
overlooked. This is not the time for discussing
nuances of parliamentary democracy. Harshest
possible law against corruption is the need of
the hour.”
Sadhguru’s Vision for the Nation
Sadhguru Speaks out against Corruption
Independence Day Message 2011
Isha for a Corruption-Free India
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We are pleased to announce that the Give Isha
website is now live! Give Isha is a fagship fund-
raising project of Isha Foundation.
How Give Isha Works:
To contribute to Isha’s activities, you can choose
to be a fundraiser and/or a donor for one or more
Isha projects of your choice.
A. As a fundraiser, you can sign up and create
your own fundraising page on Give Isha (it just
takes two minutes to set up).
On your personal Give Isha page, you can
post videos, photos, and your own sharing
about Isha and its projects.
You can then share this page with your
family, friends, and colleagues, inform
them about your fundraising intentions,
and encourage them to donate or become
fundraisers themselves. You could raise funds
on your birthday or wedding anniversary, or
even when you run a marathon!
B. As a donor, you can check out how your
favorite projects and fundraisers are doing and
donate to them. You can keep track of your total
donations, and get regular updates on the progress
of all Isha projects.
The Current Focus:
The main fundraising campaign of Give Isha
over the next three months is to raise funds
for the completion of Aadhi Yogi Aalayam.
This 82,000 sq. ft. column-less hall will open the
possibility of inner transformation to one and all.
In Sadhguru’s words,
“Aadhi Yogi Aalayam is the frst of its kind in an
efort to create infastructure for raising human
consciousness… For sure, Aadhi Yogi Aalayam
will become a powerhouse of transmission and
transformation.”
So in whose hands is it to raise the necessary funds?
You, me, our family, friends, and colleagues, or
anyone else who cares can join in on this effort if
he wants! That is the beauty of Give Isha. Give Isha
makes it possible for you to participate directly in
this historic happening and make a difference in
millions of lives, for generations to come.
Touch another life – enrich your own.
Register at giveisha.org today!
Give Isha -
Isha’s New Fundraising Portal
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All-Inclusive Blueness
Krishna Janmashtami at the
Isha Yoga Center
Janmashtami,
the traditional
I n d i a n
festival which
commemorates
the birth of
Krishna, was
c e l e b r a t e d
at the Isha Yoga Center on 21
st
August 2011 in a
most exuberant way. Krishna is not only supposed
to have been dark- or blue-skinned, but his very
energy was blue, which means he was all-inclusive.
As a reminder of that ‘blueness,’ all over the ashram
premises, one could encounter residents dressed in
blue on this day.
In the afternoon, residents and volunteers alike
threw themselves into lively games, such as a
variation of the traditional Dahi Handi, where
blindfolded youngsters under the enthusiastic
cheers of the crowd tried to break clay pots that
hung high above them. An ashram resident shares:
“The games were just so highly spirited that no one
felt like holding back anything. Everyone in the
ground was just overfowing with ebullience.”
For dinner, the festival organizers had many more
surprises in store: Following cute little footprints and
rows of shimmering lights, we reached the forecourt
of the Biksha Hall which was decked out with
amazingly artful rangolis.
1
But the real treat was yet
to come! A resident of Isha Yoga Center describes
the special dinner experience: “The Biksha Hall was
totally decked in blue; there was the tipsy euphony
of the cowherd’s fute, the taste of Mysore pak, the
crispy sedai, the round, big, crispy murrukku, and
the nectarous payasam… The dinner was just an
exuberant party in a blue gleam!”
Later, Sounds of Isha treated the audience to some
beautiful Krishna bhajans (devotional songs). A video
of the legendary Leela program that Sadhguru had
conducted in 2005 allowed everybody to immerse
themselves even deeper into the world of Krishna.
The playful mood translated into a ras under the
star-studded night sky, frolicsome as if the Gopala
himself was amongst them. A resident shares:
“Listening to Sadhguru speak about Krishna in the
Leela video made me fall in love with this character –
how wonderful it is to be so joyful, playful, and
to touch people’s lives! At night, when all of us
became part of the Rasa Leela, with the music and
dance, the whole place was vibrating. Unlike my
usual self, I just lost myself in the dance. In those
moments, I felt that I belonged to the crowd, to the
music. I loved the evening, its beauty and joy. Truly
irresistible!” Another participant adds, “During the
Ras Leela, I just danced and danced and danced
like there was no one other than Krishna. Leela
flled the air, soaking us in and out, and leaving us
intoxicated and inebriated. After some time, it was
as if I was no longer moving my hands and legs, but
just about everything in me was dancing… Leela
just happened.”

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Traditional decorative folk art; often symmetric drawings made of powdered rice and other substances to add color
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With all the advantages that the 21
st
century’s
technical advancements entail, a question to
consider is, what proportion of the population
actually gets to beneft from it. In many rural areas
in Tamil Nadu, people are deprived of even the most
basic facilities such as clean drinking water, medical
care and information about health and hygiene.
Isha Outreach has been actively involved in
improving the quality of life of the rural poor on
many levels. In the domain of healthcare, Isha
Outreach’s Action for Rural Rejuvenation (ARR)
project has been impacting the lives of millions
of people across Tamil Nadu. Through its various
initiatives such as Isha Rural Health Clinics
(IRHCs), Community Care Centers for people with
HIV/AIDS and Mobile Health Clinics (MHCs), ARR
has reached over 7 million people in more than 4600
villages till date.
Sadhguru recently introduced the simple but
powerful yogic practice Isha Kriya, a tool for self-
transformation that is offered free to ensure that
every individual receives at least ‘one drop of
spirituality’ in their life. Since then, Isha Outreach
has begun spreading this potent practice in rural
areas during their MHC rounds, to not only improve
people’s physical and mental health but also instill
that ‘one drop of spirituality.’ A rural woman speaks
of the changes in her life:“I am a weaver, and I work
nearly eight to nine hours every day. I was suffering
from severe hand pain, so I came to the mobile
hospital and received free medicine. I wanted to
learn yoga since childhood, but we women were not
allowed to go out of the house. Even after marriage,
I have kids to take care of, so I rarely get any free
time. This longing in my heart has now turned into
a reality that came to my doorstep, free of cost.”
Following the success of the Isha Kriya classes
during the MHC rounds, Isha volunteers decided to
offer Isha Kriya to larger numbers of people through
medical camps and Arokiya Alai (Wave of Health)
Awareness Campaigns.
Arokiya Alai is a medical camp organized by
Isha Outreach to spread awareness on nutrition,
disease prevention and symptoms, hygiene, and
sanitation to the rural populace. The Arokiya
Alai initiative also provides cost-free, simple,
and healthy dietary solutions to help eradicate
malnutrition in the villages.
Some of the awareness campaigns in schools also
included Isha Kriya programs for the students. One
such program was conducted in Sivanthi Adhithanar
High School, Manali, Chennai, where nearly 400
students beneftted from this offering.
One student shares: “I feel fresh after attending the
yoga class. I am sure Isha Kriya will make me ft and
help me study better. I will practice this daily.”
Many Isha volunteers have taken it up to turn
Sadhguru’s wish and vision of offering at least
one drop of spirituality to every human being
into a reality.
One of the Isha Kriya teachers shares his
overwhelming experience: “I wanted to be an Isha
Yoga teacher, but I did not have the opportunity
earlier. Recently, I had the chance to teach Isha Kriya
during the Nasiyanur camp. I could feel the joy in
the participants, their faces turning so peaceful and
happy. It was a truly fulflling experience to share
Isha Kriya with all these people.”
Many more Isha Kriya programs are being planned
for the upcoming camps. Offering this ‘one drop
spirituality’ to people in rural areas will surely
elevate their lives.
Arokiya Alai, the ‘Wave of Health’ –
Raising Rural Health Consciousness
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Excerpted from
Sadhguru Spot, 31 August 2011
The Smooth
Ride to Kailash
This has been the smoothest ride to Kailash, thanks
to the Chinese road builders. The amazing pace and
quality of their road building has to be appreciated.
This will defnitely make a great change in the
economic and social life of Tibet. But the pilgrimage
to Kailash is a big loser as it may eventually be turned
into a picnic. Deluxe buses traveling to Manasarovar
and Kailash were distressing for me personally. The
most disturbing factor is that the roads are being laid
even along the parikrama, except for a six kilometer
distance. That is at an elevation of around 19,000 feet.
Though all of this has been done with the intention
of providing comfort for the pilgrims, it’s disturbing
for me. I am making an effort to talk to the Chinese
Embassy through the Indian Government to see if
we can at least stop the vehicular movement upon
the sacred parikrama.
Beyond all this, being at Kailash is always fantastic
at the least. The sheer power of the place and of
course the beauty are overwhelming and inspiring.
This time around, I am in the process of accessing a
certain dimension of Kailash. I am latching onto a
particular strand of Kailash towards a specifc goal
and in the coming year, I am sure that this aspect
will manifest and fnd fruit.
Except for the lack of adventure in the drive,
everything else was just fne. Next time, that is in
2012, I am hoping to take another route with a small
group. This route traverses across mountains and
upon rocky paths and a few rickety bridges at over
5,200 meters elevation, and there is a good chance
of seeing the legendary wild yak that is supposed
to be huge and people say ‘horn to horn’ is six-feet
wide – I will believe it when I see one. But sounds
exciting. The comfort seekers can of course travel
the highway.
I had to rush back to Delhi from Kathmandu as
Anna’s fast was heading for the seventh day and
I could not stay away. Agitations are always very
intoxicating. This one was inspiring, interesting and
intoxicating. But the big question is: did we need so
much drama to pass a simple law to stem corruption
that is eating at the vitals of this nation? Why does
someone have to agitate? Is it not the duty of the
lawmakers to make laws as per the requirement of
the national situation and need? Considering the
level and volume of corruption in recent times, is
there even a debate about the need to curb it?
There is a not so Maha – Bharath behind all this…
Love and Grace,
Visit http://blog.ishafoundation.org/sadhguru-spot/ to get weekly updates by the Master himself!
Sadhguru Spot
Musings from the master
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I had a daughter named Aarthipriya. She was born
with a congenital
1

myopathy
2
. She could neither
walk nor perform daily chores.
I frst met Sadhguru 20 years ago. When I told
him about my daughter who was four or fve years
of age at that time, he said that “because of good
karma, she has chosen to be born to you. That life
has chosen you to dissolve its karma. Take care of
her with love.”
Later, when Sadhguru went to the US, he enquired
about a treatment for this disorder. He called me
to say that there was no known treatment and
advised us to just shower her with love and to take
care of her well. There was some sense of calmness
within ourselves after he told us that. She was
very active, sang Carnatic
3
music and did lots of
craft work. Everybody who met her liked her. She
never worried about the disorder or showed her
incapability. She would never create a situation
where we would have to worry about her.
Each time she met Sadhguru, she would sing songs
for him. And he blessed her and gave her a fower
that she would preserve in her book. When he
gave her a fruit, she would ask her mother to give
her a little every day and savored it over two to
three days. She had so much trust in Sadhguru.
Once, when she was 15, she complained about
body aches, and a family friend suggested Reiki
4
.
She was given Reiki for two days, and the pain
reduced a little. When we had an opportunity to
meet Sadhguru and I told him about the treatment,
he said, “Stop that treatment immediately. All her
karma should dissolve in this body; in this lifetime.
Let her not take anything with her. If she can bear
the pain, stop the treatment.” The next day, I told
Aarthi what Sadhguru said and when I asked if she
would bear the pain, she said, “If Sadhguru had
said so, then I don’t need this treatment. Please ask
them not to come anymore.”
Whenever I went for Sadhguru’s sathsang, I had
to tell her in detail what Sadhguru had spoken,
and she would listen with so much interest. Once,
Sadhguru said something like “Leave your last
moment to me. I will take care that your death
will happen smoothly.” When I shared this with
Aarthi, I could see that this touched her deeply.
In the fnal year of her life, her health turned
critical. For six months, she was bedridden, ate
less, and needed an oxygen machine to support her
breathing. One day, upon advice of the doctor, an
x-ray was taken of her chest. The radiologist said
that in his 25 years of experience, he had not seen
anything like this – all the organs were merged
one on top of the other. The doctor told me in
private, “The situation is very critical. Anything
can happen – there could be kidney failure, or the
blood might clot, or she could go into coma.” I was
helpless, and I could not share this with my wife
or relatives.
But Aarthi insisted that I should tell her exactly
what the doctor had said. When I told her that
the doctor said the situation was critical, it
seemed like she arrived at a decision. The next
day morning, she called me and said, “Please pass
on this message about my situation to Sadhguru.”
Sadhguru replied saying, “She is in my awareness.
Please ask the others to remain calm.” I told her
this and that was when she relaxed. She asked
Isha Yoga teacher Swaminathan to come and she
spoke with him. After the conversation, he said
she asked questions like “How to be in the last
moment? In what mental state should I be? How
to face it?” He added, “She is prepared. Prepare
yourself too and everything will be fne.” When
we went to see her in her room, she said, “Father,
I have decided and there will be no change in this.
It should happen soon.”
She kept listening to the ‘Brahmananda Swaroopa’
CD that had been sent to her from the ashram
and she was looking at Sadhguru’s picture next
to her. At that time, she was still on oxygen
support. Four, fve days later, she said, “Daddy, I
An Isha meditator shares
about his daughter’s death
A Graceful Transition
1
Condition existing at birth and often before birth
2
A muscular disease in which muscle fbers do not function, resulting in muscular weakness
3
A classical south Indian form of music
4
A healing practice that uses energies (developed by a Japanese Buddhist practitioner)
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have decided already. It should happen soon.” We
were deeply concerned about what she said. To
the doctors who came that day, she said, “Please
make arrangements for my eyes to be donated. But
please check if my eyes can be donated, to make
sure that the disease will not spread to someone.”
One evening, a relative of ours came to visit,
and when leaving, he said to Aarthi, “Today is
Amavasya [new moon], so I will go to temple.” That
whole night, Aarthi breathed without respirator
and listened to ‘Brahmananda Swaroopa.’ She said,
“I wish to be alone. I don’t want any relatives to
come to see me.” In the morning around 10 a.m., I
went next to her. It was as if her breath was going
faster. In the next half hour, her breath changed. I
sensed that this was going to be her last moment.
When I touched her hand, she held it. I called
my wife too, and we chanted together. In this
half hour, without any struggle, she left her body
peacefully. Her face was so clear at that moment.
Death happened very smooth for her.
We had been afraid that her death would be
painful, because that was what the doctors had
said. We had been worried about the struggle that
she might have to go through towards her end.
But as she gave herself to Sadhguru, her death
happened so effortlessly. We felt so humbled and
grateful within.
The next day, we passed on the message to
Sadhguru and his reply was, “She has reached the
right place. Everybody can be calm.” I consider
myself very fortunate for having known Sadhguru.
Many times have I heard Sadhguru saying, “Give
yourself to me. I shall take care of your life and
death.” But now, I saw this with my own eyes
through Aarthi. After this incident, my respect and
gratitude for Sadhguru has increased even more.
– Krishnakumar,
Isha meditator, Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu, India
[Translated from Tamil]
Q: Sadhguru, a lot of the spiritual traditions talk
about the moment of death as the most signifcant
moment of your life. Is that really true?
Sadhguru: All the moments before that moment
in your life are most important. If people don’t
realize that, they try to catch the fnal moment of
their lives. Unless you have caught a lot of moments
in your life as a deep, penetrating experience for
yourself, you just cannot catch the fnal moment
of your life. Try this and see: Tonight when you go
to bed, just see if you can maintain an awareness of
the fnal moment of transition from wakefulness to
sleep. If you can manage that, phenomenal things
will happen in your life. Things that you have
never imagined possible will become a reality if
you can just be aware in that moment when you
are transiting from wakefulness to sleep. If you
can do that, you will also transit from life to death
in full awareness. Yes, the moment of death has
many implications, many consequences. But let’s
look at it this way. Did you ever die? No – so you
have no experience of death. Did you ever see a
dead man? No. You have seen dead bodies, but
no dead man. Did you ever see somebody who
actually died and came back? No. There may be
near-death experience. Near is not good enough.
“I nearly ate” – is it good enough? “I nearly lived” –
is it good enough? No. So if some people nearly
died, it is not good enough, as an experience.
So you haven’t experienced death; you haven’t
seen it, nor have you had frst-hand information
from anybody. So from where did you get this
idea that there is something called ‘death?’ Death
is a fction created by ignorant people. Death is
the creation of people who live their lives in total
unawareness. There is only life, life and life alone,
moving from one dimension to another, another
dimension to another.
– Excerpted from talks by Sadhguru
Moving into another Dimension
Sadhguru on the Fiction of Death
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Program Highlights
These programs are conducted in English, unless indicated otherwise. Current at the time of print, however subject to
change. For full program schedules and updates, please visit our website www.ishafoundation.org.
Date Program Place Contact
5 - 11 Oct 2011
Inner Engineering
The Peak of Wellbeing
Margao, Goa,India
98600 38509, 98221 00305
goa@ishafoundation.org
6 - 9 Oct 2011
Inner Engineering
Retreat
Residential Program
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore, India
0422-2515421
maa.karpoori@ishafoundation.orgg
8 Oct 2011
Public Talk
by Sadhguru
Melbourne, VIC,
Australia
+61-433643215, 432268672
australia@ishafoundation.org
9 Oct 2011
Meditators Sathsang
Conducted by Sadhguru
Moorabbin,
Australia
+61-433643215, 432268672
australia@ishafoundation.org
15 - 16 Oct 2011
Shambhavi Mahamudra
Program Conducted by
Sadhguru
Los Angeles, CA,
USA
+1-323-929-7098
LA@ishafoundation.org
20 - 23 Oct 2011
Inner Engineering
Retreat
Residential Program
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore, India
0422-2515421
maa.karpoori@ishafoundation.org
22 - 23 Oct 2011
In the Presence of the
Master
Residential Program
conducted by Sadhguru
iii, McMinnville,
TN, USA
+1-931-668-1900
registration.iii@ishafoundation.org
25 Oct 2011 Pancha Bhuta Aradhana
Dhyanalinga
Yogic Temple,
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore, India
0422-2515426, 94878 95878
pba@ishafoundation.org
5 - 6 Nov 2011
Shambhavi Mahamudra
Program conducted by
Sadhguru
Somerset, NJ, USA
+1-609-436-0340
newjersey@ishafoundation.org
12 - 13 Nov 2011
Shambhavi Mahamudra
Program conducted by
Sadhguru
Toronto, Canada
+1-866-424-ISHA (4742)
toronto@ishafoundation.org
11 - 18 Feb 2012
Mahabharat
Residential Program
conducted by Sadhguru
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore, India
94449 02058
mahabharat@ishafoundation.org
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Isha Recipes
For Healthy Living
Quantity Ingredients
200 g Cashew nuts
200 g Sugar
As needed Milk
1 teaspoon Ghee
¼ teaspoon Green cardamom powder
KAJU BARFI (CASHEW FUDGE)
Method of preparation:
Place cashew nuts in the jar of a mixer and make a powder. Transfer into a bowl.
In the same jar, put the sugar and grind till fne.
Put the powdered cashew nuts in a pan and roast on low heat till heated thoroughly.
Sprinkle the powdered sugar on it so that it melts due to the heat.
Transfer into a bowl and slowly add boiled milk, as required, so as to knead the
powder into a dough.
Add the ghee and cardamom powder and knead more.
Spread the dough into a greased plate. Level the surface so that it is nice and even.
Once it is cooled, cut into desired shapes and serve.
Eating and gifting sweets is an integral part of Indian life. Traditionally, no
meal starts without a piece of sweet served on the plate or banana leaf. On
any occasion, event or celebrations like engagements and weddings, birth and
birthdays, cultural festivals and religious occasions, the Indian tradition is to
exchange platters of sweets and snacks with neighbors, family and friends.
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Tip: Garnish with saffron and/or almonds.
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