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Editorial
Dear Readers,
Sadhguru maintains that if we want to live sensibly and evolve spiritually, we constantly need
to remind ourselves of our mortality. Therefore, in this edition, we focus on this inevitable part
of our lives that most people rather not even think about - death. In our Lead Article, Where
the Body Ends, Sadhguru reveals why enlightened beings through the ages (including Shiva
himself) have mostly lived withdrawn from the world rather than working with the living, why
death can be a great possibility, and how to approach it in order to make use of it.
When asked about Sadhguru, lyricist Prasoon Joshi once said in an interview, He doesnt shy
away from debating issues. Hes always ready to answer those questions. Hes very different
from many other Gurus Ive seen in India. In the latest edition of our In Conversation with the
Mystic series, Death & Beyond with Prasoon Joshi, Sadhguru proves just that. Enjoy the frst
part of a fresh and eclectic exploration that alleviates some of the obscurity that this subject is
otherwise shrouded in.
In a recent darshan, a meditator raised the question why, according to Sadhguru, 70% of disease
are mind-created. Read in our Musings article, how, as Sadhguru put it, we unconsciously cook
up a Poisonous Soup within ourselves, and how it affects our body. Our recommendation at
the height of the mango season is a liquid of a positively nourishing kind a tradition Kairi Panha
in three variations with raw, cooked, or charcoal-roasted mangoes!
Last but not least - Sadhguru will be back at the Isha Yoga Center from 18 to 24 June for a whole
week of three-hour evening darshans. Make sure to save the dates!
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CONTENTS
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Lead Article
Where the Body Ends
Sadhguru on the Essence of Life and Death 4
Musings
A Poisonous Soup
Sadhguru on the Main Source of Illness 9
Isha Hata Yoga
Sadhguru on How to Enhance Your Sadhana
Part 5: Why Empty Bowels are Essential for Hata Yoga Practice 11
Leela Series
The path of the playful part LV:
Life on Fast-Forward 13
In Conversation with the Mystic
Death & Beyond part 1
Sadhguru in Conversation with Lyricist and Writer Prasoon Joshi 16
Sadhguru Spot
On the Road
Excerpted from Sadhguru Spot of 2 April 2014 19
Upcoming Programs and Events
Isha Yoga Program Highlights 20
Isha Recipes
This Month: Kairi Panha (Raw Mango Drink) 21
Zen Speaks
What are Life and Death? 23
The following is an excerpt from a darshan with
Sadhguru at the Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore,
Tamil Nadu, India, on 22 March 2014.
There are many aspects to life. There is birth,
childhood, youth, and old age. There is love,
tenderness, sweetness and bitterness of relationships,
joy of success, fulfllment, pain, and pleasure. If
you have kept your mind in a reasonable level of
perception, these are all things that you can grasp.
But the most defning aspect of life death is
beyond the grasp of any mind no matter how
intelligent, smart, or intellectual you think you are.
It is only because we are mortal that life is playing
out the way it does. If we were not mortal, there
would be no childhood, no youth, no old age we
can even question if there was birth.
Death is the baseline of life. If you do not understand
death, you will never know life, nor can you handle
life, because life and death are like inhalation
and exhalation. They exist together, inseparably.
Spiritual process begins only when you are
confronted with death either your own one or
that of someone who is dear to you, someone you
thought you could not live without. When death is
approaching or when it happens, that is when the
question comes up in most peoples minds, What
is this all about? What will happen beyond this?
As long as the experience of life seems so real, you
cannot believe it is all going to be over just like
that. But once death is near, the mind will project
that there must be something more. However
much the mind projects, it really does not know
because the mind functions only based on the
data that it has already gathered. The mind has
no traction with death because it has no authentic
information only gossip.
You have heard gossip of how when you die you
will go and sit in Gods lap. If that is so, you should
go today. If such a privilege is going to be conferred
upon you, I do not see why you should postpone it.
You have heard gossip about heaven and hell. You
have heard gossip about angels and whatever else,
but no confrmed information. Do not waste your
Where the Body Ends
Sadhguru on the Essence of Life and Death
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time trying to think what happens beyond death,
because that is not the realm of your mind.
The only way to know is through pragna, as we
would call it in Indian languages. In English, we
would say awareness. but do not take the word in
its normal sense. If you are aware, you have a way
of knowing things without thinking about them,
without getting information about them. If you are a
close observer of life around you, there are so many
things that every creature knows without thinking
about them. Actually, if you had to think about it,
you would not even know how to breathe. It simply
happens. That is not your intelligence that is the
Creators intelligence. If such a complex machine
like your body was left in your management, it
would be a disaster.
A whole lot of things happen without your
assistance, understanding, or thoughts. Pragna is
beyond thought. Pragna is that which is the very
source of creation. If you fnd access to that, you
can cross what we think is the boundary between
life and death. Actually, there is no boundary you
are living and dying right now. Somebody is here
today, tomorrow he is gone (which means he is
dead) that is only on the social level, in the limited
experience and perception of people. But in terms of
life, in terms of existential process, there is no such
thing as living and dying. It is all Leela a play.
When we say that this is all divine play, it does not
mean the Divine is a sadistic force playing with
your life. We call it a play because everything is
intertwined. Existentially, you cannot separate
childhood, youth, middle age, and old age it is all
enmeshed. In that sense, it is a play. But once you
put boundaries between one thing and the other,
there will be no play. When you sit here, the breath
is playing between you and the tree. You cannot
separate it, in the sense, I do my breath let him do
his breath. This is happening in many homes, I do
my thing you do your thing. The moment you try
to restrict the play, life will slip out of your hands.
Only in a social context, what we call life and what
we call death are two different things. Existentially,
it is the same thing continuing to play. We say life is
a play because it cannot be separated. What you call
an individual and what you call the universal cannot
be separated. What you call atomic and what you
call cosmic cannot be separated.
The only problem that I have with people is that
they lack the needed intensity. If they were intense
enough, we would not have to work towards the
ultimate for a lifetime today, the work could be
done. The moment of death or the possibility of
death is the most intense experience in most human
beings lives. Most of them would have never
touched that level of intensity throughout their
lives. In their love, in their laughter, in their joy, in
their ecstasy, in their misery nowhere else do they
touch that level of intensity only in death.
Because of that, Shiva went and sat in the cremation
ground or kayanta, waiting. Kaya means body,
anta means ending. Kayanta means where the
body ends not where life ends. It is a kayanta,
not a jeevanta. All that you picked up on the planet,
you have to leave behind. If you have lived in such
a way that your body is all you know, then the
moment when you have to shed it becomes the most
intense moment of your life. If you know something
beyond the body, it is not of great signifcance. For
one who has realized the nature of who he is and
what he is, kayanta is not such a great moment. It is
just one more moment thats all. But for those who
lived just as a physical body, when the time to part
with all that you know as yourself comes, it is going
to be a very intense moment.
Immortality is a natural state for everybody.
Mortality is a mistake that you have made. It is
a wrong perception of life. As for the physical
body, kayanta, the end of the body, will defnitely
come. But if instead of being just a kaya, you
become a jeeva, if you are not just a living
body but a living being, then immortality is a
natural state for you. Whether you are mortal or
immortal is only a question of perception no
existential change is needed.
That is why enlightenment is referred to
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as realization, not as an accomplishment or
achievement. If you see it, it is there for you. If
you do not see it, it is not there for you. It is only a
question of perception no fundamental, existential
change. If you are equipped, not with the senses, but
with your pragna, then you know not only the kaya
but the jeeva, and you are naturally immortal. You
do not have to work towards your immortality. You
just have to realize that this is the way it is.
So, Shiva shifted his residence to kayanta or
shmashan. Shma refers to shava or corpse, shan
refers to shanya or bed. Where the dead bodies
lie, that is where he resides, because he realized
working with living people is a waste of time. You
cannot get them to the pitch of intensity that is
needed. You have to do so many tricks to make
people a little intense.
Intensity does not arise because you have made the
instinct of survival the biggest thing within you.
There are two fundamental forces in this living
body. One is the instinct of survival another is
the longing to expand limitlessly. If you empower
the instinct of survival, it always tries to play low,
because survival means playing safe. If you empower
the longing to become limitless, if you are seeking
limitless expansion, if that is what all your energy is
focused on, then there will be full intensity of life.
The instinct of survival is dominant in every other
creature. With the phase of evolution where we
have become human, a higher level of awareness
and intelligence has entered into our lives this is
the time where the instinct of survival can be kept
down and the longing to expand should be fred
up. Out of these two forces, one is always trying to
fuel the highest level of intensity in you, the other
is always trying to keep you at a simmer. You may
have to save resources that are scarce, but life is
not scarce.
Wanting to know what the nature of life and death
is, all kinds of things have been done. But you
cannot grasp it by doing experiments or thinking
about it. You can grasp it only by experience.
Whenever people ask me questions about death and
what happens after death, I keep reminding them
that it is best to know it by experience. I am not
suggesting they should die. What I mean is, you must
experience the jeeva, the life within you. If you only
experience the body, then whatever I say, you will
come to wrong conclusions. If your experience of
life is limited to your mental and physical structures,
you cannot access this dimension. Death and that
which is beyond it are not a secret that is hiding
somewhere in heaven or hell it is right here, right
now. It is just that most human beings have never
paid enough attention because they are too busy
with other things.
Their career is much more important than their
life. Their love affair is much more important than
their life. A petty problem they have with someone
next to them is far more important than their life.
What clothes they wear is way more important
than their life. These are just examples. Because you
have wrong concepts about life, life is eluding. But
actually, life is not eluding you are dodging life.
Life is not trying to avoid you you are trying to
avoid it in so many ways.
The bitter, painful experiences of life were never,
ever caused by life. They were only caused by your
inability to manage your mind and your body. Life
has never caused any pain or suffering to you. It is
just the body and the mind. You do not know how
to manage your mental structure and your physical
structure. Two wonderful instruments were given
to you, but you are messing it up. All the pain and
suffering have come from yourself, not from life.
Life has not caused even an iota of suffering to you,
ever it has not done that to anyone till now.
Pragna is a dimension of perception that gives you
access to life, the nature of life, and the source of
life. These are not different things these are just
different names we ascribe to life. There is no
source and there is no manifestation it is all the
same. Shiva sits at the shmashan, bored with you
and your play, bored because the whole drama all
over town is absolutely stupid. The only real thing
Shiva is sitting at a place where life makes utmost
sense. But if you are fearful, if you are on survival
or self-preservation mode, this will not make sense
to you. Only if you are longing to expand and touch
the ultimate, it will make sense to you. He is not
interested in those who want to survive. To survive,
you just need four limbs and a few working brain
cells. Whether they are earthworms, grasshoppers,
or any other creature they are all surviving, doing
fne. That is all the brain you need to survive. So if
you are in survival mode, if self-preservation is the
most dominant thing in you, he is bored with you
he is waiting for you to die.
He is referred to as the destroyer not because he
wants to destroy you. He is waiting at the cremation
ground so that the body is destroyed, because until
the body is destroyed, even people around do not
realize what death is. You may have seen that when
someone dear to them dies, people will fall all over
the dead body, hug it, kiss it, try to bring it back to
life many things. But once you set fre to the body,
no one ever goes and hugs the fames. Their instinct
of self-preservation tells them this is not it.
This is not a question of right and wrong but of
limited sense versus ultimate sense. Is it wrong to
be limited? No. But it is painful to be limited. Is it
wrong to be in pain? No. If you enjoy it, what is my
problem? I am not against anything. The only thing
that I do not like is if you want to go in one direction,
but you are going in the opposite direction. If you
want to go in the opposite direction, it is okay with
me. But if let us say you sit in a car and you want to
go forward, but you go into reverse and back up, this
does not make sense.
Senselessness is the only thing that I am against,
because the essence of human life is that you have
much more sense than any other creature, or you
are supposed to. A whole lot of people are trying to
disprove that, but that is what evolution means, that
you have a higher level of intelligence. Creation
means intelligence. The Creator means ultimate
intelligence. Unfortunately, a lot of people who are
in all kinds of mess talk about God, and most people
only talk about God when they are in a mess. If you
happens at the cremation ground. Only if you are
a nincompoop, you can attach some meaning to
this drama otherwise, it is entirely stupid. Maybe
at the moment of birth and the moment of death,
something is happening. Maternity homes and
cremation grounds are the only two sensible places,
though maternity is happening a little too much.
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have a nice, warm shower, you will sing a cinema
song. If we put you in the cold kund
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Shiva!
Shiva! The moment there is diffculty, Shiva comes
to your mind. When life is going the way you want
it, you will think of all kinds of people and all kinds
of things. If someone puts a gun to your head
Shiva! Shiva! He is the wrong guy to call. He is
waiting at the cremation ground. If someone puts a
gun to your head, and you call Shiva to save you he
will not.
Every life is aspiring to go forward. The more
conscious it becomes, the more it wants to go
forward. The less conscious it is, the less the
longing, but even if just in little ways, everyone
wants to move forward in life, whatever they think
is forward. If forward is how you want to move and
you are in reverse gear, that is the only problem
with me. Otherwise, wherever you go, I have no
issue. Because wherever you go, you are still within
creation you cannot leave it. You are still in the
hands of the Divine. But it can happen easily that
you go backward in the process of life. You know
Charles Darwin told you, you were monkeys at
one time and you became human. This is seen as a
forward movement. But a whole lot of people act
like monkeys or other creatures, having the same
compulsions that other creatures have.
A dog is peeing all over the place not because he has
a urinary tract problem he is building his empire.
If you have the same instinct, that all the time, you
are trying to set your boundaries, within you and
around you, it is an evolutionary downscale. You
are trying to go backward. If you try to go backward,
life gets damaged. As long as you are going forward
at whatever pace, however, and in whichever
direction life will feel buoyant and wonderful. If
you are moving backward, you do not know why
the hell you are here. Nothing needs to happen
just being here will be utter misery. Most human
beings you do not have to poke with a dagger to
make them miserable. If you simply leave them
alone, they will become miserable. Their instinct of
self-preservation has crossed reasonable limits and is
trying to curtail life and turn it backward.
Trying to turn it backward is the one thing that will
not work with life. If you run forward, whichever
direction you go, whatever you want to do you
sing, you dance, you meditate, you cry, you laugh
as long as it takes you towards a higher level of
intensity, it will all work. If you try to roll it back,
it does not work. Sitting in the cremation ground,
this is Shivas message: even if you die, it will work,
but if you curtail life, it will not work. The question
whether you curtail life or allow life to happen does
not depend upon what you do and what you do not
do, but upon how effervescent and how intense this
life process is right now.
It is not a question of whether what you do is
useful or not. If you can bring intensity into useless
things, it will still work. But you need meaning for
everything that you do. Unless it is meaningful,
unless it is useful, you cannot throw yourself into
it. In that context, meaningfulness and usefulness
are important. Otherwise, meaningfulness and
usefulness are essentially psychological. They are an
inspiration, not an end in themselves.
Those of you who are looking for the meaning of
life life does not have any meaning. It is too great a
phenomenon to ft into any meaning. It can neither
be contained in a dictionary, nor a Gita, a Bible,
nor any other book. It is a phenomenon beyond
all that. It is phenomenon beyond what your mind
can contain. It includes everything. There is no
such thing as life and death. It is neither life nor
death it is just a play of all these things. You can
play a game on it and stop it one day. Life plays up
and stops, plays up and stops, but the essential life
is not a certain activity, not a certain happening.
It is a phenomenon that is simply there. It is the
background of creation. It is the source of creation.
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A Poisonous Soup
Sadhguru on the Main Source of Illness
The following is an excerpt from a darshan with
Sadhguru at the Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore,
Tamil Nadu, India, on 20 March 2014.
Questioner: Sadhguru, Namaskaram. You
mentioned in previous discourses that 70% of all
illnesses are mind-created. If that is so, what would
be the emotional pattern and the thought pattern
behind it, and how to correct that?
Sadhguru: You sound like a disciple of Freud. Only
recently, certain letters became public domain that
showed how hollow this man was who is seen as the
father of modern psychoanalysis. This is not the way
to approach it.
To give you a simple analogy suppose your right
hand was acting funny, beating you up, strangling
and torturing you every day would this not be
sickness? For sure it would be. That is exactly what
your mind is doing. It is acting funny, hurting you,
poking you, making you cry, making you suffer
is this not sickness? But too many people are with
you you can form an army of sick people. When
there is an army in front of you, sick or otherwise,
there is no point in arguing with them just bow
down to them and keep going. That is what most
enlightened beings have done they just closed
their eyes and sat.
Sickness can manifest in many ways in the physical
body. Every thought, every reverberation on the
level of the mind changes your chemistry. Lets say
you think about tigers, one kind of chemical change
will happen. If you think about fowers, another kind
of chemical change will happen. Depending on the
type of thoughts you create, you may produce a lousy,
poisonous soup.
If you are soaked in this poisonous soup on a daily
basis, how can you be well? Today, we only have
limited control about what we eat, what we drink,
what we breathe all that is somewhat poisoned.
The world is trying to poison you in some way, but
if you are not only on industrial help but on self-
help, depending upon how hard you strive, you will
succeed. You know, self-help is the best help.
Ancient societies always saw disease as something
wrong a human being should not be in any state
of illness. But modern societies are treating disease
as normal, because there is a whole industry that
thrives on it. The second largest industry on the
planet is pharmaceuticals, which means there is
too much lousy soup. Every day, you have to add
something to it to make it nice. If you are willing,
we can make this into a wonderful soup, without
external chemicals. Once your chemistry is in a
fantastic state, to be blissful will be natural. That
way, 70% of the ailments could vanish from the
planet. For the remaining 30%, there are many
external infuences, which are not always in your
control. But what you are doing from within can be
100% in your control.
If you are constantly creating a nasty chemistry
within you, how is life within you supposed to
understand that you are seeking wellbeing? It will
assume you like ailments and will give them to you.
Some people may have a robust system that will take
a lot of beating some people will fall at the very
frst assault. But if you are poisoning your system
from within through the thoughts and emotions
that you generate, sooner or later, it will get you.
From 18 to 24 June 2014, Sadhguru will offer Darshan at the Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore,
Tamil Nadu, India, every evening from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Open to all!
Meditators who wish to stay at the ashram during this period,
please pre-register with your local Isha center.
Darshan with Sadhguru
Delhi: 98186 46666
Mumbai: 99201 51720
Kolkata: 98300 23666
Chennai: 83000 11000
Bangalore: 93412 82551
Hyderabad: 99488 75588
Ahmedabad: 90990 54029
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In this series, Sadhguru discusses various aspects through which you can take your yogic
practice to a whole new level.
Questioner: Namaskaram, Sadhguru. Why should
we do hata yoga on an empty stomach?
Sadhguru: You should not only be on an empty
stomach your bowels should be empty too. If you
do Hata Yoga, You must ensure to leave at least
10 or better 12 hours between your last meal and
your practice. That way, you give enough time for
digestion, so that when you get up in the morning,
the body will naturally purge. If you eat late at night
and get up early, the digestion will not be complete.
In traditional Indian medicine, whether it is
Ayurveda or Siddha, whatever health problem you
have, frst they will purge your colon. If you want
to be healthy, it is essential that your colon is clean.
The colon cannot be clean for people who eat certain
types of foods, and who have the habit of eating in
between too much. Especially dairy products and
non-vegetarian food remain in the colon for long
periods of time.
Anything that is not an actual part of your body
should be out if you want to move your energies
upward. Yogic practices are not exercises they are
methods to restructure your system. In a way, you
are trying to recreate yourself by remolding your
system the way you want it to be. For this to be
done, there should be nothing but your body. The
only thing that is okay to have is water.
Practicing yoga means beginning a partnership with
the Creator. You cannot do it all yourself, but you
can create the necessary atmosphere for the Creator
to do the job. You want that which is the source
of creation to become your willing partner. The
frst time you were made, it was not your choice
it was your parents and forefathers who decided
how your body should be shaped, and how it should
function. It happened from genetic memory. This is
why in this culture, we refer to enlightened ones
as dwias, or twice-born. Once born out of your
mothers womb the way you were born was not
your choice. But now you are reinventing and
recreating yourself, step-by-step, the way you want
yourself to be.
Your life will not change if you have a nose job
done or if you get an implant in some part of
your body. Your experience of life will change
only if the very way your body functions energy-
wise, the way it thinks, the way it feels, the way it
responds to the universe around, can be altered. If
you change your nose or you do some other kind
of cosmetic procedure, how someone else looks at
Part 5:
Why Empty Bowels are Essential
for Hata Yoga Practice
Isha Hata Yoga
Sadhguru on How to Enhance Your Sadhana
Hata Yoga Teacher Training Program
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you may change. It may change the experience for
the beholder, not for you. Your experience will only
change depending on the extent to which your body
is in line with the source of creation.
If you really look at creation, you will see
everything smacks of phenomenal intelligence.
If you pay enough attention to a simple leaf, you
will know what kind of intelligence has gone into
making this, and how many functions it has. In a
way, a leaf is a plants energy source. The dream of
todays scientists is to create a leaf as a renewable
energy source that could power your house, and
even provide food and water for you. Scientists
have been working on this cutting-edge technology
for years. They are struggling so much to produce
one leaf, because it is incredible how many things a
leaf can do at the same time. Even in a single atom,
phenomenal intelligence is involved we are not
able to really fgure it out.
The nature of the Creator is intelligence. You may
think you need love, money, wealth, or whatever
else no, you need a little more sense no
matter what your IQ is. How many times have
you looked at people around you and thought, I
only wish they had a little more sense. If not just
your intellect but your intelligence doubled today,
you would grasp everything so much more easily.
What you would otherwise learn in ffty years,
you could learn in fve years.
Being partner with the source of creation means
getting a huge infusion of intelligence, a kind of
intelligence that you would not believe possible. For
this to happen, obstacles need to be removed. This
body is the work of the source of creation. The food
that you have put into it is not yet part of the body,
and the stool that you have produced is not part of it
either. Therefore, your stomach and bowels should
be empty. But if you are doing yoga for four, fve
hours continuously, it is all right to lace the water
that you drink with a small spoon of honey. We
want the water to be tepid because if you drink cold
water, the body has to warm it up, which results in a
loss of energy. If the water you drink is within three
degrees above or below body temperature, the body
treats it as part of itself.
Tepid water and honey are the only two substances
that are allowed in your stomach, and nothing
else. There must be only body no other obstacle.
Otherwise, the Creator will not have anything to do
with you. The source of creation, the intelligence
which functions within you, treats anything else as
an external substance, which will not participate in
your asana. The Creator or the source of creation
must function and participate in your asana only
then does an asana become a yogasana. Otherwise,
it is just a posture.
Excerpted from talks by Sadhguru at the Isha Hata
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Life on Fast-Forward
The following is an excerpt from Leela, the path of the playful, a unique exploration with Sadhguru
into the mystical realm of Krishna, which took place at the Isha Yoga Center in September 2005.
Leela Series
The path of the playful
Part LV
Questioner: Sadhguru, if we assume Krishna was
God himself, why did his devotees face so many
diffculties? And as for myself, until I laid my eyes
upon you, my life was what most people would envy.
Now still people envy my life, but in a different
way. In fact, it has been quite a rollercoaster ride for
me. If it is not about making life smooth, then what
is Grace all about?
Sadhguru: You know, Balarama asked a very similar
question when they had to leave Mathura and
were going through all kinds of hardship, walking
through forest without proper food or rest: Why
are all these things happening to us, and that too
with you around? Krishnas answer was, Dont
you complain when life is happening to you in great
measure. It is because you look at certain situations
as good and others as bad, or certain situations as
desirable and others as undesirable, that you ask
yourself why these things are happening to you,
rather than just seeing life as life. The moment you
step into the spiritual stream, life is happening to you
in great measure, as if everything is on fast-forward.
If you do not identify one thing as good and another
thing as bad, you will see life is happening in great
intensity that is all. There is no such thing as good
and bad. Life is happening. Some people enjoy it
some people suffer it.
All we can do is to see to it that everyone enjoys
it. On a fundamental level, the events that are
happening on the planet are of no consequence.
Even if a thunderbolt hit Spanda Hall right now
and all of us got struck and burnt up, I dont think
it is a tragedy it is just a happening. Then what
about the Isha Foundation, what about my family
and my children? For all of them, life will also
happen in great measure because we suddenly
evaporated. I want you to look at this beyond the
identifcation of good and bad. Life is happening in
great intensity that is all.
If you want to turn spiritual, naturally you are
seeking a larger slice of life. In fact, anything that
you are going for in life is an effort to have a larger
slice of life. If you were only eating a thin wafer of
life, maybe it would be all sweetness, but it would
still only be a thin wafer. If you took a cake and
lived on the icing alone, after some time, sweetness
would become poison. You said, My life was
what many people would envy, but you know
how empty it was. People who do not have a car
think people who have one have a great fortune.
It is defnitely comfortable and convenient, but it
is not a great fortune. If there were no cars at all,
no one would desire to have one. The problem is
in comparing yourself with others, in the sense of
Oh, she has it I dont. If those who do not have a
car do not compare themselves with those who have
one, walking or cycling is perfectly fne.
When you said, My life was everybodys envy,
it is not a statement about life in its fundamental
sense it is a statement about your social situation.
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I am talking about life in the sense of being,
existence. Right now, you consider many things as
life that actually have nothing to do with life in a
deeper sense. This has nothing to do with reality
it is a mental condition. All suffering comes from
that insanity.
When you walk the spiritual path, your inner
situation is on fast-forward. There are various reasons
to this. One fundamental reason is your prarabdha
the allotted karma for this lifetime. Creation is very
compassionate. If it gave you the whole lot of your
karma, which is called sanchita, in this lifetime, you
would die. Many of you are not even able to shake
off memories of this lifetime. Suppose I reminded
you of a hundred lifetimes in great intensity, most
of you would fall dead right here, unable to bear the
burden of that memory. Therefore, nature is allotting
an amount of prarabdha that you can handle. If you
go by natures allotment, and we assume that you
will not create any new karma which is not true
to dissolve let us say a hundred lifetimes of karma,
you may take a minimum of a hundred lifetimes.
But in the process of these one hundred lifetimes,
you may gather enough karma for another thousand
lifetimes.
When you are on the spiritual path, you are in a
hurry to get to your ultimate destination. You do
not want it to take a hundred or even a thousand
lifetimes you want to hurry it up. If initiations are
done in a certain way, they open up dimensions that
would otherwise not open up. Maybe you would
have lived a more comfortable and peaceful life if
you were not spiritual, but a more lifeless life too.
Without anything fundamental happening to you,
you are closer to death than to life. If you want to
pass your life in coma, that is your choice. I would
say a lot of people are passing their lives in coma
every day, getting up at the same time, sipping their
coffee, eating their food, going to work, drinking
another coffee, coming back, sleeping. Afraid to lose
their comfort, they will not do one extra thing or try
something else. There are many people who want
their chutney to taste the same way every morning.
Especially as people get older one little difference
and their whole life will get upset. Saying this is
their choice, their nature, or whatever nonsense,
they are trying to pass their lives comatose. Is that
your intention?
Entering the spiritual process means being willing to
experience life in great measure. Once you come and
sit with me, this is my blessing too let everything
that is life happen to you. What if death happens?
That is wonderful too. If instead of taking 75 years
to get there, you can get there in 35 years, is it not
wonderful? This is not just a question of logic this
is the reality of life. This is exactly the statement
Krishna is making in the Gita: If you can provide
them the right kind of situation, let them get there
soon. There is a beautiful Tamil poem about the
wedding of a bala yogi [child yogi] and a girl who was
also a great devotee. They organized a big wedding
for 3000 guests. They got married, and then, the
bala yogi, who was also a great poet, started reciting
beautiful devotional poetry. Everyones attention
was on him, and that was exactly what he wanted.
He used this moment of total attention to dissolve
all of them they all left their bodies right there,
in the wedding hall. Many hundred years later, this
poet laments beautifully in a poem: If only they
had invited me to that wedding, I would not have to
struggle like this. I would also have made it. I came
a few hundred years late. Oh, will there be another
wedding like that for me?
He did not consider 3002 people dying in a wedding
hall as a tragedy. He saw it as a great fortune, that
because of the bala yogis presence, all of them
attained at the same time. A spiritual person does
not look at events as good and bad you are only
concerned about how intensely life is happening
to you. Good and bad are social phenomena they
have nothing to do with life. Once you have been
initiated in a certain way, you are not limited to
your prarabdha anymore. If you want to handle the
one-hundred-lifetime quota right now, naturally
your life will happen with great intensity. If you
maintain equanimity, you will see every event that
happens in your life will bring you a step forward.
If you dont see this, if you get infuenced by your
social situations, then because of the pace at which
life is happening, you may think something is going
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wrong with your life, which is not so.
Positive terminology can always be misinterpreted
in a million different ways because your mind dwells
upon it. I consciously use negative terminology
because you will not misinterpret it. If you want to
be spiritual, fundamentally, it means you want to
end yourself, the way you are right now. A positive
way of putting it is, you are seeking liberation. You
are seeking your ultimate nature; you are seeking
God; you want to become unbounded. When you
want to be boundless, you want to cease to exist the
way you are right now. Once you express this wish
and the necessary energy is invested in you, things
will happen to end you the way you are right now.
This does not mean negative things will happen to
you. It is just that life will move on fast-forward, at
a tremendous pace.
Then what is Grace? In this existence, energy
functions in various manifestations. It functions
as sunlight, as breeze, as gravity similarly, it
also functions as Grace. Gravity is trying to pull
you down; the breeze is trying to blow you away;
the sun is trying to burn you up Grace is trying
to pluck you off the planet. This is using negative
terminology. If you want to express the same in
positive terminology, the earth is trying to hug you;
the breeze is trying to cool you; the sun is trying to
warm you Grace is trying to make you grow. Lets
go by the negative terminology, because you will
not get attached to it. Grace is trying to pluck you
out of the limitations in which you are stuck right
now. The limitations include the planet, the people,
the body, the mind, the emotions everything. If
you have invited Grace and it is doing its work,
if it is pulling you up but you drop your anchor,
you create unnecessary struggle. If because of the
spiritual process life is happening, it is fne with me.
If struggle is happening, it is simply because you
have invited Grace to pull you up, but you drop your
anchor that way, naturally, you will struggle.
May 2014
Death & Beyond part 1
Sadhguru in Conversation with Lyricist and Writer Prasoon Joshi
Prasoon Joshi: It is quite strange that the frst
poem I ever wrote in my life when I didnt even
understand what I was writing was about death.
Then later, in Kashi, Sadhguru enlightened me
with a lot of aspects that I had never thought about.
After that, we lost someone in the family, and more
questions about death started coming up.
Why is death always portrayed as dark and sinister?
Why is so much fear attached to it? You called it
somewhere cosmic joke, but most civilizations
refer to it with some sort of heaviness. Even if you
see Yamaraj as a symbol, or the green river, there
is some heaviness or darkness in the imagery that
comes with death. Why is it so, Sadhguru?
Sadhguru: If we look at how we have perceived
and portrayed death in this part of the world, you
will see that death is not seen as sinister. The dark
thing about death is the loss for the living. If people
lose something precious to them it could be
things; it could be people they will break down.
So it is darkness only for the living, but death itself
has always been portrayed as a grand event in this
culture. It is only now that Indians are imitating the
West and walking with heads down when someone
dies.
Above all, there are wonderful stories. The legend
goes that Shiva has made the Maha Shmashan his
earthly abode and is waiting there. Every time
somebody dies, he dances in celebration. What kind
of a pervert is he that if somebody dear to me dies,
he will dance and celebrate?
Lets look at the fundamental aspects of life. In the
experience of most human beings, life is just their
body, their thoughts, and their emotions. If we
pay some attention to the nature of our lives, we
can clearly see that both the body and the mind are
accumulations. Beyond these accumulations, there
is life. To use an analogy when you were a child
and you blew a soap bubble, the bubble was real,
but what was inside the bubble was just the same
In another edition of the In Conversation with the Mystic series, Sadhguru met with lyricist,
writer, and advertisement guru Prasoon Joshi for a session under the theme Death & Beyond
on 28 March 2014 in Mumbai. Among other awards, Prasoon Joshi has won three Filmfare Best
Lyricist Awards (the last one in 2014 for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) and two National Film Awards (for
his work in Taare Zameen Par and Chittagong). Here is the frst excerpt of their conversation.
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atmosphere that is all over. When the bubble burst,
a drop of soap water fell on the foor, but where the
content of the bubble went, you could never see,
because it is part of everything.
This is the nature of life. The whole cosmos is a
living mass of life. When the bubble burst and this
air or this life that was trapped in the bubble got
released, what is happening on the other side is way
bigger than what can happen within the trap of
physicality. Shiva is laughing, singing, and dancing
because one life got released from the mortal coil.
Prasoon Joshi: Once, there was a death in the
family and I had gone there. There was a kid
playing with a pinky-guard, and very naturally, he
also went over the dead body, as if it was a thing
lying there. People pulled him away, but the child
did not register why. Is it conditioning that we
perceive the fact that somebody is gone as such a
big event or a calamity?
Sadhguru: Seeing death as a tragedy is physically,
mentally, emotionally, and socially a reality
existentially, it is not. A child is an offspring of life
he is not yet a slave of social conditioning. He would
even play with the dead; it would not matter. But
because adults feel this is inappropriate, they will
try to condition the child. When somebody very
dear to them dies, most people actually feel as if
this is the end of the world. But after some time,
they will come around. Children do not have this
time-lag they come around quickly, because they
are less infuenced by what is happening in society.
How society handles death has a purely mental and
emotional basis, which means, it is our making
we could make it whichever way we want. Maybe
the so-called educated people have given it up, but
otherwise, if somebody dies in this country, they
will beat the drum and have a party. I am not trying
to belittle the loss that a person goes through. But all
mental factors your thoughts, your emotions, your
social opinions and situations are only relevant to
a certain extent. Existentially, what you think, what
you feel, what your society thinks, is absolutely
irrelevant. That is why we always position one who
we consider as the highest on the edge of society. He
is always on the cremation ground.
This is how every yogi starts his life. From the age of
eight to seventeen, I spent an enormous amount of
time in the cremation ground it simply intrigued
me. I would just sit there. People would come and set
fre to the body. You know, frewood is expensive,
so some people want to save on the wood. I do not
know if any of you witnessed this when the body
gets cremated, the frst thing that burns up is the
neck, and unless they made the wood arrangement
very large, invariably, the halfway burnt skull rolls
off. This happens after three and a half to four hours.
By that time, no relative is there they are all gone
within one or two hours. So I would pick up the
skulls and put them back on the pyre.
Everyone talks about so many things I want to see
it myself. I spent days and nights in the cremation
ground, not even knowing why. Today, we send
those who are seriously on the path to the cremation
ground to spend a certain amount of time there,
because mortality has to sink into you. You must
understand the essential nature of your life. Only
when you realize you are mortal, the longing to
know that which is beyond will arise.
If you think of God, you will not become spiritual
you could actually become very stupid. You will
think that you can do idiotic things in your life, and
with a prayer, everything will be fxed. You do not
do your job properly, but you think you will produce
good results. You do not study for your exam, and
you think you will be frst in class because of your
prayer. The moment you address the mortal nature
of who you are, the longing to know what this is all
about, and what is beyond this thing that people are
here today, gone tomorrow, will become a natural
quest. That is the spiritual process.
Prasoon Joshi: Sadhguru, about mortality what
I have seen, if someone is told that they only have
six months or one year left, suddenly, there will be
a change in their behavior. But dont we anyway
know that we are mortals? Why are human beings
in denial about having limited time?
Sadhguru: The clock is running, but it needs a
doctors warrant or a judge to realize that. Nature,
creation, and the Creator have already told you,
but you still do not believe it, or you have not paid
enough attention.
Prasoon Joshi: Sadhguru, the way we treat our
bodies after death why do we have so many rituals
around that?
Sadhguru: To understand why there are certain
processes as to how we treat the body after a life has
exited the body, we need to look at the life process
as such. Life does not engage with the body just
like that it happens as a process. When a woman
conceives, two little cells come together; then it
literally becomes a meatball. For this meatball
to become alive, somewhere between 40 to 48
days after conception, life enters. You know, no
two children are the same even with the same
parentage, same genetics, right from the day they
are born, they are very different. This is because the
information package that has entered that particular
piece of life is always unique.
Now the life process is happening, and one day death
happens. Why does death happen? Each individual
has a huge package of information, which we call
karmic body or sanchita, in traditional terms. How
do we generate this information? Every moment of
our life, our fve senses seeing, hearing, smelling,
tasting, touching are gathering input. Every sight,
every smell, every sound, every touch everything
is recorded. Only if it is acute either very pleasant
or very unpleasant you will notice it. You will not
notice the most minute things in normal course of
observation, but it is all recorded.
We have always known this and we can
experimentally prove it today. Suppose you were
fast asleep, and I would come and speak in a language
that you do not understand. You were completely
unconscious of this, but even 25 years later, we can
hypnotize you and make you speak all the sentences
that I spoke, without your knowing the language,
just repeating those sounds. This memory is deeply
entrenched in your system.
The volume of information that you gather in
wakefulness and in sleep is phenomenal. It is because
of this volume of information that so many aspects
of our life happen automatically. If that information
was not there, you would not know how to walk;
you would not know how to stand; you would not
know how to sit. This information or the prarabdha
is your allotted karma for this lifetime. This part of
your information is playing out it is not in your
hands to control it.
This prarabdha runs out at a certain time, depending
upon how you live. Your body may have been still
strong and good, but once the information becomes
less, the life energy will become feeble. Once the
life energy becomes feeble below a certain point,
it will exit the body. This is considered a normal
death. This is a good way to die, when you ran out
of the allotted information and you exited. Most
people chose to die by breaking the body in some
way and making it inhospitable for life either
with a car crash, a heart attack, lung cancer, or
whatever else so life exits. If life exits because it
has run out of information or prarabdha, then this
life will be very feeble, and there will be nothing
much to do about it.
To be continued.
Sadhguru Spot
Sadhguru Spot
Musings from the Master
In the last eight days, have been to six cities and
events galore. Starting with the Hyderabad Mystic
Eye program and In Conversation series with three
very successful businesswomen. On to Bengaluru,
where the frst step of acquiring land for the Isha
Leadership Academy was initiated. Inadvertently,
the land is located in Chikkaballapur, my mothers
native place, close to Nandi Hills full of too many
fond memories of early childhood and youth. This
is also the place where I frst tried to fy or did fy.
I did stay airborne for a little over 20 seconds upon
a contraption that we built, something like a hang
glider that was inspired by a design from Popular
Mechanics, but with locally available material. I
took off from a hill slope and came down with my
ankles cracked, but it left me delirious with the
elation of having achieved fight. Now we are going
right back to lands tamed by my ancestors who had
come from Viayanagar to this region.
The evening in Bengaluru went In Conversation
with technocrat-turned-politician Sri Nandan
Nilekani; Nandan being the most successful frst-
generation entrepreneur of India, Founding Partner
and CEO of Infosys. It is great hope for the nation
that the likes of Nandan are in the fray in this
election. But alas, he is in a party that will not
succeed this time around.
Mumbai for three days; too many events to recount,
among which In Conversation with Prasoon Joshi.
The subject being Death & Beyond, it turned
out more than interesting to a large audience.
Looks like we have to have a couple more evening
conversations to do justice to the subject.
Here in Europe for a series of meetings that are of
crucial importance to the future of the Foundation.
Lufthansa pilots on strike. Some circus being done to
change fights as over 1300 have been cancelled over
these two days. Looking forward to getting to New
York. Some sleep and rest on the fight is guaranteed
after this dizzying week. Isha USA is waiting.
Love & Grace
On the Road
Excerpted from Sadhguru Spot of 2 April 2014
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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
14 May 2014
Inner Engineering
Retreat
Residential Program
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
0422-2515421
ieretreat@ishafoundation.org
425 May 2014
21-Day Hata Yoga
Program
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
0422-2515300
hatayoga21day@ishayoga.org
1519 May 2014
Nature Awareness
Program
(Age: 913 years)
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
94443 10771
natureawareness@ishayoga.org
1618 May 2014
Inner Engineering
with Sadhguru
Atlanta, Georgia
USA
+1-678-390-4742
register@InnerEngineering.com
2225 May 2014
Inner Engineering
Retreat
Residential Program
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
0422-2515421
ieretreat@ishafoundation.org
2226 May 2014
Nature Awareness
Program
(Age: 913 years)
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
94443 10771
natureawareness@ishayoga.org
35 Jun 2014 Hata Yoga
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
0422-2515300
iycprograms@ishayoga.org
1824 Jun 2014
Darshan with Sadhguru
Every Evening 5:30 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m.
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
If you wish to stay at the ashram
during this period, please pre-
register with your local Isha center.
Delhi: 98186 46666
Mumbai: 99201 51720
Kolkata: 98300 23666
Chennai: 83000 11000
Bangalore: 93412 82551
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Ahmedabad: 90990 54029
26 Jun 2014
Yantra Ceremony
with Sadhguru
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
9442504720
yantra@lingabhairavi.org
12 Jul
6 Dec 2014
Hata Yoga Teacher
Training Program
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
83000 97444
info@ishahatayoga.com
2730 Nov 2014
INSIGHT: The DNA
of Success
with Sadhguru
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
83000 84888
leadership@ishainsight.org
Isha Recipes For Healthy Living
PREPARATION METHOD
INGREDIENTS
KAIRI PANHA (RAW MANGO DRINK)
UNCOOKED KAIRI PANHA
Lightly peel and shred the green mangoes using the larger holes of the grater. Add the jaggery and salt to the
grated mango and let it sit for 10 minutes. Puree the mix in 2 batches in a blender with 2 cups of water per
batch, then strain using a coarse sieve. Take the leftover pulp from the sieve, add 2 more cups of water, puree
and flter again. Then discard the leftover pulp. Add the cardamom powder and rose water to the fltered
juice. Serve cool, but do not chill to enjoy all the subtle favors of raw mango Panha.
COOKED KAIRI PANHA
Pressure-cook the green mangoes with the peel for about 10 minutes or until soft. Once the mangoes have
cooled down, peel them and reserve the pulp. Puree the pulp, add the jaggery and let it sit for a few minutes
until the jaggery dissolves. Then add the cardamom and puree everything in a blender. Dilute this with 6
cups of chilled water. The Panha will have a more pronounced favor if served an hour after preparation.
ROASTED KAIRI PANHA
This method gives the juice a great, smoky taste. Place the raw mangoes on a bed of hot charcoal embers
and spread some more embers on top of the mangoes, burying them completely. At this point, there should
be no fames. Let the mangoes roast under the coals for about 20 minutes. The skin may be charred, but the
fesh inside will be cooked to perfection. Discard the peel and puree the roasted mango fesh with jaggery in
a mixer. Then add the cardamom and mint leaves. Dilute this with 8 cups of chilled water. Enjoy
For best results, choose big, frm, raw mangoes with a strong, fragrant smell (like Alphonso
and Salem Gundu) and a thick, dark skin with sap marks.
Grind the cardamom with its peel for a better favor.
TIPS:
A TRADITIONAL MAHARASHTRIAN RECIPE IN THREE VARIATIONS
1/2 kg or 2 big Raw (unripe) mangoes
3/4 cup Jaggery
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cardamom powder
Addition for Uncooked Kairi Panha
1/2 teaspoon Natural rose water
Addition for Cooked Kairi Panha
A pinch of Saffron
Addition for Roasted Kairi Panha
1/2 cup Fresh mint leaves
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