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The measure of your growth
Is a truth you will have to face
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Editorial
Dear Readers,
In the experience of many Ishas, their connection with Sadhguru functions in amazing and mysterious
ways. In our Lead Article, What Makes a Master, Sadhguru translates this unfathomable phenomenon
into the sphere of our understanding.
Staying in the realm of that which is beyond ordinary perception, we move on to a question raised by one
of the Leela program participants: Why do even beings who are considered as the divine incarnate, such
as Krishna, have to face adversities in their lives? The answer lies in the The Laws of the Physical, and
our article of the same name elaborates on what they entail.
The immense diversity of the physical is at the root of the matter brought up in our Musings article,
Why Wear Rudraksh? Sadhguru not only explains what, among millions of different kinds of seeds,
makes rudraksh special, but broadens the topic to include insights on the reverberations of substances
in general.
In the frst part of our Isha Hata Yoga series, Sadhguru gave a brief introduction about the element of
water from a yogic perspective. In The Water Factor, he delves deeper into the matter, examining the
effects of water on the body in view of the ultimate objective of becoming a fountainhead.
In words and actions, Sadhguru has always emphasized that spiritual pursuit is no carte blanche to
neglect worldly responsibilities, especially when it comes to children. To this effect, in this months
Conversation with the Mystic, he tackles a most essential topic for any parent, and in fact for human
societies as a whole Creating a Future for Our Children. His very own approach to parenting and
education indicates the way out of the rat race and into human fulfllment.
If you are dedicated to fulflling the need for healthy nourishment of those around you but tired of serving
the same old vegetable dishes, our Baked Veggie Stack recipe with thinly layered vegetables and
herbal seasoning will be deliciously different.
The Editorial Team
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ISHA FOREST FLOWER June 2014
CONTENTS
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Lead Article
What Makes a Master?
Sadhguru on the Essence of Enlightened Beings 4
INSIGHT - The DNA of Success
Built to Last
The Keys to a Strong Organization 8
Leela Series
The path of the playful part LVI:
The Laws of the Physical 11
Musings
The Truth about Lying 12
Why Wear Rudraksh?
Sadhguru on the Reverberations of Substances 13
In Conversation with the Mystic
Creating a Future for Our Children
Sadhguru in Conversation with Ad Guru Piyush Pandey 15
Isha Hata Yoga
Part 6: The Water Factor
Effects of Water on the Body during Yogic Practices 17
Sadhguru Spot
Gender 3
Excerpted from Sadhguru Spot of 23 April 2014 19
Upcoming Programs and Events
Isha Yoga Program Highlights 20
Isha Recipes
This Month: Baked Veggie Stack 21
Zen Speaks
Passing on the Mind 23
The following is an excerpt from a Q & A session
with Sadhguru on 17 February 2014 during the
Samyama program at the Isha Yoga Center
Questioner: Sadhguru, what is inside you that
transacts with us, and is it the same in all Masters?
Are all Masters in some way connected?
Sadhguru: The physical structure, the mental
structure, and the supportive energy structures
without which no life form can function are
governed by certain laws. A law is a possibility,
but it is also a limitation. For example, there is a
law in India that you must drive on the left side
of the road. That people are anyway exploring the
whole road is a different matter. But if everyone
stuck to the left side, there would be more order on
the road and people would get to their destination
without too many incidents this is a possibility.
At the same time, having to stick to one side is a
restriction. This goes for every law it creates a
possibility, but it is also a limitation. Similarly, each
individual life is a possibility, but that possibility
comes with a limitation, because every possibility
sets a boundary of its own.
If someone has broken the limitations of the
physical, mental, and energy structure, you cannot
call that being a person anymore. In India, there
is a special terminology to describe such qualities.
You could say such a being is a yogi that means
he or she has broken the barrier. Today, the word
yogi is used very loosely, but originally, that
is what it means. Otherwise, people described
someone who has broken the barriers and is
able to transact through something which is
beyond words, beyond emotions, as bhagavan.
These are beautiful words that indicate certain
qualities, but now, because the spiritual culture
has been distorted, and spirituality is mostly in
the realm of the written word very little is
happening as a live process words like yogi,
mahatma, bhagavan, or rishi are used loosely
and inappropriately. Since people are using them
whichever way they want, these words have lost
their meaning.
What Makes a Master?
Sadhguru on the Essence of Enlightened Beings
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SADHGURU
June 2014
If you break the physical laws, you can do incredible
things with your body. If you transcend the laws
that govern the physical body, you can virtually
become immortal. If somebody lives for 500 years,
he is immortal in the eyes of several generations.
But mentally and energy-wise, you may not be
evolved. Athletic performance can be a simple form
of breaking the physical laws. On the path of yoga,
people who take to certain forms of yoga break the
physical laws in a much bigger way.
Those of you who are familiar with the Mahabharat
will know that Duryodhana could sit underwater
for long periods of time. He transcended certain
physical barriers, but his mental structure was not
on the same level. When they wanted to get him
to come out of his hiding place deep in the water,
Krishna said, He may be physically super-capable,
but mentally, he is quite a simple fellow. All you
have to do is provoke him. Insult his manhood, and
he will come out. There is a beautiful poem about
how Duryodhana, sitting deep in the cold water,
was sweating because Krishna and the Pandavas
were insulting him from outside. At some point,
Duryodhana could not take it anymore he came
out, and fnally got killed.
Breaking the physical laws is one thing breaking
the mental laws is another thing. Someone may
have broken the physical laws, but not the mental
structure. Someone else may be quite evolved on a
mental level, but not physically and energy-wise.
Breaking the laws that govern the energy structure
and the mental structure is the most complex and
diffcult part. You can work with your physical
body because it is right there. If you spend enough
time with your eyes closed, you will know your
mind and how it functions, and you can work with
it. You do not see the energy structure, but only
because it is there, your body grows and functions
the way it does. Food is getting integrated and your
body forms itself in this particular way because your
energy structure is holding it in place.
The laws that govern the energy level are very
fexible, and therefore all the harder to break. If a
stick is rigid, we can easily break it. If it is extremely
fexible, it is very diffcult to break it. Because the
mental structure is fexible, you can expand and
contract it. A human being who is doing intense
sadhana can, after some time, end up believing that
everything is achieved, simply because he could
expand and contract his mental structure, but that is a
misconception. The mental structure is not broken
it is super-fexible, and that is the problem with it.
We break the physical structure by making the
body fexible. The rules of the mental structure are
completely different than that of the physical, and
therefore the work with it has to be completely
different. The same goes for the energy structure. By
the time one fgures that out, a lifetime has gone by
for most people, unless they have proper guidance.
On the physical level, rigidity is the problem. On the
mental level, fexibility is the problem. Most people
are struggling to stop their mind from misbehaving.
How many times have you thought, I should not
get angry. I should not do this, but your mind still
does it. How many times have you told your body, I
should not eat this. I must get up on time. I must do
this, but it still does something else. Even though
the physical and mental aspects are clearly visible,
you have trouble with them. The invisible world of
the energy structure is far more deceptive, because
it is far more fexible.
The energy structure is so malleable that it is willing
to go whichever way. You may think that everything
is fne, but actually, this is the structure that most
people never get to open, which means you are still a
bubble. The air inside and the air outside the bubble
are the same, but you do not realize you are trapped
inside. If it was an opaque bubble, you would want
to break it. But since it is a completely transparent
bubble, it never occurred to you that you are trapped
and that unless you break the bubble, you will not
be free. Because it is a super-complex mechanism, it
is so hard to break it. And if you break it, you will
not know how to sustain life. If you break a bubble,
the air that was inside the bubble will merge with
the air around.
Across time and space, masters have been meeting
and mingling. This kind of knowledge does not
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come from reading scriptures or listening to
someone. The knowledge depends on what the one
who has broken the barriers has perceived. When
we say, Shiva lives at Kailash, it does not mean
he is sitting on top of the mountain. He matters to
us only because of what he perceived and what he
stored in that place. If he was just another man who
lived 15,000 years ago, who would care about him?
Ultimately, any enlightened being of the past or
present is only relevant in terms of what they have
grasped. What kind of faade of personality they
put on does not matter. Gautama sat still; Krishna
danced all over the place these were only faades
that were needed at that time. Had they been
compulsively sitting or compulsively dancing, they
would be of no value. But they consciously chose
what they thought would work best in their time.
Here in Isha, everything is offered in the form of
a structured program, because todays population
would not get it if you gave it to them on the street.
Without a structured approach, it is not possible
today, because the distractions are too many. If
you were here at the time of Gautama, to see an
exuberance of color, you had to wait for the sunset
or sunrise. Today, if you look at your television or
your computer screen, every color in the universe
comes up at least 24 times per second. The level of
sensory assault on todays human beings is such that
you cannot teach them anything unless you keep
them in one place, structure it, collect a fee, or do
something else to hold them there.
If technology keeps growing in the same senseless
way, a time may come when unless you point a gun
at peoples heads, you cannot make them intense
and meditative. I hope such unfortunate days will
not come, but we are close to that. Right now,
money is like a gunpoint you have to hold them
with a program fee. Otherwise, they cannot focus on
anything. We would like to change that. You should
change that in the world. People should grow out of
their willingness.
My problem is that I have known something within
myself that no one around knows, and I know the
signifcance of this. I know what it means to be
with this or not to be with this. For nothing in the
universe would I want to be deprived of what I have
within me right now, because this is much more
than anything else. I am talking in this context.
For someone else, the uncles daughters friends
birthday may be more exciting than this.
It is unfortunate if your life passes away without
knowing the profoundness of your existence.
Missing that possibility is tragic. But even to know
that something tragic is happening, you need a
certain awareness. Millions and millions of people
are born and will go through life without knowing
anything, and they will die without even a pang of
wanting to know. The fact that you are sitting here
means you at least had one pang of wanting to know
something beyond your limitations. You should not
ignore that.
That pang, that longing to know is very important
and signifcant. That must be fueled and nurtured.
It must become such a longing that you cannot live
without knowing. But because you do not know
what to do, you have to wait. Whatever you do is
wrong. The compassionate Buddha called everyone
in the world a fool. Even I think so, but I do not say
that because I am in the 21
st
century. Twenty-fve
centuries ago, he could say what he wanted. Today,
you must be politically correct. Even if the politics
are stupid, you have to adjust to it and say utterly
idiotic things that do not make any life sense.
Buddha did both. Generally, when he spoke to a close
group of people, he called them fools. Probably when
he spoke to a sophisticated social circle, or to a large
audience, he called them bodhisattvas. Everyone is
a possible Buddha. We call you Shivangas limbs
of Shiva what a wonderful name. For those who
were close to him, he was their connection to the
inner world in fact more than that. As there is
an internet, there is a yogic net. Everything that
Krishna, Buddha, or any other enlightened being
knew is there in some way; it does not get lost. If
you are willing, you can access it. You do not have
to study the nonsense that people wrote about them.
In that way, the 20
th
and

21
st
centuries are better.
Technology makes sure future distortions are
minimized, since what I say is electronically
recorded. Here and there, after a few centuries, words
may get a little misinterpreted, but it cannot go very
wrong. Moreover, the live process will be kept alive
for a certain period of time. But when people were
writing and rewriting the words of enlightened
beings of the past, what all they did to them, no one
knows. From generation to generation, people have
twisted and modifed those words as they want. In
the end, it has become the most devious concoction.
Therefore, it does not matter what the followers of
those people say. If you want to know anything about
Buddha, you should not listen to the Buddhists. If
you want to know anything about Krishna, you
should not listen to the Hindus. If you want to know
anything about Jesus, you should not listen to the
Christians. If you are an outside observer, you may
be able to see what makes sense and what does not.
If you are an insider, you are completely lost in the
distortions a particular culture or tradition has done
over a period of time.
If you want to know something about Krishna
and you have no way of connecting with his
consciousness, look at how he conducted his life
that is a statement about him. People have distorted
what he said to some extent, but distortions are
less in this society because making any changes has
always been a taboo. If you want to know something
about Jesus, look at his life, and the incidents of life,
not at what people are propagating. Utterly stupid
things are credited to Krishna, Buddha, and Jesus.
What they are supposed to have said does not make
sense, even to an eight-year-old child. The way they
conducted their lives says more about them than
what they are supposed to have said.
Whatever any beings who have broken all
dimensions of barriers within themselves and
touched the Ultimate perceived, grasped, and
distilled within themselves is there for always.
Whether they stored it in a specifc space or not, it
is always available. It is on the inner net you just
have to access it.
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Built to Last
The Keys to a Strong Organization
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The following is an excerpt from a panel discussion between Sadhguru, K.V. Kamath (Chairman
Infosys; Chairman ICICI Bank), Harsh Mariwala (CEO Marico (brands: Parachute, Saffola)), and
Dr. Ram Charan (global advisor to CEOs), moderated by Dilip Cherian (communications consultant)
on 24 November 2013, during the 2013 edition of the business leadership program INSIGHT: The
DNA of Success at the Isha Yoga Center.
Participant: My question is for all Mr. Kamath,
Sadhguru, Mr. Harsh, and Mr. Ram. You guys
have been building awesome institutions and
organizations. Could you give us some advice on
what the key ingredients are if someone was to
build an organization that should last for a hundred
years or more?
K.V. Kamath: This is a very good question. I
would answer it in the following way. One you
need to look at the foundation. What should the
foundational core of the organization be, and
which values should it be built on? Once you have
defned the values of the organization, make sure
they are explained down the line to every level at
all stages so that everyone understands them. Then
you go through the parameters that you will use
to get people into the organization in terms of
competences and merit, not gender the right mix.
That way, you start building a core which is healthy.
Then you need to look at how the businesses
are likely to evolve. A lot of times, we fnd that a
company fails because the organization structure
is not able to cope with business change. You try
to ft all the businesses that you want to do or all
the opportunities that you have under a central
organization structure. You need to build a culture
where the organization is like a living being,
changing shape and character as the businesses
change shape and character.
Then you very carefully tend to this organization on
an ongoing basis. First, you tend to it yourself, and
then you make sure that the next person who is going
to tend to it has understood what this involves, and
of course you also need a buy-in from the team. You
make sure that this succession process gets emulated
time after time, based on what is appropriate at that
point of time. There are great companies that have
lasted very long, which you can learn from.
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Dilip Cherian: Thank you. I think thats
absolutely brilliant to build it up from the
foundation. Sadhguru, you also have a long-term
vision. You said the Dhyanalinga will stand for 5000
years. How do you create an organization that lasts
for hundreds of years?
Sadhguru: This is a sathsang question. What I am
going to say may not be relevant to a business group.
[Laughs]
Dilip Cherian: [Laughs] But this is his question.
Sadhguru: For a foundation like this to function,
there are four or fve layers of fabric that hold it
in place. The topmost layer is the huge volunteer
force, which does most of Ishas activity outside.
This is a nebulous group that keeps changing its
shape and size constantly. It requires a whole lot
of mass management to keep them all spirited,
focused, and going.
The next layer are the people who do this mass
management. These are people who have gone
through an intense training. A part of their training
is spiritual in nature. Another part is a certain level
of management training not delivered like in a
business school in terms of principles etc. but in a
completely different way.
Another layer is largely focused on their inner
development not doing much work on the outside.
Probably in the next decade, I am going to focus a
huge amount of my time on those people who are
experientially in a different state. That core is very
important. Without that, there is no strength to a
spiritual movement.
And beyond that, you create energy forms that keep
people oriented in a certain direction, without their
having to making an effort towards it. I think 70%
of my time and energy goes into establishing and
strengthening this, because without that energy
structure, a spiritual process will not happen so
widely.
If you do a survey, you will see, no matter which
part of the world people are in, they feel they are
here, or they feel that I am with them. This is not a
psychological thing. This is about creating an energy
structure which gives them that experience. There
is something more fundamental than that which no
one can ever articulate in logical words. This most
important thing is your connection with the source
of Grace. Without that, things will not happen the
way they happen.
There are spiritual movements that are largely
about providing solace. Solace in the sense that if
you do not feel okay, they will tell you, Everything
will be okay. Dont worry. God is with you. I am
not saying this is not important. When someone
is shattered, solace is important. But I have never
been interested in providing solace. In fact, if people
think they are doing well, my business is to point
out deeper problems to them. I dig up problems that
they have been having but were not conscious of.
Once you are conscious of a problem, you will
naturally want to deal with it. Spiritual process is
not about providing solace but seeking a solution
to the basic life process. In that context, what Isha
offers is revolutionary because on day one, when
people come for an introductory talk, we question
their faith, their gods, and the fundamentals people
have believed in for thousands of years.
Normally, a spiritual movement that demands that
kind of transformation will not become a mass
movement it will always be exclusive, for the
few. But we have managed to make it into a mass
movement. The dedication, commitment, and skill
of people around me has made this happen. And
beyond that, this has been achieved because they
are not only holding it as a part of their lives but as
more than their lives.
Dilip Cherian: Harsh, besides the obvious fact of
having taken your company public, are there any
other elements that you have put in place which
ensure longevity for Marico as a corporate structure?
Harsh: I think I have very much covered this
earlier. Just very briefy: arriving at strategy
alignment tracking, culture tracking, role of the
board, new product, journey, and focus in terms of
where we need to go.
Dilip Cherian: Okay. Professor, would you like
to say something?
Ram Charan: I am not using a hundred-year
vision just perpetuity. If you are creating a
company for perpetuity, you have to have three
elements. One is a culture that renews itself as
the external conditions change. You create the
culture where the internal decision-making about
business and people continually adapts to external
changes. Number two and this is where people
miss it you produce leaders who will steer
the organization. No organization is going to
perpetuate for long without having a leadership
that will steer it. And number three if you want
a perpetual organization going forward, as Harsh
said, you need mechanisms inside the culture that
will produce those leaders and that will correct the
leadership if they made a mistake.
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The Laws of the Physical
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 LVI
Questioner: Ordinary human beings are born with
a certain amount of prarabdha, but what about
Krishna, Shiva, or you isnt all your prarabdha
dissolved? But still, even a god had to face many
adversities in his life, and that seems to be the case
in your life too.
Sadhguru: Shiva never went through any adversity.
There have been situations, such as when he lost his
dear wife Sati. He went through a period of intense
grief for her death, but after some time, he was fne
again. That is so with everyone even if you lose
someone very dear to you, you may grieve for some
time, and then you move on. He also went through
that no big deal. Krishna also went through many
situations, and this is so in my life too. Yes, there are
situations, but there is no suffering. No matter what
happens, it does not leave you broken; it does not
cripple you.
Now to the question why such situations happen
even to a Krishna, a Shiva, a Jesus, or to me? Once
you have chosen to function in a certain way in the
world, you are subject to the laws of the world. I
am not talking about man-made laws, but once you
have chosen to take a physical body and act out a
role in the world, you are also governed by the laws
that control physical existence. This is the reason
why Krishna was talking about dharma, Gautama
Buddha was talking about dhamma, and we are
talking about the fundamental yogic principle,
because this principle, the dhamma, or the dharma
is the guiding factor for the physical dimension
of life. God is not sitting up there and managing
things it is all functioning according to certain
laws and a certain system.
So once you choose to enter that dimension, the
laws of that dimension are applicable to you too,
no matter who you are. You may be Krishna, you
may be Shiva, you may be Sadhguru if you drink
poison, you will die. Maybe you have the capacity to
somehow transcend certain situations if absolutely
needed. You may not die, but still, you will have
to pay a price. You cannot escape it. If you fall off
the terrace, something will break, no matter who
you are, because you have chosen to enter into the
physical space. If you want to be in a condition
where you can fall off from anywhere and nothing
happens to you, you must be disembodied. When
you drop the body, you are not governed by the
physical anymore. But as long as you have a physical
body, you are subject to the laws of the physical.
This also goes for the other dimensions. When you
have seen enough of life physical and otherwise
the longing for mukti arises.
If you are in the physical world, the physical
fools will be pushing you around. If you are in
the disembodied world, the disembodied fools will
be pushing you around. If you are in the celestial
world, the celestial fools will be pushing you
around. Seeing all this, a wise one seeks mukti.
You want to be in a situation where nothing
pushes you around. If nothing should push you
around, you must become nothing, or you must
become everything whichever way you want to
put it. You must become everything, boundless
then nothing pushes you around. But even if
you have access to the boundlessness within you,
once you have chosen to be in this body, you
are governed by the physical. This is the reason
most enlightened beings do not stay in their body.
Once they have the key to go beyond, they do
not see any sense in hanging on to the body and
being pushed around by the physical. It is like you
are the prime minister of the country, and you
came to a small village, and there, the Panchayat
head pushes you around. This is the experience
of all enlightened beings. They have the key to
go beyond, they could be elsewhere, but once
they have taken a physical body, the physical,
and everyone in the physical realm pushes them
around in a million different ways. Krishna
expressed many times that as the Divine, he would
not need to be subject to these things, but since
he took a body because he wanted to establish
dharma in the physical dimension, he was subject
to the laws of the physical. Some worshipped him,
but repeatedly, people made fun of him, calling
him a cowherd not with love, they called him
Gopala, but in a derogatory way, He would not
have had to take all that, but since he took up the
project of establishing dharma, he did.
Questioner: Sadhguru, in Tamil, there is a saying
that goes something like, There is no one who
ruined himself by speaking truth. There is no one
who lived well by speaking lies. Is this true?
Sadhguru: First, we must defne truth and lie. Are
we only talking about verbal truth in the sense
of rendering facts, or are we talking about truth
as a life nourisher? Defnitely truth nourishes life.
Lies pull down life. In that context, the saying is
100% true. But if you look at it as verbal truth
and verbal lies rendering facts is not everything.
Truth means seeing the real context and meaning of
what is there now. By expressing truth, defnitely
no one will get lost. By continuously telling lies,
no one will prosper.
Some extreme life-or-death situation may compel
someone to tell a lie, and they may get away with
it. But if you make lying your philosophy or habit,
you will pay for it. Even for a single lie, you will
pay. One cannot build a life on untruth it will
defnitely not work.
When you are constantly telling lies, after some time,
it will leave your mind completely disoriented. If I
do not misinterpret what happened yesterday, I will
simply recollect the facts. If I forgot what happened,
I can ask someone who was around at that time.
But if I am intentionally telling lies, if I tell you one
thing today, and I tell someone else another thing
tomorrow, then the day after tomorrow, I may not
know anymore what exactly I told you or the other
person. Telling lies leaves you in a state of disarray
within yourself.
Saying things as you see them does not take any
effort; it does not take a lot of thought process.
But telling even a simple lie takes an unnecessary
amount of thought process, which is wasteful and
disorienting. If you keep lying, over a period of
time, you will lose your basic faculties of handling
any aspect of life. Sometimes by lying, you may
have an unfair advantage over someone else, but
if you make that your way of life, defnitely you
will pay for it.
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Why Wear Rudraksh?
Sadhguru about Reverberations
of Substances
The following is an excerpt from a sathsang with
Sadhguru in Tumkot, Nepal, on 15 August 2013,
during the Kailash Manasarovar Sacred Walks.
Participant: Sadhguru, could you talk a little bit
about rudraksh, and how it is different from other
seeds?
Sadhguru: Every substance in the universe has
a certain reverberation to it. We try to identify
things that will support us in a particular direction.
Not only rudraksh all kinds of plants, fowers,
animals everything has been identifed as to
what will take us in a spiritual direction and what
will not. A goat for example is not a good choice.
A bull, a snake, or a peacock is, because these
creatures have a certain sensitivity.
When I was 10, 11 years of age, I used to spend
a lot of time in the forest, at Chamundi Hill and
elsewhere. If I simply sat in one place, I would
catch 5 to 10 cobras in an afternoon. One reason
is I developed a certain skill for this. A cobra does
not leave much of a trail just a certain type of
smell and small traces of its movements. You have
to be extremely observant to notice that a snake
has recently moved somewhere.
At that time, I was too proud of my skills. Only much
later, when I really started meditating, I realized
they were coming towards me rather than I fnding
them. Many times, it has happened to me that when
I was in a forest and I simply sat still, particularly
in the afternoon somewhere between two and fve
oclock, when I open my eyes again, there would be
at least fve to eight cobras around me. The moment
you become meditative, they are drawn to you.
These kinds of creatures that are drawn to that kind
of reverberation are considered as spiritual.
Likewise, there is a whole variety of sacred fowers.
You have heard people saying that a certain fower
is the favorite of Shiva, another one the favorite of
Vishnu and so on. They identifed fowers whose
reverberations are closest to what we refer to as
Shiva or Vishnu or whatever else. If you touch
or receive them, they have a certain impact.
Therefore, only certain kinds of fowers used to be
offered in temples.
We could demonstrate this by getting different
kinds of fowers and holding a rudraksh over them.
If the rudraksh goes clockwise, it is a good fower to
offer to Shiva. If you try this with a ketaki
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fower,
you will see the rudraksh does not like it. You know,
there is this story about the ketaki fower bearing
false witness before Shiva and subsequently being
banned from being used as an offering to Shiva. All
these stories are told so that it sinks into peoples
minds and hearts, but the essence of it is that the
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reverberation should match only then will a
connection be established.
Similarly, everything was identifed according to
its reverberation. Rudraksh is one of those items
that have a very unique type of reverberation. Just
holding it in your hand, you can feel the difference.
However, if you have worn your rudraksh for
three to six months, it would have in a way melded
with your body by now. Therefore, each persons
rudraksh will be different. That is why you should
never give your rudraksh to someone else or take
someone elses rudraksh, because it would have
acquired a certain reverberation that is conducive to
you and that has something of you in it. Similarly,
in Tamil Nadu, no one would take salt, sesame
seeds, or oil from someone elses hands. They
would not even take a lemon from just anyone.
This is because certain substances have the ability
to imbibe whatever they come in touch with very
quickly. Especially small lemons have this quality to
absorb everything like a sponge the positive and
the negative. That is why they are used both in the
temple and for black magic.
Rudraksh has this quality too in a way, it becomes
a part of your body. If you have worn it for one or
two years 24 hours a day, and one day, you take it off
and try to sleep, you will not be able to sleep. It will
feel as if a part of your body is missing, because the
rudraksh has become a part of you and it functions
like that as an extra organ. The main purpose of
this organ is to make you available to Grace. Because
no matter what yogic practices or whatever else you
do, ultimately, only by becoming available to Grace,
you become a possibility. This is why devotees
attain quicker than anyone else, because they offer
themselves. If that sense of offering is not brought
in, yoga will be nothing but a circus.
Just to initiate you into a 21-minute practice
[Shambhavi Mahamudra], we put you through the
works. Only when you are ready to be a mother to
the world, we initiate you into Shambhavi. Being a
mother to the world means becoming an offering.
Essentially, a mother is someone who has felt a
sense of absolute offering to another life, at least for
a moment. Being a mother means feeling someone
who is not you as a part of yourself. This also goes
for a yogi. Being a yogi means experiencing what is
not you as a part of yourself.
Through the natural process of becoming a mother,
unknowingly, a little bit of yoga touches you. You
could cultivate this and make your experience grow
from being a mother to one child to becoming a
mother to the whole universe. But that does not
occur to most people they only want to be a
mother to a particular one. This is the Dhritarashtra
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problem. The whole country is suffering from this
Dhritarashtra syndrome only being concerned
about what is mine and what is not mine. Being
a mother means that at some point, you experienced
what is not you as a part of yourself. This is a small
door towards yoga, but most people close it rather
than opening it.
Another thing about rudraksh is that it creates
health. For all those who are only interested
in living more donkeys years, this is the most
important aspect. They are not really interested
in how they live they just want to live longer.
For what? If you check their happiness-meter from
morning to evening, it does not touch any heights.
They want to live longer only because they are
scared of death. Nothing phenomenal is happening
in their lives that would make it worth hanging
onto it. Only because what is next is not known to
them, they want to hang on.
Whatever you do, there will be no success in any
area of life whether it is spiritual process, health,
wealth, or anything else if you do not become
available to Grace. Either you have to become
consciously available to it or unconsciously, in your
own way, you become available to it. Without some
amount of Grace, no human being, no creature
would be alive. But if you consciously make Grace
a part of your life, everything will work easily and
smoothly. It will be a well-lubricated life. Rudraksh
enhances that possibility. We want to use every
support that is available to us.
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Creating a Future for
Our Children
Sadhguru in Conversation with
Ad Guru Piyush Pandey
In another edition of the In Conversation with
the Mystic series, Sadhguru met with ad guru
Piyush Pandey for a session under the theme
Spirituality & Consumerism on 6 January 2014
in Mumbai. Here is the second excerpt of their
conversation.
Piyush: Today, everyone wants their child to be
better than the others. Societies around the world
are moving in that direction. What suggestions
would you give to people to try and bring a sense of
balance into children?
Sadhguru: Parents in India are pushing their children
towards a certain educational qualifcation because
survival is still a strong motivating factor. Except for
a thin layer of society that has gone beyond that,
in most Indian families, it is till now, Somehow
get into engineering; get into medicine; get into
IAS; get into IT because the survival mode is still
strong. When survival is in question, everything is
by compulsion. The dictates of survival will largely
determine what you can do and what you cannot
do. But once you have gone beyond the dictates of
survival, you should consciously choose. Creating
another level of compulsiveness is sheer madness.
When you have gone beyond survival, this is not
the time to imitate other people. This is not the time
to take mass decisions. This is the time for individual
people to fower, because the essence of human life
is that individuals can grow to their full potential. If
that does not happen, you have degraded humanity.
You have deprived those individual human beings
of the possibility of what they could be.
Our education systems are still in that mode. They
were created for you to become a cog in the larger
machinery of industry, business, or whatever.
Reducing a human being to a cog who serves a
certain machine is once again only signifcant as
long as survival is in question. Once that is taken
care of in a society, creating cogs should not exist
anymore. But unfortunately, we try to ft them into
a different machine.
First of all you must understand that children dont
belong to you. They dont come from you they
only come through you. You must always be grateful
and see it as a privilege that another life passes
through you and becomes real. This is not a time to
exercise your right of property. Your children are
not your property. A human being cannot be your
property. It is not for you to fulfl your unfulflled
dreams through your children. It is not for you to
drive them or harness them in any particular way.
The moment a child arrives, a whole lot of parents
think it is time to teach. I want to ask you a simple
question. If your child is below 10 years of age, who
is more joyful you or the child? The child. Then
who should be a consultant for life the miserable
one or the joyful one?
In the process of the so-called growing up,
people have become so rigid. They smile once in
fve days; laughter happens only when they get
drunk. You hardly hear simple, joyful laughter
anywhere. When a child comes, without knowing
why, you laugh, you crawl under the sofa, you
learn to throw a ball properly. You do all kinds of
things things that you would have never done by
yourself simply because this bundle of joy has
arrived in your family, which is a privilege. It is
not for you to shape and twist them and make them
like you or not make them like you. Your business
is only to protect them from other infuences. This
is the best thing you can do.
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People keep asking me, Sadhguru, how come you
can do a whole range of things? The thing is, I
remained uneducated, which is not an easy task.
From the moment you are born, your parents, your
teachers, just about anyone in the world is trying to
teach you a whole lot of things that never worked
in their lives. They are even telling you where God
lives, his childrens names, his birthday. They think
they know everything, but they dont know a thing
about themselves. If you could keep your children
just the way they were born an active intelligence,
no conclusions you would be doing the best thing
for them. But you wont agree because you would
like to infuence them with your advertisement.
Piyush: I only have dogs, and they dont listen to me
anyway. [Laughter] So Im fne.
You spoke about survival. Where do you draw
the line between survival and consumerism? For
instance in our country, we have an emerging rural
middle class. I think it was survival when a man
lived in a cave. Then he wanted some more air so he
made a window, then slowly he made a garden, then
bedrooms and bathrooms. Now they are looking at
cars. Do you call it consumerism or do you call it
betterment of lifestyle? Where does it end?
Sadhguru: Right now, our standards have become
such that everyone wants to do what America does.
If all the Americans put carbon dioxide in their
water and drink it, everyone in the world drinks it
too and says, This is the real thing, even though
even a kindergarten child knows this body does
well with oxygen, not with carbon dioxide. If all
the Americans wear only blue trousers, everyone
across the world wears blue trousers too. Knowingly
or unknowingly, we have promoted America to a
leadership position and we are imitating whatever
they are doing. We need to understand, America
evolved as a nation in a completely different kind of
geography, in a different kind of atmosphere.
The frst people who went to America, the so-called
Founding Fathers, were not the elite of the United
Kingdom. They were not the most educated. People
who were treated badly, segregated from society,
who could not have a good life there, risked their
lives to go across the ocean. Two hundred years ago,
going across the Atlantic was almost like leaving
the world. People took the risk because their lives
there were bad and without possibility. When
they frst came to North America, they saw a lush,
limitless land. From water to land, they splurged
on everything. Agriculture, construction, and
everything else was supersize because they were
working out their former poverty.
This happens in every society, but unfortunately,
that culture continued to grow in the same mode, and
the whole world is taking to it. I am not questioning
the morality of it I am only questioning the
practicality of it. I dont say this is right or wrong.
Everyone could live the way they want, if only we
had suffcient resources. At the beginning of the 20
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century, we were only 1.6 billion people. Today, we
are 7.2 billion people. The United Nations predicts
that by 2050, we will be 9.6 billion people. If we
really want to splurge and do whatever we want,
we must at least reduce our population. If you as
a generation do not produce children, you can
consume. But if you want the world population to
grow and billions of people to consume, it is nothing
short of suicide.
If instead of leaving it to the predictions that by 2050,
we will be close to 10 billion people, we consciously
aim at being 3.5 billion people by 2050 not by
killing anyone, but by reducing the reproduction
process you dont have to be that concerned about
what individual people are doing. Another thing
is, if there is more space in the world, there will be
less need to imitate someone else. Right now, since
most people live in crammed places, what someone
else does immediately affects us right away, we
compare and upgrade our stuff too. If one kid has
a certain thing, all other kids want to have it too.
If there was a little more space, this consumerism
would reduce, but that space is only possible if you
work on the population numbers.
If we try to work on human aspirations, we will never
succeed. You cannot control human aspirations, but
you can control human populations. Right now,
they are consuming, but they are not consuming
enough contraceptives.
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In this series, Sadhguru discusses various aspects through which you can take your yogic
practice to a whole new level. After an introduction about the element of water in the context
of hata yoga in the frst part of this series, Sadhguru now expands on the water balance in the
body, and about becoming a fountainhead.
Questioner: Namaskaram, Sadhguru. You said we
should not drink water or use the restroom during
the practices why not?
Sadhguru: This whole idea that you have to sip
water all the time has been established, particularly
in the United States, because water is a big business.
The fact is, if you do not have enough water in
your body, the sodium concentration in the blood
increases, the brain will swell a little bit; you will
feel pressure in your head and get a headache. If
you drink a larger quantity of water at once, the
body will know how much to absorb. But if you
are sipping water all the time, the body will get
confused. When you sip water little by little, the
absorption will be much higher, the blood will get
diluted, and the sodium level will fall. If the sodium
level falls beyond a certain point, once again the
brain will swell. That is far more damaging than
the swelling from increased sodium concentration.
Nature has provided mechanisms to manage a lack
of water in the system to a certain point. But nature
never expected you to drink excess water and cause
a problem for yourself. Therefore, there are no
defense mechanisms for that.
When you practice yoga, you systematically raise
the ushna [heat] in the body we do not want it to
fall. If you drink cold water, the ushna will rapidly
fall, and this will cause various other reactions. You
will become more susceptible to allergic conditions,
excess mucus, and the like. If you are doing
intense asanas and suddenly you drink cold water,
immediately, you may catch a cold. Therefore, never
drink water when you are doing asanas. And never
go to the bathroom during practice time, because
you should work out the water in the form of sweat.
It must pour from the top of your head not all
over the body. Slowly, as you practice, as your yoga
takes shape within you, if you do any asana, you
must sweat from the head. The rest of the body may
sweat according to the weather conditions, but the
main sweating should happen from your head. That
Effects of Water on the Body during Yogic Practices
Why The Water Factor
Part 6:
means you are directing your energy in the right
direction, and the asanas will naturally do that.
If you do the asana properly, slowly, you will start
sweating from the head. Ultimately, you want to
become a fountain head of something else, so you
frst practice with waste water. If you keep working
up your ushna, it will naturally take the waste water
upward. If your system gets too hot, slow it down
with a little bit of shavasana, but never reduce the
heat with cold water. You should sweat it out rather
than going to the bathroom because the level of
purifcation is much higher when the waste water
comes out as sweat.
When you are dripping with sweat while practicing
yoga, usually your clothes will soak it up. But if you
are bare bodied, always rub the sweat back into the
body, because there is a certain element of prana in
the sweat, which we do not want to lose. When we
rub the sweat back into the system, it will create a
certain aura and strength for the body; a cocoon of
your own energy, which is also known as kavacha.
We do not want to fush it down the drain. Yoga is
about using the body to its maximum beneft.
If you do asanas regularly and you rub back your
sweat into the system, you will generate a certain
level of ushna and pranic intensity. Hot weather,
cold weather, hunger, thirst it all will not bother
you. It is not that you are completely free from it all,
but this puts you in a different place. The idea is to
slowly grow beyond your physical compulsions. The
physical is a series of compulsions but whether it is
food, drink, bathroom, or whatever else the level
of a particular compulsion is different from person
to person.
The idea is to reduce the compulsions gradually so
that one day, if you sit, you become yoga you are
not just practicing yoga. To become yoga means
that your level of perception is such that there is
no distinction between you and the universe. You
have to build your system in such a way that it
can take that. Otherwise, if by accident someone
perceives something very intense and their system
is not ready for it, their fuse will blow out. Many
people who have done wacky yoga through books
or whatever else have lost their minds. It is very
important that you build your system in such
a way that the higher ways of living and doing
things will naturally come to you. For that to
happen, you have to climb high enough. Do not sit
here and ask for higher dimensions to come down
to you. If they come down, it will not be good for
you. You have to climb to a place where higher
dimensions are with you.
Excerpted from a talk by Sadhguru at the Isha
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Sadhguru Spot
Musings from the Master
The Supreme Court of India has recognized a third
gender and has legalized their existence. It is a social
and legal validation that has been long overdue.
Right from ancient times, the third gender was a
recognized factor in Indian culture. There never
was any persecution, but there was no equal status
either. Though this is a welcome decision by the
highest court in the nation, it also opens up a gamut
of issues from public offce, marriage, property, and
cultural implications to bathroom use. Justice to the
third gender is good, but sensitivities of ladies and
gentlemen have to be taken into account.
Ardhanarishwara, as Shiva is known, is not of the
third gender but the peak of the masculine and
feminine. Being beyond the duality is not in denial
of the dual nature of physical existence. On one
level, Yoga also means the Union of masculine
and feminine within oneself. There is no need for
strong identity with any one of these, as life is a
manifestation of both. All of us were born because
of the meeting and mingling of male and female.
In turn, our being male or female need not be
carried in our minds in a big way; the body will do
it anyway. Male/Female is bodys business. There is
no need to extend it beyond the body. It is not an
identity but a body structure. Due to the ignorance
of strong identity with the body, male/female ideas
and prejudices have dominated the social fabric.
A strong sense of being man or woman means
that you are too identifed with your reproductive
organs. If you must be identifed with some part
of your body, try the brains. It could work out
better for you, and a healthier social fabric could
be woven. One way of describing consciousness is
your identity has shifted from body parts to cosmic
proportions. In this lies the possibility that the very
intelligence of the cosmos can be harnessed.
Here I am at iii, Tennessee. Spring is just about
bursting. Spring is about fresh leaves, fowers, birds
and bees, pollination and repopulation. Ladies and
gentlemen, the human species is not endangered
no need to feel encouraged.
Let us make it happen,
Love & Grace
Gender 3
Excerpted from Sadhguru Spot of 23 April 2014
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Program Highlights
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Date Program Place Contact
36 Jun 2014 Hata Yoga
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
0422-2515300
iycprograms@ishayoga.org
58 Jun 2014
Inner Engineering
Retreat
Residential Program
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
0422-2515421
ieretreat@ishafoundation.org
6 Jun 2014
Making of a Nation
Dr. Kiran Bedi in
conversation with
Sadhguru
Siri Fort
Auditorium,
New Delhi, India
8108 98466, 99101 39202
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1314 Jun 2014 Surya Kriya
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
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1824 Jun 2014
Darshan with Sadhguru
Every Evening 5:30 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m.
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
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26 Jun 2014
Yantra Ceremony
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Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
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2629 Jun 2014
Inner Engineering
Retreat
Residential Program
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
0422-2515421
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12 Jul
6 Dec 2014
Hata Yoga Teacher
Training Program
Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore India
83000 97444
info@ishahatayoga.com
2 Aug 2014
Nanmai Uruvam
Ceremony
with Sadhguru
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Isha Recipes For Healthy Living
PREPARATION METHOD
INGREDIENTS
BAKED VEGGIE STACK
Peel and cut the pumpkin and sweet potato into 2-inch-long pieces. Cut these pieces into thin,
vertical slices with a sharp knife or a vegetable peeler. You could also use a food processor to slice
the frm vegetables as thin as possible. Keep each vegetable in a separate bowl.
Chop the capsicums lengthwise to make thin, long slices. Keep yellow and green capsicum in
separate bowls.
Mix the dried Italian herbs, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
Coat the vegetable slices in the 4 separate bowls with 1 tablespoon of olive oil each. Sprinkle the
Italian condiment mix and the optional chopped basil leaves on the vegetable slices in each bowl.
Spread a single layer of the yellow capsicum slices in a glass, ceramic, or aluminium baking dish,
and top it with a layer each of pumpkin slices, green capsicum, and sweet potato slices (arrange
slightly overlapping). Repeat the stacking in the same order one more time and spread the peas as
the top layer. Seal the top of the baking dish with foil.
Heat the oven to 375F or 190C and bake the stack for 20 minutes. Remove the foil after 20
minutes and bake for an extra 10-12 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are lightly browned.
Remove from the oven. After 5 minutes, squeeze half a lime over the hot vegetable stack. Cut into
4 squares and serve hot.
ENJOY!
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(SERVES 4)
200 g Sweet potatoes
250 g Peeled pumpkin
1 medium sized Yellow capsicum
1 medium sized Green capsicum
100 g Fresh peas
1 teaspoon Mixed Italian herbs (Basil, Marjoram,
Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme)
1 teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
1 teaspoon Freshly, coarsely ground black pepper
10 fresh Basil leaves, roughly chopped (optional)
4 tablespoons Olive oil
1/2 Lime
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Volume - 2 / Issue - 6 `15 Annual Subscription `180 June 2014
The measure of your growth
Is a truth you will have to face
To partake in life upon this earth
Or to face the consequence of death
Mist
Valley obscured by the veil
of mist so fragile
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of foreboding prospects
with vision impaired the
cerebral overdrive begins
to paint pictures of gloom

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Birds and insects wet with
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