This is a book for the thirsty. And emphatically not a book for the fainthearted. Ina series of far-reading exploratory conversations, Sadhguru- a living master and mystic of our times- touches on every conceivable question that a seeker might nurse about the realm of the mystical. Questions about enlightenment, liberation, death, God and the afterlife. Also those niggling but ostensibly trifling questions that so many wonder about, but are hesitant to ask: about spirits, disembodied beings, black magic, possession and the occult. And in a riveting culmination to the book, Sadhguru unfolds the story of his life mission, a saga of extraordinary commitment and courage that spans three lifetimes. The result is the Dhyananlinga, the dream of countless yogis down the centuries: a unique energy form which sows the seed of liberation in all who visit it.
This is a book to treasure. It offers an unprecedented glimpse into the world of a contemporary mystic, a prodigious living archive of knowledge. I the course of his discussions, Sadhguru probes the farthest realms of illogic, and yet his unfailingly rational and matter –of-fact tone lends credibility to the more fantastic aspects of the content. The result is a unique perspective on a world you knew –or thought you knew. Refracted through the mystic eye- a lens of exceptional insight and piercing clarity-it is a world transformed. A world that reminds you that there are indeed many ‘more things’ on heaven and earth.. than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’
Profound mystic and visionary humanitarian, Sadhguru is a spiritual master with a difference. An unusual blend of profundity and pragmatism, his life and work serve as a reminder that yoga is not an esoteric discipline from an outdated past, but a contemporary science, vitally relevant to our times, Passionate, insightful, witty, logical-and always deeply transformational-Sadhguru’s programmes and talks have earned him the reputation of a guru, speaker and opinion-maker of international renown. His written works include Mystic’s Musings, Encoutner the Enlightened, Eternal Echoes, Dhyanalinga; The silent Revolution and Flowers on the Path.
What exactly is enlightenment? And who exactly is a mystic? Are mystics still to be found? Why does the prospect of bumping into a live one today seem about as likely as encountering Tyrannosaurus Rex in your backyard?
For the greater part of my life, I believed I'd been born into a guruless world. (A godless one too, but things had apparently been that way a long time.) No one seemed to address the questions that really counted - questions about life and death and all their attendant terrors and mysteries. It often felt like we had been born too late. The gods no longer communed with mortals. Sages no longer kept open the transmission lines between the mundane and the mystical. We lived in a fallen world. One in which 'the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity', as Yeats observed. And eternal thirst was the badge of all our tribe.
Then Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev happened in my life. The thirst didn't go away. If anything, it intensified. But one thing was clear: mystics do exist. Likewise gurus. And they are capable of touching a chord even in dyed-in-the-wool sceptics like myself.
This is a book for the thirsty. And emphatically not a book for the faint-hearted. In a series of far-reaching exploratory conversations, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev - a living master and mystic of our times - touches on every conceivable question that a seeker might nurse about the realm of the mystical. Questions about enlightenment, liberation, death, God and the afterlife. Also those niggling but ostensibly trifling questions that so many wonder about, but are hesitant to ask: about spirits, disembodied beings, angels, demons, black magic, possession and the occult. And in a riveting culmination to the book, Sadhguru unfolds the story of his life mission, a saga of extraordinary commitment and courage that spans three lifetimes. The result is the Dhyanalinga, the dream of countless yogis down the centuries: a unique energy form which sows the seed of liberation in all who visit it.
This is a book to treasure. It offers an unprecedented glimpse into the world of a contemporary mystic, a prodigious living archive of knowledge. In the course of his discussions, Sadhguru probes the farthest realms of illogic, and yet his unfailingly rational and matter-of-fact tone lends credibility to the more fantastic aspects of the content. The result is a unique perspective on a world you knew - or thought you knew. Refracted through the mystic eye - a lens of exceptional insight and piercing clarity - it is a world transformed. A world that reminds you that there are indeed many 'more things on heaven and earth ... than are dreamt of in your philosophy'.
The book includes an introduction to Sadhguru as well as short prefatory notes to each chapter by Swami Nisarga. Short poems by Sadhguru serve as entry points to each chapter.
Even at a time when there is great versatility in people's understanding of the word spiritual, it is hard to fit Sadhguru into the category of a Spiritual Master in an established sense of the word. If you think he is someone who walks on water, materializes things out of thin air, reads people's minds, looks into a crystal ball and tells people what they did and ought to do, you are in for a surprise. And if you think not, you are in for a bigger surprise!
For those of us who have had the good fortune of being a witness to all the contradictions, paradoxes, compassion and Grace - sparks and thunders apart - from a million other things that he is, attempting to describe him is certainly not an enviable task. Yet, the possibilities and promises for the layman and the world, in this most blessed phenomenon of our time are so rich and plenty that it would indeed be criminal to not make an attempt, however clumsy.
I first met Sadhguru sixteen years ago, when I had just finished my schooling and was in college. A particular teacher in my school had enthralled us to seek a spiritual master - actually the more sacred version of it - a Guru - and be initiated by him, like he himself was. My imagination, fired by like the autobiography of a Yogi and other similar works led me to yearn for a similar esoteric opportunity. For a couple of years, the picture of a sagely being with a long, flowing, grey beard sitting under a banyan tree and teleporting a handful of disciples into the other worlds was deeply imprinted in me.
So, when I first met this man, clean-shaven and clad in blue jeans and T-shirt, speaking flawless English and riding a motorcycle, as Sadhguru was in those days, I did not in the least think that I had met the Guru. However, the forty minutes that I spent in his introductory talk temporarily distracted me from the sage under the tree and made me look forward to his teachings and practices with the hope that it would help my near-sightedness and my studies - my most pressing problems then.
As years passed, and I got to spend a little more time with this person, unknown to me, bit by bit, little things in me began to align and orient themselves to seek the higher realms of knowing and living and to not settle for the mundane and the mediocre. Ever since then, in scarcely detectable ways, undeterred by my own undoings, Sadhguru's Grace and unseen hands continue to transform my life, taking me beyond my limitations to a destination unknown and undreamt of.
To find a real Guru, a true Guru, or the best Guru, is the most common quest of the seeker. Especially in this culture, where the spectrum of spirituality spans from the devout to the atheist, from the pious to the aghoras - the gory and the unsightly - from the ascetic to the emperor, from the selfless,industrious karma yogis to the academic Vedantins; obviously, getting one's prescription right is of paramount importance.
Sadhguru's response to the predicament has been, "You cannot choose a Guru. Deepen your longing and the Guru will choose you”, -a reality from his own life.
Sadhguru's ways are very unorthodox, if not wild, totally devoid of conformity and other tell-tale marks of one who has been through the garadi 1 of a Guru. So it was only natural to assume that Sadhguru evolved by himself, an example that one wished to emulate. Sadhguru takes utmost care as to how he deals with each person he encounters. Somewhat like the famous saint who threw a volley of stones at the visitors to his ashram taking care that not one stone ever hit anybody, Sadhguru's abrasive ways have always fostered growth. Yet being with such a person meant there was no knowing what could happen next. This always kept us on tenterhooks.
So one morning, at a sathsang in the ashram when Sadhguru spoke for the first time about his Guru who graced him three lifetimes ago and the Dhyanalinga, the reactions were mixed. For many, it was reaffirmation of their secret belief and wish of Sadhguru being connected to a sacred and ancient lineage of Masters, but for clumsy novices like myself who were bumped and bounced often on this roller coaster ride with him, it was like an insurance policy. "Despite his wild ways," I distinctly remember thinking, "this man is actually accountable ... "
Of all the wonderful traits of Sadhguru, the one that endears him to one and all is that of being a friend. As one who abhors the seriousness that people on the spiritual path often get into, Sadhguru often imparts the most profound teaching with utmost nonchalance. His uncanny sense of humor not only delivers the message, but also gives the seeker the much- needed break from the monotony that often sets in.
The hen, that you are, how will you know what deceptive ways Grace will descend. It is Grace that brought you here and it is Grace that will deliver.
I prefer the hen that looks up to the sky than an eagle that flies but always looking down.
How high is not the question, but how intense is your longing for the sky.
May you always be in Grace.
To print in the form of a book the Master's words about the sacred, spoken to carefully prepared disciples and to make it available to the uninitiated and the indifferent alike, is definitely a sacrilege at Isha, where 'live transmission of the experience' is the mantra.
However, this book is not to create another mirage in the harsh deserts of life, but to spread the sacred fragrance of bounty and abundance of an Oasis of a Living Master and an invitation for one and all to come, drink, dive and dissolve into it. Those of us who have been blessed by being involved in making this book happen, bow down in gratitude to Sadhguru for enabling us to make this priceless offering to the world.
In history and lore we have heard of many Blessed beings who strive to enlighten the world in their own ways. Some from the solitude of the mountains, some from their palaces, some from their hermitages, some in the battlefields and some in the marketplace. Sadhguru, whose abode once was the peaks of the Velliangiri Mountains, in symbolism that is true of His own life and work, now has descended to the foothills to inspire and infuse the seeking into the beings of the plains.
At a time when we are overwhelmed by the innumerable calls all around by leaders of sorts exhorting the masses to follow them, these verses from a poem by Sadhguru summarize what is typical of him:
… I was born like you, I eat like you, sleep like you and I will die like you but the limited has not limited me life’s bondages have not bound me as the dance of life you but the limited has not limited me life’s bondages have not bound me as the dance of life progresses this space, this unboundness has become unbearably sweet
Become love and reach out become me!
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