Adiyogi, the first yogi Arrived in the upper region of the Himalayas many thousands of years ago He transmitted the technologies of yoga for evolving human consciousness While many yogi’s have spread this knowledge around the world Agastya Muni has played an important role in bringing this spiritual culture to India Even today remnants of Agastya Muni’s work are present in the day to day activities of the people in this country. To revive these technologies that are deeply embedded in our traditions, to bring physical and mental well-being and spiritual vibrance into the lives of every human being Sadhguru offers Isha yoga as one of the methods to enhance one’s life [Sadhguru] In every way comfort and convenience has come our way because of engineering the world, but human well-being will not come because of engineering or fixing the outside If you fix the outside It will become comfortable, convenient, but well-being will happen only if you fix this one otherwise it will not happen Whatever you do with the outside You can never fix the outside 100% the way you want it Not a single situation in your life happens 100% the way you want it. It isn’t?
You have some *stake*, a little bit happens your way, little bit happens my way.
It’s okay The world is not happening your way and not a single person in your life is happening 100% the way you want them. Is it so? Your parents, your children, your spouse, your friend, your partner, does anybody happen 100% the way you want them? Has anybody happened? Not even your dog these days they do their own thing, isn’t it? Nobody happens your way, that’s not the problem The problem is this one is not happening your that is the problem, isn’t it? If this was happening the way you want it, how would you keep it? It’s a question If this one was happening 100% the way you want him, how would you keep him? Blissful or miserable? Absolutely blissful, as pleasant as you can, isn’t it? So right now the problem is just this, this one is not happening the way you want it to be or this is happening accidentally If you’re an accidental being, if you are happening accidentally, you are always a potential calamity and it What is it, first of all, that you call as “myself”? When you say “myself”, what are the things you are referring to? You are not referring to your house, your car, your clothes… Are you? When you say “myself” you’re talking about this one Everything is happening the way you want it, but this one thing is not happening the way you want it, and that’s misery, isn’t it? Every activity, whatever you do, your business… Why you build a business? Why you build a family? Why you are in pursuit of a career? Why you are doing everything that you’re doing, whether you are going to the temple or to the bar, you are still in pursuit of your well-being, isn’t it so? Yes The man who goes to the temple, he thinks that’s where his well-being is. The man who goes to the bar, he thinks that’s where his well-being is, isn’t it so? Both are in pursuit of the same thing Both are in pursuit of some kind of pleasantness Well, some people want to go to heaven. Why? Because the advertisements have always said heaven is a very pleasant place If they had told you heaven is an unpleasant place. Do you want to go there? So whether you are doing this or that whether you want to be here or you want to go to heaven. Still you’re in pursuit of pleasantness. Especially now all that is ok, but how can I be pleasant within myself? Have you met my mother-in-law? Have you seen my boss? I have seen all of them Especially if your outsides have become unpleasant is it not all the more important, that you keep your insides pleasant? For some reason if the outside is turn unpleasant, is it extremely important that you keep your internal very very pleasant Because external pleasantness needs cooperation from many ingredients Sometimes you manage it, sometimes you cannot But your inner pleasantness, there is only one ingredient yourself This one thing should happen the way you want, isn’t it? The world may not cooperate but I am asking, are you willing to cooperate with your own well-being? How many of you have had at least one 24 hour segment in your life, in these many years of life, just one 24 hour segment where you are utterly blissful? Not a moment of anxiety, not a moment of irritation, not a moment of anger, not a moment of disturbance you went through 24 hours blissfully Very very few human beings say “yes” to.. can say “yes” to this See, if one day went wrong, understandable If not a single day has happened the way you wanted, something very fundamental is off the mark, isn’t it? Yes? If not even one 24 hours happened the way exactly the way you want it, something very basic is off the track, isn’t it? This is because we are functioning accidentally… We are operating this human mechanism without any knowing about it, without any understanding about it For example you sat in your car,
you don’t know what these three pedals are, you kick anyone of them whenever you feel like it You know what a jerky driver you will be? That’s all it is right now. It is not that you do not know peace It is not that you do not know joy It is not that you do not know moments or blissfulness and ecstasy the problem is just that it is not sustainable, isn’t it? It is jerky. Your well-being is right now in a jerky state This moment your wonderful, next moment you are nasty, this moment your beautiful, next moment you are ugly, this moment you are joyful, next moment you don’t know what Isn’t this the way it’s happening? When you’re… when you were five years of age, how joyful you were? And today, how joyful you are in terms of how many moments in a day, has it gone up or gone down? Gone down See when you were five years of age you had no life of your own, whatever they said, you had to do Today you have a life of your own everything is yours, but… Everything that you do, you did only in pursuit of your well-being and joy, but it is going down Then something basic is off the rack, isn’t it? Nobody is old enough for this here.. Suppose you owned a car, you got yourself a car in 1940’s Along with this, you need two servants, because morning push start In 1950s if you got a car, one help would do because, crank start Today all your cars are self-start isn’t it? All I am asking you is Your joyfulness, your peacefulness, your well-being, shall we keep it on push start or shall we get it on self starter? I wanna hear that [People] Self start
[Sadhguru] Self start? I’m only talking about upgrading technologies, but right now it is still on push start, isn’t it so?
If only consciously you could conduct this, you would exist here as the Creator himself You would make your life just the way you want it So, I think the most important engineering that needs to happen is that you engineer yourself the way you want yourself to be, before we start engineering the world. Once you have come as a human being, somehow survival is not enough, isn’t it? Just to eat, sleep, reproduce and die one day Somehow is not enough for a human being If you had come as any other creature on this planet Stomach full, life settled. But once you come here as a human being, stomach empty, only one problem stomach full, one hundred problems Your life begins only after survival is taken care of.
Isn’t it? Now, once you are a human being you are constantly looking for something else Some sense of fulfilment, something to go beyond.
We will look at this later, but right now Whatever you want to pursue, first and foremost thing is, your experience of life, should be taken into your hands, isn’t it? When you are 5 years of age your face was like this beaming Slowly lot of faces are becoming long, not because they’re growing a beard Just like that You go and stand on any of the main streets in your town Every minute hundreds of people are passing, lot of them driving their dream machines How many joyful faces do you see on the street? Ah? (laughs)
How many? If you see any, usually they’re very young faces Over 30 faces are all long faces.
What’s happened to them? For most of them their lives have happened far better than they ever imagined, for most of you ,your lives have happened far better than you ever imagined You’re definitely living better than your father or your grandfather. I’m saying materially, yes? Materially are you not living better than your fathers and grandfathers? Unless your grandfather happened to be a maharaja So it is not that there is something wrong with your life, but faces are becoming long. Why? If you are pursuing, if you are in pursuit of your happiness, and trying to fix the whole world, it is an endless distance If you turn around, it is right here Because the basis of your experience is within you So what we are looking at is to turn around. This is a simple method, a simple technology to turn inward If you turn inward and take charge of the basis or the seed of your experience after that Do I have to tell you, please choose joy, don’t choose misery? Do you need a scripture like this? Do you need a teaching like this? If you had a choice, your choice would definitely be pleasantness, there is no question about that. Right now the problem is you have lost the choice.
Why is it that you have lost the choice? Simply without understanding even the fundamentals of this system you are trying to operate What is happening within you, should not happen by chance This should happen just by intent, no by accident, isn’t it? Because this is such an accidental being We are switching to all kinds of belief systems Now, this is not a belief system, this is not a philosophy, this is not a teaching. This is a technology You have to learn to use it, unless you learn to use it it will not work I think the perspective that Sadhguru has given and the practices gives you a strength and stability to go through the day and go through the months without getting overly disturbed by these stresses And as my practices have deepened, I think my equanimity, my sense of calmness, in the face of all that life throws at me, has certainly improved a lot After the birth of my first child I? discovered that I was suffering from a couple of chronic ailments like hypertension and joint pain. I took the Isha Yoga program more for inner well-being, but to my utter amazement, I found that within 16 weeks, within 4 months of doing my practices regularly, that I was completely off the medications An my logical mind, the doctor in me, doesn’t believe it But my laboratory tests and the past four years of my experience shows that this is a reality The first time I saw Sadhguru had a profound impact on me, to the extent that I don’t think.. I didn’t think at that time and I was coming for the inner engineering program that It would change my life to the extent that it did From the outside nothing changed, from the inside everything changed. Two things have happened one is My energy levels have gone up enormously, my focus and levels of concentration have gone up and I’m no longer as impatient as I used to be with people. I have far more.. I have a far greater compassion, I have a greater understanding I think for each person he he explores their journeys and makes them realize maybe something that they already knew.
I was just thanking him and I said; Sadhguru “thank you” is a very small word. I just want to say you know It’s been absolutely fantastic for me, and he said don’t thank me. Thank yourself because everything was already within you Emerging from the lineage of Agastya Muni, who was one of the Sapta Rishis Sadhguru, as a guru _?_ yogi, who today strives to continue Agastya Muni’s work carrying the same intensity and passion of the great sage Sadhguru has addressed various prestigious global forums and has been a regular at the world Economic forum He has also stirred the hearts of villages in rural Tamil Nadu An accomplished yogi and mystic of the highest order Sadhguru, in his all-inclusive compassion, has touched the lives of people from all walks of life Now we invite you to join us in this rare opportunity of being with him