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Beyond Mind: Sadhguru Vasudev Speaks

Maladies, both physical and mental have become the subtext of modern urban existence. A fast paced lifestyle imbued with technology places a great emphasis on the role of the mind in our lives. However, this is a detrimental situation since human existence has emotional, physical and energy dimensions in addition to the mental. What is the proper role that we should assign to our minds in our lives? Here is a short discourse by Sadhguru Vasudev on the subject.

(Above): Sadhguru Vasudev lecturing disciples at a discourse meet.

“Meditation is the only freedom from all the stress that human beings are going through.” — Sadhguru Vasudev.

At a recent discourse, Sadhguru Vasudev said, “The more people think, the less joyful they are becoming in their lives. It should not be so.” “Your mind is just society’s garbage bin. Anybody who walks by you stuffs something in your head and goes. You really have no choice, whatever comes and hits any of the sense organs, either a vision or a sound or a sensation or a taste or a smell that touches your sense organs gets stored in the mind. So what you call as mind, the accumulative part of the mind is subject to the kind of social, religious and cultural situations you are being exposed to.”

“We could make the mind into three parts. The discriminatory dimension of the mind, which is called the intellect; the accumulative part that gathers information; and awareness, which is called pragna.

The very way you think, feel and understand life is just what kind of garbage you gathered in your head. Some of you have social garbage, religious garbage, spiritual garbage, it doesn’t matter. But all this has come from outside. It’s of survival significance only. It is not of any life significance. Your ability to recycle the garbage is your intellect. Your survival on this planet is possible only because you are able to discriminate between one thing and the other.

The more intellectual you become, the more you start splitting everything around you and it doesn’t know where to stop. It doesn’t allow you to be with anything totally. Intellect is a wonderful instrument for survival, at the same time intellect is a terrible barrier for you to experience the Oneness of life. Only if you know to what extent your logic should go and where it should not go, your life will be beautiful.

All the impressions that have entered your mind have entered you only through your five sense organs. And sense organs can perceive everything only in comparison. If you had not seen darkness in your life, you wouldn’t know what is light.

“Only if you know to what extent your logic should go and where it should not go, your life will be beautiful.” — Sadhguru Vasudev.

Sense perception is giving you a distorted impression of reality because sense organs experience everything only in comparison with something else. And when there is a comparison there is always duality. You can only perceive in parts. So your perception is all in bits and pieces and these will never make the whole.

Now, if you wipe it with awareness, this intellect can cut through what is true and what is not true. When your intellect becomes razor sharp, so that nothing sticks to it, it doesn’t get attached to anything, it is not identified with anything, it just makes you see everything simply the way it is. It is not influenced by your accumulation, by your identifications, by your emotions.

The whole process of yoga and meditation is just this, once you have a clear space between you and your mind, it is a completely different dimension of existence.”

Sadhguru Vasudev instituted the Isha Foundation to raise human consciousness and make tools for self-transformation available to all. Inner Engineering , a vehicle for inner transformation, is the flagship program offered through Isha Foundation. It sets the participants on a path to bringing all four aspects of their existence – mind, body, emotions and life energy – into a proper balance through a process of awareness and sadhana (practice). In addition to the spiritual benefits of IE, practitioners have also benefited with improved health, heightened sense of wellbeing, relief from ailments and freedom from addictions. Here is the personal experience of Jennifer Lomboy, an Isha meditator from California on how IE reversed the growth of uterine tumors that, according to the medical experts, could only be removed through surgery:

“Just over one and a half years ago, I found fibroid tumors in my uterus, so many, they formed the size of a grapefruit. Because of the size and location of tumors, it created great discomfort and started to interfere with my lifestyle and drastically limited my activities. Adding to the complication, the tumors seemed to be growing rapidly.  After seeing various doctors, they all told me no medicine would work, nothing would shrink the tumors because of the size, and I would need a hysterectomy.

After doing the program with Sadhguru, and as time went on and I did the Shambhavi Mahamudra practice every day (most of the time twice a day) the tumors actually started to disappear. I feel great now, and I’m doing the things I used to do, and then some I never imagined I would.  What’s more amazing is that doing the daily kriya brought me to such a level of  joy, calm, and buoyancy on the inside, and more ability to encompass the vicissitudes of life, that it actually started not to matter so much what the medical results would be.  Inner Engineering doesn’t only transform your health, it transforms you.”

Sadhguru will be in San Mateo, Calif., to conduct an Inner Engineering program, Oct. 11-13. It is an opportunity to imbibe a new awareness of body, spirit and mind as well as to learn the simple daily practice of “Shambhavi Mahamudra” from Sadhguru. Those looking for greater balance in their lives, even those curious about yoga and meditation, can avail of this opportunity. For more information, visit www.InnerEngineering.com/Live.


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