Myself, I love to hear about how other people became awakened / enlightened.
I’ve watched Sadhguru’s videos here and there over recent years but somehow was a little put out by something in his manner, not quite sure what. Perhaps I could not quite connect with him for whatever reason, he seemed a little far removed. Even though I’m Indian myself by birth and some growing up there, I guess like westerners there is a suspicion of Indian gurus with long beards 🙂 And perhaps the use of the name ‘Sadhguru’ – in India a sadhu is a sage and a guru is well, a sage too.
It turns out however that Sadhguru, (aka Jaggi Vasudev) despite his looks, grew up on a dose of European philosophy – Camus, Kafka and Dostoevsky. And yesterday I watched the first video below, in which he describes how he became awakened / enlightened. It changed my views. His awakening was very remarkable. He recounts several occasions of sitting for what seemed like some minutes but it was 4.5 hours – he says:
Till that moment in my life I always thought this is me and that’s somebody else and something else. But for the first time I did not know which is me and which is not me. Suddenly, what was me was just all over the place. The very rock on which I was sitting, the air that I breathe, the very atmosphere around me, I had just exploded into everything. That sounds like utter insanity. This, I thought it lasted for ten to fifteen minutes but when I came back to my normal consciousness, I was about four-and-a-half-hours I was sitting there, fully conscious, eyes open, but time had just flipped.
In another such experience he was sitting under a tree at his farm and he thought it was 25 minutes, but it was 13 days…… So 13 days without food or toilet – remarkable! And people had come thinking he was a holy man sitting in samadhi (the transcendental state beyond body and mind) but he had not even heard of that term. He says his life totally changed in the space of 6 weeks (left his business and went travelling). Wonderful.
Everyone who wakes up wakes up to the same thing, same truths, same perceptions of the universe and life. But each has a) his own experience (and Sadhguru’s was particularly notable) and b) talks from that in his or her own way. And those who read or watch, are drawn to whoever they feel drawn to. But it’s all just different waves in the ocean of oneness. I’ll certainly be checking out his videos from time to time, he speaks directly, I like that.
So this post is just to share a few videos of his.
Sadhguru’s Enlightenment… In His Own Words
The below video is great too. He challenges the asking of the question ‘Why was the universe created?’ itself, because the question is being asked casually and the questioner does not know the depth of the question yet: ‘you still do not know the pain of ignorance, you are still enjoying your ignorance, you still believe ignorance is bliss, you are not being torn apart from the pain of ignorance.’ Hear hear.
Why was the Universe Created?
What happens after death?
What is the Third Eye?
So did you like these videos? Or not to your tastes?
Comments, as always, welcome.
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