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Sadhguru is one of those rare beings who not only “survives” the experience
and articulates it, but also crafts a royal road to it, propelling a mass movement
in that direction. In the discourses contained herein Sadhguru answers some
commonly-asked, yet pressing questions on the subject.

Speaking from an inner experience combined with a clear understanding of
the fundamental mechanics of it, Sadhguru’s answers throw scintillating light
on a subject that is beginning to attract people’s attention like never before.

If you are not aware of this, for over 90% of the
people, the moment of Enlightenment and the
moment of leaving the body are same. Only those
people who know the tricks of the body, who know
the mechanics of the body, who understand the
nuts and bolts of the body, can hold on to it.

Of the people who manage to stay back, a majority
of them spend the rest of their lives in silence.
Only a very few are stupid enough to try to do
something with people around them because it
is so hopeless talking about another dimension
which is not in people’s experience. These people
are trying to be logically sensible, but it is quite a
hopeless thing…

Sadhguru

Enlightenment
Life the Way it is

Sadhguru

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Sadhguru is one of those rare beings who not only “survives” the experience
and articulates it, but also crafts a royal road to it, propelling a mass movement
in that direction. In the discourses contained herein Sadhguru answers some
commonly-asked, yet pressing questions on the subject.

Speaking from an inner experience combined with a clear understanding of
the fundamental mechanics of it, Sadhguru’s answers throw scintillating light
on a subject that is beginning to attract people’s attention like never before.

If you are not aware of this, for over 90% of the
people, the moment of Enlightenment and the
moment of leaving the body are same. Only those
people who know the tricks of the body, who know
the mechanics of the body, who understand the
nuts and bolts of the body, can hold on to it.

Of the people who manage to stay back, a majority
of them spend the rest of their lives in silence.
Only a very few are stupid enough to try to do
something with people around them because it
is so hopeless talking about another dimension
which is not in people’s experience. These people
are trying to be logically sensible, but it is quite a
hopeless thing…

Sadhguru

Enlightenment
Life the Way it is

Sadhguru

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unimportant. Do you see this happening? When you just sit and
meditate in Shoonya, everything is still happening, but it is no more
important. It has lost its significance. It has lost its impact upon you;
it has lost its influence upon you. It does not mold you anymore. All
the activity of the mind stops molding you.

You have to do a lot to keep up your personality, isn’t it? Most of
the activity that you do to keep up your personality is unconscious,
but you are doing enormous activity to maintain it, isn’t it? If
that activity gets lowered, suddenly awareness gets heightened.
Awareness is not something that you do. Life is awareness. The very
basis of life is awareness. You know that you are alive only because
you are aware, isn’t it? If all awareness disappears, at least on this
level, we can call it death.

Mostly, when you create your personality, just a small part of
it may be conscious; the rest of it is unconscious. By creating your
personality, in one way it means, somewhere, you thought the
Creator did not do a good enough job on you, isn’t it? If it needs
improvement, definitely it must mean that he did not do a good
enough job on you, isn’t it? So why would you feel that such a grand
Creation is not good enough? Why is something that is so enormous
and fantastic not good enough?

You know, there is a simple, basic process of self-preservation
that is built into every cell of our body. Like every worm, insect, or
animal, we also have it, but we do not know where to contain it. The
only thing that needs preservation is your physical body, but now
it has just spread itself into everything. Because it has spread itself
into everything, you have to create a small person of “yourself” who
will defend himself all the time.

If we make mincemeat out of this personality every day, you
could create a new one tomorrow morning, isn’t it? We have been
trying to do that here, gently, because if I go very hard at it, you
will run away. (Laughs). Gently, step by step, we are trying to make
mincemeat out of your personality so that it becomes a flexible

aspect. You cannot live without a personality. You need one to exist
here, to go about in the world, to do your work, and to manage
things. If it is a flexible thing, in different places, you could put on
the right kind of personality that is necessary for the situation, and
it would be fine. But right now, your personality is like a rock. It sits
on you all the time. Anything that does not fit into its ambit makes
you suffer, isn’t it?

Who drew this caricature that you call “myself?” Definitely
you, but it is influenced by so many people around you. When you
were a teenager, you went and watched an Amitabh Bachchan1
movie. You came home after the movie and tried to walk like him,
isn’t it? (Laughs). Sometimes maybe consciously, but most of the
time, unconsciously, isn’t it? So, this caricature came into existence
because of all kinds of bits and pieces that you gathered.

When we were in school, there was a boy studying with me who
had an excellent hand; he could just sketch anybody with whatever
kind of distortion he wanted. (Laughs). So, there was one much-hated
geography teacher. One day, this boy drew a horrible caricature
of the geography teacher on the blackboard – badly distorted, but
everybody could clearly recognize who it was. (Laughter). Then the
teacher walked into the class with his perpetual temper – whether he
talks about the grasslands in America or he talks about the deserts in
Africa, he is always in a bad temper. (Laughs).

So the moment he saw the caricature… One thing is, he was
angry, and the other thing is, he was also somehow hit by the whole
thing – the distortions and all that. (Laughs). Then he asked, “Who
is responsible for this terrible atrocity?” As usual, everybody was
suddenly interested in geography, they became very studious…
(Laughter). Then he repeated, “Who is responsible for this atrocity?”
He thought it was an atrocity; we just thought it was appropriate.
(Laughs). Then somebody made up his mind, stood up and said,
“We really don’t know, but it must be his parents.” (Laughter).

1 Popular Indian movie star, who donned the “angry young man” on-
screen image in the early 1970s.

Dissolving your Personality

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But for this atrocity that you call as “myself,” it is not your
parents. (Laughs). It is you. Only you can commit this atrocity of
distorting yourself into such a tiny possibility when an unbounded
possibility was what you were offered. With life, you were offered
an unbounded possibility, but you have made such a bad distortion
of it and made yourself into such a tiny possibility. You can stop
creating this caricature, because it cannot exist a single day without
your support. But you are supporting it all the time.

In a way, what meditation means is that you are just withdrawing
the support for your personality, that is all. Suddenly, it collapses;
only the presence is there, the person is no more there. If you could
walk on the street like this, if you could operate with people like this
all the time – that you have no personality, but now looking at this
person at this moment, you put up a personality, as it is necessary
– it would be so much fun drawing new caricatures every day. But
once you get stuck to a particular distortion, it becomes a problem.
Every day if you are able to create a new distortion, that is art work,
isn’t it? (Laughter); if you are stuck with one distortion, you are a
freak, a cripple. So that is the big difference.

Questioner: Sadhguru, we need to have different personalities as a parent, as a husband, or at work.
In normal living, it becomes very difficult to change the
personality.

Sadhguru: Do you mean to say people around you won’t let you
change it? That is not true. See, let us say you go to work– we will
take the work situation because it is less personal for you. You go
to work with a certain attitude and as a certain person. Let us say,
you go briskly every day, saying, “Good morning, good morning,
good morning” to everybody. You don’t mean “Good morning” to
anybody. (Laughter). The way people say “Good morning,” it is
very clear that they intend to give you a bad morning. (Laughter).

Island

You an island have become:
an island large or small

but an island still

The stillness of the infinite will
knocking on your door

like a thrashing mill

But the robustness of your little pride
could take you on an endless ride

You need to know: it is just the hide

Peeling your own hide
sure not an easy ride

Piece by piece if you tear
you will be unable to bear

Let this me get beneath your hide
in one piece it will fall by the side

Fall in step with my stride
for sure it will be an easy ride

- Sadhguru

Dissolving your Personality

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Isha Yoga Center provides a supportive environment for people
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Isha Yoga Center is located 30 km west of Coimbatore, at the
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Isha Publications is dedicated to offering Sadhguru’s candid
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