Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev founded Isha Yoga in 1992 with the aim of promoting health, peace and inner calmness by releasing inner physical, emotional and mental blocks.
He has said, “Most human beings spend their entire lives stuck in thoughts and emotions. They don’t experience anything else, and think that only this is real. Thoughts and emotions are your psychological drama. If, for example, you think right now that something has gone wrong, you will immediately start suffering, even if nothing really happened. On the other hand, if something really goes wrong around you, but you think everything is okay, you will be fine. Your thoughts and emotions are your making – they have nothing to do with reality.”
His teachings revolve around the understanding that Brahman (the Absolute) is alone real; this world is unreal; and the Jiva or the individual soul is non-different from Brahman. According to Sadhguru, whatever is, is Brahman. Brahman Itself is one and all pervasive, being the essence of all that is. All differences are an illusion.
The Self (Atman) is self-evident. According to his teachings the Atman is not established by extraneous proofs. It is not possible to deny the Atman, because It is the very essence of the one who denies It. The Atman is the basis of all kinds of knowledge, presuppositions and proofs. Self is within, Self is without; Self is before, Self is behind; Self is on the right, Self is on the left; Self is above and Self is below.
The Upanishads speak of a universal spirit (Brahman) and of an individual soul (Atman), and assert the identity of both. Brahman is the ultimate, both transcendent and immanent, the absolute infinite existence, the sum total of all that ever is, was, or shall be.
Sadguru says, “You are somewhat conscious – that is why you know you are here; that is why you know there is a world around you. If you turn up your intensity, your consciousness will increase as well. You will start perceiving things that you never thought possible until this moment. It is my wish and my blessing that every moment of your life should be truly worthwhile. It’s better to die of excitement than of boredom.”
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