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Isha forest flower jan 2014

  1. 1. Volume - 2 / Issue - 1 `15 Annual Subscription `180 January 2014 MANDELA Man ‘O’ Man He refused to surrender The human in him even to the most inhuman No matter what you take from him You could not make him a lesser Man Born of bondage and suppression of the worst kind. Unrelenting in his longing for Dignity and Freedom Lived to see demonic rule end Unfettered by bitterness or hate Celebrating freedom with laughter and joy Not many a man were born Like him till our times Hope he spawns many Who will live like him. The future needs many like him Man ‘O’ Man Grace & Blessings
  2. 2. Isha Forest Flower – ONLINE! To receive free downloadable PDF versions of Isha Forest Flower along with your print subscription,please submit your subscription number and email address at www.ishafoundation.org/Online-Community/forest-flower-subscribers.isa For subscription inquiries, please contact our Subscription Office: (044) 45011137, 96770 16700 – subscriptions.FF@ishafoundation.org To change your mailing address online, visit: www.ishafoundation.org/ForestFlower Editorial Team: Isha Forest Flower c/o Isha Yoga Center, Semmedu P.O., Velliangiri Foothills, Coimbatore – 641114 forestflower@ishafoundation.org 2 Editorial Dear Readers, You have been initiated into a yogic kriya or meditation. You sit down and start the practice as instructed. But then, a steady stream of thoughts diverts your attention to all kinds of mundane matters, from snippets of conversations to what to have for dinner. Sounds familiar? Our Lead Article, “Mind Your Garbage” presents Sadhguru’s antidote to frustration in the face of this common challenge. In the article “More Than a Man,” Sadhguru describes a new avenue to make spirituality accessible and available to humanity. These new Adiyogi spaces will be monuments to commemorate the one who first opened up the possibility of raising human consciousness. But not only that – they will also be meditative spaces where anyone, regardless of their religious or cultural backgrounds, can pick a simple spiritual process that can easily be integrated into their lives. Sadhguru has created the blueprint. It is up to all of us to take the initiative to establish such a space, wherever we are. We are excited to introduce our new Isha Hata Yoga series. Each month, we will bring you Sadhguru’s exceptional insights on how to enhance your sadhana. “Part 1: Getting Started – The Element of Water” examines the first step towards setting the right conditions for Hata Yoga. This month’s Leela episode includes two questions about Krishna’s life and legacy. In the part “No Black and White in Life,” Sadhguru explains why Krishna gave his army to Duryodhana, who is often seen as the personification of evil. In “Become That,” Sadhguru guides us as to how to bring key attributes of Krishna – playfulness, inclusiveness, love and devotion – into our lives. In the fourth part of their conversation, “Room for Growth,” Sadhguru and Tarun Tahiliani discuss what distinguishes Bharat (India) as a nation and culture. To recap recent events, the article “Women in Business” includes a synopsis of Sadhguru’s talk at the Qatar International Businesswomen Forum. “Insight – The DNA of Success” captures highlights of the second leadership program with Sadhguru and Dr. Ram Charan. In the excerpt of an interview by Bloomberg TV India Editor Vivek Law, Sadhguru expands on his “Leadership Insights.” As the temperatures chill, warm your senses and nurture your body with a hot “Drumstick Soup”! Enjoy the read The Editorial Team ISHA FOREST FLOWER January 2014
  3. 3. CONTENTS Lead Article Mind Your Garbage Sadhguru on Thoughts during Spiritual Practices (and Beyond) 4 Musings More Than a Man Sadhguru on Adiyogi’s Contribution to Human Consciousness 7 Isha Hata Yoga Sadhguru on How to Enhance Your Sadhana Part 1: Getting Started – The Element of Water 9 Leela Series The path of the playful – part XLXI: No Black and White in Life / Become That 11 In Conversation with the Mystic Room for Growth Sadhguru in Conversation with Fashion Designer Tarun Tahiliani – part 4 13 Featured Interview Leadership Insights Bloomberg TV India Editor Vivek Law’s Interview Sadhguru 15 News & Happenings Insight – The DNA of Success Second Leadership Program with Dr. Ram Charan and Sadhguru 17 Women in Business Sadhguru Speaks at the Qatar International Businesswomen Forum 18 Upcoming Programs and Events Shivanga Sadhana 19 Isha Yoga – Program Highlights 20 Isha Recipes This Month: Drumstick Soup 21 Zen Speaks: No Better Than a Clow 23 January 2014 ISHA FOREST FLOWER 3
  4. 4. SADHGURU Mind Your Garbage Sadhguru on Thoughts During Spiritual Practices (and Beyond) The following is an excerpt from a darshan with Sadhguru at the Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, on 5 December 2013. Questioner: Namaskaram, Sadhguru. During the practice of kriyas, there is always this challenge of thoughts entering my mind. I’m trying hard to keep them away and focus on the kriya, but this doesn’t really work. What to do about that? Sadhguru: You are focusing hard and trying to banish the thoughts, and they are not going away. This is the nature of the mind, but it looks like you are very prejudiced against your mind. When you are doing your kriya or your meditation, you don’t mind if your kidneys or your lungs are functioning, or if your heart is beating. You don’t mind all the other processes in the body – only your brain should not function. The notion that if you do something spiritual, your brain should stop working is simply wrong. 4 ISHA FOREST FLOWER
  5. 5. Your thoughts are just the smells – either fragrance or stink – of the stuff that you carry within you. Nothing new arises. If you don’t let the stuff that you have gathered go into your brain, your brain will work in phenomenal ways. It can do things that you have not imagined possible. But it is full of your own rubbish right now – that is the struggle; that is why you want it to stop. Instead of the brain being the crown of your life, it has become the garbage bin of your life. Physically, it is the crown. In the symbolism of yoga, Sahasrar 1 is a lotus with one thousand petals – “one thousand” not as a literal number, but as something innumerable. If your brain was rooted in the existential process, innumerable possibilities would open up. But right now, your brain is only rooted in the mental process. Now you may say, “Sadhguru, that’s exactly what I am saying – how to get rid of the thoughts?” No, that is not what you are saying. You don’t want your thoughts to interfere with your illusory idea of enlightenment. Illusory because enlightenment is not something that you cause. You don’t cause light, but you see light. When the sun rises in the morning, you do not cause the light, but you are able to see it if your eyes are open. If you cause light – let’s say with a torch or by any other means – you always have to keep it up, and there will always be the fear that it will go out. The difference between education and enlightenment is just this – you can educate yourself with 1, 10, or 1000 books, but still you will run out of material at some point. Enlightenment means you did not educate yourself with books – you are simply there; it is an endless process. Is there something particular that an enlightened person knows that you do not know? No. Is there something particular that an enlightened person does not know? No. I am not playing with words. This is the nature of existence. What is happening in your liver and kidneys is a lot more complex than the thoughts that you generate. If the activity of your organs does not disturb you, why do your thoughts disturb you? Because you think you are your thoughts. When you think, you don’t see it as “my thoughts” – you say, “I think so.” Because you are deeply identified with your thought process, it is bothering you. You are not identified with your kidneys unless you have a kidney problem. If they function normally, most people do not even feel if they have kidneys or not. Kidneys are a device – they are functioning so efficiently we can forget about them. You are always conscious of that which does not function efficiently. You know, I am making a statement about your brain. If it was functioning smoothly, you would not notice your brain, like you do not notice your kidneys or liver. If you were not identified with it, you would not notice it. If you are identified with it, it is a big deal. You are not your thought. You are identified with something that you are not. Once you are identified with something that you are not, you cannot stop the mental process – it will just go on endlessly. It is like when you have eaten bad food, gas will develop. You cannot stop it with as wine cork. You just have to stop eating bad food. The bad food for you is right now, you believe yourself to be things that you are not. The moment you identify yourself with your body, your thoughts, your emotions, and many other things around you, the thought process will be endless. People think that is how the mind is. That is not how mind is, or rather, that it is not how it is supposed to be. If you constantly had a stomach ache, you would think that is how the stomach is. Right from my infancy, I always saw mountain peaks in the background of my eyes – both in wakefulness and sleep. I thought there are mountains in everyone’s eyes. Only when I was 16, I found out that this is not so. But these mountains were real. Since I could not talk about it to anyone, I went searching these mountains [and Sadhguru finally found Velliangiri, where he was to establish Dhyanalinga]. Whatever is constantly there, you consider as the natural state. The brain is much more sensitive than other organs. All other organs have specific functions, but the 1 Energy center on the top of the head; also known as “crown chakra” January 2014 ISHA FOREST FLOWER 5
  6. 6. brain has a few specific functions, and the rest is left open. This is the problem of being human. Any other creature has specific goals, nothing more. They must eat well, grow well, reproduce well, and die one day – everything is set. Only a human being is wondering, “Why am I here? What is the nature of my life? Where do I come from? Where do I go?” All these questions only come up when you are human. The difference between a human being and any other creature is that in human beings, the cerebral cortex and other parts of the brain have flowered. You complain about a new possibility that has arisen within you, a possibility that an ape, a monkey, or any other creature does not have. Do not treat a possibility as a problem. It is not a problem – it is a possibility that you can sit here and think of something that is 1000 miles away, 1000 years ago, 1000 years later, or whatever else. It has become a problem for a lot of people because they have never looked at the user manual. It is a man’s problem to think somehow, if they scratch their head, it will work. That is not the way it works. First stop giving the brain bad food – feed it with Truth, not untruth. We are in the hands of Truth. We don’t have Truth in our hands. We have a complex bunch of lies in our hands. If you keep down all the things that you believe, all the things that you have made up, you will see, if you sit here, your mind could be simply empty. If it is empty, what is the use? The use is it can reflect the whole cosmos. Otherwise, it is quite comic. This is the choice – you can make your mind into a comical place or a cosmic space. For it to become a cosmic space, you must keep all the lies down – then Truth will flourish by its own nature. The absence of falsehood is Truth. Only a fool will talk about what Truth is. One who knows will only talk around it, because you cannot talk about it. You can only define and describe that which has some kind of substance, that which has measurable parameters, or boundaries. If something has no boundaries and no parameters, you cannot talk about it. The whole work is about clearing the mess you have created, not about establishing Truth. There is no need to establish Truth. It is in the lap of Truth that all of us exist. I will not ask you to confess what thoughts you are getting while doing your kriya. Do not be concerned about your thoughts. Above all, do not try to stop them. Let them happen like the activity of your kidneys is happening. Not everything in your kidneys is clean. Not everything in your brain is clean either – what is your problem? Do not discriminate between good and bad thoughts. There are no good and bad thoughts – there are just thoughts. Your thoughts depend upon what kind of garbage you have – that kind of smell will emanate. Today’s smell depends on yesterday’s garbage. It depends on what you threw into the bin. If you watched a movie yesterday or something else happened, today, that will come back to you again. Do not judge your thoughts – it is just rubbish. First of all, they are not even real. A thought means that it is not real. The largest part of who you are is unconscious right now. You are making things up all the time. If you want to know the nature of creation and the Creator, it is important that you do not make things up, which is what you are trying to do right now. Trying to make things up is a hopeless method. If you try to maintain a continuous stream of thoughts while doing your kriya, suddenly, they will not come. Suddenly, you will get constipated in the head. Do not bother about your thoughts. Depending upon what is there inside today, thoughts will flow. There is no significance or consequence to this. You just need to do the kriya – do not do the thoughts. Whether you try to remove them or to have continuous thoughts or 108 sacred thoughts, you are still trying to do the thoughts. The kidneys will do their own thing; the liver will do its own thing; the brain will do its own thing; you do the kriya – that is all. 6 ISHA FOREST FLOWER January 2014
  7. 7. More Than a Man Sadhguru on Adiyogi’s Contribution to Human Consciousness The following is an excerpt from a meditators’ sathsang with Sadhguru in Mumbai on 15 November 2013. Questioner: Namaskaram, Sadhguru. I heard you are planning to create 21-feet Adiyogi statues across the globe. What is the significance of this? I saw one coming up in front of the Adiyogi Alayam at the Isha Yoga Center. Are you planning to have one in Mumbai too? Sadhguru: It is up to you to plan what should happen in Mumbai. If you have a plan for Mumbai, I will tell you how to make it happen. About manifesting Adiyogi in many parts of the world – I have already spoken to some extent about how the sapta rishis 1 went around the world. We have compiled a huge amount of research information on how 8000 to 12,000 years ago, there was linga worship in South America, Turkey, and North Africa, and snake worship all over the world – there is archeological proof for that. Only over the last maybe 20 centuries, this has been demolished and lost in most parts of the world, but originally, the sapta rishis’ influence spread across the planet. There is no culture that did not benefit from Adiyogi’s science of yoga. Yoga went everywhere – not as a religion, belief system, or philosophy, but as methods. Over a period of time, there have been distortions, but still, unknowingly, over 2.5 billion people across the planet are doing some yogic practice. This is the only thing in the history of humanity that has lived for so long without ever being forced upon people. No one ever put a sword to anyone’s throat and said “Do yoga! Otherwise, we will behead you.” No force has ever been exerted to impose it, but still yoga has lived for over 15,000 to 20,000 years, and there has been no single authority to propagate it – simply because the process is so effective. It has had its highs and lows, but it is once again coming back in a big way. However, there are sources today that question the origin of yoga. Some even claim that the yoga that is being taught today was extracted from a European exercise system. There are attempts to deny the acknowledgement of a certain culture and of the one who has made the most significant contribution to human consciousness ever. Before I fall dead, I want to see that Adiyogi is sufficiently acknowledged. These 21-foot-tall statues of Adiyogi are part of this effort. After working on it for over 2 1/2 years, we arrived at an image that we are generally happy with. Now we are in the process of manifesting that image. Each of these Adiyogi statues will come with a structure of 111 feet by 111 feet and a 2 ½-feet tall consecrated linga. These will be powerful energy spaces for meditation. The first ones are coming up in North America – one near the US Tennessee ashram [the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences in McMinnville], one near San Jose, one in Seattle, one in Toronto. Many other cities are 1 “Seven Sages” – Adiyogi’s first disciples January 2014 ISHA FOREST FLOWER 7
  8. 8. examining this possibility too. Our idea is to set up 50 in the United States – one for each state. In India, such spaces will come up wherever someone takes the initiative to make it happen. A few people are also working towards establishing 112-feet-tall Adiyogi statues in four corners of India. The government of Arunachal Pradesh has invited us to establish one in their state, which is the first part of the country to be touched by the rising sun. It is my desire that the first sunlight in India should fall on his face. Irrespective of caste, religion, and gender, people should celebrate him for the contribution that he has made to humanity – not as a god but as a man who rose beyond all limitations – he was everything that a man can be and everything that a man cannot be. He was the one who opened up this possibility for humanity for the first time. He not only spoke about it – he gave specific methods as to how to do it. No one else before him or after him has made a greater contribution to human consciousness. Out of the other three 112-feet-tall Adiyogi statues, we want one to come up in Uttarakhand, on the way to Haridwar; one near Kanyakumari, and another one in Rajasthan, near the border. In four corners of the country, there will be large, iconic Adiyogi statues that people cannot ignore. We are also coming up with a book on Adiyogi. It is very important to see him as a man – only then, there will be a possibility of you striving to be like him. Whether it is Krishna, Rama, Jesus, or someone else – the moment you look at them as gods, you don’t strive to be like them – that is the problem. I want to constantly remind everyone that Adiyogi was more than a man, but still very much a man. Every human being is capable of this irrespective of the backgrounds they come from, what they know, and what they do not know. If they are willing to do certain things, transcendence is a possibility in everyone’s life. To make this a big statement and acknowledge him as the one who offered the science of yoga, we are thinking of setting up four big statues in the country and in between as many 21-foot statues as we can. Everything that I am is only because of this particular science being available to us freely. If, when I was young, they had imposed a restriction – let’s say “If you want to do yoga, you must do Guru Pooja” – I would have gotten up and left. If they had told me to bow down or light a lamp, I would have left. There were no such restrictions. There were just instructions on what to do, and it worked. I would not be who I am without the science that Adiyogi has offered, which is 100% irreligious. He predates all religion. Yoga is something so precious for the modern world, because we are stuck with the intellect. The problem I had in my youth – that I couldn’t light a lamp, I couldn’t bow down, I couldn’t enter a temple; if someone said one mantra, I would go away – is a problem of the intellect. The more the intellect is emphasized, the more people will have this problem. When this problem arises, yoga as a scientific approach is the only way. Everything else will only divide people. And that time is not far away for humanity. Before that time comes, I want to see that Adiyogi’s name is uttered everywhere and everyone knows that this science of yoga is available. These statues will be 112 feet tall because Adiyogi gave 112 ways a human being can attain to the Ultimate. We want to simplify this and offer you 112 things that you can do. Out of this, you just have to do one thing. This will transform your life in the simplest possible way. Everyone who comes to an Adiyogi space can pick from these 112 options the one thing they want to do and start with a three-minute sadhana. Everyone can invest three minutes. If it works for them, they can gradually increase the duration to 6, 12, or 24 minutes. We want to establish this within the next decade that irrespective of caste, religion, gender, or physical condition – everyone will have a simple spiritual process in their lives. Whoever wants to stand up and make this happen, please stand with us, because bringing a spiritual process into people’s lives is one of the most important contributions that we can make to humanity. 8 ISHA FOREST FLOWER January 2014
  9. 9. Isha Hata Yoga Sadhguru on How to Enhance Your Sadhana This new series examines various aspects through which you can to take your hata yoga practice to a whole new level. Part 1: Getting Started – The Element of Water Hata yoga is about creating a body that will not be a hurdle in your life but a stepping stone towards blossoming into your ultimate possibility. One simple thing you can do to prepare your body before you start your practice is to take a shower or a bath using water that is a little cooler than room temperature. If a certain volume of water flows over your body or your body is immersed in water that is cooler than room temperature, the epithelial cells will contract, and the intercellular spaces will expand. If you use warm or hot water, the pores of the cells will open up and absorb water – that is not what we want. For the practice of yoga, it is important that the cells contract and the intercellular spaces open up, because we want the cellular structure of the body to be charged with a different dimension of energy. If the cells contract and allow space in between, practicing yoga will charge the cellular structure. Why some people seem to be far more alive than others is essentially because their cellular structure is more charged. When it is charged with energy, it will remain youthful for a very long time. Hata yoga is a way to do that. In South India, tap water is generally just a little cooler than room temperature. If you are in a temperate climate, the regular tap water may be too cold. Three to five degrees centigrade below room temperature would be ideal. A maximum of ten degrees centigrade below room temperature would be acceptable – the water should not be colder than that. Whether you practice Asanas, Surya Namaskar, or Surya Kriya – if you start sweating, do not wipe off the sweat with a towel – always rub it back, at least into the exposed parts of your skin. If you wipe off the sweat, you drain the energy that you have generated with the practice. Water has the capability to carry memory and energy. That is why you should not wipe off sweat with a towel, drink water, or go to the bathroom during practice time, unless there is a special situation that makes it absolutely necessary. If the bladder is full, you will work harder and get the fluid out through the rest of the body. Then, learning to consume the right amount of water will come naturally. January 2014 ISHA FOREST FLOWER 9
  10. 10. You will just drink as much as the body needs. Unless you are in a desert or you have habits that dehydrate you – such as the excessive consumption of caffeine and nicotine – there is no need to constantly sip water. About 70% of the body is water. The body knows how to manage itself. If you drink according to your thirst plus an additional 10%, it will be enough. To give an example – if your thirst is gone after two sips of water, drink 10% more. That will take care of your body’s need for water. Only if you are out in the sun or trekking in the mountains, sweating heavily and losing water rapidly, you need to drink more – not when you are doing yoga under a roof. As I already said, rub back the sweat as much as possible, but you need not do that all the time. It can drip a bit – just don’t use a towel. Push it back because we don’t want to drain energy – we want to build it up. After practicing yoga, wait a minimum of 1 ½ hours before taking a shower – three hours would be even better. Sweating and not showering for two to three hours could be a bit of an olfactory challenge – just stay away from others. [Laughter] For more information on Isha Hata Yoga, please visit www.ishahatayoga.org 10 ISHA FOREST FLOWER January 2014
  11. 11. Leela Series The path of the playful – Part XLXI No Black and White in Life The following are excerpts from Leela, the path of the playful, a unique exploration with Sadhguru into the mystical realm of Krishna, which took place at the Isha Yoga Center in September 2005 Questioner: If Krishna came to establish dharma, why did he offer himself or his army to Dhuryodhana? Sadhguru: The situation around the Kurukshetra war was such that no one could remain neutral. You had to choose one side. Being the chief of the Yadavas, Krishna also had to put his lot either with the Pandavas or the Kauravas. Personally, he did not want this war and would have preferred to remain neutral, but that was not possible. He had no hatred against Hastinapur. He did not just choose Dhuryodhana; Bhisma, Dronacharya, Kripacharya – many venerable leaders were on the other side. He was not against them, and they had huge respect for him too. Both with Dhuryodhana and with the Pandavas, there was a distant blood relationship. When a relative comes and asks your help, a “no” would be difficult according to the Kshatriya dharma. There was Kshatra Tej, the dharma for the warrior class, and Brahma Tej for the spiritual class. Krishna tried to bring about some kind of alliance between the Kshatriyas and the Brahmins. These guidelines and rules were created for the society to function smoothly. They said, a Brahmin must sit and study the Vedas for a certain number of hours a day. If the same dharma was enforced on a Kshatriya, he may not be competent to do it, and if he did this, he would not be a good administrator and definitely not a good warrior. The same goes for all the other classes. That is why they established different types of dharmas for different categories of people who had different duties to perform in the society. But at some point, the Kshatriyas started thinking only in terms of what is good for them and their dharma without considering all the others and their dharmas, which disturbed the harmony in the society. Krishna and Vyasamuni strived to bring Kshatra Tej and Brahma Tej closer together so they could function as a cohesive force for the benefit of all. Since according to the Kshatra Tej, when a relative comes and asks for something, you cannot say “no,” Krishna gave them the choice between himself and his army. From a military standpoint, an army is definitely the better choice. Dhuryodhana believed that taking the army was sensible, though he did not get the first choice and was perturbed about that. When given the choice, the Pandavas had said to Krishna, “Whether we live or die – if we live, we want to live with you. If we die, we want to die with you. Without you, what will we do?” And that is what made the difference for them. Now, your question is, “If Krishna is standing for dharma, how can he put his armed might on the side of adharma?” He was not a moralistic person who made black-and-white judgments about anyone. He neither believed the Pandavas were absolutely pure beings, nor that the Kauravas were absolute evil. This is not the way he looked at life. He constantly maintained a good relationship with the Kauravas. Dhuryodhana’s wife Banumathi was a devotee of his. He did not see the Kauravas as out and out evil – he just saw that they were causing much evil at that time and he would have liked to put an end to that. This does not mean he held any kind of hatred or anger against them, nor did he judge them as evil. He saw that human beings are always a combination January 2014 ISHA FOREST FLOWER 11
  12. 12. of everything. That is why you have to strive to establish dharma within yourself; otherwise, you will become adharma. Any human being is capable of becoming adharma any moment of his life. There is no insurance that you will never fall into adharma. You have to strive to be aware; you have to strive to be on the righteous path, or else you will easily slip off. This goes for every human being, until you attain to such a level of consciousness where you cannot fall anymore. In many ways, Krishna tried to encourage Dhuryodhana to strive for dharma. Even at that point when he gave this choice between him and his army, he still tried to avoid the war. In a way, it was a very intelligent move to give the army to Dhuryodhana. That way, Dhuryodhana felt that Krishna is on my side, thinking the Pandavas were fools to take one person instead of a 100,000-men-strong army. This could have been something for Dhuryodhana to latch on to and bring peace, but it failed. Become That Questioner: Sadhguru, you have been talking about three aspects – one is Krishna’s playfulness, the second is inclusiveness, and the third is love and devotion. I have three questions in this context. First, how can one be playful without losing the intensity that the practices have ignited? Second, I increasingly tend to do the minimum for friends and family. I just want to be on my own, or watch my breath. I’m not sure what is meant by including everyone. And third, I think the mind’s constant over-activeness or judgment hampers love and devotion. So how can these three aspects be applied in day-to-day life? Sadhguru: They cannot be applied – they can be attained. They are not some kind of policies or tricks that you apply in your life. You have to become that. You have to become inclusion. You have to become love. This is not something that you can do or make use of. It is something that you surrender to. It is something that you allow to burn you up. You are no more important. It is because you are still on the application level, since you want to use something, that we gave you practices. I wish we could abolish the practices in the program. They are beautiful; they are definitely sustaining forces for a human being, but people evaluating the program and being there with me in terms of a takeaway is stupid. That way, they will not get anywhere. Maybe their health will improve, but they will not know anything beyond that in their lives. There is nothing to apply. There is no take away. Don’t try to be devout; don’t try to be loving; don’t try to be inclusive. You cannot do that. You have to become that. You cannot do love. Love is much, much bigger than you. You can become a part of it. There is no method to fall in love. When you don’t make yourself important anymore, love will happen. If you are too full of yourself, there is no possibility of love in your life. You may know relationships; you may know give-and-take, but you will not know how to burn. If you don’t know how to burn, you will have no light of your own. THREE TRUTHS OF WELL BEING Available at all leading bookstores, amazon.com, flipkart.com, ishashoppe.com, and Isha Inventory (0422-2515415; inventory@ishafoundation.org). Download the ebook at ishadownloads.com Hardcover MRP Rs. 499 Publisher: PENGUIN ANANDA 12 ISHA FOREST FLOWER January 2014
  13. 13. Room for Growth Sadhguru in Conversation with Fashion Designer Tarun Tahiliani In a recent edition of the “In Conversation with the Mystic” series, Sadhguru met with noted fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani on 5 August 2013 in Delhi. Here is the fourth part of their conversation. Tarun Tahiliani: What is this essence that has kept us together as Hindustan or Bharat? What has made it special? Sadhguru: Let’s say you are alone in this room. Would your intelligence work better if I told you everything about this room, how it is, how it should be, how it can never be because it’s all God ordained, or would it work better if I don’t tell you anything about the room, I just leave you here for three days so you can explore everything and find out for yourself? Which way would your intelligence work better? Tarun Tahiliani: The second. Sadhguru: Definitely. If you are in a state of exploration and seeking, your intelligence would work better. The sages of the past who consciously crafted this culture saw that human ingenuity and human intelligence will always be perky and sharp only if you are a seeker. If you become a believer, it will get blunted. This is something the world could never understand, that these people say “yes” and “no” to the same thing. Tarun Tahiliani: That’s what we do. We are not sure if it’s “yes” or “no.” Sadhguru: It is not that we are not sure. We know it is “yes” and “no.” Right now, I will ask you a simple question. You must tell me the answer. Tarun Tahiliani: Oh my god! I am on the spot. Sadhguru: You are. Are you a man or a woman? Tarun Tahiliani: I have to think about it. I think I am a man. I am conditioned as a man. Sadhguru: No. I am asking you a direct question. Are you a man? January 2014 ISHA FOREST FLOWER 13
  14. 14. Tarun Tahiliani: A man, yes. [Laughter] Sadhguru: Yes. Now, the fact of the matter is you are a man, but the truth of the matter is you exist here because a man and a woman came together. You being a man does not mean your mother is absent in you. She is very much present. Similarly, just because somebody is a woman, the father is not absent; he is very much present. In India, we said “yes” to both. People may think we are confused, but actually, we are looking at it more profoundly. If you only look at the surface, you may see someone as a good guy or a bad guy. We never saw it that way. We know no human being is 100%, 24 hours good, or 24 hours bad. People vary. Your focus should be how to get the best out of everyone who is with you. If you create the wrong situations, the best people will turn out to be the worst. If you create the right situations, the so-called worst will turn out to be fantastic human beings. If you say this guy is a good guy or a bad guy, you are looking at life as if it is a commodity. That is not how life is. When we say “yes” and “yes,” it is not out of confusion – it is out of a certain profoundness. Tarun Tahiliani: I can see that. To go back to what I was asking you about – what defines the spiritual space that people recognize as Hindustan? Sadhguru: This is a godless country. Tell me, who is the god in this country? Tarun Tahiliani: There are millions of gods. Sadhguru: Yeah. Those millions of gods happened when our population was that much. Tarun Tahiliani: Each one had their own. So it is up to 1.3 billion gods now? Sadhguru: No, we lost our imagination somewhere on the way. We became shy of creating gods because other people laughed at us for having so many gods. This is again an inferiority complex. We should have been proud. “Yes, we have 33 million. What’s the problem? We are very rich.” [Laughter] I am one of the few who is continuing to create gods. This idea that there is one god, looking like one big human being – of course a man, not a woman – [laughter] sitting up there and controlling the whole universe, came up because they thought existence is human-centric. We have never seen it that way. We know we are just a small speck in the universe, and tomorrow morning, if we disappear, everything will be just as fine. Tarun Tahiliani: Absolutely. Sadhguru: We always said the planet is some billion years old, and today scientists are proving it to you. This is not a land that was based on morality. This is the most beautiful way to live because morality means persecution; morality means right and wrong. Once we think in terms of right and wrong, it is always who is right and you who is wrong. With right and wrong, you create a prejudiced world. We never looked at life in terms of right and wrong. We always saw it in terms of every life having to find full expression. That needs nurture. Like every plant, like every animal, a human being also needs nurture – both external nurture and also self-nurture. This goes for every life on the planet – how great or how puny it becomes does not depend upon whether it is good or bad. It depends upon how much nurture it finds from outside and from within. Because we recognized this, no good and bad, no right and wrong, no high and low were fixed. Everything was left open. This is spirituality. Through the Mystic Eye – upcoming episodes on Headlines Today: 4 Jan 2014 Tarun Tahiliani 11 Jan 2014 Siddharth Every Saturday 7 a.m. (re-telecast Sunday 7:30 a.m.) 14 ISHA FOREST FLOWER January 2014
  15. 15. Leadership Insights Bloomberg TV India Editor Vivek Law’s Interview with Sadhguru During the recent Insight – The DNA of Success program with Sadhguru and Dr. Ram Charan, Bloomberg TV India Editor Vivek Law spoke with Sadhguru on 24 November 2013 about his views on business leadership and political leadership in India today. The following is an excerpt of the interview. Interviewer: Let’s talk about leadership. You told me once that the true test of a leader comes when the chips are down. How do you see the leadership of this country at this point of time – do you think they are steering the country in the right direction? Sadhguru: No, I don’t think anyone is steering the country in any particular direction. We are a free nation – free to go to our doom. This happened in 2008, when the global recession was just setting in. At the World Economic Forum, the business leaders of the developed nations were all in a depressive mood, and the Indian team was campaigning “India Everywhere.” Lots of great things were being said about India by Indian officials, while the business leaders were quiet. I said, “It is really great that we are sitting at the threshold of a possibility. Do not think of the possibility in terms of monetary figures. The important thing is, if we handle things right, in the next 5 to 10 years, we can bring 500 to 600 million people from one level of living to another. Hardly any other nation has done this in 5 to 10 years’ time. China managed to do so, but only with enormous force. It would be phenomenal if we could achieve this without employing force. Never before, 500 million people have moved forward economically in one generation, just like that. We are on the right track in many ways, but especially when you are on the right track, if you sit there for too long without moving ahead, you will get run over. I have said this before – “Do not underestimate our ability to goof things. We have a history of that.” Interviewer: And we goofed up again. Sadhguru: As Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi used to say, “We have a talent to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.” Interviewer: And you are saying we have succeeded in doing that? Sadhguru: We have not yet succeeded – we are heading there. Unless we take the necessary corrective steps right now, we could unfortunately go there. Interviewer: Sadhguru, in the last one year, most business leaders have had to grapple with enormous cost-cuts because of our falling economy. They have had to let go a lot of people. Many jobs were lost – some documented, a lot undocumented. I am sure this time around at Insight, you found far January 2014 ISHA FOREST FLOWER 15
  16. 16. more people with drooping shoulders than last year. What would you tell business leaders who are going through this process right now where things are not really very good? Sadhguru: Particularly about dropping people – I know this may sound like an ashram-like solution, but I don’t see why industries and businesses should not function like this. If you have 1000 people working for you and things are not going well, instead of laying off 100 people to keep the company going, you cut everyone’s salaries by 10%, and keep these 100people. This is the time when, instead of retrenching people, you could re-orient and train your human resources to take on a different challenge, but we are too bound by all kinds of laws. I am sure if someone communicates this properly, the workforce, out of sheer solidarity with their colleagues, would agree to a 10% salary cut rather than axing 10% of the workforce. These10% may not be productive right now, but you can reinvent your business if you train them to a different level of capability, which is very much possible. Whatever happens to you, you can either come out stronger and wiser, or you can come out depressed and broken. I wish the Indian business sector reinvents itself. These times when business is slowing down are an opportunity to sit back, look at things, and innovate. When business is in full swing, you neitherhave the time nor the energy to do that. This is not to console yourself when things are bad. Things will not remain bad for too long – things will change. But when things change to the positive, it should not take you another two years to catch up. If you make use of this time to reinvent yourself in different ways, you are ready to go when the train picks up speed again, and you will be the first one to latch on. Interviewer: Let me ask you about the role of political leaders. There is so much public discourse right now. What is your message to the political leaders of this country? Sadhguru: The political leaders need to understand that the people of India are not interested in your grandmothers and grandfathers. What the people of India are interested in is, “In what way are you going to empower me as an individual citizen? In what way is my life and that of the people around me going to change? In what way will our children’s lives be better tomorrow?” I have barely heard anything like that in the political discourse. The campaign is going on as if the elections were day after tomorrow, but we don’t even know the date yet. I think they should get back to work. A month or a month and a half before election, theycan start their campaign.
  17. 17. Insight – The DNA of Success Second Leadership Program with Dr. Ram Charan and Sadhguru “Insight – The DNA of Success” is a leadership program offered by Isha Foundation’s Isha Education initiative, which provides business leaders with practical takeaways that multiply the capability to manage both external situations and inner growth. The second Insight program was held from 23 to 26 November at the Isha Yoga Center, with the participation of over 140 business leaders and entrepreneurs. The three-day practitioner-oriented program drew upon the experience of several highly successful business leaders who have built, grown, and led large-scale enterprises. Along with Sadhguru, Dr. Ram Charan, one of the world’s leading business advisors, was conducting the program. Dr. Ram Charan helped bring clarity to the art of management and leadership, and lead several in-depth sessions on topics such as decision-making, absorbing ideas from others, finding the right talent, and scaling up a business. The external management aspects of the program were balanced by the “inner management” technologies that Sadhguru offers. The participants were initiated into several yogic techniques that bring health, vibrancy, and a sense of wholeness to the body, mind, emotions, and energies. Several resource leaders and participants noted this unique feature of the program. K.V. Kamath, Chairman of ICICI Bank, put it in a nutshell: “What happens in this program is, we all share our experiences in the business context and Sadhguru shares his experience in the spiritual context.” Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of Naukri.com, whose operational methods and corporate success were analyzed during his discussion with Dr. Ram Charan, shared with the participants that he was truly honored to be a part of the program. Dr. Prathap Reddy, Founding Chairman of the Apollo Group of Hospitals reflected on the need to merge modern healthcare with ancient knowledge such as yoga to offer holistic and effective health solutions. He urged the media to act as a unified voice to bring this need to the government’s attention. Other key leaders who shared their experience and facilitated group sessions during the program included: Harsh Mariwala, Chairman and Managing Director of Marico Ltd.; Ravi Venkatesan, Former Chairman of Microsoft India; Dilip Cherian, Co-founder of Perfect Relations; Jeby Cherian, Managing Partner, IBM Global Business Services, India & South Asia; Dipak Jain, Former Dean of INSEAD France and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, US; Prasoon Joshi, National Award winning lyricist, screenwriter, and advertising copywriter; Vellayan Subbiah, Managing Director of Cholamandalam Investment & Finance; Sachin Nigam, CRISIL’s SME ratings business; Satish Pradhan, Advisor to Tata Sons Ltd.; Rama Bijapurkar, Management & Market Research Consultant; G. Ravindran, Co-founder, Leadership Next, and Krishna Giri, Management Consulting and Technology services. January 2014 ISHA FOREST FLOWER 17
  18. 18. Women in Business Sadhguru Speaks at the Qatar International Businesswomen Forum Sadhguru was invited as a speaker at the Fourth Annual Qatar International Businesswomen Forum, in Doha, Qatar, on 11 November 2013. He spoke on “Inner Engineering – Technologies for Wellbeing” to an audience of more than 800 participants, including the Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar, Dr. Mohammed Saleh Al- Sada; Qatari Businessmen Association chairman Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al-Thani; Qatari Business Women Association vice-chairperson Aisha Alfardan; other senior government officials, the business community, experts in many fields, social activists, representatives of the civil society, and women business leaders. The conference, held at the St. Regis Hotel, hosted speakers, panelists, and delegates from the Gulf and the Arab world as well as from Europe, the United States, Canada, Russia, Malaysia, and Australia. The following are highlights of the talk (excerpted from Sadhguru Spot of 13 November 2013): In many economic conferences I have attended, there are those who refer to India as an emerging market and think of how to exploit it. If you see it as 1.2 billion people, you would see how to serve them. If you serve them, they will be your market, they will be your resource, they will be your partners – this is a more inclusive way of doing things and it will be long-lasting. If you come and exploit me, I will get rid of you the day I can get rid of you. If you come and make me your partner, get involved in my life, I will never want you to go. The economy has to re-engineer itself to fit into people’s lives. But right now, our idea of success is being one step ahead of somebody else who has already made a mistake. The economic model that is being used in the world today has to be re-crafted to serve humanity. This is the time to understand and regulate commerce in such a way that it serves human wellbeing and does not work against us. In business or elsewhere – a leader can see what others cannot. If you don’t see anything new, if you don’t see anything fresh that others cannot see, for sure you will become a subject of ridicule. The role of women as business and economic leaders or partners is a very important one. A woman has developed a capability in herself to see what other eyes cannot see. Vision is a very important part of being a leader. And, because of technological advancement, the physical strength of an individual does not matter anymore. You can sit in your home and access the world – everybody has the same access. We have all the necessary resources and technology to address every human problem. 18 ISHA FOREST FLOWER January 2014
  19. 19. Sadhana “If you look up in the sky, the biggest presence out there is a vast emptiness. This nothingness is referred to as ‘Shiva,’ or ‘that which is not.’ This huge body of ‘that which is not’ has a few limbs – a galaxy, a star, a solar system, a planet, an atom, or maybe you. All these are limbs of Shiva, because everything has come from nothing. Without being connected to the nothingness in the Universe, you cannot exist. You are a limb of Shiva. The Shivanga sadhana is designed to bring this into your awareness.” - Sadhguru Shivanga is an intense 42-day vrata (period of sadhana) for men, which was devised by Sadhguru to explore deeper levels of experience in body, mind, and energy. The next Shivanga vrata begins on 15 January, a pournami (full moon day), with an initiation into Shiva Namaskar, which will be offered in various cities in India and abroad. This period of sadhana culminates on Mahashivarathri (27 February) at the Isha Yoga Center, with an offering to Dhyanalinga and a yatra to the peaks of Velliangiri – also known as the “Kailash of the South” – a space of tremendous power and energy. For inquiries about the initiation, please contact your nearest center: India Tamil Nadu Chennai: 89399 54562 Trichy: 90809 62297 Madurai: 94426 08738 Erode: 93619 33033 Metros Delhi: 88605 31110 Mumbai: 98200 58361 Bangalore: 74061 10110 Goa: 98221 00305 United Kingdom +44-7884253438 praveen.atmakur@ishafoundation.org United States +1-505-217-6225 nsri1985@gmail.com For general inquiries about the sadhana, please contact: +91-83000 15111 shivanga@southkailash.org
  20. 20. Program Highlights Date Program Place Contact 2–5 Jan 2014 Inner Engineering Retreat Residential Program Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore – India 0422-2515421 maa.karpoori@ishafoundation.org 8–14 Jan 2014 Inner Engineering Noida, Delhi – India 88268 91638 delhi@ishayoga.org 12 Jan 2014 Mystic Eye – Meditation, Wisdom and Bliss Conducted by Sadhguru Singapore +65-61004064 singapore@ishayoga.org 18–19 Jan 2014 Guruvin Madiyil (Tamil) Residential Program conducted by Sadhguru Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore – India North Zone: 83000 11000 West Zone: 83000 52000 East Zone: 94425 04687 South Zone: 83000 66000 23–26 Jan 2014 Inner Engineering Retreat Residential Program Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore – India 0422-2515421 maa.karpoori@ishafoundation.org 5–8 Feb 2014 Shoonya Intensive Residential Program Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore – India 0422-2515300 6–9 Feb 2014 Inner Engineering Retreat Residential Program Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore – India 0422-2515421 maa.karpoori@ishafoundation.org 12–19 Feb 2014 Samyama Residential Program conducted by Sadhguru Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore – India 0422-2515300 20–24 Feb 2014 The Inner Way Residential Program conducted by Sadhguru Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore – India 90040 57169 innerway@ishayoga.org 20–26 Feb 2014 Yaksha A Celestial Feast of Music and Dance Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore – India 83000 83000 info@yaksha.info 27 Feb 2014 Pancha Bhuta Aradhana In the Presence of Sadhguru Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore – India 94878 95878 pba@ishafoundation.org 27 Feb 2014 Mahashivarathri In the Presence of Sadhguru Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore – India 83000 83000 mahashivararathri@ishafoundation.org These programs are conducted in English, unless indicated otherwise. Current at the time of print, however subject to change. For full program schedules and updates, please visit our website: www.ishafoundation.org. 20 ISHA FOREST FLOWER January 2014
  21. 21. Isha Recipes For Healthy Living Drumstick Soup Ingredients 2 Drumsticks 1 handful Drumstick blossoms (optional) 1 handful Drumstick leaves 1 small Tomato 1 teaspoon Butter ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds 1 cup Dal stock (preferably split mung dal, boiled with water until soft) Salt to taste Black pepper to taste Preparation Method 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Wash the drumsticks; trim and chop them into finger-long pieces. Place in a pan with 2 cups of water and boil until soft. Squeeze out the pulp or scoop it out with a spoon. Keep the pulp aside. Discard the woody parts. Put the pulp in a mixer and blend until smooth. Chop the tomato into small pieces. Heat the butter in a pan and add the cumin seeds. When they splutter, add the drumstick blossoms, drumstick leaves, and tomato. Add the dal stock and allow it to boil. Cook until the mixture is homogenous, stirring continuously. Add the drumstick pulp and mix well. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. “Drumsticks” as a vegetable are the immature seed pods of Moringa oleifera, a fast-growing, medium-sized, drought-resistant tree that is native to the Himalayan foothills and today widely cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical areas from Asia to Africa and Latin America. Drumsticks are high in vitamin C, and a good source of dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Drumstick leaves are highly nutritious not only for their protein content – they are also packed with beta-carotene, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and iron. Make sure to chew the leaves well to assimilate the maximum amount of nutrients. January 2014 ISHA FOREST FLOWER 21
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