“If you are aware that you are a nobody and you act out your role, this is enlightenment.”
Is Sadhguru a businessman or a yogi? One can be forgiven for posing the question. It’s hard to tell the difference sometimes. We mean this in the best possible way. Successful businesspeople have a talent for getting things done in the world. Spiritual enlightenment is about contributing the gifts you came here to give. Lazy enlightened masters can learn a thing or two from this enterprising guru!
Sadhguru became enlightened at a very young age. With this came a distinct memory – an uncompleted task lingering in the deepest reaches of his mind. A promise to build a certain kind of temple had to be fulfilled. It was his master’s dream that it be so, many lifetimes ago. And so he did it. One of the many projects he’s put his name on. Perhaps the most impressive is Project Greenhands with nearly 18 million trees planted.
Greening the landscape is a gift that will bear fruit for generations, but this cannot compare with being a conduit of Spirit. Stirring the embers and keeping the fire of Spirit alive in the world is the greatest gift anyone could ever give. It brings everyone a little closer to Home. Consequently, the bulk of Sadhguru’s work focuses on spiritual matters.
Kriya yoga is Sadhguru’s chosen spiritual practice. His teachings are dispensed through the Inner Engineering program. He charges a great deal of money for it, too. Money is a useful tool for getting things done in the world, but it’s unfortunate that his core spiritual practice is only reserved for those who can afford it. Where would the world be if Buddha charged for his teachings? Humanity’s spiritual advancement is too important to do this.
Are you looking to purchase your very own guru? Sadhguru might be exactly what you are looking for. However, before you pull out your credit card please consider the following. A guru’s true role is to reorient you to the source of truth found within yourself. Spirit is the real master. Do you really need a guru? As Marshall Vian Summers says, a tree growing within the shade of another tree will never grow as tall.
There is no doubt that a spiritual practice is immensely helpful for the genuine spiritual seeker. The world owes Sadhguru a debt of gratitude for teaching kriya yoga. He’s also a wonderful demonstration of how contribution and enlightenment go hand in hand. We thank him for his gifts but regret that his spiritual practice has been turned into a business enterprise.
One afternoon, I rode up Chamundi Hill in Mysore city and went to a particular rock – a huge rock which was my usual place – and sat there with my eyes open. After a few minutes, I didn’t know where I was. Till that moment, like most people, I always thought this is me and that is someone else. But for the first time I did not know what is me and what is not me. What was me was spread all over the place. I thought this madness lasted for 5 to 10 minutes but when I came back to my normal way of being, four-and-a-half hours had passed. I was sitting right there, fully conscious, eyes open. I sat there at around 3:00 in the afternoon. It was 7:30 in the evening when I came out of it. For the first time in my adult life, tears were flowing to a point where my shirt was completely wet… read Sadhguru’s enlightenment story.