Sadhguru: The whole process of yoga is to give yourself. It is possible to simply sit, close your eyes and give yourself to the world. But that level of awareness is not there in most human beings. Without activity, most people may not know how to give themselves. They need action to give themselves to something. Volunteering is a tremendous possibility in that direction – you can offer yourself through your work.
Normally, there are calculations in whatever little work we do – “How much should I do? Why should I do? What will I get out of this?” In these calculations, all the beauty of doing is gone.
The very process of life has become ugly. Most of the things that you do in your life are things that you have actually chosen to do. In spite of that, we struggle so much in day-to-day activity to do simple things because we are unwilling to give. People have forgotten that we started this willingly. Whether it is your work, your marriage, your family or whatever, you started all these willingly because you wanted them in your life. But once you start, you forget why you started this and now we have started giving unwillingly and it has become a painful process.
Volunteering is a way of learning to make our lives into a process of just giving. “Volunteer” means one who is willing – not just to do this or that, but simply willing. He is willingness. No spiritual process will happen to any human being unless he becomes willingness.
A volunteer shares his experience of a megaprogram in Madurai, when Sadhguru conducted the Isha Yoga program for over 10,000 people.
I never thought I’d see Sadhguru initiating over 10,000 people into Shambhavi in a single evening. But Sadhguru is Sadhguru after all.
I was volunteering at the program grounds during the initiation process on the last day of the program, and despite being busily involved in the hustle and bustle of organizing and all the activity that goes with it, the grace and energy that was pouring out of the dais as Sadhguru initiated all those thousands of people was impossible to miss.
On the first day of the program, I was wondering how the class atmosphere and ambiance would be maintained in a public ground with 10,000 participants. But I needn’t have worried. His Presence took care of it. It was clear that the participants had soaked in every moment of the class. I could see that the very way they walked, talked and smiled had transformed over the two-and-a-half-days of the program.
Looking back at it now, it occurs to me that something of such magnitude has probably never happened in the history of humanity. Just being in that space and playing a part in such a momentous occasion was a tremendous blessing.