A Guru Mixes the Right Cocktail
Sadhguru tells us the role a Guru plays in a seeker’s life and of the importance of a live Guru.
Sadhguru: Right now, the only things that are in your experience are your body, your mind and your emotions. You know them to some extent, and you can infer that if these three things have to happen the way they are, there must be an energy that makes them happen. Without energy, all this cannot be happening. For example, a microphone amplifies sound. Even if you don’t know anything about the microphone, you can infer that there is a source that powers it.
These are the only four realities in your life: body, mind, emotion, and energy. Whatever you wish to do with yourself, it must be on these four levels.
If you use your emotions and try to reach the ultimate, we call this bhakti yoga, the path of devotion. If you use your intelligence and try to reach the ultimate, we call this gnana yoga, the path of intelligence. If you use your body, or physical action to reach the ultimate, we call this karma yoga, the path of action. If you transform your energies and try to reach the ultimate, we call this kriya yoga, that means internal action.
These are the only four ways you can work with yourself. In one person the heart may be dominant, in another person the head may be dominant, in yet another person the hands may be dominant, but everyone is a combination of these four, so you need a combination of these four. Only if it is mixed in the right way for you, it works best. What we give for one person may not work well for you. Only when it is mixed in the right proportion it works for you. That is why on the spiritual path there is so much stress on a live Guru. He mixes the right cocktail for you. Otherwise there is no punch.
Without addressing the four basic ingredients of body, mind, emotion and energy out of which all your present experiences are rooted, one cannot move ahead.
There is a wonderful story in the yogic lore. One day, a gnana yogi, a bhakti yogi, a karma yogi, and a kriya yogi were walking together in a forest. Usually these four people can never be together, because a gnana yogi has total disdain for every other yoga. An intellectual person, a thinking person has complete disdain for everybody else. A bhakti yogi, full of emotion and love, thinks all this gnana, karma and kriya yoga is just a waste of time. Just love God and it will happen. The karma yogi thinks that everybody is lazy and have all kinds of fancy philosophies. What needs to be done is work. One must work, work and work. The kriya yogi just laughs at everything. The whole existence is energy. If you don’t transform your energy, whether you long for God or you long for anything, nothing is going to happen.
So they cannot be together, but today they were walking together. It started to rain. They started running, looking for shelter, and found an ancient temple which just had a roof – no walls on the sides. In the center, there was a linga. These people went inside the temple for shelter. The storm grew more furious and started blowing in torrents. The fury of the storm was getting into the temple so they went closer and closer to the linga. There was no other way to be because it was just blasting them from all sides. Then it became very furious. The only way they could get some protection was for all four to hug the linga. Suddenly they felt something enormous happening. A huge presence, a fifth presence was there. Then all of them said, “Why now? For so many years we have pursued You and nothing happened. Why now?”
Shiva said, “At last the four of you got together. I have been waiting for this to happen for a long time.”
Without addressing the four basic ingredients of body, mind, emotion and energy out of which all your present experiences are rooted, one cannot move ahead. You can only start a journey from where you are right now.
Sadhguru: When someone comes from their scholarship, they are referred to in different ways. If someone comes from an inner experience, they are referred to as Sadhguru.
The word “Sadhguru” is not a title. It is a description. Sadhguru means “uneducated Guru.” I am almost hundred percent spiritually uneducated. I don’t know any scriptures, I have not read the Vedas and I didn’t bother to read the Bhagavad Gita. I come only from my inner experience and the only thing I know for sure is this piece of life from its origin to its ultimate.
If you know this piece of life, you know everything that is worth knowing in this cosmos, because the whole cosmic nature has happened only the way this piece of life has happened. You don’t have to go about searching the whole cosmos to know the mysteries of the universe. If you look inward and know this piece of life from A to Z, you know life in every possible way.
The word “Sadhguru” is not a title. It is a description. Sadhguru means “uneducated Guru.” I am almost hundred percent spiritually uneducated.
I am about life, I am not about heaven. It is not a popular thing to say, but I believe that the whole effort of the Guru should be to help a seeker deepen his seeking, not to give him answers. If a human being says “I don’t know something,” then the possibility of knowing is open in his life. If he believes he knows something that he does not know, he is a mess. If I give you the answers, the only option you have is to either believe me or disbelieve me. If you believe, you don’t get any closer to finding answers to your seeking. If you don’t believe me, you aren’t getting closer either. All you will have is an interesting story that I told you, which you can tell others who in turn will tell others and it will continue to be distorted and add to all those distorted stories that have been going around for years and have messed up people’s lives so badly. So, if you are looking for scholarly knowledge, this is not the place. If you are looking for a method to know your ultimate nature, this is the place.
Sadhguru tells us about the first “yoga program,” and of the day the first Guru, the Adi Guru, was born.
Sadhguru: In the yogic culture Shiva is not seen as a God, he is the Adiyogi, the first yogi. We do not know exactly how many thousands of years ago, but from interpretations of celestial activity like certain meteors and comets, it is estimated that somewhere between 15,000 to 40,000 years ago, Shiva, the Adiyogi, attained. He went into intense ecstatic dance upon the Himalaya mountains. When his ecstasy allowed him some movement, he danced wildly. When it became beyond movement, he became utterly still.
People saw that he was experiencing something that no one had known before, something that they were unable to fathom. Interest developed and people came, wanting to know what this was. People came, waited and left because the man was oblivious to other people’s presence. He was either in intense dance or absolute stillness, completely oblivious to what was happening around him. Only seven people hung on. These seven people were insistent that they must learn from him, but Shiva ignored them. They pleaded and begged him, “Please, we want to know what you know.”
Shiva dismissed them and said, “You fools, the way you are, you are not going to know in a million years, get lost! You need to prepare. There is a tremendous amount of preparation needed for this. This is not entertainment.”
One day, after eighty-four years of sadhana, Adiyogi looked at these seven people and saw that they had become shining receptacles of knowing.
They started preparing. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, they prepared. He just chose to ignore them. One day, after eighty-four years of sadhana, on the first full moon day after the summer solstice – that is, when the Sun’s run with relation to this planet shifted from the northern run to the southern run, which in this tradition is known as Uttarayana and Dakshinayana – on that full moon day, the Adiyogi looked at these seven people and saw that they had become shining receptacles of knowing. They were absolutely ripe to receive.
He could not ignore them anymore. They grabbed his attention. He watched them closely for the next twenty-eight days and when the next full moon rose, he decided to become a Guru. That full moon day is known as Guru Pournami because the Adiyogi transformed himself into the Adi Guru – the first Guru was born on that day. He turned south because these seven people had come to him and pleaded, “It is not just for our own wellbeing. We are asking you to give this knowing to us to ensure the wellbeing of our race.” Because he turned south, when Shiva sits as a teacher, we call him Dakshinamurti.
After many years of transmission, it was complete and it had produced seven fully enlightened beings who are today celebrated as the Saptarishis.
He turned south to shed his grace upon their race and the transmission of yogic science started. When I say yogic science, I am not talking about the yoga class that you go through about how to bend your body (which every new born infant knows) or how to hold your breath (which every unborn infant knows). This is understanding the science of human mechanism to be able to dismantle or put it together. This transmission started and it went on for a long period of time. After many years of transmission, it was complete, and it had produced seven fully enlightened beings who are today celebrated as the Saptarishis. The Adiyogi said, “It’s no use for all of you to go down south. One will do for your race. The rest go elsewhere and spread this across the world.”
One went to Central Asia, another went to the Middle East and North African region, another went to South America, another stayed right there, another went to the lower regions of Himalayas, another went to Eastern Asia and another who is very important to Indians, traveled south. The one who traveled south into the southern peninsula is of greatest significance because he is Agastya Muni.
When we say “south,” anything south of the Himalayas is “south.” He came south and made the spiritual process a part of everybody’s life. They say he did not spare a single human habitation in the subcontinent. He made sure every human habitation in the region was touched, not as a teaching but by making the spiritual process a part of their life. You can still find the remnants of his work in every family in this country who are unknowingly doing some kind of yoga in distorted forms. For Indians, if you look carefully at your own family, the way you sit, the way you do things, whatever is being done traditionally are the remnants of Agastya’s work.
The stoic stance
All this they bore
And He could not ignore
Seekers so intense
Broke his obstinate stance
Celestial sages seven
Strived not in search of Heaven
But to find a way for every human
To find a way beyond hell and heaven
They toiled for their race
He could not withhold his Grace
He turned his sacred face
To south to look upon their race
They not only beheld his divine face
But held the downpour of ultimate space
As the Beginningless One flowed
In knowing, seven sages overflowed
To release the world
From its crusted mold
To this day the sacred knowing flows
We will not rest until every vermin knows