Sadhguru: Nearly four hundred years ago, there was a man in a small village in the present state of Madhya Pradesh. His name was Bilva. He lived a totally different kind of life. He was too wild and intense. He didn’t really fit into the norms of society. There’s a certain tradition in India, where people just walk through the streets, usually very early in the morning, when it’s still pitch dark. They wake you up with their drumbeats. Intuitively, if they see something, they will tell you; otherwise, they will sing songs in praise of the Lord and walk away. This is a certain tradition within the Shaiva culture, where this particular tribe of people is also involved in snake charming.
Bilva was someone who could not fit into the social structure and was looked upon as a rebel. For one of the many rebellious acts he did, not respecting the prevalent caste distinction, at a very young age he was put to death by a snake’s bite…
Bilva was the snake charmer of his tribe and he was deeply in love with what he was doing. These were people who lived totally, loving life for what it is. They weren’t the kind to accumulate anything. They had no sense of money, property or possessions. They simply lived, and Shiva was very important in their lives. Bilva loved snakes. If you love poisonous creatures, you have to be a different kind of person. To kiss a snake, you must be very courageous. For a person for whom love means everything, everything else is secondary; being alive itself is secondary. That’s the kind of person he was. He was someone who could not fit into the social structure and was looked upon as a rebel. For one of the many rebellious acts he did, not respecting the prevalent caste distinction, at a very young age he was put to death by a snake’s bite, while he was tied to a tree.
Poison was all through his body and death a few minutes away. There was nothing else he could do and breath watching just happened… From that breath-watching, which happened for just a few minutes, a new spiritual process began.
He was a great devotee of Shiva. Our mantra, “Shambho,” comes from that era. At that time, you couldn’t really call him a spiritual person; he was a devotee, but not really a spiritual person. Those last few moments of his life, he watched his breath. Cobra’s venom acts on the cardiovascular system. The blood thickens and makes cardiac and respiratory action difficult and ultimately it stops. Poison was all through his body and death a few minutes away. There was nothing else he could do and breath watching just happened. It was more of an accident than a conscious awareness. It was more Grace than a sadhana. From that breath-watching, which happened for just a few minutes, a new spiritual process began which changed that person’s future in so many ways. In his next life, he was a very intense seeker of the Ultimate nature. Shiva was his way.
Sadhguru: For one to flower spiritually, the lap of grace is most important. If you have to grow without grace, you have to be literally inhuman to yourself. People who chose very hard ways of doing things, they have chosen that way because they are orphaned seekers – they are trying to grow without the lap of grace.
I know the pain of this better than anyone. After two lifetimes of very intense, truly heartbreaking sadhana, the body anyway breaks. For some people, their hearts break before their bodies break. But there are some others who will not let their hearts break because they have made themselves like stones. So body breaks first, but slowly, the heart also begins to break.
These two lifetimes, I was referred to by people as Shivayogi. I explored various possibilities and dimensions, went to any number of places, did absolutely intense sadhana, experienced various states of samadhi, and acquired various capabilities. But still, the real thing had not happened. So, I explored various occult sciences just to track down somebody who could push me across the final step. Because of a certain understanding and mastery over the system, knowing the process of creation within me on many levels, I decided to leave my body and do the search without the body.
It was at such a point that my Guru entered my life. He touched me with his stick. And everything that needs to be realized was realized. I was at the very peak of anything can be.
What can the poor Guru do?
All I have done is do and do
After seeing all that is there to see
He comes to teach me how to Be.
My physical proximity with my Guru was just for a few minutes. And it was in these few moments that this fabulous, crafty man enslaved me for his project. Somehow he identified Shivayogi as a person suitable for establishing the Dhyanalinga, and entrusted this work to him – not in speech or in words, but he communicated the immense technology needed to consecrate the Dhyanalinga. If not for that project which he wanted to be fulfilled through me, my physical presence here would be out of question. Shivayogi attempted to establish the Dhyanalinga, but wasn’t able to fulfill his Guru’s vision because of limited resources and lack of support. To continue this work, he came back as Sadhguru Sri Brahma.
Sadhguru: Sadhguru Shri Brahma started to work towards this in Coimbatore, but faced a lot of social resistance from people, and he was literally hounded out of the place. He became very angry that he could not fulfill his Guru’s will and left Coimbatore in great fury, as if on fire. In that anger, he started to walk in no particular direction. Seeing his fierceness, nobody was able to go near him except for one disciple by the name of Vibhuti who followed him. Sadhguru Shri Brahma finally reached a temple in a place called Cuddapah in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It was not preplanned that he should go there, but because his Guru’s blessings and energies were there, automatically he was drawn in that direction.
…he sat with his disciple and plotted how to make the Dhyanalinga happen in the next life. Many things were decided there.
There, he sat with his disciple and plotted how to make the Dhyanalinga happen in the next life. Many things were decided there – who should be involved in the consecration process, where they should be born, in which womb, how and at what time. They plotted everything. Sadhguru Shri Brahma even decided what kind of a person he should be born as, how his physical body and state of mind should be. Everything was created right there. The fundamental blueprint for the Dhyanalinga was made in that Cuddapah temple.
“I will be back.”
Then, Sadhguru Shri Brahma came back to Coimbatore, where many people gathered at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains. He declared, “I will be back.” He ascended the mountain for the last time and left his body through all seven chakras.
Sadhguru: Today, after a saga of three lifetimes, the Dhyanalinga stands in full glory. I don’t really know what to say – whether I am happy, ecstatic or what – to present this, to offer this to the world. Whatever words I use would be improper, but in a way I am relieved that it is done. This is not my will, this is my Guru’s will that this must happen. These three lifetimes have been spent towards fulfilling this, with the Grace of the Guru and with so many people’s love, support and understanding – knowingly or unknowingly, willingly or unwillingly, consciously or unconsciously – in making this happen. I wish to bow down to all of them; this is the greatest gift that could be offered to future generations.
The day I drop this body, I’ll still very much be around for a minimum of eighty years after that to ensure that everyone who was in some way touched by me, are all cleaned up from the planet before I leave completely.
You know, I’ve made a promise, eighty years after I am dead, I will still be on. The day I drop this body, I’ll still very much be around for a minimum of eighty years after that to ensure that everyone who was in some way touched by me, are all cleaned up from the planet before I leave completely. I thought eighty years is a good amount of time to see all of you dead! There will be no physical presence. For physical presence, we will establish enough systems but the presence will be much, much stronger than the way it is right now because there will be no burden of carrying a physical body.
These are different ways of looking at life. Within the family and friends, these things happen – some people say, “I don’t want to see you dead, I would like to go first.” That’s one way. Other kinds of friends are, “I will see all of you through before I go.” I have no problem about seeing you dead. I would like to see everyone through and then go. This is not considered friendship in the world, but this is a true friend who is willing to go through life in such a way that everyone and everything that’s dear to him, he will see it dead before he goes.
The following is an excerpt from a Q&A session with Sadhguru during a sathsang at the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences, Tennessee, on 24 June 2010.
Questioner: There are people who say that Sadhguru Shri Brahma was the real Sadhguru. If that is so, what are we seeing today? Is there a real Sadhguru, and if so, who is he?
Sadhguru: These are all archival people. They have come with me for the second or third lifetime. For them, Sadhguru means he must be blazing, because that is how they knew him. Now when they see that he smiles, talks, and jokes, they think, “This is not him.” They talk about the one that they fell in love with. They are a little disappointed with this one today because their Sadhguru was so intense, fiery, and uncompromising. He would not even call anyone by name; he just said, “Hey!” These people like the rough and tumble so much that they think he is too soft and too public today. The public never dared to sit with Sadhguru Shri Brahma.
These are all fiery people who were sitting with a ball of fire – for them, that is Sadhguru. It is – I am not denying it. But what is wrong with this one [Sadhguru today]? That one [Sadhguru Shri Brahma] was fantastic, but it failed in its mission. This one may not be so fantastic, but it has made it work. It is a conscious compromise.
Now, we are not trying to chase people away; we are inviting people, doing PR, going around the world talking to people who are lost in their own nonsense. When people who have been with me before see this, they cannot believe Sadhguru is being put through this, because that Sadhguru would have just looked and burnt people, had they behaved like that. This one [Sadhguru today] is not like that. This one is willing to crawl if need be – as long as it works.
He took this form in this lifetime because he thought that this is going to work, and it did. By option, he works in both realms – sometimes, he becomes like this; sometimes, he becomes like that. That was a beautiful one; this is a smart one. You not only enjoy the warmth of the sun, you also like the coolness of the moon. Only when he was meditating, tears flowed from his eyes. Whether his mother, father, friend, or disciples died, no one ever saw him shed a single tear for anyone. Even when his own mission died, they only saw him more and more furious; never a drop of tear. Now I can shed tears with eyes open or eyes closed. I can hug you and shed tears. If someone dies, I can shed tears. If a tree is cut, I can shed tears. Or I can sit blazing without a tear in my eyes. This time around, I am more versatile, more flexible, because the nature of activity we have taken up is different from what we had taken up at that time. It is all right for my archival disciples who are still with me to feel that way. I am not saying this for self-aggrandizement, but it is important for any disciple to see that their Guru is the best for them. Otherwise, their mind will not stay focused. Unless you think that your wife is the best person you can have in your life, you will look all over the place. Similarly, only if you see, “There is no better Guru for me,” your mind will be capable of staying with it and benefiting from it.
That was a beautiful one; this is a smart one… This time around, I am more versatile, more flexible, because the nature of activity we have taken up is different from what we had taken up at that time.
If you keep looking here and there, if you go “Guru shopping,” you will not get anywhere. If you know this has something nourishing to give you, you must dig it all the way. If you shift every day, you will waste your life. You will be full of holes – no well; no water to drink; nothing to sustain you. These people are like that – though they know this one is the same in many ways, still, they feel their Sadhguru is the best Sadhguru. They need not appreciate me the way I am today. It is good for them to hold onto that because that will be their growth; that will be their wellbeing.
Your face is hard,
they think you are a loveless wench
To me you are like a lover’s song
gentle as the spring breeze
Like a mango tree in full bloom
every leaf hides a delicious fruit
Such bare and scarce ways
did your progenitor describe you:
folks would never know
the luscious lass that you are
Clothed in rough and common raiment,
who could dream
of the uncommon possibility
that you are?
I spied and pursued you
with a stout heart
Waiting and wooing
for lifetimes three
Trailing you through terrain unknown
of untold pain and sweetness too
The very journey has left me so complete—
the creation and creator are within me
Can no more see the world without you