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Even after months of travelling, there has been no gearing down for Sadhguru. His frantic schedule
of the past few weeks included a number of “In Conversation with the Mystic” sessions with
prominent figures from various walks of life, a series of darshans with thousands of participants at
the Isha Yoga Center, and Guru Pournami with the unveiling of the first Adiyogi sculpture – just to
name the biggest highlights. Check out our News & Events section for more details. We hope you
will like the new, at-a-glance format.
The recent darshans at the Adiyogi Alayam brought us an abundance of interesting talks by
Sadhguru. Spoiled for choice, we have selected some of the most insightful ones for this edition.
Our Lead Article, in which Sadhguru discusses the “Boundless Ways” in which one can approach
the Ultimate is one of them.
Since its shortness belies its substantiality, we would like to particularly recommend the article “The
Life Breath of Existence,” which targets the link between body and being. Whether you are at odds
or enamored with yourself or somewhere in between, the article “How to Love Yourself?” is for you.
Sadhguru not only busts common myths about our relationship with ourselves but also challenges
the concepts of shame and guilt. The relationship between Linga Bhairavi and Dhyanalinga is
subject of the article “Why Devi Touches Base.” Find out the deeper purpose behind the spectacle
of sound, fire, and color that the Linga Bhairavi Procession and Maha Arati present.
When Sadhguru chooses to leave his body, how will his physical absence impact those who
have been initiated by him into a spiritual process? A question many of us may have pondered in
silence. A participant of the Leela program addressed it, and we have Sadhguru’s answer in the
article “Going for Good.”
Kiran Bedi, the first and highest-ranking female officer of the Indian Police Service turned social
activist, met with Sadhguru on 6 July 2014 for an “In Conversation with the Mystic” session. The
article “Courage for Social Change” is the first excerpt of their heartfelt and constructive discussion.
Enjoy the read!

The Editorial Team

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ISHA FOREST FLOWER

August 2014

Printed by: S. PRAKASH; at FINE DOTS, No.15, Boo Begum 3rd Street,
Anna Salai, Chennai – 600 042. Editor: K. SEKAR.

Dear Readers,

Published by: B. RAJESH CHANDER on behalf of ISHA FOUNDATION
Published from 117/50, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004

Editorial

CONTENTS

Lead Article

Boundless Ways

Sadhguru on Different Approaches to the Ultimate

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Musings

The Life Breath of Existence

Sadhguru on the Link between Body and Being

How to Love Yourself?

Sadhguru on Shifting from Conscience to Consciousness

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Why Devi Touches Base

Sadhguru on the Importance of the Linga Bhairavi Procession

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In Conversation with the Mystic

Courage for Social Change

Kiran Bedi in Conversation with Sadhguru

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Leela Series
The path of the playful – part LVIII:

Going for Good 13
Isha Hata Yoga

Part 8: Flexibility Factors 15
News & Events

Kiran Bedi in Conversation with Sadhguru 16
Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade in Conversation with Sadhguru
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Series of Darshans with Sadhguru at the Isha Yoga Center
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Fifteen Years of Dhyanalinga 17
Dr. Devi Shetty in Conversation with Sadhguru
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Sharing Experiences

A Fly Stuck in a Spider’s Web

Poem by Isha Hata Yoga Teacher Trainee 18

Sadhguru Spot

Lifetimes have passed by…

Excerpted from Sadhguru Spot of 9 July 2014 19

Upcoming Programs and Events

Isha Yoga – Program Highlights 20

Isha Recipes

This Month: Creamy Vegan Fruit Salad 21

Zen Speaks

A Morning of the Moon and Wind 23
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SADHGURU

Boundless Ways

Sadhguru on Different
Approaches to the Ultimate
The following is an excerpt from a darshan
with Sadhguru at the Isha Yoga Center,
Coimbatore, India, on 24 June 2014, in which
he explains the different aspects of the chant
“Bhuta Bhuta Bhuteshwaraya” with which he
had opened the session.

Bhuta Bhuta Bhuteshwaraya
Yoga Yoga Yogishwaraya

Kala Kala Kaleshwararaya

Shiva Shiva Sarveshwaraya

Shambho Shambho Mahadevaya
Bhuteshwara
The physical creation – all that we can see, hear,
smell, taste, and touch – the very body, the
planet, the universe, the cosmos – everything
is just a play of five elements. Only with five
ingredients, what a magnificent mischief
called “creation”! Gaining mastery over
these five elements, which are known as the
pancha bhutas, is everything – your health,
your wellbeing, your power in the world,
and your ability to create what you want.
Knowingly or unknowingly, consciously or
unconsciously, individual people attain to
some level of control or mastery over these
different elements. How much control or
mastery they have determines the nature
of their body, the nature of their mind, the
nature of what they do, how successfully
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they do it, how far they can see – everything.
With only five things, which you can count on
one hand, how many things are being created!
Creation could not be more compassionate. If there
were five million ingredients, you would be lost.
With this mind, there would have been no way
we could have mastered five million things. Bhuta
Bhuta Bhuteshwaraya means that one who has
mastery over the pancha bhutas determines the
destiny of his life, at least in the physical realm.

Yogishwara
Being on the path of yoga means you have come
to a phase in your life where you have felt the
limitations of being physical; you have felt the need
to go beyond the physical; you have felt restrained
even by this vast cosmos. You are able to see that
if you can be restrained by a small boundary, you
can also be restrained by a huge boundary at some
point. You do not have to crisscross the cosmos
to experience this. Sitting here, you know if this
boundary restrains you, if you crisscross the cosmos,
that will also restrain you after some time – it is
only a question of your ability to travel distances.
Once your ability to travel distances is enhanced,
any kind of boundary will be a restriction for you.
Once you have understood and known this, once
you have felt this longing that cannot be fulfilled by
mastering physical creation – yoga. Yoga means to
breach the barrier of physical creation. Your effort
is not just to master the physicality of existence but
to breach its boundary and touch a dimension that is
not physical in nature. You want to unite that which
is bound and that which is boundless. You want to
dissolve the boundary into the boundless nature of
existence. So, Yogishwaraya.

In English, we also used such an expression in the
past – “he expired.” Like a drug or anything else, a
human being also comes with an expiry date. Time
is a special dimension of life – it does not fit into
the other three dimensions. And of all the things in
the universe, it is the most elusive stuff. You cannot
pin it down, because it is not. It does not exist
in any form of existence that you know. It is the
most powerful dimension of creation, which holds
the whole universe together. It is because of this
that modern physics is clueless about how gravity
functions, because there is no gravity. It is time
which holds everything together.
Gravity as we know it is just a small consequence
of time. You may think you are going to so many
places. No, as far as your body is concerned, it is
going straight to the grave, without deviating for a
moment. You can slow it down a bit, but it will not
change direction, because death is gravity. As you
are getting older, you will see, slowly, the earth is
trying to suck you back. Life completes its turn. By
the time you die, maybe you can have a grave on
the moon, but that is also gravity. There is evidence
that the Moon was once a part of the Earth. But do
not deny the local farmers the manure that you can
provide. Do not take it to the moon – may you be
buried here. I am inviting all the old people to come
to the ashram – nothing should go waste. I am not
asking you to die, but you will any way die.

Shiva – Sarveshwara – Shambho

Kaleshwara
Kala – time. No matter if you have mastered the five
elements, you have become one with the boundless,
or you know dissolution – as long as you are here,
time is ticking away. Mastering time is a completely
different dimension. Kala not just means time, it
also means darkness. Time is darkness. Time cannot
be light because light travels in time. Light is a slave
of time. Light is a phenomenon that has a beginning
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and an end. Time is not that kind of phenomenon. In
the Hindu way of life, they have a very sophisticated
understanding of time, as six different dimensions.
One thing you have to know – as you sit here, your
time is ticking away. The Tamil expression for death
is very good – Kala maayitanga – “his time is up.”

Shiva means “that which is not; that which
is dissolved.” That which is not is the basis of
everything, and that is the boundless Sarveshwara.
Shambho is just a key, a passage. If you can utter it
in a way that your body will tear up, it will become
a passage. If you want to master all these aspects and
get there, it will take a long time. If you only want
to take the passage, you can transcend these aspects
not by mastery but by sneaking in.

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I have said this before – when I was a young boy,
I had friends in the Mysore Zoo. Sunday morning
meant I had my two rupees pocket money and would
go to the fish market, deep inside where they had
the half rotten fish. For two rupees, I sometimes got
two, three kilograms of fish. I put them in a plastic
bag and took them to the Mysore Zoo. I did not have
any more money. The ticket at that time was one
rupee; that is if you want to go straight. There was
a barrier of about two feet. If you were willing to
crawl, it was free. What’s my problem – I crawled.
I spent the whole day there feeding all my friends
with my rotten fish.

are easier ways. Those who are the crawling kind
do not have to worry about mastering anything.
Live as long as you live; when you die, you go and
reach the ultimate. There is a certain beauty, an
indescribable aesthetic in mastering even something
simple. Kicking a ball for example, even a child can
do. But when someone masters that, suddenly there
is an aesthetic to it that makes half the world sit up
and watch. If you want to know and enjoy mastery,
there is work to do. But if you are willing to crawl,
it is simply Shambho.

If you want to walk straight, it is a tough path – a
whole lot of work. If you are willing to crawl, there

The Life Breath of Existence

Sadhguru on the Link between Body and Being
The following is an excerpt from a darshan with
Sadhguru at the Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore,
India, on 22 June 2014.

Questioner: Namaskaram, Sadhguru. What is the
role of the breath in one’s spiritual growth?
Sadhguru: In yogic terminology, the breath is
referred to as koorma nadi. The koorma nadi is
that which ties you as a being to this physical
manifestation of a body. As you know, the body is
an accumulation of what we have eaten, or in other
words, it is just a piece of the planet, but right now,
you perceive it as “you” because body and being are
so well tied together. And it is the koorma nadi, the
thread of koorma, which does that. If I take away
your breath, you and your body will fall apart.
The significance of the breath in a spiritual practice
is that it gives you access to that point or that
dimension where the physical and the non-physical
are tied together – that is if you know the breath as
koorma. Right now, you only know the sensations
caused by the passage of air – that is not koorma. The
koorma nadi is more than the air that you breathe –
but without the air that you breathe, it will not
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happen. The passage of the air is important, but
koorma is not limited to that. It is the life breath of
existence that you are inhaling and exhaling. If it is
taken away, you and your body will not be capable
of staying together. They will fall apart.
Travelling with your koorma nadi is an effort to
know that space where the physical and the nonphysical meet. That is the purpose of the Shambhavi
Mahamudra – to be in the twilight zone where you
are in the physical but touch a dimension beyond
the physical. It would be very simple to leave the
physical and go to the non-physical – a bullet in the
head would do that, but that is not our aspiration.
The aspiration of a human being is to be rooted in
the physical but have a taste of that which is beyond.
The breath is one of the easiest tools to approach the
non-physical dimension. There are other ways too,
but they would need much more care, instruction,
guidance, and assistance. With the process of breath,
it happens much more easily. That is why the breath
is significant in a spiritual context.

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How to Love Yourself?

Sadhguru on Shifting from Conscience to Consciousness
The following is an excerpt from a darshan with
Sadhguru at the Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore,
India, on 23 June 2014.

Questioner: Sadhguru, Why is it that so many
people struggle with liking themselves? And could
you say something about shame and guilt?
Sadhguru: “Liking themselves?” Someone else
should like you. “I like myself” – what nonsense is
this? These concepts and philosophies are floating
around all over the world, particularly on the
West Coast of America. When I recently went to
California, I happened to attend a lecture at Stanford
University where the speaker held the view, “You
must be compassionate to yourself.” I said, “To like,
to love, to be compassionate, you need two entities.
If you create two entities within yourself, you are
either schizophrenic or possessed. Either you need
a psychiatrist or an exorcist.” An individual means
“not further divisible.” If you made yourself in
such a way that you have no friends, and you are
not capable of being alone, you create two within
yourself. Don’t play this game. Initially, it may be
fun, but if it establishes itself, you will become sick.
The line between sanity and insanity is very thin. If
you keep pushing it, you will land on the other side,
and you will not know where you are.
It happened once – Shankaran Pillai called the
psychiatric ward at the NIMHANS1 institute in
Bangalore and said, “Is Mr. Pillai there in room
number 21?” The receptionist said, “Wait, sir. I’ll
check and let you know.” She checked and said,
“No, he is not there.” “Oh my God, then it’s true
that I have escaped!” Once you play this game of
dividing yourself, you will not know where you
are. You are an individual – who you are should
never be divided. You must integrate yourself into
an individual. Right from day one of the Isha Yoga
program, this is what we have been trying to do –
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to set you up as an individual, an undivided entity.
“Whatever happens, whether good or bad – it’s
me.” If you create two or more within you, you
are unfixable. Only one is fixable. Only one can
grow. Only one can transform. Only one can
transcend. If there are two, they will go in two
different directions. If there are four, they will go
in four different directions, and so on.
Do not try to like yourself. What is there to like
about you? “Then should I dislike myself?” Why are
you thinking on those terms? Where is the question
of liking or disliking yourself? When you look at
yourself as just a piece of life, there is neither a need
to like nor dislike this most fundamental life within
you. If you see, “This is only me and me alone,” you
will keep this well. If there are two, doing makeup
for both is difficult.
With these ideas, “Love yourself. Believe in
yourself. Be compassionate to yourself,” you are
asking for sickness. And if you ask very strongly,
you may get it. Do not ask for these things. It is
vital to understand that you are an individual –
you cannot divide yourself, or if you do, you are
playing a psychological game with which you
are asking for insanity to manifest itself. When
you live with those kinds of people, it may seem
normal, but if life situations push you, you will
go crazy. If life situations are conducive, you can
play these games and somehow get by, but nothing
significant will happen in your life because unless
you are an individual, you cannot transform; you
cannot transcend.
Your ideas of shame and guilt are a social
phenomenon. What people feel guilty about in one
society, they do not feel guilty about in another
society. Shame and guilt are not natural. It is just
that certain religions have made you feel guilty
about everything. If you list out all the things they

National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences

August 2014

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consider as sin that you should feel guilty about,
you must feel guilty about being alive, because
your very birth is supposed to be a sin. All your
life, you feel guilty.
When you feel guilty, you pay your tribute. This
is business, not spiritual process. It is a great
entrepreneurial idea – eternal business – it runs
forever. If you feel guilty of your very birth,
there is no way to fix you. Always, you will
feel guilty; always, you will confess; always, you
will pay your tribute – always, the business is
on. If certain religious teachings were not there,
guilt and shame would not exist. If there was
no room for guilt and shame, you would correct
your actions. Guilt and shame gives you a lot of
shadowy area in your life. You can do the same
stupid things, feel guilty about it, wash your guilt
away, do the same things again, endlessly.
People who have been taught great levels of shame
and guilt are the ones who commit too many things
because there is always a way to fix the guilt, every
week. Consciousness is one thing – conscience is
another thing. Consciousness is the basis of life and
existence. Spiritual process is about consciousness,

not conscience. Conscience is a socially set up
mechanism, usually with a religious basis, which
makes you feel guilty of this or that or everything
in your life. When you feel guilty, you will become
subservient in some way.
You do not need a conscience – you need
consciousness, because consciousness is inclusive.
This inclusion fixes your actions. Not because you
think something is wrong, you do not do it. You
know that you would not like to do it to yourself,
so you would not like to do it to someone else.
You know it would not work for yourself, so
you would not want to do it for someone else.
That is all it is. Consciousness fixes you because
of your inclusiveness. Conscience tries to fix you
with guilt, fear, punishment, and shame. This is
something that makes a human being feel like a
wretch, and you cannot expect a human being to
grow when he or she feels like a wretch. Instilling
shame and guilt means there is no interest in the
growth, transformation, and transcendence of
human beings. There is only interest in keeping
them on a leash. Guilt and shame come from social
conscience, not from universal consciousness.

Why Devi Touches Base

Sadhguru on the Importance of the Linga Bhairavi Procession
The following is an excerpt from a darshan with
Sadhguru at the Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore,
India, on 23 June 2014.

Questioner: What is the significance of the Linga
Bhairavi procession and Maha Arati that takes
place every Pournami (full moon day) around
Dhyanalinga?
Sadhguru: Oh, she is just taking a walk. [Laughter]
If you want to transmit a genuine, life-transforming
spiritual process – not just talking spirituality, not
scriptural stuff – you need a tower of energy. If
you do not create that or access that which may
be available to you in some other way, no life
transmission will ever happen – only words. If the
person who delivers it has a certain energy, it will
go on for a certain period of time. The moment his
body becomes feeble, the whole process will die. If
you do not create what we traditionally refer to as
moola sthana, a fundamental energy space that lasts
for a long time, you cannot transmit a living spiritual
process. To transmit a spiritual process just based on
a physical body would be foolish because first of all,
you can only do very little – otherwise, it will break.
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And above all, no matter how you do things, the
physical body does not remain stable forever – it has
its ups and downs. It has to eat; it has to sleep; it has
to do so many things.
Here in Isha, Dhyanalinga is that tower of energy.
I do not know how many of you experience it that
way. One lady from the United States said, “All I
see is one big black peanut.” Since this phenomenal
tower of energy has to last very long, it has to be
subtle. Anything that you make outwardly energetic,
like Devi, will not last long, unless you maintain it
every day. You must recharge her on a daily basis –
otherwise, she will not live. That is why those who
are around Devi need a lot more dedication and
devotion to keep her going.
People who take care of the Dhyanalinga temple
only take care of the temple, the premises, and
the people who come. They do not take care of
Dhyanalinga in any sense, because he does not need
any care. If no one takes care of him, he will still be
the same. This is a completely different format. But
with the Devi temple, it is not just the temple and
the people – Devi herself is being taken care of on a

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