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Volume 6 / Issue 02 Feb 2018

Creation
The swirling mist in the
valley, causes haze in me
like the Hashed-out mind
of a yogi. Haze not of hallucination
But like the haze of the Beginnings
Grace & Blessings

EDITORIAL

Dear Readers,
With MahaShivRatri, the greatest event of the year in the Isha calendar, coming up
this month, we bring you Sadhguru answers to questions about Adiyogi – The Shiva,
who is the center of this festival, in the article “Adiyogi: The Ultimate Solution is
Dissolution.” In our Sharing Experiences section, read a moving account by priests
from Varanasi, who performed the “Saptarishi Arati” in front of Adiyogi – Source of
Yoga this winter solstice, and for the first time ever outside the Kashi Vishwanath
Temple!
In the final part of our Lead Article series on chakras, Sadhguru illuminates yet another
aspect that is beyond what our physical eyes can see, i.e. “The Formation of Chakras.”
Once the fundamental tools for this life in the form of our physical body and energy
system have formed, the question is, “How to Live the Best Life Possible”? In an
excerpt from the Sadhguru Spot, Sadhguru offers promising approach and a simple
method toward this goal. In our Mahabharat series, Sadhguru uses “Durvasa’s Visit”
as an example at what point enlightened beings choose to intervene in the course
of events, while essentially leaving the responsibility for one’s own life with each
individual.
Also in this issue, a flurry of event highlights of the past few weeks. And last but not
least, this month’s recipe is set to tempt you with a crunchy indulgence: “Nippattu
Thattai,” a traditional South Indian snack that may put your sense of moderation to
the test. Enjoy!
The Editorial Team

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CONTENTS
LEAD ARTICLE

The Formation of Chakras

MAHABHARAT

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Part 39: Durvasa’s Visit – Averting
Fury and Curse

IN CONVERSATION WITH THE MYSTIC
Adiyogi

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The Ultimate Solution is Dissolution

LEAD ARTICLE
The Formation of Chakras

06

MAHABHARAT
Durvasa’s Visit – Averting Fury and Curse

08

SADHGURU SPOT
How to Live the Best Life Possible

10

NEWS & EVENTS
Sadhguru in Jaipur / Sadhguru Delivers Keynote Speech at ICOMOS / Golf Fundraisers for Rural
Education / Sadhguru in Kolkata / Rally for Rivers Initiative Reaches the Northeast /
Sadhguru Addresses Global Landscapes Forum / BSF Empowered by Isha Yoga /
Sadhguru Inaugurates Mystic Kalinga

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SHARING EXPERIENCES
Saptarishi Arati at Adiyogi

16

UPCOMING PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Mahashivaratri and Yaksha 2018

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Isha Program And Event Highlights

20

ISHA RECIPES
Nippattu Thattai (Crunchy Snack)

21

ZEN SPEAKS
If I Don’t Go to Hell, Who Will?

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IN CONVERSATION
WITH THE MYSTIC

Adiyogi
The Ultimate Solution is Dissolution
In the following excerpts of their conversation, award-winning poet, writer, and co-author of Sadhguru’s
book Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga, Arundhathi Subramaniam, poses probing questions about Adiyogi
and his relevance, as well as solutions to individual and global issues of our times.

Why Adiyogi’s Time Is Now
Arundhathi Subramaniam: You say that Adiyogi
represents a reminder that truth is the only authority,
whereas so far, authority has masqueraded as
truth.
Sadhguru: Many people are asking me these
questions, “Sadhguru, why set up an Adiyogi
image, bring out an Adiyogi book, and all this now?”
When Adiyogi appeared over 15,000 years ago and
the Saptarishis1 asked, “How are we going to teach
the world?” Adiyogi said, “Your business is not to
teach. Your business is just to preserve the seed
that I am giving you. If you preserve the seed, when
the atmosphere is right and a drop of water falls on
it, it will anyway sprout and blossom.”
In many ways, we have come to this point, because
for the first time in the history of humanity, more
human beings can think for themselves than ever
before. Whether they are thinking straight or not
is questionable, but they are thinking something,
which was not so in the past. In earlier times,
your priest, your pandit, or your scripture thought
for you. Once you think for yourself, it has to be
logically correct – at least to your mind. If I throw
something at you that is not logically correct, you
cannot swallow it. That means you are slowly
becoming incapable of believing. Your belief is
only to a point of convenience. What most people
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Seven disciples

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think is devotion is just deception. They are trying
to make a convenient deal with God.
This is the appropriate time for Adiyogi – because
he does not demand belief. He asks you to explore
your life. To explore, you need tools. As human
beings, we are dominating this planet only because
of our ability to use tools, nothing else. Otherwise,
could you tame elephants or tigers? “Tyger, tyger,
burning bright2” is gone. Now we have to “Save the
tiger.” Only because of our ability to use tools, we
are dominating. Adiyogi does not demand belief,
worship, or following – he just gives you tools
to explore life. That is why he is so impersonal –
simply there, unmoved. This is not the silly game
of “I will break a coconut for you – what will you
do for me?” Or, “I will light three candles for you –
what will you do for me? I will give so much money
for you – what will you do for me?” With Adiyogi,
it is a different game. This is not a market place.
Here, the only true solution is dissolution.
Now that human logic has evolved to a certain place,
after 15,000 years of incubation, Adiyogi is coming
of age. You will see in the next couple of decades,
humanity will appreciate this like never before.
Because people did not have the intellect to grasp
it, because they wanted to believe something, the
South Indian calendar art made him into a chubby
looking man who sits there, and he is supposed to
bless you – though the culture always says that he
Refers to poem “The Tyger” by William Blake

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is the destroyer. That means he will dissolve you.
He will make you non-existent. A time has come
where human mind is ready to wonder, ready to
explore, ready to go through the adventure of not
knowing. When scientists are declaring, “We not
only do not know – we will not know,” I think the
world is ready to live not knowing.
Participant: The power of ignorance…

How to End Violence?
Arundhathi: A question from the audience: Why
is there so much violence and suffering in the
world? Why are the yogis not doing their bit? Why
is Adiyogi going to sleep when he is needed most?
Sadhguru: This reminds me when I was designing
Adiyogi’s face, I worked with a group of people,
and it took nearly two-and-a-half years to get the
face the way we wanted it. I did not express this to
people, but I wanted a face that is still but exuberant
and intoxicated at the same time. The most
exuberant dimension of life is stillness because it
is from the stillness of the space that everything
else has come. But we are so enamored with the
little activity of the atoms and the molecules and
things that we are missing the larger landscape
on which all this happens. We are talking about a
dimension which takes you beyond all this.
Let us say tomorrow morning, I will stop all the
violence on this planet. What will you do after that?
Will you live absolutely fulfilled, joyful, exuberant,
and fantastic? You will find new problems. No
violence has hit you yet, has it? The worst violence
that is happening on the planet is in your mind. You
are constantly stabbing yourself. You may have all
kinds of exotic names for this, like pain, misery,
depression, or panic attack. All that has happened
is your own intelligence has turned against you.
I want you to know this – once your intelligence
turns against you, no yogi, Adiyogi, or god can save
you.

What Happens When Enlightened
Ones Die?
Arundhathi: Another question from the audience:
What happens to enlightened beings when they
die?
Sadhguru: I don’t know what happened to the
others. As far as I am concerned, nothing will
happen, because even now I’m dead. Actually,
someone once almost gave me a certificate that I
am dead. They wanted to check the gamma waves
in my brain. They put some electrodes, and after
some time, they were hitting at my elbow with
some steel item. I thought okay, this may be some
experiment of theirs. Then they started hitting my
knees and my ankles – all the places that hurt the
most. I opened my eyes and asked, “What’s the
matter? Why am I being beaten up?” They said,
“Our machines are saying you are dead.” I said,
“That’s a great diagnosis you are making.” Then
they came up with the second opinion, “Or maybe
your brain is dead.” I said “No, no, no. You can give
me a certificate that I’m dead – I don’t mind that.
Braindead is a bad thing for me.”
So, everything will go on just fine. Don’t ever try to
build a logical bridge to a dimension that is beyond
physical nature. You cannot touch that which is
not physical with logic. If you try to build a logical
bridge to that which is beyond, you will only end up
in one more illusion of your own that you believe in.
This is why belief has become popular – because
you want to build a logical bridge to a dimension
that is beyond physical nature. That is what you
need to stop. Adiyogi will not let you build a bridge.
There is no other way – you will have to learn to fly.

If you look back on the history of humanity, we are
living in times with the least amount of the violence.
Of course, there is eminent violence with nuclear
bombs and the like, but day-to-day violence is way
lower than ever before. But there are aberrations in
human societies, and it would be great if that goes.
But if you cannot remove the violence in your mind,
how do you expect it to disappear from this planet?
What is happening in the world is just a larger
manifestation of what is happening in your mind.
Tell me the day when there is no anger in you, there
is no irritation in you, there is absolute blissfulness
in you. On that day, we will make it work. Till then,
as long as you are capable of violence in your mind,
someone will manifest it on the street.
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LEAD ARTICLE

The Formation of Chakras
In this article, Sadhguru writes about when and how chakras form after conception, and how culture
and traditions have ensured the best possible development of the child in the mother’s womb.
Questioner: Namaskaram, Sadhguru. When a baby
is formed in the mother’s womb, when and how do
the chakras start manifesting?
Sadhguru: Somewhere around the twelfth week,
only one chakra is formed, which is the muladhara.
Within the first twenty-eight to thirty weeks,
depending upon the developmental quality of the
fetus, the first five chakras up to vishuddhi are fully
established. The other two, agna and sahasrar, do
not establish to the same extent in every human
being. This is why the moment a child is born, the
first thing they do in this culture, after washing
the baby, they put a little bit of vibhuti between
the eyebrows. Just in case the agna is not yet
developed, we want the child to start focusing in
that direction.
You should not make judgments about people
based on this, but I would say in nearly thirty to
thirty-five percent of the newborn infants, the agna
may not be developed. The sahasrar generally
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is not developed for most of them – that slowly
evolves. If you observe the way their eyeballs
move, you will know whether an infant’s agna is
established or not. Traditionally, just by looking
at the eyeball movement, people could say if the
infant would become a sage. A sage need not
necessarily mean someone who will go and sit in
the jungle or a cave. In some way, a sage or a seer
is someone who sees things that others do not
see. It could also be a visionary businessman, or a
visionary leader – someone who sees things more
clearly than others.

If we take care of certain things, we can
ensure that within the mother’s womb,
maximum development happens.

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In the first three months of a child’s life, we can
distinctly see to what extent the agna developed
in the mother’s womb – this will determine many
things. This does not mean that those whose agna
is not developed at birth cannot develop it in their
lifetime – they can
if they work on it. But they will need to do a little
more work than others. Both childbirth and death
are a big business today, so these things are
going away. Otherwise, in this culture, even before
conception, the woman is taken care of in a certain
way, in terms of how she should be, and what
things must happen. People go to certain types of
temples at that time, they are offered certain types
of foods, and they read certain scriptures.
What kind of atmosphere they should be in, who
they should or should not meet, what kind of colors
and forms they should or should not see – all
these things were taken care of. There were strict
prescriptions, from preconception to delivery. The
only other culture that has a similar kind of tradition
is the Jewish culture. They may be maintaining it
better today than the Indian people.

Our own lives, our economic matters, our
parties, our social nonsense have become so
important that we are not so interested in the
next generation.
Indians are too eager to drop their culture and
get westernized, so they don’t do all these
things anymore. With economic wellbeing, these
traditions may come back to some extent. If we
take care of certain things, we can ensure that
within the mother’s womb, maximum development
happens. Maximum development does not mean
maximum weight – this is not how it was judged.
When a child is born, the first thing that you watch
is how their eyeballs move. Are they confused,
focused, or is he able to see what is around him?
You will see certain infants have the look of an adult
in their eyes. One indicator is the steadiness of the
eyes, how a child observes and looks at things.
Another thing is how a child cries. By the way the
child cries in the beginning, immediately, hearing
the cry, intuitive people were able to say what this
child will become. Some cry out of confusion of
being in a new space, some cry in an angry way,
because they are disturbed by this nonsense of
birth. You can see the ways they cry are different.

child may not live.
If we took care of certain things for the mother,
the development of the child’s chakras within the
mother’s womb could be determined to some
extent. But today, our economic activity and social
activity are such that heavily pregnant women are
still going to office to work, still partying, eating,
drinking, and smoking. That way, it is entirely left
to nature – we don’t have a role in how the chakras
develop. But if we do the right things, there are
ways to work towards specific qualities. You could
compare it to growing a crop – the outcome is
never one hundred percent in your control. But if
you do all the right things, you will have a better
outcome.
The idea behind all this is that the child that we
produce must be of a better quality than we are.
But that care, that kind of involvement to make it
happen, is gone unfortunately, because our own
lives have become too important.

If the next generation becomes less than us
in some way, it is a crime against humanity.

Once, a very skinny, small built woman was
consulting us. Heavily pregnant, she came to work
with us, and I asked her, “When are you due?” She
said, “Probably tomorrow morning.” Then I said,
“What the hell are you doing here?” She said,
“No, this is my second child. Even last time, I was
working till two hours before I delivered.”
Our own lives, our economic matters, our parties,
our social nonsense have become so important that
we are not so interested in the next generation. We
are not responsible enough to think in terms of how
the next generation should be better than us, which
is very important. If the next generation becomes
less than us in some way, it is a crime against
humanity. You are supposed to push it forward, not
backwards. Maybe I should write a book on what
different things you can do to influence the child.
But then too many people may get pregnant – that
is a problem. I think I will write it towards the end of
my life. I do not want a population explosion when I
am here – no baby boom.

Particularly the midwives, who have facilitated
many births, were able to tell. Your wife may
deliver, but without a skillful midwife, mother and
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PART 39

MAHABHARAT
SERIES

Mahabharat

Durvasa’s Visit –
Averting Fury and Curse
What has happened so far: The Pandavas are exiled in the forest for twelve plus one years. Surya Deva,

the sun god gives Draupadi the Akshaya Patra, a bowl that provides an abundant supply of food which
lasts every day until Draupadi herself eats, after she served food to everyone else.

Sage Durvasa came to Hastinapur. He was known
to be a very angry man. For the smallest things, he
would flare up and curse people. The Mahabharat
and even the Ramayan are full of his curses.
Wherever he went, if he was pleased, he would
bless them. He was the one who blessed Kunti
with the mantra [that enabled her to receive a son
from anyone she wished]. He was also the one who
cursed a series of people. Wherever sage Durvasa
went, everyone was on their toes to make sure that
he did not get angry.
When Duryodhana came to know that sage Durvasa
was on his way to Hastinapur, he went outside the
gates of the city to receive him, which was a very
unusual thing to do for Duryodhana. When he saw
Durvasa, Duryodhana prostrated, welcomed him,
brought him to the palace, and offered him the best
possible hospitality to keep him happy. By then,
Duryodhana had come to know about the Akshaya
Patra, a bowl that Draupadi had received from the
sun god. People kept coming to visit the Pandavas
in the forest, and because of this bowl, Draupadi
was able to feed them well. The fact that the
Pandavas were eating well and that they were even
entertaining guests made Duryodhana furious.
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According to him, such things were not supposed
to happen in the forest exile. Things were going on
well for the Pandavas in the forest. Duryodhana
wanted to change that.
A few days into Durvasa’s stay with him,
Duryodhana suggested, “My brothers, Pandu’s
sons, are in the forest, because of some unfortunate
circumstances. As you have blessed me, they must
also receive your blessings. Please go and bless
my brothers.” Duryodhana sent his men to guide
Durvasa to the Pandavas’ camp in the forest.
He made sure Durvasa got delayed on the way.
Duryodhana had told Durvasa that he would make
arrangements at the camp for him and his people.
But actually, the Pandavas and Draupadi were not
informed about the impending visit. dfew hundred
Duryodhana wanted Durvasa and his entourage to
reach the camp after Draupadi had eaten her food,
so that she would have nothing to serve Durvasa
and he would get angry, which for sure would be a
disaster for her and her five husbands.
Durvasa and his disciples arrived at the Pandava
camp after Draupadi had eaten, late in the afternoon.
They were very hungry from walking all the way
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from Hastinapur. Naturally, being a well-known
sage, he expected a certain level of hospitality.
The Pandavas welcomed him and said, “Please
have your ritual bath in the river and then please
come for food.” They did not know that Draupadi
had already eaten, which meant food would not
come again before the next day. Durvasa and his
disciples went to the river to have their ritual bath.
Then, Draupadi came to know about their arrival,
and she was in great distress. There was no point
asking anyone around, because there was no one
there who could provide food. And there was no
point bothering her husbands either. At the most,
they could have gone hunting, but Durvasa did not
eat meat.
She knew a curse from Durvasa would be disastrous
for them. Twelve years plus one year in exile was
already a big enough disaster. Durvasa may curse
you for a hundred years. She called out to Krishna,
“Oh Krishna, only you can save me! Do something.
I don’t want this sage to curse us now, when we are
already down.” Krishna had promised her earlier,
“Whenever you call, I will be there.” He appeared
and Draupadi told him her plight, “Durvasa is here
with his disciples. He is hungry. He will be back
from his bath any minute. I have nothing to offer.”
Krishna said, “Why only Durvasa? I’m also hungry.
Is there nothing at all?” Krishna asked. She said,
“Nothing.” Then he said, “Show me the bowl.”
At the time when the news of Durvasa’s arrival
reached her, Draupadi had just finished eating and
was yet to go and wash the bowl. There was one
tiny piece of a vegetable stuck to the bowl. Krishna
took it and put it in his mouth. Draupadi said, “What
are you doing, eating a leftover from me!” He closed
his eyes and said, “Oh, I’m so full.” She thought he
was mocking her – eating a small, leftover piece of
vegetable and saying he was full. She said, “Don’t
be so cruel. I’m already in great distress because
these people are waiting and I have nothing to
offer. And now you are doing this to me!” He said,
“No, Panchali – I’m really very full,” and he burped.
Down at the river, Durvasa and the people who
accompanied him had finished their bath. They
were supposed to come for lunch now, but they
all suddenly felt overfull. They said, “We can’t
eat. We don’t need food.” “You cannot refuse our
hospitality – please come.” The Pandava brothers
insisted, not knowing about the whole situation.
Now, this was a problem – when someone is
asking you to come for a meal, you cannot say
“no.” So they said, “We will come. You go – we will
follow you.” When the Pandavas went to the camp
to make some arrangements, they saw Krishna.
They said, “Krishna, when did you arrive?” He said,
“Draupadi invited me for lunch, so I came.” They
said, “Durvasa and his disciples have come. They
are also going to have lunch.” Krishna said, “Please
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bring them.” Nakula went to look for them, but no
one was there. They had all run away, because
their stomachs were so full, and they could not
have come and said they will not eat.
In many situations, when things were about to
really go off course, the Pandavas always got
help in some form, which was nothing short of
miraculous. When Krishna seemed to let everything
happen, and things were going to spill out of
control, course corrections were always done.
People made judgments, “Why all this? Could you
not have done something earlier? You could have
avoided the whole situation. You could have made
sure Durvasa lost his way, or something like that.”
But that is not how it works. You do not interfere
with anything and everything. You let it run its
course. Only when it is going beyond a certain
point, you pitch in. Repeatedly, therefore, Krishna
said, “I’m not here to continuously play the game
for everyone. Everyone should play their own
game. The only thing is that it should go where it
needs to go. If it doesn’t, some corrections will be
made here and there. But I cannot interfere with
your life at every point.”
This means that Grace does not mean you do not
have a life to live. It does not mean you do not have
to use your brains or your body. In fact, it means
you have to use it much more than ever before,
because you are working with a partner who is
of a different nature. When you have a partner
like that, you better work to the limit. Do not think
that because you have a good partner, you can sit
around – then he will not be your partner. It is so
even if your partner is a human being. If you have
a great partner, you will have to strive to do great
things – otherwise you won’t have a great partner.
This is the message that Krishna is constantly
giving to them: “Yes, I’m there, but you have to do
what you have to do.” In the name of devotion, in
the name of the Divine, people tend to become lazy,
lethargic, and do not explore the full potential of
who they are. So Krishna is constantly telling them,
“It is your complete involvement in every aspect
of life which is most important. I’m there but you
have to do what you have to do.” The very Gita is
just this. Arjuna is trying to throw up his hands and
say to Krishna, “Why should I do it? Anyway you’re
there – just fix it.” But Krishna said, “You have to do
what you have to do. Especially because I’m there,
you have to do more than you would normally do.”

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