Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev – Sadhguru on Religion and Spirituality

Jaggi Vasudev (born 3 September 1957), often referred to as Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, mystic, poet and New York Times bestselling author. He founded the Isha Foundation, a not for profit organization which offers yoga programs around the world, including India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, Uganda, China, Nepal, and Australia. The foundation is also involved in various social and community development activities, which have resulted in it being granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. On 25 January 2017, the Government of India announced that he was being conferred the Padma Vibhushan award for his contribution towards spirituality.

Sadhguru, A Spiritual Master

Sadhguru QuotesWhat is spirituality? Generally we think spirituality means going to the temple, going to the church, going to the mosque and praying to God or whatever. Going to the temple, church or mosque and praying is not spirituality. 99% of the temple-going, church-going or mosque-going people, all that they have been taught and all that they are doing in their lives is ‘Dear God save me. Dear God protect me. Dear God give me this. Dear God give me that.’ That is not spirituality; that is just simple basic survival. So what is spiritual? Right now your whole experience of life is limited to the physical, isn’t it?

It is in the very nature of things, that sense organs cannot perceive anything other than the physical. So when your experience of life is limited to sense perception, it is limited to the physical. Everything that you experience is physical.

Your body is physical, the world around you is physical, your wife, husband, child, this, that is physical. You have emotions about it, but they are still physical. Even your mind is physical.

So everything that is in your experience is physical. Spirituality means, that you begin to experience something which is beyond the physical. The simplest possible way to put it: if your experience of life transcends the physical, and something other than the physical is happening, then we can say you are spiritual.

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