Right now, what human beings are suffering is not their bondage, they are suffering their freedom. If you suffer your bondage, that is alright, but if you suffer your freedom that is a tragedy
The walls of protection we build around ourselves to protect from external threat become the very walls of self-imprisonment
This self assumed importance that man has created within himself, when you keep it aside, you are in prayer
Desire's ultimate goal is unboundedness, the infinite nature, but because you are unaware you are giving it an unconscious expression for the longing that is wanting to become unbounded, you can't destroy your desire, you have to make your desire into a conscious process
You can produce much more results in the world with acceptance & appreciation rather than simply toxic criticism
if you want flowers to grow in your garden, you don't have to think flowers, you don't have to chant flowers. You just have to think of soil, manure, water, sunlight - nothing to do with flowers; if you handle filth well, flowers will happen
Those who are very interested in leaving their footprints on the planet, they shall never fly.
In the universities somehow the faces are longer; maybe it's the weight of knowledge or something.
Do you have any proof that you are not already in heaven and making a mess of it?
Sadhguru Life quotes ⇑
When sounds are in tune, they become music. Out of tune, they become noise. It is the same with you. When all aspects of you are in tune, you become music. Out of tune, you become noise
Never look up to anyone - never look down on anyone. When you see all the way they are, you shall navigate life effectively
An intelligent person is constantly hesitating with life, with every step he wonders whether what he is doing is okay or not, but a fool is absolutely confident.
By domination you will not know life, only by inclusion you will know life
If you want to succeed, you must learn to harness your physical body and your mind to the fullest possible way.
Comfort is not what you're seeking. What you're seeking is a deeper experience of life.
Intelligence is incapable of believing anything, but it has the potential to know everything. When people admit that they do not know, all beliefs fall apart by themselves and people become more alert to life around them
Don't try to give up smoking, just bring awareness into your life, to every aspect of your life and you will see everything that is not necessary will simply fall by the wayside. If you try to give it up, you will only struggle
If you live your life burning for the highest possibility, in that burning itself, there is liberation
For work not to be an entangling but a liberating process, it should be towards creating something beautiful for someone else
Anything beyond survival will not enter your life unless you strive for it, what is needed for survival opens up naturally
Nobody in the world happens your way, at least this one person must happen your way, isn't it? But right now, even this person is not happening your way (That's the problem)
Life does not mean party. Life means that you're doing the right things with this (self/ body), so that this gradually evolves to a higher and higher space.
what you pursue, you will never forget. What is imposed upon you will never be useful in your life.
As a life, we have a right to nourish ourselves, but we don't have a right to wantonly take another life just for pleasure
The only & the worst crime you can commit in this life is- You did not explore the full depth and potential of your life
If you try to break a diamond with a hammer its a lot of effort, UV light can make diamond disappear into thin air (it is very important to use the right kind of tools) just bring the right kind of awareness into your life (it will bring transformation)
Suppose, you had none of the compulsions, what would you like to do with life, that's what you should do. You should not decide your life and the course of your life based on immediate compulsions. You decide in your life, if you do this for hundred years and look back, after hundred years if you look back, is it still worthwhile? You do that.
The most beautiful moments in your life have happened to you only when you kept your logic aside a little bit.
True miracle of life is not in you doing something, but in realizing that life is already a big miracle
A child is closer to life than you are. When a child comes into your life, it is time to relearn life, not teach them your ways.
Sadhguru Short quotes ⇑
Only when you do not know yourself, the opinion of other people becomes important.
If you want success, the foremost thing is to ensure that you are not the obstacle to it.
The intellect is like a knife - the sharper, the better. As long as you know how to handle it.
Power doesn't corrupt. People are corrupt. When they get empowered, it becomes apparent.
If you stand on the garbage heap of your mind, your feet will never touch the ground.
With firm likes and dislikes, you shut your doors to the many possibilities of life
Your intelligence is incapable of believing in anything if you allow it to function
It's not just bad things that kill you, good things that you're not ready for can kill you.
Between you and the ultimate reality there is only one barrier, that is yourself.
Tradition is not about imitating previous generations. It is about learning from their experience
Sadhguru Funny quotes ⇑
Our presence here is just for a short period of time. We do not have to shorten it by fighting each other
Since you are a human, your imagination of God is a huge man, If you were a buffalo you would be really thinking God is a huge buffalo, may be four horns
There is no corruption in India, where is corruption in India? there is only Banditry
It's easier to love God because it's always easy to love somebody who is not here now, it's so easy. But if you have to love somebody who is sitting next to you right now, it costs life
Once you have a child it's a twenty year project. That is if they do well, if they don't do well it's a lifelong project
If you jump off a tall building You will see it will be very blissful till you hit the ground, ignorance is bliss till you get smashed. In that small period it's wonderful
If your mind took instructions from you, would you keep it stressful or blissful? Blissful. For yourself definitely it's blissfulness. What you want for your neighbor may be debatable but what you want for yourself is definitely highest level of pleasantness
Because you have made a mess out of your adulthood, you are aspiring for your childhood, I think adulthood is great
(On Soul Mates) Body needs a mate, understandable, mind needs a mate to some extent. The soul if it needs a mate, it's a lost soul
Is there some aspect of life that human beings are not suffering? If they are poor they suffer their poverty. You make them affluent they suffer that. If they are uneducated they suffer that. If you make them educated they suffer that. If they are unmarried they suffer that. You get them married.. If they don't have children they suffer that. If they have..
I don't see any criminals. All I see is, every human being is in pursuit of his happiness. The man whom you call as a criminal is also in pursuit of his happiness. Only thing is he is pursuing his happiness far more vigorously than you
You cannot rise in love, you cannot stand in love, you cannot fly in love, you have to fall. Something of you should fall, otherwise it will not work. You will not know it.
The first sign of psychological imbalance is you start thinking, 'Nobody is okay.'
When you were 3-4 years of age you're 100% for marriage, not yours your parents', again when you become 45-50 again you're 100% for marriage, but between 18-35 you're questioning the whole process. Because where the physical body is dominant, at that time if you give in to that then it will question every institution
You don't have to talk about marriage and divorce in same breath as if they come together. This is a completely American idea
Fear means you're producing horror movies in your mind. Tch.. Nobody else is willing to watch. That's bad for the producer, but you are producing them. So, you produce something else - produce a comedy, a love story..
There is no one moment of ease, simply. These structured societies where you have house mortgage which is for thirty years, a car mortgage which is for ten years, an education loan which is twenty two years - you got a life term. You're doing your time in an open prison.
Loosen up a bit - laugh more, get involved with people around you, do simple things. If you only do very important things, you will become dead serious
There is too much talk about heaven hell because too many people have made a hell out of themselves
If you learn to laugh at your own stupidity, all your crap will turn into manure very fast. And manure is good for growth
Sadhguru Love quotes ⇑
If it is impairing you rather than empowering you, then it is not Love, it is some convoluted idea
Love is not an instrument of convenience. Love is a process of self-annihilation
If you want everyone to fall in love with you, the first thing is, you must fall in love with all of them
Love as many think is not just an emotion, but a rail that guides our thought and emotion from the barrenness of exclusion to the harvest of inclusive existence. Love is not just a bond but a balloon that buoys you to the borders of boundlessness
We love our children just the same even if they are exchanged in the hospital, so it is just your willingness to include somebody, it doesn't have to come from your body, if you are willing it is possible to love anybody
Forget about others. You learn to be loving by your own nature, not because of somebody else or something else.
If you just become love, not love somebody then you will know the nature of love.
When Krishna was there his wives complained, Every human being on this planet is going to disappoint, nobody can fulfill the unrealistic expectation you have of them
If sex is in the body it is fine, it is beautiful, the moment it enter yours mind, it becomes a perversion, it has no business with your mind, it is something to do with your body, if it is in the body it will just fall into its natural place where it belongs
Love is not a joy; it is a deep, wonderful pain. Everything within you should tear. Only then will you know what love is.
Lust is a strong need. Love is not a need. When you love, you settle down; nothing more is needed
Your experience of love only happened within you. You are using the other person as a key to open up an experience within you. I am asking, why are you using a key when there is no lock, no door, no barrier?
Scale up your love! Why only love one person when you can fall in love with the whole universe
The beauty of motherhood is in inclusion. She saw you as a part of herself. It is the willingness to include another life as a part of yourself. It is that beauty we are trying to celebrate with the mother's day, not reproduction
If you are a source of joy by yourself & do not try to extract joy from another person, you will have wonderful relationships with anybody
Love is a process of inclusion. Once I include you as a part of me, I will be to you just the way I am to myself
If someone loves you because you are theirs, it is about you being their property. If someone loves you for who you are, you are fortunate.
Once you have no expectations of what the other should do, you will have a successful love affair.
If you made yourself in such a way that nobody can help loving you, that's something
Sadhguru Inspirational quotes ⇑
Most human beings live like a bird in a cage whose door is blown away. Too busy gold-plating the cage to soar to their ultimate possibility.
Whatever happens, you getting depressed is not a solution. You getting depressed would be one more problem
If you nurture the root, you don't have to bother about the fruit - it will come naturally.
You don't have to be better than everyone else, but you have to be at your best.
When you love someone, it is a privilege to do something for them. Service is a poor substitute for love
When you consciously choose to be ordinary, you become extra-ordinary.
If you try to give up something, it will rule your mind. But, if you find something deeper in life, the less significant will just fall off
An intention will not make things happen. It will only set the direction. You still have to make the journey
You do your best. It doesn't matter somebody approves or disapproves. No two human beings have come alike. Someone may be a back-bencher in school but a frontbencher in life. Exam is not a deciding factor. Strive relentlessly, result is a consequence of competence
When you came into this world, you came without a single investment. So whatever happens in your life, anyway you are in profit.
If you do things you like with 100% involvement, you must do what you don't like with 200% involvement. That's breaking limitations
If you use the horror of who you are as manure, the beauty of who you could be could flower.
Competitors are not enemies. They are people who keep reminding you of your own shortcomings. Your quality control.
The crisis is always an opportunity for human beings to rise beyond themselves.
Because somebody is going to throw stones at us, should we remain without fruit in our life? That would be a tragedy
Leadership should not be an aspiration. It should be a consequence of competence.
The Creator did not make a mistake with you - the mistake is all yours. You are a fantastic piece of life, but you have silly ideas about life.
Contentment is a poor substitute for joy. It means you have given up on the possibility of living joyfully
Not disaster or disease, stagnation is the worst thing that can happen to a human being
There is no need to be perfect, but are you a constant striving to be better. That is all that matters.
Only when players enjoy playing can they perform their best (not when play becomes work)
Do not aspire to meet a wonderful person. Aspire to become the wonderful person that you expect others to be
Sadhguru Happiness quotes ⇑
If you are happy by your own nature, now relationships will become a means for you to express your happiness not to seek happiness.
Relationships have become a mutual exploitative process. You try to milk happiness out of somebody, somebody tries to milk something else out of you. If you take the responsibility of making yourself the way you want yourself to be.. you would be naturally joyful.
Being fit for life means- hardness in the body, sharpness in your mind & softness in your heart.
The biggest mistake that people make is they try to be happier than someone else.
By arranging material things around you, only comfort and convenience will happen, wellbeing will never happen
If you are forming relationships to seek happiness and trying to squeeze happiness out of somebody and that person is trying to squeeze happiness out of you, now this is going to be a painful relationship after some time
How you are, should never be determined by how somebody else is. Once you allow that, you will remain a slave to somebody all your life because they will decide whether you'll be happy or unhappy.
There are only two important things: 1. How Joyful are you? 2. How much joy do you give to people around you?
You are feeling well when you are really happy, even if you are diagnosed as medically ill. Fundamentally well being means a certain level of joyfulness, certain exuberance of life
if you mortgage your pleasantness to something outside of you, you being pleasant or unpleasant is only by chance.
I would know you are happy if your bones did Smile and I hear the rattle.
A spiritual person and a materialistic person are both seeking the same infinite. One is seeking it consciously, the other one unconsciously.
If your work is an expression of your joyfulness, whether recognition or no recognition, what does it matter?
Human folly is that people are always trying to extract joy from the outside.
You don't have to please anybody in this world, if you are truly joyful everybody is pleased by you
When the need to be special is gone, that is when you are unique. Significance of life is in its uniqueness
If you are doing your best and enjoy doing your best, what's the problem with life? How many rupees or dollars you have in your pocket won't make any difference.
It doesn't matter who you are right now, how miserable you are right now, how disturbed you are right now. If you pay enough attention to your interiority, being blissful is a possibility for every human being.
Right now, you believe that something or someone else is the source of your joy, so you are always at their mercy. If you realize and experientially know that you are the source of your joy, wouldn't you be joyous all the time?
Sadhguru Freedom quotes ⇑
Human beings are not suffering their bondage, they are suffering their freedom
In mediocrity, there is comfort, but no joy. In going beyond your limits, there is joy, but maybe no comfort. You have to choose.
When you consciously rise above your likes and dislikes, that's maturity.
The fear of suffering makes your life a half step. Freedom from the fear of suffering is needed for a full-stride life
If someone else determines what happens within you, it is the worst form of slavery
For most people, love means, 'You must do what I want.' No, love means, they can do what they want, and we still love them
We are the only creature on the planet which has the freedom to shape its own life. It's this freedom which human beings are suffering. If one is suffering bondages then it's not a problem. If one is suffering freedom then it's a disaster
Being able to shower affection on anyone without having a need for affection yourself - that's freedom
Only that person who does not carry the previous moment to this moment, is free from everything
Discipline does not mean control. Discipline means having the sense to do exactly what is needed.
Having expectations of others means you are trying to fix their lives. Don't do that. Fix your own life - that is freedom
People have a completely messed up idea of what freedom is. Giving in to your compulsions is not freedom
For those who are trapped in limitations, dispassion is a fearful thing. For those who consciously go into it, dispassion is the ultimate freedom.
Sadhguru Education quotes ⇑
Education, above all, is to know the joy of wondering about life, not having ready-made answers for everything, ready-made answers are religion
most of the education on the planet has become essentially a means to earn a living, not to enlarge your horizons
if you're not in competition with me, you would explore the possibilities of what you could do and maybe we don't know, you could fly. I can walk fast, maybe you could fly, but you will miss out the possibility of flying because you're in competition with me.
only when a human being is in a very extended periods of joyfulness, blissfulness, he will stretch himself to the limits & do what he could do to the fullest. When he's in competition, when he's in fear of failure, he will only do little better than somebody else. So, the human genius is completely missing today. You're destroying the human genius
in the mode of competition, only one can win - all others are losers, It's a horrible way to create a society.
it is teacher's job to keep the inquisitiveness up, to keep the enthusiasm up and the longing to know in the child, Knowing is the child's job
We think acquiring some information is education. No, enhancing your perception is what is needed.
Learning per se is always liberating. What is frustrating is when it is imposed.
The basic purpose of life and the basic purpose of education is to enhance one's boundaries of perception. I don't want the children to just survive after ten years of schooling. They must blossom and flower wherever they go.
If the thirst for knowledge is kindled in the child, you cannot stop him from learning, he is going to learn anyway. But instead of kindling that, you are suppressing it, beating it down with your idea of what education is; because your idea of education is social status and money.
The very purpose of educating people is to broaden their horizons, isn't it? But you tell me, as people are getting educated are they broadening their horizons or are they becoming very narrow?
Education is about making the child grow with uncluttered intelligence. An intelligence that is not identified and entangled in religion, doctrine, or prejudice will naturally lead to the ultimate blossoming of the individual.
Education is not about loading the child's mind with information, but about making the child's mind capable of razor-sharp perception, capable of knowing life in its full depth and dimension
Education is about expanding the horizons of human experience and becoming inclusive. Only in a state of inclusiveness can the empowerment of education become a bounty all of us may cherish.
Education should offer the joy of wondering about life, not give ready-made answers. Unfortunately, science is acquiring the qualities of Religion by moving towards Absolutism
Sadhguru Death quotes ⇑
Dying Gracefully: The way people are dying in western countries is really a horrible way to die, Let us learn to die gracefully. It is okay if you die two years early, you die peacefully & gracefully, that's more important.
Death is the last thing you do in your life, shouldn't you do it gracefully?
If you are conscious that you are mortal, would have time to crib? would you have time to fight with somebody? would you have time to do some rubbish with your life? If you are conscious that you are mortal, you would do nothing other than what is absolutely need for you & everybody around you
if you are going to make people around you joyful and relieved only when you die, that's not a good way to live.
We must learnt to accept death as a part of life, we are not wishing death, but when it comes, let us learn to go through it gracefully.
There is no such a thing as Death, Death is a fiction of the unaware, there is just Life, Life and Life moving from one dimension to another
Death is not a negative thing, death is the only thing that has added value to your life. If you were here forever, you would be unbearable
People think teenage is problem, middle age is problem, old age is problem. What is not the problem? Only death.
If you live joyfully until the last moment, you don't have to worry about death - that will also be a joyful process.
Eating, sleeping, reproducing, dying - every other species does it effortlessly. Why do human beings make such a fuss about it?
Before you and I came here on this planet, a countless number of people have walked on this planet, where are they? All topsoil. You will also be topsoil unless someone buries you real deep fearing you may rise from the dead
Unless you embrace death, you cannot live, if you try to avoid death, all that will happen to you is that you will end up avoiding life.
Sadhguru Wisdom quotes ⇑
Once there is a distance between you and your body, once there is a distance between you and your mind this is the end of suffering, this being cannot suffer any more; question of conflict doesn't arise.
I Do not know is a tremendous possibility, only if you see that you do not know, the longing to know, the seeking to know, possibility of knowing happens
There is a difference between seeker and a believer, a believer is who has made a conclusion (from his books), a seeker is wide open. He has realized he doesn't know, that's why he is seeking
knowledge is not the burden. Your identity is the burden. You get identified with limited things that you know. That is the problem.
If you don't know what you're talking about, the best thing is to shut up. Silence will breed wisdom.
If I give you a sharp knife, if you hold it on the wrong end, if you hold it the harder, more you hold it, it hurts more. That's all you are suffering- your own intelligence.
The most fundamental aspect on the spiritual path is to be one hundred percent straight with yourself.
If one has to be in this world, transact with this world, be involved with this world, and still go untouched through this world, one must be like a lotus flower. One must learn how to convert the filth into a fragrant flower
The only thing that you can do to your child is to give him love and support; his intelligence will grow. That is all. Create a loving atmosphere for him where intelligence will naturally flower.
How should you bring up a child? In whichever situation he is put, he should be able to live joyously, That is the way he should be brought up.
If your gentle and loving nature are coming out of your inclusiveness, it is fantastic. But if it is a formula that you have learned to get what you want, it doesn't mean anything.
Usually, you are looking only at that person who is abused as a victim, but the person who is abusing is also a victim because in many ways he is degrading himself. The worst thing that any human being can do to himself is to degrade himself like an animal
The more you try to be special, the more you get hurt. Just be, melt and become part of the wind and the earth; become part of everything, as creation intends
It is all right if the world thinks you are weird. Everyone is different, so everyone is weird in someone's eyes. Happily weird or miserably weird - your choice
Sadhguru Anger quotes ⇑
Resentment, anger, hatred are poisons that you drink and you expect somebody else to die. Life does not work like that
There may come a time in our lives when we have to stand up and fight a war. But we can approach even that with peace in our hearts. When we approach it that way, we will fight only to the extent that is necessary. But when we are in anger and hatred, for one injustice we will cause another. This is what is happening in the world today.
Anger is not action - it is reaction. A state of reaction is a state of enslavement.
If you are a conscious response to every situation that occurs around you, you would be out of rage.
The line between sanity & insanity is very thin.. You keep crossing it with anger, hatred, jealousy, alcohol or drugs
Every human being is always working against himself or herself in some way. If you created a moment of anger, you are working against yourself, isn't it?
Fear, anger, and hatred essentially come from a lack of perspective as to what life is all about.
Unfortunately, for most people, fear, anger, hatred are the most intense situations in their lives. Their love is never so intense, their peace is never so intense, their joy is never so intense, but their negativities are intense.
You think that you can change the world, or that you have the capacity to move yourself only with anger. Why? Why can't you move with love? Why can't you move with compassion?
Whether you have anger, hatred, jealousy, or resentment against someone, essentially, it only works against you.
Sadhguru Beauty quotes ⇑
Without becoming vulnerable there is no love affair, you have to fall. When you fall, somebody may rise you or somebody may walk over you
It's not the shape of the nose or chin, or the color of your skin that makes you beautiful. A joyful face is always a beautiful face
If you are in a certain state of joy and you look at anything, everything looks absolutely beautiful. When you're unhappy, only certain things are beautiful, certain things are ugly
a human being will know the beauty, pleasure and the joy of action only when he has no need for activity
The beauty of the child is that he is flexible, that is all that is needed to happen to adults too, that is the most important aspect
If you can look at everything lovingly, the whole world explodes into a beautiful phenomenon for you
Whatever the shape of eyes or nose - a joyful face is always a beautiful face. Become Joy - become Beautiful.
If you want a plant to grow and blossom into beautiful fragrant flowers, you can think you are fighting the earth and getting flowers out of it. Or you can see it as a great love affair, that your involvement with the earth gives out such beauty and fragrance for you
If you see both "pain" and "beauty" of Life, then there would be enormous compassion in you, and yet no pain in you. There would be joy in you even though there is so much misery.
Normally, whatever little work you have to do, calculations are there: "How much should I do? Why should I do this? what will I get out of this?" with these calculations, all the beauty of doing is gone. With these calculations, the very process of life has become ugly.
Sadhguru Truth quotes ⇑
New is a trap, old is a cesspool. If you jump out of the cesspool into a new trap, that's not going to help
What is good, what is bad is only contextual for those times and those societies at a certain time, because good and bad is judged by what consequences it generates. It is not by the action
To live and operate in the world, you may have to identify with something. Play with your identifications - don't let them rule you.
The intellect is a reasonably sharp knife. If you do not know how to hold it, you keep cutting yourself
If I think you are a good person, I will not see you the way you are, I'll see you the way I like it. If I think you are a bad person, immediately I'll start seeing things which don't exist... Only if you see everything the way it is you are in touch with reality.
For most parents it is not about education; it is about 1st rank. They want their children to sit on top of every other child's head. They are not interested in learning, they are not interested in education, they are not interested in a career, they are not interested in anything. Their whole effort in their life is how to sit on top of the pile
If you don't have a sense of involvement, you will always try to get the best deal out of somebody. That means you must meet the dumbest people in the world. Intelligent people will never bite your dumb deals.
If you were perfectly sane, you would not need entertainment. You need entertainment just to cover your madness. If we take away your entertainment, you will go crazy. Man needs entertainment simply to hide his madness. If he was perfectly sane, he would not need entertainment. He could just sit and watch the bamboo grow.
There is no point in making yourself believe everything is going to be all right. In doing your Best, you can leave this world a better place.
Sadhguru Philosophy quotes ⇑
Prayer is essentially seeing that your presence here is very minuscule, you are just a speck of dust in this existence, tomorrow if you vanish a few people will cry.. rest of the existence will just go on fine without you
For every action you perform there is a consequence. Most people are not willing to face the consequences when they come; Anybody who is not willing to joyfully accept the consequences that come to them for whatever actions they perform is just a fool
Misery is always self-created. Misery is caused by you, only by you, nobody else but you.
'What I Know, I know, what I do not know, I do not know', once you come to this sincerely, your knowing will constantly go on expanding on a daily basis, otherwise, the moment you believe, you are stagnant
For one moment if you forget that you are mortal, ignorance will sprout, if you forget for a long time, it will bear fruit.
The mind is like a puzzle with too many pieces missing. Trying to make sense out of it makes no sense
If you see someone doing something wrong, condemn the action, not the person
Sadhguru Spirituality quotes ⇑
The spiritual journey need not be effortful, it just needs to be sensible, but to come to sense it may take effort sometimes; need not, but it may.
Very few people transcend out of their intelligence, most people have to be thrashed by life; only then they will transcend
You don't have to be whipped by the world to be at your best you're willing to whip yourself to be at your best. When it's self-driven, we call it spiritual, when it is driven by somebody, it becomes slavery.
Do not try to be special. If you are simply ordinary, more ordinary than others, you will become extraordinary
The spiritual journey is a journey towards clarity, but never towards certainty. When you draw conclusions about beginnings and endings, you are a believer. When you accept that you really do not know anything, you become a seeker.
To progress on the path, you should only be concerned about where you go, not where you came from
Once you become an absolute "yes" to life, then spirituality is not something that you have to look for somewhere; whatever you do is spiritual
Sadhguru Change quotes ⇑
When you resist change, you resist the fundamental process of life & invariably you'll invite all kinds of suffering
If your doctor told you that you are going to die tomorrow, that you can't live for more then 24 hours, you will see you will transform yourself so rapidly; minute to minute you will change. So don't wait for your doctor to tell you something horrible (change by yourself)
If you are not willing to be vulnerable, you are not willing to transform. Whatever does not transform is as good as dead.
Do not try to fix whatever comes in your life. Fix yourself in such a way that whatever comes, you will be fine
We need to change the definition of "Real Men." It's not by hiding our emotions but by gaining mastery over them that we are empowered to look Life in the eye. This is what Yoga is - a tool that teaches you to play and yet remain unscathed by the game of Life
Sadhguru Success quotes ⇑
Do not even think of success, just strive to enhance who you are, Right now you have an idea of success but you do not have the competence for that.
If you are to be successful without being miserable, Your expansion has to happen by embrace, not by conquest.
If your idea of success is just about being ahead of others, you will definitely not explore the full potential of who you are.
Success does not come to you because you want it. Success comes to you because you do the right things
Generally, successful people are becoming miserable. We are sending out a message: 'Success is suffering.' That's dangerous
Do not wait for problems to overwhelm you. Take action before problems come. Preemption is the Path to Safety and Success
Sadhguru Desire quotes ⇑
Desire is not the source of all misery, unfulfilled desire is the source of all misery.
The expectations that most people are creating are such that there is no human being on the planet who could ever fulfill those expectations.
Your desires are not even about you, your desires are a reaction to the social situations you are living in. If you are living in a city & your neighbor has a big car, your desire is to have 2 cars like that, if you are living in a village & your neighbor has a big buffalo, you want 2 big buffaloes
Sadhguru Being Human quotes ⇑
Being Human Quotes
Once you have come as a human, you are not trapped anymore, other creatures are trapped in their own instincts, beyond that they cannot think, you have instincts for survival, but you have the possibility of going beyond instincts
There is nothing wrong with being limited, it is just that your nature is such that it can not settle for the limited, because it is seeking the unbounded
Unfortunately most people utter the word human only with reference to the limitations of being human
Intelligence is the biggest blessing that a human being has, but right now it has become a curse upon humanity simply because the human being is not coming out as a well-coordinated being. He's dislocated the human being within himself. This intelligence is dangerous
In our mind, we think the life upon this planet is human-centric. But in natural terms, the worms, insects, birds, and animals are far more important than human beings. We as human beings have become the controlling power, so we are beginning to think that we are the most important life.
Human beings need the entertainment to hide their madness. If they were perfectly sane, they could just sit and watch the Flower blossom.
Sadhguru Relationship quotes ⇑
If you use a relationship to make yourself complete, when you lose it, you become empty. If you form a relationship because you want to share your fullness, then there will be no grief
Trying to find the perfect partner is expecting the impossible.
Whatever other people do, make yourself beautiful, you know they're doing nasty things and you're still wonderful (within you), this is fantastic. (But) They are doing nasty things and you think they're doing beautiful things, this is stupid.
You are always thinking of life as a relationship... you don't have a relationship, you just have an existence, the relationship happened because of your needs
If you are expecting the other one to understand and comply with you all the time while you don't understand the limitations, the possibilities, the needs and the capabilities of that person, then conflict is all that will happen
In everyone, there are some positive aspects and some negative aspects. If you embrace all this in your understanding, you can make the relationship the way you want it. If you leave it to their understanding, it will become accidental. If they are very magnanimous, things will happen well for you; if not, the relationship will break up.
Sadhguru Nature quotes ⇑
You may attach much significance to your birth, life, and death, but for Mother Earth, it is just a recycling process
Once your sexuality gets into your head, that's called perversion. If it's in the body, it's a natural process
If all the seven billion people on the planet find access to the comforts and conveniences that an average American citizen has, we would need four and a half planets to sustain us. But we have only one. We are surviving only because there is a disproportionate situation.
The problem (of overpopulation) is not small, but some people in a resigned way say, "Nature will correct it." Yes, for sure it will correct it. The correction will be reducing the human population. But whenever human populations are reduced, you don't see it as a solution; you see it as a disaster.
For one who is fearful, darkness is evil. For one who is not fearful, darkness is the all-absorbing nature of existence. That which can absorb everything is also that which creates everything.
All Sadhguru quotes ⇑
It takes love in your Heart to invest in aspects that we ourselves may not get to enjoy the fruits of.
Most people's lives are mortgaged to the social reality around them. Yoga is about releasing the mortgage
Don't be offended by the words because if you take away the privilege of verbal war, then it'll translate into physical war. This we called a democratic process where it's a constant war of words. We try to establish systems in the world where we could use violence verbally and never pull anybody's hair or head.
there is no such thing as good habit or bad habit. Habit means you're functioning unconsciously. If you are functioning unconsciously that's the bad thing because the whole thing about being human is we are capable of doing things consciously
This is how life is happening for a lot of people. Because of the fear of instability, they sit on a bicycle with the stand on. You can pedal, you can get some exercise, but you are not going anywhere.
People say nasty things to you because something nasty is happening within them. They need your love, compassion, or distance. Do not let the spiral of nastiness suck you in
The weak are not gentle by choice but because they are incapable. Gentleness is of value only when it is by choice
Whatever you do, you can either do it willingly or unwillingly. If you do it willingly, it will be heaven. If you do it unwillingly, it will be hell.
You plant a coconut & a mango tree in your garden, when they were saplings they were of the same height, you thought they will get along pretty well, if both of them remain stunted & never grow, they will remain compatible, same height, everything; But if both of them grow to their full potential, they will grow to different heights, shapes & possibilities
If you see that people are the way they are because of their limitations, you will strive to help them break their limitations, rather than judge them.
Misery is not caused by any situation, situations are there, some situations we can handle, some we can not handle; If you want to make yourself miserable for every situation that you can not handle, you have a lot of opportunities, every day
All the miserable people in the world think there is something wrong with the creation; all the miserable people in the world think Creator has made a mistake
Intelligence is in being able to make people understand what they could not understand. Intelligence is not in confusing the hell out of what people knew perfectly well for ages, That's not intelligence
One is successful only when he finds full expression to all that he is and that will never ever happen without one becoming meditative. One has to become meditative otherwise he will never know the nature of his existence.
More conflict is happening within the four walls of the homes than is happening anywhere on the planet. Only thing is bombs are not exploding so you don't hear it. They may be giving each other silent treatment.
If there is no friction within yourself, the chances of you getting into friction with somebody is minimized
Leadership is not about asserting yourself over somebody, it is about being able to harness everybody's aspirations and make it happen
What is needed for humanity is clarity of perception. Where clarity is missing, people try to substitute confidence for clarity. Confidence without clarity is a disastrous thing
what we need to understand is between a possibility and a reality there is a distance. Do you have the courage, the commitment and the conviction to walk the distance? That's always the question
In cultures where feminine has been suppressed, they have great homes, but they always want to be outdoors
I thought people are getting married to multiply their joy. If they are getting married to multiply their misery I think we need a law to stop this
If you do something for your child it's a joy. If you do something for the child on the street, it's your duty that you're fulfilling. When your heart is barren, when your heart is bereft of love, then only you can perform duty.
To create fear, you have to use excessive imagination- you are creating things that have not happened. What may happen, in your mind happens in 1000 different formats & most probably it never happens, 99% of the times it never happens. To not be in fear, you don't have to do anything
Excellence is not about being better than someone. Excellence means human mechanism performs at its peak
If you do not know how to address the most serious aspects of life lightly, life will sit heavy upon your heart
When things go wrong in life, that is when it shows who you are. When things go well, everyone can pretend to be fantastic.
You are just a speck of dust in the universe. If you understand the context of your existence, you will naturally become silent.
If tears of love, joy, and ecstasy have not washed your cheeks, you are yet to taste life.
The most precious thing in life is life itself. Are you getting this now or only on your deathbed?
Fear arises simply because you are not living with life - you are living in your mind
Enormous potential and possibilities are destroyed in your life by the fear of suffering
A Seeker of Truth shall never know the comfort of conclusions. Only Intensity and Seeking
Making a prediction based on existing realities completely discounts the human potential to transform situations.
People started this philosophy, 'Thank God its Friday!' If you are not enjoying what you are doing five days a week, then why are you doing it? It's a very brief life
Do everything like it is the last thing you do. There is nothing to hold back, nothing to save for later
The most important thing in life is balance. If there is no balance, your own body and mind will work against you
There is a distance between possibility and reality. Do you have the courage and commitment to walk this distance?
If you want to live sensibly and joyfully, it is important to remember, marriage is a human arrangement, not a celestial one
For a committed person, there is no such thing as failure - just lessons to be learned on the way
Whenever something hurts you there are two options: you can either become wounded or you can become wise. This is the choice
The mind is like a mirror. A concave mirror exaggerates. A convex mirror depreciates. A plain mirror shows you life the way it is
You come into this world with nothing and you go empty-handed. The wealth of life lies in how you allow its experiences to enrich you
The idea of marriage is to multiply joy. If you multiply your miseries, it's a crime
There is security in repetitive life patterns, but there are no possibilities, no growth
The greatest courage is not in fighting outside battles but in addressing the source of conflict within yourself
The most beautiful moments in life are moments when one is expressing one's joy, not when one is seeking it. The first and most fundamental responsibility for a human being is to become a joyous being
If you do not want to make judgments, you have to bring a certain equanimity to your mind.
The business of human wellbeing is the only real business. All other businesses are subsidiaries of that.
If you shift from unwillingness to willingness, from inertia to effervescence, your life will be joyful and effortless.
Living an exuberant life is only possible when you are able to dance upon the uncertainties of life.
The whole world is busy trying to teach everybody something that has not worked in their lives.
Learning to live joyfully with things you do not like is a huge lesson in life.
How can you love one and hate the other when the same Divine exists in All.
It is not the opulence of the structure but the inclusiveness of the people which makes a home
For someone who is intelligent, everything that happens is an opportunity
Whether I keep you half alive or you keep yourself half alive, whichever way- it's torture
Equality means equal opportunity, equal regard and respect - not sameness in action.
The most significant aspect of your life is that you're alive right now. Everything else is secondary and incidental
Most people think, “this is work”, “that is life”. That means a large part of your life is not life
Whether you like something or you dislike something ‒ either way, you exaggerate the reality
Money, influence, comfort and intelligence come as blessings, but become curses for most people
Passion is like gasoline in the tank, but you also need a steering wheel to go where you want to go
One who is in constant journey learns to love and enjoy everything, but not pick up anything on the way.
Your suffering is always about that which does not exist.. If you were rooted in reality, there would be no fear
If you are trying to extract joy, love & pleasantness out of somebody, this is going to be disastrous for both people
Agriculture is coaxing Mother Earth to give you what you want. Industrialization is ripping her apart.
Morality has become important in society because people have forsaken their humanity. Morality is a poor substitute for Humanity
'Good' and 'bad' are judged by what consequences they generate; it is not by the action.
Having things that others don't have doesn't make you special. If that's your only pleasure - that's perversion.
When hearts mingle, hands naturally join
One who is stuck in the realm of right and wrong, liking and disliking, will never know the texture of love.
Tiger mask, lion mask. Monkey mask, donkey mask. Man mask, woman mask. Divine! Only if you unmask
There is no such thing as ancient wisdom. Wisdom has to be contemporary otherwise it's meaningless
We have the technology, resource & capability to address every issue on the planet. The only thing missing is inclusive consciousness
People's idea of success is to be just one step ahead of another lame person.
A materialistic person is ruthless with other people but kind to himself. A spiritual person is ruthless with himself but kind to everybody else
Leadership needs clarity not confidence. Confidence without clarity can be disastrous
Your ideas need not have anything to do with reality. Making conclusions is a sure way of not enhancing our perception
What you do on the outside is not LIFE; it is activity. Life is within you. How this feels and functions right now is most important
Leadership is not assertion of yourself, leadership is the art of fulfilling the aspirations of everyone.
Every society needs individuals who go on planting mango trees without thinking whether they would get to eat the fruit or not
A spiritual process is not a divorce from life. It is an irrevocable love affair with life
You can use this mind as a ladder to the Divine, or you can use it to trap yourself into this little body and feel like a refugee on this planet
What is generally considered as failure deepens your experience of life far more than what you consider as success
To love the person who is next to you is the biggest challenge. To love somebody who is not here is always easy
To grow does not mean that you think too much of yourself. Growth is dissolution
Human Life truly begins only when survival is taken care of. For all other animals, life ends with survival
If you have no agenda of your own, life will work according to its agenda. Your personal agenda is taking you further and further away from that
Evil is neither a quality nor is it an act, it is a consequence of ignorance. The most horrendous things happen not because somebody is evil, but because he is ignorant. So you cannot destroy evil, you just have to bring knowing and awareness.
If you had everything you could ever dream of, what would you want? If you do not invest that much thought into your life, that means you are super short-sighted
From poverty to affluence is a hard journey. After making this hard journey, if we cannot live well and instead suffer our affluence, it is a tragedy. We might as well have suffered our poverty - at least it would have been eco-friendly
If you had come here like any other creature on this planet, stomach full - life would be settled. But once you come here as a human being, life does not end with survival. Actually, for a human being, life begins only after survival is fulfilled.
The filthier the situations you live in, the wiser and more beautiful you can become if you are willing & if your intelligence is functioning; if you are not reacting, but responding to life consciously. If you are reacting to filth, you will become filth
Me holding a gun to your head, you holding a gun to my head, and both of us did not shoot - this is not peace, this is madness
The nations of the world talk about peace only when they are at a disadvantage. When they are at an advantage, they talk about war and aggression.
People who have failed in their lives are suffering their failure. People who have succeeded in their life are suffering their success. If you suffer your failure, it is okay, if you start suffering your success, that is the real tragedy of life.
People are capable of suffering just about anything. If you send them to heaven they will suffer because they will miss hell.
You need not be a superhuman capable of doing everything. If you don't do what you're capable of doing, that's when it's not okay; that's when you have failed
If someone is hurting and it does not hurt you at all, that means you have forsaken your humanity.
You can use this mind either to create wellbeing or misery for yourself. Everyone has this choice.
Make yourself in such a way that you are always looking at how to make someone else's life beautiful
Sex in the body is fine. Money in the pocket is fine. They only become a problem if they enter your mind.
Even if you become a super-human being, you will never have absolute control over the external world. Whether it is your institution or your family or the world, you will never have total control over the external situation.
No matter where you are or who you are, may you never be a prisoner of your own body, mind & emotions. May you know the power of liberating yourself through Yoga
What does an unlimited amount of wealth mean to a man who has a limited amount of time.
When you are trying to race with somebody, you are only thinking of going one step ahead of him, that's all. You are not thinking of what your ultimate potential is. We are just ruining a whole generation of people with the kind of schooling we are providing.
Somebody becomes spiritual because he has developed a certain openness about life. He has no conclusions about anything. He is willing to look at everything.
The scale of violence that can happen today has happened because the best brains in the world have cooperated with this, The best brains in the world have worked to create the most violent ways to kill humanity. If the intelligent in the world had not cooperated, the violent man would kill one or two, with a stick or a stone or something
Intelligence twisted out against our own well-being is no intelligence.
A criminal is also concerned about human well-being, but his idea of humanity is just himself. Somebody's idea of humanity is him and his family; somebody else's idea of humanity is him and his country; somebody else's includes the whole world. Everybody is concerned about human well-being in different proportions.
The world is going on only because of the unfortunate people in the world- that half of the population who are hungry and living under trees or bridges. If everybody on the planet becomes "fortunate", the world will end in ten or fifteen years' time.
Technology has made humanity into real giants. We are hugely empowered. Now, how we walk is very important. Otherwise, we will uproot everything.
Empowerment without the necessary sense of responsibility can be a major disaster.
If all the insects on the planet die, life on this planet has a little more than twenty years before everything disappears. If the worms on this planet die tomorrow morning., the life upon this planet has only eight years left. But if you and I disappear, the planet will flourish
There is enough ecological awareness for cosmetic appeal, but not enough awareness and movement in the world for a solution. This has to change
Either we control our population now consciously, or a time will come when we will have to put a meter on your nose. We will have to charge you for how many breaths per minute you take. And those who cannot pay...
Nations must have the courage, and the religions of the world must have the sense to see that increasing the population is going to be a disaster for all of us - for every creature on the planet, not just for humanity.
when you are in yoga, you experience everything as a part of yourself, and that is liberation, that is mukti; that is the ultimate freedom.
The yogic science is of utmost importance now, like never before, because today we have tremendous power in our hands. With modern science and technology
Using yoga just for health, is not wrong, but it is a crime, because if explored in its full depth and dimensions, it can take you to places which you have never imagined. It is a way of approaching the Creator through the Creation. It can be a ladder to the divine.
Fear is always of losing something. You can only lose limited aspects of life; you can never lose its ultimate nature. Fear occurs because you are attached to your limitations; otherwise, there is no fear.
If the object of your passion is threatened, there is fear. Dispassion does not mean non-involvement. Right now, you are kicking up your involvement with passion. If you can kick up your involvement with dispassion, then there is no question of fear.
Whatever you have today, the things around you, even your own body- you borrowed everything from this earth. You can use it, you can enjoy it, but when you have to leave, you have to leave it and go. So nothing really belongs to you. Fundamentally, the only thing that you can really give is yourself.
Fundamentally, the only thing that you can really give is yourself. You could simply sit here, close your eyes, and give yourself to the world. It is possible, but the level of awareness is not there in most human beings. They need action to give themselves towards something
Volunteering is a tremendous possibility to offer yourself through your work
Most of the things that you are doing in your life are things that you have actually chosen to do. In spite of that, in day-to-day activity, there is so much struggle even with the simple activities that you are doing because you are unwilling to give yourself
Whether it is your work, your marriage, your family... you started all these things willingly, because you wanted them in your life. But then you forgot why you started this, and now you are giving unwillingly and it has become a painful process
Volunteering is not a way of extracting work. Volunteering is a simple way of demolishing your likes and dislikes and learning to involve yourself in everything indiscriminately.
Volunteering is a way of obliterating all limitations within you, to become absolutely willing. No spiritual process will happen to any human being unless he becomes willing. The basic essence of a spiritual process is to become willing, to become a 100% "yes" to life
Most intelligent people on this planet are generally the most miserable people on the planet. Simply because they have an active intelligence but no perception of life
Right now, medical sciences are limited to just knowing the physical body. If anything happens beyond that, you think it's a miracle.
If we are free of diseases medically, that is not health. If we feel like a complete human being in our body, mind, and spirit, that is when we are really healthy.
Modern medicines have become just chemistry. For every problem, you are taking in some medicine, a chemical, & come to some kind of balance. If you use one chemical to bring down one aspect or enhance another, there is also a side effect to this. For this side effect, there is an antidote; for the antidote, there is another antidote; it's an endless chain
Meditation means going back to one's original nature. When one is simply with this breath, all identifications dissolve.
Acceptance is important to connect to a situation and to respond to the situation intelligently.
When acceptance is total, the entire existence becomes a part of oneself. This is the way of nature.
Whatever action you perform in your life, there is a consequence to it. There is no such thing as you must perform only this type of action and you must not perform another type of action. You can do anything. But you must be in a state to accept the consequences joyously.
The first thing to do when bringing up a child is not to touch your children, not to influence their minds with your distorted minds.
You want to live your life through your children. This is a sure way to destroy children. This is a definite way to destroy children.
Every child does have the necessary intelligence to live his life fully. You just create an atmosphere for him to grow into his intelligence, rather than imposing your nonsense upon him.
If you really have the intention of bringing up your child well, you must first change your way of being. If you are incapable of transforming yourself, where is the question of you bringing up your child?
Society has fixed some rules and they have always told you, right from your childhood, that if you break them, you are a bad boy. So whenever you break these, you feel like a bad boy. If you feel like one, you become one.
Lust is a strong need, love is not a need. When you love, you settle down, nothing more is needed. You can just sit here for a lifetime. With lust you can't sit anywhere, you either get into some mad action, or you are bound to go crazy.
[About Religious Clashes] Religion should have made people Divine, but it is not even making them human.
Do you want to rule the world or do you want to serve the world? Ultimately, that is the choice.
Only if you have known intense action can you know inaction. People who are always resting in their life must be experts about rest, isn't it? But that is not the truth. Only a man who works intensely can know what rest is.
Most human beings have not been taught how to handle their own intelligence, if you had half the brain that you have, you would have no mental ailments
Human beings have a high level of intelligence but have no training, no social situation where you're being taught how to use this intelligence, your own intelligence is turning against you. When your intelligence turns against you it looks so hopeless as if there is simply no way out of it, that is what leads to people committing suicide
The life in you is not looking for meaning; it needs exuberance of experience.
If you are exuberant, joyful, and wonderful, your immune system will function much better than when you are worried. Wholeness of Life Is Health
A human being who is joyful, responsible, with a little bit of sense, can deal with challenging situations much better than those who are dead serious about everything.
The heavens that people have imagined are such lousy places that I would never want to go there.
You must liberate your mind, not control it. It is acting crazy because it is entangled in petty things.
Whatever you are doing, however big or small, do it to the best of your capabilities
It takes a deep sense of commitment and compassion to nurse the sick. To make others' physical & mental wellbeing your priority is a different kind of Devotion.
In a Democracy, we have the right to protest for sure, but we do not have the right to disrupt even one citizen's life.
Rest is the basis of all activity. Stillness is the basis of all Dynamism.
People who are bursting with life do not need a purpose to live. Life is a purpose unto itself.
If your external situations are going out of control, is it not very important that at least you keep your interiority in control?
Confidence and stupidity are a very dangerous combination, but they often go together.
It is our compulsive reaction to the situations in which we are placed which causes stress.
The only thing that stands between you and your wellbeing is a simple fact: you have allowed your thoughts and emotions to take instruction from the outside rather than within
Yoga is, quite simply, the science of being in perfect alignment, in absolute harmony, in complete sync with the existence
"Aghori" means beyond terrible. An aghori wants to befriend what is abhorrent because they want to take away their likes and dislikes. Likes and dislikes are the basis of your limitations. Dropping likes and dislikes is the means of embracing the universe.
Whoever you meet, speak to them like it is the last time you may have that opportunity. It will transform your life
You can become truly aware and enjoy every bit of life only if you are constantly aware that you are mortal
If Human beings experience Life beyond one's physical nature, the need for conquest, conflict, and violence shall not exist.
If you are in a state of reaction, anyone or anything can take charge of your life. Conscious response is the way forward.
There is no need to create a silly sense of order by establishing your own principles, morality, or ethics. Existence is in perfect chaotic order.