April 13: Sadhguru Receives the Padma Vibhushan, India’s Highest Annual Civilian Award

All of India’s national newspapers featured coverage of the award giving ceremony. Below is an excerpt from Swarajya:

Sadhguru Jagadish Vasudev has today (13 April) been conferred India’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, for his contribution to spirituality. President Pranab Mukherjee presented the award today to the yogi and mystic, among others, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

When Sadhguru became aware of the honour in January this year, he said in a statement that the award was a “recognition of over seven million volunteers of Isha worldwide, involved in transmitting the science of inner wellbeing” and “the Tamil people” in particular…

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April 14: Local US Newspaper Highlights Sadhguru’s Imminent Visit to their Area

By Christopher Spata: 2:18.PM, Friday, April 14th, 2017. Tampa Bay Times is winner of 12 Pulitzer Prizes.

Interview: We asked bestselling yogi Sadhguru how to be happier

Jaggi Vasudev, 59, is the motorcycle-riding, golf-playing Indian mystic and yogi known to the practitioners of Isha Yoga around the globe as Sadhguru.

As the author of more than 30 books, including last year’s New York Times bestseller Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy, Sadhguru promotes “yoga taught in its full depth.” It’s a traditional understanding of the practice and meditation. It’s also more mental than physical, he says.

Sadhguru will visit Tampa April 29 and 30 to teach Inner Engineering, the Isha Yoga introductory program that involves a 21-minute-per-day breathing technique. It’s his only such appearance scheduled in the United States for 2017.

We spoke to him to find out more about the practices he says can lead to a more blissful life.

The word “engineering” makes me think of design and mathematics, but not yoga or spirituality. Why is your program called Inner Engineering?

Some people complain about the appropriation of yoga in Western culture. It’s gone mainstream. How do you feel about the many franchises and classes that have appeared all over the world?

You’re known for riding motorcycles and playing golf. Do those activities hold any particular significance for achieving joy or enlightenment?

I’ve read where you refer to “eating joyously.” Is how we eat as important as what we eat?

Read the answers to all these questions and more.

April 12: Isha Volunteers Make an Appearance on CNBC News Channel 8

Watch the WFLA Morning Show Interview to learn more about Inner Engineering with Sadhguru in Tampa 

April 14: Sadhguru in Asian Age

Published by Asian Age (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, London): Apr 14, 2017, 3:29 am IST

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April 14: A Chinese Student Surprises Kaushik Basu, Former Chief Economist at the World Bank
Soft power, harder choices

Written by Kaushik Basu | Published on April 14, 2017 12:04 am

Never before in China have I seen as much interest in India as I did last month, when I attended the China Development Forum in Beijing. The Forum, founded in 2000, is now recognised as one of the most important international meetings on global economics.

A sign of China’s effort to project soft power is its changing attitude to religion. Under attack during the Cultural Revolution, Buddhism is no longer anathema. China now has nearly 250 million Buddhists, constituting 18 per cent of China’s population — and 50 per cent of the world’s Buddhists. During a coffee break, a Chinese student accosted me to chat about Sadhguru, from whom he derived “spiritual inspiration”, quite unthinkable a few years ago. He assumed that, as an Indian, I would know all about Sadhguru…

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April 18: Lt Governor of Puducherry Dr. Kiran Bedi Invites Sadhguru to Speak at Raj Nivas on ‘National Building’

Hindu Staff Reporter, April 19, 2017

Stating that the country was still following the systems of an occupied nation, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on Tuesday said that new systems and processes have to be in place to build a new nation.
He was delivering a lecture on ‘Making of a Nation’ at the Raj Nivas Lecture Series here in Puducherry. “We have crippled ourselves by following the systems of the occupied nation,” he said.

Bureaucratic hurdles

Stating that building infrastructure is important for building a nation, he complained that to raise a building in one’s own land requires no objection from 16 departments. “Why should we get a no objection certificate from 16 departments to build in our own land? Even after four-and-a-half-years they neither give us a objection certificate nor do they tell the reason what they are objecting for,” he said…

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April 19: People should have strong sense of belonging and pride

Wed, 19 Apr 2017-12:26am , PTI

Recalling the uniqueness of India as being “a vibrant economy with structured economic approaches”, Vasudev said the country had indisputably made great development in infrastructure sectors.

But you build great nations only when you produce great people and the basic nourishment of the people should also be taken care of,” he said.

The spiritual leader said, “People should have strong sense of belonging, identity and pride of the nation. People’s capability, intelligence and competence should be liberated and should not be controlled. The system and process should be designed for the growth of the nation.”

Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi said she was Sadhguru’s “devotee and student.”

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April 19: Close to 2000 People in Puducherry Plus Many More in 94 Other
Centers Join Sadhguru Live for a Morning Satsang

Sadhguru Having a Silent Moment at the Ocean in Puducherry

April 23: Sadhguru In Conversation with Biocon Founder Kiran Mazumdar Shaw in Bengaluru

April 23: Over Population root cause of city’s woes

By Nagaraja Gadekal, Express News Service, published on 23rd April 2017 02:34 AM   

BENGALURU: In a conversation between a mystic and a pioneer of the biotechnology industry held in the city on Saturday, the mystic showed a deep understanding of science as well.

That probably explains the popularity of Jaggi Vasudev. Known to his followers as Sadhguru, the best selling author spoke to Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar Shaw at KTPO, Whitefield about a variety of complex issues— bioethics, genetic defects, abortion, civic issues, gender equality and the environment.

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