During an appearance on Off The Cuff with Shekhar Gupta, Sadhguru answered questions from audience members on a range of topics from social issues to spiritual matters. In this excerpt, a questioner asks Sadhguru whether he has experienced God.

Q: Sadhguru, Namaskar. I’m a professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. My first query is, have you experienced God?

Sadhguru: A lot of people think “Sadhguru” is a title, but it is actually a description. When you call someone “Sadhguru,” it means that you do not go to him because you want to understand the scriptures – he has not read any. You do not go to him because you want to go to heaven – he has not been there, and he is not interested in going there. Sadhguru literally means “one who comes from within.” I know this piece of life in its entirety, from its origin to its ultimate. And that is all I know.

There is a scientific theory called Constructal Law about the design of nature. This theory is trying to prove that an atom is made the same way the cosmos is made. How a single cell is made is how every life is made. How an amoeba is made is how a human being is made. It is just that the complexity and sophistication are multiplying.

This is something we have always said in the yogic sciences – anda [egg] and pinda [body] are the same. In terms of fundamental design, the minutest minuscule of creation and the ultimate creation are the same – it is only the complexity and sophistication that differ.
So, all I know is this piece of life entirely. Fortunately, because you are also a piece of life that is made like me, if I talk about myself, you think I’m talking about you. If I talk about myself, you think I’m talking about the cosmos. If I talk about myself, some people think I’m talking about God. These are all their interpretations. I’m only talking about myself.

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A version of this article was originally published in Forest Flower, August 2017.