Watch the Video “Restlessness to Restfulness”

What we call restlessness is just that our body and mind are not taking instruction from us. Sadhguru looks at why this happens.


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What we call restlessness is just that our body and mind are not taking instruction from us. Sadhguru looks at why this happens, and explains how most human beings are like a super computer without a keyboard. The key is to find access to the keyboard, so that what we want of our body and mind happens.

Questioner: I didn’t say the restlessness was funny. I said the question was funny because asking such questions in public is difficult, you know.

Sadhguru: Okay. So can your restlessness be taken away and brought to restfulness? Or simply the question is just this. You’re giving it too many names. Don’t give it too many names for your problems. Your problem is just this – your body and your mind are not taking instructions from you, that’s all. Don’t give it too many names. You give it too many names because you like to decorate your problems. If you decorate your problem you may not want to get rid of it. Yes? If you decorate your problem too much, you may not want to get rid of it. This is very simple; your body is not taking instructions from you so… your mind is not taking instructions from you so… if these two things were taking instructions from you – if you want action, intense action, do not want action, absolute stillness. Both would be possible, isn’t it? Hmm? So the essential problem is they are not taking instructions from you.

Why are they not taking instructions from you? Because you are like a super computer without a keyboard. Do you understand? (Laughs) This is a super computer without a keyboard. You know if your head doesn’t work, people do this (Gestures), it doesn’t work that way. This is not where the switch is. Have you seen people scratching their head when it doesn’t work? It’s not going to work like that. So if you only had a keyboard you type out what you want. Now because you don’t know where it is, you’re punching it all over, all kinds of things are coming out. Once in a way, things that you want happen, most of the time things that you don’t want happen.

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So the find… the thing is to find access to the keyboard. How to operate this machine? Which is what we are trying to do. So just pay attention, we will give you a keyboard. Then you type out whatever you want. I don’t want to decide what you should type. You type out whatever the hell you want, but what you want should happen. Yes? If your body and your mind does not do what you want, what is the point having them, losing them is better. No wonder people are talking about no mind. It’s not far before when… when it becomes very torturous they will say, ‘To be or not to be.’ What they’re saying is ‘No body’ yes? (Laughs) When somebody says, ‘To be or not to be.’ What they’re thinking of is a no body state, isn’t it? No body, no mind state will anyway come, okay (Laughs), don’t… don’t ask for it. It will come anyway; unasked it will come and knock on your door one day. Till then the thing is to use these two wonderful things that you have and see what you can do with this.

So it is just that for one person the keyboard may be touch mechanism or for one person it’s like this just a verbal instruction your phone works, hmm? You have a phone like that? With verbal instruction it works. There is one… if you just lightly touch like this (Gestures) it’ll work. There’s another one if you do this, this (Gestures) it’ll work. There are some… (Gestures) (Laughter) you have to do that. Have you seen like 1970s some espionage movie or a James Bond movie, they have a phone which is this (Gestures) big. Have you seen? Have you seen these things? (Laughs) This big phone, bigger the phone the longer it is going, that’s what they meant to say in those movies – big phone like this; (Gestures) now only this much phones (Gestures) hands free you can speak because technologies have improved. Accordingly in each person it may be different kind – one may just change by instruction, another needs light punching, another needs little more, another needs (Tapping his hands) – different kind of people.

So whether you need just two days yoga or two weeks yoga, two months yoga, two years yoga, we can decide that after two days are over. (Laughs) If two days are enough, fine, that’s wonderful. If you need more we must do more but it is very, very important your body and your mind takes instructions from you, you and you alone and nobody but you. Yes or no? Very important, isn’t it? We must do that.



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