Sadhguru: In the yogic tradition, Shiva is not worshipped as a God but is considered the Adiyogi – the First Yogi, and as the Adi Guru, the first Guru from whom the yogic sciences originated. When Shiva imparted yoga, he spoke different languages which have bred lots of confusion in people’s minds as to which is which.
His first disciple was Parvati, his wife. When he wanted to impart enlightenment to Parvati, he taught yoga in one way. Parvati asked Shiva, “What is the way?” She was eager to learn and she sat before him like a disciple – she wanted to do complex processes. He laughed and said, “Leave all that. You just come and sit on my lap.” This may sound like a man’s trick to get a woman on to his lap, but he did not just take her in his lap. He made her a part of himself.
If you have to make someone a part of yourself, you must shed a part of yourself, otherwise it will not happen. You cannot stay intact and make someone a part of yourself. So Shiva made Parvati a part of himself, and she attained.
But when the seven disciples who are today celebrated as the Saptarishis came, Shiva spoke as if the ultimate truth was a million miles away. Intricate practices and various types of sadhana, a whole phenomena was revealed.
When Shiva’s close friends – the ganas came, he neither asked them to sit in his lap nor did he teach them sadhana. He just told them, “Let us just drink together.” They drank and became so intoxicated, they just danced and lived together and that was the yoga.
When Shiva imparted yoga, he spoke different languages because yoga never addresses the Ultimate, yoga only addresses the person who is sitting here now. Because God need not be addressed. It is you who needs to be addressed because it is you who has the problem.
It is you who has the possibility of making every simple aspect of your life into great misery or great joy – both are possible. With just a small twist, the same actions can make a huge difference in your experience. Whatever you consider as a very wonderful love affair, if you bring a little bit of unwillingness into you, it becomes a horrible rape. So it is you who needs to be addressed, not the Ultimate.
That is why you do not have to look up, you just have to look inwards. Yoga is a process and a system to enhance the human being in an overall way and to manipulate one’s energies so that individual human beings can find their highest possible potential within themselves.