Devi is a Living Entity
Sadhguru answers a question on how one can experience Devi as a living entity in their life.
Sadhguru: Since we started off with the Bhairavi consecration in January 2010, there has been no looking back. It has been a roller coaster of excitement and Devi has touched the lives of a countless number of people. Already four full-fledged Bhairavi temples have been confirmed, and many small ones are coming up. So, She is going places.
The reason why many people are able to feel Devi much more than Dhyanalinga is simply because She is physically manifest. Dhyanalinga is subtle; it takes a certain receptivity to feel it. It is of a completely different dimension. Devi is physically manifest – She can do pleasant things, but She can even slap you in the face. Fifty fingers may be left on your face. So, is Devi manifest? She very much is. Is She physically manifest? Very much. As far as I am concerned, She is a living entity for me and for many people.
If there is not much of you, you will feel the presence of what is not you.
So, “What should I do to experience Devi?” You don’t have to do anything. If there is not much of you, you will feel the presence of what is not you. If there is too much of you, you won’t feel anything anywhere. Not just here, anywhere. Devi is difficult to miss. But most people are like this – they have not felt their heartbeat, they have not felt their own breath, they cannot see the full moon. If you don’t notice a mosquito biting you, your heart beating, your breathing, if you don’t notice how food behaves within you, how will you notice Devi? There are a few things which have manifested in some people’s lives with Bhairavi which are very strange and, probably, they would not want to talk about it, so I will leave that alone, but things have happened. But the problem with most people is that they are already imagining something.
Don’t imagine anything. Imagination is not good for experience. If you think imagination is a substitute for your experience, it is a stupid way to live. Imagination will feel pleasant for some time. But if it goes out of control, you will go nuts. With imagination, you can go to heaven in two minutes and come back and you are in the same place – a little depressed because you are back. Experience is different. Experience transforms life. I am talking about real life experience. Physically manifest experience. It is very much possible.
If you are absolutely in devotion, nothing of you will be left. If nothing of you is left, She will be as strong and real as the morning sunlight.
So…devotion. It is not because you are singing for Devi or loving Her that She will appear. She is always there. She doesn’t care whether you are devoted or not. Your devotion has nothing to do with Her. Your devotion has something to do with you. If you are absolutely in devotion, nothing of you will be left. If nothing of you is left, She will be as strong and real as the morning sunlight. The only thing is, for you to feel it, you must be empty. How empty you are, that strongly you will feel it.
Your devotion is not about Devi, your devotion is about dissolving yourself. But without Her, you cannot be devout. You need something, you need someone to be devout, so you can use Her. Right now, everything that you see as the world is your interpretation, it is your reflection. In this condition, there can be no devotion, there can be no perception. What you see is not the world, not the creation, not the Creator. To demolish this “you” that has become so big, you see Bhairavi everywhere. Now, after some time, everything is like that. If you see a leaf, “Oh, it looks like Bhairavi.” If you see a flower, “It looks like Bhairavi.” Don’t say this to anyone, just do this within yourself. This is a fantastic device to lower the sense of who you are. Who you are will just disappear over a period of time.
Is this not stupid? An idea that works, do you call it stupid or smart? It works, that’s all. All devices are to be used, not to be analyzed. It is not for analysis, it is for use. If you use it, it works. If you analyze, what is there in it? If I analyze you, what the hell is there within you? There is really nothing. Isn’t it?