Doorway to the Beyond

In this week’s Spot, Sadhguru shares two stories of people having doorways to the existence. “In India, people use deities in very powerful ways. Any number of Devi worshippers are there, when they sit in front of the Devi, they have a tremendous insight into various aspects of life…” Sadhguru writes about a Devi worshipper he encountered during his childhood, as well as brilliant mathematician Ramanujan. Sadhguru also reminds us that Isha Yoga can be our own doorway.

In India, people use deities in very powerful ways. Any number of Devi worshippers are there, when they sit in front of the Devi, they have a tremendous insight into various aspects of life, but once they step out, they will be innocent of what they uttered just a little while ago. I remember when I was about nine years of age, I was in Guntakal in Andhra Pradesh. I was studying there for two years. There was one lady on the street side with one little temple, an old lady with dreadlocked hair. She must have been over eighty years of age and she was small, like a sparrow. I remember this very well. I went there with my grandmother who was a kind of a meditation initiator herself. A guru had given my grandmother a mantra and she would in turn initiate people. Some families kept her as their Guru Maa. In very close circles, people used to call her ‘Mysore Amma’ because she spent a certain segment of her life in Mysore. But that was not her known name.

My grandmother and I went and sat inside this little temple. It was small, built with brick and stone. This lady who was taking care of the temple went into a trance-like state sitting in front of her Devi. She started making all kinds of sounds, ‘Haauu, Haauu’ and then she said ‘Mysore Amma! Mysore Amma!’ This is not a name that anybody could just know, and she began saying all kinds of things about my grandmother in front of me. My grandmother was so embarrassed -- already I was so much trouble to her. My grandmother tried to interfere and say, ‘No, no, no! It’s not like that!’ but this old woman just kept on ‘Aaaiyee, Aaaiyee!’ and told her to shut up. She went on saying so many very embarrassing truths about my grandmother.

In the past, I have repeatedly spoken of Dhyanalinga being a doorway. If you know how to open it, it will open the whole cosmos to you.

Ramanujan was a brilliant mathematician from Tamil Nadu. He had very little formal education, he was mostly self-taught, but he went to Cambridge to work with various mathematicians there. When I say mathematics, you need to understand it is not a school subject. You can convert the whole creation into numbers; that is mathematics. It took years for great mathematicians in the world to understand his work. He did many theorems and said they were given to him by ‘Namagiri’ - his deity. He had initially refused to travel outside India, but later agreed when his mother received permission from Namagiri for him to go to England in a dream.

While on his deathbed in 1920, Ramanujan wrote a letter to his mentor, English mathematician GH Hardy outlining several new mathematical functions never before heard of. In his own words - "While asleep, I had an unusual experience. There was a red screen formed by flowing blood, as it were. I was observing it. Suddenly a hand began to write on the screen. I became all attention. That hand wrote a number of elliptic integrals. They stuck to my mind. As soon as I woke up, I commited them to writing." In the last 90 years, nobody understood what his theorem was, but they knew it was something tremendous. Only in 2010 did they find out that this theorem describes various behaviors of black holes. Ninety years ago, no one was talking about black holes, the term did not even exist, but Ramanujan made a mathematical impression for it sitting on his deathbed and he said ‘my Devi’ gave it to me. When Ramanujan says, ‘Devi gave it to me’, for him Devi is the doorway.

Isha Yoga is a doorway by itself. Almost everybody who comes to Isha Yoga opens it a crack and says, ‘Wow!’ -- and then they shut it. You see this happening with everybody around you, including yourself. They open it and say ‘Wow!’ then close it again. They had a good enough peep. You need to open it and keep it open. That’s the thing.

Love & Grace

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7 years 3 months ago

It is surprising and very interesting.

5 years 4 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru numerology is part of this ?

7 years 3 months ago

Thank you Sadhguru like always You answered my question & amazingly like always You knew what was needed- a tap

7 years 3 months ago

It is surprising and very interesting.

7 years 3 months ago

Pranams Sadhguru, How to keep it open forever ??

4 years 7 months ago

Jaii GuruDEvv!!

7 years 3 months ago

THank you Sadhguru.

7 years 3 months ago

This is an interesting read but how do we keep that doorway open Sadhguru?

7 years 3 months ago

You have practice isha yoga daily. Be in awareness every moment. Easy to say, than to do it. :)

4 years 3 months ago

Thank you Sadhguru??

7 years 3 months ago

Bless me to keep it open Sadhguru.

7 years 2 months ago

Only thing left to do a Praise The One and sing his Name and be another Kabir.

7 years 3 months ago

Namaskaram sadhguru..bow down to you

3 years 7 months ago

Jai namgiri Devi

7 years 3 months ago

really true sadguru.. i am not able to follow this path regularly...please give your grace

7 years 2 months ago

there is a Movie called - "Goodwill Hunting" made by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wherein their is a mention of Ramanujam as a revered mathematician. Matt and Ben together made the script. i am sure the Devi made them write that script.

7 years 3 months ago

Truth, facts, reasons, and as always the usual tap on the head at the end.. Love you... :)

7 years 3 months ago

God! You guys would not believe. Strangely i too get lots of equations in the dream with even the name of the theorem. Once, as soon as i woke up all the memory vanish as i cant memorize the whole of it, being from a non mathematics background and most of them were all integral calculus ;). I get up and search on the internet if the name of theorem exist but couldnt find it any where. Later i dismissed it as some random dreams.

7 years 2 months ago

Isha - a doorway

A doorway from ignorance to logic bright

Inky darkness to morning light
Doors that invite you and me
To taste a bliss that will forever be

(ever inspired by Sadhguru)

7 years 3 months ago

Pranams Sadhguru.

7 years 3 months ago

How can I open the Dhynalinga, Sadhguru?

7 years 2 months ago

I've went on quests unknown, and crawled back defeated

not by my foes, but by ego.

So break me master; I've failed you a thousand times.

Kick me down and cut me deep; break me in a thousand ways.

I acted brave; bold was my ego.

But at the slightest move of my foes,

I trembled and fled.

I failed myself in a million ways,

so break me in a millon ways

You're the one I aspired to, but never tried to reach

Never tried


Break me in a billion ways

In your infinite mercy, spare me a droplet please,

and break me down to the last bit.

Break me master,

Break me and set me free.

7 years 3 months ago

Ramanujan was born in a poor Brahmin family in South India. He became a
very famous mathematician. He could not study much, but still his genius
in mathematics was unique. Many well educated mathematicians have
earned a name because of their training and guidance from others for a
number of years. But Ramanuja, was not even a matriculate and had no
training or guidance from anyone.

7 years 3 months ago

So true! Even when we try earnestly, we slip up so many times. No doubt whatever the Way for me is through Isha Doorway! OH! Just realized , why we don't succeed - we TRY. The secret is to stop TRYING and JUST BE!

6 years ago

I was born and lived 16 years just a stone's throw away from that small temple where the old lady was worshiping Durga Maa in Guntakal

7 years 3 months ago


7 years 3 months ago


You know me well... I will be coming to see my Devi (Sadhguru) on Pournami day and the following sathsang... Bless me and be with me as always... :)

Jai Maa!

5 years 9 months ago

Yep! "You need to open it and keep it open. That’s the thing"

7 years 3 months ago

Super Sadhguru. Hope your grace makes me jeep the door open.

5 years 9 months ago

I became "Firefly" being "Forutne" in the lap of master, Shambho shambho shambho I dont want it any other way.Kali maa

7 years 3 months ago

what to do when one becomes aware of being aware of awareness?

7 years 3 months ago

ISHA YOGA ! Here I come :)

5 years 7 months ago

Mysore Amma and your grandmother I bow down, Sadhguru...... you are master

7 years 3 months ago

Pranams Sadguru, I bow to the sweet feet of my Guru. Please call me again to take a peep in the true reality and when time comes please please please not let it close 'ever again'