Sadhguru: It takes enormous courage for a person to look beyond the conditioning of his belief systems and admit that he knows nothing about even the most basic aspects of his life. Do you believe that you have two hands or do you know you have two hands? Even if you do not use your eyes to see them, you still know you have two hands. It is experientially clear to you. But when it comes to God, you have been told to believe; nobody told you to explore Divinity.

...when it comes to God, you have been told to believe; nobody told you to explore Divinity.

Believing something is not going to transform you. However if you experience the same, it will leave you absolutely transformed. Without being touched by an experience, whatever you believe does not mean anything. Suppose from the day you were born, if I kept telling you my little finger is God, if I show you my little finger, divine emotions will come within you. From the day you were born, if I teach you that my little finger is the Devil, if I show you my little finger, terror will arise within you. This is the nature of your mind.  

Whatever you make out of the mind is of no true significance. As a device, yes, but in the ultimate sense it does not mean anything, because it may take one shape today and another shape tomorrow; the mind is fluid, you can make anything out of it. How it is shaped simply depends on how it is influenced. If you look deeply, what you call “your mind” is something you have borrowed from thousands of people around you. You have accumulated this mind in bits and pieces. Your mind is just your background – depending on the kind of family you come from, your education and religion, the country or society you belong to and the world you are living in.


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What you call as “myself,” that person or that personality is just a bundle of conclusions that you have made about life.

The intellect is just a survival tool, a limited aspect of your life. Survival is essential, but not fulfilling. If you want to go into deeper dimensions of life, first you need the necessary instruments. Right now you experience life with just the sense organs – by seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling. With these, you cannot know anything beyond the physical. You cannot measure the depth of the ocean with a foot scale. That is what is happening with people right now. They are approaching the deeper dimensions of life without the necessary instruments. So they jump to wrong conclusions.

People are eager to jump to conclusions because without a conclusion, they have no substance of their own. What you call as “myself,” that person or that personality is just a bundle of conclusions that you have made about life. But whatever conclusion you have made, you are bound to be wrong because life does not fit into any conclusions that you make.

To look at it very simply, just take one human being. Maybe you met somebody twenty years ago and did not like what he was doing. You concluded that he was not a good man. Now suppose you met this person today after twenty years, he might have become the most wonderful human being, but your mind will not allow you to experience this person the way he is right now. The moment you make a conclusion, you have stopped your growth; you have stopped and destroyed the possibilities of life.

A spiritual process does not mean jumping into another set of conclusions. When you dare to exist here without any conclusions, willing to look all the time, willing to exist here as just a small particle of this existence, then you will know the limitlessness of the existence.


Editor’s Note: Has Sadhguru ever experienced God? Click here to watch Sadhguru’s answer to a seeker’s probing question.