Have You Experienced God, Sadhguru?
In this excerpt from Sadhguru’s Off The Cuff appearance, Sadhguru is asked whether he has experienced God.
During an appearance on Off The Cuff with Shekhar Gupta, Sadhguru answered questions from audience members on a range of topics from social issues to spiritual matters. In this excerpt, a questioner asks Sadhguru whether he has experienced God.
Q: Sadhguru, Namaskar. I’m a professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. My first query is, have you experienced God?
Sadhguru: A lot of people think “Sadhguru” is a title, but it is actually a description. When you call someone “Sadhguru,” it means that you do not go to him because you want to understand the scriptures – he has not read any. You do not go to him because you want to go to heaven – he has not been there, and he is not interested in going there. Sadhguru literally means “one who comes from within.” I know this piece of life in its entirety, from its origin to its ultimate. And that is all I know.
There is a scientific theory called Constructal Law about the design of nature. This theory is trying to prove that an atom is made the same way the cosmos is made. How a single cell is made is how every life is made. How an amoeba is made is how a human being is made. It is just that the complexity and sophistication are multiplying.
This is something we have always said in the yogic sciences – anda and pinda are the same. In terms of fundamental design, the minutest minuscule of creation and the ultimate creation are the same – it is only the complexity and sophistication that differ.
So, all I know is this piece of life entirely. Fortunately, because you are also a piece of life that is made like me, if I talk about myself, you think I’m talking about you. If I talk about myself, you think I’m talking about the cosmos. If I talk about myself, some people think I’m talking about God. These are all their interpretations. I’m only talking about myself.
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A version of this article was originally published in Forest Flower, August 2017.