Occult and Spirituality
Last week, Sadhguru demystified and explained what occult was. In this week’s article, Sadhguru talks about how occult was always kept out of the spiritual path.
Sadhguru: Generally, the occult has always been shunned on the spiritual path. Whenever someone on the path veered towards the occult even slightly, stringent steps were immediately taken to see that such things don’t happen. Gorakhnath is a great example of this. Gorakhnath was a very fierce yogi of immense capabilities. In Gujarat, there is a mountain peak named after him because he was a mountain among men. His followers, the Gorakhnathis, are one of the biggest sects among the yogic traditions even today. They are very intense and fierce people.
Gorakhnath’s Guru was Matsyendranath. Matsyendranath was looked upon by people as no less than Shiva himself – he was that capable. He was not considered as a man because there was very little about him that was human. Everything else belonged to some other dimension of life. It is said that he existed in his physical body for over 600 years. Generally, he stayed away from social situations and was only available to a band of very few intense and fierce disciples. Gorakhnath was one of them.
Matsyendranth saw that Gorakhnath, an immense possibility for the world, was getting very attached to the person of the Guru. So, he sent him away for fourteen years. “Go away to some other mountain and do your sadhana. Come back after fourteen years.” Gorakhnath left, and was in intense sadhana – but counting days as to when he would set his eyes upon his Guru again. Exactly after fourteen years, he came back to where he expected his Guru to be and found another disciple guarding the door. Gorakhnath told him that he had come to see Matsyendranath. The disciple said “No, you cannot enter.” Immediately, Gorakhnath flew into an intense rage and said “How can you stop me? I have been waiting for fourteen years.Who are you to stop me?” The disciple said “It doesn't matter who I am, you cannot enter.”
Gorakhnath pounced upon the man, put him down physically and entered the cave in which his Guru was supposed to be staying. But when he went in, it was empty. He came out weeping and asked “Where is he?” The disciple said “I have no intention of telling you. You are too crude.” Gorakhnath begged him, but to no avail. Then, using his occult power, Gorakhnath read the other yogi’s mind, found out where his Guru was and went straight there.
The moment he got there, Matsyendranth knew how he had come to know. Matsyendranath told him “You misused the sadhana I gave you. You misused it to enter the mind of your brother yogi. You had no business to read his mind. You have found the lowest expression to the yoga I gave you.”
Occult is the lowest expression of yoga, but that is the first thing people would like to do. They want to see something or do something that others cannot. In yogic terminology, it means he expressed himself through the Muladhara. So Matsyendranth said to Gorakhnath, “Go away, block your Muladhara and sit for another fourteen years.” Gorakhnath went back and sat in what is now the famous Gorakhnath asana – a very torturous asana – by blocking his Muladhara continuously so that he never again finds expression in the lowest way.
Occult has been treated as a dirty thing that you shouldn’t touch. It is not always a dirty thing, but unfortunately, largely it has been used that way. No science or technology is a dirty thing. But suppose we start using technology to kill and torture people, after some time it will look like technology is a dirty thing. That is what has happened to occult because too many people misused it for some personal reasons. So, generally occult is shunned completely on the spiritual path.
Editor’s Note: Stay tuned next week, for upcoming posts on occult.