Obliterating Boundaries

Obliterating Boundaries

Essentially, yoga means the science of erasing boundaries. From the simplest creature to the human being, in their most basic state of existence, their whole life is about fixing boundaries. You will see a dog is going about peeing all over the place, not because he has a urinary problem, but because he is fixing his boundaries. Like this, every creature is fixing their own boundaries including human beings, all the time.

In the ashram, we kind of try to obliterate the boundaries but even within that people fix their own boundaries because they have to pee around a little bit, otherwise they’ll feel homeless. Most human beings, unfortunately, cannot simply live in this universe. They want to live in a cubicle. They want to live in a prison. They do not want to live in the vast cosmos, which is available for them to experience and dwell in.

If you create a boundary, one thing is you have to define it, next thing is you have to defend it – if the boundary becomes large you have to build an army

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Yoga means, in every possible way, preparing a human being to slowly obliterate his boundaries so that he can simply be. You need to understand this, if you create a boundary, one thing is you have to define it, next thing is you have to defend it – if the boundary becomes large you have to build an army. Every nation has an army not just for fun, but because once you have a boundary you have to defend it otherwise someone will try to breach it. That boundary is important for you, you have to defend it, you have to fight for it, you have to die for it. All these things will come. So yoga means to become free from that, where you obliterate the boundaries. If you sit here, you simply sit here in this universe; you don’t need a boundary of your own. You do not need that so-called your own space. Anyway there is no “your own space.” You may think it is yours, it is delusional.

The physical has a boundary, that is not the issue – that is the basic trait of physicality. However, that has seeped into your psychology. Now your mind wants a boundary, your emotions want a boundary. Because you have invested in creating many boundaries, that which is boundless within you is out of your reach, out of your experience. This is all it is. Because you are investing time and energies and whatever intelligence you have into how to build a boundary of your own, that which is boundless slips out of your experience.

When we talk about Adiyogi, we call him a yogi, we call anyone a yogi because he has breached the boundaries or wiped out the boundaries within himself.

It is all your doing, it is your own karma that you are separated from the universe. You feel lonely in something that is so alive and inclusive. When we talk about Adiyogi, we call him a yogi, we call anyone a yogi because he has breached the boundaries or wiped out the boundaries within himself. And as we know, he is the first one to do that, so we call him Adiyogi. When we establish him, that will be his energy. If people come and sit there, slowly their lives will start moving towards obliterating the boundaries in their life and journeying towards the boundless. That is the only goal; there is no other goal always whatever we do.

Obliterating Boundaries

Now that we are in the process of creating Adiyogi Shrines in various places across the world, it is important that we make people understand the true context of this. He is the one who for the very first time reminded and offered methods for effectively going beyond the boundaries set by nature. The idea life can evolve is his; that evolution need not be limited to physical form alone, one can consciously evolve, is the most liberating possibility opened by him. The whole science of yoga is His. It is my endeavor that such a great being should be acknowledged for the phenomenal contribution that was made. Stand by me in fulfilling this as these will be a powerful means to raise human consciousness.

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5 Facts about Mahashivratri

5 Facts about Mahashivratri

The exuberant nightlong festival of Mahashivratri will be celebrated this year on March 04th at the Isha Yoga Center. In preparation for the event, we’ve put together a list of five facts to know about this night of tremendous spiritual possibilities.

#1 There is a natural upsurge of energy in the human system

Sadhguru: The fourteenth day of every lunar month, a day before the new moon day, is referred to as Shivratri. On this day, there is a natural upsurge in the human energy system. The Shivratri which falls in the month of Magha in the Indian calendar (February/March) is referred to as Mahashivratri because particularly on this day, there is an assistance from nature to raise energies within the system. The whole system of yoga and spiritual process as such is about enhancing a human being from his limitations to his limitlessness. For this enhancement to happen the most fundamental process is that there is an activation, an upward movement of energy. So for all those who are aspiring to be a little more than who they are right now, Shivratri is of significance, Mahashivratri is of particular significance.

#2 Signifies different things to different people

Sadhguru: Mahashivratri is significant in many ways. For people who live in family situations, Mahashivratri is worshiped as Shiva’s wedding anniversary. For the ascetics, it is the day he became one with Kailash, that is he became Achaleshwara and merged with the mountain. After millennia of meditation, he became as still as a mountain and became a part of it, merging and preserving all his knowing in Kailash. So ascetics see Mahashivratri as a day of stillness. The ambitious in the world see it as the day Shiva conquered all his enemies.

#3 Keeping the spine erect throughout the night opens many possibilities

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Sadhguru: Whatever the legends, the significance of the day is that there is an upward movement of energy in the human body. So this night, we want to spend awake, aware, with our spines erect so that whatever sadhana we are doing, there is a great assistance from nature. All evolution in a human being is fundamentally an upward movement of energy. Every practice, every sadhana that a spiritual sadhaka does is only to move his energies upward.

#4 Celebrated as a night-long festival of music and dance

The exuberant nightlong festival at the Isha Yoga Center sets the ideal ambience to experience Mahashivratri, with explosive meditations and spectacular musical performances by renowned artists, drawing over a million people. In the presence of Sadhguru, this unrivaled celestial extravaganza opens up the tremendous spiritual possibilities of the night. Live performances by musical artists of international repute, interspersed with colourful cultural presentations and Isha’s own home-grown band, Sounds of Isha, mark the night long celebration.

#5 Pancha Bhuta Aradhana is performed in the presence of Sadhguru

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The basis of all creation, including the physical body, are the five elements or the pancha bhuta. The wellbeing of the body and the mind can be established by purifying the five elements within the human system. This process also shapes the body to become a stepping stone towards one’s ultimate wellbeing rather than being a hurdle. There is a whole system of yoga called bhuta shuddhi, meaning purification of the elements. With the Pancha Bhuta Aradhana, Sadhguru opens up a unique opportunity for devotees to benefit from this deep yogic science which would otherwise require intense sadhana.