Kalaripayattu – The oldest martial art

Kalaripayattu is so old, its origins are traditionally attributed to the gods. But as with many aspects of Indian culture, this incredible marital art form comes from none other than Agastya Muni.

Kalaripayattu is so old, its origins are traditionally attributed to the gods. But as with many other aspects of Indian culture, this incredible marital art form comes from none other than Agastya Muni.

Sadhguru: Kalari is probably the oldest martial art form on the planet. These martial art forms were essentially taught by Agastya Muni to start with because martial arts are not just about kicking and punching or stabbing. It's about learning to use the body in every possible way. So it not only involves exercise and other aspects of agility, it also involves understanding the energy system. There is Kalari chikitsa and Kalari marma which involves knowing the secrets of the body and healing the body quickly to keep the body in a regenerative mode. Maybe in today’s world there are very few Kalari practitioners who dedicate enough time, energy and focus, but if you go deep enough you will naturally move towards yoga because anything that came from Agastya cannot be any other way than being spiritual. It's just another dimension, another dimension, another dimension – every possible way of exploration.

People know eating, sleeping and simple pleasures, and nothing more about their body. There are unexplored dimensions of the body. You know, some karate masters can kill you just with a little touch. Killing somebody with a touch is not the big deal. With a touch you can make them come awake, that’s a big thing. With a touch you can make them come alive, that’s a big thing. With a simple touch, not even somebody else, yourself simply touching the body in a certain way, the whole system can come awake.

For me, if we were only striving for the spiritual advancement of people, it’s very easy. I don’t even see it as a great challenge. But we want to open up the mystical dimension into human life. This needs work, a different level of commitment, focus, and dedication. To penetrate through the limitations which naturally exist for our species, to know life beyond the limitations set by nature, it needs a certain kind of people. The time is coming when we’ll do more focused work. I want to increase the percentage of what I can leave behind before I go, because there are many, many, aspects about this fantastic machine. 99.99% of humanity goes without ever exploring even their body. If they have a little pleasure it's over. It’s not like that. If you explore this, this is a cosmos by itself. It can do tremendous things just sitting here. This is the way of yoga. Kalari is just a more active form of that.

Stay tuned next Thursday for the next Kalari post.

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7 years 7 months ago

I have to admit, this is the first I have heard about Kalari but after reading and understanding what Sadhguru is trying to say, I now want to learn more about it.

7 years 7 months ago

aha I knew I would get a chance to share this :P this art I'm sharing with you is the ancient martial art from Shiva himself, it was once banned by the British empire, due to it being a bloody and brutal art, It's called Sanatan Shastar Vidiya .... there is currently only one remaining Gurudev of the art; my teacher Nidar Singh Nihang

Sadhguru has stated before "Kalarpayattu is the mother of all arts"

Well My beloved Guru... this art is the Father of all arts!





7 years 7 months ago

Pranams sadhguru,
It will be a life time love coming true....If we are blessed to be taught kalari the traditional way.....
sadhguru, when the great masters gave their life to yoga......you gave us meditation and yoga in a simplest form where we can stick to normal life and yogic life.....just like that......
so please bless us with kalari also, a very humble request.

5 years 4 months ago

I read that Kalari was taught to the 6th Avatar of Vishnu, Sri Parshuram by Lord Shiva himself as being the first progenitor of Kalari. Can someone please clarify?

5 years 3 months ago

The silk threads to wear rudrakshas are not available in shoppy. are they out of stock to order or will not be available ?

5 years 1 month ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru is it true lord ayyapa as manikandan learned this art ?

2 years 10 months ago

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