Sadhguru in the Land of Five Rivers
On a special invitation from the Punjab IAS Officers'Association, as well as the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Sadhguru paid a visit to Chandigarh and the State of Punjab from 11 to 14 April 2008. Impressed after witnessing Sadhguru's Inner Engineering Program at Neemrana and by the word of such a large scale event as the Isha Gramotsavam, Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, and his son, Sukhbir Singh Badal had wished for Sadhguru to attend Baisakhi, the traditional Punjabi Harvest Festival which marks the beginning of a new solar year and is also of great religious significance for the Sikhs.
On his first day at the buzzing double State Capital, Sadhguru gave an Introductory Talk to Army officers of the Western Command, followed by a dinner party hosted by General Aul, Chief of Army Staff, with Sadhguru as the chief guest.
As soon as Sadhguru arrived, a group of senior Army officers and their families surrounded him to follow up with questions pertaining to the discourse he had given earlier in the day. Soon, a volley of questions was at him, and the atmosphere was easy, but anything but superficial. At the end of a stimulating evening, the gathering departed enchanted by his wit and sense, and with a sense that there is so much more to experience and become…
A Sathsang with Sadhguru on the second day was an unexpected gift that many in Chandigarh rejoiced. People traveled from different parts of Punjab and even Madhya Pradesh to attend the Sathsang.
Led in by subtle and scientific observations about the human system, Sadhguru gently prodded the meditators to explore the possibility of being naturally blissful. Quoting from his sheer endless repertoire of stories, he urged the audience to become more sensitive to life. In the question & answer session, Sadhguru elaborated on a range of topics, from the role of food to the connection of life and breath. In response to a question about the Kamakhya Temple in Assam, he threw light on the science of temple building and highlighted the changes we need to bring about in the world today by reason of changed living conditions. Sadhguru's profound insights left the Punjabi audience awed and with an inspiration to seek further about our own lives.
As an official State Guest of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal took Sadhguru on a tour to some of the most significant places of the State. Their first destination was the famous Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, the spiritual center of Sikhism which is also known as the Golden Temple for its decorative gilding and intricate marble work. Subsequently, they proceeded to the Wagah Border, the only road boarder between India and Pakistan, connecting the cities of Amritsar and Lahore. In the evening, they witnessed the ‘lowering of the flags' ceremony performed by Indian and Pakistani guards, a military ritual which onlookers from both sides enjoy watching.
Sadhguru concluded his Punjab tour with a function at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib in Bathinda district, one of the five Seats of Temporal Authority of Sikhism. There, members of the Mehan clan who have preserved the original flavor of the Sikh martial art tradition exhibited their skills in horse riding and Gatka, a traditional, mainly weapon-based form of combat which infuses physical martial art with mental and spiritual aspects. The Chief Minister of Punjab and his son attended the event along with Sadhguru.
Wherever he went during those four days in Punjab, Sadhguru was welcomed with all due honor, not just as a State Guest
- many sensed in his presence that he is so much more than that…