A period of two months had been spent in preparation for the Bangalore Inner Engineering program conducted by Sadhguru himself. Bangalore a nascent center - barely 5 years old - yet so exuberant in its expression and longing to welcome Sadhguru.
We kicked off with a volunteers’ meet at mid May. The enthusiasm of the volunteers was more infectious than Bangalore colds. Having seen how our counterparts in various cities in Tamil Nadu had made it happen for thousands of people to receive the Guru’s grace, we were motivated to do the same here at Bangalore.
As the preparations and activity before the program intensified, people shared about breaking barriers within themselves and externally. Bangalore is an IT hub city where a large segment of volunteers are software professionals, and where everything happens online. These volunteers campaigned far beyond the limits of the web and even went knocking on the doors of their neighbours many of whom they had never spoken to before. They travelled two hours in traffic jams to share their experience of Isha Yoga in introductory sessions that had been organized at the other end of the city.
In the last few weeks leading to the program, to ensure that everyone would hear about this unique event, we decided to flood the city with brochures. Volunteers stood at traffic signals across the city and distributed program brochures. People stood under the rain, getting drenched but somehow protecting the brochures from getting wet.
Isha volunteers of all age groups, old and young, senior executives and students, housewives and young women, joyfully danced through the never ending Bangalore traffic from 6pm till 10.30pm every night. That’s dedication!
Nothing was spared. They conducted introductions in offices, played Isha videos in beauty parlours. Volunteers handed out brochures in apartments, nursing homes, restaurants, temples, malls.
The way people received all this was really wonderful. Car windows rolled down and occupants asked “what is it that is so important that it is worth getting drenched in rain?!” Bikers got down from their bikes to receive it or pass it to the person next to them in traffic. We also encountered few sceptics who I am sure were puzzled by the dedication of the Isha volunteers.
A young volunteer came and shared: “Somebody was asking how much money I am getting for distributing these brochures, and I told them that it is not for anything, but just makes me happy to reach out. They didn’t believe me, but I felt happy that they were also getting to know about Sadhguru and Isha. After all we do need religions of joy, politics of joy, and economics of joy!”
As we sit the night out on 5th July preparing for the book launch and Sadhguru’s public discourse on 6th July, anticipation builds. So many more lives are about to be touched, like a grand wedding of human beings to a life transforming possibility.