Breaking the Karmic Cycle
Sadhguru looks at the repetitive nature of the karmic cycle, and the three ways to approach the spiritual process.
 
Breaking the Karmic Cycle
 

Sadhguru looks at the repetitive nature of the karmic cycle, and the three ways to approach the spiritual process.

Sadhguru: The karmic structure in every human being is essentially cyclical. This cycle is not from lifetime to lifetime alone. If you are observant enough, you will see that events generally repeat themselves in cycles of twelve-and-a-quarter to twelve-and-a-half years. If you observe much more closely, you will see that even within a year’s time, these same patterns are happening many times over. If you observe very, very closely, the same cycles are happening many times over even within a day. The karmic cycle actually takes force every 40 minutes. These 40-minute cycles are called galige in Kannada. So every 40 minutes, you have an opportunity to break it.

It is very important to see this. If you see that your life is just a repetitive foolish cycle, that you are doing the same cycle over and over again every 40 minutes, you would realize in two days that the way it is going is no good. If you only see the cycles once in 12 years, it will take 24 to 48 years for you to realize this is no good. And if you see the cycles once in a lifetime, it will take a few lifetimes to see this is no good.

It depends on how conscious you are. The more conscious you become, the more you see living in an unconscious cycle is no good. So, every 40 minutes, you have an opportunity to become conscious of it and to break the cycle. You want to break your present walls and go away.

3 Ways to Approach The Spiritual Process

There are three ways to approach the spiritual process. One way is, slowly, by doing the right things through a few lifetimes, you will get there. Another way is, you remain in your present circumstances, do the best you can do, keep yourself open and focused and make yourself available to the process. In the last moment of your life, we will see that it happens. Another way is, you want to know something now. You want to break your limitations now and go beyond its limitations. Then you should not be concerned about what is happening around you because many things will happen that no one will approve of. Society will not approve, people will not approve, your family will not approve since they related to you because you were one kind of person. If you become another kind, they will not be able to relate to you anymore.

This is a simple thing you can do: team up with someone that you don’t like. Spend time with that person, very lovingly, joyfully. A lot of things will break.

Let us say you got married to someone. They married you because you were a certain kind of person. If you become another kind, maybe it is a beautiful kind but still a different kind, you are suddenly an alien to them. They cannot live with you unless they have the wisdom and sense to see you as a great possibility, that “My partner has gone ahead. It is wonderful to have somebody who is ahead of me.” If that much sense is there, fine, but if that much sense comes, then the relationship has to transform itself. It can no longer be what it was. It has to become something else. Once you recognize that someone is way ahead of you, that relationship cannot be husband and wife, mother and son, this and that. It will become something else. So, in some way, whatever you used to value will be broken – either physically broken, or you will live in the same space but still it will change. How many people in the world are ready for that?

 

 

So, the other two options are better for a lot of people: you do the right things, be available to your Guru, and when the last moment comes, he will take care of it. Or, you are not even willing to be available but you are willing to do a few little things. Practice some kind of nourishment for yourself so that somewhere in the future, something will happen. I do not wish that for you. Either you must break your limitations now or it must happen at least at the moment of death. I am not a patient person. I practiced impatience for lifetimes. People generally see me as an extremely patient person because my acceptance is seen as patience, but I am not. I want everything on fast-forward. I don’t like anything moving slowly.

There is no mountain standing between you and the ultimate. There is nothing else but yourself – just your own mental structure. If you have to break that, we have to do something in reverse. This is a simple thing you can do: team up with someone that you don’t like. Spend time with that person, very lovingly, joyfully. A lot of things will break. But you always team up with someone that you like – that is not good for you.

If you choose something that you like, it strengthens your personality. Learn to do things that you don’t like, be with people that you don’t like, and still live your life sensibly, lovingly, joyfully. Everything will break.

Editor’s Note: Sadhguru delves deeper into the spiritual process and the role of a Guru in the ebook “A Guru Always Takes You For A Ride”, available at Isha Downloads. Pay what you wish and download it. Enter “0” or click “Claim for free” for a free download.

 
 
 
 
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2 years 7 months ago

I am indebted to Sadhguru for the insights, step by step, for I would have taken lifetimes to realize for sure.

2 years 7 months ago

I must admit that I find the notion of Karma a bit perplexing at times. Sometimes I get the feel that not desiring anything very strongly and going with the flow of things helps in mitigating the burgeoning of karma. On the other hand, if my desire for transcending limitations is not strong enough I may lose the impetus for doing sadhana.
I also wonder if there is a way not to fall back upon a complacent acceptance of everything and keeping the questions 'burning' within.
Would really like to listen from some Isha friend on these topics.

2 years 7 months ago

This makes sense if you are initiated in the sense if your life energies have entered sushmna nadi due to intense living , due to unbiased perception(in my case) , or through Guru's Grace , this is not a thought coming out of intellect , its coming out of that energy(kundalini) waiting to burst out .

2 years 7 months ago

Visit Dhyanalinga and just sit there , no judging no nothing , just sit and just observe how it shakes you from the bottom , if your longing to go beyond has riped its going to change you forever.goodLuck

2 years 7 months ago

I have sat in Dhyanalinga but frankly had difficulty concentrating due to the huge echo of manifold sounds in the sanctorum (coughing, children crying etc.). Luckily I had one intense two-hour-long meditation just outside it, sitting near the statue of Patanjali Maharishi.
I know certain things have to be known experientially. But at the same time, certain questions keep cropping up along the way. I wildly wish one could address them all to Sadhguru and hear from him! :/
But, thanks Sai Ram for taking the trouble to answer.
Namaskaram.

2 years 7 months ago

Beautiful ! Awesome !! Thank you

2 years 7 months ago

Have you read "Mystic's Musings"? If you haven't please do so. It will answer all your questions.

2 years 7 months ago

Thats Good, if questions are cropping up that means you have chosen not to settle with some comfortable answer that will help your survival , that means you are seeking , make it more unbiased(not directed to your survival), and youll see chaos inside you more vigorously but you just watch not get identitfied and just just watch . Thats how spiritual process works its always chaos but a its needed . if you are looking for soothing experience its not spiritual.

2 years 7 months ago

Thanks, sure will do! :)