Even Krishna is Governed by the Laws of the Physical
Sadhguru explains how even an enlightened being, whether Shiva, Krishna or anyone, is governed by the laws of the physical, once they choose to work with a physical body.
Krishna with flute, cows, gopis and herdsmen - Even Krishna is Governed by the Laws of the Physical

Sadhguru explains how even an enlightened being, whether Shiva, Krishna or anyone, is governed by the laws of the physical, once they choose to work with a physical body.

Questioner: Ordinary human beings are born with a certain amount of prarabdha, but what about Krishna, Shiva, or you – isn’t all your prarabdha dissolved? But still, even a god had to face many adversities in his life, and that seems to be the case in your life too.

Sadhguru: Shiva never went through any adversity. There have been situations, such as when he lost his dear wife Sati. He went through a period of intense grief for her death, but after some time, he was fine again. That is so with everyone – even if you lose someone very dear to you, you may grieve for some time, and then you move on. He also went through that – no big deal. Krishna also went through many situations, and this is so in my life too. Yes, there are situations, but there is no suffering. No matter what happens, it does not leave you broken; it does not cripple you.

Now to the question why such situations happen even to a Krishna, a Shiva, a Jesus, or to me? Once you have chosen to function in a certain way in the world, you are subject to the laws of the world. I am not talking about man-made laws, but once you have chosen to take a physical body and act out a role in the world, you are also governed by the laws that control physical existence. This is the reason why Krishna was talking about dharma, Gautama Buddha was talking about dhamma, and we are talking about the fundamental yogic principle, because this principle, the dhamma, or the dharma is the guiding factor for the physical dimension of life. God is not sitting up there and managing things – it is all functioning according to certain laws and a certain system.

If you are in the physical world, the physical fools will be pushing you around. If nothing should push you around, you must become nothing, or everything

Once you choose to enter that dimension, the laws of that dimension are applicable to you too, no matter who you are. You may be Krishna, you may be Shiva, you may be Sadhguru – if you drink poison, you will die. Maybe you have the capacity to somehow transcend certain situations if absolutely needed, you may not die, but still, you will have to pay a price. You cannot escape it. If you fall off the terrace, something will break, no matter who you are, because you have chosen to enter into the physical space. If you want to be in a condition where you can fall off from anywhere and nothing happens to you, you must be disembodied. But as long as you have a physical body, you are subject to the laws of the physical. This also goes for the other dimensions. When you have seen enough of life – physical and otherwise – the longing for mukti arises.

If you are in the physical world, the physical fools will be pushing you around. If you are in the disembodied world, the disembodied fools will be pushing you around. If you are in the celestial world, the celestial fools will be pushing you around. Seeing all this, a wise one seeks mukti. You want to be in a situation where nothing pushes you around. If nothing should push you around, you must become nothing, or you must become everything – whichever way you want to put it. You must become everything, boundless – then nothing pushes you around. But even if you have access to the boundlessness within you, once you have chosen to be in this body, you are governed by the physical.

This is the reason most enlightened beings do not stay in their body. Once they have the key to go beyond, they do not see any sense in hanging on to the body and being pushed around by the physical. It is like you are the prime minister of the country, and you came to a small village, and there, the Panchayat head pushes you around. This is the experience of all enlightened beings. They have the key to go beyond, they could be elsewhere, but once they have taken a physical body, the physical, and everyone in the physical realm pushes them around in a million different ways. Krishna expressed many times that as the Divine, he would not need to be subject to these things, but since he took a body because he wanted to establish dharma in the physical dimension, he was subject to the laws of the physical. Some worshipped him, but repeatedly, people made fun of him, calling him a cowherd – not with love, they called him Gopala, but in a derogatory way He would not have had to take all that, but since he took up the project of establishing dharma, he did.

Editor’s Note: Watch the Leela series, where Sadhguru explores the life and path of Krishna. Available as a free webstream – one part every week.

This article is based on an excerpt from the June 2014 issue of Forest Flower. Print subscriptions are available.

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4 years 1 month ago

Dear Sadguru,
How was it then possible for Krishna to perform miracles such as lifting the gavardhana mountain with a finger? Or even assuming multiple forms? There was also an instance when Krishna made devakis 6 dead children come alive.

4 years 1 month ago

To put forth another analogy similar to the prime minister and the Panchayat which Sadhguru gives, suppose you had the capability to take on the body of another animal, say a fish. Now with all the knowlegde and experience of a human being, you will be a super-fish. You definitely will be at a huge advantage compared to other similar ordinary fishes. You know things they don't and maybe even do certain things they can't even think of and indulge in activities which other fish think is outright crazy or risky, but you know better because of your superior intellect and experience. But still, you are severely limited with the body of the fish, you can't do everything you could have done with a human body. Now, you can't come on land as you need water for survival. A larger predatory fish can come and swallow you up. In fact, now you are vulnerable to all the dangers a fish is vulnerable to, though you also are more capable than an ordinary fish. Now some fish also think that as you are so capable, you are capable of almost everything; but you know your limitations of being in a fish body and the things you can and can't do. Also, you may even have to attend a few fish classes and practice doing some fish activities too if needed, as you may not be knowing them or used to them as a human. So, you will be a contradiction of sorts with all the fellow fishes out there.

You can substitute the fish for any other animal of your choice and use your imagination; you will get the point.

We should be really grateful to Sadhguru for all that he is doing for us.

4 years 1 month ago

Krishna "ALSO" had "LIMITATIONS". Simply means some of them were there, he can be this and be that as well.
Limitations - born of a womb, need to grow through years, do the job and die one day.
This is the country of occult and we have had masters walking this land.
This master can do more, by choice. But life and death for him is choice less, he may choose how and when to die, but he too has to die-- limitations or laws of nature for any human body.

4 years ago

Thanks Amit for the apt analogy!

4 years ago

I have heard you telling that I have not tried to learn Sanskrit because I will get lost in the scripts so like wise are we not lost in so many wordily things and fear, I am really fascinated of your speech and talk they carry lot of values, I feel are we missing something yes after seeing the episode big fight on God particle on NDTV and it was really an eye opening for me and to think about how many types of Gnyana we have and I could summarise to three only and they are Agnyana, Vgnyana and Gnyana, and I felt most of the time we shuttle between Agnyana and Vgnyana and never reached Gnyana so for and, that is the serious chaos which has got created in just hundred years because of this shuttle of Agnyana and Vgnyana, if we delete the Vgnyana we can reach Gnyana, and Vgnyana is all the problem on this earth which is pushing us to lethargy and lethargy creates fear and fear creates all the fights and destruction.
Thank you Guruji

2 years 7 months ago

Then, How did Sadhguru shree Brahma walked through the "physical " wall of the prison?

2 years 7 months ago

He has divided the real of Brahma and the physical real. He states it as the celestial realm. So, celestial laws apply to him not physical and perhaps celestial laws transcend the physical laws.