Adiyogi – The First Yogi
In this story, Sadhguru takes us back to the very origins of the yogic science, and tells us about the first yogi and the first yoga “program”.
 
 

In a vivid narration from Sadhguru, we take a look at the being who introduced yoga to humankind, the Adiyogi, the first yogi.

ஆதியோகி பாகம் I


Sadhguru: In the yogic culture, Shiva is not known as a god, but as the Adiyogi or the first yogi – the originator of yoga. He was the one who first put this seed into the human mind. According to the yogic lore, over fifteen thousand years ago, Shiva attained to his full enlightenment and abandoned himself in an intense ecstatic dance upon the Himalayas. When his ecstasy allowed him some movement, he danced wildly. When it became beyond movement, he became utterly still.

People saw that he was experiencing something that nobody had known before, something that they were unable to fathom. Interest developed and people came wanting to know what this was. They came, they waited and they left because the man was oblivious to other people’s presence. He was either in intense dance or absolute stillness, completely uncaring of what was happening around him. Soon, everyone left…

Except for seven men.

These seven people were insistent that they must learn what this man had in him, but Shiva ignored them. They pleaded and begged him, “Please, we want to know what you know.” Shiva dismissed them and said, “You fools. The way you are, you are not going to know in a million years. There is a tremendous amount of preparation needed for this. This is not entertainment.”

So they started preparing. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, they prepared. Shiva just chose to ignore them. On a full moon day, after eighty-four years of sadhana, when the solstice had shifted from the summer solstice to the winter solstice – which in this tradition is known as Dakshinayana – the Adiyogi looked at these seven people and saw that they had become shining receptacles of knowing. They were absolutely ripe to receive. He could not ignore them anymore. They grabbed his attention.

Sadhguru at Kanti Sarovar

He watched them closely for the next few days and when the next full moon rose, he decided to become a Guru. The Adiyogi transformed himself into the Adi Guru; the first Guru was born on that day which is today known as Guru Purnima. On the banks of Kanti Sarovar, a lake that lies a few kilometers above Kedarnath, he turned South to shed his grace upon the human race, and the transmission of the yogic science to these seven people began. The yogic science is not about a yoga class that you go through about how to bend your body – which every new born infant knows – or how to hold your breath – which every unborn infant knows. This is the science of understanding the mechanics of the entire human system.

After many years, when the transmission was complete, it produced seven fully enlightened beings – the seven celebrated sages who are today known as the Saptarishis, and are worshipped and admired in Indian culture. Shiva put different aspects of yoga into each of these seven people, and these aspects became the seven basic forms of yoga. Even today, yoga has maintained these seven distinct forms.

Transmission of the yogic sciences to the seven rishis

The Saptarishis were sent in seven different directions to different parts of the world to carry this dimension with which a human being can evolve beyond his present limitations and compulsions. They became the limbs of Shiva, taking the knowing and technology of how a human being can exist here as the Creator himself, to the world. Time has ravaged many things, but when the cultures of those lands are carefully looked at, small strands of these people’s work can be seen, still alive. It has taken on various colors and forms, and has changed its complexion in a million different ways, but these strands can still be seen.

The Adiyogi brought this possibility that a human being need not be contained in the defined limitations of our species. There is a way to be contained in physicality but not to belong to it. There is a way to inhabit the body but never become the body. There is a way to use your mind in the highest possible way but still never know the miseries of the mind. Whatever dimension of existence you are in right now, you can go beyond that – there is another way to live. He said, “You can evolve beyond your present limitations if you do the necessary work upon yourself.” That is the significance of the Adiyogi.


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2 years 10 months ago

Shiva-Siva!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3

2 years 10 months ago

what is the source/reference of this article?
I doubt the authenticity

5 years 7 months ago

Awesome article. Thank you Dear Sadhguru for sharing. We are so indebted to the immensely selfless and compassionate beings who took the interest to share this knowledge with us. If just a few strands of the transferred yogic knowledge that is alive can still bring us joy and happiness in our life's moments today, we can imagine how many more amazing things can happen if the entire knowledge is alive. I am hoping that LIVELY day will come AGAIN. :-)

5 years 2 months ago

Namaskaram Vipul,
Thanks for finding the article on Times. The Times article as it says there, is by Sadhguru as well as this.
Pranam.

2 years 9 months ago

it doesn't matter what the articles say and what other say , we are just identified with our thoughts and disconnected from BEING in us. INFINITE ISness is unique and only LOVE. coincidently we're still beggars for LOVE (with our unresolved pain) ...........!!!

Namaste

5 years 7 months ago

what are the 7 basic forms of yoga ?

5 years 2 months ago

I heard about Isha foundation in Tenn. from my doctor at the VA clinic in McMinnville , Tenn. I have been seeking spirituality, something???? due to a lack of what I have been offered in my life.
Nothing ever seemed to hold my interest, or ever satisfied something from with inside of me?
My home is 35 minutes from the Ashram. I drove out one Sunday, parked in there parking lot, and walk on the grounds.
We were meet by some of the staff, given a tour, and explained what Isha was all about by some beautiful people.
Since then I watch videos of Sadhguru, everyday, I am meditating, and listening, and listening, and listening...
I will be 70 yrs old next year. I know now that I knew nothing, except maybe the virus i was feed to believe what life was? I know I am becoming a better person then I was, due to this experience.
Sadhguru , I thank you, and your voulunteers, for your love and devotion you give to the world real meaning.
Blessings and light
Namaste

2 years 8 months ago

Greetings from Armenia. I wonder if Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is seen by yogis as coming also from Adiyogi (even if edited by Patanjali)?

P.S. I am very happy I discovered Sadhguru online.

5 years 7 months ago

inspiring article,,

4 years 10 months ago

So good to read & re read what I have heard from Sadhguru himself. How to inhabit the body without being the body, that is the crux & difficult question. How to create a distance between the body and the being so that we do not entirely associate with the body onl!

We have to leave the body to be one with Him.

2 years 6 months ago

माया मिली ना राम ,
फिर भी लोग करते है
राम का अपमान और राम को बदनाम .
(कोन से राम को ,पीछे से आवाज आती है)
राम तो मिल भी जाते ,
लेकिन माया को किस को बताते .
माया होती एक का काम ,
माया तो था मायावीयो का काम .

5 years 7 months ago

Thank you Sadhguru.. for letting us know

4 years 6 months ago

[…] there isn’t any difference between a prince and a pauper. Starting from none other than Adi Yogi Shiva himself, this path has been illuminated by many Masters across millennia, the Siddhas including […]

2 years ago

Does there really need to be a source or reference for this article? We are talking about a time when paper was not invented and knowledge was transmitted by spoken word and committed to memory - the tradition of shruti and smriti. Written word and thus verifiable references cam much later. You can choose to either believe in this article or not. Fact remains that Indian scriptures are full of references to the Saptrishis and whether you believe that they were taught by Shiva or not does not take away from the importance they had historically on our culture and philosophy. And it definitely does not take away from the importance Shiva holds in Indian culture, philosophy and religion.

5 years 7 months ago

happy and proud to know these details.we are all blessed.

3 years 11 months ago

whenever i read something like this said by sadhguru, I sincerely feel I should be living a life like this !!! Life not sitting on top of the mind always ,but use it whenever needed and be absolutely still otherwise.I wish one day I start living like that!!!Thank you so much Sadhguru for whatever you have implanted in me :)

2 years ago

Hi Pranav, Have you checked up the Isha ashram at Coimbatore? There are Isha programs happening at many places in India every month. I stay at Gurgaon and there is at least one program happening every month in the NCR region. Sadhguru is also present from time to time at the Coimbatore ashram.

5 years 7 months ago

Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Prathyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.

3 years 11 months ago

Hi,

I am unable to download this book. It says the account has been suspended. Can you provide us a good link.

Pranaam

1 year 3 months ago

Namaskaram

Please give in tamil version, it will be helpful for lot.
( if possible to translate in each language is better for everyone to know adiyogi )

5 years 7 months ago

What you are quoting here are eight limbs of Yoga. They are different elements each graded in advancement. I think the 7 basic forms this article refers to should be something else.

3 years 2 months ago

Guruji, I am still a child. I am in influence of yoga since i was very young, I started gaining knowledge on yoga when I was 11 or 12 years old, My grandfather used to teach me, He was a guiding lamp for me. He used to say that yoga is not an exercise, just exactly as you have said. He left his body in 2012 and unfortunately everything was paused. One day when I was browsing on the internet and searching stories of Lord Shiva, I found This site. I tried to obtain more and more information and found that you are In Tennessee and it is not possible for me to travel so far right now since our financial conditions are a bit unstable. So my question is, Are there any such camps In India which this organisation is conducting in June 2015 ?

1 year 1 month ago

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5 years 7 months ago

very inspiring information you have given to us Sadhguru. Thank you for sharing this to us.

3 years 2 months ago

Guruji,
I am still a child. I am in influence of yoga since i was very young, I started gaining knowledge on yoga when I was 11 or 12 years old, My grandfather used to teach me, He was a guiding lamp for me. He used to say that yoga is not an exercise, just exactly as you have said. He left his body in 2012 and unfortunately everything was paused. One day when I was browsing on the internet and searching stories of Lord Shiva, I found This site. I tried to obtain more and more information and found that you are In Tennessee and it is not possible for me to travel so far right now since our financial conditions are a bit unstable. So my question is, Are there any such camps In India which this organisation is conducting in June 2015 ?

Waiting for your reply
Pranav Dudhat

5 years 6 months ago

The 7 forms of Yoga are Bhakti Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Tantric Yoga.

3 years ago

I am v.happy n feel blessed to participate in this great event.It has always my dream that yoga should be made an integral part of the edu.right from d primary school edu..Now Modi ji as our PM I think it is going to be much more than that. I am very grateful to Sadhguru ji n our PM. Thank u so much.

5 years 3 months ago

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