Yoga for the World: Sadhguru’s Vision for International Day of Yoga
Sadhguru explains his vision for the coming International Day of Yoga on June 21, and why yoga is becoming significant for society like never before.
 
Sadhguru's Vision on International Day of Yoga
 

Sadhguru explains his vision for the coming International Day of Yoga on June 21, and why yoga is becoming significant for society like never before.

Sadhguru: A lot of things are being planned for the International Day of Yoga. One thing is, we are looking at large-scale yoga programs in multiple locations. Another thing is to raise awareness that it is important that it is done precisely and correctly. Above all, we want to make the world understand that yoga is not an exercise system. It is a profound form of evolving a human being. It is about a very deep understanding of the human mechanics – not only of the physical dimension but of all aspects of a human being.

Yoga is about a very deep understanding of the human mechanics – not only of the physical dimension but of all aspects of a human being.

Bringing this awareness is more important than lots of people doing yoga for one day and then giving it up again. For someone to pursue something, it must inspire them. They must feel either in their mind, in their body, or in their emotions that this is something worth investing their time and energy in. To get them to see the profoundness of yoga, the nature of the offering is important. That is when the world will take to it.

Yoga is not another kind of religion, nor do we want to spread our brand. Human intellect is evolving in a certain way right now. Never before in the history of humanity could such a large number of people in the world think for themselves. All these millennia, there were only a few people who thought reasonably for themselves. For the rest, a scripture or a teacher would dictate what they should think. For the first time, large numbers of people think for themselves. Whether they think straight or not – this is a big step.

Human intellect is blossoming like never before. Consequently, there is no room for belief systems anymore. The whole idea that: “Don’t worry. Believe me. I will take you to heaven. Everything will be great there. It doesn’t matter that right now you are in hell. There, everything is going to be good” – this will not sell anymore. As every child in the world starts receiving education and starts thinking for themselves, as they access information by themselves, keeping people under control and telling them, “You got to do this, otherwise you won’t go to heaven,” will not work.

The message of yoga is this: "Not up, not out – in. The only way out is in."

Earlier, in pursuit of wellbeing, people have looked up. This has brought a lot of hallucination – people have imagined all kinds of things. And it has created continuous wars between one kind of heaven and another kind of heaven. They are fighting over a God or a heaven that both of them have not seen, but they are willing to fight to death. In recent times, there has been a shift towards seeking wellbeing from the outside world. In the process of seeking wellbeing from the world, trying to take the juice of life from outside, we are destroying the very source of our living – the planet itself.

The message of yoga is this: “Not up, not out – in. The only way out is in.” We are 7 billion people, and it is expected that by 2050, we will be 10 billion people. Whatever the number of people, if we seek wellbeing from within, we are not in conflict with anything. If we look up, we are in conflict. If we look out, we are in conflict. But if we look inward for our wellbeing, there is never any conflict – not in the world, not within us. This is a successful process, and its eco-friendly!

Editor's Note: If you have done the Inner Engineering or Isha Yoga program and would like to volunteer to teach a simple process on International Yoga Day (only in India), contact a center near you.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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3 years 2 months ago

I remember having seen Sadhguru for the first time by a Sunday evening on 22 June 2008. This year, 21 June 2015, another Sunday, is to bring Sadhguru to Chennai for International Day of Yoga. Great times are ahead! Let's rejoice!

3 years 2 months ago

I strongly agree with Sadhguru. Several scary things are performed in the name of Yoga around the world. All that needs to be stopped. I have myself seen people practise...
......WITHOUT ANY SIGNIFICANCE TO THE SEQUENCE OF
"ASANAS"(POSTURES)
===> Altering the sequence of "asanas" isn't wise, as that hampers the flow of the fundamental life energy in the system.

......WITH NO REGARD THAT ONE'S STOMACH NEEDS TO BE
EMPTY AND MOUTH SHUT DURING THE PROCESS
===> Its not just that food in the stomach can cause one to vomit. An empty stomach helps the practitioner reap the best results of the yogic practice by aiding the flow of the fundamental life energy throughout the system.

......WITH HIGH REGARD FOR THE RESULT OF A SO-CALLED
"YOGA COMPETITION"
===> Yoga is the science to enhance the fundamental life energy without which one is declared dead. Yogic practices enhance the life energy and that in return resolves physical and mental ailments. Regular practice of Yoga brings the possibility of limitless awareness. Yoga works for every human being and that came into being before any religion evolved. Its the Ultimate science to unlock oneself. Such a science can be experienced and life will flourish. To reduce it to a matter of physical fitness and to use it to flaunt one's body or its flexibility, is just too... ridiculous.

......WITH ONE'S OWN INPUTS AND IDEAS
===> Yogic practices are to be practised as taught by a trained Yoga teacher. Alterations of any kind can give rise to adverse effects that could be irreversible too.

3 years 1 month ago

Revered Swamiji, Hope that my doubt will be dispelled. I do not aware of inside and outside mind or body mechanism. If i involve my family in traditional yoga system , Will my family have better communion with God Shiva .Why I am asking this question? Because My wife and kid is not trusting in form/formless God.I too faced many tribulations in my life and most of them was solved through offering prayer to God Shiva. Some of the prayers have not been answered yet.Till now, I have been waiting for fulfillment of prayers..