Recognizing the Adiyogi
In this week's Spot, Sadhguru writes about the importance of recognizing the Adiyogi as the founder of yoga. “Everybody on the planet should know that He is the one who offered this science to the world. In the last five to six years, four major books were published in Europe contesting that yoga did not come from India, but is the evolution of European exercise systems.”
 
 
 
 

The Adiyogi brought the 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.”  And he gave methods as to how to evolve. That is the significance of the Adiyogi.

Before I fall dead, I want to make sure that His contribution to humanity is recognized across the world. We are in various stages of doing this. One thing is we are building Adiyogi shrines. It is a twenty-one foot tall bronze Adiyogi with a consecrated linga in front of Him. It is a powerful space. The first one has come up in our ashram in the United States, in Tennessee.

Everybody on the planet should know that He is the one who offered this science to the world. In the last five to six years, four major books were published in Europe contesting that yoga did not come from India, but is the evolution of European exercise systems. If they write another ten to fifteen books like this, that will become the truth. Whatever you read in your textbook as history, you believe is the truth. It is not, I am telling you, it is just written by some vested interest largely. So if they write twenty-five to fifty books like this in the next ten to fifteen years, after some time everyone will say yoga came from United States or from California, or that Madonna invented yoga. It is not a laughing matter, it can easily be done. There are people who are willing to write anything. Some very famous books are saying this. Dan Brown, in his book Angels and Demons, says yoga is an ancient Buddhist art. Gautama is only twenty-five hundred years, Adiyogi is fifteen thousand years. Now you say Gautama, tomorrow you will say Madonna. If you write a few books that will become the truth. So I want to make sure, before I am dead, that everybody should know yoga came from Him, nobody else but Him.

Everybody on the planet should know that He is the one who offered this science to the world.

We need to do this because the ethos of India is that of seekers. We are not believers, we are seekers of liberation. That is all that is holding us together. If you travel one hundred kilometers, people look different, speak different, eat different, dress different, everything about them is different. Though politically we were over two hundred pieces at one time, outside people say this is “Hindustan” or this is “Bharath” because the strangeness of this existence was that they were a land of seekers, not believers.

It does not matter what Rama said, what Krishna said, what the Vedas say, what the Upanishads say, it does not matter who says what – still, every person born in this land is supposed to seek his own truth.  You are supposed to seek your own liberation. Because they were a land of seekers, they were never conquerors. If you make the whole humanity on this planet seekers, not believers, there will be no conquest. The basic incentive for violence is gone. People may fight for small things, but the big fight is over. Because I believe one thing, you believe another thing – there is endless fight.

If you see you do not know the nature of the universe – as scientists are admitting today – who are you going to fight with? “No, my God created the universe, not yours.” That is the problem. A seeker means one who has realized that he does not know. If this one thing happens to humanity, ninety percent of the incentive for violence will be gone.

So to bring this back, there is no better inspiration than Adiyogi. And we want to manifest Him in many ways.

Love & Grace

Post updated on Jan 09, 2017

 
 
 
 
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4 years 11 months ago

subash, Addressing the source is very important Or else yoga will remain as esoteric as ever. The need to understand where what came from is a necessity because the very idea that something existed for ever will not comply with the humane intellect and when this happens then start to emerge belief systems which as sadguru says in the reason for all that is wrong with humanity today.
right knowledge is necessary to maintain integrity and furthermore subsist as an intellectual race

2 years 6 months ago

Yes but at the same time, the scholarly world, academic and scientific world will not believe in ANYTHING or ANYONE. so what we need to make our foundation strong is collecting evidences, factual records from archaeology and we, the scholarly world need to do enormous publications for that. People who call themselves hindus are the stakeholders of this great civilization. So Hindus should soon get back their temples from the secular govt which illegally owns the temples and use the revenues to produce scholarly, literary works like these ! Hindu scholars should read books like Being different ( endorsed by Sadhguru Himself ) and breaking India by the same author. Else the religions with rigid ideas and dogs will soon make the whole world filled with their ideas.

4 years 11 months ago

The distinction of 'seekers' and 'believers' appears to be no more true if we look at the present day population of 'Bharat'. People here are equally 'believers' as people in any part of the world. I feel, instead of lauding Adiyogy as the original proponent of yoga, not Madona, and creating his bronze statues every where, we must first work to make our people 'seekers' again as perhaps Osho did in the recent years.

4 years 11 months ago

Vivek Mani, intellectualism apart, no practitioner of yoga ever feels the need to know where the science came from; ever thought to discover the mango tree that gave you the fruit you were eating. Even if one wanted to trace origins, where are the proofs; can you recall elders in your family two generations before you?

4 years 11 months ago

Lets make its happen :-). Bless us all Adiyogi

1 year 3 months ago

I agree that we should let the world know that yoga came from India.... But I don't understand what is the purpose of opening it in tamil nadu? We have Himalaya. .. is there any political reason behind it? Please provide the reason for selecting the place to open the statue...

4 years 11 months ago

What a beautiful logic that unfolds if you read the article to the end... yes: The significance of Adiyogi and of seeking for the end of violence, for peace within and around us... Thank you, Sadhguru, just in time again your message... As a European I spread this message... Thank you, dear people of India, for being so beautiful truthful living preservers of yoga... And may you know that all my American and European teachers acknowledge the deep spiritual tradition and the yogic system of India... In my experience, many practices from traditions all around the world pave the way to arrive and get to know yogic traditions... Thank you for this present that can lead everyone on this planet to their roots and liberation... It was through Sadhguru that I finally can surrender to the fact that we are seekers all the way and it is with American and European scientists and practitioners of EFT - Nick and Jessica Ortner, Brad Yates, Margaret Lynch, Robert Smith who helping me to do this now along with the sound bowl teachings from Tibet and Anastasia from Siberia... Let´s all stand together and remember the names and all those whose names were forgotten or smeared... Let´s be in peace Aumbrace Sandra

4 years 11 months ago

Subash, Science itself means "Trying to understand", Without that very basic requirement what you are left with is not science but a form of religion or a belief system.

Addressing to your other question. atleast i know that my mango came from a mango tree and not an apple tree , and even if i dont know my forefathers i sure enough know who my parents are and that is enough to satisfy my thirst for knowledge. What if tommorow some one told you had no parents and that you were born of thin air. Would you relate to it??. "No" i presume . you wont relate to it even if it is true,this because it is something out of the mundane . Something that falls outside the realms of your common scene, Some thing that dosnt comply.

the big mistake here is trying to compare the mundane to the enigmatic, where your mango came from is a knowledge that you already have from experience ,but yoga is not the same,

what i am trying to put forth is that addressing the source,the root cause that to in a way that it complies with you is very nessary. its authenticity can always be subjected to question, that i dont deny
if madona works for you well and good, that might even be true, but does it comply with you. is that something you can live with is the real question.

even if you feel knowing the source of yoga is not important it is some thing that millions of others like me cant live with

to accept a notion its root is of the utmost importance or else your very existence becomes a hypothesis

4 years 11 months ago

When, Sadhguru, did you stop saying 'I don't know' and start having the answer to almost everything? Where is the knowledge coming from, for example that yoga was created by one man 15000 years ago?

4 years 11 months ago

eft helps me to keep up my Inner engineering practice and Isha kriya practice and the other way round... two tools to arrive at nature, inner peace and serving in love

4 years 11 months ago

later on when Madonna is accepted as the source of yoga, and when its authenticity is questioned and the right answer is not in our grasp, all of yoga will be lost because its very source becomes unreliable. even if today i am not able to contest the fact that the aadhi yogi is the rightful source there is atleast one individual who knows and whos logic can only be seconded because with every word and action he has proved himself to be more knowledgeable than we can ever be.

4 years 11 months ago

Stark truth and call for action from the Guru.

Not to be taken with some short lived enthusiastic nod & getting back to usual business later.

Make it a point to say this to yourself and at least one new person everyday.
The missionaries in other religions are called so for a reason. They have a mission!

I wish and pray that I be a Adi Yogi missionary and enable others too, to be one.

It's high time the usually naked Truth got a sparkling and strong armor to last generations to come!

Shambo Mahadeva!!!!

4 years 11 months ago

" ....because they were a land of seekers, they were never conquerors," What a stunning statement that reflects the true ethos of this ancient beautiful culture. And Sadhguru we won't allow you to fall dead as You have already done so much to live for several hundred years if not thousands. We believe (at least I do) that Adi Yogi has manifested through You for our sake. I am glad to be living in Your age and enjoying the fruits of Your timeless wisdom and yogic guidance.

Shambo Mahadeva
Pranams Sadhguru

4 years 10 months ago

Seekers not believers that we are
Seeking neither heaven or avoiding hell
But ways to go beyond this arc
And freedom from this karmic well

That someday we dissolve and merge
Into the vast cosmos -a grand design
When the divinity in us flowers to surge
Toward ultimate Mukthi's eternal shine

Pranams Sadhguru

4 years 11 months ago

Namaskaram Sadguruji
Sadguruji had explained us about " seeking" in various ways. Concern now is the pain that He expressed about some vested interests conciously writing nonsense that Yoga did not come from our land. Sadguruji, as always has vision and this one is true and I touch the feet of Sadguruji and express my gratitudes for his candid warning about the vested interests propogating wrong things. I pray Adiyogi Himself to give strength and Blessings to our Sadgurji to be succesful in His endeavor to preserve and educate the truth to the world that it was Adiyogi, who taught this science of Yoga and none should distirt the truth.
brahm1952

4 years 11 months ago

Manifesting Adhiyogi, a great messenger/ Messiah you are! Sadhguru.

4 years 10 months ago

Bharat - the land of seekers and not of believers
The land of welcoming hosts and not of conquerors
The land where He chose to come and dwell
1500 years ago as our dear Sadguru tells
Planting seeds of liberation everywhere
For all to seek, find and eventually share

4 years 11 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru.
Now the questions start how does sadhguru knows that "It was Adhiyogi and it was 15000 years ago", well we too dont know, but we trust him. This trust is not mere Egoistic or psyhcological trust, it is some sort of realization, that there is something beyond physical called metaphysical which is possible to perceive thru yoga and this yoga is just not the back breaking or muscle wringing body postures, this was given to us by just the very Guru. Here we say metaphysical after realizing it not by reading from some book and hallucinating it. Come here have a real taste of true yoga, then you will have to accept it only after realization, that where could have it probably started. No need to believe at all- very objective of the post, we need to realize, not believe/hallucinate.

4 years 11 months ago

Subash, Sadhguru is doing his utmost best to make our people seekers. Last 30+ yrs he has spend in that direction and results are just phenomenon. Introducing the source Adijogi is also needed to offer the gratitude and put to rest the misleading books.

4 years 4 months ago

With you all the Way! Thank The First Yogi

4 years 11 months ago

Govt. of India Should Patent all the Asanas... And All yoga schools should take a registration number from Indian Govt. free of charge as a recognition...

4 years 11 months ago

Pranams Sadhguru

4 years 4 months ago

People reading worldwide, please match my donation to Adiyogi Temple in USA today, if you can afford to do so, please- in whatever amount you can. Let's get the ball rolling..Thanks! Sadhguru together we shall make this happen! The results shall be priceless to humanity, no question....: ) smiles and joy, Kirk

http://isha.sadhguru.org/us/adi-yogi-project/

4 years 11 months ago

Sadguru always interested in actions , sadguru picks up the guys and installed the shrines , he knows who should be benefited as well

4 years 11 months ago

reminded of the books - Speaking Tree by Richard Lannoy, Wonder that was India by A L Basham.

4 years 4 months ago

May Sadhguru bless us all with the wisdom of knowing.

4 years 11 months ago

Way to go, Sadhguru.

4 years 11 months ago

The "I don't know", applies to us and not to realised Masters like Him who went through this path with a certain openness without falling into established dogmas or belief systems. His knowledge comes from several past life times or He is connected to that dimension which makes the vast library of the universe available to Him whenever He requires it.

3 years 7 months ago

"SHAMBHO LEAD US FROM UNTRUTH TO TRUTH" I bow down.

"Whatever you read in your textbook as history, you believe is the truth. It is not, I am telling you, it is just written by some vested interest largely. So if they write twenty-five to fifty books like this in the next ten to fifteen years, after some time everyone will say yoga came from United States or from California, or that Madonna invented yoga. It is not a laughing matter, it can easily be done. There are people who are willing to write anything. Some very famous books are saying this. Dan Brown, in his book Angels and Demons, says yoga is an ancient Buddhist art. Gautama is only twenty-five hundred years, Adiyogi is fifteen thousand years. Now you say Gautama, tomorrow you will say Madonna. If you write a few books that will become the truth. So I want to make sure, before I am dead, that everybody should know yoga came from Him, nobody else but Him."

4 years 11 months ago

Sadhguru I felt a great pain that you mentioned "before I fall dead" I cannot even imagine that. Your guidance towards the truth is always required for us. The knowledge chain should not be broke. Please make sure the knowledge transfer happens throughout the existence...

4 years 11 months ago

Is there anyway to get contacted with Sadhguru?

3 years ago

Indarasan, for me too, this phrase begat a chill that ran up and throughout my body. Sadhguru's wisdom and light will live inside the millions of us he has helped pave a way of life for, and with that--it should be known that a man is never dead, so long as we utter his name. Namaste Sadhguru.

4 years 11 months ago

Pranams Sadhguru :
Your words uttered sometime back to the effect that we are not straight with ourselves and hate to admit " What I Know , I know, what I don't know, I don't know. It is a wonderful way to exist" and that "When we see that I do not know, knowing is not far off" which still rings in my ears. You have give us tools to seek. Let Shiva and your grace guide us in our quest