WISDOM: Sadhguru


RIGHT now, you have an experience of having a body and mind, and an expe­rience of the world around you only because your five sense organs are functioning – you can see, hear, smell, taste and touch.

These are the only ways you know the world, the body and the mind. Your whole experience of whatever you un­derstand as life has come to you only through the five sense perceptions.

These five sense perceptions are not reliable, because sense perception is only in comparison with something else. Whatever you perceive in comparison is not perception, it is a distortion of reality.

For example, if you are six feet tall, you walk like a tall person, think like a tall person and feel like a tall person. Sup­pose you go to another society where everybody is eight feet tall, suddenly you will walk like a short person, think like a short person and feel like a short person.

Yes? So what you perceive in compari­son to something else is not perception, it is just a distortion of reality. The first step in yoga, the fundamental of yoga, is to help a person start perceiving life be­yond the perception of the senses.

Mind is also sense perception. Your mind is just a receptacle, a collection point for all the sense perceptions that you have. Everything that you receive through the five sense organs goes there and registers; that is just how your mind has evolved.

The mind is ruled by sense percep­tion, yet sense perception is not reliable. So the first step in yoga is to go beyond this. The word Buddha means, Bu means buddhi or the intellect. Dha means dhadha or the one who is above. One who is above his intellect is a Buddha.

That is what yoga means – one who is above his mind. One who is not a part of his mind anymore is a Buddha; his mind has become an instrument that he uses. Once you are like this, you can make your mind do anything, you can use your body and mind in the most effective ways.

If you are trapped in the mind, just managing to do a few things with it would feel great, but still it is very medio­cre because the mind comes with much bigger potential.

Your mind could be a ladder to divin­ity. It could take you to such levels of ec­stasy, blissfulness and beauty within you. But right now, it is being used for mediocre things.

Whether you are leading an army, a group of executives or a group of yogis – whatever you are doing, the most effec­tive person is always that person who is balanced and not emotionally involved – who is just doing what is needed.

Somebody who gets emotionally charged does a few things, that is the ex­tent of his effectiveness. He cannot go beyond that. A person who knows how to be involved but not excited by the situ­ation, is always the person who will do things best.

It doesn’t matter what the situation is – whether it is a battle zone, a city or the workplace, only that person will be truly effective and do sensible things.

Whatever you wish to do, no matter what course of life you choose, you need to have absolute control over your mind and body, there is simpy no dispute about that.

You can have total control over your body and mind and a true understand­ing of them only when you can be away from them, when you are not identified with them.

For example, man has lived on this planet for millions of years. Till a couple of hundred years ago, this argument was going on, whether this planet was round or flat. Even today, leave all the nonsense that you read and believe, and just see, in your experience of life when you walk outside, is this planet round or flat?

Still flat in your experience, isn’t it? This argument could have continued forever. But when man first started fly­ing, he went up and looked down and there was no doubt, it was very clear that it was round. The argument was to­tally settled.

Similarly, if you know how to be be­yond your body and your mind, only then will you truly know the nature of the mind and the body.

n Ranked amongst the fifty most influen­tial people in India, Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, visionary and bestselling author. Sadhguru has been conferred the Padma Vibhushan by the government of India in 2017, one of the highest annual civilian awards, accorded for exceptional and distinguished service.