Sadhguru's Rules For Success

The yogi who has earned the respect and following of millions around the world. Earlier this year, the Government of India announced that he was being conferred the Padma Vibhushan award for his contribution towards spirituality
 


Simple Profile of Sadhguru
At the age of 12, he came in contact with Malladihalli Sri Raghavendra Swamiji who taught him a set of simple yoga asanas. He graduated from University of Mysore with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. During his college days, he developed an interest in travel and motorcycles. He opened several successful businesses after graduation, including a poultry farm, a brickworks and a construction business. At the age of 25, he rode up Chamundi Hill and sat on a rock, when he had a spiritual experience. In 1983, he conducted his first yoga class with seven participants in Mysore. Over time, he begun conducting yoga classes, travelling from class to class on his motorcycle. He was voted among the hundred most powerful Indians for his contribution in the field of environmental protection. in 2012, he initiated the Isha Insight Program , which focuses on small businesses scale up their business activities.

We present to you a few of Sadhguru's Rules For Success as narrated by him in his  various speeches.
Take Charge of Your life.

Everything that has happened to you happened within you. Whatever you see is reflection that is created within yourself. Whatever that you have experience, darkness and light, pain and pleasure, joy and misery happened within you. Shouldn't you be determining what happens within you?  The events around you may not be determined by you. But your experience of life can be determined solely by you if you take charge of it.
If you don't, you do run the risk of letting others take charge of your life.

Be Conscious of your mortality.

Give some time for your own life. Leave your family, your career out of it. Even if you are in love with someone, your life is the most important piece of life. Pay some attention to it. Why have you taken it for granted. You are not going to be around forever. You are going to fall dead one day. Don not take this for granted. 

Do this, if you wake up tomorrow morning (reality is that a million people will not wake up tomorrow morning), is it not a great thing. Be thankful for it. 

It may not be a big deal because most of you live with the idea that you are immortal. You do not actively think that you are an immortal . But the fact that you are not conscious of your mortality suggests that you feel immortal.

If you are conscious of your mortality, would you have time to rubbish away your life? Don't look at death as a negative thing, It is the only thing that has added value to your life. if you are here forever, you would probably be unbearable.

If you remind yourself that you are mere mortal, you will become spiritual. If you want to know the value of life, just know that its brief happening.



Why so Serious? Its just life, after all.

Seriousness comes from a notion of self-importance. I want you to see yourself as a speck of dust in this existence. If you disappear tomorrow, only a handful of people will miss you and they too will forget you soon enough. The world will go on. It does not matter what the World says about you. It does not matter how significant the work you are doing is. You need to understand that tomorrow morning, the World will go on fine without you. If you constantly remind yourself about this, you will have no reason to be serious.

You can choose to stop living in fear.

To create fear, you need to create excessive imagination. To not be in fear, you don't have to do anything. Fear is happening because of excessive imagination. You are creating what may happen in your mind. Your fear is always about that you cannot fight or overcome that which does not exist. You can only overcome something that exists. 

You just have to give up the effort. Enjoy the fear. It is your creation, after all. You are producing horror movies though you do not like it. Fear means you are producing horror movies in your mind that nobody else is wiling to watch. Why don't you produce something else? A comedy or a love story. Maybe create a short film. It may not necessarily translate into reality. But atleast, you get to enjoy what you created in your mind as opposed to the horror flicks in the past.

Start using your mind differently. If it does not happen in reality, you get to enjoy whats happening in your mind if you cannot enjoy whats happening in the world. That much, every individual deserves in this world. Even if the world is unkind to him, atleast his own mind should be nice to him and produce some nice movies.



Don't Identify yourself with Anything and limit yourself

We are completely committed to 1% of our intelligence which we call the intellect, which is our thought process.  Thought can only happen with the data you have gathered with you 5 senses, which is limited. The nature of data that the senses have gathered are only useful for survival process. The very nature of how you see things, hear, smell, taste and touch life is only relevant to your survival process.

If you want to know about life itself, these instruments of perception are no good. Even something as clear as light and darkness can be a debate with another creature ( an owl, for example) which sees darkness as light.

If survival is all that you are seeking, the 5 senses are enough. But as a human being, survival is not enough. If your stomach is empty, it should be about one thing, Food. But, once the stomach is full, you have another 100 issues going on. The nature of the human being is such; No matter what you do, you want to be something more than you are right now.

So, while the human being is seeking limitless expansion, he is trying to do it via physical means. The very nature of physicality is its defined boundaries. The human being is longing for the boundless, through physical means. The desire is fantastic. The method is hopeless.

The moment you identify with something, your intellect's work is to protect its identity.



Fix Yourself

We have fixed too many things on the outside to a point it has brought much convenience and comfort to our lives. In everyway, we are the most comfortable generation ever. But, we can't say that we are the most joyful nor the most loving generation. We are complaining like crazy, like never before. This is because, we have only fixed the outside. Comfort and convenience have happened. Well-being has not happened. But, is bliss the goal of life? Bliss is the necessary condition for life to flourish to its true potential. Otherwise it will remain constrained.



Pay Attention to Yourself. Don't just settle for peace

You are paying too much attention to things around you, when the quality of your life is determined by you. The clothes you wear, the car you drive, the home you live in does not determine the quality of your life. At this moment, how joyful you are feeling inside determines the quality of your life. You are setting impossible  goals and conditions for your happiness. 

In Life, most of you would have compromised with yourself to attain peace. I choose the "compromise" because many people have given up aspirations for being ecstatic or blissful for peace. Even spiritual leaders are going around saying peace is the highest acheivement in life. Peace is not the highest goal in life.

If you do not have peace, there will be nothing  in your life you can do in a worthwhile way. To be peaceful means that your system is in ease. Its not rocket science. If the mess in your life is beyond control, you can never be peaceful. Peace is your fundamental requirement.  That has to be the first goal. 

What you need to work towards is bliss.
 

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