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August 25, 2019


The moment we are born as human beings, somehow
our lives got complicated. [Laughs] If we had come here as any other
creature on this planet, life would be very simple – eating, sleeping, reproducing and
dying one day. Now we have to do all those things, but after
doing all those things we find somehow it’s not enough. Somehow where you are right now, wherever
you may be, is not enough. You want to be little more than what you’re
right now, isn’t it? Isn’t it so? If you know only money, maybe you are thinking
of little more money. If you know only pleasure, maybe little more
pleasure. Power, little more power. Whatever it maybe, whatever your currency
maybe, but everybody is wanting to be little more than what they are right now. The process of desiring is continuously going
on. So this longing of well-being, because ultimately
everything that you’re doing is in search of your well-being. Whether you are going to work or you are going
to the bar or you’re going to the temple or you are getting married or you are having
children you are studying in university – everything is fundamentally your well-being. Isn’t it so? Yes? Different people may have different ideas
about well-being. Somebody thinks if they can eat twice a day,
that’s well-being. For somebody else, that’s not well-being,
isn’t it? Our ideas of well-being may be different but
every human being, consciously or unconsciously, constantly in search of his well-being, isn’t
it? So, what is well-being? When do you really feel well in your life? When do you truly feel well? When you are very happy, you are well. Even if you’re physically ill, you are still
well, isn’t it? Even if you’re medically diagnosed as ill,
you’re very happy right now, you are feeling well, isn’t it? So, fundamentally well-being means a certain
level of joyfulness, certain exuberance of life. What is happiness? We can say happiness is this, that, but in
terms of life, your life energies are happening in a more exuberant way than it normally happens. Depression means your life energies have become
very low and stale. Happiness means your life energies are exuberant. There are many ways of describing happiness,
but only those who are happy know what it means to be happy. There is nobody who has not been happy. Everybody has been happy but the problem is
they are not able to maintain it, that’s all, isn’t it? Everybody has been happy. In the last twenty-four hours, how many moments
of joy have you known? Hmm? One, two, three… how many? Maybe you can count on your fingers. Many people have nothing to count. [Laughs] When you are five years of age, a
child, how many moments of joy did you know in twenty-four hours? Hmm? Lots of them, isn’t it? Somebody had to make you unhappy [Laughter]
Now somebody has to make you happy, isn’t it? The whole equation has gotten reversed somehow. All this effort of life, everything that you
did, education, carrier, business, family, whatever you did – everything was in pursuit
of happiness. Is it so? Everything that humanity has done on this
planet is in pursuit of happiness. Is it so? In the last hundred years, we have done too
much on this planet. With the use of science and technology, we
have changed the very face of this planet. Today, we have the kind of comforts and conveniences
that no other generation could ever even imagine. Yes? What royalty could not afford hundred years
ago, today average citizens have. Isn’t it so? Aren’t most of you driving chariots with hundred,
two hundred horses? [Laughs] Yes? Even kings could not afford this. But, are we any happier? We are definitely the most comfortable generation
ever on this planet. Is it so, physically? But, are we also the most joyful generation? So, it’s not worked. Science and technology has brought enormous
amount of comfort and convenience to our lives. Things that we could not imagine just twenty-five
years ago are just a living reality today, isn’t it? But, are we any more joyful? No. And all these comforts and conveniences have
not come easy. They have come at a tremendous cost to every
other life on this planet. Yes? Every creature – from plant to animal to everything
– including human beings have paid an enormous price to create these comforts and conveniences
and we are not even happy. What is the point? We are literally making a bonfire of this
planet. If you are ecstatic, it’s okay, burn the planet. It’s all right. We are not even happy. I think it’s time to really look at it, isn’t
it? Why are we burning it up if we are not even
happy? Now the problem is you are in pursuit of happiness. It’s enshrined in your constitution also here
– in pursuit of happiness. What does pursuit of happiness mean? That you want to do so many things to be happy. Yes? Yes? that’s what it means, that you must have the
freedom to do many many things to be happy. See, whenever happiness happened to you, whenever
you are happy it doesn’t matter where the stimulus was – where did you become happy,
inside or outside? Inside, yes? Did you ever experience happiness out here? No, such a thing has not happened because
the seat of human experience is within you, not outside of you. People are talking about inner happiness,
outer happiness. There is no such thing. Happiness and every human experience has always
been internal, never been external, isn’t it? So, happiness is internal, but the starter
button is outside in the world somewhere else, in somebody else’s hands. [Laughs] Now, some amount of inner handling
is needed, which has not been done. When I say inner, I am not talking about your
body or your mind, because your body and your mind comes from outside. See, when you were a child, your body was
so small. Now it became this big. How? How? The food that you ate, isn’t it? So, what you call as my body actually is a
heap of food. Yes? Not a pleasant way to describe you at all. [Laughs] This is actually a heap of food or
a piece of this planet, isn’t it? Yes? This is just a piece of the planet. Right now, you have gathered it this way and
made it this way. See, all these countless number of people
who existed on this planet before you and me, where are they? All topsoil, isn’t it? This will also become topsoil, unless somebody
buries you real deep, [Laughs] fearing that you may raise from the dead. So, this body is something that you accumulated
from outside. Yes? What you call as my mind is a huge heap of
impressions that you’’ve gathered from outside. Is it so? All the content of your mind is a huge heap
of impressions. So, between these two, this huge heap of impressions
and the heap of.. I won’t call this huge, this heap of……
food that you gathered from outside, if you have to gather so much, there must be something
more to gather this, isn’t it? Yes? But, your experience of life is limited to
just this – your body, your mind and your emotion. When I say mind and emotion, they are not
really different. What you call as my emotion is just the juicer
part of the thought. Thought is dry and straight. Emotion is little juicy. Without that you would feel too dry and thirsty. So, because to quench that thirst, you make
a certain part of your thought emotion. The way you think is the way you feel. Isn’t it so? Yes? Right now you think this is a wonderful person,
you have sweet emotions towards that person. Right now you think somebody else is a horrible
person, you have ugly emotions towards that person. You cannot think he is a horrible person and
have sweet emotions towards that person, isn’t it? You cannot think this is a wonderful person
and have ugly emotions towards this person. The way you think is the way you feel. People think they are different simply because
the emotion has a certain amount of drag time. [Laughs] See, today you thought this is a
wonderful person. Tomorrow morning, your thought told you this
is a horrible person, but thought immediately change its direction. The moment it saw a few things, it just immediately
changes its direction. Emotion cannot change its direction. It has its own drag time. It still continues, but after three days,
emotions will also change. Maybe three days or three years, how long
you take, it’s different, but it will change, isn’t it? It will catch up with your thought or no? It does. Emotion is more fluid. So, it has drag time. You can’t gather it immediately. Thought you can gather it immediately and
redirect it this way. Emotion you can’t gather it immediately. It spills all over the place. It takes certain amount of time to gather
it. So, your thought, your emotion, your body,
everything has been gathered from outside. So, what you have from outside, you can gain,
you can lose, isn’t it? You can gather it. What can be gathered, can be lost. Isn’t it so? And it will be lost, either in the course
of life or in the process of death, it will be lost and when you constantly live with
something, that is going to be lost and that can be lost any moment, naturally you will
live a very unstable and insecure life, isn’t it? Just see how much of your life has been structured
around your security. Almost everything that you do is about your
security. Isn’t it so? Yes? Is it so? Please carefully examine – your education,
your career, your family, your children, your emotions everything are centered around your
security somehow, isn’t it? When you’’re constantly thinking about security,
when you’r’e constantly concerned about your security, you will not walk full stride
of your life. Every step will only be a half a step. You cannot let yourself go completely into
the process of life. Always the question is… “what will happen
to me, what will happen to me” is the question, isn’t it? Till this problem is taken away, you will
never realize the full potential of who you are. You will never find full expression either
to your body or to your intelligence or to anything, till this question of what will
happen to me is taken away from your life. Only when you come to this state – “- nothing
can happen to me, whatever… whichever way life is, this is the way I will be” unless
this is brought in within you, you cannot take full steps in your life. You will take only half steps in your life. So, the spiritual process means bringing another
dimension, which is beyond the physical into your living experience, so that this problem
of security and insecurity is gone. Because you are so totally lost in your instincts
of survival, you think everything is within the range of this. It is not so. See, if you don’t mess with your mind right
now, to be peaceful and joyful is natural. Is it so? Is it so? Do you have to go and conquer the world to
be joyful? Can you just watch the Sun setting and be
joyful? Can you close your eyes and be joyful? Yes? Can you think about something and be joyful? And not think about anything and still be
joyful? So, being joyful is not happening because
of any particular act in the world. Yes? People might have gotten there by doing many
things, that’s different. This is like on a certain day, a bull and
a pheasant were grazing upon the field. The bull was grazing upon the grass and the
pheasant, the bird was picking ticks off the bull. They are in some partnership. There was a huge tree at the edge of the field. The pheasant looked up at the tree and very
nostalgically said “Oh, alas! There was a time when I could fly to the topmost
branch of the tree, but now I do not have enough strength in my wing even to fly to
the first branch of the tree.” The bull very nonchalantly said, “Oh, that’s
no problem. If you want to get to the top of the tree,
every day you take a certain dose of my dung. Every day, eat some of my dung and within
a fortnight you will get there.” Very hesitantly the pheasant started pecking
at the dung And Lo! On the very first day, he reached the first
branch of the tree. Within a fortnight, he did reach the topmost
branch of the tree. So, he went and sat on the topmost branch
of the tree, just beginning to enjoy the scenery. The old farmer who was rocking on his rocking
chair, saw a fat old pheasant sitting on topmost branch of the tree. He pulled out his shotgun and shot the bird
off the tree. The moral of the story is – Many times even
bullshit can get you to the top, but never lets you stay there. [Laughter] In so many ways, you are trying
to bullshit yourself into joyfulness. You have gotten there many times, but never
stayed there, isn’t it? Yes? You can do this just by running on the beach,
by dancing, by singing, by drinking alcohol, by taking a drug, by doing so many things. It all gets you there for a moment, but never
lets you stay there, isn’t it? Yes or no? The more you don’t get to stay there, the
more and more desperate you’re becoming with life. Now I am talking about joyfulness, what it
is. There are many, many ways to look at this. One simple way is; let’s say right now you
lost your peace. If you lose your peace, what happens with
your life? First you, today go home and yell at somebody
at your home – your husband, your children, your wife or whoever is there. If it continues tomorrow morning, you pick
a quarrel with your neighbor. If it continues, then you go to your office
and yell at your boss. The moment you yell at your boss, everybody
knows that you need medical help. Yes? When you yelled at your husband and wife,
they thought it’s normal [Laughs] but the moment you yell in a place where there is
going to be serious consequences for you, people know you need medical help, isn’t
it? So, they took you to a doctor. Initially the doctor tries to talk you out
of it. Tch.. but you won’t budge. So, the last thing is he’ll throw a pill
into you. This pill is what? Just a little bit of chemicals, isn’t it? If you throw this pill into you, you do become
peaceful, maybe not forever, for a short period of time, you do become peaceful. It is working. That’s why so many people are popping it,
isn’t it? It is definitely working, maybe just for a
short while, but it is working. So, just a little bit of chemicals is bringing
peace into you, or in other words, peace is a certain kind of chemistry, isn’t it? If peace is chemistry, isn’t turmoil another
kind of chemistry? Yes? Isn’t joy another kind of chemistry? Isn’t misery another kind of chemistry? Agony another kind and ecstasy another kind? Every human experience has a chemical basis
to it. Now I am talking about creating the right
kind of chemistry within you. Where to be peaceful and blissful is just
natural to you. You just create the right kind of chemistry. Now, this is the way you are. This is not something that you pursue outside. We have engineered the world today in many
ways so that it functions better for us, isn’t it? We have done nothing about ourselves. Engineering fundamentally means to create
situations the way we want it, isn’t it? We have strived hard to create external situations
the way we want it, but our inner situations are not the way we want it. What’s the point now? We are sitting with a kind of climate that
we want in the outside, but the inner climate is not good. This doesn’t work, isn’t it? It doesn’t matter where you are. You are sitting in… in a palace or in heaven,
but your inner situation is not good. Now, it doesn’t matter, isn’t it? Yes? People are wanting to go to heaven. Why? Because they have made a hell out of themselves
obviously. [Laughter] See…… who told you this is
not heaven? How do you know? How do you know that you are not already in
heaven and making a hell out of yourself? Because, all the misery that you have ever
experienced has happened only in your mind. Isn’t it so? Where is the manufacturing unit for all the
human misery that’s happening on this planet? California? Where is it? It’s in your mind, isn’t it? This mind could have been a ladder to the
divine. This mind could have been a source of ecstasy,
but this mind has become a source of misery for most people – tension, anxiety, depression. Why? You just don’t know how to handle it, isn’t
it? Yes? You just don’t know how to handle it. This is a miracle which has gone wrong. [Laughs] With the humanity, human mind has
gone wrong. Isn’t it so? This is actually a miracle. You could use this to make anything. This moment if you want you can make yourself
absolutely ecstatic with the same mind. Isn’t it so? With the same mind, this moment you can become
depressed and totally lost. Both are possible right now if you are willing. Yes or no? So, why has it gone wrong? This is simply because without understanding
the nature of this body, without understanding the nature of this mind, without understanding
the nature of how this one exists within itself, we are just trying to live by accident. We are just hoping everything will be okay. They have been telling you for thousands of
years, ‘“Don’t worry, god will take care of you, everything will be okay, everything
will be okay.”’ Look at the world and tell me what people
are going through. Your life within – how joyful you are, how
peaceful you are – happens to you only to the extent you understand and only to the
extent you handle it. To what extent you are capable of handling
it, only to that extent, only to that depth, you will know life, otherwise, you will not
know anything beyond that. For example, the mind, how we are handling
it – let’s look at this. See, the nature of the mind is – anything
and everything your five senses come in touch with, your mind collects. Most of the impressions that you have gathered
in your mind are unconscious. Every waking moment and every sleeping moment
of your life, whatever comes in touch with the five sense perceptions is recorded. Every sound, every smell, every touch, every
sight that you have gathered is all there in your mind. Some of them you are able to pull back and
use. Much of it, you are not able to pull back,
but it is functioning. It is creating impacts on you in so many different
ways, all these impressions. So, this mass of impressions that come in,
you have no discretion about what to take in and what not to take in. Whoever comes your way will stuff something
into your head and go. You can’t stop it. If you say “I do not like this person,”
you cannot stop input from that person. Actually you will take in more from that person
from than anybody else, isn’t it? So, your mind in one way is just society’s
garbage bin. Yes? You can take garbage bin – whatever the content
of the garbage bin, you can take it and make it wonderful manure for yourself or you can
live in the garbage bin and struggle eternally. This is the choice that you have. So, what you receive, there is no choice about
it. Everything that you come in touch with goes
inside, but you have the discretionary power to what to use and what not to use, isn’t
it? That is there, but that discretion has been
lost in lot of human beings. That’s why they have become compulsive human
beings. Just see how much of your life is compulsive,
how much of your life is conscious. Please look at this. Carefully observe yourself and see – how much
of you is happening consciously, how much of you is happening compulsively you will
see a large part of you is happening compulsively. When you’’re happening compulsively, you
will not happen the way you want yourself, isn’t it? See, there is only one problem with your life. Life is not happening the way you think it
should happen. That’s the only problem. Is there any other problem? Is there any other problem? This is the only problem, isn’t it? Life is not happening the way you think it
should happen. In the same breath, you claim you believe
in God. If you believe in God, if it is not happening
your way, it must be happening his way. You must be even more happy it’s happening
your god’s way but, that’s not the reality. So, world is not happening your way, it’s
okay, but now the problem is you are not happening your way. This is the problem, isn’t it? Yes? Nobody in the world is happening your way. Please see. Nobody around you will happen hundred percent
your way. Isn’t it so? Yes? Nobody happens your way, it’s okay, but this
one person [Pointing to oneself] must happen your way. If this one person doesn’t happen your way,
you will become a tragedy. That’s the tragedy of humanity. The world is not happening your way. That is not the problem. You are not happening your way, that’s the
problem, isn’t it? So, if things happen your way, you have begun
to understand in the world, that you have to engineer it so that it happens your way. Now if you engineer your car properly, if
you turn it here, you want it to go here, it goes right there. It’s the good car. Otherwise, you do it here, it goes and turns
there. You know there were cars like that before? [Laughs] Yes? Do you know in… in 50s and 60s, the American
cars, if you want to turn them there, you have to turn them here. [Laughs] Not anymore, isn’t it? Because better engineering. The same with you. No inner engineering has been done for you,
isn’t it? Just by accident you are trying to happen. So, what you gather is not the problem. Your ability to use what you want is the question,
isn’t it? Isn’t it good, all the shit in the world you’ve
gathered in your head? It’s best you collect it because if you don’t
know, you will walk into it every day. [Laughter] If you know all this, you can see
that you don’t walk into those things, isn’t it? Yes? See, being free of something and being ignorant
of something is very different. Yes? You are ignorant of the ways of the world,
you will bump into it today or tomorrow. You know all the crooked ways of the world,
but you don’t give into that. You are consciously not there in it, that’s
a different thing, isn’t it? So, suffering is not conscious. If you are suffering in some way, that means
that part of you has become unconscious. Isn’t it so? Nobody consciously creates suffering for himself. Does he? Does he? If different levels of suffering are happening,
that simply means different levels of unconsciousness exist within you, isn’t it? What is conscious within you, that part of
you, you will keep it the way you want it. Is it so? Is it so? Whatever is conscious within you, those parts
of you, you will keep it the way you want it. Whatever is unconscious, those parts you are
not able to keep it the way you want it. So, all that you have to do with your life
is make more and more of your conscious. If you strive to make this whole thing absolutely
conscious, this will be one hundred percent the way you want it. This one piece of life will happen exactly
the way you want it. When that happens, I have absolute confidence
in you that you will make yourself into an absolutely blissful human being. There’s no question about that. There is no question about that.

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  1. I love you Sadhguru. And I am so thankful to you for everything. I am a blissful human being. I manifest that I am meeting you someday somewhere just by chance and hugging you to thank you for everything. You have brought so much of clarity in my life. I am being the person you intent me to be. Om Sai Nath!

  2. If anything, people have become more petty and intolerant because everyone now thinks they know everything about everything because they can Google everything. It is inevitable humanity will succumb to itself in time to come, there will be an implosion never before seen in history and when that war comes, only those who survive it will live to regret it.

  3. What about physical pain or the bullying and harm that happens in the world? Why should we ignore the suffering and injustice and oppression in the world and just be in bliss? What if the same thing happens to us and other people ignore it?

  4. When you can learn to truly love those people you hate, that is when you will reach enlightenment. Love the whole world, the good and the bad. Love those that hate you and love those that love you. Love is the key to happiness.

  5. "People are wanting to go to heaven. Why? Because they have made a hell out of themselves obviously." Made me laugh so bad, but surely it applies to me too.

  6. Noise pollution due to unnecessary Honking has become a big issue in india. guruji.
    Pls talk about talk about this and help crores of silent lovers lead a pleasant life.

  7. Owersame whey to explain the meaning of life … much love 2 your whey Sadhguru. Such a briliant mind….

  8. Sadhguru should go to high schools around the world and speak his words. I understand him, and I am speechless…..because he is correct on every point, every idea, every thought. So glad I found you.

  9. Sadhguru, I've never gone to alcohol or drugs for anything. I am full of love. I have seven children. Life is heaven. Thank you very much. <3 <3 <3

  10. I have wanted to meet you guru. While meditating I was listening to you speak, and you were indeed there. Something clicked and I was everywhere and nowhere. Thank you for the wise words.

  11. Ameen k get there by being still in my Islamic prayer it makes me feel so happy and peaceful. I walk in peace for I’am peace. I’m grateful to Allah and all that serve one love. Thank you for sharing sacred shared wisdom

  12. Thank u for this blissful video man and Sadhguru I'm happy being ur student even though we haven't met.

  13. This is not suit for everyone be calm and happy. We see many people every day on road who struggling for food and for basic needs. It is not easy for them to overcome their daily challenges. How can they be calm and peacefully?

  14. Your ideas and techniques maybe will suits for people who are rich and sits at one place and get everything. But everyday we have to out in this traffic and meet many people and handle so many to get food.

  15. I started listening to you yesterday and its making me really think about life and choices. The knowledge you share the world needs to hear

  16. June 2019. Namaste Sadhguru. "To be peaceful and joyful is natural – is it so?" And "Every human experience has a chemical basis to it – now I'm talking about creating the right kind of chemistry within you – where to be peaceful and blissful is just natural to you." Thank you – your wisdom is a blessing. PEACE&LOVE

  17. His last line made me cry so hard
    “i have absolute confidence in you that you will make yourself into an absolutely blissful human being theres no question about that”
    I know we’ll all get there! Keep going 🖤

  18. I love the music and sound effects that you are using. It makes his message resonate even more with me.

  19. Om nm shivay…sadguruji Awesome…it was the one of the best I have ever heard from you… truly it was great

  20. When you said brainwash and that’s exactly what it is brainwash. Really YouTube I have a unpleasant surprise for you.

  21. 'Consciously' or 'Compulsively' is the very essence of how we need to live,look,learn and in being happy within ourself, only I can make that choice in which way i want to live.
    Thank you Sadhguru🙏🙏🙏

  22. Happiness is internal,! All of are from top soil of this earth,! Emotions are related to thought,! Emotions, thoughts, body these from outside, mess with your mind, being joyful, never let you stay there ,simple truths, analysed,inner Engineering required ,
    made easy ,all seems to be simple, all lying in mind, So nice to Listen & &squire ,great Sadhguru ji, PranamGuruji,,,with Heartfullness,!

  23. Sadhguru you should publish these videos in Hindi as well bcz not everyone understands English in India. It’s tough to understand for them.

  24. sadhguru hello!!!you are a nice gentle and wise soul…i wish i meet you one day.come to greece to teach all the lost stuckup christians here

  25. I feel calm and peace listening to your pure philosophy . It has some kind of magic on me . Your speech is medication , food of souls . What a food

  26. EXCELLENT ji. Awesome. The only problem with me is to practice all you say and more than that apply it when I have tough situation which is actually a VERY easy situation when it comes to others. Life is all about application of correct perception. I want to do Yoga SERIOUSLY now.

  27. Please bless me to get a job in accounts in Indian corporate so that I will try to apply your content of speech atleast hereafterwards to try to lead a blissful life. Long live your experience long live your efforts in making people blissful.

  28. வாழ்க உம் தொண்டு. வளர்க என் நற்பண்புஉம் தொண்டால். ஓம் நமசிவாய

  29. I really don't have words to thank the maker of this precoius video, for presenting this. Really I bow down to u guys, this is the one I was waiting for…..

  30. Lot of deception. Without God you cannot achieve anything. Man cannot do it by himself, that is why he needs God. For some these gurus words may sound like wisdom, but just sweet words cannot change man's life.

  31. amazes me…. this brilliant mind doesn't even get a million hits YET someone like Justin Bieber gets multi millions… wow this world needs a good cleansing huh.

  32. I wish to watch this man sit down and have a conversation with Russle M. Nelson . i love hearing this man, like an obeyed son listening to his parents with both ears open, this is not just talk this is behaving us , this man sounds like a Grandpa to me , amazing man , I’ve learned alot from this , much love man

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