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Excerpt from the biography Sadhguru: More Than a Life

by Arundhathi Subramaniam

The extraordinary unputdownable story of Sadhguru – a young agnostic turned yogi, a wild motorcyclist turned mystic, a sceptic turned spiritual guide.

‘I was just sitting on this particular rock,’ [Sadhguru] was to say years later. ‘I had my eyes open, not even closed. I thought it was about ten minutes, but something began to happen to me. All my life I had thought, this is me [pointing to himself]. Suddenly, I did not know which was me and which was not me. The air that I was breathing, the rock on which I was sitting, the atmosphere around me, everything had become me. The more I say, the crazier it will sound, because what was happening was indescribable. What was me had become so enormous, it was everywhere. I thought this lasted a few minutes, but when I came back to my normal senses, it was about seven thirty in the evening. My eyes were open, the sun had set and it was dark. I was fully aware, but what I had considered as myself until that moment had just disappeared… And here I’m sitting, tears are flowing to the point where my shirt is wet, and I’m ecstatically crazy… drenched with a completely new kind of blissfulness. When I apply my logical mind, the only thing it can tell me is that I’m losing my balance. That’s all my mind can tell me. But it is so beautiful that I don’t want to lose it.’

Sadhguru rarely says any more than this about that afternoon on Chamundi Hill. On being pressed, however, he has alluded to the experience in oblique ways. ‘It’s like being drunk all the time without ingesting a drop of alcohol,’ he once remarked… ‘Life is all there is. There is no mountain, no flower, no cloud, nothing. It’s just energy – a raw pulsating mass of energy. You can call that the Creator, or creation, or you can call it yourself. It doesn’t matter.’ Another time he declared, ‘Enlightenment is not an achievement. It’s more like a homecoming. An absolute coming home – that’s enlightenment.’

Sadhguru: More than a Life, by Arundhathi Subramaniam, is available at Aristoc Garden City and Kampala Road branches

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