Three truths of well being - Empower your body, mind and energy for joyful living


How much do I want to read more? 8/10

I already read some of this philosophy in other books of Sadhguru, but still, it looks like a nice and important book, talking about things we should meditate over.


Introduction - Arundhathi Subramaniam

‘If you are thirsty and you ask me for water, I will put salt in your mouth because if you become thirsty enough you will find the source of water,’

he is capable of sounding both logical and non-rational, uber-cool and ancient at the same time.

The result is a book that’s nifty and worldly and practical. Well being is the aim.

That is the scent of a master. Someone capable not just of teaching, but of transforming.

There is an Isha Kriya CD at the close of it which is the most vital tool of self-empowerment that the book offers. You could try putting it into practice as often as you can. Its author says you can become the author of your own well being and that isn’t an idle promise. The practice does bring clarity, aliveness, joy.

Prologue

Joy for most people is a rare visitor in their lives. The intention of this book is to make joy your constant companion.

Joy is not a goal by itself. But it is a background milieu that is needed for any aspect of your life to happen wonderfully. Whether you eat, dance, sing, love, live or die, if it isn’t there as a backdrop, you will have to drag your way through life. But once joy is your constant companion, life just breezes through you.

‘Four Idiots’: The Yogic Way

‘The word “yoga” means, in your experience, everything has become one. Yoga means union.’
If these dimensions – body, mind (which includes both your thoughts and emotions) and energy – don’t walk together, human beings will be one big mess.

Yoga is simply the technology of creating inner situations the way you want them. When you fine-tune yourself to such a point where everything functions beautifully within you, naturally, the best of your abilities will simply flow out of you.

Yoga is the science of activating your inner energies in such a way that your body and mind function at their highest potential.

Science is telling you that this same energy which you call ‘myself’ can sit here as a rock, lie there as mud, stand up as a tree, bark as a dog, or sit here as you.
The cosmos is one big organism. Your life is not independent of the universe.

With the same material that we build huge buildings today, initially people were building little huts. We thought we could only dig mud and make pots or bricks out of it. Now we dig the earth and make computers, cars, and even spacecrafts out of it. It is the same material; we have just started using it for higher and higher possibilities. Our inner energies are similar. There is a whole technology of how to use this energy for higher possibilities. Every human being must explore and know this. Otherwise, our lives become very limited and accidental.

you can easily infer that if your body and mind function as they do, there must be some kind of energy empowering them. These three realities are what you can work with: body, mind and energy.

The whole point of yoga, or the spiritual process, is to bring you to an experience that if you sit here, there is no such thing as ‘you’ and ‘me’. It is all me – or all you. Anything that leads to this union, whichever way you get there, is called yoga.

The problem is that religious nuts around the world have exported everything that is beautiful about a human being to the other world.
We have forgotten that these are all human qualities. A human being is fully capable of joy, of love, of peace.

There is so much talk of God and heaven mainly because human beings have not realized the immensity of being human. To be joyful and peaceful within yourself every moment of your life, to be able to perceive life beyond its physical limitations – these are not superhuman qualities. These are human possibilities.

BODY

The Only Gift

‘A human being is equipped to live his life in a most miraculous way – if only he is in touch with that source of creation within himself.’

For now let us look at the physical body. It is designed and structured to function by itself without much of your participation. You don’t have to make the heart beat, make the liver perform all its complex chemistry, or even have to try to breathe; everything that is needed for your physical existence is happening on its own.
This is the most sophisticated piece of machinery on the planet.

There is a certain level of intelligence and competence that exists within you, which is beyond your logical mind, which can transform a banana into an object of technological excellence. This is what yoga is about – finding access to that dimension, that intelligence, that capability which can transform a banana into a human being within a few hours.
If you could achieve that transformation consciously, instead of unconsciously, if you could bring even a drop of that intelligence into your daily life, you would live magically, not miserably.

Eternal Question

Many limitations that you establish in your life as a protection for yourself today, feel like constraints tomorrow, and you want to break them only to build a bigger prison for yourself.
These two longings – to preserve and to expand – are not opposing forces. They are related to two different aspects of who you are. One belongs to the physical; another belongs to the dimension beyond the physical. One force helps you root yourself well on this planet; another takes you beyond.

Bondage is one hundred per cent of your making. The ropes that bind you or the walls that block you – this is all you need to look at.

The next step

Sit in front of a plant or tree. Remind yourself that you are inhaling what the tree is exhaling, and exhaling what the tree is inhaling.
establish a psychological connection with the plant. Repeat this five times a day. After a few days, you will start connecting with everything around you differently. You won’t limit yourself to a tree.

some beg for everything in their life while others earn it for themselves. Some people have to beg for their happiness, love and peace and most essential things in their life from somebody else. Only their food they earn; for everything else they beg.
Another kind of person earns his love, his peace and his joy by himself; he only begs for his food.

After all, what is most of humanity doing? Just eating, sleeping, reproducing and dying. You may believe you are doing many things, but when the moment of death comes to you…
Unfortunately, with age most people are not becoming wise; they are becoming wounded.

Beyond Survival