Mahashivratri, one of the largest and most significant among the sacred festival nights of India, celebrates the Grace of Shiva, the Adiyogi, from whom yogic sciences originate. The planetary positions on this night are such that there is a powerful natural upsurge of energy in the human system. It is enormously beneficial for one’s physical and spiritual wellbeing to stay awake and aware in a vertical position throughout the night.
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In Indian culture, the sharing of food has always been considered a sacred duty. In every community across the Indian subcontinent, no festival or ceremony is complete without annadanam, or the distribution of prasadam, the edible items offered during puja. During the nightlong celebration of Mahashivratri, Maha Annadanam is offered to the hundreds of thousands of devotees who attend the event at the Isha Yoga Center. Isha Foundation offers one the opportunity to contribute towards the Annadanam.
At Isha Yoga Center Mahashivratri, a cultural extravaganza of music, dance and powerful guided meditations conducted by Sadhguru, has been celebrated with great pomp and grandeur for many years. The event regularly draws hundreds of thousands each year. An even larger number of people witness and participate in the event online through our live webstream and on TV through our media partners.
The Mahashivratri sadhana is a preparation for Mahashivratri – a night of tremendous possibilities. Anyone over the age of eight can participate in the sadhana. The sadhana can be of varying duration. You can do the sadhana for 40, 21, 14, 7 or 3 consecutive days leading up to Mahashivratri, February 13, 2018.
Those who cannot be at the Isha Yoga Center during Mahashivratri can make use of the night in the following manner.
- It is most beneficial to stay awake, aware and in a vertical position throughout the night, without lying down.
- You can prepare your room by lighting a lamp or a Linga Jyothi, and placing a Dhyanalinga Yantra or Sadhguru’s picture, flowers, incense etc.
- You can chant, sing or listen to devotional songs and chants.
- If alone, it is good to take a walk or be with nature. If in a group, it is good to be silent as far as possible.
- The midnight sadhana can be performed in the following manner: 11:10pm to 11:30 pm –Sukha Kriya; 11:30 to 11:50 pm – AUM chanting; 11:50 pm – 12:10 am – Chanting of the Mahamantra, “AUM Namah Shivaya.”
- If you are following the celebrations through live telecasts and webcasts, you can follow the meditation instructions given there.
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Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy helps one to master the most sophisticated machine on the planet — the human being. During his North American Fall Tour, world-renowned yogi and visionary humanitarian, Sadhguru, will introduce the new book, which will be released September 20th. Sadhguru will be touring 17 cities during his North American Fall Tour with an event planned in Nashville, TN on October 9th.
Yogi, mystic, and visionary Sadhguru is known around the world for the large-scale humanitarian, educational, and environmental projects carried out by the Isha Foundation, which he founded in 1992. He has been an honored guest and speaker at places such as the United Nations, The World Economic Forum, Harvard, Wharton, Microsoft, TED, Google, and more, where he addresses his mission to improve the quality and experience of life from the individual to the global.
In his first book for western readers, INNER ENGINEERING: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy (Spiegel & Grau Hardcover, September 20, 2016), Sadhguru presents a sophisticated guide to self-empowerment based on the teaching and principles of classical yoga. This system is a means to create a framework of inner stability, helping those who practice become architects of a joyful life.
Forget, the Dos Equis beer pitchman, Sadhguru, a white-bearded 59-year-old from India with followers from Bradenton, might, in reality, be the most interesting man in the world.
His followers, of which there are about 1,500 in the Sarasota, Bradenton and Tampa areas combined, talk about him in tones of awe.
Sadhguru’s first book . . . for the English market is to show us how to find happiness based on the inside. He talks about how the ancient yogic texts show you how to avoid suffering and find happiness by going inward as opposed to what most people do thinking they can find happiness on the outside. He talks about how the fear of suffering is what is causing so much unrest in modern life. He mentions how we have more comforts today than at any other time in history and yet we are less happy than ever. This is proven in that 70% of people in the US on anti-anxiety medication. At the current rate we will be over 90% in 10 years. This is showing us that despite being the richest nation in the world we are doing something wrong and a change needs to be made.
NEW YORK: It was surreal to go listen to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in the heart of Times Square, last week, at the launch of his book ‘Inner Engineering – A Yogi’s Guide to Joy’ (Spiegel & Grau; 275 pages; $25). The trepidation of being blocks away from where a bomb had gone off only days ago, planted by the terrorist Ahmad Khan Rahami, was easily dissipated looking at the myriad happy faces of tourists milling about, some of whom gleefully took in the sights stretched out in the street on pink lounges created by the artist Juergen Mayer.
Sadhguru, world renowned yogi and visionary humanitarian, addressed 2800 of his followers in an event at San Jose city national civic, Downtown San Jose on Oct 2. He also launched his book "Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy", featured in New York Times best seller list. Inner Engineering presents a new way of thinking about our agency and our humanity and the opportunity to achieve northing less than a life of joy. It is available at amazon.com
There was hardly an empty seat at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium in Benaroya Hall on the evening of Wednesday, October 5, 2016. The audience was buzzing with excitement around the prospect of being in the presence of Sadhguru; a man who many have called the contemporary guru of our time. Sadhguru is a visionary, mystic and yogi dedicated to elevating the physical and mental well-being of all. For countless people, he is a spiritual guide as well as a pragmatic social activist and campaigner for human rights, environmental protection, global peace, and well-being.
In total intellectual darkness, I proceeded into an unknown conversation with a mysteriously wise man.
I was within moments of a most certain darkness, yet all the lights were on. The twilight-lit space chirped with excitement as we waited upon a man who, before this week, I knew far too little about.
Just an hour before, I had sat in a sold-out hall among 1,500 other curious souls, drinking in his joyful teachings from the stage during his Meet, Mingle and Meditate event at the Music City Center.
Without once referencing the scriptural texts, mystics or holy people, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev captivated nearly 3,000 people here last week with his message: Don’t be a slave to the external world; it will not bring you joy, writes Viji Sundaram.
“The worst form of slavery is letting someone else or something else determine your emotions,” Sadhguru said.
His two-hour interactive presentation on “inner engineering,” a technique he said can help a person to get out of his perceived limitations into a boundless state of joy was peppered with jokes.
Sadhguru has often said that “society is overripe for a spiritual process.” His fundamental vision is to offer the science of inner well-being to every human being – a science vitally helping realize the ultimate potential within. From this vision stem a multitude of projects, programs, and methods, all towards the same aim: to raise every human being to the peak of their potential, be exuberant, all-inclusive, in harmony within themselves and the world.
Perhaps Sadhguru’s mission is most succinctly summarized in his own paradoxical words: “I have no mission of my own. It is just that when you see a certain need around you, you do what you can do – that’s all. But I have a dream, that someday, walking on a street anywhere in the world, I would be able to meet lots of enlightened or realized beings. That would be the greatest blessing to happen to the world.”
It could have been a loaded question for a mystic had it come from a journalist. But the impossibly earnest questioner was a spiritual aspirant who sought Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudevs answer as to what Americans could do to navigate the racially divisive and hate-filled politics of one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history.
Sadhguru demurred, and said that the question would lead him into a political morass. But then he got straight to the heart of the matter as he saw it.
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Deepak Chopra says that Sadhguru’s teachings are “a tool to help awaken your own inner intelligence, the ultimate and supreme genius that mirrors the wisdom of the cosmos.” Recently, I was given the chance to interview the New York Times Bestselling writer and mystic, Sadhguru. I wasn’t sure what to expect from meeting a realized being. Would my own intelligence be awakened as Deepak proposed, and could I impart that experience to readers of my intended article?
To know me is to know I have a very high energy level. I’ve always been one whose mind races ahead of my body, sometimes my body races ahead of my mind. Sometimes I find myself inventing new words. I have a bottomless enthusiasm for championing people and causes who are doing good in the world. From the time I sold POW bracelets as a teenager during the Vietnam War, I have supported all sorts of causes from human rights to the empowerment of girls and women. I’ve advocated for clean water, better education, and social and emotional intelligence in schools. And of course, I created Greenopia, a business around which I am able to champion environmental health, the cause nearest and dearest to my heart.
For someone like me the idea of sitting still to meditate sounded like too big a hill to climb. That was until the day my good friends Jill Goldman and Vicki Kennedy invited me to attend a meditation workshop with Jaggi Vasudev, commonly referred to as Sadhguru at the Donna Karan Urban Zen Center in New York City.
Rabbi Rami talks to Sadhguru about how he got into yoga for all the wrong reasons, that meditation is not something you do but what you are, and his book Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy. A review of his book can be found in the Sept/Oct 2016 issue of Spirituality & Health.
This is a story about a woman who thought she had it all.
She made it to NYC with one of the best management consulting firms, had a hefty paycheck, a fabulous social life, closets full of name brand shoes, and a BMW in a garage in a house in DC. When she woke up one morning in her Central Park apartment, with not only a hangover, but also with a gash in her chin from a fall the night before, something from within said, “Stop bullshitting yourself. Who are you? What the hell are you doing with your life?”
Are you searching for a sense of peace, joy, and well-being? You won’t find it in the outside world, spiritual teacher Sadhguru explains in his first-ever book for U.S. readers, Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy (Spiegel & Grau Hardcover/Random House, September 20, 2016).
“[If] someone or something can make you happy or unhappy, [that] means what happens within you is determined by an aspect outside of you. This is the worst form of slavery,” Sadhguru, the yogi, mystic, visionary, and founder of the Isha Foundation, tells Yoga Journal. Instead, the goal is to create an “inner chemistry of blissfulness where being joyful is not being subject to something outside of you,” he explains.