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Jagadish Vasudev

(1957-09-03) 3 September 1957 (age 64)
Mysore, Mysore State, India
Alma materUniversity of Mysore (BA)
OrganizationIsha Foundation
Notable work
  • Inner Engineering
  • Dhyanalinga
  • Rally for Rivers
  • Linga Bhairavi
  • Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga
  • Mystic's Musings
  • Cauvery Calling
Vijaya Kumari
(m. 1984; died 1997)
HonorsPadma Vibhushan (2017)
Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar

Jagadish "Jaggi" Vasudev (born 3 September 1957), better known as Sadhguru,[a] is an Indian yoga guru and proponent of spirituality. He has been teaching yoga in southern India since 1982. In 1992, he established the Isha Foundation near Coimbatore, which operates an ashram and yoga centre that carry out educational activities. Vasudev is the author of several books and a frequent speaker at international forums.

In 2017, he received the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award, for his contributions to social welfare.

Early life

Jagadish Vasudev was born on 3 September 1957 in Mysore, Karnataka, India. He is the youngest of the five children[4] of Susheela Vasudev, a homemaker, and B.V. Vasudev, a physician at the Mysuru Railway Hospital.[5]

Jaggi Vasudev as a young man

Aged thirteen, Vasudev took yoga lessons from Malladihalli Raghavendra[6] daily throughout his youth, albeit without spiritual aspirations.[7]

Vasudev studied at Demonstration School, Mysore and Mahajana Pre-University College. He graduated from the University of Mysore with a bachelor's degree in English.[8]


Vasudev's first business was a poultry farm in a remote part of Mysore[9] that he set up with borrowed money.[10] While in the process of constructing his farm, he also got into the construction business with a company named Buildaids.[10]

At the age of 25, he rented his businesses to his friend and travelled for about a year.[11] According to Vasudev, his main motive in starting a business was to fund his urge to travel and explore.[12]

In 1983, he taught his first yoga class in Mysore. Over time, he began conducting yoga classes across Karnataka and Hyderabad, travelling on his motorcycle, subsisting on the produce of his poultry farm rental and donating the collections received from his students.[11]

In 2022, Vasudev began a 100-day, 30,000 kilometre trip from London across Europe and the Middle East on his motorcycle to campaign to "save soil" from degradation.[13]

Jaggi Vasudev on a pilgrimage

Isha Foundation

In 1992, Vasudev established the Isha Foundation, an organisation headquartered near the city of Coimbatore,[14] as a platform for his spiritual and educational activities.[15] He remains its head until now. The organisation offers yoga programmes under the name "Isha Yoga" and is run "almost entirely" by volunteers.[16][17]

Speeches and writings

Vasudev has authored several books, including Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy[18] and Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny; both have made it to The New York Times Best Seller list.[19][20][21][22] Vasudev is also the author of Mystic's Musings[23] and Death: An Inside Story.[24][25]

He is a frequent public speaker who has been invited to address many prestigious forums and conferences across the globe, such as the United Nation's Millennium World Peace Summit, the British House of Lords, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the International Institute for Management Development.[26] He has also spoken at the annual World Economic Forum in 2007,[27] 2017, and 2020.[28][29]


Per his recollections, Vasudev met Vijaya Kumari in 1984 in Mysuru. The two married, [30] and a daughter was born in 1990.[30]: 105  On 22 January 1997, Kumari died at the Isha Yoga Center. A police complaint against Vasudev was filed by her parents, alleging dowry harassment.[30]: 173 

His daughter, Radhe Jaggi, is a bharatanatyam dancer.[31] She married Chennai-based classical vocalist Sandeep Narayan in 2014.[32]

Honours and awards

Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Vibhushan award to Vasudev at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on 13 April 2017

Vasudev received the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award from the Government of India, in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the field of spirituality.[33][34] He stood 92nd in The Indian Express' list of 100 most powerful Indians in 2012, and fortieth in India Today's list of fifty most powerful Indians in 2019.[35][36]


Some critics have said that Jaggi Vasudev shares the ideology of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Hindu nationalism (Hindutva),[37][38][39][40] and that he takes an "intolerant nationalist" stance in his media appearances.[37] He advocates for a total ban on cow slaughter and characterises the era of Muslim Rule in India as an "oppressive occupation" that was far worse than the British Raj. Vasudev has also spoken in favour of the 2019 Balakot airstrike, the introduction of a comprehensive GST, and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, while denouncing the Thoothukudi protests as a peril to industry.[41][42][43] Vasudev accuses leftist liberals of aiding and abetting militancy in Kashmir and has suggested that Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, known for their involvement in the JNU sedition row, should be put behind bars.[44] His understanding of politics and history has been repeatedly questioned.[37][42]

Vasudev has also been accused of promoting pseudoscience and misrepresenting science.[45][46][47] He propagates the claim, unsupported by science, that cooked food consumed during a lunar eclipse depletes the human body's pranic energies.[48] He also perpetuates numerous myths regarding clinical depression and opposes the potential prohibition on the use of mercury in traditional Indian medicine, despite the substance's extreme toxicity.[49][50] His views on the Higgs boson and alleged benefits of vibhuti have been rejected as unproven by science.[51][52]


  1. ^ Sadhguru, alternatively spelled sadguru,[2] means "real or true guru".[3]


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