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Jaggi Vasudev
Sadhguru-Jaggi-Vasudev.jpg
Born (1957-09-03) 3 September 1957 (age 61)
NationalityIndian
OrganizationIsha Foundation
Notable work
Inner Engineering, Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga, Mystic's Musings
Spouse(s)
Vijaykumari (Vijji) (m. 1984)
[1]
Children1
HonorsPadma Vibhushan, Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar
Websiteisha.sadhguru.org

Jaggi Vasudev (born Mysore, 3 September 1957), popularly known as Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, mystic[2] and author. He founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization which offers Yoga programs around the world[3] and is involved in social outreach,[4] education[5] and environmental initiatives.[6][7] His books have appeared in The New York Times Best Seller list in multiple categories like "Health",[8] "Religion, Spirituality and Faith",[9] and "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous".[10]

Sadhguru was conferred the Padma Vibhushan civilian award by the Government of India in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the field of spiritualism.[11][12]

Early life[edit]

Born in Mysore, Karnataka, India, Jaggi Vasudev was the youngest of four children – two boys and two girls. His father was an ophthalmologist with the Indian Railways and as a result, the family moved frequently. At the age of 10, he came in contact with Malladihalli Sri Raghavendra Swamiji who taught him a set of simple yoga asanas, the practice of which he regularly maintained.[13] He states that "without a single day's break, this simple yoga that was taught to me kept happening and led to a much deeper experience later."[14]:39

After his schooling at Demonstration School and Mahajana Pre-University College, Mysore in 1973, he graduated from the University of Mysore with a bachelor's degree in English literature.[15] During his college years, he developed an interest in travel and motorcycles.[16]

Spiritual life[edit]

At the age of 25 on 23 September 1982,[17] he rode up Chamundi Hill and sat on a rock, where he had a spiritual experience. He describes his experience as follows:

Till that moment in my life I always thought this is me and that's somebody else and something else. But for the first time I did not know which is me and which is not me. Suddenly, what was me was just all over the place. The very rock on which I was sitting, the air that I breathe, the very atmosphere around me, I had just exploded into everything. That sounds like utter insanity. This, I thought it lasted for ten to fifteen minutes but when I came back to my normal consciousness, it was about four-and-a-half-hours I was sitting there, fully conscious, eyes open, but time had just flipped.[18]:04:04

Six weeks after this experience, he left his business to his friend and travelled extensively in an effort to gain insight into his mystical experience. After about a year of meditation and travel, he decided to teach yoga to share his inner experience.[17]

In 1983, he conducted his first yoga class with seven participants in Mysore. Over time, he began conducting yoga classes across Karnataka and Hyderabad traveling from class to class on his motorcycle. He lived off the produce of his poultry farm rental and refused payment for the classes. A usual practice of his was to donate the collections received from participants to a local charity on the last day of the class.[17] These initial programs were the basic format on which the Isha Yoga classes were later built.[citation needed]

The Dhyanalinga at the Isha Yoga Center

Isha Foundation[edit]

Saplings being readied for transportation at a PGH nursery.

Jaggi Vasudev established the Isha Foundation, a non religious, non-profit organisation entirely run by volunteers. Isha Yoga Center near Coimbatore was founded in 1993, and hosts a series of programs to heighten self-awareness through Yoga. The foundation works in tandem with International bodies like the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.[19]

Yoga programs and other consecrations[edit]

Jaggi Vasudev conducting the Inner Engineering Program at the Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai.

After the establishment of the ashram, Jaggi Vasudev began conducting regular yoga programs at the Isha Yoga Center, including a course for the Indian Hockey team in 1996.[20][21] In 1997, he began conducting classes in the United States[22][23] and in 1998, he began conducting yoga classes for life-term prisoners in Tamil Nadu prisons.[24] From 2011, he began conducting programs with large-scale participation of up to 10,000 and 15,000 participants at once. These large-scale programs have been attended by over 75,000 people in total.[25][26]

The programs are offered under the umbrella of Isha Yoga. The word Isha means "the formless divine".[27] Isha yoga's flagship program is 'Inner Engineering', which introduces people to meditation and pranayama and the Shambhavi Mahamudra.[28] He also conducts yoga classes for corporate leadership to introduce them to what he calls "inclusive economics", which he says introduces a sense of compassion and inclusiveness into today's economic scenario.[29][30]

He also regularly conducts Mahasathsangs in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Here he gives talks, teaches meditation, and holds question and answer sessions with the audience. These Mahasathsangs are also used as platforms to encourage tree-planting activities as well.[31] He also takes spiritual aspirants on annual yatras to Mount Kailash and the Himalayas. The Kailash Yatra led by him is among the largest groups to make the trip to Kailash, with 514 pilgrims attending the journey in 2010.[32][33]

Jaggi Vasudev organises all-night Mahashivarathri celebrations every year at the Isha Yoga Center. It's estimated that these celebrations were attended by as many as 800,000 people in 2013.[34][35][36] The night includes music, dance, and guided meditation. In 2013, performers included Carnatic singer Aruna Sairam, dancer Anita Ratnam, and the band The Raghu Dixit Project.[36]

In March 2005, construction of the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences (III) in McMinnville, Tennessee, USA was begun and was completed 6 months later. Jaggi Vasudev had decided to establish III as a Center for spiritual growth in the Western Hemisphere. On 7 November 2008, he consecrated the Mahima Hall, a 39,000 square foot, free-standing meditation hall at the III. Mahima Hall is the largest meditation hall in the Western Hemisphere.[37] On 30 January 2010, he consecrated the Linga Bhairavi, a representation of the feminine aspects of the divine at the Isha Yoga Center.[14]

Dhyanalinga[edit]

In 1994, Jaggi Vasudev conducted the first program in the premises of the newly established Isha Yoga Center, described the Dhyanalinga. The Dhyanalinga is a yogic temple and a space for meditation, the consecration of which, Jaggi Vasudev stated was his life's mission entrusted to him by his guru.[17] In 1998, the stone edifice of the linga was ordered and arrived at the ashram. After three years of work, the Dhyanalinga was completed on 23 June 1999[38] and opened to the public on 23 November.[39]

The Dhyanalinga offers a meditative space that does not ascribe to any particular faith or belief system.[40] A 76-foot dome, constructed using bricks and stabilised mud mortar without steel or concrete,[41] covers the sanctum sanctorum. The lingam is 13 feet and 9 inches in height and made of black granite. The Sarva Dharma Sthamba, located at the front entrance, functions as an icon of singularity, with the sculptural reliefs and symbols of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Buddhism, and Shinto inscribed as a universal welcome.[42]

On 24 June 2013, he conducted a multi-religious session titled, "Interfaith Deliberations on the Universality of Religions" at the Isha Yoga Center, which was attended by representatives of various religions, and coincided with the fourteenth anniversary celebrations of the Dhyanalinga.[43]

Adiyogi statue[edit]

Jaggi Vasudev designed the 112-foot statue of Adiyogi, which is located at the Isha Yoga Center. It was inaugurated on Mahashivaratri, 24 February 2017, by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.[44] The Adiyogi statue depicts Shiva as the first yogi or Adiyogi, and first Guru or Adi Guru, who offered yoga to humanity. The statue was built by the Isha Foundation using 20,000 individual iron plates supplied by the Steel Authority of India[45] and weighs around 500 tonnes (490 long tons; 550 short tons). The Adiyogi Shiva Statue has been recognized as the "Largest Bust Sculpture" by Guinness World Records.[46] A consecrated Shivalinga called "Yogeshwar Linga" is placed in front of the Adiyogi Shiva statue.[47]

Participation in global and economic forums[edit]

Jaggi Vasudev spoke at the United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit in 2000,[48] the World Economic Forum in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.[49][50]

In 2012, he was voted among the hundred most powerful Indians for his contribution in the field of environmental protection and for encouraging public participation in ecological issues.[51] He was also a participant in the 2006 documentary film ONE: The Movie. He has been involved in one-on-one interactions as part of the "In Conversations With the Mystic."[52]

In 2012, he initiated the Isha Insight program, which focuses on helping small and medium businesses scale up their business activities. The program was conducted by Ram Charan with KV Kamath, Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao, Shankar Annaswamy, Vellayan Subbiah and Pramod Chaudhari also active in the program.[53] In an interview with Forbes magazine, speaking about the motivation behind setting up the program, he said, "While speaking at economic summits and to leaders in India and outside, I have noticed that the most serious issue people have is a lack of insight into what they are doing, or what they could do. That's how we ended up creating this programme called Insight."[54]

In 2017, he spoke [55] at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany, where he was also interviewed by Erik Solheim,[56] head of United Nations Environment Programme.

Publications[edit]

Jaggi Vasudev is the author of several books, including Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy.[57] They have been translated into a number of other languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.

  • Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga,[58] ISBN 9352643925
  • Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy, ISBN 0-8129-9780-8, 9780812997804
  • Three Truths of Well Being, ISBN 978-0-14-342138-2
  • Encounter the Enlightened, ISBN 81-86685-60-X
  • Mystic's Musings, ISBN 81-86685-59-6
  • Joy 24x7, ISBN 978-81-7992-914-8
  • Pebbles of Wisdom, ISBN 978-81-7992-952-0
  • The Mystic Eye, ISBN 81-7992-883-7
  • Essential Wisdom from a Spiritual Master, ISBN 81-7992-882-9
  • Flowers on the Path, ISBN 81-87910-05-4
  • Himalayan Lust, ISBN 978-81-8495-076-2
  • Eternal Echoes: The Sacred Sounds Through the Mystic, ISBN 81-87910-02-X
  • Dhyanalinga: The Silent Revolution, ISBN 81-87910-00-3
  • Dhyanalinga: The Eternal Form
  • Circus of The Mind, ISBN 81-87910-10-0
  • Unleashing The Mind, ISBN 81-87910-08-9
  • Good And Bad Divides The World, ISBN 81-87910-07-0
  • Enlightenment: What It Is, ISBN 81-87910-06-2
  • Sacred Space For Self-transformation, ISBN 81-87910-09-7
  • Ancient Technology For The Modern Mind, ISBN 81-87910-11-9
  • Three Truths of Well Being, ISBN 978-0-670-08706-8
  • Midnights with the Mystic, ISBN 978-1-57174-561-3
  • A Guru Always takes you for a Ride, ISBN 978-81-87910-53-4
  • Ancient Technology For The Modern Mind, ISBN 978-81-87910-11-4
  • Don't Polish Your Ignorance....it may shine, ISBN 978-81-8495-200-1
  • Of Mystics & Mistakes, ISBN 978-81-8495-308-4
  • Body - The Greatest Gadget/Mind Is Your Business, ISBN 978-93-5083-360-5
  • Emotion The Juice Of Life : Compulsiveness To Consciousness, ISBN 978-93-5083-362-9
  • Encounter the Enlightened, ISBN 978-81-86685-60-0
  • Sadhguru Biography-More Than A Life, ISBN 978-0-670-08512-5

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