Inner Engineering—INTRODUCTION

I shall be writing brief summaries along with my comments (in color) on the chapters of this book, INNER ENGINEERING.

It is very difficult for me to critique anything that Sadhguru is saying. He is a mystic. The only thing I can do is to expand upon his mysticism, from my point of view, wherever I can.


The Four-Letter Word

The word “Guru” literally means “dispeller of darkness.” He is there to throw light on the very nature of your existence. The problem is that you suffer a play of your memory and imagination. You need to take charge of it, and not annihilate it. Teachings like “be in the moment,” “do only one thing at a time,” and “positive thinking,” are limited and do not work in the long term.

The only solution for all the ills that plague humanity is self-transformation. Self-transformation is a dimensional shift in the way you perceive and experience life. Self-transformation is achieved by experiencing the limitless nature of who we are.

For me, that self-transformation is the attainment of The Static Viewpoint.



A Note to the Reader

This book has a strong practical orientation that has come from inner experience. This section seeks to offer a series of fundamental insights on which the more practice-oriented second section is built. It begins on an autobiographical note, then unfolds into an examination of certain basic ideas.

“Sadhana” at the end of chapters are tools that offer a chance for the reader to explore the insights. This book explores an ancient technology, which is based on timeless truths. It uses contemporary language to presents that technology in state-of-the-art form.

This book has the right approach and a nice layout.


When I Lost My Sense

When the personal mental matrix opens up to the universal matrix, the sense of mine is gone and nature takes over. Real education comes from the direct observation of nature, life and human activity, and not through language. Meditation is simply observing you thoughts just like you observe any other human activity.

With a well-assimilated matrix, one can easily recall all past experiences in vivid details. The person is extroverted and can easily notice anomalies in the environment. To keep one’s matrix well-assimilated, a person always questions everything that doesn’t make sense, no matter how small.

The state of “I don’t know” has immense value in learning. One should not destroy this state with beliefs and assumptions. There is enquiry of the universe with eyes open; there is also the enquiry of “me” with eyes closed. Eventually the certainty of “me” collapses as a deeper sense of what it is to be a human being starts to open up.

The practice of yoga helps develop the sense of what it is to be a human being. If you really want to know spirituality, don’t look for anything. Simply look without motive. It is not the object of your search that is important; it is the faculty of looking.

Wide study is necessary to resolve the anomalies one finds oneself surrounded by. There is a natural urge to resolve anomalies. The most interesting question is, “How?”

The transformation of the energy of food into the energy of body cells, when experienced, shifts the sense of “I”. Conscious awareness of this energy of the body cells has the power of healing you very rapidly. Being in touch with this fundamental intelligence is quite transformative both for you and for those around you.

Human intellect is mere smartness that ensures survival, but, the ultimate intelligence is the life itself. The human body can function as a piece of flesh and blood or as the very source of creation. The human spine isn’t just a bad arrangement of bones; it is the very axis of the universe. 

Yoga is the union of the mental matrix with the universal matrix. We are all seeking to become infinite; the only problem is that we are seeking it in installments. The human desire is not for any particular thing, but just to expand without limit.

Real Yoga is being totally in tune with Nature. There is no attention on “me” then.


The Way Out Is In

Life doesn’t end with survival; life begins with survival. We have fixed the outside environment. Now we need to fix the inner well-being. Inner pleasantness is a surefire insurance for the making of a peaceful society and a joyful world. Your body and mind function at their best when you are in a pleasant state. 

Every kind of pleasantness that we experience—whether it is peace, joy or ecstasy—is a kind of chemistry. Peace and joy are not things you attain at the end of life. They are the basis of your life. Human life is longing for unlimited expansion, and that is the only thing that will settle you for good. The foundations of peace and bliss are accessing and organizing the inner nature of your being. 

The human mechanism is the most sophisticated physical form on the planet. To live in empathy is the way a human being is made. If you throw the boundary of your sensation out in an expanded form, you can sit here and experience everyone as yourself. If you do not identify with anything you have accumulated over a period of time, including your body and mind, you will be able to experience this. 

Enlightenment is a homecoming. It is the realization that all you experience is within you. It is possible for people to experience this inclusiveness. The reason why everyone is not naturally enlightened is because they have categorized the world into good and bad. Once you have fragmented creation like this, there is no way to arrive at a state of absolute inclusiveness. 

Our natural state is one of borderless unity. To attain this state all you need to do is establish for yourself that all human experience is generated from within—either with the support of external stimuli or without. Then you will never be distressed because your way of being is not in any way enslaved to what’s happening outside.

There is no one “up there”, who is going to rescue you and solve all your problems. Up and down, good and bad, sacred and profane: these are all assumed. But inward and outward: this is the one context we can work with. “The only way out is in.” It is possible for a human being to evolve consciously. All it takes is willingness.

Get rid of all that you are assuming, and you will be able to evolve consciously.

Design Your Destiny

Destiny has become a popular scapegoat, a way to deal with failure. Turning inward is the first step to becoming a master of your own destiny. To mold situations the way you want them you must first know who you are. 

Everything in this existence is happening naturally according to a certain organic law. You can make things happen not by breaking the laws of nature, but through a deeper understanding of these laws. If you have mastery over your life energies, a hundred percent of your life and destiny will be in your hands. 

Whatever you do in unawareness, you can also do in awareness. That makes a world of a difference. Your life should not be enslaved to the whims of the mind and body. The outside world will never happen a hundred percent your way. When pain, misery, or anger happen, it is time to look within you, not around you. To achieve well-being the only one who needs to be fixed is you.

The spiritual process is about making yourself in such a way that this existence cannot help but yield to you. Life doesn’t work unless you do the right things. You need to know and apply the right technique if you want results. It is time to wake up to yourself as a living being, rather than a psychological case. Then your destiny will be your own.  

Know the right techniques and apply them.

No Boundary, No Burden

“. . . And Now, Yoga”

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