SADHGURU 2016: The Way Out Is In

Reference: Inner Engineering (Content)

This paper presents the summary of Part one, chapter 3, from the book, INNER ENGINEERING By Sadhguru. The contents are from the first edition (2016) of this book published in the United States by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York.

The summary of the original material (in black) is accompanied by brief comments (in color) based on the present understanding.


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.


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