SADHGURU 2016: Listening to Life

Reference: Inner Engineering (Content)

This paper presents the summary of Part two, chapter 2.4 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.


Listening to Life

The body constitutes a very large part of who you are in your present understanding. The body has its own attitudes, its own resistance, its own temperament. The science of working with the body to prepare it for higher levels of energy is hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is about understanding the mechanics of the body. If you consciously get your body into different postures, you can elevate your consciousness.

When your body doesn’t function as it should, it can rob your life of every other aspiration. Dedicating a certain amount of effort and time to see that the body does not become a barrier is important. There are countless people who have come out of spinal problems by doing simple asanas. 

For a lot of people, spiritual growth happens very painfully because the necessary preparation has not taken place. Preparing the body sufficiently before one goes into more intense forms of meditation is very important. Hatha Yoga is the preparatory system for yoga, which is a means of transforming yourself into a receptive possibility beyond the five senses. 

Hatha Yoga is more than physical exercise. It is about creating a certain atmosphere, and then using physical postures to channel or drive your energy in specific directions.


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