SADHGURU 2016: INTENSITY OF INACTIVITY

Reference: Inner Engineering (Content)

This paper presents the summary of Part two, chapter 2.5.2 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.

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INTENSITY OF INACTIVITY

If you want to know effortlessness, you need to know effort. When you reach the peak of effort, you become effortless. Only a person who knows what it is to work understands rest. When someone is constantly giving a hundred percent, a point comes when one surpasses all limits and reaches total effortlessness. Effortlessness means transcending the need for physical action.

Zen actually involves tremendous activity because it is not divorced from life in any way. In performing activity, such as arrange pebbles in a Zen garden, you reach a state of non-doing, where you transcend the experience of being a doer. It is in such states that you have a taste of the beyond. 

In yoga, you arrive at the same state through the intensity of inactivity of a yogic posture, and it is a state that can be sustained longer. Meditation is a natural consequence of the intensity that has been achieved. It is the intensity of simply being. It is in these absolutely non-compulsive states of existence that the necessary atmosphere is set for the blossoming of an individual into a cosmic possibility.

Meditation is not an act, but a natural consequence of the “intensity of being” that has been achieved—your humanity simply overflows.

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