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SADHGURU 2016: Sadhana (2-2:5:1)

Reference: Inner Engineering (Content)

This paper presents the summary of Part two, chapter 2.5.1 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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Sadhana

“Sit in any comfortable posture, with your spine erect, and if necessary, supported. Remain still. Allow your attention to slowly grow still as well. Do this for five to seven minutes a day. You will notice that your breath will slow down. 

“What is the significance of slowing down the human breath? Is it just some respiratory yogic acrobatics? No, it is not. A human being breathes twelve to fifteen times per minute, normally. If your breath settles down to twelve, you will know the ways of the earth’s atmosphere (i.e., you will become meteorologically sensitive). If it reduces to nine, you will know the language of the other creatures on this planet. If it reduces to six, you will know the very language of the earth. If it reduces to three, you will know the language of the source of creation. This is not about increasing your aerobic capacity. Nor is it about forcefully depriving yourself of breath. A combination of hatha yoga and an advanced yogic practice called the kriya, will gradually increase your lung capacity, but above all, will help you achieve a certain alignment, a certain ease, so that your system evolves to a state of stability where there is no static, no crackle; it just perceives everything.”

This the ancient Pranayama that Patanjali talks about. Prana means breath, ayama is lengthening or widening through control. When breathing is controlled so as to retain the breath, it is pranayama. The ultimate aim of pranayama is to be able to retain the breath. Thus, if we breathe normally fourteen times per minute, in pranayama we breathe only once or twice per minute

DRILL: As you breathe, do japa: “I am breathing in; I am breathing out.”

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SADHGURU 2016: Downloading the Cosmos

Reference: Inner Engineering (Content)

This paper presents the summary of Part two, chapter 2.5 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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Downloading the Cosmos

The more you know about any other gadget, the better you can use it. The body is like the old TV antenna: if you hold it in the right position, it becomes receptive to all there is in existence. If you hold it another way, you will remain absolutely ignorant of everything beyond the five senses.

We are employing less than one percent of what the body is capable of. If you prepare the body properly, it can grasp everything in this existence, because all that happens to this existence is happening, in some way, to this body. 

The human body is capable of downloading the entire cosmos. So, the fundamental yoga starts with the physical body. We transform the physical body from a series of compulsions of flesh, blood, and hormones into a conscious process, a powerful instrument of perception and knowing.

In Yoga, we transform the physical body into a powerful instrument of perception and knowing. 

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Logic of the Body

Reference: Inner Engineering

  1. The body has evolved over millions of years such that most anomalies have been resolved from it. That’s its logic.
  2. Body converts physical energy into metaphysical energy. This happens in the process of eating; and more so in sex, when one is totally relaxed.
  3. It is the metaphysical dimension of the body that makes it wonderful. One should be aware of both physical and metaphysical dimensions.
  4. Evolution requires overcoming of your own compulsion for “self-preservation”.
  5. The attention field is sensing the Akasha through the senses. It is the enhancing of attention that we need.
  6. Posture of the body helps align the mental matrix.
  7. We need to work on enhancing the body’s ability to convert physical to metaphysical energy.
  8. Yogic postures help you let the body unwind so that the attention field aligns better with Akasha.

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Some Conclusions

  1. Human body does not need that much protein. Indian vegetarian food contains enough protein.
  2. Human body is designed for vegetarian food.
  3. Raw vegetables provide enzymes that help digest the food.
  4. Beyond the age of 30, you need only 2 meals a day.
  5. You think and meditate better on empty stomach.

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SADHGURU 2016: Sadhana (2-2:4:1)

Reference: Inner Engineering (Content)

This paper presents the summary of Part two, chapter 2.4.1 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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Sadhana

“Look around. Among your family, coworkers, and friends, can you see how everyone has different levels of perception? Just observe this closely. If you know a few people who seem to have a greater clarity of perception than others, watch how they conduct their body. They often have a certain poise without practice. But just a little practice can make an enormous difference. If you sit for just a few hours a day with your spine erect, you will see that it will have an unmistakable effect on your life. You will now begin to understand what I mean by the geometry of your existence. Just the way you hold your body determines almost everything about you.”

Sit for just a few hours a day, while working, with your spine erect.

“Another way of listening to life is paying attention to it experientially, not intellectually or emotionally. Choose any one thing about yourself: your breath, your heartbeat, your pulse, your little finger. Just pay attention to it for eleven minutes at a time. Do this at least three times a day. Keep your attention on any sensation, but feel free to continue doing whatever you are doing. If you lose attention, it doesn’t matter. Simply refocus your attention. This practice will allow you to move from mental alertness to awareness. You will find the quality of your life experience will begin to change.”

Choose any one thing about yourself: your breath, your heartbeat, your pulse, your little finger. Just pay attention to it for eleven minutes at a time. Do this at least three times a day.

DRILL: Using the instructions above, you may do japa: “This is a [e.g. breath].”

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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.

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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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