My latest post about Sadhguru:
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Next weekend I will be attending an Inner Engineering event put on by the Isha Institute. This event is led by Sadhguru who is a self-realized yogi. I have never attended anything like this and while it feels a little “new age-y” to me, I am looking forward to it. I am looking for assistance in dropping the veil of this illusion. I have had the feeling that I am on the cusp of something for the past few months, but I cannot seem to make that leap alone. However, I am trying to not have any expectations for this experience so that I can accept it as it comes.
The video above gives an introduction to Isha Kyria meditation. Isha means the source of creation and Kriya means an inner action towards that. Where Karma is external action and thought, Kriya is internal. In order to be freed from suffering I must change my perspective. I have come to realize over the past few days via this introduction and the accompanying meditation (along with various posts on Tumblr) that a change in perspective is not a change in who I am.
The meditation is focused on the thoughts “I am not the body” and “I am not even the mind”. The thought is then dropped to focus on intoning a sound designed to align the chakras at a central junction point, and then nothing. Throughout the meditation all thought and body feelings are to be ignored or put aside and one is to sit there and let those pass. In looking at this meditation, it does not feel that different than Buddhist meditation.
Sadhguru teaches that we are separate from mind and body. The more that we realize that, the more that we will be able to use the mind and the body as a tool. Dial it up from 1 to 10. There is breath, thought, and awareness. The meditation is designed to move from untruth to truth.
On a personable level Sadhguru seems humble and accessible. He has numerous humanitarian efforts going on, and he doesn’t seem to ask for anything from followers. A lot of followers do end up giving their time and effort, but it seems to be a completely voluntary act.
One of the reasons that I became interested in Sadhguru is that there is an Isha center not too far from me. It is still a few hour drive, but it at least isn’t in India. I have been fidgeting with the idea of going to a Buddhist center in my city. I put it off and put it off. The Isha center offered this Inner Engineering course as an online study and a one day onsite at their center. I thought about that. Then I found out that Sadhguru is holding an event himself in Atlanta, and that was the push that I needed to put something into action. I told my wife what I wanted to do, and she was supportive.
Admittedly, I do feel a little awkward doing the meditation. I have yet to do it in front of my wife or family, but I have never been one for spiritual practices. If this is the path for me, then I will overcome that. It may only be a piece of the journey. Most likely the next step after this will be to further explore the Isha practice or the Buddhist center in my area. The Buddhist center would fit into a more regular, in person practice for me. I think that I can use everything that I learn from this experience in that practice. But again, I want to take things as they come. The end result may be completely different than any expectations that I have. (I know I can’t drop them all).
Travelling with my family this past weekend, I used a few different highways, city streets, and back roads. There was no straight path to my destination. There were many different options of getting from point A to point B. The interesting thing is that they were all connected. No matter the path, my destination ended up being the same. The shorter distance route went through cities and caused stress driving. It seemed to take forever. The longer route went through beautiful mountain and pastoral countryside and felt quicker. It was less stressful, and even enjoyable.
My Other Posts on Inner Engineering
- I am not this Post
- I am not the body, I am not even the mind
- Inner Engineering Day 1
- Inner Engineering Day 2
- Inner Engineering Day 3
- Life After Isha Yoga (zaysen.wordpress.com)
- My Introduction to a Yogi. (theloquacionist.wordpress.com)
- Meditation and neurofeedback (amusingspirit.wordpress.com)
- Learning to Surf (susannahsjourney.com)
- Meditation Allows Brain To Control Body Temperature, Say Scientists (ascendingstarseed.wordpress.com)
- Give Your Life an All-Around Cleanse BEFORE Your Baby Arrives (everydayfamily.com)
- Double Seven Meditation Challenge, starting April 7th (lovelaughbelight.com)
- The quieter we are, the more we are able to hear (beapositivelight.wordpress.com)
- Monday Meditation: Taming the Monkey Mind (runbreathebe.wordpress.com)
- Mindfulness and Meditation (Part 2) (christopherhansardmindfulness.wordpress.com)
- The Inner Way with a South Indian Mystic By Jen Baxter (shreedevichowdary.wordpress.com)