Jaggi Vasudev, known as Sadhguru, founded an Isha Foundation, a non-profitable organization that offers Yoga programs around the world, and has involved in social outreach education and environmental initiatives. During his journey, Sadhguru has written many books on Yoga, self-Development and knowing inner yourself. His many books appear in the New York Times Best Seller list in multiple categories like Health, Religion, Spirituality and Faith and Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous, etc. Sadhguru was invited to give a speech, at places such as the Headquarters of the United Nations, World Economic Forum and educational institutions and technology companies. Sadhguru was also conferred the Padma Vibhushan civilian award by the Government of India in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the field of spirituality.
Jaggi Vasudev was born in Mysore Karnataka, India, in a Telugu speaking family. father was an ophthalmologist with the Indian Railways and due to the nature of his father’s job, his family moved very frequently. When he was at the age of 12, he came into the contact with “Malladihalli Sri Raghavendra Swamiji” who taught him a set of simple yoga asanas, the practice of which he regularly maintained. He states that “without a single day’s break, this simple yoga that was taught to me kept happening and led to a much deeper experience later. After completing his Graduation in English Literature from the University of Mysore, in 1973, he tried to hand at poultry farming to make some money. During his college life, he develops interest in traveling and motorcycles. Later, he ventured into construction business on his father’s insistence that he do something more socially estimable with his life. Both his business ventures were very successful and Jaggi Vasudev was having a satisfying life.
At a very early age, he was not interested in schooling life, therefore, he used to bunk his school and went to the jungle, to spend time with nature. Sadhguru was a knowledge seeker from childhood itself. As he was spending most of the time with nature, Sadhguru was unknowingly discovering the meditation to his intense fascination with the swaying action of the trees and was intrigued by questions about God and existence. When he was 25, he rode up Chamundi Hill and sat on a rock, where he had a life-changing spiritual experience.
Sadhguru, describe his experience at Chamundi Hills as:
“Till that moment in my life, I always thought this is me and that’s somebody else and something else. But for the first time, I did not know which is me and which is not me. Suddenly, what was me was just all over the place. The very rock on which I was sitting, the air that I breathe, the very atmosphere around me, I had just exploded into everything. That sounds like utter insanity. This, I thought it lasted for ten to fifteen minutes but when I came back to my normal consciousness, it was about four-and-a-half-hours I was sitting there, fully conscious, eyes open, but time had just flipped”.
This experience keep repeating in his life, He describes these experiences as the flipping of time, “overwhelming and indescribable stillness and ecstasy”, and an enhanced awareness of everything except his sense of self. After some weeks of gathering this type of experience, He left his business to his friend and traveled extensively to gain insight into his mystical experience. After about a year of meditation and travel, he decided to teach yoga to share his inner experience he came up with a second name for himself as “Sadhguru”.
Sadhguru mentioned in his book,
“On this journey, the guru is not a destination but the road map. The inner dimension is uncharted terrain if you are exploring terrain that is unfamiliar to you, isn’t it better to have signpost? You could find your way, but who knows it could take a lifetime. When you’re on unfamiliar terrain, it’s just sensible to take directions. On one level, that is all a guru is a live road map. GPS: Guru Pathfinding System!
And that’s why there exists that infamous four-letter word: Guru. Hust to make it doubly easy for you, I thought I’d make it eight: Sadhguru”
Later in his life, Sadhguru established the Isha Foundation, a nonreligious, non-profit organization entirely run by volunteers. Isha Yoga Center near Coimbatore was founded in 1993 and hosts a series of programs to heighten self-awareness through Yoga. The foundation works in tandem with International bodies like the Economic, Social Council of the United Nations, Indian Government on a project like Carvery River. Sadhguru is continuously working to improve the Human Kind. He always teaches to improve yourself first instead of improving others.
He is a great human being by nature, by heart. He is a great leader, great speaker, great author and at last but not the least a reat Sadhguru.