The real name of Sadhguru is Jaggi Vasudeva, a multi-faceted personality, he is also an author, motivational speaker, and philanthropist along with being a spiritual master. Born as the son of an ophthalmologist who worked with the Indian Railways, he was used to frequent moves from one city to another and this kindled in him a love for travel, adventure, and a curiosity to explore the unknown.
As a youngster, he fell in love with motorcycles and traveled to various places in the country on his motorcycle. Along with being a fun-loving youth, he was also a bright young man who matured into a successful businessman. A spiritual experience at the age of 25 made him rethink his life’s purpose and eventually, he realized that his calling was to become a yoga teacher.
After completing his college education Jaggi Vasudev embarked on a career as a businessman. Smart, intelligent and hard-working, he soon opened several businesses, including a poultry farm, a brickworks, and construction business. He was a successful businessman by the time he was in his mid-twenties. His life changed completely on the afternoon of September 23, 1982, when he had a spiritual experience that made him realize that he had to re-evaluate his life and priorities.
He was sitting on a rock in Chamundi Hill when he had a very intense spiritual experience that lasted about four-and-a-half-hours. Within weeks of this experience, he left his business to his friend and embarked on extensive travel in order to gain insight into his mystical experience. After a period of about one year, the realization dawned on him that he should teach yoga to share his inner experience.
In 1992, he founded Isha Foundation, a non-profit, spiritual organization for offering yoga programs under the name Isha Yoga. Founded near Coimbatore, the organization became very popular over the years and today offers yoga programs not only in India, but also in countries like United States, England, Lebanon, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, Uganda, China, Nepal, and Australia.
His Project Green Hands (PGH) was awarded the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, by the Government of India in June 2010. He was voted among the 100 most powerful Indians for his contribution in the field of environmental protection and for encouraging public participation in ecological issues in 2012.
Sadhguru was conferred the Padma Vibhushan civilian award by the Government of India in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the field of spirituality.
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