Sadhguru: More Than a Life by Arundhathi Subramaniam

By Arundhathi Subramaniam

Sadhguru: greater than a lifestyles is a unprecedented tale of Sadhguru, a tender agnostic who grew to become yogi and a non secular guru for hundreds of thousands of individuals everywhere in the international. the writer makes an attempt to re-create the lifetime of an outstanding guy as he combines rationality with mysticism and historic knowledge with modern and glossy outlook.

In Sadhguru: greater than a existence, the writer writes concerning the formative years of Sadhguru and his trip from being a boisterous prankster to turning into the non secular advisor for hundreds of thousands world wide. the writer attracts from her prolonged conversations with Sadhguru and interviews with fellow meditators and provides a strong portrait of a modern mystic and guru.

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His spiritual sadhana was infused with a touch of venom. That venom gave a fierce edge to his spiritual practice, a near-insane urgency, which was never to leave him. Shivayogi reached high levels of yogic mastery through unrelenting penance. He came from a Telugu-speaking family, and travelled widely in his lifetime as an itinerant sadhu. In the time-honoured tradition of committed seekers in the country, he lived a life of acute hunger and hardship. Much of his time was spent on the mountains of Velliangiri, the abode of many legendary seers of the South.

I wanted the clarity of one who knew. I wanted nothing less than a stalwart—weatherbeaten, unfaltering. After a time, reading wasn’t enough either. What I was seeking, I realized, was a living guide: someone who knew what it was like to make the journey—not accidentally, but consciously—to places beyond the ken of the rational daytime mind. It had to be someone who knew more about the inner realms than the artist or the scientist. I knew there were a dozen different rational explanations of my experience.

Surely a linga is a symbol immediately associated with phallus worship and a brand of Hinduism? It is that, and the volunteer isn’t apologetic about those associations. But it is also much more than that, he tells you. The ellipsoid is actually a fundamental form. Modern science holds that the core of every galaxy is an ellipsoid. Spiritual seers from various traditions have always known that it is the first form to emerge from formlessness (or the void, or whatever you choose to call that primordial state).

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