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'Sadhguru - More than a life' - A Biography by Arundathi Subramaniam

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The book had it's beginnings in a walk that Sadhguru and I once took. We were walking around the Ashram I remember. I think it was sometime in 2006, and I mentioned to him that it was a pity that there wasn't any real chronicle of his life available and it seems like such an extraordinary life. The big question before me constantly was how do you archive a mystic, how do you document a yogi. I see myself really largely as a listener and this seemed like a huge opportunity to listen to someone whom I find fascinating and I think many others would as well. So I think a lot of the time subsequently was just spent on long conversations and somewhere through those the outline of a book began to emerge and that’s how the book took shape. It’s the portrait of a man who is this flamboyant, exuberant, remarkably compassionate, but absolutely unpredictable figure whom we know as Sadhguru. And it’s an attempt to offer some glimpse of the man with all the facets and paradoxes that make up the person. On the one hand there is this warm, friendly, funny, irreverent, provocative, endearingly human person whom we many of us know. And on the other hand there is this remote, inscrutable, enigmatic, larger than life, mystic, yogi and guru. So the book is an attempt to probe, to find one’s way through those paradoxes and contradictions, it’s about a man who is just perhaps the most incredibly alive human being I know. I think what’s inspirational about Sadhguru’s life journey which is what we attempt to present in the book, is the fact that he starts out a skeptic and it’s a journey from a skeptic to a spiritual guide, from a wild motorcyclist in Mysore to a mystic, from an agnostic to a Guru. So that’s the journey that the book tries to present. It’s a trajectory of his life from his early years to the present moment. On the one hand he is capable of being incredibly rational, very commonsensical, so reasonable that you can end up believing that this is all there is all there is to the person and then there’s the other side of him which I see really as the side that’s the poet, mystic and that part of him may strain the limits of your credulity at times but I don’t have a problem with that, it intrigues me, it fascinates me and in some ways that’s part of the book too. One of things that always strikes one about Sadhguru which is something I discovered more and more of while writing this book, is his ability to lead a completely unguarded life. It’s just this incredible vulnerability that he just allows you to see and he allows everyone to see. It’s a reminder that one doesn’t need any of the trappings of holiness or piety to know yourself. The fact that this is a man who seems to pack the urgency and the voltage of several lifetimes into a single one. You don’t need any kind of religious or sectarian affiliation, you don’t need any kind of spiritual knowledge to arrive at that moment of spiritual breakthrough. If it can happen to him, it can happen to you and to me. I think that’s the reminder that the book offers. So it is more than a life in more ways than one. A biography, I am still not done with life.(laughs)

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Duration: 4 minutes and 31 seconds
Country: India
Language: English
Producer: Isha Foundation
Director: Isha Foundation
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Posted by: swamit on Oct 12, 2011

Sadhguru - More than a life

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