The Significance of Initiation | Yoga & Meditation | Sadhguru
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Superscript: What is the significance of “Initiation”? Sadhguru: Initiation is not about
a bundle of instructions. In fact, in any initiation process,
instructions are a kind of disturbance, it’s a nuisance. I am saying it’s a nuisance because… We are still giving instructions because most people… because today they have all become educated, everything has to be told, you know or it must be printed (Laughs) these days. If you tell them also it’s not enough, they wanted a printed sheet, the instructions of the initiation because they are all educated. Their brains are full of words, not of life. Too many words, so everything has to be verbal. Even saying it is not good enough, you have to print it or you have to record it and give it to them
so that they can put headphones and listen to the instructions every time. Initiation is not a bundle of words. If we have to use an analogy, if you know something about electricity – in electrical.. you know motors and stuff,
there is something called as induction. The power is there, the motor is there, everything is there
but without an induction switch, it will not go. All the ingredients are there but still it will not happen
because there’s no induction of energy. So initiation is like an induction. You have all the ingredients to be meditative,
but it doesn’t happen (Laughs). Why does it not happen? Because this is the way the creation itself happened. If you go by the traditional explanation – one way, if you go by the modern scientific way
– it’s the same thing said in a different language. Modern science is talking about
how everything was empty space. Now they are removing the word empty
and saying it was space. There is no physicality there but
there seems to be something else there. What that something else, we don’t know… as per the science. And today they’ve made experiments where in vacuum state, if you apply a
certain energy around it – not into it, around it – suddenly virtual protons and
virtual neutrons will spill out. That means creation begins just
because there’s energy playing around. There is a beautiful story in the yogic tradition. Shiva… You must understand the word Shiva. Shiva means, shi-va means that which is not. Appropriate description for space. That which is, is physical creation. That which is not, is non-physical
dimension of the existence. So Shiva means that which is not. Shiva was lying, his body spread across the cosmos. But he is not, he doesn’t exist,
he doesn’t have a physical manifestation. Then Shakti, a certain dimension of energy
came and danced around him and then he came alive. Then he started spitting galaxies out of his mouth. This is the most (Laughs) appropriate
description of how creation happened. Still spitting galaxies, new galaxies,
it’s continuously happening, simply because a certain energy touched it. Everything that was needed for creation
was already there in him but he needed induction. So, initiation is a kind of an induction process. But unfortunately today, if I just ask people
to just sit here, we’ll do things for you, they’ll… (Gestures) (Laughter)… “Nothing happening, why is he not doing anything” (Laughs)? You are supposed to say something. So what to do? For modern times, we say a lot of things;
we hang out with you (Laughter). Today if you go and sit in the Dhyanalinga temple, without instruction you can become meditative. I can do that to you here now. (Talks aside: What’s her name, this girl?) Heena. Heena, you are in UK… if you’re willing to just sit there, I can do it to you now wherever you are. But right now, you got too… you are a student,
still educating (Laughs). Maybe you are a possibility, not fully educated (Laughter). Too many words in your head,
the only thing you understand is words. Because of that, instructions have come. Otherwise, initiation is not about instruction. There is really no instruction in it. Initiation is just an induction process,
it’s an energy process. But we have to talk about energy, tch, you know. We have to talk a lot about energy before they open
their mouth and (Gestures) “Ohh,appadiya” (Laughter)? Tough times for gurus (Laughter)
(Laughs), too much talking (Laughs). If you don’t talk, nobody will be here. Very few can really understand – if we simply sit here
and reverberate, they will also sit here and reverberate. Those numbers are small. Well, in Isha, those numbers are increasing; I don’t have to say much (Applause). But in the larger world, you have to… tch, you have to talk, talk, talk and talk,
hang out with people (Laughs).

3 thoughts on “The Significance of Initiation | Yoga & Meditation | Sadhguru

  1. unbelievable. induction. this goes really really deep. he even hinted at it being the source of power for the entire universe. unbelievable. A true master.

  2. INITIATION is fundamentally an energy process, much like flipping the switch of an induction motor. Though all the ingredients required for MEDITATION may already be present, a certain energy must be applied to set everything into motion.
    INITIATION is not about a bundle of instructions. Infact, in any initiation process, instructions are a kind of disturbance, we are still giving instructions because most people today are educated, everything has to be told, it must be printed these days. Their brains are full of words, not of life. So everything has to be verbal. INITIATION IS NOT A BUNDLE OF WORDS.
    You have all the ingredients to be MEDITATIVE but it does'nt happen.
    Why does it not happen?

    Because this is the way the creation itself happened. If you go by TRADITIONAL explanation – one way or the MODERN SCIENTIFIC way – it's the same thing said in a different language.
    And today they've made experiments where in vaccum state, if you apply a certain energy around it – not into it, around it – suddenly virtual protons & virtual neutrons will spill out. That means CREATION JUST BEGINS BECAUSE THERE'S ENERGY PLAYING AROUND. There is a beautiful story in the YOGIC TRADITION. Shiva… You must understand the word Shiva, Shi…va means that WHICH IS NOT. Appropriate description for SPACE. That which is, is physical creation. That WHICH IS NOT, is NON-PHYSICAL dimention of the EXISTENCE. So, Shiva means that which is not, Shiva was lying, his body spread across the cosmos, but He is not, he does'nt exist, He does'nt have a physical manifestation. Then Shakti, a certain dimention of energy, came & danced around him & then he came alive. Then he started spitting galaxies out of his mouth, this is most appropriate description of HOW CREATION HAPPENED – still spitting galaxies, new galaxies, it's contineously happening. Simply because a certain energy touched it.
    Everything that was needed for creation was already there in him but he needed induction. So, initiation is a kind of an induction process.
    Today if you go & sit in the Dhyanalinga temple, without instructions you can become MEDITATIVE.
    At one point, when Adiyogi was transmitting yoga to the Saptarishis, his first seven disciples, he taught them all kinds of intricate things, but HE NEVER SPOKE. He simply sat there in an intoxicated stupor with his eyeballs rolled up. They sat there, seven of them receiving seven different dimensions of yoga, and this happened continuously for many months and years. All he did was sit there, seemingly disinterested in them.

    Parvati asked him, “They are here, they are great sages. Why don’t you say something? It will be appropriate.” He said, “Ah, they hear me.” What he is telling her is, “Because of your intimacy, you don’t hear me, so I have to speak to you. They hear me.” He does not mean, “They hear what is happening in my mind.” He is saying, “The basis of my consciousness, they hear that, and that is all.”

    Time does'nt matter at all, whether it's ancient or modern, it was Parvathi then who was close to Shiva and had to be told in words, rather the saptharishis heard Him without uttering a word and even today we have people who are close enough to Guru's physically but need instructions rather there are other group very small one, who could here with out a word being uttered…

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