Sadhguru's newly launched book is about exploring inner self
“As we have physical science to create external well-being, there is a whole inner dimension of science to create inner well-being. I call it Inner Engineering” - Sadhguru
On 13th November evening, Sadhguru launched his new book, ‘Inner Engineering : A Yogi’s Guide to Joy’, attended by a full house of over 3600 people at ExCel, London.
The book, hugely popular among the North American readers already, has reached the New York Times Best Seller list in multiple categories.
Sadhguru completed his debut book tour to 17 cites of North America last month, to release his first book for western readers. At each stop, he was greeted by sold-out venues and enthusiastic audiences. Over 26,000 people attended his talks over a 3-week period.
While describing the book, Sadhguru explained that this book had been in his mind since the last twenty years. He states, “Through this book, my aim is to help you to make joy your constant companion. This book offers you not a sermon, but a science… not a teaching, but a technology… not a precept, but a path…”
“All our other titles are inspirational. This book is transformational.”
The book, Inner Engineering offers the reader a sophisticated guide to self-empowerment and a means to create a framework of inner stability based on the science of yoga.
Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation also addressed the students, academics and alumni of Oxford Union, one of the world's most prestigious debating societies, in London on 15 November.
Sadhguru spoke about the significance and science of ancient technologies of well-being and their relevance to contemporary society. The human brain and intelligence - they have been blossoming through the process of evolution.
We do not know how to handle this capability and as a result, we are suffering. But even so, the nature of the human intellect is limited and it is not possible to grasp everything through the brain.
Saying that knowledge is trivial but ignorance is boundless, he said that, “The yogic culture always valued ignorance. If one can identify with this ignorance, that person naturally becomes a seeker, whereas by identifying with one’s knowledge, that person becomes a tyrant.”
Oxford Union has been a platform for dozens of former members who have been active in its affairs whilst at Oxford and then gone to become both nationally (in Britain) and internationally prominent figures in politics. Oxford Union Society has an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford.
On Nov 16th, Sadhguru received the ‘Indo European Business forum Excellence award' at the Lords Cricket Ground in London for his exceptional contribution to humanity by imparting the science of Yoga to millions around the world at the Global Business Meet organized by the Indo – European Business.
Sadhguru is a yogi and a spiritual master with a difference. An arresting blend of profundity and pragmatism, his life and work serve as a reminder that yoga is not an esoteric discipline from an outdated past, but a contemporary science, vitally relevant to our times. Probing, passionate and provocative, Sadhguru’s talks have earned him the reputation of a speaker and opinion-maker of international renown.
Sadhguru is a widely sought after speaker by prestigious global forums such as the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit, the Australian Leadership Retreat and the World Economic Forum, to name a few. Sadhguru was the primary speaker at the United Nations World Body Headquarters, New York on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga, 2016
Sadhguru on Yoga
“There is so much talk of God and heaven mainly because human beings have not realized the immensity of being human. To be joyful and peaceful within yourself every moment of your life, to be able to perceive life beyond its physical limitations – these are not superhuman qualities. These are human possibilities.
The very way you breathe, sit, stand, eat, walk, work – everything can become yoga. You can use any process of life to transcend your limitations. I want you to know the Power, the liberation of another kind of science – the inner science- the yogic science – through which you can become the master of your own destiny.”
“Yoga is the exploration of the very mechanics of life. It predates all religion and opens up the possibility of raising a human being beyond his limitations set by nature, if he is willing to strive. Making the science of Yoga available in the purest form is the responsibility of this generation. This science of inner development, wellbeing and liberation is the greatest gift for future generations. The yogic science is of utmost significance now, like never before.”
“Today we have tremendous tools of science and technology, enough to make or break the world. It is very important that we have an inner sense and awareness of life, that we experience every other being as a part of ourselves.
Otherwise, our pursuit of wellbeing will destroy everything. If a certain percentage of the world truly becomes meditative, the quality of the world will definitely change. Particularly if the leadership in the world experiences the unity or the yoga of life, there will be a dramatic change in the way the world functions. For all the problems of humanity, the solution is in enlarging one’s perception of life, from individuality to universality.....”
An evaluation of the book “Mind is your Business, Body - the Greatest Gadget” (the Malayalam version is being published by Mathrubhumi)
“Body” means different things to different people. For a child, the body and its functions are unfamiliar and new. He is coming to grips with the body’s basic processes and is learning to maintain and preserve it. For a youth, the body is a vehicle fuelled by hormones, and all it takes to hijack one’s attention is a handsome face or a svelte body.
For someone approaching middle age, the body begins to reveal its true quality – transient and temporary. Limbs, organs, and sinews, once unworthy of notice, now begin to nag and demand consideration. For the old, body means pain and difficulty. Good health, long taken for granted, falls prey to aches and ailments, and one begins to wonder – “Is there really no more to life than this?”
Unfortunately, most people experience their body as just flesh and bone. It is seen as a source of either pain or physical pleasure, and its most subtle and profound aspects are never discovered. The medical physiology and biological functions of the body are only the outer shell. In the yogic sciences, the body is revered and recognized as an intricately crafted system which is constantly connected to and pulsating with every atom in the existence.
For a yogi, the body is the supreme instrument, a tool to access and experience the entire cosmos. Through various yogic practices, one can delve layer by layer into the very roots of the body, refining the human system to such a point that it can become the very axis of the universe.
It is Sadhguru’s life and work to bring these ancient technologies, designed to explore and experience the immensity of human potential, into the life of modern people. Sadhguru introduces us to the profound science of yogasanas, and explains how the practice of hata yoga aligns the system so that “it becomes capable of experiencing the cosmos itself.”
This book is an introduction to the most sophisticated and incredible gadget on the planet. It is a first step on an intriguing and exciting journey that culminates in total mastery of the system, allowing us to stay rooted in the physical, and yet taste the beyond. Above all, the book is a glimpse of a possibility to live and function in a way that most human beings would consider superhuman.