he Adiyogi brought the possibility that a human being need not be contained in the defined limitations of our species. There is a way to be contained in physicality but not to belong to it. There is a way to inhabit the body but never become the body. There is a way to use your mind in the highest possible way but still never know the miseries of the mind. Whatever dimension of existence you are in right now, you can go beyond that – there is another way to live. He said, “You can evolve beyond your present limitations if you do the necessary work upon yourself.”  And he gave methods as to how to evolve. That is the significance of the Adiyogi.

Before I fall dead, I want to make sure that His contribution to humanity is recognized across the world. We are in various stages of doing this. One thing is we are building Adiyogi shrines. It is a twenty-one foot tall bronze Adiyogi with a consecrated linga in front of Him. It is a powerful space. The first one is coming up in our ashram in the United States, in Tennessee.

Everybody on the planet should know that He is the one who offered this science to the world. In the last five to six years, four major books were published in Europe contesting that yoga did not come from India, but is the evolution of European exercise systems. If they write another ten to fifteen books like this, that will become the truth. Whatever you read in your textbook as history, you believe is the truth. It is not, I am telling you, it is just written by some vested interest largely. So if they write twenty-five to fifty books like this in the next ten to fifteen years, after some time everyone will say yoga came from United States or from California, or that Madonna invented yoga. It is not a laughing matter, it can easily be done. There are people who are willing to write anything. Some very famous books are saying this. Dan Brown, in his book Angels and Demons, says yoga is an ancient Buddhist art. Gautama is only twenty-five hundred years, Adiyogi is fifteen thousand years. Now you say Gautama, tomorrow you will say Madonna. If you write a few books that will become the truth. So I want to make sure, before I am dead, that everybody should know yoga came from Him, nobody else but Him.

Everybody on the planet should know that He is the one who offered this science to the world.

We need to do this because the ethos of India is that of seekers. We are not believers, we are seekers of liberation. That is all that is holding us together. If you travel one hundred kilometers, people look different, speak different, eat different, dress different, everything about them is different. Though politically we were over two hundred pieces at one time, outside people say this is “Hindustan” or this is “Bharath” because the strangeness of this existence was that they were a land of seekers, not believers.

It does not matter what Rama said, what Krishna said, what the Vedas say, what the Upanishads say, it does not matter who says what – still, every person born in this land is supposed to seek his own truth.  You are supposed to seek your own liberation. Because they were a land of seekers, they were never conquerors. If you make the whole humanity on this planet seekers, not believers, there will be no conquest. The basic incentive for violence is gone. People may fight for small things, but the big fight is over. Because I believe one thing, you believe another thing – there is endless fight.

If you see you do not know the nature of the universe – as scientists are admitting today – who are you going to fight with? “No, my God created the universe, not yours.” That is the problem. A seeker means one who has realized that he does not know. If this one thing happens to humanity, ninety percent of the incentive for violence will be gone.

So to bring this back, there is no better inspiration than Adiyogi. And we want to manifest Him in many ways.

Love & Grace,


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  • Shankar

    Stark truth and call for action from the Guru.

    Not to be taken with some short lived enthusiastic nod & getting back to usual business later.

    Make it a point to say this to yourself and at least one new person everyday.
    The missionaries in other religions are called so for a reason. They have a mission!

    I wish and pray that I be a Adi Yogi missionary and enable others too, to be one.

    It’s high time the usually naked Truth got a sparkling and strong armor to last generations to come!

    Shambo Mahadeva!!!!


    Namaskaram Sadguruji
    Sadguruji had explained us about ” seeking” in various ways. Concern now is the pain that He expressed about some vested interests conciously writing nonsense that Yoga did not come from our land. Sadguruji, as always has vision and this one is true and I touch the feet of Sadguruji and express my gratitudes for his candid warning about the vested interests propogating wrong things. I pray Adiyogi Himself to give strength and Blessings to our Sadgurji to be succesful in His endeavor to preserve and educate the truth to the world that it was Adiyogi, who taught this science of Yoga and none should distirt the truth.

  • kskumaran

    Namaskaram Sadhguru.
    Now the questions start how does sadhguru knows that “It was Adhiyogi and it was 15000 years ago”, well we too dont know, but we trust him. This trust is not mere Egoistic or psyhcological trust, it is some sort of realization, that there is something beyond physical called metaphysical which is possible to perceive thru yoga and this yoga is just not the back breaking or muscle wringing body postures, this was given to us by just the very Guru. Here we say metaphysical after realizing it not by reading from some book and hallucinating it. Come here have a real taste of true yoga, then you will have to accept it only after realization, that where could have it probably started. No need to believe at all- very objective of the post, we need to realize, not believe/hallucinate.

  • veera

    Sadguru always interested in actions , sadguru picks up the guys and installed the shrines , he knows who should be benefited as well

  • Elangovan Angannan

    Way to go, Sadhguru.

  • SivakumarGopalan

    Pranams Sadhguru :
    Your words uttered sometime back to the effect that we are not straight with ourselves and hate to admit ” What I Know , I know, what I don’t know, I don’t know. It is a wonderful way to exist” and that “When we see that I do not know, knowing is not far off” which still rings in my ears. You have give us tools to seek. Let Shiva and your grace guide us in our quest

  • subhash

    The distinction of ‘seekers’ and ‘believers’ appears to be no more true if we look at the present day population of ‘Bharat’. People here are equally ‘believers’ as people in any part of the world. I feel, instead of lauding Adiyogy as the original proponent of yoga, not Madona, and creating his bronze statues every where, we must first work to make our people ‘seekers’ again as perhaps Osho did in the recent years.

    • Makesh

      Subash, Sadhguru is doing his utmost best to make our people seekers. Last 30+ yrs he has spend in that direction and results are just phenomenon. Introducing the source Adijogi is also needed to offer the gratitude and put to rest the misleading books.

    • Vivek Mani

      subash, Addressing the source is very important Or else yoga will remain as esoteric as ever. The need to understand where what came from is a necessity because the very idea that something existed for ever will not comply with the humane intellect and when this happens then start to emerge belief systems which as sadguru says in the reason for all that is wrong with humanity today.
      right knowledge is necessary to maintain integrity and furthermore subsist as an intellectual race

      • subhash

        Vivek Mani, intellectualism apart, no practitioner of yoga ever feels the need to know where the science came from; ever thought to discover the mango tree that gave you the fruit you were eating. Even if one wanted to trace origins, where are the proofs; can you recall elders in your family two generations before you?

        • Vivek Mani

          Subash, Science itself means “Trying to understand”, Without that very basic requirement what you are left with is not science but a form of religion or a belief system.

          Addressing to your other question. atleast i know that my mango came from a mango tree and not an apple tree , and even if i dont know my forefathers i sure enough know who my parents are and that is enough to satisfy my thirst for knowledge. What if tommorow some one told you had no parents and that you were born of thin air. Would you relate to it??. “No” i presume . you wont relate to it even if it is true,this because it is something out of the mundane . Something that falls outside the realms of your common scene, Some thing that dosnt comply.

          the big mistake here is trying to compare the mundane to the enigmatic, where your mango came from is a knowledge that you already have from experience ,but yoga is not the same,

          what i am trying to put forth is that addressing the source,the root cause that to in a way that it complies with you is very nessary. its authenticity can always be subjected to question, that i dont deny
          if madona works for you well and good, that might even be true, but does it comply with you. is that something you can live with is the real question.

          even if you feel knowing the source of yoga is not important it is some thing that millions of others like me cant live with

          to accept a notion its root is of the utmost importance or else your very existence becomes a hypothesis

          • Vivek Mani

            later on when Madonna is accepted as the source of yoga, and when its authenticity is questioned and the right answer is not in our grasp, all of yoga will be lost because its very source becomes unreliable. even if today i am not able to contest the fact that the aadhi yogi is the rightful source there is atleast one individual who knows and whos logic can only be seconded because with every word and action he has proved himself to be more knowledgeable than we can ever be.

  • Sandra Kampczyk-Januschko

    What a beautiful logic that unfolds if you read the article to the end… yes: The significance of Adiyogi and of seeking for the end of violence, for peace within and around us… Thank you, Sadhguru, just in time again your message… As a European I spread this message… Thank you, dear people of India, for being so beautiful truthful living preservers of yoga… And may you know that all my American and European teachers acknowledge the deep spiritual tradition and the yogic system of India… In my experience, many practices from traditions all around the world pave the way to arrive and get to know yogic traditions… Thank you for this present that can lead everyone on this planet to their roots and liberation… It was through Sadhguru that I finally can surrender to the fact that we are seekers all the way and it is with American and European scientists and practitioners of EFT – Nick and Jessica Ortner, Brad Yates, Margaret Lynch, Robert Smith who helping me to do this now along with the sound bowl teachings from Tibet and Anastasia from Siberia… Let´s all stand together and remember the names and all those whose names were forgotten or smeared… Let´s be in peace Aumbrace Sandra

  • Sandra Kampczyk-Januschko

    eft helps me to keep up my Inner engineering practice and Isha kriya practice and the other way round… two tools to arrive at nature, inner peace and serving in love

  • indirapriya

    Manifesting Adhiyogi, a great messenger/ Messiah you are! Sadhguru.

  • sudhasudha

    Pranams Sadhguru

  • disqus_qezQTnAsv8

    reminded of the books – Speaking Tree by Richard Lannoy, Wonder that was India by A L Basham.

  • Niklas Kristian

    Is there anyway to get contacted with Sadhguru?

  • Ceekaykay

    Seekers not believers that we are
    Seeking neither heaven or avoiding hell
    But ways to go beyond this arc
    And freedom from this karmic well

    That someday we dissolve and merge
    Into the vast cosmos -a grand design
    When the divinity in us flowers to surge
    Toward ultimate Mukthi’s eternal shine

    Pranams Sadhguru

  • alex

    With you all the Way! Thank The First Yogi

  • gururaja

    May Sadhguru bless us all with the wisdom of knowing.