At a special retreat at iii on January 16-17, 2016, over 1,000 meditators were addressed by Sadhguru, who stressed the importance of all-inclusiveness and how the mind creates division, where really there is unity. Sadhguru offered the use of a chant that can create within a person the sense of all-inclusiveness and altruistic intent.
Sadhguru: The chant is about – may everybody know peace; it is not even everybody; everything know peace. May everything know wellbeing. May everything know blissfulness, or everyone know blissfulness. Let knowing happen to all. Let meditativeness happen to all. Let the ultimate emptiness happen to all. Let all beings be touched by the cosmic being. The last part is knowing meditativeness and blissfulness: let it be, let it be, let it be, or, may it be.
Why we are going through a chant like this is, my fears that when you do certain processes, they are essentially designed to take you beyond the manifestations of the mind. When I say manifestations of the mind, Patanjali, who is today being recognized as the father of modern yogic system, because he codified the wide variety of yogic practices which were prevalent during his time into a more simpler form or a more accessible volume. Yoga had gone, as slowly today modern medicine is going. Twenty-five years ago, you had just one family doctor for whatever you may get. Today, if you want a real checkup, you need 25 doctors, because there are specialists and specialists and specialists. It may so happen, in another 50 – 100 years, if you need a thorough checkup, you need over 100 doctors. There were some guests in the military mess. They had all assembled for a special dinner. And one of the wives of the guests saw a fine looking officer, and she asked him, “What do you do?” He said, “I am a naval surgeon.” She said, “My God, the way you specialize these days!” We are going there.
So, when Patanjali was asked to define yoga, being as technical as he was, because Patanjali is more of a scientist than a sage or a yogi. So he said, “Chitta vritti nirodha.” That means, “If you cease the modifications of the mind, then you are in yoga.” Yesterday we were looking at this. There is no such thing as an absolute mind. There is only a certain activity that you call as mind. Various modifications of your consciousness are referred to as mind. If it particularly takes the shape of thought and emotion, then we call it the mind. If it took the shape of a thoughtless reverberation, we wouldn’t call it the mind, but it is still mind. So he is taking all these things into considerations, though socially, if you just feel a reverb in the system, you normally wouldn’t label it as the mind; only if a thought comes, or an emotion comes, then you call it the mind. But Patanjali is taking all modifications of the consciousness as mind. He is saying when you seize all these modifications, then you are in yoga. Because with these modifications, we set up what is you and what is me. This and that. Once there is this and that, or once there is you and me, there is trouble. There is life, but there is also trouble. Like the French philosopher said, “The other is hell.” It’s always the other. This is always ok. It’s the others. So it is these modifications which have created the other. Existence is happening as one large happening. But the individualized experience of life is coming to us, or happening to us, only because of the modifications of our mind. If we seize it, or if we transcend it, then we say you are in yoga. In the traditional yogi terminology, we call this Samadhi. Sama means equanimous, dhi means buddhi, or the intellect. Intellect which is discriminatory in nature when it becomes equanimous, all modifications settled, then you are in a state of yoga, or you are in a state of union. But now, because there is you and me, and there is you and neighbors, there is you and people you don’t like, there is you and your enemies, there is you and all those horrible creatures.
Yes. Because I am trying to find the news channels, trying to catch up with India and the rest of the world. But all these movie channels are coming. Wherever you see, American men are beating up all kinds of creatures, some are aliens, some are of our own planet. Anybody they see, they are trashing them to bits. Have you seen this? Just flick through all the channels, half the movies, some big built man is smashing something up; so because they have understood the other is hell, not in a philosophical way, but in a very rudimentary way. And it manifests itself in a million different ways in life. So what an exercise or a method or a methodology which can render you to the other side of your mind or behind the mirror, also empowers your mind in a certain way. If you have a powerful mind, you would like to change the numbers of that super ball, power ball, super powerful ball. You would like to change the numbers of the powerball. If this guy has the right numbers, we would like to take off his head, of course. He is standing in the way of my powerball. What to do? Pffft! So before we kind of exercise our mind to a certain level of capability, you must set up this intent. May peace happen to all, may well being happen to all, may blissfulness happen to all, let knowing happen to all, let meditativeness happen to all, may emptiness be known to all, may the boundless being touch all.
Sarve Shantir Bhavanthu
May peace happen to all
Sarve Sukhino Bhavanthu
May wellbeing happen to all
Sarve Anandaha Bhavanthu
May blissfulness happen to all
Sarvesham Gnanam Bhavathu
Let knowing happen to all
Sarvesham Dhyanam Bhavathu
Let meditativeness happen to all
Sarvesham Shoonyam Bhavathu
May emptiness be known to all
Sarvesham Shivam Bhavathu
May the Boundless Being touch all
Gnanam Dhyanam Anandam
Knowing Meditation and Blissfulness
Bhavathu Bhavathu Bhavanthu
May it Be, may it Be, may it Be