Here’s ‘Meaningful Success: Unleash My Strength!’ Contains a special part. Published with permission from Penguin India.
Sadguru ji in mind, body and soul
Sadguru Ji, often referred to as the ‘Guru of the Millennium’, is a world-renowned spiritual organization focusing on yoga and social work for the establishment of the Isha Foundation.
For her passion for teaching yoga and overall living, she is respected by millions of people around the world. He loves his hard-hitting, highly-related advice, which is full of humor and laughter! With his unique and sharp perspective, he spoke eloquently about the need to be deeply aware of himself and his being.
Meditative from a young age.
He authored several books, including Inner Engineering: A Jogis Guide to Joy, Mystic Musings, and Death: An Inside Story. Her book, Karma: A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny, has made it to the New York Times Bestseller list. It was a moment of pride for all Indians when he addressed the United Nations Millennium World Peace Conference, the House of Lords in the British Parliament, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the International Institute for Management Development. He has also spoken at the annual World Economic Forum in 2007, 2017 and 2020.
In 2017, he received the Padma Vibhushan from the Government of India for his contribution to social welfare.
‘As long as you stick to your reasoning, the magic of life will not reveal itself to you,’ he says.
I have personally benefited from his Inner Engineering course and my face-to-face, one-on-one meeting with him. He is one of the most impressive people I have ever met. Here are his thoughts on taking care of mind, body and soul and leadership.
VM: You have contacted many top businessmen and political leaders. In your opinion, what are the top three qualities of these leaders?
Sadguru: A leader is someone who has deep insights. In other words, he sees what others do not see. A leader must and must be a symbol of honesty
Be able to inspire the best around him. Being inspired does not mean that a leader has to be very charismatic. Many are inspired
Beyond their absolute commitment to what others do. So these three ‘I’s’: insight, honesty and inspiration.
VM: My definition of leadership is: ‘The ability to motivate yourself and your team toward a goal, and the ability to get the best out of you and your team, even in adverse situations.’ Your thoughts on leadership?
Sadguru: If you are a leader, then you have to do everything that works in the best interests of all or at least as many people as possible. You need to be involved — every thought, every emotion, every action you take should be about others and your followers, not yours. Consider everyone’s well-being.
VM: To be successful, one must make sure that the mind, body and soul are taken care of. What do you think is the best way for people to do this?
Sadguru: In yoga, we see the human body as a five cell or covering. The first shell is called the germ cell or food body, because what you call the ghost body is just a pile of food. The second layer is called the mental cell or mental body. These two levels can only work in connection with the third dimension, the energy body or the living cell. You can compare it to today’s computers – there’s hardware and software, but they can’t do anything on their own.
Unless you plug the computer into quality power. Pranamaya kosh is the level where most yoga practices work. If you keep your Pranamaya cells in perfect balance and fully active, you will be in a great mental and physical state and there will be no such thing as disease in your physical or mental body. Yoga is able to activate the internal forces in such a way that your body and mind work to their best potential. It is a means of creating an internal situation just the way you want it. When it comes to external situations, we are all different. But we are all equally capable when it comes to the internal situation. All human beings, without exception, are able to become the architects of their own happiness and the masters of their own destiny. Yoga offers our keys.
VM: To achieve big goals is to have big aspirations. So, how does one strike a balance between being ambitious and being satisfied?
Sadguru: Satisfaction means control. Why would anyone want to hold his life? If you live a life of contentment, it means you have not survived, you have contained your life. It is natural for every human being to try to be more than what he is now. The problem with our world is that there is not too much ambition, but very little. We have lowered our ambitions. We need to bet up. Why are you stingy about your desires? Anyway, you want Mars, so why not be generous? It’s not just ‘I want to be good’. It’s like, ‘I want the whole world to be better. I want the whole existence to be good. I want to be good all my life. ‘ Be really greedy with your ambitions. Whatever your ambition for yourself, extend it for all life on this planet. Unleash your greed, unleash your ambition and see the flower of your inner talent. If we can bring about this change in leaders, to work with a broader perspective from narrow personal ambitions, it will be the greatest thing for future generations of the world.
VM: A small message for our youth about doing good for themselves and the world.
Sadguru: Youth means a lot of energy. What a young man can do in terms of strength, a child or an old man cannot do. But unbridled power without stability and direction is always destructive. Whether they are in academic, vocational training or whatever they like in life, only if the youth are a little more stable, this power can be better used for the good of themselves and everyone. Without stability, youth will be ruined. Only those who are stable can make full use of their quality and talent. The most important thing that needs to happen for the youth of the planet is to be meditative. It is important for young people to learn to manage their own business, race and world. The whole process of yoga is the science of internal management where you create an inner possibility of being happy, joyful, peaceful by your own nature, not because of what is happening around you. So, yoga shows the way on which you can build your life and achieve success.
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