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Stop Limiting Life’s Possibility | Sadhguru

October 23, 2019

Sadhguru: See this is the nature of a human being, whatever you’re deprived of; you think that is the highest thing. Whatever you don’t have, looks like
at that moment, that is the highest thing. If you’ve not eaten for two days, food will be God. Yes or no? No? Meditators: Yes. Sadhguru: Yes. If you don’t understand this, close your mouth,
hold your nose like this for two minutes (Gestures). Will you ask for air or God? Meditators: Air. Sadhguru: Air. God comes and says, ‘You want me or air?’
you’ll say, ‘Hell with you, I want to breathe’ (Laughter) because whatever at that moment you’re deprived of,
that becomes… takes on a… enlarges itself in such a way, it blocks everything out. Or in other words, when you are in any state of compulsiveness,
you don’t see anything the way it is, it gets exaggerated. If your bladder is full, one minute, I am talking about enlightenment, your bladder is very full, are you interested? ‘I don’t want any enlightenment’ right now, going to the bathroom
feels like ultimate liberation (Laughter). Yes or no? Meditators: Yes. Sadhguru: So just about anything, when you’re in a state of compulsiveness,
you don’t see anything the way it is. You will… life will get distorted to make you think that,
‘that is it’ at that moment. So like this human life passes from one com…
one compulsive state to another, never allowing yourself that little bit of space
where you could see things the way they are. If you do not even see life the way it is,
can you handle it the way it needs to be handled? It doesn’t arise, isn’t it? If you don’t see things the way they are,
you can never handle it, the way it needs to be handled. Because of this in many ways, individual human lives and the whole societies
have become distorted humanity. When I say distorted (Laughs), it’s normal, I mean normal (Laughs). I was talking to a… like a fourteen,
fifteen-year-old kids in a school. And I…I was… I couldn’t believe that – I was talking to about eleven,
twelve of them, young boys and girls. When something came up and I was just asking them what are they going to do next because they were in the tenth standard or something, they are only talking about
finding a job and earning a living. I couldn’t believe this because my whole life,
I never thought of earning a living. My… (Laughs) my dear father used to break his head, ‘This boy has no fear in his heart.
What will happen to him, what will happen to him?’ I said, ‘Not having fear is a problem? I thought fear is a problem’ (Laughter). I never thought, not having fear is a problem (Laughs). So according to the dictates of the divine I was supposed to become a doctor
because my father is a doctor. At the age of ten I told him,
‘No. That’s one thing I am not going to be. I am not going to be a doctor.’ But every day somebody is trying to work on me,
‘You must become a doctor, you must become a doctor.’ You know Indian family, you must become a doctor, if you cannot… of course, now they’ve all shifted to software (Laughter). I was (Laughs)… I was… I was in Chicago just a… you know, eight days…
just two days ago I came to India. So one week ago… eight days ago I was in Chicago and an Indian person came and I asked,
‘Okay, what are you doing?’ (Sadhguru imitates the person’s laugh)
‘What else, Sadhguru?’ That means he’s a software engineer (Laughter). There was a time if you said ‘What else?’
you were a doctor. Now if you say ‘What else?’ it means
you’re a software engineer. It is not because they are phenomenally
interested in human physiology, they became doctors, not because they are… have an electronic this-thing,
they became a software engineer; just to earn a living. Is it not important? I’m not saying it’s not important, all I am saying is, even an ant which has one millionth of your brain,
is capable of earning a living. What’s your problem with such a big brain? Why I am saying this is, this idea… this horribly limiting idea has been
imposed into our youths that you must earn a living, and that’s the biggest thing. With this big brain, earning a living
is actually a problem on this planet? Do you… I know everybody has been conditioned to believe that. It is not so, I am telling you. It is not so. Earning a living is a petty thing for human consciousness but unfortunately whole humanity is investing
all its energies and intelligence in just earning a living. If this one thing does not change in the world, that – I’m not saying one should not – all I am saying is, it need not occupy the
entirety of human consciousness to earn a living. If you put one little finger to work, it’ll earn a living. It’s capable, this is capable of that. All human genius has been smothered to death simply because everybody is thinking,
‘How to earn a living, how to earn a living’ you know? The moment they can earn a living,
they will sit down and become fat (Few Laugh). You must be seeing,
‘What can I do with this life?’ isn’t it? Yes…You must be seeing,
‘What is the greatest thing I can do with this life?’ because one day you will fall dead, do you know? Do you know you will fall dead one day (Whispers)? Meditators: Yes… Sadhguru: So before you die, whatever is the
peak possibility for this life should happen, isn’t it? ‘I earn my living. I earn my living’ this is a big pride. Why don’t you see every insect,
every worm, every bird, every animal, every creature on this planet is earning a living. What is such a… what is… what is there
to be so proud of about ‘I earn my own living?’ Everybody is earning their own living, isn’t it? Only human beings are making a big issue out of it, too big a issue. When I look at it, how human intelligence has been
sacrificed at the altar of earning a living, it’s unbelievable. How many things human beings could have done;
how many incredible things they could have done, but instead of that, they are earning a living. So it’s very, very important, I am… I am just thinking, we should start a wave, particularly in schools and colleges that
earning a living is not… is a damn little thing. It is not the prime of your life. With one little finger, you can earn a living. With this big brain? When an ant can earn its living, this big brain (Gestures),
should it struggle to earn a living? That has become a problem because
you want to be like somebody else. Isn’t it? You want to be like somebody else. That enslaves you and once you are into this chakkar, nothing else is possible. It just keeps you going, and going and going endlessly. Now this possibility of this simple thing called yoga is not about twisting your body, is not about getting fit, it’s not about getting healthy. This… all these things nature will do for you,
if only if you live in tune with it. This is about understanding the geometry of
the cosmos through the geometry of your own system. I’m calling this a geometry because cosmos is a geometry, isn’t it? Planet Earth is going around the sun. What is it? A diesel powered? You think a big diesel engine is pushing it? If it was, the roar of that engine would have killed us (Laughs). Just the perfection of geometry,
just keeps going and going and going, isn’t it? You’ve seen those perpetual machines? Have you seen those little ones? If you just do it like this (Gestures),
for years on end it’s going. So this is just that, it’s a perfection of geometry
which keeps it going, and going, and going. The whole Universe is geometrically perfect
that’s why it stays there. Otherwise it wouldn’t. And if you learn to hold your body in a certain way, if the geometry of your body is in alignment
with the geometry of the rest of the creation, suddenly (Claps) you will find there is a rapport, a rapport which will allow you – you can download the whole cosmos into this one. This is not a tiny little… If you simply… like this (Gestures) if you live,
you’re just a piece of flesh and bone. If you just get it right, suddenly this is something else. Probably these days,
you don’t have this experience anymore, because you’ve got all ‘Tata Sky’, ‘Dish Net’
and all that stuff, but if suppose you had a television in your
home in eighties, when first the Doordarshan came, you are watching your favorite cricket match, suddenly your television was bhoop bhoop bhoop, then you climb up the terrace and there, there is one aluminum contraption
(Gestures) (Laughter). If you do like this, nothing will come (Gestures). If you do like this, nothing will come (Gestures). You just get it to the right place, Ah! the world pours into your sitting room. This is just like that. If you learn to just hold it right, the whole cosmos will pour into you. So, this is… engineering yourself does not mean engineering yourself
to breathe little better, to be little more healthy. No. This is about realizing the full potential
of what it means to be human.


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  • Reply shiva shakti January 27, 2016 at 3:41 am

    koti koti namaskaram…….☆☆☆☆☆

  • Reply Kenneth William January 27, 2016 at 4:25 am


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  • Reply N January 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Wow. Gold. Thank you Sadghuru

  • Reply billbb January 27, 2016 at 5:41 pm


  • Reply Hemant Bhatt January 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    thanks a lot Sadhguru

  • Reply Familie Sharma January 27, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    ♥ Jay Jay Jay Sadhguru ji ♥

  • Reply d ss January 28, 2016 at 10:48 am

    thanking you Sadhguru

  • Reply MARY JUSTO January 28, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you , for sharing .

  • Reply Akshay Shetye January 29, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    superbly awesome

  • Reply Anonymous Rana January 30, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    U r great…

  • Reply Catherine January 31, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you ❤️

  • Reply Don Specter January 31, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply REGHUNATH VAYALIL February 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Excellent explanation Sadhguruji.

  • Reply Zenambay Tourabaly February 4, 2016 at 11:21 am

    thanks Sadhguru i appreciate your lecture

  • Reply Hemant P February 4, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Wonderfully explained. Thank You so much Sadhguru.

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  • Reply EloTheSpiritWarrior February 9, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    you're amazing!

  • Reply JITHU G February 11, 2016 at 4:44 am

    on the way to earn a living ….. straight and meaningful message to hold on

  • Reply murray webb February 14, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Many thanks Sadguru. Your message help me simplify my life.

  • Reply Vaanga Paadalam February 15, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Thank you so much sadhguruji for enlightening us !
    We are thankful to you.

  • Reply Sunnykumar Modi February 16, 2016 at 2:04 am

    subtitles Please. .

  • Reply gurdeep s puri February 19, 2016 at 7:26 am

    thanks sadguru to make me reliase that it is more important to know yourself than other things….which has less relevance in our life…..

  • Reply Dimplekumar Shah February 21, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Nice one , logical

  • Reply Cecile Edwards March 9, 2016 at 11:08 am

    so profound……..

  • Reply Priya Sharma March 12, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Feeling blessed ….. Thank you Sadhguru..

  • Reply Ravinder Singh Negi March 13, 2016 at 9:21 am


  • Reply Kevin clarke March 16, 2016 at 1:14 am

    thank you for this. it truly opens my eyes. do you think E.T. 's are real and if so why hid it from the public?

  • Reply Prachi Goswami March 30, 2016 at 10:39 am


  • Reply RajcooMarie SHUNKER March 30, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    so wisely explained♡♥♡

  • Reply sharath kumar March 31, 2016 at 9:28 am

    True that!

  • Reply SEj Crafts April 25, 2016 at 6:34 am

    thank you so much guru ji

  • Reply Amit Singh August 3, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    How can I get this full video, I think it's incomplete?????

  • Reply yoppindia August 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    jai guru dev!

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  • Reply Miss.Samantha Lee October 13, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Aum Namah Shivayya…Shambho.

  • Reply Miss.Samantha Lee October 13, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Namaskaram Sadhguru ji.

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  • Reply n December 20, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Great talk! Thank u 🙂

  • Reply Et. February 27, 2017 at 5:39 am

    he reminds me of shikiamaru

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  • Reply Rahul Burnwal April 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    lovely speech

  • Reply abhilash b May 10, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    5:20 Epic 😊🙏

  • Reply Pushpendra Mishra May 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    must watch video in today's perspective

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  • Reply aastha subedi July 1, 2017 at 10:39 am

    what a perception! thank you guru ji for englightning us .

  • Reply Erika Galavis August 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm


  • Reply OnSean Zion August 19, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Oh God..give me air!

  • Reply bharath kumar November 10, 2017 at 5:12 am


  • Reply Deeksha Pathak January 4, 2018 at 3:27 am

    Yes….what else…haaahaa

  • Reply Parshu Ram January 27, 2018 at 4:44 am

    thank you gurudeva.

  • Reply Anil Kharche February 20, 2018 at 4:34 am

    Truth,Truth & Truth , Koti – Koti Pranam !

  • Reply renno rajiv ramlal March 19, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply passang Dorjee Lepcha August 5, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    I hear u,, and really feel u

  • Reply Mike David Papapavlou August 6, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Bless you Sahguru! When even an ant earns its living, why do we spend most of our lives concerned about how to continue earning a living?

  • Reply kamaltiwari tiwari August 8, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Feeling blessed….Thanku Sadhguru

  • Reply channa basava August 9, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Change as fast as possible

  • Reply _Krystaleyez_ November 24, 2018 at 3:53 am

    So in love with this ❤️🙏🏼 I needed to hear this

  • Reply Zalika jaha Peace November 27, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing

  • Reply farhn cilmi November 28, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you Sadguru. you enlightened me many things.

  • Reply Ritesh gupta December 24, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Sadguru koti koti Naman

  • Reply Losizak_ January 3, 2019 at 4:42 am

    “Earning a living is a petty thing for this consciousness.” Yes 😔

  • Reply amita prabhakar January 3, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Sadhguru you have a bad cold.Please take care.

  • Reply Fab Doc January 3, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    One of the best ones!

  • Reply sam Gilvear January 7, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Love this
    Guy saw him
    Live a couple years ago in London… awesome 👏

  • Reply The Real DJ N U' January 10, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Lost me at round

  • Reply Lauri C January 20, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Apart from Sadhguru's simply spoken truths and anecdotes, his giggle is a balm to my heart. So very timely!

  • Reply Afiah Irawan January 21, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Thank you Sadhguru 🙏🏻
    I hope youngster watch this and get enlighten 💖

  • Reply M Z January 24, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Excellent video, I love listening to him

  • Reply Paul Barratt January 26, 2019 at 1:44 am

    Yoga distinguishes stress.

  • Reply James Holland February 5, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I love this dude. I so wanna be his understudy.

  • Reply Brian Johnson February 6, 2019 at 3:25 am

    I watch this over every so often and I get something new every time. Thank you Sadguru.

  • Reply Manoj Kumar February 6, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Sir I don’t know how to thank you

  • Reply Youraj Togarkhede February 9, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Ultimate knowledge

  • Reply M.M.Family. 305 February 13, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Great speech, since I watched your first video, I decided to watch more, Love positivity! Jah bless!

  • Reply Brian Perkins February 18, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    I am pretty much a software engineer and I agree. Thanks Sadhguru

  • Reply mmotoxxx79 March 9, 2019 at 6:26 am

    His thought process on every day Life is so enlightening, and refreshing. His voice is very calming as well, so that helps.

  • Reply niranjan bhujbal June 26, 2019 at 5:45 am

    I am a youth and was confused about my life… Soo thank u for guiding me… Luv u

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