Thursday, January 12, 2012



CONSECRATION – 24TH & 25TH, December,2011

When Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev plans – the Plan has to be for something totally out of the planet.

It has to be Great. It has to be Big. It has to be for the whole world. And, it has to benefit people for thousands of years.  All this means that – it must be Big History by itself.

The sheer scale of Planning and the number of people participating will  put anything else happening anywhere else in the world into insignificance.

When Sadhguru planned the planting of trees and greening this part of the Planet – people stood watching in utter amazement at the sheer numbers planned and executed with precision.

The Isha Yoga centre itself is a piece of wonder – in fact, each part of it. The Dhyana lingam, the theertha kund, the linga Bhairavi shrine, and so on.

I strongly feel – his biggest contribution to the world however is (or, are) – the meditators he has created, including the Brahmacharis, who are making many things happen silently. They are Sadhguru’s arms, legs, heart and lungs…., which function spontaneously, willingly and with utmost care.

The whole world talks of one phenomenon called “dabbawalas” of Mumbai city – who manage to carry meals to office / factory goers in Mumbai from  their homes. They don’t fail. Their devotion to their duty is said to be un-paralleled anywhere in the world. Every Management expert discusses how they do it – how they beat the most difficult six sigma levels so easily. And, they do it – without a leader – goading them to do it.

I suspect that every Indian, or, at any rate, most Indians, have it in them – to give out their best – if the cause is worthy.

So, dabbawalas are not unique within India. They have adequate competition in many places, within India – wherever Politics has not raised its ugly head. Isha foundation is one such.

Every function, organized by the Isha foundation, is characterized by a huge but silent spirit of  sacrifice and precision. It is neither hard work nor smart work, but devoted work that you see in Isha volunteers. Every time, they seem to feel  a need to excel themselves. There is almost nobody telling them or instructing them most of the time. But, they are enjoying their work. I have seen this happen countless times.

But, if you move a little deeper, you will find the Brahmacharis – whose everyday life is better than any six sigma event. That is the greatness of spirituality.

But, even by isha foundation standards, this time, it is Unique.

The consecration of Adiyogi Alayam is a very special event planned by Sadhguru and Isha foundation – may be for over an year stretching from the last part of 2010, into the last part of 2011.This is what the time line available on its web site indicates to us.

I have not physically attended the consecration of Adi yogi Alayam which happened on 24th and 25th of December, 2011. But, my two sons and my daughter-in-law were all part of the consecration team of meditators. So, virtually, I can see and participate with six eyes instead of two eyes.

Isha foundation brings out a CD containing the glimpses of this great event – and parts of the event are already available on You tube. I urge all readers to get the CD and watch the event themselves – and also see the glimpses available on You tube.

Over 10,000 meditators have participated in the consecration of Adiyogi Alayam. They are devoted, experienced and extraordinarily spiritual and have lent as much a helping hand as they can in making the place conducive to this special spiritual event.

Sadhguru says –

“for the last four months, there has been no day and night in the ashram. It has just been one long workday. What happened at the Adiyogi Alayam construction site during these four months has been tremendous; the residents and volunteers worked tirelessly to make this event possible, and the Consecration went off in tremendous fashion.

“These types of events and processes are usually conducted in an intimate setting, but we had 11,049 meditators here, and their level of cooperation, exuberance and intensity is something you cannot find anywhere. The hall was just overflowing with people; we have already outgrown the space even before it has been fully completed.

“The reason why we created an Adiyogi Alayam is to bring back classical yoga in its purest form. Not studio yoga, not book yoga, not the kinds of things that are being done in the world today, but proper classical yoga, which is a phenomenally powerful science.

“……. in yoga, there is a classical science which is the science. But today, there is no investment in the concrete science of yoga, people are just trying to reap the benefits. It is like, if you grow a cow, you can milk it. After some time, people will only be interested in the udder, not the cow. So they won’t have a cow, they will just have a plastic udder and they will go on milking it. After some time, no milk will come. Slowly, our attention has become like this – we have forgotten what gives the milk.

“One fundamental reason to create the Adiyogi Alayam was to re-establish classical yoga; we want to build people who are willing to invest their lives in the profoundness of yoga, not getting fancy benefits out of it, not hanging onto a chair or a tree and thinking they are doing yoga. Bringing back that dimension will not happen by instruction only; a phenomenal energy is needed. Otherwise, yoga cannot be taught. If you teach yoga without creating a vessel of energy, that is not yoga. That is just a farce. That farce is going all over the world right now.

“So we have built the Adiyogi Alayam with that intention, we want a powerful space. …..

“During the process, there were two levels of consecration. One was to consecrate the linga, which is the most important part, and the other was to create a seat – a hot seat – because for the kinds of things that we are planning to do in this hall, we need a substantial support. If we have to describe the seat in terms of the human system, the nearest quality that I can ascribe to it is the Muladhara* – it creates a stable base to sit on, always. This is needed. One thing that was said in the yoga sutras about Hata Yoga is, ‘sukham sthiram asanam.’ An asana which is comfortable and stable, that is the asana. So stability, balance is the most important aspect whatever we wish to do. How far one goes, how high one climbs, is not a question of strength alone, not a question of intelligence alone, not a question of knowledge alone, not a question of external conduciveness – stability, balance is the most important quality. If this one thing is not there, even with all the other things, you still may not make it because you do not have the necessary balance.

“I had been thinking for some time that we have to do something in the Adiyogi’s name because He was the first to put this idea into human civilization – that a human being can evolve into something more than what he is right now. This predates all religion. …….He put forth this idea that a human being does not have to limit himself to his dimension, he can transcend; there is another way to be – a completely different way to be. He not only gave the idea, He also gave a method to get there. There has never been a more revolutionary idea on this planet.”

Now, I have  given you a brief summary of what Sadhguru said in one of his pieces on the consecration of AdiYogi Alayam. You can read his thoughts on it in full at the Isha foundation web site / blog.

I am sure, many of you would be at the Adi yogi Alayam – sometime soon. So, I am not giving all details of the Alayam – which any way, I am yet to see with my own eyes.

You can see the time line and many other interesting details at the following URLs – some of which are beautiful videos.

With Profound Gratitude to Sadhguru for giving the Adi Yogi Alayam to the world –


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1 comment:

  1. words are poor communicators when it comes to describe the person or the deeds of greats like Sadguru. But, words only we have. And you have done a neat job with it.