Without human memory, there would be no civilization. And yet, as Sadhguru points out, human memory is also the source of bondage, for all too often it runs the risk of preventing us from seeing life as it is.
The body, says Sadhguru, knows only two things – survival and procreation. While there is nothing wrong with the way of the body, it is limited – it is not the ultimate. He explains that if you try to make the limited into the unlimited, suffering is inevitable.
Sadhguru expounds on the various traps one gets into when using only the intellect to perceive life. He narrates a story from the life of Aristotle which reminds us that our thoughts, logic and intellect are not enough to know life in its immensity.
Though we often hear advice to “believe in yourself,” Sadhguru explains that by strengthening our personalities, we also cause our energies to become more rigid. This in turn hampers our possibility to transcend into higher dimensions of life. Spirituality, he says, allows one to become malleable by dissolving the personality and enhancing the presence of life within.
A seeker wonders about the line between being trustful and being naïve - how to know if one is just being taken for a ride? The guru is constantly taking his disciples or devotees for a ride, Sadhguru explains, because if you really tell them what they are supposed to swallow, they will just say this is impossible and run away.
Though tradition tells us that, should we find ourselves in the presence of a higher being, it is wise to ask for our heart’s desires without hesitation, Sadhguru cautions us that receiving a gift for which one is not evolved enough to receive will only bring trouble for both giver and receiver. If you give a ton of gold to an ant, he explains, it will not make him rich – it will crush him.
While achieving external pleasantness requires a certain capability and cooperation from others, Sadhguru says, when it comes to inner experience, nobody can be denied. While everyone is capable of touching joy, bliss, and ecstasy, sustaining the same requires building the necessary foundation.
Sadhguru and award-winning actor Anupam Kher discuss the sense of wonder that used to be synonymous with childhood, and how this is fast disappearing in today’s youngsters. Wonder does not come from innocence, Sadhguru explains, but from paying substantial attention and realizing the nature of the existence.
During this conversation, actor Anupam Kher asks Sadhguru, “Do you believe in God?” One believes something, explains Sadhguru, because they are not sincere enough to admit that they do not know. It is time, he says, that we establish a certain level of seeking in a human being rather than just pumping him up with belief.