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Jaggi Vasudev – October 5th, 2011
Jaggi Vasudev known as Sadhguru born on 3rd September 1957 in Mysore, Karnataka, is the founder of Isha Yoga. A repute yogi is one of the popular contemporary Indian spiritual leaders. More than just being a guru merely discharging yoga techniques and spreading spirituality through talks, he is a visionary humanitarian. His powerful oratory power in english makes him appear regularly on famous Television channel’s talk shows and speak at world conferences. Thus, Isha yoga is rooted in various countries with millions of followers. The foundation apart from its spiritual discourse is also involved in a lot of community and social activities.
Wikipedia describes his spiritual experience as such
“At the age of twenty-five, he underwent a deep spiritual experience which was to change the course of his future life. One afternoon, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev went to the Chamundi hills in Mysore and sat on a rock with his eyes wide open. Suddenly, he had an out of body experience. He felt as if he was not in his body anymore, rather spread out everywhere, in the rocks, in the trees, in the earth. When he came back to his normal state, it was late in the evening. He wondered if he had hallucinated, but in the days that followed, this experience recurred and each time it left him in a state of utter bliss. This episode entirely changed his way of life. Jaggi Vasudev decided to dedicate his entire life to the sharing of those experiences’.
In 1992 Sadhguru established the non-profit Organisation Isha Foundation to raise social awareness among people. Sadhguru often says that, one can live a life full of ecstasy if people are awakened. He says that the power within one self is so great that the food we consume can just turn into energy. Where as people unaware of that great power are sad cursing their own fate and destiny. So he urges people to at least live a content if not for a life of ecstasy.
Isha outreaches to the poor in many ways. Action for Rural Rejuvenation (ARR) was floated in a view to enhance the health conditions of the poor. Like wise, Isha Vidhya takes care of the education of the poor; Go green projects in which millions of saplings are being planted all over Tamil Nadu was initiated to avoid environment degradation and this large-scale tree planting project will enhance biodiversity, protect the soil, restore ecological balance and provide livelihood opportunities for thousands across the state.
I had an opportunity to interview Sathguru Jaggi Vasude