Jäggi Vasudev

Jäggi Vasudev , commonly known as Sadhguru is an Indian Yogi , mystic , and New York Times Bestselling author. [1] He founded the Isha Foundation , a non-profit organization welke offerings yoga programs around the world, zoals India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Singapore, Canada, [2] Malaysia, Uganda, China, Nepal, and Australia.The Foundation is ook involved in verschillende social and community development activities, welke port resulted in the Foundation being granted special advisory status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations . [3] On 25 January 2017, Government of India announced “Padma Vibhushan” award for his contribution to this club towards spirituality. [4]

Early life

Born in Mysore , Karnataka on Friday 3 September 1957 [5] to Susheela and Dr. Vasudev, Jagadish was the youngest of four children – two boys and two girls. His Father was an ophthalmologist with the Indian Railways and as a result, the family moved Frequently. At the age of 12, he cameramen in contact with Malladihalli Sri Raghavendra Swamiji who taught im a set of simple yoga asanas , the practice or welke have regularly Maintained. [6] Jäggi Vasudev states that ‘without a single day’s break, this simple yoga that was taught to im Kept happening and led to a much Deeper experience later. ” [5] : 39

After his Schooling at Demonstration School, Mysore in 1973, he graduated from the University of Mysore with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. [7] During his college years, he developed an interest in travel and motorcycles. A frequent haunt of his and his friends were the Chamundi Hill near Mysore, where they ‘had gathered of or in and went for nocturnal drives. He’ll be traveled to verschillende places in the country on his motorcycle. This experience made im Resolve “to earn some quick money,” and just ride off somewhere where people Could not stop im. This led to open im verschillende successful businesses after graduation, zoals a Poultry Farm , a Brickworks and a construction business.

Spiritual experience

At the age of 25 on 23 September 1982, [8] Jäggi Vasudev red up Chamundi Hill and sat on a rock, where he had a spiritual experience. Jäggi Vasudev describes his experience as follows: “Till dat time in my life I always thought this is me and that’s somebody else and something else. But for the first time I did not know welke is me and welke is not me. Suddenly, what Ms was just all over the place. The very rock on welke I was sitting, the air dat I breathe, the very atmosphere around me, I had just exploded JSON everything. That sounds like utter insanity. This, I thought it lasted for in to fifteen minutes but als I cameramen back to my normal consciousness, it was about four-and-a-half hours I was sitting there, ‘fully conscious, eyes open, but time had just flipped. ” [9] : 04: 04 Six weeks after this experience, he left his business to his friend and traveled extensively in an effort to gain insight into his mystical experience. After a year of meditation and travel, Jäggi Vasudev decided to teach yoga to share his inner experience. [8]

In 1983, he conducted his first yoga class with seven participants in Mysore. Over time, he Began Conducting yoga classes across Karnataka and Hyderabad traveling from class to class on his motorcycle. He lived off the Proceeds of his Poultry Farm rental and refused payment for the classes. A usual practice of his was to donate the collections RECEIVED from participants to a local charity on the last day of the class. [8] These initial programs ulcers the basic format on welke the Isha Yoga classes ulcers later built.


Main article: Dhyanalinga
The Dhyanalinga binnen de temple dome.
The Nandi bull statue at the Isha Yoga Center

In 1994, Jäggi Vasudev conducted the first program in the ashram premises, prolongation welke have DESCRIBED the Dhyanalinga. The Dhyanalinga is a yogic temple and a space for meditation, the consecration or welke, Jäggi Vasudev had stated was his life’s mission entrusted to encounter in his guru . [8] In 1996, the stone edifice of the linga was ordered and arrived at the Ashram . After three years of work, the Dhyanalinga was COMPLETED On 23 June 1999 [10] and opened to the public on 23 November. [11]

The Dhyanalinga yogic temple offers a Meditative space therein does not ascribe to Any mn faith or belief system. [12] A 76-foot dome, constructed using only bricks and stabilised mud mortar without steel or concrete, [13] covers the sanctum sanctorum . The lingam is 13 feet and 9 inches in height and made of high-density black granite . The Sarva Dharma Sthamba, located in the euro at the front entrance, functions as an icon or singularity, with the sculptural reliefs and symbols of Hinduism , Islam , Christianity , Sikhism , Jainism , basti , Zoroastrianism , Judaism , Buddhism , and Shinto inscribed as a universal welcome . [14]

The Death of Jäggi Vasudev’s wife

Jäggi Vasudev’s wife mayest on 23 January 1997. In his book “Mystics Musings” Jäggi Vasudev claims therein viii took Mahasamadhi (voluntary leaving or one’s body to merge with the Divine) and dat it was a very auspicious day for industry leaders a thing.

On January 23rd, this cluster of planets centered on the first degree of Aquarius, joined at the Sun with the Full Moon Opposite Them all. This pattern nov ook be seen as a symbolic representation of the long heralded ‘dawning of the Age of Aquarius. It is ook de thaipoosam, a day dat many sages of the matches had Chosen for hun eigen Mahasamadhi. [15]

A controversy broke out eight months later-when viii’s Father, TSGanganna, Filed a complaint with police Regarding the death of his daughter. As Reported in the Indian Express newspaper on October 12, 1997, [16] Gang Anna’s complaint zegt dat Jäggi Vasudev had hurriedly COMPLETED the cremation on January 24 as voordat They could rush from Bangalore, raising suspicion about the nature of death. He Suspected death due to poisoning or strangulation. “Based on the complaint or Gang Anna to the Bangalore City Police on August 12, a case was registered. The Bangalore City Police Transferred it to the Coimbatore Rural Police. The Coimbatore Rural Police port registered a case Against Jäggi Vasudev under Section 302 of IPC (murder) and IPC 201 (suppression of evidence). The events after the police case are Mentioned in Arundhati Subramanian’s book “Sadhguru – More than a life”. Jäggi Vasudev ook ghosts of it in his Tehelka interview [17] where he zegt de volgende –

“Is an FIR Filed? No. Have they ‘arrested me? No. Have they ‘interrogated me? No, “he Responds. “Why mention anything ze not arrest me if there was some substance?” He says a case was Filed eight months after his wife mayest, and the media went ballistic Because a powerful banker who disliked im funded the campaign. Volgens to im, on Despite this and the resulting political pressure, the DSP refused to arrest im Because there was no case – ze’d spoken to people at the Ashram. He adds dat she’d announced to many dat she was planning to leave re-bodied and there ulcers witnesses als it happened. What surprised im was dat she left a month voordat re announced date.

Isha Foundation

Main article: Isha Foundation
Saplings being readied for transportation at a PGH nursery.

Jäggi Vasudev Agent the Isha Foundation, a non-religious, non-profit organization entirely run by volunteers. The Isha Yoga Center near Coimbatore was founded in 1993 and hosts a series of programs to heighten self-awareness through yoga. The foundation works in tandem with international bodies like the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. [3]

Social initiatives

Jaggi Vasudev is also the founder of Project GreenHands (PGH), a grassroots ecological initiative which was awarded the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, by the Government of India in June 2010.[18] PGH aims to increase the green cover in Tamil Nadu by 10% and has successfully overseen the planting of more than 17 million trees by over 2 million volunteers. In an interview with National Geographic Green magazine, Jaggi Vasudev explained the impetus which led him to establish Project GreenHands: “In the year 1998, certain experts […] made a prediction, by 2025, 60% of Tamil Nadu will be a desert. […] I decided to drive across Tamil Nadu and see for myself if this is true. […] I realized they were completely wrong because it wouldn’t go to 2025, it would happen much faster according to me. […] So from ’98 to 2003, 2004, I went about planting trees in people’s minds. And since 2004, we [have been] transplanting those trees back to the ground.”[19]

Action for Rural rejuvenation (ARR) is an initiative of the Isha Foundation therein AIMS to verbeteren the overall health and quality of life of the rural poor. ARR was Agent at Jäggi Vasudev in 2003 and seeks to benefit 70 million people in 54,000 villages across South India . As of 2010, ARR has reached over 4,200 villages and a population of about 7 million people. [20] [21] He has ook leg involved with Agricultural and farmers’ associations to work towards Resolving issues faced by Indian farmers. [22]

Isha Vidhya is Isha Foundation’s educational initiative, welke AIMS to raise the level of education and literacy verbeteren in rural India. There are seven schools in operation welke Educate around 3,000 students. [23] The foundation has also “eerste” 26 government schools to reach out to students from Financially constrained Backgrounds, and Aims to adopt up to 3,000 schools. [24] [25]

Yoga programs

Sadhguru Conducting the Inner Engineering Program at the Bombay Stock Exchange , Mumbai .

After the establishment of the Ashram, Jäggi Vasudev Began Conducting regular yoga programs at the Isha Yoga Center, zoals a course for the Indian Hockey team in 1996. [26] [27] In 1997, he Began Conducting classes in the United States [28 ] [29] and in 1998, he Began Conducting yoga classes for life-term prisoners in Tamil Nadu prisons. [30] From 2011 he Began Conducting programs with large-scale participation of up to 10,000 and 15,000 participants at once. These large-scale programs port leg attended by about 75,000 people in total. [31] [32]

The programs offered at Jäggi Vasudev are offered under the umbrella of Isha Yoga . The is Isha means “the form less divine.” [33] Isha Yoga’s flagship program ‘Inner Engineering’ welke introduces people to meditation and Pranayam and the Shambhavi Mahamudra. [34] He’ll be conducts yoga classes for corporate leadership to introductory Them to what he calls “inclusive economics,” welke he says introduces a sense of compassion and inclusiveness JSON today’s economic scenario. [35] [36]

He’ll be regularly conducts Mahasathsangs in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka . Lord have Gives talks, teaches meditation, and holds question and answer sessions with the audience. These are Mahasathsangs ook-used as platforms to encouragement tree planting activities. [37] Jäggi Vasudev ook takes spiritual aspirants on annual yatras to Mount Kailash and the Himalayas . The Kailash Yatra led by Jäggi Vasudev is onder de Toilets groups to make the trip to Kailash, with 514 pilgrims Attending the journey in 2010. [38] [39] He’ll be spends time working with people on stress relief in institutes or Tertiary education effective SRM University, Chennai. [ Citation needed ]

Jäggi Vasudev organizes all-night Mahashivarathri celebrations everytime year at the Isha Yoga Center. It’s Estimated dat deze celebrations ulcers attended by as many as 800,000 people in 2013. [40] [41] [42] The night of includes music, dance, and guided meditation . In 2013, performers included Carnatic singer Aruna Sairam , dancer Anita Ratnam , and the band The Raghu Dixit Project . [42]

In March 2005, construction of the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences (III) in McMinnville, Tennessee , USA was begun and was COMPLETED 6 months later. Jäggi Vasudev had decided to Establish III as a center for spiritual growth in the Western Hemisphere . On 7 November 2008, he consecrated the Mahima Hall, a 39,000 square foot, free-standing meditation hall at the III. Mahima Hall is the Toilets meditation hall in the Western Hemisphere. [43] On 30 January 2010, he consecrated the Linga Bhairavi, a representation of the feminine aspects of the divine at the Isha Yoga Center. [5]

Participation in global and economic forums

KV Kamath , who was present at the Isha Insight program.

Jäggi Vasudev ghosts at the United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit in 2000, [44] the World Economic Forum in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. [45] On 24 June 2013 he conducted a multi-religious session Titled, “Interfaith Deliberations on the universality of Religions “at the Isha Yoga Center, welke was attended by representatives of verschillende religions, and coincided with the anniversary celebrations FOURTEENTH of the Dhyanalinga . [46] [47]

In 2012, he was voted the onder hundred musts powerful Indians for his contribution to this club in the field of environmental protection and for encouraging public participation in ecological issues. [48] He was ook a participant in the 2006 documentary film ONE: The Movie . He has bone involved in one-on-one Interactions as part of the “In Conversations With the Mystic” program with Shekhar Kapur , Virender Sehwag , Juhi Chawla , Barkha Dutt , Anupam Kher , Jasti Chelameswar , Dilip Cherian , Muzaffar Ali , Tarun Tahiliani and Kiran Bedi . [49] [50] [51]

In 2012, he Initiated the Isha Insight program, welke focuses on helping in small and medium businesses scale up hun business activities. The program was conducted by Ram Charan with KV Kamath , Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao , Shankar Annaswamy, Vellayan Subbiah and Pramod Chaudhari ‘ll be active in the program. [52] In an interview with Forbes magazine, Jäggi Vasudev, speaking about the motivation behind setting up the program, zegt, “While speaking at economic Summits and to leaders in India and outside, I Have Noticed dat het must consider issue people harbor is a Lack of insight JSON what they ‘are doing, or what They could do. That’s how we ended up customizing this program called Insight. ” [53]


Padma Vibhushan (2017) [54]


Jäggi Vasudev is the author or verschillende books, zoals Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy, welke entered the Washington Post and The New York Times bestseller list in multiple categories. The book tour in North America included 17 cities, and the launch events in later attended at an Estimated 26,000 people. [1] [55] The Huffington Post review describes the books as “full or as practical tools to start one’s self-transformation journey.” [56]


  • Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga , [57] ISBN 9352643925
  • Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy , ISBN 0-8129-9780-8 , 9780812997804
  • Three Truths or Wellbeing , ISBN 978-0-14-342138-2
  • Encounter the Enlightened , ISBN 81-86685-60-X
  • Mystic’s Musings , ISBN 81-86685-59-6
  • Joy 24×7 , ISBN 978-81-7992-914-8
  • Pebbles of Wisdom , ISBN 978-81-7992-952-0
  • The Mystic Eye , ISBN 81-7992-883-7
  • Essential Wisdom from a Spiritual Master , ISBN 81-7992-882-9
  • Flowers on the Path , ISBN 81-87910-05-4
  • Himalayan Lust , ISBN 978-81-8495-076-2
  • Eternal Echoes: The Sacred Sounds Through the Mystic , ISBN 81-87910-02-X
  • Dhyanalinga: The Silent Revolution , ISBN 81-87910-00-3
  • Dhyanalinga: The Eternal Form
  • Circus or The Mind , ISBN 81-87910-10-0
  • Unleashing The Mind , ISBN 81-87910-08-9
  • Good And Bad Divides The World , ISBN 81-87910-07-0
  • Enlightenment: What It Is , ISBN 81-87910-06-2
  • Sacred Space For Self-transformation , ISBN 81-87910-09-7
  • Ancient Technology For The Modern Mind , ISBN 81-87910-11-9
  • Three Truths or Wellbeing , ISBN 978-0-670-08706-8
  • Midnights with the Mystic , ISBN 978-1-57174-561-3
  • A Guru Always takes you for a ride , ISBN 978-81-87910-53-4
  • Ancient Technology For The Modern Mind , ISBN 978-81-87910-11-4
  • Do not Polish Your ignorance …. it ‘may shine , ISBN 978-81-8495-200-1
  • Or Mystics & Mistakes , ISBN 978-81-8495-308-4
  • Body – The Greatest Gadget / Mind Is Your Business , ISBN 978-93-5083-360-5
  • Emotion The Juice Of Life: Compulsiveness To Consciousness , ISBN 978-93-5083-362-9
  • Encounter the Enlightened , ISBN 978-81-86685-60-0
  • Sadhguru Biography-More Than A Life , ISBN 978-0-670-08512-5
  • Why Suffering
  • Inner Management: In the Presence of the Master
  • Isha Living
  • Sexuality and Divine
  • you
  • SG Convex View book
  • The sacred India Book
  • Shiva Ultimate Outlaw


  • Sei … Seiyathe! ISBN 978-81-8476-288-4
  • Athanaikum Asaipadu ISBN 81-89780-05-0
  • Moondravathu Konam ISBN 978-81-8476-155-9
  • Unakkagave Oru Ragasiyam ISBN 978-81-89936-24-2
  • Konjam Konjam Amudham Visham ISBN 978-81-8476-134-4
  • Aayiram Jannal ISBN 978-81-8476-226-6
  • Anandha Alai
  • Gnanathin Bramandam
  • Guru Guru Thantha


  • I Aadhyatmik Guru Ka Alaukik Gyaan ISBN 978-81-8495-142-4
  • Mrutyu I Kalpana Hai ISBN 978-81-288-2969-7
  • Srushti’s srushta branch ISBN 978-81-288-2970-3
  • Aatm-Gyan: Aakhir Hai Kya ISBN 978-81-288-3495-0 , {First Edition in August 2011}


  • Gnyanodaya ISBN 978-81-7286-606-8
  • Karunege Bhedavilla ISBN 81-7286-591-0


  • Gnani Sannidhilo
  • Sadhguru Subhaashitaalu ISBN 978-93-80409-77-1
  • Maunamto Rahasyam ISBN 978-93-80409-48-1
  • Ashinchu sadhinchu
  • Anandam 24×7


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