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Inner Engineering – Yogi’s Guide to Joy- Book Summary Part 4

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There are times when descriptions fade away and the only one that fits is that of a seeker soaking in all of life.. with gratitude and love.

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The first installment in this series was a brief on the author’s childhood and the unusual experience in his youth that changed his life forever and also gave him access to a much higher dimension.

Concepts related to responsibility and Yoga (not be mistaken with just the physical exercises) were also dealt with.

In the second section of the book, the author explores the Mind-Body-Energy trio through concepts, practices, and self-observation practices. The author urges the readers to experiment and not to take anything on pure faith.

In the second installment of this series, we looked at yogic insights into the human body and how to enhance it for higher possibilities. In the third installment, the mind was the focus. Psychology, Yogi style.

And the yogic insights into the body and mind throws much-needed light on many existential problems.

The sole aim of every individual’s life energies is to touch the infinite- the very core of our being.

The entire yogic process is aimed at aligning oneself with this longing and give conscious expression to this human need.

Karma

  • Whatever we do with our body, mind, energies leave a certain residue that forms a pattern that collectively shapes into tendencies.
  • So, Karma is like old software that you have written for yourself unconsciously. Karma however is not negative. It gives stability and structure to life for the stored information is imperative for survival.
  • Karma is encrypted on mental memory, fundamentals of body, your chemistry, your very energy. Efficient backup systems! So that even if you lose your mind you still do not lose your Karma.
  • For any transformation, one needs to break the cyclical patterns of Karma. A spiritual process means we have made up our mind to rewrite our software consciously.
  • When you experience everything that comes your way absolutely when you experience every life breath with utmost intensity without distractions of thought, emotion, devoid of any psychological drama you are liberated. You have moved from being a victim, or a spectator to a master of your life.

Consecration

  • Modern science tells that everything is the same energy manifesting itself in a million different ways. Consecration is the yogic technology that enables you to make a simple space into a divine exuberance.
  • Regardless of how good your life is at some point, the fundamental human longing to get in touch with the source of creation. In ancient India, it was considered vital to address this longing by creating spaces that made access to a deeper dimension possible. This is the reason why numerous temples where built in every corner. Indian temples where never places of prayers but, more like a public battery charging place which is why one was required to sit for a while and imbibe the energies.
  • It is actually simpler to consecrate people, but that would entail they dedicate some time energy, and focus daily for maintenance. Doing a spiritual practice every day is one way to maintain the human body in a high state of vibrancy.
  • When you live in a consecrated place you can simply leapfrog to a state of ultimate wellbeing and freedom.

Intricacies of Energy Body

  • The yogic system, according to Sadhguru, offers a comprehensive and elaborate view of the human energy body.
  • There are 72000 channels or Nadis which spring from three basic channels - Pingala on the right, Ida on the left, and Sushumna in the center.
  • A human being is complete when Ida and Pingala are at full force and in proper balance.

Understanding the Nadis

Ida Pingala

Left side

Right side

Feminine

Masculine

Receptive

Outgoing

Moon

Sun

Intuitive Dimension

Logical Dimension

Reflective qualities

Exploratory qualities

  • The chakras are powerful centers in the physiology where the Nadis meet in a particular way to create an energy vortex. There are seven chakras - seven different dimensions through which energy finds expression.
  • There is a wide spectrum of spiritual practices in the yogic system to enable one to move energies from one chakra to another. This is one of the reasons for the tremendous emphasis on the Guru in Indian spiritual tradition.
  • Sadhguru touches on the process that was needed to consecrate the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple in Coimbatore, India. The uniqueness of the Dhyanalinga is that it has all seven chakras energized at their peak.

Chakras - Quick Glance

Lower ChakrasUpper Chakras

Muladhara, Swadishtana, Manipuraka

Anahata,Vishuddhi,Sahasrara

Associated with Self preservation,survival instincts

Instinct towards liberation

Grip of nature

Draws away from pull of Earth

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Mystical places

  • The problem faced by yogis and mystics is the lack of a suitable candidate capable of receiving what they knew. So, many mystics downloaded their knowing in remote places like mountain peaks.
  • Mount Kailash is one such and therefore considered sacred by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains alike. It is the greatest mystical library on the planet.

Finally, Sadhguru addresses the question of Why self-realization?

With any gadget, the ability to use it effectively and for its best use is directly proportional to your knowledge about it. Imagine using an iPad as your cutting board in the kitchen.

Similarly, the more profound is your understanding of the human mechanism, the more you learn to access deeper dimension and the more magical life will be. Why settle for only a little health, well-being, wealth, love, and success when existence has more to offer.

This book by Sadhguru answered several why’s and what’s but to know the how’s one has to immerse in the experience.

Peppered with poetry, parables, analogies, and stories this book is a racy read for what could have been a dry, serious topic. The genius of Sadhguru leads the reader on this journey in his inimitable, witty style and makes the yogic tradition both alluring and attainable. Definitely a must-read.

For the first time in the history of humanity, we have the necessary resources, capability, technology but if the ability to wield these powerful instruments is not accompanied by a deep sense of compassion, maturity, balance, and inclusiveness we could be on the brink of a global disaster. The only way out is IN.

- Sadhguru

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 sowspeaks

Comments

sowspeaks (author) from Bengaluru on October 09, 2020:

Hi Devika, am so glad that you enjoyed this article and had some key takeaways. Take care and have a nice day.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 02, 2020:

This is so interesting about Karma, and in understanding what some think is a negative about Karma. The Yogi system has taught me about my body mentally and physically.