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Inner Engineering – Yogi’s Guide to Joy- Book Summary Part 3

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.


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 installment 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.

As I mentioned in my earlier parts of this summary, the author has delved so deep into the body-mind- energy complex that it necessitated a separate article on the Mind.

Sadhguru starts by saying that it is time to restate the famous axiom by Rene Descartes ‘I think, therefore I am. Existentially you are, therefore you may think,”

‘Imagine a Paleolithic caveman punching a computer keyboard.’


  • The author shows through a story featuring Aristotle and Heraclitus that trying to logically and intellectually figure out life is akin to a man attempting to empty the ocean into a small hole with a tablespoon. Ridiculous!
  • Yoga helps create a clear space between oneself and the mind. Once this happens, a life of heightened clarity, perception, and freedom begins. The biggest problem is one of excessive identification with our thoughts and labels. Being a Buddha means that you have become a witness to your intellect.
  • In the yogic system, the mind has 16 dimensions which are grouped into 4 categories.

Discerning Dimension or Intellect (Buddhi)

Accumulative Dimension or Memory (Manas)

Awareness (beyond both- Chitta)

Ahankara, from where we derive our sense of identity.

  • Intellect is crucial for survival. The essence of the intellect is to divide. Therefore, it stands as a barrier between one and experience of oneness of life. Modern education has encouraged lopsided development of the intellect.
  • Intellect is like a scalpel, slices through reality and thus helps to discern one thing from another. The author gives an example. Suppose you have a knife and everything you cut sticks on the knife. Now you cut onions and then mangoes. The mangoes start smelling like onions. Similarly, your intellect gets identified with something and then gives you a completely distorted experience of life.
  • The accumulative dimension is society's garbage bin/impressions gathered from outside. Even the sense organs can only perceive life piece-meal and can never comprehend the whole.
  • Now the hand that wields the knife is your identity. A knife needs both a sharp blade and a stable hand to hold it or disaster can ensue.
  • Awareness is intelligence completely unsullied by memory. This deep dimension of the mind connects you to the very basis of creation. As you pitch it up further, while new dimensions of existence open up.
  • When the intellect is dipped in accumulative dimension it draws distorted conclusions, overthinks and leads to joylessness
    When the intellect is dipped in awareness instead, you learn to discern what is existentially true from what is psychologically true and you learn to live with creation rather than manufacture up your own creation.
  • But you cannot ‘do ‘awareness. If you keep your body, thought, emotion, and energy properly aligned, it will blossom on its own. If you plant a seed and support it with the right conditions, it will sprout on its own.
  • When one is in a heightened state of awareness, one gains access to the subtlest dimension - Ether or Aakash. This explains why ancients in India and elsewhere in the world amassed a remarkable amount of knowledge about the cosmos. Download from the Divine.
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  • Mind can be in 5 different states

Inert ~ Scattered ~ Oscillates ~ One- pointed ~ Conscious
The highest state is when the mind becomes conscious; in this state, it is almost a wishing tree that can grant any boon.

  • The author next elaborates on the difference between knowledge and knowing. Knowledge is accumulated information whereas knowing is living intelligence. It is this knowing that drives bees to construct a beehive- a remarkable engineering marvel.
  • Sadhguru states that in yoga there is no separation between the head and heart. Both thought and emotion are part of the same manomayakosha or mental body. Emotion is just the juicier part of thought.
  • The yogic culture offers two ways to reach the ultimate state: becoming everything, the path of knowing or becoming nothing, path of devotion.
    Devotion is not a dissection of life, but a total embrace. Devotees have the sweetest experience of life.
  • Yoga works because of its profound understanding of the human mechanism. The author reiterates with a humorous story as how it can be damaging to just carry intellectual ideas not borne by experience. Yoga strives at creating that experience.
  • The more you delve into life, you see that it is an endless and unfathomable process. If you simply sit here and breathe, you will know life better than through any deep analysis.


  • Remind yourself now and then, that everything that you are carrying is an accumulation. Soon disidentification will start dawning. When you walk a tightrope, you have to be conscious and aware. Start with the physical dimension. If you see a straight line, start walking in alignment. Slowly bring precision to every movement and gesture.
  • If you want you to become a devotee, at least once an hour in all the waking moments bow down to something. This need not be a physical act, can also be mental.

Read the last part of this installment to get deeper insights into understanding your energy body.

The first step towards moving from the trap of the intellect to the lap of a larger intelligence is to see from a grain of sand to a mountain, a drop to an ocean as a manifestation of a far greater intelligence than our miniscule intellect.


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


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

Hi Vikram, I love the clarity that Sadhguru brings to his writings and speeches. When I chose to write this article, i had to frequently remind myself to do justice to this gem of a book. Thank you so much for those words of appreciation. Grateful!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 01, 2020:

I like this very much. It is good to learn. I always am intrigued by the notion that some are more enlightened than others. This I doubt. Is the man who scrubs floors and gives no thought to spirituality less enlightened than a Monk in Tibet?

Vikram Brahma from Assam, India on October 01, 2020:

My dear friend, your understanding of Sadhguru's work is commendable and your writing skills are so unique. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article. Plus, Sir Sadhguru is an excellent speaker and I admire him for the way he conducts himself. Thank you for sharing your article, my friend.

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