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From Untruth to Truth

By Sadhguru Email By Sadhguru
July 2017
From Untruth to Truth

I generally insist that whenever there is a meeting in Isha, they chant Asatoma Sadgamaya (“Take me from untruth to truth”). This is an invocation and a reminder to see that what you create works for everyone’s wellbeing. This applies to everything we create, be it within ourselves in terms of thoughts and emotions, or on the outside to make money, do business, and earn a living, or, on a larger scale, in terms of politics, economics, wars, etc. The fundamental question is, is it working for everyone’s wellbeing or not? Or at least, is it working for a large number of people?

Yoga is about moving toward a life where everything works better. If you follow this order—figure out how the body works, then what makes your mind tick, what makes your emotions pleasant, what makes your energies happen well—then figuring out what makes the world happen well is not much of an effort. But we have set up a social situation where you don’t care how your body and your mind work, you just want your bank account to work. You are bound to suffer. If you try to walk without strengthening your legs, of course you are going to rub your face in the soil. Getting our priorities right is most important.

Spiritual process is about shifting your priorities and aligning everything about you so that it all works well. If you don’t get your priorities right, you won’t even know how to sit peacefully. Almost ninety percent of the population needs a lesson in being peaceful. If something happens that they don’t want, people will suffer. If something that they want doesn’t happen, they suffer even more. Spiritual process is about putting everything in the right perspective. If you see everything the way it is, priorities will arrange themselves accordingly.

If you want to grow a tree, should you attend to the visually most obvious parts—the leaves, the branches, and the trunk—or should you nurture the not so obvious root? Forty years ago, when I had a farm near Mysore, someone came to me to sell me what they claimed to be a miracle solution. I had mango trees, and they said that if I spray this solution on the fruits, they will become huge. Their slogan was “Fruit, not root.” This idea was so ridiculous. The exact opposite is true. If you nurture the root, you don’t have to bother about the fruit—it will come naturally.

The other day, I happened to meet someone and I asked them jokingly, “So they are praising you for what you’re doing?” They replied, “No one ever praises you for anything in Isha. They only tell you what’s wrong.” I said, “That’s good. Only what’s not working needs attention.” I don’t have to praise you for what you are doing well. The fruits will come and you will taste them. If what you do is not in line with the fundamentals of creation, it will not work. Even if you come up with some formula that will artificially blow up the fruit in a few days, we don’t know what kind of effect that will have on the tree and the root.

Spirituality means to understand it’s about the root. The Gita tells you that you should not bother about the fruit of action. It also says yogastha kuru karmani. First establish yourself in yoga, then do whatever you want to do. Being rooted in yoga means being rooted in union. You are one with everything around you. With this consciousness, do whatever you want; you will find the fruit of life.

What fruit will come depends on what kind of tree you are. If you are a coconut tree visualizing a mango, you are bound to be a failure. If a coconut comes, you will not recognize it as a fruit.

What fruit will come depends on what kind of tree you are. If you are a coconut tree visualizing a mango, you are bound to be a failure. If a coconut comes, you will not recognize it as a fruit. I see this happen to too many people. The best things come their way, but they don’t have the brains to recognize them. They want something else that will never happen to them. Life gets wasted if you don’t know how to relish the fruit that is here and instead look for another fruit that will never come. Society today recognizes you for what you have, not for who you are. If you call someone a “big man,” it does not mean he has a big brain, a huge heart, or much wisdom—it means he has a big pocket. People think the only way to enhance themselves is through accumulations.

Everything that we have, we robbed it from the earth. We have to do that for our survival to some extent. But if we all knew how to sit here absolutely blissed out, we would do everything only to the extent necessary, nothing more, nothing less. When who you are is determined by what furniture and things you have around you, you are doing everything in excess, destroying the planet. This is why you need Asatoma Sadgamaya. First establish yourself in truth, then forage into the world around you. If you are not rooted within you, you will keep doing things that will ultimately work against you.


Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, and visionary, and a prominent spiritual leader. An author, poet, and internationally renowned speaker, Sadhguru is the founder of Isha Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to human wellbeing. (www.isha.sadhguru.org)


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