The search for the source of creation

Yoga, in the words of Jaggi Vasudev (main picture) - he is referred to as Sadhguru by his followers - is any kind of method or spiritual process one employs to heighten the presence of that which is the source of creation within you.

The founder of Isha Yoga goes on to add: "Such methods and processes become necessary because of what seems to be a fundamental conflict between the instinct of self-preservation and the longing to become boundless.

These aspects are not against each other, but when you look at it from the perspective of the physical, when your whole perception is limited to the physical, they seem to be in conflict.

"One force belongs to the physical; the other belongs to the dimension beyond the physical. If one has the necessary awareness to separate the two, there is no conflict. But if one does not have this awareness, if one is identified with the physical, there appears to be a conflict between these two fundamental forces."

The graduate of Mysore University had a "spontaneous spiritual experience" that changed his life around the time he was 25.

And using his "direct, inner experience" he designed the Isha Yoga programmes which are aimed at guiding people towards inner growth.

He says they are "based on tested, scientific principles and offer tools for optimal health, emotional well-being and professional excellence".

Breaking the mould of the traditional yogi by being equally comfortable in jeans and more traditional yoga/meditation gear, he claims he works tirelessly towards the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all people.

His engaging style of speech has got him invited to speak at many global forums such as the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit and the World Economic Forum at Davos.

The issues as diverse as human rights, business values, social, environmental and existential issues. He has also written many books such as Dhyanalinga: The Silent Revolution; Encounter The Enlightened, Eternal Echoes, Mystic's Musings and co-authored Midnights With The Mystic.

While he is widely acknowledged by his followers as a great teacher and humanitarian who devotes his life to advance human consciousness by helping individuals break through limitations into their natural unbounded state, the man himself has this to say about his life and work: "This life for me is an endeavour to help people experience and express their divinity."

Sadhguru's Inner Engineering sessions are on from March 31 to April 1 at Pasir Ris Sports Complex. For details, log on to or call 9666-0197.