Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev)

Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev)

Who is Sadhguru, Jaggi Vasudev ?

Jaggi Vasudev often referred to as Sadhguru, is a yogi, mystic, poet and New York Times bestselling author. Sadhguru is often described as a contemporary guru, since he belongs to no particular tradition and incorporates aspects of yogic sciences that are most relevant for modern-day life into his teachings and practices. His scientific methods for self-transformation have universal appeal.

He is an author and opinion maker who is regularly invited to speak at leading international forums. Moreover Sadhguru has spoken at many prestigious global conferences such as World Peace Summit at the United Nations and the World Economic Forum.

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Sadhguru: His Early Life

Sadhguru was born in September 3rd 1957 in Mysore, Karnataka to Susheela and Dr. Vasudev, Jagadish was the youngest of four children. His father was an ophthalmologist with the Indian Railways and as a result, the family moved frequently. At the age of 12, he came in contact with Malladihalli Sri Raghavendra Swamiji who taught him a set of simple yoga asanas, the practice of which he regularly maintained. He states that “without a single day’s break, this simple yoga that was taught to me kept happening and led to a much deeper experience later.”

After his schooling at Demonstration School, Mysore in 1973, he graduated from the University of Mysore with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. During his college years, he developed an interest in travel and motorcycles. A frequent haunt of his and his friends was the Chamundi Hill near Mysore, where they often gathered and went for nocturnal drives. He also traveled to various places in the country on his motorcycle. This experience made him resolve “to earn some quick money,” and just ride off to travel the world. In order to make money, he started several successful businesses after graduation, including a poultry farm, a brickworks and a construction business.

Sadhguru: His Spiritual Journey

At the age of 25 on 23 September, he rode up Chamundi Hill and sat on a rock, where he had a spiritual experience. He describes his experience as follows (Simone, Cheryl (2008). Midnights with the Mystic): Till that moment 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 which is me and which is not me. Suddenly, what was me was just all over the place. The very rock on which I was sitting, the air that I breathe, the very atmosphere around me, I had just exploded into everything. That sounds like utter insanity. This, I thought it lasted for ten to fifteen minutes but when I came 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.

Six weeks after this experience, he left his business to his friend and travelled extensively in an effort to gain insight into his mystical experience. After about a year of meditation and travel, he decided to teach yoga to share his inner experience (Jaggi Vasudev, TED India 2009).

Sadhguru: His First Yoga Class

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 produce 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. These initial programs were the basic format on which the Isha Yoga classes were later built.

Sadhguru’s insights into the mechanisms of life are an outcome of his profound experience of the Self, and serve as a guide to exploring the deeper dimensions of life. His life and work serve as reminders that the inner science of yoga is not esoteric philosophy from an outdated past, but is absolutely relevant and applicable to our lives today.

On 25 January 2017, the Government of India announced that he was being conferred the Padma Vibhushan award for his contribution towards spirituality is a realized yogi, mystic and visionary who has dedicated himself to the elevation of the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of all people.

Isha Foundation

Sadhguru established the Isha Foundation in 1993, a volunteer-run international nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating human potential. The Foundation is headquartered at Isha Yoga Center in southern India and at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences in the United States, Which offers yoga programs around the world, including India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, Uganda, China, Nepal, and Australia. Isha foundation is also involved in various social and community development activities, which have resulted in it being granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Isha Vidhya, is Isha Foundation’s educational initiative, which aims to raise the level of education and improve literacy in rural India. There are seven schools in operation which educate around 7,000 students. The foundation has also “adopted” 512 government schools to reach out to students from financially constrained backgrounds, and aims to adopt up to 3,000 schools (Students sensitized to environmental issues”. The Hindu. 3 May 2012.)

In 1994, Jaggi Vasudev conducted the first program in the premises of the newly established Isha Yoga Center, during which he described the Dhyanalingam. The Dhyanalingam is a yogic temple and a space for meditation, the consecration of which, Jaggi Vasudev stated was his life’s mission entrusted to him by his guru. In 1996, the stone edifice of the linga was ordered and arrived at the ashram. After three years of work, the Dhyanalingam was completed on 23 June 1999 (“Dhyanalingam installed”. Indian Express. 26 July 1999) and opened to the public on 23 November “(A multi religious temple”. The Hindu. 19 November 1999).

Inner Engineering

Isha yoga’s flagship program is ‘Inner Engineering’, which introduces people to meditation and pranayama and the Shambhavi Mahamudra. He also conducts yoga classes for corporate leadership to introduce them to what he calls “inclusive economics”, which he says introduces a sense of compassion and inclusiveness into today’s economic scenario (“The route to ‘dharmacracy'”. Business Today. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2011).

As per inner engineering website: Inner Engineering provides tools and solutions to empower yourself to create your life the way you want it. It gives you the opportunity to intellectually explore the basics of life using methods from the distilled essence of yogic sciences. The course imparts practical wisdom to manage your body, mind, emotions, and the fundamental life energy within. The program has been designed by Sadhguru, a yogi, visionary, and the foremost authority on yoga.

Sadhguru said about inner Engineering: “Inner Engineering” is neither a religion, nor a philosophy or dogma. Moreover It is a technology for wellbeing. One does not have to believe or disbelieve, just have to learn to use. Technology will produce results irrespective of who you are.”

“Inner Engineering” has 3 different ways to participate in the program:

  1. Online: Seven, 90-minuts sessions and guided meditation.
  2. Completion: 1-2 day in person program to learn the shambhavi mahamudra Kriya.
  3. Total: 4 days in person program. Includes all aspects of inner engineering and shambhavi mahamudra Kriya.


The Adiyogi statue depicts Shiva as the first yogi or Adiyogi, and first Guru or Adi Guru, who offered yoga to humanity. The statue is built by Isha Foundation and weighs around 500 tons. Jaggi Vasudev notes that the statue is for inspiring people to take up yoga. Jaggi Vasudev designed the 112-foot statue of Adiyogi, which is located at the Isha Yoga Center. The statue depicts the first yogi. It was inaugurated on Mahashivaratri, 24 February 2017, by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

Adi Yogi - Shiba
Adi Yogi- Shiba


Jaggi Vasudev is the author of several books, including Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy, which 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 were attended by an estimated 26,000 people. The Huffington Post review describes the books as “full of practical tools to begin one’s self-transformation journey.”

  • Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga
  • Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy
  • Three Truths of Well Being.
  • Encounter the Enlightened.
  • Mystic’s Musings.
  • Joy 24×7.
  • Pebbles of Wisdom.
  • The Mystic Eye.
  • Essential Wisdom from a Spiritual Master,
  • Flowers on the Path,
  • Himalayan Lust,
  • Eternal Echoes: The Sacred Sounds Through the Mystic,
  • Dhyanalinga: The Silent Revolution,
  • Dhyanalinga: The Eternal Form
  • Circus of The Mind,
  • Unleashing The Mind,
  • Good And Bad Divides The World,
  • Enlightenment: What It Is,
  • Sacred Space For Self-transformation,
  • Ancient Technology For The Modern Mind,
  • Three Truths of Well Being,
  • Midnights with the Mystic,
  • A Guru Always takes you for a Ride,
  • Ancient Technology For The Modern Mind,
  • Don’t Polish Your Ignorance….it may shine,
  • Of Mystics & Mistakes,
  • Body – The Greatest Gadget/Mind Is Your Business,
  • Emotion The Juice Of Life : Compulsiveness To Consciousness,
  • Encounter the Enlightened,
  • Sadhguru Biography-More Than A Life.
  • 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

Information Sources

  1. Inner Engineering with Sadh guru
  2. Isha Foundations
  3. Wikipedia

2 Replies to “Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev)”

  1. Hello thanks for this interesting and eye opening article. I have used mantras in the past in order to manifest some interesting things in my life in the past. I need to lose some weight right now and it has never occurred to me to use mantras or chantings in order to manifest the correct mindset to accommodate weight loss. Thanks so much for this awesome reminder. I look forward to reading more of your works in the very near future.

    1. Michelle,

      Thank you very much for your comments! My goal of developing this website is to give people a complete idea of self-development through the practice of meditation and pranayama. Losing weight is the first step to self-development and mind is next. You will manifest these changes eventually when you practice with a mindset.

      Mantra or chanting during meditation is one way of restful alertness – called self-transcending. But there are other ways, such as focused attention to a thought or object and observing breath or thought. There are more to come and hope you will visit website frequently.

      Thanks for your time,

      Snehas Bhowmik

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