About Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is a world-renowned mystic and yogi of Indian
origin. The founder of Isha Yoga as well as of Isha Foundation, he is
also a very famous poet. His aim in life is to help people in
manifesting their own spirituality. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has several
yoga centers, set up in the various cities of India as well as the
United States. He was a delegate to the United Nations Millennium World
Peace Summit and even participated at the World Economic Forum in 2006 &
2007. Read this biography to know more about the guru.
His Life History
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev was born in Mysore city of India, to a physician
father. Right from childhood, Vasudev was quite different from the
others. At the tender age of thirteen years, he started yogic practices,
like Pranayams and Asanas, under the guidance of Shree Raghavendra Rao
(Malladihalli Swami). He completed his graduation from the Mysore
University of Karnataka. When Vasudev was twenty-five years old, he
witnessed an unusual incident that led him away from the material things
in life and towards renunciation.
One afternoon, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev went to the Chamundi hills and sat on
a rock with his eyes wide open. Suddenly, he had an out of body
experience. He felt as if he was not in his body anymore, rather spread
out everywhere, in the rocks, in the trees, in the earth. By the time he
came back to his senses, it was already evening. In the days that
followed, Vasudev experienced the same situated again, a number of
times. Whenever, he underwent such an experience, he went without food
and sleep for the next three or four days.
This episode entirely changed his way of life. Jaggi Vasudev decided to
dedicate his entire life to the sharing of those experiences. In the
year 1992, the guru and his followers founded the Isha Yoga Center and
Ashram. It is situated at the foothills of the sacred Velliangiri
Mountains at Poondi, near Coimbatore. The center is spread over an area
of 50 acres and houses a massive 13 ft Dhyanalingam, a meditation
shrine. There is also a multi-religious temple inside the complex, which
was completed in 1999.
It is said that the Dhyanalingam has curative powers and bestows well
being and prosperity. Since it is a meditation shrine, it is believed to
be reservoir of energies from the people who have meditated there.
People can sit inside the Dhyanalingam and meditate for as much time as
they want. Isha Yoga Center also houses the Isha Foundation. Started by
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, the foundation administers more than 25 yoga
centers, a medical center and an orphanage in India, apart from three
yoga centers in the United States.
Isha Yoga is basically a form of science, which is subtle yet very
powerful. It is based on the principle in which the body is believed to
be the temple of the spirit. At the same time, good health is considered
as fundamental to physical as well as spiritual development. The main
aim of Isha Yoga is to cultivate and promote best possible health, along
with peace and calmness. It intends to assist the natural process of
unfolding in each and every person. The inner chemistry of a person is
changed to release the physical, mental and emotional blocks.