Sadhguru, the yoga master turned social media celebrity with over 8.6million Instagram followers, says his philosophy is to always feel ‘happy’ – adding that embracing this mindset could change your sense of needing a luxurious lifestyle.
“If you misunderstand your lifestyle for life, you will always suffer because someone else may always have a better lifestyle than you, or a more exuberant or extravagant lifestyle, and you always think you’re less than them. So life is important, lifestyle doesn’t matter,” the mystic told CNBC’s Dan Murphy.
He thinks too many people confuse the two, but it’s important to realize that a person’s lifestyle can change at any time and the lifestyle we have is often beyond our control.
“It doesn’t matter the lifestyle. Life is the most precious thing you have, it’s the only thing you have,” he said. “Whether you wear nice clothes or rags, it doesn’t matter if you are happy.”
Detaching happiness from luxury and wealth is one of the major teachings of the guru that he often repeats. Last year, he shared his thoughts around this post on social media, Tweeter“People are dedicated to their lifestyle, not their life. Once you dedicate yourself to your lifestyle, you become a slave to what you earn.”
Sadhguru’s philosophy of happiness and contentment also protects him from failure, he told CNBC.
“I’ve never had a failure in my life. Because I don’t suffer from anything. Some things we do well, some things we don’t do well, but I’m the same in myself”, did he declare.
“I’m kind of happy all the time so I’m fine.”
“How I am, in myself, is determined by me, not by what I do, not even the result of what I do,” Sadhguru said.
Millions follow the teachings of Sadhguru
The 64-year-old, also known as Jagadish “Jaggi” Vasudev, started teaching yoga in India 40 years ago and has since amassed millions of followers across the world.
They turn to him for advice on spirituality, meditation and the so-called “realm of mysticism”. This concept is related to the ancient yogic idea of the “third eye” which represents heightened perception and awareness beyond what is physically visible and a heightened state of awareness.
His fans include celebrities like actor Will Smith, who revealed he’s been following the guru for years following his bestselling self-help book ‘Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy’ and the star football player Tom Brady, whose podcast formerly featured Sadhguru. . Smith and Brady were also featured on Sadhguru’s social media and endorsed his work including his books.
Sadhguru says his teachings and philosophies are solely based on himself and his understanding of his “piece of life”, but his followers often think he is talking about it. He believes it’s because everyone is built the same.
“Fortunately, every piece of life, and the whole universe in some way, is the same replica design. Only the complexity and sophistication increases, but essentially it’s the same design.”
In 1992, Sadhguru founded the Isha Foundation which manages and supports spiritual, physical and mental and environmental wellness initiatives and centers around the world. He has no religious affiliation, in part because the guru associates religion with the search for meaning.
“Nothing Makes Sense”
But according to his philosophy, “there is no meaning to anything in the universe”. Those who seek meaning do not experience life, he believes.
“If you experience life for what it is, in a moment of joy, in a moment of love, in a moment of ecstatic experiences, you are not looking for meaning. not just when you’re depressed you’re looking for meanings, when you’re unhappy you’re looking for meanings,” Sadhguru told CNBC.
“So I never look for meaning because I’m happy all the time,” he added, linking it to his approach to life.