Question: You have said prayers can lead to hallucinations, so I’m wondering if I can call on you in prayer during times of distress.
Sadhguru: I never said that being prayerful leads to hallucinations. What I would have said is about prayer as it is being done today. If you’re really prayerful, the basic condition is to have no expectations, isn’t it? If you request something, then you will expect it. If you pray, how can you expect? You are just praying, but today prayer has just become a wish list. It has taken on a completely different meaning; otherwise, being prayerful is a wonderful way to be, because it’s a quality, like meditation. Prayerfulness is a certain quality in which you make something or somebody else in your life so big, and make yourself very small. Not yet into nothing, not into Shoonya ,but at least you have made yourself small.
Now, if you’re so small, how can you tell that which is so big what to do? This doesn’t make sense, isn’t it? In that sense, prayer is meaningless, senseless; but if you’re able to sit here and see something as enormous, and yourself as small, it’s a wonderful device. That is the reason why we took you to the Himalayas, so that you would feel like an ant. Suddenly, you look at the Himalayas and you feel like a little ant crawling up there. It doesn’t mean anything, whoever the hell you are. About calling me…if you are in spiritual distress you don’t even have to call, I am always there. Now, am I aware of your problems, your this and that, and your day-to-day whatever? If I wish to be, I am, but not otherwise. Most of the time, I am not, because your nonsense doesn’t mean anything and is of no value.
Today you think something, tomorrow you think something else; it just does not mean anything. It is like I set two lines, an upper limit and a lower limit for everyone. Within these two lines, whatever games they play, I don’t bother them. If they go below them, yes, and if they go above them, immediately yes. If they are playing within that playing field, it’s okay, it is up to them. I don’t want to meddle with them and the little things that they do. If they sink below that, immediately there will be help. If people rise above that also, immediately there will be help. If they are playing around in the middle, I just let them handle it. They have been given brains, isn’t it? The Creator gave you brains and you have got to use them. Going low can take you below the physical, which can be very damaging; also for people who go above the physical there will be help. Within the physical, just play the game as you know it. There is no need for me to look at it.