Question: Once, while eating an apple, I told myself to be aware of it. All of a sudden, the apple started to taste like licorice. Is every flavor in the world in that apple, or was I just hallucinating?
Sadhguru: That you should know by now. You have had enough experiences of hallucination.
In terms of eating and awareness – generally, wherever possible, I eat alone. That is something a lot of people don’t like; they like to eat and talk. There are even doctors who claim that if you laugh and talk while eating, you will eat less; it will be better for digestion, and you will not get fat. In the yogic culture, people always prefer to eat alone. Even if you eat in a group, you never look at what or how someone is eating. What someone else is doing is not your business; you just eat, because eating is not a small thing. You are converting these beans, apples, carrots, bread, chicken, or whatever else you eat into a human being. Something is becoming a part of you. You must put yourself totally into this process.
There are many other ways inclusion could happen. Eating is such a physical thing, and so is sexuality. With sex, you are only trying to make something a part of you. It seems like that but it does not actually happen. With eating, you successfully make something a part of yourself. It is a much bigger thing – not in terms of taste; in terms of experiencing inclusion. With food, you take something that was once lying there as filth and transformed itself into food, and you make that into a human being.
If you do it with absolute involvement, you will not just see the taste of licorice or whatever in it but something else. In the Bhava Spandana program, we put participants through a process where if you give yourself totally to it, just a mouthful of food will be explosive. Every day, food should be like that. And if you become subtler, your very breath will be like that. With every inhalation and exhalation, you include the whole world. This air that you are inhaling, do you know how many times, how many million creatures on the planet – humans and every other kind – have recycled it? There has been no external input; the atmosphere has been the same for millions of years.
If you inhale properly, everything that is worth knowing is right here. You can inhale a Buddha, a Patanjali, or a Jesus right now, because they also breathed the same air. Is it all in the air? That is not the point. This air has touched everything. And above all, this inhalation itself is becoming you. You cannot be without it for a single minute. When this is so precious to you, everything that is making it must be equally precious. If you do it with full awareness, everything in existence is a way to your enlightenment. Every atom in existence is a doorway to your ultimate nature. Which one you use is your choice. If you are willing to give yourself to it, you could liberate yourself by eating an apple.