During the recent In the Lap of the Master program at the Isha Yoga Center, a participant asks Sadhguru how to show his gratitude to him. Read Sadhguru’s stirring response, peppered with some personal anecdotes.
How to Express My Gratitude? Outward Show or Inner Process?
Question: Namaskaram, Sadhguru. With the Guru that you are, my life has changed throughout. I’m doing my sadhana; I’m doing Guru Pooja; I’m doing volunteering as well. But beyond that, I seriously don’t know how what’s the best way to show my gratitude towards you. Please tell me.
Sadhguru: Gratitude is not something that you have to show. You have to show gratitude to people who are expecting it. Because they don’t know who they are, what they are, what they are worth, their lives get enhanced by nice things that other people say. This is one thing I can guarantee you – whatever nice things anyone says about me does not enhance my life. Whatever terrible things they say does not diminish my life in any way. So, you are expressing your gratitude would be a waste of this very precious material called gratitude. If you keep this gratitude in your heart, it will melt your heart. It will melt everything in you. You don’t have to express it. If you hold it in your heart, it will melt the very being that you are.
If you melt, you will naturally spread. What melts cannot sit up like this – it naturally spreads. That is the best thing that can be done. But still you are in a state of wanting to do something. It is like this: People not only want to love someone – they also want to make love. This is a new terminology that has come up only in the last few decades. People used to love. Now they make love. You have a need to do something. Why should I waste this opportunity? I was in Delhi, addressing the Indian Air Force. There were Air Force educators. They are running over three thousand schools across the country. All the educators were there, and about a hundred and odd children.
When I left the venue and was just about to get in the car, I saw these fourteen, fifteen year old girls, hopping and screaming, “Sadhguru, Sadhguru, Sadhguru!” I looked at them and said, “These little girls, what are they screaming ‘Sadhguru’? Is it an Air Force drill or something?” Then I walked up to them and asked, “Hey, what are you screaming ‘Sadhguru’? How do you know me?” “Sadhguru, we follow you. We listen to your talks.” “I’m sure you’re bored.” “No, we love it, Sadhguru. You rock, Sadhguru!” Fourteen year old girls are listening to spiritual talks without being forced by their parents – this is fantastic. Instead of being on a messaging system with their neighborhood boy, they are watching me. I thought, “Now this is a real breakthrough.”
Then, as if that was not enough, I came to Bangalore. We had a Rally for Rivers board meeting. And after that, I’m meeting someone in the garden: and three boys – ten, eleven years of age – come to me and say, “Sadhguru, can we take a picture with you?” I said, “How do you know who I am?” They said, “We’re watching your videos.” I said, “What? Your mothers must be forcing you.” They said, “No, in our school everyone, all our friends, watch your videos.” I really could not believe it. I said, “Genuinely, in your school, everyone knows me?” They said, “Yes, in our class, everyone knows you. We all watch you. You’re cool, Sadhguru.” I thought this is something. This is fantastic. Ten year old boys are watching spiritual talk, all by themselves? I thought our strategies have worked, for sure.
This has always been the plan, to make spiritual process attractive. Not something for people who are dying, where fear of death makes them say “Ram, Ram.” Not that kind of spirituality. Those who long to live well will seek spiritual process. Right now, there are a few people here from Russia, many people from China. We are yet to go to China. Russia has been responding phenomenally. We have been receiving invites from literally every country on the planet. This has always been the goal: to make spiritual process an ordinary process, a way of life. The way people live should become spiritual.
Consciousness should not be something that is preserved somewhere. Consciousness should spread and live in the world. When ten-year-old boys begin to watch spiritual talks, it is a good thing. A minimum of a hundred talks will probably be ready on video, in the next two months. I’m going to speak in fourteen different languages. Just yesterday, I met a very popular Tamil and Telugu actress, and she couldn’t speak a word of Tamil. I have taken lessons from her. I cannot speak a word of Portuguese, but you will see my Portuguese talks will become very popular. Chinese talks have already become popular; my Russian talks are being hugely appreciated.
We are on the verge of a global burst. When it happens, we need lots of hands. We are just about ready for a global burst. You should not look at it as a big thing for Isha or Sadhguru everywhere. That’s not the point. The point is young children are becoming interested in the spiritual process. This is fantastic. So far, spiritual process was considered as the last thing people hang on to when they are dying, like a drowning man hanging on to a straw. They lived their lives in absolutely unconscious ways, doing stupid things all the time. All they did was accumulate, accumulate, accumulate – whether it comes to money, wealth, or knowledge. They even accumulated their love and their laughter without giving it to anyone. They really stored up. And when they realized they were going to die, and they saw others who died all went empty-handed, then suddenly, they were saying, “Ram, Ram, Ram.”
Unfortunately, spiritually process has become like this in the last few centuries, even in this country. So, I’m suddenly super-charged after meeting these three boys in Bangalore. Ten, eleven year old boys – they even being interested in a Guru is a tremendous thing. When I was ten, eleven, I definitely was not. Well, I was, in different way. Because I met this man who was physically super capable. He climbed up a well like Spiderman. I got interested in him, not for any spiritual purposes, but because I thought he will make me into some kind of superhero. I am glad all the antics I have been doing are working for the children.