In a lively narration of Sadhguru, we look at the being who introduced yoga to humanity, the Adiyogi, the first yogi.
Sadhguru: In yoga culture, Shiva is not known as a god, but as the Adiyogi or the first yogi – the founder of yoga. He was the one who first brought this seed into the human mind. According to yoga teaching, Shiva reached full enlightenment more than fifteen thousand years ago and left himself in an intense ecstatic dance on the Himalayas. When his ecstasy allowed him some exercise, he danced wildly. When it passed, he went completely silent.
People saw that he was experiencing something no one had known before, something they couldn’t fathom. Interest arose and people wanted to know what this was. They came, they waited and left because the man was unaware of the presence of other people. He was either in intense dance or in absolute silence, totally indifferent to what was going on around him. Soon everyone left …
Except seven men.
These seven people insisted on learning what this man had in him, but Shiva ignored them. They begged and begged him: & # 39; Please, we want to know what you know. & # 39; Shiva dismissed them and said, “Fools. As you are, you won’t know in a million years. This requires a lot of preparation. This is not entertainment. & # 39;
So they started to prepare. They prepared day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. Shiva chose to ignore them. On a full moon day, after eighty-four years of sadhana, when the solstice shifted from the summer solstice to the winter solstice – which is known in this tradition as Dakshinayana – the Adiyogi looked at these seven people and saw that they had become shiny vessels of knowledge. They were absolutely ready to receive. He could no longer ignore them. They caught his attention.
He watched them closely for the next few days, and when the next full moon rose, he decided to become a guru. The Adiyogi turned itself into the Adi Guru; the first guru was born on that day known today as Guru Purnima. On the shores of Kanti Sarovar, a lake a few miles above Kedarnath, he turned south to bestow his mercy on the human race, and the transfer of yoga science to these seven people began. Yoga science is not about a yoga class that takes you through how to bend your body – what every newborn child knows – or how to hold your breath – what every unborn child knows. This is the science of understanding the mechanics of the entire human system.
After many years, when the transfer was completed, it produced seven fully enlightened beings – the seven celebrated sages known today as the Saptarishis, who are worshiped and admired in Indian culture. Shiva placed different aspects of yoga in each of these seven people, and these aspects became the seven basic forms of yoga. Even today, yoga has retained these seven different forms.
The Saptarishis were sent in seven different directions to different parts of the world to carry this dimension that allows a human to evolve beyond his current limitations and compulsions. They became the limbs of Shiva and brought to the world the knowledge and technology of how a person can exist here as the Creator Himself. Time has ravaged many things, but when the cultures of those countries are carefully examined, small pieces of these people’s work can still be seen alive. It has taken on different colors and shapes and the complexion has changed in a million different ways, but these strands can still be seen.
The Adiyogi brought this possibility that a human does not have to be included in the defined limitations of our species. There is a way to be in the physical, but not part of it. There is a way to inhabit the body, but never become the body. There is a way to use your mind in the highest possible way, but never know the misery of the mind. Whatever dimension of existence you are in now, you can move on – there is another way of living. He said, “You can get past your current limitations if you do the necessary work on yourself.” That is the meaning of the Adiyogi.
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