You might have seen videos of Sadhguru explaining various things in a wonderful fashion. So let’s take a look at the life of Sadhguru who has affected the lives of various people in a positive way.
Full Name: Jaggi Vasudev
Date of Birth: 03 September 1957
Profession: Yogi, Mystic, Motivational Speaker and Author
Place of Birth: Mysore, Karnataka
School: Demonstration School Mysore
College: University of Mysore (Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature)
Mother: Susheela Vasudev
Father: Dr. Vasudev (Ophthalmologist in Indian Railways)
1 Brother and 2 Sisters
Wife: Vijaykumari (passed away in 1997)
Daughter: Radhe Jaggi – is now married – born in 1990
Awards won by Sadhguru
- Padma Vibhushan Award – By Government of India in 2017
- New York Times Bestseller for his book “Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy”.
- Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
- Named one of India’s 50 most influential people by India Today magazine
- Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar – India’s highest environmental accolade
- Guinness World Record for Project GreenHands (for planting more than 800,000 trees in three days)
- Safaigiri Awards by India Today for Project GreenHands.
Sadhguru as a speaker
Sadhguru is an excellent orator. He has given speeches at various top institutes and organisations like:
- Oxford University,
- Stanford University,
- Harvard University,
- Yale University,
- The Wharton School,
- London School of Economics,
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
- Headquarters of the United Nations,
- World Economic Forum,
- Australian Leadership Retreat, Indian Economic Summit and
Books by Sadhguru
Early Life of Sadhguru
Malladihalli Sri Raghavendra Swamiji taught yoga asanas to Sadhguru (at age of 12).
He did his schooling from Demonstration School and Mahajana Pre-University College, Mysore in 1973.
Completed his graduation in English literature from the University of Mysore.
He loved traveling on motorcycle during his college time.
He tried his hands at poultry farming and also at construction business. Both of these were successful.
How the spiritual life of Sadhguru started
He had a spiritual experience which changed his life. It was when he went up the Chamundi Hill and sat on a rock at the age of 23 years on 23 September 1982. Sadhguru has explained his experience as:
After this incident and after a few years of meditation, he started teaching yoga to people of Karnataka and Hyderabad.
Isha Foundation and Sadhguru
To expand his reach through yoga, Sadhguru started the Isha Foundation in 1993. Isha Foundation is run entirely by volunteers. It is a non-profit organisation.
Complete address of Isha Foundation: Isha Yoga Center, Velliangiri Foothills, Ishana Vihar Post, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641114
Isha Foundation Contact Number/ Sadhguru Contact Number: +91 8300083111
Isha Foundation e-mail address: [email protected]
Isha yoga’s flagship program is ‘Inner Engineering’, which introduces people to some simple Yoga practices and the Shambhavi Mahamudra.
Mahasathsangs is regularly conducted by Sadhguru in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Here he gives talks, teaches meditation, and holds question and answer sessions with the audience.
Dhyanlinga at Isha Foundation
Dhyanlinga is a space for meditation. It was completed in 1999. It has a linga around which there is a 76-foot dome, constructed using bricks and stabilised mud mortar without steel or concrete. The lingam is 13 feet and 9 inches in height and made of black granite.
Statue of Lord Shiva – AdiYogi
A 112 foot statue of Lord Shiva- Adiyogi was designed by Sadhguru was inaugurated on Mahashivaratri, 24 February 2017, by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. It depicts Lord Shiva as the first yogi or Adiyogi, and first Guru or Adi Guru