Three i’s for spiritual growth
By Sadhguru, Isha Foundation | Published: 10th June 2017 10:00 PM |
Some time ago, someone asked in a satsang, “I have seen so many spiritual teachers, but I have never been drawn towards anybody like I am drawn towards you. What is it that you have?”
I don’t have anything that you don’t have. It is just that all of us were given a seed that has the possibility of boundlessness. Most people are very careful and good, so they preserve the seed. I destroyed the seed and made it into a tree.
If you want to make a seed into a tree, the seed has to go. It is quite stupid to keep the seed as a seed, but unfortunately, preserving yourself is considered smart in society. Allowing yourself to be demolished, to destroy the limited possibility of what an individual person is, is not considered smart. People are very smart, so smart that they even deceived life.
All of us have come with the same seed. Though every seed has come with the same possibility, between a seed and a tree, there is a journey to be made. If you want the seed to become a tree, you have to nurture it, protect it; there are weeds that you have to take care of —too many weeds. The same silly weeds have been bothering humanity for a million years.
Human beings have still not figured out how to handle them. Simple things like anger, hatred, jealousy, fear, doubt—the same silly weeds have lasted too long because weeds do not need any nurturing or protection, they just grow.
But if you want a sacred seed to sprout and prosper, you have to weed the place, cultivate the land, manure it and make sure enough water and sunlight find their way to it.
In the US, we have the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences. That means “iii”. What do these three I’s stand for? One is instruction. The second is integrity. The third is the intensity of purpose.
Carefully look at the instruction and stick to it. The next is integrity. Any spiritual process that is given to you is towards inclusiveness. If you are trying to make yourself exclusive, that is lack of integrity. Right now, you are inhaling what everyone is exhaling.
If you say, “I don’t like this, I will not inhale any bit of air which has been inhaled by any other creature on this planet,” you are dead. So you are very inclusive when it comes to survival. In body you are inclusive, in mind you are exclusive. This is lack of integrity.
The third “I” is the intensity of purpose—that the whole process is not to make yourself big, but to dissolve yourself into nothingness, because what you are seeking is boundlessness not bigness. You become boundless not by becoming big. “Big” still has a boundary. You are boundless only when you become a zero. So, do not use this to make yourself great. Use this as a process of dissolution.
If you maintain these three things, the whole process will take you towards an all-inclusive state. This is not my idea or my desire for you, but the way of the Creator.Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, a bestselling author & poet. He has been conferred the Padma Vibhushan in 2017. Isha.sadhguru.org