Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is one of the most profound mystics and yogis of modern times and firmly believes that his life is an endeavour to help people manifest their divinity. In ancient Sanskrit, " Guru" means dispeller of darkness, and "Sath" means within. This enlightened Guru affectionately called Jaggi, possesses a presence and energy that is a source of inspiration to many.
Jaggi Vasudev was born in Mysore, India. A different and independent child who did not fit into the logical ways of the world, he started yogic practices like Pranayams and Asanas under the tutelage of Shree Raghavendra Rao popularly known as Malladihalli Swami as early as the age of 13 years. The son of a physician, he received tremendous support from his family, who saw in him something beyond an average child. He graduated from Mysore University in Karnataka. When he was 25 years old he had a deep experience of the Self that made him renounce all the material prosperity that he had achieved.
He recalls: " One day I went to the Chamundi hills in the afternoon and sat on a huge rock, my usual place. I sat with my eyes open and after a few minutes, I did not know where I was. I felt myself spread everywhere, no longer bound by my body. I was in the rocks, the trees, and the earth. Everything was me. Tears flowed down my cheek in a torrent. I thought this had lasted for a few minutes. But when I came to, it was late in the evening. I wondered if I had hallucinated, but in the days that followed, this experience recurred and each time it left me in a state of utter bliss."
"After each such episode, I would not sleep for the next three or four days, nor would I eat. Also the urge to share that bliss with the world grew each time. " From then onwards he has dedicated his entire life to the sharing of those experiences. His important teachings revolve around the spiritual unfolding of the inner being and have relieved thousands of lives of their physical and mental sufferings.