Jaggi Vasudev also known as Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi and mystic. He founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization which offers yoga programs around the world, including India, United States, England, Lebanon, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, Uganda and Australia. The Foundation is also involved in various social and community development activities, which have resulted in the Foundation being granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
Early lifeSadhguru was born as Jagadish Vasudev on 3 September 1957 to a Telugu family in Mysore, Karnataka, India. His father was a doctor. At the age of 11, Vasudev began yogic practices such as asanas and pranayama under the tutelage of Raghavendra Rao more commonly referred to as Malladihalli Swami. Sadhguru excelled at school and was a very bright student. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the Mysore University.
At the age of twenty-five, he underwent a deep spiritual experience which was to change the course of his future life. One afternoon, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev went to the Chamundi hills in Mysore and sat on a rock with his eyes wide open. Suddenly, he had an out of body experience. He felt as if he was not in his body anymore, rather spread out everywhere, in the rocks, in the trees, in the earth. When he came back to his normal state, it was late in the evening. He wondered if he had hallucinated, but in the days that followed, this experience recurred and each time it left him in a state of utter bliss. This episode entirely changed his way of life. Jaggi Vasudev decided to dedicate his entire life to the sharing of those experiences.
Sadhguru established Isha Foundation, a non-religious, non-profit organization entirely run by volunteers. The Isha Yoga Center near Coimbatore was founded in 1992, and hosts a series of programs to heighten self-awareness through yoga
she also founded Project GreenHands (PGH), a grassroots ecological initiative which was awarded the highest Indian environmental award, the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, by the Government of India in June 2010; Action for Rural Rejuvenation (ARR), a program aimed towards improving the overall health and quality of life of the rural poor; and Isha Vidhya, an educational initiative, which aims to raise the level of education and literacy in rural India.
Main article: Dhyanalinga
In 1999, Jaggi Vasudev completed the consecration of the Dhyanalinga yogic temple, which offers a meditative space that does not ascribe to any particular faith or belief system. A large ellipsoidal dome covers the sanctum sanctorum. The dome was constructed using only bricks and cement stabilized mud mortar without, steel or concrete. The dome is 76 feet in diameter and 33 feet in height. The lingam is 13 feet, 9 inches in height and made of high density black granite. The Sarva Dharma Sthamba, located at the front entrance, functions as an icon of singularity, with the sculptural reliefs and symbols of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Buddhism, and Shinto inscribed as a universal welcome.
The programs offered by Sadhguru are offered under the umbrella of Isha Yoga. The word Isha means the formless divine. Isha Yoga’s flagship program is ‘Inner Engineering’ where individuals are initiated into meditation and pranayam and the Shambhavi Mahamudra. He is also conducting yoga classes for the corporate leadership to introduce them to what he calls “inclusive economics,” which he says introduces a sense of compassion and inclusiveness into today’s economic scenario.
Sadhguru also regularly conducts Mahasathsangs in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka that include discourses, meditations and question and answer sessions with the audience. These Mahasathsangs are also used as platforms to encourage tree-planting activities. He also takes spiritual aspirants on annual yatras to Mount Kailash and the Himalayas. The Kailash Yatra led by Sadhguru is among the largest groups to make the trip to Kailash, with 514 pilgrims attending the journey in 2010
Participation in global forum
she was a delegate to the United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit – and a participant at the World Economic Forum in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.