Every year, a group of Isha (Foundation) meditators sets out on a tour of the Himalayas. Accompanying them on this journey is Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev – a spiritual master considered by many to be one of the foremost living sages on the planet. This is a book for those who stayed behind. It is a chance to make pilgrimage on the page, traveling through the unpredictable but fascinating terrain of the Master's words. Amalgamating discourses and conversations from several yatras, it is a blend of the specific and the timeless. This book is not just about the Himalayas. And yet, the book would never have happened without the Himalayas. The mountains play a vital role in the text, alternatively as context and catalyst, mood and metaphor. Without them,some of the questions in the book would never have been asked. Even if they sometimes seem tangential to the line of enquiry, they remain a powerful subterranean presence,eventually becoming the very bedrock of this book.
I have always loved the mountains. Trekking and climbing have always come naturally to me. The Himalayas, these magnificent mountains, have fascinated me since my childhood. Many pictures and books came my way to fuel my urge to trek these vast tracts. Though these mountains have inspired religious hopes and spiritual aspirations in many, I have never looked at them in that way.
These mountains are alive with spiritual vibrations. Many spiritual masters have chosen these mountains as their abodes and illuminated the place with their energies. That makes these mountains an inspiring experience for all spiritual seekers. Before you are too weak or old you must meet and merge with these mountains. This is my wish and my blessing.
A few years ago, a very typically "spiritual" group of people asked me, "What is needed, Sadhguru, to grow on the spiritual path?" I said, "You need lust." You really need lust, lust for life and deeper life. If that's not there, you cannot grow. They felt extremely offended, because lust and spirituality don't go together. But without lust there will be no spirituality.
Jagadish "Jaggi" Vasudev, (born 3 September 1957), venerated as Sadhguru, is an Indian yoga guru and author.
Named one of India's 50 most influential people, Sadhguru's work has touched the lives of millions worldwide through his transformational programs. Sadhguru has a unique ability to make the ancient yogic sciences relevant to contemporary minds. His approach does not ascribe to any belief system but offers methods for self-transformation that are both proven and powerful.