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Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev

Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev
  • Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev , often referred to as simply Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, mystic, and author.
  • He founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization which offers Yoga programs around the world and is involved in social outreach,education outreach,education and environmental environmental initiatives initiatives.
  • His books have appeared in The New York Times Best Seller list in multiple categories like “Health”,”Religion, Spirituality and Faith”, and “Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous”.
  • Sadhguru was conferred the Padma Vibhushan civilian award by the Government of India in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the field of spiritualism.
  • Born in Mysore, Karnataka, India on 3rd September 1957 in a Telugu speaking family, Jaggi Vasudev was the youngest of four children – two boys and two girls.
  • His father was an ophthalmologist with the Indian Railways Railways and as a result, result, the family moved frequently. At the age of 10, he came in contact with Malladihalli Sri Raghavendra Swamiji who taught him a set of simple yoga asanas.
  • After his schooling at Demonstration School and Mahajana Pre-University College, Mysore in 1973, he graduated from the University of Mysore with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.
  • At the age of 25 on 23 September 1982, he rode up Chamundi Hill and sat on a rock, where he had a spiritual experience.
  • Six weeks after this experience, he left his business to his friend and travelled extensively in an effort to gain insight insight into his mystical mystical experience experience. After about a year of meditation and travel, he decided to teach yoga to share his inner experience.
  • In 1983, he conducted his first yoga class with seven participants in Mysore. Over time, he began conducting yoga classes across Karnataka and Hyderabad traveling from class to class on his motorcycle.
  • Jaggi Vasudev established the Isha Foundation, a non religious, non-profit organisation entirely run by volunteers.
  • Isha Yoga Center near Coimbatore was founded in 1993, and hosts a series of programs to heighten selfawareness through Yoga.
  • From 2011, he began conducting programs with largescale participation of up to 10,000 and 15,000 participants at once. These large-scale programs have been attended by over 600 million people in total(till 2018).
  • He also regularly conducts Mahasathsangs in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Here he gives talks, teaches meditation, and holds question and answer sessions with the audience.
  • These Mahasathsangs are also used as platforms to encourage tree-planting activities as well.He also takes spiritual aspirants on annual yatras to Mount Kailash and the Himalayas.
  • Jaggi Vasudev organises all-night Mahashivarathri celebrations every year at the Isha Yoga Center.
  • It’s estimated that these celebrations were attended by as many as 800,000 people in 2013.
  • In March 2005, construction of the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences sciences (III) in McMinnville, McMinnville, Tennessee, Tennessee, USA was begun and was completed 6 months later.
  • In 1994, Jaggi Vasudev conducted the first program in the premises of the newly established Isha Yoga Center, described the Dhyanalinga.
  • Jaggi Vasudev designed the 112-foot statue of Adiyogi, which is located at the Isha Yoga Center.
  • It was inaugurated on Mahashivaratri, 24 February 2017, by the Prime Minister Minister of India, Narendra Narendra Modi.
  • The Adiyogi Shiva Statue has been recognized as the “Largest Bust Sculpture” by Guinness World Records.