Holi – Celebrating the Exuberance of Life | Sadhguru


Sadhguru: Today is Holi. This means recognizing that
essentially life is a very exuberant process. But because of human ex… inexperience of
how to deal with their cerebral capabilities, the most fundamental two faculties of memory
and imagination – people remember everything that they should not and they forget everything that they
should (Laughs).And they imagine all kinds of things that they should not and they cannot imagine
something that will make their life beautiful. So, Holi if those of you who are not aware of this on this
day, all over India, people throw colors at each other. They drench themselves in color (Laughs). This is a day,
people are head to toe in all kinds of color to symbolize that the essence of life is exuberance. And the reason
why it’s become so serious (Says in a serious tone) (Laughter) is because we remember things that we
should not and we imagine things that we should not. So, Holi also means burning up all unnecessary things in
our life. On this day, people bring out all old clothes and neighborhood children’s toys (Laughter) that’s
enterprise (Laughs) all kinds of things that they don’t need, they pile it up on the street and burn it. This is not
about burning old clothes, this is about burning the memories of the past one year, so that today you can
be like a fresh life, exuberant, on. So this is that day, and all of you are looking at me very seriously (Laughter).
This is a time in India, this is the late spring, when the second slew of blossoms should happen. But
unfortunately, this year has been such a bad drought the mountains are looking brown for the first time in the last
six to seven years. They were looking brown twenty-five years ago, and we planted up this hill. But in the last six,
seven, eight years, it’s never looked brown, it’s always been green.This year, it’s turned brown because there
has been no rain for almost five months now. But especially if the plants are not able to flower,
the human being should assist. Hello (Few laugh)? Participants: Yes. Sadhguru: Plants are not able to
flower due to lack of nourishment. You don’t look undernourished (Laughter). You must
make it up.Because plants are not able to flower because of the drought, you must make it up with your
smiles and your joy and your exuberance because when nature fails, man is supposed to stand up.
Hello? Participants: Yes (Sadhguru laughs)! The problem with a whole lot of people is they are
constantly giving themselves a lecture (Few laugh). Hmm? A lecture. Sitting in the sathsang, not always are
they listening to me, they are running a parallel lecture program (Laughter), anytime of the day or night.It
happened one night, Shankaran Pillai was walking home (Laughter). Hey, he was going home (Laughter)!
2:00 AM, two o’clock in the morning and he was not able to hold a straight line (Few laugh) because the damn
planet is round, how to hold a straight line (Few laugh)? So he was little wobbling around a bit The policeman,
who was on the night beat, stopped him and then said, “Hey, you are not steady on your feet,
where do you think you’re going at this time of the day? ” Shankaran Pillai said, “I’m going for a lecture”
(Few laugh). The policeman asked, “Come on, two o’clock in the morning who is giving a lecture?
” Shankaran Pillai said, “You don’t know my wife (Laughter). It doesn’t matter what time I get back,
I get a lecture” (Laughter). And many of you don’t have a wife or a husband but you
are on a lecture tour all the time (Laughs). Self-help, this is called (Few laugh). Just to stop this
preoccupation with your own rubbish endlessly – most people think it’s impossible – this is because they
have not stopped identifying with their thought. They… Once you identify with it, you can’t stop it. There is
no need to stop it, you just have to dis-identify with it because the content of your thought, filled in from
outside, isn’t it? Hmm? The content of your thought is not yours borrowed. If you just see, “This is not mine”,
that’s all you have to do, you don’t have to give it up. If you just see, “What’s happening in my head is not
really mine”, then you will see it’ll buzz around for some time and pup. You identify with it so much, it is yours
and you think it’s a smart thought though it’s stupid (Few laugh).Everybody thinks it’s stupid but
you think it’s smart. Doesn’t matter it messes up your life but still you think it’s smart. It doesn’t let you sit
down in one place, if not in ecstasy, at least peacefully, but you still think it’s smart. If you do not know even how
to be at ease, that’s not smart, isn’t it? Hello? Participants: Yes. Sadhguru: You don’t even know how to
be at ease, how can you call this smart? Nothing smart about it. It’s the dumbest way to exist.
But because you’re so invested in it, you can’t drop it. Tch, today is Holi, time to burn up the old. And especially
because spring is not manifest due to lack of rains, you must… I’m going to watch you for next three days
(Few laugh) in the ashram premises. I want to see how (Gestures) (Laughter) you are. Different levels of aliveness, isn’t it? Yes? Different levels of aliveness (Laughs) (Applause). Springtime, Holi, we
want you to sit with maximum aliveness. Hello? Participants: Yes (Laughter)! Sadhguru: I didn’t say it
have to be noisy (Laughter), maximum aliveness. Flowers are missing this year, you have to make it up
because that’s the only goddamn thing you have aliveness.Everything else is your rubbish in
your head. Yes or no? Participants: Yes. Sadhguru: That is the only thing you have,
rest is all your rubbish.That you must keep it full on, no? “No, no, I’m saving it, Sadhguru (Laughter), because I’ve
already built a steel coffin, I’ll be there for a long time, I have to have something left.”
This happened. This really happened (Few laugh). Again at 2:00 AM in the morning (Few laugh),
the public prosecutor called the judge. The butler in the house said, “I can’t wake him up, it’s two
o’clock in the morning.” He said, “No, this is very urgent, you have to.” Then he connected. This telephone rang in
the bedroom and the judge picked up “Who is this?” “Mr. Justice, Justice Grover just passed away
and I would like to take his place” (Laughter). So, the judge said, “Well, I got no objection
if the undertaker doesn’t mind” (Laughter / Applause). You want to act like you’re already half in? Hello? Tch,
no flowers in the garden, you should make it up. I’m going to watch you for next three days, how spring
blossoms, okay? Participants: Yes (Laughter).

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