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Head or Heart, which one to listen to? - Sadhguru



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Heart is not trying to say anything.

It is just trying to make sure

every part of the body gets the nourishment of blood flow.

So it’s your brain speaking in different tongues.

So before you invest this life into something,

you must look

whether today if I invest my life into this,

after twenty-five years will it still mean a lot to me?

After fifty years will it still mean a lot to me?

At the end of my life,

if I turn back and I look

will I be proud of this, or

will I be ashamed of what I am doing right now?

Thumbnail: Head or Heart, which one to listen to?

Moderator (Abhijeet): Namaskaram, Sadhguruji.

The first question that I want to ask is actually related to me.

I’m the...

I’m in the last year of engineering,

so now there is a very big decision

that I have to make now and

people have told me that

if I take decisions from my heart

I'll be successful in life.

So… but there lies a problem.

The problem is that I am…

I don't know which...

which thought is coming from my heart and

which thought is coming from my brain.

So how can I figure out like

which thought is from my heart and

which is coming from my brain (Cheers/Laughter/Applause)?

Sadhguru: (Laughs) The heart makes only two sounds lub dub (Laughter).

Unless

the local girls are disturbing it and

it's going little (Laughter) crazy,

otherwise

it makes only two sounds.

Rest of the noise is all coming from your head.

This idea

that something comes from the heart,

something comes from the brain is a...

it's metaphoric.

But unfortunately

a whole lot of people are taking it literally.

There was a time

in many parts of the world,

particularly in Arabia,

the medical science in Arabia believed

the blood is pumped from the liver.

You might have heard

the Urdu sayings about kaleja (Referring to Urdu word meaning liver),

you know? Have you (Laughs)?

Because they believed

blood is being pumped from the liver

because liver is a far more complicated organ,

than the heart.

Heart is a simple pump.

So, do not give it anymore responsibilities

other than continuously pumping the blood

and keeping you alive.

Unless somebody here breaks it (Laughter).

So,

about the “last year of engineering”, tch,

I want you to change that language because

this happened...

Can I tell you a joke?

Okay?

You are pretty serious about this,

that’s why I’m asking (Laughter).

This happened,

a very celebrated scientist was at a dinner

and he was not grandly dressed or anything.

He was looking very ordinary.

So the lady who was,

you know (Laughs),

sitting next to him didn't pay much attention to him.

She doesn’t know who he is.

But after sometime just to be polite,

to make some conversation,

“May I know what do you do?”

He said, “I am studying science.”

She said, “Oh, I finished that in my tenth class” (Laughter).

So you are not going to…

you know,

you are not in the last year of engineering,

maybe the course.

But not the last year of engineering,

because for your entire life

if you learn engineering,

when you are dying after hundred years, okay?

I am not preponing it.

Sadhguru: After... Moderator (Abhijeet): I hope sir.

Sadhguru: (Laughs) After hundred years

when you are dying,

you would still know...

if you are a constant learning process,

you would still know

you know very little about engineering.

With that little, many things happen,

that's different.

So don't be in the last year of engineering.

I know the program may be closing.

But not the last year of engineering, okay?

So…

And engineering,

essentially engineering means

to have things the way we want, yes?

When we say this building is well engineered

- I am not saying that (Laughter)

- if we say this building is well engineered

or an automobile is well engineered,

what it means is

its functioning the way we want, yes?

Of all the pieces of engineering on this planet,

of many pieces of engineering

– a tree is a fantastic engineering,

even a mountain is fantastic engineering

because it stood there for a million years,

that means it must be a good engineering, isn't it?

Yes?

Something that stands there for a million years must be well engineered.

Of all this,

the most sophisticated piece of engineering is human mechanism, isn’t it so?

Hello?

Most sophisticated of all the pieces of engineering.

Now because it's a sophisticated piece of engineering,

it needs a certain level of attention,

otherwise you don't figure it.

Now that we gave you such a highly…

no, hi-tech piece of engineering,

I am asking you,

did you read the user's manual?

Moderator (Abhijeet): I think

there is no user manual… or no (Laughs)?

Sadhguru: How can

they make such a fantastic engineering without a user's manual?

Maybe it doesn't come with a booklet attached to your neck when you were born (Laughter).

But indications must be there,

isn't it, how to use it, hmm?

Is it true,

somebody who is an athlete or a gymnast or

someone else like that,

learns to use their body

than a whole lot of other people, yes?

Obviously,

at least one aspect of the physical engineering of the body,

they seem to have read the user's manual about the physical aspects.

Is it true

certain people are able to use their mind better than others?

Maybe they read another part of the user's manual.

So now,

with this heart manual and the brain manual…

See the problem is,

most people are prejudiced against the brain.

This is a question that always comes to me,

“Sadhguru, I want to meditate,

but thoughts are coming.”

The common question everywhere.

I ask them,

“See, I will make you meditate,

we will stop the liver,

we’ll stop the kidney,

we’ll stop the heart,

we’ll stop everything, okay?”

“Hmm? No, Sadhguru” (Laughter).

So you want the liver to function when you are meditating,

you want the kidneys to function,

you want even the spleen to function,

you want the heart to function,

but you don't want your brain to function for some reason.

This is simply because

brain is a new equipment

that you got in the evolutionary process.

This level of cerebral development happened more recently

compared to the other systems.

If you cut open any mammal,

they all have all these parts, isn't it?

Every part that you have here,

all of them have.

Even if you open a frog,

most of you…

you are Biology department (Laughter)?

Even if you open a frog,

almost everything that you have he also has, isn't it?

It is only...

the big difference is only the cerebral development

which is a more recent happening.

Because it's a more recent happening,

most people have not figured how to handle it.

So user's manual is very important.

You don't read a user's manual

just before you discard the machine.

You read it in the first few days, isn't it?

Hello?

If you buy a phone,

do you want to read the user's manual

in the first three days or

after three years when you are throwing it away?

First three days, isn't it?

So, knowing how this (Referring to oneself) functions is very important.

Never did ever

heart generate any thought or intention.

Tch, well,

when you looked at the young girl heart beat more,

that doesn't mean it’s saying anything,

it’s just trying to compensate

for the other levels of excitement that's happening (Laughter/Applause).

The heart is not trying to say anything.

It is only compensating,

you need more blood

so it's pumping little harder (Laughs).

That will happen even if you run up the staircase, yes?

What happens to you, little panting,

when you fall in love, also happens physiologically

when you run up a staircase, yes or no?

Fear also does that to a whole lot of people (Laughs).

So heart is not trying to say anything,

it is just trying to make sure

every part of the body gets the nourishment of blood flow.

So it’s your brain speaking in different tongues.

What’s your native language?

What’s your mother tongue?

Moderator (Abhijeet): Assamese.

Sadhguru: So,

because when you know two, three languages,

sometimes it gets confused,

sometimes it speaks in English,

sometimes in Assamese,

sometimes in something else.

So you are thinking different people are speaking,

heart is speaking, mind is speaking, no.

There is thought and there is emotion,

people think

these two things are saying different things.

They are not saying different things,

the way you think is the way you emote, isn't it so?

Right now if I think,

“Oh, she is the most wonderful person on the planet,”

I just have to think.

Then my emotions become sweet towards her.

Now I think

“She is the most horrible creature on the planet,”

now my emotions become nasty,

yes or no?

I cannot think she is horrible

and have sweet emotions.

I cannot think she is wonderful

and have nasty emotions.

Isn’t it so?

But today

I thought she is the most wonderful person

and my sweetness was flowing,

suddenly she did something tomorrow that I don't like,

I think she is horrible.

Thought is agile.

It changes direction just like that.

Emotion is little sappy,

it takes time to turn around.

So that period,

you struggle as if

there are two dimensions of thing happening.

Because thought is saying one thing,

emotion is still going sweet.

Because it takes time to become nasty, tch.

Everybody struggles,

but it catches up or no after sometime, hello?

Today you thought

she is wonderful, sweetness was flowing.

Tomorrow she did something you don't like,

you thought she is horrible.

Mind... thought is clearly saying she's horrible,

but emotions are struggling

because they can't turn quickly.

They take time to turn.

But after a week, or ten days, or two months,

depending on

how deeply you are engaged (Laughter),

after sometime

emotion catches up with the thought.

Emotion also says,

“Yes she is horrible,

so we’ll… let's be nasty to her (Laughs).”

So they are not speaking different languages.

One is agile,

another is little slow in its corners.

So it looks like

they are speaking different languages.

When it comes to what you want to do,

you must think clearly, it's very important.

Thinking clearly means

– the question is not about

“What will get me this, what will get me that?”

Are you

Is your life precious to you?

All of you, I'm asking

- your life, is it precious to you?

Participants: Yes.

Sadhguru: So before you invest this life into something,

you must look whether today

if I invest my life into this,

after twenty-five years will it still mean a lot to me?

After fifty years will it still mean a lot to me?

At the end of my life,

if I turn back and I look,

will I be proud of this,

or will I be ashamed of what I am doing right now?

It doesn't matter what other people say.

But you should not do anything

that you will feel ashamed of.

Isn’t it so?

Hmm?

It doesn't matter people say so many things.

Everybody has a opinion, it’s their business.

But you don't do something

that you will feel ashamed of, isn't it?

Then you are goi… turning against yourself.

Somebody turns against you,

you can leave them and go somewhere else.

If you turn against yourself,

you will have to live with it forever.

So this is all you have to look at it.

Something will get you money,

something will get you comfort, that's not the point.

What you choose to do,

will it give you a life?

When I say give it...

give you a life,

are you just trying to make a living,

or are you trying to make a life out of this?

This’s important.

Making a living is not a issue.

A worm, a insect, a bird, an animal,

all of them are making their life…

making a living. Isn’t it so?

They’re even making a life out of it,

but definitely they’re making a living.

So making a living

with such a big brain is not a issue,

earning your food is not a issue,

making a living is not a issue.

Only problem is,

you want to live like somebody else.

That's an endless problem.

“I want to live” is not a problem.

“I want to live like you,” this is a problem.

So it is important,

if you consider your life as a precious life,

you must make sure

you make a wonderful life out of this, hmm?

Whatever opens up in that direction,

that is the thing you should do.

But when you are under the pressure of peers,

somebody is saying “I am going to America,”

somebody says “I am going to the government job,”

somebody says “I am doing this.”

So one thing

that all of you should do

before you make big decisions in your life is,

withdraw from these pressures of peers,

professors, parents, everybody.

Just spend three days to one week by yourself.

Look at it,

what is it that you really want to do?

Not under pressure from other people.

What does this life want to do?

Do that!

It doesn't matter

what other people think about it (Applause)