Sadhguru looks at how people dull their longing for the ultimate by “snacking”, through shopping, entertainment and various other means. He explains that in a year, it would be helpful to keep aside two weeks just for yourself, when you can explore what it is that this being truly longs for.
Meditator Sathsang, Delhi, April 2012
Questioner: My question stems from the first question that was asked and as you said it is about how intense your longing is, now I mean… my problem is I say a lack of discipline in lot of things including say I am not able to maintain the discipline of doing my Shambhavi regularly and somewhere I think it is because of course if I long for it… long for something sincerely then the discipline would come about. So is longing always a… is it related to a certain situation and time, it comes with a situation or time can be something done to intensify the longing itself?
Sadhguru: How long has it been since you felt hungry?
Questioner: That’s a few hours.
Sadhguru: Really hungry, when did it you feel last? Because most people never allow themselves to feel hungry. They’re eating throughout the day. (Laughs) How long has it been when you felt really, really hungry?
Questioner: Once in a while, yes.
Sadhguru: Tell me how long ago.
Questioner: Really, really hungry I mean …I mean of course hunger happens and then we eat but I don’t know when it was so hungry that I was…
Sadhguru: So it’s been a long time then.
Questioner: Yes, yes.
Sadhguru: Because hunger is not an experience that you forget, it’s intense. So if you fasted for three days, four days then you will use everything, one extra finger movement you won’t make, you will use everything carefully, you will say only what you want to say. You will not say da-da-da-da-da speak like this, you will go carefully because now energies are limited and you know you have to be in a certain way – no training is needed, simply because you’re hungry, you become quiet, you become like this. Similarly, if the longing for something, it’s just like hunger – if you are longing strong enough everything will fall into place by itself. You don’t have to bring discipline into your life, you don’t have to search for a Guru, nothing everything will fall into line by itself, if you long strong enough.
So the problem is there is no longing because there is too much snacking. (Laughs) People who are snacking all the time they don’t feel hunger because you are snacking. Snacking means right now you are trying to satisfy your longing; human longing is to expand boundlessly but you are satisfying your longing with shopping, by watching a cricket match – see lot of people have not come today because there is a cricket match, (Laughs) – by watching a cricket match, by watching a cinema, by talking to somebody, by reading something, by distracting yourself with a million other things. So just spend a few days nothing, simply you paint your room white, okay, comfortable chair but eyes open, no sleeping alert and open. No reading, no thinking, no creating new philosophy, nothing, simply sitting, you will see; initially you may feel like you’re going crazy but after some time you see clearly what is this life longing for becomes hundred percent clear to you. One hundred percent clear to you, there will be no doubt about that.
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