Insight Into Depression – Sadhguru

In this discourse “Insight Into Depression”, Sadhguru explains that in most cases of depression a person is simply generating intense thoughts and emotions that are working against them and that in many ways, 70% of all illnesses are self-created.

Sadhguru Talks @ Darshan, Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore, Sep 2010

डिप्रेशन का मूल कारण

सद्गुरु डिप्रेशन/अवसाद के मूल कारण बताते हुए कहते हैं कि डिप्रेशन के अधिकतर मामलों में, मनुष्य खुद ही ऐसी गहरी भावनाओं और विचारों को पैदा करता है, जो उसके खिलाफ काम करते हैं, और कई मायनों में सत्तर प्रतिशत बीमारियाँ लोग खुद ही पैदा करते हैं।


Sadhguru: If you are capable of causing depression to yourself… I’m saying this not without any concern for your illness or not due to lack of compassion, because that is the nature of what’s happening to you. If you’re causing depression to yourself, you are able to generate substantial amount of intense emotions and thoughts, but in the wrong direction. If you don’t have very strong emotions, very intense thoughts about something, you cannot get depressed. It is just that you are generating thoughts and emotion which work against you, not for you.

So you are strong enough to cause depression to yourself, because for you to cause a mental illness for yourself… unless you are pathologically ill which is just a small number of people, rest are all self-created. Most of them are self-created. A few are pathologically ill, it’s… they cannot help it. It just comes from within because of genetic and other factors. Almost everybody here, if we train them towards a certain kind of thought process and emotion and push them a little bit with the outside situations, almost everybody will go… lose their mental balance, they will become clinically ill. They can be driven to madness, I’m saying, because the line between sanity and insanity is very thin, people keep pushing it.

You get angry, you’re pushing the line; it’s a thin line. In fact when you get angry you know you’re pushing the line, that’s why the expression, ‘I was mad at somebody.’ You are not mad at somebody, you’re just going mad. You cannot be mad at somebody, you’re just pushing your sanity, the boundaries of sanity and moving into insanity, for a certain period of time and coming back. You do one thing, every day you try this – 10 minutes a day try intense anger on somebody. You will see in three months’ time, you will be clinically there. Yes. Just try it, if you want. Because if you keep pushing the line – you go mad and you come back, you go mad and you come back – one day you’re not able to come back, that’s all. One day you’re not able to turn back, then you’re clinically ill. You must understand even if you got angry for a moment, you’re already ill; maybe you don’t get the certificate of diagnosis, they don’t slap a certificate on you that you’re gone, but you are going, isn’t it?

You think it’s your right to throw tantrums, you think it’s your right to get angry with people, you think it’s your privilege to be depressed so that you’ll get attention from somebody. You keep playing this, one day you will not able… you will not be able to turn back. Keep crossing the line every day, one day you will see you cannot cross back, that day you need a doctor. Till then everybody needed a respite from you but the day you can’t cross back they get the respite, because now they can catch you and give you to a doctor. Otherwise you’re temporarily going mad, every day many times a day, they cannot even send you to an asylum, they have to bear with you – your family, your friends, your people around you. If you get at least truly clinically ill, we can hand you over. There’s one temple in Tamil Nadu, you know? Where they chain you and keep you? Where there’s no hospital. No psychological…

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25 thoughts on “Insight Into Depression – Sadhguru

  1. "No, No I am like this because my father abused me when I was 7 years of age. If you know all that bullshit, you can as well turn yourself around, isn't it?" – Sadhguru. Truth!

  2. What he says is right, no denial to that. Many times, people do use depression as an excuse to not work. But the issue is what about people who are really depressed or have strong emotions of sadness or anger over something unfair that has happened to them but are still trying really hard to go through life. And how bad would they feel if they are told that people need a respite from them…..cause may be the very people who are causing the depression are going to throw them away in a mental hospital……like someone who is mentally and emotionally abusive……

  3. I have only just stumbled upon Sadhguru and i must say i loved most of everything he said. It is true we are all conditioned to get ill and when we get ill we get attention, a lot more attention than when we are happy and going about the day as per normal. I really liked the part when he was talking about children, of course maternal/paternal instinct will make you want to cuddle them and make sure they are well looked after as you hate seeing your children suffer or in pain, but make it a rule that you should THAT amount of attention when they are well and not when they are sick. I was diagnosed with depression, severe depression and was prescribed anti depressants, but i refused to take them! I have never been into spiritual stuff, and i have slowly gotten into it by practising yoga, meditation and reiki energy healing and yes its a slow process but i am getting better. I disagree with the comment that depression is wanting attention from others, true depression is anything but that, i hate when people comfort me because of my illness and id rather be left alone. I didnt want to be depressed, i have a beautiful and happy life but my mind wont let me enjoy it but i am slowly trying to turn this around, we can condition our minds too. Slowly but surely.

  4. Sometimes I feel sad and depressed for things that have no relation to my life….I self-create some attachment with something and then gets sad and depressed, it takes me a day or even 2-3 days to get over it….Sadhguru is just like a light in the dark for me…

  5. We get what we sow…whatever we do ,comes back
    Cheer yourself and get out of the situation asap…or we go mad
    Everything happens for good in life..
    Sadguru‘s talks are eye openers for everyone.
    Live good

  6. Today at the super market I was in complete blissful ecstacy while I was kicking on the door of a cubical in public toilet. The person was asking me to stop but I didn't. I feel like I have had a life changing moment where I didn't care about anything but my joy.

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