Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga
‘Shi-va’ is ‘that which is not’, a primordial emptiness; Shiva is also the first-ever yogi, Adiyogi, the one who first perceived this emptiness. Adiyogi is symbol and myth, historic figure and living presence, creator and destroyer, outlaw and ascetic, cosmic dancer and passionate lover, all at once. A book like no other, this extraordinary document is a tribute to Shiva, the Adiyogi, by a living yogi; a chronicle of the progenitor of mysticism by a contemporary mystic. Here science and philosophy merge seamlessly, so do silence and sound, question and answer-to capture the unspeakable enigma of Adiyogi in a spellbinding wave of words and ideas that will leave one entranced, transformed.
First things first! When Sadhguru uses the word ‘Adiyogi’, he can mean either ‘that which is not’, or Shiva, the first-ever Yogi who perceived that emptiness experientially, and in Sadhguru’s own experience, they are not separate and he travels seamlessly between these two definitions. Chronicles, some of which are in the form of myths, occupy a prominent position in this book and if one goes with the intellect to discern it, one will miss the point entirely. Miss Subramaniam, the co-author of the book, is there as a representative of a contemporary society where psychological realities reign supreme. Saying that she has played her part really well, as she very briefly sketches her own personal journey from a once skeptic disciple to the one who now leans on the bedrock of trust laid out by her guru, at least on spiritual matters, notwithstanding the occasional thought waves of onslaught instigated by her mind, like the majority of us. The last section of the book is in the form of a dialogue where Arundhathi asks Sadhguru regarding the need of this particular book, how the various categorizations of Adiyogi as a mythological, metaphysical, cosmological and existential figure adds up in the long run, and above all, how Sadhguru’s own inner experiences help in presenting this complex phenomenon before a person living in this age. Arundhathi’s language and vocabulary deserves special applause as she is comfortably placed in the good books of all dictionaries –By Agasthyan on 1 March 2017
This is a one of kind book, exploring Shiva in a unique way. My neighbour has already borrowed it to read. I had time only to read the first chapter will give a detailed review once my neighbour returns it. –By Subbu on 3 March 2017
The courier service was great. I am loving reading the book. It feels like another mystic musings…I cannot review the book as a whole yet but until now it is a spellbinding experience for me. Arundhati Subramanyam has cleared all the kind of skepticism that can bud in one’s mind. –By Amazon Customer on 2 March 2017
About the Author
Ranked amongst the fifty most influential people in India, Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, visionary and bestselling author. Probing and passionate, insightful, logical and unfailingly witty, Sadhguru’s talks have earned him the reputation of a speaker and opinion-maker of renown. With his astute and incisive grasp of world affairs, as well as his unerringly scientific approach to human wellbeing, he has been a primary speaker at the United Nations World Headquarters, a regular at the World Economic Forum, and a special invitee at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Australian Leadership Retreat, Indian Economic Summit and TED. He has also been invited to speak at leading educational institutions, including Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Wharton and MIT among others. With a celebratory engagement with life on all levels, Sadhguru’s areas of active involvement encompass fields as diverse as architecture and visual design, poetry and painting, ecology and horticulture, sports, music and aviation. Three decades ago, he founded Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization with human well-being as its core commitment, supported by over seven million volunteers in over 250 centres worldwide. Arundhathi Subramaniam is an award-winning poet and writer. Her recent books include When God is a Traveller, a poetry collection, and Eating God, an anthology of sacred verse. She is also the author of the bestselling biography Sadhguru: More Than a Life.