Ignite the Hunger for Knowing

By Sadhguru

There are so many things that one can do in this world -- walk, swim, dance, gossip, love, drink, have drugs… And yet, for ages, as long back as you can look, why is it that human beings have longed for something beyond?

When they got too busy with their survival, for some time they rested it, but the moment their stomach was full, once again they started. If you were indestructible, if this body was indestructible, this longing to know something of the beyond would not have risen because then you would think this (body) is ultimate.

Every day, you may not be conscious about death, but the slightest provocation and you become conscious of it. Somebody you love went out and did not come back at the appointed time. ‘What happened, what happened?’ you start thinking. Why this fear? You are always thinking, did something go wrong? Did he fall dead somewhere? That’s the last thing. In between, there is injury, there is pain, there is disease -- all these things are just stepping stones to the last one. ‘What could have happened?’ is just a reminder. Somewhere you know that this can be terminated.

‘When I am a full-fledged life here, knowing so many things, alive, with so many thoughts, so many emotions, so many ideas, so much capability, one day it’s going to be Poofff...’ -- This is something that human nature is unwilling to accept. So, there are all kinds of arguments. Some people say there is something more; others say there is nothing more, you are just a mass of cells and one day you will disintegrate. Some people say you will land up in the lap of God, that’s where you came from. All kinds of stories, all kinds of arguments...

Though people have argued for a thousand years or more, no one has been able to come to a conclusion. Well, if you have a single-track mind where you ‘don’t want to look at anything else’, then you have an answer. But, if you have more than one track in your mind, you won’t have an answer. You will only have more and more questions. The more arguments you get into with somebody, the more questions (and not answers) will pop up in your head.

People have propounded every kind of answer they could think of, yet it has not solved anything because this is a trick solution. Are you simply in search of solace, where you need someone to tell you, ‘Everything will be okay; there is a party waiting on the other side’? Or have you become insane and can’t live without knowing? Longing for knowing will not happen unless there is hunger for knowing. It’s like, you know, there are mothers who beat up their children because they don’t eat well. They carry the child around all the time, and when the child doesn’t want to eat, they start forcing them. Many such mothers approach me, complaining, ‘Sadhguru, my child is not eating, I am afraid’. I tell them, ‘Just leave him with me, he will eat. Because we will make him run, we will make him walk, we will make him play, we will make him climb. And after that, whatever food is given to him, he will gobble up!’

If you want to eat well, you don’t need encouragement or coaxing, you need hunger. If you want to know, you must know the pain of ignorance, not somebody’s lecture or grand words. If the pain of not knowing is burning within you, you will know. If you are hungry, you will find something edible. Aren’t all creatures on this planet finding their food somehow? Where you think there is nothing, they are finding something. In the middle of the desert, they are finding something because they are hungry. So, people have always tried to kill your hunger with false food, with their own ideas which give solace for a certain period of time and only slow you down. It doesn’t matter for how long you slow down, but when the moment of death comes, suddenly you know that you know nothing about life or death.

"Next Inner Engineering Program: March 21 to 27 at Margao and Vasco. Contact:  9822100305, goa.ishafoundation.org" Sadhguru, a yogi, is a visionary, humanitarian and a prominent spiritual leader. An author, poet, and internationally-renowned speaker, Sadhguru’s wit and piercing logic provoke and widen our perception of life. www.ishafoundation.org