Matthew McConaughey In Conversation With Sadhguru {Full Talk}

Sadhguru: Namaskaram.
Good morning, Matthew. Matthew: Good morning, Sadhguru!
Sadhguru: How are you man?Matthew: I’m good, man.
Where do you find yourself?Sadhguru: Right now, I’m somewhere
in southwestern corner of Georgia,just about to enter Florida,
maybe Brunswick, somewhere around that. Matthew: All right. Well, I’m in Austin, Texas.
Sadhguru: Oh, that’s good. Matthew: So you’re an hour ahead of me. Sadhguru: Yeah, but you look at my background,
it looks like I’m in Amazon forest. Matthew: Yeah, man  .
I knew you’re somewhere where it’s fertile,a bit jungly, yeah. You’re going around the book tour?
Sadhguru: Yes, meeting people, talking doing a little bit of, you know,
meeting people, that’s it. No major events.
No major events because pandemic. No assemblies
but just individual people. Matthew: That’s… my last year,
I wrote a book Greenlights, put it out,and I did it all virtual. It was all this.
Sadhguru: Mmm-hmm. Matthew: For… you know, for a year. There were some people
that I miss being there in person. But I must say that in a lot of ways,
this way of communicating is very intentional. I mean, because I could be… I could be…
I was in, you know,Milan, Italy at 9:00 AM ,
London, England at 10:00,New York at 11:00, LA at 12:00, and when the LA thing
was over at 1, I was having lunch with my familyMatthew: What’s that?
Sadhguru: What jet do you use?Matthew: This jet.  That’s what I mean. Then I was like, I was all over the world
and I was done at 1 o’clock. In thirty seconds, when I was done,
I was having lunch with my kids. I was like, this system’s okay.
I kind of like this in ways. Sadhguru: I think, in 2020, probably I have done
four times more work than I would normally do traveling. Matthew: Yup.
Sadhguru: Literally. Matthew: Yeah.  Still finding time
to get on your motorcycle?Sadhguru: Oh, yes. But right now,
this trip I’m driving a truck with a small camper. So, not entering any hotels or homes,
just living on the truck,cooking for myself
and managing things. Matthew: I’m in a… I’ve got four Airstreams.
Sadhguru: Mmm-hmm. Matthew: And I’m in one of them now in my backyard,
and this is where…This is the what I take on the road,
right here, this particular Airstream. Sadhguru: I got something that can go off-road.
A little small, not very…I mean… that way it’s not big as a Airstream
but this will go where you want. Matthew: Nice, nice.
Well, cool man. I’m glad we are going to
get to talk for a little while. Say howdy. I’m glad to meet you. I got a friend of mine,
Marc Benioff, who’s turned me on to you. Sadhguru: Oh okay.
Matthew: He’s an avid listener of yours. Sadhguru: Oh, how’s Marc?
Is he in Hawaii or in California?Matthew: No, no.  He’s… over a further west, Hawaii. Sadhguru: Yeah, Hawaii, that’s what I asked.
He told me last time, he’s in Hawaii. Matthew: Yeah. Yes. He’s doing good.
He’s the one who turned me on to you. Sadhguru:  Thank you.
Matthew: Yeah. Let me ask you few questions.
We’ll get some conversations about all this good stuff. Sadhguru: Mmm-hmm.
Matthew: You know, your opening on karma,and we could spend hours talking about this
because this is my juice herewhen we say, like,
“Lift the haze of the contradictions. ”Let’s talk about some haze-lifting
on the contradictions. There’s a symbol to me that has meant a lot to me.
It comes from the Bible – Matthew 6:22. It’s the Mandorla. And it’s saying that even,
you know, Ralph Waldo Emerson talks about it. We talk about future and past, we talk about heaven and hell,
we talk about good and evil. We see these contradictions that butt each other. And the Mandorla covers itself
and is the third eye in the middle,and says that, that spot is the spot of paradox.
That spot is where all the truth lies. That’s where all the colors of the truth lies. It’s not a contradictory shade of gray and compromise.
It’s actually where all the good stuff is. Paradox has been very helpful for me in understanding
and having a high eye… a third eye and not being so dualistic. Let’s talk about that a little bit.
Can you jump on that?Sadhguru: Yes, Matthew. What is contradictory is essentially
in the psychological space of the human being. In reality, existentially, nothing is contradictory.
Everything is complimentary to everything else. Is the day contradictory to the night?
No, it is complimentary. If it was all day, you wouldn’t know what is night.
If it’s all night, you wouldn’t know what is day. So, essentially human perception itself –
because it is through five sense organs,it can only always perceive only a part of it. See, if I show you this part of my hand, you cannot see this part.
If you see this, you cannot see this. This is the nature of all our perception. All the five senses are able to perceive
only with the context, otherwise they cannot. So, because of that, because we are fed
with this kind of part information,our mind tends to think that
everything is contradictory to everything else. Man is contradictory to woman, night is contradictory to day,
light is contradictory to darkness. No, they are all complimentary to each other.
It is just that because our perception is so fragmented ­–five sense organs are made that way.
These sense organs are only good for survival process. If you want to know, they are no good.
They are only good to help you to survive on this planet,that you can do by perceiving things clearly
through your sense perception. If you want to know life the way it is,
if you want to know this phenomena of life the way it is,you have to go beyond your sense perception.
In a way, the entire yogic science is all about this. Even the karma that we’re talking about is all about this.
Because all the karmic inputs are in this sense,bits and pieces of information,
out of which we are trying to make something. This is like a child starting to… let us say,
we give him a million-piece jigsaw. He puts four pieces together and says,
“Here, I got it, this is a bear. ” All right?But there are a million other pieces that you have never seen. So, looking at life in pieces, through keyhole visions,
makes everything look like one is against the other. But existentially, nothing against anything else. Because as we sit here, see, that is your body,
this is my body. This is my mind, that is your mind. What you call as “my body”,
what I call as “my body” is –what I have accumulated is my body,
what you have accumulated is your body. What I have accumulated in impressions is my mind,
what you have accumulated as impressions is your mind. But there is no such thing as my life and your life.
This is a living cosmos. You have gathered a little bit. I have gathered a little bit.
We’re enjoying that. The privilege of creation is that…
magnanimity of creation is that,though we are really nothing in this existence,
it has given us an individual experiencewhich is a tremendous, tremendous privilege. Unfortunately, human beings are not able to
appreciate or understand this privilege. Though you are not even a speck of dust in this cosmos,
you have an individual experience. You can look at it from your own…
zand as if you are a whole universe yourself. But if you take this individuality too seriously, everything contradictory. Once it’s contradictory, as you get
more invested in these contradictions,conflict is a natural outcome, you know. Yes, heard. You know,
you said in your book,“Destiny is what you create for yourself.
Fate is when you’ve failed to create your own destiny. ”I am a believer in responsibility…Sadhguru: I heard that you don’t
drive through the red lights . Matthew: I’ve run a few red lights. All right. But again, I say, you know,for people that say, “Oh, it’s all fate”,
and I always like, I half-jokingly say,“Okay, then run all the red lights, see what happens. ”
I mean, I believe that the prime mover or God,whatever, or life, that wants our hands on the wheel.
Say, we are self-determining creatures. Don’t just take the hands off and just completely, Insha Allah,
the whole existence of going through the world. So, there’s responsibility and fate, I think
and there’s the fate of responsibility. And that’s what… is that sort of what that line is saying,“Destiny is what you create for yourself.
Fate is when you fail to create your own destiny”?That would be… There’s a fate of _____ .
Fate is a fact in waiting. Sadhguru: Mmm-mmm. Fate is a…
fate is a destiny unattended. You did not attend to certain aspects of your life. So, they will go by the tendencies that exist within you
or by the social situations that are happening around you. So, if you allow outside situations
to simply happen the way they happen,largely it’ll happen to all of us reasonably the same way
if you’re living in the same place. But destiny means you take charge of it. And though many times we may not be able to
change all the physical situations around us,still we can change the way we experience it.
Nobody can stop us from that. What is your life
is essentially the way you experience it. What is your life
is not in terms of what you have around you. What your life really is, is the way you experience it. And the way you experience it
or whichever way you experience it happens within you. What happens within you, if you don’t take charge of that,
I think it’s a wasted life. Outside situations are not always governed by us. There are too many forces around us.
Everything is not determined by us. What we have outside…
Right now, we were talking about technology. Well, if you and me existed
500 years ago or 1,000 years ago,what we could do would have been very different.
So what we are doing now,let us not take too much pride
in what we are doing right now,because this is a consequence of the times in which we exist. If we did exist here a 10,000 years ago,I don’t know if you would have found a cave in Austin,
I would have found in India , so…Matthew: Yeah. Yes, would have been somewhere else
doing it some other way, yeah. Sadhguru: Yeah, so what we’re doing
is a consequence of times. But how we experience it is entirely ours. A caveman also… There were cavemen or cavewomen,
who were joyful and miserable. Today in 21st century, with all the conveniences,
there are joyful and miserable people still, all right?So, it is the way you experience is determined by you,
0not by the situations around you. Matthew: Heard, heard, thank you.
You say this line. I love… I… I… I love the…Sadhguru: Hey, you’ve been reading the book.
I haven’t read it yet. I’ve been trying to open it.
It never happened. Matthew: You haven’t read your book?
You don’t need to, you wrote it. You know, I actually just got this two days ago.
I have not had time to read the whole thing. But I’ve gone through it and seen
some nuggets that felt like lyrics that I like –”Oh, I like that song.
Oh, okay, okay, I hear that. “And here’s one of those,“Karma is about shifting responsibility
from heaven to yourself. In this, you become the maker of your own destiny. ”Now, you just talked on that.
But I want to bring up an idea that something in…My pastor tells me I’m pushing a big rock
up a tall steep hill with this idea I’ve got. But as a person who likes to play with words,
I do as well,I believe that we should be…I’m trying to redefine the word selfish.
That being more selfish is…if it is actually being more selfless.
That being more selfless is actually being more selfish. That we have greater gratification,
we have greater joy, we have greater gifts –the more selfish we are, the more individualistic. Now, I know that can go out of hand
and I don’t mean when it’s at the expense…I don’t mean selfish at the expense of
excluding a lot of people or making contradictions. But I’m trying to redefine the word selfish. Sadhguru: Let me redefine the selfish for you. See, there is nothing here in your experience without involving yourself.
So, you do not know life without yourself. Only because you exist, there is life.
If you did not exist, what do you know about life?There’s simply no possibility.
So, selflessness is just an idea, a futile idea!The only way you can exist here is selfish.
The question is like this. For somebody, selfishness means
it’s all about themselves as an individual. For somebody else, it’s for him and his family.
For someone else, it’s him and his community. For someone else, his selfishness is
for him and his race or religion or nationality. I’m saying, why are you stingy about your selfishness?
Why don’t you be absolutely selfish?Why don’t you make your selfishness cosmic, at least global?What is it selfishness means? I want to be well.
I don’t care what’s happening to you. Why don’t you make your selfishness like this, “I want
every creature on this planet to be really well”?And once you have set this course for yourself,
it’s not that you’re going to solve all the problems. At least you will be doing your best,
and this is all a human being can do. That the question is only about,
are you doing everything that you can do or not. Because in our lives, if we do not do
what we cannot do, there is no problem. In our lives, if we do not do
what we can do, we are a disaster. So, my express mission is to see that every human being
is doing everything that they can do with a sense of inclusiveness. Selfishness is the only way you can be inclusive.
What does selfless mean?What does selfless mean? You’ll stop breathing, is it?
I’m saying, it’s just an idea which has never happened. It is just a foolish idea. There is no such thing as selfless
because the very basis of your experience is self. Matthew: Yes, yes, yes . Sadhguru: The question is, is your selfishness
inclusive or exclusive? That’s all. Matthew: Voila! Voila! And don’t be stingy
with your selfishness.   Sadhguru: No, don’t be stingy with selfishness.
At least with selfishness, be generous. Matthew: Yes.  You know,
you obviously have a great sense of humor. I’ve found that sense of humor if…is something that – one it’s been a great tool for sometimes
unlocking those contradictions for me. for me and other people. But often it’s seen…I’m one of those persons that will laugh
while the “wound is still a little bit too fresh”,you know what I mean? I’m like,
“No, it’s already happened. So, let’s start laughing at it now. “And, I’m still going to be responsible
to try and fix the problem,but can we do this while
we giggle through fixing the problem?And some people, that turns off
because they go, “Wait, it’s too early to laugh. You can’t laugh. You can’t…
It’s too early  We need to be serious about this thing.
I’m going, “No, I’m still going to do the work. Can we laugh while we fix the problem or find a way
to agree on something whether it’s politically…”Sadhguru: You have a right to cry only when
you just dropped out of your mother’s womb. That’s the only time you have a right to cry.
After that, you should be laughing outside. And now about when the wound is too fresh.
See, let me tell you this. See, as I said already, all the external situations,our life situations will not ever happen
100% the way we want,doesn’t matter, small situations, big situations.
As your involvement grows in the world,you will see more and more things
will not happen the way you want. So, what happens in the world, we must understand,
it’s a reality which involves many, many forces. We are also one little force in that.
So, we can push it, we can use our skills,we can use our intelligence, we can use our influence
and push that piece as far as we can. But there are too many pieces.
It will never happen 100% your way or anybody’s way. And I’m glad it is so, because if it all happened
your way, where the hell do I go, hmm?Little bit your way, little bit my way,
little bit somebody’s way – this is the way world is. But now you’re talking about wound.
Wound happens within you. So, this one space which you call as myself,
must happen 100% your way. If this is happening 100% your way,
you will just see that what a joke it is,everything that happens around you
and how ridiculously it can happen. So, when you see this, it’s not that you have to
have a sense of humor. Laughter is inevitable. When you’re laughing within yourself,
maybe words also come that way. I never thought I have a sense of humor. These days people are telling me,
“Sadhguru, you have such a sense of humor. “I thought, “Oh, is that so?” It’s just that all the humors in my body
are working well, that’s all . Let me tell you this. This happened,
Shankaran Pillai once had a franchise for Radio Shack. I think Radio Shack is closed down now,
if I’m right. Is it closed down or still on?Matthew: I think they did.
Sadhguru: OkayMatthew: I think you’re correct.
Sadhguru: So, he used to have a franchisee-ship for a Radio Shack. So, one day he ordered a particular component. Looking at the catalog, he saw
he wanted a component which is 669 number. He ordered and the component arrived after a few days.
He looked at it and they had sent the wrong number. It was 966, they had sent. He wrote back
to them and furious, “You sent the wrong part. “They said, “Just turn it around and see. ” Most of the time life is just that,
you are seeing it one way and freaking. Turn it around and see,
you’ll laugh at the whole thing . Matthew: Just flip it over, yes
or say it back to frontwhat makes sense. The foot’s on the other shoe. In writing my book, I’ve noticed ways that I got what I wanted
in life, ways I got what I was seeking andI was very clear even going into writing aboutoh, there have been many things
where I’ve engineered the success,that I have set the goal, that decide where I wanted to go
and went to it and attained it as a traveler, okay?Set goals, and go get them. But I was surprised at how many times
that I’ve found and got what I wanted or succeeded,when I was looking for what I did not know
what the hell I was looking for. When I was like,
I’m going to go seek it, I’m …Sadhguru: Those were the best times, hmm?
Matthew: They’re awesome. The one-way tickets, you know, with no return ticket,
to go on a walkabout, going I don’t know what I’m…Sadhguru: You don’t do walkabout in America,
you need to go to Australia to do walkabout. Matthew: I’ve done the walkabout in Australia.
I’ve done a walkabout in Mali, Africa and Peruthe fuga mundi, 
and those times I got what I neededbut I didn’t know what I was looking for. I just put myself in a position
to get rid of all the frequenciesthat I was having in my Western world,
in my busy life. I want to go someplace where nobody knew my name,
where I didn’t speak the language,where time was going to run
way too slow for me until I got on time. And, then all of a sudden realized that,”Oh, I feel the rhythms of this place.
I’m enjoying my own company. “Because those trips for me,
the first twelve days, I did not enjoy my own company. Sadhguru: See, if you do not enjoy your own company,
that means you’re in bad company, obviously. Matthew: Well, it take took twelve days.
I had to… but I think there’s a value,if you don’t enjoy your own company to go,
“Oh, that’s why I need to spend more time with myself. ”Sadhguru: Yes.
Matthew: “…and so we can work it outbecause I’m the one person that I can’t get rid of,
so let’s work this stuff out. “` But after about twelve days,
on around the 16th day,around the 12th day,
I have a breakthrough, where I’m like, “OkayI’ve shaken off my demons.
I’ve pulled off my talismans. I’m a naked child. “And that’s when all of a sudden,
boom an answer comes. And, I’m light and I’ve shed certain guilt
and I’m present much…I’m not looking around the bend to see what’s coming.
I’m not looking over my shoulder to judge where I’ve been. I guess my point is, we’re all…Sometimes we don’t know0
what we’re looking for but we go find it. You talk about seeking the unknown.
But to put our ourselves in a place,do you think there’s a value
about put yourself in a place so you can hear it,put yourself in a place so you can receive it. Sadhguru: See, people keep coming to me and say,
“Sadhguru, please bless me. This should happen. That should happen. “I tell them, “See, my blessing is,
may all your dreams not come true. “They get shocked.
Said “Sadhguru, why?”See, see what can you dream of?Right now, I don’t know
what you’re drinking. Suppose it’s coffee. If you have had one cup of coffee,
maybe you will dream of a barrel of coffee. If you have a million dollars,
maybe you will think of a billion dollars. I’m saying all your dreams are
just exaggerations of what you already know. If you go like this, you’re ensuring
that nothing new ever happens to you. So my blessing is,
“May your dreams not come true. May things that you could
never dream of happen to you. “If you have to be an open possibility like this,
it’s very important that we understand. . . That is why karma is important.
Karma means, it’s the bedrock of your memory. It’s a bedrock of your memory means,
who you are right now as a person. Matthew as a person, as a physical person,
as a mental person, as an emotional person,and even as an energetic person,
it is a certain volume of memory. Here, there is evolutionary memory, there is genetic memory,
there is articulate and inarticulate,well, unconscious, subconscious and conscious memories. All this memory put together, an amalgamation of this,
is one person called Matthew. Similarly, every other person. So, now do you want to stand on the stage of this memory?
Let’s say we see this memory like a platform. If you stand upon this, the richness of your life plays out,
and you can do your today’s dance on that stage. But if you sink into it, it becomes like a quicksand
and past just takes away people. See, most human beings,
just see what is it that they are suffering in their life. They are suffering what happened
ten years ago, now, sitting here,and they are already suffering
what may happen day after tomorrow. Essentially, they are not even connected with life.
They are mistaking their psychological space as existential. They are suffering two most incredible qualities
that only human beings possess on this planet,which is a vivid sense of memory
and a fantastic sense of imagination. Unfortunately, most human beings are suffering this.
Essentially, they are suffering evolutionary process. They are just saying, “If I was an earthworm,
I would be more peaceful. “Yes, earthworm is a fantastic creature,
it is very eco-friendly. All that is fine, but the possibility is limited. The significance of being human is
the possibilities are unlimited. Possibilities are immense.
This is why we are on top of the evolutionary pile. When I say on top of the evolutionary pile,
of all these millions of creatures which are there on this planet –well, we are trying to reduce
their numbers unfortunately but. . . Of all these millions of creatures, in terms of evolution,
in terms of our neurological capabilities,perception and assimilation of what we perceive,
we are on top of the world. But most human beings are not feeling on top of the world
because they are sinking into the platform of their memory. This vast memory is a tremendous thing.
See, otherwise today, I’m just saying…See, here I’m sitting,
there is an evolutionary memory in me,which tells every cell in the body
clearly speaks this is a human being. Suppose I got fancy for dog food
and started eating dog food for three days. No, there is evolutionary memory within me
which will never allow anything like that to happen. Now, I’m here in United States.
Let’s say I eat only American food. Will I become an American person?
Will my color change? Will my everything change? No. Because there is genetic memory in me.
So, who you are, who I am, is essentially memory. The question is will you stand up on this platformand do your act or will you sink into it and die?
This is all the choice you have. Matthew: Boom . Yes, yes.
You say, “I hope your dreams do not come true” . I love that. Sadhguru: Don’t say that… Don’t tell everybody.
They will curse me . Matthew: But tell me, here’s what I hear
when you say that. We’re such a result-oriented people and culture. I got to have my result and if I just get to the top
of that summit, I’ll have the ta-da moment. And we get to top of the summit,
we see it’s a false summit. There’s millions of more summits on the other side
You keep climbing, and there’s another one. There’s not a ta-da moment where we go,
“Ahaaa, I’ve got it! All figured out. “I think, we also, we get caught up so often
in short-term gains and short-term return choicesthat give us short-term return
on our own investment – us. And, we don’t…We’re not making choices
that are going to buy us delayed gratification,not only longer in this life
but after we’re gone,for our kids and our grand kids
and our great-great-grand kids. So, it’s all a process is what I’m hearing from that,
and how I’m choosing to take that line. It’s all a process. Enjoy the process.
You do not ever get there. That’s the point that keeps you in the game.
Because if you got there, the game’s over.   Sadhguru: See, the finish line. . .
Everybody’s interested too much in finish line. Especially in the Western world,
they think finish line is everything. If you’re so interested in the finish line,
do you understand what is the finish line for life?You want to cross it quickly, is it?
Ridiculous. Ridiculous . Everybody wants to live. So, living here means that
now you’re breathing and here – this is living. So, if you’re too much interested in the finish line,
then you will cross it soon. That is, you’ll cross it when you’re alive. Because so many people
are living as if they’re dead, dead to everything. Except for a few needs that they have,
a whole lot of people are dead to all other possibilities of life. In yoga, there is a very good kind of a saying which says,“If you have one eye on the goal, you will have only one eye
to find your way, which is very inefficient. ”So, you are rendering yourself incapable of life
simply because you want to get somewhere. Where do you want to get?
Some imagined place. Where is that place?It is just an exaggeration of the past
you’ve already experiencedbecause you cannot imagine something
that you have never seen. You cannot imagine something
for which there is no data,because your mind essentially functions from the data
that you have gathered, which is essentially your past. So, you want to repeat your past
and then wondering why life is so boring. Heard. Heard. Yes, repeat offenders.
Reciprocity Going in circles. I hear you.
I’ve done it before You say yoga means union – by definition, yoga, right?
Sadhguru: Mmm-hmm. Matthew: Well, the root word
of religion comes from Ligare and Reand Ligare means to bind together
and Re means again to bind together again,the prescriptive definition of religion.
Sadhguru: Mmm-hmm. Matthew: Yoga means union.
Those are somewhat synonymous. Is that fair to say yoga and religion
would be synonymous definitionsor at least in the same direction?
Sadhguru:In its essence it would bebut not in its present form of practice – both, I’m saying. The way yoga is practiced in America
is not synonymous of union. The way religion is practiced largely. . . Matthew: The way religion is practiced in the world
is not synonymous with what real religion is eitherSadhguru: Both of them in definition
maybe they are same,but unfortunately, the way
it is practiced is very different. But why yoga is simply because
this is not based on belief system. It is based on your experience.
At least you know where the hell you’re going. With belief system, you just believe
you’re going in a certain waywhich gives you a certain
psychological comfort, it gives you solace. So essentially, the choice is this,
are you seeking solace in your life?That is, you want to just quieten your mind
and be happy with little things,or are you seeking a solution for this life?Because once you have come
with this human intelligence,if you don’t immediately get engrossed
with some petty thing around you,it is natural for every human being to think,“What is all this about?
Where did I come from? Where will I go?What is the process of this life?
What is the meaning of this?What is the purpose of my existence here?And is my existence just a blimp that I just
come and vanish or is there something else?Essentially, what is the nature of my existence?”This is a question
that no human being can avoidunless somebody works on you very young
and they tell you, “You’re this, you’re that. You’re going to this
heaven or hell or whatever. ”Unless somebody washes you up like this,it is very, very natural for every
human being to ask these questions. And these questions are good,
this confusion is good becausewhen you realize you do not know…
See, people have misunderstoodand unfortunately not understood
the significance of “I do not know. ”“I do not know” is the most
significant thing in your life,because the moment you see
“I do not know,” the longing to know,wanting to know, seeking to know
is a natural consequence. Once there is a strong seeking,
knowing is not far away,because anything that you wish to know about life,you don’t have to search through a microscope or a telescope
because you are life. This is life . Right now, I may call this (Referring
to oneself) by a name. Right now,it may have an identity in the world,
but essentially this is lifeand this
is the only life I can experience. See, right now all these beautiful trees. I don’t experience them. I only experience
them the way they happen within methe way they reflect
in the firmament of my mindand how I relate to them. Whichever way, I will
only experience these trees within myself. There is no way I can experience these
trees out there, and that’s true for everything. You cannot experience anything out there,
it can only happen within you. All experience – pain and pleasure,
joy and misery, agony and ecstasycan only happen within you.
Every kind of experience happens within you. When you understand this…
Well, if you realize “I do not know”and then you start looking, naturally you will
understand this. Once you understand this,finding the nature of your existence
and becoming the master of your destinyis a natural consequence. The problem is
we kill “I do not know” with belief systems,ideas, philosophies, ideologies.
If you keep all these things aside,I think that’s what, in some
way, you did in your desert. I don’t know which desert you went to.
You didn’t go to Kalahari, did you?Matthew: No, I went to Sahara
and then West Texas. Sadhguru: Okay . So…
so in a desert means you’re alone. So, as you said in your own words,
initially you are confused and struggling,but then as you pay attention – because
when you have nothing else to pay attention to,you naturally pay attention to how you walk,
every muscle in your body, the breath,heartbeat, everything.
Then, you will start noticingwhat you call as within
or what you call as me is an entire universe,and that’s the only universe you have experienced.
You have not experienced any other universe. The only and only universe and the only
and only world that you have experiencedis what has happened within you.
Once you realize this,then you fix the world the way you want it
within yourself. Outside world, we do our best. Matthew: So, you think it’s the outside saying
because I’ve gone through that with that, man. I felt like I had to be in the know. Only recently
have I shaken hands with the fact,no, I love to be in the know. I also don’t
want to be in the know, what I don’t know. And in like, I want to know what I don’t know
and then know that I do not know,and saying, “Oh, that’s a good thing,
Matthew,” is what I’ll tell myself. So…but do we not give ourself enough creditor is the “I don’t know” is like a blind spot.
It’s like “Whoa, I don’t know…”Sadhguru: No, no. “I know” is a blind spot.
Let me clear this. “I know” is a blind spot. See, right now,
let us say you’re driving, you’re driving. A truck was coming behind you
and you saw it in the mirror. So do you see what is behind the truck?
Matthew: Mmm-mmm. Sadhguru: So, you know there is a truck coming
but that’s a blind spot, it blocks everything else. So, right now you think “I know”
that’s like a blot in your brain. It doesn’t allow you to see anything else.
If you see “I do not know”,“I do not know” is not about
things around you. Fundamentally…see, you and me are sitting here talking long distance.
We are sitting on a round planet. The damn thing is spinning all the time
and also hurtling through the space at tremendous speed,in the middle of nowhere. Nobody knows where this cosmos begins,
where it ends. In the middle of nowhere,a tiny little mechanism called solar system.
In that super tiny place called planet Earth,in that Texas is a micro super space,
in that Austin city is a super-super micro space. In that you’re a big man – this is the problem. Because the moment I think “I know”,
I become big in my perception. Once I become big,
inevitably I’ll make a fool of myself. Whether I realize this in this life or not,somebody who has eyes to see, will see –
this is a bloody fool . Matthew: Yes, love it. “I know”
is a blind spot. Heard. But we tell ourselves, the world tells us
the opposite. That no, to do… you know,the self-assurance, the confidence,
even if it’s a false confidence will get you,you know, what you more what you want. We reward
that in life, in this life, in the mortal life. We reward that with money, with jobs,
with even blue ribbons and gold medals sometimes. Is it an act of courage to lean into the “I don’t know?”
Is it to seek what you don’t know?Is it a courageous act or is that too much
of a come from a belief system?I’m just trying to make it tangible because…Sadhguru: Yes. See, right now,
do I know you are Matthew. . . I wouldn’t dare try the second name…
Matthew: McConaughey. Sadhguru: McConaughey.
Matthew: Rhymes with what would Madonna say. Sadhguru: So I know you’re Matthew McConaughey,
but do I know you? I don’t know. I know you because when I see a person,
I know many things that I know,I need to know to interact,
to be with them and everything. But do you know some life absolutely?
You do not know. So, with the “I do not know”does not mean you are ignorant.
“I do not know” simply means thatmaybe right now I’m seeing the surface. I’m always willing to look deeper
and deeper and deeper. But the moment I say, “Oh, I know what’s Matthew,”
he’s a file in my mind. It’s finished. So, “I do not know” does not mean that it’s ignorance.
See, we must understand this. See, however much knowledge you have,
even if you have digested the libraries on this planet,still what you know in this cosmic space is a miniscule.
But our ignorance is boundless. So, the whole yogic system
always identifies with ignorance. Because if I identify with my ignorance,
then whether I’m awake or asleep,my intelligence is always on. It never sleeps. The moment I say “I know,”
my intelligence goes to sleep. It gets lazy. This is essentially determining
what is the quality of your life. So, do not ever let your intelligence go to sleep
by saying, “I know something. ”Do you know a blade of grass?
I’m asking all the top scientists on the planet. Do we really know a blade of grass, absolutely?
We do not know. As you look deeper and deeper and deeper into it,
there’s more and more and more to it. See, the top scientists in the world
have openly saying,“We not only do not know,
we will never know. ” All right?Does it mean these people
are ignorant people?No, they have more knowledge
than most people on the planet,but they are saying this because
they have looked deep enough into life. And if you look deep enough into life,
you will naturally seewhat you know is a miniscule,
what you do not know is an endless possibility. So, do you want to take away
the boundless possibility because you know a spot?Matthew: “I don’t know” is not ignorance.
It’s an endless possibility. Sadhguru: Ignorance is a boundless thing,
knowledge is a very limited thing. Matthew: Fun. Fun .
This just sounds like fun. Haah, the adventure! Aaaah…Can you open up your definition of expansion?You know, you… What most people say would be
your teaching, you call it technology. I like… that clicks with me too. But can you open up to… talk about your
definition of expansion for us. Sadhguru: See, I mean before that
what you refer to as technology…Why this is technology is,
see, if I give you a belief system,you may believe it, you may not believe it. If I give you a teaching,
you may like it, you may not like it. If you give a philosophy, you may
agree with it, you may not agree with it. Now, I give you a technology.
All you have to do is learn to use it. Whoever learns to use it, for them
it will work. It’s as simple as that. So, it doesn’t matter… Right now, you know
some people were complaining when thatISIS war was going on in Syria and Iraq. In America, some people that I know
were complaining,”Can you believe it, they’re using our iPhones
and doing all these attacks?”I said , “This is technology.
Whoever learns to use it, it’ll work. You don’t have to say any of your
religious slogans to make it work. You learn to use it, it works. ” So, yoga
is a technology. You just learn to use it. It doesn’t matter who you are,
what you believe, what you don’t believe. All this doesn’t matter. You just learn to
use it, it will work. So, what is expansion?See, word ‘Yoga’ means this… Well, you alreadycame to a little verbal meaning
of that, which simply means union,or actually that other
definition you said. I’m sorry,I’m neither Latin nor Greek. So, you
said something about yoking, all right?Matthew: To bind together, again.
Sadhguru: To bind together…The word yoga, literally, if you go back
to its original meaning it means to yoke. You yoke together. See, right now,
what yoking means is…See, when you sit here,
you are an individual person. This is why I saidthe greatest magnanimity of creation is,
it gave us an individual experience. There are swarms of insects here. For them,
they don’t have an individual experience. They experience themselves
as a swarm, as a species. But we experience ourselves
as an individual. Unfortunately, instead of enjoying this privilege,
we have made this into a point of conflict. Conflict between each other
all the time, me versus you. But this is the greatest privilege that
we can sit here… I want you to just imagine. Suppose you looked at you or me from,
let’s say galaxy Z. What are we? Even through a telescope
or a microscope, we are not visible. It doesn’t matter what they have,
we are not visible. We’re such a tiny speck of dust, literally,but we have an individual experience.
It’s not a small thing. We can look at the universe and wonder
what this is all about. This is not a small thing. So, this individual experience
or the sense of being an individual,when you take it too seriously, then you get lost.
Then, you have to yoke with the creation. You have to become one with it.
Only then you know life. Otherwise, you’re misunderstanding
your psychological world as existential. Right now, this is all
the problem with human beings. Somewhere nature trusted that
if we give you so much intelligence,you will make the best out of it.
Tell me Matthew, in your experienceor in anybody’s experience,
does intelligence spell solutions or problems?Intelligence means solutions, isn’t it?Unfortunately, today it’s human intelligence
which is causing all the problems. Simply because we are too stuck
with our individuality. We don’t understand this is just a privilege. Tomorrow morning, if they bury us in the land,
we will become one with everything, all right?All these countless number of peoples
who walked this planetand they also thought they’re great people,
where are they? All top soil right now. You and me also will be topsoil unless
some friends choose to bury you real deepthinking you may rise from the dead,
you know – fearing rather. Sadhguru: So, I’m saying, we are any way part of this.
Without taking a breath, we cannot live. Without food, water, we cannot live.
Without constant interaction, we cannot live. But we are acting like concrete-block individuals.
We are absolutely individual. Yoga means you obliterate
the boundary of your individualityso that you experience your universality.
Once you experience your universality…If I experience everything around me here,
everybody around me here as a part of myself,after that do I need any morality?
Does somebody have to tell me,“Don’t drop them. Don’t kill them.
Don’t do this. Don’t do that”?Once I’ve experienced
something as a part of myself,with that I have no conflict.
This is yoga. See, right now for example, these five fingers…I have five more, okay. I’m only showing
you five . These five fingers…You also have five, not bad .
So, these five fingers,right now I experience them
very much as a part of myself. But this is just the food I’ve eaten.
Food I’ve eaten meansit’s just the soil that I’m walking upon right now.
It’s just a piece of the planet. But right now, this is very much me.
In my experience, this is totally me. Now, why is this so? See, right now,
there’s a glass of water here. The water in this glass, is this me?
No. If I drink it, will it become me? Of course. More than 70% of my body is water.
So, what is it that happened?All that happened was, as you have
a physical body, you have a sensory body. Your sensory body
is the boundaries of who you are. See, if you touch your right hand…
You do this, Matthew. With your right hand, just touch your left hand.
Is that you? 100% isn’t it?Touch the chair on which you’re sitting.
Is that you? Matthew: No. Sadhguru: No. How do you know?
It’s just that here there are sensations,here there are no sensations.
So, essentially, what you’re saying is,what is within the boundaries
of my sensation is me. What is outside the boundaries
of my sensation is not me. So, the sensory body has a presence of its own.
We can just do this experiment right now. Just close your eyes. Just for 20 seconds,
briskly rub your hands like this Hold them about three to four inches
away from each other. Something happening between them, isn’t it?
Matthew: Yes. Sadhguru: So, what is happening is
just that because of exuberant movement,now your sensory body expands. So, you know why people are rubbing each other
all the time. Because somebody who is not you,you begin to experience them as a part of yourself –
maybe momentarily, but it happens. So right now, what yoga means is, you sit here,
without any outside activity, just sit hereand make your life energy so exuberant
and active that your sensory body expands. If your sensory body expands
to the size of the room in which you’re sitting,you will experience everything
around you as a part of yourself. If your sensory body expands like the universe,
then we say you are a yogi. That means you’ve become one with everything. Today, if you go to a yoga program in a studio,
people are calling themselves yogis. That’s not what it means. It means that
you obliterated the boundaries of your individualityand you became one with everything
in your experience. Even if this happens fora few moments in your life,
after that you are never the same again. Because everything that you see – man,
woman, child, tree, animal, bird, everything,somewhere deep inside you know
this is part of me. When you know this,you don’t have to be driven by commandments
or morals or values or ethics, no. You’re running out of your humanity, the life
that you are, and that’s the way you should be. If your humanity is dead,
then you need lot of morality. If your humanity is alive and overflowing,
everything will be fine. You will do the bestthat is for yourself and everybody around you.
And we would completely live a different life. And right now, with this pandemic and everything,
this becomes very essential. This is the time for us to stand up
and show what kind of human beings we are. Matthew: Yes. Yes, individually. And, what you just said about
the individual experiences all,that’s who we are, that’s all we have.
But the yogi is connected with the universe, all right. So, the ‘I’, it’s where the ‘I’ meets the ‘we’.
The yoke of the ‘I’ and the ‘we’,would that be fair to say? That’s how I phrase it.
Is it ‘I’ and the ‘all’?Sadhguru: ‘We’ means there are still multiples.
All right? Matthew: It’s the all? I and the all?Sadhguru: Yes, you are the all. Right now, you know, I launched a whole program,
an ecological program in India based on this. I saw that we had to increase the
green cover in the state in which we were,which was at about 16. 5% at that time.
The aspiration was 33%. So, I told them, “See, you have to plant
114 million trees in the next eight years. ”They rolled their eyeballs and said,
“How is that possible? Do you know what is 114 million?How can we plant that many trees?”So, I told them, “What is their population?”
It was about 62 million. I said, “If all if you plant one today
and one more after two years,then it is a done thing. ” Only thing is
all of you will not participate, that’s the whole problem. So, I made a simple process. I made people sit
under trees and made them breathe. I set up a spiritual process for them,
where I clearly made them experience…See, what you exhale, the trees are inhaling. What they exhale, you’re inhaling. Literally,
one half of your breathing apparatus is hanging out there. Once they felt this experientially,
you can’t stop them. They’re still planting trees all over the place.
Today, we have planted millions of trees and it’s still going on. Right now, our goal is to plant 2. 42 billion
and Marc came in-between…Marc Benioff came in-between
and now he’s telling me trillion. Matthew: What’s after that?
Is there such thing as the zillion,or it goes straight to Google. . .
Sadhguru: No, no, after that, you know,one day to be buried under a tree so that
you become good manure for one tree at least. Because that’s all the flesh I carry –
only for one tree. Matthew: So, question. So, you havethat experience which you said
would last about four-and-a-half hourswhen you were on your rock with your
favorite tree growing up through the crackand you had that experience. How many years ago was that?Sadhguru: That was when I was…
That was 1982. Matthew: So ’82. So, twenty-one and
eighteen… Sadhguru: Thirty-nine years. Matthew: Forty-one…
thirty-nine years. Here we go. So,I think many, you know…
most people go and have hadcertain experiences where they felt like
what I would call crossing the truth, and going, “Whoa!”I know I’ve had experiences in my own life.
I’m like, that was true, it landed on me. It was quite as light as a butterfly
but strong as a lightning bolt. I know that what I just realized is true
for this time, that time and all timeand I have to tell myself,
now the hard work Matthew is going backinto the busy society and maintaining it.
Now, the problem with maintaining is… I wasdoing tools to try and hang on to it,
which is not what you’re saying. Sadhguru: No. It doesn’t need maintenanceSee, you’re not maintaining the sky, are you?
Matthew: Nope. Sadhguru: You’re not maintaining the sky.
So, in human perception,boundlessness means the sky,
boundary means the planet, in a way. So, when something really boundless… you cross
some limits. See, so many people… especially,maybe not so much in Texas,
I don’t know, but more in California…I’m going there in a few days.
Everybody talks about how they broke their barriersbecause they smoked this,
because they drank this, because they did this. See, all this is fine. I’m not saying it’s not genuine.
See, it can be induced in so many ways,Okay. You can simply do it
if you just dance yourself crazy. Like, you know how
the Native American people were doing. They were just dancing themselves into states,where literally bordering on life and death kind of dance,
but because of that, they broke through. But these kind of things if you do,
you will have experiences. Definitely it may bring some sense of wisdom,but it’ll also get you addicted
to that particular activity. Matthew: To what?Sadhguru: That particular activity
– maybe a dance, maybe a drug,maybe a smoke, whatever it is.
I’m saying if you create any experience within youwith a certain physical activity, naturally
you will get addicted to that physical activity. It may be alcohol, it may be drug,
it may be sexuality, it may be adventure,it may be jumping off the mountain.
For different people, it may be different things. But essentially you will get addicted to the activity
because you see that activity as a source. Now, this is what is significant
about the yogic process. That there is a step-by-step
ladder if you climb,then after that without any activity,
sitting in this space,you can be in that state.
Once that happens, there is no maintenance. Matthew: Voila . Ha ha ha! Ahoy! Ahoy! .
Beautiful, I could…I would love to go on talking
hours, days and hanging out etc. You know, I really dig where you’re coming from
and I’m happy you’re sharing what you sharing,and I think you’re turning lot of people…
Obviously, turn a lot of people on to themselves. And amen for that, for keeping us involved,
involved in what we need, that…Like you said, we need personal involvement
now more than everto evolve as a species it seems, you know?Sadhguru: See, this is a time I’m saying,
particularly in India right now,last two weeks have been grim,all right?It’s been a very grim situation out there
and still going in that direction. Well, now lockdowns, curfews all coming. Maybe it’ll turn back a little bit
but we need to understand this,that we have come to a time
where there are many,not mainstream scientists,
there are many, you know,other kinds of scientists
who look at various things there. They need not be 100% wrong or 100% right. They are talking about how this has all happened
because of the biological pushwe have done on other creatures, whatever.
This is a script for Hollywood moviethat how we pushed the biology
and how all the virus sat together andplanned and got at us.
I’m saying, not that. But I’m just saying,essentially, we have reached a point;different generations have reached
different kinds of situations,but we have come to a place,
our fortune is right now,This virus, the carrier,
the sole carrier is human being. Earlier, we’ve had this kind of pandemics
or epidemics where carriers were mice, birds,mosquitoes, other kinds of things.
We couldn’t stop them. What we were thinking of
in our mind at that time is,how to completely eliminate
all the mice on the planet,how to get rid of the mosquitoes absolutely, genocide it. We were planning genocides on them.
But right now it is us, we are the carriers. You can see this as a great blessing
and a great curse. You would see it as a blessing
if you were a conscious human beingbecause if all of us, all of us across the world. . . I know this is a right now an utopian thing.
If all of us had the senseto fourteen days just be with
two, three people that we areand not meet anybody for fourteen days,
the pandemic is largely over. All right?But we won’t do that.
We need a haircut, we need to go to the pub,we need to do this, somebody needs to
go to the temple, somebody needs to go to bar. Everybody has all this because we are
such compulsive creatures right now. The significance of being human is,
there’s nothing big about us,except that we can conduct the same things
that the animals do consciously. We eat, we sleep, we copulate, we die, all right?The question is if we do it consciously, it looks human.
If you do it compulsively, it looks animalistic. So, right now, this is the time for us
to exhibit how conscious we are. As a generation of people,
what sort of people are we?Simple commitment,
I will make sure I am not infected. But if it so happens I’m infected,
I will ensure it will not go to one more person. This much commitment if we take, it’s over. Matthew: It’s a small… short-term
inconvenience for long-term freedom. Sadhguru: And also, we are too committed
to our lifestyles. We are not committed to our life. We think our lifestyles is life.
No, lifestyles is a consequence of time,in the times in which we are living.
Life is the real thing. So, right now focus on life –
that this life should not be put to risk,no other life should be put to risk.
Lifestyle doesn’t matter. You can make your lifestyle differently.
What is the big deal?See, I’m driving and sleeping in a truck. So, I’ve changed my lifestyle
completely. Matthew: I hear you. I hear you.
Great talking to you. Sadhguru: Thank you, Matthew.
Matthew: I’ll look forward to our next time. Sadhguru: Yeah, hope to catch up somewhere. Matthew: The laughter and all.
Hope you have a great road tripand keep enjoying yourself out there,
getting off-road. And will talk to you next time wherever you are. Sadhguru: Yup. I’m crossing Texas.
Keep the cowboys off me, hmm. Matthew: Oh, come on! You’ll fit right in here.
Come on in. Howdy! It’s about 974 miles east to west.
Come on through, man. Stop wherever you want. Hospitable state.
We’d love to have you. Let me know when you come. Sadhguru: Yes, thank you. Matthew: Sadhguru, appreciate. Yes, sir
Sadhguru: Thank you, Matthew. Wonderful.

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