Jaggi Vasudev, known publicly as Sadhguru, is a yogi and visionary. His work has touched the lives of millions worldwide through his transformational programmes, and he has been named one of India's 50 most prominent individuals.
Sadhguru has a rare capacity to make ancient yogic sciences important to modern minds. His process is not based on any particular belief system but rather on tried-and-true approaches for self-transformation.
Sadhguru has been a prominent figure at major global conferences such as the United Nations and the World Economic Council, discussing topics as diverse as social growth, leadership, and spirituality. He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Inner Engineering, A Yogi's Guide to Joy. He's also given talks at prestigious universities such as Oxford, London Business School, IMD, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Wharton, and MIT. Sadhguru was awarded the Padma Vibhushan Award by the Government of India in February 2017, the highest civilian award in India, for outstanding and distinguished service.
Endowed with absolute clarity of vision, Sadhguru devotes himself to humanity's physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. His views on life and living never cease to surprise, intrigue, and enrich those he encounters.
On A Mission
Sadhguru founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit spiritual organisation, in 1992 near Coimbatore, India. It is the home of the Isha Yoga Centre, which provides Isha Yoga programmes. Volunteers solely run the foundation, counted more than 9 million.
He has launched many initiatives in social revitalisation, education, and environmental protection, through which millions of people have been given the tools they need to address poverty, enhance their quality of life, and achieve community-based, long-term sustainability.
✦ Rally for Rivers
Sadhguru has initiated a national movement called Rally for Rivers to raise awareness about India's rivers' status and encourage the government to adopt a pro-river strategy.
The Rally advocates planting trees along riverbanks to improve river traffic. Sadhguru drove himself from Kanyakumari to the Himalayas in September 2017 to gain public support for the cause. Over 162 million people pledged their vote, making it the most significant post-independence people's movement in India. He presented the draft policy recommendation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October 2017.
✦ Action for Rural Rejuvenation
More than 7 million people in 4,600 villages in Southern India receive free medical care and community rehabilitation.
Isha Gramotsavam is a yearly festival that celebrates village life by showcasing the nature of rural Tamil Nadu through an elaborate display of rural games, art, drama, dance, music, and food specialities as part of Action for Rural Rejuvenation. The event features the final rounds of a state-wide inter-village sports competition, emphasising the importance of sports in rural life.
✦ Cauvery Calling
Germinated from a seed planted 23 years ago, Cauvery Calling is a first-of-its-kind initiative that has set the benchmark for India's rivers – the country's lifelines – that can be revitalised, changing the lives of 84 million people.
With the threat of desertification hovering over the district, Sadhguru devised and articulated a strategy for Tamil Nadu to achieve the national goal of 33% green cover. He calculated that nearly 114 million trees would need to be planted throughout the state to accomplish this aim. People around Sadhguru were astounded: this seemed like an impossible feat at the moment.
Sadhguru began by "planting trees in people's minds," which was the most challenging terrain of all! Sadhguru opened people's hearts to the critical need for regeneration by leading them through experiential processes to perceive how intimately our lives and our life-breath are bound to trees.
✦ Isha Vidhya
A ground-breaking, high-quality initiative aimed at changing the lives of rural children by supplying them with a low-cost, high-quality education;
In Tamil Nadu, Isha is also incorporating crucial reforms in 56 rural government schools, benefiting over 34,000 students. A direct intervention project in 460 government schools in Andhra Pradesh is also underway, helping over 38,000 students.
"Mother Earth is so generous. If only we give her the chance, she will restore everything in absolute abundance and beauty." ― Sadhguru