Sadhguru’s Spiritual Tour Across the USA
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is always on mission, be it to save rivers in India or the latest being exploring spirituality in North America.
Earlier it was Osho Rajneesh who had made similar spiritual trips to the USA and even applied for permanent citizenship was denied. But Osho continues to be a great influence on many generations in America as well. Sadhguru’s tour is of a different kind, though. But he is trying to understand and take lessons from the spirituality that is imbibed in the lives of Native Americans.
Does the legacy of a land have an influence on its people? How does human suffering of centuries past impact the present and the future? Uncomfortable questions that few would attempt to answer – unless of course you are a Mystic with a deep understanding of Life and how this Living Planet is a constant interplay of influences on everything it nurtures.
In a 6,000-mile journey that will explore both the internal and external landscapes of the United States, Sadhguru will ride from Tennessee through over 15 states to explore the history, culture and lives of the indigenous Native Americans. ‘Of Motorcycles and a Mystic’ is an exploration of the legacy that was native to America before the advent of European explorers in the 15th century.
Since the arrival of the settlers, America has welcomed the world to her shores, scripting a national destiny of innovation, commerce, adventure and creativity for over 200 years as the country focused on robust nation-building.
American Trip & Native Americans
Sadhguru revealed his profound connection with the land of Native America.”I was drawn to this place not for its beauty but more for its pain. In 1999, I was at the Center Hill Lake and I happened to encounter a frozen spirit, bleeding with pain. And it was then I started noticing how there’s such a deep sense of pain in many parts of this land, which whether we are conscious of it or not, will play out in human lives. Untold suffering will simply happen without any reason,” said Sadhguru who established the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences on the spectacular Cumberland Plateau, which had at one time belonged to the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans.
“It’s much later that I came to know historically this is known as a Trail of Tears,” he said referring to the region. “Like we have witnessed in many places, those who are in tune with what’s around them, the quality of those people, whether it’s joy or pain, wherever they sit and stand, it sticks around.”
Sadhguru’s month-long trail is an attempt to delve deeper into an indigenous cultural mosaic that has captured the imagination of people not just in America but the world over, for centuries. Known for their intimate connection with the elements, Native Americans have an intuitive understanding and a heightened sense of perception that governs every aspect of their unique culture.
Sadhguru’s trail will explore elements of similarity between Indian and Native American mysticism both of which are deeply rooted in the elements.
The Mystical Journey
Sadhguru began his journey today on Mahalaya Amavasya, an auspicious day of ancestral remembrance. Originating at the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences, Sadhguru’s journey will take him through Cherokee lands, Comanche country and the Mighty Mississippi passing through the states of Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Colorado and circling back to Tennessee. People around the world can tune into Sadhguru mobile app for all the exclusive updates from this mystical journey.
According to the US Census Bureau, 1.5% of the American population comprises Native Americans and Native Alaskans – an estimated 4.5 million people.
Sadhguru & Will Smith
Jaggi Vasudev was spotted riding down some ‘extreme’ motorcycles in the past and touring entire countries on two-wheels. This time around, the ‘yogic guru’ has chosen a BMW K 1600 GT for his ride across America as a part of ‘Exploring Spiritual America’ drive.
Sadhguru recently also met the iconic Hollywood superstar, Will Smith. The actor seemed worried for the yogic guru riding a mammoth sport cruiser which weighs almost 350 kg. When Sadhguru was taking off from the actor’s residence on his BMW, Smith was filmed saying, “Lights are on, now Sadhguru is entering his beast mode! Gotta watch out, don’t crash. Do not fall, do not break anything.”
Sadhguru has at times mentioned that he is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and has toured all of India on a Yamaha RD 350. Sometime back he was spotted cruising on a customised Honda VFR X for his ride-for-cause ‘Save Cauvery River’. Previously, he has also been filmed taking Baba Ramdev on a ride on a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled bike.
His current ride, the BMW K 1600 GT is a touring focused motorcycle designed to munch miles with ease. It features a huge 1.6-litre, 6-cylinder, in-line engine which pumps out 160 PS of power and a peak torque of 174 Nm. The engine propels the 350 kg bike to a top speed of 200 kmph.
Sadhguru Passion for Motorbikes
Sadhguru’s love for motorcycles is evident from the message he shared for the younger bike enthusiasts in an interview with Times Drive. He said, “I am not going to tell people to ride carefully, maintain the speed limit, grab the handle at all times, etc.
All I will tell them is to stay alert and stay alive. If you stay alive as long as I have been and still ride motorcycles, then you are doing fine.
People ask me what I think of when I am riding? I say – why the hell will I think while riding? If I have to think, I will sit somewhere and do that. I ride because it keeps me super alert; I observe every pebble, blade of grass, every little bird, and insect that flies around.
So, this whole fetish about human thought, unfortunately, has destroyed human genius in many ways. Biking is a dimension where your thoughts are irrelevant and all you need is attention.”
Photos : Isha Foundation