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Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Thought leader, visionary, philanthropist, mystic, and yogi Sadhguru presents Western readers with a time-tested path to achieving absolute well-being: the classical science of yoga.

The practice of hatha yoga, as we commonly know it, is but one of eight branches of the body of knowledge that is yoga. In fact, yoga is a sophisticated system of se
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Spiegel & Grau (first published September 2016)
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Mihai Rosca It is not a scientific book, so don't expect to be overwhelmed with experiments and conclusions. If that is what you seek, perhaps, Drive or Thinking …moreIt is not a scientific book, so don't expect to be overwhelmed with experiments and conclusions. If that is what you seek, perhaps, Drive or Thinking Fast and Slow might be a better choice. Sadhguru has his feet somewhat deep within the scientific universe but that is not the main message. The science bits are just morsels of chewable food for westerners, bits that are tied to pieces of something else. One might call it truth.(less)

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Greg Swierad
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Inner Engineering is a book about technology that will help you achieve bliss by paying more attention to what’s going on within your body. I really enjoyed this book, because most of the things Sadhguru described are really practical. Well, the number of his followers from all around the world proves, that this book is worth the time to read it. Unfortunately, this book is not free of mystical things that have no scientific background (like chakras), so no 5 stars.

My top 3 favorite lessons from
Alok Mishra
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some readers have pointed out the book is incomplete. Maybe.
Some reader has pointed out he will seek a better way to live by himself. He should.
The same reader pointed out 'Science is empirical.' Well, why and how? What is the basis of science itself? Who approves Science? The same reader claims that Sadhguru has used 'Science' just to legitimize his 'Mystic' kriyas or theories. Well, dear Science, who approves your ideas? Science, at times, is a mere cult begging to be believed because it's j
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Irrespective of one's nationality and spiritual beliefs, this book is a must-read. It contains fundamental principles which can lead to joyfull and a fulfilling life. ...more
Vanita Kataria
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was feeling preemptive separation anxiety towards the middle of the book, only to complete it and realize that the end is the beginning of unlimited joy! It's a must read for anyone who wonders why joy is not a constant, who wonders why there is sorrow in the world or who wonders what's beyond their body and mind.
I'm going to re-read starting tomorrow! It really is a guide to joy!
Himanshu Modi
This is my first real exposure to the phenomenon called Sadhguru. I had only briefly heard of him and thought of him as someone in the vein of Osho or Sri Sri Ravi Shankar... of whom I do not know much in the first place, I admit. My perception about all these folks was that they share life-philosophies without any religious propaganda and provide a mass therapy of sorts by identifying the common denominators of people seeking something more beyond what day to day life has to offer. I would love ...more
Yelda Basar Moers
"Your destiny is written by you unconsciously. If you have mastery over your physical body, fifteen to twenty percent of your life and destiny will be in your hands. If you have mastery over your mind, fifty to sixty percent of your life and destiny will be in your hands. If you have mastery over your life energies, a hundred percent of your life and destiny will be in your hands."

How can we can reach our full potential? I am endlessly curious about this question. As I explore, read books and ex
C. Drying
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My boss gave it to me, and when your boss gives you a book, you’d better read it for brownie points if anything.

Probably, but he’s also from India, and he’s the director of engineering where I work, so this book probably resonates with his being and is thereby received by me as a true heart-felt gift.

I like the cover, the typography, and the writing style. Plus, I adore the many parables the
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is Sadhguru’s instructions on how to improve your experience and the quality of your life, thus creating joy. Sadhguru is the founder of the Isha Foundation, headquartered in the hills in southern India It is a volunteer organization that guides individuals to have a spiritual awakening, thus creating joy.

In this book, Sadhguru discusses meditation, diet, physical exercise, ways of living, and various branches of yoga. He shares both funny and inspiring stories to get his ideas across.
Bhargavi Balachandran
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having attended Isha's Inner engineering program many years back, I knew what the book would talk about in a broad sense. Several weeks after the program, I remember feeling extremely calm and kind, to myself and to people around me. Over years, this intrinsic calmness paved way for noise and imbalance as entropy took over.. When I saw this book on Amazon, I knew I needed to get it. Obviously, the book is not effective as the program itself, but a great place to start. ultimately knowing the con ...more
In India, no matter what societal strata you belong to, which language you communicate in, whether you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, old or young, you can always find a "Guru", otherwise known as spiritual teacher or monk or Godmen or, simply God.

We all love to follow someone, that too, most of the times, blindly (though many of us would never admit that). We are too busy in our pursuit of making the ends meet, where is the time for self-discovery, introspection and doing our own re
Satish Sridharan
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A incredible self help book that will give you a lot of clarity about your body, soul and the mind. The book is written bearing in mind the contemporary, materialistic world and it's people. I read this book from time to time. Any random part of the book can be opened at any time and reading just a paragraph can give you a lot of insight and knowledge. A must have book. ...more
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
It's hard to sum this book up because in a way, it's good, in a way, it's terribly incomplete. It's like a jumble. If you're a complete COMPLETE beginner - then yeah, this will be useful. It explains a couple of things very well. But the problem is, it keeps jumping, changing tack or just telling stories that are a bit too random, in my opinion. Thoughts are not really finished up, conclusions aren't drawn. It's not that it's written badly - but it seems to lack a system. It's an inspirational t ...more
Kushagra Singh
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sadhguru says that the book's goal is to make joy your constant companion. For me, this has piqued my interest in Yogic sciences. I have already been initiated into Shambhavi Mahamudra(Through Inner Engineering programme offered by Isha Foundation) but this book has made me more determined towards my practices and learning more and more about this incredible science. I'd still perhaps refer "Three Truths of Well Being" and "Mystic Musings"(if you've a strong heart) before this book but still thi ...more
Sanjana Meher
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many things stood out for me, I'm mentioning just a few here.

The book is in two parts, the first is more of theory about Sadhguru himself, what well-being is, what responsibility is and what it is not, and what yoga is. Through these chapters many concepts are broken down and redefined for me. This part of the book sets the foundation for the second half of the book - the more practical aspect.

In the second half, Sadhguru explains the body, mind, our energy in fair amount of detail, but in a sim
Govind Syam
May 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I believe there is a creator and living spiritually is the best way to live. My late grandfather was a local Ashram secretary. My cousins and I released bhajan tracks during our school days. When somebody tells me I can take the spiritual path to live joyfully, I listen. A lot of Sadhguru’s videos kind of made me feel he had a lot to offer which these videos couldn’t fit in. That’s why I decided to read his book.

What a disappointment that turned out to be! How can someone write 270 pages and not
Ajith Ashokkumar (WordShaker)
One of the best spiritual books I have read in my life. The ultimate goal of life is joy, staying happy everytime is a hard task, learning how to live a joyful life by finding happiness within us should be the aim of every human beings in this world.  We live in a generation where everything is accessible for us except happiness. Sadhguru says, no need to search here and there for happiness, just search it inward. 

“Your joy, your misery, your love, your agony, your bliss, lies in your hands
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
When pain, misery, or anger happen, it is time to look within you, not around you. To achieve well-being the only one who needs to be fixed is you. What you forget is that when you are sick, it is you who needs the medication. When you are hungry, it is you who needs the food.

Creating your own destiny does not mean you have to control every situation in the world. Creating your destiny is about steadily heading toward your well-being and your ultimate nature, no matter what the content of life
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal... especially if you're listening to the final 2 hours of the audiobook.


“The ability to look without motive is missing in the world today.”

“After school, I embarked on a self-study program at the Mysore University Library. I was the first person there in the morning at 9, and the last to be shooed out at 8:30 at night. Between breakfast and lunch, my only sustenance was books. I skipped lunch for a whole year.”

“... Here is a bliss narcotic that is created and consumed by yo
Irene Vincent
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sadhguru wrote this book in a flowing manner explaining a clear path to one's bliss. He is a true Mystic. If you are truly seeking to be a blissful highly functioning human being on this planet earth, I highly recommend his book. ...more
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book I will recommend to everyone. Sadhguru's talks and his humorous points in between and his stories and sadhnas everything are just superb. Once you start reading it you will not leave it till end and apply the techniques given in the book to be more aware and step towards liberation. This book tells us only truth straight forward , no philosophies nothing just simple experienced reality. An amazing read. Be aware and separate yourself from accumulations from outside and go beyond ...more
The eastern concepts of karma, chakras, awakening, ego, enlightenment and reality and kundalin energy .....
These concepts seem to mean different things to different people, which is fine,
It doesn't mean that they are all untrue. (But so confusing for the rest of us!)

I figured that if I began to internalize these concepts, they would probably mean something a bit different to me too and I would be quite a different person while remaining just about the same...?

I know these concepts are tools to h
Akshay Pai
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A phenomenal non-religious book on mysticism, yoga, well-being, inner peace, and more. It has been structured in two parts. The first part is devoted to making the reader understand the various processes in yoga and debunk myths. It also introduces readers to various dimensions and the non-physical experiences that are unknown to many. The second part of the book deals with the various aspects of what life is and gives numerous exercises and practical experiments for the readers to try and have ...more
Kriti Bhardwaj
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
As hard as I have always found it to listen to Jaggi Vasudev-a self-proclaimed "Sadhguru"- without cringing, I was eager to read this much pop-cult famous bestseller, overconfident of my ability to separate the author from the content of the book.

He begins on an autobiographical note which is full of subtle indirect pompousness at how enlightenment hit him without even trying. The only sincere narrations in the book are his descriptions of the various spiritual experiences he had, which, undoub
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy part one of the book, but part two: the mind, body and energy is what I enjoyed reading the most - was very enlightening and introduced me to a very new clear dimension.

it helped me realize how to use the mind and body instead of being controlled by it, it was very healthy to understand that.

my perspective about the essence of yoga also matured and became clear why and how i'll include it in my daily routine.

“The accumulative part of the mind is, to put it simply, just society’s g
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wrote a piece on The Isha Institute in Tennessee for the Local Table magazine, a guide to food and farms in Middle Tennessee. This my preface after touring and reading Inner Engineering:

Life is uncertain - upon this fact consensus builds. Anxiety is ever present. God bless us all.
With a blooming awareness created by social media, we open to a "small world after all." And free floating suspicion that someone is going to best us hangs in the air.
Relief in the form of religion and government is o
Allysia K
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!

This book gets into yoga philosophy in a really user-friendly way. It's full of stories and anecdotes to illustrate concepts, and the lessons contained are very profound.

It's divided into two parts - the first part is the map of the terrain (philosophy), and the second part is more experiential. Part two is further subdivided into the categories body, mind and energy, and discusses ways to optimize your life in these areas (with specific practices to try).

My favorite part abou
Santhi Swaroop Godavari
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If clarity of thought is an art, Sadhguru is the Picasso of it.
This book is not just a guide to Joy. If you are a seeker, striving to realise the meaning of your life and to make something out of it, this book can be your guiding light. This has to be read again and again, and the sadhanas have to be practised regularly to make the best of them!
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy
Started out ok as a retelling of the author's personal enlightenment, and a call for us to take full control of our experiences and responses to all creation... many clever preacher stories and a few "this may sound like a self-help book but it's not"... and then it just goes entirely off the rails. ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I debated whether I should buy this book or not because I have read many of Sadhguru's books and articles and watched his videos. So I assumed I "knew" most of the stuff. And yes, the book is indeed a rehash from his lectures with little new material. But I am wrong in assuming that I do not need this book. I actually found that this book is a pretty good summary of Sadhguru's teachings and offers several new insights. It is really a "guide"!

The book started on a "wrong note" for me. In the int
Vandana Choudhary
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book really helpful and life-changing. In this book, Sadhguru covers many important things to enhance the life quality. He explains why anger is a most worst and waste emotion and how we should not be reactive but responsible. He talks about how to make yoga a way of live and its importance not just for physical healthy but for mental health too. He focus on first becoming a full-fledged human being and then experiencing life in its multidimensions. This book contains knowledge whic ...more
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