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Sadhguru vs Acharya Prashant : When both are ‘right’ why do they ‘fight’!

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Aayush Tiwari –

When it comes to techniques like Shambhavi Mahamudra and Shoonya meditation on one hand and the Gyan Yog, Sankhya yog on the other then there are many different perspectives and teachings that may seem paradoxical prima facie in such a wide spectrum of variety and variability.

Two such prominent figures in the super spiritual world are Sadhguru and Acharya Prashant. Both have a gigantic following and have been known to guide people towards a more spiritually fulfilling life and magnanimity of contribution in making world a better place by saving flora and fauna by these two karm yogis.

However, there have been instances where the two have been at odds with each other, specially Acharya Prashant targetting Sadhguru directly and indirectly. These attacks leading to a clash of ideologies had made sense if at the base they were different. This begs the question, when both are right, why do they fight?

Firstly, it is important to understand the backgrounds and teachings of Sadhguru and Acharya Prashant. Sadhguru, whose real name is Jaggi Vasudev, is a renowned spiritual leader and the founder of the Isha Foundation. He is known for his practical and modern approach to spirituality, combining ancient wisdom with contemporary methods like the Shambhavi Mahamudra, Bhav Spandana, Samyama and his teachings emphasize the importance of inner transformation and self-realization through meditation and self-reflection.

On the other hand, Acharya Prashant, whose real name is Prashant Tripathi, is a philosopher, author, and speaker obsessed with the Gyan Yog and Sankhya Yog mainly. He has a more traditional and scholarly approach to spirituality, drawing from various philosophical and spiritual texts. His teachings revolve around the concept of Advaita or non-duality, where the individual self is seen as one with the universal consciousness. But at the base both of them are rooted in the crux of Vedanta – The Bhagawad Gita.

Acharya Prashant had been known to refute traditional methods of meditation despite the fact that the entire chapter 6 of the Bhagawad Gita is thr Dhyan Yog. AP considers Gita as the supreme then why does he refrain to acknowledge The Shambhavi Mahamudra clearly articulated in the second last verse of Chapter 5 of the Bhagawad Gita.

Both Sadhguru and Acharya Prashant have a large following and have been able to guide people towards a more meaningful and fulfilling life. They have also been invited to various events and platforms to share their wisdom and insights. However, there have been instances where their teachings have clashed, leading to a heated debate between the diehard followers of the two.

One of the major reasons for their disagreements is their different perspectives on spirituality. While Sadhguru focuses on practical methods and techniques to achieve inner transformation, Acharya Prashant emphasizes the importance of knowledge and understanding of the self. This fundamental difference in their approach has led to conflicts and debates on which path is the right one to follow.

What Acharya Prashant ignores deliberately that the sankhya yoga and gyan yoga are not meant for all as per lord krishna himself . Hath yoga, is important for the seekers who do not have that laser sharp approach to get the knack of the supreme wisdom just by ‘Shruti”.

Another factor that contributes to their disagreements is their interpretation of scriptures and spiritual texts. While Acharya Prashant draws infinite beauty from ancient texts, he often has different interpretations and understandings of the same teachings delivered by the Isha foundation for a specific segmentation of the seekers. This can be attributed to their individual backgrounds and experiences, which shape their understanding of spirituality but what surprises is the fact that despite a detailed mention of meditation in the Gita, which according to him is a magnum opus, what is the need of profanity to the master who is delivering it in a user friendly way.

Moreover, the title above in the light of the clash between Sadhguru and Acharya Prashant can also be seen as a clash of two great karm yogis.

Both have a strong following and are revered by their followers, and both of them work insanely 24*7 for betterment of mother earth. Acharya Prashant’s words roar like AK 47 against climatic changes, deforestation, species extinction and most importantly he is a house on fire as far as veganism is concerned. Sadhguru’s efforts to save soil, save rivers are also rooted in the same commitment. Is it this to which is leading to a sense of competition and superiority, despite being on such high altitudes.

This can result in a need to prove oneself right and discredit the other, leading to conflicts and arguments.However, it is important to note that despite their differences, both Sadhguru and Acharya Prashant have a common goal – that doesnt sound good when they fight when both are right.

They may have different approaches and perspectives, but ultimately, their teachings aim to bring about inner transformation and self-realization plus an elevation in the collective consciousness of the interconnectedness of everything with everything ( Vasudhev Kutumbhkam ).

Ayam nijah paroveti garhna ch laghuchetsam,

Udar chaitanantu Vasudhev Kutumbhkam.

It is important to remember that spirituality is not a personal journey, and what works for one may not work for another. That is why collective consciousness supported by the Particle Entanglement, mass energy equivalence and various other theories of modern physics support both of their methods without bias. Both Sadhguru and Acharya Prashant have their followers and have been able to guide people towards a more meaningful life. While they may have their disagreements, it is essential to respect their individual teachings and find what resonates with us personally. After all, when both are right, why do they fight? Let us focus on our own spiritual growth and learning, rather than getting caught up in the conflicts of others.

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