Excerpted from the book Mystic's Musings
Question: Sadhguru, this Dhyanalinga, which you refer to as the Eternal Form, what is it? I am very intrigued.
Sadhguru: Dhyanalinga. What it is all about... If you look at life today, modern science tells you beyond any doubt that the whole existence is just energy manifesting itself in so many different ways. The only thing is that it is in different levels of manifestation. If everything is the same energy, can you treat everything the same way?
We just had our dinner. There was so much variety, I was mind boggled. I didn't know what to choose. I asked Momita, "Please choose for me." I did not want to choose from a hundred different varieties for myself. Now this food, when it is on your plate, it's wonderful, tasty and delicious. Tomorrow morning, what happens to the food that you have eaten? It becomes shit. This tasty food and that are the same energy. This food that you have eaten and what has become of it, can you treat both the same way? When it falls into the earth, in a few days again it stands up as food. Again you eat it, again you know what it turns into. It's the same energy taking on different forms. This form and that form, what a world of difference, isn't it? When you make mud into food, you can call it agriculture; food into energy, digestion; stone into God, consecration. Similarly, what you call as creation is the same energy, from the grossest to the subtlest.
Just looking back, after I finished college, I wanted to make some money so I could travel; I started a poultry farm. One day, I decided to paint the wall. I dipped the brush in the paint and put it to the wall. I did not want to paint the whole wall thoroughly, so I just put the paintbrush onto the surface and walked from one side to the other. The paint started out very thick, then became thin, thin, thinner and slowly disappeared. I saw this paint smear, which started out thick, become thinner and thinner and then just disappear. Seeing this, I exploded; tears were simply rolling out of my eyes. I just looked at this and there was the whole creation right there. That's all the whole creation is: a paint smear. It starts out really thick and gross, becomes thinner and thinner and thinner, and becomes nothing. So from the lowest to the highest, it was all there, the Vishwa rupa darshana for me, in just this paint smear. I sat there going crazy and ecstatic (laughs). I didn't paint for three days. Then I started again.
What you call as creation is just that. Everything is the same energy. The rock is the same energy. God is also the same energy. This is gross; that is subtle. As you make it more and more subtle, beyond a certain level of subtleness, you call it Divine. Below a certain level of grossness, you call it animal; further below that you call it inanimate. It is all the same energy. So the whole creation is just a paint smear for me, and if you look at it, it's the same for you. What you call as the Dhyanalinga is the result of taking energies to subtler and subtler levels. The whole process of yoga is to become less physical and more fluid, more subtle. For example, samadhi is that state where the contact with the body is minimized to a single point, and the rest of the energy is loose, no longer involved with the body. Once energy is like this, much can be done with it. When the energy is stuck, identified with the body, nothing much can be done with it. All you can do is produce thoughts, emotions, and physical actions; but once the energy becomes free from physical identification and becomes fluid, so many unimaginable things can be done with it.
Dhyanalinga is a miracle. When I say miracle, I'm not talking about gross acts of changing one object into another. If you can go through life untouched, if you can play with life whichever way you want and life still cannot do anything to you, life does not leave a scratch on you; that is a miracle that we are working to manifest in everybody's life in so many ways. That is also the miracle of Isha Yoga programs. If a person does not realize the miracle that he is, the miracle that life is, the miracle that holds you on this planet, the miracle that makes you die, the miracle that makes you to be born once again; if a person does not understand this, does not experience this, such a fool will go about seeking these frivolous miracles or the so-called miracles of transforming one thing into another. Fundamentally, these so-called miracles are meddling with the process of life. If you have tasted life, if you have known and experienced some sense of depth to it, you will know that meddling with it is the most foolish thing to do because you can't make it anymore beautiful. The only thing you can do is to allow yourself to experience the beauty of life, allow yourself to experience the grandeur of life. Anything else you do with it is bound to be a stupid act. From your limited sense of understanding, whatever else you do, whatever else you are driven to do with your life is very immature and juvenile. The Dhyanalinga, I call it a miracle because it is a possibility to know life in its utmost depth, to experience life in its totality. The sphere and the energy of the Dhyanalinga will create a possibility for every human being who comes in contact with it - either actually in its vicinity, or just in his consciousness - if he is willing to open himself up. It will be available to him; it will become the highest possibility for him.
You have known the pleasure and the convenience of modern science; so why the Dhyanalinga? It is because I want you to know the power, the liberation of another kind of science, the inner science, the yogic science through which you can become the master of your own destiny. That is why the Dhyanalinga.
A science like this gives you absolute mastery over life itself. The whole process of the Dhyanalinga is just to manifest this science in such a way that it cannot ever be taken away; to manifest it also in such a way that it's accessible at anytime to everybody who is willing. Not only to create your life the way you want it, but to be able to decide the very process of life, death and rebirth. Even to the extent of deciding the womb in which you are going to be born, and ultimately, being able to dissolve at will.