There’s been some controversial remarks in some websites about the death of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s wife, Vijji. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is the founder of the non-profit Isha Foundation. I have read Sadhguru’s articles and watched his videos, and was generally very impressed by his thoughts and perspectives. His talk at the United Nations, New York on International Yoga Day 2016 was something I found especially interesting, since he offered a plan to make yoga India’s first truly global export in the 21st Century.
The Source of Controversy
So, after coming across these controversial comments about his wife’s death, I decided to investigate whether there was any truth in the matter, or whether it was disgruntled, vested interests blowing off some steam. It is quite well-known that Jaggi Vasudev is no fan of paid religious conversions, and neither has he been very complimentary about the previous Congress government and Sonia Gandhi brigade. So I wanted to investigate whether there was a chance that these elements were seeding false accusations.
After some looking around, I found a refutation of these allegations coming straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth. Here’s Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev talking about his wife’s death at a conversation with Bollywood film actor Anupam Kher. He answers the question of Kiron Kher, Anupam Kher’s wife.
Legal aspects of the death allegations
Before that, a little background about the police FIR and other legal issues around this topic. Vijaykumari’s death took place in January, 1997. About 7 months after the death, the New Indian Express newspaper reported in August that a case had been filed in the Bangalore police station against Sadhguru, accusing him of causing the death of his wife. The case was transferred to the Coimbatore Police. However, 8 months later, a news report notes that the case was closed after investigation by police, who found no wrongdoing and concluded that there was no case for further investigation.
A case of murder or similar accusations being closed as having no evidence either means the case was closed because of “pressure”, or the case was opened because of “pressure.” Which is the case here? It is hard to find any “hard” evidence because of the very nature of such “pressure”. However, the New Indian Express and the Tamil magazine Nakeeran noted that the local DMK MLA – DMK is one of the political parties in Tamil Nadu – had assured that “Jaggi would be put in jail.” (this is translated from Tamil).
That gives a possible clue. Probably the case was opened upon pressure. For the police to close a case in a few months citing no evidence, despite pressure from the local MLA, probably means there wasn’t even a shred to pick up and make a case out of. This is conjecture of course, and I am not accusing all police officers of being stooges, but I think this makes it reasonably clear that there was some pressure for them to forcibly file and make a case out of it.
Now let’s get back to Sadhguru’s answer.
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Answers Anupam Kher About His Wife’s Death
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, His Wife & Daughter – Photos
For the interested, here’s a short video of photos of Sadhguru with his wife, Vijji, and daughter, Radhe.
Here’s Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev answering the question in a slightly different context in the book Mystic’s Musings. These are the passages Kiron Kher was referring to in the question above. If you wish to read more, you can download the 200-page sample of the book offered by Isha Foundation or purchase the print or ebook. Find the links on this page.
Sadhguru On His Wife’s Death in Mystic’s Musings
Seeker: Vijji left her body before the end of the consecration process, leaving the energy triangle incomplete. How, then, did you continue with it, Sadhguru?
Sadhguru: Because my wife, Vijji, was part of the consecration process, for me in this life, the social situation was more conducive. Everything was going too well, like a dream. When things were going so well, especially with a process like this, I knew some impediment would come. Usually, the difficulty always came from social situations. So I instructed all the people around me to be extremely careful not to get into any kind of trouble anywhere; not to create any kind of resistance with anybody, because I knew something was coming. From which direction it would come, we were watching, and here it came. Vijji just dropped her body, and the consecration was left incomplete. She attained Mahasamadhi, and we were back to square one again. Ninety-five percent of the work was done. Just a little more time, in one more week, we would have completed the consecration, but now we got stuck. It took us another one-and-a-half years to finish the work.
Now I started playing both roles: hers and mine. This was like recreating another person with your energy. This is very hard to believe. She was gone, but we needed this person in that place because replacing her with another would be too difficult at that juncture of the work. To prepare another person, to bring another person to that level of sadhana, it would take any number of years. So I started recreating her energy-wise, and it became so much a reality that you could almost feel her and touch her. To that extent this person was re-created. When I sat in this process for four to five hours, by the end of it I came out totally drained, because with one person’s energy, I was managing two bodies. It took such a big toll on me. You will notice if you see my pictures, in about eleven months’ time, I aged about twenty-five to thirty years. I became old and sick. All kinds of bizarre diseases were there in my body. When they took my blood test in the United States, they couldn’t believe it. The results were as if I had some devastating diseases in my body. I never took any treatment for that. I knew why it was happening, but I wanted a medical parameter as to what damage I was causing to my body. My liver was damaged, my heart was giving me trouble and my blood was in a bad state. They were predicting all kinds of cancers in my body. Suddenly, lumps would appear on my body and the next day would mysteriously disappear. People around me couldn’t believe what was happening. The body was going through such turmoil. I thought, “Anyway, with consecration, we will close this body business,” but because of certain people who stood there and gave their lives in a certain way, we went beyond that point. Even today, I am not one hundred percent okay. I have recovered to almost seventy to seventy-five percent. I never took any treatment; slowly we re-created the body. It’s still not one hundred percent all right. Some amount of re-creation still needs to be done. Some parts of the energy body are destroyed, badly damaged.
Date of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Wife’s Death
Seeker: How could Vijji have left her body when the consecration process was so close to completion? Couldn’t she have waited until it was over and then leave?
Sadhguru: Vijji was not an accomplished yogi. She did what she did with just the sheer intensity of her emotions. The last few months for her, every step, every breath, had become just ‘Shambho.’ She set forth towards this process in late July, and on the last three full moon days of December, January and February, she was to raise the pitch of her sadhana. As you know, the last two full moons, she cooked and served all at the ashram by her own hand. The consecration process, as it was going, was sure to be over before the 23rd of January, but due to certain unavoidable social circumstances, that was not to be. What she thought would happen on the coming full moon day in the month of February, happened a month early. That day was a very special day in terms of the way energies were moving for this planet.
There was an exceedingly rare and archetypically appropriate planetary alignment, a moment in time expressed in the heavens as a perfect six-pointed star. This pattern comes on the exact day where three outer planets, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune are conjoined together for the first time in almost two hundred years. On January 23rd, this cluster of planets centered on the first degree of Aquarius, joined by the Sun with the Full Moon opposite them all. This pattern may also be seen as a symbolic representation of the long heralded ‘dawning of the Age of Aquarius.’ It is also the thaipoosam, a day that many sages of the past had chosen for their own Mahasamadhi. Though on one level I knew this was coming, the situation around me and what was demanded out of me at that moment blocked my conscious cognition. Though her leaving was very much of conscious will, she had no moment to moment control over the life forces; but the last few minutes before she left, she was aware, and accommodated the dissolution of herself by removing all the jewelry that was on her body, as the metal would have been a hindrance. When the Divine descends, you just accommodate.
Sadhguru’s Wife Vijji Passed On During the Dhyanalinga Consecration
Seeker: Sadhguru, you have told all of us Vijji is no more; she truly is no more. But, at times, when we needed her to form the triangle during the consecration process, I very clearly felt her there, like almost physically present. I want to know how this was possible.
Sadhguru: Even if the flower is no more, still, the fragrance can be. And the fragrance of this flower is forever; it’s never lost. It’s just that it may get mixed up with so many other smells and you may not be sensitive enough to feel it; but, once it enters the air, it’s always there in a certain way. The physical fragrance may die, but the energy fragrance that we’re talking about can’t be killed. Now, Sadhguru Shri Brahma left his body up there on the mountain. That person is no more in the sense that he is in some other form now; but even today, if you go there, that energy is not dead in any way, isn’t it? It is still very much there, and it has kept its quality. Here, the quality or the energy is different. So when it comes to Vijji, she’s truly no more. We know what kind of energy she carried; that fragrance is definitely felt, even today. You can’t exorcise her fragrance, it is impossible, but she can’t come and do anything; there is no ‘she’ anymore.
We can easily create a person on the energy level. If you’re willing, if you sit in front of the Dhyanalinga, you will see that it’s a whole person. It’s not just something vibrating, or some meditative energy, nothing like that. It’s a whole person with all the seven chakras at their peak. I am surprised you asked this question now, because just four or five days ago, you saw me creating a person or the energy of a whole person, just like that. In two minutes, I had a new person going. In that sense, we can create Vijji, we can create Gautama Buddha, we can create anybody. If we know the fragrance of what that person is; the energy body can be created.
If you want to create an actual physical body, that’s also possible, but then you have to get into the five elements and meddle with them, which is a deep binding karmic factor. Once you get into the five elements, then you can’t do something and leave it like that; it entangles with yourself in so many ways. That leads you into a different sphere of life altogether, but even that is not impossible. It’s very much possible. We can re-create that physical body also, but it serves no spiritual purpose. It is only to fulfill your attachments, which is not the right thing to do. You get deeply entangled if you meddle with the five elements. Even the existing five elements in the body, which is your physical body, if you get too involved with them, you get entangled. When you do this kind of work, of meddling with the elements on that level, your entanglement will be very, very deep, which is unnecessary; but on the energy level, you can play this game and get away with it without any entanglement. This can also become a very big bondage if you don’t approach it with the right kind of dispassion. Above all, you need insulation. If you know how to create insulation for yourself, you can play games without the games becoming a part of you. If you don’t create the right kind of insulation, it can become a deeply entangling process.