Unfortunately, as most human beings have not found any sense of deep fulfillment within themselves, they are constantly hankering for dominance. When power becomes a means to dominate, it becomes ugly. But we need to understand that power is not just political or economic, there are various ways to be powerful – the power of love and compassion, the power of meditation, the power of self-absorption, the power of surrender, and above all, the power of being human. So if you are seeking power, you need to understand all the different dimensions of power and see what the most powerful way to exist is.
To be powerful is a possibility to create – nothing can be created without power. It is very important that every human being should be a powerful human being because the opposite of being powerful is weakness. Weakness should not be celebrated just because power has been misused by some. Power by itself is not corruption.
If human beings have a deep sense of fulfillment within themselves and are seeing what they can create for everyone’s well-being, power is a wonderful thing. To be powerful need not necessarily mean having power over somebody else; you can just be powerful in your very presence. The more absent one’s personality becomes, the more powerful his presence becomes. This is the essence of spiritual sadhana, that if you dissolve your personality, your life presence becomes very powerful.
Life is a powerful process. If you want to fulfill it, you have to be a powerful human being. When you have a powerful presence which is beyond your personality, this can leave imprints which are forever. This is the power of the spiritual beings of the past. Though they have been gone for thousands of years, their work still continues because if you use the power of your muscle, your work has a certain lifespan. If you use the power of your mind, your work has a much larger lifespan. If you use the power of your innermost core, your work is eternal.
So the most enduring sort of power is to realise the power within. When I say “the power within,” I am talking about that dimension which is the very basis of creating your body, that dimension which creates you from within and is the very source of creation. And that is ultimate power. Once you seek this power, once you know and have access to this power, you will see, power is not corruption, power is Divine.
Ranked amongst the fifty most influential people in India, Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, visionary and bestselling author. Sadhguru has been conferred the “Padma Vibhushan” by the Government of India in 2017, one of the highest annual civilian awards, accorded for exceptional and distinguished service.