Sadhguru: Gautama went to every known master of the
time.He was intellectually so brilliant and his longing so great – if he went to a place what normally somebody
would pick it up in years, he would do it in weeks. There’re eight types of samadhis, he achieved all eight
of them, but still he knew, this is not fullness of life -still longing. When nothing else worked, he took
it to an extreme path which is called as Samanas. One of the most basic aspects of their life is,
they never ask for food, just keep walking, walking, walking, walking.Gautama took the path so
severely that he didn’t walk in the direction as to where food is, he simply walked straight.
In the process, he destroyed his body so badly. His body became so weak.He became all skin
and bones because he did not go in search of food, unless it came to him, he never ate.
One day he came to the banks of Niranjana this is a small stream just about two feet
flowing little swiftly. He came, he tried to cross. Halfway down he could not take another step,
he did not have the strength in his body. There was a dead branch of a tree, he held
on to it. We do not know how long he stood there. In his weakness, in his inability to stand
there, holding on to this must have felt like a long time. It might have been just a few minutes, it
may be few hours, we don’t know but in his experience it was a long time. He just hung there, he has
no strength to take the next step but he is not the kind to give up.Then suddenly he realized the problem
was that he was trying to realize – not allowing that to take him, he is trying to take that.
He is trying to realize something which is limitless, which is boundless then he became absent.
Suddenly he had the strength to take those few steps across the river, went and sat down
under the Bodhi tree.He sat down and decided, “I will sit here, either I must become a part of it
or I will die here. I will not get up from this place.” He just sat down.The full moon was rising and
he attained to his fullest and he sat there in a certain state of ecstasy and blissfulness.