Jaggi Vasudev Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 26 Jun, 2017
Facts of Jaggi Vasudev
Date of Birth: 1957 , September-3
Age: 61 years old
Birth Nation: India
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inch
Name Jaggi Vasudev
Birth Name Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Father Dr. Vasudev
Mother Susheela
Nationality Indian
Birth Place/City Mysore, India
Ethnicity Asian
Profession Yogi, Mystic, Visionary and Humanitarian
Net Worth $16 Million
Married Yes
Married to Vijaykumari (Vijji) (m. 1984–1996)
Children Radhe Jaggi (daughter)
Education University of Mysore
Awards Padma Vibhushan Award
Books Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy
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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is a well-known face in the world of Yoga. He is a Yogi, Mystic, Visionary and a Humanitarian whose life has touched the lives of millions worldwide. He is a spiritual leader who has devoted his life to various social and community development activities and has earned a good response from the people.

Early Life and Education

Sadhguru was born as Jagadish Vasudev on September 3, 1957, in Mysore, India. He holds an Indian nationality and belongs to the Brahmin ethnicity. He is the son of Susheela and Dr. Vasudev. He is the youngest of four children to his parents.

His father was an ophthalmologist with the Indian Railways. As a result, the family moved frequently from one place to another. He meeting with Malladihalli Sri Raghavendra Swamiji who taught him a set of simple yoga asanas became a major influence for him to put forward his life as a yogi. He regularly maintained the practice and started growing more interests towards yoga.

Sadhguru attended Demonstration School, Mysore and completed his school education in 1973. He then moved to the University of Mysore, where he developed interests in travel and motorcycles. He alongside his friends often gathered in the Chamundi Hill near Mysore and went for nocturnal drives.

Spiritual Experiences

According to Sadhguru, the simple yoga that was taught to him kept happening without a single day's break and led him to a much deeper experience later. He traveled to many places in the country on his motorcycle.

Sadhguru 's experience of traveling made him resolve to earn some quick money. He later started several successful businesses like poultry farm, brickworks, and construction business.

Jagadish Vasudev to Yogi Sadhguru

Sadhguru had his first spiritual experience on September 23, 1982. It is said, at the age of 25 he rode up to Chamundi Hill, sat on a rock to meditate and there he had the spiritual experience for the first time. He conducted his first yoga class with seven participants in Mysore in 1983.

Sadhguru started flourishing his yoga classes across Karnataka and Hyderabad, traveling on his motorcycle. He conducted the first program in the premises of the newly established Isha Yoga Center in 1994. He has described the yoga as Dhyanalinga, a yogic meditation temple.

Isha Foundation

Sadhguru established a non-profit and non-religious organization called Isha Foundation in 1992. The organization is run by volunteers and hosts a series of programs to heighten self-awareness through yoga.

Isha Foundation provides yoga programs around the world, including India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, Uganda, China, Nepal, Netherlands, and Australia. Later, he founded Isha Yoga Center near Coimbatore in 1993.

Personal Life

Sadhguru has reached the age of 59 now. He has served the people around the world through his yoga programs.

Sadhguru married Vijaykumari (Vijji) in 1984 and from his relationship with her he has a daughter named Radhe Jaggi. His daughter, Radhe is a Bharatnatyam dancer and holds the Diploma in Bharatnatyam, which she earned from Kalashetra Foundation.  

His daughter, Radhe is currently married to Sandeep Narayan, a Chennai-based vocalist, and musician. The wedding ceremony was held on September 3, 2014, at Isha Yoga Center on the outskirts of Coimbatore. 

His wife Vijaykumari is no more. She reportedly died on January 23, 1997. 

Writing Career

In addition to his contributions as a yoga teacher, he is a renowned author. He has written several books in his life. His writing includes Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy which has already made to the New York Times bestseller list in multiple categories.

The book tour was held in the 17 cities of North America and the launch events were attended by an estimated 26,000 people. The Huffington Post review describes the books as "full of practical tools to begin one's self-transformation journey.

Awards and Achievements

On April 13, 2017, Sadhguru was honored with Padma Vibhushan Award by the Government of India. He is also a founder of Project Greenlands. The Government of India awarded the Indira Gandhi Paryavarana Puraskar to this organization in June 2010.

Net Worth

Sadhguru who has served the humanity through his inspirational works has maintained a huge net worth in his life. His organization, Isha Foundation had a net revenue of more than $ 2.5 Million. Their assets are of about $16 Million.