Arnab Goswami Interviews Sadhguru

June 23, 2017

8 min read

Summary: This is a transcript of a conversation between Arnab Goswami and Sadhguru on varied subjects. Sadhguru responds to Arnab's questions: Q1 - What is more important: Success, Service or Spirituality? Choose one of them.; Q2 -What happens when a person is individually successful, but at the cost of others?; Q3 -Do you have to be guided by someone to do that? How do you do it?; Q4 - What I want to know is how human you are. I want to know whether you have experienced fear, and I would also like to know whether you have attachments.

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The Immensity of Being Human

Success, Service, or Spirituality?

Arnab Goswami: You are a wonderful person, Sadhguru, because I find you straight, I find you direct. I don’t find you pretentious. I think you speak so much common sense. You say so many deep things in a very understandable way, which explains your popularity and why so many people have turned up this evening to listen to you.

I was told that the theme of Rotary has been Success, Service, and Spirituality. We will try and start off by talking about that and you can take it forward for them. What is more important: Success, Service or Spirituality? Choose one of them.

Sadhguru: Whether you are into spirituality or service, you want to be successful. The very purpose of any human activity, large or small, is you want to be successful. Even if you blow your nose and want to throw the tissue into the bin, you don’t want to do it in a goofy way. Even with something so silly, you want to be successful. And with the biggest things that you do in your life, of course you want success.

Success is key to all human activity. Success does not mean recognition or acknowledgement. Success means doing something the way it works. The purpose of activity is that it works. If you do something in a way that does not work but you think it is great, you are in the wrong place.

Spirituality as the Basis

Arnab Goswami: But what happens when a person is individually successful, but at the cost of others? I personally often think that people turn to spirituality as an alternative to their own success because they feel guilty about their own success and want to make up for it through spirituality.

Sadhguru: Let us understand what the spiritual process is. Spiritual process does not mean looking heavenward. We picked up these things only in the last few centuries. Otherwise, these ideas of looking up and Uparwala (a Hindi word meaning “the one above”) did not exist in this nation.

My endeavor is to move people from religion to responsibility, and that is what a spiritual process means.

This is a huge problem that I am trying to change dramatically now – if little things go wrong in your life, you find someone and think it is because of him. If big things go wrong in your life, you find a big guy “up there” and you think it is because of him. But you yourself are absent. It is time to bring “this guy” into account. He has been an unaccounted man for too long.

My endeavor is to move people from religion to responsibility, and that is what a spiritual process means. What you are referring to as spirit is that which is the basis of your body. You were not born the way you are right now. You came with a small body, and now it has become this big. Whether you put a banana or a chapatti into this, it becomes part of the same body. There is an intelligence and a dimension within you that builds you from within. How can any human being know life without addressing this dimension?

For example, I always look at advertisements for automobiles – not that I am going to buy one, but because I am interested in all kinds of mechanical things. I am amazed that most ads talk about the paintwork, the leather, the woodwork, but no one tells you what kind of engine, what kind of transmission, and what kind of systems it has. This is because people only look at the paintwork – they don’t know what is under the hood.

If your life is just about your body and your psychological process, it is like a car with paintwork, leather work and woodwork, but no engine. The engine of life is the spiritual process. Without taking charge of this, you will only be a fractional human being, not a full human being. If you want success, and if you want to do something useful for yourself and everyone around you, the first step is a spiritual process. But even there, you need success – otherwise, it is no good.

Does Everyone Need a Guru?

Arnab Goswami: Do you have to be guided by someone to do that? How do you do it?

Sadhguru: If you are not influenced by anyone, you don’t need any guidance. But very few people grow up without any influence. By the time you are twelve to fifteen, you are pretty screwed up in so many ways, because there are so many adults around you who always want to teach you something that has not worked in their lives.

If you don’t look up to anything and you don’t look down on anything, you will see everything the way it is. If you see everything just the way it is, you will navigate your life effortlessly.

I was in the United States a few months ago, and a lady there was very angry with me. She said, “I have been doing yoga for the last forty years – nothing happened to me. You just went and sat on a rock, and all this happened to you!” She thought it was some special rock. The only thing I did was, right from my childhood, I never got identified with anything. Whether it was my parentage, my family, the religion and social structures around me, political stuff – whatever was happening – I never got identified with anything.

If you keep your intelligence unidentified, you will naturally become spiritual. Is it not natural for human intelligence to ask, “When I fall dead, what will happen? What is beyond this body and before this body?” Because you see people die every day somewhere or the other. But they messed you up by telling you, “You came from heaven and you will go back to heaven, and this is what will happen.”

If you are capable of bringing up your children without a single advice – it is very difficult believe me – no one needs to teach them a spiritual process. But everyone is talking with authority about things they have no clue about. Because of this, someone has to guide you to a spiritual process.

For example, my daughter was already traveling with me when she was just three-and-a-half months old. I drove across the country and she grew up like this with me till she was five and went to school. We were staying in a different home with different people every day, and everyone wanted to teach her something. But one rule I set was that no one should teach her anything. No ABC, no 1,2, 3, no “Mary had a little lamb.” No one taught her anything. By the time she was eighteen months, she started speaking three languages because she was all ears, all the time. She grasped everything around her because no one was teaching her anything.

When she was twelve or thirteen years of age, one day she had just come back from school. Disturbed about something there, she said, “You are teaching everybody so many things, but you are not telling me anything.” I replied, “I don’t do anything unsolicited. But you have come now, let’s see.” Then I said, “This is all you have to know – never look up to anyone.” She looked at me, with a “what about you” kind of expression. I said, “Not even me. Never look up to anyone, never look down on anyone. This is all the teaching.”

If you don’t look up to anything and you don’t look down on anything, you will see everything the way it is. If you see everything just the way it is, you will navigate your life effortlessly. That is all it takes.

How Human Is Sadhguru?

Arnab Goswami: What I want to know is how human you are. I want to know whether you have experienced fear, and I would also like to know whether you have attachments.

Sadhguru: How human am I? Almost everyone, everywhere I go, uses the word “human” in reference to the limitations of being human, never in reference to the immensity of being human – “Oh, I am only human.” You are human – that means you are supposed to be the top species on the planet. But people say “I am only human” because they are suffering themselves like no other creature does.

You are human – that means you are supposed to be the top species on the planet. But people say “I am only human” because they are suffering themselves like no other creature does.

If their stomach is full, every other creature is fine. For human being, when the stomach is empty, there is only one problem. Once the stomach is full – one hundred problems! This is an evolutionary issue. In the evolutionary scale of things, human intellect is a relatively new happening. Most people have not figured out how to handle it. They are not suffering the world – they are suffering their own thought and emotion, most of the time.

Why is it that our education systems do not even teach us how to handle our thought and emotion? When someone asks me, “Are you human or not,” the next question will be, “Can you pull a gold chain from thin air? Can you pull a pigeon out of your pocket?” If I pull a pigeon out of my pocket, you will have a bird, I will have a shitty pocket. This is not going to change anyone’s life.

I will show you a miracle. I will show you people who are into full-on activity – not people sitting in some cave. We are on twenty hours a day, seven days a week. I will show you people who have not had a moment of anger, agitation or irritation for ten to fifteen years. They live joyfully and blissfully. This is the miracle humanity needs. If this happens to you, you will not refer to being “human” as a limitation, but as a huge possibility.


Ranveer Singh – How Do I Get Rid of My Phone Addiction?

August 24, 2018

4 min read

Summary: Ranveer Singh: Sir, I feel technology is constantly evolving, and I have a feeling that mobile phones have really changed the way we are. They have a huge bearing on pretty much everything. I sometimes wonder whether human beings were ever meant to communicate like this. I could be hanging in a jungle in Africa talking to somebody who is at the North Pole. I can actually see their face! And with that, now comes along social media. It is really changing things. Kids who are eighteen, nineteen now are much more into it. They know how to use these things much better. I was born when there were still landlines, so FaceTime is still a trip for me. So what is your take on mobile phone technology and social media? Is it the new evolution, like this is what human beings were, and now we have a cell phone and that is the extension of us?

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Don’t Blame Your Phone If You’re Addicted to It

Ranveer Singh: Sir, I feel technology is constantly evolving, and I have a feeling that mobile phones have really changed the way we are. They have a huge bearing on pretty much everything. I sometimes wonder whether human beings were ever meant to communicate like this. I could be hanging in a jungle in Africa talking to somebody who is at the North Pole. I can actually see their face!

And with that, now comes along social media. It is really changing things. Kids who are eighteen, nineteen now are much more into it. They know how to use these things much better. I was born when there were still landlines, so FaceTime is still a trip for me. So what is your take on mobile phone technology and social media? Is it the new evolution, like this is what human beings were, and now we have a cell phone and that is the extension of us?

Sadhguru: Every machine we have created is just about extending our faculties in some way. We have visual capabilities, so we have a telescope and microscope. We can speak, so we have a microphone and a telephone. So when I spoke through a landline, it was okay. Now I have a mobile phone, which is far more comfortable, but that is not okay? No, it is perfectly okay.

Compulsiveness is what we need to handle. Technology is a tremendous enabler – no one should complain about it.

About thirty-five years ago, I was always on the road, driving all over the country building Isha Foundation – village to village, town to town. I would only have certain days when I could use the telephone. I do not know whether you have seen those horrible blue boxes – those telephone booths – local, STD, ISD. On the highway, I would find one blue box. That would be my day to call.

I never had a telephone book, but I very easily remembered eight hundred to nine hundred numbers and names. So as soon as I got there, I would pull out five thousand rupees and give it to that guy. He would not understand why, but I would say, “Just keep it. This is a down payment.” Normally, a call would cost five, ten rupees. I gave him five thousand rupees – he does not know what is coming!

I would go into the booth with the black, horrible-smelling phone. Some of them had it serviced with some perfume, but the rest had everyone’s bad breath in it. Then I would call and call for four, five, six hours. I would make all the calls I needed to make for the month.

Other people who wanted to make phone calls would come there, gesticulating at me for not coming out, but that guy took care of them because I had already paid him five thousand bucks. I would finish all my calls, get into my car and drive on. Even my fingers used to hurt a lot at the end of all those calls.

But today, if I just speak someone’s name, my phone automatically calls.

Ranveer Singh: Yeah!

Sadhguru: It is a done thing. I hugely appreciate the technology. Some people are complaining, but they are not complaining about the technology. They do not know that what they are actually complaining about is their own compulsiveness.

Compulsive usage is not a problem with just the phone. If they start eating, they do not know when to stop. If they start drinking, they do not know when to stop drinking. This compulsiveness is there in all aspects of their life. Now the gadget has become a drug. But it is also keeping lots of people out of drink.

Ranveer Singh: At least there is something good about it.

Sadhguru: Compulsiveness is what we need to handle. Technology is a tremendous enabler – no one should complain about it. Otherwise, we must put you in that blue box with a black phone. Then you will understand!


Nag Ashwin – Why More Youth Today Are Consuming Alcohol and Drugs?

September 23, 2018

6 min read

Summary: The survival needs of people are now taken care of - so, naturally people will look elsewhere for involvement. If they don't find anything, they will move towards more pleasure and more intoxication. Another reason is that children are not getting enough attention because both parents are working. Also, this generation does not believe in 'heaven' - so 'morality' which used to work, will not work now. The solution is, to keep children involved in sports and activities that keep them engaged with nature. They must experience the pleasures of the mind, emotion and consciousness - once that happens, then indulging in pleasures of the body will come down. And children should not know affluence till a certain age.

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Why Are Youth Turning to Alcohol and Drugs?

Nag Ashwin: I’d like to know the truth about the increase in alcohol usage and addiction in my generation, the younger generation. People used to drink alcohol for ages, since prehistoric times, but this is the only time I feel that very young kids, kids in school, are starting to use substances as a safe haven, as an escape. That feels very scary and dangerous. I want to know why you think kids are using this, and I want to know what you think is the best way, or a more organic way to get people out of it?

Sadhguru: Namaskaram, Nag! I like your name. Cobras have always been very dear to me. If you do not know this, cobra venom is also an intoxicant if it is used in a certain way.

There are many reasons why the need for intoxication is going up in the society. One basic thing is, people are no longer fighting for survival. A large segment of the society has moved out of survival mode. When people move beyond survival, they must find other areas of interest and passionate involvement. If that does not happen, the need for pleasure and the need for intoxication will naturally go up in that given society. This is why it is very important that even if parents are affluent, their children should not know affluence until they come to a certain age.

The necessary sense of discipline, involvement, and engagement with life has to happen before wealth comes into somebody’s life. Otherwise, wealth will become a burden that you carry on your head. That is what is happening to this generation.

In this culture, even the kings sent their children to gurukulas where they studied with other children, and everybody lived with very basic needs. The necessary sense of discipline, involvement, and engagement with life has to happen before wealth comes into somebody’s life. Otherwise, wealth will become a burden that you carry on your head. That is what is happening to this generation.

Missing Activity and Attention

Another reason is that these days, largely, both parents are working. At an early age, the attention that the child needs is not being given. Naturally, various deviances are taken to. And there is not enough physical activity. When you do not enjoy the fitness of your body and the vibrance and vitality of your system, then the only other thing that you will enjoy is intoxication. And now, drugs are not only for intoxication; they also makes them feel vibrant for a few hours. So, massively, the generation is moving in that way.

One more significant reason why this generation is moving towards these drugs is that, in their minds, the heavens that were promised are collapsing.

One more significant reason why this generation is moving towards these drugs is that, in their minds, the heavens that were promised are collapsing. They may be still unable to articulate it very clearly. They do not have the clarity or the courage to say it. But for a long time, we have managed people by saying, “If you abstain from all these things, in heaven all of this will be available in huge quantities.” Now the heavens are collapsing, so they are trying to drink it up right here. Like this, there are many aspects. Fundamentally, there is no need for an individual human being to physically strive for his survival. That itself makes the need for intoxication greater.

Learning to Enjoy Other Pleasures

What are the solutions? It is very, very important for those of you who have growing children to involve them in sports and other intense activities which engage them with nature: trekking, mountain climbing, swimming, etc. They must become passionate about something like art or music. They must learn to know the pleasures of their intellect, their emotion, their consciousness.

When one begins to enjoy the pleasures of the mind, of the sharpness of one’s intellect, of emotion, and of consciousness, then indulging in the pleasures of the body will naturally come down dramatically. So it is very important that children should be passionately involved in a variety of activities. This will bring down the need for alcohol and drugs.

It is very important that children should be passionately involved in a variety of activities. This will bring down the need for alcohol and drugs.

But we must understand that today, alcohol is being heavily marketed. The movies are promoting it, and everywhere it is being made into a social thing that unless you drink, you are no good. People ask me, “Sadhguru, you drink?” I say, “Yes, I drink water.” They look at me like I am a strange creature. “Just water?” Yes, the most fantastic drink you can have is water because seventy percent of this body is made of water, not alcohol.

Intoxication from Within

This human system is the greatest chemical factory. If you want intoxication, you can generate it from inside – a kind of intoxication which makes you inebriated and super aware at the same time. This is the kind of intoxication we should introduce to our children and youth. This is why we are striving to bring the technology of yoga into everybody’s life. If you go into certain states within yourself, you will know intoxication that no drug and no drink can ever create. At the same time, you will remain super aware, and it will do miracles to your health and wellbeing.

It is time that we learn to do things in a more technologically enhanced way. We have ways that people can turn inward and know the highest pleasures of life. We must make our youth experience this. Unless you give them an alternative, they will go back to the bottle or pill.

We have ways that people can turn inward and know the highest pleasures of life. We must make our youth experience this. Unless you give them an alternative, they will go back to the bottle or pill.

Right now, you need chemical help to be healthful, peaceful, joyful, or to experience anything within yourself. When a generation uses chemicals like this – if ninety percent of the people start using pharmaceuticals and other types of chemicals on a daily basis – then the next generation that we produce will be less than who we are in many ways.

This is a crime against humanity. All of us should wake up to this fact and do what is needed.


Gautam Gambhir – Whats The Significance Of Standing Up For Our National Anthem?

September 22, 2018

4 min read

Summary: Most people these days do not participate in Republic Day parade, or attend any flag hoisting event on Independence Day. The current state of the world is such that the largest segment of humanity that can be addressed is a nation. And a nation is not god-given idea. It is people. So unless the people are inspired into a strong sense of nationhood, the nation can not prosper. The anthem is a way to express and achieve the same.

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Should We Stand Up for the National Anthem?

Gambhir: I want to know the truth about why there was a debate about standing for the National Anthem. My personal belief is that this country has given you so much and there should not be any debate about standing for fifty-two seconds, whether it is played in the cinema halls, schools or wherever. I want to know the truth about that.

Sadhguru: Namaskaram Gautam! Is it not ridiculous that you should even ask this in our country today, unfortunately?
We must understand, a nation is not some God-given thing. It is an idea that all of us have agreed to. A nation is instilled in the form of its constitution, and the symbolism of the nation comes to us in the form of a flag and of an anthem. So the question is, if we want to operate, live, prosper and excel as a nation, is it important to have pride and allegiance to the nation?

When did you last participate in the Republic Day Parade? When did you last go and attend a flag hoisting on Independence Day? When did you go and sing a national anthem somewhere?

I am not someone who is talking about nationalism. I am for humanism. I am for universality of human existence. But right now, the largest segment of population that you can address is a nation. India as a nation is 1.3 billion people. It is a world by itself. If we do not build a strong sense of nationhood, we cannot prosper, we cannot contribute to the world’s wellbeing, and we cannot be of any significance.

The anthem is one aspect of this. “Should I stand up or not?” Well, if you have no legs, we will pardon you. But even if you have no legs, you must show some sense of respect for the anthem and flag because these are the symbols of nationhood. It is through this that a nation is integrated. If you cannot sing your anthem with pride, where is the question of nationhood?

It is important that a sense of nationhood is built strongly into the minds and hearts of every youth and every citizen in this country. This is one thing that, unfortunately, we have failed to do post-independence.

“Why should I particularly stand up in a cinema hall? I have come there for entertainment!” Let me ask such people a question. When did you last participate in the Republic Day Parade? When did you last go and attend a flag hoisting on Independence Day? When did you go and sing a national anthem somewhere? Maybe only in school when you were forced to do it. Since then, you are benefitting from the nation, but you do not want to contribute to it and protect it.

The Indian Army and the other wings of the forces – these million-and-odd people are standing at our borders, constantly risking their lives, every day. Every day you hear of casualties. Please tell them that we do not care a damn for this nation so that they can also go home and live their lives. Why are they standing there to protect this nation at the cost of their life, if you do not care anything about the nation?

Let this argument stop! If we are concerned about the 400 million people who are not even properly nourished in this country, it is important that we bind this nation with a strong emotion of nationhood.

It is important that a sense of nationhood is built strongly into the minds and hearts of every youth and every citizen in this country. This is one thing that, unfortunately, we have failed to do post-independence. This should have been done immediately after Independence, because a nation exists only in our minds and hearts. Post-independence, when there was an enormous emotion and spirit about the nation, this should have been done. Unfortunately, the process was not done effectively. A whole lot of people have identified themselves with their religions, caste, creed, sex, clubs and whatever else, and above all, their own sense of crude individuality.

So should we stand up for the nation? One hundred percent! Is anthem a part of standing up for the nation? Yes! Fifty-two seconds. Is there a debate about this? I think their only problem is, their hands are full of popcorn and coke – they are afraid it will spill. That is why they do not want to stand up.

When we say we are of this nation, we have agreed that there are certain things that we will value, respect and stand up for.

Let this argument stop! If we are concerned about the 400 million people who are not even properly nourished in this country, it is important that we bind this nation with a strong emotion of nationhood. Without this, there will be no nation, because nation is an agreement that we have all come to. When we say we are of this nation, we have agreed that there are certain things that we will value, respect and stand up for.


Vijay Deverakonda – How Can I Be Happy?

September 18, 2018

3 min read

Summary: Happiness is not something to get or attain. Sadhguru says, when life comes to an ease, then happiness is a natural consequence. Ease means - our bodies are a very complex chemical soup. You can use the technology of Inner Sciences to create whatever kind of chemistry you want within yourself. Then you can be blissful by your own nature - and you will not have to pursue it anymore!

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How to Find Happiness?

Vijay Deverakonda: Hi, Sadhguru! Today, each of us works hard to earn money, thinking money will give us happiness. Happiness is the most marketed thing. We drink alcohol thinking it will make us happy, we want to be with a woman thinking she will make us happy, but what is it that will make us happy and keep us happy? We are at a point where we do not even know where it is that we will find happiness. So, what is happiness? What does a happy mind look like? Do not tell me to look for happiness inside – that answer does not work for me. Give me the truth!

Sadhguru: Namaskaram, Vijay! So, what does a happy man look like? What do I look like to you? Now, we are thinking of happiness like it is some kind of a commodity or some kind of an attainment. No. When your life comes to ease and when you come to ease, then happiness is a natural consequence. What does it mean to come to ease? There are many ways to look at this. Well, I should not say “look inward” because you already put a condition on me!

Today, even medically we know that every human experience has a chemical basis to it. What you call as peace is one kind of chemistry. Happiness is another kind of chemistry, as are joy, misery, agony and ecstasy.

In other words, you are a very complex chemical soup. The question is only, are you a great soup or a lousy soup? If you are a great soup, you taste good! Not for somebody, but for yourself.

In other words, you are a very complex chemical soup. The question is only, are you a great soup or a lousy soup? If you are a great soup, you taste good! Not for somebody, but for yourself. When you taste very good for yourself, if you sit here and feel extremely pleasant within yourself because the soup is great, then people say you are happy. If you become very, very pleasant, people will say you are joyful. If you become super pleasant, people will say you are ecstatic.

To make it very simple and understandable for most people, your chemistry needs to be altered. There is a whole technology with which we can create the kind of chemistry that you want. If I teach you how to create a blissful chemistry within yourself, you will be blissful. When you are blissful, you will no longer be in pursuit of happiness. Being in pursuit of happiness is the biggest mistake. Your life has to become an expression of joy. When your life is an expression of your experience, then the quality of your life will not be determined by what you do or do not do, but by how you are within yourself.

If you think you are going to squeeze happiness out of something or somebody, you will be disappointed, because nothing will yield anything unless you have a chemistry of blissfulness.

I am sorry, I have once again used the word “within”! Chemistry is not within – it is still outside of you. But if you know how to make the right soup, then being joyful is not an issue; it is a natural consequence. We can teach you a technology, a methodology with which you will know how to stir the right kind of soup. This is what I am calling as “Inner Engineering”, that you engineer your chemistry in such a way that it is blissful by its own nature, not because of something. If you think you are going to squeeze happiness out of something or somebody, you will be disappointed, because nothing will yield anything unless you have a chemistry of blissfulness.


Abhinav Bindra – How Can India Become A Sporting Nation?

September 16, 2018

2 min read

Summary: You can not play a game without involvement - and involvement is the essence of life. And this aspect needs to come into everybody's life. Since 65% of India's population lives in the villages, for India to become a sporting nation - the rural masses have to get involved in sports. Sadhguru requests the senior sports-persons to help bring sport to rural India.

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How to Make India More Sporting?

Abhinav Bindra: Sports are vital to the holistic development of young people, fostering physical, social and emotional health as well as teamwork and sportsmanship. How can we create a movement that will drive the youth of our country towards sport and also make our society more sporting in nature?

Sadhguru: Namaskaram, Abhinav. The best thing about sport is you cannot do it without absolute involvement. The essence of life is in our involvement. Sport demands involvement. You can go to school or college without involvement, you can go to your office without involvement, you can even get married without involvement, but you cannot do sport without involvement – nothing will happen the way you want it.

When you kick or hit a ball, or shoot a bullet, it will not go where you want it to go unless there is absolute involvement. In society, whatever does not happen, you can cover up by blaming someone else. But in sport, it stands out starkly – in your face – that you are responsible for what you are doing.

This is the best aspect of sport. Should this come into our life? Absolutely! How to make sport a part of this nation? For India to be a sporting nation, the 65% of India in the ruralscape has to be involved. For this, we’re conducting Gramotsavam where thousands of villages participate in sport. I request all our senior sportspersons, who have passed their professional sporting life, to help take this to the whole nation and bring sport into rural India.


Amish Tripathi – How To Deal With The Loss Of a Someone Close To Us?

September 10, 2018

2 min read

Summary: Grief is about a loss - loss of possession, positions, professions and of course loved ones. If we lose someone to death, then it cannot be replaced - so the grief becomes more profound. Sadhguru says - the way we have defined "who we are" - is based on our possessions, positions and relationships. Relationships should not become an instrument to fill our lives - rather they should come from the basis of our completeness. This needs to be cultivated throughout life - this is what a spiritual process means.

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How to Deal with the Loss of a Loved One

Amish Tripathi: My question is on grief. Our philosophies tell us that we should be balanced and treat joy and sadness with the same detachment. But what if you experience grief that is beyond your capacity to bear? What if you lose someone who you truly admire? How to handle grief?

Sadhguru: This is not to belittle anyone’s loss, but I want you to understand that grief is not about someone’s death, it is always about loss – we lost something. People can grieve loss of possession, positions or even professions.

Essentially, grief is about an individual human being losing something.

Essentially, grief is about an individual human being losing something. When it comes to people, if we lose them to death, the significance is that they cannot be replaced. Possessions, positions, money and wealth can be replaced, but when we lose a person, we cannot replace them. So the grief becomes more profound.

This is happening to us simply because we have built our persona like a collage. “Who we are” is because of what we possess, the positions and relationships that we hold, and the people who are in our lives. If any one of these things falls out, it leaves a vacuum in our persona. This is what we are suffering.

So this must be cultivated throughout our life – what we have does not decide who we are. Who we are decides what we have in our lives.

It is very important that our relationships are not an instrument to fill our life. Relationships must come from the basis of our fullness. If you use a relationship to make yourself complete, when you lose it, you become empty. However, if you form a relationship because you want to share your fullness, there will be no grief.

All this may not work when we lose someone very dear to us, and this may look like trivializing one’s loss. So this must be cultivated throughout our life – what we have does not decide who we are. Who we are decides what we have in our lives. This must happen to every human being. This is what spiritual process means.


VVS Laxman – Should Kids Have Freedom To Do What They Want?

September 7, 2018

3 min read

Summary: This is a must read for all the parents. Sadhguru simplifies this complicated problem for all parents, in a way that ones perspective on freedom is completely altered! Instead of raising children, we should allow them to grow. "Freedom" - is not a word that one should utter, and the children should also not get used to this word. What is important is to bring into their life a certain sense of responsibility. Once the necessary responsibility is there, freedom will be a natural consequence.

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How Much Freedom Should Kids Have?

VVS Laxman: I want to know the truth about parenting. As a child and youth, I wanted to be free, to live my life on my terms. I think it is the same for every generation. Is it okay to give our kids the freedom to make their own decisions? Where do we draw the line, or should we draw the line at all? What is your advice for us to be perfect parents?

Sadhguru: Namaskaram Laxman! We have thoroughly enjoyed the skills that are hidden in your wrists – on the cricket field, of course! When it comes to parenting, this idea that we have to raise our children is a very Western idea. You only raise cattle, not human beings. You should not raise children. You just have to allow them to grow.

You just have to create an atmosphere of love, joy and responsibility. In your question, you used the word “freedom”. Freedom is a bad word that you should never utter. Nor should your children get used to the word. You must always bring into their life, a sense of responsibility for their wellbeing, health, growth and their ability to respond to every dimension of life. If the necessary responsible existence is there, freedom is a consequence.

Leave your ideas about how to raise a child and just maintain an atmosphere of absolute love, joyfulness and responsibility.

The fundamental problem we have in the world today is that we have become goal-oriented. We are interested in the consequence, not in the process. If you want flowers in the garden, you do not talk about flowers. If you are a good gardener, you will never talk about flowers, you will talk about soil, manure, water and sunlight. If you manage these things, wonderful flowers will come.

Similarly, if you manage the conditions necessary for the beautiful blossoming of a child, then children will blossom. But if you try to raise them according to the molds that you create in your own mind, then every child will rebel because life cannot fit into the molds of the mind – mind has to fit into our life.

Above all, never let children see resentment, jealousy, frustration, depression, and anger in their parents. Make sure your children never witness these things at home.

So leave your ideas about how to raise a child and just maintain an atmosphere of absolute love, joyfulness and responsibility. Above all, never let children see resentment, jealousy, frustration, depression, and anger in their parents. Make sure your children never witness these things at home. You will see, your children will blossom absolutely wonderfully. If you are focused on the consequence without taking care of the process, then the consequence that you desire will just be a dream. But if you take care of the process, the results will come.


Prasoon Joshi – What Is the Significance Of Numbers In Our Life?

September 5, 2018

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Summary: After reading this article, you will look at numbers in a completely different way. "You" and "Me", itself are two numbers - Sadhguru tells us. In fact, he says, the moment you say "me", you have created a number. The word Yoga means to be in union - to obliterate the boundaries of your individuality, that means the first basic number, that is "me" is obliterated. So, numbers are a natural consequence of the physical existence. In some ways, words and numbers are not too different things!

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Would We Live Better Without Numbers?

Prasoon Joshi: Sadhguru, if there were no numbers in life, would that be a better life? You wouldn’t know how old you are, what time it is, or how long you have slept. Would I be more in rhythm with nature and life if I did not know the concept of numbers?

Sadhguru: Namaskaram Prasoon. I know you are a magician of words, you do not like numbers! Well, once you say “me and you”, there are two. Even if you say “myself”, there is one. Once there is one, then ten, hundred, thousand and million are just a natural consequence. Numbers are not only about how old you are, what time it is, when you slept or when you wake up – “you” and “me” itself are two numbers.

Numbers are not only about how old you are, what time it is, when you slept or when you wake up – “you” and “me” itself are two numbers.

The moment you say “me”, you have already created a number. The only way to be beyond numbers is called “shoonya”. If you are in yoga, you are like “shi-va”, which means “that which is not”, or you are “shoonya”, because that means you are not.

The word “yoga” essentially means union. It is the science of how to obliterate the boundaries of your individuality, which means that the first basic number one, that is “me”, is obliterated. Once you take away one, then a million, a billion or a zillion mean nothing – everything is a zero. Union means no “you and me”, no “many”. There is just one, but actually there is not one – there is none! This is referred to in many different ways. It is called “shoonya”, and it is called “shi-va”. Only “that which is” has numbers. “That which is not” cannot have numbers.

Numbers are a natural consequence of physical existence, because physical existence inevitably has boundaries. “You and me” exists because there is a boundary of what you consider as yourself, both physiologically and psychologically, and there is a boundary of what you consider as me. In this, there are two numbers. After this, it is addition and multiplication.

Only when one transcends the physical existence, there is a numberless existence. When true union happens, it does not make everything into one, but into none. When we say something is limitless or boundless, we are also saying it is numberless. No boundaries means there is no one or two. A numberless existence is possible only when there is an absolute state of yoga or union. This is my effort in my life – to take people into that experience of numberless-ness.

A numberless existence is possible only when there is an absolute state of yoga or union. This is my effort in my life – to take people into that experience of numberless-ness.

Like the magic of words, the magic of numbers is also beautiful in the form of mathematics. Words and numbers are not two different things. Because there is one word, there will be many words, and because there is one number, there will be many numbers. All this is a consequence of the physical manifestation of existence. If one transcends the physical, then we use the most corrupted word, “spiritual”. Spiritual means a numberless existence.


Shankar Mahadevan – What Is The Significance Of The Number Three?

September 3, 2018

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Summary: Essentially the human experience of life is happening between bhutakala, vartamana and bhavishya - that is past, present and future. But fundamentally, all these exists, only in the present, past as memory and future as imagination. Sadhguru says that it is very important that all these three dimensions exist - trikala, trishula and trinetra; the three dimensions of seeing an experiencing life.

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The Magic of Three

Shankar Mahadevan: The three of us have been composing music for the last twenty-three years now as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. One thing that has always fascinated me has been the concept of three. I see the association of the number three with various aspects like neutron, proton, electron and Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. So, what is the relevance, importance, and effect of three?

Sadhguru: Namaskaram to the trimurti of Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy! Well, there is trimurti, trinetra, trishula, trikala – all these things are an evolution of ideas from the fundamental experience of human life.

Past and future actually exists now, because it is only now that you can remember and imagine.

Essentially, human experience of life happens between memory, which belongs to the past or bhuta-kala; our experience, which is always vartamana or the present; and our imagination and aspirations, which are of the future or bhavishya. The many aspects which spring from these three experiences were crystallized in our culture as “tri”: trinetra, trikala, trishula, and you guys, trimurtis.

But this fundamental needs to be understood that all these three dimensions exists in vartamana. Past and future actually exists now, because it is only now that you can remember and imagine.

The reason people are saying, “Be in the moment,” is because they are not suffering life, they are suffering their memory and their imagination, the two most fantastic faculties that a human being has.

There is a lot of teaching going on around the world – particularly in United States, but it has also hit the western coast of India – about “Be in the moment.” These people are worshippers of the present! But I do not understand why somebody is telling you to be in the moment, because you cannot be anywhere else. Where else can you be other than in the moment. We are anyway rooted in vartamana.

What these people are saying is, “Do not think about the past, do not think about the future.” It took millions of years to bring this level of cerebral capability, to have a vivid sense of memory and a fantastic sense of imagination, but somebody is telling you, “Let’s junk all that and be like an earthworm.” I have nothing against an earthworm – it is a very ecofriendly creature – but all this evolutionary work that has happened to bring us to this level of cerebral capability should not be surrendered to some simple philosophy.

The reason people are saying, “Be in the moment,” is because they are not suffering life, they are suffering their memory and their imagination, the two most fantastic faculties that a human being has. This is the fundamental of their misery – people can suffer what happened ten years ago, and they can already suffer what may happen the day after tomorrow!

They want to surrender these faculties because they do not know how to handle their thought and emotion. If you could remember joyfully, and imagine things with great exuberance and ecstasy, why would you want to surrender that? It is just that your memories and imagination have become compulsive. They are creating a world of misery. So people are talking about how to forget the past, how to not think about the future. This is not the way to conduct human life.

It is just that your memories and imagination have become compulsive. They are creating a world of misery. So people are talking about how to forget the past, how to not think about the future.

It is very important that all these three dimensions are there, the trikala, the trishula and trinetra. These are the three dimensions of seeing and experiencing life. And we are very glad the trimurti of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy are there. Please make some wonderful music!


Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore – Is Over Exposure Of Technology Destroying Youth?

September 2, 2018

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Summary: Technology has made our lives easy and comfortable - but we are still complaining about it! The problem is not technology, it is just that people have not prepared themselves for the life they need to handle. Unless you make yourself capable to handle the various realities of today, you will complain. In the early years of life, the focus should be to enhance the life to a higher level of possibility. Once sufficient time is invested in inner development, handling the outside situations will be effortless.

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How to Deal with Information and Tech Overload

Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore: The period of youth is defined by challenges, goals, achievements and ambitions. Many chase success as defined by others. In this hyper-connected, information-saturated era, there is the added stress of information overload and work-related burnout. Such stress takes away the happiness of our youngsters. We see more and more cases of depression amongst youth. How can the youth continually be happy in such challenging times? I want to know the truth about youth and happiness.

Sadhguru: Namaskaram Raj. In every generation, there is a set of people who are always complaining about something. Of course, there are also people who are making use of the situations of their times.

As a generation today, we have more conveniences and comforts than ever before. The world is not moving any faster than what it was a few thousand years ago – it is still spinning at the same pace. But we feel that the distances have been reduced simply because of technological progress.

Right now, people are complaining about technology which has made their life easy and comfortable. The problem is just that they have not prepared themselves for the life that they need to handle.

People who are complaining about information overload must visualize life a thousand years ago. You would not know what was happening just one hundred kilometers away. Even if something fantastic happened, or there was a great calamity, it would take one or two months for you to get the information. Today, whatever is happening anywhere in the world comes to you quickly.

We are technologically empowered like never before. This is one of the greatest privileges we have as a generation. Right now, people are complaining about technology which has made their life easy and comfortable. The problem is just that they have not prepared themselves for the life that they need to handle.

Enhancing Your Capabilities

I want you to just imagine if you lived a thousand years ago. In the morning when you woke up, you would need water for your use, so you would have to walk down to the river and carry two buckets full of water. Believe me, most of the youth today are not fit enough to carry two buckets of water for a mile. Physically, they are just not capable of doing it.

If you invest enough time in the inner development of who you are, handling the present situations will be effortless. Above all, you will not be complaining about the greatest gifts that have been offered to you.

If you were here a thousand years ago without technology, would you carry these buckets of water without complaint? You would definitely complain, because you are physically not capable. Similarly, if you have not made yourself mentally capable to handle the various realities of today, then you will complain.

You must engineer yourself in such a way that you are fit for life. In the early part of your life, the most important thing is not your ambitions, your desires or the lifestyles you aspire for. The only thing you should be concerned about is how to enhance this life to a higher level of possibility. If you invest enough time in the inner development of who you are, handling the present situations will be effortless. Above all, you will not be complaining about the greatest gifts that have been offered to you.

Never before could you fly from India to United States in fourteen hours’ time, or pick up your phone and talk to someone in any part of the world, or see a million things happening all over the world and even in outer space. You can see beyond your normal vision, hear beyond your normal sense of hearing, and experience things beyond your normal sense of experience.

Upgrading Yourself

The technology around you is phenomenally upgrading itself every few months or years. It is time you upgrade yourself. Inner Engineering or yoga means you focus on enhancing this life. If you enhance your activity without enhancing this life, of course you suffer the activity. It is like taking an old, junky car on an F1 track – it will fall apart. That is all that is happening to people.

Instead of educating our children just to make a living and find a job, we have to educate them first of all to enhance themselves. Tools for self-transformation are the most important requirement of this age because external situations are largely going to be handled by machines. It is very important you are a little smarter than the machines you handle.


Mouni Roy – Why Are Relationships Becoming Fickle Today?

September 1, 2018

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Summary: Relationships can be of many kinds; but these days the word "relationship" largely connotes a body-based relationship. Once the relationship is body-based, usually the excitement about each other's body will die after some time. Once that happens, the relationship starts to fall apart. So you must look at relationships in terms of an expression of joy, and for that to happen you must first become joyful by your own nature. Once your relationship is not need-based, and you are naturally joyful, you can hold wonderful relationships with everyone!

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Why Are Girlfriend-Boyfriend Relationships So Complex?

Mouni Roy: Why do relationships, especially between girlfriend and boyfriend or husband and wife, become so complex?

Sadhguru: Namaskaram Mouni. Everyone knows the sweetness of relationships, but there is also a lot of sourness – which you are beginning to taste. Unfortunately today, we have imbibed this idea from the West that if you utter the word “relationship”, people are generally thinking of body-based relationships. But relationships can be of many kinds.

If relationships are body-based, the excitement about each other’s body will usually die after some time. What you thought of as the ultimate is not ultimate after some time. It is natural that people begin to grow out of it when the main draw which brought them together starts to melt away. Without knowing why, they start being unpleasant to each other because, essentially, such a relationship is about extracting sweetness and happiness from another person. If you try to squeeze joy out of someone, after some time, when it does not yield the same results as it used to in the beginning, some bitterness will begin.

If relationships are body-based, the excitement about each other’s body will usually die after some time. What you thought of as the ultimate is not ultimate after some time.

Certain things may happen as you start growing older. From yesterday to today, you are a little older. So today, while you are young, you must think of all the relationships that you hold in your life – not just biological relationships – in terms of an expression of joy, not an extraction of joy.

For this to happen, you must first become joyful by your own nature. If you focus on becoming an exuberant overflow of joy, and your relationship is about sharing this joy, you do not have to worry about the normal circus that people go through in their relationships.

Managing Relationships

A relationship may not stay just in one area of life. Once people are together, they will have to share many things. Naturally, you will start stepping on each other’s toes for many small things that happen. Because of this, there will be many interactions, or you can even call them altercations, that will happen.

You cannot manage all this on a daily basis. So, the best thing is to manage yourself in such a way that you are a naturally exuberant, joyful being. If this happens, your relationships will not be need-based.

When relationships are need-based, if what you need does not come, you will start cribbing. You will start complaining and feeling bitter that you are not getting what you are supposed to get. If you just eliminate this need within you, and you are naturally overflowing with joy, then you can hold fabulous relationships with every kind of person, irrespective of who they are. They do not have to be like you. May you have the most beautiful relationships in your life.


Sonakshi Sinha – I’m very emotional! How to Handle Situations?

August 31, 2018

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Summary: Sonakshi Sinha asks: Dearest Sadhguru ji, I’m a very emotional person, and I often find it very difficult to emotionally detach myself from a situation that I know is not good for me. I can see this is not going somewhere where I want it to go, but it is very difficult to divert my mind and my emotions away from that. I’ll keep thinking about it and dwelling on it, which is something that I don’t want to do. How do you think I can handle that situation?

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How to Handle Emotional Attachments?

Sonakshi Sinha: Dearest Sadhguru ji, I’m a very emotional person, and I often find it very difficult to emotionally detach myself from a situation that I know is not good for me. I can see this is not going somewhere where I want it to go, but it is very difficult to divert my mind and my emotions away from that. I’ll keep thinking about it and dwelling on it, which is something that I don’t want to do. How do you think I can handle that situation?

Sadhguru: There is a lot of talk about the head and the heart business. There is no such distinction in the real sense because the way you think is the way you feel. The way you feel is the way you think.

Today, largely because of the type of education, for most people, their thoughts run ahead of their emotions. But there is still a sizeable percentage of people for whom their emotions run ahead of their thought.

For different people, different things run first. Today, largely because of the type of education, for most people, their thoughts run ahead of their emotions. But there is still a sizeable percentage of people for whom their emotions run ahead of their thought. Nowadays, those people whose emotions run ahead of their thought are made to feel stupid because they do not understand the power and the intelligence of emotion, though people are starting to talk about emotional quotient.

Turnaround Time

Now, what Sonakshi is asking is, there are situations that you don’t wish to be in but the emotions are tangled up, so thought keeps going there and unknowingly you keep walking in that direction.

It is just that thought is agile, it can turn around fast. But emotion is sappy. It takes some time to turn around.

It is just that thought is agile, it can turn around fast. But emotion is sappy. It takes some time to turn around. Today you can think, “Oh! This person is the most wonderful person.” Tomorrow, if that person does something that you don’t like, your thought will immediately say, “She’s no good.” But emotion is not that agile. If my emotions have gone ahead with this person, they cannot turn around so quickly. In the meantime, you struggle.

Monkeys on the Mind

What do you do about this? Don’t try to control your emotions or thoughts because the very nature of your mind is such that “I don’t want to think about this person” means that’s the only person I’m going to think about for the rest of my life.

In this mind, you don’t have subtraction and division, you only have addition and multiplication.

This is the proverbial monkey story. If we tell you, “Don’t think about monkeys for the next five seconds”, can you not think? Only monkeys! Because this is the nature of your mind. If you say “I do not want something”, only that will happen.

When compulsive thoughts and emotions come, the first and foremost thing that you do is, you simply see them for what they are – you don’t try to resist them. The moment you resist, they will multiply.

In this mind, you don’t have subtraction and division, you only have addition and multiplication. If I say, “I don’t want this emotion,” it will add – one will become two. If you say, “Oh my god! It’s coming again, I don’t want it,” it will multiply by hundred. This is the nature of your mind. In this mind, you cannot forcefully remove anything.

Distance From Data

What you need to do is understand that thought and emotion are just a recycle of the data that is already there – something that you remember. It is just that memory is a little smelly, so it keeps coming. You just need a little distance from that.

Suppose you were on your way to the airport and you got stuck in a traffic jam. How much anxiety and struggle you would have! Then somehow, you got to the airport and got into the flight and took off. From up there, when you look down, how nice the traffic jam looks! This is simply because there is a little distance. It is still the same traffic jam but because there is a distance, suddenly there is nothing to it.

Similarly with your thought and emotion, with a little bit of practice, you can create a little distance from your physiological processes and your psychological processes. But if you try to handle individual thought and emotion, they will multiply thousand-fold.


Mithali Raj – People’s Opinions Bother Me – What to Do?

August 28, 2018

2 min read

Summary: Mithali Raj: Namaskaram Sadhguru ji, I want to know the truth about where and how we can acquire the strength to ignore opinions popping against us every day. Sadhguru tells us that others opinions matter to us only when we lack clarity. When we live in a society, people will always express their opinions. Now, because of technology, when everyone is expressing themselves on social media - it is no longer that you have to deal with just 4 or 5 opinions, but millions of them!

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How To Deal With People’s Negative Opinions?

Mithali Raj: Namaskaram Sadhguru ji, I want to know the truth about where and how we can acquire the strength to ignore opinions popping against us every day.

Sadhguru: Namaskaram Mithali. People have their opinions about everything, but why should it matter to you or anyone? Their opinions will matter to us only when we are not very clear about what we are doing. Instead of trying to battle with others’ opinions, it is best that we strive to create clarity as to what we are doing and why we are doing it. If this clarity arrives within us, other people’s opinions will not matter.

At one time, you had to battle just three or four people’s opinions. Today, you have to battle with five million because they are all out there expressing themselves.

People will always have opinions about us, and that is their right. As the Kannada saint Akka Mahadevi said, “You built a house in the mountains and the jungle, but now you are afraid of the animals – you should not have been there. You built a home in the marketplace, and you are afraid of the noises of the marketplace – that is not the right place for you to be.”

Now you are living in a society, and you are afraid of what other people will say. This is part of social life. Somebody will always say something. Today it is magnified because of social media, but people have always had opinions.

It is best that we strive to create clarity as to what we are doing and why we are doing it. If this clarity arrives within us, other people’s opinions will not matter.

At one time, you had to battle just three or four people’s opinions. Today, you have to battle with five million because they are all out there expressing themselves. It’s perfectly fine. They can say whatever they want, but the most important thing is to bring an absolute sense of clarity into our lives as to what are we doing and why are we doing it. If this is clear to us, opinions will fly and opinions will change.

I hear you are a great hitter of the ball. Just hit the ball well. You will see, everyone’s opinions will change.


Ayushmann Khurrana – What is the Best Political Position – Left, Right or Center?

August 26, 2018

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Summary: Ayushmann Khurrana: Namaskaram Sadhguru ji. This is Ayushmann Khurrana. I am a very politically aware person and India is politically in a very vulnerable space because it is a pluralistic society – we have so many cultures, religions, regions, caste, color, creed. I firmly believe that both extreme right wing and left wing are dangerous. My political standing is probably the center. So, what do you think is the correct stand? Where should we go from here because we are in a tricky situation right now?

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Left, Right, Center? Which Political Stance is Best?

Ayushmann Khurrana: Namaskaram Sadhguru ji. This is Ayushmann Khurrana. I am a very politically aware person and India is politically in a very vulnerable space because it is a pluralistic society – we have so many cultures, religions, regions, caste, color, creed. I firmly believe that both extreme right wing and left wing are dangerous. My political standing is probably the center. So, what do you think is the correct stand? Where should we go from here because we are in a tricky situation right now?

Sadhguru: Ayushmann – one who lives long. A living democracy means you never take a stance of any kind. This happened in a very strong way in the United States. It became like two different religions – are you a Democrat or are you a Republican. It became like: “My grandfather was a Republican, my father was a Republican, so I am also Republican!”

This happened… the Democrats were campaigning in one of the Red States – which always vote Republican. One of the Democrats asked someone, “Why don’t you vote for Democrats?” The man replied, “My grandfather was a Republican, my father was a Republican, I am also a Republican.” This Democrat got irritated and said, “Suppose your grandfather was a jackass and your father was a jackass, what would you be?” The other man replied, “Well, I would be a Democrat.”

Am I right, left, center? The moment you take this stance, you are destroying democracy and taking it back to feudalism.

You’ve seen their symbol? In a living democracy, you should never take a stance. This is something we have forgotten. Our country is also moving in that direction: “Do you belong here or there?” Well, I haven’t made up my mind for the next election. Let me see who performs how; who makes more sense.

Am I right, left, center? The moment you take this stance, you are destroying democracy and taking it back to feudalism: “We belong to this tribe so we will only vote this way!” There’s no democracy left.

In a living democracy, you should never take a stance. This is something we have forgotten.

A democracy means every time, you evaluate what stance you want to take. And that is not a permanent stance. Right now, in the United States, I think it is only about four to five percent of the people that decide who wins and loses. The rest of the people are fixed.

In India, the percentage is probably in the range of ten to twelve percent – maximum fifteen percent – but I think after the coming election, we will also get to percentages like the United States because it is getting so vitiated. You have to belong here or there. You cannot say you don’t belong anywhere!

The phenomenal achievement of a democratic process is that change of power happens without bloodshed.

The phenomenal achievement of a democratic process is that change of power happens without bloodshed. Believe me, even within a family, if there is substantial wealth, change of power will not happen without spilling blood. But in large nations today, we change power from one group to another without spilling a drop of blood.

But as you become a tribal mindset, you are taking it back to a place where there will be tribal warfare every time we want to change power. Right now, it is becoming such that even on social media there are digital mobs endlessly battering each other. This is tribal warfare.

I know this is going to make me extremely unpopular – but party membership should be cancelled because this is becoming a tribe. It is time we mature as a democracy.

If you go on like this – abuse, abuse, abuse – it is not far away before somebody comes out with a sword or a gun and starts slaughtering people. You can already instigate a lynching or violence against a community through active WhatsApp usage.

I am thinking – I know this is going to make me extremely unpopular – but party membership should be cancelled because this is becoming a tribe. It is time we mature as a democracy. So Ayushmann, you should not take any stance. At the end of four-and-a-half years, take four to six months to evaluate what has happened. Is it worthwhile to give them one more chance or can someone else do better? Every citizen must take this call in the last three to six months.


Virender Sehwag – What is the Basis of Caste System in India? Is it Still Relevant?

August 25, 2018

3 min read

Summary: Virender Sehwag: Namaskaram Sadhguru! I want to know the truth about our Indian caste system. How can we ensure more inclusiveness and equality? Sadhguru: In ancient times, by maintaining a caste system, skills were transmitted from generation to generation. This was needed for the society to function. Today, the transfer of skill does not happen through family - so the caste system has no relevance anymore. Also, some people have started thinking they are superior to others - and terrible things have been done to a few people. Just abolishing the caste system won't work; but there is a way out - through state provided social security.

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The Truth About The Caste System & How We Can End It

Virender Sehwag: Namaskaram Sadhguru! I want to know the truth about our Indian caste system. How can we ensure more inclusiveness and equality?

Sadhguru: Namaskaram Viru. We must understand that this caste system essentially began as division of labor. Unfortunately, over a period of time, these divisions became discriminatory and people started working against each other.

For a society to function, a certain number of people in the population must be skilled artisans, others should take care of business, some should take care of administration, and some others should take care of the education and spiritual process for the community. Like this, they made four basic divisions.

We must also understand that in ancient times, there were no engineering schools and medical schools…Skills were transmitted from generation to generation by maintaining this caste system.

We must also understand that in ancient times, there were no engineering schools and medical schools. If your father was a carpenter, you learned carpentry at home from your childhood and became a good carpenter. Skills were transmitted from generation to generation by maintaining this caste system.

Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, a goldsmith started thinking he is superior to a blacksmith. Though a blacksmith’s work may be far more useful to society than a goldsmith’s, somehow one thought he was superior to the other and over generations, this superiority got established. In trying to establish this superiority, all kinds of exploitative processes happened, and it came to a place where caste system has manifested itself almost like apartheid.

Largely, transfer of skill does not happen through family anymore. The caste system is no longer relevant in that context.

Terrible things have been done to people for a few hundred years. In many villages in India, the people who are considered to be lower caste – whom you call Dalits – still do not have even basic human rights. Though much has changed in the last twenty-five to thirty years, many horribly undesirable things still keep happening in our country.

What is the way out of this? One thing is, skills can be transmitted in many different ways today. We have educational and technological institutions. Largely, transfer of skill does not happen through family anymore. The caste system is no longer relevant in that context.

But the caste system is still functioning in the context of social security. People take care of their own clan and caste. They will always reach out to people in their caste who are in trouble. Until we establish a nationwide social security system for every citizen in this country, the caste system will continue to exist to some extent.

It is very important that we bring a nationwide social security system and an education system which will transmit skills to everyone according to their aptitude.

Just trying to abolish the caste system and work against it will not produce results. People are still clinging together to the system mainly because of the social security it provides. It is very important that we bring a nationwide social security system and an education system which will transmit skills to everyone according to their aptitude. When this happens, the relevance of the caste system will completely disappear. Once that happens, I think caste system will die a natural death.


Laxmi Manchu – How Should Our Parents Influence Our Lives

September 24, 2018

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Summary: Sadhguru tells us that as per the Yogic Sciences, the parents energetic or karmic influence upon us is only for the first twenty one years of our age. After that we should live in gratitude and love towards them - but not influenced by their patterns. We should not look towards parents nurturing us beyond twenty one years of age.

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How Should Our Parents Influence Our Lives

Lakshmi Manchu: Namaskaram Sadhguru! Does the relationship that we have with our parents impact the course of our life? If yes, how best are we to nurture this?

Sadhguru: Namaskaram Lakshmi! In the yogic science, we look at human life as a full cycle if one lives up to eighty-four years of age. In this cycle of life, which involves a little over one-thousand-and-eight cycles of the moon, the first quarter is when the influence of the parents is upon us energetically. In terms of karmic influence, parentage can only influence us up to twenty-one years of age. After that, we are not supposed to be influenced by them. We can only live in gratitude for whatever they have done. First of all, they have brought us into this world, and they have done many other things out of their love and involvement.

One should not be influenced by the patterns of parentage after twenty-one because it is important that one’s life is a fresh life, not a repetition of what has happened in the previous generation. There is a karmic influence which definitely influences everybody up to twenty-one years, but beyond this age, there is no such thing. A whole lot of people may depend on parents psychologically, financially, or socially, but essentially this karmic bond breaks at the age of twenty-one. We should not look for parental nurture after twenty-one years. After that, it is a bond of relationship, of love, and of gratitude. Those things can stay forever.


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