In conversation with

Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher

8 Questions


In Conversation with the Mystic - Anupam Kher with Sadhguru, recorded live from Mumbai, India on 20th September, 2011. In this conversation, actor Anupam Kher probes Sadhguru on various life-relevant topics such as bringing a sense of wonder, dealing with anger, overcoming corruption and managing the nation. Anupam Kher is an Indian actor and the former ...


5:34 min

Do you believe in prophecies and God?


Let's start with my first question. There is a very - intriguing people make these great prophecies about the world coming to an end, etcetera. Will the world come to an end in 2012? And, do you believe that there’s a god?

3:02 min

What makes you different?


I have performed in this auditorium, it’s never been so full. So there has to be something in their belief in you which makes them look up at you. Why do they trust you? Why do they believe in you so much? [...] Do you think that Sadhguru has powers that you don't have? What are those powers? What makes you different? What makes you so special? What makes Pallavi Gupta writing a book on you, and calling it 'you'? What makes people over here, so many people I know, who will not come to a function like this, they are here, and they are here on time. What is it in you that makes you different? So, what makes you different?

9:00 min

Can spirituality help get rid of corruption?


I feel very proud to be an Indian. And I’m sure a lot of people feel. But corruption bothers me. And I’m sure you also spoke about it. Do you think spirituality can help get rid of corruption to some extent?

7:11 min

How can today’s children retain a sense of wonder?


I grew up in a lower middle class family, small town. As a child, I had a great sense of wonder about everything. Till today, I have a great sense of wonder. I'm very happy to be talking to you. I don't see that in today's children. I don't see a sense of wonder in today's children. [...] They know everything. They just have to press 'google'. But, information does not necessarily translate into knowledge, at all. And they always say this, 'that’s the way I am'. I don’t see my grandfather, even at the age of 84, said, 'that’s the way I am'. So what is this ‘that’s the way I am’, ‘I’m bored’, ‘dude’, ‘cool’? I think that 'being bad' is 'being cool'. If you say, I’m a good man, he’s a boring man. [...] Breaking news, after every 15 minutes, for millions of channels, is never about good things. It’s only about disaster, rape, swindling of money. We are marketing fear. We are becoming people who are constantly made to feel, suddenly in India also, that we are living in a world which is not very, very peaceful, which is a dangerous world. We are becoming, pardon me saying this, like America, where we don’t look at somebody for a little longer. I was in America 2 years back. I was looking at somebody, thinking whether I should ask him the way to my hotel. Because in my hotel there was a mall. So I went into the mall and then I came out, I could not see my hotel. Because I must have got out from somewhere else. So I was looking at somebody, thinking whether I should ask him where my hotel is. He said, what are you staring at? I, being an actor, I said, am I staring at you sir? I’m sorry. I did not know I was staring at you. Poor fellow actually dropped me to my hotel. What my point is, how does one, in these times, retain a certain amount of innocence? A certain amount of sense of wonder. How does one do that?

2:33 min

Rapid Fire Round!


Do you get angry? What's your shortcoming? Do you feel lonely? If you have to describe yourself in one word, what will that word be - apart from mystic?

10:14 min

What is samadhi?


I want to say that I am very previliged to finally see you in person. Your book ‘Mystics Musings’, which I read many years ago when I lost my brother, my younger brother. It was a great tragedy in the family and something that I was finding difficult to cope with. It gave me a great amount of courage and made me feel much better. Also it talked a lot about spirits, it talked a lot about life being a continuous process. In that, you write about when you and your wife, everybody was constructing the Dhyanalingam, and you talk about how a thread of life, grasp of life, something to that effect, became very fragile. When she could not hold onto it and she passed away. What exactly did you mean by that?

4:19 min

How to always remain ecstatic?


At the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore, near the samadhi of your wife is a photograph which sent shivers down my spine. The feelings are of, sheer ecstasy in my interpretation. How does one achieve that level of ecstasy in life?

4:26 min

How to be peaceful and happy?


Good evening all of you. Guruji, I would like to know, you know, man is always craving for more and more. And not happy with whatever he gets. Of course, you just explained how happiness is an internal state of being. What would you tell to normal people as to how to get peace and happiness in their lives?