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Why is global identity only given to the privileged? | Sadhguru at Columbia University | #10

Synopsis: My question is about this idea of a cosmic or global identity. I think it’s no secret that many of us here, no matter where we came from before this, we now have a certain level of privilege studying in a place like Columbia. And I think, I’m confused as to whether this notion of a global or a cosmic identity almost is predicated on a sense of privilege. And that...

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... certain people in this world don’t have the privilege of like being able to look beyond their most immediate surroundings. Whether it’s because of discrimination, racism, sexism, and so on. So how can we as people, that maybe do have more privilege, leverage that to make that global identity mean something more than us talking about it here?  

Synopsis: My question is about this idea of a cosmic or global identity. I think...

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... it’s no secret that many of us here, no matter where we came from before this, we now have a certain level of privilege studying in a place like Columbia. And I think, I’m confused as to whether this notion of a global or a cosmic identity almost is predicated on a sense of privilege. And that certain people in this world don’t have the privilege of like being able to look beyond their most immediate surroundings. Whether it’s because of discrimination, racism, sexism, and so on. So how can we as people, that maybe do have more privilege, leverage that to make that global identity mean something more than us talking about it here?  

January 7, 2021

9:20

Why is there so much disparity? | Sadhguru at Columbia University | #9

Synopsis: There’s so much suffering in the world. Like when I travel on work, or otherwise, one observes that on one hand there is lack of basic peace, or there is so much violence. And on the other hand, there is even a lack of basic resources and abject poverty. So I would be curious to hear your perspective on, why does every single person have such different starting points...

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... in life? Which would mean, like a child based in Africa doesn’t even have water and perhaps will die of malnutrition, has a very different starting point than say, a billionaire’s child who’s sitting somewhere in the middle of North America. So why this disparity? And then, how and where it sits in the larger scheme of things or in the cycle of cosmos or life, if that’s what we call it? And also then, that gets me to the question, then who are we?  

Synopsis: There’s so much suffering in the world. Like when I travel on work,...

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... or otherwise, one observes that on one hand there is lack of basic peace, or there is so much violence. And on the other hand, there is even a lack of basic resources and abject poverty. So I would be curious to hear your perspective on, why does every single person have such different starting points in life? Which would mean, like a child based in Africa doesn’t even have water and perhaps will die of malnutrition, has a very different starting point than say, a billionaire’s child who’s sitting somewhere in the middle of North America. So why this disparity? And then, how and where it sits in the larger scheme of things or in the cycle of cosmos or life, if that’s what we call it? And also then, that gets me to the question, then who are we?  

January 7, 2021

13:25

How do religion and sexuality play a role in justice? | Sadhguru at Columbia University | #5

Synopsis: So, I understand, you know, the pursuit of freedom and justice. But oftentimes what I’ve dealt with in regards to religion, I grew up Catholic, I’m Catholic, is it’s view and limited acceptance of the lgbtq community. And the fact that I am lgbtq, and just trying to understand how I fit in. And oftentimes I was not accepted. It depended on how progressive a church...

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... was. How do you see religion playing a role in justice? In being more tolerable, compassionate towards people from different sexualities.  

Synopsis: So, I understand, you know, the pursuit of freedom and justice. But oftentimes...

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... what I’ve dealt with in regards to religion, I grew up Catholic, I’m Catholic, is it’s view and limited acceptance of the lgbtq community. And the fact that I am lgbtq, and just trying to understand how I fit in. And oftentimes I was not accepted. It depended on how progressive a church was. How do you see religion playing a role in justice? In being more tolerable, compassionate towards people from different sexualities.  

January 7, 2021

3:41

What’s our role in the world? | Sadhguru at Columbia University | #4

Synopsis: What role can we play, when people aren’t as enlightened as the people in this room? We can’t really make the same connections as you because we do agency. Right, we are people that want to make a difference and are willing to kind of have the courage to, I guess, have compassion or pity, depending on the mood we’re in. How do we do this? Because that’s something...

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... I genuinely want to play a big role in, if I can be honest. I think it’s something that I, at least, would like my life’s purpose to do something with that.  

Synopsis: What role can we play, when people aren’t as enlightened as the people...

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... in this room? We can’t really make the same connections as you because we do agency. Right, we are people that want to make a difference and are willing to kind of have the courage to, I guess, have compassion or pity, depending on the mood we’re in. How do we do this? Because that’s something I genuinely want to play a big role in, if I can be honest. I think it’s something that I, at least, would like my life’s purpose to do something with that.  

January 7, 2021

8:07

How can we change the sense of pride to a sense of shame? | Sadhguru at Harvard University | #5

Synopsis: I personally feel, Sadhguru, that there’s this phenomenon of castration anxiety in India. Castration anxiety, something related to male ego. We see that this male ego has been somewhere hidden behind rapes that happen, sexual harassment that happens. A lot of gender disparity. I wouldn’t say this is the only reason, but somewhere hidden behind. And we never address...

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... it upfront. And all of these acts are acts of shame. But there is a sense of pride associated with it. How can we change the sense of pride to a sense of shame?

Synopsis: I personally feel, Sadhguru, that there’s this phenomenon of castration...

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... anxiety in India. Castration anxiety, something related to male ego. We see that this male ego has been somewhere hidden behind rapes that happen, sexual harassment that happens. A lot of gender disparity. I wouldn’t say this is the only reason, but somewhere hidden behind. And we never address it upfront. And all of these acts are acts of shame. But there is a sense of pride associated with it. How can we change the sense of pride to a sense of shame?

December 31, 2020

8:01

How To Convince My Parents For An Inter-Caste Marriage?

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about the basis on caste system in India, and why people preferred marrying within the same caste. He also shares about how he got married, and how he announced it to everyone!

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about the basis on caste system in India, and why people preferred marrying within...

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... the same caste. He also shares about how he got married, and how he announced it to everyone!

January 4, 2020

5:56

Why are menstruating women discriminated in India?

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us the 'real' reason why traditionally in India, women were given a break for 3 days, during the time that she was menstruating. This was something which was done for her well-being, but over a period of time it has become a process of discrimination.

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us the 'real' reason why traditionally in India, women were given a break for 3 days,...

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... during the time that she was menstruating. This was something which was done for her well-being, but over a period of time it has become a process of discrimination.

July 29, 2019

3:59

Should Mothers Work & Pursue Careers?

If there is a financial requirement in the family, women should work and contribute to the needs of the family. However, if the need is because of social compulsions and not financial, then it's not needed that every woman should work. In the last 40-50 years this idea has come, that you are a real woman, only if you earn. This is borrowed from a man's mind and is not needed. Woman should see how to enhance the feminine. Sadhguru shares his experience of his mother, and how she made a difference in his family.

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June 14, 2019

4 min read

Sadhguru Answers – Yoga, Joy & Feminine

Sadhguru AnswersThere is so much talk about yoga but how can one follow the path of yoga in its true form? What do you think is the future of the feminine in our world? What is the one thing a person can do from today to start feeling more joyful? 

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March 8, 2019

4 min read

Is It ok To Label Someone as Disabled?

Is it not true that everyone is disabled in some or the other aspect of life? Sadhguru says that it is inappropriate for the society to brand anyone. Even people labeled as normal, are they not breaking their brains in some way - calling it as stress or anxiety? We should never call ourselves or others as disabled - just look at each one as unique. No person can claim to have a perfect body or a perfect mind. Regardless of how we turn out physically, nobody should decide how we live within ourselves. If we look at life like that, then nobody is disabled.

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October 1, 2018

5 min read

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

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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August 25, 2018

3 min read

Equality Vs Equal Opportunity

Every human being has different capabilities. Today, we don't use the term 'handicapped', and refer them as special children, or special people. Sadhguru says - "So, “handicap” is a very relative term. Physical and mental activity are always on different scales for people. But the one thing that society can do is to, as far as possible, create equal opportunities". Equality by itself is a foolish idea. We can not and should not make everyone equal.

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September 8, 2017

3 min read

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