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The youth of tomorrow | Sadhguru at Columbia University | #13

Synopsis: What worries you the most about the youth of tomorrow?  

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...What worries you the most about the youth of tomorrow?  

January 7, 2021

4:04

What is the role of our biological identity? | Sadhguru at Columbia University | #12

Synopsis: My question is actually also about identity. You’ve spoken about the need or benefit of detaching from a biological identity. And I’m curious, I think there’s a lot of people in the room and this question came up again and again. If somebody wants to act positively in society, there’s an instinct to start from the biological community, from the people that you...

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... identify with biologically. And since you’ve spoken about that need to detach from that identity, where do you suggest like, what’s the alternative to starting from that biological community? And maybe I’ve understood you the wrong way.  

Synopsis: My question is actually also about identity. You’ve spoken about the...

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... need or benefit of detaching from a biological identity. And I’m curious, I think there’s a lot of people in the room and this question came up again and again. If somebody wants to act positively in society, there’s an instinct to start from the biological community, from the people that you identify with biologically. And since you’ve spoken about that need to detach from that identity, where do you suggest like, what’s the alternative to starting from that biological community? And maybe I’ve understood you the wrong way.  

January 7, 2021

4:58

What advice would you give someone with healing gifts?| Sadhguru at Columbia University | #11

Synopsis: What advice would you give someone with healing gifts? Someone who can help people create miracles in their lives to grow in service to the world.  

Synopsis: What advice would you give someone with healing gifts? Someone who can...

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... help people create miracles in their lives to grow in service to the world.  

January 7, 2021

7:18

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 you reconcile your own goals and principles versus the person you love? | Sadhguru at Columbia University | #8

Synopsis: Changing here slightly, I have a question submitted by the prolific anonymous. How do you, Sadhguru, decide between your principles/ goals/ priorities versus the person you like the most? The goals and principles both come from the same mind/ heart. And our anonymous used the word like but we can also use love in there too. But I guess the question is, how do you reconcile...

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... your own goals and principles versus the person you like, or love?  

Synopsis: Changing here slightly, I have a question submitted by the prolific anonymous....

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... How do you, Sadhguru, decide between your principles/ goals/ priorities versus the person you like the most? The goals and principles both come from the same mind/ heart. And our anonymous used the word like but we can also use love in there too. But I guess the question is, how do you reconcile your own goals and principles versus the person you like, or love?  

January 7, 2021

12:29

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 do we bring people together? | Sadhguru at Columbia University | #3

Synopsis: Politics. In America we’re more and more divided than before and quite polarised. For me, this is something that troubles me. As someone who has some less than popular opinion sometimes, I’m conscious of how I’m received. Because of people who are passionate about these identities. How can I and others that share, I guess, my desire to bring people together in...

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... a divided world, divided community, even a divided street. How can we kind of be individual actors to get people to focus on everything you said? What we have in common, and not what sets us apart.  

Synopsis: Politics. In America we’re more and more divided than before and quite...

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... polarised. For me, this is something that troubles me. As someone who has some less than popular opinion sometimes, I’m conscious of how I’m received. Because of people who are passionate about these identities. How can I and others that share, I guess, my desire to bring people together in a divided world, divided community, even a divided street. How can we kind of be individual actors to get people to focus on everything you said? What we have in common, and not what sets us apart.  

January 7, 2021

8:08

How do we know what’s most important? | Sadhguru at Columbia University | #2

Synopsis: So, on the note of purpose, one thing that I think that I’m constantly chasing is, and I would say I don’t know when I’ve reached it, the pursuit of happiness. I think everyone in this room at some point, maybe now you’re asking yourself, or if you ask yourself like have you reached your pursuit of happiness in kind of understanding why it can be elusive? For...

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... me, happiness is, like I think of my family because they’re such a critical piece to my love and happiness. But oftentimes I feel like I lose sight of it. When I’m in this room, when I’m at Columbia Business School, when I’m at work. Because I’m trying to get to that next level, ultimately to help my family. But, how do we keep track of what’s most important? And that purpose for me being my family, and the pursuit of happiness.  

Synopsis: So, on the note of purpose, one thing that I think that I’m constantly...

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... chasing is, and I would say I don’t know when I’ve reached it, the pursuit of happiness. I think everyone in this room at some point, maybe now you’re asking yourself, or if you ask yourself like have you reached your pursuit of happiness in kind of understanding why it can be elusive? For me, happiness is, like I think of my family because they’re such a critical piece to my love and happiness. But oftentimes I feel like I lose sight of it. When I’m in this room, when I’m at Columbia Business School, when I’m at work. Because I’m trying to get to that next level, ultimately to help my family. But, how do we keep track of what’s most important? And that purpose for me being my family, and the pursuit of happiness.  

January 7, 2021

11:08

How do we find purpose? | Sadhguru at Columbia University | #1

Synopsis: When it comes to purpose, what has defined what your purpose is in this world? As it has led to you being here at Columbia Business School in the youth and truth program. But, as well as if you have any words for other people in the audience or just me, would be fine as well. Around, how do we find purpose in this world?  

Synopsis: When it comes to purpose, what has defined what your purpose is in this...

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... world? As it has led to you being here at Columbia Business School in the youth and truth program. But, as well as if you have any words for other people in the audience or just me, would be fine as well. Around, how do we find purpose in this world?  

January 7, 2021

8:36

Sadhguru, how successful are your campaigns? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Ranveer Singh | #11

Synopsis: So Sadhguru, you said that we should not be the problem but a part of the solution. And I know that you are so committed and concerned about the rivers of our country. And you also basically try to engage the country, youth, various parts of the society. To really understand what this issue is, how successful have you been up to now in getting people to understand why...

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... they need to be part of the solution.  

Synopsis: So Sadhguru, you said that we should not be the problem but a part of...

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... the solution. And I know that you are so committed and concerned about the rivers of our country. And you also basically try to engage the country, youth, various parts of the society. To really understand what this issue is, how successful have you been up to now in getting people to understand why they need to be part of the solution.  

January 6, 2021

8:15

Have we become an intolerant society? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Ranveer Singh | #10

Synopsis: Sadhguru, there is a growing concern that we have become an intolerant society. Have we really become intolerant?  

Synopsis: Sadhguru, there is a growing concern that we have become an intolerant...

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... society. Have we really become intolerant?  

January 6, 2021

8:11

Is the universe a dichotomy? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Ranveer Singh | #8

Synopsis: This is not my time of the day. It’s really early in the morning, you know it’s my time to be plugged into the matrix, to be in the rat race, achieve, achieve, acquire, acquire. And then something happens to me after midnight, when the day is over I become very relaxed. And then I have these existential thoughts and I start thinking about other things. And this thing...

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... always fascinates me, I find the universe to be in some kind of dichotomy. I want you to explain that to me. I know you can elaborate on it because I’ve seen you talk for so long on YouTube. I know you’ll tell me something. You know, there’s always light, darkness, white, black, yes, no, life, death. There’s always, I always find the universe to be in some kind of dichotomy.   

Synopsis: This is not my time of the day. It’s really early in the morning, you...

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... know it’s my time to be plugged into the matrix, to be in the rat race, achieve, achieve, acquire, acquire. And then something happens to me after midnight, when the day is over I become very relaxed. And then I have these existential thoughts and I start thinking about other things. And this thing always fascinates me, I find the universe to be in some kind of dichotomy. I want you to explain that to me. I know you can elaborate on it because I’ve seen you talk for so long on YouTube. I know you’ll tell me something. You know, there’s always light, darkness, white, black, yes, no, life, death. There’s always, I always find the universe to be in some kind of dichotomy.   

January 6, 2021

19:40

Entertaining the people around you | Sadhguru in Conversation with Ranveer Singh | #7

Synopsis: I feel a compulsion to entertain people. Does that make any sense to you?  

Synopsis: I feel a compulsion to entertain people. Does that make any sense to...

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... you?  

January 6, 2021

5:22

What is the role of technology? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Ranveer Singh | #6

Synopsis: I feel technology is constantly evolving. And I have a feeling that mobile phones have really changed the way we are. You know it’s having a huge bearing on pretty much everything. It’s permeating everything. Social media, mobile phones, this kind of technology. Like sometimes I wonder, were human beings ever meant to communicate like this? Like I could be hanging...

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... in a jungle in Africa talking to somebody who’s at the north pole. That kind of communication. I could face-time with them, now I can see their faces. But I’m saying I still have that capability thanks to technology. And with that now comes along social media. It’s really changing things, you know. And as, people who are, kids who are 18-19, are much more into it. They know how to use these things much better. Like I was born when there was landline, you know, so facetime is still a trip for me. So what is your take on mobile phone technology and social media? What is it doing? Is it the new evolution? Like, this is what human beings were and now we have a cell phone, that is the extension of us now.  

Synopsis: I feel technology is constantly evolving. And I have a feeling that mobile...

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... phones have really changed the way we are. You know it’s having a huge bearing on pretty much everything. It’s permeating everything. Social media, mobile phones, this kind of technology. Like sometimes I wonder, were human beings ever meant to communicate like this? Like I could be hanging in a jungle in Africa talking to somebody who’s at the north pole. That kind of communication. I could face-time with them, now I can see their faces. But I’m saying I still have that capability thanks to technology. And with that now comes along social media. It’s really changing things, you know. And as, people who are, kids who are 18-19, are much more into it. They know how to use these things much better. Like I was born when there was landline, you know, so facetime is still a trip for me. So what is your take on mobile phone technology and social media? What is it doing? Is it the new evolution? Like, this is what human beings were and now we have a cell phone, that is the extension of us now.  

January 6, 2021

6:57

What does sensing the future mean? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Ranveer Singh | #5

Synopsis: So today we are here essentially to sense the future. Now what is this? Why have we given this title to this session? Sensing the future. Now I’ve heard you before, saying, the moment right now is eternity. This time travel, past, future, is all nothing. Everything is now.  

Synopsis: So today we are here essentially to sense the future. Now what is this?...

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... Why have we given this title to this session? Sensing the future. Now I’ve heard you before, saying, the moment right now is eternity. This time travel, past, future, is all nothing. Everything is now.  

January 6, 2021

4:06

What is success? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Ranveer Singh | #4

Synopsis: You mentioned success. You know, and everybody, you know I’ve noticed everybody is trying to define success. Along the way, I came across a meaning that I really liked. It was, success is the magnitude of the beneficial footprint that you can leave on the society, i like that definition. One of the definitions of success that I liked. But what is your take on this...

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... concept? What is success? I mean, we’re here, is the purpose of life, are we here to procreate? If we procreate are we successful? How do you consider yourself successful?  

Synopsis: You mentioned success. You know, and everybody, you know I’ve noticed...

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... everybody is trying to define success. Along the way, I came across a meaning that I really liked. It was, success is the magnitude of the beneficial footprint that you can leave on the society, i like that definition. One of the definitions of success that I liked. But what is your take on this concept? What is success? I mean, we’re here, is the purpose of life, are we here to procreate? If we procreate are we successful? How do you consider yourself successful?  

January 6, 2021

4:15

Is sports all about winning? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Ranveer Singh | #3

Synopsis: You thoroughly enjoyed watching the football. But what do you think about, what is your take on sports? It’s competition, it’s, isn’t it based on one-upmanship? Aren't you telling young kids that it’s about winning, you know? As a child, I didn’t get any kick from winning. It was very minimal for me. I used to really just enjoy playing cricket, playing football....

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... The process was so enjoyable. I used to enjoy competing with someone, but winning wasn’t, you know everybody used to be like you have to win. You know, teachers, my dad was like all about winning. But it was not for me, it didn’t resonate with me. So what is this whole thing about, like what should we, how should we inculcate sports in young people? What do you tell them? Is it about winning?   

Synopsis: You thoroughly enjoyed watching the football. But what do you think about,...

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... what is your take on sports? It’s competition, it’s, isn’t it based on one-upmanship? Aren't you telling young kids that it’s about winning, you know? As a child, I didn’t get any kick from winning. It was very minimal for me. I used to really just enjoy playing cricket, playing football. The process was so enjoyable. I used to enjoy competing with someone, but winning wasn’t, you know everybody used to be like you have to win. You know, teachers, my dad was like all about winning. But it was not for me, it didn’t resonate with me. So what is this whole thing about, like what should we, how should we inculcate sports in young people? What do you tell them? Is it about winning?   

January 6, 2021

6:56

Sadhguru, you went for the world cup? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Ranveer Singh | #2

Synopsis: You went for the world cup?  

Synopsis: You went for the world cup?  


January 6, 2021

4:11

Sadhguru, do you dance? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Ranveer Singh | #1

Synopsis: Do you dance?  

Synopsis: Do you dance?  


January 6, 2021

8:36

Why do people lie? | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #12

Synopsis: My question is, why do people lie all the time?  

Synopsis: My question is, why do people lie all the time?  


January 4, 2021

3:48

How can wars be stopped? | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #10

Synopsis: My question is about India. India currently is a shining star on the global map, its economy is thriving, people are flourishing. All things are great, and going good. And in the last four and a half years, we’ve seen a serious government which is taking us into this development path. But my question is about this gruesome, you know, horrible act that happened yesterday...

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... at Kashmir. And we saw 40+ javaans killed. So, I don’t know what’s the psyche of these people who can get into a car of 300 kgs of ammunition and, you know, just blast. My question is, how can the government do decisively, to solve this at the bottom. The second part to it is, I know it happens periodically, but the psyche of these people. How can it be changed? Can we ever imagine Inner Engineering in Pakistan, without being killed? Without having the fear of being killed.  

Synopsis: My question is about India. India currently is a shining star on the...

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... global map, its economy is thriving, people are flourishing. All things are great, and going good. And in the last four and a half years, we’ve seen a serious government which is taking us into this development path. But my question is about this gruesome, you know, horrible act that happened yesterday at Kashmir. And we saw 40+ javaans killed. So, I don’t know what’s the psyche of these people who can get into a car of 300 kgs of ammunition and, you know, just blast. My question is, how can the government do decisively, to solve this at the bottom. The second part to it is, I know it happens periodically, but the psyche of these people. How can it be changed? Can we ever imagine Inner Engineering in Pakistan, without being killed? Without having the fear of being killed.  

January 4, 2021

8:13

How to give back to your country? | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #9

Synopsis: Since this auditorium is filled with Indian expats. So one of the questions we wanted to ask was how do you recommend that we, the Indian youth here in the US, start thinking about contributing back to India while they are living their American dream. Because these two pursuits are very diverse, they might not coincide.   

Synopsis: Since this auditorium is filled with Indian expats. So one of the questions...

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... we wanted to ask was how do you recommend that we, the Indian youth here in the US, start thinking about contributing back to India while they are living their American dream. Because these two pursuits are very diverse, they might not coincide.   

January 4, 2021

10:43

How to live life at its fullest? | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #8

Synopsis: The question has to be asked. That, okay, I don’t have to have passion at this moment, or any ambition. I just want to live my life at its fullest. Full on happiness, joyful, and I just want to live at the fullest of my potential. How can I do it? What’s the step for it?  

Synopsis: The question has to be asked. That, okay, I don’t have to have passion...

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... at this moment, or any ambition. I just want to live my life at its fullest. Full on happiness, joyful, and I just want to live at the fullest of my potential. How can I do it? What’s the step for it?  

January 4, 2021

3:24

How do we balance between the present and future? | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #6

Synopsis: So in working towards our ambitions, we sometimes forget to enjoy the present, experience life as it is. And we strive towards making a beautiful future. Now how do you recommend that we think about balancing the two? That is, enjoying the present versus working towards a future.  

Synopsis: So in working towards our ambitions, we sometimes forget to enjoy the...

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... present, experience life as it is. And we strive towards making a beautiful future. Now how do you recommend that we think about balancing the two? That is, enjoying the present versus working towards a future.  

January 4, 2021

11:39

How to expand one’s horizon? | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #5

Synopsis: So the summary of that will be that, as people, we choose to learn those things that we think have value in it, not things that transform them. Correct? So how do you suggest that one can expand his or her horizon to see beyond what his/her logic tells them to do or not do?  

Synopsis: So the summary of that will be that, as people, we choose to learn those...

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... things that we think have value in it, not things that transform them. Correct? So how do you suggest that one can expand his or her horizon to see beyond what his/her logic tells them to do or not do?  

January 4, 2021

3:26

Should you do what you love, or love what you do? | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #4

Synopsis: As we graduate from school and leave university, and go into the corporate world. A lot of people follow their passion and take an unconventional path. My question is, should you do what you love, or should you love what you do?  

Synopsis: As we graduate from school and leave university, and go into the corporate...

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... world. A lot of people follow their passion and take an unconventional path. My question is, should you do what you love, or should you love what you do?  

January 4, 2021

5:14

How do you define the clarity of purpose in life? | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #3

Synopsis: So, one of the questions that keeps popping up in everyone’s mind is, how do you define the clarity of purpose in your life? And that’s something that you’ve probably been asked multiple times before. But this is something that we still struggle with. And we easily get influenced by people around us, and we get distracted from what we truly are passionate about....

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... How do you recommend today’s youth to be focusing on building true passion and also developing a clarity of purpose in life?   

Synopsis: So, one of the questions that keeps popping up in everyone’s mind is,...

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... how do you define the clarity of purpose in your life? And that’s something that you’ve probably been asked multiple times before. But this is something that we still struggle with. And we easily get influenced by people around us, and we get distracted from what we truly are passionate about. How do you recommend today’s youth to be focusing on building true passion and also developing a clarity of purpose in life?   

January 4, 2021

5:14

Is human being a lifelong learning machine? | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #2

Synopsis: I tend to follow the same thing, that you mentioned that the education system needs to be changed. So on the same note, that the education system needs to be changed. It’s more to say that learning and adapting, it’s anyone’s life’s integral part. You need to adapt with how it’s happening around you. Also, Charlie Munger said that human being needs to be a...

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... lifelong learning machine. You need to learn everyday, every set of your day.   

Synopsis: I tend to follow the same thing, that you mentioned that the education...

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... system needs to be changed. So on the same note, that the education system needs to be changed. It’s more to say that learning and adapting, it’s anyone’s life’s integral part. You need to adapt with how it’s happening around you. Also, Charlie Munger said that human being needs to be a lifelong learning machine. You need to learn everyday, every set of your day.   

January 4, 2021

2:37

How should we adapt to the changes in the world? | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #1

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...In the past couple of years we’ve seen that change is coming in multiple forms. Be it in education, be it in the job opportunities, be it in culture. Earlier it would take about 20-30 for us to realize and see this change. But today it’s happening at a much faster rate. How do you think we, as the youth, should adapt to change like this and be prepared for it?   

Synopsis: In the past couple of years we’ve seen that change is coming in multiple...

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... forms. Be it in education, be it in the job opportunities, be it in culture. Earlier it would take about 20-30 for us to realize and see this change. But today it’s happening at a much faster rate. How do you think we, as the youth, should adapt to change like this and be prepared for it?   

January 4, 2021

7:15

Sadhguru, what has had the most profound impact on you? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Matthew Hayden | #14

Synopsis: What event, decision, experience, or period, has had the most profound impact on your life?   

Synopsis: What event, decision, experience, or period, has had the most profound...

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... impact on your life?   

January 2, 2021

9:24

How to cope with negativity around you? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Matthew Hayden | #13

Synopsis: Sometimes, we’re in a situation where we’re surrounded by people who have a very high expectation of us. And when you can’t fulfil their expectation, you start feeling a very terrible feeling of guilt. And, it’s okay when it’s your mother-in-law, I’m kind of cool with that. But, sometimes it’s your parents, for example. Sometimes it’s the people who are...

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... very close to you, like your parents, and you can’t really fulfil their expectation because you would like to do, in your life, what you want to do. And obviously it’s not what they want. And, how to cope with that feeling of guilt? And also, what do you think the kind of relationship should be between the parents and the children?   

Synopsis: Sometimes, we’re in a situation where we’re surrounded by people...

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... who have a very high expectation of us. And when you can’t fulfil their expectation, you start feeling a very terrible feeling of guilt. And, it’s okay when it’s your mother-in-law, I’m kind of cool with that. But, sometimes it’s your parents, for example. Sometimes it’s the people who are very close to you, like your parents, and you can’t really fulfil their expectation because you would like to do, in your life, what you want to do. And obviously it’s not what they want. And, how to cope with that feeling of guilt? And also, what do you think the kind of relationship should be between the parents and the children?   

January 2, 2021

8:46

How to think positively? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Matthew Hayden | #12

Synopsis: How do you think positively in circumstances or, you know, external factors that are very negative?  

Synopsis: How do you think positively in circumstances or, you know, external factors...

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... that are very negative?  

January 2, 2021

10:07

How to not be affected by our surroundings? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Matthew Hayden | #9

Synopsis: My question is regarding, because I’ve been following most of your videos. So, you always mention a need for collaboration of other people to be successful. You always mention that, to be successful, that’s the only time that we need the collaboration of other people. For other things, like our energy and our emotions, everything can come from within. My question...

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... is that, because the environment and other people in society can have effects on our emotions and our energy. How to manage that and not be affected by the environment? How to be calm and happy and not be affected by our surroundings? So how to separate these things from each other?  

Synopsis: My question is regarding, because I’ve been following most of your...

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... videos. So, you always mention a need for collaboration of other people to be successful. You always mention that, to be successful, that’s the only time that we need the collaboration of other people. For other things, like our energy and our emotions, everything can come from within. My question is that, because the environment and other people in society can have effects on our emotions and our energy. How to manage that and not be affected by the environment? How to be calm and happy and not be affected by our surroundings? So how to separate these things from each other?  

January 2, 2021

7:01

What can we do about water wastage? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Matthew Hayden | #8

Synopsis: My question is, what, on an individual level, can we do about water wastage?  

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...My question is, what, on an individual level, can we do about water wastage?  

January 2, 2021

17:05

Water conservation | Sadhguru in Conversation with Matthew Hayden | #7

Synopsis: So I can assume that, with that philosophy, you’re extremely cause driven. And that Isha Foundation is obviously a huge vehicle for you to express that. But, I want to talk specifically about water. And what your vision for the conservation of water is. And some of the things that you’re pro-actively doing within the causes. And the relationships as well, with, in...

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... particular, your hot lands of Tamil Nadu and also Karnataka.  

Synopsis: So I can assume that, with that philosophy, you’re extremely cause...

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... driven. And that Isha Foundation is obviously a huge vehicle for you to express that. But, I want to talk specifically about water. And what your vision for the conservation of water is. And some of the things that you’re pro-actively doing within the causes. And the relationships as well, with, in particular, your hot lands of Tamil Nadu and also Karnataka.  

January 2, 2021

17:05

Sadhguru, what was your first impression of Australia? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Matthew Hayden | #6

Synopsis: Tell me, you also mentioned that your first visit here, your trip to Australia. And, my first impression of India was that there are a lot of people. And there’s also, in India because there are so many people, there is so much energy. Human energy. Chances are, that if you’re having a bad day, it’s like the whole India is having a bad day. Because there is so...

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... much collectivity of humanity. What was your first impression when you started to travel across our vast country? And just sensing the emptiness of a country as well. I’d like to know what your impressions were around that. How many insights did you get out of it? Because out of a lonely existence, there is time only for you in that environment as well.   

Synopsis: Tell me, you also mentioned that your first visit here, your trip to...

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... Australia. And, my first impression of India was that there are a lot of people. And there’s also, in India because there are so many people, there is so much energy. Human energy. Chances are, that if you’re having a bad day, it’s like the whole India is having a bad day. Because there is so much collectivity of humanity. What was your first impression when you started to travel across our vast country? And just sensing the emptiness of a country as well. I’d like to know what your impressions were around that. How many insights did you get out of it? Because out of a lonely existence, there is time only for you in that environment as well.   

January 2, 2021

12:00

Is there a false expectation? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Matthew Hayden | #4

Synopsis: Expectation. We were talking about, before we came on the stage, in a cricket context. T20 cricket is, you know, something that people love. They love the sixes, they love the fours. But using that metaphorically, converting that into a conversation around humanity. Is there a false expectation? Is that what’s also setting up humanity for the positive aspects but also...

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... those pitfalls within that expectation? Or is it as simple as keeping it to the moment? Because as an athlete, I lived and died by the moment. If I was out of the moment, then I was like you holding that cobra up. I was one second away from being out of play.  

Synopsis: Expectation. We were talking about, before we came on the stage, in a...

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... cricket context. T20 cricket is, you know, something that people love. They love the sixes, they love the fours. But using that metaphorically, converting that into a conversation around humanity. Is there a false expectation? Is that what’s also setting up humanity for the positive aspects but also those pitfalls within that expectation? Or is it as simple as keeping it to the moment? Because as an athlete, I lived and died by the moment. If I was out of the moment, then I was like you holding that cobra up. I was one second away from being out of play.  

January 2, 2021

6:30

Why are we making such dismal decisions? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Matthew Hayden | #3

Synopsis: Tell me this then, if our strength is only in our intelligence, why are we making such dismal decisions? As a humanity. Why can we honestly say that history does repeat itself? And we’re talking about all sorts of global atrocities. If we’re so intelligent, if that is our strength, which I agree 100% with you on. The fact is we’ve got boundaries in terms of our...

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... physicality, I acknowledge that for sure.    

Synopsis: Tell me this then, if our strength is only in our intelligence, why are...

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... we making such dismal decisions? As a humanity. Why can we honestly say that history does repeat itself? And we’re talking about all sorts of global atrocities. If we’re so intelligent, if that is our strength, which I agree 100% with you on. The fact is we’ve got boundaries in terms of our physicality, I acknowledge that for sure.    

January 2, 2021

13:14

What is the spirit of collaboration? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Matthew Hayden | #2

Synopsis: Let’s focus for a second on collaboration, because as an individual, I can take it that the Isha Foundation is something which is now a global movement. So talk to me about the spirit of collaboration. I mean, how you’ve developed, built these organisms like a human body that. You might describe yourself as, maybe a platelet within the human body. You know, there’s...

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... this huge, gigantic organism who's walking and talking around the world. So maybe about the foundations of that thought. Where it originated from. And then the spirit of the collaboration.   

Synopsis: Let’s focus for a second on collaboration, because as an individual,...

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... I can take it that the Isha Foundation is something which is now a global movement. So talk to me about the spirit of collaboration. I mean, how you’ve developed, built these organisms like a human body that. You might describe yourself as, maybe a platelet within the human body. You know, there’s this huge, gigantic organism who's walking and talking around the world. So maybe about the foundations of that thought. Where it originated from. And then the spirit of the collaboration.   

January 2, 2021

13:14

What’s the force that strung us all together? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Matthew Hayden | #1

Synopsis: Is there a specific reason why we’re gathered here in your opinion? What’s the force that strung us all together?  

Synopsis: Is there a specific reason why we’re gathered here in your opinion?...

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... What’s the force that strung us all together?  

January 2, 2021

7:32

Sadhguru, what is your opinion on present day art? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #14

Synopsis: I would like to know your opinion on present day art. Like, the modern art, the films, the videos. And its influence on the present day generation.   

Synopsis: I would like to know your opinion on present day art. Like, the modern...

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... art, the films, the videos. And its influence on the present day generation.   

January 1, 2021

5:10

How to learn to accept the truth? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #13

Synopsis: How to learn to accept the truth? Because most of the time, truth is bitter and it is a hard path. So I always tend to make few adjustments and assumptions, which will make my life little easy, but I’m far from the truth. So how do I start learning to accept the truth?  

Synopsis: How to learn to accept the truth? Because most of the time, truth is...

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... bitter and it is a hard path. So I always tend to make few adjustments and assumptions, which will make my life little easy, but I’m far from the truth. So how do I start learning to accept the truth?  

January 1, 2021

5:12

How will I know if my decision is right or wrong? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #12

Synopsis: There’s always the right or wrong decision. Whether the decision is right or wrong, is only eventually realized. How will I know if I’m taking the right decision or wrong decision?  

Synopsis: There’s always the right or wrong decision. Whether the decision is...

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... right or wrong, is only eventually realized. How will I know if I’m taking the right decision or wrong decision?  

January 1, 2021

6:33

What is the right age to have a boyfriend or a girlfriend? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #10

Synopsis: What is the right age to have a boyfriend or a girlfriend?  

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...What is the right age to have a boyfriend or a girlfriend?  

January 1, 2021

12:53

Is it alright to be ordinary? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #9

Synopsis: Is it alright to be ordinary? Or should I be special in something?   

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...Is it alright to be ordinary? Or should I be special in something?   

January 1, 2021

4:32

Is man prudent enough to pull the plug? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #7

Synopsis: Speaking about how it is very important to realize about life and death. So, because I did not decide to be born. A lot of us, we did not decide to be born. But certain countries have taken up this issue of euthanasia very seriously. And they have legalized this, pulling off the plug. So do...

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... you think man is prudent enough to pull the plug?

Synopsis: Speaking about how it is very important to realize about life and death....

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... So, because I did not decide to be born. A lot of us, we did not decide to be born. But certain countries have taken up this issue of euthanasia very seriously. And they have legalized this, pulling off the plug. So do you think man is prudent enough to pull the plug?

January 1, 2021

6:42

How to help those who are unwilling to do yoga? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #5

Synopsis: In helplessness, many youngsters start thinking about taking the extreme step of ending their life. On this topic, many questions were asked. One of them is, many of my close friends are suicidal. What could I do to help my friends to get rid of this thought? And, they don’t want to do yoga.

Synopsis: In helplessness, many youngsters start thinking about taking the extreme...

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... step of ending their life. On this topic, many questions were asked. One of them is, many of my close friends are suicidal. What could I do to help my friends to get rid of this thought? And, they don’t want to do yoga.

January 1, 2021

6:55

How can we get back our interest and enthusiasm in life? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #4

Synopsis: There are times when you feel worn out. It might be because of the external pressure, or emotional trauma that we’re going through. Or because of the lack of inner strength. In such a situation, or such a circumstance, what do you think would help us get back our interest and enthusiasm in life?

Synopsis: There are times when you feel worn out. It might be because of the external...

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... pressure, or emotional trauma that we’re going through. Or because of the lack of inner strength. In such a situation, or such a circumstance, what do you think would help us get back our interest and enthusiasm in life?

January 1, 2021

10:08

If not studies, then what? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #3

Synopsis: I’m sure many of my friends will relate to this question. We find no purpose in what we’re studying. And we feel we’re studying just for the sake of marks. We feel, most of the time, we regret the decisions we have made. We feel trapped sitting inside the classroom. We want to go outside, explore the world, learn, and do a lot of things outside the classroom. But...

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... we’re also scared. If not studies, what else to do? If not studies, what should we be doing in our life? How to get rid of this confusion?

Synopsis: I’m sure many of my friends will relate to this question. We find no...

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... purpose in what we’re studying. And we feel we’re studying just for the sake of marks. We feel, most of the time, we regret the decisions we have made. We feel trapped sitting inside the classroom. We want to go outside, explore the world, learn, and do a lot of things outside the classroom. But we’re also scared. If not studies, what else to do? If not studies, what should we be doing in our life? How to get rid of this confusion?

January 1, 2021

11:34

How to build self-esteem? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #2

Synopsis: I often find myself in a situation where I’m not happy with myself. I compare my abilities, achievements, and even my appearance, with that of others. Also, I think since I’m a humanities student, people around me constantly compare me with my other friends who have taken up medicine or engineering. And that really puts me off. And I think that’s one reason for...

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... my low self esteem. How do you think I can build up on my self esteem and get rid of the self hatred that I have?

Synopsis: I often find myself in a situation where I’m not happy with myself....

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... I compare my abilities, achievements, and even my appearance, with that of others. Also, I think since I’m a humanities student, people around me constantly compare me with my other friends who have taken up medicine or engineering. And that really puts me off. And I think that’s one reason for my low self esteem. How do you think I can build up on my self esteem and get rid of the self hatred that I have?

January 1, 2021

13:36

How do we balance between rights and responsibilities? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #1

Synopsis: I, being a law student, give a lot of importance to the rights that I possess. Which is, basically the fundamental rights, that’s what we’re talking about here. So I think I should probably be allowed to sleep during classes because that comes under Article 21, right to life and liberty. But, I also have a sense of responsibility, that I should stay awake and focus...

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... on what is taught. So how do we youth handle the rights and responsibilities? If I can say, how do we youth balance between rights and responsibilities? 

Synopsis: I, being a law student, give a lot of importance to the rights that I...

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... possess. Which is, basically the fundamental rights, that’s what we’re talking about here. So I think I should probably be allowed to sleep during classes because that comes under Article 21, right to life and liberty. But, I also have a sense of responsibility, that I should stay awake and focus on what is taught. So how do we youth handle the rights and responsibilities? If I can say, how do we youth balance between rights and responsibilities? 

January 1, 2021

7:10

How can we give back to society? | Sadhguru at Harvard University | #8

Synopsis: I just wanted to ask you about how we can contribute back to society and give back? Because everyone keeps talking about contributing and contributing, but it’s really hard for each person to come up. I just want to hear your thoughts on that. 

Synopsis: I just wanted to ask you about how we can contribute back to society...

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... and give back? Because everyone keeps talking about contributing and contributing, but it’s really hard for each person to come up. I just want to hear your thoughts on that. 

December 31, 2020

10:54

What is the role of a spiritual leader in politics? | Sadhguru at Harvard University | #6

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...So, in today’s society, many influential people, judges or senior civil servants, armed forces officials. They don’t express their personal political views in public because the thinking is that they hold a post which should be beyond any political party. Now, what do you think the role of a spiritual leader should be when you’re thinking about politics?

Synopsis: So, in today’s society, many influential people, judges or senior civil...

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... servants, armed forces officials. They don’t express their personal political views in public because the thinking is that they hold a post which should be beyond any political party. Now, what do you think the role of a spiritual leader should be when you’re thinking about politics?

December 31, 2020

5:42

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

What are the arguments that you would give for a woman who doesn’t want to bear a child? | Sadhguru at Harvard University | #4

Synopsis: For a woman who chooses not to be a mother. So she has chosen you as an advocate for her case. And you have to fight the case. What are the arguments that you would give for a woman who doesn’t want to bear a child?

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... an advocate for her case. And you have to fight the case. What are the arguments that you would give for a woman who doesn’t want to bear a child?

December 31, 2020

6:47

What is the relationship between work that I need to do within myself and work that I need to do outside? | Sadhguru at Harvard University | #2

Synopsis: Taking forward the theme, Sadhguru, about the process inside and work outside. When we look around the country today, we see so many problems affecting our fellow Indians. Poverty, discrimination on the basis of religion and caste, and inequality. And of course, when I look inside myself also there are problems. I’m very far from having a good process, I’m definitely...

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... not a yogi. So what is the relationship between this work which I need to do inside and the work which I need to do outside? Can I do both? Do I need to do one before the other? How can I go about this? Because I don’t feel like accepting I can do either one or the other. 

Synopsis: Taking forward the theme, Sadhguru, about the process inside and work...

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... outside. When we look around the country today, we see so many problems affecting our fellow Indians. Poverty, discrimination on the basis of religion and caste, and inequality. And of course, when I look inside myself also there are problems. I’m very far from having a good process, I’m definitely not a yogi. So what is the relationship between this work which I need to do inside and the work which I need to do outside? Can I do both? Do I need to do one before the other? How can I go about this? Because I don’t feel like accepting I can do either one or the other. 

December 31, 2020

11:47

How do we put in effort without being attached to the results? | Sadhguru at Harvard University | #1

Synopsis: In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna advises us to keep putting in effort without being attached to the results. But, I find it incredibly hard to keep working and not obsess over the results. And, I would love to know how we can better practice putting in effort while being detached to the results.

Synopsis: In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna advises us to keep putting in effort...

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... without being attached to the results. But, I find it incredibly hard to keep working and not obsess over the results. And, I would love to know how we can better practice putting in effort while being detached to the results.

December 31, 2020

9:53

Are rituals still relevant? | Sadhguru at Shiva Nadar College | #9

Synopsis: My question today is, in the world that we live in today, there exists a multitude of paths to traverse, both, spiritually and religiously. For instance, in Hinduism, there is both, Veda and Vedanta. I can make a conscious choice as to what I would like to take up. But I’m confused. As a millennial I’m really doubting if a ritualistic approach is relevant today....

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... So do you believe that rituals still hold and are relevant today?

Synopsis: My question today is, in the world that we live in today, there exists...

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... a multitude of paths to traverse, both, spiritually and religiously. For instance, in Hinduism, there is both, Veda and Vedanta. I can make a conscious choice as to what I would like to take up. But I’m confused. As a millennial I’m really doubting if a ritualistic approach is relevant today. So do you believe that rituals still hold and are relevant today?

December 31, 2020

15:03

Where do we draw the line between religion, culture, and art? | Sadhguru at Shiva Nadar College | #8

Synopsis: I am interested in, or I learn, Carnatic music in my pass time. Around the same time, last year, 2013, there was a controversy that broke out about four Carnatic musicians, famous ones, who sang kritis, which were not related to Hinduism or Jesus Christ. The common folk believe that Carnatic music is sacred of Hindu origin and should remain so. My question is, is Carnatic...

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... music is a Hindu art, should it remain so? And second, considering the fact that India, as such, as a country is an amalgamation of multiple, diverse cultures. In fact, you kept mentioning culture when you answered the first question on religion. Considering the fact that India is an amalgamation of cultures, which are invariably related to our fates or religion, where do we draw the line between religion, culture, and art?

Synopsis: I am interested in, or I learn, Carnatic music in my pass time. Around...

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... the same time, last year, 2013, there was a controversy that broke out about four Carnatic musicians, famous ones, who sang kritis, which were not related to Hinduism or Jesus Christ. The common folk believe that Carnatic music is sacred of Hindu origin and should remain so. My question is, is Carnatic music is a Hindu art, should it remain so? And second, considering the fact that India, as such, as a country is an amalgamation of multiple, diverse cultures. In fact, you kept mentioning culture when you answered the first question on religion. Considering the fact that India is an amalgamation of cultures, which are invariably related to our fates or religion, where do we draw the line between religion, culture, and art?

December 31, 2020

6:37

Isn’t it the government’s job to fix problems like the water crisis? | Sadhguru at Shiva Nadar College | #5

Synopsis: Shouldn’t this be the government’s job? Why should I pay 42 rupees when I already pay taxes? I don’t even live near Chennai. 

Synopsis: Shouldn’t this be the government’s job? Why should I pay 42 rupees...

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... when I already pay taxes? I don’t even live near Chennai. 

December 31, 2020

9:17

How can we fix the problem of water crisis? | Sadhguru at Shiva Nadar College | #4

Synopsis: So Sadhguru, speaking of Chennai and change. All of us here are undergoing one of the biggest changes in our lives. Because up until now, we haven’t really faced the shortage of a basic necessity, that is like, water, or food, or shelter. But now Chennai is facing one of the biggest water crises, I think in history. Where they predict in 10 years the city’s going...

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... to be dry and there won’t be any water left. The water crisis is something that you’ve been tackling with Cauvery Calling. So, as the youth of this generation, and as engineers in particular, how can we fix this problem immediately so that we don’t have to wait 10 years for the city to dry up? What can we do to solve it? 

Synopsis: So Sadhguru, speaking of Chennai and change. All of us here are undergoing...

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... one of the biggest changes in our lives. Because up until now, we haven’t really faced the shortage of a basic necessity, that is like, water, or food, or shelter. But now Chennai is facing one of the biggest water crises, I think in history. Where they predict in 10 years the city’s going to be dry and there won’t be any water left. The water crisis is something that you’ve been tackling with Cauvery Calling. So, as the youth of this generation, and as engineers in particular, how can we fix this problem immediately so that we don’t have to wait 10 years for the city to dry up? What can we do to solve it? 

December 31, 2020

18:42

Is it better to be selfish or selfless in this world? | Sadhguru at Shiva Nadar College | #3

Synopsis: I consider myself very against littering. So what I do is, I generally take all my trash and I put it in my bag. At the end of the day I go to the trash can and I dump it there. And it hurts me when I see someone else littering. In this case, I’m taking a selfless effort to make the world a better place. And that effort is made worthless because of one selfish person....

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... Or on a more personal note, I’ve always placed my friends and their needs in front of my own. And this leads to people trying to take advantage of me or trying to take me for granted. So my question is this, in this world, where the world is going right now, is it better to be selfish or is it better to be selfless?

Synopsis: I consider myself very against littering. So what I do is, I generally...

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... take all my trash and I put it in my bag. At the end of the day I go to the trash can and I dump it there. And it hurts me when I see someone else littering. In this case, I’m taking a selfless effort to make the world a better place. And that effort is made worthless because of one selfish person. Or on a more personal note, I’ve always placed my friends and their needs in front of my own. And this leads to people trying to take advantage of me or trying to take me for granted. So my question is this, in this world, where the world is going right now, is it better to be selfish or is it better to be selfless?

December 31, 2020

9:45

Suppose humanity makes it past this tumultuous phase, what would we do? | Sadhguru at Shiva Nadar College | #2

Synopsis: It feels like at every point in human history, for society, there’s always been this one challenge or one recurring. For instance, for most of human history, a society’s main issue would have been to protect itself from outsiders. In my opinion, right now, humanity’s or society’s issue is climate change or nuclear war. So, it feels like solving this has been...

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... society’s, or the general consciousness’s main purpose. My question is, suppose humanity makes it past this very tumultuous phase we’re in right now, what would we do? If we reach an ideal society, where everyone is peaceful and together, what would our endgame be? What would we strive towards?

Synopsis: It feels like at every point in human history, for society, there’s...

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... always been this one challenge or one recurring. For instance, for most of human history, a society’s main issue would have been to protect itself from outsiders. In my opinion, right now, humanity’s or society’s issue is climate change or nuclear war. So, it feels like solving this has been society’s, or the general consciousness’s main purpose. My question is, suppose humanity makes it past this very tumultuous phase we’re in right now, what would we do? If we reach an ideal society, where everyone is peaceful and together, what would our endgame be? What would we strive towards?

December 31, 2020

19:40

Why not live in a world without religion? | Sadhguru at Shiva Nadar College | #1

Synopsis: A significant population in our world identifies as religious. And they do so for a number of reasons. Some of them say it is for peace, or a way of life, or some direction. And they bring up their children with religion. They sort of imbibe values and principles using religion as a channel. But on the other hand, we have some people whose values are so deeply entrenched...

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... in religion that religion ends up becoming the first priority and humanity ends up becoming the second. And we see examples of this. For example, when people oppose inter-religion marriages, or religious riots, or an extreme case as terrorism. So why not live in a world without religion? Why not teach our children and the future generation values and principles without introducing religion?

Synopsis: A significant population in our world identifies as religious. And they...

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... do so for a number of reasons. Some of them say it is for peace, or a way of life, or some direction. And they bring up their children with religion. They sort of imbibe values and principles using religion as a channel. But on the other hand, we have some people whose values are so deeply entrenched in religion that religion ends up becoming the first priority and humanity ends up becoming the second. And we see examples of this. For example, when people oppose inter-religion marriages, or religious riots, or an extreme case as terrorism. So why not live in a world without religion? Why not teach our children and the future generation values and principles without introducing religion?

December 31, 2020

15:42

Don’t suppress your desires – it is natural to be greedy

Transcript: We must look at this. All life on this planet, anything that you take. A worm, an insect, a bird, an animal, a tree, or a human being. The only thing that every life is aspiring for is, it is trying to become a full-fledged life. An earthworm is trying to be a full-fledged earthworm. A grasshopper is trying to be a full-fledged grasshopper. A mango tree is trying to be a full-fledged mango tree. So...

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... is a human being. Only thing is, we know what is a full-fledged earthworm. We know what is a full-fledged grasshopper. We know what is a full-fledged everything. But we do not know what is a full-fledged human being. Doesn't matter what you do, somehow seems inadequate. No matter where you get in your life, you will see there is one more thing to do. Never does a human being come to a place where he thinks this is it. That only other people say when you're dead. This is it. So the essential nature of life, not just human life, every life, is it is longing to become a full-fledged life, so is a human being. So wherever you may be in your life right now, you want to be something more. If that something more happens, you want to be something more. If that happens, something more. You will see, whatever your aspirations right now as students. Suppose all of them get fulfilled within the next one year, you will immediately see you will have another aspiration. If everything that you want gets all fulfilled by tomorrow morning, you will see you will have much more things to do. Because the very nature of being human is such, you always want to be something more. But if you really look at it, what you want is not something more. What you want is a limitless expansion. Even if I make you the king of this planet, don't look at me hopefully. I will not make such a blunder. But suppose we make you the king of this planet, do you believe you will be fulfilled? You will look at the stars. If you have this planet in your hands, you will look at the stars. If I give you one galaxy, you look at the next galaxy. This is the nature of the human being. There is something within us which is always longing to become boundless. But in most human beings, because of their fear of suffering, they think that if they desire for something and it doesn't happen, they will suffer. Because of the fear of suffering, this longing to become boundless is finding a very constipated expression. This constipated expression of longing for the boundless gets labeled as ambition. What you think is ambition, is just a constipated expression for a boundless expansion that every life is longing for. But, you will see in your life, no matter what happens, you will see you will want something more. This, somebody may label it as greed. It is not about greed. Because, the very nature of the human being is such, no matter how many pacifist philosophies you teach him, you cannot contain him.

Transcript: We must look at this. All life on this planet, anything that you take. A worm, an insect, a bird, an...

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... animal, a tree, or a human being. The only thing that every life is aspiring for is, it is trying to become a full-fledged life. An earthworm is trying to be a full-fledged earthworm. A grasshopper is trying to be a full-fledged grasshopper. A mango tree is trying to be a full-fledged mango tree. So is a human being. Only thing is, we know what is a full-fledged earthworm. We know what is a full-fledged grasshopper. We know what is a full-fledged everything. But we do not know what is a full-fledged human being. Doesn't matter what you do, somehow seems inadequate. No matter where you get in your life, you will see there is one more thing to do. Never does a human being come to a place where he thinks this is it. That only other people say when you're dead. This is it. So the essential nature of life, not just human life, every life, is it is longing to become a full-fledged life, so is a human being. So wherever you may be in your life right now, you want to be something more. If that something more happens, you want to be something more. If that happens, something more. You will see, whatever your aspirations right now as students. Suppose all of them get fulfilled within the next one year, you will immediately see you will have another aspiration. If everything that you want gets all fulfilled by tomorrow morning, you will see you will have much more things to do. Because the very nature of being human is such, you always want to be something more. But if you really look at it, what you want is not something more. What you want is a limitless expansion. Even if I make you the king of this planet, don't look at me hopefully. I will not make such a blunder. But suppose we make you the king of this planet, do you believe you will be fulfilled? You will look at the stars. If you have this planet in your hands, you will look at the stars. If I give you one galaxy, you look at the next galaxy. This is the nature of the human being. There is something within us which is always longing to become boundless. But in most human beings, because of their fear of suffering, they think that if they desire for something and it doesn't happen, they will suffer. Because of the fear of suffering, this longing to become boundless is finding a very constipated expression. This constipated expression of longing for the boundless gets labeled as ambition. What you think is ambition, is just a constipated expression for a boundless expansion that every life is longing for. But, you will see in your life, no matter what happens, you will see you will want something more. This, somebody may label it as greed. It is not about greed. Because, the very nature of the human being is such, no matter how many pacifist philosophies you teach him, you cannot contain him.

December 31, 2020

3:58

Try this – A simple way to be always joyful and exuberant!

Transcript: The simplest and the most fundamental thing that you can do in your life is, that you're life always. You don't have to be in any particular way, you just have to be alive. Everything else, including the body and the mind, are accessories to life. Accessories are added to life to facilitate certain things, not to overshadow life. We add accessories to facilitate, to add on and enhance. Not to overshadow...

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... completely, not to occupy life but to enhance life. If you know this, and know this every moment of your life, that everything that you possess including your body and your mind are accessories. They're here only to enhance this life, not to overshadow this life. Oh let me see how you get depressed. You must get spot on with life, this is all you have to do. What is you and what is not you must be distinction. So whatever is not you, when you hold it you must hold it in a certain way. Of course, depending on the nature of what it is. If it's a flower, we hold it one way. If it's a vessel, we hold it another way. If it's a pen, we hold it another way. Can you employ the same grip on everything? It's different depending upon the nature of what it is. But every kind of grip that you use, if you notice how you hold anything for that matter, there is always this dimension that you can loosen the grip and let it be. Suppose you hold something and you cannot loosen the grip. Okay, you are heading for the stuff. So just look at these things, how many things in your life are such that you held it and now you can't loosen the grip? But this, a simple thing is like this, tomorrow morning you're going to die. I'm very generous, I'm giving you 24 hours. Yes? The nature of life is such, it never guarantees 24 hours for you, but I am giving you 24 hours. Tomorrow morning you're going to die. Do what you want, you're going to loosen the grip on everything, isn't it? Do whatever you want, whichever way you want to loosen the grip on anything. Have you seen in the Hindi movies? No? Have you not seen the movies? Loosen the grip, it's gone. Loosen the grip on your body, loosen the grip on your mind, your thought, your emotions. Just loosen the grip a little bit. When you're alive, if you loosen the grip you will become exuberant.

Transcript: The simplest and the most fundamental thing that you can do in your life is, that you're life always....

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... You don't have to be in any particular way, you just have to be alive. Everything else, including the body and the mind, are accessories to life. Accessories are added to life to facilitate certain things, not to overshadow life. We add accessories to facilitate, to add on and enhance. Not to overshadow completely, not to occupy life but to enhance life. If you know this, and know this every moment of your life, that everything that you possess including your body and your mind are accessories. They're here only to enhance this life, not to overshadow this life. Oh let me see how you get depressed. You must get spot on with life, this is all you have to do. What is you and what is not you must be distinction. So whatever is not you, when you hold it you must hold it in a certain way. Of course, depending on the nature of what it is. If it's a flower, we hold it one way. If it's a vessel, we hold it another way. If it's a pen, we hold it another way. Can you employ the same grip on everything? It's different depending upon the nature of what it is. But every kind of grip that you use, if you notice how you hold anything for that matter, there is always this dimension that you can loosen the grip and let it be. Suppose you hold something and you cannot loosen the grip. Okay, you are heading for the stuff. So just look at these things, how many things in your life are such that you held it and now you can't loosen the grip? But this, a simple thing is like this, tomorrow morning you're going to die. I'm very generous, I'm giving you 24 hours. Yes? The nature of life is such, it never guarantees 24 hours for you, but I am giving you 24 hours. Tomorrow morning you're going to die. Do what you want, you're going to loosen the grip on everything, isn't it? Do whatever you want, whichever way you want to loosen the grip on anything. Have you seen in the Hindi movies? No? Have you not seen the movies? Loosen the grip, it's gone. Loosen the grip on your body, loosen the grip on your mind, your thought, your emotions. Just loosen the grip a little bit. When you're alive, if you loosen the grip you will become exuberant.

December 30, 2020

3:58

Why should I believe you Sadhguru?

Transcript: What is a good student and what is a good guru or mentor? How would you define a really good student, bad student, good guru, bad guru? You have already claimed the mantle of being a good student. So I think I am free to claim the mantle of being a good guru. For a good student there is no problem. Wherever he goes, he will learn. Whatever he meets, he will learn. A good guru is one who doesn't teach...

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... you anything but, makes you so thirsty you can't help learning. If people come to me thirsty, I don't give them water. I put salt in their mouth. They get so thirsty, they got to find it. Because if you show them something which is not yet in their experience, the only choice that somebody has is either to believe what you say or disbelieve what you say. It is just that if you believe me, you will have a positive story to tell. If you disbelieve me, you will have a negative story to tell. But you will not be an inch closer to reality. Above all, I think putting people into this kind of a dilemma, either to believe or disbelieve whatever I say or do, I think it's obscene. You should not put people into such a situation. My work is mainly, you are a seeker but not intense enough. So my work is to make you so intense that it cannot be denied to you. Truth is not hiding. Truth is obvious everywhere in the universe. You are hiding from it because the intensity of seeking has not happened. If seeking becomes intense enough, knowing is not far away because what you're seeking is not sitting on mount everest, it's within you. So how long does it take? What is within you, if it takes a lifetime of course you are on a corn job, isn't it? Yes or no? So to get you out of this deception is all my work. My work is not to dispense truth, who am I to do that?

Transcript: What is a good student and what is a good guru or mentor? How would you define a really good student,...

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... bad student, good guru, bad guru? You have already claimed the mantle of being a good student. So I think I am free to claim the mantle of being a good guru. For a good student there is no problem. Wherever he goes, he will learn. Whatever he meets, he will learn. A good guru is one who doesn't teach you anything but, makes you so thirsty you can't help learning. If people come to me thirsty, I don't give them water. I put salt in their mouth. They get so thirsty, they got to find it. Because if you show them something which is not yet in their experience, the only choice that somebody has is either to believe what you say or disbelieve what you say. It is just that if you believe me, you will have a positive story to tell. If you disbelieve me, you will have a negative story to tell. But you will not be an inch closer to reality. Above all, I think putting people into this kind of a dilemma, either to believe or disbelieve whatever I say or do, I think it's obscene. You should not put people into such a situation. My work is mainly, you are a seeker but not intense enough. So my work is to make you so intense that it cannot be denied to you. Truth is not hiding. Truth is obvious everywhere in the universe. You are hiding from it because the intensity of seeking has not happened. If seeking becomes intense enough, knowing is not far away because what you're seeking is not sitting on mount everest, it's within you. So how long does it take? What is within you, if it takes a lifetime of course you are on a corn job, isn't it? Yes or no? So to get you out of this deception is all my work. My work is not to dispense truth, who am I to do that?

December 29, 2020

3:08

What is the right kind of education for our children?

Transcript: About education to children, I always feel more than right to education, there has to be a right kind of education. India is intellectually poor at the moment. What is your take on it? India is not, definitely not poor in intellect. I would say, I speak to all kinds of people around the world, business leaders, academics, scientists. But still I would say, pick up 100 people from the street, just like...

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... that either in Mumbai or Chennai or Bangalore. I would say they are way smarter than most people that you can pick up anywhere in the world. It is just that we do not have an organization for this intellect to find expression. For this enormous intellect that country has, there is no structures for people to find expression to that. You just see, take Indian people and put them anywhere, they're just on the tops. Because once they find proper structures and they understand the structure, you can't stop them because there is a necessary intellect. This is a consequence of a very huge history, a cultural history that we have. It is time that this generation gets the right stuff. But that's not happened yet because our education systems and every system that we had, has been disrupted badly in a systematic way because we've been an occupied nation for nearly a thousand years. In 1947, when we got our independence, we should have seriously thought about what kind of education does India need. We must understand this, without any infrastructure, literally without infrastructure, without any kind of education, our farmers are producing food for 1.25 billion people. This is knowledge. Why is this not knowledge? I'm asking, why is this not knowledge? Why is this not competence? This is a nation with over 12,000 years of agricultural history, the only land like that on the planet. But we have tried to push everything aside and reinvent the wheel. Once again we want to learn abc and do it like this. So, there is a disruption in the intrinsic learning that we have and the school learning that is coming to us. We are thinking only what is written in the book, a plus b equals c is only knowledge. Why is not making a wonderful sambar knowledge? Why is not growing a crop knowledge? Why is not making a pot knowledge? We have very constipated sense of what is knowledge.

Transcript: About education to children, I always feel more than right to education, there has to be a right kind...

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... of education. India is intellectually poor at the moment. What is your take on it? India is not, definitely not poor in intellect. I would say, I speak to all kinds of people around the world, business leaders, academics, scientists. But still I would say, pick up 100 people from the street, just like that either in Mumbai or Chennai or Bangalore. I would say they are way smarter than most people that you can pick up anywhere in the world. It is just that we do not have an organization for this intellect to find expression. For this enormous intellect that country has, there is no structures for people to find expression to that. You just see, take Indian people and put them anywhere, they're just on the tops. Because once they find proper structures and they understand the structure, you can't stop them because there is a necessary intellect. This is a consequence of a very huge history, a cultural history that we have. It is time that this generation gets the right stuff. But that's not happened yet because our education systems and every system that we had, has been disrupted badly in a systematic way because we've been an occupied nation for nearly a thousand years. In 1947, when we got our independence, we should have seriously thought about what kind of education does India need. We must understand this, without any infrastructure, literally without infrastructure, without any kind of education, our farmers are producing food for 1.25 billion people. This is knowledge. Why is this not knowledge? I'm asking, why is this not knowledge? Why is this not competence? This is a nation with over 12,000 years of agricultural history, the only land like that on the planet. But we have tried to push everything aside and reinvent the wheel. Once again we want to learn abc and do it like this. So, there is a disruption in the intrinsic learning that we have and the school learning that is coming to us. We are thinking only what is written in the book, a plus b equals c is only knowledge. Why is not making a wonderful sambar knowledge? Why is not growing a crop knowledge? Why is not making a pot knowledge? We have very constipated sense of what is knowledge.

December 27, 2020

3:27

How can I go through my life effortlessly?

Transcript: The most important thing, the most important aspect of my life is I never identified anything as small or big. Even today, I pay the same level of attention to everything. I have no, anything small or big. I have to kind of encapsulate that I can say this. You know, my daughter has been traveling with me since she was three and a half months of age. So that was a time when I was driving across India,...

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... building the foundation at that time. So every day, we're in a different home. One big problem in the world is, every adult wants to teach. When they see a child, they want to teach. They want to teach them something that's not worked in their life. Okay, interesting. Please give me an example of that. It's obvious it's not worked because between most adults and their children, if you look at it, who is more joyful? The child is more joyful. So who should be a consultant for life? It should be the child. It's just that adults, the only qualification that they have is, they came here a few years ahead of the child. They might have learned a few survival tricks, beyond that they know nothing about life that the child doesn't know. So I made one rule, nobody teaches her anything. Nobody teach her abc, 123, Mary had a little lamb. Because I don't care whether Mary had a lamb or not. So nobody taught her anything. Because nobody taught her anything, she was all ears. By the time she was 18 months, she was speaking three languages fluently. And many other things like that because no overload of trying to teach her anything. She simply picked up whatever she can. So when she was 12-13 years of age, she came back from school one day and she was disturbed about what happened there. Then she said, you're teaching everybody so many things, you're not teaching me anything. I said, well I am not known to teach anything unsolicited. Here you are and I said, see, this is all you need to know, never look up to anything. She looked at me like this, with a question mark on her face, what about you kind of thing. I said, not even me. Never look up to anybody, never look down on anybody and this is all. If you don't look up to anything, if you don't look down on anything, you will pay attention to everything. If you pay attention to everything and see everything just the way it is, without prejudice of what is big and what is small, what is good and what's bad, what is virtue and what is sin. Simply look at everything as it is. You will effortlessly navigate your way through life. So I'm not paying attention to small or big, I'm just paying attention to whatever there is.

Transcript: The most important thing, the most important aspect of my life is I never identified anything as small...

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... or big. Even today, I pay the same level of attention to everything. I have no, anything small or big. I have to kind of encapsulate that I can say this. You know, my daughter has been traveling with me since she was three and a half months of age. So that was a time when I was driving across India, building the foundation at that time. So every day, we're in a different home. One big problem in the world is, every adult wants to teach. When they see a child, they want to teach. They want to teach them something that's not worked in their life. Okay, interesting. Please give me an example of that. It's obvious it's not worked because between most adults and their children, if you look at it, who is more joyful? The child is more joyful. So who should be a consultant for life? It should be the child. It's just that adults, the only qualification that they have is, they came here a few years ahead of the child. They might have learned a few survival tricks, beyond that they know nothing about life that the child doesn't know. So I made one rule, nobody teaches her anything. Nobody teach her abc, 123, Mary had a little lamb. Because I don't care whether Mary had a lamb or not. So nobody taught her anything. Because nobody taught her anything, she was all ears. By the time she was 18 months, she was speaking three languages fluently. And many other things like that because no overload of trying to teach her anything. She simply picked up whatever she can. So when she was 12-13 years of age, she came back from school one day and she was disturbed about what happened there. Then she said, you're teaching everybody so many things, you're not teaching me anything. I said, well I am not known to teach anything unsolicited. Here you are and I said, see, this is all you need to know, never look up to anything. She looked at me like this, with a question mark on her face, what about you kind of thing. I said, not even me. Never look up to anybody, never look down on anybody and this is all. If you don't look up to anything, if you don't look down on anything, you will pay attention to everything. If you pay attention to everything and see everything just the way it is, without prejudice of what is big and what is small, what is good and what's bad, what is virtue and what is sin. Simply look at everything as it is. You will effortlessly navigate your way through life. So I'm not paying attention to small or big, I'm just paying attention to whatever there is.

December 26, 2020

3:57

An Individual human being is the only reality – society, nation, world are just words

Transcript: Essentially a long spell of peaceful, civilized life, a long spell. You must understand this. The reason why we got this long spell is, in the North, we were protected by the Himalayan ranges. In the South, by the Indian Ocean. So this is Himalaya, the Indian Ocean that we call today as Indian Ocean, at that time was called as Indusagara. This is why we took the identity, he and du. Hindu. Hindu is...

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... not a religion, not a belief system, not a god-oriented thing, it is a geographical identity. Unfortunately, it's turned into many things today, that's a different thing. So, we identified with these two geographical features because we realized it's only because of these features that we had an undisturbed civilization growing, without any external agencies coming and disturbing us. When there is a long spell for a human being, where he doesn't have to fight for his survival on a daily basis, that is when human genius flowers. In many ways human genius flowered. We produced the greatest mathematicians, greatest astronomers, greatest musicians, all kinds of people. And many technologies, which we refuse to use simply because we foresaw. If you go this way, what will happen to the world, various things. If you look back on the glorious history of this country, it is simply because, which is true even today. See, you can build a great society, or a great nation, or a great world not by talking about it, only by building individual human beings who are truly great. Without great human beings, where is a great society? Society is just a word, nation is just a word, world is just a word. Individual human beings are the only reality. What kind of people we are, that's the kind of India we have, isn't it? So the focus, right from ancient times in this country, was always about individual development. We never, see, this is why the Western commentators are missing the entire point. They think India never had a civilization because we never spoke about it. We refused to speak about society, about nation. We only spoke about individual development because if you generate great individuals, we will naturally have a great society. A great society is a consequence. It is not the cause. The cause is great individuals. So our focus was always on producing great human beings, never on producing a great society, or a nation. That happened as a consequence.

Transcript: Essentially a long spell of peaceful, civilized life, a long spell. You must understand this. The reason...

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... why we got this long spell is, in the North, we were protected by the Himalayan ranges. In the South, by the Indian Ocean. So this is Himalaya, the Indian Ocean that we call today as Indian Ocean, at that time was called as Indusagara. This is why we took the identity, he and du. Hindu. Hindu is not a religion, not a belief system, not a god-oriented thing, it is a geographical identity. Unfortunately, it's turned into many things today, that's a different thing. So, we identified with these two geographical features because we realized it's only because of these features that we had an undisturbed civilization growing, without any external agencies coming and disturbing us. When there is a long spell for a human being, where he doesn't have to fight for his survival on a daily basis, that is when human genius flowers. In many ways human genius flowered. We produced the greatest mathematicians, greatest astronomers, greatest musicians, all kinds of people. And many technologies, which we refuse to use simply because we foresaw. If you go this way, what will happen to the world, various things. If you look back on the glorious history of this country, it is simply because, which is true even today. See, you can build a great society, or a great nation, or a great world not by talking about it, only by building individual human beings who are truly great. Without great human beings, where is a great society? Society is just a word, nation is just a word, world is just a word. Individual human beings are the only reality. What kind of people we are, that's the kind of India we have, isn't it? So the focus, right from ancient times in this country, was always about individual development. We never, see, this is why the Western commentators are missing the entire point. They think India never had a civilization because we never spoke about it. We refused to speak about society, about nation. We only spoke about individual development because if you generate great individuals, we will naturally have a great society. A great society is a consequence. It is not the cause. The cause is great individuals. So our focus was always on producing great human beings, never on producing a great society, or a nation. That happened as a consequence.

December 24, 2020

3:14

Did you know – The human brain is always looking for intoxication!

Transcript: You must understand, whatever stimulants, whatever stimulus you may take from outside, essentially human experience of all kinds is caused only from within. The question is only are you on push-start, or are you on self-start. Which is better, technologically? Self-start. So if I teach you, suppose I teach you that you can simply sit here and be totally blissed out, more stoned than anybody on the...

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... campus. At the same time, you're fully aware. Would you go for it? Would you go for it? Fully stoned, fully conscious, would you go for it? See, the only problem with your alcohol, drugs, everything is not a moral issue, it is a life issue because it destroys life. It's not a morality, that this is good, this is bad, that's not the point. The point is it makes you incapable in so many ways. There was a certain Israeli scientist who was researching on marijuana or cannabis. Over 18 years the US drug administration gave him large quantities of marijuana and he went on experimenting and 18 years time he came up with really nothing significant. And during mid-80s, when American agencies were fighting drug on the street, they changed their policy of fighting the suppliers in Mexico and South America. They decided to fight on the street, with the users. So they said, somebody said, this is not right. You're giving this man such a big stock, we don't know what he's doing. Because he's not produced anything, 18 years of research. Then he moved to Israel. The Israeli government looked at his work and they decided to give him big stocks of marijuana. And after another 3.5-4 years, he came up with this. He found that in the human brain there are millions of cannabis receptors. Then he threw this question to various disciplines. Anthropologists tried to look at it and say, at some time in history maybe every human being was smoking, that's why the receptors. Then they said, this is rubbish. Because in many parts of the world it was not there, even an Eskimo has cannibus receptors, where he's never seen anything like this. Then various things happened, then the neurologists came up with this. They said, always, the human brain is waiting for the cannibus, that which causes intoxication. Not waiting for it from outside, it can generate from within. That is why there are receptors. So this is something that we have always known. I can show you, I'm there always. You look at my eyes, I'm always stoned. But as aware as anybody can be. If you do not know intoxication in life, you will never know a sense of abandon. If you don't have a sense of abandon, you will never walk full stride in your life, you will only walk half steps all the time.

Transcript: You must understand, whatever stimulants, whatever stimulus you may take from outside, essentially human...

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... experience of all kinds is caused only from within. The question is only are you on push-start, or are you on self-start. Which is better, technologically? Self-start. So if I teach you, suppose I teach you that you can simply sit here and be totally blissed out, more stoned than anybody on the campus. At the same time, you're fully aware. Would you go for it? Would you go for it? Fully stoned, fully conscious, would you go for it? See, the only problem with your alcohol, drugs, everything is not a moral issue, it is a life issue because it destroys life. It's not a morality, that this is good, this is bad, that's not the point. The point is it makes you incapable in so many ways. There was a certain Israeli scientist who was researching on marijuana or cannabis. Over 18 years the US drug administration gave him large quantities of marijuana and he went on experimenting and 18 years time he came up with really nothing significant. And during mid-80s, when American agencies were fighting drug on the street, they changed their policy of fighting the suppliers in Mexico and South America. They decided to fight on the street, with the users. So they said, somebody said, this is not right. You're giving this man such a big stock, we don't know what he's doing. Because he's not produced anything, 18 years of research. Then he moved to Israel. The Israeli government looked at his work and they decided to give him big stocks of marijuana. And after another 3.5-4 years, he came up with this. He found that in the human brain there are millions of cannabis receptors. Then he threw this question to various disciplines. Anthropologists tried to look at it and say, at some time in history maybe every human being was smoking, that's why the receptors. Then they said, this is rubbish. Because in many parts of the world it was not there, even an Eskimo has cannibus receptors, where he's never seen anything like this. Then various things happened, then the neurologists came up with this. They said, always, the human brain is waiting for the cannibus, that which causes intoxication. Not waiting for it from outside, it can generate from within. That is why there are receptors. So this is something that we have always known. I can show you, I'm there always. You look at my eyes, I'm always stoned. But as aware as anybody can be. If you do not know intoxication in life, you will never know a sense of abandon. If you don't have a sense of abandon, you will never walk full stride in your life, you will only walk half steps all the time.

December 24, 2020

3:59

Living Consciously – The only real solution in life

Transcript: This is a fantastic planet, has nurtured not one or two life forms, millions of life forms. The sheer variety of life of animals, birds, plants, insects and worms that we have on this planet is mind-boggling. Our ability to gobble up the resources on the planet is too much. We exploited the land, we exploited the oceans, our idea of life has become exploitation. From an atom to anything, we are seeing...

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... how to exploit. Every creature we have killed, everything needs to be protected. A fierce animal like tiger today needs protection because we have not found any other way, any other vehicle through which we can expand. We are naturally thinking exploiting the physical resource is the only way to expand. Right now our very economies are built like this. It's all about more, more, and more. This means everybody has to buy more, everybody has to use more. But where is that damn more? We are on a exploitative mode, not by choice by compulsiveness. The only and the only solution for this is consciousness. When humanity begins to operate out of consciousness, then compulsiveness will not rule us. When compulsiveness does not rule us, we will do just what is needed, nothing more, nothing less. We have to come to that place, otherwise if they give us another 10 planets that we can live on, we will destroy all that in the next two centuries, maybe. The only way, the only and only way, the ultimate solution is people start living consciously. It is good, human beings who have forgotten that they are only an outcrop of this planet. Human beings who have forgotten that they have just temporarily come out of the womb of this earth and one day they will be sucked back into this earth. For them 22nd of april is a reminder that you are a part of this earth, you have to think like the earth. If humanity has to live for a long time, you have to think like the earth, act like the earth, and be the earth because that is what you are.

Transcript: This is a fantastic planet, has nurtured not one or two life forms, millions of life forms. The sheer...

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... variety of life of animals, birds, plants, insects and worms that we have on this planet is mind-boggling. Our ability to gobble up the resources on the planet is too much. We exploited the land, we exploited the oceans, our idea of life has become exploitation. From an atom to anything, we are seeing how to exploit. Every creature we have killed, everything needs to be protected. A fierce animal like tiger today needs protection because we have not found any other way, any other vehicle through which we can expand. We are naturally thinking exploiting the physical resource is the only way to expand. Right now our very economies are built like this. It's all about more, more, and more. This means everybody has to buy more, everybody has to use more. But where is that damn more? We are on a exploitative mode, not by choice by compulsiveness. The only and the only solution for this is consciousness. When humanity begins to operate out of consciousness, then compulsiveness will not rule us. When compulsiveness does not rule us, we will do just what is needed, nothing more, nothing less. We have to come to that place, otherwise if they give us another 10 planets that we can live on, we will destroy all that in the next two centuries, maybe. The only way, the only and only way, the ultimate solution is people start living consciously. It is good, human beings who have forgotten that they are only an outcrop of this planet. Human beings who have forgotten that they have just temporarily come out of the womb of this earth and one day they will be sucked back into this earth. For them 22nd of april is a reminder that you are a part of this earth, you have to think like the earth. If humanity has to live for a long time, you have to think like the earth, act like the earth, and be the earth because that is what you are.

December 23, 2020

2:42

How to change the current system to end my suffering?

Transcript: See we are always thinking of changing the system. I'm not saying it should not, it should. But, within the existing systems we can do many things. Depending upon the individual teachers and the individual educators, how they operate. Because when you try to change the system in your own time, when you want to change the system, you must understand any system, even within the family if you want to...

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... change a system, it will take many years. It's not going to change overnight. Sometimes a generation has to pass for it to change. To walk into your house with your shoes on, one generation has to pass. Isn't it? So, instead of thinking how to change the system, yes we must have the vision of changing the system, but within the system how to do the maximum delivery is something that all of us should always look at. Otherwise, we are always talking about future generations without addressing the current generations. It'll never work that way. It'll only be a dream. We have to make the difference in the current generation, only then, if you take a small step now, the next generation will take a bigger step. But without taking this step, we are dreaming of a big step, it will not happen. It will be just an idea which will not work. So, as an educator, you mentioned the word meditation. We must understand this, what meditation means. The word meditation, the English word meditation doesn't mean anything. If somebody sits with their eyes closed, people think they are meditating. But you can sit with your eyes closed for many reasons. Unable to bear the world, you can close your eyes. Yes? You may be, in yoga there are many things, you may be doing japa, thapa, dharna, dhyana, samadhi, shoonya, samyama, we don't know what you're doing. So, there is the word meditation is not specific. It is too general and it's not saying anything in particular. Let us say, if we are thinking to allign the word meditation with what we refer to as dhyan. Or dhyana, or dhyanam as you go South. Because Hindi speaking people, you have a way of clipping away the words in the end. We say Rama, you say Ram. We say dhyanam, you say dhyan. You're cutting off everything in the end, that's your option. But, if you are thinking it is dhyan, or dhyana, or whatever. What this means is, if you sit here, if you sit here, if you have a distinct experience that your body is here, your mind is somewhere else, what is you is elsewhere. Or in other words, there is a little space between what is you and what is your body. What is you and what is the content of your mind. Suppose this little space was achieved within you right now, would all these young boys be complaining about stress? Once there is a little distance, that's the end of suffering. If you create a little space between you and your body, between you and your mind, this is the end of suffering. Because there are only two kinds of sufferings in your life, physical suffering, mental suffering. Do you know any other kind of suffering? Only two sufferings. If you distance yourself a little bit, that's all.

Transcript: See we are always thinking of changing the system. I'm not saying it should not, it should. But, within...

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... the existing systems we can do many things. Depending upon the individual teachers and the individual educators, how they operate. Because when you try to change the system in your own time, when you want to change the system, you must understand any system, even within the family if you want to change a system, it will take many years. It's not going to change overnight. Sometimes a generation has to pass for it to change. To walk into your house with your shoes on, one generation has to pass. Isn't it? So, instead of thinking how to change the system, yes we must have the vision of changing the system, but within the system how to do the maximum delivery is something that all of us should always look at. Otherwise, we are always talking about future generations without addressing the current generations. It'll never work that way. It'll only be a dream. We have to make the difference in the current generation, only then, if you take a small step now, the next generation will take a bigger step. But without taking this step, we are dreaming of a big step, it will not happen. It will be just an idea which will not work. So, as an educator, you mentioned the word meditation. We must understand this, what meditation means. The word meditation, the English word meditation doesn't mean anything. If somebody sits with their eyes closed, people think they are meditating. But you can sit with your eyes closed for many reasons. Unable to bear the world, you can close your eyes. Yes? You may be, in yoga there are many things, you may be doing japa, thapa, dharna, dhyana, samadhi, shoonya, samyama, we don't know what you're doing. So, there is the word meditation is not specific. It is too general and it's not saying anything in particular. Let us say, if we are thinking to allign the word meditation with what we refer to as dhyan. Or dhyana, or dhyanam as you go South. Because Hindi speaking people, you have a way of clipping away the words in the end. We say Rama, you say Ram. We say dhyanam, you say dhyan. You're cutting off everything in the end, that's your option. But, if you are thinking it is dhyan, or dhyana, or whatever. What this means is, if you sit here, if you sit here, if you have a distinct experience that your body is here, your mind is somewhere else, what is you is elsewhere. Or in other words, there is a little space between what is you and what is your body. What is you and what is the content of your mind. Suppose this little space was achieved within you right now, would all these young boys be complaining about stress? Once there is a little distance, that's the end of suffering. If you create a little space between you and your body, between you and your mind, this is the end of suffering. Because there are only two kinds of sufferings in your life, physical suffering, mental suffering. Do you know any other kind of suffering? Only two sufferings. If you distance yourself a little bit, that's all.

December 22, 2020

3:59

Storytelling – Sadhguru on Gautama Buddha’s enlightenment

Transcript: Gautama went to every known master of the time. He was intellectually so brilliant and his longing so great, if he went to a place, what normally somebody would pick it up in years, he would do it in weeks. The eight types of Samadhis, he achieved all eight of them but still he knew this is not fullness of life. Still longing. When nothing else worked, he took to an extreme path which is called a Samanas....

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... One of the most basic aspects of their life is, they never ask for food. Just keep walking. Walking, walking, walking. Gautama took the path so severely that he didn't walk in the direction as to where food is, he simply walked straight. In the process he destroyed his body so badly, his body became so weak. He became all skin and bones because he did not go in search of food. Unless it came to him, he never ate. One day he came to the banks of Niranjana, this is a small stream just about two feet flowing little swiftly. He came, he tried to cross. Halfway down he could not take another step. He did not have the strength in his body. There was a dead branch of a tree, he held onto it. We do not know how long he stood there. In his weakness, in his inability to stand there, holding on to this must have felt like a long time. It might have been just a few minutes, it may be a few hours, we don't know. But in his experience, it was a long time. He just hung there. He has no strength to take the next step, but he's not the kind to give up. Then suddenly he realized, the problem was that he was trying to realize, not allowing that to take him he's trying to take, that he's trying to realize something which is limitless, which is boundless. Then he became absent. Suddenly he had the strength to take those few steps across the river. Went and sat down under the Bodhi tree. He sat down and decided, I will sit here. Either I must become a part of it or I will die here. I will not get up from this place. He just sat down. The full moon was rising and we attend to his fullest. And he sat there in a certain state of ecstasy and blissfulness.

Transcript: Gautama went to every known master of the time. He was intellectually so brilliant and his longing so...

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

December 21, 2020

3:52

Can you become a mother to the world? Try it to experience boundless joy!

Transcript: The beauty of motherhood is not in reproduction. The beauty of motherhood is in inclusion. Yes? It's not because your mother reproduced you, that's not why a mother is precious. Because in many ways she saw you as a part of herself, it's because of that. Suppose your mother delivered you and never bothered about you, she will be your worst enemy, isn't it? The willingness to include another life as...

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... a part of yourself. It is that beauty we are trying to celebrate with the mother's day. Our mother, because physically she delivered this child, she experiences the child as a part of herself. It gives her the ability to place the child's well-being above her own well-being. It comes easily to her, it can come to anybody. So you can place other people's well-being above your well-being in so many ways. But, nature itself is assisting her to experience life that way, which is wonderful. Your motherhood is about how you feel, it's a question of embracing what's around you. You have a need to embrace someone as a part of yourself. What's stopping you? I'll give you the whole world, embrace. You can live here like a mother to the world. What is stopping you? Just look upon everybody like that.

Transcript: The beauty of motherhood is not in reproduction. The beauty of motherhood is in inclusion. Yes? It's...

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... not because your mother reproduced you, that's not why a mother is precious. Because in many ways she saw you as a part of herself, it's because of that. Suppose your mother delivered you and never bothered about you, she will be your worst enemy, isn't it? The willingness to include another life as a part of yourself. It is that beauty we are trying to celebrate with the mother's day. Our mother, because physically she delivered this child, she experiences the child as a part of herself. It gives her the ability to place the child's well-being above her own well-being. It comes easily to her, it can come to anybody. So you can place other people's well-being above your well-being in so many ways. But, nature itself is assisting her to experience life that way, which is wonderful. Your motherhood is about how you feel, it's a question of embracing what's around you. You have a need to embrace someone as a part of yourself. What's stopping you? I'll give you the whole world, embrace. You can live here like a mother to the world. What is stopping you? Just look upon everybody like that.

December 20, 2020

1:58

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