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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

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

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

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 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

Synopsis: ...

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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

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

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

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

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?   

Synopsis: ...

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

January 1, 2021

4:32

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have you done an audit of your life? Learn how you can do one

Transcript: People always kept account of money and things that they have. But, very few people kept accounts of how they are, or they're progressing, or regressing, or what is happening. People have taken on this mode, if small things go wrong in their life, they'll find one little person down there and say it's because of him. I'm talking about the husband. If big things go wrong, it's because of him, the big...

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... guy up there. This guy, never in account. The little people or big people. This one, this one acts really big when he has to receive something, but when he has to give something he really acts very small. People taken on this mode. This is because there is no clear accounting process and no clear-cut balance sheet, this is where I stand in my life. If there was an accounting process, if you, shall we make an audit? Yes. Little bit of life audit. When you are five years of age, how joyful you were. Today how joyful you are. The balance sheet, is it profit or loss? That means it's loss. I was speaking to a group of people at the Princeton University and I looked around, a whole lot of people sitting with long faces. Particularly in university, the faces are extra long. Maybe it's the weight of knowledge, I don't know. So I looked around, except for three, four faces which were young faces, which were bright, all others. Then I asked them, what's happened to all these people over 30 years of age? Why are they carrying such long faces? One lady stands up and says, they are all married. This has happened only because there is no day-to-day accounting. Every day, before you go to bed, if you had a balance sheet going. Today am I a little better human being or am I little worse? Every day, if you had accounts, once a year if there was a clear audit, external audit, then very quickly you would have recovered. But after 25 years, one day you realize you are deep in the red. Now very difficult to recover because it's gone to another place.

Transcript: People always kept account of money and things that they have. But, very few people kept accounts of...

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... how they are, or they're progressing, or regressing, or what is happening. People have taken on this mode, if small things go wrong in their life, they'll find one little person down there and say it's because of him. I'm talking about the husband. If big things go wrong, it's because of him, the big guy up there. This guy, never in account. The little people or big people. This one, this one acts really big when he has to receive something, but when he has to give something he really acts very small. People taken on this mode. This is because there is no clear accounting process and no clear-cut balance sheet, this is where I stand in my life. If there was an accounting process, if you, shall we make an audit? Yes. Little bit of life audit. When you are five years of age, how joyful you were. Today how joyful you are. The balance sheet, is it profit or loss? That means it's loss. I was speaking to a group of people at the Princeton University and I looked around, a whole lot of people sitting with long faces. Particularly in university, the faces are extra long. Maybe it's the weight of knowledge, I don't know. So I looked around, except for three, four faces which were young faces, which were bright, all others. Then I asked them, what's happened to all these people over 30 years of age? Why are they carrying such long faces? One lady stands up and says, they are all married. This has happened only because there is no day-to-day accounting. Every day, before you go to bed, if you had a balance sheet going. Today am I a little better human being or am I little worse? Every day, if you had accounts, once a year if there was a clear audit, external audit, then very quickly you would have recovered. But after 25 years, one day you realize you are deep in the red. Now very difficult to recover because it's gone to another place.

December 19, 2020

3:52

Is it a problem or a possibility – A simple way to know the difference

Transcript: Not every situation which seems like a solution is actually a solution. And not every situation which seems like a problem is a problem. So what is a problem? What is a possibility? It's like this, there was a little bird in Michigan, United States. And winter was just sitting in. This is the time he has to move South to warmer climes. But he was a little too happy and tweeting around, you know. He...

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... had found a lot of company and the human species, that, so many of them were tweeting so he was also busy tweeting. And he kind of delayed his flight South. So after weather started freezing, he tried to fly and his wings froze and he fell. Then a cow was walking by and it, you know cows. Droppings happened; it landed straight on the bird. Feeling the warmth of the dung, slowly the bird recovered and became very happy. And tweeted again, from within the dung. A hungry cat was passing by, heard the tweet opened up the dung and ate up the bird. So not everybody who heaps shit on you are your enemies. And not everybody who gets you out of shit are your friends. It is just that if you are equipped, if you have equipped yourself in such a way no matter what happens, you know how to make it into a wonderful possibility for yourself. Because what life throws at us is not our choice always. We try to manage it to some extent, but it's not entirely our choice. Life may throw all kinds of things at us, but what we make out of it is 100% ours. If this one dimension, if we take charge of this, no matter what life throws at me, I will make this into a tremendous process for myself. Let it throw whatever, it doesn't matter what life throws at you, you will turn it into a possibility. You will not make anything into your problem because you are not a problem. This is a choice that every human being has, either for every situation. When I say every situation, there are only situations and situations and situations in our lives. When you don't know how to handle a particular situation, you call that a problem. What is the problem for you, may be wonderful possibility for somebody else. Usually is, isn't it? There are no problems in life, they're just situations. You can either make it into a possibility or a problem. You can either you, yourself become a possibility or a problem. This is a choice every human being has.

Transcript: Not every situation which seems like a solution is actually a solution. And not every situation which...

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... seems like a problem is a problem. So what is a problem? What is a possibility? It's like this, there was a little bird in Michigan, United States. And winter was just sitting in. This is the time he has to move South to warmer climes. But he was a little too happy and tweeting around, you know. He had found a lot of company and the human species, that, so many of them were tweeting so he was also busy tweeting. And he kind of delayed his flight South. So after weather started freezing, he tried to fly and his wings froze and he fell. Then a cow was walking by and it, you know cows. Droppings happened; it landed straight on the bird. Feeling the warmth of the dung, slowly the bird recovered and became very happy. And tweeted again, from within the dung. A hungry cat was passing by, heard the tweet opened up the dung and ate up the bird. So not everybody who heaps shit on you are your enemies. And not everybody who gets you out of shit are your friends. It is just that if you are equipped, if you have equipped yourself in such a way no matter what happens, you know how to make it into a wonderful possibility for yourself. Because what life throws at us is not our choice always. We try to manage it to some extent, but it's not entirely our choice. Life may throw all kinds of things at us, but what we make out of it is 100% ours. If this one dimension, if we take charge of this, no matter what life throws at me, I will make this into a tremendous process for myself. Let it throw whatever, it doesn't matter what life throws at you, you will turn it into a possibility. You will not make anything into your problem because you are not a problem. This is a choice that every human being has, either for every situation. When I say every situation, there are only situations and situations and situations in our lives. When you don't know how to handle a particular situation, you call that a problem. What is the problem for you, may be wonderful possibility for somebody else. Usually is, isn't it? There are no problems in life, they're just situations. You can either make it into a possibility or a problem. You can either you, yourself become a possibility or a problem. This is a choice every human being has.

December 18, 2020

3:59

Don’t become a rich beggar

Transcript: Raise the bar of survival, keep on raising it. What was your idea of survival 25 years ago? What was your idea of survival 15 years ago? What is your idea of survival today? It's raising the bar, isn't it? Two meals a day was survival when you didn't have anything, if you have known such a state, it's good to know those things. But now maybe mercedes is survival. In every different segment of society,...

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... survival has been raised to a place where billionaires are still struggling to survive among their community. Yes? I have had this opportunity, at close quarters, to see multi-billionaires but still beggars. Every day their mentality, their mindset is just that of a beggar who sits on this street and thinking okay, what will, what is today? What? How many more pennies can I gather? It's the same stuff, it's just the numbers have increased but the experience of life is still the same because you raise the bar of survival. Now your whole life, it doesn't matter what you do, still goes in survival. Everybody, I won't fix this for you. In your life you must fix it, how much is survival. You must fix it somewhere. Now. Not after 25 years when you get there, no. Now we must speak, this is my survival, then what I want to do. My survival is taken care of, what is it that really matters to me in my life. Whatever that is. If we don't structure our lives like this, forever you will be fighting with phantoms. Why I'm saying you're fighting with phantoms is, in other countries, where the bar of survival has not been raised so high, people can change the course of their life when they wish. I find, in the most affluent nation on the planet, everybody is enslaved for 30 years minimum. Their house loan is for 30 years, car loan is for 5 years, another thing is something, their insurance this, this, this. They're just fixed. Tomorrow morning if they find something really compelling that they want to do, they cannot do, they can only do it after 30 years. We did not come to affluence for this. The idea of affluence is you have the freedom to change the course of your life, do what you want to do. You don't have to be stuck with what you thought was the best thing when you were 20. At 20, you may think this is the best thing. At 40, the damn thing means nothing. If still the same things mean a lot to you, that means you're stuck. You're not growing, isn't it? A whole lot of people are stuck at 14, not even 20. Same things. Still they're excited about somebody's body part, they're still very excited about it. It's ridiculous. When you're 14 you're excited, I understand. You're 45, 50, 60 you're still in the same bin. It's a tragic way to live.

Transcript: Raise the bar of survival, keep on raising it. What was your idea of survival 25 years ago? What was...

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... your idea of survival 15 years ago? What is your idea of survival today? It's raising the bar, isn't it? Two meals a day was survival when you didn't have anything, if you have known such a state, it's good to know those things. But now maybe mercedes is survival. In every different segment of society, survival has been raised to a place where billionaires are still struggling to survive among their community. Yes? I have had this opportunity, at close quarters, to see multi-billionaires but still beggars. Every day their mentality, their mindset is just that of a beggar who sits on this street and thinking okay, what will, what is today? What? How many more pennies can I gather? It's the same stuff, it's just the numbers have increased but the experience of life is still the same because you raise the bar of survival. Now your whole life, it doesn't matter what you do, still goes in survival. Everybody, I won't fix this for you. In your life you must fix it, how much is survival. You must fix it somewhere. Now. Not after 25 years when you get there, no. Now we must speak, this is my survival, then what I want to do. My survival is taken care of, what is it that really matters to me in my life. Whatever that is. If we don't structure our lives like this, forever you will be fighting with phantoms. Why I'm saying you're fighting with phantoms is, in other countries, where the bar of survival has not been raised so high, people can change the course of their life when they wish. I find, in the most affluent nation on the planet, everybody is enslaved for 30 years minimum. Their house loan is for 30 years, car loan is for 5 years, another thing is something, their insurance this, this, this. They're just fixed. Tomorrow morning if they find something really compelling that they want to do, they cannot do, they can only do it after 30 years. We did not come to affluence for this. The idea of affluence is you have the freedom to change the course of your life, do what you want to do. You don't have to be stuck with what you thought was the best thing when you were 20. At 20, you may think this is the best thing. At 40, the damn thing means nothing. If still the same things mean a lot to you, that means you're stuck. You're not growing, isn't it? A whole lot of people are stuck at 14, not even 20. Same things. Still they're excited about somebody's body part, they're still very excited about it. It's ridiculous. When you're 14 you're excited, I understand. You're 45, 50, 60 you're still in the same bin. It's a tragic way to live.

December 14, 2020

3:59

Is common sense more important than intelligence?

Transcript: There's common sense, there is sense and there's something beyond sense. With common sense your survival process gets handled. You don't have to be brilliant, you just have common sense. You will survive pretty good. You could turn out quite street smart actually. If somebody very intelligent is walking down the street, let's say Albert Einstein is walking down the street, a street urchin can easily...

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... con him. Albert Einstein doesn't have the wily nature of the one who is walking the streets every day. Very easily you can deceive him. You may have enormous intelligence about something else. So, because the street kid has more common sense, common sense is restricted to a certain habitat. In that habitat, it works. In another place, your common sense doesn't work. So this kind of sense goes well in certain things, but if you want to transcend, you need a different kind of sense. This kind of sense is good on the survival mode, when you're in a survival mode on the street this kind of sense works pretty good. If we try to go all over with this kind of sense, we'll become one big mess. So going beyond one's senses and knowing why is it needed. Human intelligence and awareness has come to a place where it cannot limit itself to the ambit of survival it has to look.

Transcript: There's common sense, there is sense and there's something beyond sense. With common sense your survival...

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... process gets handled. You don't have to be brilliant, you just have common sense. You will survive pretty good. You could turn out quite street smart actually. If somebody very intelligent is walking down the street, let's say Albert Einstein is walking down the street, a street urchin can easily con him. Albert Einstein doesn't have the wily nature of the one who is walking the streets every day. Very easily you can deceive him. You may have enormous intelligence about something else. So, because the street kid has more common sense, common sense is restricted to a certain habitat. In that habitat, it works. In another place, your common sense doesn't work. So this kind of sense goes well in certain things, but if you want to transcend, you need a different kind of sense. This kind of sense is good on the survival mode, when you're in a survival mode on the street this kind of sense works pretty good. If we try to go all over with this kind of sense, we'll become one big mess. So going beyond one's senses and knowing why is it needed. Human intelligence and awareness has come to a place where it cannot limit itself to the ambit of survival it has to look.

December 13, 2020

2:18

Just make this one distinction and your life will be completely transformed

Transcript: You must clearly evaluate in your life. How much of your life is happening from outside, around you? How much of it is just your psychological structure? This is something, distinctly, you must draw a line on this. What is, right now we're sitting here, what's happening here? What am I doing within myself? This distinct line, if you sit up what is happening in my mind? What is happening around me?...

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... Two different things, these are two different things, isn't it? Whatever happens here, you can react and think these two things are same. Right now, somebody is going to call you a fool, I will. Now what happens within you is yours. The word fool is mine, but what happens within you is yours, isn't it? Yes or no? Because the word fool is not hurtful in any way, it's not a bullet. Only because the way you respond or react, things happen. This distinction you must set up in your life, what is mine, what am I doing? What is the world doing to me? If you look at this, the world is hardly doing anything to you. It's not even interested in you, most of the time. Most of the things are your own stuff and you think the world is doing all this to you. Yes or no? If you set up this distinction, what is my contribution to all the rubbish that I am. What is the world's contribution. You will see the world is doing precious little, believe me, very little. Rest is all yours. Now, what is yours, if you take charge, 98% of your life is transformed, 2% leave it to me, I'll take care of it for you. Yes? It's very simple, but this distinction has not been drawn. People are in and out. For every small thing that happens, a million things happen inside, isn't it? This whole chemical soup of a body, it is responding to every little thing, every thought, every idea, every emotion, every reverberation that you create, it's responding. Now, whether you have a wonderful soup or a lousy soup depends how much attention you're paying to the soup making, isn't it? If you know this is your work, you will do your work the way you want it. If you do not recognize this is my work, it happens wildly, accidentally.

Transcript: You must clearly evaluate in your life. How much of your life is happening from outside, around you?...

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... How much of it is just your psychological structure? This is something, distinctly, you must draw a line on this. What is, right now we're sitting here, what's happening here? What am I doing within myself? This distinct line, if you sit up what is happening in my mind? What is happening around me? Two different things, these are two different things, isn't it? Whatever happens here, you can react and think these two things are same. Right now, somebody is going to call you a fool, I will. Now what happens within you is yours. The word fool is mine, but what happens within you is yours, isn't it? Yes or no? Because the word fool is not hurtful in any way, it's not a bullet. Only because the way you respond or react, things happen. This distinction you must set up in your life, what is mine, what am I doing? What is the world doing to me? If you look at this, the world is hardly doing anything to you. It's not even interested in you, most of the time. Most of the things are your own stuff and you think the world is doing all this to you. Yes or no? If you set up this distinction, what is my contribution to all the rubbish that I am. What is the world's contribution. You will see the world is doing precious little, believe me, very little. Rest is all yours. Now, what is yours, if you take charge, 98% of your life is transformed, 2% leave it to me, I'll take care of it for you. Yes? It's very simple, but this distinction has not been drawn. People are in and out. For every small thing that happens, a million things happen inside, isn't it? This whole chemical soup of a body, it is responding to every little thing, every thought, every idea, every emotion, every reverberation that you create, it's responding. Now, whether you have a wonderful soup or a lousy soup depends how much attention you're paying to the soup making, isn't it? If you know this is your work, you will do your work the way you want it. If you do not recognize this is my work, it happens wildly, accidentally.

December 11, 2020

3:22

Don’t do things that you like!

Transcript: There is a very big difference between doing what I like and doing what is needed. When you start doing what is needed, there is no such thing as what is it that I like and what is it that I do not like. If you just transcend this one thing, that I like something, I dislike something. If you just transcend this one thing, 90% of your spiritual work is over. That's all. Because the karma generating...

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... machine, the basis of bondage is just this, I like this, I don't like this. I love this, I hate this. Once you divide creation like this, your ability to touch that dimension, which we call as a source of creation, is out of reach for you. I want you to pay attention, all the children also, okay? Hello? All of you should pay attention to small things, a blade of grass, a leaf, an ant. You paid? You saw an ant? Really closely? You must look at an ant. Whoever made this ant, whoever made this ant, has it been made with meticulous attention? Or simply, okay, just a bloody ant. What do you think? Very well made? Well made or no? Very well made, isn't it? Fantastic ant actually, not just a bloody ant. So if the creator, if the source of creation is willing to pay that much attention to a tiny little ant, who the hell are you to decide what you like and what you dislike? We like this, we don't like this. You like a cockroach? Why? Suppose, suppose, suppose Shiva came in the disguise of a cockroach, what will you do? Namaskaram you'll do? But how will you know it is Shiva, or just another cockroach? How will you know? You don't know, so better do namaskaram to every cockroach. Because who knows which one is Shiva. It's very simple. This is what this culture taught you, you see a tree, Shiva. You see a stone, Shiva. You see a dog, Shiva. You see a cow, Shiva. Because you don't know. You don't know today what is his disguise. Better not take a chance, isn't it? Better not take a chance. At least start with the human beings, you don't know in what disguise he's come today. Isn't it?

Transcript: There is a very big difference between doing what I like and doing what is needed. When you start doing...

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... what is needed, there is no such thing as what is it that I like and what is it that I do not like. If you just transcend this one thing, that I like something, I dislike something. If you just transcend this one thing, 90% of your spiritual work is over. That's all. Because the karma generating machine, the basis of bondage is just this, I like this, I don't like this. I love this, I hate this. Once you divide creation like this, your ability to touch that dimension, which we call as a source of creation, is out of reach for you. I want you to pay attention, all the children also, okay? Hello? All of you should pay attention to small things, a blade of grass, a leaf, an ant. You paid? You saw an ant? Really closely? You must look at an ant. Whoever made this ant, whoever made this ant, has it been made with meticulous attention? Or simply, okay, just a bloody ant. What do you think? Very well made? Well made or no? Very well made, isn't it? Fantastic ant actually, not just a bloody ant. So if the creator, if the source of creation is willing to pay that much attention to a tiny little ant, who the hell are you to decide what you like and what you dislike? We like this, we don't like this. You like a cockroach? Why? Suppose, suppose, suppose Shiva came in the disguise of a cockroach, what will you do? Namaskaram you'll do? But how will you know it is Shiva, or just another cockroach? How will you know? You don't know, so better do namaskaram to every cockroach. Because who knows which one is Shiva. It's very simple. This is what this culture taught you, you see a tree, Shiva. You see a stone, Shiva. You see a dog, Shiva. You see a cow, Shiva. Because you don't know. You don't know today what is his disguise. Better not take a chance, isn't it? Better not take a chance. At least start with the human beings, you don't know in what disguise he's come today. Isn't it?

December 9, 2020

3:59

The extraordinary powers of Sadhguru’s grandmother

Transcript: You know my great grandmother. People used to say, she's a devil of a woman. When I saw her, she was over 100 years of age. They called her a devil of a woman not because she ever did any harm to anybody, but she had a laugh. If she laughed, the entire street shook. Like that she laughed. She lived to be 113, 113 years of age. She was married into a very rich family, a big land-holding family. When...

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... she was 68 years of age, after her husband had died, she left the family, went out and built a small temple for herself. She did not install a god, she installed herself in the temple. She'll do her own thing there, her own type of worship, her own type of everything. And, she can tell you anything. When she's there, sitting in the temple, she can just tell you about anything in the world. You know the history of Europe, where spiritual process was so widespread and how systematically it was uprooted and thrown out when they wanted to establish an organized religion. So all those millions of witches who were burned, are just those women who exhibited certain qualities which did not fit into the logic of that society. My great grandmother, for sure, would have been burned as a witch. In India, they wouldn't burn but they were afraid of her laughter. She was definitely a witch. So, we need witches. We need witches in the world, we need women who are more capable than their logic. We need men also like that. We need human beings who are capable of perceiving, understanding, experiencing life beyond the horrible limitations of logic.

Transcript: You know my great grandmother. People used to say, she's a devil of a woman. When I saw her, she was...

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... over 100 years of age. They called her a devil of a woman not because she ever did any harm to anybody, but she had a laugh. If she laughed, the entire street shook. Like that she laughed. She lived to be 113, 113 years of age. She was married into a very rich family, a big land-holding family. When she was 68 years of age, after her husband had died, she left the family, went out and built a small temple for herself. She did not install a god, she installed herself in the temple. She'll do her own thing there, her own type of worship, her own type of everything. And, she can tell you anything. When she's there, sitting in the temple, she can just tell you about anything in the world. You know the history of Europe, where spiritual process was so widespread and how systematically it was uprooted and thrown out when they wanted to establish an organized religion. So all those millions of witches who were burned, are just those women who exhibited certain qualities which did not fit into the logic of that society. My great grandmother, for sure, would have been burned as a witch. In India, they wouldn't burn but they were afraid of her laughter. She was definitely a witch. So, we need witches. We need witches in the world, we need women who are more capable than their logic. We need men also like that. We need human beings who are capable of perceiving, understanding, experiencing life beyond the horrible limitations of logic.

December 5, 2020

3:00

The significance of dancing and singing

Transcript: So in terms of dance, see, I must tell you this. We come from a culture where all our gods dance. Everywhere else god is a serious guy, a very serious guy. But in India, if he doesn't dance, we won't treat him as a god. All Indian gods, male and female, always dance because if they can't dance, he can't be god. Because dance essentially means that life is happening, see dancing in a particular style...

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... is a different matter. If you do not know this, my daughter is a full, you know, full-time classical dancer, Indian classical dancer. I took her off education and put her into this because it meant so much to us that, you know, what is dance is not just entertainment. So if you're doing a particular style of dance, it's one thing. Otherwise, even a child will get up and dance when it feels exuberant. It's the exuberance of life finding expression, is dance. When body cannot keep quiet, it wants to do something exuberant, it will dance. Well, you guys have might have evolved your own kind of styles and I don't know you slide on the, do you do all that like Michael Jackson was doing? Those are all, you know, what do you say, many methods of doing it. But essentially it's the exuberance of the physical self, that the best way the body can express itself is dance. The highest way the body can express itself is dance actually, because that is the highest level of exuberance it finds. So for this also, you know balance is most important. If you want to dance well, the most important thing is balance. But most people dance only when they're drunk. Without the exuberance of, when your emotion becomes exuberant, maybe you will sing. I am not saying a practice singer, or a professional singer. When emotion becomes exuberant, people want to sing even those who don't know anything to sing. They will also do something, you know at least they will hum. When the physical self becomes very exuberant, it naturally dances.

Transcript: So in terms of dance, see, I must tell you this. We come from a culture where all our gods dance. Everywhere...

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... else god is a serious guy, a very serious guy. But in India, if he doesn't dance, we won't treat him as a god. All Indian gods, male and female, always dance because if they can't dance, he can't be god. Because dance essentially means that life is happening, see dancing in a particular style is a different matter. If you do not know this, my daughter is a full, you know, full-time classical dancer, Indian classical dancer. I took her off education and put her into this because it meant so much to us that, you know, what is dance is not just entertainment. So if you're doing a particular style of dance, it's one thing. Otherwise, even a child will get up and dance when it feels exuberant. It's the exuberance of life finding expression, is dance. When body cannot keep quiet, it wants to do something exuberant, it will dance. Well, you guys have might have evolved your own kind of styles and I don't know you slide on the, do you do all that like Michael Jackson was doing? Those are all, you know, what do you say, many methods of doing it. But essentially it's the exuberance of the physical self, that the best way the body can express itself is dance. The highest way the body can express itself is dance actually, because that is the highest level of exuberance it finds. So for this also, you know balance is most important. If you want to dance well, the most important thing is balance. But most people dance only when they're drunk. Without the exuberance of, when your emotion becomes exuberant, maybe you will sing. I am not saying a practice singer, or a professional singer. When emotion becomes exuberant, people want to sing even those who don't know anything to sing. They will also do something, you know at least they will hum. When the physical self becomes very exuberant, it naturally dances.

December 1, 2020

2:58

The missed opportunity of MJ and Elvis’s genius

Transcript: See, Michael Jackson had the power to inspire a whole generation of people. What he did was so unique and eye-catching anywhere in the world. I'm telling you, in the remotest part of India, in some village where there is no nothing, they know Michael Jackson. I mean that's a level of inspiration he brought in. A whole lot of youth dancing like him in India. In imitation of him. So that was a powerful...

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... possibility, but I'm sorry if I say something that hurts anybody, but I feel his life could have been, you know, he could have made this into really transforming the world in some way. But, unfortunately, I feel, no proper guidance around him, no proper advisors and all commercial people. I think it went waste because just five days ago I was at the Elvis Presley's museum in Memphis, as a part of the journey when we were coming back, we stopped at Memphis. Also went to Martin Luther King's, you know that place where the assassination happened. So when I was at Elvis place also, that's what I thought. He also, for two decades he dominated the music scene, inspired a whole generation of people, but his own life became a total mess because there is no proper guidance, there is no balance. There is genius, but there is no balance. So this is a sad story that's happened to a whole lot of great talent in the world, particularly in America, because people grow up on all the wrong things at a very early age. When I say wrong things, there is chemical influence, there is alcohol, there is all kinds of distractions. That, we must understand this always, that our intelligence, our competence, our genius, all these things are important, but for all of them to find expression in the world the most fundamental thing is balance. If this balance is missing, all talent, all competence, all genius, all, you know, whatever exuberant things you have, will go waste. So both these personalities, one that you mentioned Michael Jackson and also Elvis Presley are a classic example of this lack of balance. When there is such a massive talent that you are capable of influencing an entire generation, not in one country, across the world. When you have that, this could have been used to really create a new generation of people, new sort of planet actually. You can do this, you had the power to do that, it is just the lack of balance.

Transcript: See, Michael Jackson had the power to inspire a whole generation of people. What he did was so unique...

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... and eye-catching anywhere in the world. I'm telling you, in the remotest part of India, in some village where there is no nothing, they know Michael Jackson. I mean that's a level of inspiration he brought in. A whole lot of youth dancing like him in India. In imitation of him. So that was a powerful possibility, but I'm sorry if I say something that hurts anybody, but I feel his life could have been, you know, he could have made this into really transforming the world in some way. But, unfortunately, I feel, no proper guidance around him, no proper advisors and all commercial people. I think it went waste because just five days ago I was at the Elvis Presley's museum in Memphis, as a part of the journey when we were coming back, we stopped at Memphis. Also went to Martin Luther King's, you know that place where the assassination happened. So when I was at Elvis place also, that's what I thought. He also, for two decades he dominated the music scene, inspired a whole generation of people, but his own life became a total mess because there is no proper guidance, there is no balance. There is genius, but there is no balance. So this is a sad story that's happened to a whole lot of great talent in the world, particularly in America, because people grow up on all the wrong things at a very early age. When I say wrong things, there is chemical influence, there is alcohol, there is all kinds of distractions. That, we must understand this always, that our intelligence, our competence, our genius, all these things are important, but for all of them to find expression in the world the most fundamental thing is balance. If this balance is missing, all talent, all competence, all genius, all, you know, whatever exuberant things you have, will go waste. So both these personalities, one that you mentioned Michael Jackson and also Elvis Presley are a classic example of this lack of balance. When there is such a massive talent that you are capable of influencing an entire generation, not in one country, across the world. When you have that, this could have been used to really create a new generation of people, new sort of planet actually. You can do this, you had the power to do that, it is just the lack of balance.

November 30, 2020

3:04

Not finding time for yoga?

Transcript: So my question, it's a little personal, based on where I live. So I live in Montana. Much of Montana is very rural, they're only about 900, 000 people in the whole state. There are more cows than people in Montana. But there's a lot of poverty in Montana, people really struggle to earn a living there. So people often are working 2-3 jobs, very busy, not such great access to fresh food or good food,...

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... unless it's grown there. And one of the things that you said today really resonated with me, tonight, was when you wake up in the morning, how do you feel? And so people don't think it's okay to think about themselves and think about how they're feeling and what they need to do each day. So how do you begin to tell somebody, that has to work 12 hours a day, working 2 jobs, comes home to a family, to start engaging in some of these more spiritual and more self-realization types of practices? Because my experience has been, well I'm too busy, you know this would be great. I can get up in the morning and maybe drink some warm water or do something, but to actually take the time to think about themselves is very hard. See, if you think that the work that you're doing is very important, then the first thing that you need to do is work upon yourself. How do you enhance your work without enhancing yourself? You are not going to do anything more than yourself, isn't it? Everything that you do is just an expression of who you are. Without enhancing this, the nature and the quality of your work will never enhance, strive as much as you can. Right now this is the problem with the world, most people are suffering so many things, enormous amount of stress in their day-to-day activity, just to earn a living. Which every worm, insect, bird is doing. But human beings, with such a huge brain, are going through such a struggle just to earn a living. Simply because they're trying to enhance their activity rather than enhancing the person, the me. If you do not enhance this one and you try to enhance activity, it is like you took your old beat up ford in Montana, on a f1 race track. Well it's going to fly in different directions. You need to have an appropriate machine to get onto the track. So if the work, if you think your work and family deserve a better deal, you must work upon yourself. If you don't invest on this one, there will be really no result. Only, you know, just wasteful striving. It is very important that this must be enhanced if you want to enhance the work. There is no other way to do it.

Transcript: So my question, it's a little personal, based on where I live. So I live in Montana. Much of Montana...

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... is very rural, they're only about 900, 000 people in the whole state. There are more cows than people in Montana. But there's a lot of poverty in Montana, people really struggle to earn a living there. So people often are working 2-3 jobs, very busy, not such great access to fresh food or good food, unless it's grown there. And one of the things that you said today really resonated with me, tonight, was when you wake up in the morning, how do you feel? And so people don't think it's okay to think about themselves and think about how they're feeling and what they need to do each day. So how do you begin to tell somebody, that has to work 12 hours a day, working 2 jobs, comes home to a family, to start engaging in some of these more spiritual and more self-realization types of practices? Because my experience has been, well I'm too busy, you know this would be great. I can get up in the morning and maybe drink some warm water or do something, but to actually take the time to think about themselves is very hard. See, if you think that the work that you're doing is very important, then the first thing that you need to do is work upon yourself. How do you enhance your work without enhancing yourself? You are not going to do anything more than yourself, isn't it? Everything that you do is just an expression of who you are. Without enhancing this, the nature and the quality of your work will never enhance, strive as much as you can. Right now this is the problem with the world, most people are suffering so many things, enormous amount of stress in their day-to-day activity, just to earn a living. Which every worm, insect, bird is doing. But human beings, with such a huge brain, are going through such a struggle just to earn a living. Simply because they're trying to enhance their activity rather than enhancing the person, the me. If you do not enhance this one and you try to enhance activity, it is like you took your old beat up ford in Montana, on a f1 race track. Well it's going to fly in different directions. You need to have an appropriate machine to get onto the track. So if the work, if you think your work and family deserve a better deal, you must work upon yourself. If you don't invest on this one, there will be really no result. Only, you know, just wasteful striving. It is very important that this must be enhanced if you want to enhance the work. There is no other way to do it.

November 28, 2020

3:37

How to deal with a bad day?

Transcript: Why are you trying to label a day as a bad day, or a good day? It is only human beings who, in their experience, they do these things to themselves. Why they do these things to themselves is, see today there was a glorious sunrise. Millions of flowers blossomed across the planet, so many wonderful things are happening, even the stars are twinkling right now, the moon is full today, everything is fantastic....

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... But, one worm of a thought in your head can make a mess out of you, isn't it so? Isn't it so? So why this is so is, somewhere you are giving or ascribing a lot more importance to your psychological process, than the existential process. Instead of being a life, you're being a psychological case. Yes? Because your thought process and your emotion has become far more important than the existential process, that is the only problem, isn't it? Or in other words, the creation, the creator's creation has not impacted you enough yet. So you think your petty creation in your head is bigger than that. Or to put it bluntly, you're too full of yourself, that's the only reason why you can have a bad day. Otherwise why? No, the stock market crashed. So what? The sun rose. So many things happen, does it mean to say nothing goes wrong in my life? More things go wrong with my life than anybody else's life probably, anybody here, I would say. Because I don't hesitate to put my hand into just about anything. I do not hesitate to put my hand into anything. When you put your hand into just about anything, lot of things will bite you, right? Naturally it will. I want you to understand this, the whole process of suffering is essentially that you have not opened your eyes, you've not peeled your eyes properly and looked at the grandeur of everything that's happening around you, not yet. You've not paid attention, you looked at the world like this. You must look at the world like this, if you just look at one thing, you can't believe how it is. If you ever look at an ant, just see what kind of technology has gone into it. It can keep you engaged for the rest of your life doing research. Yes or no? So the problem is just this, that you are giving too much importance to what's happening in your little head, not paying attention to all the magnificent things that are happening in the existence. I have never seen a bad day in the existence. I've only seen bad days in people's moods and minds, isn't it?

Transcript: Why are you trying to label a day as a bad day, or a good day? It is only human beings who, in their...

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... experience, they do these things to themselves. Why they do these things to themselves is, see today there was a glorious sunrise. Millions of flowers blossomed across the planet, so many wonderful things are happening, even the stars are twinkling right now, the moon is full today, everything is fantastic. But, one worm of a thought in your head can make a mess out of you, isn't it so? Isn't it so? So why this is so is, somewhere you are giving or ascribing a lot more importance to your psychological process, than the existential process. Instead of being a life, you're being a psychological case. Yes? Because your thought process and your emotion has become far more important than the existential process, that is the only problem, isn't it? Or in other words, the creation, the creator's creation has not impacted you enough yet. So you think your petty creation in your head is bigger than that. Or to put it bluntly, you're too full of yourself, that's the only reason why you can have a bad day. Otherwise why? No, the stock market crashed. So what? The sun rose. So many things happen, does it mean to say nothing goes wrong in my life? More things go wrong with my life than anybody else's life probably, anybody here, I would say. Because I don't hesitate to put my hand into just about anything. I do not hesitate to put my hand into anything. When you put your hand into just about anything, lot of things will bite you, right? Naturally it will. I want you to understand this, the whole process of suffering is essentially that you have not opened your eyes, you've not peeled your eyes properly and looked at the grandeur of everything that's happening around you, not yet. You've not paid attention, you looked at the world like this. You must look at the world like this, if you just look at one thing, you can't believe how it is. If you ever look at an ant, just see what kind of technology has gone into it. It can keep you engaged for the rest of your life doing research. Yes or no? So the problem is just this, that you are giving too much importance to what's happening in your little head, not paying attention to all the magnificent things that are happening in the existence. I have never seen a bad day in the existence. I've only seen bad days in people's moods and minds, isn't it?

November 25, 2020

3:22

Misconception – those on the spiritual path should withdraw from society

Transcript: Whether you're political, or spiritual, or you're in a commercial venture, or you're doing nothing, you're a citizen of this nation. You have rights and responsibilities of being in this country. Each person, according to his understanding of his rights and responsibility, and his intelligence and capability, should act to better everything around us, because we are all benefiting from the platform...

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... of nationhood, isn't it? We are not living away from it, just because I'm spiritual I'm not walking in the sky, I'm still driving on the road. If the road is a mess, should I not talk about it? I'm asking. Right now we got stuck in the traffic for 10 minutes. It's so simple. There's not enough automobiles on the road for the road, the width of the road. But, because everybody is driving so haphazardly, it is a mess. So should I not talk about it? Because it is impeding in my spiritual activity also, the traffic jam. So similarly people are malnourished in the village, should I not talk about it? Because if they're malnourished, if they're not even eaten properly, should I talk to them about enlightenment? It's obscene, I will not do such things. When somebody is hungry, I will not go and tell them you must get enlightened, that is the solution. No, I think he must be given fundamental thing to eat. So the question is about life, the question is not about area of function that you have chosen. If you want to enhance life, all aspects are involved. Somebody wants to get directly into political space, I would not do that, not because I think it's wrong, simply because it doesn't agree with my aesthetics, that's all. My focus is elsewhere, my competence is elsewhere, so I focus on that. But somebody wants to stand for election, let's say somebody who's wearing saffron clothes wants to stand for election. It's his prerogative. As a citizen of this India, he has the right to do that. I don't think we should get overly perturbed about these things. If he has earned people's respect, it will happen. Otherwise it won't work. In all these things, are all spiritual people perfect people? Unfortunately, they are not. But it is not necessary to go on making this judgment. Let Bill Gates do it. You wait for Bill Gates to make 100 billion dollars, then come and give it to you, it's just stupid. Everybody has to do the best they can do, wherever they can do. Only then something will happen. You want an American business success to come to India and do charity for you, you must be ashamed even to say that. Every one of us, whether you can help 1 or 10 or 100 or a million is just a question of your capability. But everybody must do what is needed in the society, isn't it?

Transcript: Whether you're political, or spiritual, or you're in a commercial venture, or you're doing nothing, you're...

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... a citizen of this nation. You have rights and responsibilities of being in this country. Each person, according to his understanding of his rights and responsibility, and his intelligence and capability, should act to better everything around us, because we are all benefiting from the platform of nationhood, isn't it? We are not living away from it, just because I'm spiritual I'm not walking in the sky, I'm still driving on the road. If the road is a mess, should I not talk about it? I'm asking. Right now we got stuck in the traffic for 10 minutes. It's so simple. There's not enough automobiles on the road for the road, the width of the road. But, because everybody is driving so haphazardly, it is a mess. So should I not talk about it? Because it is impeding in my spiritual activity also, the traffic jam. So similarly people are malnourished in the village, should I not talk about it? Because if they're malnourished, if they're not even eaten properly, should I talk to them about enlightenment? It's obscene, I will not do such things. When somebody is hungry, I will not go and tell them you must get enlightened, that is the solution. No, I think he must be given fundamental thing to eat. So the question is about life, the question is not about area of function that you have chosen. If you want to enhance life, all aspects are involved. Somebody wants to get directly into political space, I would not do that, not because I think it's wrong, simply because it doesn't agree with my aesthetics, that's all. My focus is elsewhere, my competence is elsewhere, so I focus on that. But somebody wants to stand for election, let's say somebody who's wearing saffron clothes wants to stand for election. It's his prerogative. As a citizen of this India, he has the right to do that. I don't think we should get overly perturbed about these things. If he has earned people's respect, it will happen. Otherwise it won't work. In all these things, are all spiritual people perfect people? Unfortunately, they are not. But it is not necessary to go on making this judgment. Let Bill Gates do it. You wait for Bill Gates to make 100 billion dollars, then come and give it to you, it's just stupid. Everybody has to do the best they can do, wherever they can do. Only then something will happen. You want an American business success to come to India and do charity for you, you must be ashamed even to say that. Every one of us, whether you can help 1 or 10 or 100 or a million is just a question of your capability. But everybody must do what is needed in the society, isn't it?

November 23, 2020

3:27

What does the word ‘Sadhguru’ mean?

Transcript: Are your thinkings rooted in religion, meaning traditional Hindu practice, Shivaism or is it rooted in the practice you mention of yoga? Which is, of course, a practice which is secular but still related to traditional Indian thinking. I mean how will you describe your relationship to Indian traditional thinking and religion? See, for me, when people refer to me as a Sadhguru, what they are saying...

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... is that I am an uneducated guru. Because Sadhguru is not a title, it's a description. Like if you want to go to your doctor. If you have a dental problem, you go to a dentist. If you have some problem with your bone, you go to the orthopedic. You don't go to the wrong person. So when you say a Sadhguru, it's a description that he does not know any scriptures, he does not know any religion, he does not know any dogma or ritual. There's only one thing he knows, he knows this piece of life absolutely from its origin to its ultimate. Because I know this piece of life and that's the only thing I know. By inference, I seem to know everything else around me because for every human being, you know only what you experience. Rest you don't know, it's just imagination. What else do we know? Tell me. What you hear, what you smell, what you taste, what you touch, this is the only way you know life. So if you know this piece of life in its absolute nature by inference, you know almost everything that's worth knowing.

Transcript: Are your thinkings rooted in religion, meaning traditional Hindu practice, Shivaism or is it rooted in...

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... the practice you mention of yoga? Which is, of course, a practice which is secular but still related to traditional Indian thinking. I mean how will you describe your relationship to Indian traditional thinking and religion? See, for me, when people refer to me as a Sadhguru, what they are saying is that I am an uneducated guru. Because Sadhguru is not a title, it's a description. Like if you want to go to your doctor. If you have a dental problem, you go to a dentist. If you have some problem with your bone, you go to the orthopedic. You don't go to the wrong person. So when you say a Sadhguru, it's a description that he does not know any scriptures, he does not know any religion, he does not know any dogma or ritual. There's only one thing he knows, he knows this piece of life absolutely from its origin to its ultimate. Because I know this piece of life and that's the only thing I know. By inference, I seem to know everything else around me because for every human being, you know only what you experience. Rest you don't know, it's just imagination. What else do we know? Tell me. What you hear, what you smell, what you taste, what you touch, this is the only way you know life. So if you know this piece of life in its absolute nature by inference, you know almost everything that's worth knowing.

November 22, 2020

1:55

Whats in a name – Bharat or India?

Transcript: The name India is given to us. It's an English name. This is the technology of dominance. You must see this, when they imported slaves from Africa, the first thing they did in the port was to change their name. To call you Cucu, Tobo, Nono, Pupo, something like this. If I call you Padmanaban, now you're standing like this. I call you Cucu, you're. First thing is to give a meaningless name which has...

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... no, because a human being is from memory, from history, from culture. A name which has no cultural background, a name which has no significance, a name which does not instill pride in you, that kind of a name I will give you because this is the technology of dominance. In this country maybe 2-3, maybe 5% of the people speak English language. But the nation is named in English. It doesn't mean anything to someone who doesn't speak English language, India. Bharat has a power to it because there are two aspects to this. When we utter something, there is a sound. Meaning is just psychological, you're making up the meaning, isn't it? Yes or no? Right now, I utter something, it's just a sound. If you did not know the language, this is just a sound. Meaning is just made up in your mind, meaning is secondary. The significance is in the sound. You utter Bharat and see what reverberation it has in you, you say India and see what reverberation it has in you. Say this, take this as your chant for two days. One day you just say India, India, India. Another day you say Bharat, Bharat, Bharat. Just see what it does to your system, then you decide. This was done with a very close observation, a deep understanding of the science of sound and form. When I say the science of sound and form, every sound has a form attached to it. If you feed any sound into an oscilloscope, it gives us a particular pattern, which is a form. So every sound has a form in it, every form has a sound in it. So what kind of sounds have the maximum impact on the human system. This we call them as mantras. Bharat is a mantra. Bharatam is even better, but up north they won't accept it, you have to chop it in the end. Bharat is powerful.

Transcript: The name India is given to us. It's an English name. This is the technology of dominance. You must see...

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... this, when they imported slaves from Africa, the first thing they did in the port was to change their name. To call you Cucu, Tobo, Nono, Pupo, something like this. If I call you Padmanaban, now you're standing like this. I call you Cucu, you're. First thing is to give a meaningless name which has no, because a human being is from memory, from history, from culture. A name which has no cultural background, a name which has no significance, a name which does not instill pride in you, that kind of a name I will give you because this is the technology of dominance. In this country maybe 2-3, maybe 5% of the people speak English language. But the nation is named in English. It doesn't mean anything to someone who doesn't speak English language, India. Bharat has a power to it because there are two aspects to this. When we utter something, there is a sound. Meaning is just psychological, you're making up the meaning, isn't it? Yes or no? Right now, I utter something, it's just a sound. If you did not know the language, this is just a sound. Meaning is just made up in your mind, meaning is secondary. The significance is in the sound. You utter Bharat and see what reverberation it has in you, you say India and see what reverberation it has in you. Say this, take this as your chant for two days. One day you just say India, India, India. Another day you say Bharat, Bharat, Bharat. Just see what it does to your system, then you decide. This was done with a very close observation, a deep understanding of the science of sound and form. When I say the science of sound and form, every sound has a form attached to it. If you feed any sound into an oscilloscope, it gives us a particular pattern, which is a form. So every sound has a form in it, every form has a sound in it. So what kind of sounds have the maximum impact on the human system. This we call them as mantras. Bharat is a mantra. Bharatam is even better, but up north they won't accept it, you have to chop it in the end. Bharat is powerful.

November 21, 2020

3:06

What is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’ – how to find out?

Transcript: I'm trying to equate this to like, polarity. I mean we have, we have light and dark, we have hot and cold, do we have an evil and not evil if you will? Or a good and bad? See, good and bad is not in terms of your belief, or your idea. Anything that sustains and enhances life is what life should be looking for. See, don't look at yourself as a person, don't look at yourself as a man, don't look at yourself...

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... as an American, don't look at yourself from any identity. You just look at yourself as a piece of life, which is the reality, isn't it? You're just a piece of life. So what is life looking for? Always seeking how to enhance it, isn't it? If somebody, because of his ideas or his nonsense, is going against this basic happening of life and enhancement of life, we generally term it negative, or maybe we can call it bad, or evil. But it's just a word. Fundamentally, you're going against your own life. That is the negativity. So in that context, yes. But not as a morality, because moralities keep changing from society to society it's different, from generation to generation it's different, isn't it? Isn't it so?

Transcript: I'm trying to equate this to like, polarity. I mean we have, we have light and dark, we have hot and...

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... cold, do we have an evil and not evil if you will? Or a good and bad? See, good and bad is not in terms of your belief, or your idea. Anything that sustains and enhances life is what life should be looking for. See, don't look at yourself as a person, don't look at yourself as a man, don't look at yourself as an American, don't look at yourself from any identity. You just look at yourself as a piece of life, which is the reality, isn't it? You're just a piece of life. So what is life looking for? Always seeking how to enhance it, isn't it? If somebody, because of his ideas or his nonsense, is going against this basic happening of life and enhancement of life, we generally term it negative, or maybe we can call it bad, or evil. But it's just a word. Fundamentally, you're going against your own life. That is the negativity. So in that context, yes. But not as a morality, because moralities keep changing from society to society it's different, from generation to generation it's different, isn't it? Isn't it so?

November 19, 2020

1:59

Should I control my excitement?

Transcript: I wanted to know basically, how to control excitement? If you could give me an easy or simple way, which I can follow. We can, we can do that if we just have you shot. After that you'll be cold and unexciting. Why do you want to control excitement? I want you to be in a state of excitement all the time. Your problem is, because see, people have been telling you this, if you're too happy, sadness will...

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... follow. Do you understand? They've been saying this traditionally. So you're laughing too much, so tomorrow you will cry. This observation has come because you are not functioning from your awareness. You're cyclical in your nature. If you become too much laughing today, tomorrow you will cry because it keeps happening for people. For many people, it's true. For a lot of people it is true. It is from that context, you are saying, don't want excitement because excitement leads to trouble, isn't it? If you can be blissful and always in a state of excitement, is it not nice? I'm always excited about everything. There's nothing that doesn't excite me. That's why I'm asking question to you, Swami ji. So I'm saying, why do you want to kill the excitement? No, you must bring the necessary balance, that excitement doesn't lead to disaster, isn't it? Excitement means life is happening more intensely, isn't it? Always it must be happening at maximum intensity. But now you should create the necessary balance, so that your excitement doesn't lead to disastrous situations within you. So ask for the right thing, you need the necessary balance. Not to kill life. Because if you live life, something may happen. If you live life, something may happen, so the best thing is to fall dead. That's the logic you're going, right now. Is it the answer? No. If you live life, injury may happen, tragedy may happen, so best thing is fall dead right now, so that nothing happens to you. That's definitely 100% insurance, but that's not the way, isn't it? You want to be alive, exuberantly alive, and still maintain the balance. You're half alive and you're peaceful, it doesn't mean anything. You're exuberantly alive and still you're peaceful, this is beautiful. This is fantastic. Or you're exuberant, and once in a while you lose your balance, that's still okay with me. But you're dead and peaceful, it doesn't mean anything to me nor does it mean anything to life, isn't it?

Transcript: I wanted to know basically, how to control excitement? If you could give me an easy or simple way, which...

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... I can follow. We can, we can do that if we just have you shot. After that you'll be cold and unexciting. Why do you want to control excitement? I want you to be in a state of excitement all the time. Your problem is, because see, people have been telling you this, if you're too happy, sadness will follow. Do you understand? They've been saying this traditionally. So you're laughing too much, so tomorrow you will cry. This observation has come because you are not functioning from your awareness. You're cyclical in your nature. If you become too much laughing today, tomorrow you will cry because it keeps happening for people. For many people, it's true. For a lot of people it is true. It is from that context, you are saying, don't want excitement because excitement leads to trouble, isn't it? If you can be blissful and always in a state of excitement, is it not nice? I'm always excited about everything. There's nothing that doesn't excite me. That's why I'm asking question to you, Swami ji. So I'm saying, why do you want to kill the excitement? No, you must bring the necessary balance, that excitement doesn't lead to disaster, isn't it? Excitement means life is happening more intensely, isn't it? Always it must be happening at maximum intensity. But now you should create the necessary balance, so that your excitement doesn't lead to disastrous situations within you. So ask for the right thing, you need the necessary balance. Not to kill life. Because if you live life, something may happen. If you live life, something may happen, so the best thing is to fall dead. That's the logic you're going, right now. Is it the answer? No. If you live life, injury may happen, tragedy may happen, so best thing is fall dead right now, so that nothing happens to you. That's definitely 100% insurance, but that's not the way, isn't it? You want to be alive, exuberantly alive, and still maintain the balance. You're half alive and you're peaceful, it doesn't mean anything. You're exuberantly alive and still you're peaceful, this is beautiful. This is fantastic. Or you're exuberant, and once in a while you lose your balance, that's still okay with me. But you're dead and peaceful, it doesn't mean anything to me nor does it mean anything to life, isn't it?

November 16, 2020

3:46

Listen to the birds for a better weather forecast than meteorologist

Transcript: One thing that we can know from birds, probably better than any meteorological instruments is, if we listen to them carefully, we would know the meteorological conditions, or the weather patterns very well. Many studies have observed this, on the banks of Ganga and also Narmada river, certain birds, which nest very close to the water, by looking at where they build the nest at what height, people know...

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... whether this year there is going to be a flood or not. I'm saying, the birds build this nest at least four months before monsoons. But, they will build the nest much lower if the rains are not going to be too heavy and there's not going to be any flood. But if there is going to be a flood, they will build it way higher up. Just by observing this, traditionally people have always known, this year it's going to flood, this year it's not going to flood. So obviously before any of the normal, what our instruments can read in terms of meteorological conditions before water vapour, temperature, other things manifest, already there are science in nature, which a bird is able to see. Probably among human beings, one creature who pays maximum attention to meteorological conditions, is an aviator. A farmer to some extent, but much more an aviator because one who wants to fly is always watching out for the weather, because that will decide whether you're going to fly or not. Whether you will fly all the way to another world or you're going to land in this world. A lot depends on the weather. So birds being avians, probably they have learned to pay attention to nature in terms of meteorological conditions like nobody else. There are many other aspects one knows about the migratory patterns of the birds. Where in distinctly, they know the weather patterns, otherwise they cannot make this flight, long distance flights across continents. So if one wants to know whether definitely listening to birds would be great, maybe not all of them, those who soar in the sky, those who depend very much on rising in the sky.

Transcript: One thing that we can know from birds, probably better than any meteorological instruments is, if we...

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... listen to them carefully, we would know the meteorological conditions, or the weather patterns very well. Many studies have observed this, on the banks of Ganga and also Narmada river, certain birds, which nest very close to the water, by looking at where they build the nest at what height, people know whether this year there is going to be a flood or not. I'm saying, the birds build this nest at least four months before monsoons. But, they will build the nest much lower if the rains are not going to be too heavy and there's not going to be any flood. But if there is going to be a flood, they will build it way higher up. Just by observing this, traditionally people have always known, this year it's going to flood, this year it's not going to flood. So obviously before any of the normal, what our instruments can read in terms of meteorological conditions before water vapour, temperature, other things manifest, already there are science in nature, which a bird is able to see. Probably among human beings, one creature who pays maximum attention to meteorological conditions, is an aviator. A farmer to some extent, but much more an aviator because one who wants to fly is always watching out for the weather, because that will decide whether you're going to fly or not. Whether you will fly all the way to another world or you're going to land in this world. A lot depends on the weather. So birds being avians, probably they have learned to pay attention to nature in terms of meteorological conditions like nobody else. There are many other aspects one knows about the migratory patterns of the birds. Where in distinctly, they know the weather patterns, otherwise they cannot make this flight, long distance flights across continents. So if one wants to know whether definitely listening to birds would be great, maybe not all of them, those who soar in the sky, those who depend very much on rising in the sky.

November 13, 2020

3:25

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