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Can spirituality help get rid of corruption? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Anupam Kher | #4

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

Synopsis: I feel very proud to be an Indian. And I’m sure a lot of people feel....

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... But corruption bothers me. And I’m sure you also spoke about it. Do you think spirituality can help get rid of corruption to some extent?

May 7, 2021

10:45

What are the perceptions of Indian fashion in the west? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Sabyasachi | #13

Synopsis: You know we’ve been talking, Sadhguru has a book that’s coming out in the US. And in the process of making that, you know, some of the conversations we’ve had have been about perceptions of yoga in the west. And I wondered what perceptions are of Indian design and fashion in the west? Is it still just the exotic element or is there more? Is it being taken more...

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... seriously than that?

Synopsis: You know we’ve been talking, Sadhguru has a book that’s coming out...

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... in the US. And in the process of making that, you know, some of the conversations we’ve had have been about perceptions of yoga in the west. And I wondered what perceptions are of Indian design and fashion in the west? Is it still just the exotic element or is there more? Is it being taken more seriously than that?

April 29, 2021

5:29

How to deal with mental health issues? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Karan Johar | #6

Synopsis: What I believe surrounds us all is urban angst. That seems to be the terminology that comes out of mental health solutions, etc. And that seems to be trampened in many parts of the world now, including now slowly penetrating in India. When people deal with mental health issues like depression and anxiety. And those kinds of people seek certain chemical imbalance issues...

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... that are told to them. I really want to know, it’s such an order of the day today, I feel like it’s talked about like it’s a fashionable issue. But I think it’s a very serious issue when people talk about mental health issues like depression and anxiety and seek counselling to sort those issues out. And then the diagnosis at times is chemical imbalance and medication is given. I know you hate the word philosophy, but all your teachings are definitely about finding yourself and seeking that pleasantness from within. But to those who are not strong enough to achieve that and seek this assistance, what is your take on that?

Synopsis: What I believe surrounds us all is urban angst. That seems to be the...

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... terminology that comes out of mental health solutions, etc. And that seems to be trampened in many parts of the world now, including now slowly penetrating in India. When people deal with mental health issues like depression and anxiety. And those kinds of people seek certain chemical imbalance issues that are told to them. I really want to know, it’s such an order of the day today, I feel like it’s talked about like it’s a fashionable issue. But I think it’s a very serious issue when people talk about mental health issues like depression and anxiety and seek counselling to sort those issues out. And then the diagnosis at times is chemical imbalance and medication is given. I know you hate the word philosophy, but all your teachings are definitely about finding yourself and seeking that pleasantness from within. But to those who are not strong enough to achieve that and seek this assistance, what is your take on that?

April 25, 2021

15:43

What is the ideal education system? | Sadhguru at JNU | #16

Synopsis: Sadhguru, my question is regarding the education system which is followed everywhere, specially in India. So Sadhguru, my question is, what exactly is the ideal education system we should have in a country so that we can explore every dimension of life, keeping intact the material needs of the country.

Synopsis: Sadhguru, my question is regarding the education system which is followed...

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... everywhere, specially in India. So Sadhguru, my question is, what exactly is the ideal education system we should have in a country so that we can explore every dimension of life, keeping intact the material needs of the country.

April 23, 2021

5:15

Is India the biggest living democracy? | Sadhguru at JNU | #14

Synopsis: My question to you is that, when you were in the United States, you always said there that India is the biggest living democracy. But now after 4 years you have stopped saying this. What made you stop saying it now? Like why have you stopped saying this now, that we are the biggest living democracy?

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... said there that India is the biggest living democracy. But now after 4 years you have stopped saying this. What made you stop saying it now? Like why have you stopped saying this now, that we are the biggest living democracy?

April 23, 2021

4:32

What should be done about refugees? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #9

Synopsis: These days, the common discussion which is going on is about the refugees. And we being celebrities, we get these questions asked. And this is the most conflicting question ever. Because as a nation, being a part of this country, and knowing so many of us don’t even have access to food, education, electricity. Absorbing more people into our population clearly isn’t...

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... a good idea, but denying those people seems even worse. So again, where does spirituality come here? What part does it play? And what happens to inclusiveness when such a thing happens? I clearly know that this is the worst thing to do. Because they’re coming in millions and millions and millions where our own are starving. So it’s like saying that I let my own child die but I save the neighbour’s. So what sort of negotiation is that?

Synopsis: These days, the common discussion which is going on is about the refugees....

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... And we being celebrities, we get these questions asked. And this is the most conflicting question ever. Because as a nation, being a part of this country, and knowing so many of us don’t even have access to food, education, electricity. Absorbing more people into our population clearly isn’t a good idea, but denying those people seems even worse. So again, where does spirituality come here? What part does it play? And what happens to inclusiveness when such a thing happens? I clearly know that this is the worst thing to do. Because they’re coming in millions and millions and millions where our own are starving. So it’s like saying that I let my own child die but I save the neighbour’s. So what sort of negotiation is that?

April 22, 2021

6:52

Why is it that Indians are doing so well but India isn’t? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #8

Synopsis: Indians are doing so well. Whether it’s the CEO of Google, Microsoft, MasterCard, Nokia, you know the list goes on. So Indians are doing so well all over the world, but India is not doing well. Why is that?

Synopsis: Indians are doing so well. Whether it’s the CEO of Google, Microsoft,...

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... MasterCard, Nokia, you know the list goes on. So Indians are doing so well all over the world, but India is not doing well. Why is that?

April 22, 2021

6:20

Liberals versus sceptics | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #6

Synopsis: I personally feel that this whole dichotomy of what’s happening in today’s society and today’s world, that we are individuals and we need to be organized as well. But what we face everyday is something completely different. I mean, I’ll tell you, for me it’s very conflicting. Like I’m working on a martyr’s biopic, where there is a scene, the protagonist,...

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... Laxmi Bai, she goes and she saves a calf. So my crew had a huge discussion. We halted the shoot and we’re like, she can’t save a calf. It has to be a lamb because we don’t want to look like cow savers. So my point is that when such a prejudice strikes, as a person you feel very protective of who you are and what your values are. And you want to save all animals, why just cows? But you definitely want to save the cow for sure because the prejudice is really agonizing. But, a lynching for cow takes place and you look like an idiot. And then you jump to the other side which has always been criticizing and never wants to be protecting cows. And you’re like, these people look sensible and these are so called liberals. The literal meaning, the dictionary meaning of liberals is people who have acceptance for people, opinions, thoughts. So these liberals, they will not take you in their group unless you hate the same people as they do. So, one thing it’s fine. If it’s for the betterment of the country, you don’t mind hating BJP. You don’t mind believing that everything that has been done by Amit Shah is fine. But, what I don’t get is, what is their agenda and plan of action for bringing this country out of the pit? So, when a war breaks, liberals are the one to say, from my industry people say, why should we be bothered by war, we’re artists. To demotivate an army man who is on the border protecting you. Rape takes place in Kashmir and they say, Hindustan raped our daughter. To be pointing fingers at each other when the country is so vulnerable, and trying to break a civil war? Is that what liberals do? And you’re like, wait a minute, the most sensible thing is to be a sceptic. But a sceptic is nothing but us face the dead. So right now, we need a definite direction to go in. We cannot be stuck in the unfortunate loop of, to be or not to be, to be or not to be. So what to do?

Synopsis: I personally feel that this whole dichotomy of what’s happening in...

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... today’s society and today’s world, that we are individuals and we need to be organized as well. But what we face everyday is something completely different. I mean, I’ll tell you, for me it’s very conflicting. Like I’m working on a martyr’s biopic, where there is a scene, the protagonist, Laxmi Bai, she goes and she saves a calf. So my crew had a huge discussion. We halted the shoot and we’re like, she can’t save a calf. It has to be a lamb because we don’t want to look like cow savers. So my point is that when such a prejudice strikes, as a person you feel very protective of who you are and what your values are. And you want to save all animals, why just cows? But you definitely want to save the cow for sure because the prejudice is really agonizing. But, a lynching for cow takes place and you look like an idiot. And then you jump to the other side which has always been criticizing and never wants to be protecting cows. And you’re like, these people look sensible and these are so called liberals. The literal meaning, the dictionary meaning of liberals is people who have acceptance for people, opinions, thoughts. So these liberals, they will not take you in their group unless you hate the same people as they do. So, one thing it’s fine. If it’s for the betterment of the country, you don’t mind hating BJP. You don’t mind believing that everything that has been done by Amit Shah is fine. But, what I don’t get is, what is their agenda and plan of action for bringing this country out of the pit? So, when a war breaks, liberals are the one to say, from my industry people say, why should we be bothered by war, we’re artists. To demotivate an army man who is on the border protecting you. Rape takes place in Kashmir and they say, Hindustan raped our daughter. To be pointing fingers at each other when the country is so vulnerable, and trying to break a civil war? Is that what liberals do? And you’re like, wait a minute, the most sensible thing is to be a sceptic. But a sceptic is nothing but us face the dead. So right now, we need a definite direction to go in. We cannot be stuck in the unfortunate loop of, to be or not to be, to be or not to be. So what to do?

April 22, 2021

9:47

What can bind the citizens of India together? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #5

Synopsis: But, we have such diversity in our country. There are different languages, traditions, religions, and food and all sorts of diversity which is beautiful. Like what you said about difference and discrimination. Differences are beautiful. You know, like how a man is different from a woman. And flowers are different, and so on and so forth. There is a difference which is...

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... beautiful. But, don’t you think there should be one spirit? There should be something that could bind us together. I don’t see anything. The only common factor between us is definitely our motherland. Because you’re from the South, and I’m from the North. And if we didn’t have the history of slavery to connect us, we would never know what we’re talking about. So don’t you think we should have something that can bind us together? Don’t you think it’s so easy to play us as people, as a nation? I can think of only one thing that can bind us and that’s nationalism, the most infamous word in today’s time. So what can bind us together?

Synopsis: But, we have such diversity in our country. There are different languages,...

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... traditions, religions, and food and all sorts of diversity which is beautiful. Like what you said about difference and discrimination. Differences are beautiful. You know, like how a man is different from a woman. And flowers are different, and so on and so forth. There is a difference which is beautiful. But, don’t you think there should be one spirit? There should be something that could bind us together. I don’t see anything. The only common factor between us is definitely our motherland. Because you’re from the South, and I’m from the North. And if we didn’t have the history of slavery to connect us, we would never know what we’re talking about. So don’t you think we should have something that can bind us together? Don’t you think it’s so easy to play us as people, as a nation? I can think of only one thing that can bind us and that’s nationalism, the most infamous word in today’s time. So what can bind us together?

April 22, 2021

9:23

Is it dangerous to strongly identify with your country? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #3

Synopsis: So, Sadhguru, talking about spirituality and like I questioned how practical is it in today’s world? Where as like the whole philosophy of spirituality. I know yoga is the ultimate union and everything that we do in yoga is supposed to make us inclusive. So it is supposed to make us inclusive of our environment, and then further expanding that, our country, our countrymen,...

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... and then the planet, and then the cosmos, and it goes on. But, my question is, I want to present an example. I was in London, you know what happens to you when you’re in a beautiful city with good infrastructure, you’re with a couple of friends. And, Indian friends, they’re always cursing India. This is so great, where we live is a piece of garbage. You know, with all that I felt so overwhelmed. I couldn’t wait to get to my room and when I got there, I was crying. I found myself crying. And I was muttering something that what do you expect? And why don’t they have sympathy for their own land? And then I realized that identifying like that, with your country, today I’m crying, tomorrow I might just punch somebody. And everybody will behave in their own way. So, this kind of identification with your environment, with your country, with your religion, with your family, is the root cause of all atrocities. So isn’t that kind of dangerous? Now, don’t tell me, be inclusive, but still not be inclusive. How can you be inclusive and yet not be inclusive. If you’re inclusive, you’re inclusive. Or you don’t be inclusive.

Synopsis: So, Sadhguru, talking about spirituality and like I questioned how practical...

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... is it in today’s world? Where as like the whole philosophy of spirituality. I know yoga is the ultimate union and everything that we do in yoga is supposed to make us inclusive. So it is supposed to make us inclusive of our environment, and then further expanding that, our country, our countrymen, and then the planet, and then the cosmos, and it goes on. But, my question is, I want to present an example. I was in London, you know what happens to you when you’re in a beautiful city with good infrastructure, you’re with a couple of friends. And, Indian friends, they’re always cursing India. This is so great, where we live is a piece of garbage. You know, with all that I felt so overwhelmed. I couldn’t wait to get to my room and when I got there, I was crying. I found myself crying. And I was muttering something that what do you expect? And why don’t they have sympathy for their own land? And then I realized that identifying like that, with your country, today I’m crying, tomorrow I might just punch somebody. And everybody will behave in their own way. So, this kind of identification with your environment, with your country, with your religion, with your family, is the root cause of all atrocities. So isn’t that kind of dangerous? Now, don’t tell me, be inclusive, but still not be inclusive. How can you be inclusive and yet not be inclusive. If you’re inclusive, you’re inclusive. Or you don’t be inclusive.

April 22, 2021

8:15

What has yoga and spirituality given us as a country? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Kangana Ranaut | #2

Synopsis: That brings me to a question about our roots ingrained in yoga, and spirituality. But where has it got us? As a nation. As a country. As a continent. What has it given us? I know what you say about karma bondage and I quote you, if somebody breaks your leg, don’t go after that person’s leg. Fix your leg and go your way. I understand, that sounds fantastic. But, if...

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... somebody breaks your leg and you go your way, somebody again comes and breaks your leg. What do you do? No, you’re literally taking it. But tell me, don’t we have a history of thousand years of invasion after invasion. And didn't we grow up hearing this from our mothers, that if somebody rubs you the wrong way, the only thing that they say is, bhagvan dekh raha hai. What? I mean, we as a land, I don’t know much about history, but this much I know that we as a land, we’ve not. And thanks to our spiritual education, we have never gone to invade a continent or gone for a conquest like that. But where has it got us? Where has it landed us? So why not imitate the West?

Synopsis: That brings me to a question about our roots ingrained in yoga, and spirituality....

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... But where has it got us? As a nation. As a country. As a continent. What has it given us? I know what you say about karma bondage and I quote you, if somebody breaks your leg, don’t go after that person’s leg. Fix your leg and go your way. I understand, that sounds fantastic. But, if somebody breaks your leg and you go your way, somebody again comes and breaks your leg. What do you do? No, you’re literally taking it. But tell me, don’t we have a history of thousand years of invasion after invasion. And didn't we grow up hearing this from our mothers, that if somebody rubs you the wrong way, the only thing that they say is, bhagvan dekh raha hai. What? I mean, we as a land, I don’t know much about history, but this much I know that we as a land, we’ve not. And thanks to our spiritual education, we have never gone to invade a continent or gone for a conquest like that. But where has it got us? Where has it landed us? So why not imitate the West?

April 22, 2021

4:10

What’s wrong with our politicians? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Julie Gichuru | #5

Synopsis: So I must talk about political leadership for a moment, if you will allow me. Can we? For a moment? Sadhguru, what’s wrong with our politicians? In so many of our countries, and I think in many ways India is similar to Kenya. Very vibrant countries, you know, alive. And brimming with opportunity. We know what we must do, and we just never seem to be doing what we know...

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... that we must do. Why? What’s wrong?  

Synopsis: So I must talk about political leadership for a moment, if you will allow...

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... me. Can we? For a moment? Sadhguru, what’s wrong with our politicians? In so many of our countries, and I think in many ways India is similar to Kenya. Very vibrant countries, you know, alive. And brimming with opportunity. We know what we must do, and we just never seem to be doing what we know that we must do. Why? What’s wrong?  

April 17, 2021

8:10

What is the problem with our society? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Julie Gichuru | #1

Synopsis: So, let me start with a deep one. You know I always like to look at my background and my cultures. And in so many ways I think I embody two different cultures. My father’s from, his family is from Kashmir, my mother’s family is Kenyan, African. I grew up in a family where, for all the girls in the house who went through this you will understand, you say something...

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... at the table and nobody notices you said it and five minutes later one of your brothers says it, and everybody says, “Oh what an intelligent thing!” How many ladies went through that growing up? I see a few hands. And you’re wondering, you know, am I not here? Am I not present? What’s going on? What is the problem with our society and our culture? And why do we hold women down so much?  

Synopsis: So, let me start with a deep one. You know I always like to look at my...

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... background and my cultures. And in so many ways I think I embody two different cultures. My father’s from, his family is from Kashmir, my mother’s family is Kenyan, African. I grew up in a family where, for all the girls in the house who went through this you will understand, you say something at the table and nobody notices you said it and five minutes later one of your brothers says it, and everybody says, “Oh what an intelligent thing!” How many ladies went through that growing up? I see a few hands. And you’re wondering, you know, am I not here? Am I not present? What’s going on? What is the problem with our society and our culture? And why do we hold women down so much?  

April 17, 2021

5:59

How do we keep faith separate from politics? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Barkha Dutt | #9

Synopsis: How do we keep faith separate from politics? You have, in the past, for example, I remember when Anna Hazare was launching his anti-corruption movement, you did come and applaud it but you said that the Lokpal was not some magic wand. I remember you saying that. Do you believe that we are seeing the dangerous cocktail of faith and politics getting more and more mixed...

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... up?  

Synopsis: How do we keep faith separate from politics? You have, in the past, for...

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... example, I remember when Anna Hazare was launching his anti-corruption movement, you did come and applaud it but you said that the Lokpal was not some magic wand. I remember you saying that. Do you believe that we are seeing the dangerous cocktail of faith and politics getting more and more mixed up?  

April 16, 2021

10:14

How do we reconcile faith with individual liberty? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Barkha Dutt | #8

Synopsis: We live in times where faith, for certain, has become a very inflammable, easily politicized conversation. If faith should have been personal, today it’s not. Today you actually have decisions taken in the name of somebody’s faith. So you mentioned food right now. I remember that you said somewhere, that there’s nothing religious about the act of food, just eat...

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... what you like. Okay, I correct myself. Eat what’s good for you. But today we have a highly politicized conversation around banning beef in the name of faith. How do you reconcile the faith of a large number of people with questions of individual liberty? I know, I’ve read that you like books written by Salman Rushdie, we were the first country to ban him, again in the name of faith. How do we reconcile faith with individual liberty?  

Synopsis: We live in times where faith, for certain, has become a very inflammable,...

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... easily politicized conversation. If faith should have been personal, today it’s not. Today you actually have decisions taken in the name of somebody’s faith. So you mentioned food right now. I remember that you said somewhere, that there’s nothing religious about the act of food, just eat what you like. Okay, I correct myself. Eat what’s good for you. But today we have a highly politicized conversation around banning beef in the name of faith. How do you reconcile the faith of a large number of people with questions of individual liberty? I know, I’ve read that you like books written by Salman Rushdie, we were the first country to ban him, again in the name of faith. How do we reconcile faith with individual liberty?  

April 16, 2021

12:22

Films’ influence on the youth | Sadhguru in Conversation with Juhi Chawla | #7

Synopsis: Years ago, when films started, through the 60s, 70s, there were lovely stories, nice values, beautiful music and lyrics. By the time I was a star in movies, some of our jhatka makas might have shocked the previous generations and they must have said, what is all this. But we were still in limits. And then now, today the complexion of films, the kind of films we see....

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... You know, it’s, it’s little-clothed, it’s live-in relationships are up there for everybody to see, night club culture. I mean it sometimes worries me, that my children are growing up now, this is what they’re seeing, these are the kind of songs that they’re listening to. So this is what they’re watching, this is what they think is cool, this is the hip and happening stuff. India has the youngest population in the world right now. So with such a young nation growing up on this, this is what you see, this is what you hear. I’m just a little concerned as to what they will turn out to be.  

Synopsis: Years ago, when films started, through the 60s, 70s, there were lovely...

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... stories, nice values, beautiful music and lyrics. By the time I was a star in movies, some of our jhatka makas might have shocked the previous generations and they must have said, what is all this. But we were still in limits. And then now, today the complexion of films, the kind of films we see. You know, it’s, it’s little-clothed, it’s live-in relationships are up there for everybody to see, night club culture. I mean it sometimes worries me, that my children are growing up now, this is what they’re seeing, these are the kind of songs that they’re listening to. So this is what they’re watching, this is what they think is cool, this is the hip and happening stuff. India has the youngest population in the world right now. So with such a young nation growing up on this, this is what you see, this is what you hear. I’m just a little concerned as to what they will turn out to be.  

April 14, 2021

13:19

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

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

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

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

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

January 4, 2021

8:13

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

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

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

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

January 4, 2021

10:43

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

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

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

January 2, 2021

17:05

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

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

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

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

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

January 2, 2021

17:05

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

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

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

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

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

January 2, 2021

12:00

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2020

5:42

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

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2020

8:01

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

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2020

6:37

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2020

9:17

India’s Water Crisis – Mega Disaster Unfolding ! Cauvery Calling – Sadhguru explains the solution

Synopsis: Indian rivers are dying and the country is facing water crisis of mega proportions. Unless we act now, the unfolding disaster will lead to ugly situations. Surely, we don't want to leave such a legacy for our children. Sadhguru addresses a select audience hosted by Vice President India Sh. Venkaiah Naidu and explains Cauvery Calling - a call to action on reversing this disaster. If you care about future...

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... generations, Please support and share this video as much as you can.

Synopsis: Indian rivers are dying and the country is facing water crisis of mega proportions. Unless we act now,...

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... the unfolding disaster will lead to ugly situations. Surely, we don't want to leave such a legacy for our children. Sadhguru addresses a select audience hosted by Vice President India Sh. Venkaiah Naidu and explains Cauvery Calling - a call to action on reversing this disaster. If you care about future generations, Please support and share this video as much as you can.

August 10, 2019

11:00

How Can India Become Prosperous?

Sadhguru shares a simple model to double India's farmers income, which can catapult Indian economy! He shares that the two biggest challenges for Indian farmers are investment in irrigation, and lack of negotiating power in the market. To address these - he suggests farmers coming together into Farmer-Producer Organizations (FPO) with minimum 10,000 acres of land. Private sector can establish community micro-irrigation for groups of farmers on chargeable basis. Another opportunity for private sector is to convert 'filth to wealth' - using  36 billion liters of sewage from India’s cities and towns, we can micro-irrigate 6 to 9 million hectares. For corporate sector, this is an investment with very substantial returns, both financially and in terms of providing millions of human beings with a life of dignity and prosperity.

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July 28, 2019

7 min read

The Significance of Indian Classical Music, And Activating The Chakras

Modern science tells us that the entire existence is a reverberation of energy - or in other words - an amalgamation of sounds. The human ear can hear only a small band of the spectrum. But in certain states - Rithambhara Pragna - you can hear the sounds beyond this limited spectrum. The whole existence can be experienced as sound. When sounds are arranged in a certain pattern, they impact our system in a certain way - this is the science of mantras. Indian classical music is a modification of the mantras - where both aesthetics and technical arrangements are important. Indian classical music can activate the chakras and evolve a human being into higher levels of consciousness.

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March 1, 2019

10 min read

What can India do to bring about World Harmony and Individual Wellbeing?

In a Q&A session, Sadhguru explains the essence of Indian Culture and how, in a world, driven with conflicts and crisis, the ancient Yogic sciences can lead the way for individual transformation. We just need willingness to learn and apply these profound technologies to create an ecstatic and balanced inner situation.

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January 26, 2019

10 min read

Are We Alienating People From North East India?

Sadhguru says, this feeling of alienation will go away in the next five years. After India's independence, it was a conscious decision to not industrialize the North East region of India, to preserve the pristine nature and the native culture. To a certain extent this resulted in a feeling of alienation. But today, because of technology, everyone aspires to Western ways of life. Now, the government is putting infrastructure in place in North East, and soon, rest of India will be visiting all over the North East, and the feeling of alienation will go away.

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October 18, 2018

2 min read

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

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

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September 22, 2018

4 min read

Abhinav Bindra – How Can India Become A Sporting Nation?

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

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September 16, 2018

2 min read

How Can We Transform Indian Farming?

The basis of human civilization is its ability to do agriculture. Transforming mud into food is agriculture. India has over 12,000 years of history of doing agriculture. Sadhguru tells us - around 300 years ago, India was the most industrialized nation on the planet. It is only when the British destroyed it, that people moved into agriculture for subsistence. At the time of independence 77% of the population was into agriculture, and still about 60%. This is an inefficient way - and we need to move them into other trades, crafts and skills. Because in the last 50 years, farmers have moved from subsistence farming to cash crops, their nourishment levels of dropped alarmingly - this is a serious concern. So, organized agriculture at large scale is needed on priority.

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September 15, 2018

7 min read

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

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

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August 25, 2018

3 min read

What Is The Significance of Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is famous for its sesame sweets and kite flying. Sadhguru says - "These festivals are a reminder that we need to craft our present and our future in a conscious manner". Sadhguru looks at the significance of this festival of movement, and explains how it is based on a profound understanding of cosmic and human geometry. Sadhguru also elaborates on the significance of the number 108. He says - "The significance of Makar Sankranti is that it is the time to remind yourself that celebrating movement is possible only when there is a taste of stillness within you."

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January 13, 2017

8 min read

How Can India Become Prosperous?

Sadhguru shares a simple model to double India's farmers income, which…

July 28, 2019

7 min read

The Significance of Indian Classical Music, And Activating The Chakras

Modern science tells us that the entire existence is a reverberation…

March 1, 2019

10 min read

What can India do to bring about World Harmony and Individual Wellbeing?

In a Q&A session, Sadhguru explains the essence of Indian Culture…

January 26, 2019

10 min read

Are We Alienating People From North East India?

Sadhguru says, this feeling of alienation will go away in the…

October 18, 2018

2 min read

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

Most people these days do not participate in Republic Day parade,…

September 22, 2018

4 min read

Abhinav Bindra – How Can India Become A Sporting Nation?

You can not play a game without involvement - and involvement…

September 16, 2018

2 min read

How Can We Transform Indian Farming?

The basis of human civilization is its ability to do agriculture.…

September 15, 2018

7 min read

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

Virender Sehwag: Namaskaram Sadhguru! I want to know the truth about…

August 25, 2018

3 min read

What Is The Significance of Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is famous for its sesame sweets and kite flying.…

January 13, 2017

8 min read

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