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

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

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

January 7, 2021

4:04

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

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

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

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

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

January 7, 2021

4:58

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

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

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

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

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

January 7, 2021

9:20

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

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

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

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

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

January 7, 2021

13:25

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

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

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

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

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

January 7, 2021

3:41

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

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

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

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

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

January 7, 2021

8:07

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

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

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

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

January 7, 2021

8:36

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

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

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

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

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

January 6, 2021

8:15

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

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

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

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... society. Have we really become intolerant?  

January 6, 2021

8:11

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

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

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

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


January 4, 2021

3:48

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

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

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

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

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

January 4, 2021

8:13

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

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

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

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

January 4, 2021

10:43

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

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

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

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

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

January 2, 2021

7:01

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

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

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

January 2, 2021

17:05

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

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

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

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... physicality, I acknowledge that for sure.    

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

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

January 2, 2021

13:14

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

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

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

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

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

January 2, 2021

13:14

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

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

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

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

January 1, 2021

5:10

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

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

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

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

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

January 1, 2021

6:42

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

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

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

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

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

January 1, 2021

11:34

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

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

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

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

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

January 1, 2021

7:10

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2020

10:54

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

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2020

8:01

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

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

Synopsis: For a woman who chooses not to be a mother. So she has chosen you as...

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

December 31, 2020

6:47

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

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2020

15:03

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

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2020

6:37

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2020

9:17

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

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2020

18:42

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

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2020

9:45

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

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2020

19:40

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

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2020

15:42

Don’t protect the environment – protect yourself

Transcript: The idea that we need to protect this planet itself is a convoluted idea. Because it is not because of us that the planet is there, it is because of the planet we are there. Even to think, me and the planet, is a completely wrong notion because what you call as myself, the physical presence of who you are, is just an outcrop of this planet. Whatever you experience as a part of yourself, with that,...

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... nobody has to tell you please take care of this. Anyway you will take care of it. The planet is for all of us and we cannot exist here by ourselves. Our existence here is not because of our economic activity. Right now, we are made to believe it is because of the percentages of growth that's happening in this country you will live well. No, we will live well here if everything is green, beautiful, water is flowing, air is pure, we will live well here. This idea has to go into every human being's mind, into every citizen's mind, into every child's mind. You must always be conscious of the life, other than human life. Most people are not even conscious of the human beings, so I am reminding you, you must be conscious of everything that is alive. A tree, a plant, a blade of grass, a grasshopper hopping, you must be alive to everything. Constantly the air around us is entering us and coming out of us and this is the basis of our life. What you exhale, the trees are inhaling. What the trees exhale, you are inhaling. There's a constant transaction going on. If we stop this process of breath for one minute, we understand that without transacting with the air around us, we cannot live for a moment. Similarly on the level of water and on the level of earth this transaction is going on. So how we keep the atmospheres around us, the water bodies around us will determine the nature and the quality of our life.

Transcript: The idea that we need to protect this planet itself is a convoluted idea. Because it is not because of...

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... us that the planet is there, it is because of the planet we are there. Even to think, me and the planet, is a completely wrong notion because what you call as myself, the physical presence of who you are, is just an outcrop of this planet. Whatever you experience as a part of yourself, with that, nobody has to tell you please take care of this. Anyway you will take care of it. The planet is for all of us and we cannot exist here by ourselves. Our existence here is not because of our economic activity. Right now, we are made to believe it is because of the percentages of growth that's happening in this country you will live well. No, we will live well here if everything is green, beautiful, water is flowing, air is pure, we will live well here. This idea has to go into every human being's mind, into every citizen's mind, into every child's mind. You must always be conscious of the life, other than human life. Most people are not even conscious of the human beings, so I am reminding you, you must be conscious of everything that is alive. A tree, a plant, a blade of grass, a grasshopper hopping, you must be alive to everything. Constantly the air around us is entering us and coming out of us and this is the basis of our life. What you exhale, the trees are inhaling. What the trees exhale, you are inhaling. There's a constant transaction going on. If we stop this process of breath for one minute, we understand that without transacting with the air around us, we cannot live for a moment. Similarly on the level of water and on the level of earth this transaction is going on. So how we keep the atmospheres around us, the water bodies around us will determine the nature and the quality of our life.

December 15, 2020

2:54

Is culture still relevant in the modern hyper-connected world?

Transcript: Truth is a natural happening. If you invent it, that's called a lie. Truth is not something that you invent, truth is something that you realize. Lie is something that you invent. So you don't have to say truthfully, naturally, what is natural is truth. So should one follow the precepts of the past or should one come to something new? There should not be a compulsion about breaking the rules of the...

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... past nor there should be a compulsion that you must only do it the way of the past. It is important that every generation looks at what is really needed, what is not needed. If you do not discard the garbage that you develop in your house, after some time your whole house will be a garbage bin, isn't it? Every day you must throw out the garbage, then only the house is clean. Similarly in our lives, many things that don't work, we must throw them out on a daily basis. If we don't do that, as a culture if you don't do it for hundreds of years, then you become stagnant. When you become stagnant, nothing works. Right now, if we are constantly looking for better ways of doing every aspect of our life, I am saying from the simplest, if you just start looking what is the best way to sit, invariably you will come to me, you will want to learn yoga. If you start looking, what is the best way to breathe, I'm saying these are all vital things. What is the best way to eat, what is the best way to manage my body. If you just start thinking like this, you will start doing yoga, that is, you will start approaching your physical and mental well-being in a scientific manner. Similarly, what is the best way to interact between two neighbours. If you look at it truthfully, then you will arrive at a science. What works best between neighbours, rather than trying to weave a philosophy around it. So the philosophies of the past also might have been sense at one time, which turned into a kind of a precept over a period of time. Then it turned into a law, then it turned into a belief system, then it becomes a religion over a period of time. Instead of that, we have to come to our senses about everything. But, will we arrive at an ultimate answer for everything? Maybe not. Because changing realities are there. So one way of looking at life is, first and fundamental thing is, there is substantial scientific and medical evidence to show you that your body and your brain will function at its best only when you're joyful. So first thing is this, that you have a body and brain which works well. You have a functioning brain. If this has to happen, you must be in a pleasant state of experience. So first thing is to become joyful by your own nature. If you manage this, you have a functioning brain. Have you noticed this? When you're happy, you find solutions. When you're unhappy, you create problems.

Transcript: Truth is a natural happening. If you invent it, that's called a lie. Truth is not something that you...

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... invent, truth is something that you realize. Lie is something that you invent. So you don't have to say truthfully, naturally, what is natural is truth. So should one follow the precepts of the past or should one come to something new? There should not be a compulsion about breaking the rules of the past nor there should be a compulsion that you must only do it the way of the past. It is important that every generation looks at what is really needed, what is not needed. If you do not discard the garbage that you develop in your house, after some time your whole house will be a garbage bin, isn't it? Every day you must throw out the garbage, then only the house is clean. Similarly in our lives, many things that don't work, we must throw them out on a daily basis. If we don't do that, as a culture if you don't do it for hundreds of years, then you become stagnant. When you become stagnant, nothing works. Right now, if we are constantly looking for better ways of doing every aspect of our life, I am saying from the simplest, if you just start looking what is the best way to sit, invariably you will come to me, you will want to learn yoga. If you start looking, what is the best way to breathe, I'm saying these are all vital things. What is the best way to eat, what is the best way to manage my body. If you just start thinking like this, you will start doing yoga, that is, you will start approaching your physical and mental well-being in a scientific manner. Similarly, what is the best way to interact between two neighbours. If you look at it truthfully, then you will arrive at a science. What works best between neighbours, rather than trying to weave a philosophy around it. So the philosophies of the past also might have been sense at one time, which turned into a kind of a precept over a period of time. Then it turned into a law, then it turned into a belief system, then it becomes a religion over a period of time. Instead of that, we have to come to our senses about everything. But, will we arrive at an ultimate answer for everything? Maybe not. Because changing realities are there. So one way of looking at life is, first and fundamental thing is, there is substantial scientific and medical evidence to show you that your body and your brain will function at its best only when you're joyful. So first thing is this, that you have a body and brain which works well. You have a functioning brain. If this has to happen, you must be in a pleasant state of experience. So first thing is to become joyful by your own nature. If you manage this, you have a functioning brain. Have you noticed this? When you're happy, you find solutions. When you're unhappy, you create problems.

December 12, 2020

3:47

Was the 60s Hippie movement spiritual?

Transcript: This 60s business. The beauty about this is, a whole generation, at least a part of the generation, realized the existing society here, whatever they're talking about, they knew nothing. Stupid people talking all kinds of nonsense with great confidence. Not just about the world, about the other world, and the heaven, and the hierarchy in the heaven, everything they're talking but they don't know a...

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... damn thing. Whatever hierarchy that you create right from your childhood in somebody's mind. This is the beauty of intoxicants, when they get intoxicated, they don't care a damn you're a father, you're a priest, you're something, you're god, they don't care a damn. Right now they are high. That is the beautiful part of it, that hierarchy falls down. But the problem, is your awareness also falls down. That's the ugly part of it. If you could be drunk, totally intoxicated, and fully aware, it would be a fabulous thing. That's why we chose yoga. Because you can be totally drunk, look into my eyes and see, I'm stoned all the time. But aware enough for this world and the next. So this was the beauty of the 60s and the ugliness of 60s is unaware. They became like animals over a period of time. They thought with the seeking, they'll go beyond where all this conservative nonsense is going on. Where, you have to put a nose around your neck even to sit or stand. If you have to eat, you have to eat like this. If you have to stand, you have to stand like that. It was becoming so horribly restrictive. They wanted to break away from everything and that search looked beautiful. But they lost their awareness and they floundered, they didn't know which way to look. Wherever they looked, they were only deceived or they got deceived because they were unaware. Whichever way, it didn't work. But still there is a certain beauty to it, at least somebody searched. Yes? You failed, that's not the point. At least you searched, it's a good thing. So they were like children, not knowing anything, but they had a longing. They had a longing to seek something which is not in their grasp. When somebody is wanting to know, when somebody is seeking, genuinely seeking, there is a certain beauty to that atmosphere, because at least people are admitting we don't know a damn thing, you know, which is nice. Whenever a human being does not know, he becomes gentle and wonderful, have you seen this? Yes? So that's the good thing about the 60s, but the outcome was definitely not good. Because your intentions may be great, your search may be great, but unless you do the right things, right things will not happen to you.

Transcript: This 60s business. The beauty about this is, a whole generation, at least a part of the generation, realized...

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... the existing society here, whatever they're talking about, they knew nothing. Stupid people talking all kinds of nonsense with great confidence. Not just about the world, about the other world, and the heaven, and the hierarchy in the heaven, everything they're talking but they don't know a damn thing. Whatever hierarchy that you create right from your childhood in somebody's mind. This is the beauty of intoxicants, when they get intoxicated, they don't care a damn you're a father, you're a priest, you're something, you're god, they don't care a damn. Right now they are high. That is the beautiful part of it, that hierarchy falls down. But the problem, is your awareness also falls down. That's the ugly part of it. If you could be drunk, totally intoxicated, and fully aware, it would be a fabulous thing. That's why we chose yoga. Because you can be totally drunk, look into my eyes and see, I'm stoned all the time. But aware enough for this world and the next. So this was the beauty of the 60s and the ugliness of 60s is unaware. They became like animals over a period of time. They thought with the seeking, they'll go beyond where all this conservative nonsense is going on. Where, you have to put a nose around your neck even to sit or stand. If you have to eat, you have to eat like this. If you have to stand, you have to stand like that. It was becoming so horribly restrictive. They wanted to break away from everything and that search looked beautiful. But they lost their awareness and they floundered, they didn't know which way to look. Wherever they looked, they were only deceived or they got deceived because they were unaware. Whichever way, it didn't work. But still there is a certain beauty to it, at least somebody searched. Yes? You failed, that's not the point. At least you searched, it's a good thing. So they were like children, not knowing anything, but they had a longing. They had a longing to seek something which is not in their grasp. When somebody is wanting to know, when somebody is seeking, genuinely seeking, there is a certain beauty to that atmosphere, because at least people are admitting we don't know a damn thing, you know, which is nice. Whenever a human being does not know, he becomes gentle and wonderful, have you seen this? Yes? So that's the good thing about the 60s, but the outcome was definitely not good. Because your intentions may be great, your search may be great, but unless you do the right things, right things will not happen to you.

November 14, 2020

3:39

Sexuality – No need to brush it under the carpet

Transcript: See, we have a biology, we cannot put it under the carpet. It's there. It's best we address it for what it is. But right now the problem in the world is, because certain religious institutions in the world took this attitude, that the very biology of the human being is wrong. Because of this, culture started hiding it under the carpet. Well in this culture we never had it, but after the British came...

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... and left, we became more prudish than the British. But before that, if you look at our temples. All the outside temple art is all pornographic. If that's what you want to call it. But, we don't call it pornographic. We are only talking about the various dimensions of human biology. Because we don't see it as wrong, but we see it as the periphery of life. If you stay there only, you will stay on the physical dimension forever, you will not explore anything else. So in the temple or always it's the periphery. You are supposed to look at that and understand it's the periphery of life and try to make an attempt to go deeper. But at the same time, not to be in denial of it. Not to glorify it, or not to be in denial of it is the most important thing. But in your college, watching these things on the, whatever, your internet or whatever. People tell me that, somebody told me, I don't know if these percentages are correct. When I was asking, what is the content. I was trying to understand the internet and its content. What is the real content on the internet? They're telling me, you should know. They're telling me 70% of the content on the internet is pornography. Is it so? Is it so? You must be the expert. Is somebody doing PhD on it? They told me 70%. I said 70% is unreasonable and sick levels of pornography. If it occupies a small percentage, it's okay. 70% of a technological platform, which could do millions of things, unfortunately, is pornographic. Just biology of life. It's very unfortunate because once you come as a human being, your biology is not the front end of your life. It is one part of your life. This cerebral capability came so that your intelligence becomes the front end of your life, and if you become conscious, your consciousness becomes the front end of your life. Biology is the front end of a bull. It's okay for him, that's all he knows. But biology should not be the front end of a human life, it is part of our life. We are not denying it.

Transcript: See, we have a biology, we cannot put it under the carpet. It's there. It's best we address it for what...

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... it is. But right now the problem in the world is, because certain religious institutions in the world took this attitude, that the very biology of the human being is wrong. Because of this, culture started hiding it under the carpet. Well in this culture we never had it, but after the British came and left, we became more prudish than the British. But before that, if you look at our temples. All the outside temple art is all pornographic. If that's what you want to call it. But, we don't call it pornographic. We are only talking about the various dimensions of human biology. Because we don't see it as wrong, but we see it as the periphery of life. If you stay there only, you will stay on the physical dimension forever, you will not explore anything else. So in the temple or always it's the periphery. You are supposed to look at that and understand it's the periphery of life and try to make an attempt to go deeper. But at the same time, not to be in denial of it. Not to glorify it, or not to be in denial of it is the most important thing. But in your college, watching these things on the, whatever, your internet or whatever. People tell me that, somebody told me, I don't know if these percentages are correct. When I was asking, what is the content. I was trying to understand the internet and its content. What is the real content on the internet? They're telling me, you should know. They're telling me 70% of the content on the internet is pornography. Is it so? Is it so? You must be the expert. Is somebody doing PhD on it? They told me 70%. I said 70% is unreasonable and sick levels of pornography. If it occupies a small percentage, it's okay. 70% of a technological platform, which could do millions of things, unfortunately, is pornographic. Just biology of life. It's very unfortunate because once you come as a human being, your biology is not the front end of your life. It is one part of your life. This cerebral capability came so that your intelligence becomes the front end of your life, and if you become conscious, your consciousness becomes the front end of your life. Biology is the front end of a bull. It's okay for him, that's all he knows. But biology should not be the front end of a human life, it is part of our life. We are not denying it.

November 11, 2020

3:29

Why is there caste system in India?

Transcript: I want to know truth about our Indian caste system. How can we ensure more inclusiveness and equality? Namaskaram Viru. This system essentially began as division of labour. For a society to function, a certain number of people in the population must do variety of skills and artisans. Somebody should take care of administration somebody should take care of education and spiritual process for the community....

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... Like this they made four basic divisions. Over a period of time, they became further and further divided, not essentially as a discriminatory process, but more as a division of labour. And also, we must understand in ancient times when there were no engineering schools and medical schools, if your father was a carpenter, you learned carpentry at home from childhood and became a good carpenter. So skills were transmitted from generation to generation by maintaining this caste system. But, unfortunately somewhere along the way a goldsmith starts thinking he's superior to a blacksmith. Though a blacksmith's work may be far more useful to the society than a goldsmith's, somehow one thinks he's superior to the other. And over generations, this superiority gets established. All kinds of exploitative processes happened and it came to a place where caste system almost began to manifest itself or it has manifested itself like apartheid. Still in many villages in India, the people who are considered to be lower cause, or what you call as dalits, don't even have basic human rights in many villages. Though much has changed in the last 25-30 years, still many very horribly undesirable things keep happening in our country. The only way out of this is, one thing is, it's not relevant to these times because skills can be transmitted in many different ways. We have educational institutions, we have technological institutions. So this family transference of skills is not the way it is going anymore. But there is one context that is of social security, people take care of their own clan and their caste. They will always reach out to people who are in trouble in their caste. This kind of social security is there. So it is very important that we bring a nationwide social security system and an education system which will transmit skills to everybody according to their aptitude. Once that happens, I think caste system will die a natural death.

Transcript: I want to know truth about our Indian caste system. How can we ensure more inclusiveness and equality?...

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... Namaskaram Viru. This system essentially began as division of labour. For a society to function, a certain number of people in the population must do variety of skills and artisans. Somebody should take care of administration somebody should take care of education and spiritual process for the community. Like this they made four basic divisions. Over a period of time, they became further and further divided, not essentially as a discriminatory process, but more as a division of labour. And also, we must understand in ancient times when there were no engineering schools and medical schools, if your father was a carpenter, you learned carpentry at home from childhood and became a good carpenter. So skills were transmitted from generation to generation by maintaining this caste system. But, unfortunately somewhere along the way a goldsmith starts thinking he's superior to a blacksmith. Though a blacksmith's work may be far more useful to the society than a goldsmith's, somehow one thinks he's superior to the other. And over generations, this superiority gets established. All kinds of exploitative processes happened and it came to a place where caste system almost began to manifest itself or it has manifested itself like apartheid. Still in many villages in India, the people who are considered to be lower cause, or what you call as dalits, don't even have basic human rights in many villages. Though much has changed in the last 25-30 years, still many very horribly undesirable things keep happening in our country. The only way out of this is, one thing is, it's not relevant to these times because skills can be transmitted in many different ways. We have educational institutions, we have technological institutions. So this family transference of skills is not the way it is going anymore. But there is one context that is of social security, people take care of their own clan and their caste. They will always reach out to people who are in trouble in their caste. This kind of social security is there. So it is very important that we bring a nationwide social security system and an education system which will transmit skills to everybody according to their aptitude. Once that happens, I think caste system will die a natural death.

October 26, 2020

3:14

How can women become successful in modern society?

Transcript: This too much of man-woman thing is being done, unfortunately. It's a small biological difference, to serve a certain purpose. We all are here today because of this difference. Yes? So we don't have to treat women like separate species. There was a time when the world was such that, a woman couldn't really go out and do much because of the nature of the world around. Suppose, right now, you know, I...

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... don't know, maybe two-three thousand people turned up from many parts of the world for yesterday's event in kashi. I think in this more than 60% of women. Now, suppose this was thousand years ago it would be 95% men, only 5% women, maybe. Because to travel by walk or, by on a horseback, and to come to kashi from thousand miles away would be a challenging thing for a woman. Would not be very safe for a woman, those days. But today, you must understand it's not your liberal attitude which has brought women reasonably level, just technology. Technology has leveled the difference because your big muscle is no more useful. You need some brain. When man's muscle did everything on this planet, naturally man was dominant. This dominance also is misunderstood. He dominated in one arena, which was filmed and reported. She dominated in a different arena, which was private and not reported. If you make economics the only value of your life, money is the only prime value in your life, then world will become very male because there will be no room for the feminine to find expression. There may be women but they will surrender their feminine to be successful, unfortunately. This should not happen. Women should succeed as women, not as men. With full-blown feminine nature they must be able to be successful in a society. They don't have to pretend to be a man to be successful, this has to go. If this has to go, the world has to move completely from brawn to brain. It's very important, this transition. Now, when you talk about economy or money power, it's brawn. It's a different kind of muscle. So we are taking away the physical muscle and bringing in the money muscle. So once again you're creating a male dominated society. Masculine dominated society, because now women have understood how to be successful by being masculine. No, this is not a good thing for the world. There must be a world where women can be 100% feminine and still be absolutely successful. If this has to happen, money should not be the ruling factor. It should be just currency, money is just currency to facilitate things. But right now money is a ruling factor so masculine becomes the dominant force. We need to change this. Unless music, aesthetics, love, beauty, and other things, everything becomes equal proportions, feminine will not flourish. And if feminine is wiped out of this planet, then all the men will sit and wonder why are we living.

Transcript: This too much of man-woman thing is being done, unfortunately. It's a small biological difference, to...

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... serve a certain purpose. We all are here today because of this difference. Yes? So we don't have to treat women like separate species. There was a time when the world was such that, a woman couldn't really go out and do much because of the nature of the world around. Suppose, right now, you know, I don't know, maybe two-three thousand people turned up from many parts of the world for yesterday's event in kashi. I think in this more than 60% of women. Now, suppose this was thousand years ago it would be 95% men, only 5% women, maybe. Because to travel by walk or, by on a horseback, and to come to kashi from thousand miles away would be a challenging thing for a woman. Would not be very safe for a woman, those days. But today, you must understand it's not your liberal attitude which has brought women reasonably level, just technology. Technology has leveled the difference because your big muscle is no more useful. You need some brain. When man's muscle did everything on this planet, naturally man was dominant. This dominance also is misunderstood. He dominated in one arena, which was filmed and reported. She dominated in a different arena, which was private and not reported. If you make economics the only value of your life, money is the only prime value in your life, then world will become very male because there will be no room for the feminine to find expression. There may be women but they will surrender their feminine to be successful, unfortunately. This should not happen. Women should succeed as women, not as men. With full-blown feminine nature they must be able to be successful in a society. They don't have to pretend to be a man to be successful, this has to go. If this has to go, the world has to move completely from brawn to brain. It's very important, this transition. Now, when you talk about economy or money power, it's brawn. It's a different kind of muscle. So we are taking away the physical muscle and bringing in the money muscle. So once again you're creating a male dominated society. Masculine dominated society, because now women have understood how to be successful by being masculine. No, this is not a good thing for the world. There must be a world where women can be 100% feminine and still be absolutely successful. If this has to happen, money should not be the ruling factor. It should be just currency, money is just currency to facilitate things. But right now money is a ruling factor so masculine becomes the dominant force. We need to change this. Unless music, aesthetics, love, beauty, and other things, everything becomes equal proportions, feminine will not flourish. And if feminine is wiped out of this planet, then all the men will sit and wonder why are we living.

October 21, 2020

3:59

PDA – Is public display of affection ok?

Transcript: You said, today young people have relationships. Unfortunately, you have come to a place where you think that a relationship means it must be body-based. There must be something biologically involved. Biology is a part of our life. The significance of becoming human, compared to other creatures is, they're complete biology. We are only part biology. We have other dimensions to us. We have an intelligence,...

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... we have an emotion, we have a consciousness, which is of another dimension. Biology is only one part of us. If an earthworm says I have a relationship and if both of them tangle each other, I understand. If a human being says I have a relationship, it could be a friend, it could be a brother, it could be a sister, it could be variety of relationships. And also, body-based relationships. So this thing about using the word relationship only with biological stuff is essentially because somewhere unknowingly, unknowingly, maybe because of the internet, you got enslaved to America. It all started in United States. Relationship means, it has to be opposite sex, or something sexual. Why can't we hold relationships of other kind? Hello? Are we not capable? I'm asking. Can't we have very intimate, profound relationships with people, without fondling their bodies? I'm asking. Possible or no? Yes. Biology is not the most prominent aspect of being human. It is there. It's not something that you can, you know, put under the carpet. It is very much there. But, it is not the dominant aspect of being human. With other creatures it is so. With the human being, the most significant aspect of who we are is our intelligence, our emotion, our consciousness. These are big things. Body is just one part of it. I'm not saying you must ignore the body, body is there. Now when you say, young people. You're talking about those people whose intelligence has been hijacked by hormones. When you were 10 years of age, you looked at people, everybody was fine. Quite okay. You became 14-15, you looked at them. Every little bump on their body suddenly became a world by itself. Yes or no? You have to wait for some more time. When the hormonal thing goes down, then you look at people, again they're all looking normal. So, it's not a question of right and wrong. It's not a question of morality. It is just a question of priority. What kind of priority do you want to give to your own bodily compulsions?

Transcript: You said, today young people have relationships. Unfortunately, you have come to a place where you think...

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... that a relationship means it must be body-based. There must be something biologically involved. Biology is a part of our life. The significance of becoming human, compared to other creatures is, they're complete biology. We are only part biology. We have other dimensions to us. We have an intelligence, we have an emotion, we have a consciousness, which is of another dimension. Biology is only one part of us. If an earthworm says I have a relationship and if both of them tangle each other, I understand. If a human being says I have a relationship, it could be a friend, it could be a brother, it could be a sister, it could be variety of relationships. And also, body-based relationships. So this thing about using the word relationship only with biological stuff is essentially because somewhere unknowingly, unknowingly, maybe because of the internet, you got enslaved to America. It all started in United States. Relationship means, it has to be opposite sex, or something sexual. Why can't we hold relationships of other kind? Hello? Are we not capable? I'm asking. Can't we have very intimate, profound relationships with people, without fondling their bodies? I'm asking. Possible or no? Yes. Biology is not the most prominent aspect of being human. It is there. It's not something that you can, you know, put under the carpet. It is very much there. But, it is not the dominant aspect of being human. With other creatures it is so. With the human being, the most significant aspect of who we are is our intelligence, our emotion, our consciousness. These are big things. Body is just one part of it. I'm not saying you must ignore the body, body is there. Now when you say, young people. You're talking about those people whose intelligence has been hijacked by hormones. When you were 10 years of age, you looked at people, everybody was fine. Quite okay. You became 14-15, you looked at them. Every little bump on their body suddenly became a world by itself. Yes or no? You have to wait for some more time. When the hormonal thing goes down, then you look at people, again they're all looking normal. So, it's not a question of right and wrong. It's not a question of morality. It is just a question of priority. What kind of priority do you want to give to your own bodily compulsions?

September 7, 2020

3:37

Is religion against homosexuality?

Transcript: When we say, sexuality, let's understand this. It is something nature has put in us. Because there is something called as perpetuation of the race, or the species, otherwise it won't happen. Of course, we being human beings, having more brains than body. Supposed to. Because of that, we kind of eliminated the reproductive part and just using the pleasure part of it. Alright? This is sexuality right...

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... now, largely in the world. But essentially, this pleasure also has come into the sexuality process, because otherwise. Well, if there was no pleasure to it, maybe we wouldn't be born, you and me. Our present parents would not have gone into it if there was no pleasure at all attached. Yes or no? So we're here because of that. So there is no denying it, or putting it under the carpet. That's not the thing. But, somebody has a certain kind of sexual preference. Which has got nothing to do with the reproductive process, as such. It is their personal preference. Because every individual has the right to do whatever the hell they want to do with their body, because it's their body. But, if it is something harmful, you're going to cut your nose off, or you're going to cut something else off, then maybe we will try to prevent you. But you're not causing any harm to yourself in that way, then it's your business as long as you do something in your private. Right now the supreme court decision is just that. That what a person does in their private space is nobody's business. Government need not enter people's bedrooms, that is the law. Alright? Now, coming to this religious resistance. There's nothing religious about this. We don't have to discriminate against them, we don't have to persecute them, we don't have to put them in the prison, definitely it's not necessary. But at the same time, it doesn't need promotion either. So, you don't have to, when your parents say something, they may refer to their religion because they think it's an authority. You take away the authority, just listen to the words. If it makes sense, do it. If it doesn't make sense, tell them politely, that's not the way it is with me. Alright?

Transcript: When we say, sexuality, let's understand this. It is something nature has put in us. Because there is...

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... something called as perpetuation of the race, or the species, otherwise it won't happen. Of course, we being human beings, having more brains than body. Supposed to. Because of that, we kind of eliminated the reproductive part and just using the pleasure part of it. Alright? This is sexuality right now, largely in the world. But essentially, this pleasure also has come into the sexuality process, because otherwise. Well, if there was no pleasure to it, maybe we wouldn't be born, you and me. Our present parents would not have gone into it if there was no pleasure at all attached. Yes or no? So we're here because of that. So there is no denying it, or putting it under the carpet. That's not the thing. But, somebody has a certain kind of sexual preference. Which has got nothing to do with the reproductive process, as such. It is their personal preference. Because every individual has the right to do whatever the hell they want to do with their body, because it's their body. But, if it is something harmful, you're going to cut your nose off, or you're going to cut something else off, then maybe we will try to prevent you. But you're not causing any harm to yourself in that way, then it's your business as long as you do something in your private. Right now the supreme court decision is just that. That what a person does in their private space is nobody's business. Government need not enter people's bedrooms, that is the law. Alright? Now, coming to this religious resistance. There's nothing religious about this. We don't have to discriminate against them, we don't have to persecute them, we don't have to put them in the prison, definitely it's not necessary. But at the same time, it doesn't need promotion either. So, you don't have to, when your parents say something, they may refer to their religion because they think it's an authority. You take away the authority, just listen to the words. If it makes sense, do it. If it doesn't make sense, tell them politely, that's not the way it is with me. Alright?

September 1, 2020

2:54

How do we learn to see the bigger picture when we fail at something? | Sadhguru at University of Toronto | #6

Synopsis: When we’re all in this journey of life, we tend to set a lot of short-term goals. And when we don’t achieve them, we don’t know how to deal with failure. And that is something we deal with a lot at UofT in specific. But, in that moment when we can look back and say, ya this is fine. But in that moment, how do we hold our ground and how do we learn to see the bigger...

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... picture? 

Synopsis: When we’re all in this journey of life, we tend to set a lot of short-term...

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... goals. And when we don’t achieve them, we don’t know how to deal with failure. And that is something we deal with a lot at UofT in specific. But, in that moment when we can look back and say, ya this is fine. But in that moment, how do we hold our ground and how do we learn to see the bigger picture? 

August 26, 2020

11:37

How do we understand our authentic truths? | Sadhguru at University of Toronto | #5

Synopsis: So, I’m a diaspora, I’m Canadian born, my family is from Tanzania but originally from Gujarat. So I’ve always struggled to identify who I am in the Canadian context. So when I went to school, I had to eat my lunch. So I would take my butter chicken and go on the side because I didn’t want my white friends to smell my food. But when I was with my family at a mosque,...

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... or temple, I would all of a sudden have an Indian accent. So I was always stuck between these two identities, constantly. And these are things I did as a child, 6, 7, 8, 9. And now as an adult I’m still trying to figure out how to navigate in this space. So my question for you is, as youth we have the ability to adapt our identities to fit the social surroundings we’re in. How do we begin to understand our authentic truths and act upon them in a world that expects us to change and be amiable to our environments? 

Synopsis: So, I’m a diaspora, I’m Canadian born, my family is from Tanzania...

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... but originally from Gujarat. So I’ve always struggled to identify who I am in the Canadian context. So when I went to school, I had to eat my lunch. So I would take my butter chicken and go on the side because I didn’t want my white friends to smell my food. But when I was with my family at a mosque, or temple, I would all of a sudden have an Indian accent. So I was always stuck between these two identities, constantly. And these are things I did as a child, 6, 7, 8, 9. And now as an adult I’m still trying to figure out how to navigate in this space. So my question for you is, as youth we have the ability to adapt our identities to fit the social surroundings we’re in. How do we begin to understand our authentic truths and act upon them in a world that expects us to change and be amiable to our environments? 

August 26, 2020

6:27

Why do we do pooja? | Sadhguru at University of Toronto | #7

Synopsis: My question is why do we do pooja? Or, any kind of ritual in our Hindu religion?

Synopsis: My question is why do we do pooja? Or, any kind of ritual in our Hindu...

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... religion?

August 26, 2020

7:39

How do we counter-balance the power of social structures put on by popular culture? | Sadhguru at University of Toronto | #12

Synopsis: How do we counter-balance the power of social structures put on by popular culture? It feels like it sometimes holds youth in ignorance and has them carry out a sweet perception of self-worth. And can also lead people to destructive behaviours, drugs, and alcohol, because it’s ‘cool’. This is the most common thing amongst us young people. Marijuana, alcohol, bad...

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... habits, it’s pushed onto us from pop-culture. What do we do? We can’t avoid it, it’s everywhere. How can we stay on our path and ascend? It’s human to fail in these habits but it does not feel right. It is impossible to escape. What do we do?

Synopsis: How do we counter-balance the power of social structures put on by popular...

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... culture? It feels like it sometimes holds youth in ignorance and has them carry out a sweet perception of self-worth. And can also lead people to destructive behaviours, drugs, and alcohol, because it’s ‘cool’. This is the most common thing amongst us young people. Marijuana, alcohol, bad habits, it’s pushed onto us from pop-culture. What do we do? We can’t avoid it, it’s everywhere. How can we stay on our path and ascend? It’s human to fail in these habits but it does not feel right. It is impossible to escape. What do we do?

August 26, 2020

7:55

How can a modern woman become an ideal wife?

Transcript: So, your mother, your grandmother, how they made good wives. Largely it was believed the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Now today your husband will call Uber Eats and whatever quick picks and this and that and Swiggy and whatever. Alright? So you can't make a good wife based on how your grandmother became a good wife. You can't become a good wife based on how your mother became a good...

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... wife. Situations have changed, expectations have changed. It's not in the stomach anymore. For some it's gone up into the head, for some it's gone further south. Yes? And, according to contemporary needs, not how your grandmother did her marriage. You can't do it that way because expectations and situations have completely altered themselves. So if you hold somebody who is your friend, and who is your need. You must understand. You're in this relationship because you need. Maybe the other person also needs, but that's from their side. As far as you are concerned, you made this relationship because you need it badly. Isn't it? If you understand, and you're always grateful for this, that somebody is fulfilling all your need, you would handle it well. You wouldn't make a misery out of it. But now you think somebody else needs you, then you'll make a mess out of it. So, you don't do that. Essentially, what husband and wife means is, because you are not geared. Most people are not geared. Very few people in this world are geared to make this journey of life all by themselves. They're organized enough within themselves, totally. They never feel anything missing in their life because they have made themselves like that. But, most people need somebody else to lean on. Either emotionally, psychologically. There are needs in a human being. Physical needs, psychological needs, emotional needs. Maybe, social needs, economic needs, variety of needs. To fulfil these needs, you want to find one person that you can depend on. Because it's very difficult, you want to find one person with whom you can share everything that you have. Your body, mind, emotion, and it works. So this is the idea. Finalizing it so that everytime you get little, some little friction, you don't fall apart. So little tying up, so that things don't fall apart very easily, alright? Nothing else. The biggest mistake humanity made was, they started saying marriages are made in heaven. That's why it's such a mess. Much done here. If you see, marriages are made between us. And we took responsibility for who we are, or we could've made it work. The damn thing is made in heaven. Not suitable here because it's alien stuff. Everything is a mess because you think it's made elsewhere, by somebody else. If you understand it's made by you for your well being, to fulfil your needs and your purposes so that you can go through this journey of life with least amount of trouble and friction, then you would handle it more responsibly. Isn't it?

Transcript: So, your mother, your grandmother, how they made good wives. Largely it was believed the way to a man's...

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... heart is through his stomach. Now today your husband will call Uber Eats and whatever quick picks and this and that and Swiggy and whatever. Alright? So you can't make a good wife based on how your grandmother became a good wife. You can't become a good wife based on how your mother became a good wife. Situations have changed, expectations have changed. It's not in the stomach anymore. For some it's gone up into the head, for some it's gone further south. Yes? And, according to contemporary needs, not how your grandmother did her marriage. You can't do it that way because expectations and situations have completely altered themselves. So if you hold somebody who is your friend, and who is your need. You must understand. You're in this relationship because you need. Maybe the other person also needs, but that's from their side. As far as you are concerned, you made this relationship because you need it badly. Isn't it? If you understand, and you're always grateful for this, that somebody is fulfilling all your need, you would handle it well. You wouldn't make a misery out of it. But now you think somebody else needs you, then you'll make a mess out of it. So, you don't do that. Essentially, what husband and wife means is, because you are not geared. Most people are not geared. Very few people in this world are geared to make this journey of life all by themselves. They're organized enough within themselves, totally. They never feel anything missing in their life because they have made themselves like that. But, most people need somebody else to lean on. Either emotionally, psychologically. There are needs in a human being. Physical needs, psychological needs, emotional needs. Maybe, social needs, economic needs, variety of needs. To fulfil these needs, you want to find one person that you can depend on. Because it's very difficult, you want to find one person with whom you can share everything that you have. Your body, mind, emotion, and it works. So this is the idea. Finalizing it so that everytime you get little, some little friction, you don't fall apart. So little tying up, so that things don't fall apart very easily, alright? Nothing else. The biggest mistake humanity made was, they started saying marriages are made in heaven. That's why it's such a mess. Much done here. If you see, marriages are made between us. And we took responsibility for who we are, or we could've made it work. The damn thing is made in heaven. Not suitable here because it's alien stuff. Everything is a mess because you think it's made elsewhere, by somebody else. If you understand it's made by you for your well being, to fulfil your needs and your purposes so that you can go through this journey of life with least amount of trouble and friction, then you would handle it more responsibly. Isn't it?

July 1, 2020

4:06

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