How can we put an end to bullying?

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Sadhguru, there is a lot of violence going on in the world now, and even my daughter was doing a paper on bullying in school. So, I found myself wanting to explain to her what the source of violence is, and I wasn't too good at it. So, I was wondering if you could speak to that, and then what somebody like myself could do to assist in the schools, to help.

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How can we put an end to bullying?

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Questioner: Sadhguru, there is a lot of violence going on in the world now, and even my daughter was doing a paper on bullying in school. So, I found myself wanting to explain to her what the source of violence is, and I wasn’t too good at it. So, I was wondering if you could speak to that, and then what somebody like myself could do to assist in the schools, to help.

Sadhguru: See, if they do not train in school, how will they live in this world which is full of bullying anyway? The more powerful are always bullying the less powerful – whether it is in the form of nations, or in the form of communities, or in the form of individual human beings, bullying is happening everywhere all the time, isn’t it? We have structured the world in such a way, if you don’t learn to bully enough, at least in the society’s eyes you don’t get anywhere. Either you’re bullying is crude, just on the strength of your muscle, or it is in subtle ways. But bullying is happening all over the place.

I want you to understand – the world, the international situation, is not any different from the street corner – just the same way, isn’t it? The strong lean on the weak in so many ways. It is still a caveman’s world of ‘survival of the fittest’ conducted in a more cunning manner, not straightforward. So, the way the world runs right now is just by bullying. So, you’re producing leaders in the school. Those who bully well could become leaders tomorrow. Yes!

Children are doing it [bullying], because they perceive that’s how the world works

So, as a part of this, now we are in the process of starting a ‘Isha Leadership Academy.’ Of course it’ll have a basic MBA program, but the more important vision for this is to develop leaders on all levels. A housewife – maybe we’ll have a weekend ‘Management and Leadership Course’ for her, because anybody who can impact 5, 10 people is a leader. Maybe a local small-time vegetable vendor, he every day meets at least 50 – 100 people. So, maybe we’ll have a week-long management course for him, and a leadership course for him.

Because we have not produced the right kind of leaders – bullies are considered leaders. Compassionate human beings, people with a larger vision about humanity are not considered leaders – they’re considered philosophers in this world, they are dismissed off as ‘visionaries.’ This has to change, but that’s not going to change overnight, that needs lots of work on humanity, on individual human beings. General statements, slogans on the street will not help. It needs pointed work on individual human being.

There has not been enough infrastructure to do that kind of work. So, this is another thing we’re doing now – all this that we’re building here is infrastructure for an inclusive consciousness, which has never been done in these parts of the world. And in the East it was done plenty in the past, but nothing in the last few hundred years. Because this infrastructure is completely missing in most parts of the world that for a human being to become a full-fledged blossomed human being, there is no infrastructure. There’s lots of infrastructure for survival – a lot.

Inclusiveness is not an ideology, inclusiveness is not some kind of a philosophy – inclusiveness is a way of life

So, bullying is essentially – children are doing it, because they perceive that’s how the world works. Everybody is using whatever power they have to beat down somebody else. People are not using the power they have to uplift somebody. Even if they uplift somebody, there is a string attached that they can pull you down any time they want. Nobody wants you to be a hydrogen balloon, let you loose, and say “rise” – they have a string attached to it. For this, we need a powerful, nonsectarian spiritual process to liberate people like that, so that every human being can blossom in his own way. He need not be my way or your way, he can blossom in his own way, as long as he is inclusive – as life is.

Life is inclusive. Inclusiveness is not an ideology, inclusiveness is not some kind of a philosophy – inclusiveness is a way of life. The existence is happening out of its inclusiveness, not out of exclusiveness. Not a single atom can exist here exclusively, even to retain your form.

And, you being exclusive is ridiculous. But the whole world is, at least the commercial forces on the planet constantly telling you “you are exclusive,” isn’t it? And once we breed this exclusiveness, bullying is natural. Bullying is not just because somebody is evil. Once exclusiveness is bred, bullying is natural. Inclusiveness is the only answer. Inclusiveness not in terms of, ‘I love you, you love me’ – just clearly seeing life that it’s an inclusive process. Experientially seeing it’s all inclusive – there is no other way to be.

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