Keri Hilson: My question is this – In my friend’s circles, there are a lot of us experiencing, what we’ve coined – you know, synchronicities, or God’s winks, or… Because I know there are no… I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe in confirmation. But a lot of us are seeing – like repeating numbers… 2-2-2, 11-11, 3-3-3, 4-4-4, 10-10, 12-12, you know. It’s not just me, it’s like a whole community of people that I know are all like greatly aware of this secret, I guess, phenomenon amongst us. It’s beyond just the numbers. You know, it’s certain sightings, and visits. You know. it’s just kind of magical, it’s magical time. But what would you say, what would you attribute this experience to? Because, I know so many people that are having this experience right now.
Sadhguru: See – numbers, and number systems have been invented by human beings, alright. We made up the numbers. Because we have 10 fingers, we made 10 an important number. And, you know ‘the zero’ came from India, you know that! The zero was invented in India, and the number system evolved out of that. In India we see that zero is the only true number, because that always exists. Rest we made up. 1-2-3-4, made up by us. Zero has always been there. Natural existence – there is a zero. There are many many things, which are zero. But 1-2-3-4, we make it up.
How far can we count? It depends, you know. A child will think 10 means, it’s like a big number, in a child’s mind. Well, now you can say a million or a billion. Now these days everybody is saying a zillion. I don’t think most people understand what’s a zillion, but people keep using it.
So, about coincidence of numbers – one aspect… I’ll just cover it in two different ways. One aspect is there are only 9 digits. So, repetition is very obvious. Because, there are, you know, 7 billion people, and there are only 9 digits – how many times will it repeat itself. Naturally, it will repeat itself many many times.
But at the same time – if there are two people close to each other, let’s say there are two people who love each other. Now, it may so happen, at a given moment if one person is thinking of a certain thought, the other person is also thinking of the same thought. See one person is picking a number, which is three. The other person is also picking number three. Because certain cohesiveness can easily happen with life. Not only with human beings, it can even happen with other creatures. It can happen with trees, it can happen with other animals. Among trees and animals also this is very much there, much more than human beings. It is very little among human beings, because there is too much of intellectual thought in the human being. In the other animals, there is not so much thought. So their synchronicity is way better than that of human beings. Because they experience life chemically, or by smell. So because of that there is a much more cohesive synchronicity among other creatures.
For example, if a group of wild elephants come and start grazing on a particular species of trees. Within 20 minutes, all the other trees in that region belonging to that species, their leaf will go bitter and they’ll turn mildly poisonous. Because they’ve communicated, we’re being eaten up, you do something. They will all turn bitter. The elephants know about it. So because the elephants know about it, they will graze quickly in one place ,and then they will not even bother to graze the next tree, and the next tree. Because they know they would have turned bitter, and they will go far away and again start eating. So, even among trees, there is such synchronicity.
If human beings hit a pitch among themselves, good for them. But don’t give too much significance to it because then you will start imagining a whole lot of things, which are unnecessary. But is their synchronicity with life? Of course. Otherwise so many things wouldn’t happen. There are lots of studies which clearly show this. And in the yogic system we call this Samskriti. What Samskriti means is, there is something called as, you know, learning because of the atmosphere. You’re not being actually taught anything. Just because a certain family has certain skills, even the children born in that family just, almost like they’re born with those skills, they just adapt. It is just in the air somewhere, the skill. They just pick it up. They have made studies of various people and animals, mice – they have noticed that this is possible that learning can just happen out of contact. So there is synchronicity with life otherwise life would not exist. But it should not be overdone in our minds, that’s all.