How to be morally right?

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Namaskaram Sadhguru, there seems to be a conflict in human beings - whether they are doing the right thing or wrong thing. What is exactly right, and what is exactly wrong?

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How to be morally right?

The following is an unedited transcript of Sadhguru's video. For better readability, breaks and highlights have been added by the editors.

Questioner: Namaskaram Sadhguru, there seems to be a conflict in human beings – whether they are doing the right thing or wrong thing. What is exactly right, and what is exactly wrong?

Sadhguru: See, morality – morality has become an important thing in the society because people have forsaken their humanity. If your humanity was alive and active, you would not need any morality. People have put their humanity to sleep, and trying to behave like human beings with morality, and it’s not working, because everybody will come up with his own morality. And your kind of morality and another person’s kind of morality is at war all the time.

Morality has become an important thing in the society because people have forsaken their humanity

What is right and wrong, if you open this debate, you will end up with a fight, even within your family, believe me. Yes or no? No? If you start a debate as to what is right and what is wrong, whether in the world, or in your neighborhood, or within the family, fight is inevitable because no 2 people can agree on what is right and wrong, and it’s never been settled ever, because no such thing exists!

Instead of trying to be right, why don’t people try to be sensible? We need some sense in the planet. These righteous people are always a trouble. Once you have a strong set of morals, you will see nobody in the world is all right. If nobody in the world is okay, you have a psychological problem. The first sign of psychological imbalance is, you start thinking, “Nobody is okay.” So morality is just that – it’s the first step towards insanity. You just have to stretch it; if you stretch it, you will go there. Maybe you won’t stretch it that far, you’re willing to bend it – so you manage. These are substitutes for humanity.

Instead of trying to be right, why don’t people try to be sensible?

Why is it, our education systems, our social mechanisms, we are not doing enough to stir up humanity in a human being! We are trying to fix it with morality, and it’s never worked! All we will do is divide people into different kind of moral sects, and they will always fight, because nobody can fit into your morality, because even you don’t fit in, actually. Unless you are smart enough to subvert it secretly. Do you understand? Otherwise, it doesn’t work!

Because morality will not just stick to your profession, it will enter every aspect of your life. Once you start thinking, “what is the right thing to do in my profession?” you will also think what is the right thing to do on all levels of life, isn’t it? Once you start thinking this is the right thing, and somebody else thinks that is the right thing, there is going to be a conflict, and a constant conflict.

If you stir up the humanity within you, you will do the most sensible thing that’s needed for that moment, and that’s all that matters

If you stir up the humanity within you, you will do the most sensible thing that’s needed for that moment, and that’s all that matters – that your actions are in context with the realities in which you exist. And the context is always changing. If you don’t change according to that… People who are moralistic are always looking archaic for the new generation of people, isn’t it? They wonder why this guy is still alive. Yes! If you’re very moralistic, even your children will wonder, why are you still alive? Because you look like… you’re from somewhere else!

So, what is the most sensible thing to do? What brings well-being to you and everybody around you? This is all one needs to look at constantly. Is there some way to fix it? There is no way to fix it. We have to be alive to it! We have to be alive to it every moment, and as the context changes, what we do has to change!

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