Belief: the biggest hurdle in your life

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Why don’t you be sincere enough to simply see, that you don’t know? If you see, I do not know, what you will do? You will seek. Because nobody can live with ‘I do not know’ for too long. So you just believe something that somebody told you, it quells you, it puts you to sleep. But it doesn’t get you any closer to reality as such, isn’t it?

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Belief: the biggest hurdle in your life

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

The fight in the world is not between ‘good’ and ‘evil’. It is just one man’s belief versus another man’s belief, isn’ it? Now, ‘these many’ people believe my story, ‘these many’ people believe somebody else’s story – can you stop these people fighting after some time? Initially they will say – ‘bhai bhai’ [brothers]. Initially they will say we are all brothers, we are this-that. But, tomorrow – when ‘these’ people insist, ‘our story is right’, and ‘these’ people also insist, ‘our story is the real reality’. Can you stop them from fighting? Anyway they will fight. Please understand all the fight in the world is – just one man’s belief versus another man’s belief. Simply because they believe things that they do not know.

All the fight in the world is – just one man’s belief versus another man’s belief

Why don’t you be sincere enough to simply see, that you don’t know? If you see, I do not know, what you will do? You will seek. Because nobody can live with ‘I do not know’ for too long. So you just believe something that somebody told you, it quells you, it puts you to sleep. But it doesn’t get any, it doesn’t get you any closer to reality as such, isn’t it? Just makes you believe one more story. Now these stories – very entertaining, culturally rich. But, if you are looking for enlightenment, if you are looking for liberation, if you are looking for going beyond your limitations – they are of no consequence. If you are just looking for colour, if you are just looking how to decorate your life – then culture is useful. So, let’s not destroy the culture, let’s enjoy the culture. But don’t go by the stories. Don’t believe, or disbelieve the story. Just enjoy the story, isn’t it!

If you see, I do not know, what you will do? You will seek

Now, when it comes to creation – instead of asking ‘why’… If you see, right now you are a part of the creation, and like you said you are entangled, and stuck, and drowning in the creation – as you say. Not everybody maybe drowning. But, at least quite a lot of people feel that they are drowning – when things go wrong, at least. When things don’t go the way they want them to go, they feel they are drowning, isn’t it? So right now in some way you’re entangled. Now if you ask me, how to go beyond this? Instead of asking – why creation? If you ask how to transcend creation? Now, I have a way. I have a method. I have a clear cut path, as to how to go beyond this.

But if you ask me why, I can only tell you a story. Even if the story is true, still in your experience, it is just a story, isn’t it? Yes? Even if the story that I am telling is actually true, as far as your experience goes, it is just another story. If it appeals to your mind, you will believe it. If it does not appeal to your mind, you will not believe it. So stories won’t transform people. You believe God to be a demon, and demon to be a God, it makes no difference, because after all it’s just your belief.