Why do animals seem more peaceful than human beings?

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Why do animals seem more peaceful than human beings?


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Why do animals seem more peaceful than human beings?

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

Questioner: Why do animals seem more peaceful than human beings?

Sadhguru: You cannot be as peaceful as a cow; try as hard as you want. Yes? Can you? You cannot be. You may manage it for… you eat – they are not serving today, but I think there’s a restaurant open – you eat lot of pongal, it does usually. You know why people in the South are so peaceful? You eat lot of pongal [peaceful]? Very peaceful. It does. So, people have tried. Excessive eating, intoxicants, excessive indulgence in pleasures, with all these things, they have tried to create some kind of peacefulness within themselves. You thought you got there but next moment you know, you are not there. Any number of times it’s deceived you, isn’t it? Yes?

One Saturday evening, your whole family met, all of you had a wonderful dinner, you thought this is the height of the world. Everything is so wonderful, magical. Tomorrow morning you see, poof! Not because there is something wrong with your family – it is just that with limited entity, you are trying to create an unlimited space. It’s not going to work. It’s just not going to work. Nothing wrong, it’s just that it doesn’t work. There’re lots of great things in the world which don’t work. I am not interested in them, that’s all.

You’re interested in great things? Are you interested in great things? I’m not interested in great things, I am only interested in things that work. I don’t want to – there’re lots of great things, people claim there are great things, but they don’t work, they have not worked for anybody. They are great things because somebody says so. They are great things because somebody thinks too much of himself, and whatever he says or does must be great things, but they don’t work. We are looking for something that works.

If you are determining the course of your experience right now, hundred percent, you are beginning to you know. The legs are, bloody legs are aching like crazy but still [sitting still] – it’s beginning to work. If you are determining the nature of your experience right now, one-hundred percent, let’s say we assume that, if you are, then would somebody have to tell you, ‘please create a pleasant experience.’ Hmm? Will somebody have to tell you? No. So somebody telling you ‘be loving, be blissful’ is all bullshit. Yes or no? Because nobody need to tell you ‘be pleasant.’ The problem is you are not able to determine the nature of your experience, isn’t it? Yes? The problem is you are unable to determine the nature of your experience, for whatever reasons. If you could determine the nature of your experience, nobody has to tell you ‘be blissful, be loving, be happy, be this.’

This is all coming from, you know, patchy ideas about life. You see somebody fighting, you say ‘be loving’. You see somebody unhappy, you say blissful – it’s most insulting. When somebody is in a great state of unhappiness, going and telling ‘be blissful’ is most insulting, isn’t it? No? But these are all the great teachings on this planet, which have been on for centuries. These are all great things that have never worked. So we are only seeing how to determine the nature of your experience. If you take charge of what causes experience within you, if you are in-charge of that, I’m hundred percent sure, you will make it very pleasant for yourself. And I am also sure, if you are feeling very pleasant within yourself, you would be naturally pleasant to everybody around yourself.

Unfortunately, people have taken it upon themselves, to confuse the humanity so badly about their own nature. See it’s very simple, it doesn’t take any damn scripture or a Guru to tell you this. It’s very simple, whatever the nature of your experience, it’s happening within you. Is it so? Hmm? You don’t need some great yoga or a scripture or a Guru or a stone that falls from heaven to tell you this. If the nature of your experience, whatever is the nature of your experience, whether it’s fear, anger, love, hatred, ecstasy, agony – everything is happening from within you, it would be very natural for human beings to look and see how to make it into a most pleasant experience, isn’t it?

If you had not freaked them ‘God loves you from up there,’ if you had not exported love to heaven, lot of human beings would have been very loving human beings. But now we have exported it out there, you have to import it, for importing it, you need permit. And there are agents here who don’t give those permits so easily. It’s not coming across because all the love has gone to heaven. How to get it now? Here there is a priest standing here with a permit. He won’t give it to you.

Whether you want to experience blissfulness, whether you want to experience love, whether you want to experience ecstasy – whatever, whatever states of pleasantness human beings have known, have come from within them. Is that so? So there is no need to apply for any permit from anywhere, you just have to become willing to explore what this [self] is, to bring this to the most pleasant state. Not because it’s a virtue, love is not a virtue, bliss is not a virtue, to be pleasant is not a virtue – it’s just that, that is the way you long to be, isn’t it? It is not that if you are loving, you’ll go to heaven. It is not that if you are ecstatic, you’ll go to heaven. It is just that if you are loving and ecstatic, you don’t need a damn heaven. People who’ve made a hell out of themselves, want to go to heaven. People who have made heaven out of themselves, where do they want to go? Wherever the hell they go, they don’t care.

So, it’s very, very important – if you want to ensure…is the volume correct? If you want to ensure that the sounds that this one [mic] produces is good, The more you know about this whole mechanism, the better sound you produce. Isn’t it so? Sometimes by chance it may happen, that’s different. But the more you know about it, the better. If you are a sound engineer, you produce good sound. So if you are an Inner Engineer, then you make this [self] the way you want. That’s all it takes. It doesn’t need anything.

It is just that because it’s in a different direction, than the way you are constantly looking through your sense perception, you need help maybe – not necessarily, but generally yes. You need a certain amount of help, but that’s all. Grace is just that help, that it creates a conducive atmosphere to slip in. If any machinery has to perform well – you know, people have started using these words everywhere these days, you need lubricants, some lubricant. Whatever the great car you have, try to run it without oil – not ten minutes, it will be ruined, isn’t it? It’s the lubricant which is keeping it going. All these great machinery without that little bit of that thin film of lubricant, it’s all destroyed in no time. Grace is just that, that little lubricant so that things happen smoothly.

Now they have started calling it liquid engineering. Everybody’s started doing it. It’s appropriate, it takes liquid engineer. So this takes little engineering. Grace is just a lubricant, without the lubricant if you try to work, the friction – just the friction of life has destroyed too many human beings, isn’t it? Yes? Nothing big they did, all they did was simple things. They were born which was not their doing, they didn’t do such a big thing, that just happened. They just want to eat well, sleep well, fulfill their basic needs – this is all they want to do. In the process of doing this, how many human beings are broken and bitter and destroyed, because no lubricant, nothing wrong with them. They are trying to work their engines without a lubricant. That’s all it is.

Just see, even your cell phone is working because through thin air, they are conducting the sound for you, isn’t it? Hmm? We can just disturb that. You know those advertisements, ‘hello, hello, hello, hello…’ you’re seeing those things? Phones become like that because there is a little bit of disturbance. That’s what is happening with this [self] also. This is a far more sophisticated instrument, than anything that you have seen. This needs a little bit of attention. If you pay attention, it pays off.

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