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Shiv Nadar University

Shiv Nadar University

9 Questions


On 28 August 2019, Sadhguru was at Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai as part of the Youth and Truth movement. Watch the vibrant QnA session that followed as Sadhguru answered students’ questions on a wide range of topics. Q1: Why not have a world without religion? Q2: What is an ideal society? Q3: Is it better to be selfish ...


15:26 min

Why not have a world without religion?


A significant population in our world identifies as religious, and they do so for a number of reasons. Some of them say it's for peace, or a way of life, or some direction. And, they bring up their children with religion. They sort of imbibe values and principles using religion as a channel. But on the other hand, we have some people whose values are so deeply entrenched in religion that religion ends up becoming the first priority and humanity ends up becoming the second. And we see examples of this. For example, when people oppose inter-religion marriages, or religious riots, or an extreme case as terrorism. So why not live in a world without religion? Why not teach our children and the future generation values and principles without introducing religion?

18:22 min

What is an ideal society?


Sadhguru, my question to you is - it feels like at every point of human history, for society there's always been this one challenge or one reckoning. For instance, for most of human history a societies main issue would have been to protect itself from outsiders. In my opinion, right now, humanity’s or society’s issue is climate change or nuclear war. So, it feels like solving this has been society’s, or the general consciousness’s main purpose. My question is, suppose humanity makes it past this very dumulticeface we’re in right now, what would we do? If we reach an ideal society, where everyone is peaceful and together, what would our endgame be? What would we strive towards?

9:47 min

Is it better to be selfish or selfless in this world?


Sadhguru, I have a personal question. So, I consider myself very against littering. So, what I do is I take all my trash and I put it in my bag. At the end of the day, I go to the trash can and I dump it there. And, it hurts me when I see someone else littering. In this case, I’m taking a selfless effort to make the world a better place. And that effort is made worthless because of one selfish person. Or on a more personal note, I’ve always placed my friends and their needs in front of my own. And this leads to people trying to take advantage of me or trying to take me for granted. So my question is this, in this world, the way the world is going right now, is it better to be selfish or is it better to be selfless?

27:02 min

How can we fix the problem of water crisis?


So Sadhguru, speaking of Chennai and change. All of us here are undergoing one of the biggest changes in our lives. Because up until now, we haven’t really faced the shortage of a basic necessity, that is like, water, or food, or shelter. But now Chennai is facing one of the biggest water crises, I think in history. Where they predict in 10 years the city’s going to be dry and there won’t be any water left. The water crisis is something that you’ve been tackling with Cauvery Calling. So, as the youth of this generation, and as engineers in particular, how can we fix this problem immediately so that we don’t have to wait 10 years for the city to dry up? What can we do to solve it?

9:01 min

Why should I pay Rs 42 to plant trees, when I already pay taxes?


The first question [from social media] is from Vikram from Delhi. Vikram says, well, this is about the Cauvery Calling - Shouldn’t this be the government’s job? Why should I pay 42 rupees when I already pay taxes? I don’t even live near Chennai.

6:41 min

Have you ever been scared of going wrong?


Namaskaram Sadhguru ji. My name is Karthik. I am from Hyderabad. So I had finished my inner engineering program three years back, through Isha. So I felt really blissful, I’ll be very honest. So I just wanted to ask you this question that many decades back, when you were pursuing the path, the philosophical path to find the solution, were you not even a little scared that you might have gone wrong?

5:50 min

Why did Shiva enslave you and not anyone else?


Vannakam Sadhguru. You said in one of your speeches that Shiva has entered your life and enslaved you. Why did it happen to you? Why not others? The consciousness of the truth that you have, that is because of the seeking that you did. But this thing, why did it happen?

4:53 min

Where do we draw the line between religion, culture, and art?


Hi, I am Sadhana. So, I am interested in, and I learn Carnatic music in my pastime. Around the same time last year, 2018, there was a controversy that broke out about four Carnatic musicians, famous ones, who sang Kriti's, which were not related to Hinduism, on Jesus Christ. The common folk believe that Carnatic music is sacred of Hindu origin and should remain so. My question is twofold. First if Carnatic music is a Hindu art, should it remain so? And second, considering the fact that India, as such, as a country is an amalgamation of multiple, diverse cultures. In fact, you kept mentioning culture when you answered the first question on religion. Considering the fact that India is an amalgamation of cultures, which are invariably related to our fates or religion, where do we draw the line between religion, culture, and art?

12:52 min

Are rituals still relevant?


Vannakam Sadhguru. I am Katiyayini. My question today is, in the world that we live in today, there exists a multitude of paths to traverse, both, spiritually and religiously. For instance, in Hinduism, there is both, Veda and Vedanta. I can make a conscious choice as to what I would like to take up. But I’m confused. As a millennial I’m really doubting if a ritualistic approach is relevant today. So do you believe that rituals still hold and are relevant today?