Questioner: So Sadhguru, a lot of our students take leadership roles at school, a lot of them are just good friends and are part of families where problems do exist, and they take the caretaker role a lot. So, what they’ve asked is, “How do you take care of yourself, when you are usually the one taking care of others?”
Sadhguru: If you’re interested in the well-being of people around you, the first and foremost thing is you must keep yourself well. Otherwise, you will become a problem yourself. If you want to be a solution for a lot of things, first thing is you’re not the problem. Physically, mentally, in any sense – you are not the problem, only then you can attend to things around you.
Otherwise, with good intentions, you will mess up the world. Believe me, good intentions have caused more horrible things on the planet than bad intentions. People have very good intentions, but they are a mess. The more they do, the more mess they will cause. Most of the mess on the planet has happened with good intentions. Right now, we are in an ecological mess. It’s happened with good intention or bad intention? With good intention, isn’t it? They thought they’re doing a great thing. But in the end result is something else. So, like this, everything it is so, just your good intentions will not do.
It’s very important before you touch somebody else your hands are clean. That much you must take care, that if you cannot solve somebody’s problem, what to do, it’s all right. But you touching them should not become a problem.