barkha dutt: the business of introducing sadhguru jaggi vasudev, whoâ€™s been described in many different ways in my profession, by people from my profession, weâ€™ve called you a maverick, (sadhguru laughs) weâ€™ve called you a monk on a motorcycle, weâ€™ve called you a glamorous, flamboyant guru but for your devotees you are simply sadhguru. and yet sadhguru, at a time when
faith seems to be in collision with so many other questions that come up as a matter of individual liberty, i think this will make for a very interesting and important conversation for our times, so i would like to thank you for being part of this conversation. let me start with the spiritual and i hope what you say today is also addressed to the skeptics. i count myself among a skeptic, who if told that another human being possesses some sort of godly power, i would perhaps as the first instinct, not believe it
but what i find interesting about what youâ€™ve s some of your sayings, as captured by arundhati subramaniam in this book, is that youâ€™re actually saying that what we experience beyond our five senses, anything that we experience beyond the five senses can be called god, can be called power or can be called yourself. so if god doesnâ€™t necessarily exist, why do we need gurus, why do we need sadhguru (laughter)?
sadhguru: do you drive in delhi? barkha dutt: do i drive? sadhguru: mhmm. (indicating agreement) barkha dutt: unlike you (sadhguru laughs) i have a fear of wheels (both laugh). sadhguru: so if you drive in an unknown terrain barkha dutt: yes. sadhguru: â€¦you use these days a gps. sadhguru: usually, a strange woman will tell you,
â€œturn right,â€ you turn right. she says, â€œturn left,â€ (laughter) you turn left. she says, â€œmake a u-turn,â€ you make a u-turn (laughter). why? simply because you are youâ€™re not familiar with the terrain. when you are in an unfamiliar terrain, it is sensible to take instructions. (laughter/applause) barkha dutt: so are you
are you saying gurus are the new gps (laughter)? sadhguru: not new, not new, long time ago weâ€™ve been. (laughter/applause) for a very long time, way before the gps came (applause). gps means what â€“ guru positioning system. (laughter/applause) barkha dutt: but you know, i have to say that while i donâ€™t drive, iâ€™ve often sat in the car and heard that girlâ€™s voice on google maps and often google maps sadhguru: you can actually, you can actually
barkha dutt: â€¦does notâ€¦ does not adv does not give you the right advice. sadhguru: you can change it to a manâ€™s voice if you wish. barkha dutt: okay (laughter/applause). this beginning of this conversation perhaps underlines that you are atypical. you are atypical of what we imagine gurus to be. we expect people who donâ€™t crack jokes, we expect people who donâ€™t have a zest for life. somehow, all of our spirituality has traditionally been centered around giving up,
around abstinence of some kind, around abstaining from pleasures, from denying creature comforts. why do you believe that the material can co-exist with the spiritual? sadhguru: itâ€™sâ€¦ itâ€™s not that i believe, itâ€™s only because you have a body which is your physicality, you have a life within. if you did not have a body, if youâ€™re disembodied,
iâ€™m not going to talk to you (laughs) because with disembodied beings you donâ€™t have conversations, okay? i know people barkha dutt: people do talk to ghosts. sadhguru: people are trying to do that these days (both laugh). because theyâ€™re not on talking terms with the living (laughter/applause), they choose the dead (laughter) because you can make the dead speak whatever you want. the living will speak what they want, itâ€™s a big problem (laughter).
itâ€™s a very serious problem in a conversation because i will say what i want to say if i was dead, you can make me say whatever you want to say. barkha dutt: but can an sadhguru: because you can do both sides of the conversation. barkha dutt: but if your philosophy you hate the word philosophy i know if your technology of inner engineering and weâ€™ll talk more about that in just a moment
is available to all of us to, in a sense find strength within ourselves, sadhguru, then does that mean that the atheist and the agnostic and the skeptic can also embrace spirituality? is inner engineering only for those who believe or is it for anyone (sadhguru laughs) who asks questions? sadhguru: the previous question is a loaded one, still not answered fully. barkha dutt: yes, i know (sadhguru laughs), i havenâ€™t i havenâ€™t given up on it yet (sadhguru laughs).
sadhguru: coming to this, see youâ€™re putting atheists and agnostics and skeptics together itâ€™s a wrong classification. atheists and theists are together, theyâ€™re one kind. barkha dutt: because they both have certainty. sadhguru: bothâ€¦ both believe something that they do not know. both are not sincere enough to admit that they do not know. this is the biggest problem. the biggest problem in the world is
people are still not straight enough to come to a place, â€œwhat i know i know, what i do not know i do not knowâ€ because they have not realized the immensity of â€œi do not know.â€ â€œi do not knowâ€ is the basis of longing to know and seeking to know and the possibility of knowing. the moment you destroy â€œi do not know,â€ you destroyed all possibilities of knowing. so this is atheism and this is theism, theyâ€™re not different,
theyâ€™re in the same boat, they pretend to be different. one believes positively, another believes negatively but they both believe something that they do not know. one (fumbles) person, a well-known person in the country who goes about claiming heâ€™s an atheist all the time, one day comes up to me, somebody just introduces me first time,
i said "namaste' he says, â€œdo you know, i believe there is no god?â€ i said, â€œi donâ€™t even believe thatâ€ (laughter). barkha dutt: do you mean javed akhtar (laughter/applause)? sadhguru: iâ€¦ iâ€™m not barkha dutt: that was a good imitation, so i guessed (laughter), it wasnâ€™t difficult. sadhguru: i am not (laughs) taking names, i am saying the thing is you also believe something,
you donâ€™t seem to understand that. the most important thing is to come to this place of being utterly straight and sincere with life â€“ what i know i know, what i do not know i do not know. if you come to this much, if you closely pay attention to everything around you, you will see with all this scientific exploration, we do not know even a single atom in its entirety, thatâ€™s the fact.
barkha dutt: so what is it that you know sadhguru (sadhguru laughs)? why are millions of people your devotees because you just said that honestyâ€¦? sadhguru: they usually donâ€™t barkha dutt: â€¦is about admitting sadhguru: theyâ€¦ they donâ€™t claim that they are my devotees, you know. barkha dutt: what do they say then? sadhguru: hmm? sadhguru: usually they claim theyâ€™re meditators,
volunteers, and stuff (laughter/applause). barkha dutt: okay, volunteers then (sadhguru laughs). but there must be something they think that you know because you just said that life is actually about admitting what you donâ€™t know. the corollary to that is there are things that you do know. we do know weâ€™re sitting at the habitat center amphitheatre at this moment in delhi â€“ that we know. what beyond this sadhguru, do you know and what do you not know (laughter)? iâ€™ve asked you like is there a question of
sadhguru: now, what do i know? i donâ€™t know anything except this one (referring to oneself). i know this piece of life from its origin to its ultimate. everything that i need to know about this life, i know. and i see every other life is actually the same thing, if you look deep enough. so in that context, because today modern science is coming to this, there is aâ€¦ a theory which is evolving,
which is called as constructional theory what they are beginning to say is whether itâ€™s an amoeba or a grasshopper or a earthworm or a bird or an animal or an elephant or you or me or the whole cosmos, the fundamental design is same. it is only a question of complexities and sophistication of the same design. so this is something always the yogic science has been saying, that if you knowâ€¦ you know anda you know pindanda, (laughs) you know?
if you know the atomic, you know the cosmic because the fundamental design is same, itâ€™s only a question of complexity and sophistication of whatâ€™s happening. so fundamentally, if you know this piece of life (referring to oneself) you know everything by inference. barkha dutt: but when you say this piece of life, do you mean yourself, do you mean this moment, what do you mean by this piece of life? sadhguru: you are a piece of life, arenâ€™t you?
are you life or are you media (laughter)? barkha dutt: are they mutually exclusive? sadhguru: no, no, because people (sounds like: are/have?) mediums, thatâ€™s why iâ€™m saying (laughter). barkha dutt: i would hope iâ€™m a flesh and blood person unless somebody knows better (laughs). sadhguru: flesh and blood you gathered, isnâ€™t it? sadhguru: what you call as my flesh and blood,
you slowly gathered over a period of time. if this much accumulation of flesh and blood, this much impressions have to be gathered, there must be something more fundamental, isnâ€™t it? barkha dutt: do you think of yourself as a yogi, a mystic or a guru? sadhguru: iâ€™ve not wasted time thinking about myself (laughter/applause). barkha dutt: what would you rather be thinking of? sadhguru: i donâ€™t think usually. really.
for me, see thâ€¦ this whole thing, because of the type of very mediocre education thatâ€™s being delivered today, we have raised thought to heaven unfortunately. thought is a simple thing. i know this is against everything that you believe in because you are also a believer (laughs). barkha dutt: no. sadhguru: believer in thought. barkha dutt: yeah.
sadhguru: yes. barkha dutt: i believe in being able to ask questions. barkha dutt: thatâ€™s what i do for a living. sadhguru: oh (laughter)! thatâ€™s good. barkha dutt: so i must believe that it is possible to ask questions. sadhguru: youâ€¦ you ask questions for a living, my life is full of questions (laughter/applause). nowâ€¦ now the thing is what you call as thought is coming from the limited data that you have gathered from the experience of your life.
every person is the same thing. how much ever we have gathered, itâ€™s still too small compared to the size of this cosmos and the way the phenomena of life is happening. from this limited daâ€¦ data, you can recycle things and generate thought. or in other words, nothing new ever happens. same permutations and combinations of the same thing will go on forever.
the essence of what weâ€™re teaching in the name of inner engineering is to engineer yourself in such a way, every moment of your life is a new possibility. if it has to become a new possibility, what is needed is perception. when i say perception, people think opinions. no, i am talking about perception, as you see here (gestures), similarly enhancing your perception so that you perceive life.
right now when we say thought, emotion, weâ€™re talking about expressing life. expression is not so important, once in a way we can express but perceiving it is important because this phenomena is too fantastic, itâ€™s not a small thing. the greatest phenomena thatâ€™s happening here is life itself. so if you want to know this phenomena,
the only way you can know, the only doorway for you to know life is yourself. see, right now can you see me? barkha dutt: yes, i can. sadhguru: can you can you use a finger and point out where i am? (barkha dutt gestures towards sadhguru) oh, youâ€™re wrong. you know iâ€™m a mystic from south india (laughter/applause). now this light is falling upon me, reflecting, going through your lenses,
inverted image in the retina, you know the whole story. where do you see me now? barkha dutt: still in the same place. sadhguru: no. barkha dutt: i do. sadhguru: you see me the way iâ€™m projected in the firmament of your mind. you cannot see me here (gestures) in the very nature of your visual apparatus. where do you hear me right now? within yourself.
where have you seen the whole world? now if there is a grasshopper here, he doesnâ€™t see me the way you see me, he sees me differently. he sees the whole world differently. now youâ€¦ you can think, â€œoh, heâ€™s no good.â€ this is the fundamental problem that we think his perception is no good. no, no, his perception is very good for his survival. your perception is very good for your survival
but itâ€™s not good enough to know the nature of life. barkha dutt: but i sadhguru: so now, â€œwhat do i knowâ€ means i have enhanced enhanced my perception the way it is important to know the nature of life, not just for survival. barkha dutt: but if inner engineering as a spiritual technology is something that works, i ask you again, why do we need gurus? because
that means the answers are within us. sadhguru: youâ€™re speaking so much language, did you learn a, b, c, d barkha dutt: i think so. sadhguru: do you remember when youâ€™re four years of age, that damn â€œaâ€, how complicated it was? sadhguru: two versions to it. you had to write it a hundred times to get the damn â€œaâ€. today you can close your eyes and write.
so it doesnâ€™t matter how simple something is, without a certain guidance, could you have picked up a, b, c, iâ€™m asking? no. similarly, when something new you have to approach, if you donâ€™t have the right kind of guidance, you wonâ€™t pick it up. barkha dutt: tell us a little bit about yourself. your story is well-chronicled
but what is of interest to people is that you started off as sadhguru: i havenâ€™t read that book, i donâ€™t know, i hope sheâ€™s written nice things about me (referring to arundhati subramaniamâ€™s biography of sadhguru called â€œmore than a lifeâ€). barkha dutt: sheâ€™s written a very brilliant, arundhatiâ€™sâ€¦ subramaniam has written a very brilliant, very brilliant book. sadhguru: no, sheâ€™s brilliant but whatâ€™s she written about me (laughter/applause)?
barkha dutt: one of the things that she has said is that you give great space for dissent, you like a good argument, that youâ€™re not anâ€¦ youâ€™re not one of those dictatorial gurus (sadhguru laughs). sadhguru: i donâ€™t know where is a dictatorial guru, i think theâ€¦ most people have not met a guru, they have just seen calendar images and made conclusions. i donâ€™t think they have met any genuine guru. there are a whole lot of people who should have been temple priests
who are good entrepreneurs and theyâ€™ve become gurus today â€“ thatâ€™s different, okay? (laughs) barkha dutt: temple priests sadhguru: no, no, see barkha dutt: â€¦ who have become good entrepreneurs. sadhguru: no, iâ€™m saying barkha dutt: just another word of way of saying theyâ€™re charlatans. sadhguru: thatâ€™s a strong word.
maybe thatâ€™s enterprise (laughter). i am not a enterprise. so because i am not an enterprise, i want everybody to ask whatever the damn question they have, it doesnâ€™t matter how ridiculous or how intelligent, how nonsensical it is, it doesnâ€™t matter. if the question means something to you, it means something to me. it doesnâ€™t matter how brilliant it is,
if it doesnâ€™t mean anything to you, i am not willing to listen to it. barkha dutt: but youâ€™re saying that many, many people areâ€¦ who are positioning themselves as gurus are really only elevating themselves and fooling people. iâ€™ve sadhguru: (laughs) no, i didnâ€™t say barkha dutt: okay, iâ€™m saying that. sadhguru: iâ€™m saying (laughter) barkha dutt: but
sadhguru: (laughs) the thing there is there is a vacuum, somebody is trying to fill it. barkha dutt: yes. and sadhguru, you have been sadhguru: are they qualified to be that? questionable thing. barkha dutt: but a very genuine concern and you have been on some of my television programs where we have spoken about this â€“ is whether god-men are often con-men?
and how does this lady here (gestures towards somebody) know the difference between whoâ€™s a god-man and whoâ€™s a conman and is a human being capable of being a god-man? do you think of yourself as a god-man? sadhguru: (laughs) why are you underestimating that lady (laughter/applause)? barkha dutt: okay, let it be my question (sadhguru laughs). how do i spot the difference between a god-man and a con man if i donâ€™t even believe that humans can be godly? i think humans can be brave and wonderful and inspiring and
but i donâ€™t think that they have magical powers. sadhguru: see, did you ever see god having magical powers? barkha dutt: no, iâ€™ve never seen god. sadhguru: no, then why are you saying he must have magical powers (laughter)? so first of all, this god-man is essentially a media-coined word. nobody claims that he is a god-man, okay? some are goddamn men, thatâ€™s different (laughter). nobody
i donâ€™t think anybody has personally claimed, â€œi am a god-man.â€ i have not met anybody like that. now, that is a thatâ€™s another kind of profession, putting labels on everybody, you know (laughs). leaving that alone, what is it? this is a culture - you must understand this, itâ€™s unfortunately all mixed up today
this is a godless culture, you must understand this. there has never been an idea of a god in this culture. only in competition with what came from outside, because we saw they could rule us, they were dominant and we thought we have to imitate their ways, we also started making it up to some extent, not successfully though. yes, but we know the technology of god-making.
when i say technology we are using the english word â€œgodâ€ but that word doesnâ€™t exist in india, here we call them devas. what a deva means is see today media is projecting tendulkar as a cricketing god. itâ€™s very appropriate to this culture because if somebody excels beyond a certain level in any field he may be a sportsperson,
he may be a warrior, he may be an artist, he may be anything - if he excels beyond what normally average human beings think is possible for them, he goes, they recognized him as a deva and heâ€™s worth looking up to because he becomes a guiding light for them. thatâ€™ll anyway happen, whether you like it, you believe it, you donâ€™t believe it.
barkha dutt: sure. sadhguru: in every field, somebody rises, he becomes the light for the rest of the people. sadhguru: so similarly, in the inner spaces when i say the inner spaces, the quality of your life is not determined by what kind of house you live in, what clothes you wear, what car you parked outside, what things, jing-bang happening around you, no,
this moment how joyful, peaceful, blissed out you are within yourself. now if i sit here, weâ€™re sitting here in the same space, breathing the same air, probably we ate the same kind of food i donâ€™t know what you eat (laughter) but if i sit here now with my eyes closed, the way i am within myself, i will not exchange this (laughs) for anything in the universe.
now, when people see, no matter the number of things iâ€™m managing is insane. everybody thinks, â€œsadhguru, is it possible? you must go crazy someday.â€ all volunteers, over three million volunteers, enterprises, businesses, okay, projects, mega-projects on the street, all kinds of activity going around the globe. if anybody has to go nuts, itâ€™s me, okay?
because all run by volunteers. run by volunteers means nobody is trained for the job and you canâ€™t fire them for inefficiency because theyâ€™re volunteers (laughter). all right (laughs)? and anytime, they come in anytime and do great things, anytime theyâ€™ll walk away, all right? and nothing should collapse. till now, i must tell you this,
as we are sitting here, this day, probably little over three hundred and odd programs, inner engineering programs are happening in the world. never in the last thirty-three years, one program has been abandoned or has failed (applause). that â€¦that takes enormous management but nobody will ever see me getting angry or miserable or tensed out or stressed out. barkha dutt: youâ€™ve never lost your temper? sadhguru: you want me to now (laughter) (laughs)?
do i look like iâ€™m incapable of that? itâ€™s not that, itâ€™s not that iâ€™m incapable of anger, it's just that i have never given that privilege to anybody. iâ€™ve not given this privilege to anybody â€“ they can make me happy, they can make me unhappy, they can make me angry, they can make me miserable,
no. i kept (applause) these privileges to myself. so people youâ€™re talking about miracles or whatever. people ask me, â€œsadhguru, everybodyâ€¦ in very ashram, miracles are happening. you are beating all the miracles down. if we say something happened, you make us look like fools.â€
no miracle. i say, â€œwhat? you want me to pull a pigeon out of my pocketâ€ (laughter)? if i pull a pigeon barkha dutt: but there are sadhguru: no, if i (laughs) barkha dutt: â€¦gurus sadhguru: if i barkha dutt: â€¦who claim to do that, who have been challenged by rationalists
sadhguru: no, iâ€™ll come to this. if i pull a pigeon out of my pocket, i have a shitty pocket (laughter) and you have a bird (both laugh) what are you going to do with this? you come to me, i will show you the miracle. i have thousands of people, who are working seven days a week, sixteen to eighteen daysâ€¦ eighteen hours every day.
in the last twoâ€¦ five-ten years, not a single moment of irritation, agitation, anger in their life. this is a miracle (applause), this is a miracle we want to manifest. you donâ€™t want a miracle? barkha dutt: i agree, this is a miracle. barkha dutt: and not that pigeon. do you have a pigeon in your pocket (sadhguru laughs)? okay (laughs). sadhguru: i told you i donâ€™t like a shitty pocket (laughs).
barkha dutt: i know (laughter). now, you were thirteen in arundhatiâ€™s book, i read that you were thirteen when you first quite accidentally discovered yoga. you were children playing in at the bottom of a well, thatâ€™s what the book says (sadhguru laughs). tell us, how did you discover yoga? sadhguru: oh (laughs). i told that because thatâ€™s how it happened to me, i said that to her, i donâ€™t know how sheâ€™s written, iâ€™ve not read it (barkha dutt laughs).
i said that to her because i want people to understand the nature of the universe is, even if you doâ€¦ for the wrong reasons, you do the right thing, still it works. if you do the wrong thing even for the right reasons, it still doesnâ€™t work. people need to understand this because the whole world has invested on goodness. the goddamn goodness is killing the world. thereâ€™re too many good people
and these good people are the biggest problem. itâ€™s always a good indian who wants to fight a good pakistani, good hindu wants to fight a good muslim, good american wants to fight with just about anybody (laughter). the more good you are, the more fighting you are. the more good you think you are, because goodness is always in comparison barkha dutt: donâ€™t forget the good journalists
who promote these fighting everyday on channels (laughter). sadhguru: iâ€¦ i thinkâ€¦ because your goodness comes by comparing yourself to somebody. if you were alone on this planet, you wouldnâ€™t know whether youâ€™re good or bad. what we need on this planet is sensible human beings. little more sense we could do with, isnâ€™t it, for sure, in every aspect of life? engineering essentially means
you could have built this structure whichever way you want but youâ€™ll have to keep looking up, when itâ€™s going to crash on your head. engineering means you put it up in a sensible manner, the way it stays, without anxiety about it. similarly, inner engineering means you engineer yourself in such a way, you can go through the process of life without being anxious about your suffering â€œwhat will happen to me?â€
there is no such thing because you engineered yourself well. whatever the hell happens around you, within yourself you are the same thing. so every time i launch one mega-project, youâ€™ll say, â€œsadhguru, if it doesnâ€™t work?â€ if it doesnâ€™t work, what (laughs)? if it doesnâ€™t work, what? if everything that iâ€™m doing, if nothing works, i will still die blissfully. this is guaranteed.
i want to make sure itâ€™s guaranteed for every human being so that they can live their life without the fear of suffering. right now, instead of seeing how suffering should go, people are busy romanticizing suffering. the moment you romanticize suffering, itâ€™s very clear you are not interested in human well-being, you like drama. barkha dutt: hmm. you often spoke about how economic leaders are going to be the future of the world,
youâ€™ve been interacting with ceos. itâ€™s rare to find a spiritual guru whoâ€™s also quite openly capitalistic. are you a capitalist? sadhguru: what is that? barkha dutt: who believes that wealth creation is for the greater good (sadhguru laughs) of people and society. sadhguru: see, a whole lot of people are attached to poverty right now because without poor people, without hungry people they cannot survive. i am not one of those.
i want to see thatâ€¦ six hundred million people onâ€¦ in this country are postponing their dinner tonight. but we are postponing major decisions in the parliament every day, all right? i am not a part of that, i want things to happen because i know what it means to postpone a dinner. i donâ€™t want that to happen to peâ€¦ people. children are postponing their dinner tonight, probably a hundred million children in this country have postponed their dinner to tomorrow and thatâ€™s not a joke.
so, these jokers who identify themselves with this or that are going on playing their joke on the people, every day. so capitalism is an ancient word, it no more exists. we are talking about a market economy. when only a few families had access to capital, it was capitalism. it is no more capitalism. anyâ€¦ if you have a good idea and you know how to execute it,
there is capital for everyone, all right? so, we have tried communism, itâ€™s a wonderful idea but that must happen willingly. if you enforce it, itâ€™s the ugliest thing. we have seen it we have seen a major demo on the planet, when aâ€¦ most ugly things happened, you tried to enforce it. karl marx might have known lot about economy. you know, i wasâ€¦ iâ€¦ when i was fifteen,
i was all gung ho about engels (referring to german social scientist friedrich engels) and karl marx and stuff. but he did not understand human nature, i realized that when i was sixteen. thirteen, fourteen, i was all fired up reading up all the communist literature from russia (laughs) but by the time i was sixteen, i realized these people donâ€™t understand what is human aspiration. without understanding whatâ€™s human aspiration, you try to build a society, you try to build a nation, itâ€™s a disaster, okay?
cruel disaster. but maybe it will work when really a country or a society is in total dumps. you have to force it out. when you have to force it out, it works but after that it wonâ€™t work. in a way, if you come to the ashram nearly four thousand people are living in the ashram â€“ well, you can say itâ€™s communist but by willingness,
itâ€™s not by, â€œokay, i did so much, so i get so muchâ€ â€“ no. everybody gets what they need. so this is not enforced, this is by choice. if by choice youâ€™re willing to share, how fantastic it is; but â€œi have nothing, you have something, i want you to shareâ€ - how ugly it is! barkha dutt: what is it with sadhguru and motorcycles (laughter)? sadhguru: these days, iâ€™m on four wheels (laughter). barkha dutt: but you havenâ€™t given up (sadhguru laughs) your love for bikes or have you?
sadhguru: itâ€™s just that when i was i started, you know, trekking in the jungles when i was ten, eleven. i would be gone. if i had ten rupees in my pocket, i would organize my food and iâ€™m gone with this little note in the house. i can imagine my parents (laughs) iâ€¦ i always wished i shouldnâ€™t have a boy ever (laughs). barkha dutt: girls can run away too on bikes. sadhguru: they run later (laughter/applause).
they donâ€™t run at ten, eleven (laughter). and theyâ€™re on a pillion theyâ€™re usually pillion and if they find a good rider, no problem (laughter). iâ€™m saying the thing was, itâ€™s not about the motorcycle or this or that, it is just that i was a cloud of million questions all the time and wherever i looked, nobody had a sensible answer. everybody has standard answers that theyâ€™ve heard from somewhere, nobody has a genuine experiential answer.
so thereâ€™s a restlessness to explore just about anything. when i was ten, eleven years of age, i would be gone into the forest for three, four days. once food ran out and i couldnâ€™t survive, then i would come back. so, initially lot of excitement but later on they kind of settled down, they knew iâ€™ll get back. so when i became fourteen, fifteen, i cycled across south india,
not because i was one cycling enthusiast, not like today, wearing a helmet and suited booted for cycling â€“ no, simply i cycled because cycling is little faster than walking. the moment i became seventeen, i still didnâ€™t have a license but i found a motor to my cycle, which became a motorcycle (laughs). so that because it went little faster. it sâ€¦ it supported my restlessness to know something i didnâ€™t even know what the hell it is.
i didnâ€™t know what i was looking for but i had questions about anything i looked at. everything in the universe looked like a question mark to me. barkha dutt: but the question about the motorcycle is really to ask whether the motorcycle, the land rover or land cruiser, which one is it now? land rover, land cruiser, (sadhguru laughs) iâ€™m not sure, but whatever, the four wheels, the helicopter, you i think you once said somewhere that i like that whether if it moves on land, water or air, i like it.
sadhguru: this is not one thing is i like anything that works and machines work (laughs). the more efficiently (they?) work, the better they are and why itâ€™s important is, after all, what is the quality of an individual human being? how smoothly and how efficiently your body, mind and everything functions is the quality of a human being, isnâ€™t it? so machines always excited me, whether itâ€™s a sâ€¦ bicycle or motorcycle or because of you know
lack of the necessaryâ€¦ probably the fitness that i was at that time, i crisscrossed india on a motorcycle, today it would be hard, so you get into something little more comfortable. barkha dutt: but you know while that makes you a very interesting character to observe, did you ever worry that youâ€™d be labeled or dubbed a richie rich (referring to the cartoon character) personâ€™s guru? this is you knowâ€¦ this is the sadhguru who sadhguru: see, the thing is barkha dutt: â€¦flies his own planes sadhguru: no
barkha dutt: â€¦who likes his bmw, who like his game of golf, who likes having a little frisbee match on the ___ (unclear) sadhguru: (laughs) lâ€¦ letâ€™sâ€¦ letâ€™s come to that. see, the thing is i would i wouldnâ€™t mind i evenâ€¦ sometimes weâ€¦ iâ€¦ i ride a bullock cart, nobody reports that though (laughter). iâ€¦ iâ€¦ i love to handle the bulls and
iâ€¦ i still drive that sometimes. but now youâ€¦ i want to have a conversation with you, this afternoon till two oâ€™clock, i was in jodhpur, i could have come by bullock cart or a camel cart, (laughter) you had to wait for five days (laughter/applause). i came on time, you must appreciate that (laughs). barkha dutt: so itâ€™s about efficiency is what youâ€™re saying? sadhguru: yes. so i lâ€¦ i personally learnt to fly a helicopter where i donâ€™t have the time for these things
but i somehow fit in this and learnt because seventy percent of our work is in rural india. tch, i thought this little helicopter could just i could set the place on fire because iâ€™m half the time stuck half my life, iâ€™m on the road stuck in some traffic driving myself. all the time, behind huge everywhereâ€¦ thereâ€™s no place in the country where thereâ€™s no traffic jams, believe me. even in rural india, thereâ€™re traffic jams.
so i thought a helicopter would really revolutionize our work. i picked up the thing, i got my license, faa license but in india itâ€™s so difficult to get the license because many of these rules were made before wright brothers (referring to the brothers who invented the airplane) came (laughter). barkha dutt: well, according to some, the plane was also made before the wright brothers came (laughs). they say it was made in the vedic ages, they sadhguru: they're not very wrong. conceptually, it was made.
whether physically they built or not, we donâ€™t have proof for that. conceptually, thereâ€™s no barkha dutt: conceptually, itâ€™s about imagination to think that you can move from place a to place b sadhguru: no, no, no, no, no, no, no. you cannot conceptually imagine something entirely. even if you imagine, you must be able to produce some you must understand the principles in some way, as to why something flies.
if you donâ€™t understand why something flies, itâ€™ll be like that you know once it happened, a little turtle, veryâ€¦ with great effort, climbed a tree, went to the edge of a branch and jumped, fell flat, lot of pain. slowly, again he crawled up, in another two days, again up, jumped, fell down, again up, fell down. after a few days, two birds who were sitting in the opposite tree, they were talking and they said, â€œi think itâ€™s time we tell him heâ€™s adoptedâ€ (laughter). so iâ€™m saying what cannot fly, you cannot make it fly.
people thought in detail, as to what can fly, what cannot fly, conceptually they thought. whether they built or not, we donâ€™t know. and is itâ€¦ is itâ€¦ i mean, it is an established fact, they calculated the speed of light. somebody, some individual cannot calculate the speed of light just like that if there was no whole scientific culture around him. no individual will just drop from heaven and calculate the speed of light, okay?
there must have been a scientific culture, otherwise it wonâ€™t happen. but we need to understand there is a difference between science and technology. barkha dutt: but thereâ€™s also a difference between science and mythology. some things are just great stories that doesnâ€™t mean they actually happened. sadhguru: see for example, there areâ€¦ there are images or there are sketches which show, which probably somewhere between three to four thousand years ago were made,
where it clearly shows a turtle and a round planet sitting on it and going around. turtle is the best example, best analogy for a planetary movement because a turtle cannot accelerate (laughs). same speed, he just keeps going. so a round planet on a turtle is the best way to describe how a planet moves around. and the very word for geography in this country is bhoogol, which means itâ€™s a round planet.
so it is not because of galileo we know itâ€™s a round planet, weâ€™ve always known. how do we know? we canâ€™t know just one scientific fact and not know the other aspects related to it. so this thing about anything indian, beating it down, is because one thing is that culture has evolved because half the people, their brains are in greenwich mean time, theyâ€™ve still not gotten out of the 1948, whatever happened. we struggled for independence, we came out,
not just to send them out but to be who we are. so, that problem is still there and now there are upstarts who claim all kinds of things. there has to be an even balance, not beating down this or pumping it up in a (an?) unrealistic way. but you cannot deny indian mind has thought about things that nobody had thought about in those times. there is no question about that. but there is a distinction between science and technology.
science can evolve because of certain intelligence, technology needs material manifestation. now we are trying to claim technology, which we should not. if we just focus on science, many things will be attributed to india for sure. barkha dutt: we live in times when faith and spirituality have become very inflammable sadhguru: donâ€™t put them in the same basket. barkha dutt: okay, letâ€™s talk about faith first. sadhguru: mhmm (indicating agreement).
barkha dutt: we live in times when faith for certain has become a very inflammable, easily politicized conversation. if faith should have been personal today, itâ€™s not. today you actually have decisions taken in the name of somebodyâ€™s faith being injured. so you mentioned food right now, i read somewhere that you said thereâ€™s nothing religious about the act of food, just eat what you like. sadhguru: no, no, no, i didnâ€™t say that. barkha dutt: eat whatâ€™s good for you?
sadhguru: i said eat whatâ€™s good for you. barkha dutt: okay, eat whatâ€™s good for you. sadhguru: itâ€™s a very different thing (laughs). barkha dutt: i correct myself (sadhguru laughs) â€“ eat whatâ€™s good for you. but today we have a highly politicized conversation around banning beef in the name of faith. how sadhguru: itâ€™s definitely not good for you to eat it. barkha dutt: beef or any meat? sadhguru: iâ€™ll come to that.
finish it, finish the question. barkha dutt: okay, okay. so iâ€™m offering that as one example of how i see a politicized conversation taking place around faith. how do you reconcile the faith of a large number of people with questions of individual liberty? i know i have read that you like books written by salman rushdie. we were the first country to ban him again in the name of faith. how do we reconcile faith with individual liberty? sadhguru: see, itâ€™s always been said â€œfaith moves mountains.â€
yes, but it freezes your mind. but the greatest crime you can do on this planet is to move a mountain. you should not move a mountain, it should be where it is, it has not just dropped from somewhere, itâ€™s grown because of various forces functioning in a particular way, phenomenal activity has happened to build a mountain. you should never move a mountain but (laughs) people with frozen minds always want to move a mountain, okay? having said that,
when we say faith, itâ€™s an import for this culture. we have never had faith in this culture. you must look back little beyond thousand years since weâ€™ve been under occupation. here, we have been told always, â€œyour life is your karma.â€ karma means action. whose action? your action. so what we are saying is your life is entirely your making.
there is no someone sitting up there and managing this for you. this is entirely yours but for every action that you perform whether physical, mental, emotional, energy-wis whatever kind of action you perform, there is bound to be a consequence. if youâ€™re ready for the consequence, do whatever. if youâ€™re going to cry about the consequence, control the action right now. based on thisâ€¦ now you came to food, see the food consumption has been looked at very carefully in this country.
if you just bring this back, the world will be healthy, do you understand? here, we have identified different type of people, what they should eat. if youâ€™re doing menial jobs, how you should eat. if youâ€™re doing trading, how you should eat. if youâ€™re into spiritual process, how you should eat. if youâ€™re into education, how you should eat. why this is is each person needs a different type of building of the body. you want to run hundred meters next to mr. bolt,
what kind of food you should eat. you just want to work in delhi, what kind of food you should eat. you want to think in a certain way, what kind of food youâ€™dâ€¦ you should eat. for all these, we have very clear prescriptions. now when it comes to food, what it means is, we are taking another life, whatever that is it may be plant life, animal life, whatever youâ€™re taking another life, ingesting it and you have to make it your life â€“
thatâ€™s the whole thing. what is your life, what is that life, if you look at it, all life on this planet is coming from the earth. this body is also the same soil, this is also same soil, if there is a earthworm, that is also same soil but see how it has become, how this has become, how that has become. if i give youâ€¦ you like a mango or a banana?
barkha dutt: mango. sadhguru: mango. i know, (laughs) youâ€™re ru youâ€™re ruling the state right now (referring to the aam aadmi party now, if you eat a mango, this mango becomes a woman in you. if i eat a mango, the same mango becomes a man in me. if a cow eats a mango, the same mango becomes a cow in the cow. why is this happening? there is a certain information or software in you whatever you eat it transforms it into a woman.
if i eat, it transforms into a man. if a cow eats, that becomes a cow. so every life is happening the way it is happening because of a certain dimension of information or in modern terminology, letâ€™s call it software. there is a certain software, which is an arrangement of information. now, the idea is to eat as simple a software as possible. if you eat that kind of life, which is a very simple software, your ability to override that software and make it entirely a part of you is very good.
as that software gets â€¦ complex, more and more complex, your ability to integrate it goes down. so, especially if itâ€™s a creature which has some sense of thought and emotion, if it has emotion, then you should not eat it. this is the understanding. an animal, which has any emotion, displays certain emotions especially if it displays emotion which is near to human emotion,
you should not eat it because it will not integrate itself. that animal nature will start manifesting itself. or in other words, in india, today maybe in cities people do not know, you see in the villages, people have very intimate relationship with a cow. they have drunk the milk of that cow, their children are drinking the milk of that cow,
there is a very deep relationship. if you do not know this, cow is one creature, if something happens to you and you are in some kind of grief or misery, you donâ€™t have to be near the cow, wherever the cow is in your house, it will â€¦ itâ€™ll start shedding tears for you. you know, iâ€™ve seen this with my eyes, i couldnâ€™t believe â€“ when somebody is dead in the house itâ€¦ what does a cow know, it is somewhere, simply tears flowing.
so when itâ€™sâ€¦ has such deep emotions, if you kill it, itâ€™s like killing a human being, itâ€™s murder or itâ€™s cannibalism. so because of that â€“ this is not a faith thing, this is not a religious thing, we thought this is a fundamental sense. whyâ€¦ when we are hungry, why canâ€™t i cut you up and eat you? whatâ€™s wrong (laughter)? whatâ€™s wrong, iâ€™m asking?
barkha dutt: but what youâ€™re saying should be about many more animals than just the cow. sadhguru: yes, yes of course. barkha dutt: and when it becomes about only the cow, then there is aâ€¦ there is certainly a perception sadhguru: iâ€¦ it is not barkha dutt: â€¦that it is a political decision or a religious decision. sadhguru: no, no, i am not talking about theâ€¦ whatever the laws that are happ barkha dutt: this is not about people getting up and saying, â€œitâ€™s cruel to beâ€¦ to be a meat-eater.â€
that would be a different argument. sadhguru: hmm, i am not even talking about cruelty. even cutting a plant is cruel, in my experience but you have to do it. but if you are conscious of it, you will do it to the minimum possible extent, not do it wantonly, thatâ€™s the whole thing. now, about this political ban about cow slaughter or whatever, this has many things. one thing is there is a sensitivity,
once you drink milk from the cow, she is like your mother. killing your mother and eating her up is something people cannot digest in this country. still eighty percent of the people belong to that category and theyâ€™reâ€¦ theyâ€™re hugely thereâ€™s a huge emotion, such a emotion, which because theyâ€™ve always been made to be docile in a certain way, they have not violentlyâ€¦ reacted to it but in some places it has happened,
in villages and other places. there is already a beef ban in many villages just by norm, not by any law, that you donâ€™t bring these kind ofâ€¦ things into the village. i am not saying you must ban it or not ban it. i am saying the sensitivities of your population, you without considering, you canâ€™t go do this blatantly. because it is growing, itâ€™s becoming a growing business; india is becoming a major exporter of beef, thatâ€™s not right.
even if somebody ate something, it is up to them, itâ€™s their personal taste, whatever but now youâ€™re promoting it and youâ€™re making it grow. there is serious concern but our people donâ€™t express it, our people donâ€™t go out on the street and not going to kill anybody because they killed a cow. so ban is not what is needed, more education was needed rather than banning. barkha dutt: but you havenâ€™t spoken to what happens when faith
faith repeatedly seems to come into conflict with individual liberty by the banning of books. there were people killed in paris because they were seen to have mocked, you know of the prophet mohammed and so on. sadhguru: see barkha dutt: so where does this end? where do we stop violence and politics in the name of religion? sadhguru: if youâ€¦ if you want that to stop, you must understand this.
youâ€™re saying, â€œtoday, today.â€ itâ€™s not today. in the last 2,000 years, this is the history of the world, continuously itâ€™s happening all over the world. barkha dutt: so is that bombers are a new phenomenon? sadhguru: well, youâ€™ve forgotten about the crusades and the other things, which have not been reported in history (laughs). hundreds of millions of people have been killed in the name of god, all right? itâ€™s new to us here, but even here, thousandsâ€¦ hundreds and thousands have been slaughtered in northern part of india
just because the faith that they belonged to when the invasions happened. nobody writes about it because we never took the pen and wrote, somebody wrote history for us the way they like it. because all history is sponsored by kings, they wrote the history the way they want and they said they are great emperors but what they did was absolutely terrible. so you need to understand, faith is a new thing to us. when i say new,
in this country which has 12-15,000 years of history behind us, 1,000 years is new for us, weâ€™ve still not come to terms with it; weâ€™re still struggling with it. but struggling within ourselves, not creating a struggle on the street because thatâ€™s not our nature because here always weâ€™ve (itâ€™s?) been drilled into us, whatever you do thereâ€™ll be a consequence for you. even if you come back another life, another life, it wonâ€™t leave you,
itâ€™ll come back to you. tch, this has been told this controls people, this is a this is a tremendous technology, please understand this, and itâ€™s not simply a fake thing, it is a real thing. everything that you think, feel, act, there is a consequence. not because there is somebody thinking he must giveâ€¦ gift give you a reward or a punishment. it happens in your own chemistry. barkha dutt: how do we keep faith,
which you say is new to us, separate from politics? you haveâ€¦ you have, in the past for example, i remember when anna hazare was lodging his anti-corruption movement, you did come and applaud it but you said that the lokpal was not some magic wand, i remember you saying that. do you believe that we are seeing a dangerous cocktail of faith and politics getting more and more mixed up? sadhguru: see, it is happening,
iâ€™m not saying no but itâ€™s much less than ever before. barkha dutt: really? barkha dutt: it seems to be much more than ever before. sadhguru: no, thatâ€™s because of you (laughter/applause). thatâ€™s because thatâ€™s because ifâ€¦ if ten people get beheaded in some remote part of iraq, you make sure the blood spills into my sitting room, because of that.
otherwise, youâ€™re sitting here now, todayâ€¦ letâ€™s say 1,000 years ago, we were sitting here, 1,000 people got killed in iraq, we will sit here peacefully thinking world is going really great, (barkha dutt laughs) spring-time (laughter), everything is nice. so, this is because the dissemination of information,
if ten people get killed somewhere, itâ€™s a huge thing because it comes into our sitting rooms, bedrooms, dining room, everywhere there is a television, so it pours into our homes, so it is happening. so, this is good because even a small thing looks magnified now in peopleâ€™s experience but this has been happening always. itâ€™s happening at its lowest level now. here and there it spurts up, which needs to be controlled for sure.
but what i see is, for the first time, for the very first time in the history of humanity, even if you the numbers are not qualified because the population has increased, even in terms of percentages of people, how many people can think for themselves today is huge compared to what it was a hundred years ago or five hundred years ago
or 1,000 years ago or 10,000 years ago. all these centuries, there would be one man in the village who thinks for you, who reads for you, who writes for you. you just have to do what you have to do, simple things. today, everybody is able to think for himself or herself. now, human intellect is blossoming. i do not say it is blossoming in the right direction,
with the right sense, insanely it is blossoming. it doesnâ€™t matter, insanity will happen for some time, people will come to their senses. when something is new theyâ€™ll go crazy, after some time theyâ€™ll come to senses. once human intellect blossoms sufficiently on the planet, then this looking upward for well-being will not make sense, believe me. right now, from looking upward,
slowly the world is tilting for in pursuit of human well-being, people were looking heavenward, still many are, thatâ€™s different, but a whole lot of people have started looking outward. so if you look heavenward, hallucinations will happen, wars will happen because my heaven and your heaven different, you know? none of the heavens have anything for women, you better know that (laughter).
barkha dutt: i am definitely going to hell (laughs). anyway sadhguru: so you believe in heaven and hell (laughs). barkha dutt: i was being facetious, i was being facetious. sadhguru: let me finish this. barkha dutt: i was being facetious. i donâ€™t know if there is somebody up there. sadhguru: thatâ€™s fine, that is fine. i barkha dutt: is it a force, is it energy, is that inside me?
sadhguru: no, iâ€™m saying this this thing about looking heavenward is slowly going away and in pursuit of well-being, people are looking outward. this is ripping the planet apart. human pursuit of well-being is just destroying the planet. now, the fundamentals of what we are transmitting the fundamentals of this culture, which is essentially rooted in the yogic culture, what you call as indian culture or hindu culture is essentially a pure yogic science.
in the form of culture, it finds many colors and distortions, which is what youâ€™re seeing as the hindu culture or indian culture, whatever you want to call it. barkha dutt: but theyâ€™re not interchangeable terms. sadhguru: why? barkha dutt: because weâ€™re (sadhguru laughs) a multi-religious country with many different cultures. sadhguru: (laughs) we haveâ€¦. i want you to (laughs) i want you to understand the word hindu does not signify a religion.
you ask them do they worship one god if they are hindus. in the same family, theyâ€™re worshipping twenty-five gods (laughter). they donâ€™t they donâ€™t know which is the god, so theyâ€™re making sure worship everything (laughter). just in case something will hit, okay (laughter/applause). now, the word hindu means the land between himalayas and indusagara. this land, this subcontinent is hindu. all people who are born here are considered hindu
because itâ€™s a geographical identity. i know thereâ€™s a whole political issue, if i speak like this, they say, â€œoh! heâ€™s hindu.â€ barkha dutt: no, i mean people will tell you youâ€™re echoing the rss (referring to a political party) chief (laughter)? sadhguru: i donâ€™t know what he said, i have not barkha dutt: he said all indians are hindus and there was a huge sadhguru: okay, i am not barkha dutt: â€¦political outcry over that. sadhguru: okay, all indians live between himalayas and indian ocean (laughter/applause).
barkha dutt: thatâ€™s okay. sadhguru: those who want to jump into the ocean barkha dutt: thatâ€™s okay (laughter/applause). sadhguru: if you live â€¦ see, this is a dialectical culture, it expresses things in a certain way. between himalayas and indian ocean if you live, you are a hindu. if you jump into the ocean and cross, you are a lanka, okay (laughter/applause)? so, i donâ€™t know what is the struggle about this. this is because there is such a narrow understanding of this.
this is the debate which we have to change in the country because somebody has absolute belief systems, we are trying to compare that to a culture where there is no such thing as belief. we have not ever been believers, weâ€™ve always been seekers. this is a land where the highest value has never been god, always liberation, mukti
freedom is the highest goal. god has never been the highest goal (applause). so youâ€¦ you put this in the same box as something, which just believes this is it or youâ€™re dead â€“ unfortunate, thatâ€™s not the way to look at it. this is what we have to bring back. if we really value human freedom, you must bring back this seeking for liberation. â€œi want to be free, not just from others but from myself and my god and my heaven and everythingâ€
because god has never been the goal in this culture, god is just another tool. when i use the word tool for a god, people get very hurt. they say, â€œsadhguru, donâ€™t say that, it hurts us.â€ i say, â€œthatâ€™s okay, you come to the ashram, iâ€™ll give you some plumbing job (laughter), all right?â€ see barkha dutt: thatâ€™ll hurt more (laughs). sadhguru: no, no, no. â€œno spanner, no winch, nothing.
use your fingers, nails, teeth, whatever. three days later, nails will be gone, half the teeth will be gone. then i will give you a spanner. will you worship the spanner or noâ€ (laughter/applause)? we are who we are asâ€¦ as human beings, we are who we are only because of our ability to use a tool.
otherwise you are not even good as a dog. you canâ€™t even fight a dog, isnâ€™t it? barkha dutt: so youâ€™re against organized religion? quite clearly, if god is just a tool and faith is not the same as spirituality sadhguru: (overlapping conversation) no, iâ€¦ seeâ€¦ no, no, iâ€™m notâ€¦ iâ€™m not saying iâ€™m against this or that. all iâ€™m saying is i want human beings to come to this much if you know something you know it,
if you donâ€™t know something you donâ€™t know it. everything that you do not know you believe â€“ this is a dangerous thing. now, the fight on the planet is not between good and evil, this and that, no - one manâ€™s versus another manâ€™s belief. iâ€™m saying why the hell do you believe anything? because youâ€™re essentially not straight enough to admit, â€œi really donâ€™t know.â€
â€œi donâ€™t knowâ€ people canâ€™t fight. i donâ€™t know, you donâ€™t know â€“ can we fight? â€œi knowâ€ is a fight. â€œi do not knowâ€ is never a fight, â€œi do not knowâ€ is a way of seeking. if we do not establish this seeking in every human being, that every human being is longing to know whether outside or inside, whatever, you are
because this is the nature of human intelligence, it canâ€™t sit quiet. it can only sit quiet if you freeze it with belief system. if you seal it with belief system, it can sit quiet. otherwise the very nature of this intelligence is it wants to know. barkha dutt: okay, weâ€™re almost at the end so i think iâ€™m going take a few questions. just two-three minutes of questions. iâ€™m seeing lots of hands go up. the lady behind you,
yes please. questioner: namaskaram. sadhguru, in one of your videos, you say that the problem with the world is that most people lack the intensity. sadhguru: ___ (unclear-what?) questioner: most people lack the necessary intensity. sadhguru: mhmm (indicating agreement) questioner: and then you say the way is dhyana. so intensity is more associated to fierceness in personality
and dhyana is more associated to calmness. so theyâ€™re somehow counterintuitive. can you elaborate a little? sadhguru: people think peace means rest in peace (laughter) because their idea of peace is death. peace can be very intense. peace can be tremendously intense because peace means the reverberations of life have become subtle and intense. action means reverberations of life are not so subtle,
it is at a certain level. so peace happens not because peace may happen if somebody is dead but to be alive and peaceful means you need to be highly intense state of energy, otherwise you canâ€™t be peaceful. the reason why most people who donâ€™t have any problems as such, you know after all theyâ€™re trying to earn a living, reproduce and bring up their children and die one day,
just for that theyâ€™re freaking simply because of lack of intensity. because life is happening at a low ebb, naturally everything is a problem. if it rises a little bit, suddenly you have a little clearer view of everything. for this, you need a higher intensity of energy within you and the yogic system is essentially focused towards that. dhyana does not mean (gestures) (laughter). no (laughs). barkha dutt: okay, letâ€™s take the next question, here, right here in the front row, yeah.
questioner: sadhguru. what i get from ishaâ€™s philosophy, if i may say there is, is that you need to see internally, in your interiority, you need to fix it internally before fixing your external situations. but is it also not right is it also not very important to do the right thing externally, you know? just to make myself more clear you know, if i be more precise
sadhguru: no, no, iâ€™m clear, i get the question (laughter). why, do i look so dumb (laughter)? questioner: letâ€™s say you know, if somebody sadhguru: i got it. questioner: yeah. questioner: if somebody is born sadhguru: i got the question (laughter/applause). sadhguru: (laughs)ishaâ€™s philosophy is not about looking internally or externally. it is just that if youâ€™re looking for mangoes,
you look up the tree, you donâ€™t dig the earth, all right (barkha dutt laughs)? but if youâ€™re looking how to plant a mango tree, then you dig the earth. youâ€™re looking for mangoes if you dig the earth, will you find it, iâ€™m asking? so if youâ€¦ inner things- you must look inward, outer things-you must look outward. there is no such philosophy â€“ â€œlook out or look in.â€
wherever the damn thing is, look there (laughter/applause). sadhguru: like you know, shankaran pillai went for a job interview (laughter) and they asked him, â€œwhich is further, mumbai or moon?â€ he thought profoundly and then said, â€œmumbai.â€ they said, â€œhow do you say this?â€ he said, â€œi can see the moon, i canâ€™t see mumbaiâ€ (laughter/applause). barkha dutt: okay, last question, yeah.
questioner: namaskaram sadhguru. i just want to ask barkha dutt: hold the mike closer to you. questioner: yeah. i just want to ask you that everybodyâ€™s perception of good and bad is different and what do you think if we start manifesting our own good and bad, whatâ€™ll be the state of the society? sadhguru: hmm, maybe you wonâ€™t have power tonight (barkha dutt laughs). i think i already made this clear. the biggest problem with the world is thereâ€™re too many good people,
not enough sensible people. sense is life-specific, okay? goodness need not be life-oriented, goodness may be going to heaven. and the moment â€“ i want you to understand this dangerous concept, people donâ€™t address this â€“ the moment you believe suppose i believe there is heaven and itâ€™s a beautiful place
and you can live in the company of gods, should i send you there today or no? if i really care for you, iâ€™m saying (laughter). yes? if i really care for you and if i believe thereâ€™s a great place, should i send you there or not? this is a dangerous thing, do you understand? if you stretch it to its logical end, itâ€™s a really dangerous thing. the moment i believe there is a fantastic place up there,
i really love you and i want you to go there, you know (laughter)? tch, yes (laughs). barkha dutt: okay, let me just end by asking you something that we havenâ€™t spoken about and then iâ€™ll hand it over to chiki. you said you love machines. sadhguru: i didnâ€™t say i love them (laughter). barkha dutt: okay, you like machines. sadhguru: i barkha dutt: or theyâ€™re useful.
sadhguru: they work. barkha dutt: have our lives been overtaken by gadgets? sadhguru: not mine. barkha dutt: no? sadhguru: definitely not, i use all the gadgets but they donâ€™t overtake me. these are fantastic things in our life. thingsâ€¦ see, in every way, compared to how a human being was, letâ€™s say hundred years ago,
youâ€™re almost superhuman. tch, hundred years ago, if i could just pick up something from my pocket and talk to somebody in america right now, i would be superhuman. why superhuman? if i said â€œiâ€™m godâ€ people would have believed me, hundred years ago. five hundred years ago, if i just had a light bulb, i would have become god on this planet,
i want you to know. look at the things we have today, we are really superhuman. once this kind of capability has come to us, little more sense has to rise, little more awareness and consciousness stu has to arise. if this doesnâ€™t happen, this capability will turn against us. this is what youâ€™re saying.
now gadgets are freaking people. why? itâ€™s a simple thing. youâ€¦ if you want to use it, you can use it or you can keep it aside. because you are in a compulsive state, if you start using a cell phone, you canâ€™t stop it, even in your sleep youâ€™re texting. see the boy is (gestures towards somebody) heâ€™s in aâ€¦ heâ€™s not with meâ€¦ heâ€™s inâ€¦ looking at me in the screen (laughter). now, this is the same thing.
if food is good, if you start eating you donâ€™t know when to stop. if you start drinking, you donâ€™t know when to stop. if you start doing something, you donâ€™t know when to stop. the same thing, it is not about the gadget, it is not about the food, it is just that there is not enough consciousness, there is compulsiveness. everything is happening compulsively. instead of addressing the root, youâ€™re trying to kill the gadget.
gadget is a fantastic thing, every damn gadget has enhanced our life in a huge way, isnâ€™t it? donâ€™t curse the gadgets. it is just that compulsiveness has to go. barkha dutt: well, on that note, i will say thank you for provoking us. as always, a pleasure (applause) to have you, a pleasure (sadhguru laughs) (applause). letâ€™s have a big round of applause for sadhguru here (applause).