Posts Tagged ‘beliefs’

What does God look like? Sadhguru. A Short animated video.

February 7, 2017


True Freedom of Speech. Sadhguru

May 6, 2016

Q: Sadhguru, today we see a lot of people taking an anti-establishment stance in the name of freedom of speech. But where do we draw the line between freedom of speech and anarchy?

Sadhguru: “Freedom” is a bad word because I have always seen, the moment somebody starts talking about freedom, they start doing irresponsible things. “Responsibility” is the right word because where there is no responsibility, there will anyway be no freedom. Only if all of us behave responsibly, there is some freedom. If we start behaving irresponsibly towards each other, there will be no freedom.

Right now, there are a lot of people still living in the romance of revolution. They do not understand that it is a romance of another time. There is no place for such a thing in today’s world. At one time, in South America and Mexico, it was very romantic to be part of a revolution. You pick up a gun and shoot some guy, and you are in revolution.

Today, if you want to cause a revolution, educate a hundred children or plant a million trees. Today, solution is revolution.

There is a small segment of population in India who is still in that mode, and certain parts of the country are still in the romance of revolution. Every day, they are bombing or shooting someone. And there are a lot of people in the universities and schools who are fired up by this romance and are talking about the same revolution. They do not know what the purpose of this revolution is, but they want revolution – just like that.

When people are young, it is very easy to fire them up against something. But this idea of revolution is over. Today, if you want to cause a revolution, educate a hundred children or plant a million trees. Today, solution is revolution. In those days, the world was ruled by tyrants with guns, so fighting and killing them was a revolution. Today, almost the entire world is democratic. You just have to wait for another four or five years – they will go! Today, what matters is whether you have a revolutionary idea for a solution.

When we say freedom of speech, it means everyone can say what they want. Everyone will be allowed to say what they want only if they speak responsibly. If we start saying whatever we feel like to each other, people will start slapping each other on the face, no matter what the law may be. Once somebody slaps you, you will slap them, then they shoot you, then you shoot them, then there will be no freedom of any kind.

Only if all of us behave responsibly, there is some freedom. If we start behaving irresponsibly towards each other, there will be no freedom.

Once there is strife, there is no freedom left. If you look at Iraq or Syria and wherever Islamic State is going on, do you think you would have freedom of speech there? If you open your mouth, you may catch a bullet. There is no freedom of any kind. Once strife happens, slavery is what happens, not freedom.

If you want freedom to exist, responsible behavior is most important. If you value freedom of every kind, the most important thing is to maintain law and order, to follow the rules of the game in which we are, and express what we want to within that. Maintaining order and keeping the balance of everything is the only way we will have freedom.

My thoughts:
Finally sadhguru clears the matter on the freedom of speech, which has been gravely misused by anti social extremist elements in many parts of world today and were being tolerated as no one had the real answer to put a stop to it. I also had some ideas on the meaning of true freedom of speech, but not a definitive and a clear one.

The link to original post from sadhguru’s daily blog. A great blog on his great insight with unmatched clarity.

Beliefs: the source of conflicts.

December 4, 2015

Thoughts without belief have no power. But thoughts with belief can start a war. Belief is the crux of the problem. Mooji.

There is no difference between religious extremists and the radical groups that are opposed to it. Both are blinded by their ignorance.

We see muslim terrorists, and then some idiots starts targetting that whole religion, mainly the innocent ones. One believes in something, while another is against it. So, both are believing in something, but their belief clashes with each other, and results in conflicts. Both are extremists, and you cannot tell good and bad between them.

Therefore, sadhguru rightly says that the majority of world conflicts is not between good vs bad, but between different belief systems. A non believer believes in nothing, but its also a belief. Its not from experience.

Belief is the source of conflicts. But if you go deeper, you will find that the real source or cause is ignorance, the ignorance of not knowing.

There is a great wisdom in I do not know, if we just accept it, and not suppress or hide it. A genuine seeking emerges from I do not know. But ignorance gives rise to only false beliefs and confidence without clarity. A conflict becomes inevitable.

Why Religion and conflicts? Sadhguru.

November 20, 2015

Religion today has been reduced to a belief system. Once you start believing in something which is not yet a reality for you, you are bound to get into a conflict with somebody else because somebody else is bound to believe in something else. As long as people believe in something, conflict is inevitable.

Once people believe what they believe is important, naturally they will try to impose it on other people. People will not call it imposition. They will call it “saving others from ignorance.” But others will get hurt because any impostion hurts.

When someone resists, other methods will be used to coerce them, be it financial aid or threat by violence or anything imaginable. All these simply because one believes in something, and someone else in another.

Religion is not about belief systems. They all started as a method to turn inwards. Inward means it has something to do with individual, and nothing to do with someone else. But when people try to organise this inward step, naturally it gets distorted.

Religion cannot be done on the street. It can only be done within you. If you become truly religious, you must be beyond any kind of conflict, both within and outside. That is the whole crux of the religion.

But today religion means conflict. If people utter the word religion, they are talking generally in terms of conflict. This is because people have reduced an inward step into a set of beliefs.

Because if people have to take an inward step, they have to transform themselves. If people have to believe something, then there is no need for transformation. People can do whatever nonsense they want, and still believe god is up in the heaven.

The crudest, cruelest people have always been talking about god. All the warmongers have been talking about god. And god has been helping them.

The moment you believe something, you have a new kind of confidence. Confidence without clarity. Thats the biggest problem. When idiots become very confident, the world is in danger.

An intelligent person is constantly hesitating with life. With every steps, he wonders whether what he is doing is okay or not. But a fool has absolute confidence, and when his stupidity gets stamped by god, thats it. No looking back. He just can go on doing the most idiotic things, without any problem about it.

The very nature of intelligence is such that if you do something stupid today, tonight your very intelligence will bother you, “why did i do this?” But if you get god’s stamp on your stupidity, you dont have to turn back and see.

You can do grossest things on the planet, and not bother about it, and feel very proud that you are anyway going to go to heaven because you did all these nonsense. There is no experiential knowledge. You are just believing something.

Once you believe something, your beliefs and somebody else beliefs is bound to clash somewhere. The conflict in the world is not between good and evil, please see this. some people may claim it but its not true. It is always one mans belief versus another man’s belief.

So religion has become a problem because we have reduced it into just a set of beliefs. If it was experientially true that you really felt god, then could there be conflict? There is no such possibility.

But because you are growing from belief system, you are not willing to make the effort of going beyond what you have gathered from others and looking at life by yourself. That is why there is conflict.

If you do not know, there will be no conflict. If you know, there will be no conflict at all. But when you pretend to know, there is bound to be a conflict. Sadhguru.

There are many idiots in the world, committing atrocities in the name of god.
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The essence of spirituality, of true seeking, needs to be brought back into the religions. Otherwise, things will continue as it is, and even get worse. As with degeneration everywhere, religions are not in hands of right people, who unites, not divides.
My understanding and clarity comes from him.

The video to go with it.

And the blog article from isha foundation.