April 6, 2022

Sadhguru on World Peace (& How to Stop War by Changing our Mindset).

I always admired Sadhguru, but watching this clip blew my mind.

He is one of the most famous spiritual teachers on this planet. Sadhguru’s clips have millions of viewers around the world—and I am one of them.

Last night, I found a clip of him talking about world peace. I was slightly scared to click on it. One reason was the title “Sadhguru’s Fearless & Honest Speech about World Peace,” and the other reason was that Putin’s face was on the featured image of the clip.

I was worried that Sadhguru had joined the conspiracy club of spirituality—but there is no need to worry. He didn’t.

Instead, he talks about so-called smart bombs and why he questions that terminology. He talks about the connection between our economy and war. And most importantly, he offers his ideas on how to overcome all the violence that is creating so much suffering around the world.

What impresses me the most is that Sadhguru manages to criticize the dynamics of our society, economy, and celebrity culture without drifting into conspiracy theories. Many tried that, but most of them failed.

But Sadhguru is smarter than that.

He reminded me that peace starts with each and every one of us. Unfortunately, the same goes for conflict and war.

How can we achieve world peace if we are at war with ourselves?

Sadhguru points out, “We talk about a world. We talk about a society. We talk about humanity. No…all these are just vocabulary. There are only human beings. If this one and this one does not solve their problems, the world’s problems are never gone. It will manifest in so many ways.”

Of course, there are issues that need to be solved. Sadhguru is aware of that. He goes even further and says that conflict is inevitable. But he reminds us that we should use words instead of weapons. He urges humanity to solve its disagreements in a civilized way—and I couldn’t agree more on that.

This logic applies to nations, but it doesn’t stop there.

The concept of listening to each other, exchanging perspectives, and finding a middle ground is something we could all do in our daily lives.

If we can’t brace ourselves in an online argument, how can we expect entire nations to act peacefully?

If comedians get slapped for a bad joke, what does that tell us about the state of our society?

If people fight each other on planes because of mask mandates, why do we expect politicians to be any better than that?

I spent a lot of time arguing with strangers on the internet. I wrote a lot of articles that created controversy. Some of my articles actually caused readers to insult each other. Am I part of the problem?

I don’t know the answer to that. But I will think about it. And it will take some time. Maybe we all need some time to think about our role in this.

That doesn’t automatically mean that I will never talk or write about politics again. It’s all about balance—and I will have to think about how to find that balance.

Until then, I hope you enjoy watching this clip. May it be of benefit!

 

 

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