Source: Isha Foundation
In a comprehensive interview with the Economic Times newspaper, Sadhguru looks at the Hindu way of life in India today, Ghar Wapsi, and fringe elements of society attempting to hijack the national discourse.
Q: You have emphasized many times that Hinduism is not an ‘ism’, in that it doesn’t represent any standard belief system…That the Hindu way of life is not an organized belief system but a science of salvation… Can you please elaborate?
Sadhguru: Let us first define what is Hindu. This is the land that lies between the Himalayas and the Indian Ocean. Anyone – man, woman, earthworm – is a Hindu here because Hindu is a geographical identity. Even today, the country is referred to as Hindustan in North India because people are talking about a land, not religion. The rest of the world calls us Hindus because they found us different from the way they were. We did not have a God. Nobody believed in anything. In every house, there were 25 different gods and goddess.
Q: How should the government tackle controversies?
Sadhguru: From what I heard internally, wherever possible the PM is putting brakes on all these things. But he doesn’t want to comment on that probably. I wouldn’t have commented if I was in that position because you are giving it still more national stage. The moment the PM comments on these things, the more it becomes a national stage for these jokers.