India – The Spiritual Gateway

In this week's Spot, Sadhguru writes about the relevance of India's Republic Day, and the significance of India as a nation. "India has always been a spiritual gateway. In that context, maintaining the fundamental ethos of this nation becomes very important, and we as a nation become very important for the rest of the world." Enjoy!
Sadhguru speaking at the Isha Yoga Center - India the Spiritual Gateway

A nation is not a reality. It is only an idea. Rather than dividing people on the basis of race, color, caste, creed or religion, it is dividing people on the basis of nationhood. This strong sense of very clearly demarcated nations only truly exists in the last hundred years.  Before that, nationhood was not such a strong idea. There were many people on the planet that did not belong to any nation. Not anymore. You must belong to some nation. Otherwise, you must be an alien.

Today, there is no way any human being can exist on this planet without belonging to a particular nation because you need a passport, you need an ID. You are not allowed to be a nobody – you have to be something which belongs to something else. It is not such a great idea, but for now, to take the large masses of people on this planet ahead in some way, a nation becomes an important idea. Without this idea, many people would be left out of everything. In this context, India becoming a republic is an important day in the life of this nation, and in the life of the people of this nation.

Many people may not want to live in India, but they would like to come back and die in India! There are sacred places where they believe that if they die, they will find their liberation. It has become a farcical thing today, but there is a certain realistic basis to it. Why is it that people think that a particular land is a better possibility than the other? This is so for every aspect of life. If you want to study, you go to Australia, the UK or the United States.

Certain spaces were created for certain possibilities. Education means you want to go to one place. If you want to learn classical music, you go to Chennai and so on. Similarly, for liberation, people have been coming to this land for thousands of years because the technologies of inner possibilities were so hugely explored and manifested, and machines like Dhyanalinga were built. It is a tower of light. If you want to access something and you can do it by yourself, fantastic. But how many can do it without a certain tool or external help?

Because of this, going to the right place for the right things becomes a relevant process. India has always been a spiritual gateway. In that context, maintaining the fundamental ethos of this nation becomes very important, and we as a nation become very important for the rest of the world. If you revive the knowledge base that exists in this country even today, you can run the whole nation on just this because even the most rudimentary things about the inner nature of the human being are confounding people around the world. Here, these explorations have happened for thousands of years. Our R&D has been a phenomenal investment of human beings. People dedicated whole lifetimes, for generations and generations, just to know what the nature of this one is. If we bring this back, the whole world will want to come to India for their inner well-being.

Love & Grace

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5 years 10 months ago

Sadhguru has so beautifully summarised what our country has been practising for ages; peaceful living for everyone- the success of RamaRajya which is still around as a secular country. Sadhguru we are truly blessed. I do not find words to describe my experience. Simply superb.

5 years 10 months ago

Yes, people from other countries may want to come to India. If they happen to be in the US, obtaining a visa is a major challenge due to BLS, the company supposed to get visas. For India, some R&D is perhaps needed in more mundane areas such as travel, infrastructure ... and visas.

5 years 10 months ago

I Want to do my contribution to bring back some of our Ancient Wisdom back to life with a new concept but without missing essence of our Culture. In order to do that...we need to take pride first of all calling ourselves as Indian and Live by it. The reason i am saying this to everyone because , When you form a Nation and forced to live with it...We should force ourselves to feel "Patriotic" and Give quality service to ourselves and the world.

5 years 10 months ago

What is said is so very true. India is the home of the soul. and most in the west will come there at some time in our lives.

5 years 10 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru,
Unfortunately majority of educated Indians believe they are supreme only if they take a flight to some foreign destination, and follow the local customs. Pathetic. It is still hard to make people understand their 'original' pride. sadhguru please pull these people off their curse.

5 years 7 months ago

If you think this is only happening with Indians in India then you are wrong. Indians all over the world act as if they are supreme. One example; one family is highly educated, work sutdies money house all the luxury. The only important thing missing is wisdom and humanity. They act proud, decadent and arrogant. They think they are kings and queens and treat people rude. Brag about their possessions, never heard of being modest. Yes, Sadhguru gives all kinds of methods to change this attitude, but will they understand? For me India is also a great country with numerous potentials and beautiful people.