Living Strong and Wise

In this week’s Spot, Sadhguru writes about his engagement in Jodhpur for the Head Injury Foundation; and his visit to Guwahati in Assam with its rich biodiversity and wild life; and finally to Delhi for the army fair.
Living Strong and Wise

In the midst of effervescent activity of major projects taking shape, International Yoga Day preparations and teacher training in progress, I had to travel as there was a commitment to be at Jodhpur for the Head Injury Foundation. This foundation came into existence as a consequence of calamity that struck Maharaja Gaj Singh II and his family in the form of a serious head injury to their 30 year old son in a polo accident ten years ago. A classic example of how a tragedy can be transformed into a great cause.

A classic example of how a tragedy can be transformed into a great cause.

Mehrangarh fort is an astounding fort complex and the event truly impressive and classy. Isha will be collaborating to create and offer an event in February 2016 at their other fort at Nagore - look out!

On the way to Jodhpur in Rajasthan, I made a small detour of 3000 km to Guwahati in Assam to address Indian Forest Service officers of North Eastern Region of India. Twenty five percent of India’s forest cover is in this region, rich in biodiversity and wild life. Has an incredibly rich variety of ethnic and tribal cultures. This region is unique and extremely well preserved cultural wealth.

This region instead of going the usual mining and industrial exploit, best if it is developed as nature and culture tourist destination. If world class infrastructure is built for this purpose this region can be developed without destroying the wealth of nature's bounty and cultural uniqueness.

It is with a very heavy heart that I write that we have been 'Taken' too many times. It is time that India lives strong and wise.

Now in Delhi for a number of meetings, I came to know of the centennial celebration of Indian participation in World War I. Over a million strong army of Indian troops were taken by the British to various battle fronts across Europe, Middle East, Central Asia and Northern Africa. Indian Political leaders encouraged participation thinking it will achieve their political goals. Seventy four thousand died, nearly hundred thousand with grievous injuries and many went missing. These brave soldiers fought in unfamiliar terrain and weaponry, spent winter months in summer clothing. Lives and limbs lost but the nation is largely unaware of their sacrifice and their families who must have suffered immensely for a salary of Rs. 15/ a month. As if this was not enough, once again nearly two million strong Indian army was forced to participate in World War II which claimed nearly a million and a half lives. Fighting not against the oppressors of that day but fighting alongside.

So much for political wisdom and so much for non-violent way of claiming freedom for the nation. It is with a very heavy heart that I write that we have been 'Taken' too many times. It is time that India lives strong and wise.

Love & Blessings

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5 years 4 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru,
Taken many times then and now too.
If Bharat lives strong not just Bharat but many parts of world will be benefited. It is time for Yoga and Grurukul to be made mandatory for all students in India.

5 years 4 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru the around may want to get something out of you or get rid out of you, empty empty :-P, i am definitely getting one new thought after reading articles , may old for you :-(

5 years 4 months ago

Pranams Sadhguru, Me too reading it with heavy heart. My grand father too participated in World war II

5 years 4 months ago

All the more reason we should be involved in the political process to help sane rule, preserve our culture and biodiversity. And it's not only India, but all countries.

5 years 4 months ago

Namskaram Sadhguru money plant I mean industrialization or survival, there is life plant carbondixiode and oxygen, we spinning on earth, sun radiating , beings talking of mukthi, Global warming Himalayas in hurry, earth resources over consumption pollution, space filled of space craft and satellite aeroplanes, creatures pushed to extinct , Mayan calendar in dooms

5 years 4 months ago

Namaste Sadhguru. I love you

5 years 1 month ago

Namaskaram accident is something which happens my deep condolences to them, really somebody dies of brain tumor because it happened when its got diagnosed in last stage, really divine tragedy