Building Pride About India’s Heritage
In this short article, Sadhguru answers a question from Manisha Koirala about the Indian subcontinent’s spiritual heritage.
Manisha Koirala: India and Nepal are rich in spiritual heritage, but we always look to the West. Why?
Sadhguru: Everyone aspires for what is successful. The West has become the symbol of success today, which is why we wear a jacket and tie even when it’s 38oC! Unfortunately today, success has come to mean only economic success, nothing else. There’s no point struggling with it. We have to come to terms with it and ride it. If India becomes economically successful, things Indian will become more prominent.
Above all, a nation is not a line on a map. It’s an idea we must infuse into people’s minds. It must burn as pride in people’s hearts. To build pride, there has to be history. No nation has as much history as us. For example, the great temples of Angkor were built by Tamil kings. But no Tamil schoolchild even reads a line about this. We study nothing to be proud of.
Pride doesn’t drop from the skies. We have to bring out the great things we’ve done in the past – especially among youth. We’ve fallen here and there, but it's time to bring that glory back.
Editor’s Note: Sadhguru looks at the past, present and future of this nation, and explores why this culture matters to every human being on the planet. With images, graphics and Sadhguru’s inspiring words, here’s Bharat as you have never known it!