In this excerpt from a conversation between Sadhguru and Juhi Chawla, the actress expresses concern about feeling overwhelmed by the requirements of daily life. However, Sadhguru replies that every moment of life should be overwhelming!
Juhi Chawla: Yes, and why I was asking you something like this was sort of like I’m also still acting or working, in bits and pieces and yes I do find that while I’m a role model for many women who look up to me and say, you know, “I’d like to be a little like her where she works as well and she has a home and everything seems to be so wonderful”, there are days when I am overwhelmed because I feel there are so many things to juggle and I’m trying to do it all, everyday…
Sadhguru: I’m… I’m not against you doing being overwhelmed every day because (Juhi Laughs) if life doesn’t overwhelm you, what the hell are you doing here?
Juhi Chawla: So, it’s okay to be…
Sadhguru: Every… every moment of life should overwhelm you.
Juhi Chawla: Oh (Laughs).
Sadhguru: That’s how I live. For me, if I just look at a tree, it overwhelms me, if you (I?) look at a man or a woman or a child, it overwhelms me. Just about anything overwhelms me. If life does not overwhelm you, what are you doing here? Are you here dodging life? If you look at any aspect of life, if you touch anything, genuinely touch anything, you will always be overwhelmed. Life is about being overwhelmed, not about avoiding being overwhelmed and becoming constipated (Laughter).
Juhi Chawla: Okay, so I’m glad I’m on the right path, then. That gives me a happier feeling about this…
Sadhguru: No, I’m not saying being overwhelmed means being tense. I’m saying being overwhelmed.
Juhi Chawla: I know, I know. I was just taking it the other way.
Juhi Chawla: Yes, you meaned (meant?)…
Sadhguru: I’m not calling…
Juhi Chawla: …by the depth and beauty of everything that is around…
Sadhguru: Yes. Not by stress.
Juhi Chawla: Not by stress (Laughs). Okay, I’ll try to look for the depth and beauty in everything that happens around me.
Sadhguru: Yes, there are some things that we can do and some things we cannot do, so what about it? There are some things we can successfully fulfill; there are some things we cannot. So what about it? Because you’re always concerned somebody is watching, if they see you making a fool of yourself, you will fall down. I have no issue. Right now, any place I go, with microphone on, I’ll sing. I don’t know damn thing about music, I am just shameless, so I sing (Laughter). What’s the problem? If you don’t like it, it’s up to you. I sing because I like.
Juhi Chawla: (Laughs) I wish we could all be like this.
Sadhguru: I don’t make it very long, I make it brief, that’s all (Laughter).