No Such Thing as Justice

In this week’s Spot, Sadhguru gives us a glimpse of the recent In Conversation with the Mystic. Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan’s insightful questions are answered with unfailing clarity: “Right now nobody has any right to think about justice. We must become a law-abiding society first; after that the luxury of justice will come... Right now we have no order, where is the question of justice?”
 
No Such Thing as Justice
 
 
 

There is no such thing as justice on the planet. What is justice for you will be injustice for someone else. Usually the word “justice” is used to enforce revenge on someone – whether it’s legal revenge or illegal revenge. If somebody does a killing, he thinks he has delivered what someone deserved. That’s why they do it. So let’s not go by justice. Let us simplify the laws and enforce the law. Right now nobody has any right to think about justice. We must become a law-abiding society first; after that the luxury of justice will come. Sometimes when the law itself is cruel, we can break the law and deliver justice. Right now the way we are in this country, there is no luxury like that. Here law must be enforced first. Simply enforce the law – it may be unjust, but enforce it. Because without a semblance of order, there will be no luxury of justice in any society. Right now we have no order, where is the question of justice? Revenge will be labeled as justice.

Now how to bring this about in a society? One most important thing is to simplify the laws. And if you want to live in this country, everybody must understand the basic laws, what the laws are. Most of the people existing in this country do not know what the basic laws are. Every time you ask, they will throw their hands up, they think somebody should tell them. No, we must make it a law that if you want to live in this country at least this many basic laws you must know. If you want to drive on the street, you must know what are the laws of the street, isn’t it? Similarly, if you want to live in this country you must know this, this and this. Not that you heard from your neighbor – not like that. Proper education. Everybody knows that these are the laws, if you break it, this is the punishment. Everybody should know, isn’t it?

And then enforce it. It’s not as simple, enforcing. Making the law itself is complex, enforcement is a super complex thing... because here comes justice, injustice. So for a certain period of time we must be willing to surrender justice and just stick to law. People who are enforcing law sometimes will enforce it in unjust ways – you must endure that. If you don’t endure that, you will have a disorderly society, a lawless society. Then revenge will be the way. But we will call it “justice.” We will go about labeling it as justice, taking revenge on each other. Many things are happening, people are shooting each other, and they think they are rendering justice, because the law is not sensible.

So in making this happen – in creating an orderly society, not a just society – I want you to understand this is a serious sacrifice that we must be willing to make if we want to move ahead. This is a very serious sacrifice that “I don’t ask for justice. Enforce the law on me. Whatever the law, I will go by it. It may not be just, but I will go by the law right now.” If the law is very unjust, we can look at restructuring the law, but beyond the law no justice. Nobody has the discretion to deliver justice. This has to be established. This one thing we have not done yet.

Love & Grace

 
 
 
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8 years ago

Namaskarams Sadhguru..............

நான் நீதி கேட்க மாட்டேன். என் மேல் சட்ட, திட்டங்களை சுமத்துங்கள். அது எந்தவிதமான சட்டமாக இருந்தாலும், அதை நான் கடைபிடிப்பேன். என்னைப் பொறுத்தவரை அது நியாயமில்லாததாகத் தோன்றினாலும் இப்போதைக்கு சட்டத்தின்படியே நான் நடப்பேன்”. அது மட்டுமில்லாமல், இப்போதிலிருந்தே அந்த சட்டத்தின்படி நான் நடப்பேன்

8 years ago

its high time we should listen to this man and implement it in our daily life

8 years ago

நீதி,நேர்மை,ஞாயம் இவை எல்லாமே ஒவ்வொரு மனிதனுக்கும் மாறுபட்ட கருத்துக்களுக்கு உட்பட்டவை!
ஒவ்வொரு குடி மகனும் சட்டத்தைத்தெரிந்து கொள்ள வேண்டும் என்பது கடமை தான்! ஆனால், அவ்வாறு சட்டம் பயின்றவர்களே

சட்டங்களை மதிக்கிறார்களா என்பது கேள்விக்குறி தான்!

8 years ago

Brilliant......... Sadhguru has answered brutally with compassion... As always throws light...

7 years 11 months ago

Enforcement is most weak in India. On a similar front, implementation is a weak aspect. India should learn from others and start looking at how some others went about it. Singapore is an excellent example when it comes to enforcement and accountability. There is someone accountable for every little thing - it could be that something is not working, something causing inconvenience or something not clean or whatever else. Systems are followed and rules are meant to be enforced. People respect rules and do not question them. In India, we have too much noise, too much talking and little action. There's a price to pay and it's always a fine balance between freedom and discipline.

Government officials from Chinese cities come to visit Singapore to learn how the city is kept clean and how things work so efficiently. They come on an official visit, spend some days learning the detailed aspects, then go back and implement what is possible. This has been regularly happening. Why cannot people from Indian cities come and learn similar things? We first need people with passion and people who are willing to look outside and learn. We do not need people who have a negative attitude and whose first reaction is - India is different, such things won't work here!

8 years ago

We have laws.We are ready to abide. But the law enforcing system works against the law abiding people and supports the law breakers.If we expect justice through this system it may not happen.Unless the law enforcing system is changed our expectation for justice may not be realized.

7 years 9 months ago

It is true that most people really do not understand what the law is. They do have some idea of right and wrong and can take chances knowing fully well that justice moves at a snails pace and if you have a good lawyer and sufficient money the law can also bend to your convenience. I guess it is high time some basic do's and dont's for living in an orderly society (a basic law manual) should be introduced from high school level and right up to graduation. Sadhguru as usual with His sharp and precise wisdom.......

8 years ago

Everytime there is something for us to take ...
Right now nobody has any right to think about justice. We must become a law-abiding society first;

Thanks Sadhguru

7 years 7 months ago

The day self discipline sets in us, requirement of the law being enforced may nt even be reqd. but that day is just nt here.

8 years ago

Whatever happens is justice.

4 years 6 months ago

Only if i had the power to make you the prime mi nister of our country..

8 years ago

Yes Sir... we must be willing to make if we want to move ahead with sacrifice...

4 years 6 months ago

What about justice for animals when they're victims of horrendous abuse? They can't speak for themselves so someone has to do it or else the brainless perpetrator will continue his bad thing. And they don't deserve to continue abusing innocent beings. I think you, Sadghuru should also start supporting animal rights.

8 years ago

Hmmmmm.............. Is he talking about India. As a u.s. citizen I find it very hard to put up with enforcers being unjust or power hungry or what ever you want to call them.

8 years ago

When we travel outside our country we understand what Sadhguru means about being law abiding citizens. The tendency here is to break laws to suit our selfish interests and thereby create chaos and confusion .

8 years ago

Vanakam Sadhguru !!
Thanks for your very clear awareness information for All., You are absolutely correct sadhguru.,
sorry for the comment from my side., If we simplify the laws and enforce the law. some of the Top xyz won't leave to execute it Right ??., This was happening right now sadhguru !!

8 years ago

Whatever happens is justice.
Omkar Narayan