The Human Calamity in Uttarakhand

In this week's Spot, Sadhguru writes about the human calamity in Uttarakhand and the responsibility of a nation to protect its civilians in the future. "We need to understand the Himalayas and what the Himalayas have to offer. It is not the economic prospect of the Himalayas which is important for us. It is the spiritual dimension of it which has always been an inspiration for people."
 
 
 
 

In Uttarakhand, people are yet to realize the immensity of what has happened. At one time, every year continuously I was in the Himalayas. It has only been the last four to six years that I have broken my trips to this region, which is one of the most fantastic parts of India. One thing is, the Himalayas are the youngest mountains on the planet. If you have traveled in the Himalayas you will see, it is almost like debris piled up. That is how the mountain is. Once you cut roads into it -- the rivers themselves are cutting enough -- naturally landslips keep happening. I have probably not been there without being stuck in some landslip and walking miles to get across; in over 27 trips to this region, this is a normal process of traveling in the Himalayas.

Because the mountain is so fresh and fragile, it is like naturally piled-up debris, and it will fall off very easily unless it is very carefully handled. The Border Roads Organisation has done a fantastic job in the last few years. All this said, you cannot squarely blame this tragedy on any particular organization or government because in one day they received 340mm of rain. It was a cloudburst. In the local parlance they said, ‘Aasman gir gaya’ – the sky fell on them, literally. Cloudbursts, landslips, these are all natural processes in the mountain. It is a tragedy because we are in the way. Otherwise it is not a tragedy; it is just a natural process of the mountain growing. What is unstable has to come down and stabilize itself; this is a millions-of-years process, it is happening. So it is not a natural calamity, it is a natural process, but it is a human calamity. How to avoid the human calamity is human business.

We have to look at ourselves as an enterprise and we want to be a successful enterprise, not a flop.

Above all, we need to understand that a successful nation is a successful enterprise too. What is our strength? What is limited with us? Has something not been taken care of? It is time we look at a nation as an enterprise, and we need somebody who is enterprising enough and who will handle it as an enterprise to make it successful. The thing is, we get lost in the history, tradition and so many things. We have to value those things, but we have to see them as traditional strengths and traditional weaknesses. You will only see this if success is the benchmark. Right now, success is not the benchmark. Somehow keeping it going for five years is the benchmark. So we have to set this - success is a benchmark.

What is this, Sadhguru? This is a very emotional, ecological disaster and you are answering this way? Yes, I am telling you this because now they will pass some absurd ecological laws. That is not the way to go about it. Emotional reactions to disasters that happen are not the answer. Already people are talking on the news channels, ‘It must be declared an eco-sensitive zone, no pilgrim should be allowed. Why are all these people going there, can’t they go to the local temple?’ You will come out with absurd laws in reaction, and anyway after a few years, nobody is going to follow those laws, and things will be back to normal once these things are forgotten. We have to look at ourselves as an enterprise and we want to be a successful enterprise, not a flop. Managing our land, our natural resources and our human resources is very much a part of the enterprise. It is time we address it like that.

  Even if a man is dying in this country, he wants two drops of Ganga water...

We need to understand the Himalayas and what the Himalayas have to offer. It is not the economic prospect of the Himalayas which is important for us. It is the spiritual dimension of it which has always been an inspiration for people. Your economics you could do elsewhere, you do not have to build seventy dams across the Ganga. Even if a man is dying in this country, he wants two drops of Ganga water but we have to tell him now the two drops that he is taking in has gone through some one hundred and fifty turbines before it falls into his mouth.

It is a certain emotion, a human emotion which holds a nation together. Different nations have different ethos. For India, Ganga, Himalayas, these things are very important binding factors. If you destroy these things you will have great difficulty holding this diverse population as a nation after some time. Already it is happening. People are pulling in different directions. Gradually, over a period of time, everybody starts thinking separately and one day you wonder, ‘Why are we together?’ It is not far away. When I say ‘not far away,’ in the life of a nation, fifty years is not too much time.

So do not look at this as one single tragedy or one incident that once the cameras are off, we will forget about and go about our business. We have to see India as an enterprise and we want a successful enterprise on all levels.

Love & Grace

 
 
 
 
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5 years 3 months ago

Pranam Sadguruji, !!you have addressed the situation in few but precise words. Himalayas and the rivers are the backbone of our existence - physical and spiritual. 500 dams and cutting of trees are the main causes of the tragedy. Hope the policy makers of our country will wake up now. bindu

5 years 3 months ago

Pranam Sadhguru,

Gurudev, what you stated is an eye-opener. Its not a natural calamity but a human calamity as humans were in the way of the natural process. Kedarnath has been my favorite of all places I have ever been to in my life (been there 3 times in the last 5 years)..not sure why, but I think the place connects to me in a way which is beyond words....The place and the lingam has become the Part and Parcel of my everyday life in a way. This year also I was planning to go there in July. There are not too many days when I dont feel the vibration of the Kedar within me....So, I am really deeply saddened to even think what has happened to my favorite of all places.

Sadhguru....Before I read this article I have been trying to look for reasons as to why this could have happened. Is there any substance to the claims of some local believers?

As per believers, Uttarakhand had to face the Goddess Dhari Devi's ire as she was shifted from her ‘mool sthan’ (original abode) from a Temple in Srinagar (Uttarakhand) just a few hours before the calamity happened to make way for a hydel project that now lies in ruins. According to the legends, Shanakaracharya himself recognized the Devi as the guardian of the four dhams. A similar attempt in 1882 by a local king had resulted in a landslide that had flattened Kedarnath.... is there any relevance to this claim with the recent happening or is it just a coincidence? On that fateful day everything would have got wiped out in Kedarnath until a huge rock which came tumbling down the mountains miraculously stopped just before the temple and bifurcated the rampaging floodwater into two streams to the right and left of the temple just to protect the temple and the KEDAR lingam!!!...Are all these really co-incidences....hard to believe...seems like a BIGGER force was in action with a definite plan in mind!!!

Bowing down to MY GURU,

Kaustav.

5 years 3 months ago

Most of the Indians are already enterprising. Aren't we? Hence, this tragedy I reckon. Do not blame political parties. We choose one of the scoundrels amongst us to represent us in the den. Not just India, any other country is ruled by the greedy. Who is not greedy? Is it not greed of you and me to experience more, we go after many things unwanted and exploit everything that we come across? I thought Jaggi would have emphasized something about life's basic purpose, rather than mere administration of the nation as an enterprise. One of the best things he told about administration was to reduce population. If we do not do; nature does. Indian administration is the largest mafia in the world. We elect our representative/public SERVANT to represent our views in the Parliament. The representatives have become leaders. May be they should be leaders within their parties, not leaders of the polity. For spiritual life, we need Gurus, not leaders too. Where the spiritual quotient is dwindling, there the human calamity occurs. If spiritual Gurus do not take stock of the situation and guide the people in correct path, the Almighty will have to come to our rescue...

5 years 3 months ago

wish the country wakes up to the issues.

5 years 3 months ago

Hope the message spreads

5 years 1 month ago

Pranam guruji....

Sense of ulimate Patriotism - great level of understanding - Please please please look into the possibilty of taking this great nation's governance by your Grace or atleast influencing / guiding / correcting it with YOUR Grace.

Feeling hard to stop the tears

Thanks guruji....

5 years 3 months ago

Thank you for the simple explanation to the long winding tragedy captured by the statement 'we were on the way of a natural phenomenon and it became a tragedy'

5 years 3 months ago

NAMASKAR THANKSGIVING RESPECTED SADHGURU JI CHARANVANDNA

5 years 3 months ago

Well said. Why not the politicians attend this Inner Engineering program? Other gurus will follow suit, and will ask them to attend their respective programs! Before democracy, it was Yatha raja; tatha praja... in democracy, it is Yatha praja; tatha raja. We choose one of us to represent us as a best servant for our community. Each one of us has to transform, rather than pointing fingers at others.

5 years 3 months ago

But, what is the solution? How to keep the unity

5 years 3 months ago

Every time HE addresses a problem, especially a national problem, I see the deep insight in the way HE tackles it. I only hope the inner engineering program is held for politicians and others in political power on all levels just as it was held for the business group last year, so that this century goes about its way in a smoother and in a sensible manner. After a centuries time anyway the business leaders will take up the baton as predicted and by then Isha would have touched all the major business icons and groups.

5 years 3 months ago

How many people relate this devastation with mata Dhari devi? I for one am eager to hear from Jaggi about this.

5 years 3 months ago

this has already been mentioned in the article, emotional/knee-jerk reactions will not help. the spiritual significance of Himalayas has been mentioned in the article.

5 years 3 months ago

Instead, Political Parties have become successful enterprises in this country.

5 years 3 months ago

Its absolutely amazing observation that Ganga is the uniting force of our diversified culture. Great Sadhguru!

5 years 3 months ago

Thank You, Hari Ohm

5 years 3 months ago

Ultimately, Accorfing to sadhguru how can we create a successful enterprise.I didn't got it.kartik

5 years 3 months ago

Most thought provoking article of all times!No dought it comes from Sadhguru's pen!People at the helm of this country,each one of them should invariably read this article of Sadhguru.This Nation will be saved only if Sadhguru is appointed as the Chief advisor at the National level.

5 years 3 months ago

Beauty! even in tsunami the people in beach resorts lost their lives.

5 years 3 months ago

Perhaps the most sensible reading of all that has happened and all that will happen. And that it comes from you, sir, is not surprising at all. I hope more people get to read this. And I also hope you had written this much earlier. But thanks for publishing this!

5 years 3 months ago

Sadguru ji, now the point is will the culprits taste it? Those who dint manage it well but let the heaps over seek more inflows?

5 years 3 months ago

The article advocates promoting pilgrimages (not stopping it) to the Himalayas/Himalayan shrines.

5 years 3 months ago

This is a very man-made disaster. Although the natural forces will always try to maintain balance, we forget Nature's ways and stand in its path, then claim helplessness. That is not the answer. Empathy with Nature is the need of the hour. We need to be sensitive enough to respect and adapt to natural tendencies. There is no point fighting it and/or conquering it.

5 years 3 months ago

"It is not the economic prospect of the Himalayas which is important for us. It is the spiritual dimension of it which has always been an inspiration for people. Your economics you could do elsewhere, you do not have to build seventy dams across the Ganga."

Well said... unless this happens, we will lose 'everything' that has made India what it is.

5 years 3 months ago

Thanks Sadhguru, at this time of crisis the blog throws much light on how to handle the situation.

5 years 3 months ago

Why should my sadhguru should have love and grace for such humanity?

5 years 3 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru !

The most sensible and comforting sentence in this post was ...that what happened was a natural process but a human calamity...How to handle it is human business. Till I read this post I was wondering y this had to happen there. The post gives u clarity on what happened and how to use this as yet another turning point of stressing the importance of being together

5 years 3 months ago

I consider, if Sadguru had not stopped visiting the region annually, the disaster would have averted.

5 years 3 months ago

Jaya Jaya Gangey
Jaya Hara Gangey

5 years 3 months ago

Pranam Sadhguru,

Gurudev what you stated is an eye-opener. Its not a natural calamity but a human calamity as humans were in the way of the natural process. Kedarnath has been my favorite of all places I have ever been to in my life (been there 3 times in the last 5 years)..not sure why, but I think the place connects to me in a way which is beyond words....The place and the lingam has become the Part and Parcel of my everyday life in a way. This year also I was planning to go there in July. There are not too many days when I dont feel the vibration of the Kedar within me....So, I am really deeply saddened to even think what has happened to my favorite of all places.

Sadhguru....Before I read this article I have been trying to look for reasons as to why this could have happened. Is there any substance to the claims of some local believers?
As per believers, Uttarakhand had to face the Goddess Dhari Devi's ire as she was shifted from her ‘mool sthan’ (original abode) from a Temple in Srinagar (Uttarakhand) just a few hours before the calamity happened to make way for a hydel project that now lies in ruins. According to the legends, Shanakaracharya himself recognized the Devi as the guardian of the four dhams. A similar attempt in 1882 by a local king had resulted in a landslide that had flattened Kedarnath.... is there any relevance to this claim with the recent happening or is it just a coincidence? On that fateful day everything would have got wiped out in Kedarnath until a huge rock which came tumbling down the mountains miraculously stopped just before the temple and bifurcated the rampaging floodwater into two streams to the right and left of the temple just to protect the temple and the KEDAR lingam!!!...Are all these really co-incidences....hard to believe...seems like a BIGGER force was in action with a definite plan in mind!!!
Bowing down to MY GURU,
Kaustav.

5 years 3 months ago

Enterprise or no enterprise, cloud bursts cannot be stopped and therefore we have really no answer to averting these disasters except that we somehow stop the mad rush of people to these sloppy terrains in the name of pilgrimage.