Freedom From Everything, Including God | Sadhguru

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and Listen CAREFULLY! In this culture we have never had one authority to spread spiritual process because this is the only culture on the planet without a religion of its own. (Laughs) So Hindu is essentially that culture which was born
out of the river Indus, is called Hindu. So it’s a geographical and cultural identity, never was a religious identity. It’s only when people came from outside, who came with concretized ideas of religion, they had to give you also one name. ‘So we are this, what are you?’ “We are all over the place.” They couldn’t understand
that, ‘You must be something.’ In the same place, a million things existed together. In the same house, if you are a family of five, five of you can worship five different gods and have absolutely no
problem about it. We didn’t even think it’s a problem, till people came from outside and told you ‘our god’ and ‘your god’ – till then we did not even think it’s a problem. You could be worshipping this god right here, I could be worshipping that god right there, another could be sitting with eyes closed, another could be singing, another could be dancing
but we still thought it’s all okay, everybody can do their thing. So, there has never been
a religion in this land. We have thirty three million gods and goddesses that happened when our population was thirty three million. Now we are 1.2 billion but we lost our creativity. Yes. Because outside forces came, particularly western forces
came and they started making a feel… making us feel ashamed of our gods. Too many gods! ‘There’s only one god,’ as if it’s a superior idea. If you can create one,
why can’t you create a million? You have not seen your one God, right? If you can create one, why can’t you create a
million or a billion? It’s just a question of creativity, isn’t it? So does it mean to say
‘nothing beyond me exists?’ That would be a stupid way to conclude. As you sit here, you know you did
not create yourself. Yes or no? Can you digest your food
or digestion happens? It happens. Are you breathing or
breathing happening? Are you beating your
heart or is it beating? I can go on to your liver and kidney and
everything, even to the spleen. Even the tiniest thing in your body
you are not running it, isn’t it? It is happening. Are you spinning the planet
or is it spinning by itself? You’re doing nothing. Doing nothing, just tit-bits; everything vital is just being done. Yes or no? Everything that’s vital to life is being done. You just have to sit here and just enjoy the spin; for that, how many problems! So, this is a land which clearly understood God is our making; that’s the reason why in this culture
God is not the goal, mukti is the goal, liberation is the goal, ultimate freedom is the goal, God is never the goal. Yes or no? You don’t like it? Because you’ve forgotten; otherwise mukti is the
goal, isn’t it? Mukti means what? Liberation. Freedom from everything,
including God! You are using God as a
stepping stone if you need it. You can grow with God or without God. This is the only culture on the planet where in any of our Indian languages, there is no word for a heretic because we never thought anybody is a heretic. We never imagined that there
can be somebody like that. Because we did not have any
established belief systems, everybody can do
their own thing; most plural and democratic
process for thousands of years. So, the spiritual movements were
started for human liberation. This is not about God. Nobody in the planet, no human being is interested in
God, please understand this. People are interested in God because they believe he is a
solution for their life, isn’t it? Yes or no? You think if you go to God all
your problems will go away, your health problem will go away,
your mental problem will go away, wife and husband problem will go away, you… you can pass an
examination without studying, you can… you can succeed in business without working, so many things, incredible things but it’s about you, isn’t it? Yes or no? It’s about you. So when it’s about you, we were straight forward
enough to address it straight. We said this
is about our liberation, this is about our wellbeing, this is about our ultimate wellbeing,
not just immediate well-being. So, this is a culture which
looked at it this way, so it is a complex array of spiritual movements. Many have died unfortunately. In the yogic system it says, when… when somebody asked Adiyogi, ‘How many paths can be there,’ he says if you use your system and go, there are only one hundred and twelve but if you go beyond your system, how many atoms are there in the universe, that many doorways are there. So we gave the freedom to create your own god. There is something called as Ishta Devata, you can choose your god. If you don’t like any, you can create one. Yes. You suddenly like the tree in your house, you can start worshipping; nobody in this country will
think it’s funny or weird. Anywhere else if you do it, you will be… they would be burnt alive but now they
would throw stones at them across the fence because they think you are a
heretic, you are worshipping a tree. You like a stone in your garden, you can start worshipping that; nobody thinks anything odd about it; it’s perfectly fine because there is not a single atom in the existence without the hand of the Creator in it. Every cell in your body is doing complex activity
not because of you, isn’t it? The source of creation is
functioning through that. Every atom, all this complex movement of
proton, neutron electron happening – you doing it? The hand of the Creator is very much in it. So every atom is a doorway to the beyond. Because of this, so many varieties of
spiritual movements happened. It’s unfortunate, so many have died in the last hundred years, so many, but still the variety is fantastic. If you how many of you have been to place…
places like Kumbh Mel and things like that? Have you been to Kumbh Mela? The big one that happened in
Allahabad, have you been to that? Hundred and… After hundred
and forty four years it comes. If you go and see there You must go you will see India. Okay? An India of another dimension, which today the educated population
of the country are completely missing. It’s incredible, incredible, I’m telling you. People are putting their last penny and traveling from somewhere just to be there for two days and go. I’m saying it’s that level of people where hundred rupees would mean like what a million
would mean to you, that’s how much a hundred rupees will mean That kind of people,
putting everything that they have, they come with their
families just to be there because somebody has told them on that day
if you take a dip you will attain mukti, not that you will see God, not that God will come and
give you a heap of gold. You will attain mukti. Still eight hundred million
people in this country are actively seeking liberation, knowingly or unknowingly. It’s an incredible thing, nowhere else on the planet there is such a phenomena happening that there are human beings longing to go beyond their
present level of existence, consciously. Nowhere else such a thing has happened. When Mark Twain visited India, he spent two and half to
three months in India. There is a book about his travels along the equator; he
travelled around the world. So, he said, ‘Anything that can ever be done, either by man or god has
been done in this land.’ This is one of the best compliments
India has ever received. And that is so. In terms of understanding the mechanics of how a human being is made and
what we can do about this, nowhere else has anybody looked
at it with the profoundness that it has been looked at it
in this culture, nowhere else. I am not saying this being biased that
I am born in India, so I have to ‘boo, boo, boo.’ This is not about you
being Indian or not Indian, this is about a profoundness of knowledge which is gone awry, you know, lost its tracks or losing its track slowly. Unless we put it back on the right thing, humanity will lose something tremendous because today we know how to call on the phone and
talk to somebody in America, but we do not know how to communicate
with this one yet. (Referring to oneself) Our communication technology,
information technology has hit the ceiling but what information do you have about
the nature of your own existence? Nothing. We know how to do many things. We can go to the moon but you don’t know
how to simply be here. So, this technology of inner well-being has been explored with as, you know, absolute profoundness. This knowledge should not be lost. Only if this knowledge
flourishes on this planet, material and economic well-being
will translate into human well-being; otherwise you will have everything
and you will have nothing. Just to give you an example what’s
happening to India right now. In the last year 2011, when the Diwali came, we call it Deepavali. When the Deepavali came in South India, about 127 crores worth of alcohol
was sold on one day in Tamil Nadu. Out of this, twenty one crores worth of
alcohol was sold in one small town where a population is about
six to 6.5 lakh people. Why means… this is the Tirupur town.
You’ve heard of Tirupur? It’s a hosiery town.
It’s an export-oriented town. Everybody here, their incomes
are at least three times that of everybody else in the state. So if money comes, they are going to get drunk
and stay in the gutter. Forty two percent of the Tamil
Nadu’s population is going diabetic. So if money comes, you will buy disease. So if economic well-being does not translate
into human well-being, it’s meaningless. Moving from poverty to
affluence is a hard journey. Whether it’s for an individual
or a society or a nation, it is a hard, uphill task. After you get there,
the deception of it you work hard all your life and get there and all you get is a disease, all you get is addictions, all you get is misery, all you get is broken minds, all you get is stress, it is a great deception. So when people achieve economic well-being, human well-being also should happen. If this has to happen, without an element of
spiritual dimension in them, it cannot happen. They may be following an
organized spiritual process or by themselves they
might have found something but without an element of spiritual process, there is no way anybody can translate economic
well-being into human well-being. This must happen as economic development happens, it is very important parallely spiritual… possibilities are widely
available to every human being; otherwise life will deceive you
in such a bitter way.

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