Sadhguru Isha foundation – Global Indian Perspective

JRD Tata, whose family is among those  responsible for building the basic foundations  for Indian industry, was once asked  if he wanted India to become an economic  superpower. He replied, “No, I do not  want India to be an economic superpower.  I want India to be a happy country.”  The aspiration that you want your nation  to be a superpower is a very silly and  childish aspiration which has caused  immense damage to the planet. Today,  people are actually making the argument  that without nuclear weapons in the world,  there will be no peace – which is unfortunately  true right now. Me holding a gun to  your head, you holding a gun to my head  and both of us not shooting – this is not  peace, this is madness. Someday, somebody  will shoot.  So this whole aspiration to become a  superpower should go. Every nation  should aspire for the wellbeing of their  people; that is all that matters. For wellbeing,  resources and other things are a little  scarce, so there will be some competition.  We will pull and push, it is okay. That will  happen among human beings, but for that  you do not have to pull out your gun,  somebody else need not have a bigger gun  and become a superpower.  I don’t want India to become a superpower.  Our aspiration should be to become a  sensible, gentle nation, which ensures  wellbeing for itself and as far as possible,  wellbeing for everybody in the world. I  want India to be a country of wellbeing,  where our standards of wellbeing are  different from just a vulgar sense of  wealth and conquest. Conquest and  robbery are not two different things. If  it is done by an individual, it is called  burglary. If it is done by a gang, it is  called dacoity. If it is done by a nation, it  is called conquest or regime change.  We have spent thousands of years  evolving a spiritual ethos in this  nation. India as a nation is very  unique. There has been a  certain sense of awareness and  wisdom to this mass of  people that we right now  refer to as India, which is  very hard to find anywhere  else. You may find it in individual people, but a large mass of  people having a certain unconscious awareness  of many aspects of life is not there  anywhere else in the world.  Power does not mean having the biggest  army in the world. Power means that  everybody in the world looks at you for  guidance if they want to live well. People  always looked east when they  thought of living well. This  culture has always had this  power. So India should  aspire to make every nation  meditative.  I don’t want India to become a superpower. 

“Our aspiration should be to become a  sensible, gentle nation, which ensures  wellbeing for itself and as far as possible,  wellbeing for everybody in the world” 

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