Isha Foundation founder Sadhguru on Monday while speaking at Pejawara Adhokshaja Mutt’s 34th Chaturmasya Mahotsava through video conferencing from Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore addressed a wide range of issues such as the need for revitalizing Indian culture, reviving India’s education system, the relevance of Sanatan Dharma in our times and the importance of meditation, among others.

Here we bring you excerpts from the conference:

Responding to a question on the recently concluded Dismantle Global Hindutva conference, Sadhguru said, “We don’t have to worry about someone trying to dismantle the Hindu way of life. If we strengthen it and make it attractive for people, eliminating distinctions of caste and creed so all can live with dignity in the Hindu framework, no one can dismantle it.”

Speaking on the significance of Indian culture to today's generation, he said, “Instead of seeing how to put life into our culture, we are trying to preserve it. Preserved culture is no good. Culture is a living thing. We must make it vibrantly alive. If future generations have to take up elements of our culture, it’s extremely important that it’s presented in a manner that is attractive to them.”

Meanwhile, when asked about resistance among some to the draft National Education Policy (NEP), a question from Dr Anandatirthacharya Nagasampige, Sadhguru said, “When it comes to education, all of us should understand that education is not about right (wing) or left (wing), education is not about you and me, education is about the future generations and their future. What is best for the future generations is what needs to happen."

Further dwelling on whether the country’s youth are ignorant about the contributions of India’s national heroes, the visionary said, “Going on saying ‘youth are corrupt’ is not good. Youth are not corrupt. We have not imparted our history and culture properly to the new generation. We have to tell it the way they understand. The youth won’t take up something because you say it’s valuable. You must make them see the value, you must make them see how it works. Only then they will take it up,” Sadhguru responded to Vedanta teacher Shri Shyamacharya Bandi’s question.

Sadhguru further said, “Meditation is not an act, meditation is a certain quality. If you cultivate your body, mind, emotions and energy to a certain level of maturity, you will become meditative. It’s just a question of a deeper understanding of how the human system works, it’s not a question of how much time,” while responding to a question from a panellist on whether ten minutes of meditation every day can have a positive impact on our lives.

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