I generally insist that whenever there is a meeting in Isha, they chant Asatoma Sadgamaya. This is not about establishing a culture. Asatoma Sadgamaya is an invocation and a reminder to see if what you create works for everyone’s wellbeing or not. This applies to everything we create – be it within ourselves in terms of thoughts and emotions, or on the outside to make money, do business, and earn a living, or, on a larger scale in terms of politics, economics, wars, etc. Whatever the situation, the fundamental question is, is it working for everyone’s wellbeing or not? Or at least, is it working for a large number of people? If you want to do something the way it works, you have to figure out the truth about that aspect of life, both in terms of the world around you and your inner nature.
Everything that we have, we robbed it from the earth. We have to do that for our survival to some extent. But if we all knew how to sit here absolutely blissed out, we would do everything only to the extent necessary – nothing more, nothing less. When who you are is determined by what furniture and things you have around you, you are doing everything in excess, destroying the planet. You cannot control that, because what one person thinks is a luxury, another one thinks is a must. Perceptions differ depending upon one’s social experiences. But that does not determine the nature of your life. This is why Asatoma Sadgamaya. First establish yourself in truth, then forage into the world around you. If you are not rooted within you.
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