I want to live a successful life, to be peaceful and help create a peaceful world. Is it enough for me to...
I want to live a successful life, to be peaceful and help create a peaceful world. Is it enough for me to just be a good person?
Sadhguru: It is not enough if you are a good person. If you have to live in this world you should be capable also. In the first place what makes you think you are a good man? You see that the ten people sitting around you are not okay for some reason or another, and in comparison, with them, you conclude that you are a better person.
When you have concluded that you are the most wonderful person in this world, it means in your mind, there is no other good person on this earth; you are the only one. The more good you think you are, the more you will find nobody is okay. If nobody is okay, it is not a question of virtue, it is a question of madness.
The first sign of psychological disorder is you start thinking nobody is okay. So, you need not be a good person. In your life, if your inner nature is peaceful, loving and joyous, it is enough.
The "so called" good people cannot even laugh. That is how they have become. You know why? Because they are very good people! What to do with this kind of goodness? So, it is time to look inward and see how to create human wellbeing. From your own experience of life you can clearly see that true wellbeing will come to you only if your interiority changes.
The quality of your life is not being decided by the clothes you wear or the educational qualifications that you carry or what family backgrounds you come from or what bank balances you hold. This moment, the quality of your life is simply decided by how peaceful and joyous you are right now within yourself. True wellbeing will come to you only if your interiority changes.
Yoga and meditation are that dimension of science that handles your interiority, where the focus is in creating the right kind of interior so that you can live a joyous and peaceful life. So, the fundamental thing is, if mankind is your business, you make yourself your first business. Only then you will see you can do something of lasting value for humanity.