While cultural evolution can be a natural process, when culture is under attack from commercial forces, Sadhguru explains, one needs a strategy to save it. Indian culture was engineered to lead people to the spiritual process, and for its preservation, Sadhguru says, while moral policing is not required, education is a must.
Questioner: my question is should culture be preserved at all because in the name of preservation of culture already we have started seeing moral policing in India.
Sadhguru: What are you seeing?
Questioner: Moral policing.
Sadhguru: Moral policing?
Sadhguru: Okay. See, culture is a happening thing. Nobody can preserve it as it is. It is evolving all the time. Nothing wrong with that; if it’s evolving naturally, people making choices and making certain changes with their lives, it’s perfectly okay but when your culture is being engineered by commercial forces and certain very aggressive religious forces some amount of stopping and preserving also needs to happen, isn’t it? (Participants clap) If naturally it’s evolving, people are making their choices to eat differently, to dress differently, to do things different it’s perfectly okay but commercial forces are engineering culture for their benefit, if you don’t stop it then you know when you open your tap tomorrow coco cola will come, water will not come. I am telling you it’s not far away. Already it’s happening in India; if we went to a restaurant they won’t serve you water, they’ll serve you Coke or Pepsi. So for commercial forces are anyway having budget to change your culture; having a strategy to change your culture. When it is so I think you should also have a strategy not to allow that to happen. (Participants clap) How it is done, is a questionable thing.
Whatever you called as moral policing – it happened in crude ways; so yes, everybody is disgusted with that but in some form of education, some way it must be done. It’s very easy to sell sleaze, you understand. And very easily you can catch the youth and make that the culture of the land in no time. Whatever… see I want you to understand this. When you say culture, there’re different types of cultures in the world. If culture is just a social norm, if culture is just a certain way people are living because of climatic conditions, because of other influences, that’s different. I want you to under…understand this culture was engineered to gradually lead people towards their spiritual process, always, right from ancient times, every aspect of your life how to sit, how to stand – everything was engineered to slowly lead you towards a spiritual process and I think that part of the culture has to be preserved. I don’t care how you dress, what you do but there are many aspects of culture which are essentially a yogic science implanted into people’s lives so that without even knowing you are practicing yoga, you are practicing yoga. This was done thousands of years ago.
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