What should a 20-year-old do in life? – Sadhguru answers a Student in a Darshan at Isha Yoga Center

Sadhguru answers a question from a college student about what he should do to live a life of truth, involvement and fulfillment.

Sadhguru Talks @ Darshan, Isha Yoga Center, Dec 2013

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Questioner: I am a twenty-year-old university student striving to live a life of truth, involvement, fulfillment. How should I and people my age balance the inner path with the outer world, be… going to school, getting a professional career or spending more time at the ashram? (Few Laugh)

Sadhguru: (Laughs) See, all of us have to live in this universe. No choice about it right now. But university is a choice and that’s why you’re asking this question. (Laughs) How much time? Education is of value to do certain things, but what should we be doing – as individual human beings, as a generation of people, what should we be doing in our lives? Because people do not know what they should be doing because they never open their eyes and look at the rest of the world, they will take on odd purposes.

This lady comes to me, somewhere (Laughs) – let me not tell the geography, people may start guessing who she is and what she is (Laughs) – this lady comes to me and says she is going through a hairdressing course, some two-year course in some university, something. And, she felt it’s a calling. God told her that “You must become a hairdresser.” You must show your head to her. (Laughter) (Questioner is bald) This twenty-year-old university student, if others did not notice… you saw his hairstyle? (Laughter) If this becomes everybody’s calling, what will hap to… happen to her profession?

(Laughs) This happened. Two nuns went to the grocery store. They bought many things and one of them said, “Would you like to have some beer?” The other one said, “Yeah, for sure. It’s been a long time. But… how are we going to face the salesperson there?” This one said, “You don’t worry. I will take care of it.” She went there, picked up a twelve-pack case of the beer, took it and put it on the counter in front of the salesperson. This salesperson raised his eyebrows and looked at her – “Nun buying beer!?” So she said, “No, no, we use it as a shampoo for our hair.” (Laughter) So, the salesperson without batting an eyelid made the bill and also kept a packet of pretzels and said, “You can use this as the curlers.” (Laughter) So, God communicates to people and says, “You must become a hairdresser.”… What a vain man he must be (Laughter) to be sending out these kind of messages to people! (Laughs)

You know, somebody went to war. A destructive purposeless war and when he was asked why, he said, “God told me.” You remember? Not so long ago. Long time ago, many times they were told. We thought in recent times, he has come to his senses, (Few Laugh) but even in twenty first century, he did it.

So, is there a God-given purpose? I want you to know… See, we generally run the ashram as meticulously as possible, but do you think we know how many grasshoppers reside in this lawn? Do you think our garden department is aware of this? You think so? (Laughs) Definitely not. What makes you think God is aware of you? Such a huge cosmos. (Laughter) You are less than a grasshopper, (Laughs) looking at the size of the cosmos. (Laughs) This fancy idea that God is telling you to become a hairdresser… you guys in waiting for this lady? (Laughter)

So, people are inventing things like this and making it up. What I would say is as a young man I want you to open your eyes and look at the world. Right now, please see what is the most needed thing in the world right now. You don’t do some fanciful thing that you like to do. You must do what’s most needed, isn’t it? Isn’t it so? If you get carried away by situations – people become like this – it’s useful, but it is not the basic thing. Today, you saw a train burning. So, you want to become a firefighter. Tomorrow…

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37 thoughts on “What should a 20-year-old do in life? – Sadhguru answers a Student in a Darshan at Isha Yoga Center

  1. Education is very important…. We shouldn't get education for the sake of cramming or completing a chapter without simultaneously thinking that where I will be using this knowledge practically. Then your PhD will matter to you because this will give the student a satisfaction and chances of him doing great things in life. Also students must not only do study. They must make themselves physically attractive also because thats also important in life

  2. Sadhguru, been listening to you for about a week now. I love your teachings. I have subscribed to your channel sir. Looking forward to more. Namaste~

  3. It's disappointing how he undermined importance of education. A PhD holder doesn't know more, a PhD holder knows how to find answers and solutions to things which a high school can read and narrate. I might be nit picking but the over simplification put me off.

  4. I'm 17 next year what would a 17 year old do in Life probably being a same old teen just hanging out with friends and obviously Going college but I probably want make new I don't want to XD

  5. on one hand he says we should do what is needed and not what we like and then he says we should not do something if its a compulsion and as ifafter 100 years it shall matter or not. contradictory.

  6. Too specific of a question but the sense of urgency at 20 is pretty relevant. The entrance to the rat race, feeling you need to be in school or working 40 hours a week. Just live it's all just beginning.

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