Sadhguru’s blessing addressed to the delegation of the Millennium World Peace Summit, convening at the United Nations, August 28, 2000.
Sadhguru: How can you love one and hate the other when the same divine exists in all. As many colors of the rainbow are an outcome of one pure light, the many religions of the world are an expression of one divine source. Religions of the world are not about one man’s belief against another, but an opportunity and a possibility for all humans of all hues and colors, of various stages of evolution, understanding, and experience to reach to their common ultimate source. May you know the bliss of the divine.
Address presented by Sadhguru on August 30, 2000 at the working session of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations.
Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Global Challenges, Local initiatives
Sadhguru: Speaker after speaker has been stressing on the universality of religion. Yes, I know and revere this fact. This is the very fabric of the culture from which I come. But what is the purpose of this summit? Is it to expound the often repeated but never practiced “Love Everyone,” or to find solutions to the bitter realities that we face in the form of religious bigotry, intolerance, and hatred? I want to know if this is a cosmetic summit or a true promise of peace.
I call upon all the religious leaders to allow each individual to pursue his own way to the Divine. Labeling the sacred traditions of other religions as the work of the demons is the worst kind of violence.
“Reconciliation” – I am hearing this word too often. Here in this summit, I may forgive all the crimes of the past, but the young men of the wounded cultures will not forgive.
I call upon all the religious leaders to allow each individual to pursue his own way to the Divine. Labeling the sacred traditions of other religions as the work of the demons is the worst kind of violence. Unless we remove force, inducements and cunning from religion, there will be no forgiving. I say this with pain as I hold you all as my brothers – there will be no peace.
I beg you, let us do what is needed.
Address presented by Sadhguru on August 31, 2000 at the working session of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations.
Poverty and the Need for Action
Sadhguru: Poverty is a wound in any society. It reduces a human being into a biological entity. No one should use it as a tool to enhance their influence in the world. If we are truly concerned about the poor and the hungry of the world, if the source of our actions is compassion and not conceit, then let us reach out through the indigenous religious setup. In the name of alleviation of poverty, let us not uproot cultures and leave them even poorer.
Here we are talking about poverty and in the other hall they are discussing environmental degradation. Now who decides what is poverty and what is prosperity? If you go by the western standards of prosperity and want to provide that type of prosperity to six billion people, the world would surely be destroyed.
Let the poverty alleviation be done with local understanding and wisdom, by encouraging local arts, crafts and skills,and not always the modern concept of development – which is global suicide.
One concrete step that could be initiated in the United Nations is to make comparative study of religions universal in the education systems of the world. So each individual can choose his way through his freedom and intelligence.