Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev from the Isha Foundation and Dr David Frawley, a Padma Bhushan awardee and a scholar on Vedas, spoke on 'The Wings To Surge' panel on cultures and values that power a billion at the inaugural Republic TV summit. The panel discussion was moderated by Republic Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.
Here is what Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said on Indian nationalism and spirituality:
"Indian people have no sense of history. One says that Indians can’t think beyond 15 minutes. A lack of historical perspective is causing big damage to India. So we don't make these mistakes again. We want to forget what happened yesterday. But to surge we must know what happened in the past. To surge one needs to know one's past. One of the most serious aberrations that happened to India is the partition, But we have a tendency to forget. Our trade routes have been chopped off. We would have had airways, railways, etc that would have contributed to our economic growth. We repeatedly keep hearing, one more partition won’t hurt us.The important thing we need to understand about India is we have no moralities. We always have been a land of sacreds.
Our highest goal has not been God, it has been liberation and truth. This culture is not of the past, it is of the future. As more and more people think for themselves and they will seek the truth. Human beings will seek truth and freedom. This is essentially a movement, which has been happening around the world. Truth is the authority in life. Authority is not the truth."
Dr David Frawley also spoke about Indian nationalism saying it was a cultural concept than a political concept for Indians:
"Indians doubt their own traditions, their mindsets have been turned against themselves due to the Marxist ideology. The Surge in India is starting and will be unstoppable now...
Indians are the least nationalist, I would say. Indians survive on cultural unity. This deeper nationalism has to be brought out - Indian nationalism is about the earth, soil... It is not a political concept like the western world.
There is an effort to undermine cultural unity in India. Educationally we know. The textbooks do not give a positive image of India. There is a belief today that India began in 1947. A particular segment in Indian intelligentsia that wants to make us believe that India happened only after 1947. India needs to reclaim its cultural unity. By nationalism, it means unity, not separation or Us vs Them, and India has that cultural unity of 5000 years of enduring civilization."