The renowned yogi and mystique, and founder of the Isha Foundation, Sadhguru, is on a mission. From September 3, he was on a motorcycle rally from Talacauvery, the origin of the Cauvery river in Karnataka, and culminated in Chennai. The aim of the 'Cauvery Calling' rally was to seek public support for the conservation of the Cauvery river. The focus is on motivating farmers to switch from water-intensive crops to agroforestry, which is the practice of growing fruit or timber trees. In furtherance to this, the Isha Foundation is planning to plant 242 crore saplings.
After flagging off his campaign 'Cauvery calling' on a 2-week journey on a motorbike, covering a distance of over 3000 km, Sadhguru joined Republic TV for an exclusive interview.
Even though Sadhguru is immersed in such a saintly endeavour, there are many who cannot stop themselves from painting a negative image with regards to the campaign. In his interview to Republic TV, Sadhguru portrays how uninterested he is in anything that the 'negative people' have to say and focuses his energy on positivity.
"Unfortunately this (the negative opinion) is there, but I think we should not pay too much attention to them. Now the choice is just this. Do you want to find solutions for the problems we have or do you want to find problems in the solutions we have? Some people, unfortunately, think it's very intelligent to invest in finding problems. Thanks to them, that we know what the problems are but I think our problems are very clear. It is in finding solutions that we need to invest our energy and intelligence."
Furthermore, Sadhguru added, "I hope more and more people will work for solutions in the local areas wherever they are, and that is how our country can move forward."
Over the target, Sadhguru finds that people usually express disbelief.
"When I say 242 crore saplings, people roll their eyes. They think its too big a number. Out population is about 130 crores. That means, if all of us plant 2, if we raise 2 saplings, the job is done. 2 saplings in 3-4 years is not even a challenge for anybody. But there are a whole lot of people who won't do anything. So we have to plant for them."
"So I have openly told everybody. Everybody who gives a negative comment, I will plant 10 saplings for each one of them," Sadhguru said.
In the end, outlining the responsibility people have towards the work at large and ending the interview on a positive note, he said, "This is not about me, or the organization. This is generational work. It is time that we as a generation prove that we are a responsible generation."