My Coimbatore serendipity !
[Continued from yesterday]
The previous evening of our visit to Isha Yoga Centre, we were having dinner at the apartment of George and his ever affable, cheerful wife Ammu George, over a long convivial conversation on subjects that simply floated into our dining table. Enabled by the golden liquid in our glasses, I asked George if he could suggest some questions related to religion and spiritualism. He looked at me and said, “Not my cup of tea.” I said, “But you are not having tea right now.”
George asked if I had any questions in my mind. I said, “Yes. Only two questions. One, ‘Why, in spite of having 33,000 Hindu Gods and Goddesses apart from many spiritual masters like him (Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev) our country is still backward and steeped in poverty, except for islands of affluence?’”
George gave a sly smile and asked what my next question was. I said, “My next question is — What is the difference between an enlightened person and one who is not? Is there any physical change or change in the manner one spoke and behaved?”
Surprisingly, when we sat before the Sadhguru, our conversation flew at a tangent so much so I forgot to ask the only two questions I had thought of. However, in retrospect, I have no regret because I got the answer for my questions from a book by Sadhguru titled “Enlightenment — an inside story,” a book of questions and answers given to me by Shweta Vyas. The question in the book was about why India is still poor despite there being so many Gurus, including himself. The Sadhguru’s answer in the book was quite convincing for me. Let me quote:
“India is the way it is right now because it is still in God’s hands. Unless you take it into your hands and do something meaningful, it will remain this way or get worse. Now, if you are really concerned about the national or the social situation, it is very important that you take it into your hands in a committed way and really do some...more