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n Uttarakhand, people are yet to realize the immensity of what has happened. At one time, every year continuously I was in the Himalayas. It has only been the last four to six years that I have broken my trips to this region, which is one of the most fantastic parts of India. One thing is, the Himalayas are the youngest mountains on the planet. If you have traveled in the Himalayas you will see, it is almost like debris piled up. That is how the mountain is. Once you cut roads into it — the rivers themselves are cutting enough — naturally landslips keep happening. I have probably not been there without being stuck in some landslip and walking miles to get across; in over 27 trips to this region, this is a normal process of traveling in the Himalayas.

Because the mountain is so fresh and fragile, it is like naturally piled-up debris, and it will fall off very easily unless it is very carefully handled. The Border Roads Organisation has done a fantastic job in the last few years. All this said, you cannot squarely blame this tragedy on any particular organization or government because in one day they received 340mm of rain. It was a cloudburst. In the local parlance they said, ‘Aasman gir gaya’ – the sky fell on them, literally. Cloudbursts, landslips, these are all natural processes in the mountain. It is a tragedy because we are in the way. Otherwise it is not a tragedy; it is just a natural process of the mountain growing. What is unstable has to come down and stabilize itself; this is a millions-of-years process, it is happening. So it is not a natural calamity, it is a natural process, but it is a human calamity. How to avoid the human calamity is human business.

We have to look at ourselves as an enterprise and we want to be a successful enterprise, not a flop.

Above all, we need to understand that a successful nation is a successful enterprise too. What is our strength? What is limited with us? Has something not been taken care of? It is time we look at a nation as an enterprise, and we need somebody who is enterprising enough and who will handle it as an enterprise to make it successful. The thing is, we get lost in the history, tradition and so many things. We have to value those things, but we have to see them as traditional strengths and traditional weaknesses. You will only see this if success is the benchmark. Right now, success is not the benchmark. Somehow keeping it going for five years is the benchmark. So we have to set this – success is a benchmark.

What is this, Sadhguru? This is a very emotional, ecological disaster and you are answering this way? Yes, I am telling you this because now they will pass some absurd ecological laws. That is not the way to go about it. Emotional reactions to disasters that happen are not the answer. Already people are talking on the news channels, ‘It must be declared an eco-sensitive zone, no pilgrim should be allowed. Why are all these people going there, can’t they go to the local temple?’ You will come out with absurd laws in reaction, and anyway after a few years, nobody is going to follow those laws, and things will be back to normal once these things are forgotten. We have to look at ourselves as an enterprise and we want to be a successful enterprise, not a flop. Managing our land, our natural resources and our human resources is very much a part of the enterprise. It is time we address it like that.

  Even if a man is dying in this country, he wants two drops of Ganga water…

We need to understand the Himalayas and what the Himalayas have to offer. It is not the economic prospect of the Himalayas which is important for us. It is the spiritual dimension of it which has always been an inspiration for people. Your economics you could do elsewhere, you do not have to build seventy dams across the Ganga. Even if a man is dying in this country, he wants two drops of Ganga water but we have to tell him now the two drops that he is taking in has gone through some one hundred and fifty turbines before it falls into his mouth.

It is a certain emotion, a human emotion which holds a nation together. Different nations have different ethos. For India, Ganga, Himalayas, these things are very important binding factors. If you destroy these things you will have great difficulty holding this diverse population as a nation after some time. Already it is happening. People are pulling in different directions. Gradually, over a period of time, everybody starts thinking separately and one day you wonder, ‘Why are we together?’ It is not far away. When I say ‘not far away,’ in the life of a nation, fifty years is not too much time.

So do not look at this as one single tragedy or one incident that once the cameras are off, we will forget about and go about our business. We have to see India as an enterprise and we want a successful enterprise on all levels.

Love & Grace,
POSTED IN:Sadhguru, Sadhguru Spot
TAGS: Calamity, Himalayas
  • KovaiGuru

    Instead, Political Parties have become successful enterprises in this country.

  • http://thisiscsr.com/ CSR

    Perhaps the most sensible reading of all that has happened and all that will happen. And that it comes from you, sir, is not surprising at all. I hope more people get to read this. And I also hope you had written this much earlier. But thanks for publishing this!

  • indirapriya

    Thanks Sadhguru, at this time of crisis the blog throws much light on how to handle the situation.

  • subhash

    I consider, if Sadguru had not stopped visiting the region annually, the disaster would have averted.

  • subhash

    Enterprise or no enterprise, cloud bursts cannot be stopped and therefore we have really no answer to averting these disasters except that we somehow stop the mad rush of people to these sloppy terrains in the name of pilgrimage.

    • Krishna

      this has already been mentioned in the article, emotional/knee-jerk reactions will not help. the spiritual significance of Himalayas has been mentioned in the article.

      • subhash

        The article advocates promoting pilgrimages (not stopping it) to the Himalayas/Himalayan shrines.

  • Hari Priya

    Its absolutely amazing observation that Ganga is the uniting force of our diversified culture. Great Sadhguru!

  • Shantanu

    This is a very man-made disaster. Although the natural forces will always try to maintain balance, we forget Nature’s ways and stand in its path, then claim helplessness. That is not the answer. Empathy with Nature is the need of the hour. We need to be sensitive enough to respect and adapt to natural tendencies. There is no point fighting it and/or conquering it.

  • Jaya

    Why should my sadhguru should have love and grace for such humanity?

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    Jaya Jaya Gangey
    Jaya Hara Gangey

  • bindu

    Pranam Sadguruji, !!you have addressed the situation in few but precise words. Himalayas and the rivers are the backbone of our existence – physical and spiritual. 500 dams and cutting of trees are the main causes of the tragedy. Hope the policy makers of our country will wake up now. bindu

  • Manohar

    Thank You, Hari Ohm

  • Prem

    Beauty! even in tsunami the people in beach resorts lost their lives.

  • Divakar

    “It is not the economic prospect of the Himalayas which is important for us. It is the spiritual dimension of it which has always been an inspiration for people. Your economics you could do elsewhere, you do not have to build seventy dams across the Ganga.”

    Well said… unless this happens, we will lose ‘everything’ that has made India what it is.

  • Dr. Rita Zarina

    Namaskaram Sadhguru !

    The most sensible and comforting sentence in this post was …that what happened was a natural process but a human calamity…How to handle it is human business. Till I read this post I was wondering y this had to happen there. The post gives u clarity on what happened and how to use this as yet another turning point of stressing the importance of being together

  • Kaustav

    Pranam Sadhguru,

    Gurudev what you stated is an eye-opener. Its not a natural calamity but a human calamity as humans were in the way of the natural process. Kedarnath has been my favorite of all places I have ever been to in my life (been there 3 times in the last 5 years)..not sure why, but I think the place connects to me in a way which is beyond words….The place and the lingam has become the Part and Parcel of my everyday life in a way. This year also I was planning to go there in July. There are not too many days when I dont feel the vibration of the Kedar within me….So, I am really deeply saddened to even think what has happened to my favorite of all places.

    Sadhguru….Before I read this article I have been trying to look for reasons as to why this could have happened. Is there any substance to the claims of some local believers?
    As per believers, Uttarakhand had to face the Goddess Dhari Devi’s ire as she was shifted from her ‘mool sthan’ (original abode) from a Temple in Srinagar (Uttarakhand) just a few hours before the calamity happened to make way for a hydel project that now lies in ruins. According to the legends, Shanakaracharya himself recognized the Devi as the guardian of the four dhams. A similar attempt in 1882 by a local king had resulted in a landslide that had flattened Kedarnath…. is there any relevance to this claim with the recent happening or is it just a coincidence? On that fateful day everything would have got wiped out in Kedarnath until a huge rock which came tumbling down the mountains miraculously stopped just before the temple and bifurcated the rampaging floodwater into two streams to the right and left of the temple just to protect the temple and the KEDAR lingam!!!…Are all these really co-incidences….hard to believe…seems like a BIGGER force was in action with a definite plan in mind!!!
    Bowing down to MY GURU,
    Kaustav.

  • Kaustav

    Pranam Sadhguru,

    Gurudev, what you stated is an eye-opener. Its not a natural calamity but a human calamity as humans were in the way of the natural process. Kedarnath has been my favorite of all places I have ever been to in my life (been there 3 times in the last 5 years)..not sure why, but I think the place connects to me in a way which is beyond words….The place and the lingam has become the Part and Parcel of my everyday life in a way. This year also I was planning to go there in July. There are not too many days when I dont feel the vibration of the Kedar within me….So, I am really deeply saddened to even think what has happened to my favorite of all places.

    Sadhguru….Before I read this article I have been trying to look for reasons as to why this could have happened. Is there any substance to the claims of some local believers?

    As per believers, Uttarakhand had to face the Goddess Dhari Devi’s ire as she was shifted from her ‘mool sthan’ (original abode) from a Temple in Srinagar (Uttarakhand) just a few hours before the calamity happened to make way for a hydel project that now lies in ruins. According to the legends, Shanakaracharya himself recognized the Devi as the guardian of the four dhams. A similar attempt in 1882 by a local king had resulted in a landslide that had flattened Kedarnath…. is there any relevance to this claim with the recent happening or is it just a coincidence? On that fateful day everything would have got wiped out in Kedarnath until a huge rock which came tumbling down the mountains miraculously stopped just before the temple and bifurcated the rampaging floodwater into two streams to the right and left of the temple just to protect the temple and the KEDAR lingam!!!…Are all these really co-incidences….hard to believe…seems like a BIGGER force was in action with a definite plan in mind!!!

    Bowing down to MY GURU,

    Kaustav.

  • manic

    Pranam guruji….

    Sense of ulimate Patriotism – great level of understanding – Please please please look into the possibilty of taking this great nation’s governance by your Grace or atleast influencing / guiding / correcting it with YOUR Grace.

    Feeling hard to stop the tears

    Thanks guruji….