We have not cultured our children right from an early age that your identity should be universal. This is something in India. Traditionally, before you start education for a child, there’s something called vidyāraṃbhaṃ, where the first chant that they must do is that my identification is the entire cosmos. Without this, you should not give education to a child—that is the understanding. Because education is seen as an empowerment. You should not empower a person who has limited identifications. Because it doesn’t matter whether it’s of individual nature, or of family, or of community, or race, religion, nation. It doesn’t matter: once you have limited identity, you will cause disharmony. You will cause cruel things thinking you’re doing the right thing.


Born: September 3, 1957

Jaggi Vasudev, known publicly as Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi and author who has been teaching yoga in southern India since 1982. In 1992 he established Isha Foundation, one of the world's largest volunteer organizations, which runs an ashram, hosts a yoga centre, and has been involved in various activities in spirituality, education, and the environment.

Vasudev is the author of several books, including Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy. As a public speaker he has spoken at the United Nation's Millennium World Peace Summit, the British parliament's House of Lords, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the International Institute for Management Development. He has also spoken at the annual World Economic Forum in 2007, 2017, and 2020. In 2017, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award, by the Government of India for his contribution to social services.

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