Why Should Millennials Celebrate Mahashivratri? – Sadhguru | #MahaShivRatri2020


“I believe in God” – one level of ignorance. “I believe there is no God” – another level of ignorance. Mahashivratri is not a religious festival. It has something to do with the
astronomical phase of this planet. And we’ve figured out what phases of
the planet are most advantageous to us. Questioner: Namaskaram, Sadhguru.
Millennials, they do not believe in… Sadhguru: Which millennial are you?
Which millennia do you belong to? I am not a millennial? Everybody is going on taking newer and
newer identities, that’s what I’m saying. Questioner: So, people my age, they do not believe in god and religion. So how is Mahashivratri relevant to people our age? – Millennials – I don’t know any other words. Sadhguru: Well, even I do not believe anything – not just god,
I don’t believe anything including millennial. I don’t believe anything. Whatever I see, I try to perceive. What I perceive, I know; what
I don’t perceive, I do not know. But… belief, disbelief, and all these different identities are crippling your ability
to perceive because every identity is of memory, isn’t it? So, the moment you identify with
anything that is rooted in your memory and all identities are rooted in your memory,
you kind of crippled your perception. Now you cannot perceive, you will only juggle with permutations and
combinations of the possibilities within your memory. This is how human perception is lost, because you made memory more significant
than attention and intelligence in human life. So memory is not a bad thing, it is useful. But if you’re always dipping your
hands in memory, you’re crippled. We have set up a system where memory
is misunderstood as intelligence. From this comes your religion,
from this comes your scriptures, from this comes your many many social norms. From this comes a whole lot of things that you’re
either, you know, confused about or suffering. So you, your gender, your nationality, your race,
your religion – everything is memory, isn’t it? So they are selectively dropping one
memory and sticking on to another one; that’ll not make them any better. They will move from one variety of
ignorance to another variety of ignorance. “I believe in God” – one level of ignorance. “I believe there is no God” – another level of ignorance. Let me not say “another level,” then you will
think you’re on a higher level of ignorance. No, same thing. ”I believe there is God” – this is ignorance. ”I believe there is no God” – this is also equally ignorant. Because you have crippled your perception, you have to
make some conclusion and remember that – that’s all. So, don’t go on like this. Mahashivratri is not a religious festival; it has something to do with the
astronomical phase of this planet. This planet is a part of a larger family
that we call as the solar system. That is a part of a larger family that we call
galaxies, cosmos, whatever names and names, but essentially, there is nothing
happening here in an unrelated way. So we understand that at certain times, in certain
positions, the planet behaves in a certain way. And we have figured out what phases of
the planet are most advantageous to us. In that context, Mahashivratri because there
are twelve to thirteen Shivratris in a year. Every month, the fourteenth day is called
Shivratri, where there is a natural upsurge. We have identified a specific Shivratri, which
comes in the month of February and March; just when the beginning of spring in the Northern
Hemisphere there’s a significant impact on your body, on that day there’s a natural upsurge of energies. So, when there is such an upsurge of energy, if you keep your body in a horizontal position,
then it could impact the body in a negative way. It’s important you keep it in a vertical posture because
the natural movement of energies in this direction; if you lie down like this, it won’t
be good, so you must stay up. How to keep you up? Some people go to the bar. Yeah, yeah, I’m telling you. Some people whole night they’re playing cards. Yes! These are all the different things they’re doing. Some people go to late shows. That night, the show doesn’t end with the night show. Three shows in the night that till
morning, some movie is going on. So usually some devotional
movie, something about Shiva. So, this is an opportunity. Whichever millennium you were born in, it is an opportunity that the planet is supporting you; the system, the larger system is supporting
you to move in an upward direction. Please make use of it, it doesn’t matter
you belong to 20th century, 21st century or the second or the third millennia – it doesn’t matter. Because, once again, you know all this only by memory. Millennium is not an existential reality, it’s a social reality – we made it up. Hello? It is very important, one must understand, spiritual process means
you are moving from religion to responsibility. I think that’s one thing that everybody
could do with, particularly the Millennials. They could do with some responsibility, for sure. Thank you.

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