Overcome The Fear of Being Judged – Sadhguru Tips
Questioner: So Sadhguru, Sometime back, I happened to be in a situation where a friend of mine was drunk. So, when she was in the drunk state, she was repeatedly saying that, “Please don’t judge me as I’m drinking, please don’t judge me”
Sadhguru: It is… but she has lost her judgment, but you… she doesn’t want you
Questioner: So my question is, whether it is alcohol or not, in life, why are we so apprehensive about being judged by others, and how can we not let this come on our way of being happy.
Sadhguru: Look at me. See, I am always stoned (Laughter).
Never touched a substance, but always stoned. You can judge me whichever way you want (Laughter), because… one thing is, I am stoned in such a way that I have not lost my judgment at all.
And at the same time, whichever way you judge me has absolutely no impact on me, because I am completely stoned (Laughter/Applause).
Having said that, why this consumption of alcohol and drugs is growing the way it’s growing in the world is… This is because the heavens have been collapsing (Few laugh).
Heaven and Hell
Yes. I was in Bangalore just three, four weeks ago, there were over 8,000 people doing a two-day program with me, and just casually I asked, “How many of you think you will go to heaven?”
Only five hands went up.
Then I asked, “Are you all the hell people?”
No, it’s just that both heaven and hell have collapsed in people’s minds. this is the first time in the history of humanity, that this many people in the world can think for themselves.
Otherwise your priest, your mullah, your pundit, or a book was thinking for you.
The first time that so many people can think for themselves. Are they thinking right, thinking wrong – there are many issues about that. But they are thinking right, thinking wrong, but they are thinking..
So all illogical things are naturally collapsing. Still this generation has not fully walked away from it, still there is fear, they can’t openly say, “There’s no goddamn hell or heaven.”
They are still fearful about it, but they are trying to make a little heaven for themselves here.
People living on chemicals
So naturally, when they are not able to do it for themselves, out of their own intelligence, they will fall back on chemicals. Today, just to take very affluent societies, because every society is aspiring to be like that, let’s say, you take United States which is the most affluent nation on the planet, right now. seventy percent of US population is on prescription medication, another thirty percent, of course, buying it off the back streets (Laughter/Applause).
Most affluent nation. Obviously, affluence is not working – to be healthful, you need chemicals, to be joyful, you need chemicals, to be peaceful, you need chemicals, to be ecstatic, of course (Laughter)… there is ecstasy.
So, I am not even looking at it morally, it’s… it’s never a moral issue for me. If ninety percent of this population right now, is on chemicals, believe me, the next generation that we produce, will be a generation which is much less than us.
Next-generation should be a level up
If we produce the next generation less than ourselves, we have committed a crime against humanity, because the next generation must be at least one step ahead of us, otherwise we’ve lost it. We’ve lost the entire process of civilization when we produce a next-generation which is actually less than us.
So we are heading towards this, rapidly, unless we teach individual human beings how to simply sit here and be blissed out. Stoned enough or no, just look at me? But am I conscious enough, alert enough, clear enough?
If there was a way to intoxicate yourself without losing your judgment, without losing your awareness, without losing your intelligence, it’s a great thing.
Intoxication is a fantastic thing, only problem is, it takes away your judgment, it takes away your intelligence, incapacitates you. That is the problem, isn’t it?
Is it true, ask anybody – you are not in the medical sciences, but ask anybody – is it true that this body here is the greatest chemical factory in the universe right now, the universe that we know, at least?
Only problem is, you are a lousy manager. If you know how to manage this (Referring to oneself) you would be like me, always blissed out.
How to manage this?
Anybody can say what they want, anybody can do what they want, this like this only. Because I have not given this privilege to anybody, that somebody can make me happy, somebody can make me unhappy, somebody can make me miserable. Right now, you are a consequence of other people’s opinions, where do you plan to go like this? Anybody can ruin you.
You went outside, somebody told you, “Shreya, you are the most wonderful human being we have seen.” Then you were flo… floating on that cloud (Laughter)… what number?
What number? Nine? Nine? Oh, in South, we do eleven (Laugher).
You were floating on cloud whatever number, and you came home, people at home told you who you really are, (Laughter) and the cloud will crash. No, no, it’s very important that neither this way, or that way…
We listen to everybody, because we could be doing something wrong. Any moment, we could be doing something wrong, so we listen to everybody, but what they say will not determine how I am.
Never, ever. This you must fix, and you must tell your friend, when she’s not drunk (Laughter), because otherwise she won’t understand. (Laughs)