Does It Matter Where You Live?

Boundaries are meaningful only because there is such inequity in the world

8/1/2016 4:49:49 PM
written By : Sadhguru, Isha Foundation Print

Sadhguru, I have lived in the US since 1994 and I am originally from Himachal Pradesh. It’s a beautiful place and I would like to move back there, but my husband has no interest in going back. How important is the place we live in? 

Sadhguru: The place as such is not that important. It is a question of what you want to do there. If for example growing apples is important to you, you have to move there. If what you are doing here is important to you, you should stay here. I have no sense of nationality, but still, most of my activities are in India because that is where I am most effective. If you give me ten dollars, particularly in Tamil Nadu, I will do a hundred dollars’ worth of work. I choose to work in a place where it is most effective because one’s life is just a certain time span and a certain amount of energy.

Time and energy are limited commodities. How effectively you use them is how effective your life is. So, naturally, you would like to work in a place where you have maximum impact – otherwise, your time and energy will go waste. That is what you have to consider. It is not about the nation. 

Someday, we must overcome the idea of a nation. Such a silly idea – someone draws a line and that becomes so immensely important. These boundaries have become meaningful only because there is such inequity in the world. If there was no inequity, if for example, Mexico and the United States both had the same level of economic prosperity and wellbeing, would one side be guarding the borders with guns, barbed wires and all that, and would the other side be digging tunnels to get here? No. Whoever wants to go in either direction could do so – no one would care. But in our lifetime, we may not see the abolishment of national borders. Europe has done reasonably well, but it looks like they are beginning to step back from the European Union because those who have, do not want to share with those who do not have.

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