Sadhguru, please Rally for Reason

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While (enviously) checking out the tech-specs of Sadhguru’s G63 AGM Mercedes gunning its 5.5 lt. engine across India to save our rivers, I came across a very interesting fact.

This vehicle is obviously painted green, but Mercedes has given it a special name. From the range offered under “Crazy Colours”, Sadhguru’s chariot of trees is painted “alien” green!

While secretly admiring German sense of humour, I am tempted to continue my explanation of the wisdom of the Guru.

Every time I try to show the mirror of science to Sadhguru’s antics, I get responded to he-means-well-thus-he-is-right-QED. As this process highlights an interesting loophole in brain design, it needs to be understood.

Engine for human brain is never the reason, it is the emotions that an issue can evoke. And it is this phenomenon that allows Sadhgurus of the world to play an interesting game, the game of buttons.

One of the most interesting example of button-phenomenon in the brain of urban youth is “Trees”. Even if they are living in a city like Ahmedabad that is on the edge of the desert, and probably has far more trees than what the local ecological energy equation would have naturally allowed without forced artificial human intervention, one can make them feel emotionally agitated if one says a word about chopping a tree obstructing traffic and causing traffic jams that release of hundred times more carbon than what it can absorb!

If we look for something exactly opposite, it is the button of “house lizard”, an animal that should have been hugely popular and in large numbers considering insect-friendly ecology of our region!

If we are able to rise above the buttons, it is not too difficult to realise that the green lawns that we love or the South American tree species that we agitate for are unnatural aliens, but endowed with the power to press right buttons, while house lizard that would have helped reduce mosquitoes and saved us from dreadful diseases, is a natural ally cursed with a wrong button attached to it.

The biggest problem with this button-phenomenon is not its existence, but the fact that once a button is pressed, it completely shuts down the logic-circuit of brain.

“Save Rivers” is one such button that Sadhguru has pressed leading to instant switching off of rational evaluation of his claims.

The blindness caused by him is so much that people are ready to believe the most absurd claim of rivers vanishing on a planet where Sun has unfailingly evaporated ocean-water, making it rain over the land since billions of years. As rivers are nothing but sloping waterways made deeper by passage of water over time, it is impossible for them to vanish as long as it rains on land.

So, without believing that this ancient rain-system of planet is going to shut down in near future, just because Sadhguru says so, imagining vanishing of rivers requires a complete shutdown of brain’s faculty of reason. But, it becomes childishly easy for Sadhguru to manage this miracle because he has his finger on the right button.

The power of people like Sadhguru is not based on reason, but on their ability to cause a shutdown of it.

Their talent is in recognising the buttons like “save rivers” or “plant trees” that cause blindness in brains of people.

There is no doubt that such talent can be put to good use at times, but the problem with most issues that they tackle is that they are far to complex for humanity to understand or have solution to.

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Sadhguru is a great communicator. All I wish is that he picks up communicating science to masses!

If we need rallies, we need them for aiding science. We don’t need them to evoke emotions, we need them to evoke reason.

I am happy to admit that I have managed surviving till now with minimum effort as all my intellect has be used to avoid doing anything meaningful. As I needed to while all the free time I generated in course of being lazy, science has been my favorite muse that I have enjoyed company of. As an effort to kill time (in a way, to get even with it) one fine day I decided to write a science column, more for my personal amusement than to attract readers. After getting educated about the attention span of modern readers from my editor, it became more like a challenge to tackle esoteric subjects in 600 words that I have managed to remain interested in for more than a year now. I do not want to add my worldly profile here as these are ideas that need to be considered only on the merits they carry and not as an opinion of a certain human being.

2 comments on “Sadhguru, please Rally for Reason

  1. I agree with your points.. I think it is time to ‘Rally for Science’ and also to rally for reason as you said… Sadhguru once said that he was able to turn a cup of water to taste sweet by holding it for two minutes. I think it is very important to demand a solid proof when somebody makes any extraordinary claims. Please go through this quora answer : http://bit.ly/rallyforscience


    • Ah! I didn’t know that the phrase is used by someone else too 🙂

      I also didn’t know that the man has be so audacious to claim miracles either 😉

      My personal take is that he is getting dangerous now.

      Do try my piece “can India afford wisdom of her Gurus?” In this blog.

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