September 4, 2015
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev just couldn’t stop talking about Sachin Teldulkar, the chief guest and star attraction at the concluding function of the 11th annual Isha Gramotsavam at CODISSIA.
Calling Sachin Tendulkar ‘the jewel of the nation,’ the Sadhguru said that two generations have watched Sachin play. “Sachin is a cricketing phenomenon who has also surpassed the record of legendary Don Bradman,” Sadhguru said. He repeated Barack Obama’s quote, “When Sachin plays a cricket match, my country’s production goes down by 5%.”
The Sadhguru is mighty pleased that Isha Gramotsavam’s purpose is being achieved. “About 70% of India’s population stays in the rural areas. If they are not healthy and happy, our country will not develop and progress. Isha Gramotsavam is an initiative to involve the people from the village areas into sporting activity” Sadhguru said.
He also announced that Isha Gramotsavam is all set to move beyond Tamil Nadu. “We have obtained the necessary permissions from the Government of Andhra Pradesh to conduct Isha Gramotsavam in rural Andhra Pradesh. From next year on, people of Krishnapatnam (the village that Sachin has adopted near Nellore), among other rural parts of Andhra Pradesh, will also participate in Isha Gramotsavam,” he said.
Sports have also transformed rural lives in other ways. “When people from rural Tamil Nadu have begun playing sports of their choice, they have been able to transform themselves. A lot of people have given up smoking and alcohol.” Sadhguru said.
The Sadhguru urged the members of the audience to start playing any sports in their homes or in their neighbourhoods. “If you all love Sachin, you must learn to hit the ball straight and you must learn to send the ball where you want it to go. You must learn either to hit, throw, or to catch the ball. To honour Sachin, let us all take to some sporting activity,” Sadhguru said.
Drawing parallels between sports and life, he said, “We play games with the intention of winning. We focus and try our best to win. This holds good for our life as well. Similarly, while playing a game, we cannot determine its outcome before it ends. This is the beauty of the game. This applies to life as well.” Sadhguru said.