Virender Sehwag & Sadhguru: What It Takes To Win A World Cup
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Virender Sehwag & Sadhguru: What It Takes To Win A World Cup

October 8, 2019


Virender Sehwag: I want to ask a question that when I am playing, there is a couple of negative thoughts
comes in my mind that you know, when the bowler is running and I was taking, he is ready to deliver the ball, suddenly the thought comes – hit the ball. And that If that thought comes, it’s difficult to control that thought at that time because I’m about to hit about to play that ball. So how I will control that thought? What should I tell, or what should I do (Sadhguru laughs) to control that thought? Sadhguru: Hit the ball is not a bad thought
(Laughs). Virender Sehwag: Yeah it’s not bad thought,
but still you know I can’t hit every ball. Sadhguru: No, that is true. But looking at your track record you’ve hit the ball pretty well. So, that thought is a good thought
not a bad thought. Virender Sehwag: Yeah. Sadhguru: But it should not become
a compulsive thought. and above all See this is something that all of us have to understand – whether it’s you’re playing cricket, or you’re running a business, or whatever you may be doing
– there is something called as reality. There is something called as impressions of
reality that we carry within ourselves. Virender Sehwag: Yes. Sadhguru: Suppose you never played cricket
in your life – for the first time you stand there Virender Sehwag: Yes. Sadhguru:if a ball comes at you, you’d naturally like to look at it, how it comes, and then hit it. Only because you’ve played cricket for a
certain number of years, now you have this thought, because there is a score
to fulfill, and there are expectations. This time India has to win, and so many things, you know expectations of one billion people,
all that stuff. But actually you don’t play a game. I would call everything a game in life. Virender Sehwag: Yes. Sadhguru: Whether you are on a playing field
or you are in any other field, it is a kind of a game. You don’t play any game well you don’t win a game because
you want to win. You don’t hit a ball because you want to hit. It is only because you do
something right, it all works. So if we want to do something right if we want to do anything right, first thing is we are able to grasp the situation for what it is. You are expecting the ball at hundred and sixty kilometers per hour, suppose he lets it out at sixty kilometers per hour,
it’s the easiest things to hit, probably. But you may miss it simply because you are
expecting it to happen in a certain way. This expectation is coming, because your memory is projecting into reality
and making an unreal reality. So if there is an intelligent bowler he reads this
and he will make those things and It is not always the fastest bowler or the one who spins most
who may gets the wickets. It’s one who reads the batsman’s expectations
and just does the reverse of that who manages to fox the batsman. So it doesn’t matter which aspect of life, whether sport or otherwise, the important thing is – we are able to grasp
what is there and do the appropriate action. In a sport, it becomes very what to say a kind of focused because so many people are watching, and
we know if you don’t hit the ball right, all of us know it. Somebody is driving, if he instead of missing the pothole if he hits the pothole, maybe not everybody notices. Somebody is doing business, instead of doing the right thing if he goes little off, maybe not
too many people notice it. But in sport if you don’t hit the ball, if you don’t take the ball
in the center of the bat, all of us notice it. Virender Sehwag: Yes. Sadhguru: Not just you. Not just the bowler (Laughs), every one of us know that
you didn’t hit it right. So because of that,
all this is building up. I was just talking to somebody and you know, just then, somebody was telling me,
“We got to beat Pakistan this time.” I said,“Don’t try to beat Pakistan,
just hit the ball.” Virender Sehwag: Yes. Sadhguru: If you want to beat Pakistan, they’ll wage a war, okay (Laughs)? You don’t try to beat Pakistan. All you have to do is hit the ball. If you try to beat Pakistan – Pakistan is not in the ball, it’ll be somewhere there. In trying to beat that, all that’ll happen is you’ll go and sit in the pavilion. That’s all that’ll happen. Virender Sehwag: Yes. Sadhguru: In human mind, there is perception,
there is memory, there is imagination. People are not able to keep these things separate. There is memory of the game. There is imagination of
how you will carry the cup. And there is a reality of a ball
coming at you. It is only the reality that you can handle. Memory and imagination you can only fancy with. One is about that which is over, one is about that which is yet to happen. Reality is, the ball is coming and you have
a bat in your hand, you have to hit it the way
the ball deserves it. Not the way India deserves it, not the way Pakistan deserves it, not the way somebody else deserves it. You have to hit the ball the way
the ball deserves it, the way it’s coming. So to keep this clarity of mind, there are methods with which
you can hold your mind in such a way that this moment if I sit here, the memory of who I am – my parentage, my upbringing, my growing up, my things
that I know – if all these things come right now in my mind, I will not perceive what is here. Memory will play. Virender Sehwag: Yes. Sadhguru: Memory is not a reality… Virender Sehwag: Yes. Sadhguru: because it is about something that is over which does not exist. That which does not exist, if it impedes into that which exists,
you’ll miss that which exists. This is so in everybody’s life. But in a sportsperson’s life, the effect of that is immediate. In other people’s lives, it’ll pay out and they will see it after sometime, that it doesn’t work. But with your life, it’s right there (Snaps). You’re either at the crease or you are sitting up there and
clapping for somebody. It’s very clear (Laughs). So because of that, it stands out. But this is true for everybody’s life. So doing… See when you are given such a sophisticated
mechanism called mind – human mind is not a simple thing,
it’s a magnificent mechanism. Even if you buy a phone, a simple phone which they’re calling it smart, it’s not as smart as you (Both Laugh). Virender Sehwag: Yes. Sadhguru: But, even if you buy a phone,
you have to read a manual, which runs into twenty pages of
how to use it. They are not telling you how it works, they’re only telling you how to use it
will take a certain amount of study. If you want to know how it works, it will take much more amount of study. Did you ever read the user manual
for your brain? Virender Sehwag: No. Sadhguru: That’s the whole thing (Laughs). We are not looking at how this works. Simply we are trying to use it. By nature or by accident, people may get to use it,
but not consciously. Virender Sehwag: What is there is there is a method or this is
a technique to use it? Sadhguru: There is a method. There is a very established method. Virender Sehwag: Okay. My next question is that only
how I’llcontrol that thought. Sadhguru: Don’t try to control it. You need to liberate yourself from this. See, I am not talking about
controlling your mind. I am talking about liberating it from all kinds of additions
that it has added on. If you control your body, if you control your mind, what it means is –control means to hold it
within certain limits. But you’ve become who you are in the world,
only because you crossed the limits. Only because you crossed the limits
that other people never cross, you’ve become whoever you are in the world. So the methods should be not of control,
but of liberation. Over a period of time, you’ve gathered a body, and
a certain level of mind. These two – if we know how to use it to our advantage,
it will work one way. But a whole lot of humanity uses their body
and their mind to their disadvantage. Their body and mind are the biggest problems
that they have in their life. To make this body and mind in such a way,
that you don’t have to control them. What would you like to control? You would like to control something
that’s gone berserk – you would like to control something
which is destructive. Why would you like to control something that is creative,
something that is competent, something that is capable? Why would you like to control that? Would you like to control your intelligence? Because if there is a certain level of ignorance, you want to control it. Would you like to control your intelligence? Would you like to control your physical strength? Would you like to control anything? You would want to liberate it. You would want to focus it. You would want to put it into proper use. If this has to happen, the most fundamental
thing – there are various other methods. If you have the necessary time, more sophisticated methods can be approached. Necessary time does not mean you have to spend
twelve hours a day or something. If you spend twenty to thirty minutes a day,
you can do miraculous things for yourself. Because you know how to play the game, you know how to do all that, all that it takes is little more clarity
at that moment, and the body and mind responds
with much more ease. Rather than tension, and fear, and anxiety,
it responds with ease. There is substantial scientific and medical
information today, to clearly say only when you’re at ease, your body and mind functions at its best. We have given it to the cricket team also,
I don’t know if it reached you. This is called as Isha Kriya. This is a simple process. The important thing is, to make a distinction between what is you and what is not you. When I say what is you and what is not you – whatever you associate yourself with, after
some time, you start experiencing it as myself, because somewhere in your mind,
you identify with it. Starting from the most fundamental thing
– it goes into various things, which causes enormous amount of
disturbance and misery. But the most basic thing, which breeds this is, your own body and your mind. When we say your mind, your mind is largely the thought process and
emotions that go on there. This thought process and emotion mainly happens
the way it happens because of the type of memory
that you have gathered there. Obviously you gathered memory
over a period of time, isn’t it? The body, the physical body, from the time
when you were born and how you are today, you gathered this over
a period of time. Anything that you can gather can be yours,
but can never ever be you, isn’t it? So to create a distinction between what
is you and what is not you. If this distinction arises, which is what Isha Kriya does – if you bring this distinction into your life, you will see suddenly your ability to use your body and your mind is phenomenally enhanced, many, many fold. The same body and same mind, simply because you’re not tangled up with it, you can use it so much better. Simply because there is a little bit of space
between you and your body and you and your mind. This is guaranteed from me (Laughs). Virender Sehwag: Okay, thank you.

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