Hours without mobiles and internet?

I read that the Isha Yoga centre in Coimbatore has gone wi-fi primarily to help executives who come there from all over the world to learn yoga to stay in touch with the world!

While it is an interesting event and classic example of customer service, I  have a very basic question:  If people cannot live without mobiles and internet, then what kind of inward looking life are they going to  lead and in what way will yoga help them?  As an executive, if my mind is constantly on the value of the shares or the state of Dow Jones or NASDAQ or what have you, what are you going to meditate on?  And while you are meditating or sitting in meditation (that is the correct phrase), your mind is on when you can open your laptop and read those RSS feeds, CNN News and et al.  And anyway that is what they are doing all the time!!

If they are coming to a centre in India all the way from the US to learn yoga and if they continue to do the same old things, it would hardly make any difference to them.  Perhaps Isha Yoga will score some brownie points by making this wi-fi facility as a benefit for the visiting executives and steal edge over other yoga centers in India offering programs for international executves!!

Strange is the world of virtual spritualism!  What’s next from Isha Yoga?  Online yoga programs for Wall Street execs while they are commuting to and from work??

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5 Comments

  1. labsji said,

    October 9, 2007 at 4:09 am

    Just like you need kitchen and bathroom, you need wifi everywhere.
    In your experience have you experienced either kitchen or a bathroom an impediment for the inner pursuits?

  2. badrirag said,

    October 9, 2007 at 4:20 am

    well, i half expected this response.

    where did you get the notion that wifi is needed everywhere? Kitchens and bathrooms serve a biological purpose and internet browsing and email is certainly not a biological need. some people may have become addicted to that but that is not a case for providing this facility.

    i can understand wifi available at hotels and airports where people can use the waiting time to do their work but when they have come to a yoga center with an intent to meditate, this facility is certainly an impediment.

  3. labsji said,

    October 10, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    Is being social not biological? Internet/email/web and communication provides a social function.

    There are a few people whose intent is to only meditate. They can also benefit from wifi – by checking themself if they are distracted by wifi. There are whole bunch of peeps whose intent is ‘also’ to meditate. For them an assurance that there is wifi around to fall back will give them reassurance to meditate peacefully during the meditation sessions. [Even if you are not hungry if there is no food service nearby you will start worrying about food right away]

    If wifi can help a persons who has traveled from afar( or for that matter from nearby) extend his stay/be compatible with rest of his lifestyle why not? If offering yoga/meditation to Grihasthas( Householders) with zero compulsory lifestyle change is the intent of Sadguru, then providing wifi is going the full hog on that intent.
    In the Chennai Satsang at Marina I think, Sadguru was answering a question about marriage: Yoga does not require marriage or celibacy, it is about what *You* need!

    If you consider it for a moment, Internet and communication is your minds kitchen and bathroom. Thus wifi as a tool has its place in a place dealing with mind and ‘going beyond mind’.

    Why separate spirituality from mundane aspects of life?

  4. badrirag said,

    October 11, 2007 at 5:32 am

    I like your persistence!

    Don’t you think that your statement ‘internet & comm is your mind’s kitch and bath” a bloated exaggeration?

    and if giving facilities to those coming from afar is the real intent, then the Isha Yoga center is better off in Radhakrishnan salai in Chennai or near the airport in Chennai than velliangiri hills in coimbatore! Would you agree that commuting to that place is a big hassle and pain as compared to your own backyard!

    But the reason for creating the center in that particular location is not for the convenience of the visitors and neither is it the financial consideration! The place provides a serene and healthy ambiance which is conducive for a spiritual pursuit. My question is why pollute this intent and the atmosphere by this so-called facility?

  5. Billy said,

    November 20, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    Guys, i think Sadhguru’s intention in providing Wi-Fi is something diff. Todays executives cant live without latest info on whats happening on their external world. So if you want to attract these people to non physical dimension like yoga, you need to provide these services as first step to give them a taste of Yoga. I am sure most of the executives once they proceed in Yoga class, gradually their attention will get focussed on Yoga, Isha Yoga has that tremendous power to transform people.


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