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Feminine for a Gentler Economy | HRH Princess Noor of Jordan & Harjinder Kaur Talwar with Sadhguru

Harjinder: Respected Sadhguru, her Royal Highness Princess Noor Asem of Jordan, board members of IWEC Foundation, dignitaries, ladies and gentlemen. Namaskar and welcome to this exclusive interaction with Sadhguru. Sadhguru, on behalf of IWEC, I'm joined by princess Noor in offering our sincere thanks for considering our request to address our members in this annual virtual IWEC conference of 2020. This conference brings together the business women and professionals from across forty countries. Sadhguru, as women leaders, it is crucial for us to understand our role in the post-Covid era, and this does include demon… demonstrating extremely complex qualities such as empathy, sympathy and compassion. On behalf of IWEC, I and princess Noor will need your guidance to understand the key to be more effective as women business leaders. And now let me invite Noor for the interaction further; Noor, over to you. Sadhguru: Namaskaram. Noor: Thank you so much, Harjinder for your words. Sadhguru, I'm a lifetime student of your teachings, and it's such an honor to connect with you today. Sadhguru: Wonderful to have you here and be talking to you. Wonderful. (Laughs) Noor: It's lovely. This is the advantage of the virtual world. Sadhguru: Yes, (Laughs) isn't it? (Both laugh) Noor: I would like to thank my fellow IWEC members and participants. This is the third year I'm a chairwoman, and honestly, I'm in awe of the growth and learning opportunities that are shared with us. In preparation for our meeting today, we have heard that you've been up to many, many adventures. That you're currently in the US, and you're traveling extensively on your bike (Sadhguru laughs), and engaging with so many people. And it's such a refreshing image to visualize such playfulness, yet bringing such deep work of conscious growth and wisdom. Umm, could you just give us a little insight on what this experience has been like for you so far? Sadhguru: Oh, this motorcycle journey? Okay. (Laughs) I wouldn't think that you would be interested in motorcycles. (Laughs) Noor: As a fellow biker… Sadhguru: Oh, is that so? Noor: Yes, it is definitely. (Both laugh) Okay. This was essentially billed as exploring spiritual America. So one, there were many aspects to this, one important thing is to… we wanted to visit all those sites and Native American nations. When I say Native Americans, for most people in the world, maybe few Americans know the details, but for most people in the world, they know only what they have seen in the Wild West movies – of a bunch of men screaming and hollering and shooting whoever comes their way kind of imagery. But there used to be over five hundred nations, Native American nations in North America. And even today they are maintaining their distinct identities. They have their own language; they have their own culture; they have their own individual spiritual processes. So, I thought, this must come forth because about eighteen years ago, I had a very profound and very painful experience with one of the Native American spirits. I was just walking in the forest, and I saw, ahh you know, a kind of a frozen being. And at that time, I wrote this poem called America; I will send it to you. (Laughs) And after that, I've been looking them up. I did… Even I did not know there were so many nations, in… even in our minds… Well we had heard name… heard names like Cherokee, Apache, Comanche, like this in the movies. But beyond that, even I did not know, so I started exploring this. And I've been wanting to do this for some time, but it took the virus to break my schedule so that I could (Laughs) go on this trip. So it has been thirty-six days; we just got back day before yesterday. Thirty-six days, we've been on the road. We did 9477 miles on the motorcycle, (Laughs) Noor: It's fascinating. covered various nations, about eighteen states through United States. And it's been absolutely spectacular, and we are… the… all the, you know, like almost every day sixteen, eighteen hours the video cameras have been on. So, to assimilate all this and to put this out, it may take two to three months for us. But the important thing is for people to know that these were well-evolved cultures. There are places like Cahokia where a thousand years ago, 40,000 people lived in one city. Just to give you a perspective, at that time in London, there were only 15,000 people. They were 40,000 people. 40,000 people living in a city means there is an organization; there is an administration; there is a whole process. Otherwise, you cannot, so many people cannot live in one place. So, similarly there are very powerful spiritual spaces, and the level of attention they gave to their inner well-being, they've… what they call as their spirit, rather than their physical life, is something that modern societies have to emulate, because the only way that we can make this into a sustainable world for all of us is that our interests are more beyond physical nature; that is the only way we can do it. If it becomes all physical, we're just ripping the planet apart. And also coming to that aspect… See right now, for most people, educated people at least, ecology means it's a textbook, it's an abstract science somewhere. These are the people for whom ecology lived in their hearts. This’s what needs to happen for this generation and the next generation. These people did not live on the land; they are the land. And you and me… you and me are also land, all right? This body is just soil, but most people don't get it till you bury them. Ahhh but these are people who lived with this awareness. I think, this is most relevant for today's life. So, in many ways we're trying to put out what the different nations or the different tribes, you know, like, believed in and how they lived. But one common ethos is their fondness for earth, because this is an earthy culture. This is not a heaven-bound culture; this is about living life here, fully. This is not about going somewhere else and living better. So, I think it's most relevant for today's world; it is just the presentation of how it is presented. People may not be able to digest as to how they presented. So, I am seeing how it could be presented in modern language, in modern context. But, fundamentally, it's very relevant for our generations and the generations to come, actually. So, it's been a spectacular ride in terms of sights, and what we have experienced in last thirty-six days is absolutely incredible, and as a biker, you know. (Laughs) Noor: It is definitely a wonderful experience and highlighting what you've just mentioned and echoing your messaging, it is… I believe the collective experience of the virus that has really stopped and invited people to reflect on the importance of reconnecting with, with earth. And in terms of being able to embody qualities such as resilience on such hard times and challenging times, what could you share in terms of practical steps that w

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