My Coimbatore serendipity!
Caption: Suryakund: This is the massive building that overawed us as we entered from the Gate No. 1. Huge granite blocks were found lying around in this campus that left us awestruck while George remarked, ‘Gosh, they seem to have destroyed a mountain.’
[Continued from yesterday]
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev walked in smiling with a swagger as we greeted courteously without being gravitated towards his lotus feet for veneration as usually happens with lay men. We began by exchanging platitudes. Thereafter, for half-an-hour, we discussed almost every subject under the sun except what one would discuss with such a spiritual person — God, meditation, yoga, religion and spiritual matters. He mentioned of his Ashram in Tennessee, USA and when I asked if he would open an Ashram in Mysuru, a city where he was born and brought up, his counter question was, “Why do I have to open an Ashram? My concern is of the people and not about opening Ashrams. I would rather open institutions, science laboratories and research centres.”
The subject then veered to pharmaceutical companies and how the regulatory authority, FDCA in US, is manipulated by pharmaceutical companies for their advantage. According to Jaggi Vasudev, the pharmaceutical companies indulge in unethical practices using medical doctors who are bribed and pampered with free trips and holidays abroad under the guise of seminars. He recalled the case where the licences of 13 doctors were suspended for three years as a result of an NGO pursuing the cause of ethical practice among medical doctors.
He also opined that among the cities he has seen in India, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh is very clean and also the best liveable city. I was left wondering how a city devastated by the world’s deadliest industrial disaster at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in 1984 could be Sadhguru’s choice for the best liveable city. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has done t...more