April 25th, 2013
Though there may be a sexual stimulus to rape, it is not about sexuality alone. It is about the power to possess. One fundamental mistake societies have made is that somewhere in the psychological structure of male youth, there is an idea that a female is an object you can possess. Either someone’s father can give her away — or if he refuses, you can take her. There is a lot of introspection that humanity has to do. It is time we look at the essentials of life.
The problem is essentially rooted in investing too much in the physicality of life. You think this physical body is the ultimate boundary. The moment the boundaries of your physicality become the ultimate boundaries of life, you do not even experience your breath, you do not experience the very basis of what is keeping you alive.
So what is the solution? The solution is in the transformation of the individual human being. If societies or human beings begin to experience their lives a little beyond their physical boundaries, these aggressions would go down dramatically.
A law or a punishment is not same as a solution. That is only relevant after things have gone wrong. Hanging somebody is still not going to fix anyone’s life; going on the streets and protesting for two days will not change the world. If the world has to change, the first thing is willingness to invest time for your own transformation. Only if you are willing to invest time for your transformation, will you invest time for others’ transformation, because you understand the value of what it is.
If we do not transform individual people, we will just have to deal with a world full of criminals. Some will do it on the videogame, some will have the audacity to do it on the street. Closeted rapist or street rapist, not very different, isn’t it?
Investing in a spiritual possibility, a possibility beyond one’s physicality is the only answer. If you want long term benefits, you must make long term investments.
—Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
The author is a yogi and mystic and the founder of Isha Foundation. Isha has an upcoming 7-day Inner Engineering programme in Chembur from May 1. Contact 9820866227