Chennai: Continuing Isha Foundation’s ‘commitment’ to bring wellbeing to prisoners, Jaggi Vasudev interacted with inmates of prisons across Tamilnadu in a one-hour live session.
The interaction with the spiritualist, hailed as Sadhguru, was organised by Sunil Kumar Singh, DGP, Tamilnadu Prison Department.
According to a press release, Sadhguru spoke about icons like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela who used their prison terms for inner transformation and made lasting contributions to humanity.
Stressing on the futility of resisting the inevitable, Sadhguru said that prisoners must work towards creating a joyful state within themselves regardless of external circumstances. For this, one must understand the basics of the mind, said Sadhguru.
“Whatever you say you don’t want, will happen in your mind. Do not decide what you don’t want. Decide what you want,” he urged his listeners and demonstrated the mechanics of the mind by involving them in a short experiment.
Vasudev answered several questions from the prisoners mostly related to mental wellbeing and dealing with crippling negative emotions such as fear, loneliness, guilt, shame and anger. Sadhguru encouraged daily practice of Isha Kriya and other modules that will help them recover from psychological trauma.
In response to the DGP’s question on how to make it easier for prisoners to find employment once they complete their term, Sadhguru suggested speaking with industry leaders to introduce a process that would make it easier for former inmates to find mainstream.
In a heartwarming Deepavali message to prisoners, he said, “You are not with your family. But, I am with you. There is always a place in my heart for you.”
He offered the best resources and programs of Isha Foundation to help them. “Make good use of the time you spend in prison,” he said adding, “No one can fix what happened yesterday. We can create what needs to happen tomorrow.”
Isha trained Yoga teachers conducted online Yoga sessions for a total of 8165 male prisoners, 3453 female prisoners and 3971 prison staff during the pandemic.