The motorbike mission of an Indian guru  

You may have seen in the media accounts of the European journey of the Indian guru Vasudev Sadhguru, undertaken with the aim of saving the soil. His motorbike journey began in Birmingham on 19 March and the European part will end in Bucharest, but will continue from there as far as India. He spoke in many European cities, where he was welcomed by public figures, parliamentarians, politicians and supporters. In Italy he was welcomed in Rome and Venice. Everywhere his message was the same: we must save the soil.

Vasudev Sadhguru is an Indian yoga guru and proponent of spirituality. He has been teaching yoga in southern India since 1982. He is the author of several books and a frequent speaker at international forums. In 2017, he received the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, for his contributions to social welfare. He also set up the Conscious Planet movement whose main aim is to save the soil.

Why did he undertake this journey? “Creating a conscious planet is only possible by raising human consciousness. It is important for everyone to be aware and inclusive, especially for leaders whose decisions impact millions of lives.”

We hope that his message will be widely listened to and shared. Pragmatists that we are, we were attracted above all by the structure and organization supporting this journey. Not just posters with the key message “Save the soil” displayed in cities along the way, but a highly effective website on the soil with educational videos, some performed by professional actors: videos of interviews with scientists and soil researchers, world leaders, cultural figures, business people as well as social and political leaders. And a single simple message encouraging action based on three elements: i) learn about the crisis of the soil in order to be able to talk about it; ii) share to help the world understand how important soil is; iii) be a friend of the earth. The website contains everything needed to tackle the subject of the soil, including music, songs and dance. We therefore have the opportunity to sign up optimistically to the “Global Movement to Save Soil”.