In the first place I am
not a religious leader. I am a religious man. A leader is fundamentally a
politician. Whether or not his politics is hidden behind religion does not
matter; the very word `leader' comes from politics. I don't have any followers
here; these are all my friends. So please don't call me a religious leader -- I
am just religious.
Secondly, I am not
criticizing America and Christianity because they have tried to destroy my
body. That does not matter to me. It does not hurt me, because I know something
which is indestructible; no poison, no bombs, no nuclear weapons can destroy
it. My being, my spirituality is beyond any destruction. It is eternal and
immortal. So it is not a question of hurting me. My criticism of America and
Christianity has nothing to do with my personal attitude. I am against all
religions, not only Christianity. I am against God because I am against all
fictions. I am against hell and against heaven because I don't want to create a
schizophrenia in humanity. I don't want human beings to live in fear of hell
and greed for heaven. And I don't want people to have any kind of belief
system. Whether it is Christianity or Hinduism or Buddhism, it does not matter.
To me, any organized religion -- and Christianity is the most organized
religion in the world -- is a danger to human beings. Their individuality,
their freedom, their dignity is destroyed. Jesus goes on saying to people, "You are sheep, and I am the shepherd." That is the attitude of all
so-called religions: "You don't know -- I know. And you have simply to
believe in me and all your sins will be forgiven." Just believing in
Jesus, or in Krishna, or in Buddha, cannot erase anybody's crimes and sins.
Every action has its reaction: if you have done something wrong, you will have
some bitter experiences following it. If you are doing something good, you will
have flowers showering on you....
Comunism & Zen
Fire, Zen Wind
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