Questions from NBC Television, America.
Could you portray briefly: Who are you? People say you are a crook. Are you a crook?
I am just a mirror. When a crook looks at me, he sees a crook in me. It all depends on you.
As far as I am concerned, it is impossible to portray me…just a clean, empty mirror. That is my whole effort, to teach meditation to people.
Meditation is the art of cleaning your mirror from all the dust that the society, the religion, the educational system has poured on you, to take away everything that has not been born with you, to bring you to your absolute innocence as you were born as a child.
I call this rebirth. And after rebirth you are just a mirror. There are people who see a god in me, and there are people who see a crook in me, and there are people who see a monkey in me, and there are people who see a donkey in me, and there are people who see a Yankee in me – it depends on them.
It is their own face.
I simply reflect.
Do you still have pistol-carrying aides? Are you against guns? What is your opinion about the arms race?
I am against all kind of violence. The arms race is leading humanity to absolute destruction. And this is such a loss to the universe, that we cannot even imagine. This vast, infinite universe is alive only because of us. It is conscious only because of human beings; otherwise, those big stars, millions of solar systems, are just dead.
It is to the credit of this earth, that we have been able to produce people like Socrates, Gautam Buddha, Lao Tzu, Pythagoras. To destroy humanity means to destroy the effort of millions of years that existence has been making. Existence is trying to become conscious through us; it is trying to become aware through us.
It is a long journey from a stone to becoming a Gautam Buddha, and to destroy this whole effort by stupid politicians is unforgivable. The whole arms race should stop immediately.
The Russian prime minister said that he will stop producing nuclear weapons by the end of this century. If you are going to stop it by the end of this century, then why not now? Why waste money, labor, intelligence for fifteen years more?