Now, half of the world is communist. They don’t believe even in the soul of man, and every child is continuously told that man is matter, that when man dies he simply dies, nothing remains; that there is no soul – consciousness is a by-product. Now half of the humanity repeats it – as the truth.
Adolf Hitler cannot be accused of being absolutely absurd. It seems to be the case that if you repeat anything to people, they will slowly, slowly start believing it. And if it has been repeated for centuries, it has become a heritage.
Your mind is not yours. And your mind is not young; it is centuries old – three thousand years old, five thousand years old. That’s why every society is afraid of anybody creating a doubt about the mind.
That’s my crime: that I create a doubt in you about your mind. I want you to understand that it is not your mind, and your search should be to find your own mind. To be under somebody else’s impact is to remain psychologically a slave. And life is not for slavery. It is to taste freedom.
There is something like truth, but with this mind you can never know it, because this mind is full of lies, repeated century after century. You can find the truth when you put this mind completely aside and look at existence with fresh eyes, like a newborn child; then whatever you experience is truth. If you remain constantly alert not to allow others to interfere with your inner growth, there comes a moment when you become so attuned with existence, so one with existence….
Only this experience is religious experience. It is not Jewish, it is not Christian, it is not Hindu. How can any experience be Jewish, Hindu? You never see its ridiculousness. You eat something and you say it is delicious, but is it Christian, or Hindu, or Buddhist? You taste something and you say it is sweet, but is it communist? – is it materialist or spiritualist? These questions are nonsense. It is simply sweet, it is simply delicious.
When you feel existence immediately, without any mediator, with no mind given by anybody else to you, you taste something which transforms you, which makes you enlightened, awakened, which brings you to the highest peak of consciousness.
And there is not a greater fulfillment. There is not a higher contentment. There is not a deeper relaxation. You have come home. Life becomes a joy, a song, a dance, a celebration. And I call this life religious.
I want everybody to be religious, but I don’t want anybody to be Christian, Hindu, because those are the barriers which will never allow you to become religious. And you can see it clearly: Gautam Buddha is not a Buddhist, he never heard the word Buddhist; Jesus Christ is not a Christian, he never heard the word Christian and certainly he is not a Jew; otherwise Jews would not have crucified him.