Order this new title: Priests and Politicians: The Mafia of the Soul
Organized Religions Are Not Interested in Peace
“Organized religions have created wars – just like politicians have done. Their names may be different... politicians fight for socialism, for communism, for fascism, for nazism, and organized religions have been fighting for God, for love, for their concept of what truth is. And millions of people have been killed in the clashes between Christians and Mohammedans, between Christians and Jews, between Mohammedans and Hindus, between Hindus and Buddhists. Religion has nothing to do with war; it is a search for peace. But organized religions are not interested in peace – they are interested in becoming more and more powerful and dominant.
“I condemn the organized religions in the same way I condemn the politicians – they are nothing but politics. So when I said to you that religious people should be respected, honored – the politicians should go to them for advice – I was not talking about organized religions; I was talking only about religious individuals. And a religious individual is neither Hindu nor Christian nor Mohammedan. How can he be? – God himself is not Hindu, not Mohammedan, not Christian. And the man who knows something of the divine becomes colored with his divinity, becomes fragrant with godliness.“
Priests and the Politicians Have Always Been in a Conspiracy Against Humanity
“Organized religion is another form of politics. Just as I have always condemned politics as the lowest activity of human beings, the same is my attitude about organized religions. You can see it: the priests and the politicians have always been in a conspiracy against humanity – they have been supporting each other. They have divided things between themselves so that your worldly life belongs to the politician, he is the ruler there, and your inner life belongs to the priest, he is the ruler there.“
Learn to Understand the Language of Existence
“The priests who represent religion are not its friends. They are the greatest enemies of it, because religion needs no mediators: between you and existence there is an immediate relatedness. All that you have to learn is how to understand the language of existence. You know the languages of man, but they are not the languages of existence.
“Existence knows only one language: And that is of silence.“
You Have to Sow Seeds for Lotuses
“The politicians and the priests of all religions, the governments and the bureaucracies – all are creating enough mud. Now we have to grow lotuses. You have not to be drowned in their mud. You have to sow seeds for lotuses.”
Only You Are Capable of Knowing Your Source of Life
“Just a few days ago, the pope declared a new sin: that one should not confess directly to God – you have to confess through the priest. Confessing directly to God, communicating directly with God, is a new sin. Strange... you can see clearly that this is not religion, this is business – because if people start confessing directly to God, then who is going to confess to the priest and pay the fine? The priest becomes useless, the pope becomes useless.
“All the priests are pretending that they are mediators between you and the ultimate source of life. They know nothing of the ultimate source of life. Only you are capable of knowing your source of life.”
The Politicians Don’t Want Everybody to Become Rich
“All these religions are living on poverty. The poor go there because they are suffering; it is unbearable, they need some kind of consolation. The rich don’t go there; they are not suffering. And if they are in a certain anguish, these priests are not capable of helping them. The rich people, feeling frustrated, have to search for somebody who can help them out of their anguish. They don’t want opium.
“The politicians don’t want everybody to become rich, because it is more difficult to enslave rich people than poor. It is easier to purchase the votes of the poor than to convince the rich people to vote for them. The richer a person becomes, the more out of hand he is as far as politicians are concerned.”
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You Have to Be Aware Who the Criminals Are
“I don't have any interest in the outside world, in politics, but I have immense interest in you. You are living in a world which is ugly, sick, one foot in the grave. And I don’t want you to be drowned with this sick world.
“That’s why I speak against many things. My interest is in you, my sannyasins. I speak against politics because I don’t want my sannyasins to remain ignorant of who the real criminals are in this world. That’s why I speak against the priests and religions, because I don’t want any single loophole for you. You have to be aware who the criminals are. The problem is that those criminals are thought to be great leaders, sages, saints, mahatmas, and they are tremendously respected around the world; you would never think that they could be criminals. So I have to insist continuously, every day.“
The Politician Cannot Become Religious
“This is true, that the politician cannot become religious – for the simple reason that politics, all politics, politics as such, is power politics. It is will-to-power. One wants to dominate, one wants to possess, one wants to be the decisive factor in people’s lives. These are the qualities of the ego.
Obviously this type of person cannot be religious because religion is basically the experience of egolessness. In religion there is no place for will-to-power. In fact, in religion there is no place even for will. Will-to-power is far away; even will-to-be is not there. One is in the hands of existence, in a deep let-go. This let-go is what I call religiousness. That’s why I said that religion and politics are opposite dimensions.“
Priests and the Politicians Have to Disappear from the Earth
“The politicians have been selling hope for thousands of years, the priests have been selling hope. And it is strange that after such a long time, they are still doing business. Man seems to be fast asleep, without looking at the whole strategy. The priests and the politicians have to disappear from the earth. Only then the new man – rich, comfortable, skillful, creative – can come into being.“
The Politician Is Sick Because of His Ego
“The political mind suffers from a wound of inferiority, and the politician goes on scratching the wound. Intellectually, he is not an Albert Einstein – he compares himself with giants – psychologically he is not a Sigmund Freud.... If you compare yourself with the giants of humanity you are bound to feel completely shrunk, worthless.
“This worthlessness can be removed in two ways: one is religion, the other is politics. Politics does not really remove it, only covers it. It is the same sick man, the same man who was feeling inferior, who sits as a president. But just sitting on a chair as the president – what difference can it make to your inner situation?
“The ego is so subtle and so slippery. And the politician is sick because of his ego. He can cover the wound by becoming a president, a prime minister... he can cover the wound, but the wound is there. You can deceive the whole world but how can you deceive yourself? You know it. It is there, you have covered it… The same is the situation of the politician – just pus, wounds, inferiority, feeling worthless. Yes, he has reached higher and higher, and on each step of the ladder, the hope was that on the next step the wound would be healed.
“Inferiority creates ambition, because ambition simply means an effort to prove yourself superior. There is no other meaning to ambition but an effort to prove yourself superior. But why make an effort to prove yourself superior unless you are suffering from inferiority?“
Drop All That the Priests and the Politicians Have Put into You
“If you fail, everything is wrong; if you succeed, everything is right. Success is right and failure is wrong. That's the way politicians have been training everybody.
“Drop all that the priests and the politicians have put into you, and as you unburden yourself, you start having glimpses of your pure being.
“That's what I call meditation.
“Once tasted, it transforms forever.”
Priests and Politicians Are Working Hand In Hand
“Can’t you see a simple conspiracy between the priest and the politician? The masses are befooled. The priest gives the sanction from God: Certifies that this is the right man to be the president, this is the right man to be the vice president, the prime minister. Of course the politician needs it because the masses will listen to the priest: The priest is impartial, he has nothing to do with politics, he is above politics.
“He is not! The priest is in the hands of the politicians....
“What I am telling you is that these politicians and these priests have been constantly in conspiracy, working together, hand in hand. The politician has the political power; the priest has the religious power. The politician protects the priest, the priest blesses the politician – and the masses are exploited, sucked; their blood is sucked by both.
“Remove God and you remove the politicians, you remove the politics, you remove the priest, you remove the conspiracy between the priest and the politician. And with these two removed, fifty percent of your miseries will disappear.“
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