Chapter 6: Jesus Christ, I Missed!
Christ uses his mind. Of course, when he wants to speak he will speak Aramaic. He could not have spoken Sanskrit. When Buddha spoke, he spoke Pali. He could not have spoken Aramaic. I cannot speak Aramaic. Why does Jesus speak in Aramaic? That is the language he had learned when he was not enlightened, and that is the only language available to him. That was the only language that his biocomputer carried. The biocomputer is ready, buzzing, ready to be used. Now this enlightenment has happened. He has seen the reality, he has become the reality, he wants to express it: expression is unique.
Jesus, Buddha, Krishna are not unique in their experience, but in their expression they are unique. Expression is of this world: it is translating the other reality into this reality. Then things start changing.
When Kabir speaks he speaks like a poor weaver. He was a poor weaver; how could he have spoken like Buddha? Buddha was the son of a king, well-educated, cultured, sophisticated in the ways of the royal court, was taught by the best of the teachers of the country, had lived the life of an aristocrat. When he speaks, he speaks the way aristocracy will speak. When Jesus speaks, he speaks as the son of a carpenter. He must have been doing errands, he must have been taking wood to the father’s shop, he must have been helping his father. He knew the language of the carpenters.
It is not an accident that Jesus attracted the poorest. All his twelve apostles came from poor families. Somebody was a fisherman and somebody was a farmer and somebody was a weaver - people like that. When Buddha attracted people, they were not weavers and carpenters, no. He attracted the aristocracy - princes, learned people, scholars, brahmins - the cream. Naturally, he was talking also to a different kind of person, because he attracted a different kind of person. When he renounced the world, naturally, the first rumor was in his circle, and many people from the royal families followed. The innermost circle of his disciples always remained aristocratic. Sariputra, Moggalayan, Mahakashyapa - they all came from very sophisticated, cultured brahmin families.
Jesus’ disciples are poor. He speaks their language, he knows only that language. It is also not accidental that Jesus still attracts the poor people in the world, and Buddha still attracts the rich people in the world. America is turning Buddhist. Why? - America has become rich: Zen has appeal. In the East just the reverse process is happening: more and more people are becoming Christians, more and more people are becoming Christians.
If you try to analyze the whole process you will be surprised: communism and socialism and all kinds of social revolution are by-products of Christianity. Nothing like communism has happened in the long tradition of Buddhism. It can’t happen. The tradition is aristocratic, the whole pattern of it is aristocratic. It can’t see things from the side of the oppressed. Marx may be against Christianity, but basically he is a Christian, a by-product of Christianity. He could not have been born in India; that is impossible. He could only have born in a Christian world.