Chapter 3: Into the Open Sky
Have I to say even that too? Can’t you figure out how I work on you? You are asleep, that is true, but not that much asleep! And why have you written behind your name, “Indian”? Because here, in this temple, there is no one who is Indian, and there is no one who is German. This is the only gathering in the whole world where there are only human beings. Perhaps it is because of your Indian mind that is still hanging around you that such a question arises.
I am working on you from morning to evening, from evening to morning.even in the night, even in your dreams I am working on you - and you don’t understand how I am working? That means I will have to say a few things about Indians!
.Indians are all alike, but they have different faces so you can tell them apart.
.There are two types of people in this world: those who come into the room and say, “Well, here I am!” and those who come in and say, “Ah, there you are!”
The first ones are the Indians; they are the most egoistic people on the earth - “Here I am.” Their “I” perhaps is the most subtle and strong and ancient “I.” Every Indian thinks he is spiritual; it is very difficult to find an Indian who is not a great saint! At least, I have not found one yet.
There is an Indian saying, “Opportunity always knocks at the least opportune moment.” That is true for India. This reminds me of Carnegie, one of the richest men in America. He was delivering a talk in a university, and he said something about opportunity, and a student asked, “You are right in saying, ‘If you use the opportunity you can also become as rich as I am’ - but how to know when the opportunity comes? As far as I am concerned, I become aware only when it is gone, and then I say, ‘My god, it was an opportunity’ - but it is too late. So what do you suggest I should do?”
Carnegie said, “As far as I am concerned, I keep on jumping. I don’t wait for the opportunity; whenever it comes I will ride on it - but I go on jumping. I am always ready.it will come. But if you are not ready, then you will become aware only when it has passed, because opportunity passes in a single moment.”
India has been losing all kinds of opportunities because people go on waiting, as if it is God’s responsibility to do things for you. People go on repeating that when things will become worse - and I am amazed how things can be worse than they are! - then God will come in an incarnation and save people. This means: Try to make your opportunities and life worse, so God comes sooner. And they are trying hard! They are becoming more poor, they are becoming more retarded, they are becoming more addicted with the past, they don’t think of the future.
These are the signs of a country which is too old: in the future there is only death and nothing else.
Indians must have one of the best countries in the world, with all kinds of climates, with all kinds of different cultures, people. But it has not used any opportunity; it is a fatalist country, it believes in fate. If things are going to be better, they will be better; if they are going to be worse, they will be worse - you cannot do anything. This impotence has become symbolic of the Indian mind.