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Chapter 16: Recognizing the Master

In the forest, as they woke up on the first day, Rama and Sita were standing outside the cottage and they saw a golden deer. Now, even an idiot knows deer are not made of gold. And Sita became very much interested in the deer and she asked Rama to go and hunt the deer: “Either living or dead, but you have to bring him to me.”

And the strangest thing is that even Rama does not say to her that “Deer are not made of gold.” There is no mention of the fact. I cannot see Gautam Buddha being befooled by a deer, but Rama is befooled.

Being an incarnation of God, the mistake he is committing - it is perfectly good for human beings.. But even for intelligent human beings, it is not good; and God is behaving in the worst, most unintelligent way.

If you look at the life of Rama and dissect it, you will not find anything godly in it. He may be a great king, he may be an obedient son, but these are ordinary human qualities - nothing to do with God.

One day a brahmin came with the dead body of his son and said, “It has never happened that a young son has died before the death of his father. So something very serious is involved in it, you have to find the reason.”

Rama asked, “Do you have any idea?”

The brahmin said, “I know perfectly well what happened. I will tell my story, and then you can search and find out who caused the death of my son.” He said, “We were doing a Vedic ritual..”

And the sudras, the untouchables, the poorest in India - they are one-fourth of the whole population. They are not allowed to read the Vedas, the Hindu religious scriptures. They are not even allowed to listen. If somebody else is reading, they are not allowed to listen. And these brahmins were doing the ritual and a young, curious untouchable was hiding behind the bushes and listening to what was happening and he was caught red-handed.

The brahmin’s argument was that a sudra had heard the Veda, and that’s why his son had died.

Do you see any kind of connection between the two? - logical, illogical, any connection? Animals are hearing, dogs are hearing, birds are hearing, trees are hearing. But a sudra - an untouchable, a poor man - cannot hear.

And the brahmin proposed that his act of hearing the Vedas was the cause of the death of his son - this is absolutely unrelated. Why particularly his son? There were many brahmins in the ritual, but nobody else’s son had died. And in fact, if there was to be any punishment, the young sudra should have died. If it is something as Hindus think, a book written by God, it would have looked logical that the sudra should die, because he broke God’s law.

The son of the brahmin has not done anything at all. What is he being punished for? The father has also not done anything. The punishment should be pointing towards the sudra - if that is God’s law, then there is no question.

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