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Chapter 5: Turning Lions into Sheep

Meditation brings you to this space, where you are not and truth is. Prayer is a fallacy, it is a consolation, it is hallucination.

And the second thing they say.”honesty.”

All Christian values are imposed from the outside. It is a programming of the mind, which is a biocomputer. From the very childhood you start telling the child, “Be honest, be truthful, be this, be that..” Continuously, from the church, from the school, from the family, from the neighborhood, he is being programmed.

All religions have been doing this programming for centuries. They are not allowing the person to know the truth. They are not allowing the person to be really honest, they are forcing values from outside.

When you force a value from outside it remains only skin-deep. Just scratch the skin and all honesty disappears, and the barbarous, the gorilla, the chimpanzee, comes out.

Jesus says that if somebody slaps you on one cheek, give him the other cheek too..

A Christian monk was wandering and teaching in different villages. In every sermon he would quote Jesus, “If somebody slaps you on one cheek, give him the other cheek too.”

Ordinarily people think it is a great commandment. It is not - but I will discuss it just a little later.

What happened to the monk? In one village there was a wrestler, an agnostic - he did not believe, he did not disbelieve, he was an inquirer. And when the monk said his familiar quotation, “If someone slaps you on one cheek, give him the other too,” the wrestler stood up and said, “Wait!”

He came forward and he slapped the monk really hard on one cheek. The monk almost got dizzy, he had never expected such a response, but he remembered even in his dizziness that he had to give the other cheek. So he gave the other cheek, hoping that the man would not hit it.

But that wrestler was not a believer, he was an inquirer. He was inquiring, “What happens then?” So he hit even harder on the other cheek.

And what happened? The skin-deep morality dropped. The monk jumped on the wrestler. Although the wrestler was a very heavy and strong man.in his rage, in his anger, even the weaker man can be ferocious. He started hitting the wrestler.

The wrestler said, “What are you doing?”

He said, “Jesus has said only up to the second cheek, and I don’t have a third cheek! Now I am free from Jesus, and I will show you what I mean!”

The wrestler said, “Where has your great statement gone?”

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