Chapter 22: The Greatest Joke There Is
Now this is the greatest challenge for you - to go deeper into this doubter who doubts even the existence of his own being. Go into this doubt, go into this doubter. Let this become your meditation, and reaching deeper into it you will see that this is the only indubitable fact in existence, the only truth which cannot be doubted.
And once you have felt it, trust arises.
The last question:
Are all minds Jewish?
There is some truth in it, it is so. To be a Jew has nothing to do with any race. Jewishness is really a quality - the quality that calculates, the quality that thinks always in terms of business. That’s why the other day I said to you that it is really unbelievable how the Italians could snatch the greatest business from the Jews. It is really unbelievable, it is a miracle, because the Vatican is the greatest business on the earth. All the Rockefellers and all the Morgans and all the Fords put together still fall short.
Jewishness is a quality; it can be found in a Hindu, it can be found in a Jaina, it can be found in a Christian, in a Buddhist. It is the quality of calculation. It can become great intelligence, it can also become great cunningness - both alternatives are there.
Jews have given the greatest minds to the world; the people who have dominated this century were all Jews. Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein. The three great minds who have dominated, who have left their immense impact on modern humanity, were all Jews. Jews snatch more Nobel Prizes than anybody else. That is one part: the mind can become very intelligent. But the other part is: it can become very cunning, mean, calculative.
On his way home from the market, where he bought a beautiful horse at a very good price, Moses is surprised by a storm - and the Siberian storms are really frightening!
“My God, if you grant me safety,” he prays, “I promise to sell my horse and give the money to the poor.”
As soon as he uttered these words, the snow stopped and the sky cleared up. So Moses arrived home safely.
The following week, with a heavy heart, he went to the market to sell his horse. But he took a goose with him.
“How much for the horse?” Old Isaac asked him.
“The horse is sold with the goose,” answered Moses. “Two rubles for the horse, and a hundred rubles for the goose! “
That calculatedness, that cunningness - now he is even deceiving God!