Chapter 18: Go Higher
But this is how things are developing in churches, in temples everywhere. People are going there for wrong reasons - and they are bound to go for wrong reasons because there is nobody there to share his being, to share his light, to share his growth. All these rabbis and the pundits and the priests are people just as drowned in darkness and unconsciousness as you are.
I have heard:
One Sunday, in a Catholic church, the priest is taking confessions. They have a booth, a small window that the priest remains behind, and the person sits on the other side of the window. From there he confesses, and the priest gives him a punishment.
The priest had a great friendship with the rabbi and they both wanted to go for golf. The rabbi finished his things in the synagogue and rushed to the church. When he reached there, confession was going on and there was a queue. He went inside the booth and said to the priest, “We are going to be late!”
He said, “You do one thing. I will just change my clothes and get ready - you just sit here and take a few confessions.”
The rabbi said, “But I have never done it in my whole life! This business we don’t do.”
The priest said, “Simply do as I am doing - just watch one or two cases.”
One case came and the priest said, “Five dollars fine.” Five dollars were taken in; the second came - “Ten dollars fine.”
The rabbi said, “My God, we were thinking that something spiritual was happening. It is pure business! I am going to open a booth in my synagogue. This is cheating! You just go, I will manage. Now there is no problem. I was thinking that you have to give them spiritual advice, and somebody may notice the difference of voice and.”
A third man came and he said, “I am very sorry, but what to do? It is now becoming a habit - I raped a woman.”
The rabbi said, “Twenty dollars.”
The man said, “Twenty dollars?” But he gave twenty dollars, and he said, “Last time when I raped a woman, you asked for only ten dollars. The rates have become higher.”
The rabbi said, “Ten dollars are in advance - you can rape one woman more. Just get out, don’t waste my time.”
Unless you are in communion with a master, everything is entertainment. You can call it spiritual, and enjoy a deep ego-fulfillment, but it is nothing. It is corrupting you, exploiting you, deceiving you, destroying you.