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Chapter 6: Speak to Us of Love

Dale Carnegie, one of America’s most famous philosophers - he would not be recognized as a philosopher anywhere else except in America - but his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold second only to the Bible. And it is full of crap. He suggests that every husband, at least three or four times a day, should say to his wife, “Darling, I love you so much, I cannot live without you. I cannot conceive of myself without you.” Whether you mean it or not does not matter.

Do you see the phoniness? If you are in love, it is so difficult to say “I love you,” because words fall short. And to repeat three, four times a mechanical routine. You don’t mean anything, you are just a gramophone record. Perhaps the needle on the record is stuck: “Darling, I love you.” And the darling also answers, and deep inside both hate each other: “This is the woman who has destroyed my freedom.” “This is the man who has put me into a prison.”

Love is the highest value. That’s why Jesus could say, “God is love.” But his statement is two thousand years old. It needs some refinement, it needs to be made up-to-date. God is not love.

I say unto you: love is God. And there is a vast difference between the two, although the same words are used. If God is love, it simply means that is only one of the qualities of God. He may have many other qualities: he may be wise, he may be just, fair, he may be forgiveness.

But when you say “Love is God,” the statement is totally different. Then godliness itself becomes a quality of those who know how to love. Then there is no need to believe in God - because it is only a hypothesis. And it is up to you what to make of the hypothesis.

The Jewish God in the Old Testament says, “I am a very angry God, I’m very jealous. I am not nice! Remember, I am not your uncle! I cannot tolerate another God.” The Mohammedans have inherited the Jewish conception of God. That’s why they have been destroying statues and temples, beautiful pieces of art: because there is only one God and one holy book and one messenger, Mohammed. This is a fascist attitude, ugly, inhuman. What is the problem if there are millions of gods? The world will be far richer. Why are you stuck with one God?

Judaism, Christianity, Mohammedanism, all such religions which believe in one God believe in dictatorship, not in democracy. What is the problem?

Gautam Buddha is perhaps the first democratic religious person, who says that every man is a potential god and, finally, all are going to blossom into godhood. This has a beauty.

Almustafa did not answer those people. Instead he cried, wept, tears came to his eyes because their questions were phony. They were asking simply to show others that they were knowledgeable. You know perfectly well the distinction between a knowledgeable question and an authentic quest. When you want to exhibit your knowledge, there is no quest in your heart: you are asking to show that you are not ignorant.

In fact, before asking the question, you already know the answer - not by your own experience, but borrowed.

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