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Chapter 7: The Lust for Power

If it is America, then we are in twenty-first century. That way they will not get their city back. Certainly what we can do without any problem to change their name, that we are going to do. Then we will wait - we have invited them. If it doesn’t happen, we will change the name again!

And it is the majority to whom the city belongs. It doesn’t matter who is the majority. But we are not in any way preventing them, having their city. We want to help them in every possible way. And they should appeal Oregonians who can purchase those properties - they are not many - and we will vacate. And then they can have their own council, their own town and whatever they want to do.

We have raised taxes four times - about that they are making much fuss continuously, but they don’t understand that one hundred sannyasins are paying four times more and only twelve Antelope people are paying four times more! But if we want to develop that city, make the roads better, the water supply better, the fire brigade up to date, then money is needed. But we can give them certainty, that if they purchase all our properties before moving, we will make the city tax-free; then it is up to them - no tax at all.

On the ranch, what developed here was a surrender of people, to people above them in the hierarchy. Couldn’t have done something.?

No. I was not aware of anything. Now I am doing everything. And there is going to be no hierarchy, there is going to be no surrender, submission. In fact, I am changing their clothes and I have told them they can use any color, so they are not discriminated against, and just be as everybody else is, so you can mix with people and there is no barrier unnecessarily.

I don’t want any hostility for the simple reason that we are not here to fight and waste time in fighting; we want our people to meditate, to rejoice, we want to be left alone, but they are unnecessarily poking their nose.

If we do any harm to anybody, certainly we should be prevented, but we are not doing any harm to anybody.

In my meeting Sheela, certainly one could see her intelligence, at least in very practical matters, in her cleverness about things, but you could also see the very oppressive side, the very mean-spirited side as well. You must have seen that being in contact with her every day?

I know! But it was needed. For all those mean politicians all around, I could not give the commune in the hands of some innocent people - they would have destroyed it.