Chapter 24: Blessed Are Those Who Doubt
In Soviet Russia man has been reduced to a mechanism. You can kill - nothing is killed, because there was nobody in the first place. It is just like a clock functioning. It moves, it shows you the time; that does not mean that there is somebody inside. You can take the clock apart and you will not find anything.
I have heard.. Once Mulla Nasruddin’s clock stopped. It was an old clock, and some day everything has to stop. He opened the clock and found there a fly, dead. He said, “Now I know the clock is dead - this is the clock’s soul!” He was just going to bury the clock in the garden when his wife caught hold of him.
She said, “What are you doing? Have you gone mad? Clocks are not buried, graves are not made for them!”
Nasruddin said, “Those people have never known what I have come to know. The clock stopped; certainly I thought it was dead. I looked at it, opened it, and found its soul dead. This is the soul” - he was holding the fly in his hand; he said, “This is the soul.”
The wife said, “You are simply an idiot, and you will always remain an idiot! Bring that clock out. Perhaps it needs oiling, some repair work - it is an old clock. And clocks don’t die, because to die first one has to live: clocks don’t live!”
But that’s what Karl Marx has preached to the communists, that man is also just like a clock. And now almost half the world believes in Karl Marx. Strange - these same people had believed in God. Russians, Chinese, Indians, Mohammedans - all kinds of people change their yes to no. To change yes into no is so easy because they are not different. Basically they give you a consolation without the arduous journey to truth.
I have asked many communists, very old communists.. In India, S.A.Dange was a member of the international communist party along with Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin. He was an eyewitness of the Russian revolution. I asked him, “Have you ever meditated?”
He said, “Meditated - for what? Why should I meditate?”
I said, “If you have never meditated, then you don’t have the authority to say that there is no soul, no God, no consciousness. Without going inside yourself, how can you say that there is nobody? And see the absurdity of it: who is saying that there is nobody? Even to deny you will have to accept that there is somebody. Even to say that there is nobody, somebody has to be assumed.”
The same is the situation of religions.
Nobody has encountered God - no Christian, no Hindu, no Mohammedan - but they have all said yes because the crowd in which they were born was the crowd of theists. To say no amongst that crowd would have created difficulties for them. Yes was simply the accepted rule of the game. They have worshipped, they have prayed, not knowing why they were doing it. But everybody else is doing it so it must be right.