Chapter 5: Character Kills
This is one of the problems with humanity. People you call normal are not normal at all, but they have the majority. A Buddha always looks abnormal; a Jesus looks abnormal. In a sense he is, because he doesn’t behave like you, he doesn’t follow the ordinary rules. He does not fit with the society. He is a misfit. And to allow him this creates a suspicion in your minds: if he is right, then you are wrong. That creates a doubt and a trembling: “He must be wrong, he must be proved wrong. He must have somehow gone wrong somewhere.” Of course the ordinary is thought to be normal - and the normal is thought to be the norm - so the exceptional, the unique, looks abnormal.
Even psychoanalysts think that Jesus was neurotic. Many books have been written against Jesus, proving that he was neurotic, that he was not in his senses.
What was he saying? Of course, if someone amongst you suddenly declares that he is the son of God, you will start laughing. What does he mean?
Jesus knows well what his family wants to talk about. And they have not come to him, they have only come to the son of Joseph, which he is no more. He was, but since John the Baptist initiated him into a different life - changed and converted him to a new plane of consciousness, initiated him, led him through a new door into existence - since then, he is no longer the same.
When Buddha came back to his home after twelve years, his father could not believe that he had become enlightened. He said, “Drop all this nonsense! You can befool others, but you cannot befool me. I have given birth to you, I have known you from the very beginning. Drop this game and come back home. I am your father and because I love you, my doors are yet open for you - though you don’t deserve it! You are an escapist! In my old age you escaped, and you are my only hope. Come back home!”
Of course the father cannot see what has happened. He is much too full of his own ideas, much too full of his memories, his remembrance of this boy who was born to him. And now suddenly he has become a buddha, enlightened, has attained to truth? If he had been somebody else’s son the father might have looked again, might have watched, observed, might have been more open - but this is his own son. The eyes are full of tears, anger, attachment, memories. The eyes are clouded by the past. He cannot see the reality that is standing before him.
Buddha laughed and he said, “Just look at me! I’m not the same one who left your house. Somebody else comes to you. That man is dead. I am totally new.”
The father looked again and then said, “You cannot deceive me. You are the same. I know you well. I know you more than you can know yourself.”
Jesus knows what they want to talk about. And they don’t want to talk to him, to the reality that he is now. They want to talk to something that exists no more. Jesus disappeared that day in the River Jordan when John the Baptist initiated him into a different life. The man who used to be there has disappeared. The house is old, but the resident has changed. The same person doesn’t live in the same body. The body is the same, but a new consciousness has entered. A new consciousness abides there and they have come to talk to the old, who is no more.
Then one said unto him,
“Behold, thy mother
and thy brethren
desiring to speak with thee.”