Chapter 15: A Poet of the Ultimate
Many masters have done that. The moment they feel that something is going to become completely perfect in them, they will cling to some imperfection just to be here; otherwise this bank is not for them. If all the fetters are broken then their boat sails toward the other bank, then it cannot remain here. They will keep one fetter: they will keep a relationship, they will choose a weakness in themselves and they will not allow it to disappear. The circle will not be complete, a gap will remain. Through that gap they can remain here. That’s why Hindus, Buddhists, Jainas, who know very deeply because they have known many masters, know well that perfection is not of this world. The moment the circle is complete it disappears from your eyes. You cannot see, it is not then on the line of your vision; it has gone above you, you cannot penetrate there.
But to say that Jesus was perfect when he was born, to emphasize this fact, Christians have dropped all the records. But Jesus was as much a seeker as you, he was as much a mustard seed as you are. He became a tree - and a great tree, millions of birds of heaven took shelter in him - but he was also a mustard seed. Remember that even a Mahavira, a Buddha, a Krishna are all born imperfect, because birth belongs to imperfection. There is no birth for the perfect; when you are perfect then there is no transmigration.
This training of Jesus - moving into Egypt and India, learning from Egyptian secret societies, then Buddhist schools, then Hindu Vedanta - made him a stranger to the Jews. Why did he become so much of a stranger to the Jews? Why couldn’t the Jews absorb him? Why couldn’t they forgive him? They have not forgiven him yet! What was the reason? He was bringing something alien, something foreign; he introduced a secret which didn’t belong to the race. That’s why the crucifixion happened.
Hindus tolerated Buddha because whatsoever he was saying was not alien. He may contradict Hinduism, but he can contradict only the superficial Hinduism. Even in his contradiction he proves the deeper Hinduism right. He may say that the establishment has gone wrong, he may say that the organization has gone wrong, he may say that all the followers have gone wrong, but he cannot say that Hindus are basically wrong. Whatsoever he says Hindus can understand, it is not foreign, it is not alien. Whatsoever Mahavira said Hindus simply tolerated. He may be a revolutionary, but he remains a Hindu. Buddha may be a revolutionary, but he remains a Hindu; he may be a rebel son, but he belongs to Hindus, he is nothing much to worry about.
But Jesus is not only revolutionary, he doesn’t belong either. How has it happened that he doesn’t belong to the Jews? Christians have no answer for it. From where did he bring this alien teaching? - from Egypt and from India.