Chapter 26: The Enlightened and the Endarkened
They said, “For the first time we are impressed; otherwise we always thought you are a nuisance. But sometimes nuisance works. The way you were arguing with that manager, we were thinking, ‘He is going to throw us out! At least during the whole day the hotel-owners were polite; this man is going to throw us out - he will kick us out of the place!’ But it is strange, that you managed.”
I said, “It was so simple, and the man is intelligent: he understood.”
Joseph and Mary could not find a wise manager. Jesus may have helped; he was just there inside the belly of Mary - he could have managed some miracle. He was born in a stable - this is history. The three men coming from the East is fiction because no Eastern source refers to them. And even the Christian sources don’t mention their names. The reason is obvious: Whose name were they going to mention?
If they mention a Hindu, Hindus will deny it and say, “This is nonsense - no wise man has gone from India.” If they mention a Buddhist, Buddhists are going to deny it; if they mention a Jaina, Jainas are going to deny it. Hence the best way is, don’t mention the names of those three anonymous fools. And they brought immensely valuable gifts for the just-born child..
Except in this fiction, who is mentioned in the Christian sources as a lesser religious leader who recognizes Jesus as the messiah and brings his following and becomes a follower of Jesus? Those three fools were also to come when Jesus was just born. All that is left about those three fools is, when the first fool entered - it was a stable - he hit his head. It was a small door; because he hit his head he said, “Jesus!”
Mary said to Joseph, “This seems to be a very good name for the child.”
This is the only impact those three wise men have left on the world; so whenever you get hit, you say, “Jesus!”
I have not heard of any religious leader coming to Buddha and recognizing him, or to Mahavira and recognizing him, or to Mohammed or to Moses or to Zarathustra. Yes, people had come but they were not religious leaders.
For example, Sariputta came to Buddha, Mahakashyap came to Buddha - but they were not religious leaders, they were great philosophers. A philosopher is always a thinker; a philosopher is always ready to accept something which seems logical, rational, even though it goes against the whole philosophy of his past. A philosopher is a lover of wisdom. He has not arrived; he is making all the efforts to arrive. In all those efforts, this was also an effort.
Sariputta had gone to many people in search of the truth. He wanted to find someone whose presence could give him just a little taste of what religion was. Arguments he had heard enough; arguments he had given enough. He was a well-known philosopher in India, and he had defeated many philosophers - which was a unique tradition in India. It must prevail all over the world.