Chapter 1: Join the Farthest Star
Mulla Nasruddin, the owner of two lovebirds, sent for a veterinarian. “I’m worried about my birds,” he announced. “They haven’t gone potty all week.”
The doctor looked inside the cage and asked, “Do you always line this thing with maps of the earth?”
“No,” answered Mulla Nasruddin, “I put that in last Saturday when I was out of newspapers.”
“That explains it!” replied the vet. “Love-birds are very sensitive creatures. They’re holding back because they figure this planet earth has taken all the crap it can stand!”
Theology is crap. And because of theology, religion becomes poisoned. A really religious person has no theology. Yes, he has got the experience, he has the truth, he has that luminosity, but he has no theology. But theology has been of great help to scholars, pundits, the so-called learned people. It has been of great interest to the priests, to the popes, to the shankaracharyas. It has been of great benefit to them. Their whole business depends on it.
Zen cuts the very root. It destroys the very business of the priest. And that is one of the ugliest businesses in the world because it depends on a very great deception. The priest has not known and he goes on preaching; the theologian has not known but he goes on spinning theories. He is as ignorant as anybody else - maybe even more so. But his ignorance has become very, very articulate. His ignorance is very decorated - decorated with scriptures, decorated with theories; decorated so cunningly and cleverly that it is very difficult to detect the flaw. Theology has not been of any help to humanity but certainly it has helped many people: the priests. They have been able to exploit humanity in the name of foolish theories.
Two psychiatrists meeting in a busy restaurant got to talking and one said he was treating a rather interesting case of schizophrenia.
At that the other analyst balked. “What’s so interesting about that? Split-personality cases are rather common, I would say.”
“This case is interesting,” responded his colleague. “They both pay!”
That’s how theologians have lived. Theology is politics. It divides people. And if you can divide people you can rule them.
Zen looks at humanity with undivided vision - it does not divide. It has a total look. That’s why I say that Zen is the religion of the future. Humanity is growing slowly towards that awareness where theology will be dropped and religion will be accepted purely as an experience.