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Chapter 5: Character Kills

All your imprisonment is just a mental attitude. You call yourself a Hindu or a Christian or a Mohammedan. Not that you are a Christian: how can you be a Christian and how can you be a Mohammedan? How can just a mere ideology confine you, how can just words make prisons for you? To such a vital energy, to such a vital reality, how can mere words - Hinduism, Christianity - become imprisonments? Impossible.

But you believe in them. Then the impossible becomes possible. You think of yourself as being this or that. That very thinking makes you this or that - but you are not. In the innermost core of your being you remain total freedom, absolute freedom.

Now try to enter these sutras. They are very delicate and there is every possibility of misunderstanding them. Jesus has been misunderstood on many points. One of the points is covered by these sutras.

People have been finding fault with him because of these sutras. On the one hand he goes on talking about love - he even says, “God is love” - and then on the other hand he goes on saying such contradictory things. How can a man of love say these things? But he has said them. So there is every possibility that they have not been understood rightly.

Let us try..

While he yet talked
to the people,
behold, his mother and his brethren
stood without,
desiring to speak with him.

Then one said unto him,
“Behold, thy mother and thy brethren
stand without,
desiring to speak with thee.”

But he answered
and said unto him that told him,
“Who is my mother?
And who are my brethren?”

And he stretched forth his hand
toward his disciples, and said,
“Behold my mother
and my brethren!”

“This is my mother and these are my brothers.” Up to now, whatsoever he has said can be understood. The next sutra is really very dangerous. He says:

“For whomsoever shall do
the will of my Father
which is in heaven,
the same is my brother,
and sister, and mother.”

And there went
great multitudes with him:
and he turned,
and said unto them,

“If any man come to me,
and hate not his father, and mother,
and wife, and children,
and brethren. and sisters,
yea, and his own life also,
he cannot be my disciple.”

“And whosoever
doth not bear his cross,
and come after me,
cannot be my disciple.”

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