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Chapter 4: Now It Is My Turn

Once, a monk asked Master Nan-yin, “What is your special teaching?”
Nan-yin replied, “In autumn we reap; in winter we store.”
Another monk asked Nan-yin, “What is the Way?”
Nan-yin answered, “A kite flies across the great sky; nothing remains there.”

On another occasion, Nan-yin ascended the rostrum and said, “Above the mass of red flesh stands one at an immeasurable height.”
A monk then came out from the assembly and said, “Isn’t this ‘Above the mass, and so on,’ the master’s way?”
Nan-yin replied, “That’s so.”
At that, the monk then overturned the Zen seat.
Nan-yin said, “Look what a rough, wild fellow you are!”
The monk didn’t know what to say or do and Nan-yin drove him out of the temple.


I have been called for almost thirty years, a “so-called Bhagwan,” a “self-styled Bhagwan.” This was in condemnation of me. I patiently waited for the right moment. The right moment has come. Now it is my turn.

I call all the founders of all the religions, self-styled and so-called. The people who have been calling me so-called and self-styled did not realize that they were provoking me. Now I want to know what the conditions are that have to be fulfilled.

Jesus calls himself the only begotten son of God. What do you think? - is it self-styled, so-called, or was there some committee determining it? Was it an election? Was it a degree conferred by any university?

And if he was what he pretended to be - no Jewish scripture even mentions his name, and he was born a Jew, he lived a Jew, and he died a Jew. And if he was right, as the whole of Christianity considers him, then why did the Jews crucify him? Could not a single rabbi, learned in the ancient religion of the Jews, stand up and say that this man was innocent? He may have been imagining, hallucinating, but that is not a crime; he may have been dreaming that he was the son of God, but that too is not a crime to be punished by crucifixion.

It is absolutely clear that the Jews were angry at Jesus for the simple reason that he was a “self-styled” son of God.

God is a fiction, invented by the pathological mind of man, and fictions don’t breed sons and daughters. And what happened to God after Jesus? Has he gone on birth control?

What is the criterion? Because Jesus was drinking wine, eating meat and fish, of course no Indian religion will accept him even as religious.

But the same is true about Indian religions and their founders. What was so great in Mahavira that he was thought to be the twenty-fourth and the last tirthankara of Jainism?

He was the contemporary of Gautam Buddha, and there were six others who were all competing vigorously to be the twenty-fourth tirthankara, because it was a tremendously respectable status, and the twenty-fourth is the last for this kalpa.

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