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Chapter 14: India: The Eternal Pilgrimage

People would sing and dance until late into the night. It was probably the first time ever that five thousand people lived together for five years and no one ever fought with anybody, no theft happened. Neither was there any worries in people’s lives nor any question of security for the future, because with five thousand companions and nearly one million of our sannyasins around the globe, one felt that “they will be with me through my joys and my sorrows.”

America couldn’t tolerate the creation of a world family. And when I say America couldn’t tolerate it, I mean the American politicians, the American government couldn’t tolerate it. As far as the American public went, they were very impressed. They simply couldn’t believe that in this desert where nothing had ever grown, agriculture and farming was happening, fruits and flowers were being produced. We were producing everything for our own needs from that desert: grain, vegetables, fruits and flowers; our own dairy, our own produce of milk, butter, purified butter - everything that was needed by us.

And with this experiment I had included a new thing because our sannyasins are vegetarians and vegetarianism is not a complete diet - there is some deficiency in it, a dangerous deficiency. It lacks the proteins that are needed to maintain the brain. That is why so far no vegetarian has ever received a Nobel Prize. To remove this deficiency, we had thousands of hens at our chicken farm and when chickens lay eggs without coming in contact with a rooster, that egg is unfertilized. It has no life in it. It cannot produce a baby hen or a rooster, but it contains all the proteins that are lacking in vegetarian food. Including unfertilized eggs in the vegetarian meals of the sannyasins was a unique experiment which today or tomorrow the vegetarians of the whole world will need to adopt, otherwise, they will go on lagging behind intellectually.

People from far away places in America started coming to see the commune and the American politicians started feeling uncomfortable. The politicians began to be questioned: “If strangers coming from outside America can turn a desert into a paradise, then how come there are millions of beggars in America who have neither a home nor clothes nor food to eat? They live on the streets.” And because I invited two hundred of those street people and included them in our commune, the American politicians got an even bigger shock: the beggars that they could not even give food to had been given the dignity of being human beings. There was no discrimination toward them. They received the same honor, the same respect that should be given to every human being. They themselves couldn’t believe it. Some of those street people came and told me: “We cannot believe it because for our whole lives we have been kicked around like dogs. We had forgotten the very idea that we are human beings.”

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