Chapter 13: The World Needs to Be One
Just look at my watch. Are you tempted or not? You will be tempted because you don’t know that it is just of stones, not diamonds. It has no value. When stones can do the work of diamonds, then only fools will be after diamonds. Can you see any difference?
In diamonds, the watch is a quarter-million dollars - the same watch exactly. My sannyasins have made it just with stones. It is functioning as accurately as any watch - just one second’s difference in one year - because now it is a very simple phenomenon: whether you purchase a one-million-dollar watch or just a ten-dollar watch, they both use the same kind of electronic battery. The electronic battery has changed the whole idea of watches.
But if stones - real, authentic stones - can do the work of diamonds, then why unnecessarily create temptations? Create more watches with beautiful stones, and the temptation for diamonds will disappear. And the prices of the diamonds will come down. In fact, diamonds are stones. We create temptations for crime, and then the criminal is punished, not the person who has created the temptation. Both should be punished!
But only symptoms are being removed. The cause will create other symptoms. This is so unscientific. Instead of creating more wealth, every nation is creating more weapons - atomic, hydrogen bombs, nuclear bombs - and piling them up. For what? Do you want to commit a global suicide? Then why so much wastage? If humanity has decided to commit suicide, simple methods are available.
Seventy-five percent of man’s energy around the earth is being poured into war efforts. Are we servants of death, destruction? And this seventy-five percent of man’s energy can be poured into life, into the service of life; and there will be laughter, and there will be more health, and there will be more wealth, more food, and there will be no poverty. There is no need for poverty to exist at all.
Zorba the Buddha has to first bridge the gap within himself - that will be the basic thing - then start bridging gaps in society.
What is the difference between a Christian and a Jew? If there is any difference, then Jesus was not a Christian. He was born a Jew, he lived as a Jew, he died as a Jew. He never heard the word Christian. If there is a difference between the Jew and the Christian, Christians should deny Jesus completely. He was a Jew, and all the apostles were Jews. What is the difference between a Jew and a Christian?
In my commune there are people from all religions. I cannot see any difference. I have been trying hard - I look in their faces, I look in their eyes, but I cannot figure out whether the man is a Christian, or a Jew, or a Hindu, or a Mohammedan.