Chapter 5: Ecstasy Is Polarities Meeting
The Jews were very disturbed because Jesus was claiming that he was God, or God’s son. For two thousand years Christians have been defending Jesus - that he was God, that he is God.
And they have been trying to efface all the possibilities with which it can be proved that he is man. That’s why they say he was born out of a virgin mother - that is the beginning. So they deny his manhood, so he is not just like you; he is special. Even in his birth he is special. Then they try to make his life in such a way that no indications are left that he was human. He was very human, utterly human. He was a total man. He was not a perfectionist. When it was needed to be angry he became really angry. He threw the money-changers out of the temple and he said to them “What are you doing here in my Father’s home, in my Father’s temple? Get out from here!” And he was in such a rage, that alone, singlehanded, he threw many people outside.
He loved people. He had friends, he mixed with people. He ate with people, drank with people, he moved with people. He lived like an ordinary man. He had no pretensions of being anything extraordinary. And even if something extraordinary happens, he always says “It is your faith that has performed the miracle. It is God’s mercy on you. It is something between you and your God.” He does not even expect gratitude. Somebody is very grateful because a miracle has happened and he has been cured, and he wants to touch his feet and thank him, and he says “No.” And the man says “You are a great man, you are so good!” and Jesus says “Nobody is good except God. You thank him. Forget about me. It is your faith that has cured you, not I. And if you have to be thankful, you have to be thankful to God. Forget about me. Don’t allow me to be between you and your God.”
That’s exactly what Buddha is reported to have said to his disciples “If you meet me on the way, kill me immediately. Never allow me to stand between you and the reality. Hold my hand as far as you are not capable of walking alone and on your own. The moment you are capable of walking alone and on your own, just forget about me. Go ahead. Then don’t cling to me. Then don’t try to remain a shadow of me. If you meet me on the way, kill me immediately!” he says. That’s what Jesus goes on saying again and again “Forget about me. Let your thanks go directly to God. Who am I?”
Christians have been trying to efface all traces of his humanity; so he is born out of the virgin Mary, a virgin mother, which is absolutely absurd. Then he lives a life in which all human traits are removed. Christians only talk about his miracles, not about his ordinary life. They are afraid. Christians say that Jesus never laughed! Now this seems to be the ultimate in stupidity. Jesus.and never laughed? Then who else can laugh? But laughter seems too human, too mundane: they cannot allow Jesus to laugh.