Chapter 3: Godliness, Not God
Now, Jesus is calling God “father”; Jesus must have a certain idea of what “father” means. He is imposing on God the same idea. Now, there are religions in India which believe not in a father god but in a mother goddess. The statue of their God is of a woman, the most beautiful woman that they can conceive, but it is a Hindu woman. Centuries have gone by, passed; religions have been born, died, disappeared - naturally, their gods have disappeared.
There is a place in India, Mohenjo Daro. It has been found to be the ancientmost city in the world. There are seven layers in Mohenjo Daro. It seems that civilization had to face some calamity seven times. When the first layer was found, it was thought that this is all: we have found Mohenjo Daro. That was determined to be seven thousand years old. But a little more digging and another city was found underneath the first city which must have been ten thousand years old. Then the work continued. The people who were working on the excavation went on digging, and city after city - seven cities have been found in Mohenjo Daro. The seventh seems to be at least twenty thousand years old. They have temples, they have statues of God. Those civilizations have disappeared; those people have disappeared, their religions have disappeared, their gods have disappeared.
The Christian god will disappear the moment Christianity disappears, the Hindu gods will disappear the moment Hinduism disappears. Do you see what I mean to say? It is your projection. If you go on projecting it, it is there. If you are not there to project it, if the projector is not there, the god disappears. I am not in favor of such gods, which have been projected by the tiny mind of man. And of course the tiny mind of man is bound to give qualities to God which are its qualities.
The Jewish god in the Talmud says, “I am an angry God. I am not nice; I am not your uncle.” Now, this is perfectly meaningful in a Jewish context, but to a Hindu, God saying that, “I am an angry God,” is a sheer impossibility. Anger and God? - they cannot meet. The Jewish god is perfectly angry; it is very Jewish, very human. And if you don’t worship him, if you go against him, he will destroy you. He destroyed two cities because the people of those two cities were behaving in a sexually perverted way, and he was very much against it. Sodom and Gomorrah - he completely destroyed these two cities.
This will not appeal to a Hindu, it is impossible. It will not appeal to the Mohammedan, because the Mohammedan prays every day, “God, the compassionate one.” Compassion is the very innermost quality projected by him toward God. Now, God can only be compassion, nothing else. The Mohammedan prays that just accepting your sin will be enough, because God is compassionate - you will be forgiven.
Omar Khayyam, one of the great poets of Persian literature, says, “Don’t prevent me from drinking wine, enjoying women, because God is compassionate. Don’t tell me that I am committing sin, let me commit as many sins as possible. His compassion is far greater than all my sins combined together. To stop a certain activity in fear that you will be punished by God is to disbelieve in his compassion.” Now, this is a different attitude, but these are all human attitudes.