Chapter 14: Awareness Is My Successor
Eating out of one plate is dangerous if any single one of them is carrying AIDS, if in some way his saliva gets into the food from his hands. In the East people eat with their hands; the fingers can carry the saliva to the food, and the food is being eaten by everybody. When Mohammed gave that idea it was to give them companionship, friendship - “And even if a stranger passes by he should be invited.” Now, this is absolutely dangerous. Jesus practiced this every day. He would drink from a cup, then he would pass the same cup to somebody else. He would drink from it and then it would go on being passed. It was thought to be a great blessing; wine touched by Jesus’ mouth has become somehow divine. And that practice is still being continued.
Now, what are they going to do when all the information about AIDS is becoming more and more clear every day? This religious practice is no longer religious, it is illegal. It is immoral. It is sickening, nauseating. It should be stopped immediately. But Christians cannot stop it; their master did it, and their master told his disciples to do it. It would be going against their master. But AIDS is far more powerful than your dead master. And he had no idea about it, so I don’t condemn him; but I do condemn these idiots who will insist, “This is our practice and we will have to continue it.”
I am not going to give a single instruction about anything. In fact, there is no need. Those people had to give instructions because they left people blind. They gave them only beliefs; they never gave them consciousness, awareness. They never gave them the capacity to decide on their own. They never made them responsible for their own lives.
Yes, they gave them a blind man’s stick, and directions on how to move so you can get to the door. But the house is being continuously renovated, continuously remade. Doors are being changed, windows are being changed, and the old blind man goes on finding the way with the old instructions.
No, I don’t want to give my people sticks. I want to give them eyes. And the people who ask me, “Who is going to be your successor,” are asking because that’s how it has always been: somebody should succeed, and I should give clear-cut instructions about what you have to do and what you have not to do when I am gone. The people who ask me the question think that I am very irresponsible, that I will simply die and leave the sannyasins without any instructions, without any moral code, without any ten commandments. They do not understand me.
I love my people so much that I cannot create any hindrance in their lives in the future. I cannot give them any instructions. I am giving them eyes so they can see where the door is for themselves. Why should I give them a map of the house when the house is continuously changing? And it has been proved in these five thousand years that all codes, all religions, all ethical systems have failed for the simple reason that they were trying to decide the future, which was not in their hands. Their intention was good, but their understanding was not enough.
I want my sannyasins to inherit my freedom, my awareness, my consciousness. And each sannyasin has to be my successor, has to be me. There is no need for anybody to dominate; there is nobody for anybody to dictate. On their own, if they want to be together they can be together. Out of their own freedom, it is their choice and their decision. If they want to move freely they have all the rights to move freely.