Chapter 2: Sublime Laziness
Jesus must have got this message from some Taoist source. There are stories that he traveled to India, there are stories that he even traveled to Japan. There is a place in Japan which people say that he came to. There are stories that he traveled to Tibet. If he had traveled to Japan and Tibet he must have come to know something, something about Tao; he must have gathered something. Maybe he never went to Japan and never went to Tibet, maybe it was his own experience he came upon in his own inner search, but he is a Taoist - Jesus can be counted upon. He is a Taoist, hence the Jews could not trust in him. They are fundamentally a law-abiding people, they have lived according to law: the Ten Commandments of Moses. And Jesus says: Moses has given you law. I will give you another law and a higher law - the law of love. But love knows no law - he is tricky - love is always lawlessness. But to convince the Jews, the law-abiding people, he is saying: I will give you the law of love. Law of love? It is a contradiction in terms: law is never loving, love is never law-abiding - cannot be. Love is freedom, law is a bondage - they never go together, it is impossible to put them together.
I have heard..
A man was passing through a cemetery when he came upon a grave. There was a beautiful marble stone on the grave, and he looked and he read, and it said: Here lies a great lawyer and a great lover. He said “Impossible! How can two men be in one grave? A lover? And a great lawyer? Not possible!”
Jesus has brought love and he has brought lawlessness, that’s why the Jews could not forgive him. He had to be punished: he was disrupting the whole society. He was dangerous, he was really dangerous - very few people have been born on the earth who have been so dangerous. He was sabotaging the whole structure when he said “God is Love,” and the God of the Jews was never love. He was a very angry God and a very jealous God, and he would destroy you for small things if you didn’t abide by his commandments. He threw Adam and Eve out of Eden because they disobeyed.
Love forgives, love knows how to forgive. Love loves so much that it is impossible to be so angry and enraged. The God of the Jews was destroying cities for small things - because the people were characterless or they were homosexuals. He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, He destroyed whole towns. He flooded the whole world! He wanted to destroy the whole world. He cannot be very loving; he may be just, but he is not loving. And how can justice be love? Justice has to be justice. Love is a totally different dimension. The Jews became afraid. Jesus was bringing spontaneity, he was bringing lawlessness and he was bringing rebelliousness, and in such disguise that people would not even be aware of what he was bringing in.
If people are against me in India it is natural: my whole message is a sabotage. Jesus says: I don’t bring peace, I bring a sword. And Jesus says: I have come to put the son against the father, and the husband against the wife, and the mother against the son. and the brother against the brother. What does he mean? These relationships, these so-called “relationships,” are no longer of love; they are only formal. Jesus says: Only love is enough, anything else is going to destroy your naturalness. Love your mother - not because she is your mother; love her, let there be love, but not because she is your mother. How can you love a woman just because she is your mother? How can you love a woman just because she is your sister? You can fulfill duties but duties are ugly.
Duty is an ugly four-letter word - avoid it! It has destroyed nature, it has destroyed humanity, it has not allowed man to flower and bloom.