Chapter 41: Session 41
They became so bitter against the world that they turned over - rolled over rather, because I am using the page as a symbol - they rolled over and closed themselves against any future possibilities. The starving child has to be helped; the Jaina monk has to be helped more, because he thinks that what he is doing is right.
But an ancient religion is bound to be very stupid. This very stupidity is a proof of its ancientness. Rig Veda mentions the first Jaina master, Rishabha Deva. He is thought to be the founder of the religion. I can’t say for sure because I don’t want to blame anybody, particularly Rishabha Deva, whom I have never met - and I don’t think that I will ever meet him either.
If he was really the founder of this stupid cult then I am the last person he would like to meet. But that is not the point; the point is that the Jainas have a different calendar. They count their days not by the sun, but by the moon, naturally, because their year is divided into twenty-four parts, so they have twenty-four tirthankaras. Their whole creation is the circle, in the image of a year, but moon oriented, just as there are sun oriented people. It is all arbitrary. In fact the whole thing, at this moment, according to me, is stupid.
Just look at the English calendar and see the stupidity, then you will understand me. It is easy to laugh at the Jainas because you don’t know anything about them; they must be idiots. But what about the English calendar?
How come one month has thirty days, another month has thirty-one days, one month twenty-nine days, another month twenty-eight days? What is all this nonsense? And the year has three hundred and sixty-five days, not because you have made a calendar according to the sun, it is not because of the sun.
Three hundred and sixty-five days is only the time it takes the earth to complete its journey around the sun. How you divide it is up to you; but three hundred and sixty-five.? Three hundred and sixty-five days has created trouble, because it is not exactly three hundred and sixty-five, there is also lingering behind a small part which becomes one day every fourth year. That means three hundred and sixty-five and one fourth days should be the whole year. Very strange year!
But what can you do about it? You just have to manage, so you divide the different months into different numbers of days, and February has to be one day more every four years. A strange calendar! I think no computer would allow this kind of nonsense.
There are, just like sun oriented fools, moon oriented fools too. They are really lunatics because they believe in the lunar. Then, of course, the year is divided into twelve parts, and each month has two divisions. And these fools are always great philosophers. They go on building up strange hypotheses. This was their hypothesis in the Jaina tradition of fools. I mean all traditions are foolish. This is only one tradition of fools.
The Jainas believe that there are twenty-four tirthankaras, and each cycle will again and again have twenty-four tirthankaras. Now, Hindus felt belittled. People started asking, “You have only ten, not twenty-four?”