Chapter 29: Therapy, Hypnosis and Meditation
He does not know himself and he is pretending to know God. And his prayer is just like our Vimal - twenty minutes and the religion is finished! Then the remaining time you are free to do everything irreligious, and then again for twenty minutes you refresh yourself for your irreligiousness. The statements that Jesus has made are so ordinary because he was simply repeating the old prophets.
The sannyasins have informed me that it was a strange situation when they confronted the high priests of Protestant Christianity. They looked at each other: what to do? Enlightenment has not been a Western experience, and the reason why it could not happen in the West is Christianity.
Christianity never wanted you to be directly connected with existence. You have to go via the priest, the pope, the son, and then God. In between, the mediators are many, and nobody knows who is lying. Of course you can never discover, because you don’t have any direct line with God. The priest has a direct line with the pope, the pope has a direct line with Jesus, Jesus has a direct line with God and the numbers are not given in the telephone directories!
Hypnosis was the door, has always been the door to meditation. Once a man enters into the world of meditation, he has such clarity, such a strength, so much life arising in him that he no longer needs any father in heaven. He no longer needs any priest to pray for him. He himself has become prayer - not prayer to any God, but simply a prayerfulness, a gratitude to the whole.
It was absolutely necessary for Christianity to condemn hypnosis and to condemn it as something created by the devil. For the same reasons witchcraft was brutally destroyed. Millions of women were burned alive because they were also doing the same thing. They were trying to contact the ultimate on their own without going through the proper channel of the church.
Your question is very significant. You are asking, “While using hypnosis in the service of meditation..” Hypnosis in itself can be used dangerously unless it is used in the service of meditation. I will have to explain to you what exactly is meant by hypnosis and how it can be misused if it is not used singularly in the service of meditation.
Hypnosis literally means deliberately created sleep. It is now known that thirty-three percent, that is one third of humanity, is capable of going into the deepest layers of hypnosis. It is a strange number - thirty-three percent - strange because only thirty-three percent of people have the aesthetic sense, only thirty-three percent of people have sensitivity, only thirty-three percent of people have friendliness, only thirty-three percent of people are creators. And my only experience is that these thirty-three percent of the people are the same - because creativity and sensitivity are meditation, are love, are friendliness. All need essentially one thing: a deep trust in oneself, in existence, and a receptivity and opening of the heart.
Hypnosis can be created in two ways. Because of the first way, people became impressed by the Christian propaganda that it is dangerous. This is hetero-hypnosis: somebody else hypnotizes you, a hypnotist hypnotizes you.