Chapter 13: Judge Ye Not
This is how we go on judging. We have a certain pattern, a certain idea transferred to us by our history, by our race, church, religion, and then with that idea we are prejudiced, with that idea we think we have a priori knowledge of what should be the case. Then we can judge.
A man of God has no fixed rules and ideas. He belongs to no history, to no race, to no religion, to no church. He belongs only to his innermost core. He has nothing there as a fixed idea so that he can judge. A real man of God will be able to see Jesus and recognize Jesus even when he is drinking wine with his friends. And he will be able to recognize Buddha, and he will be able to recognize Mahavira in his nakedness, and he will also be able to recognize Krishna playing on his flute with his girlfriend dancing around him. Now if you are too much of a Christian you think the man of God has to be always on the cross. That is just one instance; it happened once that Jesus was on the cross - but that is not the rule. There is another possibility also - Krishna playing on his flute, arrayed in beautiful clothes, decorated beautifully, dancing. Now you cannot conceive of Christ dancing.
If you are too fixated upon Christ you will not be able to see what is happening in Krishna. Or, if you are too fixated on Krishna you will not be able to see what is happening in Christ. God manifests in millions of ways - in Krishna and in Christ and Mahavira and Buddha and Mohammed and Zarathustra and Lao Tzu - millions of ways. And all ways are his.
But to recognize that you will need great intelligence, and the first step towards intelligence is to drop all a priori ideas, prejudices, to drop all that has been given by others to you, to drop all the dust from your mind so that you can become a pure mirror and you can reflect.
First, the man of God has disappeared as an ego; there is no “I” to say anything against or for. Second, he has no fixed rules, so he cannot weigh who is doing right and who is doing wrong. Third, a great acceptance has arisen in his soul, total acceptance has arisen in his being. All is good because all is from God. Yes, he can bless the whole because he is so blessed by the whole. He has no judgment. That is the meaning when Jesus says, “Judge ye not.”
So remember, there are no right judgments and no wrong judgments - judging as such is wrong. Drop judging. And if you can drop judging you will be surprised how many burdens, how many rocks from your heart have been dropped. You will feel weightless. You will almost feel like flying. You are chained by your prejudices, you are chained by your past - that’s why you feel life as being so heavy. Life is not heavy, it is your carrying of the past that is making it heavy.
That’s why children are light and old people become very heavy - because the children have no autobiographies yet. As they grow up they will start gathering, accumulating junk - experiences, knowledge, this and that - and sooner or later they will be drowned in their own past.