Chapter 25: Religions, like Diseases, Are Many: Truth, like Health, Is One
The whole Bible can be condensed to a small postcard, all that is essential can be written on a postcard. Even then those essential things are not authentic, they are all borrowed. Jesus is quoting; they are all within inverted commas. He is quoting old prophets, and those old prophets were quoting other old prophets. It is a very strange story.. Who is the guy who started all this nonsense? It is very difficult to find; they are all quoting.
The Bible is not very old, but in India there are very ancient books; they also are all quoting. Even the Rig Veda, which is thought to be at least five thousand years old.even according to the Christian theologians, whose whole interest is to bring it as close to the present as possible because they have a problem. The problem is that The Bible says God created the world four thousand and four years before Jesus. If there is a book which is older than that, that will create trouble. So the whole vested interest of Christian theologians is to bring the age down; but they cannot do more than that.
Actually, according to Hindu astrologers - and it seems to be a very scientific observation - the Rig Veda describes a constellation of stars that happened ninety thousand years ago. About that, Western astronomy agrees: that that constellation, that particular constellation, happened ninety thousand years ago. And it is described so accurately, it is impossible that a book that was written five thousand years ago could describe something that happened eighty-five thousand years before it. There is no way to describe it, and so accurately. Either just by memory, from generation to generation, it was carried on.but then too the world must have existed long before four thousand years before Jesus.
That makes the world only six thousand years old. In India there are cities which are seven thousand years old, according to Western scientists. And if cities were there - and cities that you will not be able to believe.! And seeing the India of today it becomes even more improbable.
I have been to Mohanjodro and Harappa; both are now in Pakistan. It seems that Mohanjodro must have been a great city of its times; it was destroyed seven times by some natural calamity, but exactly how is yet undecided. But the people were really courageous; they went on creating it again and again and again.
The city exists in seven layers. When the first layer was found it was thought that that was all, that was the whole city. And just by accident, while digging the first layer of the city, they found that there seemed to be another layer also, twenty feet below. Twenty feet of mud had covered the previous city; there must have been a tremendous flood that brought so much mud that the whole city was covered. In Mohanjodaro, by and by, seven layers have been found. Now they have come to the final layer; now there is no other level. Each time a flood had been there. One never knows how many thousands of years it took for the city to be destroyed seven times and to be rebuilt again.
The beauty is to see that the roads are far bigger than those of modern Bombay, far broader. The city was not just a primitive kind of city. Houses have attached bathrooms, which don’t exist in today’s India in at least ninety-eight percent of the houses.