Chapter 35: Existence Is Only in the Present
I have looked into Mohammed’s words, and into the words of al-Hillaj Mansoor, who was killed because he was declaring not only that he was a messenger of God, but was also saying, “I myself am God.” Al-Hillaj Mansoor has a beauty as far as his words are concerned, a tremendous poetry, far superior to the Koran. The man is again a crackpot, but the pot is far more polished. Mohammedans killed him; and they have been killing many other people.
If you look into the psychology of Mohammed: he married a woman sixteen years older than himself. He was only twenty-four, and he married a woman who was forty. Now, this is something strange. A man who is forty may marry a woman who is twenty-four, but there is no parallel to Mohammed: a man who is twenty-four marrying a woman who is forty. It seems he is not marrying a wife, he is marrying his mother. The reason why he married this woman was that she was immensely rich. And nobody else was ready to marry that old woman, even though she was rich. This marriage was not out of love; the motivation was the money the woman had.
These are the people who are telling others, “Renounce the world!” Mohammed married nine wives. And these are the people who are saying, “Renounce the world” - renouncing the world remains spiritual. Marrying nine women - the whole battalion - and nobody asks how it can fit in with the renunciation of the world.
Mohammed has given the name “Islam” to his religion. The word islam means peace - and Mohammed was carrying a sword; no other prophet has cut off so many heads as Mohammed has done. But on his sword the sentence was written: “Peace is my message.” Islam has been one of the most murderous religions - and peace is the message.
If you look at all these people who have claimed themselves to be incarnations of God, saviors of humanity, prophets, you will be surprised that this whole lot seems to be eccentric. They say one thing and they do just the opposite.
Jesus says, “Love even your enemy as yourself.” A beautiful sentence.but one day he is hungry, his disciples are hungry, and the village they have passed refused to give them food. They come to a fig tree, hoping that there may be fruits on the tree. But there are no fruits on the tree. And now you can see what I mean by a crackpot: Jesus curses the tree!
It was not even the season for the tree to give fruits, but he curses the tree because she has not welcomed him and his disciples with fruits. Now, the poor fig tree - what can she do? it is not the season. And this man seems to be utterly blind; he cannot see that it is not the season, and trees are not supposed to welcome people with fruits. Cursing a tree, and teaching, “Love your enemy as yourself” - can you see the contradiction? The tree is not even the enemy. She has done no harm, it was not her fault that the season wouldn’t allow fruits.
Jesus talks about love; he even says, “God is love.” But he throws out the moneychangers from the temple of Jerusalem, single-handed, with great anger and rage. Lashing them, beating them, he overturned their tables and threw them out of the temple, and said, “I will not allow such dirty business in the house of my father.” This behavior does not show love, it does not show compassion; it shows only anger, hatred.