Chapter 29: Just Be a Little Saner
There is no God, and there is nobody to understand what you are talking about. But it certainly gives a consolation - in depression, in suffering, in misery, just opening your heart and praying to God certainly gives peace. It is made of the same stuff as dreams are made of, it is nothing valuable. But man has lived on dreams, on hopes, on imagination: if God has not heard today, tomorrow he will hear.
For the first time in the world all these therapies have come with the idea that man’s psychological troubles are rooted in his fixation on the mother, on the father. This fixation has to be cut completely; with it will disappear your gods, your mother goddesses. With this will disappear many fictions, prayers, many hopes, many dreams. You will be cleaner, more unburdened, more clear, more perceptive.
But you have come to a wrong conclusion. You say, “I have done the Primal group. I know pretty well that I don’t want to accept any other father.” The Primal group was not saying to you that you have to accept any other father. That’s what religions have been doing - instead of a Hindu god accept a Christian god. That is changing your father, your fixation.
I was staying in faraway central India, with a small aboriginal tribe. One of my professor friends used to go; he was an anthropologist and he was studying the aboriginals, their civilization, their mannerisms. And he told me, “The place is so beautiful in the deep forest, so virgin.” He showed me a few photographs of a cave which goes miles underground, and a small river flows in the cave. He had been through the whole cave with torches, taking photographs. I became interested and I went.
The first night we were resting, and after the night, in the morning, we were going to explore that tremendously beautiful cave. But in the night, something happened that I want to tell you.
A missionary had come into the village, and the whole village gathered in the clearing in the middle of their small huts, just a little ground for meetings. They all gathered. They were very much interested in what this missionary was going to say.
The missionary said to them, “You have been in misery, in suffering, because you have not yet found the right god.”
One of the old men of the tribe asked, “How to find the right god?”
He said, “I will show you the way.” But he continued to look at me, although I was sitting behind the crowd. Without disturbing anything, I wanted to see what he was trying to do. And he was afraid, because he could see me and my friend, and the car behind.
But still he went on; he brought from his suitcase two statues. One was of Rama, who is being worshipped by the aboriginals of central India as god, and one was of Jesus Christ. And he had a bucket full of water and he said, “You can see for yourself how to find the right god. You can see your god, Rama, and my god, Jesus Christ. Now I will drop them into the bucket and you will see: whoever drowns is wrong, whoever floats is right.”