Chapter 11: Truth: Not a Dogma but a Dance
The first question:
Are you against all the religions? What is their most fundamental mistake?
Yes, I am against all the so-called religions because they are not religions at all. I am for religion but not for the religions.
The true religion can only be one, just like science. You don’t have Mohammedan physics, Hindu physics, Christian physics; that would be nonsense. But that’s what the religions have done - they have made the whole earth a madhouse.
If science is one, then why should the science of the inner not be one, too? Science explores the objective world and religion explores the subjective world. Their work is the same, just their direction and dimension is different.
In a more enlightened age there will be no such thing as religion, there will be only two sciences: objective science and subjective science. Objective science deals with things, subjective science deals with being.
That’s why I say I am against the religions but not against religion. But that religion is still in its birth pangs. All the old religions will do everything in their power to kill it, to destroy it - because the birth of a science of consciousness will be the death of all these so-called religions, which have been exploiting humanity for thousands of years.
What will happen to their churches, synagogues, temples? What will happen to their priesthood, their popes, their imams, their shankaracharyas, their rabbis? It is big business. And these people are not going to easily allow the true religion to be born.
But a time has come in human history when the grip of the old religions is loosening. Man is only formally paying respect to Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Mohammedanism, but basically anybody who has any intelligence is no longer interested in all that rubbish. He may go to the synagogue and to the church and to the mosque for other reasons, but those reasons are not religious; those reasons are social. It pays to be seen in the synagogue; it is respectable, and there is no harm. It is just like joining the Rotary Club or the Lions Club. These religions are old clubs, which have a religious jargon around them, but look a little deeper and you will find they are all hocus-pocus: no substance inside.
I am for religion, but that religion will not be a repetition of any religion that you are acquainted with. It will be a rebellion against all those religions. It will not carry their work further; it will stop their work completely and start a new work: of real transformation of mankind.