Chapter 21: Priest and Politicians: From Genesis to Genocide
As far as religion is concerned, it is a little more complicated. It is easy to understand scientifically that what Mahavira is saying is just ordinary compared to Albert Einstein. In religion it seems to be a little complex, complicated, because we have accepted the idea that these religions - Hinduism, Mohammedanism, Christianity, Judaism, Jainism - are religions. There is the basic fallacy.
They are only pseudo-religions. They are only preparing the way for religion to come. But of course they could not be aware of it, that they were only preparing a way. They have prepared the way; hence it is possible for a man like me to say things which were not possible for them. Of course they are there in my statements; they have worked for centuries to create this moment. This time is not out of nowhere, it stands on the shoulders of the past.
Of course you are standing on your father’s shoulders. He is standing on his father’s shoulders. You can see further away than your father, than your grandfather. The farther back you go, the more the vision becomes limited, more narrow and more narrow still. You are standing on a height.
So remember that when the true religion is born it is very much indebted to the pygmies because it is standing on their shoulders. Without them it is not possible. Don’t forget it, that you are standing so tall and you can see so far away just because underneath your feet the whole of history is supporting you.
But it always happens that whenever somebody finds something, the human tendency is to exaggerate. A little finding, a small truth, becomes exaggerated. And because it is truth nobody can deny it absolutely. If you have a little imagination - and these masters are mostly very imaginative people.. They had found little fragments of truth - but don’t forget the tendency of the mind: it is never satisfied with a fragment, it wants the whole. That’s the natural instinct in the mind, to search for the whole. If it cannot &d it, then at least it can imagine it. So that little fragment which has been found is surrounded by imagination, and it is made complete.
All these people - Jesus, Moses, Mahavira, Zarathustra, Lao Tzu - had come to a certain aspect of truth, but they could not resist the temptation to complete it by imagination.
That temptation is a great temptation. It is just like you remember three lines of poetry, then it becomes a strain on the mind; the fourth line is missing. You start trying to find it; you know it must be somewhere in your memory. Three lines are there - where is the fourth? You become tense about the fourth, and the more tense you become, the less is the possibility to remember it, because a tense mind loses the capacity to remember.
A relaxed mind can easily remember; things from the unconscious can surface more easily because the mind is relaxed. If the mind is tense, it is so narrow that it does not allow anything from the unconscious to pass through it. It becomes the eye of the needle - and things in the unconscious are like camels, not like rich men.