Chapter 9: Experience: The Heart of the Matter
The first question:
If India is such an unspiritual country, why are so many enlightened beings born here?
Spirituality is individual. It has nothing to do with the social, the collective. No society is spiritual, no nation is spiritual. There are spiritual beings - because there is no social soul, the soul manifests through the individual.
You ask, “Why, in India, are so many enlightened people born?” That too is propaganda; it is not true. They have been flowering everywhere - in China as much as in India, in Japan as much as in India, in Israel as much as in India. They have been flowering everywhere. You don’t have the right perspective to see world history. History is created by people according to their prejudice.
One thing is certain: India has been very articulate, it knows how to say things. It is one of the ancient-most cultures, the first country where writing happened in the beginning and people became articulate. They were pioneers in thinking, in philosophizing, so they are very articulate people. They can say things as they should be said. The Chinese are not so articulate, they are more trusting in silence. Their trust is not in words but in silence, hence you don’t know much about Chinese enlightened masters. And then, China has remained almost a different world from the remainder of the world. It is not only the China Wall; there exists a certain subtle wall too which has kept China away from other countries.
In Tibet so many enlightened people have existed, but nothing much is known about Tibet. Tibet has remained a remote, faraway land existing somewhere in the clouds. The very name has become a symbol for mystery.
India is articulate. Amongst all the Eastern countries, India is the most articulate. It has been speaking about spirituality for at least five thousand years. That has created an idea in the whole world that India is spiritual. No country is especially spiritual; spirituality has been coming to all kinds of people and all races.
What do you know about the dark continent of Africa - how many enlightened people have existed there? What do you know about primitive tribes - how many buddhas have existed there? They don’t have any record, they don’t write anything, they don’t have a written language, so it is difficult.