Chapter 16: Only Idiots Are Consistent
Questions from “Schweizer Illustrierte”, Switzerland
You are surprising and shocking people by always giving contradictory answers to Germans. Why do you want to study the questions now beforehand?
Just so that I can surprise you.
You once said that to the same question you can give a thousand different answers. So why do you want to prepare for an interview?
I never prepare for an interview. I simply want to see the questions to avoid you feeling embarrassed by my answers.
If I see a stupid question I’m going to call it stupid. Not to hurt you, not to make you feel embarrassed I just look at your questions.
There is no need for me to prepare.
If I know I will answer; if I do not know I will simply say, “I do not know.”
Are there any questions you are not able to answer? Are there any questions you do not want to answer?
There are no questions which I do not want to answer, but there are millions of questions I cannot answer for the simple reason they do not interest me; they don’t come into my world view. For example, if you start asking about biochemistry, physics, mathematics, I don’t know, I cannot answer them.but they are not concerned with my way of life and my teachings.
Whatever is concerned with my teachings, I am always ready to answer it as fully as possible.
You are always contradictory, as you say. Does that mean you always change your mind?
If I had a mind I would not be contradictory. Mind is a computer. No computer ever contradicts; it gives always the same reply, it is always consistent.
My state is of a no-mind.
The mind is there for utilitarian purposes; for example, I am using it now to answer your questions. But my own being is beyond the mind; it is a state of no-mind.