Using the word anarchist with me is simply to create more fear…and then saying that I have the capacity to change the minds of men. In that small statement he has made everything clear about why America is so afraid: my capacity to change the minds of men. It includes that I may change men’s minds toward anarchism, and their acceptance that I have a certain intelligence which seems difficult for them to encounter.
But as far as I am concerned, I am not interested in changing the mind of man. I am interested in destroying the mind of man. Changing won’t help; it will be only a reformation, not a revolution. It will be a touch here and there, but the basic quality of the mind will remain there.
I am for no-mind. The American ambassador and the American president should understand it – perhaps they have never heard the word no-mind.
My effort is to take people beyond mind.
Secondly, I am not “extremely intelligent,” the way they see it. I have no concern with intellect. Whatever I am saying and doing is not an intellectual approach, but an existential approach. That is why they are freaking out. It would not have been difficult for them if it was only intelligence. They could have found a thousand and one arguments about it, against it.
But it is something that they are absolutely unacquainted with. It is meditativeness, of which they don’t have even any vague idea of what it is. This unknown creates the fear in them. At the most they can think it is extreme intelligence, but it is far away from intelligence. Intelligence itself cannot reach to the world of meditation.
They are also not right when they say I am an anarchist, because the anarchists like Prince Kropotkin and others are beautiful people but their philosophy is naive. They want that there should be no government, there should be no police, there should be no law. They are too naive, too simple, too innocent, too childlike. They don’t understand man – that he is full of animality, barbarism, cruelty, violence, murder, rape.
If all order and discipline is removed, the society will be in a chaos. Right now it is in a chaos, but the chaos is in a certain order. There is a certain system, a certain method, but with Prince Kropotkin and his colleagues the chaos will explode into a state that man has never seen.
I am an anarchist in a very total, different way. I don’t say there should not be any government. I always work from the roots, I never prune the leaves. I don’t say there should be no discipline, I don’t say there should be no courts and no law – that will be simply idiotic.
What I say is that the individual should drop the personality, be authentic, be honest; that the individual should drop ambitions, desires, and start rejoicing in whatsoever is available. He always goes on hankering for the moon while the earth is available – but he cannot dance here, he will dance on the moon!