God is one, because reality is one. If God is equal to reality, synonymous with reality, then there are not many existences, there is only one existence – it can’t have so many images. In fact, no image can represent it; every image will be only partial. And to claim the whole truth for the part is a sin – a sin against yourself and against humanity and against truth.
And the moment you start thinking about God in anthropocentric terms, you make an image. That image is nothing but a toy to play with. You can worship it, you can pray, you can bow down to it, but you are simply being stupid. You are bowing down to your own toy, you are worshipping your own creation! And that’s what your temples, your churches, your mosques are – man-made, manufactured by man’s own mind.
God cannot be manufactured. God cannot be part of man’s creation. On the contrary, man is God’s creation. The Bible says God created man in his own image. But what has happened on the earth is just the opposite of it: man has created God in his own image. And of course there are many kinds of man, so there are many kinds of God, and great quarreling continues, who is right. It is not the question of what concept of God is right, the question basically is whose concept is right.
God too has become an ego trip. Christians fighting with Mohammedans, Mohammedans fighting with Hindus, Hindus fighting with Jainas, and this sorry round goes on and on. The whole history of humanity has been ugly because of these so-called religious people. They have proved the most irreligious. They have proved to be the greatest fanatics, utterly blind, deeply prejudiced, completely closed, not ready to listen to anything that goes against them or that is a little bit different from their idea. Religions have made people blind, deaf. Religions have made people foolish, unintelligent.
Buddha is a totally different world, he brings a totally different vision. The first thing to be remembered: he is not interested in God. And the miracle is that he finds godliness. His inquiry is not into godliness, but he ends, he lands, in godliness. His inquiry begins with a totally different angle, and that is the right angle to begin with. If you start as Buddha starts, you are bound to find godliness.
H.G. Wells is right when he says that Gautama the Buddha is the most godly man on the earth and yet the most godless. Yes, he is a paradox. He denies God, he says there is no God. He says there is no need to worship, he says there is no need to believe. Inquire, don’t believe! Search and seek, but without any prejudice for or against. Start with a totally pure and open mind. Start like a small child, in utter innocence, who has not even heard of God. And he does not say that if you start this way you will find God, because he knows the cunningness of human mind. If he says, “If you start this way you will find God,” your mind will say to you, “Then this is the way to find God – start this way,” but deep down your desire for God remains. The desire for God arises in your psychology; it is not a spiritual search.