Jesus is crucified because we cannot allow such dangerous people on the earth. They don’t allow us sleep. They go on shaking, shocking; they go on trying to wake us up. And we are dreaming so many dreams, beautiful dreams and sweet dreams, and they go on shouting. Their presence becomes very much of a nuisance. Jesus must have been a nuisance, Socrates must have been a nuisance. Socrates must have offended and annoyed people. He was continuously poking his nose into others’ affairs, he was continuously trying to provoke and seduce, he was continuously finding opportunities where he could shake you into a kind of wakefulness. He had to be poisoned.
But whether you crucify Jesus or poison Socrates or worship Buddha, it is all the same. Worshipping is also a way of escaping, and far more cultured. If Jesus had been born in India, a very, very ancient country, he would not have been crucified. Indians know better ways of destroying – they would have worshipped him! They would have said, “You are an avatara. You are God come to earth. We will worship you forever but we will never follow you. How can we follow? We are ordinary mortals, you come from the beyond. At the most, we can touch your feet and worship you. And we will always worship – we promise! But don’t tell us to change; that is not possible. We are ordinary human beings, you are superhuman.”
That’s the meaning of avatara. When you call a man an avatara – a Buddha, a Krishna – you are saying, “It is perfectly good for you to talk about revolution, radical change; it is perfectly good for you to live in love and awareness, but we are ordinary people. You don’t belong to us, you come from God. We arise out of the earth, you come from the sky. We can only worship you. We will admire, praise, we will sing songs about you down the ages. We will do everything, but don’t tell us to be transformed. That is not possible.”
That is the meaning when you call a person an avatara: you are saying, “You don’t belong to us. Naturally you come from God, so you can be good. How can we be good? – we don’t come from God, we are sinners. You have an intrinsic goodness in you. We can’t have that intrinsic goodness, but we will try.” And we postpone, and we never try, and we go on postponing.
That is again a way of crucifying – more subtle, more cunning, more clever, more sophisticated, but still the same. The result, the outcome, is the same. Christians are not what Christ wanted them to be; Hindus are not what Krishna wanted them to be; Buddhists are not what Buddha wanted them to be. They are just the opposites.
Religion has never been tried. There have been religious persons once in a while, but religion has never been tried. It has never been given an opportunity to transform the unconscious mind that exists on the earth and creates all kinds of problems
Politics, economics, social reforms and the so-called religions – they are all escapes from the real revolution.
The real revolution has been talked about, only talked about Jesus says, “Ask and it shall be given. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened unto you.”