In the Christian churches everything is there, only the bridegroom is missing. All the guests are there, the celebration is perfectly ready to start but the bridegroom is missing. So only the old who have become almost blind – blind because of their conditioning – will not be able to see that this whole thing is just false, pseudo. Now instead of Christ they will find the Polack pope, who is just making stupid gestures.
Just the other day he landed in a small country which is forcibly occupied by the Americans. The American government had made every arrangement, security arrangement, for him. A car was flown from America to take him from the airport to his residence – just six kilometers, and highly guarded security arrangements were made for him. He descended from the airplane, a special airplane that was only caring for him – a big jetliner carrying just one Polack.
And he talked about the dignity of the poor He descended from the airplane and kissed the earth – these are empty gestures – and he said, “I love your country so much that I kiss its very earth.” But he didn’t talk about freedom. He loves the country so much…then why didn’t he talk about the freedom of the people? Why didn’t he say something against the people who are ruling the country forcibly? – who are occupying it? – who have made it a military base?
He didn’t talk about freedom. He talked about the beautiful country but he didn’t talk about the ugly imperialism. He was not received by any representative of the country; he was received by a special agent of the American president who had come just before him to receive him on behalf of Ronald Reagan.
…And he kissed the earth – that he goes on doing everywhere, kissing the earth – impotent gestures. Talking about the dignity of the poor, and living in richness. These hypocrites are the people who have to be avoided – and the young can see…
I talk about the dignity of being rich. There is no dignity in being poor, because if there is dignity in being poor, then there is dignity in being a slave too, then there is dignity in being sick too, then there is dignity in being starved too, undernourished too. These are all part of poverty.
I talk about the dignity of the rich. One should be rich on the outside and on the inside both. There is no need to divide the outside and the inside – they are all one. And one should live as richly as possible. That shows intelligence. Why talk about the dignity of the poor? Why not destroy poverty? Why console poor people? Why tell them, “You are the children of God, special children of God”? If the poor are the children of God, then who are the rich? – the children of the devil? Then it is better to belong to the devil than to God, then let him have his poor children and their dignity. But then the Pope will be a son of the devil because he is one of the richest persons in the world.
Now, living in luxury and talking about the dignity of the poor is hypocrisy. Live the way you would like everybody to live. Live according to your own understanding, but don’t be pretenders. The young can see it, only the young can see it.
You must have come across the beautiful parable…I love it: