They deported me. This is strange – foreigners deporting another foreigner. At least I had a valid visa and I was not an invader. They are invaders and entered America with force and violence – and now they have become the proclaimers of freedom and democracy. America will be free the day it is in the hands of Red Indians. It is the greatest land of slavery today.
As far as their constitution is concerned, Americans have been very proud, proclaiming that they have one of the best constitutions. The latest research has just been published. Just two or three days ago I received the information that all that is beautiful in the American constitution is borrowed from the Red Indians and their old, ancient books of wisdom. So the so-called “great American fathers,” the founders of America, were simply thieves and nothing else. They have not mentioned, not even once, that they have borrowed the whole constitution from the poor Red Indians and their books of wisdom.
And you are saying, “At the same time it twists and breaks its own laws to persecute you.” It has been persecuting the Red Indians; if it has decided to persecute me, there are valid reasons for this persecution.
One of the most shocking things to the fundamentalist Christians of America – and Ronald Reagan belongs to that group…. They have always been sending missionaries to the East, to the poor countries of the East. There are thousands of missionaries all over India, converting the beggars into Christians, the orphans into Christians, the prostitutes into Christians, the aboriginals into Christians, the uneducated, uncultured. But they have not been able to convert a single cultured, educated, high-class brahmin, or a Jaina or a Buddhist.
Their shock was that I was there and the most cultured and educated people of their country – doctors, surgeons, scientists, engineers – were dropping Christianity and becoming sannyasins. And I am not a missionary; I have never told them, promised them any salvation or any heavenly pleasures. I have not told them, “I will be your protector against hell.” I was simply telling them what is true and what is divine and what is beautiful.
Satyam shivam sundaram.
Christianity has nothing to offer to the educated and the cultured. The shock was tremendous. Before me also there have been many people from the East – but they were all cunning, clever and the Christians were not annoyed with them. For example, Vivekananda: he was the first Indian who was very much appreciated by the Christians, because he proclaimed that Christianity is teaching essentially what all religions are teaching. This was very ego-fulfilling.
When I said that Christianity comes lowest as far as the hierarchy of religions is concerned…it has nothing that can be compared with Zen or Sufism or Hassidism; it has not even known the word meditation. All that it consists of is hypothetical. In fact, it prevents people from experiencing the truth. Its emphasis is on believing in God and believing in Jesus Christ.