Strangely enough, this persuasion of Arjuna, who did not want to fight with his own cousin-brothers…. On both sides there were relatives, friends, colleagues, teachers; Arjuna could not believe it: to murder all these people…. The whole Srimad Bhagavadgita, the most famous Hindu religious scripture, is full of persuasion for violence.
And the most amazing thing is that the great Mahatma Gandhi, who used to think that he was nonviolent – perhaps the greatest nonviolent person in the world – called Srimad Bhagavadgita his mother. Nobody objected that the Bhagavadgita is completely violent; it preaches violence and war. Adolf Hitler could have called it his mother, and that would have been consistent, but not Mahatma Gandhi.
But just a blindness that does not allow you to see into your own tradition…All that is old is gold for these people. They never think that the past was not as great a past as you think. If it was great, from where have you come? You are a descendant of that great past. The world would not have been in such a mess.
In China, Confucius, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu…nobody objected to the idea that women have no souls. For centuries in China women have not been considered as spiritual beings – they don’t have any soul, hence they are just like the furniture. If a husband killed his wife, it was not a crime. And these people – Confucius, and Lao Tzu, and Chuang Tzu – all tolerated it.
This tolerance is a silent acceptance. They could have objected, but nobody wants to risk his prestige. Nobody wants to be condemned by the blind masses.
I say unto you, all these religious founders were so-called, self-proclaiming.
I have told you that now it is my turn, and I am going to be on the warpath!
Every day I will take one issue and try to explain to you how this issue has been supported by all the religions, and humanity has been harmed immensely, wounded immensely.
Today I have chosen the subject, the woman, because the woman is half of humanity.
In the Christian trinity there is no place for a woman. The Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost – absolutely a gay society. Even Jesus, who teaches to love your enemies, was disrespectful to his mother. I am reminded of an incident….
Jesus was teaching in the marketplace to a crowd. His mother had not seen him for years and she was standing outside the crowd. somebody shouted to him, “Your mother is waiting outside! She has not seen you for years.”
Jesus said, “Tell that woman” – he could not even use the word mother. “Tell that woman that nobody is my mother, nobody is my father! My father lives in heaven.”
Such an insulting, humiliating attitude from a man who teaches to love your enemies, and “If somebody slaps you, give him your other cheek too.” This is hypocrisy. Although he mixed with women, even prostitutes, he did not allow any woman to be his apostle. All the twelve apostles were men. It is a male chauvinist ideology.