I don’t have anything like that because I don’t have any catechism, any dogma. I don’t offer any principles, any philosophy, any theology. My sannyasins live individual lives in freedom.
So there is no such thing as a bad sannyasin, like there is a bad Christian, or…?
No, no, there is no good sannyasin, there is no bad sannyasin; there are only sannyasins. Good and bad are ugly words and I have dissolved them completely. Here is no judgment; everybody has to be responsible for himself, his freedom and whatsoever he wants to do with his life. So it is difficult for me – impossible – to explain to the outside people how a sannyasin is. The only way is to invite him to be here, live with the sannyasins, experience what they are going through. Taste it and their fragrance will be my explanation, the taste of being with the sannyasins is my theology. Those people will have to come to the well, the well does not go to the thirsty.
If there is no good and bad and no judging, how does one know if he is improving? Or is there even a need to improve? Or is that up to the individual – am I happy with what I am doing now, am I happy with the level I am at now?
I do not teach that you have to become somebody other than what you are. No improvement is needed, there is no goal to be achieved. Whatever you need is already provided by existence each moment; it is up to you how to use it, or not to use it.
I’m not very familiar with the Bible, but what you just said is almost something that I think is in the Bible: that answers are there, you just have to open your eyes and see them. Everything that you need is here right now, you just have to open yourself up to it, the answers are all there.
No, it is not in the Bible, you don’t know anything about the Bible. In the Bible it is said: seek and ye shall find, ask and you will receive the answer, knock and the door shall be opened. This is totally against what I am saying. I am saying: seek and you will miss, do not seek because it is here right now – in seeking you will forget the moment which is slipping by. Do not ask because you are the answer. Why become a question? It is simply stupid to become a question when you can become the answer.
What do you think of those of us who do not subscribe to your way of life?
I don’t care, I simply allow them their freedom – nor do I subscribe to their philosophy, their religion. It is perfectly right they don’t subscribe. But we are not at all worried about them, they are worried about us. That makes the difference; somehow they are troubled by us, we are not troubled.