And that has continued to be the inner unconscious of the Indian mind. They were greedy people: they possessed lands, slaves, and they were very jealous, jealous of each other. They were not humble people, and they were jealous even of their own wives. They had many wives, and they had many purchased women who were almost like prostitutes, but they wanted their wives to be absolutely dedicated only to them. They were very angry people, ready to curse anybody – not only for this life but even for future lives – on any slight provocation. And they still have a certain existence in the Indian mind.
Just a few days ago, Jayesh was telling me…because he is looking after all the problems that the Indian government and the Indian bureaucracy have created for this place. One ex-attorney general of Maharashtra appeared to be very much interested in me.
Jayesh asked him, “Have you ever heard Osho, have you ever read anything?” He said, “I have not read anything, I have never heard him.” Jayesh said, “Then in what ways are you interested in him? And why do you want to help me in solving the legal problems against the ashram, which are absolutely invalid?”
He said, “I simply want to help, because it is a blessing to work for Osho.” Jayesh was very much influenced, but in the next sentence the man said, “I will work just for the sheer joy and the blessings that will come to me from working for Osho. But money is also needed….”
Jayesh asked me what to do with such people. “He does not know you, he has never read you, he has never heard you. He talks about blessings, looks very spiritual – and ends up with the sentence that money is also needed.”
I said to him, “Ask him to choose between the two: either the blessings or the money.” He said, “Osho, you will destroy my whole work! He is the man I am depending on.” I said, “But make it clear…because he cannot have both.” He said, “It was better not to have told you. Now I am in a fix. I know he needs money, I know he is working for money. And if I ask this question, he will certainly be very much annoyed.”
This greed, this money infatuation, this materialism comes exactly down from the seers of the Rig Veda. It still constitutes the unconscious of the Hindu mind. On the surface, everything is spiritual. Underneath, everything is so ugly, so obscene…and the beauty of it is that the Indians go on condemning the whole world as materialist; they are the only spiritual people.
But my own experience is that I have not come across a more materialist people in the whole world than the Indians. Yes, they have a spiritual mask that the others don’t have, so the others appear to be materialistic. And Indians are very much conditioned to talk about spirituality, the ultimate reality. It is just common heritage to talk about great things. But when you scratch a little bit, you will find the most ugly human beings in the world – and the responsibility goes to such people.
The man who said: “Let noble thoughts come to us from every side,” has been praised by Hindu scholars down the ages. I am the first in the whole history of mankind who is condemning this man and his statement. His statement shows absolutely clearly that he knows nothing of meditation.