The second question:
Why are the frauds worshipped by people, and people like Jesus, Buddha and Socrates condemned, stoned and killed?
The buddhas have always been condemned by the ordinary masses, but the ordinary masses are not responsible for it. They are unconscious. We cannot make them responsible for it. They can’t help it – they are fast asleep. And the buddhas disturb their sleep; the buddhas make every possible effort to wake them up. Nobody wants to be disturbed in one’s sleep, and one may be having beautiful dreams, sweet, nice dreams….
People want to remain unconscious. Consciousness is unknown to them and they are naturally afraid of the unknown. With the known they are secure, safe, and everybody else is just like them.
When buddhas happen, they create a great disturbance. They cannot help it, either. When they become awakened they come to know such bliss, such silence, such heights of ecstasy, such orgasmic joy, that it starts overflowing, that great compassion arises in them. They can see people moving, walking in sleep; they start shaking them, shocking them.
So it is an absolutely natural phenomenon. People become angry because you are disturbing their dreams – their anger can be understood. Buddhas become compassionate – they cannot help it. When you are blissful, compassion comes as a shadow, it follows you. Out of their compassion, they start waking people up. Naturally there arises a conflict.
And the people simply want not to be disturbed. They don’t want awakening, they want opium. It feels very good; at least it keeps them unaware of the real problems of life.
Buddhas know it perfectly well, that trying to wake people up is getting into danger. But it is worth it…. And because they now know they are indestructible – they have come to know the eternal in themselves, what can the people do? They can crucify – let them crucify. The body is going to die anyway. They can torture, but the torture cannot reach to the buddhas. The suffering remains on the outside, it cannot come in. The buddhas remain alert, watchful, witnessing. Everything is outside; nothing can penetrate into their innermost core.