There are admirers. Most of them will remain only admirers. They will not come in contact with me in a living way. Their admiration is really hiding their jealousy.
I have known people who have come to see me…I could see immediately that their admiration is just a cover-up. One man had come to Manali – a journalist, very intellectual, a nice person – and he told me, “In such a small life you have become an international figure. I admire you.”
I said, “You should think about it – whether you admire me or you are jealous of me. Would you like to change places? Would you like to become an international figure? I am ready: I can become the journalist, you can become the international figure. I will be freed from all the trouble!”
He was shocked, but he understood the point. He said, “Perhaps it is jealousy; perhaps I am unable to say that I am jealous, and I am saying that I admire you.”
People admire only those whom they would have liked to become. Their admiration is an ego trip.
So from this third category, ninety percent of admirers will belong to the jealous group. Only ten percent perhaps may not be jealous, may be simple-hearted, non-egoistic, and their admiration will be simply a heartfelt feeling. But that’s where it stops.
They admire a novel of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, they admire a painting of Picasso, they admire the music of Mozart – they admire me. But what can admiring the painting of Picasso give you? That’s where it ends. It is a nice, heartfelt feeling, you are overwhelmed – but then what? Your admiration is not going to change your life, it is not going to become a transformation.
And what is your fourth category?
Others recognize you.
Right. The fourth category – of the people who recognize me – also consists of two types of people. One, which will be the majority…. It is again an ego number. By recognizing me they are trying to put themselves above me, to show that they understand me, that they understand my enlightenment, that they recognize me as a master.
But it is almost like a blind man recognizing a man with eyes just to deceive himself, just to create a belief in his own mind that he has eyes.
The major part of this category will be of that sort. I have come across such people. The king of this country recognizes me as an awakened being. But he thinks of himself as a man of great spiritual realization, which he is not. It is very easy for him to be supported by his puppets, his paid servants, who say, “Yes, you are a great spiritual leader.”