A life which is just material has no meaning. You are just a machine, a robot. At birth you start breathing, mechanically, and at death you stop breathing. If this is the only life, between the cradle and the grave, then this life has no meaning. What meaning can it have?
And then there is no good and no bad. Even killing a person you are not committing a murder, because it is only matter. If you kill your chair I don’t think any court is going to take action against you, that you murdered the chair.
In China, because they believed that women have no souls, husbands used to kill their wives. In China there was no law against murdering your wife, because she is just like furniture. You use it, and when you think it is useless, just finish with it! Find some new furniture. The same is the situation in Thailand. The woman has no soul and no rights; she is not human.
But in accordance with Karl Marx, the Soviet Union was based on materialism. It was good in the beginning because it destroyed all the orthodox Christians and their monasteries and their monks. It turned the churches into hospitals, into schools, into colleges. Big monasteries – because the Russian Orthodox church is one of the oldest churches, older than the Vatican, and much more orthodox than any other church in the world.
You will not believe that in the name of celibacy, the Russian Orthodox church allowed men to cut off their genitals. Every year when Christmas came, hundreds of people would cut off their genitals in the name of becoming celibate. Women were not left behind: they would cut off their breasts. But neither by cutting off your breasts do you become celibate, nor by cutting off your genitals do you become celibate, because the sex center exists in the brain, not in the genitals. The genitals are an extension of a center in the brain.
That’s why if you start just imagining about a beautiful woman, immediately your genitals start moving. You are only thinking – you can do it right now! The thought is in the mind. It is immediately transferred to the genitals, but it always begins in the mind. The genitals don’t have any thinking power. They don’t have eyes to see which woman is beautiful. It is your eyes which see and inform the brain, and then the genitals start functioning.
If you really want celibate people, then they need a brain operation. The center of sex should be removed. But then you will be simply impotent – not celibate.
Karl Marx was right, that such religions should be finished. They are against humanity. They protect poverty and they protect the rich. They are against revolution, they are against any change – obviously, he was right to call them the opium of the people, the hope of the hopeless. If Christianity and Judaism were the only religions, then the Soviet Union would not have any need, any urge to find the inner world!
But just think about it. You cannot have the outside world without having the inside world; they exist together like two sides of the coin.