The followers of Mahavira were saying, “Mahavira is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient” – all the qualities of God. And Buddha was laughing at Mahavira, telling his disciples, “This fellow, this guy, is omniscient, all knowing? I know him. Once he was begging before a house in which nobody lives. And he talks about knowing everything – past, present, future – and he does not know that the house is empty, there is nobody there, it has been empty for years. This man is omniscient? And one day he was passing early in the morning, going to the river, and he stamped on the tail of a dog who was fast asleep on the road. He only realized it when the dog started barking. This man is omniscient, all knowing, and he does not know that the dog is lying just in front of him?”
Do you think these criticisms are very spiritual? Neither are Mahavira’s criticisms very spiritual, nor are Buddha’s criticisms very spiritual. Just trivia.
So I want to tell this Buddhist scholar: consider again who is enlightened.
The other is also a Buddhist scholar, and he says, “I have been reading your books on Buddha, and I have appreciated them very much.” But he never wrote any letter to me, or any letter to the newspapers. Now he has published his letter in the newspapers. Now he says…
It is a strange thing: when I was saying things in appreciation, nobody ever wrote a single word. They thought what I was saying is really the meaning of Buddha’s sutras. It was not! The meaning was given by me, and I can take it away, and tear down all your scriptures point by point!
Now he says that I cannot have samadhi, enlightenment, because I don’t have sheel, I have only pragya. He does not understand at all – neither Buddha nor me. Pragya is a by-product of samadhi, of enlightenment. Pragya means wisdom. Unless you become enlightened, you cannot have wisdom, you can only have knowledge. And pragya does not mean knowledge, it means wisdom. It is a by-product of samadhi, enlightenment. But he has no experience of samadhi, he has just seen the scriptures. And you will see in the coming sutra, an authentic seeker simply denies that he has anything to do with sheel. Sheel means character. Now he is concerned with my character: “Without character you cannot become enlightened.” What does he know about my character? And has he ever thought about the character of Buddha?
For twenty-nine years continuously Buddha was indulging in sex – not only with his wife; he had many concubines. When he was born his father was told that he would either become a world emperor or he would renounce the world and become an enlightened one. These were the two alternatives. Of course the father wanted him to become a world emperor.
So he asked how to prevent him from becoming enlightened. “I want him to become the world emperor.” He was a small king in a small kingdom. Arun, from Nepal, has just brought a picture of the palace – which is in ruins – where Buddha was born. Even in the ruins you can see that the kingdom was not great. The palace looks like just an ordinary big house. And it was a small village on the border of Nepal and India. Naturally the father must have had the ambition of becoming a great world conqueror; he was hoping Buddha will become a world conqueror.