Questions from friends.
Goethe once wrote in his Goetz von Berlichingen, “Poverty, chastity and obedience – unbearable are they all.”
What do you think about his statement?
It is absolutely correct. These are the three calamities that have ruined the very being of humanity.
Obedience means, in other words, slavery. We are very clever to use good words for ugly realities. I do not teach you disobedience; this has to be understood clearly. Obedience is ugly, and the human mind moves like a pendulum of a clock – it immediately goes to the opposite. Then it starts making disobedience the law of life.
Disobedience is only reaction. If there is no obedience imposed on you, disobedience will disappear automatically because there is nothing to disobey.
So I have to make it clear to you that I hate obedience, but in that obedience disobedience is included, because they are part of one reality.
I teach intelligence.
Obedience keeps you retarded. You have just to follow; you are not to doubt, you are not to question, you have just to be a robot. Naturally, sooner or later, particularly younger people start feeling that all this obedience is nothing but a strategy to impose slavery. They react, and move to the other extreme. Whatever is said, don’t do it – that becomes their religion. In both the ways they remain retarded.
My struggle is against the retardedness of human mind. I want you to be intelligent, to decide for yourself.
I can explain something to you. I can put all my cards open before you. Now it is up to you to decide what to do. Action is going to be your decision. Explanation can be done by your parents, by your teachers, by the society, but explanation is not an order to act. They are simply making you aware of the whole situation. Making you aware of the whole situation makes you intelligent; you become more alert, you start seeing things which you were not seeing before. You become aware of new directions, new dimensions, new ways of looking at things.
But there is no order that you have to act according to the explanation given to you. Action has to come from your own intelligence, from your own understanding. It will not be obedience, it will not be disobedience.
Sometimes you may feel it perfectly right to do something, but that is your decision. Sometimes you may feel it is not right to do something; that too is your decision. The more decisions you are allowed to take, the more your intelligence is sharpened.