He said, “You don’t know the future. I know past, present, future: soon a guy – Edmund Hillary – will reach there. And once he sees me, soon the same trouble will start: buses, roads, airports, restaurants, hotels all around…because people will be coming there to complain about their problems and troubles. The same thing will start.”
Somebody said, “Then it is better you go to the moon.”
He said, “You don’t understand: there is not a single place in the whole world where man is not going to reach some day or other.”
One old adviser, who rarely used to speak, whispered in the ear of God, “I know about one place where man will never reach: you just get inside him. He will look everywhere – but he will not look within himself.”
And God said, “That seems to be sensible.” And since then he has been living within you.
Now I have told you the secret, it is up to you: if you want to go and meet him, go within! But don’t complain…. In fact, he will be very happy to see you, because he has not seen very many people in thousands of years – only once in a while.
And the people who have reached him have reached by becoming silent, alert, conscious. They don’t complain – they giggle, they laugh. And I say to you: God joins in the laughter with you.
But it has to be an experience; otherwise it will be only a belief – and I don’t want to create any belief system. I am simply telling you my own experience; you can make it your own experience too.
You say that fear and freedom, like ambition and love, cannot co-exist. But it is existence that brings into being fear and love of freedom, together.
It is true that it is existence itself which brings fear and love of freedom together – and I have been telling you they cannot exist together. They cannot.
Existence gives you an alternative: to choose, so that your freedom is not interfered with. You can choose fear, or you can choose freedom. Freedom is not being imposed by nature on you, neither is fear imposed. Nature gives you alternatives. Now it is your own choice, out of your own intelligence that you have to choose.
You cannot choose both together – that is what I mean when I say they cannot exist together. Existence makes them both available, but you have to choose one. Most people have chosen fear. Out of fear they have created all kinds of gods, theologies, religions; out of fear they are being dominated by stupid politicians; out of fear they have been exploited for thousands of years; out of fear comes their whole spiritual slavery. But there must be some reason why they choose fear and why they don’t choose freedom. Very few people have chosen freedom.