Just as the snake slips out of his old skin, leaving it aside completely – he does not even look back – man has to slip out of his past, not even looking back. It is difficult, but not as difficult as death for all of life. The past is heavy, the past is deep rooted, but life and desire to live is far stronger.
On the other hand there is the whole range of alternatives, but all life-denying. If you choose them, then you are choosing death. I am the only person here who is life-affirmative, who does not want to reject anything from life, who accepts life as it is, with no grudge, no complaint, with no desire that it should have been better – who relishes in it as it is. And there are no other life-affirmative ideologies around. So, on the one hand there are many ideologies which are life-denying, life-negative. All those ideologies have led man to this point, where he is facing a total death of the planet.
I am against all those ideologies for the simple reason that I affirm life and I say that if you go deeper into your desire for life, you will find the eternal source of life. And if you choose life instead of death, then you will have to change all your other ideologies – political, social, religious – because they are all life-denying. They are complementary to each other.
Choosing me you have to drop your whole past; that is the fear. But there is no other way. It has never happened before that you had to choose a certain way of life or the total destruction of all life from the planet.
That’s why I emphasize that they will have to listen. They will try not to listen, but the situation is such that ultimately they will have to listen to me, and they have to understand it also. In fact they will listen only when they are ready to understand. And when they are ready to understand they will know perfectly well that it is not a question of changing your idea, it is a question of changing your whole life, its attitudes, approaches, everything. But they will have to, because on the other side if they don’t choose what I am saying, then they have to choose a global suicide.
So in a way, the nuclear weapons, diseases like AIDS, are all helping me. They will force humanity to understand me, otherwise it was not possible for them to listen to me or to understand or to transform. But the alternative is such that there is no way out. I am the only way out of this mess that their religions and their political philosophies have created in the world.
A journalist asked you recently about your warning that once a religion becomes organized, violence enters into it. You said that that was absolutely true and that the evidence was the organization and the guns around you. You said that you were fighting even with Rajneeshees to stop institutionalization. Please comment.
I am fighting against any kind of institutionalization, organization. I want a totally different thing. I call it organism, not organization.