I say it on authority – on my own authority, of course – that Bodhidharma, if he had known the expression, would have said to Emperor Wu of China, “You sonofabitch! Go to hell and leave me alone!” but in those days this American expression did not exist. Not that America did not exist – that again is a European myth. America was discovered by Columbus? Nonsense! It has been discovered many times but was always hushed up.
May I remind you that Mexico comes from a Sanskrit word makshika, and in Mexico there are thousands of proofs that Hinduism existed there long before Jesus Christ – what to say of Columbus! In fact America, particularly South America, was part of one vast continent in which Africa was also included. India was exactly in the middle, Africa below, America above. They were only divided by a very shallow ocean; you could walk across it! There are references to it in ancient Indian scriptures; they say that people used to pass from Asia to America on foot. Even marriages used to happen. Arjuna, the famous warrior of the Indian epic Mahabharata and Krishna’s famous disciple, was married to a Mexican girl. Of course they called Mexico “Makshika,” but the description is exactly that of Mexico.
In Mexico there are statues of Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god. A statue of the elephant god would be impossible to find in England! It would be impossible to find anywhere unless that country had come into contact with Hinduism. In Bali, yes; or in Sumatra, and Mexico, but not anywhere else unless Hinduism had been there. In some Mexican temples there are even inscriptions in ancient Sanskrit. I am saying this by the way…if you want to know more you will have to look into the life work of the monk Bhikku Chamanlal, in his book Hindu America. It is strange that nobody pays attention to his work. Christians of course cannot pay him attention, but scholarship should be unprejudiced.
This German man, and his colleague the Dutch psychologist who wrote that I am enlightened but not illuminated, and that I am illuminated but not enlightened, should both meet to discuss matters and come to a conclusion, then let me know…because I am neither. They are so much concerned with words: illumination or enlightenment? Also, the same reasons are used by each of these men to reach totally opposite conclusions. The Dutchman wrote his book some time before the German; it seems as if he stole the theme from the Dutchman. But this is how professors behave – they go on stealing the same arguments from each other, exactly the same argument…that I don’t speak like an enlightened man or like an illuminated man.
But who are they to decide how an enlightened or illuminated person should speak? Have they known Bodhidharma? Have they seen his picture? They will immediately conclude that an enlightened or illuminated person cannot look like that. He looks ferocious! His eyes are those of a lion in the forest, and the way he looks at you is such that it seems he will jump from the picture and kill you instantly. That’s how he was! But forget Bodhidharma, because now fourteen centuries have passed.