In three thousand years man has fought five thousand wars – and you call this man cultured? Just Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Nadirshah – amongst these three they have killed one hundred million people.
The most cultured country, the most educated – which has created great philosophers like Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach, Karl Marx – is afraid of me. And this is the country of Adolf Hitler, who killed six million Jews in Germany in his gas chambers, and who killed in the second world war thirty million people. And they think they are civilized, they think they are cultured, they have a religion.
But if this Dalit organization wants, it can come to the office and look at all the protests that have been made to the president of America for arresting a mystic who has not committed any crime at all.
They fabricated, imagined, thirty-four charges against me, and not a single one had any truth in it. And the attorney general, Ed Meese, of America…
When they forced me to leave America, after my leaving, Ed Meese’s representative admitted in a press conference, “He was innocent, he has not committed any crime.” But the fundamentalist Christians – and Ronald Reagan was a fundamentalist Christian – did not want “this man” to be in the country.
One wonders, has man changed at all since Socrates, the greatest man of Greece, was poisoned? But the little man, the crowd of Greece, could not tolerate his height; they poisoned their own greatest genius. Since then Greece has never been the same. It committed suicide by poisoning Socrates. It is no longer a prominent country in the world. With Socrates it had been at the very peak of civilization.
The Jews killed Jesus, crucified him without any reason or rhyme, with no evidence of any crime. And since then the Jews have suffered immeasurably all around the world.
What crime had Jesus committed? What crime had al-Hillaj Mansoor committed? Mohammedans killed him, in a far more animalistic way than Jesus was crucified. They cut him piece by piece: feet, legs, thighs – they cut him piece by piece. And yet this man’s crime was that he kept making the statement “Ana’l Haq” again and again. It means “I am the truth.” That was the crime.
It seems that thinking is a crime in the eyes of the world.
One of the most important journalists, internationally well established, is M. V. Kamath. He has reviewed my books, and says that I am the greatest genius in the last part of this century. Mad people are never geniuses.
Another great journalist of India, the late editor of the Illustrated Weekly Of India, has reviewed another book of mine on Friedrich Nietzsche’s Zarathustra.