He rushed out with the flies to show his parents, and the parents were shocked. They said, “We have been to the doctors, you have been x-rayed. We have been to the psychoanalyst, you have been psychoanalyzed, and nobody has detected any flies. But now we cannot say anything. This man has even caught them.”
The boy said, “Can I take these flies with me to show to all those doctors? They are idiots because they were condemning me that I’m crazy. Now I want to show all of them that they are crazy. My only fault was that I was counting two, and there were three.”
I said, “You can take these without fear, and if at any time any fly enters again, I’m available. You can come to me. You need not go anywhere else.”
He said, “Now it won’t happen because now I sleep with a bandage on my mouth. I have suffered enough – it has been almost two years I have been suffering.”
And he went to the doctors, he went to the psychoanalyst; and one of the doctors was very friendly with me. He was a Rotarian, and I had gone the next day to speak in the Rotary Club. We met there…he said, “You are something. Where did you get those three flies from? Now that boy is making a fool of us. And he was saying, ‘All your X-rays, and all your education is just nonsense. You don’t know anything about flies when they enter into somebody’s body. And these are the flies, as a proof.’
“I inquired of him, ‘Who has caught them?’
“He mentioned your name, very respectfully, and he said, ‘He is the only man in the whole city who treated me as a human being, not as a madman – who realized my difficulty. And once he accepted my difficulty, it was not much trouble because they were roaming all over my body. He simply said, ‘When they come close to your mouth, just tell me. Keep your eyes closed, so I can catch hold.’ And I was thinking there were only two…there were three!’”
Imagination can create a kind of insanity if it starts believing in its own daydreams – it can create hallucinations. As far as I’m concerned, your so-called saints, great religious leaders who have seen God, who have met God, who have talked with God, are in the same category with this crazy boy who had two flies moving inside him. Their God is just their imagination.
There is a certain method if you want to check it. The time needed is at least three weeks, and you have to do two things to prepare the ground to create a hallucination. Then you can see Jesus Christ standing before you, or Gautam Buddha, and you can have a good chit-chat. You can ask questions and you will be answered – although nobody else will see that somebody is there, but that is their fault. They don’t have the spiritual height to see the invisible.