No religion has given you the criterion, and yet I am asked again and again not to criticize any religion. They have given you ideas to judge others, fixed ideas; and life is never fixed. But they have never told you how they have come upon the conclusion that something is wrong and something is right. Just their forefathers have given them the ideas. All traditions are blind. And any traditional person is sick, because he has not yet been able to find his own understanding.
But I give you the criterion – I don’t say what is right and what is wrong, I give you the criterion so whatever the situation, whatever the context, you will be always able to judge in that particular context and situation what is right and what is wrong.
And such a simple thing has been missed for thousands of years. Perhaps it is very simple and obvious; that’s why it has been missed. All these so-called great thinkers and philosophers and theologians are stargazers. They don’t see that which is close; their eyes are fixed far away on an imaginary God, a paradise beyond death.
I don’t care at all about your God, and I don’t care at all what happens to you after your death. My concern is what happens to you right now, to your consciousness – because that will always be with you, beyond death, wherever you are. Your consciousness will carry that light which divides the wrong from the right.
Anything that makes you more alert, more conscious, more peaceful, more silent, more celebrating, more festive, is good. Anything that makes you unconscious, miserable, jealous, angry, destructive, is wrong.
I am not giving you a list of objects which are right and which are wrong. I am simply giving you the clarity to judge in each moment of life, without any consultation of the Ten Commandments, of Srimad Bhagavadgita – without asking the dead. Why not ask the living source of being in you?
You are the only holy scripture in the world. And unless you are clear about this simple and obvious thing… Try! Each moment brings the opportunity. And you will see that your criterion is always helpful – and without any dictation from the dead. It is your own understanding that simply goes on shifting.
Don’t listen to anybody except your own consciousness.
When you are angry, you lose consciousness, you become unconscious. Anger covers you like a black cloud. You can commit murder, you can destroy life. But when you are loving, bells of joy start ringing in your heart. You start feeling your consciousness rising. And, if in love also you lose consciousness, become unconscious, then remember: you are calling lust, love. And this kind of love is not the right thing, because it is not going to help you to grow, to expand, to attain the fulfillment of your potential.
Anything that helps you to attain the fulfillment of your potential is good. It is not only a blessing to you, it is a blessing to the whole existence. No man is an island. We are all a vast, infinite continent, joined together in the roots. Maybe our branches are separate, but our roots are one.
Realizing one’s potential is the only morality there is. Losing one’s potential and falling into darkness and retardedness is the only sin, the only evil.
Kahlil Gibran is right when he says: