One vote of Nasruddin, himself, one his wife, and from where comes the other? The jealous mind thinks in terms of jealousy. The possessive mind thinks in terms of possessiveness. The angry mind thinks in terms of anger.
Look at the Jewish God. He is as possessive as any man can be. He is as egoistic as any man can be. He is as revengeful as any man can be. He does not look divine at all. He looks more like a devil than like a god. The whole myth of Adam being turned out of the garden of Eden shows nothing much about Adam, but it shows much about the God. “Because Adam disobeyed” – what type of God is that who cannot tolerate such a small disobedience, very intolerant, who cannot tolerate a little freedom? That God may be a slave owner, but he is not a god.
What was the sin of Adam in fact? Curiosity, nothing else. Because God had said, “Don’t eat the fruit of this tree. This is the tree of knowledge,” and Adam became curious. Simple, very human. To think otherwise is impossible. And for that small thing – how can you call it a sin? That is the whole base of all scientific curiosity and inquiry. All scientists are sinners. Patanjali, Buddha. Zarathustra – all are sinners because they are tremendously curious to know what truth is, what life is. They are all Adams. But the Jewish God could not tolerate; he became mad. He turned Adam out of the garden the greatest sin has been committed. Curiosity is a sin? The effort to know the unknown is a sin? Then to seek truth is a sin. Disobeying, being rebellious is a sin? Then all great religious people are sinners because they are all rebellious.
No, it has nothing to do with God. It has something to do with the Jewish mind, small mind thinking about God, creating a God in its own image.
Mulla Nasruddin once staggered from a train, his complexion very white. I had gone to the station to receive him.
“Riding backwards for ten hours,” he explained, “I never could stand that.”
“Why,” I inquired, “didn’t you ask the person sitting opposite to change seats with you?”
“I could not do that.” said the Mulla. “There wasn’t anybody there.”
There is nobody in the sky to listen to your prayers. Whatsoever you want to do, do. There is nobody who is going to give you permission to do it. Whatsoever you want to be, be. There is nobody you have to look to for the permission. Existence is free and available. This is the understanding of yoga: that existence is available to everybody. Whatsoever you want to be, you can be. Everything is ready. Don’t wait for anybody’s permission because there is nobody. The opposite seat is vacant – if you want to sit, you can sit on it.