I said, “You just do one thing. You have one disciple who continually serves you” – he was almost like a servant – “you change his name.”
He said, “But how is that going to help?”
I said, “Just listen. Call him Jagat, the world. Jagat is a common name in India, so you call him Jagat and of course you are his guru; by calling him Jagat, you logically become Jagatguru.”
He said, “This is right. Then nobody can ask me why I call myself Jagatguru.”
But at the beginning of this century the idea was brought to the West by one of the most bogus religious movements that has ever happened in the world. It was theosophy. Theosophy was a world movement, and theosophy translated the word jagatguru as world teacher. And just as the Jews are waiting for the messiah, Buddhists are waiting for Buddha’s coming. His name is going to be Maitreya, the friend. And this is the time predicted by Buddha: “when I will be coming back.” So the theosophical movement took the opportunity….
It is a hodgepodge of all the religions: Christianity, Mohammedanism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism. They have collected whatsoever good, whatsoever they found that was appealing, from everywhere. But sometimes you can be so idiotic. A nose is beautiful, so you cut it off. Somebody else’s eyes are beautiful; you take them out. Somebody’s hands are beautiful; you cut his hands off. And you go on collecting all these parts from different people and then put them together. Do you think you will have the world’s most beautiful person? You will simply have a corpse, not even alive. And a nose that may have looked beautiful on a certain face, may not look at all beautiful in this new combination. The eyes which were beautiful with one kind of hair, with one color of hair, may not look beautiful with this man at all. This hodgepodge of a man is dead and all the parts are disconnected; there is no thread running between them.
That’s what theosophy is. It has taken everything beautiful from every place possible. They did a great job. And when they came across the idea that this is the time that Buddha is to come, they started – because only then would their religion be well established. Otherwise it was only a scholarly job: a few scholars working from Jaina sources, other scholars working from Buddhist sources, other scholars from Hindu sources. And it is a big job even to work from one source. There are so many Buddhist books, so many Jaina books. They are not as poor as the Christians – one Bible. They are not as poor as the Mohammedans – one Koran. They have thousands of books, and commentaries on those books, and then commentaries on commentaries and commentaries on commentaries. For centuries…one book may have created a series of a thousand commentaries, one commentary upon another commentary. To find out the best parts is not easy, but the theosophists worked tremendously.