We go on reading the Bibles, the Korans, the Gitas. That is not a problem. The problem comes when you come across a Mohammed. It is easy to read Ayatollah Khomeiniac; it is difficult to come across Mohammed, because Mohammed is bound to be like an electric shock. He will go like a deep tremor into your being. And these ayatollahs, these imams, are not to be afraid of. They talk such nonsense.
Just the other day I was reading… These people write great treatises on the Koran, and you will be surprised to know what they write in those treatises. Such stupid things! – for example: “You should not urinate towards Kaaba.” Great metaphysics! Great spirituality! You should continuously remember, otherwise be prepared for hell. But it can be managed; Mohammedans manage it, they remember the direction of Kaaba. As if godliness is only in Kaaba and nowhere else! As if Kaaba is the only direction which is divine and all else is undivine!
I was reminded of a beautiful story in Nanak’s life:
He went to Kaaba and he slept with his feet towards the sacred Kaaba stone. The imam of Kaaba came and he was very angry. He said, “You pretend to be a holy man and you don’t even know the ordinary rules! Whether you are a Mohammedan or not, you can at least be polite! This much courtesy you can show: you should not put your feet towards Kaaba. Change the direction of your feet!”
Nanak laughed and he said, “You have come at the right time – that’s what was puzzling me! Please, you do it. Turn my feet towards any direction – because I have tried and I have to go to sleep. I have tried; half the night I have wasted already. You try!”
In deep anger, rage, the imam turned Nanak’s feet to the opposite direction. He was shocked to see that Kaaba moved towards Nanak’s feet! He turned Nanak’s feet in every direction and Kaaba moved.
Whether it happened or not is not the point; but the story is beautiful. It simply says that godliness is everywhere. Wherever you put your feet it is in the direction of godliness, because nothing else exists. But these foolish scholars go on talking nonsense and they write big treatises. But they are not dangerous to you.
For example, on a day when you are fasting… In the days of Ramadan when a Mohammedan fasts, in desert countries a great problem has arisen: when you are moving in the desert sometimes you may swallow dust. Now the problem is – what a great problem! – in the desert on a fast day, if you swallow dust, is your fast broken or not? Now these ayatollahs say your fast is broken if you swallow the dust voluntarily. But who will swallow the dust voluntarily? For what? Dust is not food, dust is not nourishment. But if it happens involuntarily, then the fast is not broken.
Then people go on discussing such stupid nonsense for centuries – sheer nonsense! They will miss a Mohammed, they will miss a Moses, they will miss a Lao Tzu; and for centuries they will discuss useless things. Useless things are not dangerous.