Because I say such things, many people are angered. Just the other day a journalist came here. He had come to cover what is happening here in this place, and he wanted to have both stories – the people who are for it, and the people who are against it. So he went around the town. He talked to police officers, he went to see the municipal commissioner of Pune. And what the municipal commissioner said was really beautiful, I loved it.
He said, “This man is so dangerous that he should be expelled from Pune – not only from Pune but from India, not only from India but from the world!”
I loved it. And I started thinking, “Where will they expel me from the world?” That’s a really fantastic idea! If they can manage it, I am willing to go.
Why is there so much anger? The anger has a reason to it, it has a rationale behind it. The rationale is that I am trying to give you a totally new vision of religious life – and if the new vision succeeds, then all the old visions will have to die.
Forget all about what you have been told: “This is right and this is wrong.” Life is not so fixed. The thing that is right today may be wrong tomorrow, the thing that is wrong this moment may be right the next moment. Life cannot be pigeonholed; you cannot label it so easily: “This is right and this is wrong.” Life is not a chemist’s shop where every bottle is labeled and you know what is what. Life is a mystery; one moment something fits and then it is right. Another moment, so much water has gone down the Ganges that it no longer fits and it is wrong.
What is my definition of right? That which is harmonious with existence is right, and that which is disharmonious with existence is wrong. You will have to be very alert each moment, because it has to be decided each moment afresh. You cannot depend on ready-made answers for what is right and what is wrong. Only stupid people depend on ready-made answers, because then they need not be intelligent. There is no need; you already know what is right and what is wrong. You can cram the list, the list is not very big.
The Jews have ten commandments, so simple, you know what is right and what is wrong. But life goes on changing continuously. If Moses comes back, I don’t think he will give you the same ten commandments – he cannot. After three thousand years, how can he give you the same commandments? He will have to invent something new.
But my own understanding is this, that whenever commandments are given they create difficulties for people, because by the time they are given they are already out of date. Life moves so fast; it is a dynamism, it is not static. It is not a stagnant pool, it is a Ganges, it goes on flowing. It is never the same for two consecutive moments. So one thing may be right this moment, and may not be right the next.
Then what to do? The only possible thing is to make people so aware that they themselves can decide how to respond to a changing life.
An old Zen story: There were two temples, rivals. Both the masters – they must have been so-called masters, must have really been priests – were so much against each other that they told their followers never to look at the other temple.