I don’t know at all. I just live moment to moment, so you cannot confine me into a personality You cannot define me, you cannot predict me. I don’t even know myself what I am going to do tomorrow morning. I am simply as open as existence and as indefinable as existence itself. So people have to figure out whatsoever they want – I am available. There are people who love me, there are people who would like to kill me. They have chosen different parts of me, they have focused their eyes according to their prejudices. But I am not in any way concerned about the opinion of others. I don’t have any opinion about other people, any judgment about other people.
Are you a threat to their existence and their futures? Many people have been told you are.
Perhaps. If you don’t understand what I am saying, I am certainly a threat. But if they understand what I am saying they will rejoice, there is no threat. In fact, I want to make these people contemporaries. They are not: somebody is hanging two thousand years back with Jesus Christ, somebody is hanging even farther back with Moses or Buddha. These people certainly will feel me a threat because I belong to the present.
I want them to come to the present, otherwise there is no hope for humanity. These people are simply walking corpses, burdened with the whole load of the past – ugly, superstitious. Certainly I am a threat to their superstitions, I am a threat to their rotten theologies. I am a threat to their concepts about morality, God, religion, about everything they have that is out of date. Certainly they will feel threatened because that’s how they have become identified in their own eyes, and it is always difficult to change.
Whenever a man like me is there, there are not two ways: either you have to be with me or you have to be against me.
Does that mean that they have to become Rajneeshees?
No, there is no need: they have to become contemporaries, that’s enough. Rajneeshees are not an alternative, they are simply the groundwork for the contemporary man to begin with. Once the world has understood that we have to live in the present, not in the past, Rajneeshees will simply dissolve. It is not something that I would like to remain forever and forever, it is a simple device to challenge people, to bring them to their senses. And once our work is done… They don’t need to become Rajneeshees, they need to become contemporaries, and the moment they are contemporaries, our work is done. Rajneeshees will simply melt and dissolve into the whole world.
You certainly challenge people’s traditional values, and that’s one of the things I believe makes your job more difficult. Do you think that you could be a little bit more moderate and look for the end result rather than the immediate reaction?