The religious question is not something which can be answered by somebody else. Nobody else can love on your behalf. Nobody else can live on your behalf. You have to live your life, and you have to seek and search the fundamental questions of life. And unless you discover yourself there is no joy, no ecstasy. If God is just given to you, ready-made, it is not worth anything, it is valueless. But that’s how it is being done.
What you call religious ideas are not religious, but only superstitions carried down the ages – for so long that just their ancientness has made them appear like truth.
Adolf Hitler, in his autobiography, My Struggle, makes many significant statements. The man was mad, but sometimes mad people say things which sane people are afraid to say. One of his most important statements is: “Any lie can become truth if repeated often, emphasized again and again, told by everybody from every corner.” You go to the school and you hear about God and prayer. In the home you hear about God and prayer. You go to the temple and you hear about God and prayer. So many people…and just a small child against this whole mob.
It is impossible for him to doubt: all these people are wrong? And these are not the only people; their parents, and their parents, for thousands of years, have believed in these truths. They cannot all be wrong: “And I, a small child against this whole humanity.” He cannot gather courage. He starts repressing any possibility of doubt. And everybody else helps to repress doubt, because “doubt is from the Devil. Doubt is a great, perhaps the greatest, sin. Belief is virtue. Believe and you will find; doubt, and you have missed at the very first step.”
The truth is just the opposite. Believe and you will never find, and whatsoever you find will be nothing but the projection of your own belief – it will not be truth. What has truth to do with your believing? Doubt, and doubt totally, because doubt is a cleansing process. It takes out all junk from your mind. It makes you innocent again, again the child which has been destroyed by the parents, by the priests, by the politicians, by the pedagogues. You have to discover that child again. You have to start from that point. Hence, my whole effort here is to destroy all your so-called religious ideas.
It will hurt you because those religious ideas have become so intimate to you that you have forgotten they are not your discoveries, they are not your experiences. You have not lived them; you have not even loved them. Somebody else has forced you to believe in them, and whosoever has done it has committed an inhuman act against you.
I am not saying that those people are knowingly doing it. They are themselves victims of the same process; their parents did it to them, their teachers did it to them. So I am not saying start feeling angry against them – they did it thinking it is good for you. But just by their thinking anything is not going to make it become good – just by their thinking…. They have been trying to help you, but they don’t know that there are things in which a person should be left alone; only then can he discover. If you try to help him you are crippling him.