And it is easy for the socialists to do it, because the socialists agree with all the superstitions of the masses. They agree with all their superstitions, they don’t disturb their religion. They don’t disturb anything in their prejudices, they support it, so obviously the masses are attracted to them more easily than to the communists who are non-compromising, who hit hard on everybody’s religion, on everybody’s theism, belief in God, and all kinds of fictitious ideas and superstitions. Naturally, the Communist Party in India – which is one of the oldest communist parties in the world – has not been able to gather any power or any great number of people to be members. And it is not going to.
Socialists pretend that they are Marxists, and that they are going to bring equality, they are going to bring social justice, but without disturbing anybody’s superstitions. Now they are talking in absolute contradictions! Without destroying the masses’ prejudices, their past-orientation, their superstitions, you cannot bring equality.
God has created only man in his own image, not woman. The woman has been created by taking a rib out of man, so she is just to be a servant to the husband. She cannot claim equality. How can a rib bone be equal to a man? She is almost reduced to being just a body and not a soul.
How are you going to make people equal when God has made them unequal, unless you strike God completely dead? And how are you going to bring social justice to the masses who believe that their poverty is because of their past life’s evil acts? They are perfectly satisfied with their poverty – it is a punishment. And they don’t think that the rich people are responsible for their poverty – they are enjoying the good acts of their past life. If you don’t disturb these superstitions, how are you going to bring equality to man?
So socialism is a strategy to prevent the proletariat from going to the communists. It is a very deep and subtle conspiracy against communism. And Gorbachev has started calling the Soviet Union a socialist country, not a communist country. Already he has started making compromises.
The second thing Sangeet has found is about democracy. He wants a democracy of the people – the same way as America has democracy “for the people, of the people, by the people.” But a democracy can exist only the way it existed in Athens, in a city-state – even there it was not perfect – with direct democracy, no representatives. The whole city would gather and decide.
That’s how they decided to poison Socrates. Fifty-one percent of the population of Athens voted that he should be given the punishment of death by poisoning: “He has been corrupting people’s morals, he has been corrupting people’s religion. He does not believe in God. He does not believe in anything – he believes only in rational, logical things, and that destroys our morality. That destroys our religion, our superstitions, and those are our only consolations in life.” Just by a very small majority – fifty-one percent were against him, and forty-nine percent were in favor of his being set free. But a majority is a majority; whether it is one man’s majority or two men’s majority does not matter.