First, to compromise means that convenience and survival are more important to you than truth. Secondly, it means that truth is not a revolution but a business, that it is not a transformation of your being but a social conformity. Thirdly, it means that you will never find yourself on the path. Once you have learned to compromise, you have started going astray.
Not to compromise is one of the basic, essential principles to follow if you want to find truth in its purity and full glory. And when I said this to you, certainly you rightly heard something more which was not said: “Please don’t do it to me.”
My whole effort is to make you individuals, courageous enough even to stand against the whole world. If you feel that you are right and you are experiencing the truth in your innermost core, then the whole world may be against you – it does not matter. Then even crucifixion is nothing but a seal of validity. A man who can go to his crucifixion laughing has proved beyond doubt that he knows something more than the mortal body.
Jesus seems to be wayward. At the crucifixion, on the cross, he was not joyous, he was not smiling, laughing. On the contrary, he was complaining. He was shouting at God, “Have you forsaken me?” Because his expectation was not crucifixion; his expectation was crowning. He is the only begotten son of God, how can God allow him to be crucified? A miracle is bound to happen. But the miracle did not happen, because miracles don’t come from outside. The miracle would have happened if he had smiled and laughed because he knew that “You can only crucify a dead body, you cannot crucify my consciousness.”
It happened in the case of al-Hillaj Mansoor. He was laughing – and his crucifixion was crueler than Jesus’ because Mohammedans are more violent, more fanatic than any Jew. They cut him piece by piece, it was not a single stroke. First they cut his legs, then they cut his hands, then they made him blind, then they made him deaf. They killed him piece by piece and still he was smiling, to the very last.
And somebody asked, “Before they cut your tongue, we want to know – why are you smiling?”
He said, “I am smiling because they are punishing somebody else. The body that they are punishing is not me.”
This is the miracle. It does not depend on God, it does not depend on anybody else. It depends on your experience. Al-Hillaj proves himself to be far closer to truth, just by his simple action. He is not grumbling, he is not saying to God that “This is not right that they are behaving in this primitive way with me and you are simply silent.” He is not talking about God at all. He is simply enjoying the whole thing and laughing at the stupidity of people: “You are punishing somebody else. And I have always been telling you that you cannot punish me, you cannot even touch me. Punishment is not the question at all.”