My husband is very much annoyed with you and your sannyasins and with me, because I crossed all the limits. He comes to the ashram with me, but he doesn’t like the idea of listening to you. He comes to the gates of the temple, but he never wants to look upon the living idol. Osho, what prevents him?
The question that you have asked is apparently simple, but in reality is complicated and has many implications to be understood. The first thing: it is not personally concerned with your husband. The most basic thing is the structure of the Indian mind – it is the oldest mind in the world, obviously the most rotten. It has been dead for centuries; it has not functioned. It has forgotten to function at all.
The Indian contribution to humanity, as far as intelligence is concerned, is very limited. Yes, there have been a few mystics, but they also have been uncreative, unrebellious; they have not hammered against the rottenness, the deadness of the mind of this land. On the contrary, they have all been supportive of it. And the intelligentsia of this country has proved the most impotent in the whole world. It has not invented anything, it has not given any scientific insight to the world. Its foundations are not logical but superstitious.
The most amazing thing is that a few mystics like Gautam Buddha, Mahavira, Patanjali, Gora, and Kabir…these great peaks of consciousness have been born here, unfortunately. I say unfortunately because the Indian intelligence has not imbibed their spirit, it has only worshipped them, and worshipping is a way of escaping from something. By worshipping you are saying, “It is beyond us. You are special people, we are the ordinary, common humanity. At the most we can worship you.” But nobody has accepted the challenge or the possibility of having the same experiences and the same exploration of their own subjectivity as any Gautam Buddha, as any Kabir, as any Farid.
But they have given a false notion to the country, which has proved immensely dangerous. Because of these few people, these few flowers, the whole country has been turned into one of the most hypocritical societies.
Everybody talks about spirituality, it seems the whole country is spiritual; and I have been around the world – I have not found a more materialist country than this. It talks about God, about soul, but that is only a facade. Deep down it thinks only of money, power, prestige. But it has a very ancient mask, so glued to its original face that it has almost become its second nature.
I have traveled all over the country for decades and I was surprised that everybody is repeating, like parrots, things which don’t mean anything to them. The person does not even know the meaning of what he is saying; but he is repeating the scriptures, the Vedas, the Upanishads very accurately. That can be done by any machine – it needs no intelligence.
Because of this hypocrisy your husband has not heard me, and I don’t think he has read me. I don’t think he knows anything about me. Still he is very much annoyed with me.