That’s how all the religions have lived up to now: they go on repeating the same stupid beliefs, but those beliefs become truths to people. People are ready to die for them. Now, nobody has seen where heaven is, but millions of people have died for heaven.
Mohammedans say that if you die in a religious war you will immediately go to heaven and all your sins are forgiven. And Christians also say that in a religious war, in a crusade, if you die you immediately go to heaven; then everything else is forgiven. And millions of people have died and killed others, believing that this is a truth.
We have seen such things happening even in this twentieth century; it doesn’t seem to be very grown-up in that way. Adolf Hitler repeated for twenty years continuously: “Jews are the cause of all misery,” and a very intelligent nation like Germany started believing in him. What to say about ordinary people? – even people like Martin Heidegger, one of the greatest philosophers Germany has produced in this century, believed that Adolf Hitler was right. He supported Adolf Hitler.
A man of the intelligence of Martin Heidegger supporting a stupid, mad person like Adolf Hitler! What could the secret be? The secret is: repeat, go on repeating. Even Jews started believing that it must be true: “We must be the cause; otherwise how could so many intelligent people believe it? If so many people believe it, there must be something in it!”
You have been brought up with such beliefs, such ideas, which have no foundation in reality. And if you go on living according to them you will live in vain. You have to go through a radical change.
Ask questions about yourself, don’t ask about others. It is impossible to be certain of the other and there is no need either. How can you be certain of the other? The other is a flux. This moment the other person may be loving, and the next moment he may not be loving. There can be no promise. You can only be certain about yourself, and that too only for the moment. And there is no need to think of the whole future. Think in terms of the moment and the present; live in the present.
If this moment is full of friendship and the fragrance of friendship, why be worried about the next moment? The next moment will be born out of this moment. It is bound to be of a higher, deeper quality. It will bring the same fragrance to a higher altitude. There is no need to think about it, just live the moment in deep friendship.
Friendship need not be addressed to anyone in particular; that is also a rotten idea that you have to be friends with a certain person. Just be friendly; rather than creating friendship, create friendliness. Let it become a quality of your being, a climate that surrounds you, so you are friendly with whomsoever you come in contact.