I said, “It is possible they were also in the same position as you are, that they had read other people whom they believed could not lie – but you cannot be certain unless you experience. And what about your professors? And you are preparing three thousand missionaries per year; you are giving them degrees to go all over Asia to convert other people to Christianity. This whole game is hypocrisy. None of your teachers, none of your students has any taste of meditation; none of them has encountered God. And I think none of them is ready to be crucified like Jesus Christ.”
I asked him, “Are you ready to be crucified like Jesus Christ?”
He said, “What kind of question are you asking? I have children, I have my wife, I have my old parents.”
I said, “Jesus also had his old parents. And you are almost sixty; he was only thirty-three. Then why are you hanging a golden cross on a golden chain around your neck? Because as far as I understand, the neck has to be put on the cross – not that the cross is golden, hanging around your neck on a gold chain.”
He said, “I was thinking that one day I would ask you to speak to my college students” – they had almost five thousand students – “but now, I have dropped that idea. You can disturb the whole thing.”
And the same question, you are asking me. I am not converting you. I am trying to explain to you how to transform yourself, how to become more luminous, how to become more alert, more conscious. And if that consciousness brings you experiences which are not available ordinarily, and those experiences have an intrinsic quality that they have to be shared, then share them. But don’t try to impose any ideology on anyone.
You love me. Naturally the desire arises that others should also love me. But the only right way is that you should come to a state that others start loving you. I can be connected through you to others, not by your words, but by your life. You are not to be a missionary. You have to become a message yourself. People should ask you, “What has happened to you? Why do we feel such a magnetic attraction towards you? Why do we feel that you are hiding some treasure from us? Why do we feel that you have moved far above our ordinary visions?”
Then share your experience; there is no need to convert anybody. And when somebody comes on his own accord to be transformed, to learn the whole science of living in a new way, it is totally different. When you go to people to somehow convince their minds that your ideology is better than their ideology, it is possible that you may convince a few people with your ideology, but it is not conversion. They remain the same. The Catholic, the Protestant, the Hindu, the Mohammedan, the Jew, the communist – what is the difference in their lifestyle? If you insult any of them, they are going to react in the same way.
I am reminded of a beautiful story.