He said, “There was no time. I want to see the child that has been born to your wife.” The child was brought. The old man touched the feet of the child.
The king could not believe it. He said, “What are you doing? You are a great, respected saint and you are touching the feet of a child?”
That old man said, “I am old, I am respected as a saint, but I am not yet awakened. My spiritual sleep still continues. But this child is going to become an awakened soul. This is his last life. I give him the name Siddhartha.”
The father said, “But what is the meaning of this name Siddhartha? It is not common” – it was at least not common in those days. The old man explained the meaning of Siddharth: it means one who is going to achieve the meaning of life.
When I gave sannyas to Govind Siddharth I thought for a moment for his name, and I felt so definitely that he was going to achieve the meaning that I gave him the same name, Siddhartha. And he has fulfilled my feeling of that moment. He has fulfilled a promise that he had not given to me. It is not only his enlightenment; it is yours too. Participate in it; celebrate it. That should be the way of every disciple. Anyone coming home, a part of you has also come home with him – recognize it.
Govind Siddhartha is doubly blessed: my blessings are with him, and now Gautam Buddha’s blessings are also with him.
And you should accept this celebration as a challenge too. It opens a door. Forget all the nonsense that has been imposed on you for centuries – that Krishna becomes enlightened because he is already born as an incarnation of God. In fact, if he is born as an incarnation of God, then his enlightenment is not much to be celebrated. He is already God, he cannot be more than what he is: he is dead.
If Jesus is enlightened because he is the only begotten son of God, that is not something to be proud of – because to be the only begotten son… Now, enlightenment cannot be an addition to your being in any way; you have all that a man can be. And because of these people, millions of human beings have shrunk back from the journey thinking that it is only for those towards whom God is especially favorable – “It is not for us ordinary human beings.”
And the priests have done everything in their power to make these people special. Jesus is not born like any other human being; he is born out of a virgin mother – just to make him special, otherwise it is absolute nonsense. Nobody can be born out of a virgin mother. Yes, there are unfertilized eggs, but nothing is born out of them. They are born out of virgin mothers but they are pure vegetables, there is nothing alive in them.
If Jesus was an unfertilized egg… But then these priests cannot be forgiven – to make him an unfertilized egg, and then crucifying the poor egg! First he is dead, no life, no possibility of life, and then putting him on the cross. The whole story is so fictitious.