This was the reason why a madman like Adolf Hitler managed to make even great German intellectuals his followers – because he promised them that he would get rid of all the Jews. That was simply symbolic. Getting rid of the Jews, there would be nobody to remind them of their inferiority; and getting rid of the superior race chosen by God, they would certainly prove to the whole world that they are in fact the chosen race, the Nordic German Aryans.
Nobody has gone deeply into the psychology of these two world wars, but this is one of the fundamentals: the Germans were trying hard to get rid of their inferiority complex. All over the world people have puzzled, as to how Adolf Hitler convinced Germans that it was because of the Jews that they were defeated in the first world war. There seems to be no relationship at all.
It is so absurd an idea, that even a retarded person will understand that there is no real reason why Jews should be the cause…. They did not betray the country; they fought hand in hand with the Germans against the enemy; they produced all the destructive weapons; they gave their best scientists for the war, their sons as soldiers – why suddenly did Adolf Hitler start saying, “Jews are the cause of our defeat, and unless they are completely erased from Germany, Germany can never win?”
Looking at the surface there seems to be no relevance, no reasonableness; it is almost as if he had said, “We have been defeated in the first world war, because people are using toothpaste.” Jews have exactly the same kind of relevance to the German defeat.
But looking deeper into the psychology, Adolf Hitler is right. Because of the Jews they always remained inferior. They never became aggressive – how can an inferior person be aggressive? They never believed in themselves – how can an inferior person believe in himself? They knew beforehand they would be defeated; they are inferior people. Adolf Hitler wanted to prove: “We are superior.” And the only way to prove it was to kill six million Jews. He killed six million Jews and millions of people from other countries. That gave a tremendous boost to the German ego; now nobody could say, “We are inferior.”
Latifa, it is not your individual problem; it is a problem Germany has carried for centuries. It has almost become part of the collective unconscious; but by killing the Jews or killing anybody else, you cannot get rid of it.
You can pretend to be superior; you can even believe you are superior. You can even prove to the outside world that you are superior; but deep down you know perfectly well you are not superior.
All these cover-ups are not going to help. So when you come to me and you start meditating, slowly slowly those covers disappear, because they are created by the mind; and then the deep-rooted conditioning of inferiority surfaces.
The only way to get rid of it is to just watch it – let it surface, don’t suppress it. If you suppress it, you will have to live with it. Let it surface, and you remain simply a watcher: that this idea of inferiority is only a thought, and you are not the mind that thinks. You are the being that watches. Your being is neither superior nor inferior. It simply is; it knows no comparison.