I am very outraged that people are gossiping about me.
Devageet, you need not be worried about the gossip. The difference between gospels and gossip is whether you are telling it or hearing it; it is not much…and whatever is gossip today will become gospel tomorrow.
Just thinking about your question, I remembered a report that has come to me today about a man I have always respected. He is a great scientific mind, a genius; he has worked his whole life with a total energy and intelligence. His name is John Lilly.
Just today in a press interview it was asked of him – he is seventy-five years old – he was asked that if he finds himself on a small island, nobody else is there, and for miles and miles there is no sign of human life, what he would like to have with him. And he said, “I would like the five most sexy women of the world.” At the age of seventy-five…! This man must be crazy.
So if people are gossiping about you, that you have become old, don’t be worried about it. Gossip has a way of functioning of its own….
…Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.
Gossip does not need thinking. It is a very strange fact that nobody ever doubts gossip; even the very skeptical minds simply believe in gossip. People have to be forced for centuries to believe in the gospel, but gossip…people are just waiting to hear something, something juicy. And you should be proud that you have become almost a hero; everybody is deep down jealous of you. Your old age is going to go down in history. It will be remembered for ages to come that “Once upon a time, Devageet became old – and not only once, but twice within two days!”
Here is a commune of absolutely free people. The only difficulty is:
…When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
Please, Devageet, don’t feel in the gutter. Everyone is in the gutter. At least you are looking at the stars – that’s what is making people think you are becoming old, because only old people stare at the stars. At the age of seventy-five, John Lilly, a man of tremendous intelligence, is still in the gutter – not looking at the stars.
Devageet, it is creditable that you have become old earlier than you should have; you have done a fast race from young age into old age. This is what I call a “quantum leap.” And remember:
…Those who try to serve both God and women soon discover there is no God.
And about your outrageousness…I am also outrageous, because the principle is:
…Whenever in doubt, be outrageous.
What else can you do?