People were very afraid – on the one hand very much excited, on the other hand very much afraid. Only criminals, a few daredevils, said, “Okay, if they don’t stop, nothing to worry – we will see.”
When the first few people entered, a few others who were a little less daring said, “If those other people are entering, let us take a risk.”
But still the compartments were almost empty; in a compartment for sixty people there were only five or ten people. In the whole train there were not more than one hundred people – trembling, eating breakfast, but knowing well, “This is the last breakfast; just wait for lunch and then it’s finished.”
And this train…it was going so fast, they had never seen anything like it. Unless the devil was driving it, such speed seemed impossible.
The pope, the archbishops and the great Christian leaders proved to be foolish: the train came back – it stopped. But everything new, even an innocent thing like a railway train, and the masses are against it.
The masses are in the grip of the religious leaders, of the political leaders. And these people don’t want any change to happen because every change means a danger to the status quo, a danger to the establishment. Any change is going to bring other changes, and they will have to adjust to those changes. Who knows – are those adjustments going to be favorable to them, or unfavorable? Life for those leaders of the establishment is so comfortable and so luxurious it is better that everything remains the same.
But now the situation is totally different. The establishment itself has brought the situation of an ultimate change – either life or death. And the choice is such that I don’t think anybody is going to choose death.
If people choose life, they will have to choose life values. Then the old renunciation of religions will become out-of-date; saintliness will have to find new dimensions. Then poets and painters, singers and dancers will be the saints. Then meditators, the enlightened people, the more conscious and awakened people will be the sages.
We are coming close to a tremendous transformation, and we are going to see it in our own lives – something so rare and unique which has never happened before, and will never happen again.
You should feel fortunate, blessed, to see the great transformation of all the old values, of all the old ideals; to see the birth of new values, new ideals, new categories of honor and respectability.