Truth is not something that can become collective. It remains individual. The collective masses are not without reason so afraid of a man of truth, because truth can never become collective; only lies can become collective. And even a single man of truth is enough to put fire to the whole forest of lies, because even thousands of lies cannot face a single statement of truth.
Lies don’t have any life; they are dead. They are just a burden. They don’t give you any freedom, they don’t give you any joy. They simply burden you so much that you lose all hope of ever becoming a free individual and accept enslavement. And that is their function.
Every society, every religion, every civilization is lying and corrupting the minds of their children with all kinds of lies; and naturally, filled with these lies, the masses become very much afraid. Any truth is like fire; they cannot face it. Truth is always an individual discovery; it has always been, and so it will be in the future. It is one man’s majority.
I called it “majority” because, although it is one man’s, he is not a minority. His truth is so powerful that the whole world may be on one side; even then his truth cannot be destroyed. The man can be destroyed – and society has tried to destroy many beautiful men simply to destroy their truth. Still they have not understood the fact that you can destroy the man but you cannot destroy the truth.
The truth will remain. Once it is discovered, it is not going to disappear. You can destroy the original discoverer; somebody else will become a vehicle. Truth will find a way in the thickest jungle of lies. It always prevails. It may take time; but for truth, time does not matter – it always prevails.
The lie is decorated with all kinds of makeup, but it is still a lie. You can make it look like a real thing, but it is just an appearance. A little staring at it and you will find it is not real, it is unreal. And the moment one understands something as false, the false falls on the ground dead. Dead it was – it has always been dead, it was born dead – but you had never looked at it.
It takes time for any truth to prevail because the jungle of lies is so thick. All the vested interests are so protective of lies, and all the powers are on the side of lies. Every newborn child is born in the world of lies.
But still, because truth is the very essence of life, it cannot be defeated. Its victory can be postponed – for years, even for centuries – but one day, suddenly, you have to recognize that you have been misbehaving, mistreating.
Just a few days ago I heard – Anando brought a news cutting – that the pope for the first time in two thousand years went to a synagogue and said that it was wrong to condemn the whole Jewish community for Jesus Christ’s crucifixion; it was also absolutely wrong to condemn, kill, and destroy Jews throughout these twenty centuries as revenge for their having killed Jesus Christ.