You cannot find a more hollow word than God – with no content in it at all, with no meaning in it at all.
When I was reading the book, Waiting For Godot, I thought perhaps Godot is a German word for God. I asked Haridas; Haridas said, “No, Godot is not German for god; the German is Gott.”
I said, “My God! that is even worse. Godot is far better!”
But Godot or God or Gott, one thing is certain, you are never going to get it. And these Germans are thinking they have gott! Nobody has ever found God.
People have been lying, and in the name of God lying becomes easier because the name of God becomes a protective umbrella.
In the court you have to take the oath in the name of God – this world is certainly insane – in the name of the greatest lie. The oath is being taken all over the world, in all the courts: “I am going to speak truth.”
When I was in a court I simply refused; I said, “I can take the oath in anybody’s name – in the name of the furniture, in the name of electricity – but I cannot take the oath in the name of God because God is the greatest lie. And you are making me tell a lie at the very beginning.”
But people are conditioned to live for hypothetical things. It is a strategy of all those people who want to exploit you.
The priest cannot exploit you if God is not the goal of life.
The politician cannot exploit you if the classless society is not the goal of life.
If democracy, freedom, if these are not the goals of life then how is the politician going to manipulate you? You simply say, “My goal is to live, and to live joyously, and to live today – because tomorrow is uncertain. It may come, it may not come; and I am not a gambler. And life is so valuable that I cannot postpone it.”
If the whole of humanity decides to live herenow then the second thing will disappear: the desire to live forever.
Let me explain it to you, why there is this second thing, to live forever. It is because you are missing life, you are not living it. You are thirsty for it, you are hungry for it, you are starved. Naturally, in this starving, hungry and thirsty state, life starts thinking of living forever – because for what is not happening today you have to create a tomorrow.
And you see that it is not happening. Even tomorrows come and go; tomorrows go on becoming yesterdays and it is not happening, not happening. Childhood becomes youth, youth becomes old age – and it has not happened.