Then what is so great about calling Mahavira and Buddha and Krishna and Rama, Bhagwan? Just knowledgeable, just like parrots…repeating the scriptures.
The third meaning is greatness.
I could not resist having immense compassion on this poor fellow, Daulatsagar Suriswarji. There are all kinds of greatness in the world: are you going to call Alexander the Great, who conquered the world, Bhagwan? Are you going to call Adolf Hitler, Bhagwan? He believed that he was the reincarnation of the Jewish prophet Elijah, and still there are his followers in Germany, in America, and all over the world.
I received a letter from the American president of the Neo-Fascist Society, and he told me, “You have been again and again criticizing Adolf Hitler. It hurts our religious feelings!”
I had never even dreamt that criticizing Adolf Hitler was going to hurt somebody’s religious feelings. In his letter he said, “Perhaps you are not aware that Adolf Hitler was no ordinary human being. He was the reincarnation of the Jewish prophet Elijah.”
I wrote to him that “If he is what you say, the reincarnation of the prophet Elijah, then you will be in trouble, because he killed six million Jews! What kind of Jewish prophet…?”
Whom are you going to call great? Ronald Reagan? Are you going to call people who have mountains of money great?
In America the richest man has four million dollars; in Japan the richest man has twenty-six million dollars. Certainly this man must be called Bhagwan. He has defeated everybody in the world. Never before has anybody had twenty-six million dollars. Forgive me, he has twenty-six billion dollars.
Japan is only one-fourth, as far as land is concerned, of the United States, but its value is four times more than the whole USA Now Japan should be called a great nation – the richest.
People who have money, people who have political power, people who have scientific knowledge…Are you going to call Albert Einstein, the man who created atomic energy, Bhagwan?
What does it mean? All these meanings have no reference to your Mahavira, to your Buddha, to your Rama. They don’t have any meaning; this is simply camouflage.
Fourth is success. When I read it I said, “Aha! Success is Bhagwan.”
There are millions of people who are successful. There are successful people like Picasso, there are successful people like Morgan, there are successful people like Ford. Are you going to call these people Bhagwan?
I am simply cutting in a single blow all the nonsense that this man, Daulatsagar Suriswarji, has produced. From where has he got these meanings? I don’t bother about it. I have accepted those meanings, not bothering about linguistics. I can simply destroy all the meanings he has been talking of.