The priests have been trying in every way to keep humanity at the lowest intelligence. This is their way of keeping themselves holier and higher.
If everybody starts growing in consciousness, intelligence, awareness, that is going to destroy all fictions about God, heaven and hell, and that is going to destroy all the business that the priests are doing all around the world. Millions and millions of priests are just parasites. Unless we get rid of the priests, it is very difficult to get rid of God – they are both very deeply connected. It is easy to get rid of God if there is no priest, because God does not exist, and the priest exists.
It is the priests who have programmed your minds as Christians, as Hindus, as Mohammedans, in the name of God. And it has been going on for centuries.
As far as I am concerned, I don’t think humanity has a mental age of more than seven years.
In America, where our commune was destroyed by the fundamentalist Christians – Ronald Reagan himself is a fundamentalist Christian, a fanatic. And the only reason to destroy the commune was that they could not tolerate a Godless commune living so happily, so joyously, singing songs and dancing and celebrating without any fear, without any inhibition, without any guilt.
The Attorney General, Ed Meese, admitted it before a press conference. When they had already deported me, he accepted that I had not committed any crime, but I had to be deported. He said, “Our priority was to destroy the commune, but without deporting Osho we would not have been able to destroy the commune.”
Why was it a priority for them to destroy the commune and to propose thirty-four absolutely imaginary crimes against me?
In fact, they were committing the crime against five thousand people who had simply escaped from centuries-old slavery and declared their dignity and freedom. This was intolerable. People declaring their independence and freedom? Their dignity and their prestige and their pride. Their individuality? This could not be tolerated by any fanatical so-called religious person.
I had said at a press conference that in Oregon, where the commune was situated, people are retarded. All the politicians were angry; the whole of Oregon was angry. And finally, the University of Oregon decided to take a survey – because that is the only civilized way to prove me either right or wrong. And their conclusions are immensely valuable.
They surveyed cross sections of society in Oregon, and they surveyed the commune. They were puzzled. They found that the average mental age of Oregonians was seven years, and the average mental age of the sannyasins was fourteen years – double that of any Oregonian. And I don’t think that if we take into account the whole of humanity, the mental age will be more than seven. It will be less than seven years, because millions of people are far more retarded than the Oregonians. When the average is taken, it may come to three and a half at the most.