But if she comes back, nobody should ask her a single question about the book, the lies that she has spoken in it. It is all past. In two and a half years so much water has gone down the Ganges, who bothers? Even if you, only by the evening, come back home after going astray, here and there, the whole day, you are welcome.
Thousands of sannyasins have betrayed – not me, themselves – for trivia. The American government has bribed a few people to say things which are absolutely untrue because for three and a half years I was silent. And those people have confessed to the government that I arranged their marriage. I have not been able to arrange my own marriage and I don’t think there is any possibility of that anymore! Why should I bother about arranging anybody’s marriage? And I had not seen those people, I don’t remember their faces, I have never talked with them. For three and a half years I was silent, and even when I am speaking, I am speaking publicly; I don’t see people individually.
Marriage is their personal affair. If anything I can arrange for the divorce, not for the marriage. That is my whole philosophy – divorce! But those two sannyasins got enough bribes and were ready to tell the court that I had arranged their marriage. I have not said anything. Even if they come back, they will be welcomed; although I have been dragged from jail to jail because of them, poisoned because of them, fined half a million dollars.
And I don’t have a single dollar; I have not even seen the face of a single dollar. I have not touched money for almost thirty years. I don’t know who paid the fine. Of course, sannyasins were so much hurt that within ten minutes half a million dollars were paid. Even the judge could not believe his eyes. They were thinking that that much money I will not be able….I had nothing.
And such people are not few, but many; those to whom I gave respect and love. And still I love them – but they have done everything to harm my approach to life. They are afraid even to mention that they have been with me.
Just the other day, I received a brochure from Swami Anand Teertha, whom twelve sannyasins have joined to make a therapist team. Anand Teertha, who lived with me for thirteen years, writes in his introduction that he has been with an ‘Indian mystic’ for thirteen years. He has not the courage even to say who this Indian mystic is – do you hear? Even the cuckoo is more understanding – Teertha’s wife certainly has more courage than Teertha; she at least mentions my name, that she has been learning under me as my disciple for thirteen years.
Teertha could not prevent her because she is no longer with him. He is living with another woman, a girlfriend. That girlfriend was also here. She also does not mention…again comes the Indian mystic. But if they come back, they will receive the same love. I don’t take note of such stupid fears. What is their fear? Their fear is that hearing my name governments will hinder them, that they cannot work in Germany, in Italy, if the government knows that they have been my people.