Homosexuality has brought the disease AIDS. Now the scientific person should be courageous enough to get rid of his conditionings. I have seen medical doctors suggesting to students that if you masturbate you go blind…which is sheer nonsense. Nobody has ever gone blind because of masturbation, and those who have gone blind have not gone blind because of masturbation. They suggest that you will become an idiot, retarded, your intelligence will not grow.
The medical profession is also part of the vested interests. They know perfectly well that there is no relationship between blindness and masturbation. They know perfectly well that when a boy is fourteen he is now ready by nature to reproduce, that a girl when she is thirteen is ready to become a mother. We are preventing these people for almost ten years: now, how are they going to remain celibate for these ten years?
Rather than helping the poor children, rather than giving them the right guidance, they have been creating fear in them…for centuries, just living on fear. And they will masturbate – masturbation is not going to be stopped by anything – but now the joy of masturbation will not be there. They will masturbate with the fear that soon they are going to be blind and their intelligence is not going to grow. They will not go blind, but if they accept the idea that their intelligence is going to suffer, it is going to suffer – not because of masturbation, but because of the idea planted in their minds.
A scientific medical approach should be to tell the boys and the girls, “Now you are ready as far as nature is concerned, but the society is not ready. Society wants you to be educated, society needs you to be educated, and these ten years will be difficult for you.” And the boys and girls should tell society to make these ten years as easy as possible.
When the pill is there, what is the point…? Why not allow girls and boys to have the same hostels? They should be allowed to make love; in fact it will give them great experience and richness for their lives. Meeting many boys, meeting many girls, they will have a certain idea of what kind of woman they would like to choose when they want to get married, or what kind of man they would like to choose. Right now without any experience they have to choose. On small things we expect experience…
I had applied for the post of editor in a newspaper. The owner interviewed me and the first question was, “Have you worked somewhere as an editor?”
I said, “What kind of nonsense question is this? Wherever I go, this will be the first question. It means I can never work as an editor. Somewhere I have to begin; why not here? Somewhere I have to begin without experience; if everywhere experience is needed, then God is at fault. He should send people – trained typists, trained editors, trained journalists with certificates.”
The old man was shocked when I said, “This is simple nonsense. This is not an interview. You give me the chance: somebody has to give me the chance first.”
He thought for a moment and he said, “Your logic is right. I never thought about it. I have been asking every candidate, ‘What is your experience?’ – and they all showed me their experience. You are the first one who has shown up my nonsense. You are accepted. Naturally, somewhere one has to begin, so why not here?”