Jesus said, “The scriptures are right – but only those people have the right to stone her who have never committed adultery or have never even thought of doing it…. Now you can pick up the stones!” But there was not one person there who had not committed adultery or had not even thought about it. All the leaders, scholars and heads of the society who had gathered there quietly stepped behind the crowd. The people who had brought stones with them just dropped them and returned to the village. But this also was a charge against Jesus: that he had saved an adulteress.
Jesus’ behavior was spontaneous; it cannot be limited to the ordinary concept of morality. He was doing whatsoever was spontaneously arising in his consciousness; he did not worry about whether or not his behavior was according to the social norms. It is the moralist who has to think in this way.
A religious, a spiritual person is a unique phenomenon. It does not mean that a religious person will inevitably become immoral. His behavior is free of both morality and immorality. Sometimes it is in accord with morality and sometimes it is not in accord with morality, but he is not concerned about it. As long as you think that your behavior should be in accord with some concept, then it is false and hypocritical. It is not coming from within you. It is not the expression of your inner consciousness; it is being judged by outer criteria and is in the service of society.
A moralist follows the society. That is why the people you call saints are usually moralists – but they are not religious. Whenever a person becomes religious a difficulty arises for you because you simply cannot fit his behavior into any of your norms. He is much bigger than your norms or your notions; all your ideas just fall apart.
The Upanishad calls the mind “pure” when it has no ripples of morality or immorality, when it has no foreign element in it, when it has become totally empty – and thought is a foreign element.
When someone mixes water with milk we say that the milk is not pure. But what is interesting is that if pure water is mixed with milk, then what? Is the milk then pure or not? – no, it is impure. Even if pure milk and pure water are mixed, then too the milk will become impure. Impurity is not related to the purity or impurity of the mixed elements: it is related with the mixing of a foreign element. When water is mixed with milk the water may be pure but it is a foreign element and the entry of a foreign element is the impurity.
Whatsoever enters into the mind from the outside will cause impurity. It does not make any difference whether it is a pure thought or an impure thought – whatsoever comes into the mind from the outside causes impurity. When nothing enters the mind from outside and the mind is alone, by itself, only then it is pure. This state of purity needs to be clearly understood.