Now people know how rain happens. Rain has never come as a result of doing religious sacrifices, nor can it ever come, but we are still trying to get rain through religious sacrifices! The whole world knows that if water is not coming from the tap, no religious sacrifice can bring it. How much more difficult to get rain from the sky! If well water has dried up, it is not possible to get water in the well through a religious sacrifice. The sky is far away how can we make it rain? But people in India are still trying to get rain from the sky through religious practices! However, through scientific means there are countries who get rain from the clouds and who can drive away the clouds if they do not want the rain.
But we can do such things only if our old ideas can be removed. We think it is only necessary to do incantations in the presence of the holy fire; we think only by throwing rice, wheat, ghee, etcetera in the fire – things which are in short supply – more such things can be had. This has never been possible. Otherwise, we would have done so many religious sacrifices that India should have been the richest society in the world. We have not heard that America ever did any religious sacrifices, but a lot of wealth rained from the sky there. Perhaps in Russia, they would send such believers in sacrifices to mental hospitals. And we? We go on doing such sacrifices since the last five thousand years, but nobody is ready to question our madness. If now the government of Gujarat does not allow such sacrifices, destroying grains, it is not because the government believes that the sacrifices are wrong or sinful or irreligious, but because the government does not have enough wheat to fulfill the commitments of rationing. The government does not allow burning wheat in the sacrificial fire just because of the commitments of rationing. The government should say that even if we do have enough wheat, we will not allow such sacrifices. But that much courage the government does not have; therefore they say, “We do not have enough wheat to fulfill the rationing commitments.”
But the people doing such sacrifices are clever. They say, “We will do sacrifices without wheat but sacrifices cannot stop. We will do incantations and put something else in the fire instead, but sacrifices will continue.” Those who are against such sacrifices do not give convincing arguments; they do not challenge them to justify such things in a laboratory. How can world peace be achieved through such religious sacrifices? One person is restless: can he attain peace through a sacrifice? Go to a mental hospital: prove that a madman can be cured through a sacrifice. Where the whole world has become crazy, can it become peaceful by your sacrifices? Nothing is clear. The greatest damage is not done because of wastage of wheat; as long as we remain involved in the wrong remedies, right solutions cannot be found.
If people believe that by tying an amulet diseases can be cured, medical science cannot be developed. The damage is not caused by the amulet as such may be one man may die or ten men may die but the greatest damage will be the nondevelopment of medical science. Medical science can be developed if we really look for the causes of the disease from where and why the disease arises. We can develop medical science through scientific means, not by asking an exorcist or a charmer or a scholar of scriptures. To cure the disease, we must know the causes of the disease and destroy those causes.