These are religious people. First, he is asking for a community church, as if it is a Christian church. Second, he does not mention that the fire brigade has nothing to do with Christianity.
I have received a third letter too, from the old mayor, ex-mayor, and other dignitaries, saying to me, “It will be a peaceful gesture from your side if you advise your people to dissolve the City of Rajneesh as a city.”
I am surprised: not a single letter has come which shows any gesture of love and peace towards us. They want every gesture of love and peace to come from us. Love and peace cannot exist from one side – and that too for material gain.
The Methodist church wants a Rolls Royce. Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor.” How can I give a Rolls Royce? – because cursed are the rich. A Methodist church having a Rolls Royce – they all will go to hell. Then who will be responsible?
Poverty has been praised by Christianity as spiritual. What are poor people going to do with a Rolls Royce? They don’t even have any shame – begging for a Rolls Royce. I could have given not one, but all ninety Rolls Royces to the Christians, but they have to understand they will have to lose their heaven and their Jesus Christ.
If you want heaven, you have to carry your cross on your shoulder. And remember, Jesus says even a camel can pass through the eye of a needle, but a rich man cannot pass through the gates of heaven. No, I cannot do that much injustice to these idiots. Let them pass with the camel through the eye of the needle. If camels are going into heaven, I am not going into heaven, my people are not going into heaven. We have chosen hell. At least it will be better than Oregon.
All the letters want us to make gestures of peace. A small minority – just five thousand sannyasins in this desert – and the whole of America, the greatest destructive power in the world today, is begging for gestures of peace from us. They should show some peace. It should come from the majority of the people. We will welcome it – our hands are ready to shake hands, but their hands want Rolls Royces, churches, fire stations.
All the religions of the world are phony. They say one thing, they do something else, just the opposite. They are all hypocrites.
We do what we say. If in paradise everything is luxurious, then we are practicing luxury, to be ready. Unprepared, what will you do in heaven, in paradise? The saints will be looking silly, because their whole life they practiced celibacy – and in heaven, beautiful young girls are available free of any charge. Those dead bones, those dry people who have practiced torturing themselves, how are they going to adjust in paradise? Impossible.
My people will create, even in hell, a paradise. If they can create an oasis in this desert, which has been lying deserted for fifty years…. Nobody purchased it – what will you do with a desert? We accepted the challenge of the desert. We have changed it into a beautiful oasis.