A meditator can become a painter, but then something totally different will come out of him – something of the beyond, because he will be capable to receive godliness. He can become a dancer; his dance will have a new quality to it, it will allow the divine to be expressed. He can become a musician, or he can go into political action, but his political action will be rooted in meditation. Hence there will be no fear of a Joseph Stalin or Adolf Hitler or Mao Zedong coming out of it; that is impossible.
I don’t tell anybody to go in a certain direction; I leave my disciples totally free. I simply teach them meditation. I teach them to be more alert, more aware, and then it is up to them. Whatsoever their natural potential is they will find it, but it is going to be with awareness. Then there is no danger.
I am not against political action, I am not against anything. I am not life-negative; I affirm life, I am in absolute love with life.
And of course, when millions of people are on the earth, there is going to be some kind of politics or other. Politics cannot just disappear. It will be like dissolving the police, the post office, the railway – it will create chaos.
I am not an anarchist and I am not in favor of chaos. I want the world to be more beautiful, more harmonious, more of a cosmos than of a chaos. Sometimes I praise chaos, only in order to destroy that which is rotten. I praise destructiveness also, only in order to create. Yes, sometimes I am very negative – I am against conventions, conformities, traditions – only to make you free so that you can create new visions, new worlds, so that you need not remain imprisoned with the past, so that you can have a future and a present. But I am not destructive; my whole effort is to help you to be creative.
A few of my sannyasins are bound to go into political action, but I will allow them only when they have fulfilled the basic condition: when they are more alert, aware, when their inner being is full of light. Then do whatsoever you want to do, you can’t bring harm to the world. You will bring something good, something beautiful; you will be a blessing to the world. Without it, without that awareness, even if you do something good, it is going to turn into something harmful.
Just a few days ago, Mother Teresa of Calcutta received the Nobel Prize. Now this is something utterly stupid; the Nobel Prize Award Committee has never done anything so foolish before. But on the surface it looks beautiful; it is being praised all over the world as if they have done something great.
J. Krishnamurti has not received a Nobel Prize, and he is one of those rare human beings, those few of the buddhas, who are really laying the foundation for world peace. And Mother Teresa has received the Nobel Prize for world peace. Now, I don’t understand what she has done for world peace. George Gurdjieff didn’t receive a Nobel Prize, and he was working hard to transform the inner core of human beings; Raman Maharshi didn’t receive the Nobel Prize. Their work is invisible: their work is that of bringing more consciousness to people. When you bring bread to people it is visible, when you bring clothes to people it is visible, when you bring medicines to people it is visible. When you bring godliness, it is absolutely invisible.