So from the very beginning my effort has been not to attract wrong people, not to attract people with motivations which have nothing to do with awakening. And I can say to you that I have succeeded in attracting only the right people. Even if once in a while a wrong person came in accidentally, I have managed to get rid of him. Not by telling him to leave – because that is insulting somebody – but by his having the idea to leave, that out of his freedom he is going into the world. And I have accepted it: “That’s perfectly good. People should come with their freedom, should go with their freedom.”
But this is not true. The people who have left had to leave because somehow I had already disconnected myself from them. They were no longer nourished, they were hanging around, but starving. Of that they could not be aware in their sleep. But I wanted them to go away for the simple reason that they were wasting their time in the wrong place. It was the wrong place for those people because it could not fulfill their desires. They were wasting their time and they were wasting the time of my people. My people are working in some way to create an energy field where people can become awakened, and they were not here for that purpose. So they were an unnecessary load.
So I gave them the idea to go to Santa Fe. All the camels are gathering there in Santa Fe. They are known as the dirty dozen – because only one dozen camels are there, they have become famous as the dirty dozen. A great achievement! And now they are hankering to come back; they are writing letters to people that they are dreaming of me, that they are dreaming of meeting me, that they are continuously missing the commune. Those letters are indications of their state but their egos are coming in the way. How long? Sooner or later they will have to recognize the fact that they missed an opportunity.
And what are they doing in Santa Fe? What can they do? They are all asleep. They will have to come back, but this time they will be coming with the right motive. So this gap of losing contact with the commune, with sannyas, was absolutely essential for their growth. Now they will be coming, not accidentally, but very consideredly. And this coming will be significant. They have to be welcomed with great joy.
There is a lot of opposition to what is happening here. Your advice to people is to be intelligent in the fight against the politicians, to use legal methods, to use the democracy. If these legal methods work and the cases are won, won’t the politicians be even more frustrated, even more angry at this community? Or do you see a possibility of a change happening in the attitude toward Rajneeshees?
Both things will happen. We are not going to use any illegal means in the fight with the politicians, because in their sleep they have written a constitution, not knowing that somebody can use it against them. And because they were writing in their sleep, they have tried hard to make it as beautiful, as democratic, as freedom loving, as respectful of the individual as possible. They were not aware that there would come a time, three hundred years later, when a few fully awake people would use their constitution against them.