In a few countries which you would think are powerful countries, like England, I was not even allowed to stay in the airport lounge overnight. And I asked the airport officer, “My pilot has done his twelve hours and he cannot do more, otherwise it will be against the laws. We have to stop and we need to refuel.”
The officer said, “I can understand, but orders from the ministry of home affairs are that you should not be allowed to stay at all, even in the lounge” – from where you cannot enter England; it is an international airport.
I said, “Then do you want me to sit here the whole night?”
He said, “The only alternative that has been offered from the top is that if you want to sleep, you can sleep in the jail, and in the morning you can leave.”
Going around the world was a tremendously great experience, seeing that all these corrupted and powerful people will not allow anybody who can be a danger to their power, who can expose their ugliness.
The Attorney General of America in a press interview made the statement: “Osho should be only in Pune. And we will try in every way to make sure that nobody reaches there. First, nobody will be given a visa if he is going to Pune. Secondly, Indian immigration will make sure at the Indian airports that nobody enters.” He exactly said, “This is our way of silencing him.”
I said, “This is good. This is my teaching: to silence people.” But I don’t go to so much trouble for silent opportunities. I also create a world where people can be silent, but my meaning of silence and his meaning of silence are different.
Immediately the reporter asked, “Do you mean you are going to assassinate him?”
He said, “No. Our purpose is served: the commune is destroyed. We could have jailed him for his whole life, but that would have made him a martyr and the people who love him would have loved him more. And the things that he is saying will create a greater movement. So we don’t want to do that. That’s why we allowed him to go. Now we will try to create all the barriers…Our ways of silencing him are very sophisticated.”
But they don’t know: my ways are far more sophisticated!
As far as pollution is concerned, the whole world is becoming polluted. And unless those industries, railway trains, airplanes, rockets…are run through different methods so that they don’t pollute the air, there is no way…
In fact, this small campus you are sitting in is the most unpolluted situation. You will not find this silence in New Delhi or in Washington.
But their fear of me continues…. It has been two years since they destroyed the commune. First they had not allowed us to sell it, so that it became of less and less value. And people must have started stealing things from the commune – because how long can we keep protecting a commune of one hundred and twenty-six square miles? First we had sixteen people. Then we reduced it to eight – it was unnecessarily expensive. Then we reduced to four; now we have reduced to one.