But I remember many past lives! One thing is certain: even in my past lives, I remember perfectly well, I have never eaten spaghetti. That much is certain.
I feel that an Italian will always project in you a father figure. And also for Germans you will be always projected as a leader. And if I look at a French lady, she can see in you a beautiful man to lie down with. Why is it so difficult to accept you as a simple human being? And why is there all this projection happening.
Only a simple human being can see me as a simple human being – and it is very difficult to find simple human beings. Everybody has some projection. To be simple means: without projections, without conditionings, just a clarity, a silence, an understanding. But you are right, different people will see different things in me.
I am just a mirror. You will see your own face, you will see your own desire. And if I don’t fulfill it, you will be angry at me. I receive many angry letters from sannyasins, and I simply laugh at their stupidity.
They first project. I have never agreed to their projection, they have never even told me their projection. And when I don’t fulfill, and don’t act according to their expectation, then they simply freak out, they are angry. But what can I do? So many people…if I start fulfilling everybody’s projection and everybody’s expectation, then life will be impossible for me. And why in the first place should I fulfill anybody’s expectation?
My whole effort here is that you drop all projections, and you be simple, just the way I am simple. Just two mirrors facing each other – nothing is reflected. And that state when two mirrors face each other and nothing is reflected, I call friendship.
When I said this morning that my people are my friends, they should understand it is not an easy job. To be a friend is one of the most arduous challenges.
And from now on, sannyasins are not going to be called Rajneeshees. They are going to be called only friends of Rajneesh. And they have to understand the meaning of being friends. It means no projection, no expectation.
Neither I am responsible for you, nor are you responsible for me. I love you because I have too much to give; you love me because you are overflowing with love. There is no obligation on anyone’s part.