If the world has some intelligent people in it, they should protest together to the UN: “Now it is intolerable. Patience has a limit, and all nuclear weapons should be banned, should be thrown in the oceans, or some way should be found that they are made useless or turned into some creative force.”
Perhaps we are not far away now, not even ten, fifteen years. America is in such a hurry, and the hurry has a reason: before the Soviet Union completes its project of protection. After that protection, only those two countries will be safe. Then everybody else will be killed – those who are not fighting, who have nothing to do with the fight, who are out of the war but don’t have any protection – because the returning nuclear missiles will fall all over the world.
The intelligentsia of the world has to create an atmosphere in the world that now it is a question not of the Soviet Union and America; it is a question of the whole world. Because the whole world is going to suffer, the whole world should unite against both these nations and force both these nations to stop this mad race of nuclear weapons and power. But there seems to be no protest, there seems to be no worry. The world goes on in a routine rut. It seems people don’t have any alertness, don’t have any clarity about the problem.
I can see clearly that there is more possibility of the world blowing up than being saved, because nothing is being done to save it and everything is being done to blow it up. And because I speak against it, America is against me, the Soviet Union is against me. This is a rare phenomenon; otherwise it happens that if America is against me, the Soviet Union will be favorable to me. And vice versa too is true. But both are against me, because I am not really against America or the Soviet Union; I am against this game of power, which is simply idiotic.
We have experimented with communes in both the East and the West that did not last. Buddha and other enlightened masters created communes that did last.
What is the difference?
Gautam Buddha and other masters never created communes the way we have created them. Buddha had followers, but not staying in one place…moving continuously. Mahavira had followers, but not staying in one place…moving continuously. So nobody has created the way we created communes. Five thousand people living together is a totally different experience than five thousand Buddhist monks moving from one place to another place, only staying three days at one place. And even in that, man’s cunningness comes in.