Jesus lived his way; he never bothered about others. If he had bothered about others the Jews would not have crucified him. Buddha never bothered about anybody else. He was continuously condemning the ancient prophets of the Vedas. I have never bothered about anybody. I don’t accept anybody as my master or my leader. I am nobody’s shadow, nobody’s carbon copy, and that’s what I am teaching to my people: don’t be anybody’s carbon copy, including me.
So while I am alive, dance with me, rejoice with me. When I am gone, continue to dance and rejoice in remembrance of a man who gave you freedom, who gave you individuality. What else is there to bother about – future? Wherever I am – I must be somewhere – I will go on showering my love on my people, and I know they will find ways to respond. But that is something very private. I cannot reveal it to a non-sannyasin.
You have made a lot of different remarks about religions, and – I believe this is your most recent one; you can correct me, I’m sure you will – that this is the true religion, this is the true church. Correct?
You also said that you were building an orchestra out of all these other religions. How do you propose to do that?
I have done it already – there is no question of a proposition. You can see my commune: Jews, Mohammedans, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jainas…
So you weren’t speaking of the whole world, then, you were just speaking of in the commune?
I am just speaking of my world. To hell with the whole world!
You made a comment a few years back, I believe, that two-thirds of the world population would die of AIDS. Now, recently, all the things that we’ve seen in the news: that the figures are just astronomical – do you feel that your prediction is starting to come true?
No need, because they are going to die. There is no way to save them.
How soon do you think?