The priest does not want people to be awake, because they can be exploited only when they are asleep. The politician does not want people to be awake, otherwise they will not be democrats, republicans, socialists and communists. They will be individuals, intelligent and conscious enough to decide for themselves. They will not need parties and religions and cults and all their struggles and squabbles.
The vested interests have kept man almost drugged. I don’t agree with Karl Marx on any other point, but on one point I absolutely agree with him, that religion is the opium of the people. On that point also I have my reservations. First, he was only aware of Western religions: Judaism – he was a Jew – Christianity, which is an offshoot of Judaism, and a little bit of Islam – that too is an offshoot of Judaism. He had no knowledge about the Eastern religions: Buddhism, Jainism, Tao, Zen. They were unknown dimensions to him.
Secondly, he was not aware, he could not be aware, of me, my people – we were not yet there – and a totally new quality of religion which I call religiousness. Not religion, but religiousness; no God, but godliness. I change every noun, every pronoun, into a verb, because existence is a verb, it is not a noun. It is continuously growing, flowing, expanding.
Now physicists say that the stars you see in the night are continuously moving further away from the center. We don’t know where the center is, we don’t know where they are going – and the speed is immense: 186,000 miles per second. With that speed, though, the stars are going further and further away. This continuous growth needs not static things but growing things.
That’s why you will find so many contradictions in me, because I have never stopped anywhere. I have been going in absolute tune with existence, wherever it leads. And if it contradicts my yesterdays it is perfectly okay; they are dead anyway. I am happy that I am in tune in the present moment. I am happy that I know the secret of being in the present, because time has no other tense. It is always now. And once you know the secret of being in the now, you have known the greatest mystery of existence.
But the people who are in power would like human beings to remain involved and occupied with very stupid things – communism, socialism, this party, that party, Christianity, Hinduism. The people are burdened with their own problems; they, too, are mostly created.
For example, marriage. It is a problem created by the priests. It is unnatural, it has not happened naturally. Now the man is being nagged by the wife, the wife is being continuously put down by the man. Then there are children, and the pope and Mother Teresa go on telling people that these children are sent by God, don’t use any birth control methods – that’s sin. So people have dozens of children, thousands of worries. How to bring them up? How to educate them?
We have made a world so difficult for human beings, and on top of it there is hell. If you just slip a little bit you fall into eternal hell – for small things. And there is paradise, luring you with all those things every religion condemns here on earth. And the saints are enjoying all those things there.