Most of his group has never been to India, into my ashram, to learn meditation. She had a center here, in America, and she had her people running the center. When I came here, those people, certainly, were my hosts and because I remained here, my health improved, those people and Sheela became more and more powerful.
They tried to create hostility. They unnecessarily took over Antelope – there was no need. We have such a big land that there is no need to take Antelope, but just ego, power.
I would like the people of Antelope to take their houses back, just as they have sold them to the foundation, purchase them back. And I will ask my sannyasins to come back to the commune. They are forcibly living there. And Antelope should be Antelope – there is no need for it to change its name. And it should be in the hands of the people of Antelope.
I am not for any hostility, antagonism, with anybody. That’s why this time I have advised my people that choose most of the officers who are American, so that other Americans can feel at home with them and they can feel at home with them.
We can enrich Oregon immensely. We can make this place – in four years we have already made it an oasis, it was just a desert when we came, not… Nothing to see except barren hills, not a single bird, not a single animal, and only one dilapidated house – and we have changed it into an oasis. These people have worked tremendously hard and lovingly.
We can make it an… Tremendously luscious holiday resort, one of the best tourist spots in the world. Anyway, more people are coming here every year than in any other place. Seventeen to twenty thousand people every festival, and all the year round hundreds and thousands of people are coming and going. If we can make more arrangements – and we feel that Sheela and her group gone – the wall between us and the Oregonian government and the federal government has disappeared. There is no reason for any conflict. We are not against any law, we are not against the Constitution. In fact, I respect the American Constitution as one of the best in the whole world. It is one of the hopes of humanity.
And we are ready to go according to the law, according to the Constitution, and we hope that Americans should show, in reality, what they have written in their Constitution: respect for individuality, respect for freedom, respect for religion, respect for different religions, no discrimination – a little help from their side. And we don’t want them to be unlawfully helpful to us; just don’t be unlawfully hindrance. A lawful little help, and we are enough intelligent – we can make this place something beautiful, clean, livable.
This is for you, the media, to give the message to the whole nation that we are friends, not enemies. In fact, perhaps in the whole of America, there is nobody who is more against communism, fascism, than me, because I believe in individual property, I believe that the person who is capable of creating wealth is a genius in the same category as a great painter or a poet or a scientist. Everybody is not Henry Ford, neither everybody is Picasso. The man who can create wealth should be respected.