That respect is false. He says, “Master,” but that respect is not true. The legal respect is never true. Whenever you pay respect as an etiquette, as a social manner, if your respect is just because you have been taught to show respect – you respect your father because you have been told again and again, conditioned – then that respect is false. If you pay respect to your mother because you have been told that one should pay respect to the mother, then that respect is false. Unless it comes out of love, it is a false coin.
And love is an unconditioned feeling – you have never been taught anything about love. Love you have brought into the world with yourself; it has just come with you; it is your nature. Only when respect comes out of love is it true; otherwise it is a deception.
The lawyer said: “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” Now, it is a very difficult question: which is the great commandment, which is the foremost commandment, which is the fundamental commandment in law? It is very difficult, because every law depends on other laws – they are interlinked. You cannot find the basic law, because no law is basic. They depend on each other; they are interdependent.
For example, if you ask somebody what is matter, he will say, “Not mind.” Then ask him what is mind, and he will say, “Not matter.” Both are undefined, both are indefinables, but you create a fallacy of definition. Asked what is matter, you say, “Not mind.” The mind itself is undefined. You bring one indefinable to define something else – which is stupid, but on the surface looks very wise – it seems you have answered. Then you are asked what is mind, and you say, “Not matter.” Neither mind is known, nor matter. Two unknowns are there, but you go on fooling yourself, and fooling others. The fundamental law is not known, cannot be known. It is not only unknown, it is unknowable; and all other laws are dependent on each other: for example, whether truth is the fundamental law, or nonviolence.
In India it has been one of the controversies: which is basic – non-violence or truth? If you are in a situation where you have to choose between truth and non-violence – if you say the truth, then there will be violence; if you don’t say the truth, the violence can be avoided. What will you do? Will you say the truth, and help the violence to be committed?
For example, you are standing at a crossroad, and a group of policemen come. And they ask you, “Have you seen a man pass along this road? He has to be caught and killed. He has escaped from prison. He is sentenced to death.” You have seen the man. You can say, “Yes,” and be true; but then you will be responsible for the death of that man. You can say you have not seen him, or you can even give a wrong direction; then that man is saved. You remained non-violent, but you became untrue. What will you do? It seems impossible to choose, almost impossible. Which law is the most fundamental?
Jesus said unto him, “Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”