Recognition comes from the past, and I am herenow. Recognition means that I should behave in a pattern that they recognize. If I walk naked, then Digamber Jainas will recognize me, because they have the idea that an enlightened person walks naked. They cannot recognize me with clothes on: those clothes are a barrier. Buddhists will recognize me only if I look like Buddha. And I don’t look like Buddha, and I am not sorry that I don’t look like Buddha. I am happy that I look only like me and I don’t look like anybody else.
If you look like somebody else you are a carbon copy. Carbon copies can be recognized, because they tally with some original. I cannot be recognized because I myself am an original copy; it does not tally with anybody. The Christian will come and he will start thinking in terms of Christ. He will start looking for Christ in me, and he will not find. That is obvious. And the Buddhist starts looking for the Buddha, and he cannot find. Because I am me – and the recognition of me, if you are searching for it in some past pattern, structure. is impossible. You can recognize me only as me. And to see me as me, you will need to become unprejudiced.
To be a Hindu is to be prejudiced. To be an Indian is to be prejudiced.
So you ask: “India is such a sacred country…”
First, never be befooled by such slogans. No country is sacred, no country has ever been sacred. It is only rarely that one individual in millions becomes sacred – countries are not sacred. Just because Buddha was in India, has India become sacred? Does that mean because Albert Einstein was born in Germany, so Germany has become mathematical? Does that mean if some country has produced a great painter, the country has become artistic? That does not mean anything. No country can be artistic because it has given birth to a Picasso, and no country can be a musical country because a Wagner is born there or a Mozart. No country can be sacred because a Buddha or a Mahavira is born there.
Jesus was not born in India. Mohammed was not born in India. Zarathustra was not born in India. Lao Tzu was not born in India. Sacred people have been coming to the world in different places. Places have nothing to do with it – places are just places. Buddha is born, but only one in a million. And what about the million fools? And if you judge by number, then every country is a foolish country, because it produces millions of fools and rarely a buddha!
No country is sacred. No geography is sacred. No history is sacred. That quality of sacredness happens only to individuals, because a country has no soul to become holy. A country has no individuality, only individuals have souls. And meditation happens in a soul, not in a country. And meditation happens in an individuality, not in a collectivity, not in a society. Remember it. Although every country tries to prove itself the best in some way or other, it is part of the game of ego. Every country thinks I am incomparable. You can go to any country, and every country thinks deep inside that it is higher than others, holier than others, more moral than others, this and that.