Your mind is not created by nature. Try to keep the distinction always: your brain is created by nature. Your brain is the mechanism that belongs to the body, but your mind is created by the society in which you live – by the religion, by the church, by the ideology that your parents followed, by the educational system that you were taught in, by all kinds of things. That’s why there is a Christian mind and there is a Hindu mind, and there is a Mohammedan mind and there is a communist mind. Brains are natural, but minds are a created phenomenon. It depends on which flock of sheep you belong to. Was the flock of the sheep Hindu? Then naturally you will behave like a Hindu.
One of my friends, a professor of the Pali language and of Buddhism – he himself was a Hindu brahmin and a very orthodox brahmin – went to Tibet to study for his doctoral thesis on Tibetan Buddhism, and the differences that have arisen between Indian Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism. But he could not stay there more than two days for the simple reason that from his very birth he had been taught to take a cold bath before sunrise. Now to take a cold bath in Tibet before sunrise is just to get frozen! You can kill yourself. But without taking that bath he could not do his worship and he could not eat his food; that bath was absolutely necessary.
And it is perfectly good in a hot country like India, but in Tibet? – where the snow is eternal, it has never melted. In Tibetan scriptures it is said that at least once a year everybody should take a bath. That is a religious duty…at least once a year. Now the Dalai Lama has escaped from Tibet to India and thousands of lamas have come to India, but it is very difficult to talk to them. They used to come to me, but they stink – because in India also they are following their religion…a bath once a year!
In India if you take a bath once a year you alone will be enough to stink up the whole neighborhood – so much perspiration, so much dust. And those lamas are still using many clothes upon clothes; I think seven layers at least. And they suffer from the heat, but the mind – they feel something is wrong – but the mind has gone so deep. For centuries they have lived that way.
I told them, “If you want to talk to me you have to be at least ten feet away. Don’t come near me because I am allergic to any kind of smell – it may be Buddhist, it does not matter.”
In India it is very usual to take two baths: one in the morning, one in the evening. And those who have time, people like me…I used to take three: one in the morning, one in the evening, one in the night before going to sleep. Only then can you keep fresh.
A Mohammedan can marry four women without any difficulty; his conscience does not prick. He does not think even twice that what he is doing is inhuman – because men and women in the world are of equal numbers, and if a man marries four women then three men are going to be without women. And Mohammedanism is the second biggest religion in the world. If every Mohammedan is going to marry…and there is no limit: four is the minimum. Mohammed himself had nine wives.
One Mohammedan king, the Nizam of Hyderabad, had five hundred wives, just in this century before India became free. It is as if women are cattle; you can keep as many as you want. It hurts anybody who is not identified with such an idea from the very beginning.