Hinduism is suicidal. That’s why it was possible for twenty-two centuries for this country to remain in slavery – for the simple reason nobody is interested in life, so what does it matter who rules it? It is all dream, it is all maya. Let anybody rule it!
This country has lost its soul, because only people who love freedom can have souls. This country only talks about the soul, but slaves can’t have souls. But slaves can always rationalize; in fact they have to rationalize, just to console themselves.
And Hindus have become great rationalizers; they rationalize everything: “It is late, nothing can be done about it. God has decided so. Not even a leaf falls from a tree without the will of God, so how can the country be a slave without the will of God? He must have chosen; we have simply to accept the fate.”
And when one starts accepting the fate one becomes lazy, sloppy, lousy, because then nothing is left for you to do.
It was the morning after, and he sat groaning and holding his head.
“Well, if you hadn’t drunk so much last night you wouldn’t feel so bad now,” said his wife tartly.
“My drinking had nothing to do with it,” he answered. “I went to bed feeling wonderful and woke up feeling awful. It was the sleep that did it!”
You can always rationalize. You are not responsible – whatsoever had to happen had to happen. What can you do about it?
India has remained the poorest country in the world, and nobody thinks that Hinduism is the cause of it. If you believe in fate you will not endeavor to become rich, you will not make any effort to be scientific, you will not create technology, industry. You will simply wait: whenever God changes his will, things will change. As far as you are concerned, nothing can be done about it.
A newly-rich dame had bought a summer place in the Himalayas and hired a village woman to do the housework.
“I am a person of few words,” she haughtily told the old woman. “If I beckon with my finger, that means ‘come’.”
“Very well, madam,” replied the old Indian woman. “I am a person of few words myself. If I shake my head from side to side, that means ‘I am not coming’.”
Just watch – what you are talking about? A great religion, the greatest religion, and what it has given to you? Poverty, starvation, illness. The whole country is living undernourished, sixty percent of people are starving, and nothing is being done. Problems go on increasing, and Hindus simply go on sitting, worshipping the elephant god, Ganesh, or the monkey god, Hanuman, or the holy mother cow, and hoping that these elephants, monkeys and cows are going to help! It has become now so deep-rooted that something drastic is needed.