William Blake, a great Western poet, said: “Energy is delight.” And where energy is on the wane, bliss is lost, weakness enters. Another name of weakness is lack of interest. The whole of society is out to weaken you, and all that is lying buried inside you. Whatever was powerful and has been buried will drive you, push you, moment to moment.
So when you experiment with witnessing or meditation, on the one hand the witness will be there, and on the other hand the fiery waves will be rising up from the unconscious. Desires will be awakened, anger will be in an active state. There is no way to avoid it. Whatever is repressed will have to be witnessed; whatever is buried inside will have to be faced. Wherever we have made ourselves blind, we will have to create eyes. We will have to undo the things we were taught to do as children and redo them in a totally different manner. We will have to return to that point in our childhood at which our energy was stolen. This is why all religiousness is nothing but the reclaiming of childhood.
Jesus says, “Only those who are like children will enter the kingdom of heaven.” Like children! – that state of pure energy, uninterrupted and undivided, where there are no labels like conscious or unconscious, only a continuous flow of one undivided consciousness; where the madness of right and wrong is still unborn; where everything is accepted; where the child has not yet begun thinking, where no thinking abides – this state will have to be regained.
What I call religion is a way of getting free of all the injustices perpetrated against you by society. Religion wants to return to you all that society has stolen from you. This is why religion can never be social. Religion is basically revolutionary and nonsocial. That is why whenever there is a religious person – a Jesus, a Buddha, a Mahavira, a Krishna – the society is always against them. Society never accepts a religious person, because rebellion is the basic stance of the religious man. His essential process is to demolish whatever injustice society has done to you – wherever society has paralyzed you, stolen your energy from you, blocked the upsurge of your fountain of life – and to free you utterly and completely.
So society is essentially anti-religion, and religion is essentially anti-society. It may surprise you, because Hindus, Mohammedans, Christians, Jainas and Buddhists, are all social. Buddha is not social, Buddhists are. Mahavira is not social, Jainas are. It is again one of the society’s tricks – to absorb religion.
A sect is born when the society manages to convert even a rebellious religiousness from a bull into a bullock. Just as it turns each rebellious child into a conforming child, when society manages to cut off the revolutionary element of a religion then it becomes a cult, it is no longer a religion. Jesus is religious, Christianity is a cult. So Jesus is crucified by society – it has no alternative but to crucify him – and around his crucifixion the church is created and Jesus is worshipped. Now the revolutionary element is dead, and in the place of Jesus there is the pope.