You have said that you don’t care if there is any successor when you are gone. What do you see happening to your sannyasins, to Rajneeshism, the moment you die?
I don’t at all think about it. Never does the thought occur to me, for the simple reason that the very idea goes against my approach. The people who are living with me are enjoying the moment. Do you want me alone not to enjoy the moment?
I am teaching everybody to enjoy the moment and not be bothered by tomorrow. Living in the moment intelligently, consciously, meditatively, will take care of the future. There is no need for me to give you directives, guidelines for what you have to do when I am gone. That’s what all the old religions have done.
Manu gave all the guidelines for Hindus five thousand years ago, and they are still following them. Everything has changed, nothing of Manu is applicable any more. In fact, it is a hindrance for Hindus to evolve, to become contemporaries. Now, Manu has committed a crime against humanity by giving these directives. He did not prove a blessing, he proved himself a curse.
But the same was done by Moses, Mohammed, Mahavira, Jesus, Buddha. On one thing they are all certain: that when they are gone they have still to control the people who had come into contact with them, who had trusted them. But they don’t trust their people.
I trust my people. I know that they are living fully, joyously. They know how to live joyously, how to live fully, and that’s enough. I have given them the experience; now that experience will be decisive. And they will have a freedom, because things will change, situations will change. I could give directives that will become hindrances to their growth, I cannot do that. That is criminal, very criminal.
For example, Mahavira gave a directive to his disciples not to wear shoes. In his time it was perfectly right, because to use leather means you are in some way or other indirectly supporting the killing of animals. And the best leather comes out in a very torturous way: young calves have to be boiled, and their skin taken off. Then it is soft, very soft. The moment an animal dies his skin becomes hard, then you cannot make beautiful shoes out of it. You can make shoes, but they will not be so soft, so velvety. And the younger the kid, the better the leather you get, the softer the leather you get.