But we live in a world where intelligence is not valued, where the mediocres rule, where the mediocres are the leaders…where the intelligent people simply get out of the crowd, they don’t want to be unnecessarily hassled and hustled in the crowd; they stand by the road and let the crowd pass. Once you become aware of the strangeness of the people around you, you will be surprised: how have you been missing it up to now?
Just today Neelam has brought a news which has been published by all the newspapers of India. The statement is from a man called Devaraha Baba, who is worshipped by thousands of Hindus, thought to be a great saint. All his qualities for being a great saint are very peculiar. One is that for twelve years he was standing in the water day in, day out. He will eat standing up to his chest in the water, he will do everything there: that made him known nationwide, a great man. Somehow people persuaded him that “it is enough, twelve years…” Just out of compassion he came out of the river, and since then he has been sitting in a small hut made for him on a tree. These are his two qualifications for being one of the representatives of Hinduism.
His statement was just according to his qualifications. The statement was that the world can be saved, all problems can be solved, if only cow slaughter is stopped. Now his statement is being published by every newspaper without a single criticism – but my statement will not be published by anyone. Now this is sheer stupidity, not intelligence. How can the world’s problems be solved by stopping cow slaughter? But in India it is a very common way of thinking….
Mahatma Gandhi used to think that if everybody starts spinning his own clothes, all problems will be solved. India is great in finding simple solutions! Now Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is saying that if people start learning yogic hopping, which he calls yogic flying, all problems will be solved. There will be peace, serenity, no war, no hunger.
And I am amazed that nobody criticizes them, nobody holds them by the neck and tells them, “You idiot!…” The world is suffering with so many complex problems, and you are suggesting that somebody sitting in the lotus posture, hopping, will solve all the problems. Nuclear weapons will disappear, communism will not be against capitalism, Russia will become a democracy, America will distribute all its wealth to the poor, the West will distribute all its products to the poor countries – just because a few idiots are sitting in the lotus posture and hopping. I cannot even conceive in my dream…
Perhaps that’s why I have stopped dreaming for thirty years. I have not dreamt for thirty years – what to dream? And if you call these people idiots, immediately somebody’s religious feeling is hurt. Immediately an arrest warrant…I have been summoned thousands of times – I have even forgotten the number – and how many times have they issued arrest warrants for the single reason that I have made some reasonable statement?