You were saying that the new will be victorious. Will it really be the new, or will it be the old polished up here and there. There are publications now in Germany that use you. Some mention you in the list of literature as the source, but others use you and don’t mention you – or they even condemn you. I am really afraid of those people. What is their intention? Can you please take away that fear?
There is no need to be afraid of those people. That is happening in every language all over the world. People are taking my statements and not mentioning my name. There is no harm in it, because my name is not important; what is important is the statement. Even if these people are stealing, there is no harm. That statement may start something in somebody which these people cannot fulfill. That statement may trigger a process in somebody, who will have to come to the original source.
They are not mentioning my name for two reasons. One reason is, they would like to appear original. Secondly, they are afraid that if they mention my name they will be condemned – then their book is not going to be praised, respected.
But don’t be afraid of these people, whatever their reason. Anything taken from me is fire, and it does not matter in what way the fire reaches to somebody’s heart. These people who are doing such things cannot be great writers, poets, creative thinkers; otherwise they would not do such an act of stealing. These people are third rate.
So if they have stolen something from me, it is going to stand out in their whole book as separate, unrelated, out of context. Anybody who has a little intelligence will see that this part has not come from the same man who has written the book, because the book has a third-class flavor; there is no originality, there is no understanding of the deeper problems of life, and there is no courage to say the truth as it is. So anything that they have stolen to decorate their books, to make their books valuable, unknowingly that very part is going to destroy their whole book. They have stolen fire and put it into their book.
In India one radio station was reading my statements every day, for ten minutes in the morning, without mentioning my name – but passages from books, stories. Hundreds of letters came to me saying, “These people are stealing from your books.”
I said, “Don’t be worried. My name is not significant, my message is. They are cowards, or perhaps they love me, but they are government servants.”