But I can understand your question. You say: “I frequently hear a question being asked about the ashram…”
The people who are asking you are dead, otherwise why should they be worried about the future? They don’t come to the ashram, they don’t come to me, they have no participation in all that is going on here. They are concerned about the future! They are showing much worry about the future – what will happen? The question is: what is happening?
And the people who are asking such questions are stupid too. Are they going to live forever? They are worried about me and my work as if they were going to be here forever. I am here for the moment, you are here for the moment. If a meeting is possible, something of tremendous beauty can happen. But these fools go on thinking in such cunning ways that they not only deceive others, they even manage to deceive themselves. Right now they are condemning me, right now they are criticizing me, and still they are showing great love – what will happen when I am no longer here?
The moment I die, the whole world dies for me; then whatsoever happens, happens. I have not taken on the whole responsibility for existence. Who can take it? But there have been people who have tried it and they have all utterly failed.
For example, Gautam the Buddha – one of the most beautiful men who has ever walked on the earth – was very concerned that no religion should arise when he left the world, that he should not be worshipped, that statues of him should not be made. He emphasized it again and again his whole life. Forty-two years of constant sermonizing to people, that “There is no need to worship me,” brought about just the opposite result. The more he emphasized “Don’t worship me,” the more people felt “This is the man to be worshipped.”
This is the law of reverse effect. There are more statues of Buddha in the world than of anybody else, and he was against statues. So many statues have been made of Buddha that in Urdu, Arabic, and other Mohammedan languages, the very word buddha has become synonymous with statue, with a little change: budh. Budh means statue, but budh comes from buddha. Thousands of statues…and the man was emphasizing “Don’t make statues!”
In fact, there was no need to emphasize it. The very emphasizing of it was wrong. Why should he have been concerned about the future? When you are no longer there, the very desire to control the future according to your ideas is political. People are trying to control humanity while they are alive and they go on insisting that they would like to control humanity even when they are gone.
I am not controlling anybody; I am not a politician. I am not interested at all that anybody should be controlled by me today or tomorrow.