There is a case against me in Bengal in India. It is so absurd that even somebody who knows nothing of law will cancel it at first glance. The day I entered India, in the first press conference, I talked about a few things. From faraway Bengal, from an interior town, a summons reached me saying that a case was filed against me because I had made statements which had hurt this man’s religious feelings.
And in his application he says that the statement that has hurt him from my press conference is printed in a Bengali newspaper. The date, the column, the page – everything he has given. And the magistrate immediately issued a summons. We looked in Delhi for the Bengali paper, because I had never made any statement which had hurt his feelings. There was a press conference just on my arrival, and there was no question of making any statement that would hurt the religious feelings of a Bengali far away.
There was no statement: we got hold of the Bengali paper – in the Bengali paper there was no statement! My press report was there, but the statement he was talking about was not there. Now, do you need any knowledge of law to dismiss this case? – because he is basing the case on a newspaper report in which what he says is not reported!
Without any difficulty, the case has to be dismissed: “You are mad! Where is the statement?” But it seems the judge himself was part of the game, because he has the same mind as the other people. As far as the mind is concerned…you have not been able to create a state of no-mind in your judges. They are Hindus, they are Mohammedans, they are socialists, they are communists – how can they be nonjudgmental?
We appealed in the high court of Calcutta, and I was really surprised because the case is so absurd. When the statement is not there in that paper in which he says it is…. It is simply a lie. In fact, the man should be immediately caught because he is trying to create a bogus case.
One of our sannyasins, Tathagata, went – he is an attorney, a high court attorney – he went there. He presented the case to the supreme court, showed the newspaper, and said, “There is no statement made at all. These are other papers’ reports: no other paper has reported anything. And this is the Bengali paper that that gentleman is quoting: those lines are not here at all. So simply quash this.”
But even the supreme court said, “It cannot be quashed so easily when somebody’s religious feelings are hurt. It will have to go through a trial.”
They knew that they will lose the case, but even the high court judges wanted to harass me, at least for a few hearings. And they would not grant permission for my attorney to attend – because there was no need for me. What have I to say? – because I had said nothing. So just to harass me…. These people all have their opinions, and are all projecting their own opinions. Mind cannot do otherwise.
So when parents teach their children not to be judgmental…and children are very clear that their parents are continuously judgmental, so on the one hand they lose respect from the children and on the other hand the children become hypocrites. They are judgmental but they start saying, “This is not judgmental; we are simply stating the fact.”