Every harijan should get out of the Hindu fold. That will mean they will have one fourth of the parliament in their hands. Let, for the first time in history, the oppressed, the enslaved be the rulers. And women, whether they are harijan or not, should support harijans, because they have also been treated in the same way by the Hindus.
But it seems man’s mind is so irrational that women are the only people who go to the temples, and these temples have reduced women to a secondary status below men. Hindu shastras say that women should be treated just like animals, and still women go on worshipping these shastras and going to these temples.
Thousands of harijans have been burned alive down the ages. Even today, their whole villages are being burned, their animals, their children, their old people…everybody is burned except young women, who are raped. Still they want to go to the temples of these same people! They have to be reminded: You are human beings.
Religion has nothing to do with temples. Religion has something to do with finding yourself, it has something to do with knowing that the eternal consciousness is in you; it does not need any priest as a mediator between you and existence. But the priesthood all over the world has been insisting that religion is their monopoly. You cannot have a direct, intimate love affair with existence – you have to have it “care of” the priest, the pope.
Just a few months ago the pope created a new sin, which has never existed before. The new sin is to confess directly to God. You have to confess to the priest, and the priest will take care of you as he has a direct line to God.
The world is tortured by two kinds of people, the politicians and the priests – and both are lying. The priest doesn’t know what truth is because it is not written in the scriptures; the politicians are just beggars, suffering from inferiority complexes, trying to be powerful by begging votes to convince themselves that they are not inferior, that they are superior beings.
Do you hear all the birds giving their support?
Unfortunately even the birds are freer than you are. All your religions are your imprisonment, they are your chains. If you really want to taste existence and its dance, then you have to renounce not the world but religions and their scriptures, you have to renounce the priests, the temples, the synagogues; you have to come directly in contact with your being – because there is the door to the Kingdom of God. Everyone individually is capable of rejoicing in this beautiful existence, in the divinity of everything that is. No temples are needed, no statues are needed, no scriptures are needed. What is needed is a deep silence and a search within yourself.