I have spent three blissful weeks here, and next week I return to Germany. I am not a sannyasin, but I have again been deeply impressed by the genuine spirit of this commune and by your discourses. It was the first time I have heard you speak, and your words have gone to my heart as well as to my brain.
In Germany I will be confronted with discussions from many different sides, mostly influenced by the press, who are known for their exaggerations and an ugly play with sensational news.
I will do my best to destroy any misunderstanding and misbelief, and I am going to fight against any lack of goodwill. But I earnestly doubt whether I will succeed. What do you think I could do?
There are so many questions in your one question. Let me go into it step by step.
First, truth needs no defense; only lies need defense. Truth needs no argument, it is self-evident. So the problem with truth is always how to convey it to the other person.
Lies can be argued about. The other can be convinced about them; logic can be used to convince the other. Hence, I hate the word “missionary,” because the missionary can only spread lies. He convinces, argues, quotes scriptures.
But truth needs nothing. Truth is enough unto itself. So, if you have felt something of truth here, just please don’t try to convince anybody. You cannot succeed. Only make your experience available – naked, with no logic, with no argument. Truth has its own way. It will come through the shine of your eyes, through the aura of your being, through your very presence, that you have been in a garden – you are still fragrant.
A man who is standing with closed eyes – you cannot convince him that there is light. But you can describe the beauties of light. As the sun rises, flowers start blossoming, birds start singing, the whole existence comes out of sleep refreshed, alive, younger. You can tell this to the man who is standing with closed eyes. This is not giving an argument for the existence of light; it is simply creating an urge in the man to open his eyes. And that urge exists in everyone.
There is not a single human being in the world who does not want to know beauty, to know love, to know truth. But the problem has been created by the missionaries, theologians, the so-called religious people. They try to convince him of something which needs to be experienced.
Be loving to your friends. If in Germany they can feel that something German has disappeared from you, you have given evidence. Be loving. Be rejoicing. Sing, dance with them. Let them feel your energy; in your singing, dancing, let them feel the difference. You cannot say it, but you can show it in every gesture, in every word, in every silence. Show the difference that has happened to you. Allow yourself to be available to your friends. Open all the doors and all the windows of your being so they can see that some ray of light has entered in you.
And if they inquire, tell them the only way is to come here, to be here. Man can go to the moon, which is a silly project, because what are you going to do on the moon? – just stand there looking stupid! There is nothing to see, not even a juniper tree. Just create the urge in them sometimes to have a few days in this oasis. This is the first thing to remember.