"That is formal, accidental. I don't talk about accidents.
"By accident I was born in India but I am not an Indian. By accident you may have been born in Germany but you are not a German. By accident you may be black or white but you are neither. The accident can only decide the form, not your being. Your being is beyond accident, beyond caste, beyond religion, beyond nation, beyond color. When I am talking I am talking about the innermost core.
"So I repeat: Krishna is a brahmin. Even if the whole world says he is not, I don't care a bit. That knowledge is of no significance at all.
"'It is surprising,' said the professor to his wife, 'how ignorant we all are. Nearly every man is a specialist in his own particular line and in consequence he is as narrow-minded as it is possible to be. He knows nothing of what other men are doing.'
"'Yes, dear,' said his wife.
"'I, for instance,' he continued, 'am ashamed of my failure to keep abreast of modern science. Take electric light, for example. I have not the least idea how it works.'
"His wife gave him a patronizing look and smiled, 'Why, Herbert, I am ashamed of you too. It is simple. You press a switch, that's all!'
"This wife thinks that by pressing a switch you know all about electricity. That's all. Simple. And she says she is ashamed of her husband – that he does not even know how electricity works.
"You also know how electricity works. You press the switch, that's all. So simple. But has anybody really got any idea of how electricity works? And I am not talking about you and I am not talking about the professor. Even the man who worked miracles with electricity, Thomas Alva Edison. had no idea how it worked.
"It happened once that he went to a summer resort where people did not know anything about him at least, nobody recognized his face. He was very happy – because famous people become very tired of being recognized the whole day, they are never at ease. So he was very happy, running on the beach, collecting pebbles."