|The Greatest Challenge: the Golden Future||From: Osho World||27074 words|
This small book, The Greatest Challenge: the Golden Future, is unashamedly addressed to the intelligent people of this threatened planet. It is a response to the report of the United Nations from the World Commission on Environment and Development, Our Common Future, which identifies the major issues threatening the future of this planet.
This book presents another facet of the Osho vision, a proposal for a viable humanity; a diagnosis of the psychological and social sicknesses that divide human beings, within and without, into warring factions. It outlines the critical steps required if there is to be any future – let alone the golden future that lies within our grasp.
That our very survival is now an open question is doubted by no one – yet nothing changes. That we are sacrificing the very existence of the most beautiful flowering of this universe in childishly immature conflicts is widely understood – yet nothing changes. That action is needed now is accepted by global experts everywhere – yet nothing changes.
The clock ticks quietly away....
Throughout the world there are intelligent people everywhere, scientists, artists, poets, students, business people, doctors, lawyers; young people, old people; the famous, the unknown. Yes, these people all over the world must stare out of their windows at the birds in the trees going about their business so intelligently, so naturally – and wonder....
Literally, What on earth is going wrong?
Mothers gaze at their children and wonder wistfully what the future holds for those little ones. And in the background, newscast after newscast, in every language of the globe, says it again and again and again: War... famine... AIDS... chemical weapons... holes in the ozone layer... nuclear destruction... global warming... over-population... loss of tropical forests... loss of species... desertification... drugs... violence....
The tragic fact is that if those intelligent people don't stop this process, just who do they think will? The people in power today? The ones who currently benefit from today's insane world? -- people who, consciously or unconsciously, cling to the very values that have brought us into this mess in the first place?
It is now or never. It is time for the intelligentsia everywhere to raise its voice against this stupidity.
In this book, Osho describes the formation of a World Academy for Creative Science, Arts, and Consciousness, as a practical step in just that direction.
This is almost certainly the most radical document you have ever read – these are radical times, and they call for radical solutions. It is not a question of whether you agree with Osho or not, it is a question of having the guts to ensure that at least his contribution is on the agenda. If the ideas are obviously wrong, then it will be easy to point out how and why, and we can all learn in the process. If the ideas are right, however, then the intelligentsia of the world will need to find the courage to say so. Time is running out, everything we love is at stake; claiming there are no solutions is not an acceptable answer while so many options remain un-examined.
This planet is the inheritance of every one of us. Either we all benefit or we all lose – it is one earth and one humanity. In that search for survival we must not leave a stone unturned. We must examine every option openly, honestly, without prejudice, without superstition, without bias – in fact, simply, scientifically.
Osho's vision is one option you will find nowhere else.
If it should turn out that we do lose this planet without having thoroughly investigated every avenue before us, Homo sapiens will have been the misnomer of the universe.
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THERE IS EVERY possibility that there will be no future as far as life is concerned. We are coming closer to a dead-end street. It is sad to recognize the fact, but it is good to recognize it, because then there is the possibility of taking a different turn. As things are moving today, the logical conclusion is a global suicide.
And the most alarming factor is that the intelligentsia of the world, the scientists of the world, the philosophers of the world, are ignoring all these facts.
It should be a determination in every intelligent being that we are not going to allow any vested interest to destroy this planet. To save man is to save the greatest creation of the universe. It has taken four million years for this earth to create man. It is so precious. And the future is much more valuable.
If anything is to be done for the future, this is the time; otherwise the greatest evolution of consciousness in the universe will disappear. This will be not only a loss to the earth but to the whole universe.
In these millions of years we have been able to create some possibility of consciousness, but we do not have time to wait for nature to go on developing in its slow way. Nature has eternity available to it; we do not. We have only twelve years in our hands, until the end of the twentieth century.
For example, the recent report of the United Nations from the World Commission on Environment and Development, "Our Common Future," has called for "sustainable development" to save the planet, and has defined this as "meeting the basic needs of the present without consuming the resources of the future." The report also recognizes that, if something has to be done, it should be done now; otherwise, there is no future.
The conclusion is true, but the report is cunning. It is cunning in the sense that it does not talk about whohas created the present problems.
If we are going to solve the problems of the future and dissolve them, then we have to look for their roots in the past. It is our whole past, in all its dimensions, that has given rise to this dangerous situation. But nobody talks about this, because no previous generation has ever bothered about the future. For thousands of years man has been living the way he has wanted to, and he has simply forced the next generation to live in his way. This is no longer possible.
We have to take a quantum leap and teach the new generation not to live the way we have lived. Only then can the future be changed.
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THE BASIC PROBLEMS dealt with by the same report, "Our Common Future" – food security, human population and resources, species and eco-systems, industry, pollution and urban problems – are really only a small part of the overall problem. The report ignores the real problems. It says that nations must work together, but it doesn't look at the roots:
Who is dividing the earth?
It says that economics and ecology are connected, but what about the vested interests of the past, religion and politics, which are the cause of national divisions?
By saying that we have to work now to save the future, the report implies that the present situation is created by the past. But we are still clinging to the past in every way.
If we are responsible for the future, who is responsible for us?
We are created by the past, and we are living in misery.
We haven't created these problems; they have been created by the past humanity. If we really want to find solutions for the future, we have to discover the roots of these problems in the past.
By pruning the leaves of the trees nothing is changed – you will have to cut the roots. And the moment you start at the roots, you will be in difficulty, because the politicians are in the roots, the organized religions are in the roots, all nations are in the roots – and the very basic unit of the society is marriage, from which all our problems basically stem.
If we can dissolve marriage, the society dissolves, and as a by-product, nations, races, politicians and priests disappear; that is why they all insist on marriage – they know it is the root, and that it is needed to keep man miserable and enslaved.
To have a different future from the one which will come on its own, we will have to disconnect ourselves from the past.
It seems man exists for all these kinds of things – democracy, socialism, fascism, communism, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Mohammedanism.
The reality should be that everything exists for man; and if it goes against man, it should not exist at all.
The whole past of humanity is full of stupid ideologies for which people have been crusading, killing, murdering, burning living people. In the last three thousand years we have fought five thousand wars, as if life is all about fighting and not at all about being creative, not at all about enjoying the gifts of nature.
We have to drop all this insanity.
We cannot change anything in this world unless we cut these roots completely.
The most important need of humanity today is to be made aware that its past has betrayed it; that there is no point in continuing the past – it will be suicidal – and that a new humanity is absolutely and urgently needed.
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THE WHOLE ECOLOGY around the earth is being destroyed. But life does not exist as separate islands; not a single man is an island – everything is interwoven.
You have heard these two words, dependence and independence. Both are unreal: the reality is interdependence. We are all so interdependent on each other, not only man on other men, not only one nation on other nations, but trees and man, animals and trees, birds and the sun, the moon and the oceans – everything is interwoven. And the past humanity has never thought about it, that it is a cosmos. They went on thinking in terms of taking everything separately. It was impossible for people in the past to think that man and trees are connected, that they are interdependent.
You cannot live without trees and neither can trees live without you. But it is too late – trees a hundred years old, two hundred years old, even a thousand years old, have been destroyed and cut to create more paper for all kinds of stupid newspapers without ever giving any consideration to what you are doing. You will not be able to replace those trees.
Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, has nothing except the eternal Himalayas and deep forests, ancient and old. So it has been selling its forests to different countries. That is the only commodity it can sell. In the last thirty years, half of the trees of Nepal have disappeared – and for the coming thirty years the Soviet Union has purchased the rights to much of the remaining forest. And they are not cutting trees the old way, with an axe, but by very modern techniques so that in a single day, hundreds of trees simply disappear – miles of land become a desert.
These trees had been preventing the rivers of the Himalayas from coming down with such great force; they were slowing down the flow of water. By the time the waters reached Bangladesh, where they meet with the ocean, the quantity of water was exactly as much as the ocean could absorb. But now those trees have disappeared – the rivers are flowing with such great force and with so much water that the ocean cannot absorb it so quickly.
And every year Bangladesh is suffering great floods, strange floods, rivers flowing backwards because the ocean will not accept the water.
They destroy all the crops of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is poor and these floods are killing thousands of people, thousands of animals, destroying thousands of houses. And now Bangladesh cannot do anything. It is beyond its power to tell Nepal, "Please don't cut the trees."
In the first place, even if Nepal stops cutting the trees, the wrong has already been done. And in the second place, Nepal cannot stop cutting those trees. It has even sold them for the next thirty years; it has already taken the money, to survive.
A similar kind of situation exists in many areas of the world.
The world's tropical forests are disappearing at the rate of eighteen to twenty million hectares a year – an area half the size of California, and California is one of the biggest states in America. Within the next twenty to thirty years, all the tropical forests will be gone; and the implications are tremendous because these forests are supplying you with oxygen and life. If these forests disappear at the rate they are disappearing, mankind will be at a loss to find oxygen – from where?
And on the other hand, whatever carbon dioxide you exhale, these forests inhale. If these forests were not there...already there is so much carbon dioxide continuously accumulating in the atmosphere that its effects are being felt everywhere on the earth And because of that carbon dioxide, the temperature of the atmosphere is rising. It is already some degrees higher than it has ever been.
If the temperature goes on increasing, as is the possibility, because nobody is listening – trees are being cut, without any understanding, for useless things; for third-rate newspapers you are destroying life – there is a possibility that the eternal ice of the Himalayas will start melting, which has never happened in the whole past. Then all the oceans will rise twenty feet higher and will drown all the coastal cities – for example, New York, London, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Bombay, and Calcutta.
During the next twelve years, the world population is expected to increase thirty to forty percent, from five billion to seven billion people.
This population growth alone will cause requirements for water to double in nearly half the world, and we don't have that much water for drinking. Food is another thing....
In addition, the United Nations report says that globally, six million hectares a year of farm and grazing land degrade into desert-like conditions and twenty million hectares a year are being reduced to zero productivity. Many hundreds of plant and animal species become extinct each year – which easily can become thousands each year as the forests and grazing land are vanishing. One and a half to two million people in developing countries suffer acute pesticide poisoning annually, and pesticide-related deaths are estimated at ten thousand per year.
There are many gases being produced by our factories, which have made us aware of a strange phenomenon: those gases move upwards and make holes in a certain layer of ozone, a variety of oxygen, which covers the earth twenty miles up. That ozone is absolutely necessary for humanity, for animals, for trees, because it absorbs the harmful sun rays and allows only life-affirmative sun rays to enter. Now great holes have been caused by the gases that our factories and industries create – and from those holes, death rays from the sun are entering into our atmosphere.
No government is ready to give the scientists support so they can create more ozone and fill up the gaps which we ourselves have unconsciously created.
This earth has never been so sick; it has never been so much in danger of new diseases. But the vested interests are not ready to stop these factories or find alternatives.
The world's current war budget is approaching one thousand billion dollars per year. One thousand billion dollars every year spent on warfare, and every year fifteen million people die from malnutrition and disease.
Every minute, thirty children die for lack of food and inexpensive vaccines, and every minute 1.3 million dollars of public funds are spent on the world's military budget.
It seems we are not interested in life anymore, we have decided to commit suicide.
Man has never been in such a suicidal mood – never, in the whole of history.
Two hundred and fifty million children have not received even a basic education. A single nuclear submarine equals the annual education budget for sixteen million school-age children in the developing countries. Just one submarine! And there are hundreds of submarines moving around in the oceans all over the world – American and Russian both – and each submarine has nuclear weapons six times more powerful than all the weapons that were used in the second world war. They are so costly that we could have provided our children with education and food, with nutrition. But our interests are not there.
Half a million scientists are engaged only in creating more war material.
Ten million people around the earth already have AIDS – which has no cure. And this number is not accurate, because many countries have not yet declared how many of their people have AIDS; they don't have any way to find it out – for example, India. Mohammedan countries are bound to have a very large number of people suffering from AIDS, because homosexuality has been there for thousands of years.
Everywhere sexual perversions have become so rampant that Sodom and Gomorrah look very outdated.
Even according to very moderate estimates, by the end of this century there will be one hundred million people suffering from AIDS, which is such a vast number that there is no way the hospitals will be able to take care.
These are the multi-dimensional ways that death is approaching the earth.
My emphasis is that our problems are international and our solutions are national, but no nation is capable of solving them. I take it as a great challenge and as a great opportunity. Nations should collapse into one world government.
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NATIONS HAVE BECOME out of date – but they go on existing and they are the greatest problem. Looking at the world with a bird's eye view, a strange feeling arises that we have everything – just we need one humanity.
For example, in Ethiopia people were dying – one thousand people per day – and in Europe they were drowning billions of dollars worth of food in the ocean.
Anybody looking from the outside will think humanity is insane. Thousands of people are dying and mountains of butter and other foodstuff is being drowned in the ocean. But Ethiopia is not the concern of the Western world. Their concern is to save their economies and their status quo. And to protect their economic structures, they are willing to destroy food which could have saved the lives of thousands of people.
Problems are worldwide – solutions have also to be worldwide.
And my understanding is absolutely clear, that there are things somewhere where they are not needed, and somewhere else the very life depends on them. A world government means looking at the whole situation of this globe and shifting things where they are needed.
It is one humanity. And once we think of one world, then there is only one economy.
The last time America drowned its foodstuff, just the expense of drowning it was millions of dollars. That is not the cost of the product, but just of carrying it to the ocean and drowning it. And America itself has thirty million people who can't afford enough to eat. It is not a question of giving to somebody else, it is a question of giving to its own people.
But the problem becomes complicated, because if you start giving free food to thirty million people, then others will start asking, "Why should we pay for our food?" Then the prices of things will go down. With the prices going down the farmers will not be interested in producing any more. What is the point? Afraid of disturbing the economy, they let thirty million people starve on the streets, and go on drowning the superfluous production in the ocean.
Not only that, thirty million people in America are suffering from overeating. Science is perfectly capable of helping them, it is very simple – perhaps the overeater simply needs a small brain surgery and the overeating will disappear.
Thirty million people are dying from diseases caused by overeating, thirty million people are dying with no food – sixty million people can be immediately saved with a small understanding.
But a bird's eye view is needed to look at the whole world as one unit.
Our problems have brought us to a situation where we will have to transform man, his old traditions, his conditionings – because those conditionings, and those educational systems and religions that man has followed up to now have contributed to this crisis.
This global suicide is the ultimate outcome of all our cultures, all our philosophies, all our religions.
They have all contributed to it in strange ways – because nobody ever thought of the whole. Everybody was looking at a small piece, not bothering about the whole.
And the most dangerous thing is that this preparation for our suicide, by all the nations, is in the name of war and victory – all childish and stupid. You can see it in the way nations respect a piece of cloth as their flag and if it is removed their whole glory and freedom is lost – you cannot insult the national flag. This is the situation of human retardedness.
It is a simple fact that the earth is undivided.
What is the need of so many nations, except that it fulfills so many people's ego trips? There is no other need. Why should Germany be afraid of immigrants and give incentives to Germans to produce more children, when the earth is dying from overpopulation? If there was one world government the population could shift from one place to another place. Whenever the population starts decreasing it could be replaced by the increasing populations from other nations.
If there is only one world government, no division of nations, and the freedom of movement without any need of passports and visas and all other kinds of idiotic conditions, then problems can easily be solved.
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ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT was tried by the League of Nations before the second world war, but it could not succeed. It simply remained a debating club. The second world war destroyed the very credibility of the League of Nations. But the necessity was still there; therefore they had to create the United Nations Organization, the U.N. But the U.N. is as much a failure as the League of Nations was. Again, it is still a debating club because it has no power. It cannot implement anything; it is just a formal discussion club.
To make it a success, the simple thing is to make it a World Government. All nations should surrender their armies, their arms, to the World Government. Certainly if there is only one government, neither armies are needed nor arms. With whom are you going to have a war?
Now each big country, each power, is loaded with nuclear weapons, so much so that if we want to, we can destroy seventy earths like this, right now. That much nuclear power is there, available; to destroy each person seventy times. We also have war-gases enough to kill the entire life on earth five thousand times. It is not needed, one time is enough – but politicians don't want to take any chances. Their faces are all masks. They say one thing, they do another thing.
Politicians are basically, deep down, impotent – hence the urge to power.
They feel their weakness, inferiority and powerlessness; they know they are nobodies. But if they can convince the mediocre mob that they will be fulfilling their needs – then it is a mutual understanding, a bargain. Then the masses give them power, and once they have got the power, they forget all their promises; in fact they never meant them. Once they have the power, then you see their real faces.
The politician is nothing but an egoist. Inside he feels inferior – and afraid of that feeling of inferiority. He wants to be somebody, so that he can forget that feeling of inferiority. Power gives him the chance: he can see that millions of people are under his thumb. He can convince himself that he is not a nobody, he is somebody special. And he starts behaving that way. He starts misusing power. Once he is in power, he never wants to be out of it, because subconsciously he knows very well that out of power he will have to face his emptiness, his feeling of inferiority, his impotence.
And the power is in such people's hands. Any crackpot can push a button and finish the whole of humanity – the whole of life on earth.
The United Nations should be converted from a formal organization into a real World Government, and all nations should surrender their armies and arms to it.
Then ways can be found for the arms technology to be used for some creative purposes. And millions of people in the armies will be released for such creative work, and all the scientists that all the governments are holding in their power will become, under the U.N., one single unit.
Each prime minister of the existing countries will become a member of the World Government, and all the prime ministers of the countries which join into one World Government will continue to work functionally. They won't have any real power, because the question of anyone invading anyone else does not arise. They will simply run the railways and post offices, etc., of their countries.
There is a possibility that a few governments won't join the World Government; then they have to be boycotted completely as if they don't exist. There should be no relationship with them, no communication, because that is the only way to bring them to join. And they cannot stand against the World Government. They will have to surrender. It is better to surrender gracefully. And then they will have their government, they will have their internal guards, a national force which can manage internal affairs, but they will not have plants making nuclear weapons and millions of people engaged in the unnecessary exercise of killing man.
The members of the World Government will choose the world president. But the world president will be chosen not from the members of the World Government, but from outside. And one thing should be absolutely certain about him – that he is not a politician. He can be a poet, a painter, a mystic, a dancer, but not a politician. Anything except that. So in this way we will destroy the political power which has been the whole torture in the past.
The way the U.N. is now, with a few countries having veto power, should be dissolved.
It is again a power trip, and this has been the cause of many troubles: one single government can veto something for the whole world. Instead, each president from different nations will have voting power according to the nation's population of matriculates, of high school graduates.
This will change the whole power structure in the world. Then details can be worked out very easily.
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AFTER NATIONS, the second great disease is religions, because they have been fighting, they have been killing, and for reasons in which nobody is interested.
Christianity was the first religion to create in people's minds the idea that a war too can be religious. And Mohammedanism and other religions have followed, slaughtering each other in the name of God.
I say, war as such is irreligious. There cannot be anything like a crusade, a jihad, a holy war! If you call war "holy" then what is left to be called unholy?
Who is interested in God except the priests?
I have never come across a man who is really interested in God. If you offer him five dollars in one hand and God in another, he will take the five dollars and he will say: "God is eternal, we will see later on. For the moment five dollars will be helpful."
But the priests are interested, because God is their business, and they want their business to spread.
The religions have destroyed man's integrity.
They have broken him – not only in parts but into opposing parts, and these parts are continuously fighting with each other. In this way they have made humanity schizophrenic; they have given everybody a split personality. It has been done in a very clever and cunning way by condemning your body, your sex – by turning you against your own nature.
All the religions are against everything that man can enjoy. It is their vested interest to keep man miserable, to destroy every possibility of his finding peace, joy and fulfillment – to find paradise here, now.
Your misery is absolutely needed for the "other world" to exist. For example, if your sex is really fulfilled, you don't need God, because your life is fulfilled. But if your sex is condemned, repressed, destroyed, if you are made to feel guilty about it – then God can go on living forever. God derives his energy from your suicide!
The religions have taught you that you are not part of this world; you are here to be punished, to repent your "original sin." They had to do it in order to create God, who is a poetic fiction; and to create heaven, which is an extension of human greed; and to make people afraid of hell, which is to create a great fear in the very center of the human soul. Of course those fictions are very profitable to the priests.
No religion accepts the simple, natural and factual phenomenon that man is a unity – body and consciousness together – and this world is not separate from man. Man is rooted in this world just as trees are rooted. And the roots are as essential a part of the tree as the flowers. In fact, without roots there wouldn't be any tree!
This planet, this earth, is our mother and we are all part of one life force – part of one oceanic existence. And because we are one deep inside at our center, the possibility of love exists.
I am against all organized religions, without any exception, for the simple reason that truth cannot be organized, love cannot be organized – it is not politics.
All these religions have made you parts of crowds, dependent on the crowds. They have taken away your individuality, your freedom, your intelligence. In its place they have given you bogus beliefs, which mean nothing.
Belief is just a strategy to deceive yourself.
You don't want to go on the path of seeking, searching, discovering. It is arduous, because you will have to drop many superstitions, and you will have to deprogram yourself from many conditionings from the past which are preventing you from knowing the truth, from knowing yourself. No belief can help, and all religions are based on belief – that's why they are called "faiths."
Truth is a search, not a faith. It is an inquiry, not a belief. It is a question, a quest. To avoid this search you easily become gullible, you easily become victims of anybody who is ready to exploit you.
And naturally it feels cozy in a crowd. There are six hundred million Catholics. It feels cozy. And it feels like six hundred million people cannot be wrong. You may be wrong, but six hundred million people cannot be wrong – but that's what every one of them is thinking.
Four hundred million Hindus feel that they are right, and the same is true about Mohammedans, Buddhists and other religions.
A religion should be not a dead organization, but a kind of religiousness, a loving heart, a friendliness towards the whole. For these, no holy scriptures are needed.
An authentic religiousness needs no prophets, no saviors, no churches, no popes, no priests – because religiousness is the flowering of your heart.
If religiousness spreads all over the world the religions will fade away. It will be a tremendous blessing to humanity when man is simply man, neither Christian, nor Mohammedan, nor Hindu.
Religiousness is an individual affair. It is a message of love from you to the whole cosmos. Only then will there be a peace that passeth all misunderstanding...otherwise these religions have been parasites, exploiting people, enslaving people, forcing people to believe – and all beliefs are against intelligence.
I would love the whole world to be religious – as an independent search out of each individual's freedom.
So first, the nations should go if the world is to survive. There is no need of India and England and Germany.
Second, the religions should go.
One humanity is enough. And one religiousness is enough. Meditation, truth, love, authenticity, sincerity – which do not need any name...Hindu, Christian, Mohammedan. Just one religiousness – a quality, not something organized.
The moment organization comes in there is going to be violence, because there will be other organizations in conflict. We need a world of individuals without any organizations. Yes, there can be gatherings of people who have similar feelings, similar joys, rejoicings, but there should not be any organizations, hierarchies, bureaucracies.
First nations, second religions; and third, a science completely devoted to a better life, to more life, to better intelligence, to more creativity – not to create more war, not to be destructive. If these three things are possible, the whole humanity can be saved from being destroyed by its own leaders – religious, political, social.
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THAT SAME U.N. report, "Our Common Future," fails to deal with the real roots of the problems because that would go against our own governments and religions.
For instance, it says the economy and ecology are connected, but what about religion and politics?
You have to be made aware who the real criminals are. The problem is that those criminals are thought to be great leaders, great symbols of holiness and respectability. So I have to expose all these people because they are the causes.
For example, it is easier to understand that perhaps politicians are the causes of many problems – wars, murders, massacres – but it is more difficult when it comes to religious leaders, because nobody has raised his hand against them. They have remained respectable for centuries, and as time goes on their respectability goes on growing.
The most difficult job for me is to make you aware that these people – knowingly or unknowingly, that does not matter – have created this world.
The politicians and the priests have been constantly in conspiracy, working together, hand in hand.
The politician has the political power; the priest has the religious power. The politician protects the priest, the priest blesses the politician – and the masses are exploited, their blood is sucked by both.
Religions have made man's mind retarded by creating beliefs out of fictions. And politicians have destroyed man by creating as undignified a life as possible – because their power depends on your slavery. These barriers should be removed.
Rather, science should be employed not in the service of death and destruction, but in the service of life and love, affirmation, celebration.
We are in such a situation today that either we will let these rotten politicians and priests destroy the whole of humanity and the earth, or we will have to take the power from their hands and decentralize it into humanity.
For example, every religion goes on teaching against birth control, and no government is courageous enough to tell these religions that they are creating a situation in which the whole earth is in tremendous suffering. In forty of the poorest countries in the world today, one fifth of all children die before the age of five.
The politicians are afraid to say to the people anything in favor of birth control, in favor of abortion, because their whole interest is not whether the country survives or dies, their interest is that nobody should be offended.
People have their prejudices, but the politicians don't want to touch their prejudices because they need their votes. If they hurt their prejudices, these people are not going to give them their votes.
The population explosion is the problem.
All the religions are teaching: "Serve the poor," but not a single religion is ready to say: "Accept birth control so that the population is reduced."
The pope is continually interfering. He will not allow birth control: it is a sin, a sin against God. And what kind of God is this, who can't see that the earth is overburdened with the population?
Politics is a game of numbers.
How many Christians you have in the world – that is your power. The more Christians there are, the more power is in the hands of Christian priests, the priesthood. Nobody is interested in saving anybody, but just in increasing the population.
What Christianity has been doing is to continually issue orders from the Vatican against birth control, saying it is a sin to use birth control methods, that it is a sin to believe in abortion or to encourage abortion or to make it legal.
Do you think they are interested in the unborn children? They are not interested; they have nothing to do with those unborn children. They pursue their interest knowing perfectly well that if abortion is not practiced, if birth control methods are not practiced, this whole humanity is going to commit a global suicide.
And it is not so far away that you cannot see the situation. If things don't change, just within twelve years the world population will be such that it will be impossible to survive.
Just now, just recently, the Vatican has come out with a long message to humanity – one hundred and thirty-nine pages: "Abortion is sin; birth control is a sin." Now, nowhere in the bible is abortion a sin.
Nowhere in the bible is birth control a sin, because no birth control was needed.
Out of ten children, nine were going to die. That was the proportion, and that was the proportion in India just thirty or forty years ago: out of ten children, only one would survive. Then the population was not too great, not too heavy on the resources of the earth. Now, even in India – not to say anything about developed countries – even in India, out of ten children, only one dies.
So medical science goes on helping people to survive. And Christianity goes on opening hospitals and distributing medicines, while at the same time condemning birth control and preaching stupid ideas like: "children are God-sent," and Mother Teresa is there to praise and the pope is going to bless you....
They are even worried about Russia. There is, in America, a Christian association called Underground Evangelism, which works in communist countries to distribute the bible freely, and to distribute these stupid ideas that abortion is sin and birth control is sin.
Somehow Russia is not starving; they are not rich but they are not starving. Please, at least leave them alone. And it is because of birth control that they are not starving. If birth control is prohibited, if abortion is prohibited, Russia will be in the same position as Ethiopia. Then Mother Teresa and the pope will be very happy. The underground evangelists will come overground – a great opportunity to convert people to Christianity.
If some day this whole earth dies because of this explosion of population, then these people will be responsible for it – they are against birth control and abortion. Now, without birth control, without abortion, there is no possibility for this earth to be rich.
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THIS CRISIS IS good in a way because it is going to force people to choose: Do you want to die or do you want to live a new life?
The damage can be repaired; then die to the past, drop all that has been given to you as a heritage from the past, and start fresh – just as if you have descended on this earth for the first time. Start working with nature not as an enemy but as a friend, and the ecology will soon again be functioning as an organic unity.
It is not difficult to make the earth more green. If many trees have been cut, many more trees can be planted. And with scientific help they can grow faster, they can have better foliage. Different kinds of barriers can be created in the rivers so that they don't overflood poor countries like Bangladesh. The same water can create much more electricity and help thousands of villages to have light in their nights, to have warmth in the cold winters.
It is a simple thing. All problems are simple.
But the basic foundations of those problems are the trouble.
Nations and organized religions will try in every way not to disappear. Even if the whole world disappears, they will be prepared to accept that, but they will not be ready to surrender all their arms, all their armies, to a world organization.
But there is no need of armies. These millions of people who are involved in armies are a sheer wastage. They are not doing anything. Their use comes only in force, when within the nation or with other nations there is war; in peace they are of no use.
A world government will slowly start dissolving armies...making them peaceful citizens.
They can be put to creative arts, to farming, to gardening. And they are trained people. They can do jobs which no other people can do. An army can make a bridge so quickly, that is its training. It can create more houses for people.
I want it to be known to the whole world that if you are not ready to be one, be ready to disappear from this planet.
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ONE THING IS absolutely certain: The days of the politicians are over. They have done too well their job of being destructive, violent.
Nothing is favorable to the politician; and as each day passes his death comes closer. He himself is responsible. He improved the weapons, which can bring death to the whole world, to such a point that there is no way of going back. Either there will be an ultimate war – which means death to all and everything – or a total change of the whole structure in the human society. I am calling that change "meritocracy."
One thing – we have to drop the idea that every man, just because he is twenty-one, is capable of choosing who is the right person to decide the fate of nations. Age cannot be a decisive factor. We have to change the decisive factor; that is changing the very foundation.
My suggestion is that only a person who is at least a matriculate, a high school graduate, will be able to vote. His age does not matter.
For the local government, matriculation will be the qualification for the voters. And graduation from a university, at least a bachelor's degree, should be a necessary qualification for anybody running for election, for the candidates. A master's degree should be a minimum qualification for the one who is running for mayor.
For the state elections, graduation with a bachelor's degree should be the minimum qualification for the voters. A master's degree in science, the arts, commerce, should be the necessary degree for the candidates. For the cabinet ministers an M.A. with highest honors should be the minimum necessary qualification; more will be, of course, more appreciated. And anybody trying to become a cabinet minister will have to know something about the subject. His qualification should correspond to the subject matter that he is going to deal with in his term of office.
So if somebody is going to be an education minister, then his qualifications should make him capable of being an education minister.
He should have at least a master's degree in education with highest honors; with less than highest honors nobody should be a minister on the state level. Yes, if he has better degrees – doctor of education, Ph.D. in education – that is good, that will make him more qualified.
The attorney general should have at least a doctorate in law, an LL.D.– not less than that, because he is going to defend the law of the state, the rights of the citizens. He should have the best degree possible so he knows everything about it.
The governor should have the best of all the degrees possible for him: M.A. with highest honors, Ph.D. – his Ph.D. should be in political science – and at least one honorary degree, a D.Litt. or LL.D.
For the federal government, a master's degree will be the voter's minimum qualification. A master's degree with highest honors and a Ph.D. should be the minimum for the candidates running for election. And the ministers should all have the highest degrees in the subjects for which they are going to be ministers. If it is education then the highest degrees in education available in the country; if it is going to be health, then the highest degrees in health available in the country.
The president should have at least two Ph.D.s and one honorary D.Litt. or LL.D.; and the same for the vice-president because he can become president any day. In this way mobocracy is destroyed. Then just because you are twenty-one it does not mean you are capable of choosing the government.
Choosing the government should be a very skillful, intelligent job.
Just by being twenty-one you may be able to reproduce children – it needs no skill, no education, biology sends you well prepared. But to choose the government, to choose people who are going to have all the powers over you and everybody, and who are going to decide the destiny of the country and the world, just to be twenty-one is certainly not enough...the way we have been choosing them is simply idiotic.
I would like all the universities – within each state – to call a convention of all the vice-chancellors and the eminent professors; of the eminent intelligentsia who may not be part of the university: painters, artists, poets, writers, novelists, dancers, actors, musicians. It would include all dimensions of talents, all kinds of people who have shown their caliber – excluding politicians completely.
All the Nobel Prize winners should be invited – excluding the politicians again, because within these past few years a few politicians have been given Nobel Prizes, and this has degraded the value of the Nobel Prize.
So from each state a delegation should be chosen for the national convention, which goes into details of how the meritocracy can work.
From the national candidates there should be an international convention of all the universities of the world and the intelligentsia. This would be the first of its kind because never has the whole intelligentsia of the world come together to decide the fate of humanity. They should write the first constitution of the world.
It will not be American, it will not be Indian, it will not be Chinese – it is going to be simply the constitution of the whole of humanity. There is no need for different kinds of laws. There is no need – all human beings need the same kind of laws.
And a world constitution will be a declaration that nations are no longer significant.
They can exist as functional units but they are no longer independent powers. And if the whole intelligentsia of the world is behind this convention it will not be very difficult to convince the generals of the world to move away from the politicians.
And what power do politicians have? All the power that they have we have given to them. We can take it back. It is not their power, it is our power. We just have to find a way to take it back – because giving is very easy, taking is a little difficult. They will not be so simple and innocent when you take the power back as they were when they were asking it from you. It is our power, but they will go on having it if the mob remains there to give it to them; the mob can be convinced about anything.
It is the function of the intelligentsia.... I would like to say that now, if anything happens to humanity, the whole condemnation will go to the intelligentsia: "What were you doing? If those idiots were ready to kill humanity, what were you doing? You simply went on grumbling, being grumpy, but you did nothing else."
And the time is running short. Once we decide that the voting power is not the birthright of every human being but is a right which you will have to earn by your intelligence... You have to see the distinction: Everybody is given the opportunity to earn it, there is equal opportunity for all to earn it, but it is nothing birth-given; you have to prove it.
Once we move the power from the mob into the hands of intelligent people, people who know what they are doing, we can create something beautiful.
If a man who has devoted his whole life to thinking about education and its problems, has done all that was possible to do to find out every detail, every fundamental of education, all the possible philosophies of education – if he becomes an education minister, there is a possibility that he will do something.
I suggest to shift completely from the mob to the chosen few.
I am not against the people. In fact, in the hands of these politicians, the people are against themselves. I am all for the people, and what I am saying can be said to be exactly what has been said about democracy: for the people, by the people, of the people – just "by the people" I will have to change. This intelligentsia will be for the people, of the people. It will be serving the masses.
It is so simple a thing. You don't elect a doctor, and just anybody can stand, because it is a birthright and people can vote...two persons fighting to be the doctor or to be the surgeon. What is wrong in it? The people choose for themselves: for the people, by the people, of the people. They choose one person – to be the surgeon – because he speaks better, he looks good on the television and he makes great promises.
But he is not even a butcher, and he is going to become a surgeon! A butcher would have been better; at least he would have known how to cut – but you don't choose a surgeon by election.
How can you choose a president by election? How can you choose a governor by election? For one post so many people are hankering, desiring. Those who are most sick with ambitiousness will fight the most, they will kill – they will do anything.
You are giving so much power to power-hungry people; with your own hands you are helping them to hang you!
This is not democracy.
In the name of democracy these people have been exploiting the masses.
So politicians and priests both have to be dropped out of their long, long-standing establishment, and a totally new kind of management has to be developed.
Just to make a distinction I am calling my system "meritocracy." But merit for what? The merit is to serve and share. And once you have decided to shift the power from the politicians to the intelligentsia, everything is possible – everything becomes simple.
Meritocracy is a whole program of transforming the structure of society, the structure of the government, the structure of education.
It is a difficult job, arduous but not impossible – particularly in such a situation when death is the only alternative.
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THE PEOPLE WHO are going to be powerful need to be prepared.
Right now, up to now, for thousands of years you have never prepared anybody. If somebody is going to be a boxer you don't just push him into the ring and say: "Start!" He has to learn. If somebody is going to be a swordsman, it will take him years. Otherwise he won't even know how to hold the sword – using it and fighting with it will be impossible. First he will have to find out how to take it out from its sheath, how to hold it. It needs training. You don't just give a guitar to somebody who has never seen the instrument before and expect him to be an Amadeus Mozart or a Ravi Shankar.
Now this is your fault.
These people who are in power, have you trained them? Has anybody ever thought that the people who will be holding so much power need certain qualities so that they don't misuse power? It is not their fault.
So I propose two institutes in every university. One institute is for deprogramming. Anybody who gets a graduation certificate will first have to get a clearance certificate from the deprogramming institute – which means it has deprogrammed you as a Christian, as a Hindu, as a German, as an American, as a communist, as a Mohammedan, as a Jew, or whatever trademarks you had. It has taken out all the rubbish, because this has been our trouble.
And when you have believed a certain thing for fifty or sixty years, and I suddenly say that it is nonsense, you will get upset, you will resist, because that means for sixty years you have been a stupid guy. But if you have guts and intelligence, there is still time to get out of the rut.
My religiousness is nothing but the science of deprogramming.
And remember, don't get mixed up with the "deprogramming" that exists in California – they are re-programmers! Someone was escaping from Christianity; they bring him back to Christianity – and you call it deprogramming?
Deprogramming means you are simply left without a program, without religion, race, caste, nationality...you are left alone to be yourself – to be an individual.
And four years is enough time. Deprogramming does not take that much time; just a few hours a month for four years and you will be deprogrammed. And you will not get any certificate from the educational institute unless you are cleared by the deprogramming institute that: "This man doesn't carry any label anymore; he is now simply a human being."
The second institute will be an institute for meditation, because just deprogramming is not enough. Deprogramming takes rubbish from you – and it is difficult to be empty; you will start gathering rubbish again. You cannot manage by yourself to learn how to live joyfully with your emptiness, but that is the whole art of meditation.
So this institute will give you a simple meditation. There is no need for any complexity; universities, the intelligentsia, tend to make things complex. A simple method of just watching your breath is enough, but every day for one hour you have to go to the institute.
You just sit silently and witness your mind-process, while keeping your attention on the breath.
Nothing needs to be done. Just be a witness, an observer, a watcher, looking at the traffic of the mind – thoughts passing by, desires, memories, dreams, fantasies. Simply stand aloof, cool, with no condemnation, no evaluations. Once you get the knack of it, it is the most simple thing in the world.
About meditation – a few essential things to be remembered: The first is a relaxed state – no fight, no control, no concentration. The second is watchfulness – witness whatever is going on inside of you. And the third is, don't have any judgment or evaluation about it. Just be a watcher.
The body changes, the mind changes, the emotions change – only the witness remains the same.
As you practice witnessing, you will notice that the clouds of thoughts and emotions will slowly slowly start to disperse and the vast blue sky of your inner being will appear – you will have a taste of going beyond the body-mind-heart complex. Once you have experienced this state you have tasted meditation; and meditation is peace, meditation is joy – meditation is fulfillment.
So on the one hand the deprogramming institute cleanses you, empties you, makes you a vacuum; and on the other hand the meditation institute goes on helping you to enjoy your nothingness, your emptiness, your inner vacuum – its cleanliness, its freshness. And as you start enjoying it, you start feeling that it is not empty at all, it is full of joy. It looked empty at first because you were accustomed to having so much rubbish in it, and that rubbish has been removed so you say it looks empty.
It is just like a room full of furniture: you have always seen it full of furniture; then one day you come and all the furniture is removed and you say: "The room looks empty." The room is not empty, the room is simply clean. The room is roomy for the first time. It was cluttered before, burdened, full of rubbish; now it is pure space.
You have to learn meditation to enjoy your emptiness.
And that is one of the greatest days in life – when a person starts enjoying emptiness, aloneness, nothingness, because then you will be able to live your whole life meditatively.
And by living meditatively I mean to be loving, to be alert, to be a witness. Whatever you are doing, do it with joy and totality – do it as if this is the greatest thing in the world in this moment. When you doanything with such intensity, with such love, with such respect, you will be transformed by it.
Unless something transforms you, it is not meditation.
But all the religions have been doing prayers in the name of meditation, prayers which are nothing but complaints and desires. They will not take you to your innermost being or into some higher state of consciousness – you will remain the same person.
And in the name of meditation there are hundreds of so-called teachers who go on exploiting people. Their teachings are of disciplining the mind by practicing concentration. But concentration is a mind phenomenon, it makes the mind even stronger – and meditation, in short, is nothing but creating a gap between you and your mind.
For example, Transcendental Meditation has become representative of all so-called meditations: you concentrate on some word, a holy word, and you repeat it as fast as you can – without gaps in between. This creates a deliberate kind of sleep and gives you relaxation from thinking. It is an enjoyable exercise and coming out of it you will feel refreshed. I am not against it – but please don't call it meditation and don't call it transcendental; those are wrong words for it. It is hypnotic auto-suggestion and nothing more.
Meditation will make you a new being, a new man, a new consciousness which knows no fear, no seriousness, no greed, no hate – nothing of those dark emotions and sentiments which are ugly, sick, nauseating; meditation knows only that which uplifts you, which goes on uplifting you.
Then nobody can reprogram you, nobody in the whole world.
Unless the meditation institute gives you its degree, the university is not going to give you a degree.
The university's degree will come only when a clearance certificate from the deprogramming institute and a graduation certificate from the meditation university have been granted. It will depend on you – you can graduate in one year, you can graduate in two years, you can graduate in three years, four years. But four years is too much. Any imbecile, if he just sits for one hour every day, doing nothing, for four years, is bound to find what Buddha or Lao Tzu have found, what I have found.
It is not a question of intelligence, talent, genius. It is only a question of patience.
So from the university meditation institute you get a degree, a bachelor of meditation; then you get a bachelor of arts or commerce or science, not before it. And in the same way it continues. You get a master's degree in meditation, M.M., and again you will be required to continue with the deprogramming institute for two years, because you can't be left alone so easily.
These processes go on simultaneously – deprogramming and meditation. One institute goes on cleaning you, emptying you; the other goes on filling you – not with some thing, but with some quality: blissfulness, lovingness, compassion, a tremendous feeling of worth for no reason at all. Just that you are living, breathing, is enough proof that existence thinks you worthy of living, that existence thinks you worthy of being here.
You are indispensable to existence.
So if a person continues to study in the university, then he continues to go to the meditation institute for one hour every day, and before he gets his M.A., he gets his M.M. – that is, master of meditation. These are clearance certificates for your M.A. degree. And I want this to continue. If you are going to do your Ph.D. then you do four years of deprogramming and four years of meditation. Those are compulsory to the very end, so when you come out of the university you are not only an intelligent person, well-informed, you are also a meditator – relaxed, joyful, silent, peaceful, observant, watchful, intuitive. And you are no longer a Christian, no longer a Hindu, no longer an American, no longer a Russian. All that has been completely burned; nothing is left of it.
This is the only way: to replace the politicians by the intelligentsia.
But as the intelligentsia is now, it won't be of much help, because they are still in the grip of power politics.
That's why I make these two conditions. If you get a Ph.D., simultaneously you will be getting a doctor's degree in meditation. So while you are being educated you are in a very silent and subtle way being prepared to be in power, in such a way that power cannot corrupt you, that you cannot misuse it.
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TRANSFORMING THE STRUCTURE of society looks utopian. Who is going to do it? How is it going to happen? How are we going to make it a reality?
It is utopian, but the situation is such that within twelve years politicians will bring you to the brink of death. Then you will have to choose; and at that time, when you have to choose between death and meditation, I think you will choose meditation – you are not going to choose death.
Politicians have brought this great challenge to the whole of humanity. In a way we should be thankful to these fools. They have dragged the whole of humanity to the point where humanity has to decide: "Now either we can live, or these politicians can remain in power – both are not possible."
The politicians are bringing you to that point; they have brought you there already.
So I say that now the universities have to become more bold, courageous, united, and they have to gather all the intelligentsia around them – which is not difficult, because all over the world I have seen that every kind of intelligent person is against these political fools. But he cannot do anything alone. What can he do? And he does not see that there is any alternative.
I wonder why you can't see any alternative when you have so many universities of great prestige.
For example, if Oxford can gather courage to refuse, to say that the university is not going to give Margaret Thatcher an honorary doctorate, why shouldn't a university like Oxford – which is prestigious, old enough, respected around the world – start calling these conventions? Why shouldn't Oxford become the center of a new power, the power of the intelligentsia?
I want to include one thing more: exclude the priests, the pope, because the religious establishment has always been supportive of the political establishment. They are in a deep conspiracy together; they support each other. And they support each other in such absurd ways that one cannot make any sense out of it.
All these bishops and popes have to be excluded; they have nothing to do with it. We have to exclude them because we are going to deprogram, and the deprogramming is one of the most significant things to be done; otherwise, the world cannot be saved.
I am not asking much, just an eight-year preparation parallel to your studies. And if the whole government is meditative, deprogrammed, unprejudiced – just visualize it – then bureaucracy disappears, hierarchy disappears; then things that take years can be finished within seconds.
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WE HAVE TRIED religion and it has failed.
We have tried politics and it has failed.
Now we have to try science. Give it a chance, because in three hundred years it has made more progress than man has made in his whole history of hundreds of thousands of years.
So I propose to you that the world should have one academy of sciences, so there is no Russian scientist, no American scientist, no Hindu scientist, no Christian scientist – all that is past. This academy will have all the geniuses of the world.
Science has grown to such complexity that it is not possible for individual scientists to work on their own. They need immense support from politicians. Their research projects are so expensive that only governments of very rich nations can afford them. So the scientist unknowingly has fallen a victim in the hands of the politicians.
Now he works as a servant to nationalism, to communism, to fascism, to capitalism – he is no more an independent seeker, he is part of a certain political ideology. He works and discovers but he has no control over his own discoveries. The control is in the hands of the politicians. They decide in which direction he should work; otherwise they will not financially support his project.
This can be changed only if two things are added to science: one is that it should not only be an objective search, it should also open the subjective doors of consciousness. The scientist should not go on working only on objects – he has to work upon the scientist himself.
Up to now he has been denying his own consciousness. It is such an absurd attitude, so illogical and so unscientific, that it brings scientists closer to the superstitious, so-called religions. They believe blindly in a God they know nothing about, and the scientist goes on disbelieving in himself. The superstition is enormous, unbelievable. If there is nobody inside you, if there is no consciousness in you, then who is going to discover the mysteries and secrets of matter, nature, and life? Up to this point, science has been behaving in an old superstitious way. It has been imitating religion.
Unless science opens up the dimension of one's own interiority, it will not become a total subject, a whole subject; it will remain partial, its viewpoint will remain only half of the truth.
Science will become of tremendous importance if it adds subjectivity, if it adds methods of meditation to the methods of concentration.
The methods of concentration take you out, they are extrovert. Science requires a mind which has the capacity to concentrate. Meditation requires the capacity to go beyond mind, to go into silence, to be absolutely a pure nothingness.
Unless science accepts meditation as a valid method of inquiry, it will remain a half-hearted search; and because of its half-heartedness, it is dangerous. It can easily serve the purposes of death – because it does not believe in consciousness, it believes in dead matter. So it does not matter whether Nagasaki happens or Hiroshima happens, or even if the whole globe commits suicide. It doesn't matter, because all is matter – there is no consciousness. Nothing is lost.
The scientist will revolt against the politicians only when the dimension of meditation is added in his research, to his work.
Secondly, the scientist has to remember now that he is providing the politicians with self-destructive nuclear weapons. He is behaving against humanity, he is behaving against the new man, the new humanity. He is behaving against his own children. He is sowing seeds of death for all.
It is time that scientists should learn to discriminate between what helps life and what destroys life. Just because of their salaries and comforts they should not go on like slaves and robots, working for war and a destruction which is unprecedented.
The scientist has to become a revolutionary too. He has to be a spiritual seeker first, and second he has to be a revolutionary.
The scientist has to remember not to serve death – whatsoever the cost.
He has not to follow the directions of politicians, he has to decide himself what is helpful to the ecology, what is helpful to a better life, to a more beautiful existence. And he has to condemn the politicians if they force him to work in the service of death: he has to refuse totally, everywhere – in the Soviet Union, in America, in China, in every country all over the world. Scientists need a global association of their own, which can decide what research should be taken in hand and what research should be dropped.
Just as one day scientists revolted against religion and its dictates, now they have to revolt again – against the politicians and their dictates. The scientists have to stand on their own and be absolutely clear that they will not be exploited. They are being exploited everywhere. Just because they are being given Nobel Prizes, great honors – they are ready to sacrifice the whole of humanity for their Nobel Prizes, for all those stupid awards. They have no longer to behave like children. These awards and these prizes and these respectable posts are all toys to befool, and even your great scientists are behaving like fools. When the house is on fire, don't stay inside playing with toys – get out!
I would like all intelligent people to create an uproar all over the world against scientists who are serving governments and politicians in creating war mechanisms. The masses have to be awakened against these scientists; they have become now the greatest danger, and their association with politicians has to be broken.
The scientists need a great incentive for meditation. Only then will they be able to see that what they have been doing is against the future of mankind. They are destroying the very hope – while with the same intelligence they could have created a paradise on earth for the new man, for their children, and their children's children to live in a better world, with more health, with more love, with more consciousness.
Science has to become spiritual.
It has not to exhaust all its energies on the outer world, but has to penetrate into the treasures of our inner being. It has great potential, but that potential is not yet used. Just as it has been successful in penetrating into the very secret of matter, it has the capacity to penetrate into the very secret of consciousness too. Then it will be a great blessing, a great benediction.
So as far as I am concerned, and my vision for a new humanity is concerned, I see science as having two dimensions: the lower dimension working on objects, and the higher dimension working on consciousness. The lower dimension has to work as a servant for the higher dimension; then there is no need of any other religion, then science fulfills totally the whole need of man.
Albert Einstein said before he died: "If I had known that the atomic bomb was going to be the result of my creativity, of my whole life's work, then I would never have been a physicist. And if there is going to be another life for me, I pray to God, please make me a plumber rather than a physicist."
Certainly what he did was a tremendous act of creativity, unparalleled in the whole of history. He had come to an understanding of one of the most secret things in the objective world. In fact, he had discovered half of the secret – this can be looked at as the dead cell in things, the atom. The remaining half is the living cell in the human body.
By splitting the atom, so much energy is created – by splitting such a small atom. You cannot see it with your bare eyes, nor can you see it by any technical means: it is only inferred; it is just in the calculations. It is only a figure of speech; you cannot pinpoint where it is, what it is. Yes, all qualities have been described, descriptions have been given, but they are all inferences. But because they work, they are accepted to be true – not that we have come face-to-face with the atom.
But understanding half of the mystery of the objective world is the greatest achievement of man, of creativity, of inventiveness, of genius.
Certainly the other half is going to be far more difficult. But sooner or later there will be an explosion in our understanding of the mysteries of the living cell. That day will be of great rejoicing because after that we can program man – his life, his mind, his genius, his age, his disease, his color of eyes, his color of hair, his height, his weight – everything in detail can be programmed. Once we know all the mysteries of the living cell, then any program can be put into it.
But who knows whether that great creativity will also be used in the same way as atomic research has been used? If we continue on the same path as now, most probably it will be, because the people who have the power would like to program man according to their desire, and they will not miss such an opportunity. This is the opportunity they have been searching for, for millennia. This is their great opportunity; nothing can be greater than this.
Once they can program man then there is no revolution, no independence, no individuality, no problems, no strikes, nothing. Man then is a robot.
The past has done nothing but exploit man with no thought for the future.
Our minds are old-fashioned and the present situation is totally different. It is impossible to solve present problems with old-fashioned ideas.
If the politicians are going to perform experiments on human life, or the so-called religions are going to do it, then it is against nature – they cannot do anything natural. But if it is being done by an international academy of scientists – I say international academy of scientists – it can be a tremendous, progressive step, and it will not be against nature, it will be nature's growth.
Just a great awakening is needed – the scientist has to realize his responsibility, that he has almost become a god; either he can create or he can destroy. He has to be reminded that he is no longer the old scientist of the times of Galileo, just working in his own house, with a few tubes and a few bottles, just mixing chemicals and experimenting. Those days are gone. Now he has the power to destroy the whole life of this planet or to create a life so beautiful and so blissful that man has imagined it only in heaven.
It can be possible here. A few small groups of scientists have started working on those lines. Nobody believes them.
Japan created an artificial island, because in Japan there is so much a shortage of land that it is becoming impossible to expand industries. Japan has become the richest country in the world. It needs more and more land.
The old way is to conquer some other country; that is not possible anymore.
The fear of a third world war hangs over everybody.
Japan has created an artificial island which will be used for industrial development. It will be floating on the ocean. Once it becomes a success, Japan will be creating more earth than God created in those six days. There are tremendous possibilities for science – once it no longer serves death. It can float cities on the ocean. Japan has also successfully tried to make underground cities, because why go on with the old conception that you have to live overground? You can live underground; it is more peaceful there, and you can get the right kind of light, the right kind of oxygen, because everything will be in the hands of the scientist.
Just as underground cities are possible, floating cities on the ocean are possible, cities under the ocean are possible, flying cities are possible.... Once science changes its attitude and stops being supportive of politicians for war, so much energy will be released that scientists can do all these things.
To me, all that seems to be almost predictable. It is going to happen, because the earth is going to be overburdened with population. It has already reached five billion people, and by the year 2010 it will have almost doubled. A population of ten billion people? This poor earth, which has been exploited for centuries, will not be able to support it. You will have to create new vegetables, new food, perhaps artificial food. In the Soviet Union they already have new fruits which God had not created in those six days. Just as animals can be created by crossbreeding, they are crossbreeding trees and creating new fruits, giving them the right taste, right juice...fruits which man has never eaten!
It has to be made common knowledge that whatever science has done has brought about a very critical moment in the life of this planet – and only science can put it right.
For example, the problem of pollution and destruction of the ozone layer – it is created by science and only science can solve it. Different methods can be discovered which don't destroy the ozone layer or create the greenhouse effect. If that is impossible, then the offending industries should be closed and their products replaced with something else. But it all has to be done by science.
There is no point in condemning science, because it has given better health and medicine, and has saved millions of children who would have died.... And there are hundreds of inventions which have been purchased but never marketed – purchased only to prevent marketing, because the inventions were against the vested interests. Once there is one world government, things can have a totally different arrangement.
Science has great possibilities, just we have not yet been able to use those possibilities.
A great revolution is needed. Just as the scientists once revolted against religion, fought against religion – now they have to fight against politics, against nationalism. Their responsibility is great.
The new man will need them and their revolution. The scientists are the most important people for the survival of humanity.
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BIRTH CONTROL should be an absolute, with medical boards to decide how many new people we need every year. So only a few people should give birth to children, and that too should be done by artificial insemination, so there can be a scientific combination of the best sperm with the best egg.
Up to now the pill the woman has been taking has not been one hundred percent safe: she has to take it every day. If she misses one day, there is a chance it will not be effective. Then suddenly the husband turns up, or suddenly the husband is gone – it works either way. The opportunity of love arises, and mind tends to take chances. Mind just thinks: "Every time you make love you don't become pregnant."
In the ordinary course of his sexual life a man has intercourse at least four thousand times – that is the norm. I am not talking about sex maniacs, this is the very average shopkeeper. Four thousand times means billions of potential people. Existence is really abundant. The man may have only two or three children out of those billions. Those billions can fill the whole earth.
Now they have developed two other pills. The first pill that was developed was a great revolution, because it prevented women from becoming pregnant.
In the past a woman's whole life was nothing but a factory to produce children: she was continuously pregnant; her life was nothing more than the life of a cow.
So the first pill prevented her being pregnant, but it was not one hundred percent safe.
The second pill is a greater revolution because it can be taken after you make love. The first had to be taken every day; the second is a greater advancement, because now you need not be worried: you can make love with whomsoever, whenever the possibility arises, and take the pill afterwards.
The third pill that is being developed is even more significant: the woman need not take it, the man can take it.
Using these three pills...all accidental birth can be avoided. Sex becomes just a playfulness, loses all the seriousness that it has carried in the past.
The population has to be reduced if man wants to be, to have his dignity, honor, his right to life.
Up to now humanity has lived with accidental childbirth. Now science has made it possible to protect ourselves against that, and genetic engineering will become the most important science for the future.
Just as we have blood banks, every hospital should have sperm banks. And it can be as easy to have an egg bank as a sperm bank.
Anybody who is interested in children can go and contribute his semen to the scientific lab, and the lab should decide which woman is going to be your child's mother. It need not be your wife; there is no relationship in it.
You love your wife, your wife loves you, but that does not mean to take the risk of burdening the earth with a crippled, blind child – you don't have that permission from existence.
Why are you taking such an irresponsible burden on yourself and on the whole of humanity?
If you give birth to a child who is crippled or retarded or mad or insane...he will then give birth to other children. That's how idiots are always in the majority in the world.
I will be opposed by all the religions – it does not matter, I have been opposed my whole life – but my proposal is that every male who wants children should donate his sperm to a hospital, and a medical science board should work out, for these sperms and the woman's eggs, what the possibilities are.
In those one million sperms there may be great scientists like Albert Einstein, great musicians like Yehudi Menuhin, great dancers like Nijinsky, great philosophers like Friedrich Nietzsche, great novelists like Fyodor Dostoevsky. They can be picked out and the father and mother can choose what they want. When you can choose the great diamonds, why go for the colored stones? And when you can be the chooser, why be accidental?
They can choose, if they want, a Henry Ford, who will make great riches possible. Money is an art, just as anything else; it has its own geniuses. Everybody cannot be a Henry Ford!
If you want your child to be a Gautam Buddha, then you have to see, according to the genetic analysis, which sperm has the potentiality of being a mystic. The sperm has to be injected, so he need not be in competition with all kinds of fellows in a crowd.
And for the parents, because the child is not to be given birth through sex, sex becomes pure fun. It does not carry any responsibility, any danger.
Insemination is the only scientific way to find the best child.
We have to drop the old idea that: "I am the father." We have to create the idea that: "I have chosen the best child!" That should be the man's pride. Values have to be changed this way.
You don't know what you are carrying in your genes; you don't know what is your potential, what kind of child you are going to give birth to. You love the woman; there is no harm. Love should be absolutely available to you; that is your birthright. You love the woman, but every woman need not be a mother. Every man need not be a father.
You want a child, and if you really love a child, you would like the best child possible. So who contributes the semen and who contributes the mother's womb should not be your concern. Your concern should be that you get the best child possible.
A child should be recognized as a human being when he is born – and then, too, I have some reservations.
If a child is born blind or crippled, if a child is born deaf, dumb, and we cannot do anything.... Just because life should not be destroyed, this child will have to suffer – because of your stupid idea – for seventy years, eighty years. Why create unnecessary suffering? If the parents are willing, the child should be put to eternal sleep. And there is no problem in it. Only the body goes back into its basic elements; the soul will fly into another womb. Nothing is destroyed.
If you really love the child, you will not want him to live a seventy-year-long life in misery, suffering, sickness, old age. So even if a child is born, if he is not medically capable of enjoying life fully with all the senses, healthy, then it is better that he goes to eternal sleep and is born somewhere else with a better body.
Slowly, science is learning the program of the sperm and the egg. This is developing, but this should be our most emphatic effort. If we know everything about the sperm and the egg, then not only can the population be decreased, the quality of the people can increase a hundredfold. We don't have any idea how many geniuses are going down the drain. The world can be full of geniuses of all types; it can be our choice. In the past they were just accidents, coincidences. But in the future we can make it certain.
We can fill the whole earth with geniuses, talented people, healthy people.
I suggest to create worldwide lobbies to help to understand genetic programs. Man has reached to the moon but he has not made much effort to understand genetic programs. The reasons are simple, because all the vested interests, all the religions are threatened; they know that once the program of the genes is understood, the old cannot exist any longer.
Much more emphasis should be how we can also change the program. We are learning about health, diseases, age, coloring. First we have to learn how to change the programs. A man, for example, may have the mind of a Nobel Prize winner, but the body may be sick. He may not be able to use the mind if the body cannot support it – unless we can change the program. Once we know how to change the program, thousands of possibilities open up. We can give every man and woman the best of everything. There is no need for anyone to suffer unnecessarily. Being retarded, crippled, blind, ugly – all these will be possible to change.
Criminals can be avoided – politicians can be avoided, priests can be avoided, murderers can be avoided, rapists can be avoided, violent people can be avoided. Or if they have some special quality in them, their genetic program can be changed. Their violence can be taken out, rather than teaching people not to be violent, not to be thieves, not to be criminals.
In the future it will also be possible to avoid old age completely.
Man can go on living youthfully up to the point of death.
The scientific calculation is that the present body of man is capable of living at least three hundred years – just the right food, right medical care, right ecological environment and people can live for three hundred years.
I cannot conceive what treasures will be revealed if Gautam Buddha can live three hundred years, Albert Einstein can live three hundred years, Bertrand Russell can live three hundred years. Up to now, the way we have lived is such a sheer wastage. People who are trained, educated, cultured, become old and die at the age of seventy. And new visitors, absolutely uneducated, barbarous, go on coming from the wombs.
This is not a very scientific way of arranging the world. Now we are forcing people to retire, and these are the people who know. And then you have to employ people who know nothing. Men's lives should be made longer and birth control should be more strict. A child should be born only when we are ready to allow a Bertrand Russell to leave the world. And there is every possibility to find a replacement, because we can read the whole program in the genes, all the possibilities – whether he will be a painter of the quality of Picasso or he is going to be a poet of the genius of Rabindranath Tagore, how long he is going to live, whether he will be healthy or sick.
So I am absolutely in favor of birth control methods and of genetic engineering in the hands of an international academy of science.
But I am aware that genetic engineering is going to be opposed by almost everybody. I would like to remind you that every development, every evolutionary step in mankind's life has been opposed in the beginning as "against nature."
Every new thing is opposed.
For example, in India birth control is opposed by all the religious leaders, with the argument that it is not natural.
There is no question of genetics being unnatural. The fear I can understand, but every new thing creates fear. And once you become accustomed you completely forget that there was a day it was a new thing. Do you know, when electricity was invented nobody was ready to have electric lamps: who knows, it may burst, put the whole house on fire. Now you are not afraid.
And I know there is another fear about genetics, and that is: "Who will control it?" You are not afraid about medicine, who will control it. You trust the doctor, a doctor you don't know at all, that he will not kill you, that he will not cheat you, that he will not keep you sick as long as possible.
My idea is simple – that there should be a world academy of scientists with different departments: genetics will be the most important department. And scientists should be trusted – there is no other way. Either trust a blind force of biology, or trust a human being who is at least a little conscious, who understands his responsibility. When you produce children, you don't ask whom you are trusting, who is sending all these children. It is a blind biological force, certainly natural; but the scientist is also natural. And whatever he produces is of a far higher value, because it is coming from a consciousness.
And I want to make meditation an absolute for all students, whatever subject they may be studying, so their awareness becomes more and more clean and clear. And out of that clarity we can create a beautiful world.
Those scientists, if they are also meditators, will not create atomic bombs to destroy.
They may find atomic energy to move trains, so they don't pollute the air, to use that atomic energy in the factories so they don't pollute the air. Rather than killing man, the same atomic energy can be a tremendous help to save man and his future.
The question has been raised again and again that if the control of genetics falls into the hands of men like Ronald Reagan, and he decides what kinds of people should be produced, then there is certainly danger. But when Ronald Reagan decides that Charles Darwin and his theories should not be taught in the universities, you don't see the danger. When President Truman decides to drop atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, you don't see that politicians should not exist at all, that they are dangerous.
You have to understand the whole implication of my proposition.
Meditation should be the central subject for every branch of knowledge.
Particularly branches like genetics – which are very important, which are going to produce new generations, new men, a new world – should be in the hands of very clear, silent, loving people. So side by side just don't think of genetics, also think we can add meditation as an essential part of education.
Otherwise I can understand this difficulty. Any intelligent person will think that if genetics is in the hands of Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, what will be the fate of the world? They will create slaves, idiots.
But all the arms are in the hands of these people now. Nuclear weapons are in their hands and you are not worried, and you are not taking any action on your part. They can destroy the whole world without any difficulty. So what more can they do?
But genetics can be freed, in fact all of science can be freed from their hands.
With one world government, one world educational system, we will be able to create all the barriers to prevent science and its discoveries from being misused.
The possibilities are so tremendous that we should put our fear aside and we should take cautious steps so that genetics is not being used against humanity but for humanity.
And anyway, if you don't do anything, then what you are afraid of is going to happen.
Genetics cannot be prevented from developing. Every government which has power enough is interested in it. So fear and paranoia will not help. If cautious efforts are made – and worldwide protests and movements are made, that at least sciences like genetics should not be in the hands of nations, but in the hands of a world community of scientists themselves – then it can be used for the creation of a golden future on this earth.
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I ALSO SUGGEST euthanasia. Just as we are putting limits on birth – birth control – let me give you another word: death control. But no nation is ready for death control. Even if, after a certain age, a person wants to die and has lived life fully and has no responsibility – rather he is a burden on himself – he is forced to live, because the law is against suicide.
I suggest, if you accept seventy as the average age to die, or eighty or ninety as the average, a man should be free to ask the medical board: "I want to be freed from my body." He has every right to do that, if he does not want to live any more because he has lived enough. He has done everything that he wanted to do, and now he wants not to die of cancer, or tuberculosis; he simply wants a relaxed death.
Every hospital should have a special place for people, with a special staff, where people can come, get relaxed and be helped to die beautifully, without any disease, supported by the medical profession.
If the medical board feels that the person is valuable, if the medical board feels that the person is of immense importance, then he can be asked to live a little longer. Only a few people should be asked to be here a little longer, because they can be of so much help to humanity, so much help to others. But if even those people don't want to live, that is their birthright. You can ask, request, and if they accept it, good; but if they say: "No, we are not interested any more," then certainly they have every right to die.
One can understand trying to save a child, but why are you saving old people who have lived, lived enough, suffered, enjoyed, done all kinds of things, good and bad? Now it is time – let them go.
But the doctors cannot let them go because it is illegal.
They cannot take them off oxygen and other life-support systems, so you go on saving the dying or almost-dead people.
No pope issues a commandment that these people should be allowed freedom from their bodies. And what is left of their bodies? Somebody's legs are missing; somebody's hands are missing; somebody's heart is not working so a battery is working instead of a heart; somebody's kidneys are not working so machines are doing the work of the kidneys. But what is the purpose of these people? What will they do even if you continue to keep them going this way?
Yes, at the most they keep a few people employed; that's all. But what kind of a creative life are they going to have? And what joy can they have in all that is being done to them? Continual injections are being given to them. They cannot sleep, then sleeping pills are given to them. They cannot wake up, then activators are forced into their blood so they have to wake up. But for what reason – the Hippocratic oath? Let Hippocrates go to hell! He had no idea what his oath was going to bring about.
Instead of medicines, a meditator should be there to teach the dying man how to meditate, because now medicine is not needed, meditation is needed – how to relax and peacefully disappear from the body.
Every hospital needs meditators – they are essential – just as it needs doctors.
Up to now meditators were not needed because there was only one function: to save life. Now the function is doubled: to help people die. Every university should have a department where meditation is taught so that people themselves are ready. When the time comes to die, they are fully ready to die – with joy, with celebration.
But suicide is a crime. This will be considered suicide, and I will be considered to be teaching people illegal things.
My concern is with truth, not with law.
The truth is that you have unbalanced life, nature. Please give back its balance.
I suggest a movement so that when people have lived enough and they desire to be freed from their bodies, then hospitals should provide a convenient, pleasant death. It is absolutely sane that every hospital should have a special ward with all facilities so that death becomes a pleasant experience, enjoyable.
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NEW FORMS OF collectivities will have to come into being. I would not like to call them a "society," just to avoid the confusion between the words. I call the new collectivity a "commune." The word is significant. It means: where people are not only living together, but where people are in deep communion.
To live together is one thing – we are doing it. Every city, every town, thousands of people are living together – but what togetherness is there? People don't know even their neighbors. They live in the same skyscraper, thousands of people, and they never come to know that they are living in the same house. It is not togetherness, because there is no communion. It is simply a crowd, not a community. So I would like to replace the word "society" with the word "commune."
Society has existed on certain basic principles. You will have to remove them; otherwise the society will not disappear. The first and the most important unit of the society has been the family. If the family remains the way it is, then the society cannot disappear, then religions cannot disappear. Then we cannot create one world, one humanity.
The family is the root cause of millions of diseases; it is the basic brick that nations are made of, races are made of, religious organizations are made of.
And the family has destroyed the blissfulness of men and women of the whole of mankind.
Today in the West every third marriage ends in divorce with all the horrible legal battles over kids and possessions. A majority of all violent crimes and murders in the world happen within the family between family members.
The basic structure of the family is of possessiveness: the husband possesses the wife and they both possess the children; and the moment you possess a human being you have taken away his dignity, his freedom, his very humanity. You have taken away all that is beautiful and you have given him only handcuffs; perhaps made of gold – beautiful cages in place of his wings – but those golden cages cannot give him the sky and the freedom of the sky.
The family tries to disconnect you from the whole society, just as the nation divides you from other nations; it is the same strategy of division.
Once the family is gone, much of psychological disease will be gone; much of political insanity will be gone.
So the first thing is, a model commune will not have families.
The implication is clear: it will not have marriages.
Love, for the first time, should be given the respect that has been its due for centuries. Love should be the only law between two human beings. If they decide to live together, only joy should be their binding force. And remember, like everything real, love also changes. Only unreal things, plastic things, remain permanent.
Marriage is permanent, but it gains permanence by killing love.
It is on the grave of love that marriage makes its house. Naturally it brings only agony, anguish, suffering, slavery and a total destruction of man's spirituality.
A model commune will be a communion, a gathering of free spirits.
Children should belong to the commune, not to the parents. Parents have done enough harm; they cannot be allowed to corrupt their children anymore – although their intentions are all good. But what to do with their good intentions? The results are all ugly.
They teach their children to be competitive, and competition brings jealousy. They teach their children to become somebody in the world, to "make a name" for themselves. That makes life a struggle, not a rejoicing but a continuous fight – so destructive that it takes away all your joy, all your juice, all your flowers, leaving behind only skeletons fighting for power, for money, for position. Life becomes a battlefield.
The whole blame goes to the parents. They have lived as ambitious beings, they have destroyed themselves. Now they go on giving to their children as a heritage, their unfulfilled desires, their incomplete ambitions. This way diseases go on from one generation to another.
We have to protect children from the past.
The only way is for them to belong to a commune. Children should not live with their parents but in communal hostels so the parents cannot poison their minds. Parents can meet them and spend weekends with them, but basically they will grow independently. And the commune should take care that there is no question of any religious or political ideology or nationality, race, caste – all these things which divide. This is the only way to create a break with the past. It will help tremendously if children can see things in a different light.
And having one father and one mother is psychologically dangerous because if the child is a boy, he starts imitating the father; if the child is a girl, she starts imitating the mother – and great psychological problems arise.
Father and mother should recede, and uncles and aunts should take their place. There should be so many uncles and so many aunts...perhaps the mother should be the chief aunt and the father should be the chief uncle, but not more than that.
It is good that the family is disappearing.
If the children are in the hands of the commune – I have experimented with it and found it immensely successful – the children are far more happy, because they are far more free. No conditioning is stamped on them. They mature earlier, because nobody is trying to make them dependent, so they become independent. Nobody is trying to go out of their way to help them, so they have to learn how to help themselves. This brings maturity, clarity, a certain strength.
And with the family disappearing, nations will disappear, because the family is the unit of the nation.
So I am tremendously happy whenever I see the family disappearing, because I know behind it will go the nation. With it will go the so-called religions, because it is the family which imposes religion, nationality, and all kinds of things on you. Once the family is gone, who is going to force Christianity on you, Hinduism on you?
Right now everybody is forced to be according to the ideas of others.
That causes misery and great anguish, and takes all joy and gladness from life. Everybody should be himself and contribute to life according to his way, by creating music, or by creating paintings, or by writing poetry, or by producing better fruit, better crops, making better roads. Everyone should be allowed to have his own potential fulfilled.
A model commune will give dignity to every individual.
A model commune will create as much intelligence as possible, and will allow people to grow intelligently, to search and seek for their truth, because that is how one becomes more intelligent.
By searching and seeking, intelligence is sharpened like a sword.
Man has lived in unintelligence because all the religions of the world have emphasized only one thing: belief. And belief is poison to intelligence.
They have emphasized only one thing: faith. And faith is against all growth.
The new man I conceive will not have any belief system and will not have any faith.
He will be a seeker, a searcher, an enquirer; his life will be a life of tremendous discovery, discoveries in the outside world and discoveries in the inside too.
I want every human being to be a discoverer: a Galileo, a Copernicus, a Columbus in the outside world; and a Gautam Buddha, a Zarathustra, a Chuang Tzu in the inside world. My whole effort is concentrated on one thing: to create the new man as "Zorba the Buddha."
In a model commune everybody will have both qualities, the qualities of the Zorba and the qualities of the Buddha – tremendously interested in the outside world, and in the same way in love with the inner search. The day you are both together you have become the new man, and the new man is going to be the savior of humanity.
A commune should be a gathering of seekers, of lovers, of friends, of creative people in all dimensions of life. We can produce a paradise here, on the earth.
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MY VISION OF a new world, the world of communes, means no nations, no big cities, no families, but millions of small communes spread all over the earth in thick forests, lush green forests, in mountains, on islands. The smallest commune manageable can be of five thousand people, and the biggest commune can be of fifty thousand people. From five thousand to fifty thousand – more than that will become unmanageable; then again comes the question of order and law, and the police, and the court, and all the old criminals have to be brought back.
A commune is a declaration of a non-ambitious life, of equal opportunity for all. But remember my differences with Karl Marx: I am not in favor of imposing equality on people, because that is a psychologically impossible task – and whenever you do something against nature, it becomes destructive and poisonous.
No two men are equal.
But I can be misunderstood very easily, so try to understand my standpoint very clearly. I am not in favor of equality, but I am not in favor of inequality either! I'm in favor of creating equal opportunities for everybody to be himself. In other words: In my vision, each individual is equally unique.
The question of equality or inequality does not arise, because two individuals are not the same.
They cannot be compared. A real commune, a real communism, will create equal opportunities for growth, but accept the uniqueness of each individual.
A commune means that we have pooled all our energies, all our money – everything into a single pool which will be taking care of all the people.
There should be absolute freedom of expression in words or in creativity. Each individual should be respected as he is, not according to any ideal. His basic needs should be fulfilled by the commune, and as the commune becomes richer, every individual should be provided with more comfort, with more luxury – because I am not against luxury or comfort. I am not a sadist, and I don't want people to be tortured in any beautiful name. In the name of religion or in the name of socialism nobody should be sacrificed; no kind of self torture should be supported.
Man is here to rejoice, to live a life as beautifully, as peacefully, as comfortably as possible.
I am absolutely for those progressive inventions which can make man happier, live longer, be younger, healthier, and which make his life more of a play, fun, and less of a torturous journey from the cradle to the grave.
I am all for richness – but the richness will be of the commune. As the commune becomes richer, every individual will become richer. I am against poverty, I am not a worshiper of poverty. I don't see anything spiritual in being poor; it is sheer stupidity. Neither poverty is spiritual, nor sickness is spiritual, nor hunger is spiritual. A commune should live in such a way that it becomes richer and richer, in such a way that it does not produce too many children, that it does not overproduce people, because overproduction of people is bound to create beggars, is bound to create orphans. And once there are orphans there are Mother Teresas to convert them into Catholicism.
All the communes should be interdependent, but they will not exchange money.
Money should be dissolved. It has done tremendous harm to humanity – now it is time to say good-bye to it, because money can be accumulated. And if one commune becomes richer than the other communes, then comes from the back door the poverty and the richness and the whole nightmare of capitalism, and the classes of the poor and the rich, and the desire to dominate. Because you are rich, you can enslave other communes. Money is one of the enemies of man.
Communes will be exchanging. They will be broadcasting on their radio stations that such and such a product is available from them. Anybody who has certain other products that they need can contact them, and things can be exchanged in a friendly way; there is no haggling, there is no exploitation. But the commune should not become too big, because bigness is also dangerous.
A commune's criterion of bigness should be that everybody knows everybody else; that should be the limit. Once that limit is crossed, the commune should divide itself into two. Just as two brothers separate, when a commune becomes big enough it divides itself into two communes, two sister communes. And there will be a deep interdependence, sharing ideas and skills, without any of the attitudes that grow out of possessiveness – like nationalism and fanaticism. There will be nothing to be fanatic about. There will be no reason for a nation.
A small group of people can enjoy life more easily, because to have so many friends, so many acquaintances, is a joy unto itself.
My idea of a commune is, living in small groups, which gives you enough space, and yet living in a close, loving, relationship. Your children are taken care of by the commune, your needs are taken care of by the commune, your medical care is taken care of by the commune. The commune becomes an authentic family without any diseases that families have created in the past. It is a loose family and a constant movement.
There is no question of any marriage and no question of any divorce.
If two persons want to be together, they can be together, and if one day they don't want to be together, that is perfectly good. It was their decision to be together; now they can choose other friends. In fact, in one life why not live many lives? Why not make it richer? Why should a man cling to a woman, or a woman cling to a man unless they enjoy each other so much that they want to be together for their whole life.
But looking at the world, the situation is clear: people would like to be independent from their families; children want to be independent from their families. But in a commune, there is no need to make any fuss. You can say good-bye any moment, and you can still remain friends. It will be a richer life; you will have known many men and many women. Each man has his own uniqueness, and each woman has her own uniqueness.
In a commune the older people will be loved and respected for their experiences.
The older people will become the teachers, the guides. Old age will not be thought of as something ugly, but as something immensely graceful. One has gone beyond all childish and all youthful foolishness; one has come to be very centered and silent after a life-long meditation. They will teach you how to die – because when they die, they will die with such grace and joy. That will be their last gift to the commune.
The whole world should be one humanity, only divided by small communes on a practical basis. No fanaticism, no racism, no nationalism – then, for the first time, we can drop the idea of wars. We can make life with honesty, worth living, worth enjoying – playful, meditative, creative – and give every man and every woman equal opportunity to grow and bring their potential to flowering.
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THE EDUCATION THAT has prevailed in the past is very insufficient, incomplete, superficial. It only creates people who can earn their livelihood but it does not give any insight into living itself. It is not only incomplete, it is harmful too – because it is based on competition.
Any type of competition is violent deep down, and creates people who are unloving. Their whole effort is to be the achievers: of name, of fame, of all kinds of ambitions – obviously, they have to struggle and be in conflict for them. That destroys their joys and that destroys their friendliness. It seems everybody is fighting against the whole world.
Education up to now has been goal-oriented: what you are learning is not important; what is important is the examination that will come a year or two years later. It makes the future important – more important than the present. It sacrifices the present for the future. And that becomes your very style of life; you are always sacrificing the moment for something which is not present. It creates a tremendous emptiness in life.
The commune of my vision will have a five-dimensional education.
Before I enter into those five dimensions, a few things have to be noted. One: there should not be any kind of examination as part of education, but every day, every hour, observation by the teachers; their remarks throughout the year will decide whether you move further or you remain a little longer in the same class. Nobody fails, nobody passes – it is just that a few people are speedy and a few people are a little bit lazy – because the idea of failure creates a deep wound of inferiority, and the idea of being successful also creates a different kind of disease, that of superiority.
Nobody is inferior, and nobody is superior.
One is just oneself, incomparable.
So, examinations will not have any place. That will change the whole perspective from the future to the present. What you are doing right this moment will be decisive, not five questions at the end of two years. Of thousands of things you will pass through during these two years, each will be decisive; so the education will not be goal-oriented.
The teacher has been of immense importance in the past, because he knew he had passed all the examinations, he had accumulated knowledge. But the situation has changed – and this is one of the problems, that situations change but our responses remain the old ones. Now the knowledge explosion is so vast, so tremendous, so speedy, that you cannot write a big book on any scientific subject because by the time your book is complete, it will be out of date; new facts, new discoveries will have made it irrelevant. So now science has to depend on articles, on periodicals, not on books.
The teacher was educated thirty years earlier. In thirty years everything has changed, and he goes on repeating what he was taught. He is out of date, and he is making his students out of date. So in my vision the teacher has no place. Instead of teachers there will be guides, and the difference has to be understood: the guide will tell you where, in the library, to find the latest information on the subject.
In the future the computer is going to prove of tremendous, revolutionary importance.
For example, the way education is imparted to students is utterly old-fashioned. It still depends on feeding the memory; and the more the memory is loaded, the less is the possibility of clarity and intelligence. I take it as a great opportunity that students can be freed from storing all kinds of information. They can carry small computers which will have all the information they need at any moment. That will help their minds to be more meditative, clear, innocent. Now their minds are too cluttered with unnecessary rubbish.
In the future, education will be centralized on computer and on TV, because what can be seen graphically is more easily remembered than what is read or heard. Eyes are far more powerful instruments than ears, or anything else. And it takes away the boredom of reading and listening. On the contrary, TV becomes a joyful experience. Geography can be taught very colorfully....
The teacher should be only a guide to show you the right channel, to show you how to use the computer, how to find the latest book. His function will be totally different. He is not imparting knowledge to you, he is making you aware of the contemporary knowledge, of the latest knowledge. He is only a guide.
With these considerations, I divide education into five dimensions.
The first is informative, like history, geography, and many other subjects which can be dealt with by television and computer together.
But about history – we have to take a completely radical standpoint. Right now history consists of Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Nadirshah, Adolf Hitler, etc. These are not our history, these are our nightmares. Even the idea that human beings can be so cruel to other human beings is nauseating. Our children should not be fed with such ideas.
In the future, history should consist only of those great geniuses who have contributed something to the beauty of this planet, to humanity – a Gautam Buddha, a Socrates, a Lao Tzu; great mystics like Jalaluddin Rumi, J. Krishnamurti; great poets like Walt Whitman, Omar Khayyam; great literary figures like Leo Tolstoy, Maxim Gorky, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Rabindranath Tagore, Basho.
We should teach the positive grandeur of our inheritance, with footnotes about the people who have been counted up to now as historically great men – people like Adolf Hitler. They can have only a place in footnotes, or an appendix, with a clear explanation that they were either insane or suffered from some inferiority complex or other psychiatric disorder.
We have to make the future generations completely aware that a dark side existed in the past and dominated the past, but now there is no place for that side.
In the first dimension also come languages. Every person in the world should know at least two languages; one is his mother tongue, and the other is English as an international vehicle for communication. They can also be taught more accurately by television – the accent, the grammar, everything can be taught more correctly.
We can create in the world an atmosphere of brotherhood: language connects people and language disconnects too. There is right now no international language. This is due to our prejudices. English is perfectly suitable, because it is known by more people around the world on a wider scale.
The second is the inquiry of scientific subjects, which is tremendously important because it is half of reality, the outside reality. They can be imparted by television and computer too, but they are more complicated, and the human guide will be more necessary.
And the third will be what is missing in present-day education, the art of living. People have taken it for granted that they know what love is. They don't know...and by the time they know, it is too late. Every child should be helped to transform his anger, hatred, jealousy, into love.
An important part of the third dimension should also be a sense of humor.
Our so-called education makes people sad and serious. And if one third of your life is wasted in a university in being sad and serious, it becomes ingrained; you forget the language of laughter – and the man who forgets the language of laughter has forgotten much of life.
So love, laughter, and an acquaintance with life and its wonders, its mysteries.... These birds singing in the trees should not go unheard. The trees and the flowers and the stars should have a connection with your heart. The sunrise and the sunset will not be just outside things – they should be something inner, too. A reverence for life should be the foundation of the third dimension. People are so irreverent to life.
The fourth dimension should be of art and creativity: painting, music, craftsmanship, pottery, masonry – anything that is creative.
All areas of creativity should be allowed; the students can choose. There should be only a few things compulsory – for example, an international language should be compulsory; a certain capacity to earn your livelihood should be compulsory; a certain creative art should be compulsory. You can choose through the whole rainbow of creative arts, because unless a man learns how to create, he never becomes a part of existence, which is constantly creative. By being creative one becomes divine; creativity is the only prayer.
And the fifth dimension should be the art of dying.
In this fifth dimension will be all the meditations, so that you can know there is no death, so that you can become aware of an eternal life inside you. This should be absolutely essential, because everybody has to die; nobody can avoid it. And under the big umbrella of meditation, you can be introduced to Zen, to Tao, to Yoga, to Hassidism, to all kinds and all possibilities that have existed, but which education has not taken any care of.
The new commune will have a full education, a whole education.
I have been a professor myself and I resigned from the university with a note saying: This is not education, this is sheer stupidity; you are not teaching anything significant.
But this insignificant education prevails all over the world – it makes no difference, in the Soviet Union or in America. Nobody has looked for a more whole, a total education. In this sense almost everybody is uneducated; even those who have great degrees are uneducated in the vaster areas of life. A few are more uneducated, a few are less – but everybody is uneducated, because education as a whole does not exist anywhere.
[ ALL LEGAL SYSTEMS are nothing but the revenge of society – revenge against those who don't fit in with the system. According to me, law is not for protection of the just, it is for protection of the crowd mind – whether it is just or unjust does not matter. Law is against the individual and for the crowd. It is an effort to reduce the individual and his freedom, and his possibility of being himself. The latest scientific researches are very revealing – perhaps ten percent of the people who are termed criminals are not responsible for their crimes; their crimes are genetic, they inherit them. Just as a blind man is not responsible for his blindness, a murderer is not responsible for his murderousness. Both inherit the tendency – one of blindness, another of committing murder. Now it is an established scientific fact that punishing anybody for any crime is simply idiotic. It is almost like punishing somebody because he has tuberculosis – sending him to jail because he is suffering from cancer. All criminals are sick, psychologically and spiritually both. In my vision of a commune, the courts will not consist of law experts, they will consist of people who understand genetics and how crimes are inherited from generation to generation. They have to decide not for any punishment, because every punishment is wrong – not only wrong, every punishment is criminal. The man who has committed anything wrong has to be sent to the right institution – a psychiatric institution, or a psychoanalytic school, or maybe a hospital, to be operated on. He needs our sympathy, our love, our help. Instead of giving him our sympathy and love, for centuries we have been giving him punishment. Man has committed so much cruelty behind such beautiful names as order, law, justice. The new man will not have any jails and will not have any judges and will not have any legal experts. These are absolutely unnecessary, cancerous growths on the body of society. There will certainly have to be sympathetic scientists, meditative, compassionate beings to work out why it happened that a certain man committed rape: is he really responsible? According to me, on no account is he responsible. Either he has committed rape because of the priests and the religions teaching celibacy, repression for thousands of years – this is the outcome of a repressive morality – or biologically he has hormones which compel him to commit rape. Although you are living in a modern society, most of you are not contemporaries because you are not aware of the reality that science goes on discovering. Your educational system prevents you from knowing it, your religions prevent you from knowing it, your governments prevent you from knowing it. The man who is committing rape perhaps has more hormones than those moral people who manage to live with one woman for their whole life, thinking that they are moral. A man with more hormones will need more women; so will be the case with a woman. It is not a question of morality, it is a question of biology. A man who commits rape needs all our sympathy, needs a certain operation in which his extra hormones are removed, and he will cool down, calm down. To punish him is simply an exercise in stupidity. By punishing, you cannot change his hormones. Throwing him in jail, you will create a homosexual, some kind of pervert. In American jails they have done a survey: thirty percent of the inmates are homosexuals. That is according to their confession; we don't know how many have not confessed. Thirty percent is not a small number. In monasteries the number is bigger – fifty percent, sixty percent. But the responsibility lies with our idiotic clinging to religions which are out of date, which are not supported and nourished by scientific research. The new commune of man will be based on science, not on superstition. If somebody does something which is harmful to the commune as such, then his body has to be looked into; perhaps he needs some physiological change or biological change. His mind has to be looked into – perhaps he needs some psychoanalysis. The deepest possibility is that neither the body nor the mind are of much help; that means he needs a deep spiritual regeneration, a deep meditative cleansing. Instead of courts, we should have meditative centers of different kinds, so every unique individual can find his own way. Instead of law experts, who are simply irrelevant – they are parasites sucking our blood – we will have scientific people of different persuasions, because somebody may have a chemical defect, somebody may have a biological defect, somebody may have a physiological defect. We need all these kinds of experts, of all persuasions and schools of psychology, all types of meditators, and we can transform the poor people who have been victims of unknown forces – and have been punished by us. They have suffered in a double sense. First, they are suffering from an unknown biological force. Secondly, they are suffering at the hands of your judges – who are nothing but butchers, henchmen – your advocates, all kinds of your law experts, your jailers. It is simply so insane that future human beings will not be able to believe it. It is almost the same as in the past: mad people were beaten to cure their madness; people who were schizophrenic, who were thought to be possessed by ghosts, were beaten almost to death – this was thought to be the treatment. Millions of people have died because of your great treatments. Now we can simply say that those people were barbarous, ignorant, primitive. The same will be said about us. I am already saying it: that your courts are barbarous, your laws are barbarous. The very idea of punishment is unscientific. There is nobody in the world who is a criminal; everybody is sick, and needs sympathy and a scientific cure, and most of your crimes will disappear. But first private property has to disappear: private property creates thieves, dacoits, pickpockets, priests, politicians. Politics is a disease. Man has suffered from many diseases and he has not even been aware that they are diseases. He has been punishing small criminals and he has been worshipping great criminals. Who is Alexander the Great? A great criminal; he murdered people on a mass scale. Adolf Hitler alone killed millions of people, but he will be remembered in history as a great leader of men. Napoleon Bonaparte, Ivan the Terrible, Nadirshah, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane are all mass-scale criminals. But their crimes are so big, that perhaps you cannot conceive.... They have killed millions of people, burned millions of people alive, but they are not thought of as criminals. And a small pickpocket, who takes away a one-dollar note from your pocket will be punished by the court. Once private property disappears.... And in a commune there is going to be no private property, everything belongs to all; naturally, stealing will disappear. You don't steal water and accumulate it, you don't steal air. A commune has to create everything in such abundance that even a retarded person cannot think of accumulating it. What is the point? It is always available, fresh. Money has to disappear from society. A commune does not need money. Your needs should be fulfilled by the commune. All have to produce, and all have to make the commune richer, affluent, accepting the fact that a few people will be lazy. But there is no harm in it. In every family you will find somebody lazy. Somebody is a poet, somebody is a painter, somebody simply goes on playing on his flute – but you love the person. A certain percentage of lazy people will be respectfully allowed. In fact a commune that does not have lazy people will be a little less rich than other communes which have a few lazy people who do nothing but meditate, who do nothing but go on playing on their guitar while others are toiling in the fields. A little more human outlook is needed; these people are not useless. They may not seem to be productive of commodities, but they are producing a certain joyful, cheerful atmosphere. Their contribution is meaningful and significant. With the disappearance of money as a means of exchange, many crimes will disappear. As religions disappear, with their repressive superstitions and moralities, crimes like rape, perversions like homosexuality, diseases like AIDS will become unheard of. And when from the very beginning every child is brought up with a reverence for life – reverence for the trees because they are alive, reverence for animals, reverence for birds – do you think such a child one day can be a murderer? It will be almost inconceivable. And if life is joyous, full of songs and dances, do you think somebody will desire to commit suicide? Ninety percent of crimes will disappear automatically; only ten percent of crimes may remain, which are genetic, which need hospitalization – but not jails, prisons, not people to be sentenced to death. This is all so ugly, so inhuman, so insane. The new commune, the new man, can live without any law, without any order. Love will be his law, understanding will be his order. Science will be, in every difficult situation, his last resort. [LINK to original]
ALL LEGAL SYSTEMS are nothing but the revenge of society – revenge against those who don't fit in with the system. According to me, law is not for protection of the just, it is for protection of the crowd mind – whether it is just or unjust does not matter. Law is against the individual and for the crowd. It is an effort to reduce the individual and his freedom, and his possibility of being himself.
The latest scientific researches are very revealing – perhaps ten percent of the people who are termed criminals are not responsible for their crimes; their crimes are genetic, they inherit them. Just as a blind man is not responsible for his blindness, a murderer is not responsible for his murderousness. Both inherit the tendency – one of blindness, another of committing murder.
Now it is an established scientific fact that punishing anybody for any crime is simply idiotic. It is almost like punishing somebody because he has tuberculosis – sending him to jail because he is suffering from cancer. All criminals are sick, psychologically and spiritually both.
In my vision of a commune, the courts will not consist of law experts, they will consist of people who understand genetics and how crimes are inherited from generation to generation. They have to decide not for any punishment, because every punishment is wrong – not only wrong, every punishment is criminal.
The man who has committed anything wrong has to be sent to the right institution – a psychiatric institution, or a psychoanalytic school, or maybe a hospital, to be operated on. He needs our sympathy, our love, our help. Instead of giving him our sympathy and love, for centuries we have been giving him punishment. Man has committed so much cruelty behind such beautiful names as order, law, justice.
The new man will not have any jails and will not have any judges and will not have any legal experts.
These are absolutely unnecessary, cancerous growths on the body of society. There will certainly have to be sympathetic scientists, meditative, compassionate beings to work out why it happened that a certain man committed rape: is he really responsible? According to me, on no account is he responsible. Either he has committed rape because of the priests and the religions teaching celibacy, repression for thousands of years – this is the outcome of a repressive morality – or biologically he has hormones which compel him to commit rape.
Although you are living in a modern society, most of you are not contemporaries because you are not aware of the reality that science goes on discovering. Your educational system prevents you from knowing it, your religions prevent you from knowing it, your governments prevent you from knowing it.
The man who is committing rape perhaps has more hormones than those moral people who manage to live with one woman for their whole life, thinking that they are moral. A man with more hormones will need more women; so will be the case with a woman. It is not a question of morality, it is a question of biology. A man who commits rape needs all our sympathy, needs a certain operation in which his extra hormones are removed, and he will cool down, calm down.
To punish him is simply an exercise in stupidity.
By punishing, you cannot change his hormones. Throwing him in jail, you will create a homosexual, some kind of pervert. In American jails they have done a survey: thirty percent of the inmates are homosexuals. That is according to their confession; we don't know how many have not confessed. Thirty percent is not a small number. In monasteries the number is bigger – fifty percent, sixty percent. But the responsibility lies with our idiotic clinging to religions which are out of date, which are not supported and nourished by scientific research.
The new commune of man will be based on science, not on superstition. If somebody does something which is harmful to the commune as such, then his body has to be looked into; perhaps he needs some physiological change or biological change. His mind has to be looked into – perhaps he needs some psychoanalysis. The deepest possibility is that neither the body nor the mind are of much help; that means he needs a deep spiritual regeneration, a deep meditative cleansing.
Instead of courts, we should have meditative centers of different kinds, so every unique individual can find his own way.
Instead of law experts, who are simply irrelevant – they are parasites sucking our blood – we will have scientific people of different persuasions, because somebody may have a chemical defect, somebody may have a biological defect, somebody may have a physiological defect. We need all these kinds of experts, of all persuasions and schools of psychology, all types of meditators, and we can transform the poor people who have been victims of unknown forces – and have been punished by us. They have suffered in a double sense.
First, they are suffering from an unknown biological force. Secondly, they are suffering at the hands of your judges – who are nothing but butchers, henchmen – your advocates, all kinds of your law experts, your jailers. It is simply so insane that future human beings will not be able to believe it.
It is almost the same as in the past: mad people were beaten to cure their madness; people who were schizophrenic, who were thought to be possessed by ghosts, were beaten almost to death – this was thought to be the treatment. Millions of people have died because of your great treatments.
Now we can simply say that those people were barbarous, ignorant, primitive. The same will be said about us. I am already saying it: that your courts are barbarous, your laws are barbarous.
The very idea of punishment is unscientific.
There is nobody in the world who is a criminal; everybody is sick, and needs sympathy and a scientific cure, and most of your crimes will disappear.
But first private property has to disappear: private property creates thieves, dacoits, pickpockets, priests, politicians.
Politics is a disease.
Man has suffered from many diseases and he has not even been aware that they are diseases. He has been punishing small criminals and he has been worshipping great criminals. Who is Alexander the Great? A great criminal; he murdered people on a mass scale. Adolf Hitler alone killed millions of people, but he will be remembered in history as a great leader of men.
Napoleon Bonaparte, Ivan the Terrible, Nadirshah, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane are all mass-scale criminals. But their crimes are so big, that perhaps you cannot conceive.... They have killed millions of people, burned millions of people alive, but they are not thought of as criminals. And a small pickpocket, who takes away a one-dollar note from your pocket will be punished by the court.
Once private property disappears.... And in a commune there is going to be no private property, everything belongs to all; naturally, stealing will disappear. You don't steal water and accumulate it, you don't steal air. A commune has to create everything in such abundance that even a retarded person cannot think of accumulating it. What is the point? It is always available, fresh.
Money has to disappear from society.
A commune does not need money. Your needs should be fulfilled by the commune. All have to produce, and all have to make the commune richer, affluent, accepting the fact that a few people will be lazy. But there is no harm in it.
In every family you will find somebody lazy. Somebody is a poet, somebody is a painter, somebody simply goes on playing on his flute – but you love the person. A certain percentage of lazy people will be respectfully allowed. In fact a commune that does not have lazy people will be a little less rich than other communes which have a few lazy people who do nothing but meditate, who do nothing but go on playing on their guitar while others are toiling in the fields. A little more human outlook is needed; these people are not useless. They may not seem to be productive of commodities, but they are producing a certain joyful, cheerful atmosphere. Their contribution is meaningful and significant.
With the disappearance of money as a means of exchange, many crimes will disappear.
As religions disappear, with their repressive superstitions and moralities, crimes like rape, perversions like homosexuality, diseases like AIDS will become unheard of. And when from the very beginning every child is brought up with a reverence for life – reverence for the trees because they are alive, reverence for animals, reverence for birds – do you think such a child one day can be a murderer? It will be almost inconceivable.
And if life is joyous, full of songs and dances, do you think somebody will desire to commit suicide? Ninety percent of crimes will disappear automatically; only ten percent of crimes may remain, which are genetic, which need hospitalization – but not jails, prisons, not people to be sentenced to death. This is all so ugly, so inhuman, so insane.
The new commune, the new man, can live without any law, without any order. Love will be his law, understanding will be his order.
Science will be, in every difficult situation, his last resort.
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MISERABLE PEOPLE ARE dangerous for the simple reason they don't care whether the earth survives or not. They are so miserable that deep down they may think it would be better if everything were finished. Who cares, if you are living in misery?
Only happy people, ecstatic people, dancing people would like this planet to survive forever.
Seriousness is simply a sickness of the soul, but sincerity is altogether a different phenomenon.
A serious man cannot laugh, cannot dance, cannot play. He is always controlling himself, he has become a jailer to himself. The sincere man can rejoice sincerely, can dance sincerely, can laugh sincerely. And in laughter your body joins, your mind joins, your being joins – the divisions disappear, the schizophrenic personality disappears.
Laughter brings your energy back to you.
Taking laughter away from you is spiritual castration.
The people who have gathered around me are learning how to be more happy, how to be more meditative, how to laugh more, live more, love more, and spread love, laughter around the world. This is the only protection against nuclear weapons.
If the whole globe can learn to love and laugh and enjoy and dance, then Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev will look surprised: What has happened? The whole world seems to have gone mad!
People who are happy, contented, are not the people to be forced to kill other people who have not done any harm to them. It is not surprising that all the armies down the ages have been kept sexually repressed – because those sexually repressed people are bound to be destructive. Their very repression forces them to destroy something.
Have you ever watched in your own being – when you are happy, joyful, you want to create something. When you are miserable, suffering, you want to destroy something. It is a revenge. All the armies are kept in a state of repressed sexuality so the moment they get to kill, that becomes their joy. At least their repressed energies are expressed, of course in a very ugly way, an inhuman way. But some expression is there.
Have you ever noticed painters, poets, sculptors, dancers are never sexually repressed people. In fact, they are oversexual; they love too much. They love too many people. Perhaps one person is not enough to exhaust their love. They have been condemned by the priests down the ages: "These poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, these are not good people." And these are the only people who have made this humanity something beautiful, who have contributed to the world some flowers of joy, some flowers of music, some beautiful dances. It is one of the fundamentals of life that unless you create, you don't reach to your fullest dignity.
Your creativity brings freedom, strength, intelligence and consciousness.
What have the priests done to the world? They have burned women, calling them witches. They have killed people who belong to other faiths. They have not been creative people. They have not enhanced the earth and they have not enhanced life.
We need a great respect for creative people of any dimension.
And we should learn how to transform our energies so that they are not repressed, so that they are expressed in your love, in your laughter, in your joy. And this earth is more than a paradise – you don't have to go anywhere.
Paradise is not something that has to be achieved, it is something that has to be created.
It depends on us.
This crisis gives a chance for courageous people to disconnect themselves from the past and start living in a new way – not modified, not continuous with the past, not better than the past, but absolutely new.
And it has to be done now – because the time is very short. By the end of the twentieth century, either we will enter into the first century of a new history of man or there will be no one left, not even a single wildflower alive. Everything will be dead.
Apart from neutron bombs, which already exist, there are experiments going on in the Soviet Union and perhaps in America too, on death rays. Rather than dropping the bomb, it is far easier to spread death rays which simply kill the living people, the animals, birds, trees. Only dead things – houses, temples, churches – will remain. It will be really a nightmare. And those death rays are not visible. We know they exist, they are just trying to find out how to spread them, how to reach a certain destination and destroy all living beings that they come across.
We need more happy people around the earth to prevent the third world war. These nuclear weapons and these destructive war machines cannot work by themselves. They are being worked by human beings; behind them are human hands.
A hand that knows the beauty of a rose flower cannot drop a bomb on Hiroshima.
A hand that knows the beauty of love is not the hand to keep a gun loaded with death. Just a little contemplation and you will understand what I am saying.
I am saying: spread laughter, spread love, spread life affirmative values, grow more flowers around the earth. Everything that is beautiful, appreciate it – and everything that is inhuman, condemn it.
If you want to change the world into a totally new phenomenon with a new human consciousness, you will have to take this whole earth away from the hands of the politicians and the priests. Man has to be freed from these monsters.
Our work is to teach people consciousness, more awareness, more love, more understanding, more joy, and to spread the dance and celebration around the earth.
Reduced to one single statement, I can say: if we can make humanity happy, there is not going to be any third world war.
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SCIENCE WILL BE for making life more comfortable, more luxurious, more beautiful; and meditation will become an absolute part of education all over the world. And the balance between the two will create the whole man.
Without meditation you cannot have the clarity, and a grounding within yourself, and a vision which is simple and innocent.
I want our place slowly to develop into a world academy of sciences for creativity. This will be perhaps the greatest synthesis ever.
The search for religious truth in no way hinders the search for the objective reality, because both areas are absolutely separate. They don't overlap: you can be a scientist and a meditator. In fact, the deeper you go into meditation, the more clarity, the more intelligence, the more genius you will find flowering in you. This can create a totally new science.
According to me, the new science will be only one science which has two dimensions: one dimension working in the outside world, the other dimension working in the inside world – and just one word is enough.
The word "science" is a beautiful word; it means knowing.
Science uses observation as its method. Religiousness also uses observation as its method, but calls it meditation. It is observation of your own subjectivity.
Science calls its work "experiment" and religiousness calls its work "experience." They both start from the same point but they move in the opposite directions: Science goes outwards and religiousness goes inwards.
I am utterly uninterested in anything that is not rooted in reason, in logic, in experiment, in experience.
The old science was created as a reaction against religion.
The new science I am talking about is not a reaction against anything, but an overflowing energy, intelligence, creativity. Politics corrupted science because its own interest was only in war. Religions could not accept science because they were all superstitious, and science was going to demolish all their gods and all their superstitions. Science has passed these three hundred years in a very difficult situation – on the one hand fighting with religion, and on the other hand unconsciously becoming a slave to the politicians.
I want this place to grow and I am making arrangements for a world academy of sciences and arts, totally devoted to life-affirmative goals.
The science that can create Hiroshima and Nagasaki and destroy thousands of people, birds, trees without any reason – just because the politicians wanted to see whether atomic energy works or not – that same science can create more food, more life, better health, more intelligence in all fields of life. But it has to be taken out of the hands of politicians. And it should not bother about religions.
Scientists bothered about religions in the past because they themselves were conditioned by the same religions.
I have been in contact with scientists, Nobel Prize winners, who have been fighting for my rights in other countries. These Nobel Prize winners, eminent scientists, artists of different dimensions, will constitute the academy, and they will make efforts to change science's whole trend of being destructive.
Our sannyasins – and there are many who are scientists, artists, physicians – will help the academy. We will arrange scholarships, and people from all over the world can come and study a new way of science, a new way of art that affirms life, that creates more love in humanity and that prepares for the ultimate revolution of a single world government.
And the World Academy of Creative Science, Arts and Consciousness will be the first step, because if the scientists from all over the world slowly get out of the grip of the politicians, all the politician's power will be finished. They are not powerful; the scientist is the power behind them. And the scientist is in a difficulty, because there is no institute in the world which will give the scientist enough of the materials, instruments, machines that he needs to work with.
The academy will have support from all over the world, from all the scientists without exception, because now everybody is seeing that they are serving death, not life.
We can have the greatest library for scientific research and we can have sannyasins working, studying. The synthesis will be that everybody who is working in the institute will also be meditating, because unless meditation goes deep in you, your love sources remain dormant. Your blissfulness, your joy remain unblossomed.
Man is not for science, science is for man.
But science can be of tremendous help if all the scientists of the world who are creating destructive power are removed from their positions. They want to move, but they have no place to move to. We have to create a place for them. They are all feeling guilty....
Albert Einstein died feeling utterly guilty because he had helped to create atomic bombs and those bombs were surrendered to President Roosevelt of America. Once those bombs were in the hands of the politicians, Albert Einstein went on writing letters saying: "These should not be used; they should be reserved as a last resort." But nobody bothered about those letters – who cares? And the bombs were used without rhyme or reason.
Scientists are in a difficulty. They cannot work individually; they have to work under a government. The government's interest is war. And no religion is going to support the scientists because their findings go on destroying religious superstitions. There is an immense vacuum which I want to fill by creating a World Academy of Creative Science, Arts and Consciousness, absolutely devoted to life, love, laughter – absolutely devoted to creating a better humanity, a better and more pure, healthy atmosphere, to restoring the disturbed ecology.
The most important thing for the academy will be to create pure science, just the way I am making every effort to create pure religiousness.
Man can have inside him a pure religiousness – that means love, that means silence, that means meditation – and also a sense of pure science, so that no branches of science go on doing work unnecessarily which is destructive to other parts.
The second great thing the academy has to do.... Up to now science has developed accidentally. There has been no sense of direction; people just went on discovering anything without any idea for what. Even moving accidentally, they have created much, but it is in the service of destruction. Pure science will give a sense of direction and a unity to all the sciences, so that science works as a whole, not as different branches.
As it exists now, every science has become so specialized that no science knows anything about another science. This is a dangerous situation, but this can be avoided. It has not been possible to avoid it just by using human intelligence. Even to know all the information about one branch of science is an impossible task, but to know about all the sciences and their details – mind is certainly not capable of it. But the computer opens a new door.
Through the computer all the sciences can be accumulated into one science as such.
And the computer can even sort out what is contradictory in different branches of science. It can help to make the whole of science organic, so that some branches do not go against other branches.
There are so many things that the world academy has to do. It has to spread around the world the idea that misery is unnatural, that sadness is sickness, that the lust for power needs psychiatric treatment, that a man who goes on gathering money is mad.
And once we make the whole of humanity aware of the dangers of our past ways of life and where the whole past is leading us – to a global suicide – it will not be difficult to convince the intelligent, the young, to drop the past and to accept the greatest challenge of creating a golden future. The world academy, devoted in every sphere to creativity, is going to happen.
This world is not going to be finished by idiotic politicians.
All over the world that's all they are doing – preparing the funeral pyre for the whole of humanity. We are going to stop it. And if they insist, we will tell them: "Jump into the funeral pyre yourself!"
Once we can get rid of the priests and the politicians, the whole earth will become so full of peace, silence, love...so many flowers and so many rainbows. We have been in the wrong hands; the world academy has to create an atmosphere so that these wrong hands are no longer powerful.
The world academy is a conscious effort to do everything perfectly aware of what the consequences will be. Small experiments can be done which will give us the idea of the consequences. Right now there are thousands of inventions of scientists which have been purchased by the vested interests and are lying down in their basements; they have never been brought into the market for the people to use.
Because we are behaving so insanely – exploiting, polluting the earth – any invention is bound to change many things. Perhaps many industries will be closed because a better product, more life-affirmative, is available. Now those industrialists will try to purchase the rights and keep those scientific discoveries hidden from humanity.
I want our place to be the first synthesis between religiousness and a scientific approach to life.
This will fulfill my dream that the inner and the outer of man are not separate. And it is absolutely possible, there is no difficulty in it. I have found the right sources, so you can rejoice in the fact that soon this place is going to become the world capital of science and religion. And once governments see their scientists disappearing, the world government will become a possibility.
Science should not be the monopoly of any one nation, any country. The whole idea is stupid. How can science be monopolized? And every country is trying to monopolize the scientists, keep their inventions secret. This is against humanity, against nature, against existence.
Whatsoever a genius discovers should be in the service of the whole.
It will be a great revolution in the history of man. The whole power will be in the hands of the scientists, who have never done any harm to anybody. And once all the power is in the hands of the scientists, politicians will fade away of their own accord. They have been exploiting scientists for their own purposes, and to be exploited by anybody is not an act of dignity.
The scientists should recognize their dignity, they should recognize their individuality. They should recognize that they have been exploited down the ages by the priests and the politicians.
Now it is time to declare that science is going to stand on its own feet. Scientists have to be courageous enough and declare that they don't belong to any nation, to any religion, and that whatsoever they will be doing will be for the whole humanity. This will be a great freedom – and I don't see that there is anything impossible in it.
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THIS ACADEMY CANNOT be only of science because science is only a part of human reality. The academy has to be comprehensive; it has to be for creativity, for art, for consciousness. Science is for the outer world, consciousness is for the inner world – and art is the bridge between them.
Hence it will have three divisions, major divisions, not separated, but just for arbitrary purposes to be denominated as separate.
The most fundamental thing will be creating methods, techniques, ways of raising human consciousness. And certainly, this consciousness cannot be against the body; this consciousness is residing in the body. They cannot be accepted as inimical to each other. In every way, they are supportive. I say something to you and my hand makes a gesture without my telling the hand. There is a deep synchronicity between me and my hand.
You walk, you eat, you drink, and all these things indicate that you are body and consciousness as an organic whole.
You cannot torture your body and raise your consciousness.
The body has to be loved, you have to be a great friend to it. It is your home. You have to clean it of all junk and you have to remember that it is in your service continuously, day in, day out: digesting, changing your food into blood, taking out the dead cells of the body, bringing new oxygen, fresh oxygen into the body – and you are fast asleep.
It is doing everything for your survival, for your life – although you are so ungrateful that you have never even thanked your body. On the contrary, your religions have been teaching you to torture it – that the body is your enemy and you have to get free from the body, its attachments. I also know that you are more than the body and there is no need to have any attachment. But love is not an attachment, compassion is not an attachment. Love and compassion are absolutely needed for your body and its nourishment. And the better body you have, the more possibility there is for consciousness to grow. It is an organic unity.
A totally new kind of education is needed in the world where fundamentally everybody is introduced into silences of the heart – in other words into meditations; where everybody has to be prepared to be compassionate to one's own body, because unless you are compassionate to your own body, you cannot be compassionate to any other body.
The body is the greatest mystery in the whole of existence.
This mystery needs to be loved, to be intimately inquired into – its mysteries, its functionings.
But the religions have unfortunately been absolutely against the body. It gives a clue, a definite indication that if a man learns the wisdom of the body and the mystery of the body, he will never bother about the priest or about the God; he will have found the most mysterious within himself. And within the mystery of the body is the very shrine of your consciousness.
And once you have become aware of your consciousness, of your being, there is no God above you. Only such a person can be respectful of other human beings, other living beings, because they all are as mysterious as he himself is – different expressions, varieties which make life much richer.
Once a man has found the consciousness in himself, he has found the key to the ultimate.
Any education that does not teach you to love your body, does not teach you to be compassionate to your body, does not teach you how to enter into its mysteries, will not be able to teach you how to enter into your own consciousness.
The body is the door, the body is the stepping-stone. And any education that does not touch the subject of your body and consciousness is absolutely not only incomplete, it is utterly harmful, because it will go on being destructive. It is only the flowering of consciousness within you that prevents you from destruction, and that gives you a tremendous urge to create – to create more beauty in the world, to create more comfort in the world.
That is why I include art as the second part of the academy. Art is a conscious effort to create beauty, to discover beauty, to make your life more joyful; to teach you to dance, to celebrate.
And the third part is a creative science.
Art can create beauty, science can discover objective truth, and consciousness can discover subjective reality.
These three together can make any system of education complete. All else is secondary – maybe useful for mundane purposes but is not useful for spiritual growth, is not useful to bring you to the sources of joy, love, peace, silence. And a man who has not experienced the inner ecstasy has lived in vain, unnecessarily. He vegetated, he dragged himself from the womb to the grave, but he could not dance and he could not sing and he could not contribute anything to the world.
According to me, a religious person is one who contributes to the world some beauty, some joy, some happiness, some celebration which was not there – something new, something fresh, some more flowers. But religion has never been defined the way I'm defining it. And all the ways religion has been defined have proved absolutely ugly and wrong. They have not helped humanity to rise to the heights of joy and beauty and love; they have drowned the whole humanity in misery and suffering. They have not taught you freedom; on the contrary, they have enforced on you all kinds of slavery in the name of obedience. Obedience to whom? Obedience to the priests, obedience to those who have money, obedience to those who have power: in short, obedience to all the vested interests.
A small minority has been enslaving the whole humanity for centuries.
Only a right education can transform this ugly and sick situation.
My idea of a World Academy of Creative Science, Arts and Consciousness is really, in other words, my vision of a real religion. Man needs a better body, a healthier body; man needs a more conscious, alert being. And man needs all kinds of comforts and luxuries that existence is ready to deliver.
Existence is ready to give you the paradise here now. But you go on postponing it; it is always after death. My approach is to teach you that this is the paradise, there is no paradise anywhere else. And no preparation is needed to be happy. No discipline is needed to be loving. Just a little alertness, just a little wakefulness, just a little understanding.
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IN REALITY THERE are not many problems. The problems people talk about – like in the World Commission report "Our Common Future" – are just by-products; they are only offshoots. And there is no way to remove them. You can cut them, but that is only a temporary measure. Even cutting them will be difficult, because the whole orthodox mind will be against the action.
Only two things are needed. A world government is an absolute, urgent necessity, and we need a world academy of sciences solely devoted to creativity. No scientist should be allowed to make anything destructive.
Now is a great moment. Now we can manage to have one world.
This crisis is a golden crisis, because people only change under great stress.
If a crisis is tolerable, people will tolerate it. But we are now at a point where things are no longer tolerable. There is no more time for commissions and their reports.
The problems are very simple. They just have to be made clearly available to the whole of humanity: these problems are your creation and you are still creating them. Just a great awareness has to be spread that we are still supporting these problems, so that everybody can understand that we have to withdraw our support and take some practical steps. For example, if someone wants to be a world citizen, the U.N. should give a world citizen passport so the person is no longer connected to any nation. These are just small steps, but they can immediately become large steps. They will create an atmosphere.
Realize the responsibility: Man has never faced a greater responsibility before, a responsibility to renounce the whole past, to erase it from your being.
This earth can be a splendor, a magic, a miracle. Our hands have that touch – it is just that we have never tried it. Man has never given a chance to his own potential to grow, to blossom, to bring fulfillment and contentment.
The future should not be just a hope and an opportunity – those are terrible words. The future should be absolutely ours. We have lived with the idea of a golden past, but it was never golden.
Now we can create a future which is really golden.
So I say: the new man is the greatest revolution that has ever happened in the world. And since we know the old world and its miseries, we can avoid all those miseries; we can avoid all those jealousies, all those seriousnesses, all those angers, all those wars, all those destructive tendencies.
The new man means that we are no longer going to allow anybody to sacrifice us for any beautiful name.
We are going to live our lives, not according to ideals but according to our own longings, our own passionate intuitions. And we are going to live moment to moment; we are no longer going to be fooled by "tomorrow," and promises for tomorrow.
The new man is not an improvement upon the old; he is not a continuous phenomenon, not a refinement.
The new man is the birth of an absolutely fresh man – unconditioned, without any nation, without any religion, without any discrimination between man and woman, black and white, East and West, or North and South.
The new man is going to be the very salt of the earth, concerned about how to increase the joys of life, the pleasures of life – more creativity, more beauty, more humanity, more compassion.
We can go through a total transformation: we can create innocent people, loving people, people who breathe in freedom, people who help each other to be free, who are nourishment for each other's creativity and for everybody to be dignified, to be respected.
The new man is the manifesto of a new humanity, one humanity.
This is a great and fortunate moment – to be in this challenging situation. It is not a situation that is going to destroy the earth, but only the churches and the politicians and those who hold onto the past.
There is no need to worry about the future. Science has arrived on the scene in time to accept the challenge.
It is a golden opportunity, because if the whole of humanity becomes aware of the roots of the problems, then the solutions are actually very simple.
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