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... something absurd. An individual cannot be moral in an immoral society. If he tries to be moral, his morality will only make him egoistic and ego is as immoral and corrupt as anything else. This situation is a human creation. We have created a society with a mad rush for wealth, power, politics; we go on supporting it, and then we ask why there is corruption. Where there is ambition, corruption...

...? HOW CAN THERE BE SO MUCH EVIL AND CORRUPTION IN THE WORLD IF GOD EXISTS? God is a mythical word, a mumbo-jumbo word that is the invention of the priesthood. Actually, to ask whether God exists is absurd. For those who know, God is existence, or existence is God. Things exist, not God. A chair exists because a chair can go into nonexistence. To say that the chair exists is meaningful because...

.... But these moralities, these conceptions of good and bad, are human expediencies. When you ask how there can be corruption if God exists, remember: God is not involved at all. There are reasons for corruption, but God is not responsible, the total is not responsible. If responsibility is to be put anywhere, it is to be put on us. We have created a society in which corruption has become necessary because its very base...

... is corrupt. Unless you change the very foundation of society there is bound to be corruption; there has always been corruption. Forms have changed, but the corruption has remained because we have not yet created a society in which corruption is impossible. This situation is our creation; God is not involved in it at all. It is as much a human creation as this table, this sofa, this house. You cannot hold...

... can ask why there is corruption, but you cannot make any reference to God. To ask why there is corruption is a pertinent question. But to talk about God in reference to corruption is impertinent. Our society has been made by us - we are the architects of it. And because the foundation of it is wrong, because the base upon which we have built all of society's structures is not scientific, it is bound...

... to be corrupt. It is a human problem. We can change it or we can prolong it - it depends on us. For example, our whole education is ambition-oriented. Our whole society is ambitious and an ambitious society can never be anything but corrupt. If you create ambition in everyone, not everyone will be able to fulfill it. You may say that anyone can be president, but only one person can be president at any...

... one time. When you teach that everyone can be president, ambition is created: if everyone can be president then why shouldn't you be? But since only one person can be president, a mad rush begins. Every means will be used - even evil means will be used. Ambition corrupts, the ambitious mind is bound to be corrupt. Ambition is the seed of insanity. Yet our whole education is ambition-oriented. Your father...

... says, "Become someone!" and the fever is created - you become diseased. Only one person can be president, and thousands of people who will be unsuccessful are aflame with the same ambition. Then you cannot be sane - you become insane. Because so much tension is created you become corrupt: you will use any means to achieve your goal. It is infectious. If you see that someone else is using...

... corrupt means you know that if you don't use them you will be left behind. So you have to use equally corrupt means. Then someone else sees you being unscrupulous, so he has to be unscrupulous. It becomes a question of survival. Nothing else is possible within this framework, this structure. If you look to the very roots of society you will see that corruption is a natural outgrowth of our conditioning...

..., our education, our cultivation. The complexity of our social structure is such that those who succeed can hide their corruption. Corruption is seen only when someone fails. If you succeed no one will know that you have been corrupt; success will hide everything. You have only to succeed and you will become a pinnacle of goodness - you will become everything that is good, pure, innocent. That means...

... a quantitative difference. No one will call Alexander the Great a great thief because the measure of your goodness is success: the more successful you are, the more good. Means are only questioned if you are a failure; then you will be called both corrupt and a fool. If this is the attitude, how is it possible to create an uncorrupt society? To ask a person to be moral in this immoral situation is to ask...

... will be the logical consequence. You cannot check corruption unless the whole basic structure that encourages ambition is destroyed. Ambition even becomes manifest around a so-called saint. He will incite you to ambition in terms of comparison; he will say, "Become better than others. Be good so that you will go to heaven and be the beloved of the divine while others will be tortured in the fires of hell."...

... comparison creates ego, it creates violence. The moment you say, "I am more humble than you," you have become violent. You have used a subtle, cunning method that thrusts a knife into the other; you have killed him. The weapon is lethal - and much more subtle than political or capitalist weapons. If you say, "I am better than others, I am more saintly than others," then the object may...

... be different, but you will be on the same ambitious track. Criminals and sinners are not the only ones who are corrupt; the so-called good people, the "saints," are also corrupt - in a more subtle way. Our whole society is corrupt. It creates sinners with ambition and saints with ambition. And they are interdependent, because both exist on the same axis: the axis of ambition. A person who...
... its work of corruption, you will have to undo it. And once you start hearing, seeing, touching, smelling, then you smell the reality. The second layer is of conditioning: social, political, religious, ideological - belief systems. Belief systems make you non-communicative. If you are a Hindu and I am a Mohammedan, immediately there is no communication. If you are a man and I am a man...

... EXCEPTIONS TO MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO THE WORLD, WE WOULD NOT BY NOW HAVE ANY MULLA FIROZES LEFT.' MAN'S being is very simple, but his personality is not. The personality is very complex. The personality is like an onion - there are many layers of conditioning, corruption, poisoning. Hidden behind many layers - what Sufis call filters - is man's simple being. But that simple being is behind so many filters...

... that you cannot see it. And hidden behind these many filters, you cannot see the world either - because whatsoever reaches you is corrupted by the filters before it reaches you. Nothing ever reaches you as it is; you go on missing it. There are many interpreters in between. You see something. First your eyes and your senses falsify. Then your ideology, your religion, your society, your church - they...

... still there. Very little is left of you, but there is still just a thin line - even that has to disappear in FANA. Then you enter God. Start from the other end. Start peeling the onion. The first layer is made of corrupted physical senses. Never for a single moment think that your physical senses are as they should be - they are not. They have been trained. You see things it your society allows you...

... can smell for miles. The dog has an immense memory of smells. Man has no memory. Something is blocking the nose. Those who have been working deep into these layers say that it is because of the repression of sex that smell is lost. Physically man is as sensitive as any other animal, but psychologically his nose has been corrupted. Smell is one of the most sexual doors into your body. It is through...

... music surrounds life, subtle music surrounds life, but we are absolutely unaware of it. There is great rhythm - but to feel it you will need more alert ears, more alert eyes, a more alert touch. So the first layer is of corrupted physical senses. We see only what we want to see. Our whole body mechanism is poisoned. Our body has been made rigid. We live in a kind of frozenness; we are cold, closed...

... the social consciousness; they are losing the conditioning. This first layer of corrupted senses is disappearing; death is moving in. And they are becoming small children again. Small children play with their genital organs; they have not yet been corrupted. They enjoy their bodies, they love their bodies. They are playful about it, it is fun. Now the man is no longer old; he is becoming younger again...

.... Death is taking the layer away - that is one thing. Another thing is that when a man dies, for a single moment all his senses become totally alive as they would have been if they had not been corrupted. It is like a flame before a lamp goes out - the flame burns brightly, with intensity, for a single second. Exactly the same happens when life is going out. For a single moment the last effort is made...

... to live, and one burns bright with total sensitivity. Another reason: when a man is dying the circle is complete - naturally death is very close to birth. Death is very close to life; it is the very crescendo of life. Life comes out of sex energy and life is moving back into sex energy. But all our senses are corrupted. We have not been allowed to be natural - -hence man has lost dignity, innocence...

..., grace, elegance. This is the first layer. And because of all these repressions the body has become non-orgasmic. There is no joy - it has happened both to man and woman, in almost the same way, but man has gone deeper into corruption than woman - because man is perfectionistic, neurotically perfectionistic. Once he gets an idea, he tries to go to the very extreme of it. Women are more practical, less...

... perfectionistic, less neurotic, more earthly, more balanced, less intellectual, more intuitive. They have not gone to the very end. It is good that women have not become as neurotic as men - that's why they still retain some dignity, some grace, some roundness of being, some poetry. But both have been corrupted by the society, both have become hard. Men more, women a little less, but the difference is only...

.... Then one functions with no taboos around; then lucidity, grace, beauty flow. Warmth arises again, openness - and growth happens. One is constantly new, young, and one is always on an adventure. The body becomes orgasmic. Joy surrounds you. Through joy the first corruption disappears. Hence my insistence to be joyous, to be celebrating, to enjoy life, to accept the body - not only to accept it, but to feel grateful...

... systems. How can you really be in a dialogue! You are already too full of your ideas and you think they are absolutely true. When you are listening to the other, you are just being polite, otherwise you don't listen. You know what is right, you are simply waiting until this man finishes and then you jump upon him. Yes, there can be a debate and a discussion and argumentation, but there can...

.... It is perfectly womanly, so they go on crying and weeping even where it is not needed - it is just a belief system. They use it as a strategy to manipulate. The woman knows that through argument she will not be able to win over the husband, but she can cry - that works. So that becomes her argument. Man is corrupted in one way: he cannot cry. And the woman is corrupted in another way: she starts crying and uses...

... crying as a strategy to dominate. Crying becomes political - and when your tears are political they lose beauty, they are ugly. This second conditioning is one of the most difficult things to get rid of, it is very complex. You have a certain political ideology, a certain religious ideology and thousands of other things jumbled together in your mind. They have become so much a part of you that you don...

... what is the point? One can never go against one's heart. If you are still going against your own heart then you must have a pseudo heart - a pretender. Just as the third is the field for male expertise, the fourth is the field for female expertise. The fifth layer is corrupted, poisoned instincts, repression, disfiguration. Gurdjieff used to say that all your centres are overlapping each other, are...

... call to Los Angeles. The connection was made, the phone rang, and finally a voice said, 'Terry here - who is this? Gabby-darling! How absolutely marvellous to hear from you.... ' Now Saint Theresa is no longer Saint Theresa - she is Terry. And Gabriel is no longer Gabriel - he is Gabby-darling. Hollywood has corrupted Saint Theresa. Your so-called saints are only avoiding the world; they are...

... irrelevant. When you say from the heart, no language is needed. When you say from the head, only language can say; there is no other way to say it. Watch and observe. Let the head function as reason, let the heart function as feeling, let the sex centre function as sex. Let everything function in its own way. Don't allow mechanisms to mix into each other, otherwise you will have corrupted instincts. When...

... instinct is natural, untabooed, spontaneous, without any inhibition, there is a clarity in your body, a harmony in your body. There is a humming sound in your organism. The fifth layer is also male expertise. The sixth layer is corrupted intuition. There is a phenomenon called intuition of which we have become almost unaware. We don't know that anything like intuition exists - because intuition...

... to the conclusion. It is a shortcut. It is a flash. We have corrupted intuition. Man's intuition is almost absolutely corrupted. Woman's intuition is not corrupted as much - that's why women have something called a 'hunch'. A hunch is just a fragment of intuition. It cannot be proved. You are going to take a flight and your woman simply says that she is not going and she will not allow you to go either. She feels...

... as if something is going to happen. Now this is nonsense. You have much work to do, everything is planned, and you have to go - but your woman won't allow it. And the next day you read in the newspapers that the aeroplane was hijacked, or it crashed and all the passengers died. Now the woman cannot say how she knows. There is no way. It is just a hunch, just a feeling in the guts. But that too is very corrupted...

... arise from nowhere. And the seventh and the last layer of falsity is the pseudo self, the ego; the notions of being unique, special, exceptional; the notions of doing one's own thing... and you don't know who you are, you don't know what your thing is. Notions of the ego go on corrupting you. Then you cannot listen to the truth. And this becomes a problem every day. Just the other day I was talking...

... TO DO THIS, BUT IT WILL HAVE NO EFFECT.' A Master is not interested in being polite, in following the rules of etiquette, manners, etcetera. A master is interested only in creating an effect, in creating an action, in creating a response. Yes, he could explain to the Mulla what had hap-pened. That may satisfy him, that may cool him down. His anger may disappear, he may no longer feel annoyed...

...-exceptional mind, starts moving and changing. This small discussion between the Master and the disciple is of immense significance for you. That's why I have chosen it. Remember those seven layers of the onion. Unless you drop them you cannot see things as they are, you cannot see that which is. And from your very childhood you have been corrupted. Your whole life up to now has been a life of poisoning...
... is basically violent. Violence needs power: we want to be above others, we want power, prestige, heights. This can happen through atomic energy or psychic energy, by becoming a political leader or a spiritual guide. But a violent mind can never be spiritual - at its lowest the power will be physical, at its highest it can be psychic. But if one is seeking truth, bliss, if one is seeking the divine, then this...

... in this sense: he is no one. Only one who is no one can become one who is everyone. Only one who is no one can become that one who is all. Power must not be sought, must not be longed for. When it comes your way, just be a witness to it and pass on. Don't linger for a single moment because even that pause, that standing near it, will prove fatal. It corrupts. Power corrupts not because it is bad...

... in itself but because we are after it. The saying is: "... and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Outer power cannot corrupt as much as inner power can. It is much more absolute in a sense, much more independent of others, so it can prove to be a great stronghold for the ego. Outer power is always dependent on others. You are never absolute, you are never sovereign; you are always dependent...

... else. You are the sole master of it so it becomes more egocentric. Outer power has corrupted man, but inner power has corrupted him more. It is not power itself that corrupts, because the divine also is power; rather, it is the seeking, longing ego which corrupts. If we are corrupt, then when power comes our corruption will be exposed. Before that it remains hidden. To be corrupt we need power. So...
... Available: N.A. Length: N.A. Question 1: BELOVED MASTER, JUDAS SOLD JESUS FOR THIRTY SILVER COINS, AND AFTER TWO THOUSAND YEARS WE SANNYASINS ARE STILL BEHAVING THE SAME WAY WITH YOU. IS THIS THE LAST EFFORT OF THE POLITICAL MIND ON ITS DEATHBED? Man has not evolved as far as consciousness is concerned. Thousands of years have passed; man's stupidity remains the same. Jesus has promised to come back...

... inquires, never explores. He does not have consciousness enough to go on a quest for truth. And of course the politicians don't want him to evolve. The priests don't want him to evolve, because man's evolution is their death. An evolved man, a conscious man, has no need of political leaders to tell him what is right and what is wrong. He does not require any pope, any Mother Teresa, any Ayatollah...

... Khomeini, any Shankaracharya. In fact, these people will seem to him retarded. So all the religions and all the political parties of the world are conspiring against humanity. To keep man enslaved, the best way is that he remains a helpless child, always in search of a father figure. In politics he finds father figures. In religion he finds father figures. It is not a coincidence that Christian priests...

..., then to wake up your being, then to help you become mature, give you the realization of immortality, and ultimately to make you one with the whole. Question 3: BELOVED MASTER, YOU HAVE OFTEN REFERRED TO THE QUOTE, "POWER CORRUPTS, AND ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY." HOW CAN THIS BE PREVENTED FROM HAPPENING AGAIN? IS A HORIZONTAL HIERARCHY REALLY POSSIBLE? ALLELUIA FOR THIS NEW DAY...

.... That sentence is not mine. I have quoted Lord Acton, so a few things have to be clarified. I agree with him to a certain extent, but basically I disagree with him. His quotation is, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." This is a factual experience of the whole history of man. Whoever comes to power, goes through a great change. A man you have never thought would do such criminal...

..., Freud, Marx, Albert Einstein. In every field they have contributed. In music, in poetry, in literature. Just one problem with them: they don't have a sense of humor. I have heard that if you tell a joke to an Englishman he laughs two times: first, just to be polite to you - it is expected, you are telling a joke; not to laugh is ungentlemanly. He does not understand what is the matter, but just...

... in the country to an end, he could make the country strong. And he did that, but once he was in power then his own personality started going into a change. Now it was not a question of making Germany strong, financially rich. Now it became a question of conquering the whole world. What happened? - and this has been happening always. So, factually, Lord Acton is right, that power corrupts and absolute power...

... corrupts absolutely. But Lord Acton himself was a politician. He cannot go very deep into the psychology of the matter. Power does not corrupt; it simply gives you an opportunity to bring all your unconscious into the conscious. You always wanted to do these things, but there was no opportunity. So you had repressed all those desires, because they were making you miserable. But any desire repressed...

... remains alive and, whenever there is an opportunity, the desire rises to the conscious mind. Power does not corrupt you; you are already corrupted. Power gives you an opportunity to realize whatever your desires are. In fact, the people who have been in power are themselves amazed. They had never consciously thought about it. It was all in the dark corners of their minds, hiding. But now...

... these forms. That means, if you get absolute power, all these forms will start arising. If you have power - not absolute power - then only your unconsciousness will affect your actions. But if you have absolute power, then your collective unconscious will start affecting your actions. So it is not power that corrupts; it is that power simply reveals your reality. You are asking me, what can be done...

... to the conscious and disappear. That is the miracle of witnessing. When the whole unconscious is empty, then ordinary power cannot corrupt you. The third step has to be taken now: to enter into the collective unconscious. And you are capable of it. The same method: witness. You may witness yourself as a tiger, as a fox, as a dog, as a wolf - all are the possibilities. Different people will come to realize...

... different forms, because different people have come from different sources. Just witness. Those forms will start surfacing; they will move into the conscious and disappear. Anything that you can bring to the consciousness with witnessing, disappears. And if you can clean, give a spring-cleaning to your whole consciousness, to the very bottom, then no power can corrupt you - not even absolute power can...

... corrupt you. In fact, on the contrary, power will make you more humble, more creative. Absolute power will make you a great servant of humanity, a great blessing to existence. This is the only way. You cannot prevent others, but you can transform yourself. And the new humanity will choose such people to be the presidents, to be the prime ministers, to be vice-chancellors, chancellors - people who have...
... it very rational that they were leaving the world, because the world corrupts. But the world corrupts you only if you are corruptible, the world corrupts you because you are ready to be corrupted, in fact, you are hankering to be corrupted. If you are not ready to be corrupted, nothing can corrupt you. These cowards created a strange situation for future humanity - for you, for everybody. They created...

... a kind of rift between the ordinary world and themselves. They were spiritual beings, because they left the ordinary mundane marketplace and moved to the Himalayas or to the forests or to some desert. But they were really moving away from a situation of which they were afraid. They knew that if they remained in the world, they were going to be corrupted. They were fully aware of their tendencies...

...: their desires, their lust, their greed, their anger, their violence. They were fully aware of the whole range of things that corrupt your spirituality, that bring you down, deep into the mud. But just escaping from reality does not transform you. You may live for thirty years in the Himalayas, and if you come back to the world you will find yourself the same man, with the same greed, with the same ambition...

... will feel freedom mixed with sadness. So you have to understand the whole psychology of freedom. The first side is freedom from: from nationality, from a certain church, from a certain race, from a certain political ideology. This is the first part of freedom, the foundation of freedom. It is always from something. Once you have attained this freedom, you will feel very light and very good and very happy...

..., inside temples, attending the mass .... Almost everybody is a member of a religion, a member of a nation, a member of a family, a member of an association, a political party, Rotary Club, Lions Club. People go on finding more and more chains. It seems to be very cozy. You have so much protection and no responsibility. Freedom means: you will have to be responsible for every act, for every breath...
... found it always gives some new insight. Acton says: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I don't think so, because I don't see it happening the way Lord Acton is saying. But Lord Acton was speaking from his whole life's experience; he was a politician himself, and what he was saying was not unfounded. Still, I dare to disagree with him, because my understanding is that power...

... certainly corrupts, but it corrupts only a person who was potentially corruptible. He may not have been known as corrupted before because he had no opportunity, he had no power. But power itself cannot corrupt a man who has no potential for corruption. So it is not the power that is corrupting the man; in fact the power is simply revealing the man to you. The power is making actual what was only potential...

...; it is exposing the person to you and to himself. If you look in a mirror and you see an ugly face, are you going to say that the mirror corrupts? The poor mirror simply reflects. If you have an ugly face what can the mirror do about it? I have heard about a mad woman, who whenever she came across a mirror would immediately destroy it. She was ugly, but her belief was that mirrors were the reason for her...

.... The change that has happened is that now she cannot see her reflection. Nothing has changed, only the reflectors have been removed. The same is true about Lord Acton's famous dictum, "Power corrupts" - it seems so. I would like to say that power mirrors. If you are potentially ready to be corrupted, power gives you the chance. And if you have an absolute potential - like an Adolf Hitler, a Joseph...

... Stalin, a Mussolini - then what can power do about it? Power is simply available to you. You can do much with it. If you are a corruptible person you will do what you always wanted to do but did not have the power to do. But if you are not potentially corruptible, then it is impossible for power to corrupt you. You will use the power, but it will not be corruption, it will be creation...

.... It will not be destructive: It will be a blessing to people. And if you have the potential of being a blessing to people, then absolute power will be an absolute blessing in the world. But man's life has many strange things in it. Only the potentially corruptible person moves towards power. The potentially good person has no desire for power. The will-to-power is the need of a corrupted being, because he knows...

..., that ugliness would steal her clothes and run away. The man who has a heart throbbing with goodness, with blessings, feels no need to be the president or the prime minister. He has no time to waste in this ugly game of power politics. He has enough energy. That, good brings with itself. He will create music, he will compose poetry, he will sculpt beauty in marble; he will do something for which power...
...: N.A. Audio Available: N.A. Video Available: N.A. Length: N.A. Question 1: BELOVED MASTER, WHY IS IT THAT THROUGH THE AGES, FILTHY CORRUPTERS, RAPISTS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL PLANET, PEOPLE WHO BETRAY THEIR OWN MOTHER FOR POWER AND WEALTH, ARE GIVEN THE RIGHT TO REGALE THEMSELVES IN SUCH AN OSTENTATIOUS MANNER SO AS TO LIVE FREELY, SO TO SAY, IN THEIR PRESIDENTIAL PALACES OR PRINCELY RETREATS - NOT ONE BUT MANY...

... I have tried to remember the beginning, the middle is missing. You are certainly a great writer, but have compassion on me. Question exactly, telegraphically; otherwise it becomes difficult to answer your question in its totality... but I will give a try. The first part seems to be why the corrupted people are in power and in the palaces. I have quoted Lord Acton many times who said, "Power...

... corrupts." But he does not have the deeper understanding that corruption leads to power also. You have to be corrupted enough to be in power. Our minds are continuously forced to reach somewhere, to eminence, to become a president or to become a prime minister; only then have you fulfilled the meaning of your life. This continuous teaching from parents, from teachers, from everybody pushes you...

... towards all that gives power: money, position, prestige. And it is true that when you have power, by that time you are so corrupted... That has been your ladder to reach, and now you have immense power in your hands and nobody to prevent you.... What are you going to do with the power - more corruption or perhaps bigger goals ahead? The past has been dominated because by will to power we have not been...

... taught love, we have not been taught noncompetitiveness, we have not been taught humbleness, simplicity, just to be oneself. We have been dragged by great forces on every side to faraway powerful positions. Corruption leads to power. And in return power gives you more capacity to corrupt. The past as a whole is ugly and criminal. Just because there has been a Gautam Buddha, or a Lao Tzu, or a Kabir...

... your child, you will protect him from being contaminated by any belief system. You will protect him from all that corrupts and from all that takes him away from himself, from all that destroys his individuality and makes him a hypocrite - but who loves so much? People think it is love, that if you are born a Christian, your children should be Christians. It is not love. It may be anything else...

... airport. I said, "Then do you want me to sit here the whole night?" He said, "The only alternative that has been offered from the top is that if you want to sleep, you can sleep in the jail, and in the morning you can leave." Going around the world was a tremendously great experience, seeing that all these corrupted and powerful people will not allow anybody who can be a danger...

... come out of schools and universities feeling equal. No inferiority complex, and politics will disappear, the desire for power will disappear. The whole educational system should make it absolutely compulsory that everybody meditates. It is a long time - twenty years of education. In twenty years if you cannot teach people vipassana, being silent and looking inwards, then there is no hope. And people...

... who come out of universities humble, silent, peaceful, will create the same kind of society. It will have a flavor of its own, a fragrance of its own. And certainly this kind of society will choose people out of their silence and clarity, out of their peace, intelligence - not corrupted ones; their world will be gone. It will choose people who are wiser and who can make society a garden rather than...

... the whole thing. I have not asked about your character certificate: everybody knows!" He was the most corrupt man - and he knew it, and everybody knew, so he said that it was better to get rid of me. He was in such a hurry, he forgot that the appointment letter should reach through a proper channel. He simply gave it to me, just to get rid of me as quickly as possible. And when I reached...
... Socrates -- in intelligence -- yet they condemned him. And the reason: they were afraid that his influence can corrupt their children. Socrates' influence can corrupt their children. Their stupidity cannot corrupt their children but really what they call corruption is Socrates can expose and that's my function too. I can expose all lies that you have been telling to your children. That is your fear. You...

... are afraid of truth: and you call that truth can corrupt. Yes, truth can corrupt lies. I bring a medicine and you are sick. Medicine can destroy your sickness. So whoever is upset is invited. Either I will upset him completely and he will be a sannyasin, or I am ready to be upset completely and be a follower to him. This is how human beings should behave with each other. This is how intelligence...

... independences -- political, economic, are just so so, superficial. But the real and authentic independence is that you are not dependent for your inner growth on anybody. Those who have come to me have become more and more independent. More and more themselves. That's why they love me. I am not making them a crowd, I am making them absolutely individuals. I am not even giving them ideologies to be practised...
..., and the people who are real culprits are respected by the presidents and the prime ministers. So they take their money and they talk about destroying corruption. If corruption is destroyed, many so- called great leaders will fall down dead. And these are the leaders who are talking continuously against corruption, but they are living on corruption. The money that they are getting is black money. I am...

... WILL BE YOUR VIEW ABOUT CORRUPTION, BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE HAVING A CONTROVERSY ABOUT BOFORS GUN DEAL IN WHICH THE MIDDLE MAN TOOK AWAY LOT OF MONEY. SO THE QUESTION WAS, SHOULD THERE BE A MIDDLE MAN IN THE DEFENSE PURCHASES? AND WHAT SHOULD BE THE FOREIGN POLICY OF INDIA? Osho: Looking at the whole complex, corruption cannot be stopped whether there is a middle man or not. If the world is one, war becomes...

... impossible. With whom you are going to fight? And there is no need for defense departments, purchasing through middle men weapons or anything. A single solution is a world government. Corruption will disappear, because the world government will look at the whole area. If people are paid just to survive, they cannot even laugh, then they cannot be stopped from taking bribery. A more human attitude...

... will be that those who are taking corruption they should be used, not condemned. But the governments go on talking about destroying about corruption, and they themselves are supported by the corrupted people. So they cannot do. Promises and promises... And no promise is ever fulfilled. So I don't believe in nationalism, and I don't believe in any religion. I believe in the individual and his happiness. There are...

... minister. But he is preparing that if any conflict arises, his bishops are in majority, and his order is not his order, it is coming directly from God. Corruption will continue if there is too much hierarchy and too much poverty. And nobody can blame them. I have only compassion for them. A man wants to get his daughter to be married, he has to sell his land or his house for the dowry. And the man who...

... will have to begin with the child. Don't teach him anything concerning religion, politics. Teach him something beautiful -- painting, growing a rosebush. Don't talk about stupid things like brahmacharya, celibacy. There has never been a celibate in the world; it is unnatural. You are making him a hypocrite. Because of this celibacy man's hypocrisy can remain hidden, but the woman's menstrual period cannot...

... IS FIT ENOUGH TO RIDE A BICYCLE? Osho: No. I will not say that he should go to ride a bicycle. He has lost every respectability. He has not done anything that he promised to the country. He has promised that the country he will lead into twenty-one century. And he is leading the country towards a suicide. He has not done anything to prevent the population. He has promised he will destroy corruption. He...
... of gratitude. But desires are there in millions, and they cannot be fulfilled. If you have all the means, more even than necessary to fulfil your needs, and you are not looking after your needs but you are running after your desires, then you will go wrong. Whenever you have means to go wrong you will go wrong. It happens every day. Lord Acton's famous saying is: Power corrupts and corrupts absolutely. I don...

...'t agree with him. Power cannot corrupt. Power corrupts because corrupted people desire power. They may not have the means right now to do wrong things, but when they gain power they will have means. Then they try to fulfil their wrong desires, their corrupted desires. No, power does not corrupt; on the contrary, beings who are corrupted but have not yet had opportunities are always ambitious about power...

.... Before they attain power they will be saints, but once they attain the power they drop all pretensions, because that saintliness was only to deceive. Their real desire was to gain power. Then they drop all the masks, then they come to their authentic reality and then you say that the power has corrupted them. No, power never corrupts. How can power corrupt a man? How can riches corrupt a man? You are...

... already corrupted but you don't have the means to fulfil it. You have always wanted to go to a prostitute, but as a poor man, how can you go? You don't have that much money and even if you have the money you will be caught because you will have to cut the budget and your wife is bound to find out. Mulla Nasrudin one day came to his boss and said: Please, you will have to raise my salary. The boss said...

... - then your reality starts bubbling up, your reality surfaces. In fact, instead of Lord Acton's famous saying, I would like to say: Power reveals and reveals absolutely. It does not corrupt, it simply reveals. You never know a man unless he is in power. If you want to know Jayaprakash, force him to become prime minister; otherwise you will never know - you never knew Indira. You never know anybody unless...

... you force the man to be in power, and without exception they all prove corrupt. Why does it happen? Because to me, on the first hand, from the very beginning, only a man who is basically corrupt is ambitious for power, otherwise he is not ambitious. He seeks power. His basic desire to be powerful shows something about him. A man who is fulfilled, who is content, does not bother about all...

... the nonsense that is politics, he does not bother about all that rubbish. He simply lives a contented life and his needs are simple. If you want to be contented and fulfilled, listen to Lao Tzu - TO HAVE PLENTY IS TO BE CONFUSED. Whenever you have plenty you will create much confusion for yourself; because of the plenty you will go on wrong paths. A rich man doesn't know what to do with his riches - he has...

... is what politics is: to feel one's power through others. Religion is to feel one's power immediately, to close one's eyes and feel what a powerful being is there. There is no need to ask anybody who you are, you have to ask yourself, you have to meditate on your own being. .... such a man, not spreading his rays everywhere, not dissipating his energy everywhere, becomes a great container, a reservoir...

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