|Born||Chandra Mohan Jain
11 December 1931
Kuchwada Village, Bareli Tehsil, Raisen Distt. Bhopal State, British India (modern day Madhya Pradesh, India)
|Died||19 January 1990 (aged 58)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Notable work||Over 600 discourse transcriptions published and translated in several languages.|
|Movement||Jivan Jagruti Andolan; Neo-sannyas|
My people. I have given them a sense of individuality, integrity. I have not made them slaves of any god or any religion. Nor of any holy book or any priest. I have certainly not replaced their god. They are all a part of what I call my traveling circus.
What I am teaching is religiousness, a quality. Religion is a dead dogma, fixed principles, frozen fossils. What I am teaching to you is a living, flowing religiousness – an experience like love.
My house was a guest house of many Jaina saints, Hindu monks, Sufi mystics, because my grandfather was interested in all of these people.
When you become a sannyasin, I initiate you into freedom, and into nothing else… I am destroying your ideologies, creeds, cults, dogmas, and I am not replacing them with anything else.
Rajneeshism is creating a Noah's Ark of consciousness, remaining centered exactly in the middle of the cyclone. You can only escape within, and that's what I teach. I do not teach worship of God or any other ritual but only a scientific way of coming to your innermost core.
Don't avoid extremes, and don't choose any one extreme. Remain available to both the polarities – that is the art, the secret of balancing.
There is no god, so how can I consider myself a god? God is the greatest lie invented by man.
If you have difficulties making a decision, choose the lesser of the two evils.
I am going to be contradictory to myself many times for the simple reason that I am trying to bring all the religions to a higher synthesis. Different approaches have to be joined together. I am creating an orchestra.
Because of the womb being a central phenomenon in the feminine body, the whole psychology of woman differs: she is non-aggressive, non-inquiring, non-questioning, non-doubting, because all of those things are part of aggression. She will not take the initiative; she simply waits – and she can wait infinitely.
All of the religions are looking after the poor. At least leave me alone to look after the rich. I am the rich man's guru.