About 32 years ago, Mr. Pritish Nandy, a senior journalist sent a question to Osho about his opinion on the issue of Rama’s birthplace: “There is this issue of Secularism, and there is a great controversy going on right now with regard to what they call Ram Janmabhumi and the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Both communities, Hindus and Muslims area claiming that place. How can this issue be diffused.”
Osho responded that this problem could be solved very easily by making the place holy for all the communities, but it the real problem comes from politics. He said: These are politicians behind the problems. Otherwise both can worship the place, both can make it holy. It becomes double holy to Hindus and to Mohammedans.
What is the problem?
The enlightened master gave an example: “Israel is a holy land for the Christians because of Jesus was born there, crucified there. It is holy land for the Jews because Moses founded the country. It is holy for Mohammedans because when Mohammed went to heaven, riding on his horse, he stayed for rest on a rock in Israel. So that rock is a problem. And I don’t see any problem. All can worship a rock. Rock will not say, “No, you cannot worship.” Just it has to be made clear to them that the whole earth is holy. And if you think this part is holy for you, you should be happy that this part is also holy for Hindus, for Mohammedans. You should invite Christians, Jainas, to make it more holy.
“Sheer childishness to fight on these problems, but politicians have power only if there is some fight going on.
Now the government will be in difficulty. If the government sides with the Hindus, the whole Mohammedan community will go against in the elections. If they side with the Mohammedans, the whole Hindu community will go against.
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So they just talk about it, in the parliament discuss about it and nothing happens, and nothing will happen. My suggestion is very simple. A holy land is nobody’s possession, anybody can worship. And more people worship it, more humanitarian it becomes.”
So many decades have gone by but this issue continues to torture people. It is all because of the politicians. They have been very clever to keep it alive and never allow any solution to happen, because they survive on the conflict such issues–which are not the real issues for human survival and growth towards higher level of consciousness–to make India progress rapidly, and to move towards a space of peace and harmony amongst all communities. All communities are fighting with each other because all the communities listen to their narrow-minded politicians. No sane voice is ever heard or heeded in loud noise created by this lowest level of politics. These politicians dominate the religion also and want that the religion should not interfere with their way of working–but they would continue to exploit religion and the followers of these religions to rule over the masses.
In another talk on this topic, Osho says: Politicians live on lies; politicians live on promises – but those promises are never fulfilled. They are the most unqualified people in the world. Their only quality is that they can manage to befool the poor masses – or, in poor countries, they can purchase their votes. And once they are in power, they forget completely that they are servants of the people; they start behaving as if they are the masters of the people.
What do they know about the inner world of man? What do they know of blissfulness, of godliness? Still, they want religion not to be allowed to interfere with politics. What about them? They should be allowed to interfere with religion?Is the lower going to dominate the higher?Is the mundane going to dominate the sacred? That will be the ultimate misfortune for humanity.
As far as I can see, all politicians should be meditators, should know something of the inner world. They should be more conscious, more compassionate, should know the taste of love. They should know the experience of the silence of existence, and the beauty of this planet, and the gifts of existence. And they should learn to be humble and grateful.
Religion should be the teacher of all the politicians. Unless politicians have something of religiousness, there is no future for humanity. Religion has to interfere with the politicians. Without religion interfering with the politicians.the politicians are blind, they don’t have eyes, they are deaf; they don’t have a silent mind to listen to the truth.