Politics is a disease, and it should be
treated exactly like that. It is more dangerous than cancer and if surgery
is needed it should be done. Politics is basically dirty. It has to be
because for one post thousands of people are hankering, longing; then
naturally they will fight, they will kill, they will do anything.
Our whole program of the mind is so wrong: we have been programmed to
be ambitious. And that’s where politics is. It is not only in the
ordinary world of politics, it has even polluted your ordinary life.
Even a small child starts smiling at the mother, at the father
a bogus smile; he has no depth behind it. But he knows whenever he smiles
he is rewarded. He has learned the first rule of being a politician. He
is still in his cradle and you have taught him politics.
In human relationships there is politics everywhere.
Man has crippled woman. It is politics.
Women constitute half of humanity. Man has no right to cripple them, but
for centuries he has been crippling them completely. He has not allowed
them education. He has not allowed them even to listen to the holy scriptures.
In many religions he has not allowed them to enter the temple. Or, if
he has allowed them, they have a separate section; they cannot stand with
the man as equal even before God.
But the beginning is with God himself. You may not be aware...because
ordinarily everybody has forgotten. Christians don’t mention it,
Jews don’t mention it. Adam and Eve are emphasized as being the
first man and woman; Adam is certainly the first man, but Eve is not the
first woman. God made Adam and Lilith, and he made them equal the
same height, the same intelligence, the same strength, the same mind.
But the gods of foolish people cannot be very wise. He made these two,
but he could not make a double bed! He made a small bed, and the first
night the problem arose of who is going to sleep on the bed and who is
going to sleep on the floor. So the pillow fight is not new, it
is as ancient as man they started throwing things at each other.
Both were equal physically and mentally, and the woman was not to be subdued:
Adam had to sleep on the floor.
Seeing that all kinds of animals are looking through the windows at what
is happening and the woman was adamant, as she always is
she slept on the bed and poor Adam slept on the floor, but he was very
angry. He went to God the next day and said, “This woman won’t
do. It is too much trouble. Alone I was good. It was my fault that I told
you, ‘I am alone; give me a companion.’
“What kind of a companion have you given me? And couldn’t you have been
a little more understanding? How will two persons sleep on a small bed?
I need a woman who is not equal to me in any respect.”
Lilith was dismantled. Now Eve was created in a totally different way.
The first surgery of the world happened. When poor Adam was asleep
perhaps he was given something similar to chloroform God took out
one of his ribs and made a woman out of the rib so that she would never
be equal to him; she will be only a rib. And Eve became known as the first
woman, but really she was the second. I would have preferred the first
woman; she had some salt, some strength. She managed on the first night
to put Adam on the floor. He needed it.
But Eve was very much like a slave. All that she used to do was, whenever
Adam would come home late and go to sleep she would count his ribs. She
was afraid God may have created other women, taking other ribs. And man,
since then...perhaps the idea of God is also man’s. God is also
a male chauvinist: in his trinity there is no place for a woman.
Man has tried to cut in every way the freedom of women.
This is politics; it is not love.
You love a woman but you don’t give her freedom. What kind of love
is this, which is afraid of giving freedom?
You encage her like a parrot. You can say you love the parrot, but you
don’t understand you are killing the parrot! You have taken the
whole sky away from the parrot and you have given him just a cage. The
cage may be made of gold, but even a golden cage is nothing to be compared
with the freedom of parrots in the sky, moving from tree to tree, singing
their song…not what you force them to say, but what is natural to
them, what is authentic to them.
The woman goes on doing things which man wants. She, by and by, has completely
forgotten that she is also a human being.
In China, for thousands of years, a husband could kill a wife. Only in
1951 has a new law been made which prevents it. Up to 1951 the husband
was empowered: if he wanted to kill his woman it was his business; it
was his woman, a possession. The law has no interest in interfering in
your possessions. And, moreover, China thinks that women have no souls;
only man has a soul.
That’s why in the history of China you will not find a single woman
of the caliber of Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Lieh Tzu, Confucius, Mencius…not
a single woman. If you don’t have a soul you are just a thing; you
cannot compete with man.
Half of humanity, in every country, in every civilization, has been destroyed
by family politics. You may not be calling it “politics,”
but it is politics. Wherever there is a desire to have power over another
person, it is politics. Power is always political…even over small
children. The parents think they love them, but it is only in their mind,
because they want the children to be obedient and what does obedience
mean? It means all the power is in the hands of the parents.
If obedience is such a great quality, why shouldn’t the parents
be obedient to the children? If it is such a religious thing, parents
should be obedient to children. But it has nothing to do with religion.
All that it has to do with is hiding politics in a beautiful word.
Man needs exposure on every point, wherever politics has entered
and it has entered everywhere, in every relationship. It has contaminated
the whole life of man, and it is continuously contaminating it.