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    From Ignorance to Innocence

    From Ignorance to Innocence


    Pseudo-religion: the stick-on soul
    29 November 1984 pm in Lao Tzu Grove

    Question 1


    THE cause is very simple, perhaps too simple. It is very close, very obvious, and this is the reason
    why most of the people go on missing seeing it. When something is very obvious you start taking it
    for granted. When something is too close to your eyes you cannot see it. For seeing, some distance
    is needed.

    So the first thing I would like you to remember is that it is not only today that humanity is miserable.
    It has always been miserable.

    Misery has almost become our second nature. We have lived in it for thousands of years. That
    closeness does not allow us to see it; otherwise it is so obvious.
    But to see the obvious you need a child’s vision.

    And we are all carrying thousands of years in our eyes. Our eyes are old; they cannot see afresh.
    They have already accepted things, and forgotten that those things are the very cause of misery.
    The religious prophets, the political leaders, the moral lawgivers – you have respected them, not
    even suspecting that they are the cause of your misery. How can you suspect them? Those people
    have served humanity, sacrificed themselves for humanity. You worship them; you cannot relate
    them to your misery.

    The causes of misery are camouflaged behind beautiful words, holy scriptures, spiritual sermons.
    It happened when I was a student, the first prime minister of India came to visit the city. In Jabalpur,
    just in the middle of the city flows all the dirt of the city. The city is very big – ten times bigger than
    Portland – and just in the middle of the city, the whole dirt flows like a river. There is a bridge over it,
    and to pass that bridge is to know something about hell. I have never seen any place so stinking.

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