Religion restricting Intelligence – You want to be religious? Don’t ask Questions! – 6 Jun 12

Sometimes I get asked ‘You write a lot about Hindu religion and things which are bad in it, for example the caste system. How come?’ I tell them that I was born into this, I grew up with this and called it my profession once. Obviously this has the consequence that I know a lot about it but I am not only against Hinduism, I am actually against any religion, against the whole concept of religion. I believe that apart from the negative things that happened because of religion, it is just wrong that religion wants you to be a blind follower and additionally religion wants to convince everybody to be such a follower.

I believe that the concept that religion uses for its following is wrong. The main idea and condition that you have to understand when converting to any religion is that you need to trust. You have to believe. Don’t question and don’t have doubts. Whatever you are told is true, even if it seems strange or wrong to you. You want to be religious? Don’t ask!

Religion attacks your power of questioning and your intelligence. You are allowed to use your intelligence but only in a very limited way. You can ask people to tell you more about their scriptures but never question the religion itself. You have a limited area in which you can move your intelligence freely. It is like a stadium in which you can run around. Take one round after the other, another one and another one but never dare to put a foot anywhere else or to open a door and look what is outside the stadium!

In this way religion limits the freedom of people and controls them. Sects do that even more strongly. And with all those restrictions on the thinking and on people’s opinions, you can feel that they want to hold people, want to keep them from changing their belief.

At the same time they send missionaries, priests and whatever those people are called in different religions to spread the word. There are so many people who have only this profession: spreading a religion, promoting a religion and converting as many people as possible to their belief.

This is where I believe the definition of religion does not only mean anymore ‘way of life’ or ‘philosophy’. It is not anymore the word ‘dharma’, about which I also recently wrote.

How should you be able to tell me about my dharma? How can you tell me about my way of life, about what I accept in my life? Or how could I tell you about yours? Everybody has his own dharma and that’s how it should be. How could I be able to simply accept your dharma and how should I be able to force you to accept mine?

We have to think about what we want and what we accept in life ourselves. Who are you to tell me about my way of life? Everybody is maintaining their own lifestyle and philosophy which can even change from time to time. I want to be only human until my last breath and until then follow the dharma of humans, the philosophy of love and not the manipulation and control of religion. In this way I will be free to think what I like, to question everything and to believe what I feel is right.

Complicated Lectures on Easy Topics and High Philosophy in Easy Words – 2 Feb 09

In my seminars, workshops and when I normally talk with people I like to talk very simple. I like to give easy techniques and methods although many topics are very high. In talking I go deeply into subjects like the Vedas and messages of scriptures but I want to put it in an easy language and give easy examples so that everybody can implement the message into their lives.

Maybe this is not complicated enough for some people. There are people who are very impressed when you make your talk complicated. Many intellectual people might like exactly that. When you make it easy, they say it is too simple. And if it gets complicated and they understand it they feel they made something great. There are two kinds of people: those who make a small problem very big. They talk for half an hour for something which could be said in one minute. And then there are people who make things that are difficult more easy. They manage it in a simple way. I have seen many speakers who make small things very complicated. They make a big theory out of something that everyone could easily understand. It does not show intelligence if you make an easy topic difficult to understand but if you can present a difficult topic in easy words.

Other people like to talk about very complicated things although they themselves do not really know what they are talking about. One time a friend told me that he was at a lecture and I asked him how it was. He said ‘Oh, it was a very high topic, very intellectual. And the lecturer could really say a lot about it. It was very interesting.’ And I asked him what it will give him for his life and about what it really was. He looked at me for a moment, started smiling and said ‘Oh, I did not really understand it.’ These high lectures are mostly great and impressive in the time you are listening but when you later try to get a conclusion out of it you do not reach anywhere.

I like to do the opposite in my lectures. I like to make the message understandable so that people can do something with it. I want them to have a benefit from what I am talking. And I am always happy when someone tells me that what I told in my lecture helped them on their spiritual way or with anything in their lives.

Today we left Erkelenz by train. Monday is normally our travelling day, we leave a town and start the week’s program in another town. Sonja drove us to the train station where we said goodbye. And some hours later we were welcomed by Regina at the train station in Hamburg. There we also met Yashendu again who was in Schwabmünchen until now to do physiotherapy. He is fully fit again so he joined us for the last two weeks of our program in Germany before we fly back to India.

Do not live like an Animal – Realize yourself! – 30 Aug 08

Today Yashendu had a long Yoga Workshop which was called ‘Yoga Intensive’. Intensive here should not mean difficult Yoga postures but a variety of different postures and also philosophical topics. So he talked about the different paths of Yoga and also about human and his role in this world.

'What makes us different than animals? There are maybe 8.4 million different kinds of creatures on this world. All 8.4 million creatures have the same desires: they need to satisfy their hunger, have a place to rest and sleep and they have the instinct to reproduce. But only one, humankind, has the possibility to achieve wisdom. Only human has this intelligence not only to follow its instincts and senses but to go beyond that. We are reborn again and again, sometimes in the form of an animal, then we cannot do anything. Sometimes we are reborn into the human form and then we can realize what we are here for. We can realize our truth, our inner self. But so many people live their lives like this: they go to work, they eat, they lie down to sleep, on the weekends they go out and on Mondays they start work again. Eating, sleeping and dying, only this is not the life. You have to think about who you are, for what you are here, what is your purpose. Realize the truth and embrace love in your life. 

Spiritual Seekers Divided into Four Categories – 11 May 08

Yesterday you could read about four different kinds of questioners. With my work I really meet many spiritual people and these too, you could divide into four different types:

Type number one are the seekers. I also call them spiritually confused people. They are searching God everywhere and go from one seminar to another, from one healer to the other and never get what they want. They will never be satisfied. All the spiritual input that is on the market they absorb but are never satisfied.

People of the second type are good disciples. They are followers and if you read the last weeks of my diary you know that I like to think of these people as sheep. They need someone to tell them what to do and where to go.

Then there is the third type, the intellectuals. Always hungry for knowledge they are reading one book after the other and like to discuss and argue about the content. They make spirituality a mind game.

Number four are devotees. And I am talking about those who are devoted to love or God, not to a master or guru. They surrender themselves to love, they surrender their ego. In their heart there is so much love and compassion which they want to spread.

From all four types of people the last type I would call the real spirituals. You cannot find God if you are searching in the outside like the seekers do. You will not find love it you are in the mind like the intellectuals. Knowledge is not that important as knowing yourself. And followers are blind and missing the originality because they are hiding behind others. No, only the fourth type feels God inside and feels the love in the heart. They are in the feelings, not in the mind or the outside, They are not copying anyone. Only with this compassion and love, when you see God in yourself, in others and in love, then you are really spiritual.

Today Garrett from Ireland was here for a healing session. He visits me nearly each time when I am in Lüneburg and takes two or three healing sessions. When I met him the first time he had been suffering many years from depression and the healing sessions helped him a lot. He is fully fine now but he loves to come for the healing energy. I like his Irish humor. He asked me if people have Alzheimer’s in India too or if it was a western problem because of the culture and because everybody here seems to be living in the mind. After a long time the mind is tired. I said that there, too, there are cases of Alzheimer’s but I heard that here it is very frequent. And Garrett told that in the 80’s people said that smoking can prevent you from getting Alzheimer’s. However the only reason for this would be that you die of lung cancer before you get old. We laughed. I love this kind of humor.