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"I am not paying special attention to Christianity, but it deserves it...It has been exploiting the poverty of people to convert them to Christianity. Yes, Buddhism has converted people, but not because people were hungry and you provided them food, and because you provided them food they started feeling obliged to you...
And those people are so obliged that they feel certainly no other religion has been of any help to them, and they become Christians. This is not an honest way, this is bribing people. This is not conversion, this is buying people because they are poor...
...Everywhere around the world, Christians have approached the lowest stratum. And the poor have ben there always; but to exploit their poverty to INCREASE THE POPULATION OF YOUR RELIGION is sheer politics - ugly, mean. Politics is a game of numbers. How many Christians you have in the world - that is your power. The more Christians there are, the more power is in the hands of Christian priesthood. NOBODY IS INTERESTED IN SAVING ANYBODY BUT JUST IN INCREASING THE POPULATION.
...Do you think they are interested in the unborn children? They are not interested, they have nothing to do with those unborn children...The whole interest is in bringing many more children into the world, many more orphans into the world. Make it so overcrowded, so poor, that Christianity can become the universal religion...This ambition is inhuman; and if I have been criticizing Christianity, it is not without reason."
"An Ancient Chinese story goes:
A man fell into a well. It was getting dark and his eyesight was not good, he was almost blind. The man starts shouting "Save me!"
Who is going to hear him?
A Buddhist monk passes by and hears the man. He looks down the well.
The man says, "It's good you heard me, I was afraid I was going to die."
The Buddhist monk says, "You're still going to die because this is happening due to some past life's evil act. Now you are getting punishment so accept it and be finished. It is good; in the next life you will start out clean and there will be no need to fall again in a well."
The man said, "I dont want any wisdom or philosophy at this moment.." But the monk had moved on.
Then, a Taoist comes by. He goes to the well to drink. The man cries for help.
The Taoist said, "This is not manly. One should accept everything as it comes - thats what Lao Tzu said. So accept it! Enjoy! You are crying like a woman. Be a man!"
The man said, "I am ready to be called a woman, but please save me first. You can say anything you want afterwards, first pull me out."
But the Taoist said, "We never interfere in anyone's business. We believe in the individual and his freedom. It is your freedom to fall in the well,, it is your freedom to die in the well. All I can do is make a suggestion: You can die crying, weeping - that is foolish - or you can die like a wise man. Accept it, enjoy it, sing a song, go. Anyway, everyone is going to die so what's the point of saving you."
A Confucian monk passed by the side of the well and he heard the noise of the man asking for help. The Confucian monk said to him, "Don't be worried. Our master, Confucius, has written in his books that every water well should have walls, and I am going to protest and force the government to create a protective wall around every well in the country. Don't be afraid."
The poor man said, "By the time you create the great uproar in the whole country and all the wells start having protecting walls, I will be dead. Just think of me first!"
"You are being selfish. You just want to be saved and waste my time which I can use for the whole of humanity" said the Confucian and promptly left.
The next man who came by is a Christian missionary. He was carrying with him a bag. When he heard the man's cries, he immediately opens his bag, takes out a rope, throws the rope down into the well."
The man is surprised, "Your religion seems to be the truest religion."
The Christian man says, "Of course, we are prepared for any emergency. Knowing that people fall into wells, I am carrying this rope to save them - because only by saving them can I save myself."
The man finally comes up and out of the well and says, "A Confucian who passed by says he will campaign to have protective walls around wells."
The Christian missionary says, "You shouldn't make protective walls around the wells; otherwise how will we serve humanity? How will we pull out people who fall in? They have to fall first, only then can we pull them out. We exist to serve but the opportunity must be there. Without the opportunity, how can we serve?"
All these religions talking about "service" are certainly interested that humanity remains poor, that people remain in need of service, that there are orphans, widows, old people nobody takes care of, beggars. These people are needed, absolutely needed. Otherwise, what will happen to all these religions and their teachings, and how will people earn the right to enter into the Kingdom of God?
These poor and suffering people have to be used as a ladder. Do you call it unselfishness? is this missionary unselfish? He is saving this man, not for this man's sake; he is saving this man for his own sake. Deep down, it is still selfishness, but now it is covered with beautiful words: unselfishness, service.
But why is there any need for service? Why should there be any need? Can't we destroy these opportunities for service? We can, but the religions will be very angry. Their whole ground will be lost if there is nobody poor, nobody hungry, nobody suffering, nobody sick. This is their whole business.
Service is a dirty word...Yes you can share but never humiliate people by serving them. It is a form of humiliation. When you serve somebody and you feel great, you have reduced the other to a worm, subhuman. You are so superior that you have sacrificed your own interests and you are "serving the poor" - you are simply humiliating them.
If you have something that gives you joy, peace, ecstasy, share it...When you share there is no motive...By sharing you will be tremendously fulfilled. In the very sharing is the fulfillment, there is no goal beyond it. It is not end-oriented. It is an end unto itself. You will feel obliged to the person who was ready to share with you. You will not feel that the person is obliged to you - you have not "served."
from Osho's The Book of Understanding