I am against all organized religions, without any exception, for the simple reason that truth cannot be organized, love cannot be organized – it is not politics.
All these religions have made you parts of crowds, dependent on the crowds. They have taken away your individuality, your freedom, your intelligence. In its place they have given you bogus beliefs, which mean nothing.
Belief is just a strategy to deceive yourself.
You don't want to go on the path of seeking, searching, discovering. It is arduous, because you will have to drop many superstitions, and you will have to deprogram yourself from many conditionings from the past which are preventing you from knowing the truth, from knowing yourself. No belief can help, and all religions are based on belief – that's why they are called "faiths." Truth is a search, not a faith. It is an inquiry, not a belief. It is a question, a quest. To avoid this search you easily become gullible, you easily become victims of anybody who is ready to exploit you.
And naturally it feels cozy in a crowd. There are six hundred million Catholics. It feels cozy. And it feels like six hundred million people cannot be wrong. You may be wrong, but six hundred million people cannot be wrong – but that's what every one of them is thinking.
Four hundred million Hindus feel that they are right, and the same is true about Mohammedans, Buddhists and other religions.
A religion should be not a dead organization, but a kind of religiousness, a loving heart, a friendliness towards the whole. For these, no holy scriptures are needed.
An authentic religiousness needs no prophets, no saviors, no churches, no popes, no priests – because religiousness is the flowering of your heart.
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