“What is in this whole upbringing that makes you so gross? The attention is on the matter and not on the spirit. All the time the matter is trying to overpower the spirit. Supposing there is a tree that falls off, it dies, then you make a chair out of it. It’s a dead from the dead. Now you sit on the chair and you become a slave of the chair. You cannot sit on the ground. Then you have to carry chairs with you. If you start moving in a car, you become so useless that you cannot walk with your legs. Tomorrow you start having calculators… you’ll be surprised,
I live in London – I am amazed at the people. Even if they have to do two plus two they want their tambaaku. They want to calculate it. For two plus two they cannot do it, they have no brains left because computers have come. So as a result of this machinery, the machines that have created… We say the “machine age” – what an age it is – and the age of development. Without any control if the machines have gone up to this point, it is time that we understand – we should not go too much towards it, that we become slaves of this machine. The machine is like a devil. “ – Shri Mataji
Public Program, Mumbai (India), 20 January 1986.