“Some people thought that Christianity would work out. Others thought that Islam might work out. Some thought it was Buddhism that is going to help us and some thought it is some other religion will help us, like Jainism or Zen. Now, if you really see all these human endeavors from a detached mind you will find that there is something missing in them. There are psychologists who said that it is the sex energy which is important and we should not be conditioned. So they used their Ego to express themselves without any conditioning. And the others who believed that it is the will power that is important and you must develop your will power.But one should know that truth cannot be two. It has to be absolute. And the point at which we are today, we are absolutely diversified. So, we developed a new, another system by which we say we should be tolerant of everyone. “We must tolerate everything; there should be coexistence of everyone”. But it is a very vicarious imbalance. Any day it may blow off. Every moment there’s a danger that the whole thing might blow off; this tolerance might just topple down from this side to that side.
India is the greatest democracy – I have seen the democracy part of it. I have seen all the democracies of the world because I had a chance to visit most of them. I have seen all – most of the totalitarian governments, also the communist regimes all over the world. And I feel all of them have missed the point. In none of these organizations, people are happy. We can see clearly that there is a kind of a dearth everyone feels. If somebody thinks that fire is too much to burn the body you jump in the frying pan – it’s just the same. So this so-called tolerance also has no basis. On the contrary, in this tolerance we might even tolerate horrible people who are demonic. So the modern times, as we see, are full of confusion. No one knows who is right, who is wrong. It is all a relative world we live in. Everyone thinks that they are the best, and at the most they can tolerate each other. If it is Truth, it is not to be tolerated; it is to be enjoyed.[…]
We cannot establish any religion out of fear. Religion is within ourselves. It is to be awakened; it is the sustenance within us. If it is awakened we do not do anything that is wrong. In darkness if we are – we may bang at each other; we may do anything. But in the Light we know relatively how we stand to each other and there is no need to have toleration. Only the blind have to talk of toleration because they have to save themselves and save others, because they are blind.”
Shree Mataji Nirmala Devi, Public Program, Geneva ( Switzerland ), 30 August 1983