This is an excerpt from the book “The wild geese and the water” …
“…… I talk about the dignity of being rich. There is no dignity in being poor, because if there is dignity in being poor, then there is dignity in being a slave too, then there is dignity in being sick too, then there is dignity in being starved too, undernourished too. These are all part of poverty.
I talk about the dignity of the rich. One should be rich on the outside and on the inside both. There is no need to divide the outside and the inside – they are all one. And one should live as richly as possible. That shows intelligence. Why talk about the dignity of the poor? Why not destroy poverty? Why console poor people? Why tell them, ‘You are the children of God, special children of God’? If the poor are the children of God, then who are the rich? – the children of the Devil ? Then it is better to belong to the Devil than to God, then let him have his poor children and their dignity. But then the pope will be a son of the Devil because he is one of the richest persons in the world.
Now, living in luxury and talking about the dignity of the poor is hypocrisy. Live the way you would like everybody to live. Live according to your own understanding, but don’t be pretenders. ……”
As always this book is a collection of Osho’s discourses and this one is specifically on religions. He is scathing as always.
Now read the above excerpt and the screenshot of the article by Oxfam below….
Mull over that …
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