……But as far as the real religion is concerned, you cannot play about with it. You cannot create copies of that because it’s a living thing. You cannot create copies of living things, because you cannot create life. You can make it life-like, but it cannot be a living thing. Religion is a living thing within us. It is the sustenance within us which starts flowering from the very beginning of life where life changes, transforms from one single-cellular animal to this complex human being. You cannot show that transformation, by making a painting out of it; because as soon as a human being touches the thing, it is dead.
You can show a smiling flower. You can show at the most the mobile smile of Mona Lisa. That’s also you make sometimes. But you cannot show Mona Lisa who is smiling all the time or changing her forms. And that is why it is important to understand that when people try to copy the real religion within you, they make a good job out of it. They have to make it so good that people should not be deceived any more. This has been our problem since long.
Christ was real, Shri Krishna was real. But those who tried to copy Him, did a good job out of it but still it was not real. And that is why whenever any such attempts are made, you find that it is very confusing for a person to make out real from unreal……..
So, under these circumstances of confusion, the cunning takes birth on this earth and they find out ways and methods of exploiting people. Some of them are not cunning, they genuinely believe they can help people. And some of them are absolutely naive, and they start this work with that naivety. Start getting little money out of it, or some sort of a recognition and then they find that it’s a good method of floating an enterprise, and they do it.
But for this, we have so many ways of understanding what is the real. We have so many scriptures, which are true. They are true or not, at least should be verified…..
( Source: An Extract of Talk of H H Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi in Public Program. Caxton Hall, London, England. 24th March 1980.)
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