A Master cannot be diplomatic…..OSHO
The other day there was a question from Satsanga. He said, "Osho, why are you not a little more diplomatic with the politicians and the priests? — because that will save us a lot of trouble."
I can understand what he means; I can understand his worry. He would like me to be a little more diplomatic — but a Master cannot be diplomatic. It has never been so, it is impossible. Diplomacy is cunningness, diplomacy is the art of Lying. Diplomacy is the way of persuading others without telling them the truth. Diplomacy is a game. Politicians play the game; mystics cannot play it.
A mystic is one who calls a spade a spade. He is straight, whatsoever the cost. He cannot deceive, he cannot lie, he cannot keep quiet. If he sees something he will say it, and he will say it as it is.
Gurdjieff used to say, sometimes to very prominent people, famous in some way or other — great authors, painters, poets, politicians, the people who dominate this world, the great egoists…. He used to say to these people a very significant thing — remember it. Suddenly he would say to them, "You have a very good facade."
Now to say to a politician, to a president of a country or to a prime minister or to a king, "You have a very good facade," is to invite trouble. And Gurdjieff lived his whole life in trouble. But there is no other way.
He also used to say, more than once…. Whenever some egoist would ask him, "Do you love me? Do you like me?" this was his answer: "For what you could be I have nothing but benevolence, but as you are I hate you — back to your grandmother!"
This is not diplomacy: this is creating enemies.
Jesus must have been a really great artist in creating enemies because he was only thirty-three when he was crucified, and there were only three years of work because he appeared at the age of thirty. Up to that time he was with the mystery schools, going around the world to Egypt, to India, and the possibility is even to Tibet and to Japan.
Hence the Bible has no record of his years of preparation; the record is very abrupt. Something about his childhood is said, very fragmentary. And only once is he mentioned: when he was twelve years of age and he started arguing with the priests in the temple — that's all. Then there is a gap of eighteen years… nothing is mentioned.
Now a man like Jesus cannot just live an ordinary life for eighteen years and then suddenly explode into Christhood; that is not possible. These eighteen years he was moving with different Masters, with different systems, getting initiated into different mystery schools, learning whatsoever was available, getting in tune with as many Masters as possible.
He appears at the age of thirty and by the age of thirty-three he is crucified. In three years he really did a good job! He was quick! You cannot think that he was diplomatic; he was the most undiplomatic man ever.
In fact, that's the way the awakened people behave.
Yes, you would like me to be a little more diplomatic; that will save a lot of trouble. But that will save you also from truth, remember.
Truth brings many troubles. It is bound to be so because people live in lies, and when you bring truth into the world, their lies, their lives rooted in lies, react. A great antagonism is bound to happen. And people as they are, in their unconsciousness, cannot live without lies.