"According to me a religious person is one
who contributes to the world some beauty,
some joy, some happiness, some celebration
which was not there - something new,
something fresh, some more flowers.
But religion has never been defined
the way I am defining it.
All the ways religion has been defined
have been proved absolutely ugly and wrong.
But they have not helped humanity to rise
to the heights of joy and beauty and love.
They have drowned the whole humanity
in misery and suffering,
they have not taught you freedom. On the contrary, they have enforced on you all kinds of slavery in the name of obedience. Obedience to whom? Obedience to the priests, obedience to those who have money, obedience to those who have power - in short, obedience to all the vested interests."