Interview 8. The thirst for power: CANCER OF THE SOUL November 6, 1984 Bhagavan, Why are you against politicians? I'm not against anyone. I have no envy, no desire to compete, there is no jealousy. Why should I be against politicians? I'm not a politician. But my statement can be misunderstood. I am against the disease called "thirst for power". This disease is greatest in respect of consciousness and human growth. It is like a cancer; It is a cancer of the soul. The thirst for power can manifest itself in different ways. The easiest way - this is politics, because it does not need a lot of intelligence. All that is required - is to create false hopes among the masses and hope that will never be fulfilled, hopes that never was supposed to perform; their goal was something else. And the masses are suffering. They are poor, they are ignorant. They also need all the amenities of life, they also want to live like human beings, with dignity. Politician gives them hope and exploiting this hope for their own purposes, because when he gets power, he becomes someone else - the prime minister, the president - then something relaxes in it. It was his psychological need.