The East has created great geniuses, but we are still
living in the bullock cart age because our geniuses simply
meditated. Their meditation never came into action. If they had
meditated for a few hours and used their silence and peace and
meditativeness for scientific research, this country would have been
the richest in the world - outer and inner, both.
The same is true about the West: they created great geniuses, but they were all involved with things, objects. They forgot themselves completely. Once in a while a genius remembered, but it was too late.
Albert Einstein, at the time of death, said his last words - and
remember, the last words are the most important a person has ever
spoken in his life, because they are a conclusion, the essential
experience. His last words were, "If there is another life, I would
like to be a plumber. I don't want to be a physicist. I want to be
something very simple - a plumber."
A tired brain, a burned brain... and what was his achievement? - Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
This man was capable of becoming a Gautam Buddha. If he had looked inwards, he had such an insight that perhaps he would have gone deeper than any Gautam Buddha, because he looked towards the stars and went further than any astronomer has ever done. It is the same power; it is only a question of direction.