How did they know? How do you know?
They say, they said he was talking nonsense . They say, many wanted him to stop talking. Did these Japanese students ever say he was spiritual or is this an assumption or even a transmission error due to western thinking? Did they think, talking nonsense was equivalent to being spiritual? Was spiritual for them synonymous to talking nonsense? A polite reaction, a polite way to express that they simply didn't understand what this powerful man was talking about?
Spiritual? I don't know what your'e talking about.
Most if not all said he was very spiritual.
So a very wise and able man spoke nonsense? I see you don't know what I'm talking about. No Problem.
A spiritual perspective makes what he said sound very sensible.