EDUCATION IS TO GIVE YOU INNER RICHNESS. It is not just to make you more informed; that is a very primitive idea of education. I call it primitive because it is rooted in fear, rooted in that ”If I am not well educated I will not be able to survive.” I call it primitive because deep down it is very violent: it teaches you competition, it makes you ambitious. It is nothing but a preparation for a cut-throat, competitive world where everybody is the enemy of everybody else.
HENCE THE WORLD HAS BECOME A MADHOUSE. Love cannot happen. How can love happen in such a violent, ambitious, competitive world where everybody is at each other’s throat? This is very primitive because it is based in the fear that ”If I am not well educated, well-protected, highly informed, I may not be able to survive in the struggle of life. ” It takes life only as a struggle. My vision of education is that LIFE SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS A STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL; life should be taken as a celebration. Life should not be only competition, life should be joy too. Singing and dancing and poetry and music and painting, and all that is available in the world — education should prepare you to fall in tune with it — with the trees, with the birds, with the sky, with the sun and the moon.
AND EDUCATION SHOULD PREPARE YOU TO BE YOURSELF. Right now it prepares you to be an imitator; it teaches you how to be like others. This is miseducation. The right education will teach you how to be yourself, authentically yourself. You are unique. There is nobody like you, has never been, will never be. This is great respect that God has showered on you. This is your glory, that you are unique. Don’t become imitative, don’t become carbon copies.
There are two kinds of victories in the world: one is that which comes through desire, aggression, fight — the worldly victory. One has to conflict with a thousand and one things, one has to prove one’s ego in many ways and one has to be really violent. One has to use all sorts of means, good and bad because the only goal is to be victorious; nothing else matters.
So the worldly victory is political: it depends on violence, it depends on destruction. It depends on others’ miseries. You cannot be victorious in the world without creating much misery around you, so it is ugly in a way. The more a person becomes victorious, the more ugly he becomes, the more and more he loses his soul, the more and more he becomes a disaster, a calamity, a plague. There is another kind of victory — the inner, the divine. It comes not by desiring, not by fighting: it comes by surrendering… it comes by accepting one’s total helplessness. But it has a beauty because it does not depend on anybody’s misery; on the contrary, whenever somebody becomes victorious in this inner way the whole world becomes victorious in him…
Not only is he blessed, but the whole world is also blessed in his blessings. His celebration is the celebration of all. People may know, may not know, but even his presence, just his presence, is a great enhancement to human consciousness.