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Osho on Education

Osho on Education

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My vision of a right education is to teach people how to grow the ego and how to be able to dropit; how to become great minds and yet be ready any moment to put the mind aside. You shouldbe able to just put your personality, your ego, your mind, on and off, because these are goodthings if you can use them. But you should know the mechanism, how to put them off. Rightnow you know only how to put them on.
Give your children your love, but don‟t give your ideologies. Don‟t make them Catholics and
ts; that is poisoning them. Don‟t make them Hindus and Jainas and Buddhists; that is
very destructive. Give your love, give your loving nourishment, and give them strength enoughto inquire who they are, what this reality is all about. Give them every support so they can go onin life with an adventurous spirit. Then you are helping them; then you are really educating them.Ordinarily, whatsoever exists in the name of education is nothing but mis-education. Realeducation is helping the person to be himself. It is possible only if you love the person for hisown sake, for no other motive. If there is a motive, your love is contaminated. Then you are not areal father or a real mother.Education means drawing your inner being into expression in your living, your day-to-day life.Your honesty, your love, your compassion, should come from your inner being, not fromteachings and scriptures, not from rabbis and bishops and shankaracharyas and AyatollahKhomeini.A real education will not teach you to be the first. It will tell you to enjoy whatsoever you aredoing, not for the result but for the act itself. Just like a pain
ter or a dancer or a musician….
 A real education will not teach you to compete; it will teach you to cooperate. It will not teachyou to fight and come first. It will teach you to be creative, to be loving, to be blissful, withoutany comparison with the other. It will not teach you that you can be happy only when you are the
first. That is sheer nonsense. You can‟t be happy just by being firs
t. And in trying to be first yougo through such misery that you become habituated to misery by the time you become the first.In fact, the moment a child is perfectly conditioned by you, you are very happy; you call it
“religious education.” You are very
happy that the child has been initiated into the religion of his
parents. All that you have done is you have destroyed his capacity to know on his own. You havedestroyed his authenticity. You have destroyed his very precious innocence.You will be surprised to know that your education is against intelligence. Society needsimitators. It wants you to be good in memorizing, not in becoming intelligent. It wants you tobecome good machines, not beautiful people; efficient machines, but machines all the same. Itneeds you to function well, but it does not want you to be more conscious. Then you would startsaying no to many things; you will not be so obedient.If this goes on for as long as it does
in schools children are sitting for five or six hours
byand by they are dulled, their intelligence is lost. Every child is born intelligent and almost ninety-nine per cent of people die stupid. The whole education dulls the mind.There is nothing like education. All your education simply makes you capable of worrying aboutsituations everywhere in the world, about everyone except you
about all the troubles that arein the world. They have always been there, they will always be there. It is not because you arehere that troubles are there. You were not and they were there; you will not be soon and they willremain there. They change their colors but they remain. The very scheme of the universe is suchthat it seems that through trouble and misery something IS growing. It seems to be a step, itseems to be a necessary schooling, a discipline.The education that exists in the world is not true education. True education will be a helptowards enlightenment because it will make you more meditative, more silent, more aware, moreinward-looking. The education that exists in the world makes you more ambitious, outward-looking, more egoistic, more superficial. It gives you all kinds of wrong values. It is a kind of poisoning. It does not help you, in any way, to be yourself. It is destructive. It helps you to be
somebody else, and that‟s its very destructive foundation. It is a poisoning, but so slow that you
never become aware. It begins the day you are born and it goes on slowly slowly destroying you,distracting you from your natureIn the coming century the whole education system is going to be totally transformed and changedbecause of the computer. It will be stupid to teach children history, geography
unnecessary,there is no need. All that can be done by a computer; the child can carry the computer. And my
own observation is: the less you depend on memory, the more intelligent you become. That‟s
why it happens that in the universities you will not find very intelligent people. Professors,chancellors, vice-chancellors
I have seen many, but it is very difficult to find some intelligentperson there. You can find more intelligent people in the farmers, in the gardeners, in thevillagers. And the reason is clear: because they are not knowledgeable they cannot depend on thememory. They have to respond to reality, they have to respond to challenges, they have to bringtheir consciousness to respond
their consciousness remains more sharp. A farmer, a villager,is far more wise than a professor in the university. The professor can depend on the memory, thefarmer cannot depend on the memory.The basic education is missing. The first thing to be taught is meditation, the art of going in,because only out of that arises a discipline.The society is very much afraid of your reality. The church is afraid, the state is afraid,everybody is afraid of your essential person, your essential being, because the essential being isrebellious, intelligent. It cannot be easily reduced to slavery. It cannot be exploited. Nobody canuse your essential being as a means; your essential being is an end unto itself. Hence the wholesociety tries in every possible way to disconnect you from your essential core, and it creates afalse, pla
stic personality around you and it forces you to become identified with it. That‟s what it
calls education. It is not education; it is mis-education. It is destructive, it is violent.
Society teaches you, “Become this, become that.” It teaches you becomin
g. Its whole educationsystem is based on the idea of becoming. And what I am telling you here is just the opposite of it.I am talking about BEING, not about becoming. Becoming is an invention of the craftypoliticians and the priests
and these are the people who have poisoned the whole humanity.They go on giving you goals. If you become tired of the worldly things
money, power,prestige
they are there to tell you about paradise, God, samadhi, truth. Again the wholeprocess starts.
The word „education‟ is beautiful. It means “drawing something out”: drawing out that which is
within you. In fact, we should not use it for the ordinary education. It is wrong to use a beautiful
word like „education‟ for this rotten system of schools, colleges and univer 
sities. It is noteducation in the literal sense even, because instead of drawing out what is within you it forcesthings from the outside upon you. It is an imposition.Real education is like drawing water from a

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