They were afraid, and since then everybody is afraid. The students were afraid, the teachers were afraid.
Because of the things you were saying, or because of your arguing?
My argument was their greatest problem. They never expected any argument from children.
Then you went to the university, is that correct?
Later on I was in the university, but…
Why did you continue in school and go the university if you didn’t…?
I wanted to fight with everyone, from the primary school to the university. And I wanted to know if all these knowledgeable people had something in them, or was it all borrowed. And I found that all they had was borrowed: not a single teacher or professor had any experience of his own.
When you were studying at the university, was there anyone who you read, or anyone you followed? I don’t mean a teacher, but perhaps someone whose writing that you particularly read?
No, I have read so much that perhaps nobody in the whole world could compete. My own personal library slowly, slowly became so big that the day I left India it had one hundred and fifty thousand rare books. I have read vastly; in fact it is difficult to mention the name of any book that I have not read.
I think I read somewhere that you stopped reading at some point.
For the past five years I have not read anything, not even a newspaper, no magazine, no book. I simply stopped reading, because I understood that all those books are just rubbish. You can be lost in the jungle of words, but you are not going to get any truth out of those books.
That was the time when I started feeling to go into silence for a group of years, just to give a gap, so that thelife that I had lived before silence becomes completely separated from me. It is now completely separated from me. Now whatsoever I say, I say on my own authority. I say only that which I know. I don’t believe in anything, I don’t quote anybody unless he coincides with me.