Intellect can only do that which it has been trained for. It is just like a parrot; it can repeat exactly what you have trained it for. It is a computer. First you have to feed it, feed it the information; then the computer has a memory system – it keeps it, and whenever you need it the computer is ready to give you the information back. But don’t ask any question which is new, the computer will not be able to give the answer. It has no intelligence.
The same is the situation of the mind. Have you observed it or not? It can give answers which you are educated about, informed about, which you have studied, which in some way are stored in the memory bank of your mind. It can give them back to you whenever you need them. But if something new arises, it may be very small…the mind is absolutely impotent to find an answer for it, because the information is not there in the bank; it is not part of the memory.
Mind is memory, not intelligence. Intelligence is when you encounter new things, new problems, and your being mirrors those new problems and finds answers for them. You have never been told about them, you have never studied them. Your memory is absolutely incapable of supplying an answer.
Great intellectuals, finding new problems, are always in difficulty.
It is said that one day Albert Einstein, one of the greatest mathematicians of the world, entered a bus to go to the university and gave some money to the conductor. The conductor gave him the ticket and some money back, the change from the money that he had given. He counted the money and he said, “You are cheating me.”
The conductor said, “Perhaps…just let me count again.” He counted, and told Albert Einstein, “It seems you don’t know figures; you don’t know how to count. Just keep quiet and sit down.”
He told his wife, “It was a very embarrassing situation; the whole bus laughed. It was good that there were no professors or students; nobody knew that I am Albert Einstein and the conductor is saying, ‘You don’t know figures.’ And I have dealt with the biggest figures in the whole history of man, my whole work is figures. But I thought it was better not to make any fuss about it. You just count this money and see whether he was cheating me or I was wrong.”
The wife counted it, and she said, “It is perfectly right. Looking at your ticket, your money and the money you gave him, it is perfectly right. And it seems that you don’t know how to count! You have become so accustomed to big figures, figures with hundreds of zeros behind them, that you have forgotten small figures. You should never say anything to anybody; if any such situation arises, keep quiet.”
One of my friends, Doctor Ramamanohar Lohia, had gone to see Albert Einstein – Doctor Lohia was educated in Germany. And he arrived exactly on time. Albert Einstein’s wife said, “You will have to wait a little. I cannot be sure how long, because he is in his bath and he never likes to be disturbed while he is in his bath. And one never knows how long he will take.”