Once upon a time there was a parrot who could say only three little words: “Who is it?” One day when the parrot was alone in the house there was a loud knock on the door.
“Who is it?” screeched the parrot.
“It is the plumber,” the visitor responded.
“Who is it?” repeated the parrot.
“It is the plumber, I tell you,” was the reply from the outside. “You called me to tell me your cellar was flooded.”
Again the parrot called, “Who is it?”
By this time the plumber became so angry that he fainted. A neighbor rushed over to see the cause of the commotion and, gazing at the unfamiliar face of the prostrate plumber, he asked, “Who is it?”
The parrot answered, “It is the plumber.”
The pundit is a parrot, and a very foolish parrot at that, because parrots can be forgiven, but human beings cannot be forgiven so easily.
If you know, there is no need to be here. If you don’t know, then please never ask questions from your knowledge, from your so-called knowledge. The first lesson here is to know that you don’t know.
And I am not saying that you don’t know. If you know, it is very good; but I am not interested in knowers. You can go and teach the masses and help the poor people. It is because of you and people like you that they are still poor, and it is because of you and people like you that they are still living in hell. And they will live in hell unless leaders like you stop serving them. Unless do-gooders like you stop doing good, they will remain in their misery.
But my interest is only in those people who have come to know that they don’t know, that they are ignorant. In India it is very difficult. Knowledge has become part of the Indian blood. For centuries they have been like parrots, repeating shastras, scriptures, memorizing – not knowing anything but feeling very egoistic that they know. Whenever such a person comes here, I am simply surprised: why should he come here? Out of all the places, this place is not for you, people like you – not at all.
Only come here if you can throw your knowledge away outside the gate. Where you leave your shoes, leave your knowledge too, your head too. Only then can you understand what is happening here. If it is not possible for you, there is no need to come.