If you really want to be intelligent you have to be a rebel. Only the rebellious person is intelligent. What do I mean by rebellion? – I mean dropping all that has been enforced on you against your will – the morality, the religion, the politics, whatsoever it is. Drop all that has been forced on you against your will. Search again for who you are, start from ABC again. Think that your time up to now has been a wastage because you have been following.
No person is similar to anybody else. Each is unique – that is the nature of intelligence – and each is incomparable. Don’t compare yourself to anybody. How can you compare? You are you and the other is other. You are not similar, so comparison is not possible. But we have been taught to compare and we are continuously comparing. Directly, indirectly, consciously, unconsciously, we live in comparison. And if you compare you will never respect yourself: somebody is more beautiful than you, somebody is taller than you, somebody is healthier than you, and somebody is something else, somebody has such a musical voice…and you will be burdened and burdened if you go on comparing.
Millions of people are there: you will be crushed by your comparisons. And you had a beautiful soul, a beautiful being which wanted to bloom, which wanted to become a Golden Flower, but you never allowed it. Be unburdened, put all aside. Regain, reclaim your innocence, your childhood. Jesus is right when he says, “Unless you are born again, you shall not enter into my kingdom of God.”
I say the same to you: Unless you are born again….
Let your sannyas be a new birth! Drop all the garbage that has been put on you – be fresh and start from the very beginning. And you will be surprised – how much intelligence is immediately released.
You ask, “What exactly is intelligence?”
It is capacity to see, capacity to understand, capacity to live your own life according to your own nature. That is what intelligence is.
And what is stupidity? Following others, imitating others, obeying others, looking through their eyes, trying to imbibe their knowledge as your knowledge: that is stupidity. That’s why pundits are almost always stupid people: they are parrots, they repeat, they are gramophone records. They can repeat skillfully, but let a new situation arise, that which is not written in their books, and they are at a loss. They don’t have any intelligence.
Intelligence is the capacity to respond moment-to-moment to life as it happens, not according to a program. Only unintelligent people have a program. They are afraid. They know that they don’t have enough intelligence to encounter life as it is. They have to be ready, they rehearse. They prepare the answer before the question has been raised, and that’s how they prove themselves stupid – because the question is never the same. The question is always new. Each day brings its own problems, its own challenges, and each moment brings its own questions. And if you have ready-made answers in your head you will not even be able to listen to the question. You will be so full of your answer, you will be incapable of listening, you will not be available and whatsoever you will do you will do according to your ready-made answer – which is irrelevant, which has no relationship with the reality as it is.