A great scholar once bought a parrot. When he got it home he told it, “I am going to teach you to talk.”
“Don’t bother,” answered the bird. “I can talk already.”
He was so amazed that he took it to the university. “Look! I have got a fantastic talking parrot here.” But the parrot would not talk, even though the scholar kept insisting that it could.
People bet him ten-to-one that it could not, and he lost the bet. Nothing would induce the parrot to speak. On the way home, followed by the jeers of his friends, the man cuffed the parrot and said, “You fool – look at the amount of money you lost me!”
“It is you who are the fool,” said the parrot. “Take me back to that university tomorrow and you will get one hundred-to-one and win!”
Yes, parrots are far more intelligent than your professors. Parrots have more insight than your pundits, scholars, academicians. If you want to know the real fools you will have to visit a university – all kinds of pretenders, full of gibberish. Not knowing what they are really doing, but they go on doing things. Not knowing what they are teaching, but they are teachers; they go on writing great treatises.
Mulla Nasruddin had a nameplate on his home. Everybody wondered about the degrees that he had put on the nameplate. On the nameplate he had written: Mulla Nasruddin, BS, MS, PhD. Everybody was intrigued! Finally the neighborhood people gathered and they asked, “Nasruddin, as far as we know you have never been to any university. What to say about any university? – you have never been to any school. In fact, you cannot read and you cannot write! From where have you got these degrees?”
He said, “Do you know what these degrees mean? BS is a short form.”
“Short form of what?” they asked.
He said, “Think it over…!” Then they understood. “BS is a short form of something which is unmentionable,” he said. “And MS means ‘more of the same.’ And PhD means…”
Think over it, meditate over it. Can you infer what PhD means? You remember BS, its meaning, you remember MS, more of the same, and then what about PhD? I leave it to you! If you meditate you will find it, and that will make you a little wise. If you cannot find it, tomorrow you can ask a question!