When did you meet Sheela?
Sheela’s father was not even married when I started living with him, he got married after three months. Sheela came long afterwards. But Sheela’s father has been trying to bring all his children to me, he wanted them not to miss me. His two sons are sannyasins, all his daughters are sannyasins.
Sheela was studying in America, and sometime, ten years before… She was not interested in any search for truth, she was not aware that there is something to seek in life. When she came to me she was almost a tabula rasa, a clean sheet, nothing written on her – that helped her immensely. Once she came to me she never left, and because she was open, clean, without any prejudice, she could understand me immediately. Her understanding has not been any mental effort on her side, she simply absorbed me, she ate every word that I uttered to her.
You taught at the university, is that correct?
You taught philosophy, and you were a young man in your twenties?
Describe the years that you were a teacher, and what you were trying to teach to your students.
It was a very difficult situation: I was teaching my students everything that the university prescribed, and I was also teaching them how much in this prescribed teaching is bogus and bullshit. So it was a difficult job – I was teaching Aristotle and at the same time I was teaching them that Aristotle is not right. So my period was divided in two sections: first I would teach them what Aristotle means, and then I would say that he is wrong, that as far as I am concerned Aristotle has been a great calamity for humanity.
So I was complained against because this was a strange way of teaching and the students were getting confused. They used to ask me, “What are we going to answer in the examination?”
I said that they had to choose: if you feel Aristotle is right, it is up to you; if you feel I am right, it is up to you. If you feel we both are wrong and you are right, it is up to you – choose. And I also recommended to the vice-chancellor not to bother about these complaints, because I am giving them a challenge, and it is the challenge to the mind that sharpens it.