He said, “This is too difficult a question. Yes, one woman I used to love before my marriage.” I said, “That is not true, because I have gathered every information about your love life.” He said, “Who else have you met?” I said, “That woman that you are talking about. She lives just by your side. She is your neighbor. And you still love her; at least, that’s what you say to her. If you want, I can bring both women, your wife and your mistress. If you won’t want trouble-because this thing is going to end up in the court…” He said, “I had come just to teach you poetry.” I said, “You can teach poetry, but first you have to be sincere, otherwise what is the value of your teaching? How can you say the truth? And you don’t know any love. Neither do you love your wife, because she is not contented, nor do you love your mistress, because she is very angry that you have been promising all along that you would marry her and finally you married another woman. You have betrayed her.
“And what do you know about love? What is love? First we have to clarify definitions about things, then we can enter into the poetry.”
The man simply disappeared. He resigned. He never came back, knowing that it was going to be difficult, impossible, and I may create trouble. He simply changed cities. But it was not his fault. Education avoids life.
RIMU is to teach you life itself in all its dimensionality: love, anger, hate, jealousy. It has to make you aware of all the possibilities and how to get rid of all that is going to create misery for you and those you love.
It is an experience to pass through RIMU. There will be no examinations, but your tutors, the professors in the university, will simply suggest to the vice-chancellor, to the chancellor, who should be given a certain kind of degree.
Those degrees are not of any use in any service, and we don’t ask any recognition from any government or from any university, because we don’t recognize them. We deny their authenticity. They are just slaves. They have sold themselves in the service of the establishment; we don’t want their recognition. We don’t want any recognition from any government, because all governments are corrupt. Unless the world is one and there is only one government, corruption is inevitable, and we don’t want any recognition from any source of corruption.
RIMU is the only university which denies any recognition. Its degrees are not given for examinations, because examinations can only know your answers about a few questions. Its degrees are given to you by the teachers of the university, who watch you day in, day out, seeing changes in you, and when they feel some radical change has happened, it is on their recommendation that you will get the degree. And there will be no first class, no second class, no third class, because I don’t want to create classes in any way. I am for a classless society. These degrees will all be honorary, because you have not passed any examination, you have been honored by the university. You have been recognized by the university, that you have passed a certain state of mind. It is an honor.
These degrees cannot be taken back. There is no way that you can lose your degree. There are MM, Master’s Degree; DPhilM, Doctor’s degree; and DLittM, the highest honorary degree. These three will be just on the recommendation of your teachers. And there will be a fourth degree, PhDM, which will be given on a thesis written by you about meditation – its psychology, its philosophy, its literature. That will not be given by the recommendations of teachers, but will be earned by you, by your thesis. That will be the only degree which will not be honorary. That will be your earnest labor. Of course, for that degree there will be three teachers. Unless all the three agree, you cannot have the degree.