I said, “Whether the mind is upside down or not, when I am feeling good I go to the river” – which I loved…to swim for miles or to boat. In a beautiful full-moon night the river looked almost like silver. And I told him, “I am not going to waste my time in school. When I have a fever and I cannot go to the river, school is good. School to me is a kind of hospital.”
He said, “Do whatever you want to do. There is some truth in what you are saying, because you cannot enjoy the river and swimming when you are sick.”
I said, “You have understood my point. Whether I am sick or I am not sick, I don’t enjoy your history, your geography anyway. So when I am sick it is perfectly good, I can waste my sickness on your school and your education. For the remaining part of my life I am going to enjoy nature, to enjoy the stars, to play the flute, to sing songs, to go to the forest and to dance there amongst the dancing trees. I have made a clear-cut distinction.”
And in my childhood I was rarely sick, so rarely present in the school. But you will be surprised, I was not present in school but they were giving me seventy-five percent attendance every year. They were very happy that I was somewhere else!
Every principal of every school, college, every vice-chancellor of every university I was taught in, told me once or twice, “If you can go somewhere else – to the library, to the botanical garden…or the whole world is there. Just don’t go to your classroom, because it creates so much trouble for us. And I promise you that we will not prevent you from entering the examination because you have not attended enough.” Seventy-five percent was the right percentage of attendance, only then could you enter the examination. “Even if you don’t come at all, just appear at the examination hall and every paper will be ready and you will be allowed to sit.”
I said, “This is such a good arrangement. I am happy outside, you are happy inside. But once in a while when I am not feeling well, I want to make it clear to you, I will not allow you or your college either to be in a state of well-being. If I am not feeling well, I am going to come. So pray to God that I never fall sick. That is your only protection!”
When you are feeling joyous, this is the time to come in tune with existence. This is the time when you can love the trees, the moon, the sky. This is the time you can enter into yourself very easily, with no hindrance. Meditation is not for the suffering type.
There are types…. There are a few people who are born with English faces. Seriousness is an inbuilt program in them. Leave those few people for the churches, because after all, priests also need to feed themselves, to clothe themselves. I don’t want to destroy their business completely. But ninety percent of their business has to be completely destroyed.