A Personal Review of the Book “Revolution in Education” (Osho)

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          Acharya Rajneesh is also known as Osho has written a book that lays stress on the faults of the global education system. Since he has elaborated, certain facts because of which he considers the global education system has fallen apart. To me, he has got surely some genuine pieces of evidence to support his observations, but at a certain instance, I find him disregarding his own statements, which will be explained afterward.

Osho says that in our education system, a teacher is not free to deliver the right education. He is controlled by certain authorities either religious or political in the content of their own interests, which is a curse to the world. According to him, a teacher should be bold enough to be rebellious in urging the students towards intelligence and rational thinking. We should free our children from the burden of traditions and false teachings. The complete education system is manipulated by the so-called elite class. Helen Caldicott, an Australian physician and author once said, “Teachers are the most responsible members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth”.

A Personal review of the Book "Revolution in education"

Osho also claims that the competitive environment in the educational institutions should be stopped, as this is creating unnecessary rivalries among the students. A person grown in such a hostile environment will grow certain adversaries in his mind. Because he believes that where there is a competition, there is a rivalry. As love and rivalry are not parallel so, they can’t be dragged all together. He is blunt and right in his claim, but here the question arises. Do we have an alternate way? Can we aspect talent in mere education without motivating the students towards any competition? There are so many other questions that need to be answered regarding the idea. As there is a proverb, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem”.

I find the writer against the imposing of discipline on students. He believes that discipline is a thing that arises from within one’s own-self and its roots are there in one’s own intelligence. The same as education is not to fill the mind rather is to awaken it. Since I have an intermediate opinion. To me, discipline is needed in some aspects, as we observe that the whole universe, the earth, the sun, the stars, the moon and so going onto the planets and other galaxies even, everything is proceeding on its way under certain sets of rules. Just imagine, if the sun rises two hours late a day, what would happen? The whole system would be disturbed. On the other hand, it is obvious that a ceaseless infliction of the discipline regards one’s rational and creative thinking. It creates rigidity in the mind and thoughts of the students.

One of the strongest sentiments put by the writer is in chapter Education: Love-oriented. He has really shown the accurate picture of this world relating the example of Abraham Lincoln (President of America, who was the son of a cobbler). When Lincoln was to deliver his first-ever speech in the parliament, he was taunted by a member, reminding him he was the son of a cobbler. The writer says that we are totally obsessed with the wrong understandings of nature. He claims that we consider certain professions as inferior, although those professions are complementary to this world. If stitching the shoes is considered bad, then wearing them should be considered worse. We are just spreading envy and jealousy towards others. We are totally lost somewhere between the meanings of right and wrong. Why is so that if a person with a higher rank does corruption or commits something bad, he is not considered inferior but the one with a lower rank in society performing his duty honestly doesn’t get the respect? “Discrimination has a lot of layers that make it tough for minorities to get a leg up” (Bill Gates).

The instant, where Osho is found against his own statement, is in the chapter “Education and Religion’’. According to him, religions are responsible for most of the battles and spreading jealousy, envy, and inhumanity. But I believe in his earlier statement that it’s the wrong understanding of the facts and knowledge that spreads all this crap. There is no religion in the world that preaches war and terror. Every religion has the in-foldings of peace and love in it. As God says in the Holy Quran that: “Man we have created you from a male and a female, and we have divided you into nations and tribes, so that you may get to know one another. Surely, the most honorable of you in the sight of Allah is he who is the most pious”. (Surah: Al-Hujurat, 49,13). Since it is no doubt that religions have not been succeeded in solving several disputes, but again, I would say that like any other intellectual, political, or social movement, religion also needs proper guidance. Otherwise, it assumes the form of monasticism and pseudo-agnostic tendencies. So, if things are not working under our needs, then we have to change the way of our understandings of the facts, rather than to blame religion or nature. Here the writer is found completely confused with his own statements.

The writer has a greater tendency for understanding really philosophical and psychological reasons because of which the entire education system has fallen apart. He is true in his belief that the proper knowledge liberates a man from the distinctions of this world. The educational institutions are increasing in numbers, but we still bound the man to certain rough ideas and understandings. God has created man a free soul, and so shall he pretend it to be. Fredrick Douglass once said, “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave”. So, a correct and true form of knowledge would not spread inhumanity or hate. We have to unlearn the wrong and seek the right one, which is true. The writer has a drastic rebellious thought against the miss-understandings and misconceptions of a human being so far. He believes in love, equality, and peace. He is totally against any violence. He believes that human beings are the greatest creation of God. We should not fill this world with the filth of our unjust desires. We should stop stepping above other's necks to get high.

Here is a moot point put forwarded by Osho to the world that, “Can an education, a knowledge which does not give birth to the independent soul of man ever be called education, knowledge?  I would just simply say no. Socrates has defined the teacher as one who works as a midwife in giving birth to the new soul.  As it is stated earlier that, education is not to fill the mind rather is to awaken it. Whenever a mind awakes, it just simply goes against the tides. But the controlled system of education does not let this happen. Because it goes against the interest of a certain powerful group. They control this by using the teacher as a medium. The teacher is the only medium for the transformation of the past into the future. And if the knowledge awakes the mind, they consider it simply against them. Because only then it will rise a difference between the old and the new generation. The writer says that it is better to be like a flowing river which is in search of an ocean, rather than to be like a stagnant pond. In a stagnant pond of water, there is no way for more water to join. So, it gets filthy and gives fetid odors. The writer also claims that we have taken the man to be only intellect. We just teach him some words, a few techniques to solve the problems of mathematics, physics, chemistry, etc. We should know that mere words are not life. He is crystal clear in his argument that we should teach a man how to live? How to behave under certain conditions? We should teach him that the actual value of life and happiness does not lie in materials. We should teach him to love, to be happy and contented with life. We should teach him how to overcome the fears of life. We should tell our children that genuine happiness is waking up and understanding the fact that we don’t have to impress anybody except for ourselves. We should teach them to be compassionate with every creature in this world. Because the beauty of this world lies in us as a whole. 

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