Maharaji's Teaching about Algebra - In His Own Words
Maharaji didn't "learn algebra". Honestly, I don't think he was clever enough to understand algebra. On at least half a dozen occasions he mentioned algebra in his speeches but there is no hint that he comprehends what he's talking about. But the one talent the young Rawat had and has kept is the ability to get in front of an audience and talk about things of which he knows nothing - apparently without shame or insight. He is a fabulist and a braggart.
New York USA, 10 June 1972
People who have this Knowledge and have questions, they do not meditate. Start doing your meditation and there will be no questions. Because questions really are something that you imagine. You imagine something and this starts worrying you. And you know how imaginary things have symptoms, they have effects which follow them. Really bad effects they have. And so people start thinking, "Oh, why was the world created?" Right? And they just imagine. It's like an algebraic thing. When I was studying for my exams we used to have an algebra period. It was an especially long period and I had to write two pages of sums because first you have to write X and then you have to write X is equal to 2, alright? And then you have to make an equation. And then you have to start solving it. All imaginary. Algebra is nothing. You just imagine it. And this imaginary thing, it can increase your marks or can lose your marks. So many people think, "Why was the world created?" and they get into geology. They try to get into history to find out what was the real thing and they go back and back and back. There are so many museums that try to do this. And I've seen so many people going to East Africa, and they walk into these jungle tribes and they go up to these witch doctors and talk to them, you know. They negotiate with them and they want to find out why the world was created, because it troubles them.
Divine Light magazine Volume 2, Number 4, January 1973
Denver Colorado, February 15, 1974
It doesn't mean if supposevly (sic) I am reading my books okay some my, my class books and I have not heard of algebra so-called algebra because if you go you know like really junior schools from KG kindergarten to maybe third they do not know what algebra is and uh I walk into this class and I see this little kid that's about you know in this kindergarten and ask him "Do you know what algebra is?" He's supposevly (sic) in second-class, second standard and um I go and ask him "Do you know what algebra is?" And he says "No, no I do not know what algebra is" and I say "Well this is what algebra is" so he and if he takes his books and said "I don't need these books. See he, I was reading all these books and I do not even, did not even know about algebra and now since I've known algebra what algebra is I think I'd better stick to algebra." No it's not like that at all.
Perfect Master Tape 011: "The Missing Link"
Auckland, New Zealand, October 24, 1974
They have this math called algebra which is a whole presumption; you presume X is equal to this much and Y is equal to this much, and you start solving your problems. Probably it's very good to do that with algebra, but not really, really good to do it where there are facts, where there is a possibility to really be able to recognize and realize the fact that is in this world.
And It Is Divine, Volume II, Issue 8, March 1975
Palais Ballroom, Melbourne - October 29, 1974
Finally, first of all, I understand that maybe a few premies here have not realised Knowledge (general laughter) and really … instead of trying to build more conceptions on each other, try to take those conceptions away. … is because conceptions are not always facts. … is why it takes a little time before I want … premies should realise Knowledge, people should … this Knowledge. That they should be able to let go of their conceptions. Because remember one thing, if you go to school, and here you are sitting and the teacher is teaching you algebra; and you get up and say now wait a minute, I didn't think it was that way, and you start giving your whole story about your conceptions. I thought it was this way and I thought, no, no, no, no it was this way and I thought your had to do it this way, and the whole story, you start putting it in front of him. He'll just look at you and say, listen: you want to learn something or you want to get out of the class? And … that way that we cannot go to school and … that "word" was spelt W-F-D-E. … say, forget it man, you'll get nothing. The Golden Age Number 16, December, 1974
Guru Puja Festival, Miami Beach, Florida July 29, 1977
What is ego? It is a substitute for that self-realization. Because they do not understand who they are. They don't know who they are. So they substitute with ego. They make themselves something. They pretend themselves to be something. They bring something forth. They "suppose." It's like in algebra. X is equal to Y. Now why? Nobody knows that, but everybody just takes it for granted: X is equal to Y and figure it out. "What happens next?" And it's almost the way man has been programmed. How many people know -- I mean, maybe somebody does, so maybe I shouldn't ask this question. But nobody ever told me why two and two are four. Why not two and three are four, or why not eight and seven are four? Why does it have to be two and two are four? And from that day on, it's just, "Yessir, two and two are four." And from that day, if you said, "Two and two are eight,""You naughty boy, you haven't been learning your lesson! You haven't been doing your homework. So write fifty pages of, 'I'll do my homework,' " or something like that. Just take it for granted: two and two are four. And man has just supposed. He has examined so many things in his life, not understanding what their real meaning is, not understanding what they are for. They are there; accept them. Or somebody says, "Accept them," and therefore, they are there. And this is the way so many things happen. A lot of theories -- that's the way they exist.
Élan Vital, Volume IV, Issue 2, Summer 1980
Hans Jayanti Festival, Kissimmee, Florida, November 5, 1978
It was this whole arrangement. (It was flashing to me really fast.) And we had this whole arrangement worked out. A lot of kids had this whole arrangement worked out where if one kid didn't want to do his homework, and this kid had something that another kid wanted, he would do his homework for it and come to the classroom with his homework all done. (And of course it was ridiculous, because your copy was done in his handwriting.) And you would be really counting on it. And you would usually come to school really right at the verge of the time when school's going to start, and be all settled, and everything is fine. You walk over to your friend and say, "Oh, can I have my copy back? Did you do my homework?" You'd be really counting on this. And all of a sudden he would say, "No! I forgot!" And it was: "Oh my God! What have you done? You crazy kid! What are you?" And you try to do everything, you know, take all your books out and sit there and try to do the whole homework at that point. And at that period … say it was algebra. And the algebra teacher would walk in. And he had given you some homework and you hadn't done it. So he would walk in and he would be teaching. And he wouldn't ask about the homework and the bell would ring. And everybody would go, "Oh!" It would be such a satisfaction. It would be such relief. Because he didn't ask about your homework! And all these things were happening. …; And I know that I have studied algebra. And I haven't yet on December the tenth of this year I'm going to be 21 years old and yet I have not used algebra in my whole life after I came out of the school. Didn't need to! There was no necessity for it. I studied geography. I have not used any geography so far. I don't need to. When I look at a mountain I say, "That's a mountain." So does Wadi-Sue! And it's incredible! But this is what we all get lost in.
Élan Vital, Spring 1979, Volume III, Issue 1
Holi Festival, Miami Beach, Florida, Friday 6th April, 1979.
So how beautiful it is to have that opportunity now in our lives to really open up to that incredible miracle. The most incredible miracle that can only be performed by a genuine Magician, not every "hocus-pocus" sayer in this world. The Magician has to be genuine, and automatically his magic will be. And this Magician does not promise to do a hundred magic tricks, but to do simply one, which is the root of all. This Teacher doesn't say, "Look, I'll teach you math, algebra, geography, geometry." He says, "I'll just teach you one thing that is the root of everything in this world. And where does our effort come in, in really understanding that Magician? It is not just a part where the Magician is going to come, he's going to do his number, and that's it; you will be the audience. No. There is no audience. You are a part of that miracle. Every one, every soul existing as of right now on this entire Earth, is a part of that miracle.
Élan Vital, Summer 1979, Volume III, Issue 2