University Years

Osho attends two university colleges. He is asked to leave the first when his logics professor complains to the Vice-Chancellor that he cannot teach because Osho will not stop asking questions. Admonished by the professor not to argue, Osho points out that this defeats the whole purpose of being in a class on philosophy and logic. Exasperated, the professor, an old and respected man, gives the ultimatum that ‘either he leaves or I leave’. The Vice-Chancellor finds Osho a place in another college, but his reputation has preceded him and a condition is made that he not attend the philosophy classes at the new college. Osho agrees happily.

He prefers to teach himself in the library, where he continues his voracious reading. He also continues to torture his professors. He notices that few of them ever visit the library, and he peppers them with questions about up-to-date material in their field. When he discovers one professor who will never admit that he does not know something, Osho traps him by quoting in class a fictitious book, Principia Logica. When the professor says he has read the book, Osho exposes him to the Vice-Chancellor.

‘In college he did not spare a teacher who spoke an untruth, and he rebelled against tradition and shocked people by his unconventional mode of thinking,’ reports the New Delhi Patriot in a review of Osho’s life published in 1981.

Despite antagonising his professors, in 1957 Osho gains a first-class MA in logic, philosophy and literature.

He is also the All-India Debating Champion and Gold Medal winner in his graduating class.

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