Saturday, January 19, 2013

From ‘What are you doing with your life?’ by J.Krishnamurti

….there is an understanding when the mind is very quiet, even for a second; there is the flash of understanding when verbalization of thought is not. …. that extraordinary rapidity of insight, when mind is very still, when thought is absent….. So, the understanding of anything…… can only come when the mind is very still….

The very first thing to do,  …….. is to find out why you are thinking in a certain way. …… Don’t try to alter it, don’t try to analyse your thoughts and your emotions; but becoe conscious of why you are thinking in a particular groove and from what motive you act. Although you can discover the motive through analysis ….. it will not be real; it will be real only when you are intensely aware at the moment of the functioning of your thought and emotion; then you will see their extraordinary subtlety …..
Do you every see anything without thought? Have your ever listened, looked, without bringing in this whole process of reaction?

….the mind is always worried, it is always after something, acquiring or denying, searching and finding ……in a continuous movement…….One thought follows another without pause ….. if a pencil is being sharpened all the time, soon there will be nothing left of it; similarly, the mind uses itself constantly and is exhausted.

We suffer, don’t we? ….from physical illness, disease…..loneliness, from the poverty of our being; we suffer because we are not loved……. In every direction, to thnk is to be full of sorrow: therefore, it seems better not to think, so we accept a belief and stagnate in that belief, which we call religion.

Now, to go beyond, to transcend all that, requires tremendous attention ….no sense of becoming, of changing, ….frees the mind from the process of self-consciousness; there is then no experiencer who is accumulating, and it is only then that the mind can be truly said to be free from sorrow. It is accumulation that is the cause of sorrow. We do not die to everything from day to day; we do not die to the innumerable traditions, to the family, to our own experiences….. One has to die to all that from moment to moment …. and only then the mind is free from the self, which is the entity of accumulation.

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