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Bombay (Mumbai) - Question & Answer Meeting - 9 February 1984
Video Subt. 1st Question: What is beauty? Why do we like things that are beautiful?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: Is perception of the actual possible without the intervention of thought?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: How can one live with a husband who does not care?
Video Subt. 4th Question: Is it necessary to marry in life? What is the physical relationship between man and woman?
Video Subt. 5th Question: What is the difference between the brain and the mind?
Video Subt. 6th Question: What is faith?
Video Subt. 7th Question: If human consciousness is one, how is it that one person is happy and the other is unhappy? Also you say thought is ‘me’. Please show me how.
Video Subt. 8th Question: If the great religions of the world are not religions, what is then religion?

Bombay (Mumbai) - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 5 February 1985
Video Subt. 1st Question: In spite of all my love, care and attention, I don't know where I lack in bringing up my daughter. Can you throw some light on the best way of educating a child?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: Why is it that we are not able to sustain attention for more than a couple of minutes?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: Does suffering and enjoyment have any bearing on the previous life and deeds of present life?
Video Subt. 4th Question: Is it possible to be aware with all your senses – eyes, ears, brain, so on, simultaneously?
Video Subt. 5th Question: I don't follow doctrines and commandments of divine souls, so I feel fear they may do something wrong to me. I always feel uneasy and live in a fearing condition. Please guide and advise me.

Bombay (Mumbai) - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 7 February 1985
Video Subt. 1st Question: God made one law and went to sleep, as shall you – what the devil? – as shall you sow, so shall you reap. Is it possible to dilute the effect of this by human endeavour in the present towards rational action?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: You often tell us to exercise our brain. Also you suggest to merely listen without acting upon what we have listened to. These two statements appear contradictory. Kindly explain.
Video Subt. 2nd Question: Since you say that there is no such thing as God, and you also condemn idol worship, then the question of how we are born and how nature came into existence comes into the picture.
Video Subt. 3rd Question: What is the mind? Is it ever possible for it to look at itself without the perceiver? It doesn't seem to be so simple as looking at a flower from no centre.
Video Subt. 4th Question: For the understanding of human problems such as fear, loneliness and sorrow, your statement 'The observer is the observed' seems to be all important. However, the logic of that statement doesn't seem to go beyond the intellectual level. Why is it that certain facts

Brockwood Park - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 28 August 1979
Video Subt. Is it possible ever to be free of self-centred activity? Is there a real self apart from the self-created image?
Video Subt. Will the practice of yoga, as it is being done in Europe and America, help to bring about a spiritual awakening? Is it true that yoga will awaken deeper energy, which is called kundalini?
Video Subt. Can there be absolute security for man in this life?
Video Subt. Trying to control, suppress, sublimate emotions and attachments in no way reduces the conflict, does it?
Video Subt. Why does the mind so readily accept trivial answers to such deeply felt problems?

Brockwood Park - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 30 August 1979
Video Subt. The speaker has said that going to an office every day from nine to five is an intolerable imprisonment. But in any society all kinds of jobs have to be done. Is K's teaching therefore only for the few?
Video Subt. Isn't insight intuition? Would you discuss this sudden clarity some of us have? What do you mean by insight, and is it a momentary thing, or can it be continuous?
Video Subt. You say that organisations will not help man to find what we, Christians, call salvation. So why do you have your own organisations?
Video Subt. Is sex incompatible with a religious life? What place has human relationship in spiritual endeavour?
Video Subt. Can thought be aware of itself as it is taking place? Or does the awareness come after the thought? Can consciousness be aware of its whole content?
Video Subt. I have tried all kinds of meditation, fasting, and a voluntary isolation, solitary life, but it has come to nothing. Is there one thing, or one quality, that will end my seeking and my confusion, and if there is, what am I to do?

Brockwood Park - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 2 September 1980
Video Subt. 1st Question: You have spoken so much against organisations, so why do you have schools and foundations? And why do you speak?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: Is it always wrong or misguided to work with an enlightened man and be a sannyasi?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: You say that fundamentally my mind works in exactly the same way as everyone else. Why does this make me responsible for the whole world?
Video Subt. 4th Question: When I listen to you there is an urgency to change. When I return home it fades. What am I to do?
Video Subt. 5th Question: Is suffering necessary to make us face the necessity to change?
Video Subt. 6th Question: My problem is I have a ten-foot wall around me. It is no use trying to overcome it, so I ignore it. It is still there. What do I do?
Video Subt. 7th Question: I derive strength from concentrating on a symbol. I belong to a group that encourages this. Is this an illusion?

Brockwood Park - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 4 September 1980
Video Subt. 1st Question: What is the relationship between thought and consciousness? Why do we seem unable to go beyond thought?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: Does compassion spring from observation, or thought? Is not compassion an emotional feeling?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: Why is it that in the balance of nature there is always death and suffering?
Video Subt. 4th Question: Why do you say attachment is corruption? Are we not attached to those we love?
Video Subt. 5th Question: You say we are the world but the majority of the world seem to be heading for mass destruction. Can a minority of integrated people outweigh the majority?
Video Subt. 6th Question: Christian mystics describe certain forms of mental prayer in which they speak to God, or what they call God. They say that in such prayer something tremendous happens which they call union with God. They are convinced this is not an illusion. Are they deceiving themselves? Then, what is faith? It appears to give people the power to do extraordinary things.
Video Subt. 7th Question: If there is a supreme truth and order why does it allow mankind to behave on earth in such a shocking way?
Video Subt. 8th Question: I have been a member of a Gurdjeiff group – from order to disorder! I think this is right – I have been a member of a Gurdjeiff group. I find it has given me a background to better understand what you are saying. Should I continue in such a group to possibly help others, as I was helped,
Video Subt. 9th Question: What is freedom?

Brockwood Park - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 1 September 1981
Video Subt. First Question: You have often said that no-one can show the way to truth. Yet your schools are said to help their members understand themselves. Is this not a contradiction? Does it not create an elite atmosphere?
Video Subt. Second Question: What is it in the human mind that wants to follow a leader, a guru, a system, a belief, be obedient to something?
Video Subt. Third Question: I am in pain. However I try to meet it, I do not come to the totality of the fact. It invariably remains partial, becomes an abstraction and the pain continues. How can I penetrate the problem, without it becoming theoretical?

Brockwood Park - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 3 September 1981
Video Subt. First Question: We find ourselves living in fear of war, of losing a job, if we have one, in fear of terrorism, of the violence of our children, of being at the mercy of inept politicians. How do we meet life, as it is today?
Video Subt. Second Question: Is man’s search for something truly religious simply an extension of his eternal acquisitiveness, or is it something entirely different, not a reaction, but a deep, fundamental movement towards an ultimate reality?
Video Subt. Third Question: What is right action that’ll meet everything in our lives?
Video Subt. Fourth Question: What is the right relationship to money?
Video Subt. Fifth Question: You say liberation is not an individual matter but concerns humanity as a whole. Yet liberating insight has been the unique achievement of individuals like the Buddha and the Christ, and perhaps, yourself. How can it be a matter of the whole of humanity?

Brockwood Park - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 31 August 1982
Video Subt. Do questions need answers?
Video Subt. 1st question: You have said that there is a group consciousness. What is the relationship between the group consciousness and the individual consciousness? How can human beings undergo a total psychological change while the group consciousness has not changed totally?
Video Subt. 2nd question: Can right action ever encompass violence?
Video Subt. 3rd question: You speak of compassion, but claim that action should have no cause. In what way does compassion act without being a cause of action?
Video Subt. 4th question: To exist, I have to perform daily, mechanical tasks without any meaning. This lack of meaning leads to a feeling of destructiveness and inner rage. I see this clearly in myself, and the same process growing in the rise of terrorism, crime and delinquency.

Brockwood Park - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 2 September 1982
Video Subt. 1st question: Most of us are married, or involved in a close relationship which began for all the wrong reasons you have so correctly described. Can such a marriage or relationship ever be made into a really positive force?
Video Subt. Is our continuous search for security a valid need or a neurotic one? Is there a security that is not the opposite of insecurity?
Video Subt. 3rd question: Would you please clarify what you mean by brain, mind and consciousness?
Video Subt. 4th question: When we see someone being aggressive verbally or physically towards another, we feel a need to intervene. Can such intervention be just, or is it a mere subtle reaction of the self?
Video Subt. 5th question: The violence and disorder of the world demands from us an urgency and intensity of response which we seem to lack. Our individual awareness is inadequate. Can there be a deeper awareness which meets the enormity of the problem?
Video Subt. 6th question: At the talks you give, many of us feel or sense something of immeasurable importance. This is not romantic fantasy or illusion. It is more profoundly real than much of the rest of our lives. But after I leave, I cannot stop the gradual dissipation of that great profoundness. Sir, this is a true tragedy. What can one do?

Brockwood Park - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 30 August 1983
Video Subt. from whom do you expect the answers?
Video Subt. 1st QUESTION: How do you know what you are saying is true?
Video Subt. 2nd QUESTION: Is desire something fundamental in human beings? Without desire could we function in this world at all?
Video Subt. 3rd QUESTION: Jealousy and mistrust are poisoning my relationship with someone. Is there any solution other than isolating myself from every other human being except him?
Video Subt. How does one break free of habits? Once one has intellectually reached an understanding from such as one has just discussed, how does one break free of habit then?

Brockwood Park - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 1 September 1983
Video Subt. K: Is your brain free from problems?
Video Subt. 1st QUESTION: What is the relationship between consciousness, mind, brain, thought, intellect, meditation and intelligence? Is awareness, attention still there when thought is not? Is awareness beyond time?
Video Subt. 2nd QUESTION: We can learn more from each other than by listening to K. Why don’t you encourage people to hold group discussions on particular topics and have organised activities to facilitate dialogues and relationships?
Video Subt. 3rd QUESTION: While understanding what is being said and wanting to live differently, how is one to approach the problem of livelihood in this world of unemployment and limited opportunities?
Video Subt. 4th QUESTION: You talk about violence and freedom. But you say very little about law. Why is that? No civilised society can exist without laws. And laws sometimes have to be backed by force, which means violence. What do you do when terrorists hold hostages? Do you let them be killed, or storm the building? Where does freedom come into all this?
Video Subt. You treat cathedrals built by man as the outcome of thought and therefore of no value to understanding. But to me, they seem to be inspired by some universal energy, linking the two most important factors in man’s life: matter and spirit. This unity is the core and movement of humanity; is there no spiritual value in the inspired works of man?

Brockwood Park - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 28 August 1984
Video Subt. Before we go into these questions we ought to talk over together, if we can ask a question from a state of mind, or brain, that is holistic, that sees, comprehends, or perceives the whole human problem. Not just one particular problem but all problems are related to each other.
Video Subt. FIRST QUESTION: What is attention if it has nothing to do with thought? Is it an activity of the brain? Is it a physical process? How does it come into being? You say we cannot bring about attention by an act of will. What must one not do in order to allow attention to exist?
Video Subt. SECOND QUESTION: If the whole of life is one movement, with its own order, why is man so disorderly?
Video Subt. THIRD QUESTION: How can our listening be adequate to the depth of what you are saying? What is the quality of mind that will allow the fullness of what you are saying to act in us?
Video Subt. Is there such a thing as good or evil in the world or are these human concepts, values, projections?

Brockwood Park - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 30 August 1984
Video Subt. can we have peace in the world, first? Or can we live peacefully?
Video Subt. 1st QUESTION: You spoke on Tuesday about goodness. But I am still not quite clear about whether the quality of goodness or evil is outside – is an outside agency, or forces existing in the world, or only a projection of our own thinking.
Video Subt. 2nd QUESTION: Do your schools, here, or elsewhere, give the students an understanding of the total human problem, the immensity of human life and its possibilities?
Video Subt. 3rd QUESTION: Would you enlarge on what you mean by saying that the future is now? Is it that the seeds of the future – seeds underlined – of the future are contained in the present? Or that the future already fully exists on a different time scale?
Video Subt. 4th QUESTION: Why do you not find value in prayer?
Video Subt. 5th QUESTION: When you are no longer physically with us – tant pis! – what are those of us who understand your message, even if only intellectually, to do? Do we continue working on ourselves and forget the rest of the world? Or try to spread your teachings as we see it?

Brockwood Park - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 27 August 1985
Video Subt. FIRST QUESTION: At various times, we have had mystical and spiritual experiences. How can we know if they are illusions unless we know reality?
Video Subt. 2ND QUESTION: Is illness due to simply to degeneration or abuse of the body, or does it have some other significance? Sorry, I am reading it badly. Is illness due simply to degeneration or abuse of the body, or does it have any other significance?
Video Subt. 3RD QUESTION: What is my responsibility toward the present world crisis?
Video Subt. 4TH QUESTION: Does asking for guidance necessarily prevent understanding? Cannot seeking help be a means of discovery of ourselves? If not, what is the sense of listening to you, K?
Video Subt. 5TH QUESTION: Could you please explain what is total vision? Is it an extension of our normal brain function? Or does it imply something totally different?

Brockwood Park - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 29 August 1985
Video Subt. 1ST QUESTION: K says there is no path to truth. Is the faculty to see this outside myself? My consciousness and means of perception are entirely within me. How can I go without any means or tools towards the unknown goal? What will give me the need, the energy to move in this direction?
Video Subt. 2ND QUESTION: I am afraid to change. If I change, what will happen afterwards? I am paralysed by this. Can you talk about this problem? Delighted!
Video Subt. 3RD QUESTION: How does one meet aggression and psychological attack from a close relative from whom one cannot escape?
Video Subt. 4TH QUESTION: Some people seem to pick parts of what you say that fits their problems or interest and then discard the rest. What do you say to this?
Video Subt. 5TH QUESTION: There are many accounts of people following a particular discipline, who come upon the immeasurable. Are they self-deluded? Or have they come to this somehow despite their efforts? Or is there another explanation?

Madras (Chennai) - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 6 January 1981
Video Subt. First question: 'During your first talk here, your appeal to stand up against the corrupt and immoral society, like a rock protruding from the midstream of a river, confuses me deeply. You see, sir, this rock means, to me, to be an outsider. Such an outsider is his own light and does not need to stand up against anything or anybody. Your clarification and answer is very important to me.'
Video Subt. Second question: 'You often switch over from mind to brain. Is there any difference between them? If so, what is the mind?'
Video Subt. Third question: 'I am a student of chartered accountancy. Even though I could understand each and every word of JK, the message remains vague. What should I do to understand his message fully?'
Video Subt. Fourth question: 'Is there really such a thing as transformation? What is it to be transformed?' 'Is there really such a thing as transformation?
Video Subt. Fifth question: 'I think that the saints created idols and stories to teach man how to lead a good and correct life. How can you call it nonsense?'
Video Subt. Sixth question: 'You say that if one individual changes, he can transform the world. May I submit that, in spite of your sincerity, love and truthful statements, and that power which cannot be described, the world has gone from bad to worse. Sir, is there such a thing as destiny?'
Video Subt. Seventh question: 'Is it possible for an ideal teacher to discharge his duties in the classroom of a school without making use of reward and punishment? Can a teacher inculcate certain decent behaviour in poverty-stricken children who are in need of true education? Kindly give your answer with special reference to the poor children and the problem of a teacher who is working in a poverty-stricken area'.
Video Subt. Eigth question: 'What is the source of thought? How does one go to the very source of thought, so that there is a possibility of silencing the thinking process itself?'

Madras (Chennai) - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 17 January 1981
Video Subt. First question: 'We are students of medical college. Why is it we never notice things in the way you do? We are not serious enough to change ourselves'.
Video Subt. 'Having been recently hurt, and having heard you saying, when you tread on the image you have created for yourself, about yourself, can we not record the hurt, can we get rid of the image? How can this be done?'
Video Subt. Third question: 'When I love someone I find myself deeply attached. When I really love someone I am intensely concerned and deeply interested in the person, which always involves attachment. How can we be so intensely concerned and not be attached?'
Video Subt. Fourth question: 'What is your stand with regard to miracles? We are told even you performed what you would normally be called miracles. Do you deny this fact?'
Video Subt. Fifth question: 'You say, sir, that one should look at things totally and not fragmentarily, and that such observation is possible only when the brain is completely attentive. What should I do now to make my mind behave rightly?'
Video Subt. Sixth question: 'Is there any survival after death? When man dies full of attachments and regrets, what happens to this residue?'

Madras (Chennai) - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 29 December 1981
Video Subt. 'Without conflict or struggle in the sense of desire to improve, how can there be any progress, material or social, in the world? The desire to change supplies the motive force for work towards achievement and progress. If you accept ‘what is’ then how can there be any kind of progress?'
Video Subt. Second Question: 'I'm a student of engineering. I find the volcano of hurt burning deep within me, every moment of my life. Competition has apparently been the root cause of all human development. Is it possible to be competitive and yet not hurt?'
Video Subt. Third Question: 'Tell us, sir, what should be done seriously to help the country and the countrymen, for no philosophy nor books nor talks can solve these problems'.
Video Subt. Fourth Question: 'What is sorrow?'
Video Subt. Fifth Question: 'What is the nature of freedom? Why does it happen?'

Madras (Chennai) - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 31 December 1981
Video Subt. First Question: 'We live in a corrupt and unjust society. Is there no place in your teaching to fight on behalf of the victims of injustice?'
Video Subt. Second Question: 'What is the place of right action in one’s quest for self-knowledge?'
Video Subt. Third Question: 'Even though I am able to bring about order within myself, the disorder and pressure of the world around me constantly affect my daily life. Is it possible to remain unaffected?'
Video Subt. Fourth Question: 'You once said, 'Give your life to understand life', what does it mean?'
Video Subt. Fifth Question: 'I am a twelve-year old boy. I am constantly afraid of death. How shall I be rid of this fear?'
Video Subt. Sixth Question: 'Kindly give a straight reply. Does God exist, or not? Yes, or no? If yes, how best to realise Him in this life?'

Madras (Chennai) - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 30 December 1982
Video Subt. 1st Question: The Indian mind, for centuries, has probed into the nature of the self and of cosmos. In spite of this, today it is completely materialistic. What has happened to that ancient wisdom of the mind?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: The body ages, but is the ageing of the mind inevitable?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: Can thought be separated from sensory perceptions?

Madras (Chennai) - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 3 January 1984
Video Subt. Question 1: If there are no ideals, one cannot deal adequately with the psychological crises and the resultant social conflict. And how can mere individuals change or affect the whole?
Video Subt. Question 2: Is mutation purely a psychological happening? Is there any 'chemistry' involved in the happening? Is there any psychological change in the brain cells themselves?
Video Subt. Q: You claim to have love and compassion. What have you done about poverty?

Madras (Chennai) - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 5 January 1984
Video Subt. Question 1: For the last seven years, whatever work I have attempted to undertake whether inwardly, psychologically, or externally in the fields of business, finance, education, family and so on, has ended in failure. Anything that I have touched has turned to ashes. What is the cause of this state of affairs and what is the remedy?
Video Subt. Question 2: We are unable to see the crises in our lives with all our senses – as you put it. Consequently we are in endless misery. How can we gather our entire energy and see 'what is'?

Madras (Chennai) - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 1 January 1985
Video Subt. 1st Question: I want to get at what you are saying without any stress, strain or effort. How does one do this?
Video Subt. I want to get at what you are saying without any stress, strain or effort. How does one do this?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: What is myself, and what is the relation to the cosmos?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: Is not psychological time a fact? While there may be no gradation for the attainment of truth, how do you question the usefulness of self-preparation for establishing the right kind of body-mind harmony. Surely this must be a gradual process.

Madras (Chennai) - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 3 January 1985
Video Subt. 1st Question: You have shown that thought is limited,
Video Subt. Q: Silence is the pivotal point in all your teachings for the transformation of man. To your closer circle, you have advocated the need for 'sitting still' – in quotes – and 'staying in silence' – in quotes – for short periods during the day to bring about this mutation in the brain. Please teach us the practical steps to this transformation.
Video Subt. 3rd Question: Can humanity survive without a universal code of morality, which is true for all times and in all climates? Can an earnest man discover this way of life by his own reason and goodwill?

Ojai - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 6 May 1980
Video Subt. First question: 'What is the significance of history in the education of the young?'
Video Subt. Second question: 'Why is knowledge always incomplete? When one is observing, is one aware that one is observing or only aware of the thing being observed? Does awareness lead to analysis? What is psychological knowledge?'
Video Subt. Third question: 'Doesn't thought originate as a defence against pain? The infant begins to think in order to separate itself from physical pain. Which comes first: is thought, which is psychological knowledge, the result of pain, or is pain the result of thought? How does one go beyond the defences developed in childhood?'

Ojai - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 8 May 1980
Video Subt. First question: 'There is a prevalent assumption these days that everything is relative and a matter of personal opinion, that there is no such thing as truth or fact independent of personal perception. What is an intelligent response to this belief?'
Video Subt. Second question: 'How can we take responsibility for what is happening in the world while continuing to function in our daily life? What is right action with regard to violence and when faced with violence?'
Video Subt. Third question: 'The hope that tomorrow will solve our problems prevents our seeing the absolute urgency of change. How does one deal with this?'
Video Subt. Fourth question: 'Are there any psychological needs which we human beings are responsible for meeting in our daily relationship with others? Is there such a thing as true psychological need?'
Video Subt. Fifth question: 'What does it mean to see the totality of something? Is it ever possible to perceive the totality of something which is moving?'
Video Subt. 'Is there a state that has no opposite and may we know how to communicate with it?'

Ojai - 3rd Question & Answer Meeting - 13 May 1980
Video Subt. First question: 'What is true creativity? And how is it different from that which is celebrated in popular culture?'
Video Subt. Second question: 'You have said that in the very seeing there is action. Is this action the same as the expression of action? If not, is there a connection between the two and how do they possibly relate to suppression?'
Video Subt. Third question: 'For the making of images to end must thought also end? Is one necessarily implied in the other? Is the end of image-making merely a foundation upon which one can begin to discover what love and truth are? Or is that ending the very essence of truth and love?'
Video Subt. Fourth question: 'Would you please make a definitive statement about the non-existence of reincarnations since increasing 'scientific evidence' - in quotes - is now being accumulated to prove reincarnation as a fact. I am concerned because I see large number of people beginning to use this evidence to further strengthen a belief system they already have, which enables them to escape facing the problems of living and dying.
Video Subt. Fifth question: 'If you are the world, and one feels it, sees it, what does it mean to step out of the stream? Who steps out of it?'

Ojai - 4th Question & Answer Meeting - 15 May 1980
Video Subt. First question: 'I am not asking how fear arises, that you have already explained. Rather, what is the actual substance of fear? What is fear itself? Is it a pattern of physiologic reactions and sensations, tightening of muscles, surge of adrenaline and so forth or is something more? What am I to look at whenI look at fear itself? Can this looking take place when fear is not immediately present?'
Video Subt. Second question: 'When one sees in the world about us no demonstrable universal principle of justice, I feel no compelling reason to change myself or the chaotic society outside. I see no rational criteria by which to measure the consequences of action and their accountability. Can you share your perception on this matter with us?'
Video Subt. Third question: 'Can we die psychologically to the self? To find out is a process of choiceless awareness' - I wish you wouldn't quote me - (Laughter) 'However in order to observe choicelessly it seems we must have ended, or died to the ego, 'me'. So my question is, how can I observe in my current state of fragmentation? Is it like the 'eye' trying to see the 'I'?
Video Subt. Fourth question: 'In observation without the observer is there a transformation from staying with the fact that leads to an increase of attention? Does the energy created have a direction?'
Video Subt. 'What is the relationship of attention to thought? Is there a gap between attention and thought?'
Video Subt. Why is my mind chattering, so restless? You follow?

Ojai - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 5 May 1981
Video Subt. First Question: 'You talk about the ill-effects of conditioning. Yet many psychologists, philosophers and so on say that only through proper conditioning can man think and act clearly. What’s your answer?'
Video Subt. Second Question: 'You speak sometimes of the brain and also of the mind. Is there a difference between them? And, if so, what is their relationship?'
Video Subt. Third Question: 'I have been deeply hurt in childhood. In spite of trying to understand what happened, that hurt remains. What do I do?'

Ojai - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 7 May 1981
Video Subt. 'I realise I act neurotically and I have had psychotherapy but the neurosis is still basically there. What can I do?'
Video Subt. Second Question: 'Why is human behaviour in this country degenerating so rapidly, and what can one do to change it? What can this country give to the rest of the world?'
Video Subt. Third Question: 'You have said that when one is attached, there is no love. I understand this, but there are moments of love in which there is no separation, no desire, no thought, and yet these moments often come in connection with a person to whom one is attached. Attachment seems to create a form, a boundary within which there are moments of love. Though attachment is not love,
Video Subt. Fourth Question: 'One cannot live outside of relationship, and yet, in all forms of it, there is conflict. Why is this so?'
Video Subt. 'You have said that when one gives complete attention to a problem then the problem flowers and withers away. Can you explain this further?'

Ojai - 3rd Question & Answer Meeting - 12 May 1981
Video Subt. First Question: 'What is the relationship between intelligence and responsibility?'
Video Subt. Second Question: 'How does one tackle the dormant seed of fear within one? You have talked of fear several times, but it's neither possible to face fear nor to uproot it. Is it that there is another factor that operates to dissolve it? Can one do anything about it?'
Video Subt. Third Question: 'How would you define and value the quality of modesty?'
Video Subt. Fourth Question: 'Show me how to dissolve the ‘I’, the ‘me’. Without that, everything else is futile.'
Video Subt. Fifth Question: 'You have defined both insight and enlightenment as a clear perception of the whole, without the observer. But many of us have had insight, without being enlightened. So, what is the difference between insight and enlightenment? And what prevents insight from being – oh, Lord! – enlightenment?'

Ojai - 4th Question & Answer Meeting - 14 May 1981
Video Subt. First Question: 'Imagination and words are the tools that man uses to function in life. Is it really possible to achieve an attention, so constant and alert, that one can always see the fine line between the necessary use of thought and where images lead to illusion and conflict?'
Video Subt. Second Question: 'I’m a writer. I feel responsibility and the urge to voice my understanding. Yet I know my understanding is imperfect. What is right action for one who sees or understands something and is in a position to be heard but whose understanding is not total?'
Video Subt. Third Question: 'What is the role of the question in life?'
Video Subt. Fourth Question: 'Life separates friends through death, and physical separation. Is this separation the end of relationship, leaving nothing more than memory? Is there love between people only when they are physically present? Or can there be something more than thought when they are absent? Is all relationship momentary, with no lasting bond?'
Video Subt. Fifth Question: 'One sees the fact that the essential response to the conflict in the world is a revolution in consciousness, in each individual. But does this mean that without that total action all other lesser but perhaps helpful actions are useless?'
Video Subt. Sixth Question: 'I am appalled at what is happening in society today. I do not want to be a part of it. And yet I realise I am not separate. What is my relationship to society?'
Video Subt. Seventh Question: 'There is a deep root of violence in me. I know it is there behind my other feelings. How do I deal with it?'

Ojai - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 4 May 1982
Video Subt. First Question: 'Our children are aware, through television, etc., of the threatening world they live in, the violence of crime, wars, nuclear danger. How do we help them to face these?'
Video Subt. Second Question: 'Great teachers have been on earth: Buddha, Jesus. Do you think there will be less conflict, more understanding when you depart, or is the world moving in an unalterable direction?'
Video Subt. Third Question: 'My behaviour indicates that I am afraid. Yet the actual perception of fear is elusive. How do I reach and deal with this deep-seated but unconscious emotion?'

Ojai - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 6 May 1982
Video Subt. First Question: 'Attention, for most of us, is difficult to maintain. Only a small part of one is willing, interested seriously. What can one do to nourish this attention?'
Video Subt. Second Question: 'What is an action and state of being that is completely pure?'
Video Subt. Third Question: 'Since the word is not the thing, can we truly be enlightened through words? Can symbols undo the damage done by symbols, or are we being seduced by the illusion of enlightenment?'
Video Subt. Fourth Question: 'Why do we not change?'
Video Subt. Fifth Question: 'Can you speak more deeply about the meaning of holiness and especially its place in the modern world?'

Ojai - 3rd Question & Answer Meeting - 11 May 1982
Video Subt. First Question: 'How do you feel about one million dollars going to educate a small, somewhat select group of children that do not appear to be from the suffering or destitute?'
Video Subt. Second Question: 'Why do we confuse function with role? For instance, we may teach or do some work, but why do we make personal these functions, claiming them as attributes of ourselves, thereby introducing will, position, power, and consequently tremendous harm?'
Video Subt. Third Question: 'Is not political action necessary to bring about social change?'
Video Subt. Fourth Question: 'Won’t we find the truth you speak of through loving service to humanity, through acts of love and compassion?'
Video Subt. Fifth Question: 'Do levels of spirituality or consciousness exist? What part do psychic healing, astral projection, the ability to see auras and entities, etc., play in all this? And can these interfere with relationship and our abilities to see clearly?' Good God!
Video Subt. Sixth Question: 'What is it in humanity that has always moved towards something called religion or God? Is it only a projection as a result of fear and suffering, a seeking for help, or is it something deeply real, necessary, intelligent?'

Ojai - 4th Question & Answer Meeting - 13 May 1982
Video Subt. First Question: 'One sees that chaos in the world is rapidly increasing. Billions are being spent on arms, social justice is being eroded, governments, both totalitarian and democratic are increasingly aggressive, and violent. Though one sees the necessity of much deeper fundamental human change, could the speaker comment on the issue of active political involvement?'
Video Subt. Second Question: 'You say that out of the negative comes the positive. How does one negate the ‘I’ without suppression or denial or without conflict? Who is that which does the negating? Can you go into this problem?'
Video Subt. Third Question: 'How does one not become a victim while not becoming a predator?'
Video Subt. Fourth Question: 'What is humility and modesty?'

Ojai - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 17 May 1983
Video Subt. 1st QUESTION: What is an artist – no, sorry – what is the role of the artist in life and what is the significance of music, poetry, and all art in our relationship to each other and the world?
Video Subt. 2nd QUESTION: Is not the observation of thought a continuing use of thought and therefore a contradiction?
Video Subt. In one tape you refer to marriage as ‘that terrible institution’. My question would be, could you elaborate? Do you think a young man and a young woman, for example, should live together without marriage, or should not live together, that kind of thing?
Video Subt. 4th QUESTION: You have said that quietness, silence, comes unsought. But can we live in ways that will allow it to come more readily?
Video Subt. 5th QUESTION: Is there such a thing as a true guru? Is there ever a right use of mantra?

Ojai - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 19 May 1983
Video Subt. 1st QUESTION: Why don’t you be more practical and not so abstract in what you are saying?
Video Subt. 2nd QUESTION: Most of my energy and time goes into the struggle to earn a living. Is it possible for me and those like me to be deeply unselfish and intelligent?
Video Subt. 3rd QUESTION: You travel about a great deal in the world but I must stay with my family in one place and live in a limited horizon. You speak of a global vision. How am I to have this?
Video Subt. 4th QUESTION: You have stated that if one stays with fear and not try to escape and realise one is fear, then the fear goes away. How does this come about, and what will keep it from returning on other occasions in a different form?
Video Subt. 5th QUESTION: Is it some lack of energy that keeps us from going to the very end of a problem? Does this require special energy? Or is there only one basic energy at the root of all life?
Video Subt. 6th QUESTION: Could you go into the nature of the intelligence which manifests itself when perception takes place and is this the only true source of action?

Ojai - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 22 May 1984
Video Subt. 1st QUESTION: I understand that all people have a similar consciousness... but it seems a vast jump to say... that all people share the same consciousness. Could we walk together slowly between these two points?
Video Subt. 2nd QUESTION: Have you designated a special teacher... or a person, to carry on your Teachings after you have gone? Someone is claiming this position.
Video Subt. 3rd QUESTION: What do you mean by observing thought... down to its very roots? I watch my thoughts... but each one leads to another in an endless chain. What is the factor that ends this? What actually brings change?
Video Subt. 4th QUESTION: Please explain what you mean by saying... that if one perceives truth and does not act... it acts as poison.
Video Subt. 5th QUESTION: Why is the observance of silence... so important for seekers of truth?

Ojai - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 24 May 1984
Video Subt. 1st QUESTION: There are moments of awareness... in which there is great clarity... and fear, division, and the experiences are absent. But the moments are brief. What is necessary to allow a sustained clarity... intensity, and the wholeness of being?
Video Subt. 2nd QUESTION: What is judgement? How is one to determine... the line dividing opinion... and the perception of fact?
Video Subt. 3rd QUESTION: There are many people who have considerable difficulty... with the fact of homosexuality. Teachers for centuries have avoided this enquiry. Could you, please, even briefly, put some light on this question? I have travelled two thousand miles to ask this question.
Video Subt. 4th QUESTION: Last question. How is one to live on this earth... without harm or destruction to its beauty... without bringing suffering and death to others?

Ojai - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 14 May 1985
Video Subt. 1st Question: Would you please explore further into the mechanism of guilt and its relation to the ego.
Video Subt. 2nd Question: Evolution has brought about certain physical differences in racial groups. Are there also parallel psychological differences born into an infant of a particular race, or are they only acquired conditioning? And if the conditioning is inherited, can it really be changed or left behind?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: It is said that the income from your books does not go to you personally. May one ask how you live, sir?
Video Subt. 4th Question: Why do you say there is no psychological evolution?
Video Subt. 5th Question: To live peacefully needs great intelligence. Please enlarge on this.
Video Subt. 6th Question: You have large audiences the world over. What is it that all of us desire?

Ojai - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 16 May 1985
Video Subt. what are the barriers that prevent us from understanding our own selves, not only at the conscious level, at the level of daily activities, but also go much deeper into oneself?
Video Subt. 1st Question: What is the difference between that 'shyness' you have talked about, and fear?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: The whole world of nature is a competition to survive. Is it not innate in humans to struggle for the same reason? And are we not struggling against our basic nature in seeking to change?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: Why is it that mankind universally has sought what is called God? Is it only out of fear and a need for security? Or is there some essential religious instinct in all human beings?
Video Subt. 4th Question: What is the primary basic obstacle which prevents observation and insight?
Video Subt. 5th Question: What is the responsibility to ourselves and to others?

Saanen - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 23 July 1980
Video Subt. Without the operation of desire and will, how does one move in the direction of self knowledge? Is not the very urgency of change a part of the movement of desire? If so, what is the nature of the first step?
Video Subt. Is not a right way of life, a ground of austerity, sensitivity, integrity, necessary before total transformation can take place?
Video Subt. There are so many gurus today, both in the East and in the West each one pointing his own way to enlightenment. How is one to know if they are speaking the truth?

Saanen - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 24 July 1980
Video Subt. 1st Question: I work as a teacher, and I am in constant conflict with the system of the school and the pattern of society. Must I give up all work? What is the right way to earn a living? Is there a way of living that does not perpetuate conflict?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: Is it possible to be so completely awake at the moment of perception that the mind does not record the event?
Video Subt. In your talks, you have said that there is total annihilation, and also – that is, after death. And also you have said there is immortality, eternity. And what is that state of eternity, timeless existence? Can one exist in that?

Saanen - 3rd Question & Answer Meeting - 25 July 1980
Video Subt. 1st Question: I am dissatisfied with everything. I have read and thought a great deal, but my discontent with the whole universe is still there. What you talk about makes me more discontented, more disturbed, more troubled. I now feel frustrated, antagonistic to you. What is wrong with what you are saying? Or is something wrong with me?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: One realises deeply the importance of awareness of one’s inner and outer actions, yet one slips into inattention so easily. Must there be a Krishnamurti – the books, the cassettes – to keep us alert? Why? Why this gap between understanding and immediate action?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: I have understood the things we have talked over during these meetings, even if only intellectually. I feel they are true in a deep sense. Now, when I go back to my country, shall I talk about your teachings with friends, etc.? Or since I am still a fragmented human being, will I not produce more confusion and mischief?
Video Subt. 4th Question: What do you mean when you ask us to think together? Do you intend that everybody who listens to you should think with you at the same time? Don’t you think this is acting as a guru, leading people to follow your ideas, thoughts and conclusions?
Video Subt. 5th Question: Why does sex play such an important part in each one’s life in the world?

Saanen - 4th Question & Answer Meeting - 26 July 1980
Video Subt. 1st Question: You seem to object even to our sitting quietly every day to observe the movement of thought. Is this, by your definition, a practice, a method, and therefore without value?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: I have a cancer and find myself in the following dilemma: Should I try to let medicine save my life, even if it may mutilate me, or should I live with this illness and pain and meet the consequences, which could be death, candidly without an operation?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: What is enlightenment?
Video Subt. 4th Question: People talk of experiences beyond the senses. There seems to be a fascination in such experiences, but the lives of those who claim to have had them seem to be as mediocre as before. What are these experiences? Are these experiences part of enlightenment or a step towards it? And so what is enlightenment?
Video Subt. 5th Question: ‘Insight’ is a word now used to describe anything newly seen, or any change of perspective. This insight we all know. But the insight you speak of seems a very different one. What is the nature of the insight you speak about?

Saanen - 5th Question & Answer Meeting - 27 July 1980
Video Subt. 1st Question: There are many people in this tent who have seats reserved for them. Many are from K. Foundation. If people close to you cannot change, are still superficial and proud and unaware, what is the answer?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: I have a young child. How do I educate him so that he will live a different sort of life, without being so different from society which will destroy him?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: I think I can solve my problems. I do not need any help. I have the energy to do it. But beyond this, I come to receive, and if you don’t like that word, to share something measureless to man, something that has great depth and beauty. Can you share that with me?
Video Subt. 4th Question: What is our consciousness? Are there different levels of consciousness? Is there a consciousness beyond the normal one we are aware of? And is it possible to empty the content of our consciousness?
Video Subt. 5th Question: Why is it that almost all human beings, apart from their talents and capacities, are mediocre, including Beethoven, Mozart and Bach and all the rest of them? I know I am mediocre. I don’t seem to be able to break through this mediocrity.
Video Subt. 6th Question: Attachment brings about a kind of emotional exchange, a human warmth. This seems a fundamental need. Detachment produces coldness, lack of affection, a break in relationship. It can also deeply hurt others. Something seems to be wrong with this approach. What do you say?
Video Subt. 7th Question: You pointed out yesterday, being uncertain, we seek certainty through different channels, trusting them, then distrusting them. Is there an absolute, irrevocable certainty?
Video Subt. 8th Question: Are there different paths to truth?

Saanen - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 29 July 1981
Video Subt. 1st Question: What do you mean by insight? Does it differ from intuition?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: How can the idea, 'You are the world, and you are totally responsible for the whole of mankind', be justified on a rational, objective, sane basis?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: You use the term 'psychological time'. This is difficult to comprehend. Why do you say that psychological time is the source of conflict and sorrow?
Video Subt. 4th Question: How does one draw the dividing line, between knowledge which must be retained, and which is to be abandoned? What is it that makes the decision?
Video Subt. 5th Question: Intellectually, we understand that the observer is the observed. But what is necessary to perceive this, so that it goes beyond the intellectual level?

Saanen - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 30 July 1981
Video Subt. 1st Question: I have a son whom I dearly love. Can I prevent the world from corrupting him? How can I give him a right education?
Video Subt. If there are no individuals, how can individual effort be made to be serious, attentive, alert? And where in this is the individual's responsibility for his actions?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: We know that asking how to sustain awareness is a wrong question since awareness is moment to moment. But does the capacity of awareness develop, getting stronger and stronger in endurance, and is this what you mean by the awakening of intelligence? If so, does this not imply a process?
Video Subt. 4th Question: I have studied, been to Asia, discussed with people there, I have tried to penetrate beyond the superficiality of religions into something I feel in my bones though I am a logical man, something profoundly mysterious and sacred. And yet I don't seem to apprehend it. Can you help me?

Saanen - 3rd Question & Answer Meeting - 31 July 1981
Video Subt. 1st Question: If two people have a relationship of conflict and pain, can they resolve it or must the relationship end? And to have a good relationship isn't it necessary for both to change?
Video Subt. 2nd Question: Would you please go into what you mean by reading the book of one's life at a glance, or with a single look?
Video Subt. 3rd Question: Some of us including myself, have had experiences of seeing lights, a feeling of oneness with the universe, energy, the awakening of Kundalini, inward clarity. These last sometimes for moments or for hours. Are these not steps towards illumination?
Video Subt. 4th Question: You have invited your audience, listeners to doubt, to question. It becomes necessary to question rightly, so would it be worthwhile to go into the issue of a wrong question and the whole art of questioning?
Video Subt. Number 5 question is: Who are you?
Video Subt. 6th Question: Would you please speak further on time, measure and space.

Saanen - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 25 July 1982
Video Subt. what is the intention behind the question?
Video Subt. Question 1: Can one slow down the ageing process of the mind, or is it inevitable?
Video Subt. Question 2: How can one face an incurable disease with all the physical pain and agony involved?

Saanen - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 26 July 1982
Video Subt. Question 1: My son died three years ago, my husband four months later. I find it extremely hard to let go of the memory of their utter desperation. There must be a way, and perhaps you will know. I have come a long distance and found help and so on. Could you speak about death and attachment, please.
Video Subt. Question 2: How do you pose a fundamental question? Is holding, looking, observing a question in the mind... Is holding, observing a question, a thought, is it a thought process?
Video Subt. Question 3: I have lived in the forest, close to nature. There is no violence there, but the outer world is the real jungle. How am I to live in it without becoming part of its competition, brutality, violence and cruelty?

Saanen - 3rd Question & Answer Meeting - 27 July 1982
Video Subt. Why is it that we cannot find the answers in ourselves?
Video Subt. Question 1: Is the seeing and listening, the same seeing and listening we know, or does it imply an awakening of a new perception? How can we be sure that thought has not crept in more subtly?
Video Subt. Question 2: You speak of bringing about a new generation – don't you want that? I speak about it – will this happen by individuals transforming themselves, which seems impossible, and can the change of only a few affect the total human consciousness?
Video Subt. Question 3: I have been following a spiritual leader and it has helped me. But after listening to you I felt what you say is right and I have left the poor old guru I was following. He doesn't say that. Sorry! But after listening to you I have felt what you say is right and I have left the guru I was following.
Video Subt. Question 4: Is there something sacred in life? Is it possible for all of us to come to that? Is this God?
Video Subt. Question 5: What preparation can I give my children for today's world? What should be the meaning and focus of education?
Video Subt. Question 6: What is the future of mankind?

Saanen - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 24 July 1983
Video Subt. 1st QUESTION: I understand that in order to have a deep insight, thinking must stop; for thinking to stop, there must already be a deep insight. Where does one start? In this, isn't the brain working to achieve something and thus preventing insight?
Video Subt. 2nd QUESTION: I long to be loved, and it is a constant anguish. What am I to do?

Saanen - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 25 July 1983
Video Subt. 1st QUESTION: Is there such a thing as right education? If you have children – this is the question –
Video Subt. 2nd QUESTION: Could we speak about the brain and the mind?
Video Subt. 3rd QUESTION: I once hurt someone very much. Why is the feeling of guilt such a deep tenacious one that endures in spite of everything?

Saanen - 3rd Question & Answer Meeting - 26 July 1983
Video Subt. 1st QUESTION: What is desire? And is desire awakened by external objects?
Video Subt. 2nd QUESTION: You said it is necessary to have no opinions, you see, again you are referring to me, ‘You said’, 'Why haven’t you found out for yourself?' – I'll read the question and ask afterwards. You said it is necessary to have no opinions about anything. I feel it is necessary
Video Subt. From what we read, you have had strange and mysterious experiences. Is this Kundalini or something greater? And we read that you consider the so-called process that you have undergone to be some sort of expansion of consciousness. Could it be instead a self-induced, psychosomatic thing caused by tension? Is not K’s consciousness put together by thought and words?
Video Subt. 4th QUESTION: What does death mean to you?
Video Subt. 5th QUESTION: After listening to you and thinking about these matters on my own, how am I to really not just solve my problems but radically bring about a change in my life?
Video Subt. 6th QUESTION: What is a spiritual life?

Saanen - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 22 July 1984
Video Subt. How far would we go in carrying out or pursuing something very, very serious in life?
Video Subt. How do we tell the difference between observing ourselves in the sense you mean and merely thinking about ourselves?
Video Subt. In relationship with another memory is there. What is the action of not letting memory intrude? Is it to see its presence as it arises and drop it instantly? Or should one be in a state where memory does not raise its head unless it is necessary.
Video Subt. I understand that inner silence cannot be practised or sought after, but what is the ground on which it may come about?
Video Subt. How can one reconcile the demands of society with a life of total freedom?

Saanen - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 24 July 1984
Video Subt. one wonders if there is a final question at all? one question that will answer all questions.
Video Subt. Your statement that art is merely the product of thought and therefore not creation has troubled many artists, poets, musicians who are here and who think that they are creators. Cannot creation include the activity of thought?
Video Subt. I would like to cry out for help, but how can one be helped, in quotation, to freedom?
Video Subt. How can we educate our children to be intelligent and both free and responsible human beings in today's world?
Video Subt. What is your relationship to us?

Saanen - 3rd Question & Answer Meeting - 26 July 1984
Video Subt. how can one live totally honestly?
Video Subt. How can one come to this tent without a motive, a desire to come here, to listen to you, I must have a motive to come here. How does one live without motives?
Video Subt. To begin with, most of us must consciously be attentive, but does this attention become a constant spontaneous state of action?
Video Subt. Could you tell us more about this vast intelligence of which you speak? Is it an untapped capacity within the brain, or is it some disembodied force to which we may become open?
Video Subt. Why do the teachings you put forth have so little effect on us?

Saanen - 1st Question & Answer Meeting - 23 July 1985
Video Subt. Why do you come here?
Video Subt. 'Various teachers, gurus, say that essentially they are giving the same teaching as you. What do you say?'
Video Subt. Guilt.
Video Subt. 'What do you mean by creation?'

Saanen - 2nd Question & Answer Meeting - 24 July 1985
Video Subt. And if one had children and grandchildren, or great, great grandchildren how do we treat them, what is our response?
Video Subt. First question: 'When one understands something must one act on this understanding, or does the understanding act of itself?'
Video Subt. Second question: 'You have said many things about violence. Would you allow one of your friends to be attacked in front of you?'
Video Subt. Third question: 'What is intelligence?'
Video Subt. Forth question: 'Is there any benefit to the human being in physical illness?'
Video Subt. Fifth question: 'Why do you differentiate between the brain and the mind?'

Saanen - 3rd Question & Answer Meeting - 25 July 1985
Video Subt. What do you think is the greatest art, the supreme art? Is it the art of listening, the art of seeing, observing, perceiving and so on, and the art of learning?
Video Subt. First question: 'I see that thought is responsible for my confusion. Yet in going into it... going into it more... ...more thought is generated and there is no end to it. Please comment'.
Video Subt. 'Please speak further about time and death.'
Video Subt. Third question: 'Is it not violence and corruption to have physical security while others are starving?'
Video Subt. Forth question: 'How can our limited brain grasp the unlimited, which is beauty and truth? What is the ground of compassion and intelligence and can it really be... ...and can it really become... or be upon each one of us?'