Summaries of Krishnamurti's audios and videos



OJ49T1 - Does self-knowledge come through searching?
Ojai - 16 July 1949
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What is it that most of us are seeking?

Does clarity come through searching and trying to find out what others say?

Can incessant search and longing give you the extraordinary sense of reality or creative being that comes when you really understand yourself?

Without knowing your background and the substance of your thought, where it comes from, surely your search is utterly futile and your action has no meaning.

The responsibility for any action depends on ourselves, not on others.

Q: Do I have to be at any special level of consciousness to understand you?

Q: The movement of life is experienced in relationship to people and to ideas.

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OJ49T2 - Relationship has significance only when it is a process of self-revelation
Ojai - 17 July 1949
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Where there is authority there can be no discovery of something new.

Relationship based on an idea cannot be a self-revealing process.

Self-knowledge is understood, uncovered and its process revealed through relationship.

Is it possible to love without the interference of the mind?

When the mind becomes supreme, all-important, then there can be no affection.

Q: What is that thinking that must come to an end? What do you mean by thinking and thought?

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OJ49T3 - If we had no belief what would happen to us?
Ojai - 23 July 1949
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Without self-knowledge we cannot go beyond the self-projected illusions of the mind.

It’s only in relationship that one can know oneself as one is.

A mind that is filled with beliefs, dogmas, assertions and quotations is an uncreative, repetitive mind.

Can we look at ourselves without beliefs?

A mind that is quiet because it understands fear and understands itself is creative.

Q: Our mind knows only the known. What is it in us that drives us to find the unknown, reality, or God?

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OJ49T4 - Simplicity cannot be found unless one is free inwardly
Ojai - 24 July 1949
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Only when the mind and heart are really simple is one able to solve the many problems that confront us.

A religious man is he who is inwardly simple.

Q: I have been a member of various religious organizations but you have destroyed them all. I am utterly bored and work because hunger forces me to it. I am afraid to commit suicide. What on earth am I to do?

Q: What have you to say to a person who, in quiet moments, sees the truth of what you say, who has a longing to keep awake but who finds himself repeatedly lost in a sea of impulse and small desires?

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OJ49T5 - How is one to be aware?
Ojai - 30 July 1949
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Does the understanding of ourselves demand a specialization?

What is it that we need capacity for?

How is one to be capable of meeting life as a whole?

How are we aware of something?

To understand relationship there must be an awareness which is not aggressively positive.

Q: All religions have insisted on some kind of self-discipline to moderate the instincts of the brute in man. You seem to imply that such disciplines are a hindrance to the realization of God. Who is right in this matter?

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OJ49T6 - What is true religion?
Ojai - 31 July 1949
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Is religion a matter of sensation?

Religion is not ceremony, dogma nor the continuation of tenets or beliefs inculcated from childhood.

Belief in God does not make you a religious person.

Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom.

Q: Will you please carefully explain what is true meditation?

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OJ49T7 - To understand ‘what is’ there must be no prejudice
Ojai - 6 August 1949
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To understand reality, or for that immensity to come into being, one must understand the process of one’s own thinking.

How is it possible to go into the deeper layers of consciousness?

If we do not name then perhaps it’s possible to go into the deeper layers of consciousness.

To see things as they are requires enormous alertness of mind.

Q: I understand intellectually that I am the resentment and hatred I feel, but I cannot cope with it. Can you show me a way?

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OJ49T8 - Experiencing the state of immortality without ideation
Ojai - 7 August 1949
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There is no mind without idea, thought and verbalization.

There is no experiencer and the experience; there is only a state of experiencing.

One cannot think about immortality. If one can live in the state of only experiencing then there is a state in which ideation has stopped altogether.

Is it possible to have direct experience of that which is not thinkable and which cannot be put into words?

Q: Is there a way of knowing what is the truth about myself, without illusion or self-deception?

Q: Is effort a necessary preliminary to tranquillity?

Q: I no longer suppress my thoughts and am I shocked by what sometimes arises. Can I be as bad as that?

Q: Why is it that certain undesirable conditions in oneself do not vanish as soon as they are observed?

Q: Is the artist or musician engaged in a futile thing?

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OJ49T9 - Ideals and ambition
Ojai - 13 August 1949
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Q: In listening to you, I feel that the distinction or space between ideal and practice is illusory. Is this so?

Q: I am free from ambition. Is there something wrong with me?

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OJ49T10 - Without self-knowledge there cannot be complete action
Ojai - 14 August 1949
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Can we act without ideation?

Immortality is not an idea. It is something beyond ideation, thought and the bundle of memory which is all the ‘me’.

Love is not a thought process.

Q: What place has criticism in relationship?

Q: When you speak of timelessness, it seems you must mean something besides a sequence of events. Do you perhaps mean that by knowing what part of you is eternal, then time no longer becomes a means to an end, or a means to progress?

Q: Is there a gulf, an interval of any duration, between my perceiving something, and being or realizing it?

Q: You often speak of living, experiencing, and yet being as nothing. What is this state of being as nothing consciously?

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OJ49T11 - Why do we want to dominate or be subservient to another?
Ojai - 20 August 1949
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Why is it that we dominate, consciously or unconsciously?

To submit oneself to another is the negative form of domination. We shall not be able to solve this problem by thinking in terms of opposites.

Is not domination a process of isolation, which denies relationship?

Can there be relationship between two people if there is any sense of domination or submissiveness?

Q: Is not the experience of the past a help towards freedom and right action in the present?

Q: Is my believing in survival after death a hindrance to liberation through self-knowledge?

Q: Why is it certain individuals identify themselves with you or with your state of being and thereby gain authority for themselves?

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OJ49T12 - Why do we seek a method or technique?
Ojai - 21 August 1949
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The problems of life do not demand a method, because they are so vital and alive that if we approach with a method we totally misunderstand and don’t adequately meet that problem.

Where there is efficiency there is ruthlessness.

The means and the end are not separate.

Reality or God is something that cannot come by a technique, a means, or through a long, determined practice and discipline.

Aloneness implies no means. You are not alone when you have a means.

Q: What is the right relationship, if any, between the individual and the collective, the mass?

Q: What is the significance of pain and suffering?

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OJ49T13 - Simplicity comes into being when there is freedom from the desire to achieve
Ojai - 27 August 1949
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One who is sincere can never be simple because he who is trying to be sincere always has the desire to pattern or approximate himself to an idea.

Self-knowledge can be discovered more fully, deeply, widely, only when there is passive awareness, which is not the exertion of will.

In the search for self-knowledge we get caught in self-consciousness. Being caught we make the thing in which one is caught the most important thing.

To go beyond self-consciousness there must be freedom from the desire to achieve a result, because the achievement of a result is what the mind wants.

Q: Would you please explain what you mean by dying daily?

Q: How does a truth when repeated become a lie? What really is a lie?

Q: I think I can help, but whatever I say or do to another is interpreted as interference and as domineering. Why does this happen to me?

Q: What is aloneness? Is it a mystical state?

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OJ49T14 - Why do we seek?
Ojai - 28 August 1949
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Q: Ideas do separate, but ideas also bring people together. Is this not the expression of love?

Q: Would you kindly explain the distinction you make between factual and psychological memory?

Q: Are we not seeking, really, happiness, and is there not serenity in life, that true being of which you speak?

To understand something, must there not be a passivity of the mind?

The mind can be empty only when the whole content of the mind is understood.

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LO61T1 - What is the mind?
London - 2 May 1961
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What is the mind? How do you observe? From what centre do you observe?

Do I see the totality of the mind?

Experience is always in terms of what is known.

Q: Will understanding come through self-awareness?

Do you see that a mind which is a slave to words is incapable of looking, observing, feeling, seeing?

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LO61T2 - What is thinking?
London - 4 May 1961
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Most of us live in a state of self-contradiction, not only collectively but individually. From this contradiction there is conflict.

Q: Is thinking entirely the result of conditioning?

The totality of consciousness is conditioned. Any response from the unconscious is not a liberating influence or a liberating factor.

Is it possible for an action to take place which is not within the field of consciousness or of limitation and conditioning?

Can the conscious mind investigate something which it does not know?

Q: Can we become completely free beings?

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LO61T3 - Can the mind experience without leaving a residue as memory?
London - 7 May 1961
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Can the mind understand the nature of conflict and come out of it renewed, fresh, young and innocent?

Everything we do is action: every movement of thought, every gesture, every idea, every wave of the mind. Every action breeds a reaction, and from that reaction another action tales place. So our action is reaction.

Each experience leaves its residue as memory, a scar. So memory is the problem, not desire or resistance.

Note: Due to a technical fault, the last 15 minutes of this talk was not recorded

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LO61T4 - Why has the mind to be occupied?
London - 9 May 1961
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Why is there the compulsive urge to commit oneself to an idea, a group, a certain way of thinking, to the course of a particular action?

Is it possible for the mind to stand completely alone?

Have we ever lived with something without resistance?

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LO61T5 - Can the mind free itself from fear?
London - 11 May 1961
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What does inquiry imply?

The so-called positive approach is essentially a prolongation of fear


Note: Due to a technical fault, the last 30 minutes of this talk was not recorded

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LO61T6 - Can the mind wipe away entirely the conditioning of centuries?
London - 14 May 1961
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Can the mind understand the limitations of imitation and conforming to a pattern?

Attention is not concentration.

In the very act of listening there is a revolution, a fundamental transformation.

A mind that sees the truth of something false or true is perceiving immediately, without any conflict, cause or after-results.

Q: How does one know whether one is seeing the whole volume or only a page?

What is the state of the mind that sees the whole?

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LO61T7 - What significance has desire?
London - 16 May 1961
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One can see very clearly that every form of discipline, control, suppression, perverts the beauty of desire and therefore makes the mind and the heart hard, incapable of being young, swift.

Can one live in this world without ambition?

Q: Is it possible to get rid of the object and stay with the essence of desire?

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LO61T8 - Can the mind be free from conflict?
London - 18 May 1961
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The mind must be totally empty to see something new.

Why does conflict arise?

Through one escape, can the mind see the futility of all escapes, and therefore have no conflict?

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LO61T9 - Time and death
London - 21 May 1961
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Learning implies a state of mind which is never gathering or accumulating.

Has the mind invented a time which is psychological as a means of achievement, becoming something?

It is only something that dies that has the possibility of creation, newness, freshness. Is it possible to die while living, with the vitality, energy, senses fully awake? What does that death mean?

There is a dying and a living where time as space and distance are understood.

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LO61T10 - What is the quality of the mind that is capable of meditation?
London - 23 May 1961
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Sensitivity is essential. A mind that has frontiers, that is conditioned, is not sensitive.
A nationalist or a believer obviously hasn’t a sensitive mind: his belief or nationalism limits his mind.

The perception of what is beautiful demands the passion of austerity.

When there is this deep, inward look, inward pursuit, inward flow, the mind is not anything apart from that which is sublime. Therefore all searching, seeking, longing, comes to an end.

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LO61T11 - The truly religious mind is not a slave to time
London - 25 May 1961
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Progress in certain ways is very good, essential; but progress also destroys freedom.

Despair exists only when there is hope.

The energy that is generated by the self for the things it desires, is entirely different from the energy that has no cause.

Creation is disorder. But that disorder has order because it is creative.

Q: Does the same mind create disorder and order?

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LO61T12 - How is one to understand the totality of suffering?
London - 28 May 1961
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A religious mind brings about a total revolution, not only within but without. It is only a religious revolution that can solve the problems of human existence, no other revolution.

Suffering perverts the mind, distorts the mind. Suffering is not the way to truth, reality, God.

Through the part, one can never feel the whole. How does one feel the whole of mankind?

What creates conflict?

Is there a thinker apart from thought?

Q: Would you tell us a little more of what love is?

Q: You said that only a mind which is cleansed will arrive at this quietness and feeling. Is the process of cleansing a process of thought?

Q: Can there be thinking without memory?

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SA61T1 - How do we meet life?
Saanen - 25 July 1961
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A serious mind is constantly aware and thereby purifying itself.

The world is broken up in fragments: politically, religiously, economically, and in thought and in philosophy.

A mind that is creative has no pattern. Only such a mind can deal with the problems of the world.

We are concerned with the shattering of the mind, so out of that shattering something new can take place.

Q: Why is it that we find it difficult to put a right question?

Q: What is it that is preventing us from going into a problem deeply?

Q: To tear down everything in order to be free of fear is too difficult for ordinary people like us. Isn’t there a gentler way of doing things?

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SA61T2 - To see something totally, the brain must be quiet
Saanen - 27 July 1961
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The demand for order is merely the demand for security.

There is no security either outwardly or inwardly.

To find out what peace is, one must be totally free of violence.

What is it to see something totally?

The brain, with its mechanical habits, its animal instincts, its urge to remain in safety, can never see anything totally.

The seeing totally of something can only take place when the brain is highly sensitive and recognizes its own limitations.

Right order can only come when there is destruction of the mind that demands order.


Various questions were asked by the audience at the end of the talk.

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SA61T3 - Why are we in such conflict?
Saanen - 30 July 1961
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Is the mind capable of being completely and totally free of all conflict?

One cannot do anything about the conflict in the world, but one can do something radical about our own inward conflicts.

As long as there is an experiencer and the experience as two different states, there must be conflict.

Conflict destroys sensitivity, passion and intensity.

Do we see life, a tree, another person through ideas, opinions and memories?

Can we see the totality of conflict, and be in contact with that totality?

Q: What is the nature of creation?

Q: When do we know that we are actually facing the fact and not an idea about the fact?

Q: If you go through to the end of conflict within yourself, must you accept the conflict in the world?

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SA61T4 - There is no learning, there is only seeing
Saanen - 1 August 1961
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Humility is not virtue. Anything that is cultivated, disciplined or controlled does not bring it about.

Humility is not a thing to be sown and reaped; it must come into being.

Is learning accumulation of knowledge?

All change implies violence, and through violence there is nothing new.

Control, subjugation and conformity to a pattern implies violence.

Humility is the state of mind which has completely discarded the accumulative process and its opposites, and is from moment to moment aware of ‘what is’.

If you go very deeply and seriously into the question of humility, you’re bound to question the whole problem of learning.

The learning of words prevents the seeing of things as they are.

A mind that is no longer concerned with change has no fear; a mind that has no fear is free.


Various questions were asked by the audience at the end of the talk.

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SA61T5 - Self-knowing is the beginning of meditation
Saanen - 3 August 1961
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A mind that is crippled with authority can never be free to find out.

To be aware of every movement of thought, the implication of every word, the significance of every desire, and not to deny or accept but to watch choicelessly, frees the mind from authority.

Meditation is not a process of disciplining, controlling or shaping the mind by desire or by knowledge.

The mind has to be aware of its own thoughts, the motives from where thoughts have arisen, the cause of them.

A mind that is ambitious is always seeking, wanting to be successful, comparing, fulfilling.

In self-knowing one begins to lay the foundation of true virtue, which is not recognisable by society or by another.

Q: I don’t quite understand that freedom is at the beginning and not at the end, because at the beginning all action is conditioned, therefore how can one be free at the beginning?

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SA61T6 - Time does not wipe away sorrow
Saanen - 6 August 1961
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Escapes, explanations, beliefs and hopes bring about sorrow. The fact can never bring sorrow.

It is possible to be totally free from sorrow when the mind no longer seeks explanations but faces the fact.

Can each one of us intelligently, sanely face the fact when someone is dead and one is lonely?

Why does each one of us have sorrow? Is it possible to be rid of sorrow completely?

Sorrow is conflict. Why are we in conflict?

Can the mind live, function, be, without any shelter?

Can the mind face every fact as it arises and never seek escape, facing ‘what is’ all the time, every minute of the day?


Various questions were asked by the audience at the end of the talk.

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SA61T7 - An attentive mind is without conflict, therefore free
Saanen - 8 August 1961
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Negative thinking implies no effort, whereas positive thinking does imply effort.

Effort means being in conflict, in which is involved achievement, suppression and denial.

Have we ever observed our self as it is, consciously or unconsciously, without trying to change, substitute, transform, suppress what we see?

A mind and a brain in conflict is never quiet.

What is in conflict all the time becomes dull.

The state of mind that says, ‘I do not know,’ and is waiting for an answer, is entirely different from a mind that says, ‘I do not know,’ and is not waiting for an answer.

Attention is not distraction, attention is not the process of concentration; attention is something entirely different.

To inquire profoundly requires silence.

That reality which is not measurable, which is unnameable, which has no word, comes into being only when the mind is completely free and silent, as it is in a state of creation.

Q: The state of total attention and desire without a motive, are they the same?

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SA61T8 - To die implies having no continuity of thought
Saanen - 10 August 1961
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The conscious mind cannot observe the unconscious.

The educated, recent mind cannot possibly inquire into the unconscious, which is old, which is the residue of time, of the race, of experiences.

The unconscious is the repository of infinite knowledge of things that have been.

Examining and interpreting fragmentarily strengthens the layers of the unconscious, hidden mind.

The unconscious must be approached negatively because you don’t know what it is.

If there were no tomorrow, or the next minute, would there be fear?

Dying to thought is the ending of fear.

The whole content of consciousness is a process of thought, therefore it is bound within time.

Can the mind be free of time?

Dying is dying to thought.


Various questions were asked by the audience at the end of the talk.

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SA61T9 - It is only the religious mind that can be in a state of creation
Saanen - 13 August 1961
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A revolution in the mind is the way of religion.

Every experience is shaped by the past. Is it possible to deny all experience?

To find reality or God, the mind must be alone, uninfluenced.

How frightened we are to destroy everything that we have accumulated.

When there is the destruction of all authority man has created in his desire to be secure inwardly, there is creation.

To the religious mind there is no time.

The religious mind does not belong to any individual. It is apart from all human endeavours, demands, urges and compulsions.


Various questions were asked by the audience at the end of the talk.

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SA62T1 - We can listen only when there is no motive
Saanen - 22 July 1962
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If a motive is making you listen, the motive becomes important, not the act of listening.

You cannot listen if comparing with what you already know, which is merely interpreting.

Where there is interpretation there is no act of listening.

To listen and to see does not require effort.

Negative thinking implies the uncovering of one’s own assertive, dogmatic beliefs, experiences, hopes and fears.

Have you ever tried to look at something without the word?

To know oneself demands not the accumulative process of knowledge but the knowing of oneself moment to moment.

The understanding of a problem is far more significant than finding an answer. It is the only way to resolve a problem.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA62T2 - An intensely awake mind does not need experience
Saanen - 24 July 1962
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Knowledge is essential to function but it also impedes clarity of perception.

Being uncertain, in despair, we pile up experience as knowledge.

Knowledge doesn’t dispel despair; experience doesn’t wipe away anxiety.

Is it possible to live without experience?

It is only the innocent mind, the fresh mind that has no despair.

Ignorance is a state of unawareness of the operations of one’s own mind, a lack of self-knowledge.

A mind that is awake does not need challenge and response. It is not demanding any experience; it is a light to itself.

There is a miracle in listening. That is the real miracle.

Only the innocent mind can be aware of the nameless, the immeasurable.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA62T3 - Is it possible to be free of influence?
Saanen - 26 July 1962
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Is it possible to be free of the insistent influence of propaganda, books and newspapers?

The unconscious must be approached negatively.

Negative choiceless awareness can totally break through the unconscious.

We have divided influence into moral and evil. Influence is influence, it is not good or bad.

Influence, like all pressure, perverts and distorts.

If we understand virtue rightly it releases an enormous vitality, strength. This energy is needed to bring about a complete transformation.

Authority is the psychological demand to be secure physiologically and psychologically.

To understand something the mind must be in a state of negation.

If you are not completely, totally alone you are not virtuous.

Alone means a mind that has understood influence and is not affected by it.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA62T4 - Conflict wears the mind
Saanen - 29 July 1962
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One needs energy to penetrate very deeply into that state which is beyond all experience but which is not faith.

Clarity, sharpness of the mind can only come about when there is no conflict of any kind.

Conflict dulls the mind and makes it insensitive.

Thought can never be free. It can aspire, create, imagine, but it is the outcome of conditioning, memory, knowledge, the past.

Most of us have very little mental energy because we are in conflict, misery, confusion.

When the mind has understood the whole process of thinking and ideation, has emptied itself of all conflict, out of that comes an energy which lives moment to moment, day to day, acting without conflict.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA62T5 - Seeing the whole mechanism of habit is the essence of freedom
Saanen - 31 July 1962
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Freedom is the primary demand of a human mind, a total freedom from which alone can be happiness.

Attention is the quality of mind that has no border, no limitation, and is therefore capable of receiving and seeing.

Habit, which gives a sense of security, only dulls the mind.

Is it possible to instantly be free of the idea of gradually arriving, gradually getting rid of something, gradually being free?

There is no time, there is no tomorrow to get rid of something or to acquire something.

Is it possible to break completely from the past, from the essence of habit?

To resist, fight or deny habit is what gives it continuity.

It is only the dull mind that creates and holds to habit.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA62T6 - Emptying the mind of fear
Saanen - 2 August 1962
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There is no learning when there is the acquisition of knowledge.

Is it possible to be mature without going through the process and travail of time?

To learn about yourself is to be innocent and to see actually the fact of yourself.

The essence of fear is vanity.

When you want to get rid of fear you are escaping from the state of fear.

To be aware and learn about fear is not to translate or interpret in terms of words, for words are associated with the past, with knowledge.

A mind that is completely a light to itself has no fear.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA62T7 - The ending of sorrow and the intensity of passion
Saanen - 5 August 1962
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Totally ending sorrow so that the mind is never caught in the shadow of self-pity or despair.

There can be passion only when there is complete self-abandonment.

One is never passionate unless there is complete absence of thought.

Individual sorrow and the collective sorrow of the world.

The lack of understanding of oneself is the essence of ignorance.

The collective ignorance of man is part of the immensity of sorrow.

What is sorrow? There are no words to explain what sorrow and love are.

You can find out only if your mind has stopped all explanations, is not seeking the cause of sorrow, is not indulging in words or going back to pleasures and pains, is no longer imagining.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA62T8 - Death is creation
Saanen - 7 August 1962
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The beauty and the immensity of death cannot be understood if there is any vestige of fear or sadness.

It is only in the state of complete negation that you can find out.

Denying the life we know, without a motive, there is a state of mind that is beginning to free itself from the known.

When there is an end to the past, to all thinking, there is something new.

When you die you have to leave everything behind; you can’t take anything with you. You can’t argue with death.

If you understand yourself completely and totally deny everything that you consider life, out of this timeless ending there is a death which is creation, God, immensity, the nameless, the measureless, the unknown.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA62T9 - Meditation is an extraordinary thing that demands no effort
Saanen - 9 August 1962
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The religious mind is not the confused, tangled mind which is caught in belief, dogma and ritual.

The religious mind is not a slave to authority, it is a light to itself.

Freeing the mind of conditioning is part of meditation.

For a mind to really understand the depth and beauty of meditation, fear must cease and sorrow of any kind.

The brain is the result of centuries of animalistic, conditioned existence, and that brain must be completely quiet.

Total elimination of all conflict.

Conflict exists if there is a contradiction, a division, a time interval, a space between the thinker and the thought.

In meditation there must be no thinker. When there is no thinker, thought comes to an end.

There is a vast difference between concentration and attention.

Out of immense silence and quietude, in which the mind is no longer seeking, expecting, wanting, demanding, there is a movement which is creation, beyond time, beyond expression.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA62T10 - Freedom implies the total emptying of the mind of the known
Saanen - 12 August 1962
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If we divide life as the outer and the inner, conflicts, divisions and contradictions arise.

Humility is not a virtue to be cultivated. The moment you cultivate humility there is no humility.

Discipline comes by itself when one understands the extraordinary process of life as a whole, not in fragments.

When the mind is constantly dying to the known, out of that comes a discipline, an austerity.

Loneliness is the result of being aware of influences and being malleable. Aloneness is not the result of any influence, it is complete freedom from all influence.

We are all seeking God.

Time ceases only when there is the knowing of oneself as one is from fact to fact. In this extraordinary sense of freedom there is a movement which is immeasurable.

One must be free of the word and that is the beginning and the ending of thought.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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GS62DSG1 - A passion which has no motive
Gstaad - 14 August 1962
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Real passion is a state in which there is no motive; not passion for something.

Is there anything in your life which has no cause?

What happens when I realise that everything I do or don’t do, feel or don’t feel, has a cause, a motive?

Whatever I do about the fact will have a motive because my whole being is full of motive.

Is your mind capable of remaining quietly with the fact, not chasing, doing, acting, answering?

Why does the mind escape from the fact?

What is passion without motive or cause?

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GS62DSG2 - Imitation and negative thinking
Gstaad - 15 August 1962
Discussion with Small Group
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How deeply does the imitative process go?

Negative thinking can begin only when the imitative process stops.

Can the mind be free from imitation and in a state of negation, an emptiness from which it acts?

Security in any form breeds imitation.

We have accepted the imitative process, refined it, modified it; we have never asked, ‘Can it end?’ and, ‘If it ends, then what?’

There is security, which is positive, imitative, and negative thinking is not.

Nobody, no leader, no book can help you find out.

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GS62DSG3 - Do we go to the end of anything?
Gstaad - 16 August 1962
Discussion with Small Group
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A mature mind must have reached the end of its tether, finished with the church, communism, nationalism, gods.

Understanding one facet of life will bring understanding of all other facets, you haven’t to go through them all.

I have watched, I have listened, I have gone into myself, I have finished. At the end of it all I come to the point when I am completely empty; there is no movement.

We are always thinking what to do, never saying, ‘I can’t do anymore,’ and waiting.

Why should I know about anyone else? Somebody has reached and somebody has not. I don’t want to know what they have reached; I want to find out.

We don’t go to the end of anything, such as authority; we go halfway and then on to something else.

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GS62DSG4 - Authority and imitation
Gstaad - 17 August 1962
Discussion with Small Group
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What is involved in accepting ‘spiritual’ authority? Why does one accept it?

Can you remain with the discontent, a fury inside you, and not with the object?

I reject authority, either outer or inner.

Why do we want a permanent relationship with anybody?

Thought gives continuity.

There is a continuity through recognition, through like and dislike.

When stripped of everything society has imposed, what have I left?

The fact is this thing called ‘me’ is empty.

How does one face a fact?

When you have denied everything, you come to a point where you really don’t know what you are.

What is the state of the mind that has completely wiped away everything that it knows?

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GS62DSG5 - Seeing authority as a poison
Gstaad - 18 August 1962
Discussion with Small Group
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Through choice, deliberation, through purposive, directive focusing, we pursue a particular path or tendency.

There is a much deeper action than the action brought through choice.

Idea and action.

Is it possible to be free from inward psychological states of authority?

To free oneself from authority, one has to understand reaction.

If you see authority as poison it is finished.

I have taken 30 years to see but you immediately see. What has taken place? Why have I taken 30 years?

What happens if you are seeking answers, explanations? This dissipation prevents you from seeing instantly.

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GS62DSG6 - What is the state of the mind that discovers?
Gstaad - 19 August 1962
Discussion with Small Group
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What is the state of the mind that discovers itself, its own habits, patterns and ways of thinking?

Do you discover jealousy or do you recognise it?

Is the mechanism of discovery similar to recognition or is it entirely different?

The process of recognition makes the mind insensitive.

In the process of analysis there is always the observer and the thing observed.

As long as there is a censor or conflict of any kind, there is no discovery.

The process of recognition and the process of analysis have a centre which is time.

There is no discovery while the mind functions in time and space.

What is the relationship of discovery and creation?

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GS62DSG7 - Fear is preventing us from looking
Gstaad - 20 August 1962
Discussion with Small Group
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There is creation when authority in the deep sense ceases.

How do you break habit?

I see that my life is based on fear. What do I mean by ‘see’?

At what level do I see? Verbally? Emotionally? At a level of recognising and translating?

Why don’t we see intellectually, verbally or emotionally how our life is guided by a pattern?

I am afraid of breaking my settled, habitual thinking, attitude and relationship.

Learning about the whole anatomy of authority.

The mind must be in a most extraordinary state when there is no authority.

You have to get up and go, uproot your moorings, not comfortably say, ‘Let’s talk about it.’

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GS62DSG8 - Once discovery is deeply taking place there is nothing more to discover
Gstaad - 21 August 1962
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


How can one come to this inward awakened state which answers all our problems?

Have you gone to the very end of envy or jealousy so that you are out of it?

What is the state of the mind that has completely understood authority and is free from it?

If there is real attention jealousy disappears. Apparently we don’t have that attention.

Knowledge is tremendously important to us but it is necessary to be free of knowledge to discover.

To end seeking is a marvellous thing, implying the ending of all experience and demand for experience.

The mind is tremendously alert. You don’t have to seek it, it is there.

In alertness something else takes place, a totally different movement.

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GS64DSG1 - Start at the very depth of things
Gstaad - 15 August 1964
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


We must be very clear in ourselves what we want.

One who talks of a peripheral approach is not mature.

How do we come upon something unintentional that is impossible to possess?

The quality of a creative mind.

The energy required to possess outwardly or inwardly has nothing to do with that other energy.

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GS64DSG2 - Action from the unknown
Gstaad - 16 August 1964
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


Can we pool our energies to examine wholly?

We act from the known; we don’t know what it means to act from the unknown.

To investigate, I must have a very clear eye and ears that hear the minutest sound.

Any disturbance in the eye or ear prevents looking and hearing.

Is there an activity, a movement, a way of living in which the time element and the mechanical element do not operate?

Can I look at myself without denying or accepting?

Being totally aware of the significance and insignificance of the known.

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GS64DSG3 - An action beyond the bondage of time
Gstaad - 17 August 1964
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


How am I to find out if there is an activity, action or movement that is not time-binding?

What is the trap in which the mind is so easily caught?

Why I fall into the trap is much more important than the trap itself.

The unknown is the ideal, and the fact is the known.

The trap is the ideational unknown, not the actual unknown.

When you don’t move, you look.

A tremendously awake intelligence without any movement.

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GS64DSG4 - The mind that sees the whole
Gstaad - 18 August 1964
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


What is it that sees that the known is mechanical and time-binding?

An intelligence not born of knowledge.

Is there another movement, not of the mechanical known?

From immobility, when one doesn’t react, one puts the right question.

When one sees something completely, there is no reaction.

Can intelligence function under all circumstances?

What makes the mind see the whole?

Is understanding a matter of persuasion or logical conclusion?

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GS64DSG5 - Where there is accumulation there is fragmentation
Gstaad - 19 August 1964
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


Why do we think in fragments?

How do we find the answer to a new question? Is memory going to respond?

Is there something powerful and dominant that makes us think partially or fragmentarily?

The process of accumulation gives the impression of activity and creates division.

Why do we collect or accumulate knowledge and experience inwardly?

What is action?

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GS64DSG6 - Is there action apart from animalistic action?
Gstaad - 20 August 1964
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


How do you find out if there is an action other than animalistic action?

What is the state of the mind capable of learning?

Is it possible for the mind to learn about something it has never known?

The totality of the animalistic movement has not been grasped immediately. By seeing the whole of it, it is finished.

The dormant intelligence can become tremendously awake and the animalistic intelligence moves away.

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GS64DSG7 - Learning is the act of intelligence
Gstaad - 21 August 1964
Discussion with Small Group
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Learning is only possible when there is no accumulative, additive process.

In learning is an action of a different, non-animalistic quality.

What does it mean to learn?

The mind must be fresh, innocent, non-accumulative to learn.

Has your mind seen what it means to learn?

When there is the intelligence of learning, it will operate rightly in the moment.

The word is not the thing.

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GS64DSG8 - Knowing without experiencing
Gstaad - 22 August 1964
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


There is a challenge and an interval, then the wave of the past comes in. Is there a way of being alert so as to be ahead of the wave?

Being aware of the totality of the known gives to the mind a quality of being a step ahead of the known.

What is the mind that knows something to be false? How has it come about, uncontaminated, untouched by civilisation?

What is the factor that liberates from all experience?

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LO65D1 - Can we deal with life as a whole?
London - 22 April 1965
Public Discussion
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How is one to be aware and be free of one’s own mechanical ways of thinking, without creating another mechanism?

Can I take stock of myself without pleasure or pain, just as I am?

Can we look at something with all our being?

Without understanding desire and will, which separate life into fragments, I shall not be able to solve the issue of fragmentation.

I must be completely familiar with desire, not destroy it, resist it, or try to be without it.

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LO65D2 - Effort involves dissipation of energy
London - 26 April 1965
Public Discussion
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Is it possible to live without effort and yet be intensely active?

How is a human being to break away from a mechanical existence so that life is creative?

Why does thought interfere with desire?

What is the act of learning?

How does one come to the point where, in full enjoyment of something, it ends?

There are moments when I am completely attentive or aware, and there are long periods in which I am not. What am I to do?

How can I live in the present when I am the result of the past?

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LO65D3 - Time is disorder
London - 29 April 1965
Public Discussion
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Is it possible to be totally free of fear, not tomorrow but in the now?

The mere discovery of the cause of sorrow doesn’t end sorrow.

Energy is needed to meet something which I don’t understand.

We know only physical and psychological time, and we are caught in this.

If psychological time is rejected completely, we may find a time which is not related to physical and psychological time.

Is one’s clarity verbal or is it factual?

One has to understand the extraordinary drive of pleasure and the nature of time which gives pleasure duration as thought.

The mind is completely still when you reject time, the principle of pleasure and its continuity.

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LO65D4 - Is it possible to live in this world without experiencing?
London - 3 May 1965
Public Discussion
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We only know space from a centre, which is the observer, and so our space always has a limit.

If the mind is crowded and has no space, you cannot really observe.

To observe totally demands a seeing, a hearing in which distance and space are not.

Is it possible for the ‘me’ to cease and therefore for space to exist?

It is only the disordered mind that seeks experience or wants more experience.

Is it possible to die to the known?

If there is an interval of time between seeing and acting, the seeing and acting result in disorder.

Q: What is silence?

Q: Is it not possible that it is physical time that pulls us into this whole mess?

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LO65D5 - On change and meditation
London - 6 May 1965
Public Discussion
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When there is a motive to change, it is change within the field of the known.

Can you drop a habit completely, immediately?

Having brought order, the mind is very sane and therefore has no illusions.

There is a movement which is silence, which is meditation.

When the experiencer experiences silence, it is not silence.

Where there is tremendous order, the mind naturally comes to a point where it has no movement of any kind because it is no longer experiencing itself as a movement or as a non-movement.

What is creation?

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LO65D6 - Is it possible to look at fear out of silence?
London - 9 May 1965
Public Discussion
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Is going within oneself a matter of time?

Why do we give such extraordinary importance to thinking and the intellect?

Is it possible for a human being to step out of the everlasting circle of fear, guilt and desperate loneliness?

Pleasure is not love; pleasure is the continuation of memory, which feeds and sustains pleasure.

Beauty, love, death and creation all go together.

Looking without words.

If I can look at a flower out of silence, I can look at myself and all the problems which exist in me.

Can you look at the tree not as an observer?

When you are attentive there is neither outside nor inside.

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GS65DSG1.1 - Choice and its relationship to time
Gstaad - 30 June 1965
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


Is there such thing as choice at all?

Why do we build images of ourselves?

Why do we choose?

What is action if I have no image with which I have identified myself, no choice and no will?

Only when you are seeking is there a challenge and an answer.

Is there a state of action in which there is no choice at all?

How can we take decisions in life when it is such a tremendous movement?

Life is like a river flowing at speed and depth, and we want to carve a little corner on a bank.

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SA65T1 - How is the mind to see the totality of existence?
Saanen - 11 July 1965
Public Talk
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One learns deeply, profoundly when one just listens, without any demand or questioning.

Is it possible to see the whole of life?

The totality of something can be seen only non-intellectually, non-consciously.

When making an effort to listen consciously you miss half of it. If you listen unconsciously you take in much more.

The conscious, individual mind can never see the totality.

The unconscious mind is never individual but is the race, the collective experience of man.

How will you look if you do not look through the conscious mind?

You cannot see the totality of life either consciously or unconsciously.

Looking is neither conscious nor unconscious.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA65T2 - Problems exist as long as there is self-image
Saanen - 13 July 1965
Public Talk
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What do we mean by being aware of a problem?

A problem can never be resolved if an image exists of what you should be or the image which is created through knowledge, history, family, experience.

If I make an effort to destroy the image, this effort springs from another image about myself that the image must not be.

If the mind is completely free from images you can deal with any issue that arises; it is no problem at all.

Any effort to alter the image is the outcome of a deeper image or conclusion. Therefore I will not make any effort to dispel that image.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA65T3 - Change can take place only when there is no conscious effort
Saanen - 15 July 1965
Public Talk
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Most of us resist change outwardly and inwardly.

Action is in contradiction when based on choice and will.

Sensitivity is not possible if there is disorder or confusion outwardly or inwardly.

Order is not resistance, isolation or escape. Order must come about through a choiceless state in which no will as resistance operates.

Where there is a deliberate action to bring about a change, it is no change at all but a waste of energy.

Change means explosion and to explode needs energy. To have energy there must be no resistance. This means a change in which thought has not entered as will.

Virtue is order brought about without deliberate thought or intention. There is great beauty in that.

Order is not of time; time breeds disorder.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA65T4 - Freedom, space and order
Saanen - 18 July 1965
Public Talk
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Freedom demands space.

Is there space without the object, without you as the centre from which you are looking?

Anything can flower when there is space, space in which the image as the centre is not.

How can the mind be free if it does not have enormous space within itself?

You cannot have order without freedom and you cannot have freedom without space. The three go together, they are not separate.

A disordered mind cannot create order.

Order can come about only through awareness of disorder.

You cannot create order; you can only be aware of disorder outwardly and inwardly.

If I am aware of what I am doing, this very awareness of the movement of my hand is a form of discipline in which there is no conformity.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA65T5 - A mind in a state of complete negation
Saanen - 20 July 1965
Public Talk
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Loneliness and aloneness are two different states.

When the mind is evaluating in terms of pleasure, that very centre is productive of conflict and contradiction.

There must be freedom from all problems and that is the only freedom.

Time breeds disorder, not order.

A mind that is in a state of complete negation because it has understood the whole process of positive inquiry, only such a mind acts. This is freedom and therefore it has no problem.

Is it possible to free the mind from idea and therefore always be in a state of action?

If there is an interval, time between idea and action, there is conflict, effort and deterioration of energy. If this is deeply understood the mind is in a complete state of action all the time.

The inaction of the mind is action.

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SA65T6 - Can conformity come to an end?
Saanen - 22 July 1965
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Where there is effort there must be conscious or unconscious conformity.

If one had no fear of any kind, would one conform?

If there is a thinker separate from thought, there must be fear and effort.

Is it possible to think only and not create the thinker?

The unconscious is the residue of the past, including inherited and acquired memories.

The unconscious is part of fear.

We are second-hand, counterfeit human beings and so there is no ending to sorrow.

The ending of sorrow is in essence the beginning of the origin.

When energy has movement in any direction it is dissipated.

When all energy is completely still, there is a movement which is original and explosive.

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GS65DSG1.2 - Is it possible for the mind to be free of the process of habit?
Gstaad - 23 July 1965
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


If I become aware of the mechanism that creates habits, need I go through all my habits?

The mind is aware of the problem and aware of itself watching the problem. Is the mind watching the problem as something apart from itself?

The energy which has come about by being aware brings about a greater, more intense awareness.

We do not have to try to be aware.

It is only when we don’t know what to do that fear comes in.

Action based on a formula is considered order, but it has produced disorder.

If there is only thought why should there be a thinker? Who is it that thinks?

If I do something which I love to do, not to give me profit or to be better than somebody else, then it is tremendously vital.

What is the state of mind that says, ‘I don’t know’?

I am lost, I don’t know any way and there is nobody to tell me – what do I do?

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SA65T7 - Ending sorrow needs a very clear, simple mind
Saanen - 25 July 1965
Public Talk
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We want peace outwardly yet peace begins somewhere else.

Without peace, nothing can flourish, blossom.

Living our daily life of relationship, is it possible to completely end sorrow?

To be simple demands a great deal of intelligence and sensitivity.

Why do we suffer?

To understand peace one has to understand pleasure.

Desire is not a thing to be abhorred, controlled, suppressed. See how desire comes into being and what gives it continuity.

The total understanding of the machinery of thought, pleasure and idea brings peace.

You cannot be austere if you are not passionate.

Passion is translated into lust, passion for work, to express, to become something. But passion is tremendously intense accumulated energy.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA65T8 - Love and death are something unknown
Saanen - 27 July 1965
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Truth is not a thing that you and I can possess, nor shared with another.

All life is relationship and relationship cannot exist when the mind is isolating itself in its activities.

To inquire there must be freedom from self-centred activity.

If we do not know what love is, we shall never know what death is.

We are afraid of losing the known, which is the past. The past through the present creates the future and this time as the known is what we cling to.

When you cling to something of the past, your mind, your heart, your whole being is already dead.

When the mind is free of the known there is that which is not knowable through words, experience, visions, or through any form of expression.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA65T9 - Why do we deteriorate?
Saanen - 29 July 1965
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In all the expression of man, except probably scientifically, there is great deterioration taking place.

The act of listening in itself is a total action.

What is it in you and me that breeds disorder and deterioration?

Every form of self-identification with something considered greater is the pursuit of pleasure and therefore disorder and deterioration. How is this to come to an end?

Only when thought comes to an end is there silence.

To come upon silence the mind must be extraordinarily sensitive, alive. When there is silence there is no deterioration at all.

Silence is not to be cultivated, it has no method. It cannot come through any meditation or formula.

Silence demands a great understanding of life, not escape from life.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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GS65DSG1.3 - Going deeply into the unconscious
Gstaad - 30 July 1965
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


Is the mind aware consciously of the conscious mind?

Is it possible to go into the unconscious without knowing the surface activities?

Our awareness is thwarted, blocked when there is like and dislike.

How do reactions arise?

I can’t begin anew until the past has undergone a tremendous change.

How is the mind to break through?

Is all my thinking and behaviour conditioned, and to what depth does this conditioning go?

Apart from pleasure and pain there is a deeper urge not to be disturbed; that is why we cling to beliefs.

Is there such thing as security?

There is no certainty. Why don’t we accept this fact?

The mind that understands there is no certainty is free and in a different dimension.

Is there permanency?

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SA65T10 - Sacredness is the essence of religion
Saanen - 1 August 1965
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There is nothing true or sacred in the rituals of the East or West.

Rituals have been put together by man in his despair, torture, fear. What is born out of fear can never lead man to truth.

To seek and to find is not only a waste of energy but it is also a hindrance, a detriment.

One must have immense energy because energy is all action. Life is energy.

From outward awareness you come to the inward. If you are not aware of the outer you can never come to the inner.

What brings clarity is self-knowing and a movement that has no restriction. Only such a mind is the religious mind.

To die to yesterday easily, voluntarily, without justification, without argument demands energy, so that the mind can be made fresh, anew.

There is creation when there is love and death.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA65D1 - What is the state of mind that learns?
Saanen - 4 August 1965
Public Discussion
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What is learning?

Why does this division exist between the thinker and the thought?

Are you aware that you are in a state of contradiction?

Who is the entity that says I must adjust the fact to the ideal or I must wipe away the ideal?

What is that centre which says I must not be in a state of contradiction? What is the state of the mind when confronted with this question?

Can the mind approach any problem completely with silence? This is one of the most difficult things to do. Any other approach must breed contradiction.

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SA65D2 - The mind can be clear only in negation
Saanen - 5 August 1965
Public Discussion
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Is it possible to be free from all contradiction, conscious and unconscious?

The essence of a positive mind is a mind that demands security at any price, outwardly and very deeply inwardly.

The state of seeking and finding is the positive mind.

Only when the mind is free from contradiction can there be clarity; clarity is not something to be found.

By understanding the poisonous nature of the positive, the mind has moved into the so-called negative.

Is it possible for the mind to be in a state of clarity? It can be clear only in negation so that it has no experience at all.

The mind asks questions only when it is functioning in fragments.

Why do we seek?

If the mind does not move away from the positive it will always remain in conflict.

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SA65D3 - In negation is action
Saanen - 6 August 1965
Public Discussion
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A mutation not brought about by will or the principle of pleasure.

What is the positive and what is the negative?

We create space, distance between the actual and the ideational, which needs time to cover. Time is detrimental because the ideal is non-factual.

We have invented time as a means of avoidance of ‘what is’.

To look at ‘what is’ needs no distance between the observer and the thing observed.

We are concerned with the radical mutation of the human mind.

Can the mind be completely transformed through time or is transformation immediate?

When the poisonous nature of positive action is totally understood, not fragmentarily but wholly, there is a natural state which is negation.

A negative mind is not a blank mind, is not a reaction, a rejection of the positive. Such a mind is intensely active; the mind itself is action.

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SA65D4 - What does it mean to live in the now?
Saanen - 7 August 1965
Public Discussion
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What is the now?

What does it mean to be totally awake?

Without being free consciously and unconsciously from the psychological social structure of greed and envy, one cannot live completely in the present.

What is the essence of time?

The mind that is looking at the ‘what is’ is important, rather than the fact.

Looking with no movement of any kind there is complete energy, the highest form of sensitivity and a mind extremely swift in its movement.

In this looking, facts have little meaning.

Is it possible to live daily life in this state? That is the now, the very essence of time which is of no time.

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SA65D5 - Understanding meditation
Saanen - 8 August 1965
Public Discussion
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Meditation as a means to something becomes a drug, a habit and so destroys the subtlety, sensitivity, quality of a free mind.

Condemnation, justification and rationalisation are forms of escape from the fact.

There is sensitivity only when there is freedom, not from something but freedom per se.

Control of thought implies resistance to every other form of thought.

To understand the nature of freedom one must understand the nature of emptiness and space. That is meditation.

When energy is not dissipated and comes together without any movement there is action.

A mind that is not in a state of creation is a dead mind.

To understand meditation, one must begin right from the beginning and the beginning is self-knowledge.

Self-knowing is the beginning of wisdom.

The ending of sorrow is the beginning of a new life.

‘What is’ is completely transformed when there is no distance created by the censor.

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SA65D6 - This movement of life in which there is death
Saanen - 9 August 1965
Public Discussion
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What do we mean by a new society?

One has to understand a life in which there is death but not a continuity as the ‘me’ in next life.

In the dying is the living.

Living implies there is no fear, no sorrow because the mind has totally understood the question of sorrow which breeds pain.

Why it is that we live in fragments, departments?

Is there beauty without stimulus?

What is a total, non-fragmentary seeing?

If love is mere torture it is not love.

When I reject without motive or reaction my mind is in a state of negation, a movement not created by the mind. It is not expecting an answer, waiting, hoping, searching, finding.

When there is an absolute negative, passive stillness, in that comes a different movement.

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SA65D7 - Only a fresh mind can create a new society
Saanen - 10 August 1965
Public Discussion
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Q: What is this energy needed for total attention?

When there is division between the doing and the idea there is dissipation of energy.

What is it to have a mature mind?

Can a mind that has lived for so long in time, accumulated so much experience, become totally innocent and from that innocence act?

It is absolutely imperative to have a fresh mind. How is this to come about?

In total awareness without choice of pleasure and pain comes that energy which is intelligence. Intelligence is always empty.

Opinions and ideas produce experience with regard to the fact.

When you see the fact as fact, as ‘what is’, there is no experience.

Any action about fear, or movement in any direction from it, is a waste of energy.

Is it possible for a mind to be in that state where experiences have no longer any meaning?

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GS65DSG2.1 - Is thought detrimental?
Gstaad - 15 August 1965
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


Why does one seek pleasure?

Can the mind only face facts and not thought?

Why have I never said, ‘Thought is poison,’ to myself?

Meeting something one doesn’t know, facing something which has no answer.

Acting without knowing.

What is a state of mind which is silent?

Time is detrimental.

Are we twisting everything to our core of pleasure?

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GS65DSG2.2 - Am I aware of the process of thinking?
Gstaad - 18 August 1965
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


Can I see that thought is destructive, except where it is essential?

Why is it that we don’t see something immediately?

Do you know when you are thinking?

Is the thing that we call thinking, thinking at all?

Do you think from the background noise when a problem arises?

When the mind becomes totally aware of the background, is there thinking when a problem arises?

What happens when I am aware of this hum, this noise incessantly going on?

Is the background noise different from the observer?

How am I to live an everyday life with complete silence?

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GS65DSG2.3 - What will make me see that thought breeds frustration?
Gstaad - 21 August 1965
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


What is the function of thought?

Can the mind see the fact that thought will always breed frustration?

Function is necessary, but function with status, position and power must breed frustration.

Without frustration thought says to itself, ‘I am not seeking. I don’t want anything.’

If there is no thought, what happens?

The very perception of the limitation of thought is the act of opening the door, rather than thought opening the door.

To function without prestige, without frustration, that itself is an extraordinary state, meaning to function without self-centred activity.

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GS65DSG2.4 - From where do attachment and detachment come?
Gstaad - 24 August 1965
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


What is the relationship of the brain to the totality of the mind?

Fear of not being, fear of isolation, fear of not having pleasure, fear of having no relationship, is the soil from which the stem of contradiction grows.

I want to be free of this stem to see what happens if there is no attachment, no detachment, because I am not afraid.

Is there a peace with no entity saying, ‘I am peaceful’?

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GS65DSG2.5 - A complete stillness
Gstaad - 25 August 1965
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


Is there a single movement that will completely transform my whole way of life?

The passion is there but the perfume doesn’t take place. What am I to do?

Am I in a position of a man who for the first time is walking on a road by himself and discovering?

Does one know what a complete stillness means?

It is only from a very still mind that a mutation takes place.

Is there an ending to thought, therefore an ending to time?

If I have no thought and therefore no time, and so no wasting of energy, there is no movement, therefore there is complete stillness.

Is it possible to look at everything without thought, therefore without time, and so walk with silence?

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GS65DSG2.6 - When the mind is completely quiet, how can there be time?
Gstaad - 29 August 1965
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


What does time mean to you, as a human being?

Is there such thing as existence?

Quietness has come because I have understood the nature of time, function, thought and pleasure.

What takes place when there is great intensity?

Thought has a movement in function. Here there is no movement which thought can recognise, because thought is not coming into this at all.

When time comes to an end, is there distance and space?

If you look at the mountain without the layer of thought as function, as the experiencer, what is space?

When there is no experiencer, no thinker, in that stillness is there time?

Time exists only when there is an observer.

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RA65TS1 - Why are you being educated?
Rajghat - 1 December 1965
School Talk
Audio
Subtitles

What is the function of education?

Q: Some people say that we must live now and others say that we must be concerned further, beyond the present.

Q: Can man really be human without any effort?

Q: What is the difference between affection and love?

Q: How am I to know that I am bad? How am I to improve?

Q: Why does nature attract us?

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RA65TS2 - You can understand yourself very simply when you are quiet
Rajghat - 4 December 1965
School Talk
Audio


When you are really quiet, alone with yourself, you begin to know yourself and to see the intricacies of your mind.

Q: Why does the mind get disturbed when it is in a state of revolt and how can it quieten down?

Q: Is communication possible in all conditions?

Q: When we say anything that is a bit alternative to what our elders think, we are stopped. There is great tension between us. Will you say what we should do about it?

Q: What is humanity and when can a man be called a human being?

Q: Is our way of life right?

Q: You have said that we must have a quiet mind and at the same time you said that disturbance is inevitable.

Q: What is the importance of spirituality in the life of a human being?

Q: How does evil come about?

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RA65TS3 - Why does one have to have order in life?
Rajghat - 7 December 1965
School Talk
Audio
Subtitles

You can learn easily when there is an atmosphere of freedom and friendship, a sense of happiness. That is denied when you are compelled. Compulsion is not righteous behaviour.

Q: What is the foundation of religion?

Q: Why does a man want success in life?

What are you going to be when you grow up?

Q: When bad thoughts come to our mind and we want to suppress them, even more bad thoughts come to our mind. Why is that?

Q: How is one to keep happy and engaged, without external stimuli?

Q: The other day you said that we should never seek advice - but why do you give us advice?

Q: Have you realised the things that you talk about? Is your mind free from ambition and all those things?

Q: How can a man progress in his own life?

Q: Man is more inclined towards bad than good - why it is so?

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RA65TS4 - To understand death we must understand living
Rajghat - 10 December 1965
School Talk
Audio
Subtitles

When you really love something, you put your whole heart, mind and body into that.

Is there a living without pain, anxiety or fear?

Q: When a man improves, why do other people feel jealous of him?

Q: How long will it take for national frontiers to disappear?

Q: When man knows death is necessary, why doesn’t he love it?

Q: What is the definition of life?

Q: Sometimes we want to die, commit suicide - why is that?

Q: It is said that the soul is immortal. Where was it when there was nothing?

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ND66T1 - How is a mind so heavily conditioned to be made new?
New Delhi - 15 December 1966
Public Talk
Audio


You cannot look at a problem if you are depending on your personal inclination or guided by temperament.

If you are compelled to act according to circumstances, you cannot possibly be concerned with the total human being.

When inclination, temperament and circumstance are understood, one can face man’s immense problem.

If you depend on someone to tell you how to uncondition yourself, you are conditioning yourself according to their ideas.

Can the mind free itself and therefore meet every problem of life anew?

To see anything there must be light, and to have light there must be care. With clarity and care you can observe.

Clarity and care are denied when you condemn or justify what you see.

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ND66T2 - Time and will have not changed man
New Delhi - 18 December 1966
Public Talk
Audio


If you divide time as the immediate and the future, you create an environment of conflict and contradiction between what is and what should be.

Time is a movement we have divided into yesterday, today and tomorrow. As long as you divide it you must always be in conflict.

When one pursues the ideal, one avoids the actual.

How can the conditioned mind change, bring about a complete mutation?

What happens to the mind that is no longer thinking in terms of time and will to achieve?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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ND66T3 - Die totally to the past so that the mind is renewed
New Delhi - 22 December 1966
Public Talk
Audio


Is it possible to bring about a radical revolution in this life?

Is it possible for a human being to make the mind young, fresh, innocent and tremendously alive?

In the field of consciousness there is nothing new.

As thought cannot bring about mutation, what is its function?

Is it possible to die to thought?

What is death?

The observer is fear, the thinker who creates time between the observer and the observed.

To observe death is to observe life.


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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ND66T4 - To bring about a radical transformation demands great energy
New Delhi - 25 December 1966
Public Talk
Audio


Total action is intelligence but we live in fragments.

Is it possible to have great energy without any conflict?

Inattention breeds mischief. To know when you are inattentive is to be attentive.

Only when effort ceases is there an unbounding energy inwardly so that the mind remains crystal clear and can tackle any problem.

We need energy and energy is wasted when there is conflict.

Out of silence there is understanding, not out of chattering.

As long as there is demand for pleasure there must be conflict.

Meditation is clarity and silence. That very silence is discipline, not discipline in order to achieve silence.


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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AM67T1 - To look without a concept is to be aware of the observer and the thing observed
Amsterdam - 20 May 1967
Public Talk
Audio


Violence and sorrow are not limited to the West or the East; it is part of the human structure, psychologically.

Is it possible to bring about a change radically, a total revolution in the psyche itself, not through time?

The first and last freedom is when the mind is totally free from concepts and the mechanical process of building a formula.

It is an art to look, which is much more important than any art in the world, any painting, music or book; because when we can look so totally and completely, being directly in contact, there is an ending.

Q: If one has cancer, how can one be free from death?

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AM67T2 - Where there is pleasure there is the shadow of pain
Amsterdam - 21 May 1967
Public Talk
Audio


The whole movement of living, which is relationship, is a movement in action.

What is consciousness? When do you say, ‘I am conscious, I am aware, I am attentive’?

Is there actually a division between the conscious and the unconscious, or it is a total movement, operating all the time?

The mind that pursues pleasure must inevitably invite its opposite, which is pain. The two go together; they are not separate.

You cannot see totally when you are making effort.

Q: If you love your own child, your attention to your child is fairly complete, but if you are a teacher you cannot give attention to all the students.

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AM67DYP1 - What does it mean to be totally free?
Amsterdam - 24 May 1967
Discussion with Young People
Audio


What takes place when one falls in love?

Why has sex taken on such extraordinary importance?

How will you know that it is stupid to be a nationalist?

You see or understand only when the mind is quiet, when you are aware without any choice.

When I say, ‘I love you,’ I have blocked myself from looking at you. Is it possible to look totally impersonally and yet be completely intimate?

One takes a drug and has an extraordinary experience. At the base of this is the demand for wider and deeper experiences. Why do you want experience?

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AM67T3 - Is it possible to renew the mind?
Amsterdam - 24 May 1967
Public Talk
Audio


When the mind is living through imagination and thought, it is incapable of living in the complete fullness of the present.

Thought has created time, not chronological time but psychological time. That is, ‘I will be,’ ‘I should be.’

Is it possible for the brain to be quiet, to give an interval between the old and the new? This interval is the timeless nature in which thought cannot possibly enter.

That which has continuity is repetitive, which is time. It’s only when time comes to an end there is something new taking place.

To die every day to every problem, every pleasure, and not carry over any problem at all; so the mind remains tremendously attentive, active, clear.

Since love is not desire or pleasure, how does one come upon it?

Q: Is the feeling of responsibility a part of the order and discipline you were talking about?

Q: Why don’t people get angry with what you are saying?

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AM67DYP2 - When one observes a fact without knowledge then one can learn
Amsterdam - 28 May 1967
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Why do we dream at all?

Isn’t dreaming at night a waste of energy, when the brain needs to be completely at rest?

When do you actually learn?

When I learn through Freud about myself I am not observing myself, I am observing the image which Freud has created about me.

Can you do nothing, psychologically?

If two people are quarrelling and one stops, what takes place?

The more we talk together, the more we communicate together, the clearer it becomes.

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AM67T4 - Can thought stop?
Amsterdam - 28 May 1967
Public Talk
Audio


When there is a process of recognition it is the projection of the past. The mind is always functioning within the field of time, which is of memory. Can the mind go beyond that?

What is pleasure and what is desire?

How is it possible, without control, subjugation or denying, for thought not to allow itself to interfere?

When all authority of every kind is put aside, denied, then you can find out for yourself.

When you are completely attentive, you see. It is only love that sees - not thought, the mind or the intellect. One has to learn how to look, how to hear.

Q: Could you distinguish between what you mean by the word ‘recognizing’ and ‘being aware’?

Q: How is one to break off a concept that one has carefully built?

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AM67T5 - It is only a very silent mind that can actually see
Amsterdam - 30 May 1967
Public Talk
Audio


Conflict exists only when there are two opposing things: fear and non-fear, violence and non-violence.

A mind that is in a state of inquiry is entirely different from a mind that is seeking. Seeking implies effort, conformity, authority and therefore conflict.

Without space in which there is no boundary, the mind is incapable of coming upon immeasurable reality.

It is only a silent mind that can perceive, actually see, not a chattering mind, a controlled mind, a mind that is tortured, suppressed, yielding or indulging.

When one has totally denied the psychological world which man has created, and the psychological structure of society of which we are, then there is space and silence.

Q: Could you define contemplation and meditation?

Q: It is not possible ever to observe totally one’s own irrational thoughts.

Q: What does it mean to stand alone?

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AM67DYP3 - Is there such thing as free will?
Amsterdam - 31 May 1967
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Is freedom partial?

Why should I be bound to destiny? Born in India with the tremendous cultural traditions, why should I be caught in it?

Man is more important than the frame into which he is put.

Is it possible for a human being to free himself from society, psychologically?

Human beings have to change, and will thought change us?

Man is society, has created the society in which we live.

Are you influenced to change from outside or do you change from yourself?

To change according to a pattern is no change at all.

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SA67DYP - How do I find out what love is?
Saanen - 19 July 1967
Discussion with Young People
Audio


How do you begin to inquire into what love is?

In jealousy there is hate, conflict, brutality and violence – is that love?

If there is dependence of any kind, is that love?

Through negation can I come upon what love is?

The conditioned mind cannot look at the question of love, and so is it possible for me to uncondition myself?

When you are confused, stop, don’t act.

Can you be quiet to look? When the mind is quiet you are no longer confused and can act.

Love is a state of mind in which there is no conflict and which has never been touched by conflict.

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SA67DT1 - Can the educator and the educated learn together?
Saanen - 26 July 1967
Discussion with Teachers
Audio


By negating what is not right education can we come upon right education?

Are we individuals? We concerned with a human being who is neither an individual nor the collective.

Will you wait until you are free of the individual and society before you educate, or are you educating yourself as you educate the student?

Is one willing to risk putting a child in a school where the demands are not the usual demands?

To know about a subject I must have an efficient clear mind capable of understanding. The right kind of school and education will help me to have that.

We are going to have more and more leisure time – what will we do with it?

The education of the educator takes place in the school itself and therefore the educator must be extraordinarily intelligent, wanting to work at this.

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SA67DT2 - A different kind of education
Saanen - 8 August 1967
Discussion with Teachers
Audio


Why are we educated?

In the very act of teaching is it possible for the conditioned educator to help the student to uncondition himself?

It is possible to establish right relationship between the educator and the student when the educator steps down from his platform.

Do we want to start such a school? Are we prepared to dedicate our lives to it?

For both for the teacher and the student the school and campus is home.

Help the student to be critical, to question everything.

School must be a climate in which the student is as active as the teacher.

When you compare student A with student B you are destroying A and B.

How are you going to help students not to be imitative, cruel, or incessantly chattering?

How will you help students see the beauty of solitude?

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SA67DT3 - Discipline, freedom and comparison
Saanen - 9 August 1967
Discussion with Teachers
Audio


Is it possible to bring about discipline without compulsion and threat, and without destroying the freedom of youth?

A discipline which is non-conforming, self-generating and self-perpetuating.

How do we as a group of teachers come together on the fundamental issues of freedom and order?

Is it possible to bring about an intelligence which is not comparative or competitive?

How will we work together with the students so that they love what they are doing and have no comparative spirit?

Why do we compare ourselves with others?

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SA67DT4 - How do you bring about feeling of non-comparison?
Saanen - 10 August 1967
Discussion with Teachers
Audio


Why do we psychologically compare?

Is maturity the result of comparison?

What is the deep factor making me compare?

How will you help the student and yourself find out why the movement of comparison exists in life?

Would I be dissatisfied, stagnate, vegetate, decay if there was no comparison?

How do I know that I would be dull without comparison? If there is no comparison am I dull?

Unconditioning the mind that is conditioned by comparison.

If there was no comparison would I exert power over others or have the urge for power?

How am I to discourage brutality and cruelty in the student and therefore in myself?

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SA67DT5 - Radical mutation takes place when there is no comparison or pattern for change
Saanen - 11 August 1967
Discussion with Teachers
Audio


Why have we accepted measurement and comparison with another as a way of life and action?

How do I know, apart from technical knowledge, anything about myself?

I am a living being and you are also, so there is no need at all for comparison.

When you don’t compare yourself you feel tremendously free.

How will we as teachers convey extraordinary freedom and therefore bring serenity?

In this new school we want to prevent antagonism and hatred between students and between nations.

A basic reason for our paralysing indifference is self-centred activity, being only concerned with ourselves.

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SA67DT6 - Bringing about a deeper, wider feeling for life
Saanen - 12 August 1967
Discussion with Teachers
Audio


Why don’t we have sufficient energy and drive to bring about a real change in ourselves?

Why don’t we see the immediacy of action?

Urgency and need to end violence, not only in ourselves but in the world.

Action is prevented by the idea that we cannot do anything because the problem of violence is so great.

The world I live in is the world of my friends and family – there I can act completely.

Our actions may move like a forest fire that starts very quietly; nobody notices it until it is a full flame.

What can we do against the powerful military machine of government?

Why don’t we see that the house is burning?

The world outside and the world inside are not separate, they are the same unitary movement. Of that movement one has to be aware.

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GS67DYP1 - A state which is always moving
Gstaad - 13 August 1967
Discussion with Young People
Audio


What do you want to do in life, what interests you?

Can we get out of the environmental mould?

Are we serious enough?

War is a dreadful shock but it doesn’t change us fundamentally.

An external agency forcing me to change is not change.

What will make me change?

Why do we want a stimulant psychologically?

Is it possible to find something like a fountain that keeps flowing all the time?

When you eat, eat, don’t think of anything else. When you walk, walk, look at the trees and light. When you read, read. Don’t have a divided mind.

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SA67DT7 - Living in this world, what am I to do?
Saanen - 13 August 1967
Discussion with Teachers
Audio


When one is young one must be psychologically revolutionary, which means non-acceptance of any pattern set by another or by oneself.

Most of us are so self-centred there is never a complete action and therefore no scent of that perfume of love.

If we bring into being in ourselves non-fragmentation, our relationship with the world undergoes a tremendous revolution.

Any action that has deep significance must begin with each one of us – I must change first.

A religious mind implies no fear and therefore no sense of security, no belief but only what actually is. In that mind is a state of silence.

In the present the whole process of one’s life can be brought to a different level, a different dimension.

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GS67DYP2 - An action that is not a projection of the past
Gstaad - 15 August 1967
Discussion with Young People
Audio


What is order?

The moment I have contradiction, it breeds disorder.

How am I to be free of conflict?

How does contradiction arise?

If there is perception and awareness of the whole movement of disorder, when that movement stops there is order.

We don’t have to search for order.

What is action?

Is there an action in which memory doesn’t always predominate, or does memory always dictate action?

Can I look at a fact without idea?

If you see the cloud as the cloud and not the image of the cloud, there is no conflict.

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LO67DSG1.1 - Thought is the observer
London - 19 September 1967
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


Yoga must be taught properly, you can’t learn it from a book.

What is watching, looking?

Is it possible to see with the eye but not let the process of mentation take place?

Images are time-binding; I am living in the past.

What is the state of the human being who has no observer?

It is much easier to have images, but to have no image means a tremendous awakened state.

Thinking gives continuity to an incident. Is it possible not to think about it?

If there is an observer there must be a space and time interval, and hence the whole mechanism of conflict.

What is the beginning of thought?

Unless there is profound self-knowledge, the mind cannot be quiet.

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LO67DSG2.1 - What is sacred?
London - 20 September 1967
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


How do I find out if there is something holy?

Have you rejected the outward symbols in which you have invested a sense of holiness, sacredness?

You had an experience of a feeling of sacredness with this person. How do you wipe it away, discard it?

How do you inquire into something you don’t know?

If you have put the right question, it is bound to act, open a door to find out.

A noisy mind cannot be alert.

The alert mind is quiet and therefore it has put the right question. There is beauty in that.

It is only an alert and quiet mind that can discover.

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LO67DSG2.2 - Meditation and experience
London - 21 September 1967
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


The demand to find something through meditation prevents the real meditative mind.

Your mind must be sufficiently awake so as not to be caught in the trap of greater experience, a better method.

You are preventing yourself completely because you want greater experience.

You may be having the very profoundest experience now but you don’t know it because you cannot recognise it.

Every expectation, every experience must inevitably bring illusion.

The extraordinarily watchful mind is very subtle, sensitive, which means it is free.

When there is love there is order.

Can I completely discard satisfaction with sex, with food, with pleasure, in fulfilling, having my name in a newspaper or dominating somebody?

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LO67DSG1.2 - Can I look at myself without thought?
London - 26 September 1967
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


Can anyone teach me about myself?

How do I uncover the whole network of myself?

Can I actually, not theoretically or verbally, discard the idea of gradualness?

If you have no tomorrow what will you do?

Time is one of our greatest bondages.

Can thought come to an end? Otherwise I function within the field of time.

If there is no thought about myself, what is there to look?

Thought cannot possibly totally reveal myself as I am.

How did thought begin?

You can only see out of silence.

Unless I learn about myself completely, immediately, timelessly, I am destroying myself and everybody.

What is the factor that brings deterioration in us?

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LO67DSG1.3 - Images, change, the observer and the observed
London - 28 September 1967
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


What is the mechanism that builds images preventing seeing?

I refuse to see myself as I am because I have an image about myself.

Why do we give continuity to insult or flattery?

What is it in me that refuses to face facts?

What will change me who refuses to change?

Do I know my dullness because I compare myself with somebody?

Can you stop measuring yourself?

Through comparison I feel I am advancing, living, moving, changing, becoming. If there is no comparison does all this come to an end?

As long as there is an observer there must be duality and hence the conflict of the opposites.

I only know silence when noise ceases. If my mind is not silent it cannot see.

What is real peace?

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LO67DSG3.1 - How will you live a different kind of life?
London - 29 September 1967
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


How will one earn a livelihood?

How will you arrange not to be trapped, drowned in a world which has very little meaning?

First, I want to keep an alert mind, then I have to have food, clothes and shelter.

Work must be of a kind that won’t make me dull, stupid.

After my education I am going to let life ripen; I am going to trust life, see what happens. Could you ride that wave, completely abandoning yourself to life?

Why do I want to dictate to life what it should do to me? Why can’t I leave the door open?

Know what it means to abandon yourself, never demanding a thing of life. This means no fear.

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LO67DSG3.2 - What are we educated for?
London - 1 October 1967
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


What do we mean by education?

Is the purpose of life just to become a factory worker, a professor in a university?

It is tremendously important to find out what we are training a child for before we train him.

Is life meant to be survival at any price or is life something of such immense significance which demands freedom first?

The individual is conditioned by the state and culture, but man is much more than the individual.

Do I look at myself as an individual or as a human being?

Is there a school that treats each child as a human being?

What am I living for?

The mind has to investigate why it refuses to see something deadly. Is it afraid of change, afraid of what might happen after?

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ND67T1 - Freedom and love
New Delhi - 19 November 1967
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Attention implies care, to look with care at one’s own life, one’s way of thinking and activity. You cannot care if there is no affection.

Without freedom, total freedom, there can be no love. A serious man is committed to these two things only and to nothing else.

A mind that is not free, that is tethered to a belief, an ambition, a family, or to some petty god of its own invention, such a mind can never understand the extraordinary beauty or love that comes out of freedom.

To look, to see and to listen is only possible when there is freedom from thoughts, emotions, condemnations and judgements.

Q: Is choiceless awareness possible in the activities of daily life: in the office, at home, when you are by yourself or when you are talking?

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ND67T2 - Being alone means being innocent
New Delhi - 23 November 1967
Public Talk
Audio


Awareness is the quality of mind which observes without any justification or condemnation, approval or disapproval, like or dislike – merely observes.

Is fear the result of thought?

The abandonment of authority brings about a sense of complete aloneness, a sense of not depending on any book or any authority. You then travel lightly, not carrying other people’s burden and authority.

We are not innocent, we carry the burden of what a thousand people have said. We carry the memories of our own misfortunes.

Q: What is your opinion about the ideals human beings should have?

Q: How can the conditioned mind examine the unconditioned?

Q: Can we reach a state of awareness, of freedom, in our daily life?

Q: Do you approve of group formations around what you have talked about, and do you think it is worthwhile?

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ND67T3 - Love is not mechanical
New Delhi - 26 November 1967
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

We need energy to learn, to look and listen, but that energy is limited when I look or listen from particular knowledge or an accumulated burden.

Energy is dissipated through effort. What does effort mean?

As long as there is a duality psychologically, there must be conflict. Conflict is violence.

Love is something that is not mechanical. Pleasure is mechanical.

To find out what love is, one must die to the past.

Q: What is the function of thought in everyday life?

Thought rooted in the past creates time.

Q: When you die, what will happen?

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ND67T4 - Intelligence creates its own austerity
New Delhi - 30 November 1967
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

How can a small mind, a mediocre mind, which seems to be so powerful in the world, become something totally different?

To look is to act. To see is to do.

Austerity means order, precise thinking. There can be no austerity if there is no awareness, not only of things outwardly but also psychologically, inwardly.

Repetition of any experience or of any word creates a mechanical process of thought, an established formula, system, and therefore your mind becomes narrow, shallow, dull.

Man must have space, and as space is being denied outwardly one must have space inwardly.

Can the mind empty itself of the image, the centre?

Meditation is emptying the mind of the past.

Q: One fragment of the mind is looking at the other fragment and hence contradiction, hence conflict. Is it possible to look totally?

Q: What is remembering, what is learning, what is knowledge and what is understanding?

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ND67T5 - What causes disorder inwardly?
New Delhi - 3 December 1967
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Where is one to begin to bring about order?

When you act you have energy, tremendous energy, but when you theorise, intellectually discuss, then action is not possible.

When a guru or teacher says that he knows and he will lead you, then he will lead you to your own destruction, to disorder within yourself. One cannot follow anybody; one has to find the truth for oneself.

One of the fundamental causes of disorder is the separation of idea and action.

What is action without the idea?

A religious mind does not seek at all. It cannot experiment with truth.

Q: Is reincarnation not a fact?

Q: What is the difference between awareness and introspection?

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AM68T1 - Can one establish a relationship with reality?
Amsterdam - 11 May 1968
Public Talk
Audio


A person who would find reality must be completely free of the influence of the word, propaganda and the symbol.

When you believe, there is fear behind that belief.

A mind that is afraid can never find light. It may invent a thing called light out of fear, imagine a heaven or hell out of its own darkness, but fear still remains.

Can thought, which is the very structure of our brain, become quiet?

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AM68T2 - Is it possible to end thought?
Amsterdam - 12 May 1968
Public Talk
Audio


Life is something that’s constantly new, challenging us all the time with new demands and new phases. To that challenge we respond according to our old pattern and so there is a contradiction.

The fundamental question is not how to get rid of fear or violence but whether thought as time can come to an end, so that there is no tomorrow psychologically.

Can there be a total mutation so that we live at a different dimension altogether?

You can look only when the mind is completely quiet.

To look is the greatest of miracles. Do nothing else but give complete attention to looking, at your wife or your husband, your belief, opinions, judgements or evaluations.

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AM68DYP1 - When I say I must know myself, what is ‘myself’?
Amsterdam - 14 May 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


When we say, ‘I know,’ what does that mean? What does ‘knowledge’ mean and what does ‘self’ mean?

Who is the entity that is observing the conditioned state? Is the observer different from the thing observed?

Is it possible for human beings to break through conditioning?

It may not be important at all to know yourself.

Knowing the cause of something is not going to help you to be free of it.

Why has thought become so important?

Can I look with such complete quietness of the mind that I am in direct relationship?

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AM68DYP2 - To change without effort
Amsterdam - 16 May 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Why does a human being think about himself?

‘Don’t be committed to anything.’ That’s a challenge. If you listen to that challenge with silence then there is a change, even a mutation biologically.

Can thought be quiet?

When I look at something with the light of silence, I see things very clearly, there is no conflict or fear - there is freedom. It is then possible to live without conflict.

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AM68T3 - In acting completely there is no fragmentation
Amsterdam - 18 May 1968
Public Talk
Audio


When pleasure becomes the dominating demand of life then there is constant breaking up of life into compartments, fragments and divisions.

To be related means to be active in the present, otherwise there is no relationship.

Why does the human heart carry this burden of sorrow?

Innocence is not of time, it is the ending of the yesterday. When this ends there is love in relationship.

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AM68T4 - This light in oneself
Amsterdam - 19 May 1968
Public Talk
Audio


To lay the foundation for meditation one must understand what living and dying are.

Truth can never be experienced, that is the beauty of it. It is always new, never what has happened yesterday.

To follow implies not only the denying of one’s own clarity, investigation, integrity and honesty, but it also implies that your motive in following is reward. Truth is not a reward.

In the denial of disorder there is order.

Beauty is not man-made. Beauty is where there is order.

There can be order only when there is total self-denial, when the ‘me’ has no importance whatsoever. The ending of the ‘me’ is the only meditation.

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AM68I - Interview by a Rosicrucian group
Amsterdam - 20 May 1968
Interview
Audio


What is humanity?

Each human being is conditioned in their own peculiar way.

What is the relationship between man and machine?

You are never alone, you always belong to a group. One must be free of all this.

Freedom means freedom, not freedom from something.

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AM68DYP3 - Thought operates in the present having its root in the past
Amsterdam - 21 May 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Why has man throughout the world given so much importance to thought?

Is there thinking without word, imagination or symbol?

Is love between two human beings the result of a thought which cultivates a certain feeling?

Is it possible for me to be free of anger and jealousy?

When the limited quality of the conditioned brain doesn’t operate there is a totally different kind of looking.

Love is something that is not contaminated or touched by thought.

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AM68T5 - The meaning of life
Amsterdam - 22 May 1968
Public Talk
Audio


To act according to a principle, belief or ideology is the fundamental distortion of energy.

Is there action without formula?

You cannot possibly invite reality, the heavens and the beauty of the earth. All you have to do is to leave the window open and let that beauty and love come. To leave the window open you must have order and therefore deny the total disorder of this society.

Q: What is the best attitude towards hostility and brutality?

Q: If we understand listening with our whole being, does that mean that we understand everything else you say?

Q: Is it better not to do a kindness when it is done only for duty without love?

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AM68DYP4 - It is only in freedom that there can be love
Amsterdam - 23 May 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


When there is a response to a challenge, is that response free, in the sense unconditioned, or are all our responses conditioned?

There is only one challenge, which we translate differently according to our conditioning. The challenge is: be free.

Is there freedom from the mechanical habits that the brain has developed?

To be free I have to ask if there can be an end to thought.

Can you look at a flower without thinking?

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SA68T1 - What is the essential issue in life?
Saanen - 7 July 1968
Public Talk
Audio


One has to be extremely alert to find out what it means to be serious.

It is the religious mind only that is a truly revolutionary mind.

Cooperation is possible only when there is no authority.

If you are not looking for another to help you discover the central issue in life, how will you find it?

When no longer thinking in terms of your conditioning you have denied the burden of yesterday.

Our crisis is not in the world but in consciousness itself.

When you don’t use thought to find out the essential issue in life, what has taken place in the mind?


Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA68T2 - No system will help man be free
Saanen - 9 July 1968
Public Talk
Audio


To understand non-cooperation one must also learn what it means to cooperate.

The central issue is complete, absolute freedom, first psychologically then outwardly.

Conditioning makes us self-centred, isolated, separated, divided, which makes it impossible to cooperate.

Is it possible to live in this world completely free, not only consciously but at the very roots of our being?

No system outwardly or inwardly will free man from his misery.

Thought prevents looking.

The search for security through systems is destroying man.

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SA68T3 - Freedom, systems and conditioning
Saanen - 11 July 1968
Public Talk
Audio


Is it at all possible for man to be free?

Why do you want a system? Systems are tradition, discipline, habits, a groove which the mind follows.

Can a mind that is certain about anything psychologically ever be free?

Duality and conflict are in essence a complete waste of energy.

When the mind is seeking certainty it must inevitably create opposites.

Why does the mind hold on to formulas and systems; why can’t it live freely?

Can the mind uncondition itself?

Is the observer separate from the thing it observes?

Am I different from the thing I want to get rid of?

What happens when the mind sees there is only a conditioned state?


Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA68T4 - Looking at conditioning without distortion
Saanen - 14 July 1968
Public Talk
Audio


A religious mind is not burdened with ideologies, dogmas or assumptions.

A religious mind is concerned with facts, with ‘what is’, and going beyond it.

Is there a looking that will reveal the whole content of our conditioning?

If I am aware that whatever I do, whatever movement of thought, whatever effort I make is within the limitation of conditioning, what takes place?

Am I aware of my conditioning as an outsider looking in?

Can I look at myself with eyes that have never been touched by experience?

Attention and freedom must go together. That is love and the quality of attention in which the observer is not.


Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA68T5 - Living is the beauty of action and love
Saanen - 16 July 1968
Public Talk
Audio


Is there an action which is right under all circumstances, or is there only action, not right or wrong action?

What is one to do in a world that is appalling and brutal?

Is there a life of action which is never fragmentary, never exclusive, never divided? The intellect or thought cannot answer this.

Is it possible to live so completely, so wholly, so totally, that there is no fragmentary action?

Have you ever considered what love is?

Without love there is always right and wrong action breeding conflict, contradiction and opposition.

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SA68DYP1 - Why do I want to fulfil myself?
Saanen - 17 July 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


What are psychological needs?

Why do we want to express ourselves?

Is there such thing as fulfilment?

If I am not seeking contentment, what happens to the energy I have called discontent?

What is the right use of energy?

How is the centre brought into being and what gives it continuity?

Is there a way of ending thought?

When there is complete attention there is no thought.

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SA68T6 - Pleasure, love, beauty and loneliness
Saanen - 18 July 1968
Public Talk
Audio


When there is self-expression in any form, does it convey beauty?

What relationship has pleasure to beauty or love?

When there is a sense of the deep, unfathomable void of loneliness, is beauty possible?

What is loneliness?

As long as my activity is self-centred and self-expressive there must be the void of loneliness.

Filling the void is self-centred, so it becomes a wider and deeper emptiness.

When you say you will not be self-centred, you are already self-centred.

When you exercise will to deny the activity of the self, that very will is the factor of isolation.

Only when there is complete silence of the mind is there beauty and love, which may or may not express.

Beauty is something beyond self-expression.

Love is bliss, which is not pleasure.

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SA68DYP2 - When are we aware of the image-making process?
Saanen - 19 July 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


When you look, are you aware that you are the observer, or are you merely looking?

The observer is the whole sum of thought.

The mind must be extraordinarily alert all the time.

The observer becomes established through habit which is through inattention.

My mind refuses to function without images and formulas because that seems the easiest way to live.

The old brain responds according to its conditioning. Can there be an interval between the challenge and the response?

Is there a way of keeping awake without any challenge?

Freedom means the ending of the observer.

When you have leisure you begin to see.

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SA68T7 - The ending of fear
Saanen - 21 July 1968
Public Talk
Audio


Psychologically, we refuse to follow the movement of life because our roots are deep in habit, tradition, in what has been told to us, in obedience and acceptance.

What is possible can be found out only when you go beyond the ‘impossible’.

Avoidance of fear only increases fear. Flight from fear is a form of fear.

One must give space for fear to flower, for it to come out into the open.

What is important is not to interpret dreams but to find out if there is a possibility of not dreaming at all.

To not dream is only possible if you are aware during the day of every movement of thought.

When the mind is completely still within its own freedom there is the ‘impossible’, which is love.

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SA68T8 - Looking at sorrow with the complete abandonment of silence
Saanen - 23 July 1968
Public Talk
Audio


Is it possible never to accept, but to examine and explore?

To examine ourselves actually as we are needs humility.

To think is to invite sorrow.

Why do we suffer?

Is one able to go beyond sorrow?

If the mind is not quiet how can you understand anything or be completely intimate with death, time or sorrow?

Can you look at yourself completely silently?

What is death?

When you die naturally, freely, happily to everything you know, there is death, innocency, freshness.

Living is to die every day to what you have fought against or gathered, to self-importance, self-pity, sorrow, pleasures and agonies.

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SA68DYP3 - Non-fragmentary action in a fragmented world
Saanen - 24 July 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Is total revolution possible, psychologically, socially and politically, without falling back into reactions?

We are social, political, religious entities, torn-up and drawn in different directions.

What is the action that answers every demand totally?

We are fragmented and have created a society of fragments.

Is it possible to change myself instantly?

Why don’t we see the danger of belonging to a group or religious body?

Your mind is fragmented and acting fragmentarily.

Be aware of one fragment, don’t say ‘I must be aware of all fragments.’

I don’t belong. I am an outsider. From the outside I act or don’t act.

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SA68T9 - Meditation is the understanding of the nature of life
Saanen - 25 July 1968
Public Talk
Audio


Is it possible for the whole of one’s being, in action, in thought, to be completely honest and non-hypocritical?

The very act of learning is discipline itself.

One must understand the necessity of freedom from all authority so that the mind, that highest form of supreme intelligence, is a light to itself.

Meditation is not an escape from life, is not your own particular, individual process.

Truth is a living, moving thing and therefore there can be no path to it.

Meditation is a mind that sees actually ‘what is’ without interpreting or translating it, without wishing it were not or accepting it.

As long as there is the observer there must be the conflict of duality. Is it possible to go beyond the observer?

To leave the door open is all that one can do. You cannot invite or seek reality but by some strange chance it may come and give its blessing.

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SA68DYP4 - Do we build images to protect ourselves?
Saanen - 26 July 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Is it a biological necessity to have inward and outward images?

Is there expression without the self, or is all expression self-expression?

Is it possible to live at such intensity and vulnerability with no defence?

Is it possible not to create images at all?

Can I wipe out the tremendous experience of agony?

Is it possible to live with no resistance at all, without yielding to everything?

Can the mind always be concerned with fact?

I am not asking you to do anything – what is important is to keep the mind extraordinarily alive.

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SA68T10 - A religious life
Saanen - 28 July 1968
Public Talk
Audio


We live in a world of misunderstanding, interpreting according to motive, background and desire.

What is religion?

Can you completely put aside every form of religious organisation and belief?

Religion is an action which is complete, total and covers all of life.

A religious way of life is of total action with no fragmentation at all.

The world of everyday life is within the field of the known. We are afraid to move out of that dimension.

Can one be free of fear and be with the unknown?

It is love only that can possibly bring about a complete sense of unity.

Can we come upon a life that has no death, a life that is timeless?

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SA68D1 - Can I look out of silence at my contradictory life?
Saanen - 31 July 1968
Public Discussion
Audio


To communicate we must use words but words are heavily loaded.

Words create in us a form, a design, a content, which is actually the ‘me’, the thinker, the observer.

Am I aware that I lead a fragmentary life?

I am afraid and so I become aggressive.

Contradictory lives exist everywhere you go.

When I look at the fact that my life is contradictory, what is the relationship between the observer and the thing I am looking at?

If one is looking at the fact silently, there is only the fact.

If you are not silent, how can you commune with contradiction?

We have accepted there is a “how” but there is no “how”, no method.

Methods will not give you silence.

If you cannot look without the observer there can be no communion with the thing observed.

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SA68D2 - Looking at oneself without words, images or pride
Saanen - 1 August 1968
Public Discussion
Audio


Can I look at myself in silence with a mind that is not disturbed by the past?

Pride creates conflict between ‘what is’ and ‘what should be’.

Can one look at oneself without the images we have created through fear and pride, and hence look with great silence in which there is humility?

Why is one afraid to look at oneself, to see what one is?

Has fear invented pride?

One is caught in the content and prejudice of words which prevent us from looking at ourselves.

I chatter because my mind says I must be occupied all the time.

The intellectual exploration and discovery of the causes of chattering does not stop chattering.

What is the quality of the awareness that I am chattering?

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SA68D3 - Why have we neglected the world of mind and spirit?
Saanen - 2 August 1968
Public Discussion
Audio


We outwardly live a very full life and inwardly we are poverty-stricken.

What is an inward, spiritual life which contains the outer and the inner?

A mind that is curious knows the limitation of human understanding.

Why do we make inward inquiry impossible?

To be silent is to be vulnerable with your heart and mind totally open without resistance.

If I make an effort in breaking an image I will distort the perception.

When you say that you know, know that you do not know.

Exploring into oneself, never come to a conclusion because conclusions become the authority.

When the mind sees there is no such thing as the impossible, it is beyond the impossible.

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SA68D4 - Can man go beyond his own limitation?
Saanen - 3 August 1968
Public Discussion
Audio


Man is heavily conditioned, limited, aggressive. Is it possible to break this barrier or limitation?

Will can only operate within its own limitation and therefore it breeds antagonism.

Is there a universal law which on finding solves our problems?

Can disorder be transformed into great order, beauty, harmony in which there is no contradiction, struggle or disarray?

We have enough energy but we dissipate it when we endlessly chatter verbally and nonverbally.

How is a mind that is caught in disorder to enter into that order in which there is no disharmony?

Every form of effort is a distortion.

Do you look out of a disordered mind?

To look you must have a full heart and a full, silent mind.

Only a heart that is full can see order and the beauty of order.

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SA68D5 - Why do we seek and what is there to seek?
Saanen - 4 August 1968
Public Discussion
Audio


We seek to have no pressure or strain of anxiety, the constant activity of the ‘me‘ with its fears, dramas and tragedy.

Will one who sees very clearly ever seek?

What do I do when I am confused?

Any action out of our confusion breeds further confusion. Just look at this fact and find out what happens.

The truth of the fact that human beings are confused flowers and shows everything if you are quiet.

Remain in silence with the truth that you are confused; let it tell you; be open, be sensitive; and out of that comes clarity.

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SA68D6 - True action
Saanen - 5 August 1968
Public Discussion
Audio


Is there an action which is whole, complete and timeless, or are we condemned to function in fragments and conflict?

Is there an action that will always answer, always act totally under all circumstances?

Am I committed to conceptual ideologies?

I see there is no morality at all in society.

What is morality?

Can I deny not verbally but actually the whole structure of pride so that the mind is very clear?

Intelligence comes into being not through time but through direct perception, seeing actually ‘what is’ both outwardly and inwardly.

The inner creates the outer.

When we don’t see clearly, the past comes into being and smothers us.

Do you see anything through time and the process of cultivation, or do you see instantly?

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SA68D7 - Is it possible to see with love?
Saanen - 6 August 1968
Public Discussion
Audio


To discover what it is to see, one has to have a certain quality of discipline.

Is it possible to see very clearly?

What is the nature and quality of seeing that is not clouded by the past?

Is love memory, the remembrance of pleasurable things and holding on to them?

Can one let go of the past, happily, easily, without any struggle?

Silence, beauty and love have no touch of the past.

Is love time?

Is it possible to see and listen with a quality of mind not burdened with the past, with that attention, which is love?

The problem is how to see clearly so that there is flowering of love.

Without love and beauty there is no truth or God, only a morality which becomes immoral.

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CL68TYP1 - A radical transformation in the psyche itself
Claremont - 8 November 1968
Students Talk
Audio
Subtitles

To communicate we must know that the word is not the thing and also be in that state of mind whose quality is attention, care. That can only take place if we are serious.

We are the world and the world is us. To bring about a radical transformation, which is so essential in society, there must be radical transformation in ourselves.

Analysis of violence does not end violence, nor is violence ended by thinking of non-violence.

There is no teacher outside, no saviour, no master; you yourself have to change and therefore you have to learn to observe, to know yourself.

Knowledge and learning are two different things.

Q: What is this silence you talk about? The silence that I am experiencing comes and goes.

Q: Could we discuss what the observed is without the observer? Could we discuss observation without the observer?

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CL68TYP2 - Thought is the cause of fear
Claremont - 10 November 1968
Students Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Though we have plenty of energy, apparently we lack the drive, enthusiasm, vitality to bring about a change in ourselves.

As long as there is fear there must be violence, aggression, anger, hatred. Thought is the source of fear.

Is it possible to live everyday life without thought interfering?

Thought is always old. When you worship thought you are worshipping something that is dead.

Q: Could you discuss the process of verbalisation that goes on when one observes?

Q: How do we get rid of this separation, division in ourselves?

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CL68DYP1 - Freedom of choice is not freedom
Claremont - 11 November 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio
Subtitles

What do we mean by free will? Is there such thing?

Is choice ever necessary?

Freedom exists only when I perceive very clearly, when the mind sees things as they are.

Q: Is it possible to be free in society?

Q: Is love the absence of hate?

To find out what truth is you must be free of propaganda: the propaganda of the Church, the propaganda of literature, propaganda of tradition, so that you see things clearly for yourself.

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CL68DYP2 - Learning is action
Claremont - 12 November 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio
Subtitles

Our education is concerned with the accumulation of knowledge. Very few of us are capable of living a life without the influence of specialists.

What is the point of going to a university, getting a degree and disappearing into the vast structure of society?

Q: How shall we approach the idea of study?

If you express from something already accumulated it is a deadly bore, but if you are all the time watching, not only yourself but the world, you are learning.

Q: You say that a mantra is an escape. Do you think that people use drugs as an escape or because they want to become closer?

When I observe myself I cannot learn if I condemn what I find.

We observe through our imagination, through our image, through our knowledge.

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CL68DYP3 - Is it possible to end the thousand yesterdays?
Claremont - 13 November 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio
Subtitles

Living together amicably, creatively, in complete relationship with one another – if that is what is essential then we need not only a different kind of mind but also a different quality of affection, love.

What is the function of a religious mind?

Our struggle in life is dualistic: good and bad, right and wrong, holy and unholy, the ideal and the fact. There is only the fact, not the ideal.

Is it possible to look at life as though you are looking for the first time?

What is the content of the unconscious? It is the racial residue, the traditional, the family, the personal. It is as trivial as the conscious mind.

Q: It seems to me that the ‘I’, the ego only exists in relation to other things. Could you comment on this?

The impossible becomes possible only when you discard the impossibility of it. To find out anything you must go beyond the impossible.

Q: What do you mean by meditation?

There is no ‘how’.

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CL68DYP4 - Can the mind be free of thought?
Claremont - 14 November 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio
Subtitles

What is a human being to do living in this world which is extraordinarily confused, contradictory, fragmentary?

Life is relationship in action.

There is a division, a dualistic process between ‘what is’ and ‘what should be’. In this division there must be conflict.

Is it possible to live so utterly, completely, totally in the now that whatever I do will be total, complete, non-fragmentary, harmonious?

Can the mind be completely and totally silent, and out of that silence act?

Q: The ego is so strong. It thrives on its own activity. Will it allow itself to be destroyed?

Q: When you speak about memory being at different levels, is there really any difference between technological memory and other memory?

Q: Living in the now, how can you submit to a contract, which is a promise for the future?

The ending of sorrow is meditation, therefore meditation is wisdom.

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CL68CHS - Authority is destructive
Claremont - 15 November 1968
Conversation with Huston Smith
Video
Subtitles

Q: In this confused and confusing world, torn by conflicting voices without and within, with hearts that seem star-crossed and tensions that never go, is it possible to live with total lucidity?

To have clarity, the first essential thing is freedom, freedom from authority.

To be a light to yourself you must deny every other light, however great that light be.

As long as man accepts violence and lives a way of life which is violent, he perpetuates fear and accepts authority.

The moment you bring in the ‘how’ you move away from the central fact of learning.

To learn about something you must be in complete contact with it. I want to learn about fear, therefore I must look at it, face it.

At the moment of fear there is neither the observer nor the observed.

Thought can never be free because thought is the response of memory, response of the past.

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CL68DYP5 - The mind that is free of authority is a very intense, alive mind
Claremont - 15 November 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio
Subtitles

Can a mind be free of authority so that there is no impingement of the past, so that the mind is always alert, learning in the present?

Can the mind experience, go through a challenge so completely that it leaves no mark?

The mind must purge itself of the social morality in order to be moral.

Has experience any value at all?

Attention is the highest form of the good.

What is the relationship between two human beings when there are no images?

What is wisdom?

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CL68TYP3 - The benediction of meditation
Claremont - 17 November 1968
Students Talk
Audio
Subtitles

We shall explore together into this life, existence, in which is included relationship, love and death, not merely as a phenomenon but as something tremendously significant, to be cherished, deeply lived. Meditation is the approach to this problem of living.

It is only a free mind that is capable of attention in which there is no achieving or losing or fear. It is only a quiet, attentive mind that can understand this immense problem of living. It is only the quiet, meditative mind that can come upon what is called love.

What is living?

The observer cannot possibly do anything about envy because he is the cause and the effect. Whatever he does with regard to envy is still envy.

What does it mean to die, knowing the organism comes to an end? What does it mean to die psychologically, inwardly?

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ML6869DYP1 - Is analysis the way for the mind to learn about itself?
Malibu - 14 December 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


What is the state of the mind that learns?

If I add something to what I already know, is that learning?

Is my mind capable of never accumulating, and of looking without accumulation?

Can I learn about myself, look at myself, a living thing, with fresh eyes?

Can the mind which is so heavily conditioned, uncondition itself?

To learn about myself, I see the first step is to look at myself without any prejudice.

I cannot learn about myself unless the mind can look with clarity.

Do I see the utter futility of analysis?

All problems are interrelated; there is no isolated problem.

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ML6869DYP2 - How do I become aware of my conditioning?
Malibu - 15 December 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Is it possible to put aside all analysis?

What tells me I am conditioned?

Can I be aware of my conditioning without being told?

What is the mind to do to uncondition itself?

If I am aware of one conditioning, am I not aware of all conditioning?

Memory is essential, but memory prevents seeing anew each time.

Can the brain be quiet so that it looks as if for the first time?

Can I look at something which touches me deeply, without memory, thought and association precipitating itself?

If there is no image, then what am I looking at?

Can the mind be without an image?

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ML6869DYP3 - Thought creates fear of the pain of tomorrow
Malibu - 21 December 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Any demand, question or perception from conditioning is still conditioning.

How is it possible to bring about a change in oneself?

Is the cause different from the effect?

As long as there is fear in any form, conscious or unconscious, everything is darkness.

How is fear to end?

Where does fear act, operate?

Is it fear telling me to walk away from a precipice, or intelligence?

I see that as long as there is division between human beings there must be war of some kind.

Where does the physical, organic, instinctual intelligence cease to operate?

Do I learn from experience?

Man has had thousands of wars. Have we learnt not to kill another?

Thinking about the pain of yesterday makes me afraid of having pain tomorrow.

Thought creates both pleasure and pain.

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ML6869DYP4 - A brain overcrowded with memories becomes confused
Malibu - 22 December 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


What is the factor that causes fear?

Fear of a poisonous snake is normal, healthy, sane. Does fear become abnormal when the psychological factor enters into it?

Why should pleasurable experiences be recorded at all?

Wipe out reactions so that the mind is clear, not burdened with emotional memories.

Why should I have an image about myself?

I had pain yesterday, it is finished. Why should I be afraid of pain tomorrow?

Why is thought always giving a continuity to pleasure and to fear?

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ML6869DYP5 - Can the mind be free of fear, pain and pleasure?
Malibu - 28 December 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Thought creates pain and pleasure, but where thought functions objectively it becomes extraordinarily effective.

Pain, pleasure and fear are interrelated, and are bred by thought.

In pleasure there is always the seed of pain.

Can the mind be free from fighting in this entanglement of pleasure and pain?

Thought must function at its highest level in one direction and be quiet, silent in another. Is this possible?

Can the mind function out of silence?

The mind becomes inefficient when there is fear and pain and the escaping from that.

What is the state of the mind that can be efficient?

The mind is quiet when it is intelligent.

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ML6869DYP6 - Can the mind look at violence as it arises, as though for the first time?
Malibu - 29 December 1968
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Can anger, jealousy, greed, despair, guilt and anxiety be tackled in one go, or must they be examined one by one?

How am I to be free of violence?

The ideological approach is a waste of energy and is inefficient.

Without the ideal there is more energy.

Is the word stimulating me to be violent?

The mind translates everything in terms of the past because by doing so it thinks it has understood.

The mind lives in grooves, habits and tradition; what has been, will be, modified, and it keeps going.

Breaking the pattern is more important than being angry or not angry.

Can the mind look at its own violence without labelling it?

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ML6869DYP7 - Is there a discipline without the act of will?
Malibu - 4 January 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Is there a way of living which is free and at the same time completely disciplined?

How is the mind to be free of violence without making it into a problem, and without analysis, and an effort to be free of it?

Why does thought interfere to make pleasure or fear continue?

Can I end every experience as it arises, see the truth of it, and finish with it?

What factor is preventing direct perception?

Can you look at your wife, husband or child without the screen of words, without prejudice, conclusion and image?

What is intelligence?

When I say I must know myself, am I looking at that living thing with previous knowledge?

Can I look at a living thing with living eyes, rather than with dead eyes?

Discipline means to learn.

It is only a silent mind that can learn, not a mind that is crowded.

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ML6869DYP8 - What is the state of a mind that is necessary to learn?
Malibu - 5 January 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


All that we know is not learning but a process of accumulating.

Discipline can come into being only when there is the act of learning, not an act of will.

The mind must be empty to learn.

If you have a motive, can you look at yourself?

Envy is not different from me; I am envy. Thought is envy, I am thought.

When thought says, ‘I must be beyond envy,’ it is still envy.

What takes place in the mind when you stop doing anything about envy?

The very act of a motive is to imprison action.

If I have a motive to be free, it is not freedom.

To look at this whole trap, there must be freedom, without the screen, without the word, without knowledge.

To look attentively is to meditate.

Can the mind look at itself quietly?

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ML6869DYP9 - Loneliness and intelligence
Malibu - 11 January 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


How do I know I am in conflict?

Finding out what it means to face something, not to escape.

One experience contains the whole of experience.

Why should I not be dependent on a person?

By observing dependency, I have learnt the deep factor of my complete loneliness, isolation, brought about by constant self-centred activity.

How do I realize loneliness, emptiness?

By using the word ‘loneliness’, am I aware of the fact of loneliness, or of the word?

Dependence is mine, intelligence is not mine.

Can I look at loneliness without thought, description, the image, the recognizing process? If I can, am I lonely?

When the mind has intelligence, this intelligence is free, not the mind is free.

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ML6869DYP10 - What is the relationship between a free mind and an organized mind?
Malibu - 12 January 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


What do we mean by indifference?

How is one to be sensitive?

Being and becoming.

What is the relationship of freedom to organized life?

Can you find out how to live without division?

Organization makes monsters of us, whether Catholic monsters or business monsters.

To find out a way of life in which there is no division there must be deep meditation.

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ML6869DYP11 - Living without assumption
Malibu - 18 January 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Do we act through words or formulas?

Why am I caught in a trap of words?

Is there thought without the word, the symbol, the image?

What is the relationship of the word to action?

Is there an action which is not premeditated?

Is love a word?

Can I live without conclusions and formulas?

Can I deal with facts only, and not with assumptions?

Opinions, assumptions and formulas are a waste of energy.

To understand the fact that my wife or husband has left me, I need tremendous energy.

Keeping awake makes me learn. The learning is the doing.

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ML6869DYP12 - What is the element that brings about a tremendous instant revolution?
Malibu - 19 January 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


When am I conscious of myself?

Is it possible for a human being to live without any contradiction or resistance?

Is there a consciousness, a state, beyond the conscious?

How does the conscious mind uncover the unconscious?

There must be an explosion so that there is a totally different dimension. What is the dynamite, the thing that will explode this?

If there is no movement of thought at all, no direction, nothing, there must be a totally different action.

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ML6869DYP13 - How do we gather the energy needed to change?
Malibu - 25 January 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


We are in a state of constant conflict, which is dissipation of energy.

We need a great deal of energy to change. How is this to be gathered?

If the body can function on its own intelligence, one has solved a great many problems.

Bodily intelligence is denied when the appetite of pleasure is active.

Have you ever tried sitting absolutely quiet, physically quiet?

When is the observer conscious of itself as observing?

Can the mind observe its own thought?

Can my mind observe itself being jealous?

Why is there a division, space, a sense of separateness between a flower and the entity looking at it?

Is love a state in which there is no division?

Can the mind live without division?

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ML6869DYP14 - The possible and the impossible
Malibu - 26 January 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Why don’t we see the danger of the way we are living now, and act?

We are bringing about destruction of ourselves and everything else in the world.

I am the world. The things that are happening outside are also happening inside.

Can I wake up tomorrow with a different feeling, a different smile, a different heart, at a different dimension?

Putting an impossible question.

Can the mind be in a state of great adaptability, capable of anything, because it doesn’t know what is possible?

What is the possibility of the mind which says, ‘I do not know’? It is a fresh mind, therefore it can answer the impossible question.

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BK69T1 - Can the mind be free?
Berkeley - 3 February 1969
Public Talk
Audio


The society in which we live is the result of our psychological state.

Where there is fear there is aggression.

For most of us, freedom is something that we don’t want.

Inaction is total action.

What is the machinery that builds images?

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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BK69T2 - Thought sustains fear and pleasure
Berkeley - 4 February 1969
Public Talk
Audio


To understand relationship and to end the conflict in it is our entire problem.

Can man live at peace, within himself and outwardly?

In relationship one becomes aware of the actual state of oneself.

The man that has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free man, a peaceful man.

What is fear?

Can thought be silent?

Conduct becomes virtuous only when thought doesn’t cultivate what it considers virtue.

How is it possible to look at the sunset without thought weaving pleasure or pain around it?

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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BK69T3 - Life, death and love
Berkeley - 5 February 1969
Public Talk
Audio


What is it that we call living?

How can a confused mind find somebody who will tell the truth?

When there is no comparison, no opposite, you are actually faced with the fact of anger, then is there anger?

Without knowing what sorrow is, understanding its nature and structure, we shall not know what love is.

What is it to die?

One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.

It is only the mind that has shed all its burdens every day, ended every problem, that is an innocent mind. Then life has a different meaning altogether. Then one can find out what love is.

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BK69T4 - True revolution
Berkeley - 6 February 1969
Public Talk
Audio


What is a religious mind?

Must one go to an expert to tell us what the unconscious is or can one find it for oneself?

Through the negation of disorder, order comes into being.

It is only the meditative mind that can find out, not the curious mind or the mind that is everlastingly searching.

To meditate implies to see very clearly. It is not possible to see clearly when there is space between the observer and the thing observed.

It is only in silence that there is quite a different dimension. You have to find out for yourself; nobody can open the door for you.

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LO69T1 - Looking at violence without the word
London - 12 March 1969
Public Talk
Audio


Is it possible for the mind to be entirely free from conflict?

In the understanding of conflict is the possibility of right conduct.

Is the analyser different from the thing analysed?

What does it mean to see and understand something or to listen to somebody?

The act of seeing is the act of freedom from that which is, such as violence.

One has to be a teacher and pupil of oneself. There is no teacher outside.

Why does one build images?

The word brings its own division. Can you look at violence without the word?


Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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LO69T2 - Can the mind be free of fear?
London - 16 March 1969
Public Talk
Audio


Can there be complete psychological freedom?

Learning and freedom go together.

One cannot learn about oneself unless one is free.

To learn about oneself one must observe actually as one is, not according to patterns, formulas or concepts.

Can the mind resolve its conditioning and fears completely? Fear makes us accept conditioning.

Fear and pleasure arise through the structure of thought.

What place has thought in life?

The thinker is the thought.


Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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LO69T3 - A way of living in which there is no division
London - 20 March 1969
Public Talk
Audio


To find a way of living with no fragmentation, one has to go deeply into what is love and death.

What is the relationship between pleasure and intelligence?

Is there a tomorrow psychologically?

Is it possible for the mind to be free of the past so that it is not bound by time?

All division must bring about conflict.

What is the deeper level of the mind?

Why do we give deep significance to the unconscious mind but don’t give great importance to the conscious mind?

What is the relationship between love and death?

Unless the mind changes radically our living has very little meaning.

Can one die from day to day to everything psychologically known?


Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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LO69T4 - Meditation and the activity of silence
London - 23 March 1969
Public Talk
Audio


Is truth ever to be found by seeking?

Why should one have any experience at all?

Light is light; it doesn’t ask for more light.

The desire for more experience is an escape from the actual, from ‘what is’.

Unless one lays the foundation of virtue, meditation becomes a trick to control the mind.

Any method that teaches how to meditate is obviously false.

Out of awareness of inattention there is attention. You don’t have to practise awareness.

What takes place when the thinker is the thought? Then does the mind wander at all?

Concentration is a form of resistance. Where there is resistance there is division and conflict.

Can the brain be made quiet?

The activity of silence is entirely different from the quality of self-centred activity.


Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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PA69T1 - Change and fear
Paris - 10 April 1969
Public Talk
Audio


What the world is, we are. What we are the world is.

Is it possible to change, not in the distant future or through a gradual process of evolution?

Words play an extraordinary part in our life. Can we be free of the word?

Can the mind be free from fear?

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PA69DYP1 - What is the state of the mind when the observer is not?
Paris - 12 April 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Is it possible to remove the space between the observer and the observed? Then only is there peace between you and me.

Can we stop making images?

Can the mind, which is the observer with all its conditioning, undergo a total change? Otherwise we cannot live at peace.

Do I need a stimulant to see things clearly?

Can the mind look at itself completely attentively?

Can one observe without a centre?

Can you look at somebody without like, dislike or evaluation?

As long as there is the observer there is no love and therefore no attention or clarity, and so all relationship is broken up.

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PA69T2 - Uncovering the content of consciousness
Paris - 13 April 1969
Public Talk
Audio


If one resists, controls or tries to suppress a habit, the energy necessary to understand that habit is wasted.

The moment you try to free yourself from fear you create resistance against fear.

Being free from something is not freedom.

Learning itself is a process of action which is always in the present.

Can the conscious mind with its active thought uncover the unconscious, the hidden?

Is there another way of exposing the whole content of consciousness?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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PA69DYP2 - What am I to do in life?
Paris - 16 April 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


What is the right thing to do amongst all the mess in the world?

Can I see the whole of life as a map?

Does a particular fear prevent the perception of the whole?

How is a mind that is discontent with something to become discontented in itself?

A discontent that never finds satisfaction, a fire that is always burning.

Is there such thing as permanent satisfaction?

Is my action based on satisfaction?

To be nothing is to love.

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PA69T3 - Fear, time and silence
Paris - 17 April 1969
Public Talk
Audio


What is fear, and what is its beginning? Is there an end to fear?

Is there a way to understand our secret fears?

Is there a perception concerned with understanding, not with resisting or freeing itself from fear?

What are fear and pleasure?

Can psychological time come to an end, not tomorrow but instantly?

As long as there is an observer or thinker apart from thought, silence is not.

Can time and thought, and so fear, naturally come to an end?

It is only a quiet mind that can put an end to time, therefore there is no fear.

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PA69DYP3 - Why are we confused?
Paris - 19 April 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


To transform the world, which is so necessary, I must transform myself.

If I discard inwardly all authority, where am I?

How does confusion arise? Why am I uncertain?

Wherever there is choice there must be confusion.

Why do I choose? What is there to choose?

The non-facing of fact produces confusion.

If the mind doesn’t escape at all, it has got tremendous energy to face the fact and deal with it.

A mind that is living only with fact is never confused. Such a mind can act.

We are violent because of fear.

Can one be free completely of fear so that the mind is never afraid?

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PA69T4 - Can we live without division?
Paris - 20 April 1969
Public Talk
Audio


Freedom is the understanding of total existence. In the understanding of this comes peace.

With one hand we destroy, with the other we caress.

We have chosen war as the way of life and yet we want to live peacefully.

Does love mean possession, domination and exercising will?

When you are not a specialist in any field but are a free human being, sex has its own beauty.

When we understand dying, loving and living then action is not separate.


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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PA69DYP4 - Looking at pleasure and pain
Paris - 22 April 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Can we keep the pleasure principle and pain separate, or do they always go together?

Thought demands pleasure and yet creates pain. Is our life to be spent in these opposites?

Pleasure and pain are living things, not to be approached with a dead mind.

Any form of conclusion dulls the mind.

The ‘me’ is a bundle of memories, which are dead things, so the ‘me’ is a dead thing.

The dead ‘me’ is looking at living things.

Can the mind and the heart look with something that is living, which is love?

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PA69T5 - A reality of a different dimension
Paris - 24 April 1969
Public Talk
Audio


For mind to come upon a strange mystery, it must lay the foundation of behaviour: a morality not of society, in which there is freedom and no fear.

The mind must be free of every form of spiritual tradition, otherwise it becomes dull, insensitive, utterly lacking the highest form of intelligence.

The idea of meditation is for the mind to become completely quiet.

If you concentrate you are merely resisting, building a wall around yourself.

One has to be the teacher and disciple for oneself.

Meditation is to bring about, without effort or compulsion, the mind’s highest capacity, which is intelligence, which is to be highly sensitive.

Meditation has everything to do with life; it isn’t going off into an emotional, ecstatic state.


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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AM69T1 - Why don’t we have the energy to change?
Amsterdam - 3 May 1969
Public Talk
Audio


Why do we live a monotonous, stupid, ritualistic, meaningless life?

Can the mind, the brain and the heart live as though for the first time, uncontaminated, fresh, innocent, so that one knows what it means to live happily, ecstatically, with deep love?

As long as there is conflict between the opposites, duality, man has not enough energy to change.

Why is the mind conditioned?

Is there any psychological certainty or security?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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AM69T2 - How is conditioning to be understood?
Amsterdam - 4 May 1969
Public Talk
Audio


Without dreaming, is it possible to understand the unconscious, deeper layers of consciousness?

As long as the observer is different from the thing observed, conflict and distortion are inevitable.

Observing oneself is only possible in relationship, not theoretically.

Our lives are a series of conflicts and struggles; we are never peaceful.

Must the mind always live in the past?

Can the mind, so heavily conditioned, free itself?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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AM69DYP1 - Can I live harmoniously?
Amsterdam - 6 May 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


What is one to do in the world so that one lives completely harmoniously within himself?

How does desire arise?

What is thinking?

How am I to live without contradiction?

Am I aware of you if I am prejudiced against you?

The entity that fights nationalism, being conditioned, is part of nationalism. What happens if you realise both are conditioned?

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AM69DYP2 - What am I to watch when all is me?
Amsterdam - 8 May 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


What shall a human being do in the world?

What do you mean by the word ‘watching’?

Knowing the watcher is the watched, what action takes place?

Who is the entity that will break conditioning?

How does understanding come about?

Beauty happens when there is no struggle or effort.

How is the mind to be quiet, without reaction?

If I am greedy and you are greedy, the watcher is the watched. If I am not greedy, what happens?

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AM69T3 - In the demand for freedom is fear
Amsterdam - 10 May 1969
Public Talk
Audio


Is it possible to live without conflict?

There is only fear, not the watcher who watches fear, because the watcher is fear.

Thought breeds fear and pleasure, which are both a matter of time.

Thought engenders the coin of pleasure and pain, which is fear.

What is to be done about thought, which we worship and has become so important?

How does thought come into being?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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AM69T4 - Looking at life, loving and dying as one movement
Amsterdam - 11 May 1969
Public Talk
Audio


We are conditioned to look at life in fragments.

Can the conscious mind see into the unconscious completely?

To negate this living, which is ugly, lonesome, fearful and violent, not knowing what the other is, is the most positive action.

Is love attachment, dependence, possession?

Is order a matter of design, conformity, obedience?

Dying is part of living; you cannot love without dying.


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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AM69DYP3 - Learning has nothing to do with criticism or experiencing
Amsterdam - 13 May 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


What place has learning in criticism?

Psychologically, does experience teach me anything?

Is it possible to experience so totally that one is finished with it completely?

Can I see myself and not be separate as an observer looking at myself?

Is there a watching without the watcher, without being conditioned or wanting to escape, suppress, control?

Am I so awake that I don’t rely on experience to wake me up?

If there is no resistance to what is called fear, is there fear?

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AM69T5 - What is a religious life?
Amsterdam - 14 May 1969
Public Talk
Audio


Is a religious life to be found by seeking reality?

Does a religious life come through the search for the real?

Is it possible not to seek at all?

To learn implies watching without accumulating.

Can the mind be utterly quiet, completely silent?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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AM69DYP4 - Thought is a movement in fear and pleasure
Amsterdam - 15 May 1969
Discussion with Young People
Audio


What are psychological fears?

How am I to discover hidden fears?

Thought is responsible for fear.

Whatever thought does, in any direction, is productive of more fear and pleasure.

How is intelligence going to deal with fear and pain?

What does a wakened mind do with pleasure?

Love is not pleasure; love is not pain.

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BR69DSG - The central cause of all conflict
Brockwood Park - 22 June 1969
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


Can one utterly, deeply, radically transform oneself?

Will the discovery of the cause of conflict end conflict?

Is there such thing as security?

Why do we create the division of the looker and the thing looked upon?

There is conflict - what am I to do?

How one looks or observes matters immensely.

Can one look at conflict without any distortion?

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SA69CV1 - Can another dispel the darkness in oneself?
Saanen - 25 July 1969
Conversation with Swami Venkatesananda
Audio
Subtitles

Q: What is the role of a guru?

The word ‘guru’ in the classical sense means the dispeller of darkness and ignorance.

Can another help to dispel the darkness in oneself? He can only point out, ‘You are the door through which you yourself have to go.’

Should a teacher lay down what is right conduct? This means they have set the pattern and are conditioning.

How do I know if a teacher is right? Why should I accept a teacher?

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SA69CV2 - Can one experience the infinite?
Saanen - 26 July 1969
Conversation with Swami Venkatesananda
Audio
Subtitles

Why do we always attach ourselves to something which we suppose to be the highest?

We use the word ‘experience’ very easily. Can we experience the feeling of supreme ecstasy? Can we experience the infinite?

Can the mind which is conditioned, prejudiced and frightened experience the highest?

When fear and conditioning cease, is there experiencing of the highest at all?

If the entity which is fear and anxiety has dissolved its fear, what is there to experience?

What is the purpose of experience? Is there the need of experience at all?

Being in a state in which there is no peace, we want to experience a state of absolute, permanent, eternal peace.

If the mind can free itself from agony then what is the need to ask for an experience of the supreme?

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BR69T1 - Living without resistance
Brockwood Park - 6 September 1969
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Is it possible for human beings to find out if they can live in a state of non-duality?

The very nature of thought is to divide, bring about fragmentation as the observer, the experiencer, the watcher, and the thing watched, experienced observed.

A great deal of energy is necessary to be alert, aware, sensitive, to understand this separative, dualistic life of resistance.

Real meditation is when the mind is aware of itself and not creating the observer, the outsider who is looking in.

Q: How can you live peacefully or with any degree of happiness, knowing the terrible and heart-rending things that are going on in the world?

Q: Asking us to be silently aware of ‘what is’ seems to be asking too much. The pain of ‘what is’ seems to be much more than we can bear for any length of time without trying to escape from it.

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BR69T2 - Why are we not completely aware of the psychological dangers in which we live?
Brockwood Park - 7 September 1969
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

The talk starts with a short introduction about the newly created school at Brockwood Park.


One of our major problems is to be sensitive, not only to one’s own idiosyncrasies, fallacies and troubles but also to be sensitive to others.

Why is it that we are not as aware of psychological dangers as we are of physical dangers?

If one has to analyse everything every day, one has not the time or the energy.

Perhaps we will be able to analyse everything by the end of one’s life, but by then life is finished.

Dreaming and analysis.

Can there be sensitivity if there is a space between the thing that is observed and the observer?


Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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BR69D1 - How am I to become extraordinarily alert?
Brockwood Park - 9 September 1969
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Can I, being somewhat neurotic, look at myself?

Why should I take a drug when there is a much more direct, simple way of looking at myself, which is in my relationship?

Will drugs help me to get over my neuroticism?

What am I to do when I know I am neurotic?

You have helped me to watch myself and to be aware of my neuroticism. Can you help me to go much deeper, or can you help me only up to a certain point?

How can I have the energy, the vitality, the intensity which makes me observe intensely?

I am learning that deeply nobody can help me, because the helper is helping me according to his conditioning.

Where there is attention there is an abundance of energy.

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BR69D2 - Can I live completely without resistance?
Brockwood Park - 11 September 1969
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Is it a fact that resistance is a wastage of energy?

Any form of conclusion or opinion is a resistance, and divides people.

I recognise I am resisting and I am learning about it, so my mind is curious to find out why I am resisting.

Why do I have opinions?

Thought takes hold of natural biological urges and demands, and transforms them into something we call cravings and appetites.

Resisting and yielding.

Shall I resist fear by cultivating courage?

Can I live without comparison?

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BR69T3 - Knowing what love is
Brockwood Park - 13 September 1969
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Most of us are seeking some kind of deep significance or meaning to life.

Honesty is to see exactly ‘what is’ without any distortion outwardly and inwardly.

Love is not sentiment, an emotional state, because sentiment and emotion change, and where there is sentiment and emotion there is great deal of cruelty and destructive ruthlessness.

The most fundamental questions are: what is living, what is love, what is death?

What is the relationship between thought and pleasure?

Honesty, innocency and love must be the foundation of meditation.

To meditate you need tremendous intelligence and sensitivity, which comes through knowing oneself completely.


Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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BR69T4 - Meditation is the beginning of understanding oneself
Brockwood Park - 14 September 1969
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Meditation and systems.

One can only observe when there is no image through which one is looking.

When I look at myself, is the observer different from the thing looked at?

We are living in the past, we are the past, and all our activities stem from the past, and so for most of us thought is enormously important.

It is part of meditation to find out when the act of thinking is absolutely necessary and when thought must be absolutely quiet.

You can meditate while active, but perhaps it may help sometimes to sit quietly by yourself, or when you walk alone, to observe yourself and your reactions.

I can only listen to you when the mind is completely quiet, not resisting, agreeing or disagreeing, but actually listening with my whole being.

Questions from the audience followed the talk

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BR69DSS1 - Freedom, peace and compassion
Brockwood Park - 28 September 1969
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio


Do you want to deal with the whole question of cruelty or only with a particular form?

You must have knowledge and yet can you live in this world freely?

Are we concerned with a corner of the field or with the whole field?

How am I to live intelligently, being free, at peace and with compassion?

Why is it not freedom to say, ‘I will do what I want to do’?

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BR69DSS2 - How do we awaken intelligence?
Brockwood Park - 1 October 1969
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio


What are you going to do in life?

As you explore the whole of living, shouldn’t you also explore what religion is?

We are together at Brockwood. I accept this at the beginning and later become lazy. What will you do?

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BR69DSS3 - Living without harming
Brockwood Park - 4 October 1969
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio


Where do you draw the line between killing and non-killing?

Are you inflicting suffering on animals and people?

Not to want to hurt another is difficult.

What does it mean to think or feel non-dualistically?

If one is acting, thinking and feeling in terms of pleasure, how can there be compassion?

You are intelligent, compassionate and considerate. How are you going to communicate with me who is not?

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BR69DSS4 - An awareness in which ‘to be’ is non-existent
Brockwood Park - 5 October 1969
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio


Living without the verb ‘to be’.

Why should one assert ‘I am’?

Words shape feelings, feeling shapes words - they are not separate.

Can you and I communicate wholeness to each other?

You are compassionate and have a feeling for the whole. How are you going to show me that?

The word ‘compassion’ means passion for the whole of the world. Have you that feeling?


This discussion includes a talk by David Bohm on the semantics of ‘I am’.

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BR69DSS5 - Authority, freedom, intelligence and responsibility
Brockwood Park - 7 October 1969
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio


Which do you think is of greater significance: authority, freedom or intelligence?

When we do things together, what place has authority and freedom?

There is a difference between responsibility and authority.

Responsibility can become authoritarian, or something creative.

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BR69DSS6 - There is no prejudice in awareness
Brockwood Park - 12 October 1969
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio


What is boredom?

Can I be aware of my conclusions and prejudices?

As long as the mind is unaware, it is going to resist, divide and have prejudices.

When the mind is aware, there is no prejudice.

Awareness is not habit, practice or discipline.

Where there is intelligence there is no prejudice; the unintelligent mind is prejudiced.

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BR69DSS7 - At what time should we go to bed?
Brockwood Park - 19 October 1969
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio


What shall we do about the matter of going to bed at a certain time and sticking to it?

What would be a reasonable bedtime?

Find out why it is important to be alone, see what is implied and test it day and night.

Why do we say one thing and do another?

Why should we be frightened?

Do you treat Brockwood as your home?

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BR69DSS8 - Do you know that society and friends influence you?
Brockwood Park - 21 October 1969
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio


We are persuaded and influenced by friends, family, society and culture.

Can you observe influence?

You can only observe if there is vulnerability.

Can one be free of all influence and conditioning?

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BR69DSS9 - Do you see the danger of fragmentation?
Brockwood Park - 23 October 1969
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio


Are we a community?

What is the relationship between a member of a community and the community itself?

What is the action that will bring about wholeness, in which fragmentation doesn’t exist?

When you don’t know something, what happens to the brain?

How does fragmentation come about?

We are not refined or sensitive.

How does refinement come into being completely?

You must leave Brockwood without ever being fragmented again. That is a real revolution.

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BR69DSS10 - Pleasure, fear and love
Brockwood Park - 25 October 1969
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio


The yesterday, today and tomorrow are more or less the same, modified but the same movement.

What is going to be your future?

What place have sex and pleasure in love?

Where is the line between pleasure, fear and love?

We divide love, pleasure and fear and try to keep each one in its compartment.

Can the mind not be fragmented, be individual, indivisible?

Do you know what meditation is?

Can you sit quietly without decision?

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RO69T - What is one to do confronted with deterioration in the world?
Rome - 4 November 1969
Public Talk
Audio


Can one discard all ideals?

If you cannot rely on an outside agency can you rely on yourself?

The issue is to free the mind: not your mind but the mind of man.

Becoming aware of conditioning one must act instantly.

The incapacity to act instantly is degeneration.

The answer to the challenge of deterioration is complete freedom from conditioning.

Complete action and inadequate action.

Can you drop the past, your memories and hurts?


A discussion with the audience followed the talk.

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BE69T - Why does man perpetuate violence?
Benares - 27 November 1969
Public Talk
Audio


Why does man live in violence?

Why has man given extraordinary importance to sex and self-expression through violence?

A total mutation is necessary of the whole structure and nature of the brain and mind.

Can fear in the human mind and heart be put aside?

If there is division between the observer and the observed, there must be conflict. That is the very root of violence.

Inquiry into oneself demands great delicacy.

To learn about something you must not come to it with previous knowledge.


Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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MA6970T1 - Why is there fragmentation and division?
Madras (Chennai) - 28 December 1969
Public Talk
Audio


Where there is division, there is contradiction and conflict.

Division exists as long as there is resistance.

Contradiction exists when there is a wall between you and something else.

Your brain reacts from the past.

When you observe, what is it that is observing?

Can there be observation without resistance?

There is no design or pattern for order.

To find out what order is, and its beauty and freedom, one must understand disorder.

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MA6970T2 - Order is the total response to a challenge
Madras (Chennai) - 31 December 1969
Public Talk
Audio


Order is only possible when we understand disorder.

Order means responsibility, not duty.

Responsibility means to respond totally.

Order is complete security, and therefore no effort.

Why do we live in conflict and violence?

What is thinking? If answered adequately, this very question brings order.

Thought divides; division is resistance; resistance is disorder.

A life of order means a life of virtue.

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MA6970D2 - Meeting a challenge anew
Madras (Chennai) - 2 January 1970
Public Discussion
Audio


Why do we have problems?

Can we ever know what to do with a challenge?

If I am living in the past and responding from the past, there is nothing new.

The new is when the past is not.

When I get angry why should I relate the present to the past?

Can the mind look at violence as though it is the very first thing that has happened?

Why do you carry your tears all your life?

Why should the mind be occupied?

Have you looked inwardly?

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MA6970T3 - Living, dying and love
Madras (Chennai) - 4 January 1970
Public Talk
Audio


The possibility of the impossible is more important than what is possible.

Why is your mind occupied with itself?

What gives desire continuity?

Living in the past.

What is love?

Why is love associated with sex?

Dying every day to everything in which you take delight.

We poison this peculiar thing called love.

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MA6970D3 - To live in fear is to be asleep
Madras (Chennai) - 6 January 1970
Public Discussion
Audio


Why is one hurt?

We can deal with physical fears easily, but psychological fears are more complex.

In analysis, there is the analyser and the analysed, division, resistance, conflict and a waste of energy.

Would you be in disorder if you didn’t control?

How am I to awaken myself, knowing I am insensitive, dull and repeating what others have said?

Fear of letting the known go has paralysed you.

What have you done with your life?

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MA6970T4 - Meditation concerns the whole of life
Madras (Chennai) - 7 January 1970
Public Talk
Audio


Meditation is quite arduous and a great deal of fun.

Exploration is entirely different from seeking.

Any method, habit, routine or mechanism destroys inquiry and wastes energy.

A tortured mind can never look clearly without distortion.

The mind is distorted when there is compulsion, imitation, conformity or control.

When the mind is absolutely still, without a movement, there is no distortion.

When the observer chatters, there is no observed, only the chattering.

When you see the structure and the nature of control, the mind is intelligent.

Love can only come when there is no observer.

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ML70DSG1 - Living with a sustained seriousness
Malibu - 21 February 1970
Discussion with Small Group
Audio
Subtitles

What does it mean to be serious?

Becoming.

Why do I compare myself with you or with somebody else?

Do I look at people through images?

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ML70DSG2 - Can the brain operate without recourse to the past?
Malibu - 22 February 1970
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


Is there self-progress?

Conflict.

Security.

Any form of division within oneself is a source of conflict.

Can the brain be quiet?

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ML70DSG3 - What makes one control?
Malibu - 14 March 1970
Discussion with Small Group
Video
Subtitles

Violence.

Why do you control?

Security means to be in a state in which there is no choice at all.

The mind has become sensitive because it has observed, not because it has experienced.

Either you see the fact with the past or you see the fact as it is now.

The word is of the past.

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ML70DSG4 - Being serious without belief
Malibu - 15 March 1970
Discussion with Small Group
Video
Subtitles

Can the intellect, a fragment, ever be serious? Serious in the sense of a sustained observation without any distortion.

Control.

What is living?

How does it happen that one can be completely harmonious?

What does awareness mean?

* * *

ML70DSG5 - Attention leads to learning
Malibu - 21 March 1970
Discussion with Small Group
Video
Subtitles

Inattention and attention.

Observing without the word.

What is the function of sleep?

Is love a matter of culture, a thing of pleasure and therefore dependency?

* * *

ML70DSG6 - Fear in consciousness
Malibu - 22 March 1970
Discussion with Small Group
Video
Subtitles

How does it happen that the deep layers hidden in consciousness can be exposed?

Comparison between what is and what has been and what will be is the process of fear.

Can the mind observe without comparison?

* * *

ML70DSG7 - What is order?
Malibu - 28 March 1970
Discussion with Small Group
Video
Subtitles

Order and disorder.

Why does the mind accumulate?

How do you receive something that is not of the mind?

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ML70DSG8 - How is one to be entirely free from fear?
Malibu - 29 March 1970
Discussion with Small Group
Video
Subtitles

Fear.

All the escaping and the strengthening of fear comes because we are inattentive.

What is sleep?

* * *

ML70I - A short interview about the future of the foundations and schools
Malibu - 29 March 1970
Interview
Video
Subtitles

Q: One hundred years from now, after you’re gone, what do you want done about all the things you’ve said?

The Krishnamurti Foundations though legally separate are morally, ethically and deeply interrelated. That’s why some of the people from America should go to India and to England to get into touch with each other, meet each other, to feel what each other is doing, and not be antagonistic to each other.

Q: When K isn’t around anymore, who interprets his philosophy?

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SD70T1 - How does one learn about oneself?
San Diego - 5 April 1970
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

If we are not to be dependent on some saviour or authority then where do we look for light?

Being broken up with contradictory desires, having no love, how are we to observe? Does one fragment observe the rest?

Are you separate from the thing you observe? Can you observe at the moment of violence, at the moment of your anger, without the censor?

When the observer becomes the observed does contradiction disappear?

Can one free oneself from accumulated knowledge?

Is there dullness if I don't compare at all? Do you understand anything through comparison?

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SD70T2 - Can the human mind be completely free of fear?
San Diego - 6 April 1970
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

How does one deal with the hidden as well as the conscious fears?

Is fear a moving away from 'what is'? Can a fearful, dependent mind know joy or love?

Will analysis free the mind from fear? Doesn't it imply time and an analyser? Is the analyser a fragment of the ego?

Are fear and pleasure interrelated?

Sustaining pleasure and maintaining fear, thought separates itself as the analyser.

Clarity of thought is needed but thought also breeds fear, so what is one to do?

Is there a centre from which you observe?

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SD70T3 - Understanding meditation requires order
San Diego - 7 April 1970
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Isn't our actual daily life disorder?

In pleasure there is frustration, pain, dependency. Is that love?

Why has sex become so important in life?

Can one see life as a whole in which living, love, and death are not three separate things?

Can the mind be so awake that it has no experience, needs no challenge?

Thought is not love. Love is not the past, love is not memory.

Without understanding living, love, and death isn't your meditation merely an escape, a form of self-hypnosis?

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SD70DYP - How can the mind free itself of its accumulated violence?
San Diego - 8 April 1970
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Killing each other has been a kind of peculiar, monstrous game throughout the centuries, and though so-called educated, cultured, we are still indulging in the most savage form of butchery.

There is no love in any form if there is any spark of violence in the mind.

What is the source of violence?

How does the ‘me’ come into being?

What is the mechanism that forms images?

When the mind doesn’t name it, can the mind look at what it has called violence?

To have extra-sensory perceptive experience, you must be extraordinarily mature, extraordinarily sensitive, extraordinarily intelligent. If you are extraordinarily intelligent, you don’t want psychic experience.

How do you meet violence in other people?

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SD70T4 - What is meditation?
San Diego - 9 April 1970
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

In meditation what is the place of search?

Can one bring about order without understanding disorder?

Is control necessary for order? Why do we need control when there is understanding of 'what is'?

Without love, that is not touched by pleasure,
meditation is self-hypnosis.

Can a petty mind experience anything other than its own projections and activities? To see clearly musn't the mind be quiet?

If you have this extraordinary thing going on in your life, then it is everything. Then you are the teacher, the student, the beauty of the cloud, and that is love.

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BR70S1 - Violence and the ‘me’
Brockwood Park - 6 June 1970
Seminar
Video
Subtitles

Can the human mind solve our social and inward problems without any kind of violence?

What is violence?

Does a human being want to be free of all violence?

Is it possible to live without direction?

Any movement of the ‘me’ is still the ‘me’, which is the root of violence.

Is it possible to live without the ‘me’?

Note: a total of 15 minutes and 49 seconds of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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BR70S2 - Is there a living in which there is no violence?
Brockwood Park - 7 June 1970
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

Can one look without a purpose, without a direction, without a sense of duality?

To deny something without really understanding it, is a form of violence.

Any movement of thought is the ‘me’. Can the mind observe without thought?

Violence means conformity.

Violence comes the moment there is a purpose, a direction, a division.

One has to learn how to watch without duality.

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BR70S3 - When there is complete attention thought does not interfere
Brockwood Park - 13 June 1970
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

Why is there this tremendous activity of division in our lives?

We want to live in total harmony, without the contradiction of desires. Is this possible?

Can I look at disharmony without the process of analysis, in which there is the division between the analyser and the analysed?

Being absorbed in something is entirely different from being attentive.

Attention is not the division brought about through concentration. Attention is not analysis. In a mind that is completely attentive, thought doesn’t enter with its divisions.

There can be attention without the movement of the senses.

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BR70S4 - Can a mind in contradiction know what harmony is?
Brockwood Park - 14 June 1970
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

To live a harmonious life attention must be non-contradictory.

An action that is a product of analysis is non-action.

A non-contradictory life, a life of complete and total harmony, what would such a life’s work be in art or in science or anything?

You are conditioned by society, which human beings have created. Unless there is a deep, radical change within oneself, social change does not bring about harmonious life.

Can you look without accumulating knowledge?

What is sleep?

A mind that is incessantly active, can it ever create?

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BR70S5 - Can a divided mind perceive the wholeness of life?
Brockwood Park - 20 June 1970
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

Is it possible to look at everything as a whole?

Freedom means a quality of mind which has no division in itself.

Is verbal comprehension really understanding?

How do you see anything new?

Can the mind look at the various fragments, including thought itself, without the censor, without division as the observer and the observed?

When you look, your look is fragmented. Then what will you do?

Are you aware of your conditioning?

How can there be separation when the mind looks without any movement of choice?

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BR70S6 - What is the quality of the mind that has seen the effects of division?
Brockwood Park - 21 June 1970
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

Are we aware of the many fragments of which we are?

Why should I suffer, have pain or fear because of what I see in myself?

Having built walls of resistance, must I go to somebody to help me to tear down these walls? Why should I seek help from anybody?

The past resistances are part of the mind. What can the mind do about its own part, which it has built?

The mind itself is the machinery of resistance.

How do you know that thought brings about fragmentation?

What is the use of having an ideal?

What is love?

* * *

SA70DYP1 - What is your vocation?
Saanen - 24 July 1970
Discussion with Young People
Audio


Being young, what am I going to do with my life?

One has to find out one’s vocation, dharma, do something which is true in life.

Be aware of what is going on in the world, and of your role and responsibility.

We can only understand in relationship, not in isolation.

A new society comes only when you have found right relationship with another. Society is relationship.

What is it to be aware?

It is your vocation to find out how to live in this world with alert awareness.

The mind chooses only when it is confused. There is no choice when the mind is very clear.

A new response can take place only when the old brain is sufficiently quiet.

Awareness in which there is no justification, condemnation or identification.

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SA70DYP2 - How do you know you are confused?
Saanen - 31 July 1970
Discussion with Young People
Audio


What do we mean by the word ‘confusion’?

What do you do when you are confused in a forest and have lost your way?

Have you stopped searching for a way to clear up confusion?

How do I know I have stopped searching? Is the stoppage right through my being or superficial only?

Choice and decision exist as long as there is confusion.

Has psychosomatic activity produced confusion? I can be ill and yet realise confusion is not a result of illness.

There is an action and clarity when the mind has completely stopped; it realises any movement out of confusion is more confusion.

Living is action. In living there is confusion; out of that living, action brings confusion.

Is there an action which is always complete, not contradictory and doesn’t breed more problems?

There is duality when you say ‘I am confused.’ That very duality and division is confusion.

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BR70T1 - Observing without the ‘me’
Brockwood Park - 5 September 1970
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Who is the observer who decides what to do, think and become? He is one fragment amongst many.

What is the action that is total? Can thought bring about total observation?

Has thought created division?

The moment I am aware of my conditioning there is a duality. Can I observe myself without any image?

Can there be a learning without accumulation so that the mind is always fresh to learn?

Thought sustains pleasure. Is pleasure an escape from fear?

Would conflict disappear if one became aware?

* * *

BR70T2 - Can one live without psychological effort?
Brockwood Park - 6 September 1970
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Is there a way of living of great delight, where action is complete, without the exhausting process of pleasure?

Without formulas and concepts, can the mind see the whole of existence as one unitary movement?

Change is only possible if the mind can be made new.

Can one let go of the past and have a mind capable of learning?

What is the factor that will make the mind new?

A quiet mind can observe ‘what is’ and go beyond. Can I know I have a quiet mind?

Q: What does the cessation of sorrow imply?

Does sorrow end only through self-understanding? When we no longer desire there is an end to sorrow.

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BR70D1 - If one is conforming there is no freedom
Brockwood Park - 8 September 1970
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: What are the implications of conforming and is it possible not to conform at all?

Why does the human mind conform?

The whole process of education is conformity.

Does conformity lead to security?

Is not the observer the result of centuries of conforming?

Can the observer become aware of himself as the very essence of conformity?

Are you aware of division in yourself?

When you look at a tree or the sky, are you looking through division?

Can the mind be intensely aware and not create an image?

The observer becomes aware of himself not through the fragment of any action but within himself lights the fire that dissolves the observer.

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BR70D2 - Maturity is freedom from conditioning
Brockwood Park - 10 September 1970
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: What shall I do when I realize that my whole life is based on thought?

Has feeling any significance apart from thought?

Is love a product of thought?

Can you remain with a feeling without naming it?

Despair, misery, confusion, who is feeling all this?

How has division come about between the observer and the observed?

Can you look at a tree without the image?

Can you look with eyes that have never been touched by the past? Can those eyes look innocently, with freedom?

Is the thinker separate from thought?

* * *

BR70T3 - Does a Free Mind Choose?
Brockwood Park - 12 September 1970
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Is divisive and destructive conditioning creating havoc in the world?

How is deep conditioning to be revealed?

How is one to go beyond all conditioning?

Is the observer different from what he examines, the analyser different from what he analyses?

Is there division and so conflict between knowledge and action?

Why has knowledge become so important in life?

What place has knowledge in freedom?

Decision implies choice. What need is there for any choice at all?

Q: Why do you need experience at all?

Q: Can a mind caught in becoming be creative?

* * *

BR70T4 - Acting without ideas
Brockwood Park - 13 September 1970
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

How does one go beyond the petty, shoddy little self?

Can the mind see so that the very seeing is the doing?

Usually there is an idea and then action follows. Where there is division as idea and action is conflict inevitable?

Intelligence is seeing danger and acting.

Isn't self-centredness a factor of division?

Can the mind, realizing the transiency of things, find something not of time?

Meditation implies a mind free of self-deception.

Q: Why does the mind endlessly chatter?

The mind is frightened if not occupied. Can thought end so that it does not sustain fear?

* * *

BR70IWT - Interview by Wilfred Thomas
Brockwood Park - 5 October 1970
Interview by Wilfred Thomas
Audio


Q: How old were you when you first heard the theosophists’ plans for you?

Q: When did you first have doubts about the pattern they had laid down for you?

Q: How are you reaching younger people?

Q: Do you think it is possible that humanity, instead of breaking up into national groups and races, will merge into one?

Q: What is your definition of love?

Q: What do you think happens when the body dies, reincarnation?

Q: You now have three institutions. Are they maintained by subscriptions?

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SY70DSG1 - What does it mean to look at something as a whole?
Sydney - 23 November 1970
Discussion with Small Group
Audio
Subtitles

The space between the observer and the observed.

Action according to knowledge becomes inaction.

Looking at something as a whole.

Is there an action without the past?

Seeing the danger of something.

Nationalism.

A total action out of emptiness.

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SY70DSG2 - Comparison and conformity
Sydney - 30 November 1970
Discussion with Small Group
Audio
Subtitles

Confidence.

Dependency.

Conclusions.

Conflict.

Conformity.

Becoming.

Measurement.

Awareness.

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MA6970D1 - Can the conditioned mind throw off its conditioning?
Madras (Chennai) - 30 December 1970
Public Discussion
Audio


Can a fragmentary mind understand the complex structure of the whole field of life?

Can the brain cells, so heavily conditioned, bring about a fundamental change in themselves?

There is only conditioning; there is no part saying, ‘I must be free.’

When the mind realises it is conditioned and that any movement is conditioned, it becomes sensitive, alive and intelligent.

When there is intelligence is there conditioning?

Conditioning only exists when the mind is asleep.

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MA71T1 - Conditioning disappears at the moment of attention
Madras (Chennai) - 6 January 1971
Public Talk
Audio


Can one listen without conclusion, comparison and judgment?

Can the brain cells, which contain memories, undergo radical mutation?

Can thought cease to create separation?

Time is a barrier and doesn’t bring freedom, because time is thought.

What prevents perception?

Why don’t we see things clearly and act instantly?

Can you see anything without an image?

Time is inattention. When you are completely attentive, there is no time.

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MA71T2 - Why are we fragmented?
Madras (Chennai) - 10 January 1971
Public Talk
Audio


One needs intense unfragmented energy to understand and end the structure of conflict.

The division between the observer and the observed is the very essence of conflict.

When the observer responds to an emotion, the response is always old.

How do you observe ‘what is’? Do you observe with your conditioned mind?

We have made love into a mechanical, pleasurable affair, but is that love?

To find out what love is, you have to completely deny what it is not.

Don’t accept what another says about death but find out what it means.

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MA71D1 - What is the place of memory in daily life?
Madras (Chennai) - 12 January 1971
Public Discussion
Audio


Is it possible to live without the burden of the past and so live every day anew?

The past and memories are in contradiction to the present.

Your insulting me has left an image of you that interferes in the observation of you now.

Wilful discarding of memories does not work.

What shall the mind do not to record insults?

How are the brain cells not to record but yet observe and look?

Each time you are completely attentive, there is no recording.

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MA71T3 - Attention, meditation and understanding oneself
Madras (Chennai) - 13 January 1971
Public Talk
Audio


Meditation perhaps covers the whole field of life.

Nobody can teach you about yourself except yourself.

What you learn from another is not truth.

Awareness is not a matter of accumulation; be aware from moment to moment.

When you are not aware, begin again so that your mind is fresh.

Avoid all systems of meditation; a mechanical mind can never find out what truth is.

In the state of non-attention is conflict.

To see anything clearly your mind must not chatter.

Out of aloneness, there is a quality of silence which is not the result of practice or the opposite of noise.

Silence is without cause and therefore it has no beginning and no end.

* * *

MA71D2 - Burdened with habits we are not capable of awareness
Madras (Chennai) - 15 January 1971
Public Discussion
Audio


What do we mean by awareness?

We are aware of our environment through conclusions.

What does it mean to be partially aware?

There is no awareness as long as there is habit.

Can habits be freed without any effort at all?

If there is an effort, there must be will, resistance and conflict.

Can the old brain be quiet when there is a challenge? That is meditation.

* * *

MA71DYP - Looking without conclusion
Madras (Chennai) - 18 January 1971
Discussion with Young People
Audio
Subtitles

Why does one get hurt?

The factors of hurt.

Lack of inward and outward space.

Are you tied to any belief or conclusion?

How do I look at the thing to which the mind is tied?

Is there an action which is never mechanical?

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BA71T1 - What is fear and what is pleasure?
Bangalore - 30 January 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

No book can teach you about yourself, no psychologist, none of the professors or philosophers. What they can teach you is what they think you are or what they think you should be.

To understand fear and pleasure, one has to observe them in oneself, not theoretically but actually see them operating in yourself.

Freedom and the beauty of freedom comes when you understand actually ‘what is’, when you really understand your own confusion, callousness and brutality.

Where there is attachment there must be the uncertainty that the person to whom you are attached may turn to another or may die. So where there is attachment there must be fear.

What is the function of thought, knowing that fear and pleasure are two sides of the coin?

To observe without the observer.

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BA71T2 - How does the observer come into being?
Bangalore - 31 January 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

How do you look at your life?

As long as there is an observer and the thing observed there must be conflict in you. When there is conflict in you, you project that conflict outwardly.

When you are seeking power, is there a possibility of love?

A mind that has been hurt must die to the hurts every day so that the next morning there’s a fresh, clear mind, which has no scars.

Q: When you say the one who says he knows doesn’t know, what do you mean? Must you not know yourself to say that?

Q: You don’t want us to read the great Indian epics. What’s wrong with them? Why are you so hostile towards our great saints?

Q: What is the reason for the grievances that sex has brought to the world in spite of the fact that it is the greatest energy of man?

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BA71DSG - Can the past be wiped away through effort?
Bangalore - 1 February 1971
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


If there were no books or tradition, how would one begin inquiry?

Can samskaras, of which I am the result, be broken through effort?

The idea of samskaras may be totally wrong.

The moment you posit there is a real self who can break samskaras, there is a duality.

I don’t want to make any effort because I see effort means more pain and battling with myself.

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BO71T1 - To perceive ‘what is’ is the basis of truth
Bombay (Mumbai) - 7 February 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Where there is division there must be conflict. A mind in conflict must inevitably be distorted and therefore it cannot possibly see clearly what is truth.

We need a total change, a deep revolution, psychological revolution, the inward revolution, without which you cannot possibly create a new society.

Is it possible to observe, to perceive without the observer?

How are images formed? Can the image-building come to an end?

Knowledge is absolutely necessary. Is it possible that knowledge, which the brain has accumulated through centuries, does not interfere with relationship?

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BO71T2 - Direct perception is freedom
Bombay (Mumbai) - 10 February 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Can the mind living in this world ever be free, not only superficially but profoundly, at the very root of its existence?

‘Freedom from’ is an abstraction, but freedom in observing ‘what is’ and going beyond it is actual freedom.

How do I observe greed? Do I observe it as an outsider looking in or do I observe it without the observer?

Without the mind being free you cannot live in order.

Q: Three years have passed; I have no energy to be aware of my reactions.

Q: Can we seek God through observation?

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BO71T3 - Love is that quality of mind in which there is no division
Bombay (Mumbai) - 14 February 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

To live in this world with intelligence, in spite of all the complications.

Is it possible to be free of fear, not only the superficial fear in relationship but the deep-rooted fear?

Thought nourishes, sustains and gives continuity to fear and pleasure.

When you are learning, your mind is awake.

Truth isn’t second-hand; you can’t get it through a guru, a book, you have to learn about it. The beauty of learning is that you don’t know what truth is.

What is love?

A man who has not love in his heart, but the things made by thought, will make a monstrous world, will construct a society that is totally immoral. To find out, you must undo everything that you have done.

What does it mean to die?

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BO71T4 - A mind in meditation is concerned only with meditation, not with the meditator
Bombay (Mumbai) - 17 February 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

If you can put aside your favourite systems, if you can understand that concentration is merely a resistance and therefore constant conflict and wastage of energy, then we can find out for ourselves what is necessary for a mind that is in a state of meditation.

To learn about oneself, a living thing, you have to watch, learn anew each minute.

What is will?

Consciousness is heritage, the result of time. Consciousness is the content of itself, which is time, sorrow, confusion, misery. Intelligence has no heritage.

What is a mind that is completely silent?

Q: How does one cope with the extraordinary energy that human beings have?

Please note that the original audio recording was of poor quality. Subtitles are available.

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SD71DYP1 - Can human beings radically bring about in themselves a psychological revolution?
San Diego - 25 March 1971
Discussion with Young People
Video
Subtitles

How do you change yourself?

Change through analysis is not change at all.

Is there a way of observing myself so completely that the very observation is complete action?

If you believe in religious dogmas, you are the result of thousands of years of propaganda.

What is morality?

Q: When I am in confusion, how is it possible to see clearly?

Q: What to do when there’s a military draft?

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ML71CJN1 - The role of the teacher
Malibu - 26 March 1971
Conversation with J. Needleman
Audio
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Q: There is much talk of a spiritual revolution among young people. Do you see in this very mixed phenomenon any hope of a new flowering for civilisation or possibility of growth?

One can go into oneself at tremendous depths and find out everything. To go into oneself is the problem. Not being able to do it we ask for help.

If there were no books, no gurus, what would you do?

Q: You speak against effort, but doesn’t the growth and well-being of all sides of man demand something like hard work of one sort or another?

Why is there this cult of effort? Why have I to make effort to reach God, enlightenment or truth?

Why do we divide energy at all?

The observer only comes into being when wanting to change ‘what is’.

The state of not-knowing is intelligence.

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ML71CJN2 - Inner space
Malibu - 26 March 1971
Conversation with J. Needleman
Audio
Subtitles

Is it possible to be free of the centre, so that the centre doesn’t create space around itself and build a wall?

Can the centre be still or fade away?

Can consciousness empty itself of its content?

Is love within the field of consciousness?

If you don’t form an image now, the past images have no place.

Q: Are there environments which can be conducive to liberation?

The company of the good doesn’t teach me what is good and what is false or true. I have to see it.

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ML7172CAN1 - The circus of man’s struggle
Malibu - 27 March 1971
Conversation with Alain Naudé
Audio
Subtitles

Why do we divide the world, the human being and the divine?

When I realise that my consciousness is the consciousness of the world, and the consciousness of the world is me, whatever change takes place in me affects the whole of consciousness.

Can human consciousness undergo a radical change?

To find out if there is something beyond this consciousness I must understand the content of consciousness. The mind must go beyond itself.

Do we realise that the observer, seeing the content, examining, analysing, looking at it all, is the content itself?

If there is no thought, there is no thinker.

If the observer is the observed, what is the nature of change in consciousness?

Man has become accustomed to take it for granted that will is the only way to bring about change, but will is not the factor of change.

Consciousness only exists when there is conflict between fragments.

Radical revolution in consciousness and of consciousness takes place when there is no conflict at all.

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ML7172CAN2 - On good and evil
Malibu - 28 March 1971
Conversation with Alain Naudé
Audio
Subtitles

Q: Do good and evil really exist or are they simply conditioned points of view?

Goodness is total order, not only outwardly but inwardly especially.

Is virtue the outcome of planning?

You cannot will to do good. Either you are good or not good; you cannot will goodness.

Will is the concentration of thought as resistance.

Are poisonous snakes, sharks and the appalling, frighteningly cruel things in nature evil?

The moment we assert that there is absolute evil, that very assertion is the denial of the good.

Goodness implies total abnegation of the self, because ‘the me’ is always separative.

Order means behaviour in freedom. Freedom means love, not pleasure. When one observes all this, one sees very clearly that there is a marvellous sense of absolute order.

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SD71DYP2 - A possibility of change
San Diego - 29 March 1971
Discussion with Young People
Video
Subtitles

Q: How to make the mind sensitive? How to see the whole problem totally?

Q: Could you define creativity?

Who is the ‘I’ that is making an effort not to be angry? Is not the ‘I’ part of that anger?

Conflict exists as long as there is a division between the thinker and the thought.

Unless we change, the world cannot possibly change.

Q: Could we inquire into the nature of a truly religious life?

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NY71T1 - To be aware of our past
New York - 17 April 1971
Public Talk
Video
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To examine there must be no distortion. Distortion will inevitably come into being when there is fragmentation, when one part of you condones or condemns what you observe.

We are the result of propaganda, what we have been told from childhood to believe and not to believe.

Knowledge is the past; there is no knowledge in the present.

To be aware without choice is to observe without the observer, which is the past, the image-maker.

Q: Should a man who does not truly love himself try to help others love themselves? Should anyone try to help anyone?

Q: What is your opinion of Buddha?

Q: Could we talk about distraction?

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NY71T2 - What you think, you are
New York - 18 April 1971
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

What is hidden in the deeper layers of the mind, the unconscious?

Does analysis produce a radical change, or is it an intellectual entertainment, an avoidance of action?

What are dreams?

Where there is an observer separating himself from the thing he observes, there must be conflict.

Thought gives vitality to an incident that is over.

Q: When I get up in the morning, realising that I am the observer and there is the object that I observe, what do I do to change this?

Q: When the jealousy is ‘me’, and ‘me’ is the jealousy, the conflict ends because I know it is jealousy and it disappears. But when I listen to the noises in the street and the ‘me’ is the noises and the noises are ‘me’, how can conflict end when that noise will go on forever?

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NY71T3 - Relationship
New York - 24 April 1971
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Life is a movement in relationship.

When you seek comfort through another can there be any kind of relationship?

When there is no relationship can there be love?

Can you die psychologically today to everything that you have known?

Q: If I find that I am greedy, sensual and selfish, how can I know whether this kind of living is good or bad unless I already have some preconceptions of the good?

Q: How can one quiet the mind or free the mind from interruptions of the past?

Q: When you speak of relationships, you speak always of a man and a woman. Would the same things also apply to a man and a man or a woman and a woman?

Q: How are we to free ourselves from the fragments of painful and fearful experiences so that the past won’t have a grip on us?

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NY71T4 - Can the mind become quiet?
New York - 25 April 1971
Public Talk
Video
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A mind that is inquiring into the question of religion must be free entirely of any form of belief or fear.

In the very inquiry into disorder, there is order.

The mind has to find out whether the brain cells which have developed through millennia in knowledge can be totally quiet, and respond to a dimension it does not know.

Meditation is the emptying of the mind of will.

Q: If one can have the privilege of becoming aware, how can one then help those who are conditioned, to become receptive and aware?

Q: What is the relationship between consciousness and seeing things exactly as they are?

Q: Could you talk about psychological time?

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AM71T1 - Change without analysis
Amsterdam - 22 May 1971
Public Talk
Audio
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To inquire sanely, rationally demands a free mind.
How is a human mind which has been so heavily conditioned to change at all?
Can a human being live without any kind of authority and not become chaotic, confused?
In analysis there is never complete action.
So can you observe yourself, your conditioning, without the image about that conditioning?
We are asking whether it is possible not to dream at all.
Q: Images – Change – Naming - Drugs

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AM71T2 - Can one end sorrow?
Amsterdam - 23 May 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

What is relationship?
What is thinking?
Thought sustains an incident, a happening, as pleasure, and thought also sustains and gives a continuity to fear.
Sorrow.
How do you observe a fact?
Q: The observer and the observed – Seeing the mechanical habits of the mind – East and West meet - Why are we fragmented? - Division

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AM71T3 - I cannot assume anything about myself
Amsterdam - 24 May 1971
Public Talk
Audio
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How is one to have total order in oneself?
How do I learn about myself?
Control exists only when there is the action of will, positively or negatively. Will is resistance. When the mind is learning, there is no resistance.
Why has a human being given such significance to sex?
Q: How can we know ourselves completely when part of us is hidden in the subconscious?

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AM71T4 - What is the meaning of religion?
Amsterdam - 25 May 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Religion.
Death.
What is meditation?
Q: Yoga – Gurus - Zen Buddhism – Comparison.

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AM71DYP - What is the root of isolation?
Amsterdam - 26 May 1971
Discussion with Young People
Audio
Subtitles

How do you proceed to break down the wall of isolation?

When you identify yourself with a group of people or a set of ideas, aren’t you separating yourself?

We want peace in the world and that peace is denied because we are isolated.

Can I live without comparison?

Is there progress inwardly, psychologically?

Can you stop being aggressive?

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SA71T1 - What is your deep interest in life?
Saanen - 18 July 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

What is your real, deep interest in life?

We are not individuals at all, we are the result of the culture in which we live.

Order.

Pleasure.

Q: What is our relationship to our children?

Q: Demonstrating against wars.

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SA71T2 - How is one to bring about order in oneself without any conflict?
Saanen - 20 July 1971
Public Talk
Audio
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How is one to bring about order in oneself without any conflict, and not make it merely habitual, routine, mechanical and neurotic?

What is implied in control?

Learning implies a mind that is curious, that doesn’t know, that is eager to find out.

Have you ever looked at yourself?

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SA71T3 - Looking at oneself without division
Saanen - 22 July 1971
Public Talk
Audio
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Is it possible to look at ourselves non-analytically and therefore observe without the ‘me’ observing?

I can examine my mind, the superficial daily activity of the mind, but how am I to understand, examine the deeper layers?

Is it necessary to dream at all?

Can the mind observe without division?

Can you look without an image?

Conflict.

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SA71T4 - What is right relationship?
Saanen - 25 July 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Loneliness in relationships.

What is relationship?

Action.

I want to find out whether my activity is isolating, building a wall round myself.

Images.

Can I live a life, daily life, without any sense of self-concern?

Q: Drugs.

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SA71T5 - Can the mind be completely free of any distorting factor?
Saanen - 27 July 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

We have given tremendous importance to the functioning of thought – logically, objectively, irrationally, or neurotically.

Can man function at all in this world being free of time?

Can the mind be completely free of any distorting factor?

The demand for pleasure.

Can I observe myself totally at a glance?

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SA71T6 - Does having concepts waste energy?
Saanen - 29 July 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

One needs a great deal of energy, vitality, interest, intensity and passion to bring about a radical change in ourselves and in the world.

Is it possible to live in this world without the operation of will?

A man who sees things very clearly, neither neurotically nor obstinately, doesn’t choose.

A mind that is ambitious, wanting to achieve, wanting to become powerful, aggressive, competitive, imitative, cannot possibly understand what love is.

Death.

Q: You have questioned this morning the different religions and I can understand on an intellectual level what you said, it seems sensible and reasonable, and yet I lack the passion.

Q: I wonder if armaments and wars are consequences of culture, or of a lack of culture.

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SA71T7 - What is the relationship between thought and intelligence?
Saanen - 1 August 1971
Public Talk
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Where there is space there is silence.

Can thought be completely silent and only function when necessary?

What is the relationship between thought and intelligence?

How is the mind, which is so endlessly chattering, endlessly bourgeois, caught in a trap, struggling, seeking, going after the masters, gurus and disciplining, how is that mind to be completely still?

Must you listen to the speaker for fifty years?

Q: Yoga and imagination.

Q: Awareness and sleep.

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SA71D1 - Knowing the content of my consciousness
Saanen - 4 August 1971
Public Discussion
Audio
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Q: Is it possible to see the whole movement of life totally and not fragmentarily?

Can you look at the content of your consciousness?

When there is no division of any kind, not only superficially but in the content of consciousness itself as the observer and the observed, then there is a quality of the religious mind.

What has taken place to a mind that started inquiring into its content and discovered the extraordinary division, the contradictions, the fragmentation, the assertions, the aggression?

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SA71D2 - The old must be silent to discover the new
Saanen - 5 August 1971
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

What is the relationship between intelligence and thought, and between silence and death.

Why does the mind ever get conditioned?

The brain can discover something new only when it sees the truth that the old cannot find anything new and therefore the old becomes quiet.

What do we mean by the word intelligence

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SA71D3 - Harmony of the mind, heart and body
Saanen - 6 August 1971
Public Discussion
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Q: What do you mean by harmony between the mind, the heart and the body?

How do I observe the mind?

Intelligence comes into being in observing how thought operates.

Is intelligence out of time?

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SA71D4 - Thinking about the future breeds fear
Saanen - 7 August 1971
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: I would like to discuss fear and death and their relationship to intelligence and thought.

I am frightened of the future. How shall I deal with it?

Why does thought think about the future and breed fear?

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SA71D5 - Images prevent relationship
Saanen - 8 August 1971
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Fear and its relationship to thought.

What is time?

Knowledge has given security to the mind. Tomorrow there may be no security at all.

Why does the brain retain the memory of the hurt from yesterday?

Have you looked at yourself, without image?

Can the brain never be hurt?

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SA71D6 - How are we going to teach our children?
Saanen - 9 August 1971
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Is there a difference between education and learning?
Drugs.
Is it possible to create an environment in which one can go beyond oneself?
How are we going to teach our children?

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SA71D7 - What is a religious life?
Saanen - 10 August 1971
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

What is a religious life?

Can the mind become completely still without coercion, without compulsion, without discipline?

What is meditation in relation to a quiet mind?

The moment I am aware that I am aware, I am not aware. Awareness means the observer is not.

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BR71T1 - Being free of the deepest conditioning
Brockwood Park - 4 September 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Can man ever be free, not only of the superficial conditioning of a particular culture, but also of the much deeper conditioning, of which most of us are unconscious?

The demand for psychological security is much deeper than the demand for physiological security.

How is thought to function beautifully, efficiently, healthily and not create division between people?

Is there a field which is not measurable by thought?

There must be a learning of observation in which thought doesn’t interfere at all.

How am I to be aware of the unconscious, hidden images?

Can there be silence from which thought can operate?

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BR71T2 - Action without the authority of the image
Brockwood Park - 5 September 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Can we have a relationship, and therefore co-operation, without the authority of the image?

How am I consciously to examine all the images which lie hidden in the recesses of my mind?

Q: If the mind is in a state of disorder, what can it do?

When there is no observer in attention there is no image-forming at all.

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BR71D1 - Can I live a harmonious life?
Brockwood Park - 7 September 1971
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: What is the difference between analysis and examination of one’s immediate reactions?

Q: I am full of fears, deep-rooted uncertainties - how am I to be completely free of them?

When I analyse myself and my reactions or behaviour, there is the act and the actor. There is a division between the two and that creates conflict between ‘what is’ and ‘what should be’.

At the moment of actual fear there is no division.

How is it possible to look at life non-fragmentarily?

What takes place when I say I am not looking for an answer, I am not expecting a thing? What goes on in the mind?

To find out what death is, I must have energy.

Can I live without fear?

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BR71D2 - Can habit end without decision or choice?
Brockwood Park - 9 September 1971
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: Is there such a thing as decision?

Does choice exist when I see something very clearly?

How do I end a habit without resistance, without saying, ‘I must not, I must control, I must resist?’

If I give attention to a little problem I am wasting energy. I must find a greater energy which will dissolve the little problem.

Resistance implies not only division but conflict.

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BR71T3 - What is the relationship between the pursuit of pleasure and love?
Brockwood Park - 11 September 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Why does pleasure play such an important part in our lives?

When there is the quality of deep, passionate freedom, then sex has its own place. Then what is chastity?

The word ‘innocence’ means a mind that does not hurt or receive hurts, but yet is totally vulnerable. Such a mind is a chaste mind.

What is love?

Death, love and living are interrelated.

The content of consciousness is consciousness. Without the content is there consciousness?

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BR71T4 - Meditation is the total release of energy
Brockwood Park - 12 September 1971
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

How is one to have the quality of energy which is without friction?

When you practise a method in order to achieve enlightenment, bliss, a quiet mind or a state of tranquillity, it obviously makes the mind mechanical.

Q: What do you mean by observing greed without naming it as greed? Is it the same as observing the action of the past without naming it?

How is one to observe the whole content of consciousness, the obvious and the hidden, the superficial and the profound, in one look?

Meditation is putting aside altogether everything that man has conceived of himself and the world.

Q: What is intuition?

Q: When one is aware of one’s sexual appetites they seem to disappear. Can that awareness, attention, be maintained all the time?

Q: Can we be aware of what goes on when we are asleep?

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BR71DT1 - Creating a good mind
Brockwood Park - 16 September 1971
Discussion with Teachers
Audio


A new human being who will create a new society.

What are we responsible towards?

How will you create a good mind?

Receiving students at the school.

Care, respect and trust.

For staff and students, Brockwood is your home.

A place that's alive and burning, not lovey-dovey.

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BR71DT2 - Action and intelligence
Brockwood Park - 18 September 1971
Discussion with Teachers
Audio


How will we bring about harmony not dependent on environment or reward and punishment?

Order.

Behaviourists.

Action and intelligence.

What is the intelligent mind's relationship to property?

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RO71T - How is man to change?
Rome - 31 October 1971
Public Talk
Audio


If I feel responsible and see what is going on in the world, the suffering, the wars, the hatred and violence, how am I to change?

Will thought bring about a deep psychological revolution?

Thought is the past, thought is time.

How can the mind prevent the formation of images between two human beings?

The mind must understand pleasure, which is entirely different from joy, ecstasy and the enjoyment of something beautiful.

Meditation is not the control of thought.

Thought is measurable.

One must find harmony between living, dying and love.


A discussion with the audience followed the talk.

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OJ72DYP - Questioning everything
Ojai - 23 January 1972
Discussion with Young People
Audio
Subtitles

Are there paths to truth?

Is it possible for the conditioned mind to uncondition itself?

The inward battle between parts of oneself.

Find out in yourself how deep conformity is.

Can you live a life without comparing?

Can you look without the word?

Comparison is pollution.

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ML7172CAN3 - Is there a permanent ego?
Malibu - 24 January 1972
Conversation with Alain Naudé
Audio
Subtitles

Is there a permanent ‘me’?

Unless I am free from the vulgar, I will continue representing the whole vulgarity of man.

I lead the usual life, along the small river, following that current. I am that current and ‘the me’ is bound to continue in that stream, with millions of others. I’m not different from those millions of others.

When you say, ‘My brother is dead,’ and ask whether he is living, as a separate consciousness, I question whether he was ever separate from the stream.

There is no permanent self. If there was a permanent self, it would be this stream.

Realising that I am like the rest of the world, that there is no ‘me’ separate, I can incarnate if I step out of the stream.

Change takes place away from the stream; in the stream there is no change.

What happens if you step out of the stream? The stepping out is the incarnation.

When the man of the stream steps out and looks, he has compassion.

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ML7172CAN4 - Masters and hierarchy
Malibu - 25 January 1972
Conversation with Alain Naudé
Audio
Subtitles

Q: One finds in various teachings the idea of masters, conscious entities who work for the good of mankind. Is there a reservoir of wisdom? Do such entities exist, or does man want to have myths?

There is the reservoir of goodness and the reservoir of violence. Is there something which is not these two, that is beyond these two?

Is your mind capable of not being held in the reservoirs of goodness or violence?

When you understand these two opposites and go beyond them, meditation is not in terms of vision or action, but the state of silence which then is operating, an energy which then flows. That energy has no character.

When one asks, ‘Is there a hierarchy, a master, a group of evolved entities?’ you are asking from a point of view, or from desire, from hope.

What is the relationship between the current of vulgarity and that which is beyond and above the opposites?

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ML7172CAN5 - Stepping out of the stream of the self
Malibu - 26 January 1972
Conversation with Alain Naudé
Audio
Subtitles

Is there in me a place where there is no corruption, where there is real, absolute peace, order?

The stream of vulgarity has its source in the self, ‘the me’, the ego.

When there is no self, there is a responsibility for humanity.

What is the relationship between this stream, the self which is perpetuating the stream, and the unknown?

How is a man who is in the stream to understand instantly, without going through the evolutionary process?

You step out of the stream if you deny time, in the sense of becoming, being, achieving, comparing.

Can the mind, without any motive, negate the self?

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ML7172CAN6 - A mind that is not empty can never find truth
Malibu - 27 January 1972
Conversation with Alain Naudé
Audio


Q: Are the various scriptures of India and the Middle East similar to or in contradiction to your teaching?

Can thought end right through one’s consciousness? Must thought not end for something new to be observed?

How does the mind look at itself? Does it look as an observer different from the observed, or without the observer and therefore there is only the observed?

Can consciousness empty itself of its content?

What has happened to the mind that has discarded the weight of becoming, of tradition, myth, gurus and authority?

A mind that has no space can never find truth. A mind that is not empty can never find truth.

Remaining with the fact of hurt.

When you are nothing, you love.

There is a movement in silence that has no beginning and no end, a movement that is always new.

Inquiry is different from effort, from seeking, from achievement.

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ML7172CAN7 - Religion and meditation
Malibu - 28 January 1972
Conversation with Alain Naudé
Audio
Subtitles

Q: Is there any connection between the supernatural and religion?

Is a religious life to lead a good life?

A religious life is a life in which the self is not.

We get caught in the so-called mysterious. But when the self is not, there is a greater, vaster mystery.

Self-knowing is much more important than acquiring some kind of power.

What place has meditation in religious life?

Meditation is not control, is not a practice, is not an effort to achieve a glorious experience, or to remain in a particular state of consciousness.

If the self is, the religious life is not. Can one dissolve the self?

Why are certain human beings entrenched in the myth of Jesus or Krishna?

Attachment destroys freedom.

Where there is freedom there is joy. It is that quality of mind that has this sense of joy and freedom that perceives.

Meditation means freedom and joy to observe, without any attachment, without any partial perception.

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SD72CCTR - What is Meditation?
San Diego - 15 February 1972
Conv. with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Video
Subtitles

What is the quality of the mind that is no longer held in the matrix of experience?

What is meditation?

Why should one meditate?

To see without the 'me'.

Observation without time and memory.

A total observation.

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SD72CA1 - Listening is a great miracle
San Diego - 16 February 1972
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What is it that, as a renowned spiritual teacher, you would care to say you teach?

Seriousness implies to have the capacity to examine very, very deeply and give your whole life to that examination.

‘What is’ can only be observed totally, read totally, understood totally, when there is no interpretation, no translation, no nuance according to my prejudices, inclinations, so that in this attention the ‘what is’ undergoes a radical change.

If I have no image of you then I’m seeing you anew, fresh.

Must one go through life with sorrow?

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SD72CA2 - What Is The Point of Education?
San Diego - 16 February 1972
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

What is the function of an educator?

Why in the modern world are children so violent, disorganized?

What is meditation?

Meditation is to cleanse the mind of every form of deception.

It’s only when the mind is quiet you see things clearly.

Any conscious effort to meditate is not meditation.

Self-knowing is so much more important than meditation.

Wisdom is self-knowing. There is no wisdom in a book.

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SD72CES1 - Goodness only flowers in freedom
San Diego - 17 February 1972
Conversation with Eugene Shallert
Video
Subtitles

Freedom is the negation of being conditioned by any culture, religious or political division.

What separates man, divides human beings?

Goodness only flowers in freedom. It doesn’t flower within the law of religious sanctions or religious beliefs.

The ‘me’ is the root of separation. Is it possible to completely empty the mind of the ‘me’?

How is the content to be emptied in one stroke, so that the mind is really empty, active and therefore capable of perception?

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SD72CES2 - Ending disorder is the ending of death
San Diego - 17 February 1972
Conversation with Eugene Shallert
Video
Subtitles

Inwardly we are all in a state of confusion.

Love is total attention.

All this brings us to the question whether man can change at all.

How is it possible for a human being to bring about a total psychological revolution?

What is pleasure and joy? To understand pleasure is far more important than to understand joy.

What is death? Is there such thing as a permanent entity? First understand what it means to live, not what it means to die.

To not belong means to stand alone. When you have order you don’t belong to disorder.

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SM72T1 - To act instantly is to see actually ‘what is’
Santa Monica - 18 March 1972
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Action is always in the present, not tomorrow or in some distant future – action means now.

Your mind is my mind, your sorrow is my sorrow. There is no division in sorrow, there is no division in love.

Can you put away from your mind the idea that you have to learn to be aware?

Q: When have you experienced joy?

Q: What does it take to snap from adaptive conditional behaviour to spontaneity?

Q: If you throw a stone into the water, do the ripples stop?

Q: What’s wrong with identifying with the Godself?

Q: Is the speaker aware of the contradiction between his words, his message and his life, what he is doing, the medium of his message?

Q: How do I go about being aware of myself?

Note: a total of 3 minutes of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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SM72T2 - Is there a total action which will be sane in an insane world?
Santa Monica - 19 March 1972
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

What is the motive, the drive, the energy behind our action?

What is the difference between pleasure, enjoyment and joy?

What is total action?

When there is only the fact, you have total energy to deal with that fact. Then that fact undergoes a radical change. When you look at the fact, at ‘what is’ with a conclusion, an image, a prejudice, then you are dissipating energy in contradiction.

Q: I would like to understand why love or hatred in the story of St Paul is immaterial.

The pursuit of pleasure divides people.

What is relationship?

Q: I am working for the Women’s Lib and we are trying to raise women’s consciousness to a higher level. What do you say about this?

Note: a total of 15 seconds of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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SM72T3 - In freedom there is order
Santa Monica - 25 March 1972
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

How does order come about in our life?

When you compare yourself with somebody else, you’re not only denying your own light, you’re trying to imitate, conform to the light of another.

Can thought ever produce order?

Q: Could you go into thought and why we desire to separate ourselves from one another?

Q: From where does the new come, a new invention, a new perception?

Q: When many in the audience laughed, you said, ‘Please do not laugh, this is very serious.’ Is that not a conception of how seriously or not seriously to take the whole matter?

Q: It seems to me that to be free one must be able to see what actually is. Yet to see what actually is, it seems that one must be free. Is that not a paradox?

Q: Could you discuss loneliness, how it drives us in different directions?

Q: When I am looking at you and I bring in images between what I am seeing and what you really are, is that thought?

Note: a total of 13 seconds of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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SM72T4 - A different kind of energy
Santa Monica - 26 March 1972
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Our consciousness is always limited.

How is the mind to transform itself without conflict and have an energy that is totally different from the energy that is brought about through conflict; an energy that never deteriorates, an energy that renews itself all the time, without any motive?

Can thought stop?

Control has no place in meditation.

Q: Aren’t you making a distinction between thought in action versus not using thought? Aren’t you making a distinction between memory of facts, like your address, versus memory patterns, especially patterns of relationship?

Q: How did this idea of thought ever come about?

Q: Speaking of the masses, does man have a single, homogenous personality or is he made up of many facets and faces which comprise the totality?

Q: Are there any judgments which do not do violence to truth?

Note: a total of 2 minutes and 20 seconds of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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ML72IFW - Interview by Frank Waters
Malibu - 27 March 1972
Interview by Frank Waters
Audio
Subtitles

What brings about receptivity?

Speaking to the unconscious.

The little self and the big self.

How the teachings work.

Myth.

Destruction of the planet.

Sleep.

Kundalini.

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OJ72DSG1 - Conflict and choice
Ojai - 29 March 1972
Discussion with Small Group
Audio
Subtitles

What do we mean by learning?

Why is one frightened of the past?

Knowing and looking at oneself.

Can that mess which is me be washed away?

How are you aware of conflict?

Choice and clarity.

Looking without any distortion.

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OJ72DSG2 - A life without measurement
Ojai - 30 March 1972
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


Human beings have tried everything to be harmonious.

Can we live without concept, ideology and myth?

Comparison and fear.

Can you look at the fact without measurement?

I see in relationship what I am.

Any form of psychological measurement is the beginning of conflict.

When you see the false, what takes place?

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OJ72DSG3 - Direct perception
Ojai - 31 March 1972
Discussion with Small Group
Audio
Subtitles

One has to be a light to oneself

Mantra yoga.

Physical sensitivity.

In analysis there is division.

The world accepts conflict as a way of life.

The intelligence that comes out of direct perception.

What does it mean to see directly?

The danger of the image.

Does seeing take time?

Is a challenge needed in order to see?

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OJ72DSG4 - Can thought bring about a change in our daily life?
Ojai - 1 April 1972
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


Can thought bring about a change in our daily life?

Q: Is this an authentic inquiry or is the conclusion already there?

What is the function of thought?

To see something totally thought must be quiet.

Order and sleep.

Thought and security.

Q: Isn't your teaching a system?

Is there a depth that is measureless, from the beginning, not at the end?

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OJ72T1 - What will bring humanity together?
Ojai - 8 April 1972
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Human beings are divided religiously, nationally, politically, economically. One wonders what will bring man together, bring about right relationship so that we live peacefully.

What does it mean to see clearly, to observe?

Psychological revolution, a total transformation of the mind and the heart, is necessary because that is the root cause of outward phenomena and change.

You have been conditioned in a particular culture, according to religious dogmas, beliefs, rituals.

Where there is measurement, comparison, between me and another, there is division, and where there is division there is conflict.

Q: You have motivation, inspiration, a drive inside that made you want to come here today to communicate with us. Where do you stand in relationship to that ‘me’?

Q: Would you share with us some of your feelings when you observe a tree?

Q: I am not insensitive to what is taking place in the world, but the world is not my creation. Why do I exist at all?

Note: a total of 35 minutes of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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OJ72T2 - Order has its own law
Ojai - 9 April 1972
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Sanity is order. This order comes about naturally, without any effort, if we understand disorder.

Action can only take place when you see actually the nature of disorder in one’s own life, which is causing such havoc. What you are, you project in the world.

Observation through an image is a wastage of energy, and you need energy to change ‘what is’.

How is one to live a life that is completely orderly, without any contradiction?

Order doesn’t exist within the field of consciousness.

You can only look completely if your mind is quiet.

Is there something which is not put together by the mind, by thought, by imagination? Is there something which is not measurable, which man has been seeking for thousands and thousands of years?

Q: If I am free of fear and my mind is quiet, would I be looking for anything?

What is the machinery that forms the image?

Note: a total of 28 minutes of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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BR72DSS1.01 - Are you revolutionary?
Brockwood Park - 21 May 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

How are you going to meet the world?

Conforming and imitating.

Are you revolutionary?

Do you own ideas, beliefs and conclusions?

Responsibility, laziness and authority.

Why are you hurt?

The image takes the place of reality, which is that I am absolutely nothing.

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BR72DSS1.02 - You can live without an image
Brockwood Park - 23 May 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Energy without motive.

Resistance and wasting energy.

Contradictory demands.

Action without conflict.

Action based on facts.

You can live without an image.

The Ganges.

Morning Meeting.

I want to look at myself, understand myself.

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BR72DT1.1 - The fountain of sanity
Brockwood Park - 26 May 1972
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

Right relationship between the educator and the student.

What is it we all want Brockwood to be?

Sanity in ourselves and in the students.

Verbal meanings and perception of truth.

Instant realisation of the danger of insanity.

Why does the mind refuse to see the danger of conclusion?

The seed of truth, the fountain of sanity.

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BR72DSS1.03 - The trap of mediocrity
Brockwood Park - 1 June 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

What is emotion?

Is there a feeling which is not a reaction?

To see originally, without the image.

When are images necessary?

The implications of mediocrity.

Be clear why you want to follow a certain career.

Are you going to fall into the trap of mediocrity?

See whether thought can be quiet.

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BR72DSS1.04 - Refreshing the mind
Brockwood Park - 4 June 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Can I act without any kind of fear?

We are here to learn.

Dependency on someone to learn.

Refreshing the mind between lessons.

What am I to do when I have been hurt?

Listen completely.

Sitting quietly.

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BR72DT1.2 - Do we collectively feel responsibility?
Brockwood Park - 7 June 1972
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

Collectively and cooperatively, what is it that we want to do here?

Am I capable of investigating what intelligence is?

Why do you have prejudices?

Responding to facts.

Intelligence is a state of mind in which division as prejudice is burnt out of me.

Sloppiness in the students.

Do we collectively feel responsibility?

Student reports.

If you see something, burn with it.

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BR72DSS1.05 - Prejudice
Brockwood Park - 8 June 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Is intelligence cultivatable?

Action springing from intelligence

When you drop your prejudices you are learning.

Once you see the absurdity of prejudices you will never pick one up.

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BR72DSS1.06 - What am I?
Brockwood Park - 11 June 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

A history of religious inquiry.

Yoga and physical health.

What am I?

The process of identification.

The burden of experience.

Observe, learn and act in one movement.

Analysis.

An action which reveals the totality of the ‘me’.

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BR72DSS1.07 - Fragmentation
Brockwood Park - 15 June 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

The significance of knowledge.

What is simplicity?

Honesty.

Communication without the movement of thought.

What is the state of the mind that is attentive?

Why are you fragmented?

* * *

BR72DSS1.08 - Seeing a fact together
Brockwood Park - 18 June 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Why do we separate living from dying?

What is living to you?

Conflict and harmony.

The phenomenon of death.

If we see the same thing at the same time with the same intensity at the same level then our action is harmonious.

Imitation and conformity.

Seeing a fact together.

Meet this world intelligently.

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BR72DSS1.09 - The danger of hurts
Brockwood Park - 22 June 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

How do you react to pain?

Is there a way of dealing with pain without conflict, struggle?

How do you watch pain?

What happens when you have all these hurts inside you?

How shall I deal with past hurts?

Seeing the importance of having a mind that cannot be hurt.

The danger of hurts.

Conclusions prevent insight.

* * *

BR72DSS1.10 - Love and beauty
Brockwood Park - 25 June 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

What is your response to the way the world is?

What is the movement that brings about total harmony in a human being?

What is love?

What is beauty?

Co-operation and working together.

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SA72T1 - Can I see wholly?
Saanen - 16 July 1972
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Do we act casually, expecting division to end as a result of outer environment?

Does change demand immediate attention and action?

Freeing of the mind from conditioning and in that freedom bringing about a cooperative action.

Can one who is conditioned by the past change totally?

Will change come through analysis or is there a totally different approach?

Is time needed to have relationship in which there is love and not division?

Does one of the many fragments of the ‘me’ assume authority or is the mind free to look?

Observation not investigation.

Is there analysis if there are no parts? Is analysis a waste of time?

Questions from the audience followed the talk

* * *

SA72T2 - What is it to be creative?
Saanen - 18 July 1972
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Not being deeply creative we escape from the fact of deep frustration.

Is there insight only when the mind is free of belief?

Insight without conclusion is creative action.

Why does thought draw conclusions from insight and cling to the structure of control?

I am isolated when I resist. Is aloneness insight into isolation?

Moving in insight, relationship changes.

Freedom from images is responsibility and love.

The brain needs security to function. There is security in insight, which brings intelligence.

When you don't compare, what are you?

Questions from the audience followed the talk

* * *

SA72T3 - Thought and its limitations
Saanen - 20 July 1972
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Can thought investigate something which is not of time, experience and knowledge?

What is the mind that can enter into the dimension which has no word?

Can there be a harmony in which division does not exist between the known and freedom from the known?

Is the mind such a slave to words that it cannot see the movement of thought without the word?

Will knowledge bring about a better world when used with the ‘me’?

When the body dies what happens to thought?

If I am aware that I am neurotic, in that awareness am I neurotic?

Questions from the audience followed the talk

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SA72T4 - Can the mind be totally unconditioned?
Saanen - 23 July 1972
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Society, culture and economic divisions have created images in us.

Can the deep hurts of the mind be wiped away so that no mark is left? Will this be done through analysis? Who is analysing?

Is hurt a problem if you do not move away from it?

Does conflict destroy the brain?

Is comparison an escape from ‘what is’?

Am I the word, the description, the thought? If I don't compare, what am I?

Wanting to cross to the other side of the river becomes a problem.

Questions from the audience followed the talk

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SA72T5 - Will the discovery of the cause of suffering end it?
Saanen - 25 July 1972
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Is sorrow ignorance of oneself?

How does one go beyond loneliness?

Can thought as measurement put an end to itself?

When belief is threatened there is fear.

Can the brain have security in which every form of fear has come to an end?

Can the mind realize there is no security in the things that thought projects?

The perception of truth is security.

Can the mind invite joy?

Can one help another in crisis?

Questions from the audience followed the talk

* * *

SA72T6 - Pleasure, joy and death
Saanen - 27 July 1972
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Does the mind have any existence apart from the thing to which it is attached?

Why does the mind act from a series of conclusions of thought?

How can I love you if I am attached to you?

What is the actual activity of the structure of memory which is the past?

Can the mind have an insight into conditioning and therefore tremendous energy to change it?

How do I communicate love without the word?

Is there anything permanent beyond death?

Questions from the audience followed the talk

* * *

SA72T7 - Religion and meditation
Saanen - 30 July 1972
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Why have we divided life into spirit and matter?

Is religion based on the insights of a few who have established a church?

How is the mind to bring about harmony, tremendous energy and clarity? Will any act of desire bring it about?

Is the controller different from the controlled?

Why do you want any kind of experience?

Can the mind and the brain be completely still? Can you know your mind is quiet?

Quietness implies space. Is there something immeasurable beyond thought?

What job will one do if one is serious about life?

Questions from the audience followed the talk

* * *

SA72D1 - The observer and the observed
Saanen - 2 August 1972
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: How can I learn about myself?

I want to learn about myself without conclusion because conclusion prevents looking at the fact.

There is the observer and the thing observed. When there is an observer there must be division and conflict.

I am not a harmonious whole, I am fragmented because I hate and love, I am ambitious and greedy.

The observer is the cause of division. How is the observer not to divide himself?

Can the mind respond totally to every challenge so that there is no conflict and therefore no observer?

* * *

SA72D2 - The problem of existence
Saanen - 3 August 1972
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: What is the factor of distortion in life?

Why does a human being who wants to live a harmonious life gradually go to pieces?

What is it that goes wrong? Is it duality: the good and the bad, love and hate?

Are there opposites psychologically, or is there only one factor?

A mind that is acting in the past or in the future, that is caught in nationalism or religious beliefs, contributes to war.

* * *

SA72D3 - Total attention
Saanen - 4 August 1972
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: Can one sustain total attention?

When you observe the mountains, the trees or yourself with sufficient attention and energy, the observer with all its conditioning is absent.

Can one maintain this sense of total attention continuously?

Be aware of inattention. Awareness of inattention is attention.

We compare, measure, conform and identify with ideals.

The more we identify with something that gives pleasure the more we are attached to it.

What takes place when there is no identification? We then deal with facts and that gives tremendous vitality.

* * *

SA72D4 - Fragmentary action and total action
Saanen - 5 August 1972
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Discussion with young people

How does youth respond to the modern challenge?

Young people live and act fragmentarily. Do you see that this is unintelligent action?

How is the mind to acquire an intelligence that will act intelligently in all things?

Do you see for yourself the challenge that the house is burning, politically, religiously, socially? How do you respond? Do you see it right away, non-verbally?

Why do we see things in words first? Words are ideas, thoughts, formulas which then become a remembrance.

There is an action which is totally complete when there is no ideation or prejudice. Being young, can you listen with a mind that is young?

* * *

SA72D5 - Conclusions prevent looking
Saanen - 6 August 1972
Public Discussion
Audio


Q: Is it possible to learn what observation is?

Most of us live in ideas, beliefs and concepts. Why does the mind create images, words, opinions and judgements?

The mind is lazy. It is easier to live with an image than with a fact. How am I to stop image-making?

Looking at a tree as though for the first time, its beauty brings tears to your eyes.

See the hills and shadows as you have never seen them before. See your friend, husband or wife for the first time.

See yourself without any image and realize that you are nothing. In that there is vast beauty. Then you will know what truth is.

* * *

SA72D6 - The sacred in life
Saanen - 7 August 1972
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: What is the significance of sleep, death, dreams and meditation?

If life during the day is orderly, the brain is absolutely quiet. Sleep then is without dreams and when the brain wakes up it has vitality.

To see clearly the mind must be quiet. How is thought to be quiet?

The mind empty of thought can use thought and live with thought in harmony. This is meditation.

That which is sacred is the moment when thought is not, the quality of mind that is completely empty.

Out of emptiness, space, silence thought can operate.

* * *

SA72D7 - Are you aware of your conditioning?
Saanen - 8 August 1972
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Is time needed to be free of conditioning?

We use time as measure, both outwardly and inwardly. Is time necessary for psychological understanding or to be free from habit?

The mind is conditioned religiously, psychologically and socially. Does it take time to break down conditioning?

Our life is based on conditioning and becomes mechanical.

We don't want to go beyond the narrow field of conditioning and in that lies sorrow.

Is it possible at one glance to see the poisonous nature of all conditioning?

* * *

BR72T1 - Complete freedom from thought
Brockwood Park - 9 September 1972
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Learning is instant perception and action. What place has thought in learning?

To learn about freedom must thought be completely silent? Does insight into freedom take time?

Can thinking, however rational, bring about a psychological revolution in us?

Is thought always conditioned? Is freedom the non-existence of thought?

My very being is related to thought. If you want to see something new, what do you do?

To have insight, let go of the old and listen.

Learning is not memorizing.

Q: Is feeling another way of thinking?

Q: Isn't the need to love and be loved essential?

Needing love is love of self.

* * *

BR72T2 - If I don't change now what will the future be?
Brockwood Park - 10 September 1972
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Is thought responsible for fragmentation?

Does fragmentation have its own activity?

What is the energy that perceives the total and doesn't live in fragmentation?

Does comparison bring about fear and pleasure?

Is thought seeking security in belief and dogma?

Can the mind learn instantly all the content of the unconscious in which there are deep, secret fears?

Does analysis imply time and division? Is consciousness separate from its content?

To get at the root of fear means learning about not being.

Q: What about guilt?

* * *

BR72D1 - You can learn only if you do not know
Brockwood Park - 12 September 1972
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: Does learning require thinking, or only awareness?

To be aware is to be conscious, to be in relationship with what you observe outwardly and also our inward reactions.

Awareness reveals that I have a conclusion from which I act, which prevents the free flow of energy.

You see that you have many opinions and conclusions. You don't know why you have them or how to be free of them. Start with not knowing.

Knowledge is in the past whilst learning is vital, in the present.

In learning, which is a constant movement, can opinion and conclusion ever be formed?

Can thought be slowed down naturally? In learning about the function of thought, slowing down takes place without control or effort.

Can the mind empty itself without effort?

Q: Do LSD and other drugs slow down the mind?

* * *

BR72D2 - The action of intelligence
Brockwood Park - 14 September 1972
Public Discussion
Audio


Q: Why don't we see the division between the observer and the observed?

How does the division come about which causes conflict and misery?

Are we aware that we are fragmented? Why does contradiction exist?

Can we have a mind that is not fragmented and contradictory?

Can the mind live without comparison?

The brain sees that nationalities and religious divisions are disastrous for human relationship. What is the capacity that makes the brain see this? Is this awareness? Is this intelligence?

What is the relationship of intelligence to all that is taking place?

Intelligence operating has its own action. When there is that intelligence, there is sanity.

Is intelligence operating in you?

* * *

BR72T3 - If freedom is responsibility, how do I act?
Brockwood Park - 16 September 1972
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Q: What is the action that will be a total response to the world around us?

Can one respond totally without learning about love and death in relation to daily life?

Do we live, or do we tolerate living?

Do we live according to ideas and conclusions based on belief, dogma and memory?

Is there an action which dissipates all images?

Is love relationship in which there is no image? Is disorder relationship in which there is the image?

Can a mind seeking comfort learn about death?

Find out whether death is something to be avoided or to be lived with naturally.

Can the mind free itself from the known?

Q: What relationship has literature, beauty and art to our daily life?

Q: Were you conditioned by the Masters?

Q: Can one help someone in distress?

* * *

BR72T4 - To come upon the new, thought must be quiet
Brockwood Park - 17 September 1972
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

If one is serious, one must learn for oneself if there is such a thing as the immeasurable.

Thought cannot find the immeasurable because thought is measurement and time.

Can thought, realizing its limitations, be quiet?

Can the mind without effort see its content clearly, and the limitation, lack of space and time-binding quality of its consciousness?

When you say, ‘I do not know,’ does the content have importance?

There are various systems of meditation, gadgets, yoga, to make the mind quiet. These are unimportant.

Is truth the very perception of the false?

When the mind has perceived the truth of something, what is time?

Is there a different dimension which thought cannot touch?

* * *

BR72DT2.0 - A flame of seriousness
Brockwood Park - 22 September 1972
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

What is my responsibility as a staff member?

Appearance and behaviour of the students.

The Brockwood atmosphere.

Total responsibility.

To feel compassionate.

The role of meetings in the school.

* * *

BR72DSS2.1 - Why Brockwood exists
Brockwood Park - 26 September 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Types of division in the world.

Why Brockwood exists.

Function, status and responsibility.

You should leave here a completely psychologically changed human being.

Authority in relationship.

Staff/Student division.

Solving problems without authority.

* * *

BR72DSS2.2 - Division is deadly
Brockwood Park - 29 September 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

One has to find a balance between the extreme form of tradition and a world in which tradition hardly exists.

Does it take time to learn that division between human beings is a most deadly thing, or do you see it instantly?

What makes you say that division is deadly?

Anger in itself is poison.

The seeing doesn't take time at all. The seeing of it is the learning of it.

Can you see yourself completely, at once?

To live totally differently, any part of the world's corruption cannot exist in you.

Is yoga necessary?

* * *

BR72DSS2.3 - Communication without the blockage of images
Brockwood Park - 1 October 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Communication.

The expression of thought.

Is there a thinking without the word, image or symbol?

What is the quality of the mind that is listening?

Don't take time to get rid of blockages.

Will won't dissolve the blockage.

What is the state of the mind that is attentive, perceptive?

* * *

BR72DSS2.4 - Is life a battle?
Brockwood Park - 6 October 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

What does death mean to you?

What does life mean to you?

If death is part of living, why do you put it away?

Why are you attached to anything?

All opposites have the seed of their own opposite.

Is living a battle?

I am learning about authority, therefore my mind is essentially humble.

* * *

BR72CB - On intelligence
Brockwood Park - 7 October 1972
Conversation with David Bohm
Audio
Subtitles

Q: Thought is a material process. What is the relationship between that and intelligence?

Thought is mechanical, measurable, a movement in time. Is intelligence mechanical, in time?

Does intelligence use thought?

Thought is a pointer. Without intelligence the pointer has no value.

Politically, religiously and psychologically thought has created a world of tremendous contradiction and fragmentation.

Can life be guided by intelligence and lived in harmony?

The desire for intelligence has created the image of God.

Thought must be completely still for the awakening of intelligence. You come upon it when you see the whole.

The quality of a mind that sees the whole is not touched by thought. Therefore there is perception and insight.

* * *

BR72DSS2.5 - Fear of death
Brockwood Park - 8 October 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Fear of death.

Escapes from being alone.

Death and isolation.

Thought creates fragmentation as the body, the psyche and death.

Thought, wanting security, has isolated itself.

Is there a mind in which there is no fragmentation at all?

To understand the whole, the part must disappear.

Are you seeing with thought or seeing without thought?

Action from seeing is something entirely different from action of time.

Attention without effort.

* * *

BR72DSS2.6 - What is your responsibility in a sick society?
Brockwood Park - 10 October 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

What is a good brain?

When you don't compare, the brain has to deal with 'what is'.

What is suffering?

What is your responsibility in a sick, insane society?

Negate everything and you will come to the positive.

Consideration and respect for others.

* * *

BR72DSS2.7 - Listening without resistance
Brockwood Park - 13 October 1972
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
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Conscious and unconscious thinking.

Listening with the unconscious.

Resistance in the conscious mind.

What has happened to my mind when I am listening without resistance?

The extraordinary vitality of the mind and the heart.

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RO72DSG1 - Can I live a life which is totally harmonious?
Rome - 31 October 1972
Discussion with Small Group
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We have been cultured in conflict.

Can there be a movement without any sense of conflict?

Escapes cause further problems.

Can the mind be free of prejudice without the action of will?

Choice prevents action.

Is your mind fragmented?

Has your mind conclusions?

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RO72DSG2 - The world is on fire
Rome - 2 November 1972
Discussion with Small Group
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Putting the fire out.

What is my action in this world?

Rejecting the whole structure of thought.

Is it a judgment to say the world is on fire?

What love is not.

Seeing in freedom is insight.

Q: Why do you use words in a talk to convey love?

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RO72DSG3 - Is there anything new at all?
Rome - 4 November 1972
Discussion with Small Group
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Nonverbal communication.

Thought is responsible for the pursuit of pleasure and the denial of fear.

What is thinking?

The new can take place only when thought is absent.

Can the mind be still?

Is the observer different from the thing observed?

As long as the mind lives in the movement of thought there is no freedom.

The greatest security.

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MA72T1 - Can the mind bring about a radical change in itself?
Madras (Chennai) - 9 December 1972
Public Talk
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Is it possible for the mind to transform itself totally?

If thought cannot bring about a radical change in the mind, then what is the mind to do?

When there is an image about somebody, you are not seeing the person but the image which you have built about them.

Acquiring knowledge is mechanical, learning is non-mechanical.

Can the mind sustain the moment of learning all the time?

Do you observe through knowledge, which is the past, or do you observe without the past?

There is a way of looking in which thought as time, knowledge and experience doesn’t enter, looking as though for the first time. Therefore the mind has completely changed.

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MA72T2 - Observing fear without any movement of thought
Madras (Chennai) - 10 December 1972
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When the mind tries to control or suppress the fact, the ‘what is’, that is a wastage of energy.

Can the mind look at envy without the opposite of not being envious or controlling or suppressing envy?

If there is no opposite at all, there is only ‘what is’, and therefore no choice.

When you are observing the fact, there is no confusion, no choice, no opposite.

The mind living in fear becomes violent.

Violence is not merely physical violence; violence is conformity.

Why does fear exist at all?

Thought has been conditioned to suppress fear.

Can you observe fear completely, without any movement of thought, which is past, which is time?

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MA72D1 - Why does the mind get hurt?
Madras (Chennai) - 12 December 1972
Public Discussion
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How do we have an insight to a problem?

What takes place when there is a screen between you and me?

Memory of past incidents, experiences and knowledge, which is time, divides people. Why does the mind gather this memory?

How is the mind to be free of hurts?

Investigation is not a matter of choice, decision or will. Investigation implies attention, observation.

See what takes place when there is complete attention, in which there is no observer.

When one finds security in the past, what takes place?

Conclusions have no validity. Security is in attention. Attention is order.

There is no habit in attention.

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MA72D2 - Meditation, freedom from the known, and suffering
Madras (Chennai) - 14 December 1972
Public Discussion
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Why should one meditate at all?

Not knowing what meditation is, not knowing its implications, not having read books or wanting to imitate what others have said, where does one start?

Can the mind free itself from its own knowledge?

Consciousness is its content. The content makes up consciousness. Without the content there is no consciousness as we know it.

Self-pity, anxiety and loneliness is the content which makes for sorrow. When the content is not, is there sorrow?

How is the mind to be free of the content? This is meditation.

Can the mind, the heart and the body function in complete unity, complete harmony, as a whole?

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MA72T3 - Freedom, order, love and death
Madras (Chennai) - 16 December 1972
Public Talk
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Can the mind be free or must it always live within the prison of the known?

Relationship implies responsibility, as does freedom. To be related is to live; that is life, existence.

If in relationship there is disorder, society and culture goes to pieces.

When the mind understands what brings about disorder, order comes naturally out of that insight, awareness, observation.

At the moment of insult or flattery, can the mind not record it?

When you don’t know how to love man, you love God.

Can a man love if he is envious, greedy, ambitious, violent, conforming, obeying, totally in disorder?

Can the mind ever be free of death?

The mind can be free only when there is complete observation of facts as they are, and going beyond them.

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MA72T4 - What is religion, what is truth?
Madras (Chennai) - 17 December 1972
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If one is deeply seeking reality, the idea of a path leading to truth is an abomination.

Can your mind put away all desire for experience, put away all myths?

Can you put away the authority of another completely, including that of the speaker?

Is there a way of action in which there is no control at all?

Meditation implies the establishment of right relationship with others.

A mind that is still is not distorted. If you make the mind still, if there is a controller, then this product called a quiet mind is a distorted mind.

Silence is completely necessary. Not induced silence or brought about through self-hypnosis but silence that comes naturally, easily, when you have understood existence without conflict.

A mind is silent only when it has established itself in relationship in which there is no conflict, when the mind is free from all control. This means that the mind is learning all the time.

A religious mind is a mind that is attentive to ‘what is’, not attentive to ‘what should be’.

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BA73T1 - In the state of attention there is no observer
Bangalore - 10 January 1973
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Where there is division, whether religious, national, economic or social, there must be conflict.

Begin not with the world but with yourself, because you are the world and the world is you.

A revolution is necessary – not of the bomb or with bloodshed; that has not produced a change in the world at all. There must be a total transformation of the human mind to create a different kind of culture.

Is there an action which is not based on a conclusion or on an idea?

What is acquiring knowledge and what is learning?

Questions from the audience followed the talk

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BA73DSG1 - What is the function of thought in life?
Bangalore - 11 January 1973
Discussion with Small Group
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Why does thought interfere with the quality of attention?

In attending, there is no interference.

If thought interferes, blurs or distorts, what is the use of thought?

What is the function of knowledge?

The function of a cook and the function of a minister are the same: function.

Can thought as the listener be absent in the act of listening?

Does one have insight by reason?

One must be free of the idea of evolution and growth.

One must be free of time. Time is thought.

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BA73DSG2 - Where there is division, there must be conflict
Bangalore - 12 January 1973
Discussion with Small Group
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How am I to understand and see the significance of the past?

Has the past any value?

Find out how to break through conditioning without falling into other conditioning.

What is experience?

I am conditioned as a Muslim and you as a Hindu. The fact of conditioning is the same, but the bricks may be different.

Why should we accept strife as part of life?

To inquire, it is absolutely necessary to have a free mind.

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BA73T2 - Fear, love and death
Bangalore - 13 January 1973
Public Talk
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Where there is dependency there is fear and the pain of that which you depend upon being taken away.

Can the mind be totally free of the accumulated fears of society and culture, and also of the personal fears?

Does thought breed fear?

The pursuit of status is a psychological state invented by man in the social structure in which he lives.

Is love attachment?

Love is the total negation of what it is not.

Can the mind be free of death?

Questions from the audience followed the talk

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BA73T3 - A meditative mind is free of all control
Bangalore - 14 January 1973
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Unless the mind has understood its entirety, the religious mind will not come into being.

The foundation of meditation is self-knowing, relationship in which there is no conflict, and order in our daily life.

Truth is a living thing with no place, abode or time. It is free of any conclusion or theory.

When you practise meditation, the meditator becomes all-important and not the movement of meditation.

Meditation is a state of mind in which the operation and exercise of will is not. Meditation has no direction, is not seeking experience. It is no longer seeking at all.

A meditative mind, having no concentration, has attention.

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BR73DSS - Don’t be smothered by the world
Brockwood Park - 7 February 1973
Discussion with Staff and Students
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The degenerating world.

Unless you have a sense of depth in the mind you are going to be completely smothered by the world.

What is going to happen to you when you leave Brockwood?

The violence of conformity and obedience.

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SF73T1 - Knowledge in relationship creates division
San Francisco - 10 March 1973
Public Talk
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Relationship is of the highest importance because relationship creates society.

Where there is division between you and me, we and they, there must be conflict.

Observation implies total attention.

Attention comes when you are deeply interested.

Your relationship with another is based on knowledge.

We have got a great many images and conclusions, so the mind is not free to observe.

Can the mind that functions with conclusions be free?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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SF73T2 - What is the place of thought?
San Francisco - 11 March 1973
Public Talk
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What is the function of thought?

What is action and what is its relationship to thought?

Is there a non-fragmentary whole action in relationship, not controlled by thought, measurement or the past?

Our life is based on two principles: pleasure and fear.

Order only comes when you observe how disorderly and confused your life is.

Can you observe fear without reaction from the past?

What place has thought in human relationship?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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SF73T3 - Suffering, love and freedom from death
San Francisco - 17 March 1973
Public Talk
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Action is not different from perception; if you see something dangerous, you act instantly.

A mind caught in suffering cannot understand the nature of love.

Can you remain with suffering without the description or the word?

Can one who is pursuing pleasure know what love is?

Can the mind, living in this world, be free from death?

Living, love and death are one. When you separate them, there is conflict, pain, sorrow and the fear of death.


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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SF73T4 - Total negation of the self
San Francisco - 18 March 1973
Public Talk
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What is religion?

Why do we accept the false and make-believe?

Meditation is the quality of mind completely attentive and silent.

Can thought be controlled?

The freedom to stand completely alone psychologically is one of the greatest things in life.

The ‘me’ has to cease completely and not think in terms of the better or becoming something more, which denies the good.

Enlightenment is not a fixed place.

All one has to do is understand the chaos and disorder in which we live.

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OJ73T1 - Relationship without image is love
Ojai - 7 April 1973
Public Talk
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Relationship means action and movement.

Without understanding the totality of human relationship we live in conflict, however intimate we may be.

When there is knowledge as image in relationship there is conflict.

How do you observe the image you have about another?

I have built an image through my interaction with you and I realise to be really related there must be no image.

How am I to be free of images?

How am I not to create images in relationship?

How is a mind not to be hurt at all?

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OJ73T2 - The meaning of life, pleasure and fear
Ojai - 8 April 1973
Public Talk
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Is life a mere struggle within and without; laborious, painful, anxious, and then death?

What place has thought and what is the structure of thinking?

Pleasure is the continuance of an incident which is dead, past. Thought pursues that incident which becomes pleasure.

Our life is based on thought which is never new, never free, so we are slaves to the past.

How is the mind to be totally, completely free of fear, not only at the conscious level but deeply?

Thought sustains pleasure and fear.

Can thought not interfere with an incident which was a delight yesterday; just leave it?

The movement in harmony between the known and the unknown is creativity. This is the significance, the meaning of life.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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OJ73T3 - Order, love and death
Ojai - 14 April 1973
Public Talk
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In our life there is very little order.

Most of us conform, which is the very essence of disorder.

We conform because we want to succeed inwardly or outwardly; success to us is the most important thing in life.

Order and virtue come with the understanding of disorder.

Why do we get educated?

Is love pleasure, desire, attachment, jealousy, possessiveness?

We have made love pleasure, sexual or otherwise. Why have we made sex such a colossal affair?

Can there be suffering in love?

What is death? Can the mind ever be free from it?

What is it that dies?

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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OJ73T4 - Religion and meditation
Ojai - 15 April 1973
Public Talk
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What part does religion play in one’s life?

How do you know that you or anyone has attained enlightenment or reached the highest form of religious thought?

How can a mind which is always in conflict within itself find that which has never been in conflict?

In inquiring into meditation, do not follow anybody.

Meditation is a daily life in which there is no control whatsoever.

When dealing with psychological facts, is the observer different from the thing observed?

A certain part of the brain can function efficiently only when it has total order, security.

The moment you are aware you are silent it is not silence.

Silence is the highest order.

In silence, parts of the brain which have not been occupied become totally active.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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BR73DT1.2 - Unconditioning yourself and the student while teaching
Brockwood Park - 21 May 1973
Discussion with Teachers
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How does your mind work when a problem is put before you?

Are we clear in ourselves that we are going the same direction?

Brockwood exists to uncondition ourselves and the students.

How will you teach and uncondition at the same time?

Establishing a relationship of mutual investigation into unconditioning.

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BR73DT1.3 - The place of knowledge
Brockwood Park - 25 May 1973
Discussion with Teachers
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How do we prevent the misuse of knowledge?

What is the function of knowledge?

What is the function of a teacher?

What is it we are basically attempting to do here?

The knowledge which I have acquired in observing myself does not set me free.

Are you trying to help the student to have an insight into the whole?

Can we produce a miracle here?

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BR73DT1.4 - Sanity in an insane world
Brockwood Park - 1 June 1973
Discussion with Teachers
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I feel this place is your responsibility as well as mine. Do we feel this responsibility for the students?

Is there total dedication to something which we think is serious?

What do you consider a home?

The way the students live here is going to be the way they live the rest of their life.

Living sanely now so that when you go into the insane world you are a sane human being.

How do we create sanity in the students?

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SA73T1 - Can the mind change radically outside of time?
Saanen - 15 July 1973
Public Talk
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Can my mind look not only at particular problems but at the world problem?

Each of us must bring about transformation in himself and so in his relationship to the world.

Can structures based on thought change the mind?

Authority in any form denies truth.

Will time and knowledge bring transformation?

When you listen to a statement do you draw a conclusion, which means thought is in action?

If there is no image or word, is there thinking?

Intelligence is to see the movement of knowledge.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA73T2 - Can the mind choicelessly see its conditioning?
Saanen - 17 July 1973
Public Talk
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How can outward change be brought about in relation to inward change?

If each of us has a motive can we share a problem?

If there is no freedom from conditioning can there be a transformation of the mind?

Can the mind be aware of its conditioning and observe it choicelessly?

Has the mind the energy to explore without distorting the content of conditioning?

Is the mind different from its content? Does division between the observer and the observed bring about conflict?

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA73T3 - Can thought explore consciousness?
Saanen - 19 July 1973
Public Talk
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Not to be involved in the world and yet live in it.

Is freedom from conditioning brought about by thought or is it a non-movement of thought?

Analysis and control imply time. What is time?

Can the mind be free of violence without the movement of thought?

Can there be no interference of thought with regard to ‘what is’?

The ‘what is’ is violence, the result of thought. When non-movement meets thought what takes place?

In the very observation of ‘what is’ there is instant action.

Can the mind observe without the image?

What is the mind if there is no thought?

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA73T4 - Can thought reveal the meaning of life?
Saanen - 22 July 1973
Public Talk
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Is purpose the same as meaning?

Not being able to go beyond boredom and loneliness do we make pleasure important? Is pleasure the deep meaning of life?

Desire and pleasure.

Why does the mind insist on and pursue pleasure?

There is contact and sensation. Need there be desire?

How can you discard the beauty of the earth or the beauty of the bough of a tree?

What is the quality of a mind that has seen the whole structure of pleasure and desire?

Can the mind realize there is nothing permanent?

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SA73T5 - What is the action of total inaction?
Saanen - 24 July 1973
Public Talk
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What is the relationship between action and the realization of the meaning of life?

Can I observe the dreadful burden of ideals and therefore let it wither away completely?

Is there an action totally unrelated to the disorder of pleasure, character, belief and will? When the mind sees the falseness of that, is there a ‘me’?

What is the action of the ‘non-me’?

Can a sense of wholeness be brought about by thought, investigation, searching and asking?

From the perception of truth, wisdom arises. Intelligence is the daughter of wisdom.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA73T6 - Can death be brought into the field of the known?
Saanen - 26 July 1973
Public Talk
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What is sorrow and is there ever an end to it?

Can one be aware of physical pain and not be caught in it psychologically?

Do we act from hurts we are not aware of? Can hurts be wiped away so that the mind functions clearly, sanely and wholly?

If you understand one hurt completely haven't you understood all the other hurts?

Can analysis solve hurt?

Self-knowing is the ending of sorrow and the beginning of wisdom.

What place has love in relationship and action?

Can I die to all my attachments while living?

Can you see a sunset with all its glory, delight in it and die to it?

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SA73T7 - What is religion and what is meditation?
Saanen - 29 July 1973
Public Talk
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Do I understand the statement ‘I am the world and the world is me’ only as an idea?

Do religion and meditation have any significance in daily living?

Can thought, which is time, ever be still?

When one is aware of the movement of the self in all its activities, out of that comes a mind that is completely still.

Why do I want to express something new, creative, put energy into words, pictures or stone?

The new is timeless, the summation of all energy.

A new kind of energy must be released, instantly putting aside the activities of the self.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA73D1 - How does one observe?
Saanen - 1 August 1973
Public Discussion
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Q: What is the observed without the observer?

The observer is the conditioned entity of memory, tradition, knowledge and experience.

I observe through images, symbols and words, put together by thought.

Thought has created the culture and that culture has shaped my mind.

Can I observe the mountain without the past – the observer, the word and the image?

Naming means comparing, conforming to the past, strengthening it, and creating a duality as the past and the present.

Can the mind observe ‘what is’ without giving it a name and without any movement of thought?

Look at the fact without a single image and see what an extraordinary change takes place. It is like having a young mind.

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SA73D2 - Choice, will and action
Saanen - 2 August 1973
Public Discussion
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What is an action uninfluenced by the environment?

Thought moving away from confusion is an escape. Where there is no movement of thought is there confusion?

When there is total confusion, inaction is complete action. Action then is a movement which is the outcome of the perception of truth. Out of that perception there is intelligence.

It is the intelligence born of wisdom that acts. It opens the door to a daily life that is completely simple.

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SA73D3 - Relationship without dependence
Saanen - 3 August 1973
Public Discussion
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Q: What is the relationship of a human being who is not at all dependent?

I depend on you because I am lonely, insufficient, frightened and I need a companion.

I need you to love me because I don't know what love is. I cannot afford to lose you therefore I must possess you.

Loneliness destroys relationship.

Loneliness is a form of isolation which the mind has cultivated through ambition. When there are no activities of ambition is there loneliness?

I have created society through my ambition and that ambition has brought a sense of isolation.

How am I, who sees the result of ambition, to live with you who are ambitious?

In the great depth of sufficiency there is no loneliness or ambition. That is love.

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SA73D4 - Fear is a destructive poison
Saanen - 4 August 1973
Public Discussion
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Can the mind ever be free of fear?

Fear is a dreadful thing, it paralyzes you, makes you ugly, brings about violence physically and inwardly, and you become superstitious and accept illusion.

Can you observe fear, investigate it and deal with the whole of it?

What is the basic movement of fear, the root of it?

The movement of thought as time brings fear.

Thought can never be still. What is the quality of a mind that sees thought cannot stop?

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SA73D5 - Are you aware?
Saanen - 5 August 1973
Public Discussion
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Q: Can one observe and go beyond oneself?

‘Myself’ is the result of time, thousands of years of experience and knowledge.

The past has conditioned the mind to become what it is now, dependent on stimuli, running away from sorrow, battling and violent.

I am the world and the world is me.

What makes me unaware?

Is awareness different from the observer?

The observer is the past. In awareness there is no observer at all.

A mind that seeks truth must be free of the observer. Out of that comes a flower that blossoms in goodness, an extraordinary movement of love.

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SA73D6 - Are life and death two separate things?
Saanen - 6 August 1973
Public Discussion
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Q: What makes the mind cling to something transient?

For most of us death means the ending of life. Is that what we are frightened of?

Have you inquired into a life that has been endlessly occupied?

It is the fear of everybody to be nothing. All problems arise from that.

If the mind is not occupied at all, there is then only observation and nothing else.

Life, love and death are the same thing. A mind that is not in conflict is free from death.

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SA73D7 - Where there is intelligence there is order
Saanen - 7 August 1973
Public Discussion
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Q: Can the mind ever come upon something sacred?

How does order in the mind act in the world? How is intelligence to earn a livelihood?

Knowledge breeds disorder. Learning must be the constant renewal of observation.

Inquiry must be sensitive to deception.

Intelligence is never contradictory.

Is there anything that is holy, untouched by the human mind?

The mind starts with inquiry, not knowing a thing about what is sacred, with no motive, no will, no ‘me’ and no distraction of thought.

The mind in meditation is intelligence in action.

Nothingness is the most sacred thing.

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BR73T1 - Can the fragmented mind be whole?
Brockwood Park - 1 September 1973
Public Talk
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What is one's relationship to the world?

What relationship has our thought and action to something beyond daily life?

The world outside you, the culture, is that different from you?

Can one transform completely and so bring about a different kind of social structure?

Naming a feeling divides the observer from the observed.

Division between the observer and the observed is conflict, which is a waste of energy.

When I realize that I am ambition there is no conflict and so a summation of energy.

How am I to pursue each thought?

What does it mean to be aware?

If there is choice in awareness, is awareness total?

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BR73T2 - Why does the mind always cling to the known?
Brockwood Park - 2 September 1973
Public Talk
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Does one not penetrate deeply because thought is always from the outside?

In listening do we make an abstraction which we then want to put into action?

Knowledge prevents seeing and instant action.

Knowledge is destructive in relationship.

Can the mind see totally the movement of seeing, sensation, contact and desire so that perception is action?

Why is the mind not only avoiding fear but pursuing pleasure? Love is not in the field of the known.

Q: What is practical action with regard to oneself and the world?

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BR73D1 - The word is you
Brockwood Park - 4 September 1973
Public Discussion
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Q: What is the nature of thought?

How do we have the passion for this inquiry?

Why does the mind form words, symbols and images?

Is the very nature of thought to fragment – the word and the non-word, the action and the formula?

When there is division there must be wastage of energy.

Are we aware that we have formulas, conclusions and opinions? Can the mind be free of them?

Can the mind observe the violence it has brought about in itself, silently, without the word?

When there is the word there is division, which prevents an extraordinary sense of passion coming into being.

Q: What about absolute terror, a phobia?

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BR73D2 - Can the movement of the self end?
Brockwood Park - 6 September 1973
Public Discussion
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Q: Is there a difference between the observer and the observed?

We are so conditioned and heavily burdened with the past, how can the mind be spontaneous?

Can the mind observe its activity without prejudice and images?

When there is a division between the observer and the observed there is conflict.

When the observer is the observed there is no control or suppression. Conflict, duality and the self come to an end.

The greatest meditation is to come upon this extraordinary thing, for the mind to discover that the observer is the observed.

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BR73T3 - To live a life that is whole
Brockwood Park - 8 September 1973
Public Talk
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Is perception one fragment seeing other fragments?

What is the significance of an observation that is complete and non-fragmentary?

The ‘me’ is consciousness in which thought acts.

Can one be free of the content of consciousness?

Can my consciousness, which is the ‘me’, end now? What happens to a such mind?

What is relationship when there is no image?

Is love the pursuit of yesterday's pleasure?

Is love fear, jealousy, anxiety or attachment?

Is love the product of thought?

Is it possible to observe the content of consciousness without the movement of time?

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BR73T4 - Is there anything truly holy, sacred?
Brockwood Park - 9 September 1973
Public Talk
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Is order the structure which the mind has created?

Is order a blueprint to conform to?

Disorder comes into being when there is fear and the pursuit of pleasure.

Is disorder the demand for experience?

The flowering of order is virtue, which is the foundation for meditation.

Is there time as movement and thought when there is only observation of ‘what is’?

Psychologically is there evolution?

If everything is of time, isn't life shallow?

Can one come upon the sacred without total order in oneself?

When the mind has this strange thing called compassion it is sacred.

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BR73DSG1 - We can only learn about ourselves in the mirror of relationship
Brockwood Park - 29 September 1973
Discussion with Small Group
Audio
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What are the effects and the nature of acceptance of authority?

What does the guru know more than the disciple?

If one is a light to oneself, which is natural and revealing, why should one accept the light of another?

What is myself? Can anybody teach me about myself?

Are we seeing through the eyes of the observer?

Only in the mirror of relationship is there learning.

I have an image about you, built in our relationship, so I cannot see you. If I have no image then I can see.

I am living with you and I am hurting you. How will you be free of me and live in the same house?

Can you observe me without the reaction of the image, which is knowledge?

Note: Some content is missing from the original recording.

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BR73DSG2 - The brain trying to find security creates the image
Brockwood Park - 30 September 1973
Discussion with Small Group
Audio
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Is it possible to be free of images?

My image about myself has been hurt; if I have no image about myself I am not hurt.

Is the image different from the image-maker?

Why does one’s brain have images? Is it for self-protection?

Has my brain put aside all illusions created in its search for security?

There is security only when the brain is completely still.

The movement of the brain is time. In time it is seeking security and when time is not, it is frightened.

The brain has created the ‘me’ which is the greatest image it has, offering security subjectively.

Can the mind see the whole movement of image-making non-fragmentarily?

Can the mind be totally still, absolutely silent without any compulsion, desire or reward?

Can we live in relationship without conflict and images? This is the only thing that can produce peace in the world.

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BR73DSG3 - Duality, envy and sorrow
Brockwood Park - 6 October 1973
Discussion with Small Group
Audio
Subtitles

What do we mean by duality? Does it exist at all?

I am trying to find out how to live in this world, not being a coward nor being courageous.

The mind is conditioned to accept the opposite as a means of transcending ‘what is’.

Is it possible to be free of envy without effort?

How does desire arise?

Where there is effort there is duality, the observer and observed.

There is sorrow in the world and there is sorrow in oneself. What is one to do?

I see I have wasted time in escape, analysis, hope, comfort, illusions, looking for a doctrine that will be satisfactory.

Can the mind be completely without movement?

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BR73DSG4 - Meditation, control, belief and not knowing
Brockwood Park - 7 October 1973
Discussion with Small Group
Audio
Subtitles

Is sitting quietly meditation?

Most meditations insist on controlling thought in one form or another.

Why is there division between the controlled and the controller? Unless this is deeply understood, real meditation cannot take place.

Belief in any form is a danger.

One must find out how to go beyond the inventions of thought, which is meditation.

Is there security in the movement of thought?

Why should thought come to an end?

Thought is disharmony. Can the brain be totally inactive?

You can only see when the observer is not.

Harmony is non-thought.

Can the brain be still?

What happens, what is the state of mind when you say, ‘I really don’t know’?

Thought says, ‘I must know,’ never saying, ‘I don’t know.’

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RO73T - When the mind realises the observer is the observed
Rome - 28 October 1973
Public Talk
Audio


Can one bring about a total revolution in oneself?

Why do we always live in conflict and self-contradictory activity?

How will your mind free itself from conditioning separating man from man?

Can the mind ever be unconditioned?

Can the mind see its activities and transform itself?

Who is the observer, the entity that says, ‘This must be and that must not be’?

Is there such thing as God?

Can the mind be free of fear completely?

Is love the product of thought?

The mind can be free of fear if you give your complete attention to it.


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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RO73DSG1 - The division between the observer and the observed
Rome - 30 October 1973
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


There is awareness of external things but what is awareness inwardly?

Thought is the movement of memory. Who is it that is aware of thought?

Without thought is there a thinker?

Why is there division between greed and the entity that says I must not be greedy?

Where there is division as the observer and the observed there is wastage of energy.

Recognition is the movement of memory in time.

Seeing is only possible when there is no image.

Can the mind listen without abstraction?

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RO73DSG2 - Ending the chattering of the mind
Rome - 31 October 1973
Discussion with Small Group
Audio
Subtitles

One should know oneself, otherwise there is no foundation for clear thinking.

We are conditioned to the idea of gradual progress.

When there is chattering it is a dissipation of the energy of thought.

Is thought functioning objectively, sanely and non-fragmentarily?

What is thinking?

When thought is constantly in operation it wears itself out, becomes mechanical, has no depth or vitality and there is nothing new.

What place has knowledge in the transformation of man and society?

How is the mind to change so radically that it is totally different?

What is the place of thought in relationship?

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MA73D1 - Can the mind free itself from the habit of comparison?
Madras (Chennai) - 15 December 1973
Public Discussion
Audio


What are greed and envy?

Comparison is one of the factors of envy. Can the mind stop comparing?

Progress and greed.

Habits are formed as a means of living easily and therefore mechanically.

What happens to a mind that lives mechanically?

Knowledge has made us mechanical.

Can the mind function within the field of knowledge when necessary and be free from knowledge when it is not?

Can a mechanical mind ever come to something which is not mechanical?

The habit of conformity is a deadly thing.

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MA73D2 - We are the world and the world is us
Madras (Chennai) - 16 December 1973
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

How do you look at the world?

How am I to live in this world sanely?

You are the world, you are the product of the culture in which you live.

You are not an individual, just an expression of culture.

When I am ambitious I create a society that supports my ambition.

Why do we live in abstractions? Calling yourself a Hindu is an abstraction.

What takes place in a mind that has realised that it is the world and the world is itself, and doesn’t move from that fact?

A man who lives in tradition is betraying the present.

We must give tremendous attention to the fact of learning without accumulation.

Learning all the time with never a moment of not-learning.

Non-learning is the accumulative factor.

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MA73T1 - A different quality of mind not bound by thought
Madras (Chennai) - 18 December 1973
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

To survive sanely, rationally, healthily, survive as a whole entity, we need a different energy.

A different energy can only be brought about by a religious mind.

A religious mind is not a negligent mind; in the very negation is energy.

What is the responsibility of thought with regard to the structure in which it lives?

We must find a different quality of mind that is not bound by thought.

To see the present with all its immensity, there must be freedom from the known, from tradition, from knowledge.

To look we need energy, and we dissipate energy when we look through the eyes of the past.

Can you observe your violence without withdrawing from the fact to a conclusion and looking with a conclusion?

To be so free you need total attention, which is religion.

A religious man is free from violence; he has no concepts of non-violence.

A religious man is concerned with ‘what is’, not with ‘what should be’.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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MA73D3 - Can the brain look at the present without time?
Madras (Chennai) - 20 December 1973
Public Discussion
Audio


When you hear the word ‘God’, what is your response?

Is it possible to look at violence as though for the first time?

Can my mind be free from the accumulated past?

Is there a present which is not of time? If not, the brain moves from the known to the known, never fresh, never looking at something totally new.

I am very interested to see what the present is; I really don’t know.

The response ‘I don’t know’ requires humility. But we all know, and what we know is the old.

A cup is useful when it is empty, then you can put something into it. But our brains are already full of thoughts, opinions, judgements, what we have read, never empty to find out.

You have been hurt from childhood. Can the mind be free of all those hurts?

If there is hurt, how can you love?

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MA73T2 - Living in the past prevents action in the present
Madras (Chennai) - 22 December 1973
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

We need a new kind of energy to transform society.

Intellectual energy is mechanical because it is based on experience, knowledge. The response to knowledge is thought.

Thought is essentially mechanical and all our structure is based on thought.

Ideological action is always divisive and therefore in essence it is rooted in conflict.

Is there an action which is universal, not mine or yours?

Diligent negation of the mechanical gives a certain quality of energy.

It is part of our tradition to analyse, and analysis is paralysis.

Is there a way of looking at fear which is not an observation with a conclusion?

Action in the present is not possible if you are living in the past, if you are carrying out a tradition.

Perception means seeing without the observer. Seeing without the observer is action in the present.

There is an action which is non-ideational, and that action is the total revolution of the mind.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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MA73T3 - Order is essential for survival
Madras (Chennai) - 23 December 1973
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Order is essential for the brain to survive and to function rationally, healthily, objectively and effectively.

Why do you believe that there is a God or in anything that you hold dear?

When a disorderly mind chooses, what it chooses must be also disorderly.

A life that is lived in fragments is disorderly.

Order is necessary, and this order comes when you have an insight, the capacity to look at disorder choicelessly.

Choiceless awareness is intelligence, and that intelligence will bring order.

Relationship means direct contact, perception, understanding, and you cannot have an understanding of another when looking with an image you have built.

A mind that suffers has no love. It is only the mind that is free from suffering that knows compassion and love.

You must understand death as you must understand living.

Are you frightened of letting go of the known?

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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MA73T4 - In meditation there is no direction
Madras (Chennai) - 26 December 1973
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Only the totally humble mind can understand very deeply what is involved in meditation.

Energy is wasted through control, through friction and there is friction when there is the controller and the controlled.

If there is no division between the controller and the controlled there is no friction.

Every day, every minute, watch. If you are tired let go, but the next minute watch.

In meditation there is no control whatsoever.

The whole movement of desire as will comes to an end in meditation.

Is it necessary to sit in a certain way, to breathe in a certain way, to keep your eyes closed?

A quiet, silent mind is necessary to listen.

In space there is no direction, there is no time.

In meditation there is the complete emptying of the mind of the known. The known is the ‘me’.

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BA74T1 - What is your mind?
Bangalore - 5 January 1974
Public Talk
Audio


Is your mind in the prison of tradition?

The only thing that matters is whether you can transform, bring about a total revolution in yourself.

In a degenerating world growing daily darker, one has to be a light to oneself.

You must understand yourself. What are you?

Can you look at yourself without a single image?

Can you observe sanely?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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BA74T2 - Is there a non-mechanistic behaviour?
Bangalore - 6 January 1974
Public Talk
Audio


We have made the mind a mechanical instrument.

Is there a quality of mind that is not mechanical?

When you have an ideology you are conditioned, and there is no action in the present.

Is there an action which is not mechanistic, not based on reward and punishment?

Can you observe without the gesture of thought?

To understand or to look at pleasure, you must understand the nature and structure of thought.

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BA74S - Is it possible for the mind not to be hurt?
Bangalore - 9 January 1974
Seminar
Audio


Consciousness is its content, and we are moving in that field all the time.

Is there a way of looking that is non-analytical, non-directional, and does not demand time?

There is energy in the negation of analysis.

What is to be done with envy?

Is envy different from the observer or is the observer envy?

Can the mind be free of hurt without friction or analysis?

Is it possible to be so aware that you are never hurt?

When you are attending, if I insult you, does it take root?


Please note that the original audio recording ended abruptly.

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BA74DT - A relationship where teacher and taught don’t exist
Bangalore - 10 January 1974
Discussion with Teachers
Audio


The educator needs educating.

How do we educate the educator who will naturally cultivate goodness in students?

How will you awaken social responsibility without example or authority?

Is there a way of teaching where the relationship of a teacher on a platform and the student below does not exist?

What is corruption?

People who practice non-violence are violent.

If I practice being non-violent when violent, what happens?

Can I look at myself and learn about myself without accumulating knowledge?

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BA74T3 - Sorrow, love and death
Bangalore - 12 January 1974
Public Talk
Audio


Why do you feel at a loss, lonely, when stripped of your attachments?

Can you look at your life without getting depressed and without wanting change?

Can the mind be free of images about yourself or anyone?

Love is like a flower that blossoms.

The ground in which love can blossom is when the mind understands suffering totally.

What is it that is frightened of death?

Love is as strong as death, and living is not separate from love and death.


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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BA74T4 - Meditation is concerned with the whole of life
Bangalore - 13 January 1974
Public Talk
Audio


Meditation has immense significance and reveals an astonishing depth which time, thought and measure cannot enter.

Can the mind observe disorder without the observer?

Why do you accept the pattern set by another about meditation or anything?

Behaviour based on order is virtue.

Time is movement in space in a direction you have set.

Can the mind be free of time?

Meditation demands tremendous attention.

There is great energy where there is attention.

Can the mind be free from all control?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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BO74T1 - Can the human mind radically regenerate?
Bombay (Mumbai) - 19 January 1974
Public Talk
Audio


There is no attention if I move away from the statement that I am the world.

Regeneration means to be reborn anew.

Can your mind, shaped by the society in which you live, undergo a radical transformation?

Can the mind be free of a mechanical way of living?

What does it mean to perceive?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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BO74T2 - Can the mind remain with hurt?
Bombay (Mumbai) - 20 January 1974
Public Talk
Audio


The content of our minds can be understood, explored and observed when the word is not the thing, the description is not the described.

Can the mind be free of the machinery of making images?

What do we do with all the hurts the image has received?

A mind that is hurt is incapable of perception, seeing directly and acting instantly.

Can thought naturally, without effort, prevent itself from creating images about itself or another?

Can the mind observe hurt or envy without the observer?

Religion is the transformation and regeneration of man.

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BO74T3 - Living, love and the meaning of death
Bombay (Mumbai) - 26 January 1974
Public Talk
Audio


Our existence, as it is, is very confused: we are in great turmoil outwardly and inwardly.

Can the mind be related without a single image?

What is the meaning of life?

Can a mind, driven by desire and tortured by lust, come to reality?

Is love the pursuit of what has been?

Can the mind free itself from the known and live in freedom?

What happens to a mind that has always lived in the known?

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BO74T4 - Meditation, order and space
Bombay (Mumbai) - 27 January 1974
Public Talk
Audio


Order is necessary for austerity.

Can you observe the disorder in which you live without the eyes of the past?

When thought is in movement it creates the bondage of time.

In meditation are you concerned with achieving something, an experience others say they have had?

Thought is time and measurement.

Can the mind behave orderly without control or effort, with no conflict?

Can the mind be free of the ‘me’ so that it has immense space?

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SD74CA1 - Knowledge and the transformation of man
San Diego - 18 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: Is there freedom in knowledge?

It is our business as human beings to realize the enormous suffering, misery, confusion in the world. Do we realize with all seriousness our responsibility to the whole of mankind?

Do we see the basic factor that we are the world, that the world is not separate from us?

What place has knowledge, experience in changing the quality of a mind that has become violent, petty, selfish, greedy, ambitious?

What are the limits of knowledge? Can the mind be free from the known, not verbally but actually?

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SD74CA2 - Knowledge and conflict in human Relationships
San Diego - 18 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What place has knowledge in relationship?

There must be freedom from the known, otherwise the known is merely the repetition of the past, the tradition, the image.

The observer is tradition, the past, the conditioned mind that looks at things, at itself, at the world.

When the observer observes he does so with memories, experience, hurts, despairs, hopes, with the background of knowledge.

Whenever man operates with that knowledge in relationships there is division and therefore conflict.

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SD74CA3 - What is communication with others?
San Diego - 19 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What does it mean to be serious?

In the word ‘communication’ is implied the art of listening.

Listening demands a quality of attention in which there is a real sense of having an insight as we go along, each second.

Communication implies that we must be at the same level at the same time, with the same intensity, walking together on the same road, thinking together in the same tongue, observing together, sharing together.

Responsibility means total commitment. The world is in a mess and it's my responsibility, living in this world as a human being who has created this mess, to be serious about its resolution.

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SD74CA4 - What is a responsible human being?
San Diego - 19 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What is responsibility in human relationship?

What is your responsibility for human growth, human culture, human goodness? What is your responsibility to the earth?

When you feel responsible for a child there is a flowering of real affection and care and you don't train him or condition him to kill another for the sake of your country.

Human beings are now conditioned to be irresponsible. What are the serious people going to do with the irresponsible people?

If you show me how irresponsible I am, what responsibility means, you care for me. When there is total responsibility in which freedom and care go together, the mind has no image in relationship.

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SD74CA5 - Understanding of our disorder
San Diego - 20 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What is order in freedom?

Unless we understand the nature and structure of disorder we can never find out what is order. How has the whole phenomenon of disorder come about?

Is order something imposed, a discipline, which is conformity, suppression, imitation? Is order acceptance, obedience?

Unless we understand the movement of thought we cannot understand disorder. A mind that is caught in measurement can never find truth. Is it possible to look without measurement?

Is it possible to live a life, the whole of life, acting, laughing, crying, without a shadow of comparison?

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SD74CA6 - The nature and total eradication of fear
San Diego - 20 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: Can the mind be free of fear?

Physical fears and psychological fears are interrelated. There are conscious as well as unconscious fears.

The racial fears, the fears that society has taught me, the fears that the family has imposed, all those crawling, ugly, brutal things that are hidden, how can they all come up naturally and be exposed so that the mind sees them completely?

What is the answer to this fact of fear which has been carried on from generation to generation?

Is there a way of dealing with fear, not the branches but the root of it?

Behind the words, the descriptions, the explanations, what is fear?

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SD74CA7 - Understanding, not controlling, desire
San Diego - 21 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What is pleasure? What is desire?

We are not condemning pleasure but observing it. To go into the question of pleasure one has to look into desire. Through propaganda desire is inflamed.

What is desire? How does it come about that this very strong desire is born, cultivated? Must desire be controlled at all? Desire seems to be a very active and demanding instinct that is going on all the time.

Why has pleasure, whether of sex, possession, power, knowledge or enlightenment, become so extraordinarily important in life? Pleasure is an extraordinary thing. To see a beautiful thing and to enjoy it, what is wrong with that?

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SD74CA8 - Does pleasure bring happiness?
San Diego - 21 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What relationship has pleasure to joy? Is pleasure happiness?

Is there any relationship between pleasure and enjoyment? What is pleasure and what keeps it going? What is the pursuit, the constant direction of it?

A single tree standing on the hill. You see that it is really beautiful, the flowers, the deer, the meadows, the water, and the single tree and its shadow. It is almost breath-taking.

Does thought then come along and say how extraordinary it was, what a delight it was? Isn't there then desire for repetition? So thought gives nourishment, sustains it and gives a direction to pleasure. Why should thought come into it at all?

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SD74CA10 - The art of listening
San Diego - 22 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What is seeing? What is listening? What is learning?

Do we see actually or through a screen darkly, through a screen of prejudice, a screen of our experiences, wishes, pleasures, fears, between us and the object of perception? Do we ever see the thing at all?

Does the act of listening bring about complete freedom from all statements? Is the mind completely attentive? Then the mind is extraordinarily free to act. Then the seeing is doing.

I learn in order to gain reward or avoid punishment. I learn a particular job or craft to earn a livelihood. Is learning a process of accumulation? Is there any other kind of learning that is not accumulating, and acting from that?

Have we learned anything from sorrow? What is there to learn?

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SD74CA9 - Sorrow, passion and beauty
San Diego - 22 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What is beauty?

We are becoming more and more artificial, superficial and verbal. Has man lost touch with nature? Has he lost the delicacy, the sensitivity of the mind, heart and body?

What is beauty? Must it be expressed? Does it need the word, the stone, the colour, the paint, or is it something that cannot be put into words, into a building, a statue?

Without passion you can't have beauty. Passion comes when there is suffering. Remaining with that suffering, not escaping from it, brings passion. Passion means the complete abandonment of the ‘me’, the self, the ego, and therefore the austerity of great beauty.

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SD74CA11 - Being hurt and hurting others
San Diego - 25 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What is a religious life?

The word ‘religion’ means gathering together all energy, at all levels, so that it will bring about great attention. Can the mind be so totally attentive that the unnameable comes into being?

What is the quality, structure, nature of a mind, and therefore of a heart and brain, that can perceive something beyond the measurement of thought, something that is not only sacred and holy in itself but that is capable of seeing something immense?

In discussing religion we ought to inquire into the nature of hurt, because a mind that is not hurt is an innocent mind. Can our hurts be healed so that not a mark is left and can future hurts be prevented, without any resistance?

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SD74CA12 - Love, sex and pleasure
San Diego - 25 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What is love?

Is love pleasure, the expression of desire? Is love the fulfilment of sexual appetite?

Is love the pursuit of a desired end? Is love a thing that can be cultivated?

Love has been identified with sex which means, basically, with pleasure. Why have we made sex such an enormous, fantastic, romantic, sentimental affair? What is the relationship of joy, enjoyment and pleasure to love?

To come upon this thing called love you must understand the place of pleasure. A mind that has been trained, sustained in this rotten social conditioning must first free itself before it can talk about love.

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SD74CA13 - A different way of living
San Diego - 26 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What is living?

What actually is existence, living, this whole field of man's endeavour to better himself, not only in the technological world but also psychologically? Man wants to be different, he wants to be more than he is.

Isn't the way we live most impractical, an insane way of living, destructive, with utter indifference to the earth? Is this the way to behave, to appreciate the beauty of living? Is there a way of living without conflict?

As a human being am I ever conscious? And what is consciousness? Is consciousness its content? Is death a continuity of that consciousness, or the ending of consciousness with its content?

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SD74CA14 - Death, life and love are indivisible
San Diego - 26 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What is death?

If one is not frightened then what is death? What is it one is frightened of in death? Is it of losing the content of consciousness?

Death becomes living when the content of consciousness, which makes its own frontier, its own limitations, comes to an end. Can that content empty itself?

Can the mind be aware totally of all the content: the collective, the personal, the racial, the transitory?

You can only incarnate now when you die to the content. You can be reborn, regenerate totally if you die to the content. So living is dying.

Living, love and death are one, moving and indivisible, and that is immortal.

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SD74CA15 - Religion, authority and education - Part 1
San Diego - 27 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What is religion?

In the West and the East, in the world of Islam, Buddhism or Christianity the same principle goes on, worshipping an image which has been created. It is the human being that has created the image. Can the mind observe this phenomenon and see its own demand for security, permanency, and deny all that?

Why does the mind divide life, accepting authority in one way and denying it in another? We accept the tyranny of a petty little guru with fanciful ideas and reject a political tyranny or a dictatorship.

What is the importance of authority? What is behind this acceptance of authority?

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SD74CA16 - Religion, authority and education - Part 2
San Diego - 27 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

How am I to inquire into religion?

What is religion, what is God, what is immortality, what is beauty? Can the mind put aside totally the structure of thought with regard to religion?

Can the mind be free of the authority of another, however divine or not divine? Can the mind put away everything that man has taught, invented, imagined about religion, God? Can wisdom be sought through a book, a teacher, from another, through sacrifice, torture, renunciation?

Can the mind be free of all the things that are born of fear, desire, pleasure?

Your thoughts, speech and behaviour are the very essence of religion. If they are not, religion can't exist.

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SD74CA17 - Meditation, a quality of attention that pervades all of one's life
San Diego - 28 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What is meditation?

Do we accept the orthodox, traditional, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi meditation, or could we put away all that and ask: what is meditation?

To start from not knowing what meditation is, then I'm free to flow in the inquiry.

Is meditation divorced from daily living or does meditation cover the whole field of existence?

In my inquiry am I awake or is the past so alive that it is dictating my life in the present?

Is there a way of living without control? Can I live a life of meditation in which there is no control?

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SD74CA18 - Meditation and the sacred mind
San Diego - 28 February 1974
Conversation with A.W. Anderson
Video
Subtitles

Q: What place has will in meditation?

Can you be choicelessly aware of this movement of desire, control, will, action?

What is space? Do we have space? Can the mind have space? When the mind is occupied with family, business, God, drink, sex, is there space? When knowledge occupies the whole field of the mind there is no space. Outward space is not going to give inner space.

There is no silence when there is direction. Can the mind empty itself of its content? Can the mind, the brain, the body be really silent? When the mind is utterly silent what is the immeasurable? In silence, time stops.

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OJ74D1 - Thinking, relationship and fear
Ojai - 31 March 1974
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

If we are weak, why should we create its opposite?

Why are human beings violent?

What takes place when you conform?

Is the thinker separate from thought? Is there thought without the thinker?

What is thinking?

Thought is divisive and brings about fragmentation. Our whole life is based on thought and therefore is fragmented.

An intelligent, alert, capable life in which there is no conflict whatsoever.

Relationship, to be completely related, means not to have any image.

As long as you have an image about somebody you are not related to them.

When you know you are not paying complete attention, that awareness is attention.

Can you observe the whole map of fear? Who is the observer looking at the map?

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OJ74D2 - Meditation, energy and regeneration in consciousness
Ojai - 7 April 1974
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

What is the relationship of thought, intelligence, mind and consciousness?

To bring about change in one’s consciousness, meditation becomes extraordinarily important.

Thought is never free, thought is never new. Thought is the response of the known, which is the past.

A mind in meditation is a total, complete, silent mind.

To understand silence one has to investigate what consciousness is.

Human beings have become extraordinarily violent and are incapable of facing this fact.

What is loneliness?

We complain about not having love, from others or in oneself. I wonder why.

What does it mean to love?

A new ability to look.

What are we being educated for?

When you look at a tree, is the ‘me’ looking or do you look without the ‘me’?

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SA74T1 - What is the operation of thought?
Saanen - 14 July 1974
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

In the world around us and inside us, is there a relationship between the inner and the outer?

Are you free to listen or do you listen with interpretation and prejudices?

Do I observe the content of my consciousness as an outsider? Can one observe the content without choice?

If you look with eyes that are divided is there not conflict between you and another?

Is division between the observer and the observed?

Is it intelligent for thought to create and maintain division while talking about peace?

Is there an intelligence which is not cunning and is not the function or result of thought?

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA74T2 - Is there energy not based on idea or ideology?
Saanen - 16 July 1974
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Why is thought divisive?

The desire to change in a particular direction gives an energy that is divisive.

Will you free the mind taking time, through analysis, or can you look totally and therefore be totally free?

Does choiceless rejection of the false give a different kind of energy?

Does a foundation give me direction or does it bring confusion?

Is the operation of intelligence insight?

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA74T3 - Does thought bring order?
Saanen - 18 July 1974
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Are thoughts, feelings, reactions and relationships merely mechanical? Is there any other movement?

Where there is a cause there is time and so living becomes relative.

Is my relationship with another based on opinions, memories, demands and sexual appetites?

Is there a way of living which has no cause?

Do I actually see disorder or only its description?

Is it only when the ‘me’ is non-existent that I am related?

What takes place when the mind has order and a sense of total relationship?

Can the mind be free of the word to look and discover its disorder?

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA74T4 - Can the mind not be a slave to knowledge?
Saanen - 21 July 1974
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

When consciousness invents a super-consciousness is it a part of thought aware of the past?

Is there a part of the brain which has not been touched by the known?

Is it our education to escape from ‘what is’ through ideals?

Has the mind been trained to operate and function in the field of the known?

Observing the movement of thought and its source, can one come upon something beyond thought?

Is time required to see the reality and non-reality of knowledge?

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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GSBR74DT01 - The flame of responsibility
Gstaad - 23 July 1974
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

Responsibility to see that a different kind of mind is produced.

Can you educate the student totally, so that he is an intelligent human being?

How will you see that the student grows up into something exceptional?

Do you feel utterly responsible?

How am I going to transmit or help the student to have this flame of responsibility?

How does your responsibility express itself?

Is there a different approach altogether?

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SA74T5 - Wisdom comes through the understanding of suffering
Saanen - 23 July 1974
Public Talk
Audio


Do we respond to the whole field of existence? Must not there be love to do that?

To love, to be responsible for the whole, one must go beyond suffering.

Can we know the nature, structure and function of suffering?

Is isolation one of the major causes of suffering?

Is attachment, which denies freedom, a cause of suffering?

In the love of the whole the particular comes in, but not the other way around.

Can we be sensitive to beauty if we are psychologically hurt?

Can the mind be aware of hurt and not react at the conscious or unconscious level?

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA74T6 - Are you seeking security in a concept?
Saanen - 25 July 1974
Public Talk
Audio


Love and compassion is denied totally when you seek security in neurotic concepts.

Is there permanent security in relationship?

The mind is sane, healthy, whole and acts totally when it realizes there is nothing permanent.

What is the relationship of time to thought? Does the mind need time to transform itself?

What is your relationship to death? Is it romantic or is it a total relationship?

Knowing nothing about an unconditioned mind, can you look at conditioning without the movement of its opposite?

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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GSBR74DT02 - Are we still working in the traditional field?
Gstaad - 28 July 1974
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

Can we bring about human beings who are really extraordinarily?

Is there something which is totally complete?

Education is in the man-made area.

Can we as a group come upon something new?

Being responsible to the most sacred thing.

Do you feel immensely responsible?

You are responsible for another’s life.

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SA74T7 - Meditation is to discover an area in which there is no movement of thought
Saanen - 28 July 1974
Public Talk
Audio


Has the world and its thought-based activity bred fear?

Can hidden fears and subtle forms of pleasure be exposed through analysis?

What is a mind to do when it sees the falseness of analysis and introspective examination?

Is the controller different in nature from what he says he is going to control?

Can the mind empty itself of time, direction and movement, which is the ending of thought?

What place has knowledge in meditation?

Can thought and meditation live together harmoniously in daily action?

Is the speaker teaching you higher knowledge? All the speaker is saying is: watch yourself.

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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GSBR74DT03 - Is it possible to produce students who will never be conditioned?
Gstaad - 30 July 1974
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

One needs to have leisure, not be occupied from morning till night.

The flame of a different dimension of creative energy.

Being responsible to 'the other'.

Are you functioning along traditional lines?

Is there a catalyst that will shatter conditioning?

Unconditioning the mind to see if a student can be incapable of being conditioned.

Are we a group of people who are completely dedicated, completely responsible, completely with the creative flame?

Can we create a genius?

If the traditional bank is left, inwardly, totally, then you are on the other bank, then the flame is there.

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SA74D1 - Thought is not the instrument of change
Saanen - 31 July 1974
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: How is thought to end completely?

All cultures have given importance to thought.

Is there another instrument besides thought?

Can thought be silent when the mind is observing?

My concern is to observe and this is prevented when there is any movement or flutter of thought.

Attention is given totally and thought does not enter into it. Can I look without thought?

Observe the world, nature, everything, including your own desires without a single movement of thought.

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GSBR74DT04 - Can we create an ambience that breaks conditioning?
Gstaad - 1 August 1974
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

Psychologically there is no tomorrow.

Can we create a sense of seriousness and deep, abiding stability?

Can we bring about a breakdown of the conditioning in the student, in a short period of time?

To be non-traditional, in the deep sense of that word, at every level.

Tradition hasn’t solved a thing, it hasn’t brought new life to people, it hasn’t changed people.

What are you educating the students for?

There is a fountain of real waters, and I want the student to drink from it with his heart, not with his mind, without coercion.

Being confused, can you walk out of it without persuasion?

The energy that comes through clarity.

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SA74D2 - Why is the mind attached?
Saanen - 1 August 1974
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: Why is it so difficult to be free from attachment?

Why is the mind attached to an ideal, a nationality, a person, experience, opinions and gods?

Why does the mind cripple itself with attachments?

Is attachment a living thing that is going on or is it a remembrance of the past?

If attachment is a continuation of the past, what is relationship between two people?

Tomorrow is what has been yesterday, modified. You are living in the past and there is conflict with the present.

To end conflict at the very roots of your being, to realize there is no tomorrow, your whole action changes.

Every day is an ending of everything.

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SA74D3 - What is our responsibility?
Saanen - 2 August 1974
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: How do I put the feeling of responsibility into action?

We approach a problem from the outer to the inner and the inner to the outer. It is an endless ebb and flow.

Who has created the division, this structure as the outer and the inner? We are educated in that and are caught in it.

Division takes place when there is an image in the mind. Responsibility is to free yourself of images absolutely.

When you feel responsibility, the flame of it will burn the image.

Seeing the world as it is and ourselves as we are, responsibility begins to awaken.

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SA74D4 - What is the relationship between attention and lack of attention?
Saanen - 3 August 1974
Public Discussion
Audio


We are educated to follow, accept and conform. This is tradition, second-hand.

When you become aware of conformity without reaction is that awareness the act of intelligence?

Does the mind realize the nature of conformity, intelligence and awareness?

I am attentive for a minute and there is no border, no time, no ‘me’, no problem. The whole energy is involved in that attention. This is a tremendous movement.

Attending, I can do things without effort and thought.

The mind gets tired and moves to inattention. In that state of inattention action goes on and must be conditioning.

There is attention the moment the mind is aware that it is inattentive.

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GSBR74DT05 - Can we bring about such intelligence that the mind is never conditioned?
Gstaad - 4 August 1974
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

We are chiefly concerned with unconditioning the mind.

Can you awaken intelligence in the student within a very short period?

How is intelligence to be awakened?

An atmosphere of complete security, trust, that is sacred, holy, with a feeling of irrevocable truth.

Why have a habit which is unnecessary?

To live without a single problem.

Not trying to help the student.

Uncertainty, not knowing, brings a quality of watchfulness.

Why should you have an opinion at all about anything?

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SA74D5 - What is a chaste mind?
Saanen - 4 August 1974
Public Discussion
Audio


The word ‘chaste’ means pure, clean, untouched.

Have we a chaste mind, a mind that has not been hurt, has no image, is free from the pleasure of yesterday and is innocent?

Is chastity a quality of the mind?

Can the mind be free of the word, symbols and the condemnation and approval of the word?

What is the nature of the mind when there is no attempt through will or desire for any way out through the known?

If you are really serious, not just with words but burning with responsibility, then you ask whether the mind can ever be free from the known.

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BR74T1 - Can the conditioned mind go beyond itself?
Brockwood Park - 31 August 1974
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Can one totally eliminate in observation the activity of the ‘me’?

Is the observer looking at consciousness different from that looked at?

Isn't the observer the past, with his experiences, knowledge, hurts and sorrows?

Being the past, is the observer capable of looking at what is going on around him now?

When one has insight that the observer is the observed what takes place?

With no interpretation, escape or rationalization is there energy to go beyond?

If the ‘me’ is not, where is fear?

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BR74T2 - Is thought a slave to time?
Brockwood Park - 1 September 1974
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Is there psychological time at all?

Can the human mind change instantly?

Why do we abstract an idea from what we see?

Is it lack of energy which makes one postpone? Or, not having the capacity to deal with ‘what is’ one makes an abstraction?

Doesn't action based on idea demand time? What is action in which there is no idea?

Without abstraction can the mind observe sorrow and remain with sorrow?

When you see that the observer is the observed, isn't conditioning broken down?

Can there be relationship if there are images?

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BR74D1 - The place of pleasure
Brockwood Park - 3 September 1974
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: Why is the mind pursuing pleasure all the time?

Why do people deny pleasure, feel guilty or resist it?

Pleasure begins at the very root of memory.

There is the delight of a sunset. Remembrance of it encourages continuity of the delight which is over.

What place has pleasure, joy and love with regard to memory? Is love a memory?

Why does the mind demand repetition?

Thought is the response of memory, and in itself brings fragmentation. As long as the mind lives in that area there is no freedom.

Is there any field where thought has no place at all?

Can the mind be aware totally and not fragmentarily?

If you really don't know, you will have the answer.

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BR74D2 - Is the mind capable of seeing thought?
Brockwood Park - 5 September 1974
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: Aware that thought is divisive, what are we to do?

Thought is the response of memory. Are we as aware of this conditioning as we are aware of rain raining?

Can one be aware non-fragmentarily? In complete attention there is neither the observer nor the observed.

Responsibility is implied in relationship.

When the mind is attentive at the precise moment of challenge and response there is no formation of an image.

The image means a formula, concept, symbol or word. Without the image you can't be hurt.

To know how to live without conflict you have to understand what it means to be related.

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BR74T3 - Death means a total renewal
Brockwood Park - 7 September 1974
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Can the mind be free of suffering that corrupts all action?

Is analysis of the cause of suffering a wastage of energy, as it involves time?

Has thought brought about suffering?

Is love something brought about by memory, and how does desire distort love?

Is love a matter of time?

Why has the mind separated living from dying?

Can the mind clinging to the known inquire into what is permanent?

Death is the ending of attachment. Can we be free of attachment daily and so inviting death?

Attachment is irresponsibility.

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BR74T4 - The energy to meet problems
Brockwood Park - 8 September 1974
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Is there an area of the brain not contaminated by thought?

Can the mind uncondition itself without thought which is time?

Is there an energy not dependent on conditioning or culture?

We are educated to control ourselves, in order to be righteous or virtuous. Can we live without controlling?

Can there be choiceless awareness of disorder? Can the brain be absolutely still?

Q: What is the function of being asleep or awake?

To keep awake implies a mind that is not conforming.

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GSBR74DT06 - Creating an atmosphere of complete security
Brockwood Park - 14 September 1974
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

Having an atmosphere of dedicated seriousness with a sense of complete security.

Our responsibility is to see that we begin to free ourselves from the corruption of society.

How will you prevent your influence from corrupting the student?

How shall I help the student and myself to uncondition in our relationship throughout the day?

Am I capable of talking about my conditioning openly with the student?

The atmosphere itself says behave, when a group of people are living a life which is logical, sane, whole.

Welcoming the students.

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GSBR74DT07 - Total responsibility
Brockwood Park - 15 September 1974
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

What is maturity?

Preventing the student from entering into the field of conflict.

If I see something false, the very seeing of the false is truth.

Is it possible to prevent a mind, a brain from deteriorating?

My responsibility to you makes me highly sensitive to you.

Responsibility implies the awakening of sensitivity, which is intelligence.

Responsibility is impersonal.

The fact and action.

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GSBR74DT08 - The habit of conflict
Brockwood Park - 16 September 1974
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

Communicating a sense of having no conflict.

Conflict arises through division.

Looking at physical habits.

Can I live a life without comparison?

What is a habit?

Helping the student to break habits without conflict.

The forming of conclusions is a habit.

Listening without conclusion.

Do you listen to the idea or description, or do you listen to the fact?

The art of listening.

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GSBR74DT09 - The art of listening, the art of seeing, the art of learning
Brockwood Park - 17 September 1974
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

Can I help the student to learn the art of listening?

Can I look at my conditioning without any response or reaction?

What is the act of learning?

Does living in the area of the known make the mind deteriorate?

Are you encouraging the student to maintain and continue the mechanical process?

Is there a listening, seeing and learning totally different from the accumulative factor?

Is there a learning which is non-accumulative?

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GSBR74DT10 - Listening and ending
Brockwood Park - 18 September 1974
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

Is the whole of the brain mechanical, or is there a non-mechanical area?

A group of people who are highly intelligent do create an atmosphere, a sense of indestructible security.

Listening to a statement and not drawing a conclusion from it.

Belief is destructive.

Ending belief in the act of listening.

When you see the falseness of something, you see the truth of it.

Seeing the truth is intelligence.

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BR74S1 - Preparatory meeting (without Krishnamurti)
Brockwood Park - 14 October 1974
Seminar
Audio


Introductory talk given by David Bohm (Physicist).

David Bohm: What place has knowledge in the transformation of man and society?

DB: There are two kinds of intelligence, a general all-round intelligence and an intelligence at the service of stupid aims.

DB: The transformation of mankind will depend on the transformation of individuals.

Fritjof Capra: To survive we need a more holistic knowledge which is not only rational but is intuitive and akin to mystical and religious knowledge.

DB: Is a creative action possible which is predetermined beforehand as to its goal?

DB: Is there a difference between the technical approach and the artistic approach to the world?

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BR74S2 - Modern physics and Eastern mysticism, the self and seeing
Brockwood Park - 14 October 1974
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

Introductory talk given by Fritjof Capra (Physicist).

Fritjof Capra: The parallels between modern physics and Eastern mysticism are striking, significant and profound.

FC: Quantum theory has made us aware that particles are not isolated grains of matter but are interconnections in an inseparable cosmic web.

FC: The aim of both physicists and mystics is the same: to see into to the essential nature of things. Their methods are thoroughly empirical.

FC: What are the implications of the profound harmony between the worldviews of modern physics and mystical thought?

Gordon Globus: I find myself not agreeing with Krishnamurti and very much agreeing with Freud, believing that there are very deep biological roots to self-interest.

K: Apart from theories and speculations, what is the self, the ‘me’?

K: When you see something as being true or false, can that be changed?

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BR74S3 - Defining being human, compassion, feeling special
Brockwood Park - 14 October 1974
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

Introductory talk given by Julian Melzack (Philosopher).

Julian Melzack: There is a prima facie incompatibility in what science is doing in trying to understand man and what we think man to be.

JM: Man is a probability automaton.

Gordon Globus: Your approach is in terms of language descriptions and I don’t think you’re accounting for awareness.

David Bohm: No machine, not even a probability machine, will actually explain quantum mechanics.

DB: How can you define what is meant by being human?

Fritjof Capra: I think we all can agree that man is a quantum probabilistic automaton.

Robin Monro: A mechanistic view of man doesn’t adequately account for consciousness.

K: Can compassion and love be taught?

K: How can I have passion?

K: How does one go beyond sorrow?

K: Why this desire to be something special?

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BR74S4 - The brain, images in relationship, yoga
Brockwood Park - 15 October 1974
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

Introductory talk given by Karl Pribram (Psychiatrist).

Karl Pribram: Brain function in perception means that an input from the sense organs becomes distributed across the extent of the cortex to which that input system projects.

KP: Knowledge influences our perceptions.

K: What is the central factor in human relationship that brings distortion?

K: Is it possible not to have an image of oneself?

K: Am I human being first and scientist afterwards, or a scientist first and a human being afterwards?

K: The question in yoga is to breathe without will or effort. The moment you bring in effort, you cease to do yoga.

K: Effort is the crux of our whole civilization.

K: Are we geared to success, to achieving, to conquering?

K: I’ve never made an effort about anything: being, not being, achieving, not achieving.

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BR74S5 - Transformation, feeling responsible, being attached
Brockwood Park - 15 October 1974
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

Introductory talk given by George Sudarshan (Physicist).

George Sudarshan: Corruption and breakdown of integrity amongst academic intellectuals is unaesthetic misogynation that we must be aware of in bringing about a transformation of mankind.

K: As long as there is fear, the other cannot be. My chief concern is not the other but the elimination of fear.

K: If your consciousness is transformed, that transformation will affect the whole of the consciousness of man.

GS: When I am transformed, when I feel harmony, those around me get an inkling of it and perhaps they too are transformed to an extent.

K: Inwardly I know nothing, and only in that not-knowing something new can happen.

K: Can I live in this world without attachment?

K: When you are detached it means that you really love and that you are responsible.

K: What am I without my country, my prejudices, superstitions, fears and pleasures?

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BR74S6 - Dreaming, meditation and laziness
Brockwood Park - 16 October 1974
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

Introductory talk given by Montague Ullman (Psychiatrist).

Montague Ullman: What we experience as a dream has an antecedent history in an event beyond time and space ordering.

MU: Dreams come upon us in an instantaneous happening at critical moments in the transformation of one form of consciousness into another.

MU: What is the agency that provides the unending source of unerringly apt visual metaphors, the images in our dreams?

K: Is it possible not to dream at all and so have much more energy?

K: During sleep, is there a different form of energy?

K: Meditation is a movement in which contradictions are wiped out.

K: Control is the very essence of disorder.

K: What is the desire, the urge for psychological experience?

K: If there is no thought, is there a thinker?

K: If you are in the state of ‘A’, don’t compare, don’t force. Watch that state of ‘A’, be with it.

K: I am unhappy with my laziness. I remain with my unhappiness, not wanting to be happy.

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BR74S7 - The brain, meditation, compassion in science
Brockwood Park - 17 October 1974
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

K: Is the brain ever still?

K: In meditation all wounds are healed; all movement of the self has come to an end.

K: I say, ‘I’m arrogant.’ I’m aware of it. Why do I call it arrogance?

K: What is effort?

K: Is it possible for a human being not to be violent?

Short talk given by Maurice Wilkins (Physicist and Biologist).

Maurice Wilkins: The scientific community as a whole is somehow trapped, mesmerised in the world of thought.

MW: Are we aware of the extent to which we are conditioned by our social organisation?

Julian Melzack: Should Einstein have been worried about the bomb?

DB: The word ‘compassion’ means com-passion, to feel together and all together. If scientists don’t feel all together, their work has no meaning.

K: Are scientists concerned with war as compassionate human beings?

K: Is transformation a matter of time, evolution, a gradual process, or is it something immediate?

George Sudarshan: How can we talk about a peaceful, harmonious world when there is such strong iniquity with regard to distribution?

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BR74S8 - Alternative medicine and holism
Brockwood Park - 17 October 1974
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

Introductory talk given by Elizabeth Ferris (Medical Doctor).

Elizabeth Ferris: What is alternative medicine?

EF: The notion of health and disease perpetrated by germ theory became an essential part of the background of treatment and cure, so the system perpetrated itself.

EF: How can we be compassionate to a part of a person?

EF: If health is wholeness then can we say that disease is in some way non-wholeness?

David Bohm: We can’t understand the whole without bringing in feeling as well as the intellect. It requires the whole of a person to understand the whole.

David Peat: Looking at the whole person and taking the view that the disease and the person are one, where exactly do you draw the whole?

David Shainberg: If we understand what we mean by holism, we will move to a different perspective, a deeper ground, not in terms of action and reaction.

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BR74S10 - The masters, Krishnamurti, meditation and silence
Brockwood Park - 18 October 1974
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

Introductory talk given by Krishnamurti.

K: In the Indian and Tibetan tradition there are beings who do not appear in the world but live apart and help mankind.

K: When Dr Besant said, ‘The World Teacher has manifested,’ she staked her reputation on that.

K: Oneself is the teacher and the disciple if you are willing to listen.

Fritjof Capra: Have you yourself changed over the years?

Gordon Globus: How did you come to understand the nature of violence, not experiencing it yourself?

K: Any religious organisation based on belief and authority is detrimental to the understanding of truth.

Julian Melzack: Do you think you have any prejudices which you bring when discussing with other people?

K: You must be free from your framework to find out what another person says about meditation.

K: A silence induced through discipline, control, drugs, repetition of words is not silence.

JM: Is it possible to say that I’ve understood what you are saying without having experienced it?

K: Find out what meditation means.

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BR74S9 - The immeasurable, non-verbal communication, love, Krishnamurti’s youth
Brockwood Park - 18 October 1974
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

Introductory talk given by David Bohm (Physicist).

David Bohm: In order for anybody to do anything new there must be love or passion, which cannot be separated from compassion.

DB: There is a distinction between East and West about attitude to measurement.

K: To communicate non-verbally means we must both be interested in the same thing at the same time and at the same level.

K: The immeasurable is negating what it is not.

K: I tell you that I love you. How do you listen to it?

K: Non-verbal communication becomes a theory, a verbal description, but to be actually in that state of non-verbal listening requires great attention.

Autobiographical talk given by Krishnamurti.

K: Thought has created this awful mess in the world; apart from goodness, it has brought about division between people and nations.

K: There must be an understanding of death, love and daily living, as a unitary movement.

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BR74S11 - Meditation, death, the mind when the self is not
Brockwood Park - 19 October 1974
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

K: Unless we understand extrasensory perception, healing and thought over matter, we won’t get the whole picture of meditation.

K: A real yogi never drinks, never eats meat and leads a very strict life; it’s not just an amusing healthy thing.

K: What is it to die?

K: The observer is the central factor of distortion, contradiction, division, from which arises conflict and effort.

K: The ‘me’ has no reality except verbally, which is very difficult to accept because we are attached.

K: Can I look at suffering without the observer saying, ‘I must do something about it’?

K: Thought implies the brain, but thought is also outside and leaves a form.

K: We are attached and our thoughts, in the form of attachment, go on.

K: What happens to a mind when the self is not? The self is continuity, as name, form, a book, one’s furniture.

K: When I drop my burdens I may have an abundance of love, then I’ll act.

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BR74S12 - Cooperation and action not based on ideals
Brockwood Park - 19 October 1974
Seminar
Audio
Subtitles

K: The self, a series of words, a structure of ideas, prejudices, conclusions, attachments, ambition, greed, arrogance, hurts, can be ended by being free now.

K: Is there is an action which is not based on an ideal or concept?

K: How do we cooperate in solving a problem?

K: How can students understand the observer and the observed? Instead, I say let’s talk about cooperation and see if you can cooperate with affection, care and attention.

Fritjof Capra: This seems to imply your presence at the same point, at the same time and with the same frame of mind.

David Bohm: The deeper question is whether we have this causeless feeling which creates a common action.

K: Is there an action without a formula? This may be the solution to our problems. Find out; don’t oppose it.

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GSBR74DT11 - Awakening the flame of orderliness and intelligence
Gstaad - 23 October 1974
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
Subtitles

The spirit of responsibility.

Sitting quietly before the day begins.

There is no pattern here, no authority here, you have to exercise your own intelligence.

How will you free the mind of disorder?

How do we awaken in the students a sense of intelligent action?

What have we to give the students? What have they to give us?

Appealing to the unconscious mind.

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MA74T1 - Knowledge and envy
Madras (Chennai) - 7 December 1974
Public Talk
Audio


Have you observed that you are thinking and acting according to knowledge?

Can knowledge transform man?

How do you look at envy?

What takes place when you dissipate your energy in conflict, suppression, rationalisation and overcoming?

Can the feeling of envy be observed without recognition?

Is conflict part of affection and love?

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MA74T2 - Looking at the content of consciousness
Madras (Chennai) - 8 December 1974
Public Talk
Audio


To observe actually ‘what is’ within oneself, there must be no resistance but watching without any movement of thought.

Are you aware at the conscious level and also at the deeper levels?

Without deeply understanding pleasure and fear, love becomes extraordinarily superficial.

Can you look at hurt without any movement other than direct observation?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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MA74D1 - Relationship and sleep
Madras (Chennai) - 10 December 1974
Public Discussion
Audio


Are your relationships based on affection?

What is the relationship between the images we have about each other?

Is it possible not to have an image, which can be hurt?

Is there a way of looking at violence without analysis, so that it ends and there is a new beginning?

Relationship means to respond adequately.

Do we respond adequately to our children?

What is the function of sleep?

Can you bring order during the day?

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MA74D2 - Your consciousness is the collective consciousness
Madras (Chennai) - 12 December 1974
Public Discussion
Audio


Can you understand yourself?

You cannot understand yourself with the help of another.

What happens to the mind that is aware that it is the collective mind?

All collective action is inaction; all collective response is a fragmentary response.

Is there a looking without the observer?

Where there is a motive, there is no love.

Where there is love without motive, there is complete action.

Any movement within the area of the collective must bring about conflict.

Do you care for your body and how your mind works?

* * *

MA74T3 - Sorrow, passion and death
Madras (Chennai) - 14 December 1974
Public Talk
Audio


Sorrow, like fear, is a tremendous burden that distorts our thinking and makes us bitter, anxious and frightened.

I can only understand the great sorrow of humanity if I have the passion from going deeply into it.

Passion is free of fear and pleasure.

Find out what it means to die and why humanity has never solved this problem.

Is there anything permanent in your consciousness or is everything put together by thought?

What happens if you don’t step out of the stream of humanity?

What is immortality?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

* * *

MA74T4 - Meditation is inquiry into the sacred
Madras (Chennai) - 15 December 1974
Public Talk
Audio


Religions, whether in the West or East, are based on thought.

What is meditation and why should one meditate at all?

When you are practising a method, you have set a direction put together by thought.

To find a way of living without control requires tremendous attention and great discipline.

Silence, the quietness of the mind, is not to be bought or practised.

Have you any space in your mind, or is it crowded?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

* * *

BA75DSG - Education and the transformation of consciousness
Bangalore - 10 January 1975
Discussion with Small Group
Audio


What is the function of the so-called enlightened gurus and teachers?

Accepting authority is not learning.

What is a human being to do, bombarded by philosophers, psychologists, gurus, politicians, scientists and doctors?

Is there a possibility of one’s consciousness undergoing a radical transformation?

If no guru existed, what would you do?

What is the relationship between the teacher and the taught?

* * *

SF75T1 - Freedom is necessary to investigate into oneself
San Francisco - 20 March 1975
Public Talk
Audio


Freedom implies that one can inquire within oneself, to examine the whole structure of the human mind.

It is necessary to be free to find out what is true and false for yourself, which no system, philosophy or guru can tell you.

Can the mind look at itself, observe without any distortion?

Who is the observer?

To learn about oneself is to observe without the observer, to see without distortion, prejudice and fear.


Questions from the audience followed the talk

* * *

SF75T2 - What is the relationship of knowledge to transformation?
San Francisco - 22 March 1975
Public Talk
Audio


What place has thought in bringing about a totally different quality of mind and heart?

Knowledge has its place, but it cannot bring about a psychological revolution. What will?

What is the energy that will change man?

Find out whether the mind can be free from fear.

Fear in all its forms limits energy, confines it, darkens it.

Is love pleasure?

A mind that evokes pictures of pleasure, sexual or otherwise, is an unchaste mind.

Is love memory?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

* * *

SF75T3 - Why have we not been able to resolve suffering?
San Francisco - 23 March 1975
Public Talk
Audio


In uncovering the structure and the nature of suffering, one must have a free, inquiring mind, not prejudiced or seeking an end.

Is it possible to have a relationship with another not based on memory?

What is hurt when somebody says something harsh?

The immense suffering of the world has been going on throughout the ages.

Can that mind be free of suffering?

What is the significance and meaning of death?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

* * *

SF75T4 - The art of meditation
San Francisco - 25 March 1975
Public Talk
Audio


In meditation, one must understand the significance of thought, its value and its total irrelevancy in going beyond measurement.

Meditation implies freedom from measurement and time.

There is no control or discipline of thought in meditation because the one who disciplines is a fragment of thought.

Don’t follow anybody, including the speaker, or any system because this will make your mind dull.

Can the mind can be absolutely still?

That which is still has great energy.

Meditation is non-directive, with no operation of will.

* * *

OJ75IFH - Interview on education by Fred Hall
Ojai - 9 April 1975
Interview by Fred Hall
Video


Q: You are working toward the realisation of a new school in the Ojai Valley, an educational centre. Why another school?

Q: Would you mind taking those three words: ‘whole’, ‘sane’ and ‘holy’, and explaining to me what you mean?

Q: You talk of a school as a place where one learns both the importance of knowledge and its irrelevance. Can you explain ‘irrelevance’?

Q: I’d like to ask you about three more words: ‘thought’, ‘love’, ‘death’, in the context of your views of them. If I may quote the pamphlet, you say, ‘It is here one learns the importance of relationship which is not based on attachment or possessiveness. It is in the school one must learn about the movement of thought, love and death, for all this is the whole of life.’

Q: You have travelled far and spoken often and have been heard by millions, and you have created several schools with another now in the offing. Do you feel that you have made a dent, that you’ve communicated meaningfully with large numbers of people?

* * *

BR75DSS1.01 - Freedom to learn
Brockwood Park - 5 May 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

What is the aim of this school?

Are you learning here?

What is your attitude towards learning?

Curiosity, energy and attention.

One can learn only when there is freedom.

Freedom doesn’t mean to do what you want to do.

The nature and structure of authority.

Leaving the school as intelligent human beings.

* * *

BR75DSS1.02 - Authority and influence
Brockwood Park - 9 May 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Learning what is implied in authority.

Why is conformity to authority so strong in the world?

Why do you accept authority?

Most people accept authority as a means of survival, both psychological and physiological.

Are you aware that you are influencing others and others are influencing you?

If I am being influenced by everything around me, there is no freedom.

Is it possible to have a mind which has not been influenced at all?

Why do you have images?

* * *

BR75DSS1.03 - What is the most important thing in life?
Brockwood Park - 11 May 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

What is the most important thing to learn in life?

Ambition, relationship, thought and love.

What is the most essential thing in life, which will cover the whole field of existence?

Are you curious about one or two things or are you curious about the whole of life?

Energy and curiosity.

Why aren’t you totally, completely curious about yourself?

A mind that is in disorder cannot learn.

* * *

BR75DSS1.04 - Excellence
Brockwood Park - 15 May 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

What is the starting point of inquiry and learning.

The moment there is a competitive spirit, excellence ceases.

Why are you competitive?

Do you see that you are conditioned to compete?

Why do you have opinions?

* * *

BR75DSS1.05 - Like and dislike
Brockwood Park - 18 May 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Are you envious of other people?

Why dislike a fact?

Why do you dislike somebody?

Opposites.

Violence implies comparison.

Can the mind, so heavily conditioned for millions of years, free itself?

Is this place helping you to be unconditioned altogether?

The spirit of learning.

* * *

BRGS75CB1 - What is truth and what is reality?
Brockwood Park - 18 May 1975
Conversation with David Bohm
Audio
Subtitles

What is truth and what is reality?

Anything that thought thinks about or reflects upon or projects, that is reality. And that reality has nothing to do with truth.

The art of seeing is to place reality where it is, and not move that in order to get truth. You can’t get truth.

How am I to empty that consciousness and yet retain knowledge – otherwise I couldn’t function – and reach a state which will comprehend reality?

* * *

BR75DSS1.06 - Meditation and yoga
Brockwood Park - 22 May 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga.

Meditation and controlling thought.

Mechanical meditation.

Reality and illusion.

Fact and truth.

Complete action, out of time.

What is action which has no motive, which is not related to the past or to the future?

To empty consciousness of its content is part of meditation.

A sensitive, healthy, vital body is necessary if you want to know what meditation is.

* * *

BRGS75CB2 - Seeing 'what is' is action
Brockwood Park - 24 May 1975
Conversation with David Bohm
Audio
Subtitles

If truth is something totally different from reality then what place has action in daily life, in relation to truth and reality?

Seeing what is is action.

What place has love in truth?

When I separate you, in that separation love cannot exist.

How are you to convey the sense of truth to a student?

As long as I live in the field of reality, which has its own energy, that energy will not free me.

When the mind is empty, when the mind is nothing, not a thing, in that there is perception.

* * *

BR75DSS1.07 - Thinking
Brockwood Park - 25 May 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Is there a thinking without words, images, symbols?

Thought is a movement in time.

The description, the word, is not the truth. The truth is ‘what is’.

Seeing the fact.

In becoming there is no stability, no security, no certainty.

* * *

BR75DSS1.08 - The untidy mind
Brockwood Park - 29 May 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Listening, interest and attention.

Experience.

What keeps the memory of yesterday’s incidents active?

An untidy mind cannot have a deep interest in anything.

Images and hurts.

Are you aware that your mind is untidy?

What am I?

* * *

BRGS75CB3 - Thought cannot bring about an insight
Brockwood Park - 31 May 1975
Conversation with David Bohm
Audio
Subtitles

Is there a thinking without the word?

The action brought about by thought into the investigation of an analysis is always incomplete.

Insight is complete. It is not fragmented as thought is. So thought cannot bring about an insight.

I must have an insight into conditioning otherwise I can’t dissolve it.

What takes place when I have an insight that the observer is the observed?

In nothingness there is complete security and stability.

* * *

BR75DSS1.09 - What silence is
Brockwood Park - 1 June 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

What do you mean by seeing?

If I am aware that I am silent, is that silence?

Observing without the past.

When you realise you are greed, what happens?

What does it mean to learn?

Why is it important to learn about oneself?

The mirror of relationship.

* * *

BR75DSS1.10 - Death and ending
Brockwood Park - 3 June 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

What does death mean to you?

Attachment, loss and loneliness.

Being and becoming.

Ending every day.

Dropping habits.

What takes place in the interval between thoughts?

* * *

BR75DSS1.11 - What will change man?
Brockwood Park - 12 June 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

What does 'to change' really mean?

What does it mean to be aware?

Is there a difference between awareness and consciousness?

Perception is timeless.

Seeing the whole of something.

My mind is chattering and I am aware of it. Am I different from that chattering?

* * *

BRGS75CB4 - How does desire arise from perception?
Brockwood Park - 14 June 1975
Conversation with David Bohm
Audio
Subtitles

Why has desire become such an extraordinarily important thing in life?

How does desire arise from perception?

Can I desire truth?

Is the energy of nothingness different from the energy of things?

Is that nothingness a hypothesis, a theory, a verbal structure, or truth?

In dying to the reality only then there is nothingness.

* * *

BR75DSS1.12 - The superficial mind
Brockwood Park - 15 June 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

How can we go deeply if we're always living at the verbal level?

Are you aware of the fact without the description?

What happens to a superficial mind?

Are you aware that you are living at the level of superficiality?

A limited mind is a dangerous mind.

Can a superficial mind know what love and beauty are?

What is beauty?

* * *

BR75DSS1.13 - Respect
Brockwood Park - 19 June 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Can you cultivate respect?

Do you have respect for anybody?

Do you admire anybody or anything?

Excellence has nothing whatsoever to do with ambition.

Is respect mechanical?

Disrespect.

* * *

BR75DSS1.14 - The whole content of my consciousness is me
Brockwood Park - 22 June 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Is there a quality of mind that will solve problems and not carry them?

Are you aware that your mind is confused?

Is confusion brought about through comparison?

If I am anger, I can't do anything about it. It is. That is the truth. What I do about anger is not truth.

What is it that brings about clarity in consciousness?

Seeing and action.

What relationship has respect to discipline?

* * *

BRGS75CB5 - Attention implies that there is no centre
Brockwood Park - 22 June 1975
Conversation with David Bohm
Audio
Subtitles

Consciousness, because it is in constant movement, has never found an energy which is not contradictory, which is not produced by desire and thought.

Can thought ever see its own movement and the futility of its own movement?

Attention implies that there is no centre.

Is there a perception, a seeing outside the space which is part of consciousness?

There are two human beings, one gets conditioned and the other doesn’t. Why? How has it happened the other doesn’t get conditioned?

How does this perception which is beyond attention, beyond awareness, beyond concentration come about?

Thought is rather superficial, it’s merely a very small part of the operation of the brain.

Can consciousness be completely empty of its content?

Order and disorder

* * *

BR75DSS1.15 - Knowledge does not change man
Brockwood Park - 26 June 1975
Discussion with Staff and Students
Audio
Subtitles

Why do we have beliefs?

If you don’t accept anything but are actually capable of observing, there is no necessity for any belief.

Since knowledge has not changed man radically, what will bring about a change in man?

It is your tremendous responsibility to change.

Intelligent action.

* * *

BRGS75CB6 - Perceiving without the perceiver
Brockwood Park - 28 June 1975
Conversation with David Bohm
Audio


Can thought naturally cease?

Perceiving without the perceiver

Facing the truth of death

Krishnamurti’s ‘process’ and early years.

Kundalini

If you can understand suffering, face it and not escape from it, that has quite a different energy.

Truth is a pathless land.

There is something really tremendously mysterious.

Knowledge is becoming the curse.

When the mind, with all the confusion, is nothing, not a thing, then perhaps there is the other.

* * *

SA75T1 - Reality and truth
Saanen - 13 July 1975
Public Talk
Audio


What will resolve our problems fundamentally if thought cannot?

Are you aware of the movement of thought as time, measure, the real and the unreal?

What is my relationship to actuality?

Is there a division between me and the thing which I observe? Is thought different from the observer or is the observer thought?

Can thought be without measurement?

Knowing the realities of the irrationality and rationality of thought, one asks if there is something beyond it.

* * *

SA75T2 - Can love exist in the field of reality?
Saanen - 15 July 1975
Public Talk
Audio


What is the rational and irrational reality that thought has brought about which confuses man and distorts activity?

Does belief prevent clarity of perception?

What value has a human being who thinks correctly in the field of reality, in the face of this monstrous confusion?

What is order in the world of reality?

Without analysis can I see the whole structure of suffering, fear and the pursuit of pleasure?

Is suffering an act of love?

Can thought bring about in the field of reality a sense of complete compassion?

* * *

SA75T3 - Is there suffering when there is no attachment?
Saanen - 17 July 1975
Public Talk
Audio


What is freedom in the field of reality, between two human beings who love each other?

Does emptiness make man cling to something? Is that attachment love?

In the field of reality there is confusion when there is attachment. What is the relationship between two human beings with no attachment?

Where there is no attachment in relationship there is total responsibility for the whole of mankind. This may be called love.

If your suffering has ended how does it affect the suffering of humanity?

* * *

BRGS75CB7 - If thought cannot achieve, why should it suffer?
Saanen - 18 July 1975
Conversation with David Bohm
Audio
Subtitles

How does science investigate the mysterious?

If thought cannot achieve, why should it suffer?

Can consciousness, which is filled with the things of thought, empty itself?

Thought cannot possibly apprehend, comprehend or be aware of the whole.

Time.

Krishnamurti’s early years.

* * *

SA75T4 - Time, action and fear
Saanen - 20 July 1975
Public Talk
Audio


Our consciousness is its content. Is that consciousness within the area of time?

Is the mind to unravel deeply hidden fears through dreams?

How does one see the whole of fear, the whole of the ‘me’, constructed, isolated, fragmented by thought?

Can the mind be free from the desire to control in order to see or listen totally?

Does fear arise from the mind not having total psychological security?

If you are nothing psychologically and so are completely secure, you will affect me who is uncertain, lonely, despairing and attached.

* * *

SA75T5 - Freedom, pleasure and joy
Saanen - 22 July 1975
Public Talk
Audio


If I want to be free from something, it is a reaction which cultivates the opposite.

Does orderly action in the field of reality bring the intelligence to perceive?

Is beauty within the world of reality?

Beauty is both an outward expression and an inward feeling of extraordinary relationship which is there with the complete cessation of the ‘me’.

Is a creative mind one that is whole, not contradictory in action, self-centred or caught in thought as time?

Are joy, love and intelligence related to pleasure?

Is love to be hunted by thought?

* * *

SA75T6 - Can one living in the world of reality end selfishness?
Saanen - 24 July 1975
Public Talk
Audio


Both at the conscious and at the deeper levels can time totally come to an end?

Can thought stop but not consciously or through the action of will?

Death is not separate but a part of living. Is death the ending of all that one has experienced?

When there is suffering is there a ‘you’ or a ‘me’ or is there only suffering?

If there is no naming of suffering as belonging to me then what is the individual?

When one is whole, healthy, sane, rational, holy, does the movement of the stream of time and suffering end?

Out of suffering comes compassion, when not identified as ‘me’.

When you change deeply it affects the whole consciousness of mankind.

* * *

BRGS75CB8 - What is the substance of thought?
Saanen - 25 July 1975
Conversation with David Bohm
Audio
Subtitles

What is the basic reason for thought to be fragmented?

What is the substance of thought? Is it a material process, a chemical process?

There is a total perception, which is truth. That perception acts in the field of reality. That action is not the product of thought.

Thought has no place when there is total perception.

Thought never acknowledges to itself that it is mechanical.

Total perception can only exist when the centre is not.

* * *

SA75T7 - The quality of energy which comes about through meditation
Saanen - 27 July 1975
Public Talk
Audio


Is there another kind of energy than thought to solve the complex problems of human existence?

Order is the total comprehension of the activity of thought. Can this energy uncover something that is sacred?

What place has will in meditation?

In meditation, when the mind is totally quiet and therefore compassionate, is there something sacred?

What is the quality of energy that comes through meditation?

Is there a mystery thought cannot touch?

* * *

SA75D1 - Stepping out of the stream of selfishness
Saanen - 30 July 1975
Public Discussion
Audio


Q: How can one step out of the stream of selfishness?

Are we aware of the stream of selfishness in which we live our daily life?

Our response to life is according to our conditioning. We are looking with the knowledge of the past.

We are caught in the superficiality of words. If you are aware, words are necessary to communicate but the words don't block you.

Human beings live in the stream of everlasting suffering. Whatever you do with regard to the stream is still within the stream.

If the brain cells have shaken themselves free from tradition how does the brain act in the world of reality?

* * *

SA75D2 - Thought and the centre
Saanen - 31 July 1975
Public Discussion
Audio


Q: How is the mind to see the totality of anything?

Can thought see the whole movement of existence including thought itself, what it has put together, its gods, hell, heaven and misery?

There is a centre in me and you trying to unify. Are you aware that thought has created this centre?

Thought being fragmentary cannot perceive the whole.

Is there a perception that can see the whole? To learn about this implies leisure.

To perceive there must be space. There can be space only when there is no image, symbol, word or movement of thought.

* * *

SA75D3 - What is the relationship between truth and reality?
Saanen - 1 August 1975
Public Discussion
Audio


Q: Is there such a thing as truth?

Is truth within or outside reality? If it is outside, what is the relationship between that and reality?

We live outwardly and inwardly in the field of reality, which is fragmentary and divisive.

One of the symptoms of division is the centre trying to control thought and desire.

Conflict is one of the principles of reality, conflict between the centre which thought has created and thought itself.

Is it possible to live in the world of reality without control?

Can there be no interference of thought but only observation and sensation?

Only when there is a total comprehension of the movement of thought as time and measure can we begin to inquire into truth.

Q: What is the function of a teacher?

* * *

SA75D4 - Responsibility and meditation
Saanen - 2 August 1975
Public Discussion
Audio


Q: Do you feel responsibility for what is happening in the world?

What is our responsibility to our children, neighbours and to all the things that are happening in the world?

Who is responsible for making this mess in the world and what is the action of that responsibility?

Do you attribute the chaos in the world to environment, society, priests and politicians? Who brought these into being?

Do you feel utterly responsible?

Meditation is the understanding of the whole structure and nature of thought.

Is it possible for a mind that has evolved for centuries to instantly transform itself radically?

It is the responsibility of the parents and teachers to see that transformation takes place in the child.

* * *

SA75D5 - Space, love and compassion
Saanen - 3 August 1975
Public Discussion
Audio


Thought has created the centre and the centre thinks it is free of thought.

The centre creates a space for itself, of me and the family, me and the nation, and within that limited space I live.

If you listen to music without any association then music itself creates a great space.

There must be space inwardly. It comes about naturally when there is the complete observation of seeing the whole.

Does responsibility come into being only when there is compassion?

When there is vast space there is compassion.

Compassion comes when you understand the whole meaning of suffering.

It is only the compassionate mind that can meditate and find that which is eternally sacred.

* * *

BRGS75CB9 - Is there in the brain anything untouched by culture?
Saanen - 6 August 1975
Conversation with David Bohm
Audio
Subtitles

Can there be a total perception which completely heals the brain?

What benefit has culture?

Does speech come before thought?

Is it possible to say something without the operation of thought?

Is there in the brain anything untouched by culture?

Is attention a conscious process?

Is love the factor of profound change?

You explain all this, and you say that whatever the damaged brain – which is the result of thought and tradition and all the rest of it – whatever it does will produce further damage. So, because you point it out, I realise that. That is the first necessity – I realise it. Then, after I’ve realised it, you talk to me at a depth which thought has not touched. You planted a seed.

* * *

BR75T1 - What is the function of thought?
Brockwood Park - 6 September 1975
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Is there an action that is whole and complete at the personal and social level?

Does thought, having created the ‘me’ make it into a fragment?

Can thought realize its limitation and not spill over into the realm it can never touch?

Is compassion the result of thought?

Can thought be attentive to its own movements?

Can you look at your disorder without choosing and totally deny it?

Is the very act of walking away from disorder, order?

Do you observe directly or from a distance? Is distance actuality or created by thought?

When you observe the limitations of thought, you are left empty, naked, void.

* * *

BR75T2 - Can suffering end totally?
Brockwood Park - 7 September 1975
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Isn't the only energy of thought we know that which comes in contradiction and duality?

How does desire arise? Is it seeing, sensation, contact, then desire?

Why is there a sense of wanting, lack, pursuing something all the time, which is desire?

Does desire, the wanting of something create fear?

Is there a centre from which all fear springs?

When you look without naming, is there fear?

Have we invented psychological time?

To uncover the unconscious must you analyse? If you don't analyse what are you to do?

Is there a different kind of energy altogether?

* * *

BR75D1 - The action of total awareness
Brockwood Park - 9 September 1975
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: What does it mean to be aware?

If you are aware every moment your conditioning does not exist.

Is there an activity which is not mechanical?

The mechanical part of the brain follows a line set by thought.

Thought itself is mechanical.

We are all hurt from childhood. Is it the image that is hurt?

It is tradition, part of our education to have images,
according to our environment and culture.

If there is no image the whole brain is unconditioned. Then the brain is on fire. It is non-mechanical and has a totally different kind of energy.

Only in being nothing is there security.

* * *

BR75D2 - Do you respond according to an image?
Brockwood Park - 11 September 1975
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Q: How is one to be aware of the content of one's consciousness?

To be totally aware implies no observer. The observer is the past which therefore brings about fragmentation.

Can you live in the present? To live in the present
means not a single memory not a single breath of the past.

All images are in the past. Why can't I drop all that and live in the now?

Is one aware that one has an image about another?

If there is no image how does one respond? What then is relationship with another?

* * *

BR75T3 - Is there something with no beginning or end?
Brockwood Park - 13 September 1975
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Can we end suffering at all levels inwardly?

Can there be love, not just personal love but the enormous feeling of compassion?

What is the total significance of death, the ending of what we know as life?

That which ends has a new beginning, not that which has a continuity. Can there be an ending to time?

Has time created the centre, the ‘me’?

What is immortality, eternity, a timeless state? What happens to those caught in the movement of time?

What is the relationship between one who is out of the stream of sorrow and one who is in it?

* * *

BR75T4 - Can we ever perceive truth?
Brockwood Park - 14 September 1975
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

What is reality? What are the limitations of thought and can it ever perceive truth?

Can we go far unless there is order in the world of reality?

Is there an observation of the field of reality without the movement of thought?

What is freedom?

To understand freedom one must deny all authority, which demands great attention.

Having observed the disorder in our lives order comes into being.

Can time have a stop? Which means, can the mind be still not by controlling thought? Then one comes upon that which is timeless, sacred and the very essence of compassion.

* * *

BRGS75CB10 - Truth does not belong to an individual
Brockwood Park - 27 September 1975
Conversation with David Bohm
Audio
Subtitles

Krishnamurti’s ‘process’ and his early years.

Suffering.

The Indian tradition says that there is a manifestation of goodness which happens very rarely.

Truth does not belong to an individual.

What one says is truth. But it becomes truth to me only when I have washed away my selfishness.

To stay with – not the word, not the description, not the person – but to stay with that penetrating truth.

* * *

BRGS75CB11 - What is wisdom which is not a movement of thought?
Brockwood Park - 4 October 1975
Conversation with David Bohm
Audio
Subtitles

Wisdom, intelligence and truth.

If there is attention is there choice?

Why has man divided perception?

What is wisdom which is not the movement of thought?

What place has the man who perceives truth in this world of reality?

Truth operating in one brain clears that brain.

Mustn’t there be emptiness for the perception of truth?

Consciousness.

* * *

BRGS75CB12 - Can the brain free itself from all self-delusion?
Brockwood Park - 11 October 1975
Conversation with David Bohm
Audio
Subtitles

Thought and the brain.

Can the brain free itself from all self-delusion?

Why has the self become important?

Can there be only sensation, thought, and no desire?

Can desire - which brings illusion, self-deception and all the complications of changing desires – can the root of desire be dissipated?

What prevents one from having a real insight? That is, seeing the truth of desire and therefore end it. Is it that we have never asked this question?

When there is no desire whatsoever then there is a total revolution, and that will affect the consciousness of man.

Is there a movement, an action that keeps the brain pure, uncontaminated?

* * *

OJ76T1 - Relationships, images and hurt
Ojai - 3 April 1976
Public Talk
Audio


Where there is no relationship, there is disintegration.

What does it mean to be related to another?

When you say ‘I am hurt’, what is the ‘me’ that is hurt?

If I have an image about myself and my wife has an image about herself, how can there be any relationship?

When there is no image, picture or conclusion, what is the relationship between two human beings?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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OJ76T2 - Why is thought fragmentary?
Ojai - 4 April 1976
Public Talk
Audio


What is the nature of thought?

Why has thought divided you and me, we and they?

Why has thought invented ideals?

The interference of the observer, who is the past, prevents a radical change of ‘what is’.

Our consciousness is full of the things of thought and is fragmentary.

Is there a consciousness that is not fragmentary?

Thought as knowledge has its right place, but it has no place in the psyche.

Can the mind, the whole structure of the psyche, cease to be?


Questions from the audience followed the talk

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OJ76D1 - What is the function of learning?
Ojai - 6 April 1976
Public Discussion
Audio


Why are we being educated?

Can anybody help me to learn about myself?

Can you observe without verbalising?

Why are human beings in conflict?

Is contradiction two opposing desires?

Where there is comparison there must be envy, imitation and the desire to conform to a pattern.

Can you look at the feeling of envy as it arises?

Can you look without conclusion, opinion or judgement?

As long as there is a division between the observer and the observed, there must be conflict.

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OJ76T3 - Fear and the structure of the ‘me’
Ojai - 10 April 1976
Public Talk
Audio


What is the root cause of fear?

Is time a factor of fear?

The ‘me’ to which we cling is fictitious. Clinging to something non-existent may be the root cause of fear.

Deep-rooted fear is the movement of thought in time, a material process.

Thought has created an artificial structure called the ‘me’ and clings to that fragment.

Thought is itself a fragment.

If you don’t waste energy, and that is only when the observer is the observed, you have immense energy to transform ‘what is’.

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OJ76T4 - Reality, pleasure and sorrow
Ojai - 11 April 1976
Public Talk
Audio


Is there a way of living, a non-mechanistic action not based on the movement of thought as time?

The psychological reality in which we live is mechanistic.

Is there is an action that in itself is the flowering of order, free of regret and corruption, that doesn’t leave a residue or create contradiction?

Why does the human mind pursue pleasure?

Action through insight is not mechanistic.

What takes place when you suffer?

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OJ76D2 - What is the correct action in life?
Ojai - 13 April 1976
Public Discussion
Audio


What do we mean by action?

Can there be correct action if based on an ideal?

We live in the past, which meets and modifies the present. In this process, action is never complete.

To find correct, accurate, right action, needs care.

Can you look at fragmentation without judgement?

Thought is a fragment and creates fragmentary activity.

Why do human beings behave as they do?

Thought leads to sorrow.

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OJ76D3 - Correct action in a disintegrating society
Ojai - 15 April 1976
Public Discussion
Audio


What do we mean by action?

Does thought bring about correct action?

Is there thinking when there is no word?

Can you listen without thinking?

Is biological survival possible when the world is divided?

Will you give up the psychological securities to which you hold?

As long as you are seeking security in illusion or attachment, physical security becomes impossible.

Is there freedom which is not a reaction?

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OJ76T5 - Desire, love and death
Ojai - 17 April 1976
Public Talk
Audio


Is love desire, pleasure, attachment?

Sensation plus thought is desire.

What is dying?

Can you without choice observe the mechanical movement of the brain?

Time has a stop when there is no longer any movement of the stream of fear, conflict, sorrow and confusion.

When death takes place, we are afraid of losing the structure which thought has built as ‘me’.

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OJ76T6 - Meditation implies a life of great order
Ojai - 18 April 1976
Public Talk
Audio


If religion is divorced from our daily life, it can only create further chaos, confusion and conflict.

Without order in your life, without being totally moral in your daily activity, how can you think of meditating?

By clearly observing the outer you discover the inner, and see it is one movement.

To see clearly you must observe silently.

Meditation is the emptying of the content of consciousness.

Is beauty the total absence of the observer?

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BR76CTM1 - Are we aware that we are fragmented?
Brockwood Park - 17 May 1976
The Transformation of Man
Video
Subtitles

How can one be aware of the wholeness of life if one is fragmented?

I am a fragment and therefore am creating more fragments, more conflict, more confusion, more sorrow. Is the centre the very cause of fragmentation?

Does the beginning of fragmentation take place when I am seeking security?

Is security in knowledge, used wrongly, one of the factors of fragmentation?

Can I be free of the desire to be psychologically secure?

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BR76CTM2 - A mechanical way of living leads to disorder
Brockwood Park - 18 May 1976
The Transformation of Man
Video
Subtitles

Is there psychological security at all, a sense of well-founded, deep-rooted existence?

When you hear that there is no security, is it an abstract idea or an actual fact?

My security lies in some image, a picture, a conclusion, an ideal.

The brain needs order in order to function. It finds order in mechanical process because it is trained from childhood to do so.

When the past meets the present and continues, it is one of the factors of time, bondage, fear. But when the past meets the present and I am completely aware of this moment, then it stops. Then I meet you as though for the first time.

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BR76CTM3 - Can I completely change at the very root?
Brockwood Park - 18 May 1976
The Transformation of Man
Video
Subtitles

Why do human beings live in such appalling misery, accepting it for millennia?

Is it possible for a human being to change at the very root of his being?

Who is going to tell me? Is it Marx, Lenin, Mao, the Pope, or the local priest? Authority exists because human beings are in disorder. In the rejection of authority I become very sane. When I reject authority I have more energy.

What is correct action in life? I can only find that out if there is no disorder in me. ‘Me’ is the disorder. However ‘real’ the ‘me’ is, it is the source of disorder.

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BR76CTM4 - In aloneness you can be completely secure
Brockwood Park - 19 May 1976
The Transformation of Man
Video
Subtitles

Do human beings not radically transform themselves because they are really frightened not to belong to a group, to something definite? Are they afraid to stand completely alone?

To be alone implies not to carry the burden of tradition with you. Tradition being knowledge. To be alone implies total freedom.

Alone is all one, when there is no fragmentation. That is total order.

Can we step out of the stream of this utter confusion, disorder, sorrow, hope, travail, and despair?

Our whole society, all religion, all culture is based on thought. Does thought realize it has made this mess, this chaos? Is thought aware of itself as a movement, which brings about a fragmentary action?

When the movement of thought comes to an end, there is total action.

When you are faced with fact, there is no fear.

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BR76CTM5 - Your image of yourself prevents relationship
Brockwood Park - 19 May 1976
The Transformation of Man
Video
Subtitles

Is there such a thing as the unconscious?

The process of fragmentation is a state of mind that divides, that says there is the unconscious and the conscious.

Every human being has an image of himself of which he is unconscious, not aware. What is the origin of making images about oneself?

Who is the image-maker? What is the machinery or the process that is making images? Our consciousness is our images, conclusions, ideas. If there is no image-making then what is consciousness?

As long as we have images there is not going to be peace in the world, there will be no love in the world.

If one remains with the fact there is a transformation.

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BR76CTM6 - Images and consciousness
Brockwood Park - 20 May 1976
The Transformation of Man
Video
Subtitles

What will bring about a radical transformation in the total consciousness of human beings?

Right relationship begins with the realization of the responsibility I have for myself.

Is the observer different from that which is observed? If there is a difference between the observer and the observed there is division, and therefore conflict.

My consciousness is the consciousness of the world because it is filled with the things of thought sorrow, fear, pleasure, despair, attachment. In that state you cannot have any relationship with any human being.

When there is no movement of thought, which is the image-making, what then takes place? When there are none of the things that create division, what comes into being?

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BR76CTM7 - Life is sacred
Brockwood Park - 20 May 1976
The Transformation of Man
Video
Subtitles

Do you know what it means to love somebody?

Without compassion, human beings are destroying themselves.

Is compassion the result of the ending of sorrow, the universal sorrow?

Have an insight into sorrow, not the sorrow of thought but the universal sorrow of mankind; and out of that insight is compassion. Is compassion the end of all life, end of all death?

A real, penetrating meditation brings insight.

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BR76CTM0 - Introduction to 'The transformation of man' series
Brockwood Park - 21 May 1976
The Transformation of Man
Video
Subtitles

Introduction to 'The transformation of man' series

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SA76T1 - What will change a human being?
Saanen - 11 July 1976
Public Talk
Audio


Why has man created the society and culture in which we live?

Thought, being fragmentary, cannot possibly solve the things it has created.

You can face the fact only if you are actually listening to the fact.

If thought cannot change me, what will?

One must find out if there is a totally different kind of energy not brought about through conflict.

Can the mind, consciousness, empty itself of itself to find out if there is a totally different kind of energy?

Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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SA76T2 - Observation and fear
Saanen - 13 July 1976
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Is it possible not to register? If I keep on registering, the brain is always conditioning itself.

Observe the moving waters of a river with all your senses, including the sensory perception of the brain itself.

Have you ever observed a painting without comparison?

When there is no registration, thought takes its proper place.

Can you separate the word from the feeling?

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SA76T3 - The impediments to radical transformation
Saanen - 15 July 1976
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Why don’t you, as a human being, change most profoundly?

Action from the area of knowledge is never complete.

Will is the essence of desire. Has will a place in life?

Is it possible to be completely with sensation with no interference of thought?

Thought is a process of comparison, measurement from ‘what is’ to ‘what should be’.

Is there such thing as ‘tomorrow’ in the psychological world?

Is reward/punishment, which is the motive for our operation, preventing change?

Is there an action without motive?

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SA76T4 - Can the content of consciousness free itself?
Saanen - 18 July 1976
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Is it at all possible for the content of consciousness to free itself from its own limitation?

We are conscious of ourselves only when there is a problem.

Pleasure is the movement of thought in time, and we are conditioned to that.

As long as the brain is operating using its knowledge in skills, it is limited, mechanical. In that there is no freedom.

Is it possible to see something lovely, look at it, give your complete attention to it and not record it?

You are only aware now, or never.

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SA76T5 - Suffering and love
Saanen - 20 July 1976
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

What actually is our relationship to each other in our daily life, and what is it based on?

When there is no image-maker, no registration takes place; there is no ‘me’ who gets hurt.

When there is no image there is love.

Can the immense burden of loneliness, despair, hurts, come to an end – not gradually but now?

Can sorrow, which is part of human conditioning and consciousness, end, not in some distant happy future, but now? The now is the most important.

Q: Are emotions rooted in thought?

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SA76T6 - Can attachment, belief, experience, knowledge, end now?
Saanen - 22 July 1976
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Is there a ‘me’ when thought, which is a material process, comes to an end with death?

What is the beginning of thought?

When there is an ending to the stream of sorrow, there is a totally different dimension in which there is no beginning and no ending. That is absolutely timeless.

When you see an attachment in yourself, end it immediately. That is, to die instantly to that.

When you see how extraordinarily important it is that time must have a stop, death has an extraordinary meaning.

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SA76T7 - When you are a light to yourself you are a light to the world
Saanen - 25 July 1976
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

There is no one to guide you, to tell you that you are progressing or to encourage you.

You have to stand completely alone in meditation. This light can only come to you when you understand what you are.

To be aware of oneself without any choice, allowing the whole movement of the self to flower. As you observe, it undergoes a radical transformation.

Thought has divided itself as the controller and the controlled, but there is only thinking.

To observe your consciousness wholly there must be no motive or direction.

Q: What is right livelihood?

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SA76D1 - Why should we get hurt?
Saanen - 28 July 1976
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

Q: One feels held in, bound, enclosed - is it possible naturally to come out of that and flower?

It is very important to have freedom to observe, with no direction or motive.

Is it possible to be free of past hurts and to prevent future hurts so that the brain is never hurt, remains young and is innocent?

There is only observation when you observe without the observer.

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SA76D2 - How does understanding take place?
Saanen - 29 July 1976
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

Q: Could we talk about the nature of understanding?

Insight implies a mind that is quiet, willing to listen, to go beyond the word and observe the truth of something.

What is one’s responsibility with regard to another, when both are building images about themselves?

When the observer realises he is the observed, then conflict, division and struggle comes to an end.

Can one live without a motive?

Why do we have direction in life?

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SA76D3 - Judgement and death
Saanen - 30 July 1976
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

Why do we judge, condemn, approve or accept? Why this constant movement of appreciation or depreciation?

If I am afraid of death then I can’t inquire; that fear is going to warp my investigation.

A human being dies, but sorrow and confusion as a vast field goes on.

As long as you remain one foot in and one foot out of the stream of sorrow, you will never find out what is beyond death.

A man who dies to everything will know what is eternal.

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SA76D4 - On being a light to oneself
Saanen - 31 July 1976
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

Q: Can we talk more about being a light to oneself?

Is there a part of me where there is clarity, a sense of total freedom in which there is no confusion or conflict?

Is it possible to see the totality of one’s consciousness, including that which is hidden, what you call the unconscious?

You can see the totality only when there is no direction, no motive.

Is good the opposite of evil?

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SA76D5 - Is there thinking without the word?
Saanen - 1 August 1976
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

Q: Could we discuss the question of awareness without following any particular system or practice?

What is the function of a word?

When there is awareness is there concentration?

Q: Does freedom imply aloneness?

What do we mean by the word ‘love’?

To be free of attachment doesn’t mean its opposite, detachment.

Attachment separates.

Is there something sacred, holy in your life?

Q: Why doesn’t one realise that the observer is the observed? What prevents it from taking place?

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BR76T1 - A transformation which implies freedom
Brockwood Park - 28 August 1976
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Can there be a radical transformation in the content of our consciousness?

Am I separate from the content of my consciousness? If the observer is the observed, what occurs?

Can I be totally free of psychological fears?

Does fear exist apart from the word and idea, or is it a structure of words, ideas and time?

What is the nature of thinking?

Can the mind be free of time, idea and the word?

What takes place when you observe that fear is you?

When there is complete attention which is total energy then is there fear?

All this is meditation.

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BR76T2 - Pleasure is a factor of conditioning
Brockwood Park - 29 August 1976
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Sorrow implies grief, travail and neurotic behaviour. All that is in our consciousness. Can one bring about a profound revolution in it?

Consciousness is conditioned by three factors: fear, pleasure and sorrow.

To deeply understand pleasure we must closely examine what thinking is. Is there thinking without the word and symbol?

Can the movement of thought come to an end?

What is the difference between pleasure, joy and ecstasy?

Is there pleasure in the moment or only afterwards?

Can you see something beautiful and end it there, not let thought pursue it through image and desire?

Can the brain not register psychologically and so not give momentum to thought?

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BR76D1 - How do you observe your fears?
Brockwood Park - 31 August 1976
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

Q: Is it possible to be completely secure?

If we deeply realize that there is no such thing as psychological security then we would not be in conflict.

How do you observe fear? How do you look at yourself?

Relationship with another is the mirror in which you see your fear.

How does hurt take place? As long as I have an image about myself, that image is going to be hurt.

The registration of hurt takes place when there is inattention.

Attention is like a flame that burns out past and present hurt. Then you are free and you blossom in goodness.

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BR76D2 - Can thought perceive the whole?
Brockwood Park - 2 September 1976
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

Q: What takes place when there is freedom from thought?

Thought is limited and fragmentary because it is the response of memory. Its movement has created a reality, the illusions in which we live.

Is the realization of this reality the awakening of intelligence?

The awareness of this movement of thought is part of meditation.

Is it possible to see wholly?

When there is freedom from attachment and images there is absolute, complete clarity and order.

With freedom from attachment there is love.

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BR76T3 - Is psychological time an invention of thought?
Brockwood Park - 4 September 1976
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Is there an ideal, the ‘what should be’ different from ‘what is’?

Is it possible to transform ‘what is’ without the idea of time?

Is love sensation, contact, thought, desire or image?

Can you see a beautiful person or a lovely tree and not allow desire to come in?

Is there love when there is attachment or hurt?

How are love and compassion related?

What is the relationship of time to death?

Can there be an ending of thought while living?

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BR76T4 - Freedom is the first and last step
Brockwood Park - 5 September 1976
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Has pleasure, experience, knowledge, and the way we live and die any meaning?

We are asking what the significance of life is. This is part of meditation.

Meditation has no meaning where there is effort, control or practice.

The mind must have silence for meditation.

Is there freedom in the very psychological structure of the mind?

Can the mind put aside everything built by thought and begin anew? Such a mind is healthy, sane and holy.

Meditation comes only with the complete ending of conflict and the demand for experience.

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BR76DT1 - What is my relationship with the students?
Brockwood Park - 9 September 1976
Discussion with Teachers
Video
Subtitles

How shall we communicate with the student so that we have different kind of human being leaving the schools?

What is the meaning of freedom?

How do you establish relationship?

How do you teach?

Does the educator, with the help of the student, want to learn what freedom is, so that he boils with it?

You are a new teacher, I’m an old teacher here. It is my responsibility to see that you understand something of what we’re doing.

When you are off the pedestal you have a different relationship with the students.

What is self-interest?

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BR76DT2 - How do you bring about order without authority?
Brockwood Park - 11 September 1976
Discussion with Teachers
Video
Subtitles

It is important to establish right relationship between yourself and the student. You cannot do this if you are sitting on a pedestal as a teacher and treating the students as though below you. Come off the pedestal and establish a relationship of mutual learning.

You and the student are learning together.

To live without a motive implies enormous inward clarity.

Are you imposing your authority on the student?

How do you break down the habit-making of the mind or brain?

As a teacher, how am I going to convey this absolute freedom to the student?

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BR76DT3 - In the ending of violence is the flowering of intelligence
Brockwood Park - 16 September 1976
Discussion with Teachers
Video
Subtitles

Is it possible to transform a human being, not over a long time but very quickly?

As a teacher, do I realise that the world is me, or is that just words?

How do you look at yourself?

Do you see violence as a tremendous danger in the world?

How do you help yourself and the student to be free of violence?

We are together as a community in the same boat.

Can I observe violence without any distortion?

Can you look at something without a single prejudice?

How shall we work together with the students to bring about the awakening of intelligence and order?

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BR76DT4 - Intelligence is to see something very clearly and act instantly
Brockwood Park - 18 September 1976
Discussion with Teachers
Video
Subtitles

As teachers, how shall we awaken this intelligence not only in the student but in ourselves?

When a student is jealous and beginning to hate another, how do you go into it?

Do you know what it means to listen?

In talking to the student there must be a watchful care not to burden him with my problems.

Fear is a tremendous danger because when you are frightened you are paralysed.

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BR76DT5 - Investigating fear
Brockwood Park - 20 September 1976
Discussion with Teachers
Video
Subtitles

Seeing something very clearly and acting instantly is intelligence. Can we convey that to the student?

Can you observe attachment without any rationalisation?

There is no thinker without the thought; the thinker is the thought.

How am I to deal with pleasure and fear?

Does the word create fear or is there fear without the word?

Can my brain and my whole structure be free of word, thought and image?

Do you see habit as the most dangerous thing?

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BR76DT6 - Do we see the importance of the radical transformation of the human mind?
Brockwood Park - 24 September 1976
Discussion with Teachers
Video
Subtitles

Q: How can one get across the essence of these teachings without the student becoming rigid and getting a very fixed concept of what it’s about, and acting out of that and becoming narrow?

Why do we make everything into ideas and conclusions?

Learning is a constant process.

How shall we cultivate this intelligence?

I feel very strongly that the students should radically change psychologically – that’s my chief concern, commitment and passion. They should be totally different human beings.

Is this a passion for you?

Do we see the absolute necessity of radical change in the human mind?

Students go to schools and colleges and are conditioned. If they can condition students, I don’t see why we can’t uncondition them here – which may be much more difficult.

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BR76DSS2.1 - Acting without contradiction
Brockwood Park - 26 September 1976
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
Subtitles

Why do you come here and not go to other schools?

What does communication mean?

The first thing is to learn the art of listening.

Can you live a life in which there is no contradiction whatsoever?

The more you know about yourself, the more you see the common factor in all human beings – fear, anxiety, unhappiness and death. When you see something so enormous there is an extraordinary sense of depth and vitality.

Is there a different way of living where we don’t hate each other, where there is no violence, and there is some kind of affection and love?

What is it to be ‘whole’?

All thoughts are negative.

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BR76DSS2.2 - Is there a different way of helping the student to learn?
Brockwood Park - 30 September 1976
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
Subtitles

When one is deeply hurt, the reaction is violence, hatred, anger or frustration. Is it possible never to be hurt?

Is it possible not to compare one student with another?

Everything around us is competitive and our whole society and education is structured on that.

Is there not a different way of helping the student to learn about himself, about mathematics and about the world? Learning is not competition.

What does it mean to learn?

Is there a different, non-mechanistic way of looking at life and living it?

Are you aware of your physical habits?

Why do you want to compare?

Why do you make an image of yourself?

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BR76DSS2.3 - What is love?
Brockwood Park - 3 October 1976
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
Subtitles

What do you think love is?

When one says, ‘I love you,’ what does it mean? What is the depth of it, the full significance of it?

In attachment there is fear.

Do you know the difference between love and compassion?

Find out about what it means to meditate, because it’s part of life—like love, being hurt, fear, pleasure and having a skill or job.

Have you ever asked why you are being educated?

Intelligence means seeing something clearly and acting instantly, not seeing something and acting ten years later.

If you want to be a professional, find the right job, the right livelihood. Are you concerned with having money and position, or what your intelligence says?

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BR76DSS2.4 - If you radically, psychologically change, you affect the consciousness of the world
Brockwood Park - 8 October 1976
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
Subtitles

In each human being the whole history of mankind is stored.

We are responsible for creating authority because we live a disorderly life.

By observing the outer, I relate it to my inner life and see that the outer and inner are the same.

It is very important for a human being to undergo a deep revolution psychologically.

There is the energy of illusion and the energy of truth. How do we know that we don’t have the energy of illusion?

Why do human beings create images about others?

Why is your brain always in activity? Because it is constantly in operation, you don’t listen, observe or see.

Is it possible to stop this movement of chatter? If you can stop it then you won’t form images.

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BR76DSS2.5 - Inward flowering
Brockwood Park - 10 October 1976
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
Subtitles

Is each one of us in this small community flowering?

Why is thought in itself limited?

You have identified yourself with a small group. Why don’t you identify yourself with the total human being, all the human beings in the world?

Can love be cultivated by thought?

Can you be totally empty in yourself, without being absorbed by the mountain, cloud, tree, the sound of a bird or the beauty of the land?

Ideas, ideals and religions are your toys and take you over. The moment they are questioned or disturbed, you are back to yourself and frightened.

When mechanical thought stops, there is something other.

Where there is beauty or love there is total absence of mischievous thought.

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BR76DSS2.6 - Can the constant movement of thought come to an end?
Brockwood Park - 14 October 1976
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
Subtitles

If I want to listen to you I must pay attention to what you are saying. There must be no chattering in my mind.

You say you must control thought but who is the controller? Is the controller different from other thoughts?

When you say, ‘I must control thought,’ who is it that says this? Who is that ‘I’?

Have you watched anything with all your senses?

When you pay complete attention then there is not only the awakening of the senses but there is no centre from which you are attending. There is no ‘me’ at that moment.

To negate all thought, that is, to have no thought at all, is meditation.

Can you live a life without conflict between two contradictory thoughts, desires or directions?

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MA76T1 - Relationship without the movement of thought
Madras (Chennai) - 11 December 1976
Public Talk
Audio


Communication implies sharing together.

When there is radical transformation in each human being, there is a change in all human beings.

Everyone’s consciousness is the consciousness of humanity.

What is relationship?

Is it possible for us to live together without images, because images are separating?

Whatever thought creates or puts together must be fragmentary.

Thought has its right place.

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MA76T2 - Looking into the content of consciousness
Madras (Chennai) - 12 December 1976
Public Talk
Audio


If there is a motive, observation becomes distorted.

Why do we have so little space in consciousness, in ourselves?

How do you observe your consciousness?

Is one aware of the effects of hurt?

Is it possible to look at fear and not give it movement?

Why does thought as time breed fear?

Must thought operate all the time?

Order is the understanding of disorder and going beyond it.

Is there physical and psychological security?

Can thought come to an end by itself?

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MA76D1 - The observer is the past
Madras (Chennai) - 14 December 1976
Public Discussion
Audio


How do you observe your anger?

The new can only occur when the past stops for a second.

Because the brain has found safety in the past, it holds on and so creates a division as the observer and the observed.

The past dominates whatever we are doing.

The past has been our safety and tradition, and as long as that remains, we won’t know anything else.

The ideal of non-violence is absurd because the fact is you are violent.

Without the word ‘violence’ is there violence?

When the brain is quiet, it has its own natural movement.

To find out what is beyond love, begin where you are.

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MA76D2 - Giving all your energy to understand fear
Madras (Chennai) - 16 December 1976
Public Discussion
Audio


When one has fear, one cannot love, be kind or generous; one is psychologically shrunken.

Do you know what fear is or do you imagine what fear is?

Is it possible to be free from confusion?

As long as you are acting from fear, whatever you do will still be fear.

To investigate into fear, there must be no motive. Motive brings about distortion in investigation.

Is fear yours, or is it universal fear?

As long as you have psychological time, there is going to be fear.

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MA76T3 - Pleasure and desire
Madras (Chennai) - 18 December 1976
Public Talk
Audio


What is the right thing to do in life?

Can there be right action when there is fear?

Desire arises when there is fragmentary perception of the senses.

When there is a perception with all one’s senses fully awakened, there is no desire.

The brain is registering present incidents which become knowledge, and we act according to that knowledge.

Desire is the movement of thought driven by sensation. The pursuit of that image is the movement of pleasure.

Is pleasure love?

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MA76T4 - Love, compassion and sorrow
Madras (Chennai) - 19 December 1976
Public Talk
Audio


Devotion is not love.

Without the ending of sorrow, there can be no love.

With the ending of sorrow, compassion comes into being.

Love can only be when there is great humility.

Cultivated humility is another form of vanity.

Sorrow is a summation of energy, a tremendous incident, a great shock, and the body is nervous, anxious, tearful.

Passion is entirely different from lust.

Most people don’t have passion. If you have no passion, you cannot be creative.

Compassion cannot be cultivated by thought.

Love is not pleasure.

There can be love, compassion and beauty only when you are not.

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MA76T5 - Listening, learning and dying
Madras (Chennai) - 25 December 1976
Public Talk
Audio


Can you listen without comparing?

We don’t see anything but through the picture which we have created about it.

Acting and learning imply the cultivation of knowledge, acquiring knowledge to act.

As long as you are thinking of becoming, you have psychological time.

What is important is not what happens after death but what happens before death.

What does it mean to die?

If you don’t die every day to everything that you have acquired psychologically, what happens?

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MA76T6 - Religion, meditation and truth
Madras (Chennai) - 26 December 1976
Public Talk
Audio


What is religion and what is meditation?

Whatever thought has put together is a material process; there is nothing sacred about it.

There is no space in our consciousness, and so it has become disorderly.

To have order you must have space.

To understand, to hear anything, there must be a quality of silence, care, affection and attention.

Meditation is the essence of order.

Without love and compassion, you will never find the most sacred thing, which is truth.

Meditation is the attention that brings order in your life, and therefore in society.

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BR77DSS1.1 - Sex, money, power and relationship
Brockwood Park - 24 January 1977
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
Subtitles

Why have money, sex and power become tremendously important in life?

The world is asking you to be a great success in the sense being popular, well known, have plenty of money. Is this what you want?

Why does the mind, the brain, pursue pleasure in different forms?

As young people growing up in this ugly world, what is your relationship with the world and yourself?

What is energy?

When you are basing all action on knowledge it becomes mechanical. There is a totally different way of acting, which is to have an insight.

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BR77DSS1.2 - Order, influence, intelligence and watching
Brockwood Park - 28 January 1977
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
Subtitles

Wastage of energy is disorder, so where there is order there is more energy.

Do I live a disordered and contradictory life inwardly and outwardly?

Is strength the opposite of weakness? If it is, it is weak.

Will you act in the world without any pressure from anybody?

When there is choice your action will be born out of confusion.

When there is intelligence, nothing can influence you, nobody can put you under pressure.

Part of our education at Brockwood is to see that you are watching, not coming to any conclusion – just watching.

Don’t let your desire or your parents or anybody tell you what to do. Just watch – how you sit, how you walk, how you watch your thoughts.

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OJ77DT1 - How does one help a child to understand the immense problem of conditioning?
Ojai - 25 February 1977
Discussion with Teachers
Video
Subtitles

These schools should produce a totally different kind of human being, not American, Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Buddhist, but unconditioned human beings, if it is possible.

Where there is authority in schools, politically or otherwise, there is the destruction of a mind flowering.

Can I have such relationship with the student that both of us are learning, both of us are trying to understand the non-mechanistic way of living?

Can there be respect in the school, not out of fear but out of care, affection, love, compassion?

Will you help me, as a student, to see the psychological danger of knowledge?

What do we mean by security?

At the school will you give the sense that the student is protected, secure, like a marvellous tree that is secure in the wind?

I care enormously for the child. I care intensely that he should be unconditioned. Which means that I am unconditioning myself.

Are you giving your whole attention to the question of conditioning?

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OJ77DT2 - Is it possible to bring about a different human being through right education?
Ojai - 25 March 1977
Discussion with Teachers
Video
Subtitles

Why are we educated at all?

Is it possible, psychologically, inwardly, to bring about a different human being through the right kind of education?

What is my responsibility as a parent?

Does the educator need education?

What shall we do together to help each other to see that the parent, the educator and the student bring about, not only in the student but in themselves, a different quality of mind and behaviour?

I am conditioned, you are conditioned. Let’s talk about it, go into it, wipe it out as we go along – not take hours, days, months, years but wipe it out as we go along. Are you prepared for it? Do you want this?

Are we prepared as educators and parents to be aware of the garbage that we have collected, the garbage handed down through parents, education, the past – are we aware of the movement of collection of garbage?

Psychologically, inwardly, can you be free of all security?

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OJ77DT3 - How will you help a child not to have fear?
Ojai - 26 March 1977
Discussion with Teachers
Video
Subtitles

As a parent with children, can I prevent them or help them not to get caught up in psychological pain, suffering and the misery of contradiction and division?

Physical security for all human beings is being denied because human beings are seeking security psychologically, which doesn’t exist.

Do you as a parent or educator help the student to understand that temporary security is the most dangerous security? Because that breeds fear. How will you help the student not to have that fear?

You can create an ugly atmosphere, you can create a holy atmosphere, or a sense of awe – those things are very easy to create – but how will you create the atmosphere of no psychological fear?

If I know how to love the child, fear may be prevented. When I tell him something out of that love he will listen to me.

It is thought that is destroying love.

When you have an insight into something there is no time, no thought, it isn’t a conclusion, reason or something put together. That insight is supreme intelligence.

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OJ77DT4 - Observation is partial when you identify with a group
Ojai - 27 March 1977
Discussion with Teachers
Video
Subtitles

As a parent am I really concerned, not only with my children but with the children of others? Am I really concerned about what teachers are teaching and how they teach? Can I help teachers, or work with them along a different line altogether? What is teaching and what is learning?

How do I teach history in a totally different way?

As history is of man, and I am that man, and the child is that man, how am I as an educator to help the child to understand himself who is the total summation of mankind?

If I know how to observe every little thing around me then I know how to study myself. Because I have paid attention to the movement of the tree, the branch in the wind, watched it very carefully, I have learned to watch; which is, watch myself, my thoughts, my behaviour.

As I cannot see the whole of the horizon, in the same way I cannot see the whole of myself because my brain has been conditioned through centuries upon centuries to belong to something. Can this conditioning be broken through, can you go beyond this conditioning?

Why is life divided?

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OJ77T1 - An intelligence in which there is complete security
Ojai - 2 April 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Is there any security, psychologically, at all?

When you try to find psychological security in a nation, that nation is different from another nation, therefore naturally there is division.

Part of the consciousness of man is the demand for, and attachment to, a fragment, in which he hopes to find security. Complete transformation of that fragment, in which man has invested, can only come about when there is intelligence, which is perception.

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OJ77T2 - The source of conflict
Ojai - 3 April 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

It is only in the unoccupied mind that a new seed of learning can take place.

Is it possible to live a life without a single effort? If there is effort there is no peace.

Our whole consciousness, or most of it, is conditioned to accept a life of constant struggle. We want to achieve, to become, to play a certain part, to fulfil, which all implies the denial of ‘what is’ and the acceptance of ‘what should be’.

Can you put away the opposite and just look at violence, which is the fact? The non-violence is not a fact.

Where there is absolute order there is no conflict.

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OJ77D1 - How does one transform oneself?
Ojai - 5 April 1977
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

How does one start to bring about a deep, radical psychological revolution?

Change implies a continuity of ‘what is’, modified, whereas transformation is something entirely different: the ending of ‘what is’.

If you are aware that you are caught in a directional movement, how do you end that movement?

What is relationship?

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OJ77D2 - The relationship of experience and thought
Ojai - 7 April 1977
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

Q: Will thought and experiencing always remain, or appear to be as opposites, or is there an understanding which can bridge this gap?

Is there a thinking without words?

Thought can never realise anything new because it is the response of memory, the old. There can be the new only when thought stops.

Is 'relationship' between two images relationship?

Why does thought seek permanency?

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OJ77T3 - Can man radically transform himself psychologically?
Ojai - 9 April 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Observation implies no choice.

Is it possible to be free of the desire for power?

Desire arises through perception, through contact, through sensation, and thought. Thought then creates the image.

If you see the importance and urgency of the fact that as long as you have an image you are going to be hurt, then you never create an image.

What is the root of fear?

Time ceases when there is only ‘what is’.

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OJ77T4 - The art of listening, seeing, learning and living
Ojai - 10 April 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

We are so full of our own conclusions, experiences, problems, judgements that we have no space in which to listen.

The art of seeing is to see things as they are, not as you wish to see them.

The art of learning implies freedom to observe, to listen without prejudice, without argumentation, without any emotional or romantic responses.

Why has man given pleasure such extraordinary importance?

Why have we made pleasure more dominant than love?

To put pleasure, enjoyment and joy in their right place is the art of living.

As long as your relationship is based on remembrance of things of the past, then you are not related.

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OJ77D3 - Education and conditioning
Ojai - 12 April 1977
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

What is the intention, the meaning of education?

What is the relationship between the educator and the student?

There is no teacher separate from the taught. The teacher isn’t merely one who gives information, but one who is deeply concerned with the student, which means he is concerned with himself as well.

What does it mean to be conditioned?

How can the conditioned teacher talk about the unconditioned state?

There is no temporary happiness, no temporary enlightenment, no temporary glory. Either it is complete or not. It is never fragmentary.

What do you do with your children who are attracted to violence?

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OJ77CDI - Awareness is a mirror in which the movement of thought is perceived
Ojai - 14 April 1977
Conversation with Donald Ingram Smith
Audio


Is not all consciousness made up of its content?

Can thought be aware of itself?

Would you say whatever thought has created is reality?

Intelligence is not a product of thought.

Attention is the summation of all energy.

Thought has limited itself, made itself a fragment.

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OJ77D4 - Intellect and intelligence
Ojai - 14 April 1977
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

What is the intellect?

Is thought mechanical?

If thought is fragmentary, and the intellect also fragmentary, is intelligence part of this fragmentation?

Intelligence is the capacity to see the truth that thought is limited. It can only come into being when thought has its right place.

When there is no ‘me’, attention is intelligence.

Can you look at yourself without any previous conclusions?

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OJ77T5 - Love and death
Ojai - 16 April 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

When there is fear, is there love?

Is attachment love?

What is the relationship of love to suffering?

The more intense the challenge, the greater the energy demanded to meet it. Sorrow is this challenge. If you respond to it by escaping from it, seeking comfort from it, then you are dissipating the energy that you need to meet the challenge.

A man who suffers does not know what love is.

Continuity is part of the degenerating process of man, whereas when there is an ending to continuity something new can take place.

One asks: what happens after death? We are asking quite a different question: what is before death, which is your life?

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OJ77T6 - What is the significance of meditation?
Ojai - 17 April 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

When there is no observer and jealousy occurs, it blossoms and then ends, like a flower that blooms, withers and dies away. As long as you’re fighting, resisting or rationalising, you’re giving life to it.

Is there is an action which is whole and never contradictory, therefore an action that does not bring about tension, division?

Meditation is the attention in which there is no registration psychologically. Out of that comes complete silence, because thought has come to an end. Thought functions only where it is absolutely necessary.

Silence demands space in the whole structure of consciousness.

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SA77T1 - What are we seeking?
Saanen - 10 July 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

What is it that human beings seek?

You are the summation of all humanity, wherever you live. You are the representative of every human being.

We have to examine closely whether there is psychological security at all.

Does thought, which has created beliefs, dogmas, experiences and divisions, give security?

Is there security in the past?

All nationalities are a danger.

The perception of the truth is intelligence. In that intelligence there is complete security, because that intelligence is not yours or mine, and is not conditioned.

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SA77T2 - Is there security in psychological authority?
Saanen - 12 July 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Is there a life in which there is no spark of authority?

Can one live a life without any conformity, conflict, goals, purpose, ideals, which all create conflict?

The intensity of the investigation depends on the urgency to find the truth, to have tremendous energy to find out.

To investigate there must be no motive, because motive will dictate what you will discover.

Intensity is necessary to investigate. That intensity can come into being only when there is no cause and no effect and therefore no reaction.

Psychologically, why is it that we obey? Is it because in obedience to an authority there is deep rooted desire for security?

To live with ‘what is’ completely, implies no conflict whatsoever. There is no future as transforming it into something else. The very ending is the gathering of supreme energy, which is a form of intelligence.

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SA77T3 - What is the relationship of clarity to compassion?
Saanen - 14 July 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

What is the relationship of skill to clarity?

There is another form of learning, which is to become so totally aware that you register only what is absolutely necessary and nothing else.

The art of listening, seeing, learning gives extraordinary clarity, and therefore that clarity can communicate verbally.

You cannot have clarity without compassion. Because we have no compassion skill has become more important.

Fear in any form, physiological as well as psychological, distorts clarity and therefore a person who is afraid has no compassion.

If there is no analysis then what will happen to my fear?

When one measures oneself with somebody there is fear.

Thought is narrow, because thought is based on experience, memory, knowledge, which is the past, which is time-binding.

What is the depth, meaning, significance, beauty of compassion?

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SA77T4 - Does compassion flower in the field of desire?
Saanen - 17 July 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

What is the meaning and significance of compassion?

When you feel utterly responsible then you care.

The future is what you make of it today. If you are negligent, merely superficially living, you are creating a world which will be most destructive.

Pleasure is the continuation and cultivation of an incident by thought.

Is it possible to register only that which is absolutely necessary and not register anything else?

In relationship image-making is the process of registration.

What is love?

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SA77T5 - Is there an action which is without cause and motive?
Saanen - 19 July 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Is there an action in daily life in which there is no motive, no cause, and therefore no regret?

Conflict exists only when you try to do something with ‘what is’. If you have an insight into ‘what is’ then conflict ceases.

How does one have an insight into violence, without analysis?

When there is freedom from suffering in the consciousness of each human being that freedom brings about a transformation in consciousness. That radical change in consciousness affects the whole of mankind’s suffering.

What relationship has suffering, the essence of the ‘me’, to love?

What is the action of intelligence?

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SA77T6 - What is it to observe holistically?
Saanen - 21 July 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

To observe freely, holistically, means there is no fragmentation or direction in observation.

Is there a state of being in which there is a coming to an end of everything?

Is there a way of living which is from moment to moment, without any retention, which is memory?

The mind must have no identification with the name, form, with any person, idea or conclusion – is that possible?

One can find out the truth of death only when there is an ending to everything that you have.

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SA77T7 - A movement which is timeless
Saanen - 24 July 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

What is the cause of decision-making? Would you decide if you were very clear?

Why do we depend so much on will?

Intelligence cannot operate when there is the activity of will.

There is psychological time only when you move away from ‘what is’.

Is it possible to live psychologically without tomorrow?

When there is no centre, no object, no structure of the ‘me’ put together by thought, there is vast space.

Where there is resistance there is no space.

There is no possibility of the depth, beauty, greatness of meditation when there is any form of fear.

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SA77D1 - What it means to be totally aware
Saanen - 27 July 1977
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

Can you observe without judgement or approval - just look?

Can you look at yourself without any judgement?

I want to observe and I find that I am afraid to observe. What am I afraid about?

To be totally aware implies a choiceless observation of the content of consciousness.

The whole is greater than the parts. If I am conditioned, holding on to parts, I will never see the whole.

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SA77D2 - Motive prevents observation
Saanen - 28 July 1977
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

Is it possible to be totally awake, aware?

Awareness implies no practice at all.

I must observe my conditioning, whether good, bad, indifferent, mediocre or excellent, without any motive.

Is it possible to be free of motive?

Having no motive gives freedom of observation.

If there is a motive in the exclusive love of another, is that love?

You have to look at yourself because you are the whole universe, the whole of humanity.

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SA77D3 - Education, meditation and death
Saanen - 29 July 1977
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

What is the relationship between self-knowledge and education?

How shall I teach history or mathematics so as to convey knowledge of the subject and at the same time to know oneself?

What is the relationship between discontent and meditation?

What is the relationship between death and meditation?

Hope is born out of despair. When there is no despair there is no hope.

Can you look at loneliness without any movement of thought?

To loosen the threads of attachment without effort is part of meditation.

The understanding of death comes through meditation.

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SA77D4 - Facts, reality and truth
Saanen - 30 July 1977
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

What is the relationship between awareness and truth?

Is fact different from reality? Is reality different from truth?

If you observe very closely without any prejudice, sensory activity becomes much more acute and there is more sensitivity.

Thought, which is the movement of time, tries to investigate into something which is timeless. That is impossible.

Is love the product of thought?

Where there is compassion, clarity and skill there is no vanity, hypocrisy or contradiction.

What is the relationship of intelligence to silence?

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SA77D5 - Relationship and intelligence
Saanen - 31 July 1977
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

Freedom implies freedom from prejudice, belief, dogma and conclusion, so that you can observe yourself. Otherwise you will see what you want to see, or deny what you see.

Conflict becomes inevitable when each one of us is occupied entirely with oneself.

It is only in relationship that one sees what one is, actually, not theoretically or subjectively.

Is it possible only to register what is absolutely important?

Is there security in registering psychological hurts and fears in relationship?

There is security for the brain in intelligence.

Is love something to be thought about?

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BR77T1 - Is it possible to see the limitation of thought?
Brockwood Park - 27 August 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Is there an action in daily life that is skilful yet not perpetuating the self?

Can you be free of prejudice, conclusions and beliefs so that you can observe clearly?

Giving thought its right place brings about clarity.

Our consciousness is that of all mankind. Can that consciousness undergo a radical change?

Is desire a distorting factor in observation? Why do we have so many desires?

Can I put aside authority to look at myself?

Is love the product of thought and time?

Can love be free of the taint of civilization, jealousy, possessiveness, remembrance and the pursuit of pleasure?

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BR77T2 - What is the function of the brain?
Brockwood Park - 28 August 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Is there an observation that does not end in desire?

Can we observe the whole movement of desire?

Is it possible psychologically to be free of all fear?

What is the psychological root of fear? Is it time, tomorrow, what might happen? Is time the movement of thought?

What is necessary to register and what is not?

Is it possible not to register hurt at all but only what is absolutely necessary?

What does it mean to remain with loneliness?

What is relationship without registration?

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BR77DSG - Small Group Discussion - What is preventing change?
Brockwood Park - 29 August 1977
Discussion with Small Group
Audio
Subtitles

Does time prevent insight? Find out whether time can stop.

There is no transition from this to that.

Q: What is stopping us from understanding?

How does the man out of the field of time affect those in it?

The very act of listening is the awakening of intelligence.

Q: Is your teaching having any effect?

What is preventing change?

The amorphous laziness of comfort.

Putting things in their right place.

Reward and punishment.

Why don't we listen?

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BR77D1 - Is there such a thing as love?
Brockwood Park - 30 August 1977
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

Q: Is it possible to see the whole content of consciousness?

Do you love anybody at all, not asking anything in return?

How can you love when you are concerned about yourself?

If you are attached to somebody, is that love?

Fragmentary thought creates loneliness. Attachment is an escape from loneliness.

No attachment means no remembrance of any hurt or image. No attachment means there is love.

Through negation of what is not love, the other is.

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BR77D2 - Why is your mind chattering?
Brockwood Park - 1 September 1977
Public Discussion
Video
Subtitles

Q: What is it to be aware and what is attention?

A chattering mind is a wastage of energy.

What is the nature of thought that ceases when there is complete attention and arises when there is no attention?

The world is in disorder because we are in disorder. Are we aware that we are in disorder?

To be aware means to be sensitive. Awareness implies looking with infinite care and affection. Then there is no duality.

What is awareness, concentration and attention?

Can you observe without the observer?

In attention there is no centre and no ‘me’.

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BR77T3 - What is at the very root of sorrow?
Brockwood Park - 3 September 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

We must investigate not only personal sorrow but also the sorrow of mankind.

Do we deal with the multiple expressions of sorrow or the very root? To do this it is important to observe without distortion.

Is the observer different from sorrow?

Does the word ‘sorrow’ weigh man down? In understanding the cause of sorrow, does it disappear?

Is there suffering if there is no thought at all when you respond to a challenge?

Is all sorrow based on the ‘me’?

Without understanding the whole of life how can you understand what death is?

Can the mind end everything while living?

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BR77T4 - Is the flowering of goodness a matter of time?
Brockwood Park - 4 September 1977
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

What is the meaning and significance of meditation? The very inquiry becomes meditation.

Is there a beauty not of things or ideas but in itself, and therefore goodness?

Is there such a thing as psychological progress?

Can consciousness be aware of itself? Can it reveal its content not bit by bit but in the totality of its movement?

Is there a ‘me’ who is violent if there is no time at all psychologically?

Is love a matter of time and remembrance?

What is space? Can there be space without order?

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BR77DSS2.1 - What is the common factor amongst all of us?
Brockwood Park - 24 September 1977
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
Subtitles

What is the common factor amongst all of us together?

Pursuing pleasure.

When you’re isolated through pleasure, what then is relationship?

At Brockwood our intention is to help each other to awaken intelligence in observing the activities of the ‘me’, the self, and also be academically excellent.

The beginning of the awakening of intelligence is finding out a way of living in which there is total absence of attachment and at the same time affection and care.

Finding out how to listen.

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BR77DSS2.2 - Are you aware that you are conditioned?
Brockwood Park - 2 October 1977
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
Subtitles

Why is it we are conditioned? Who conditions us?

The ‘me’ is always separate.

Pleasure is not only in the past; pleasure is the past. Pleasure is one of the great factors of isolation.

When there is an attachment, that is also a form of pleasure which is isolating.

Is it possible to live without any kind of conditioning?

Why have human beings made such a colossal thing of sex?

Can I, who am the representative of the rest of mankind, have clarity?

To keep sex in its right place is an art of living.

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BR77DSS2.3 - Freedom, authority and responsibility
Brockwood Park - 6 October 1977
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
Subtitles

What is freedom?

When we all talk things over, reasonably and clearly seeing together, there is no authority.

If we all see the same thing there is no need for agreement.

If you are in disorder inwardly and outwardly you are creating authority.

Why is there at Brockwood, at eight o’clock in the morning, an assembly of the school?

What happens when you sit quietly for even ten minutes or five minutes?

When you are young, why are you lazy?

Do you as a group see the importance of beginning the day with quietness?

Do you feel responsible for coming together in the morning?

Freedom means the emptying of your conditioning.

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BR77DSS2.4 - Why does the brain register?
Brockwood Park - 9 October 1977
Discussion with Staff and Students
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At Brockwood we are trying to awaken intelligence that is not born of thought.

Do you see the danger of division – politically, religiously, geographically, nationally?

Intelligence is to have extraordinary insight immediately. That is the action of intelligence, which is not the intelligence thought has created.

If you call me a fool, why should I register it?

If I had no image I would never be hurt.

Any form of image that one has about oneself is bound to bring about division and then conflict.

If there is no psychological registration there is intelligence.

What is the nature of the brain or the mind that doesn’t react?

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BR77DSS2.5 - Is there a way of living with no shadow of fear?
Brockwood Park - 13 October 1977
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
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Thinking about the future creates fear.

What is your relationship with each other? Is it based on intelligence, or on opinion, your like and dislike?

Perception that you frighten me, that perception, that seeing, that insight is intelligence. Then that intelligence is going to act, not my fear of you.

Living in a small community, are you afraid of authority?

Out of disorder we create authority.

When you leave Brockwood, where we are all vegetarian, and then eat meat at home, you are conforming.

Why are you frightened of public opinion?

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BR77DSS2.6 - The difference between duty and responsibility
Brockwood Park - 16 October 1977
Discussion with Staff and Students
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To be responsible implies responding, reacting correctly to any challenge or happening.

What is it like to be without pressure?

What happens to the mind that is in constant battle?

Yoga is not muscular cultivation.

When there is constant strain, effort and pressure, is there love?

Is there passion when I follow duty? Is there passion when I’m really remembering pleasure and pursuing it?

What is insight and what is thought?

You try to control thought or anger, to suppress jealousy thinking that you are different from it, but you are that.

Insight is unlimited because it is not the product of thought. There is insight only when thought is in abeyance.

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BR77DSS2.7 - The importance of living a life that is whole, not fragmented
Brockwood Park - 23 October 1977
Discussion with Staff and Students
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What is the difference between concentration, awareness and attention?

What does it mean to have an insight into the nature of attention?

Can you watch yourself without any movement, any form of distortion, any like and dislike?

Is it possible not to register any psychological facts?

The Arab has an image, the Israeli has an image, so they are at battle with each other. War is the result of these images.

When you are attending, all your energy is there. When you are not paying attention the energy is dissipated, divided or broken down.

When a person gives all his energy in one direction, it is a neurotic way of living.

Is it possible to have a harmonious life in which there is no imbalance but every action complete in itself?

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BR77DSS2.8 - Can the brain be aware of its movement of accumulation?
Brockwood Park - 30 October 1977
Discussion with Staff and Students
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One cannot observe order in the universe if one is not completely, absolutely orderly.

Your consciousness is filled with layer after layer of pleasure, fear, pain and sorrow.

Why does the brain demand registration? Why has the brain become like a tape?

When there is pressure there is deformation or damage. When the brain is damaged or deformed, your actions are deformed.

What happens to a brain when there is no pressure of any kind?

The brain has been caught in illusion and so has damaged itself. Is it possible for the brain to be free of this? It can, it must, when it sees the danger of it.

Can thought be aware of itself, how it arises?

If there is no pressure of any kind the brain comes back to its original purity because it sees the tremendous futility of accumulation.

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MA7778T1 - Why should the brain register hurt?
Madras (Chennai) - 24 December 1977
Public Talk
Audio


To investigate, observe and listen, one must be free.

Freedom is not at the end but at the beginning.

Every human being in the world from childhood is wounded psychologically.

The unpressured brain can move in any direction but always comes back to the centre.

Part of meditation is to free the mind from all pressure, which means no practice.

Register what is necessary only - language, technological information - don’t register anything else.

One has to learn the art of observing.

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MA7778T2 - Observing the content of consciousness
Madras (Chennai) - 25 December 1977
Public Talk
Audio


When you examine yourself, what are you?

Can you observe the content of consciousness?

If you observe violence and try to bring about a change in it, that is another form of pressure.

Can you observe without the pressure of tradition or like and dislike?

How do you observe your wife or husband?

What is the origin of thinking?

Can you observe the arising of thought?

Is there a thinker if there is no thought?

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MA7778D1 - Desire in itself is not contradictory
Madras (Chennai) - 27 December 1977
Public Discussion
Audio


About what are you really concerned?

Do you know that you lead a double life, contradictory and hypocritical?

Desire can never be contradictory, but its objects can.

Our conditioning is to identify ourselves with what we want.

The way of non-violence is fictitious, is not real. What is real is that I am violent.

Deal with the fact of violence, not with non-violence.

Can you observe that feeling without the word and calling it violence?

Do you observe the fact you are conditioned with the motive that you must be free of conditioning?

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MA7778D2 - What are you afraid of?
Madras (Chennai) - 29 December 1977
Public Discussion
Audio


What is your particular fear?

Your name, the familiarity of your habits, everything is stored in the past as memory, so you are living in the past.

Life is a movement from the past through the present to the future.

What do you mean by the word ‘pleasure’?

At the moment of the arising of that thing called anger, there is no time. When you name it, it becomes time.

Have you ever ended an attachment?

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MA7778T3 - What place has knowledge in correct action?
Madras (Chennai) - 31 December 1977
Public Talk
Audio


It is very important to learn for oneself the art of listening.

What place has knowledge in our life?

What is right action?

Does knowledge bring order?

Order implies a way of living in which direction as a motive comes to an end.

Do you know what fear is, or do you only know fear because you think about the past and the future?

Giving thought its right place brings freedom from fear.

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MA7778T4 - Fear and pleasure are movements of time
Madras (Chennai) - 1 January 1978
Public Talk
Audio


There is a way of learning which is having insight.

Do you instantly capture the significance that fear is the movement of time, or do you argue with it and draw conclusions?

Time exists only in relation to knowledge and its action. There is no other time.

Is pleasure the movement of thought?

Fear and pleasure are movements of time and remembrance.

Where time exists, there is no love.

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MA7778D3 - Discontent with yourself and the world
Madras (Chennai) - 3 January 1978
Public Discussion
Audio


What do we mean when we say we understand intellectually or verbally?

What are you discontented with?

Are you coming to the well with a little pot or with a tremendous thirst?

Find out for yourself why you are discontented and whether you would go to the ends of the earth to quench all discontent.

Are you wasting your life?

Is your life sacred?

Can you observe without the word the fact of the reaction you named envy?

Does choice come when you are not clear?

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MA7778T5 - The innermost nature of the self is not-a-thing
Madras (Chennai) - 7 January 1978
Public Talk
Audio


Your activity is based on the self. What is that centre from which you are acting?

When you go through the process of introspection or analysis, what happens?

I can only find out about myself by observing my reactions in my relationships.

Relationship reveals what I am.

Is it possible to observe myself each moment afresh, not letting remembrance operate?

Have you observed anything with all your senses?

When thought is not, love is

Does compassion come into being with the ending of sorrow?

Death means ending.

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MA7778T6 - Can the brain renew itself?
Madras (Chennai) - 8 January 1978
Public Talk
Audio


By understanding the arts of listening, seeing and learning, pressure on the brain is understood.

If you listen with your heart, with care, attention and affection, that listening is a flowering.

There is beauty in listening.

One of the problems of meditation is whether the mind can be free of all pressure, which means a mind that is free.

Is it possible to act in daily life without will or control?

Meditation is the awakening of intelligence born out of compassion and clarity.

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BO78T1 - When you change radically it affects all mankind
Bombay (Mumbai) - 21 January 1978
Public Talk
Audio
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Can you, representing the common factor of humanity, bring about a regeneration of your mind?

This investigation implies that you must be free to look at your life.

What is the root of conflict?

Can we live in a relationship with each other in which there is no conflict whatsoever?

Why is there in us a dual process of thinking?

In daily life can you drop the opposite and your ideal and deal only with ‘what is’?

Jealousy is common to all mankind. Can you observe that feeling without naming it?

We are caught in conflicting desires. Why does thought create the image out of which desire is born?

Can the brain record only that which is essential?

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BO78T2 - Can there be a regeneration of the mind?
Bombay (Mumbai) - 22 January 1978
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

There is a great deal of psychological interference when we observe. Can one observe without the past interfering?

Why do we live in the past and act from the past? Is it because the past is more secure and the future is totally uncertain?

Is there fear if you don't create images?

Why does thought create pictures of the past or future, which breed fear?

Is thought, which is time, a factor of fear?

Can one register only that which is necessary and not build the psychological structure of the ‘me’?

Fear and love cannot exist together.

Total clarity of the mind is innocence.

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BO78T3 - What makes our lives so disorderly and confused?
Bombay (Mumbai) - 28 January 1978
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Is breaking away from disorder more frightening than to live in it?

Pleasure is one of the major factors of disorder.

Why do we pursue pleasure?

What is the nature and structure of pleasure? Enjoyment is not pleasure.

Love is the flame that burns away meanness and brutality.

Is love related to pleasure and desire? Does an ambitious man know love?

Where there is fear there can be no love.

Can the sorrow in human beings end?

Is sorrow always associated with an incident or is there sorrow by itself?

Death is part of our life. Can I live with death always as my shadow?

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BO78T4 - Meditation is a flowering that has no motive
Bombay (Mumbai) - 29 January 1978
Public Talk
Audio
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Are we heavily conditioned?

Is the entity who wishes to break down conditioning different from the conditioning itself?

Does the division between the observer and the observed waste energy?

Is the observer at the very root of conflict?

Will it take time to break down conditioning? Is there psychological time at all?

Can your mind end its state of constantly being occupied?

When there is disorder there is dissipation of energy. For meditation there must be immense energy.

Is all reality put together by thought?

Can thought being fragmented investigate the immeasurable?

Meditation does not seek anything, because it is without time and the ‘me’.

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OJ78T1 - When there is no pressure there is freedom
Ojai - 1 April 1978
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

Language acts as a great pressure and distorts communication and clarity of thinking.

Any pressure, whether economic, social, moral, idealistic, or of authority, is a distorting factor.

Our moral, ethical, religious, political and economic structure is based on the principle of pressure.

We are living either in past yesterdays or in future yesterdays. The future is yesterday passing through the present, modified and going on; it is still yesterday.

Can you be free of ideals and the pressure of conflict that comes about between ‘what is’ and ‘what should be’?

Any form of institution is a distorting factor in life. When the brain has accepted the institution as a means of safety, security, status, a position, then it functions mechanically.

To look at ‘what is’ without any distortion means without any pressure. Then you begin to have an insight into something which is not the action of remembrance, but an insight which is totally divorced from thought, from memory, from experience.

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OJ78T2 - Is it possible to bring about order without the operation of thought?
Ojai - 2 April 1978
Public Talk
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What is the actual fact of learning?

What is the relationship between thought and knowledge?

Any movement from here to there, physically as well as psychologically, implies time and movement.

Thought is a movement, part of time, limited, incomplete.

The perception that thought is creating disorder is insight, which is intelligence. That insight brings order.

What is the relationship between knowledge and order, or is there no relationship at all?

Complete order inwardly, therefore outwardly, is possible only when thought has realised its limitation, accepts that limitation and has its proper place.

To listen implies that your mind is not occupied with your own thoughts, prejudices and conclusions.

The very act of listening to the fact that thought cannot bring about order is an insight into the fact.

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OJ78D1 - Can the observer come to an end so that there is clarity of perception?
Ojai - 4 April 1978
Public Discussion
Audio
Subtitles

Is there a way of observing without the interference of words?

Why does the brain create images?

Can you observe without the past, without remembrance interfering with observation?

Can the observer come to an end so that there is clarity of perception?

How do you approach a question or a statement that you have not heard before?

There is only thinking, not a thinker. The experiencer is the experience.

There is a fundamental change radically and at great depth when the observer is the observed and there is only pure observation.

In pure observation, that which is being observed undergoes a radical change.

I am greed. Then what am I examining and who is it that is examining?

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OJ78D2 - Why do we live under pressure?
Ojai - 6 April 1978
Public Discussion
Audio
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What do we mean by the word ‘pressure’?

Does society act as a pressure? Is society different from you?

Are you aware of the pressure of the past and of tradition?

Is the nature of pressure essentially the nature of desire?

A person who is living under pressure of any kind is not free.

Is there a way of living completely free from every form of pressure?

When there is separation between the observer and the observed, there is conflict.

Does one see the danger of pressure?

At the moment of anger are you different from anger?

When I say, ‘I have been jealous,’ and try to do something about it, that is a pressure.

Facts have no pressure.

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OJ78T3 - Why does the mechanism of image-making come into being?
Ojai - 8 April 1978
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

The arts of listening, seeing and learning.

If we do not put everything in its right place, there is confusion which acts as a great pressure on our life.

Is the thinker different from thought, or is the thinker the thought?

Is it possible not to observe through images?

When there is no image there is actual relationship, which may be called love.

Love has no pressure.

Your fear is not your own, it is the fear of mankind.

Thought, which is the outcome of the past, engenders fear.

When fear arises from the past, can you observe it without any reaction?

How do you examine or explore the hidden parts of the brain where fear may exist?

Can consciousness watch itself in action, in movement?

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OJ78T4 - What is the relationship of thought to desire?
Ojai - 9 April 1978
Public Talk
Audio
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The very process of understanding the whole movement of thought might bring about a different quality of brain and mind.

Are desire and thought one movement, or is desire something separate from thought?

How does conflict arise in the movement of desire?

When thought interferes with sensation, desire begins, and so the demand of desire to achieve, to fulfil. If you see this very clearly, there is no suppression of desire.

Why does mankind everlastingly pursue pleasure?

Joy happens by itself if you are quiet, not concerned with your little self everlastingly.

The registration and remembrance of joy, and the pursuit of that joy, becomes merely pleasure. Joy is not pleasure.

In total observation with all your senses, there is no registration.

What is the relationship, if any, between pleasure, desire and love?

Why has man made love so pleasurable?

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OJ78D3 - What will make you see the danger of conditioning?
Ojai - 11 April 1978
Public Discussion
Audio
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Is it possible to live a life without choice, without conflict, without division?

Is one aware of the danger of disorder?

Can you give up something, a physiological or psychological habit, custom, routine, without the slightest effort?

What makes one question the danger of conditioning?

What will make man transform himself?

You see the danger of conditioning if you are sensitive psychologically. What will make you sensitive?

Thought has projected an idea of danger, and you are afraid of that idea, but you don’t see the danger of conditioning.

See what happens when you are not comparing. You have thrown off an enormous burden that is making you dull, heavy.

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OJ78D4 - What is correct action?
Ojai - 13 April 1978
Public Discussion
Audio
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Living in modern society, what is correct action?

There is no correct action under pressure.

How do you approach such an enormous, complex question of what is correct action?

The word ‘action’ means doing, acting in the present, not in the future.

Our action is according to a principle, to an ideal, or to some standardised memory.

If action is not true, correct, accurate, there is unhappiness, regret, a constant battle going on.

Can action born of thought ever be correct?

Is it possible to be free of the past, and act?

Is it possible to perceive action as a whole?

Is there such action which is never contradictory, that is complete all the time?

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OJ78T5 - Is it possible to live, act, without a centre?
Ojai - 15 April 1978
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

What is the wholeness of life?

Right action is when neither the future nor the past interferes with the present. That is, when time comes to an end, which is now.

Thought as time created the centre and from that centre we act. Therefore action is illogical, not accurate.

Learning the art of observing without pressure.

Is it possible to have no centre at all?

What is action without a centre and what is life without a centre?

The centre is the essence of sorrow.

You can learn only when you have leisure, not when your mind is fully occupied, cluttered, full.

Is it possible to end the movement of chattering?

Why is one so occupied with and frightened about death?

Why is there fear of ending anything?

When there is a total ending, there is a beginning.

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OJ78T6 - In meditation there is no observer or the observed
Ojai - 16 April 1978
Public Talk
Audio
Subtitles

What is it to know oneself entirely?

The art of listening to what the self is saying.

Freedom implies freedom from authority, from pressure, from your own demands, urges, wants, so that you are able to look very clearly at what is going on within yourself.

The art of seeing and the art of learning.

If you observe according to somebody, you are not observing.

What takes place in meditation when there is total absence of conflict between the observer and the observed, and both cease to be?

Love is not the product of thought; love is the movement of compassion.

How do you look into something of which you know absolutely nothing? This is meditation.

What is the quality of the mind that says, ‘I must find out what truth is’?

Truth is indescribable. That thing which is the most sacred can only be when the mind is absolutely quiet.

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WO78DSS1 - The purpose of a Krishnamurti school
Washington DC - 20 April 1978
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
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Q: Could we discuss the purpose of a Krishnamurti school?

What does it mean to be educated?

It is important to understand what freedom and authority mean, and what it means to learn.

The word ‘school’ comes from the root meaning ‘leisure’.

What is freedom?

Does order mean obeying? Does order mean following a mechanical routine?

Why has sex become so colossally important?

What do we mean by power?

What is the function of the teacher and the student?

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WO78DSS2 - Is it possible to be free of pressure?
Washington DC - 21 April 1978
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
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What is implied in being together in this school?

How will you help the student to understand the necessity of learning a subject without any pressure?

By talking over with the student we begin to explore.

What will make me listen to you?

What is the relationship between the educator and the student when neither is putting pressure on the other?

To live under pressure is destructive and creates disorder.

Reward and punishment both create fear, and fear becomes a tremendous pressure. Can we avoid reward and punishment?

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WO78DSS3 - The arts of listening and learning
Washington DC - 23 April 1978
Discussion with Staff and Students
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The proper kind of education is the cultivation of the wholeness of man.

Is it possible to carry out the curriculum and also be concerned with the psychological nature of both the educator and the educated?

The teacher, in teaching mathematics is also investigating what order is, not only in himself but also in the student.

It is only when you have leisure that you can learn.

As an educator, my chief concern is not the book or the subject, but to help the student to listen.

Is there a learning which is non-accumulative?

Memory is the mechanical accumulation of knowledge. Thought therefore is mechanical and limited.

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BR78DSS1.1 - Can you give equal importance to all the things in your life?
Brockwood Park - 9 May 1978
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
Subtitles

Why do you make sex all-important, or family all-important, or your God?

Am I escaping from myself when I am totally concerned with my wife, with my job or with sex?

Can you give equal importance to all the things in your life?

Can the body, the heart and the mind always be in harmony, not one or the other dominating?

Can you have harmonious relationship with another who is not harmonious?

Thought itself, whatever it creates, whatever it does, brings disharmony.

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BR78DSS1.2 - Can thought bring about a life that is totally harmonious?
Brockwood Park - 14 May 1978
Discussion with Staff and Students
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Can thought bring about living a life every day harmoniously, with no distortion and not giving importance to one particular thing?

Thought is a movement out of the past, so it must be limited. It can project the future but it is still the outcome of the past.

Can that which is limited understand the unlimited?

What is harmony?

The essence of meditation is for thought to realise that it is limited and therefore have no movement other than in its little corner.

Can thought stop itself and time come to an end?

Logic and reason cannot bring about insight.

Is there a harmonious interrelationship between the mind, the heart and the body?

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BR78DSS1.3 - What is the essence of relationship?
Brockwood Park - 21 May 1978
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
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Why do we ever say, ‘I understand intellectually?’ What is the necessity of saying this?

What is the value of a discussion or dialogue?

What is the meaning of relationship, not only between two people but with nature, with humanity, with the world, with the universe, and with all the extraordinary things that happen in the world?

Are you in contact with anybody?

Where does deep relationship begin?

My relationship with you is based on the past and the past is a very small affair.

What is your relationship if you are attached to somebody?

What is the meaning of care?

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BR78DSS1.4 - Can you learn about yourself totally independently from others?
Brockwood Park - 28 May 1978
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
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Why do we give so much importance to things outside of us and why don’t we also give importance to learning about ourselves?

Do we know ourselves?

What is it that most of us want, young or old?

Why do we divide the inner and the outer?

Can we reject what others have said about us, and being free of their knowledge, inquire into ourselves?

The essence of religion is the abandonment of the self.

Can one learn about oneself?

Does learning about myself mean acquiring knowledge about myself?

A new civilisation can only come into being when there is real religious spirit.

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BR78CPJ1 - Has there been a radical change in Krishnamurti’s teaching?
Brockwood Park - 11 June 1978
Conversation with Pupul Jayakar
Audio
Subtitles

Q: Has there been a radical change in your teaching?

Has there been, after thirty years, a movement away from observation, from the division between the thinker and the thought, and from the whole content of consciousness?

Without preparation, without drill, without examination, is it possible to see the total content of consciousness and move out of it?

It is only possible to have a complete, total insight immediately, instantly, and that instant is not contained in time.

The thinker and the thought are identical, they are not separate.

The whole way of thinking is based on growth, becoming, evolving.

Will the mind, being so heavily conditioned by the tradition of growth, listen?

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BR78CPJ2 - Thought cannot fundamentally perceive or comprehend the totality of consciousness
Brockwood Park - 12 June 1978
Conversation with Pupul Jayakar
Audio
Subtitles

What does the word ‘conscious’ mean to you?

Thought can never be aware of the total content of consciousness.

Can the mind perceive the totality?

Is there a love or a quality which is not part of consciousness?

Is it possible to observe with all your senses? When there is a movement of thought, it is a particular sense operating.

Is there a totally different dimension which is not the dimension of consciousness as we know it, not invented by thought?

What instrument or what quality is necessary to move out of this circle of consciousness?

How am I as a human being to discover 'the other'?

How can I know what order is when I live in total disorder?

There is action, which is non-action, when thought is completely, absolutely still.

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BR78DSS1.5 - Why do we make sex into a problem?
Brockwood Park - 19 June 1978
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
Subtitles

Can we give sex its right place?

Why do human beings go from one extreme of sexual permissiveness to the other, total restraint?

Why don’t you give importance to everything in life and not just one particular thing?

Are you getting the right kind of education here, so that you have a mind that can observe clearly, think clearly, without any pressure, dogma or belief, and therefore act clearly?

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BR7879CBS1 - Are you not saying what the Buddha said?
Brockwood Park - 22 June 1978
Buddhist Scholars Discussion
Video
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Q: Does knowledge condition human beings?

Knowledge means accumulation of information, experience, facts, theories and principles, the past and the present. This bundle we call knowledge.

Can a mind that is burdened with knowledge see truth?

Will we get more knowledge by reading what the Buddha or Christ said? We are full of this accumulative instinct that we think will help us to jump into heaven.

Can I look at the fact without the word with all its intimations, content and tradition?

Can I look at something without the association of words and past remembrances? Then only I see the fact.

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BR7879CBS2 - Is there a state of mind without the self?
Brockwood Park - 23 June 1978
Buddhist Scholars Discussion
Video
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Q: What is the state of the mind that is in the process of dying?

What is death? Is there life after death, is there a continuity? If not, what is the point of living at all?

Why is there the whole process of identification: my possessions, what I will be, success, power, prestige?

The identification process is the essence of the self.

Is it possible to live in daily life without this identification process which brings about the structure and the nature of the self, which is the result of thought?

Is it possible to be free of the ‘me’ which produces all this chaos, this constant effort?

Can thought end?

Is it possible to live a daily life with death, which is the ending of the self?

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BR7879CBS3 - Does free will exist?
Brockwood Park - 23 June 1978
Buddhist Scholars Discussion
Video
Subtitles

We say free will exists because we can choose between this and that. Apart from material things, why is there choice?

Is there an action in which there is no effort of will at all and therefore no choice?

Why does thought identify with sensations? Is there duality in identification?

How did thought begin in me? Was it handed down by parents, education, environment, the past?

Does the word create the thought or thought creates words?

Why does thought enter into action? Is there an action which is complete, total, whole, not partial?

Can you see someone as a whole being? Then there is love.

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SA78T1 - The structure of self-centred concern
Saanen - 9 July 1978
Public Talk
Video
Subtitles

Why are most human beings throughout the world so concerned with themselves?

When you listen to these statements of the speaker, do you actually listen or do you make a conclusion or an idea about what you hear?

Can you observe the movement of ordinary, natural sensations without identifying?

Is there an observation of the senses without any form of thought?

Can you be free of pressure?

Where there is a centre held by thought as the ‘me’ there must be suffering. Violence, brutality, cruelty and hate is centred there.

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SA78T2 - The identification of thought
Saanen - 11 July 1978
Public Talk
Video
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Does one see the actual danger of self-centred occupation?

Is it possible to live in this world without any sense of identification?

Can the mind totally dissociate from the knowledge it has become attached to, and not remain in isolation?

When you are jealous, greedy, angry, violent, are ‘you’ different from that?

Who is the entity that says, ‘I have been violent’?

Can you look at yourself in the mirror without the observer?

Is love a remembrance?

Is it possible to observe without force, discipline and dualistic effort?

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SA78T3 - The limitation of thought
Saanen - 13 July 1978
Public Talk
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What is freedom?

Can thought solve the problems it has created?

What is the source of all thought, the root of thought?

The past is limited, as memory and knowledge are always limited.

Scriptures, poems, literature, rituals, gods, and images are the product of thought.

Is it possible not to register hurt?

There is a total, complete, holistic action in which thought doesn’t interfere at all.

Is there a perception and action devoid of memory and divorced from the past?

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SA78T4 - Is thought necessary in relationship?
Saanen - 16 July 1978
Public Talk
Video
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Thought is never free, it is limited in all circumstances.

Is relationship a movement of identification?

Is it possible in your daily relationships with each other not to register insult or flattery?

Through identification with another are you escaping from yourself?

When you strip yourself of conclusions, words and experience, you are nothing, you are empty.

Can the mind observe emptiness and not move away from it?

Is it possible to have no fear whatsoever, physically and psychologically?

When you watch closely, without any movement of thought, direction, motive, trying to change or go beyond, the thing that you are watching undergoes a fundamental change.

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SA78T5 - Is love a movement of time and thought?
Saanen - 18 July 1978
Public Talk
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Is one aware that one lives in contradiction, a constant conflict between ‘what is’ and ‘what should be’?

Why have human beings become so mechanical?

What is the root of disorder?

Thought that hasn’t realised its proper place is the very essence of disorder.

Is it possible to act and function naturally, happily, without a centre and without the content of consciousness?

What is that action in which there is no contradiction, regret, reward or punishment, therefore an action that is whole?

If we can find out what love is, our life may be totally different, without conflict, control, or any form of effort.

Is love the movement of the senses or desire?

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SA78T6 - Can consciousness go beyond itself?
Saanen - 20 July 1978
Public Talk
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Is it possible to bring about a fundamental psychological revolution?

Why do human beings live the way we do?

Is it possible to investigate without analysis the content of the deeper layers of one’s mind?

Can consciousness become completely empty, except in the area where knowledge is necessary?

Consciousness contains mankind’s sorrow. That is, you as a human being are part of the world.

Is it possible to end the depth, enormity and weight of sorrow?

When the past is ending, there is a new observation, a sense of extraordinary freedom and a movement not born of the past.

If you end the way you live now, there is a new beginning without the ‘me’, and then death has no meaning.

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SA78T7 - If you are not occupied, are you nothing?
Saanen - 23 July 1978
Public Talk
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You cannot possibly look objectively, without any direction and motive if you are consumed with your own importance, ambitions and problems.

We have divided sleeping and waking, which may be entirely wrong. We have never inquired into the state of the mind that is not sleeping.

Why is the mind occupied so endlessly?

Can you be nothing, that which you actually are?

Humility comes into being when you understand the nature of power.

The movement of meditation is to live in daily life without measurement. The movement of thought is measure.

What is awareness and what is attention?

When you put everything in order there is no effort.

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SA78D1 - Can the drive of selfishness end?
Saanen - 26 July 1978
Public Discussion
Video
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Is it possible for the mind to uncondition itself completely and not occasionally?

Is the experiencer different from experience, is the thinker different from thought?

When there is a division there is conflict.

Q: Many of us have been here many years. I am exactly where I was on the very first day.

From conditioning all problems arise, a certain drive to be more and more separate, violent. One who is serious says, ‘Will there be an end to all this?’

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SA78D2 - What will make a human being change?
Saanen - 27 July 1978
Public Discussion
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What will make a human being change very deeply?

What is loneliness? Is loneliness separate from solitude?

Do you know you are conditioned, or somebody is telling you that you are conditioned?

Any form of psychological choice is conditioning.

Why don’t we see the immense danger of being held within the narrow space of our conditioning?

Don’t give energy to conditioning.

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SA78D3 - Can time end?
Saanen - 28 July 1978
Public Discussion
Video
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What place has meditation in daily life?

I am not different from what I think, the experiences I have had, my anxiety, fears.
Can thought be aware of itself?

Can you live without comparison and example?

People have asked throughout the centuries whether time has a stop.

Why do you keep your hurts? How is hurt to be totally disarmed, not leaving a single scratch?

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SA78D4 - Constant effort damages the brain
Saanen - 29 July 1978
Public Discussion
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How can one keep a brain that is constantly renewing itself?

What takes place when there is contradiction?

Our present social structure is based essentially on competition, reaching, struggling.

We carry hurt and never end it.

The mechanical way of living is one of the factors of deterioration.

What is the source of energy which is now being used for thinking?

Do we see the fact that thought is mechanical?

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SA78D5 - Order in oneself
Saanen - 30 July 1978
Public Discussion
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What is the root of disorder? Why do we live this way?

Do we conform psychologically?

Are you serious and dedicated enough to live a life of total order?

Anything that is limited and functioning within a narrow space must create disorder. If I love one person and hate others, it must create disorder.

When you observe something without the past, without prejudice, the very thing that you are looking at is living, moving, changing, never still.

Disorder is always still, in the sense it is disorder all the time. But if you watch disorder, it is transforming, becoming something else.

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BR78T1 - Can I strip Myself of the Network of Language?
Brockwood Park - 26 August 1978
Public Talk
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Action based on a past conclusion, however right, however worthy, is still from the past and therefore still limited in terms of time.

Is there an action totally devoid of time?

One must be free of knowledge to have immediate perception.

Why do human beings live constantly in a state of fear?

Thought is a movement based on past memories, past experiences, past knowledge.

Can you look at fear, the actual sensation, without the word?

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BR78T2 - How Is One To Have Complete Order?
Brockwood Park - 27 August 1978
Public Talk
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Knowing consciously that one is in disorder psychologically, what is one to do?

Why is there such a tremendous pressure of desire in most of us?

It is natural to have a perception, a sensation, but can that moment stop and thought not come in and create an image and pursue that image, which becomes desire?

Why should the brain register psychologically, inwardly?

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BR78D1 - Are You Aware of the Structure of Yourself?
Brockwood Park - 29 August 1978
Public Discussion
Video
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What is the need of a human mind, brain, to register anything at all?

Are you really serious to find out the necessity of registration and the inadequacy psychologically of any form of registration? If you say belief is a danger then why do you hold on to it?

When you are very clear, there is no need for choice. A mind that is confused chooses.

There is no relationship whatsoever between awareness and faith. Faith is not a fact, it is a belief.

You don’t want to climb the mountain, which is arduous, which demands that you carry little. This demands that you work, that you look.

Find out what actually takes place when the structure observed is the observer himself.

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BR78D2 - Can One Learn Through Relationship?
Brockwood Park - 31 August 1978
Public Discussion
Video
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What do we mean by learning?

Is there a different way of learning which is not accumulative, which is not mechanistic, which is not all the time functioning on the past movement?

I must be very, and terribly honest in myself to say I really don’t know.

Can I observe myself through relationship?

I want to find out why I create images. Is it habit? Is it convenience? Is it immemorial conditioning?

If there is the act of listening then there is no registration.

When we are attentive the structure is non-existent.

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BR78T3 - Understanding and Living Freedom
Brockwood Park - 2 September 1978
Public Talk
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Is freedom the opposite of prison, of bondage, of repression? Is freedom to do what you like?

As long as we live in opposites, jealousy and non-jealousy, the good and the bad, the ignorant and the enlightened, there must be this constant conflict in duality.

Is love being attached to a person, to a country, to an idea?

Can you put aside attachment, dependence, and not become cynical, bitter, or withdraw and resist?

Why do we suffer psychologically?
Is it possible to put physical pain in its right place and not let it interfere with the psychological state of the mind?

Why we are all so frightened of death?

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BR78T4 - The Beginning of Meditation
Brockwood Park - 3 September 1978
Public Talk
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Meditation is not something that you do.

Is it possible for the senses to operate as a whole?

Is will the essence of desire?

Part of meditation is to find out for oneself whether time can stop.

Is it possible to empty the content of consciousness without involving time, but instantly, as a whole, not in parts?

Can the brain lose its burden and be free and never deteriorate?

If there is no recording whatsoever, psychologically, then the brain becomes extraordinarily quiet, extraordinarily fresh.

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BR78S1 - The art of questioning
Brockwood Park - 12 September 1978
Seminar
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Q: How can one be a light to oneself?

Most of us are slaves, either to religious concepts, beliefs and symbols, or to some kind of experience, to institutions and images. One is caught in a routine, which prevents freedom.

How can I understand the depth of myself without understanding how the mind has become dependent? Do you question the way you live your life - why you think this, why you do that, why you have certain reactions? Do you question the whole thing?

Can I differentiate the word from the fact? How can one approach something without any knowledge? How do I actually approach a problem? Can we find out the right way of questioning so that intelligence can arise?

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BR78S2 - Is it possible never to be hurt?
Brockwood Park - 13 September 1978
Seminar
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Q: What do we mean by relationship?

Relationship is one of the most important things in life. Relationship between me and another, with many others, which creates society.

In my relationship with another there is tension, a sense of division, guilt, possession, protection or responsibility. Apparently there has been, from time immemorial, conflict between you and me.

Pain, attachment, jealousy, fear, and also sexual pleasure - the whole of that is implied in daily relationship. Why do we accept it?

Why are we hurt? Do you have an idea about yourself which can be hurt? Why do you have images about yourself or conclusions about something?

Do we actually want to find a way of living in which there is no possibility of being hurt?

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BR78S3 - Can you face the fact that you are absolutely nothing?
Brockwood Park - 14 September 1978
Seminar
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Q: Is it possible to be completely free of fear?

There is physical fear and psychological fear.

Are we aware of fear and our reactions to it? What do we actually do with that fear? Do we run away from it, suppress it, control it, or wait for some incident to resolve it, or accept it as part of life? Why do we wait? Why do we go through this process?

I reject that anybody is going to solve my fear, Jesus or the priest or the Pope or the Archbishop or the analyst, or anyone.

Can I face the fact that I am frightened, and not do a thing about it, just face it? If you face the fact then inquiries begin, real inquiries, not intellectual, verbal inquiries.

You are investigating, exploring, and you understand it, have an insight into it, and resolve it completely.

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BR78S4 - Observing fear as it happens
Brockwood Park - 16 September 1978
Seminar
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Q: What is the root of fear?

In division thought is in operation. When there is no observer, who is the very essence of thought which is the past, then there is only actually what is happening. Can that actuality, the fact, be observed without the movement of thought?

Can you watch the moon without thought drawing a curtain across it?

As long as there is division there must be conflict. Is that division actual or is it artificially created by thought?

Can thought be conscious of itself as a movement?

Only when there is inattention fear comes. Does attention contain or hold thought? What is the quality of the brain when there is total attention? Is there any registration at all?

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BR78S5 - Pain is the reaction to attachment
Brockwood Park - 17 September 1978
Seminar
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Q: Can we observe the actual implications of attachment?

One is attached to one's experience. There is holding on to the knowledge, the memory of it, never letting go. Can you watch that and let the story involved reveal itself?

Can you let the thing that you are watching tell its story, rather than you tell it? Like a flower, when you watch it very closely, when you see everything in its detail, the beauty of the whole thing, can we watch attachment in the same way? Is there an observation of this happening, the actual state and the nature of it, instantly?

Why do we find it so difficult to remain with a fact?

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BR78S6 - Can I be a light globally?
Brockwood Park - 18 September 1978
Seminar
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Q: Is it possible to be a light to oneself, not dependent on anybody?

Can we remain with the fact, without any deviation, without any interference of the accumulated memories of the past, to observe what is taking place without thought acting as a barrier?

Is it possible to be completely, totally free from all influence, from all propaganda, tradition, superstition, every form of influence, both external and inward?

Face the fact that dependence means pain. Look at it.

There must be freedom from the known. The known is the memory, the past. To be a light to oneself, the past with all its tradition must totally vanish. What has been registered on the brain must end and no present or future registration take place.

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BR78S7 - What is it that flowers?
Brockwood Park - 19 September 1978
Seminar
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Q: Can a mind that is committed flower at all?

The total mind is in a self-created trap. It is aware of this when there is pain. To escape from that pain creates another trap.

Thought in its very seed is limited. Can thought, consciousness, the totality of it, be aware of itself?

If there is insight there is intelligence, and thought then has its place.

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BR78DSS2.1 - Is there an awakening of intelligence in you?
Brockwood Park - 1 October 1978
Discussion with Staff and Students
Video
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What does Brockwood mean to you?

Will you make this place your home?

Will intelligence be cultivated here by the staff and by you demanding that intelligence?

Knowledge is one thing and intelligence is another.

What is an ideal?

Being an educator is the highest profession in the world.

You may have to earn a livelihood, but the livelihood isn’t living.

Is there an awakening of intelligence in you?

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BR78DSS2.2 - Intelligence is not personal
Brockwood Park - 15 October 1978
Discussion with Staff and Students
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Are you being educated to awaken intelligence?

Whose responsibility is it to awaken this quality of intelligence?

Sensitivity.

Intelligence is not personal.

What is right action and right behaviour?

What is the action which doesn’t depend on circumstances or on fear?

Is intelligence in operation when I follow a pattern outside or within?

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BR78DT1 - What is intelligent action?
Brockwood Park - 20 October 1978
Discussion with Teachers
Video
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Total responsibility.

What is the responsibility of an educator?

As a teacher my responsibility is to bring about a totally different human being.

Do we think emotionally?

Knowledge becomes destructive when emotionally, egotistically, selfishly, narrowly used.

Is it possible to educate the students to be totally non-selfish?

The very challenge, if it is vital, will make you respond.

Is there the demand of excellence in us?

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BR78DSS2.3 - Desire
Brockwood Park - 22 October 1978
Discussion with Staff and Students
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In desire there is always contradiction.

What makes you self-centred?

What gives vitality to desire and makes it so terribly strong?

Looking impersonally

What is the origin of desire?

Sensation.

Can thought not create images at all, but observe?

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BR78DSS2.4 - The flame of discontent
Brockwood Park - 29 October 1978
Discussion with Staff and Students
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Keep the mind young.

The intellect.

Problems.

Dependency.

The flame of discontent.

Satisfaction and dissatisfaction.

The most important thing in life.

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RA78T1 - What is the cause of our destructive way of living?
Rajghat - 11 November 1978
Public Talk
Audio


What is the basic cause of corruption and degeneration?

When thought and the intellect become predominant, there must be fragmentation.

When there is fragmentation, there is degeneration and corruption.

Is it possible to live a life without control?

Relationship based on thought and remembrance is no relationship.

Can consciousness become aware of itself?

Can consciousness ever be in complete order?


Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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RA78T2 - Do you know your life is in disorder?
Rajghat - 12 November 1978
Public Talk
Audio


Our consciousness is in a state of constant confusion.

Is it possible to bring about order in life?

Without order, any form of meditation is meaningless.

The process of analysis implies division as the analyser and the analysed.

Do you know for yourself, as you know hunger, that your life is in disorder?

Can you be aware that your mind is mechanical?

Are you afraid to go against the current?

To bring order one must observe freely, learn without any movement of thought.


Questions from the audience followed the talk.

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RV78DT1 - Is there a way of living not based on thought?
Rishi Valley - 28 November 1978
Discussion with Teachers
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As educators, we are responsible for the future generation.

Are we learning about relationship with each other, the students and all our contacts whether intellectual, emotional, sentimental or romantic?

Why do we have opinions at all?

What will the brain do to uncondition itself?

How do I know I am conditioned?

Where there is a desire there must be illusion.

Thought is the source of all illusion.

I want to find out a way of living in daily life which is correct and accurate.

As an educator, my responsibility is that students must have knowledge and yet realise that knowledge is very limited.

Any action in relationship based on knowledge is destructive.

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RV78DS1 - Don’t compare yourself with anybody
Rishi Valley - 30 November 1978
Discussion with Students
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What is implied in learning?

When somebody praises you, how do you listen?

Can the teachers here not compare you with somebody else?

When you compare, you give the other person status. Will you stop comparing?

Why should there be exams if you are learning?

When you and the teacher are comparing, what is your relationship?

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RV78DT2 - Learning the art of attention
Rishi Valley - 2 December 1978
Discussion with Teachers
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Will greater capacity come as a result of comparison?

When I use learning for the acquisition of status, I am comparing.

Our educational system and social structure are based on comparison. If you teach students not to compare you revolutionise the whole system.

I refuse to separate the educator from the human being.

What is an educator?

Can you look at yourself without measurement?

Are we concerned to help the student and therefore ourselves to understand the enormously complex factors of existence?

How will you help students to be attentive?

Why do you listen to me?

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RV78DT3 - How will you, as educators, help the student to listen?
Rishi Valley - 3 December 1978
Discussion with Teachers
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How is an educator to help the students give total attention?

Thought itself is a distraction.

What is the capacity to learn?

How will you listen to the statement, which may be false or true, that education is the study of the whole nature and structure of human existence?

What is your common interest?

What is your relationship to your students?

How do we, as a group of teachers, feel responsible for the students and the whole of this place?

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RV78DS2 - Do you see the importance of not being frightened?
Rishi Valley - 5 December 1978
Discussion with Students
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Are you frightened of anybody?

How will you find out what is the right action so that you will never be frightened?

If there is fear you cannot love or be affectionate to another.

Is your interest strong and vital enough to withstand society and public opinion?

Can you distinguish between physical and non-physical fears?

Self-protection, to protect the body is not fear.

Fear exists because there is a future.

How can you get rid of past pain?

Can your mind and body be absolutely quiet and so gather a lot of energy?

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RV78DS3 - Can you observe your thinking?
Rishi Valley - 7 December 1978
Discussion with Students
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Do you know what it means to look at something?

What do you find when you observe thought?

Can you look at one thought without letting it fly about?

What is the background from which thinking is born?

When you see something for the first time you can’t name it. It becomes memory the moment you name it.

Thinking about your exams makes you afraid.

To be free of fear is not to be involved in the past or the future.

Thinking itself is a movement of fear.

Right action is when there is no belief, prejudice or opinion.

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RV78DT4 - What will bring about total relationship in our life?
Rishi Valley - 9 December 1978
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
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In listening there is a learning which is an absolute fact. Learning implies the discovery of the fact. Action is then from the fact, not from my opinion or knowledge.

What is the truth under the clamour and extraordinary struggle of relationship?

There is insight into something when the mind is uncluttered.

Discrimination exists only when the false is opposed to the truth. Insight has no discriminative or divisive quality.

Do you as an educator actually see the fact that you and the student are in the same boat?

When I use the word ‘relationship’, that very word implies division.

The question, ‘What is my relationship to myself?’ is a divisive question, a wrong question; therefore I can never find the right answer.

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RV78DT5 - What is our responsibility as educators and human beings?
Rishi Valley - 10 December 1978
Discussion with Teachers
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What do we mean by responsibility?

I want to know myself. What is involved in that?

Why do human beings live in concepts, conclusions and ideals?

When you tell me I am the world, I listen to it without any conclusion, concept or idea, so that it enters me like a seed. If you don’t listen that way, you will make a concept of it.

Why does the brain record?

There is no recording when the mind is not concerned with pleasure or fear, reward or punishment. There is no centre as the experiencer.

My responsibility is that neither the student nor I functions from a centre, so I am going to find out a way of teaching this.

Total responsibility implies a quality of great affection.

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RV78DSG - The mind of Krishnamurti
Rishi Valley - 11 December 1978
Discussion with Small Group
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Q: How do you receive a question which is put to you? Could we go into the state of mind which receives?

There is hearing with the ear and also a hearing with the non-ear, which means the mind is in a state of no remembrance, conclusion or previous recording of the question.

Seeing thought implies there is the see-er and thought. The see-er is thought. There is only thought, which cannot be seen in the mirror. There is no inward looking.

Q: What is the inner nature of yourself?

There is a state of absolute nothingness. Nothingness cannot be examined, because that implies measurement. There is no measurement to nothingness.

Don’t take time over this. Don’t say, ‘I will do it tomorrow.’ It must be done instantly.

Every problem must be dissolved, resolved instantly. Don’t accumulate memories and problems.

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RV78DS4 - To behave rightly is to have consideration and respect
Rishi Valley - 12 December 1978
Discussion with Students
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Are you frightened by your teachers?

Why do you compete? Why does any group of people compete?

What is behaviour? Courtesy and consideration. What is it to yield happily to another’s wishes without being compelled?

Right behaviour implies courtesy, politeness, consideration and respect for others, whether a prime minister or a servant.

If the soil is not right, nothing will grow with any amount of planting seeds. When you listen with attention, in that soil the seed can take root and flower.

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RV78DS5 - Look at the human being, not the word
Rishi Valley - 14 December 1978
Discussion with Students
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Why do you think the mind should be kept quiet?

Can you look at the mountain without naming it?

The word is not the thing. When the word comes in between the observer and the observed, it distracts.

Identification prevents you from looking at a human being.

Can you observe your mind chattering?

If you separate yourself from anger, then you try to control, suppress or run away from it; but if you are that, the very thing that you have been calling anger changes completely.

What is a habit?

Why is the mind frightened or bored when it is not chattering?

The word is never the thing. I can paint a picture of that hill but the painting is not the hill.

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RV78DT6 - How can we bring about human beings who are flowering deeply?
Rishi Valley - 16 December 1978
Discussion with Teachers
Audio


Why has a school of this kind not brought about, during these forty years, a few human beings who are not mediocre and are flowering deeply?

Is it possible to stop all competition here?

Do we know what love is?

When I say, ‘I don’t know,’ I mean I do not know. I am not waiting for an answer nor expecting to find one by looking through memory. Then I can approach the question afresh.

The very quality of not-knowing is wholeness.

The fact is that people are not equal. How shall I deal with this inequality without any sense of the few and the many?

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RV78DT7 - How will you bring about a group of people who are helping each other to uncondition themselves?
Rishi Valley - 17 December 1978
Discussion with Teachers
Audio
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We want to bring about a group of students who are not mediocre, who are not oriented to a career, marriage and the establishment.

The very breaking away from the whole is the individual, a fragment assuming all-importance.

There is a constant battle between the fragment and the whole, the individual and the collective.

Do you see the truth that you are the whole of mankind?

Thought itself is a fragment.

You and the students are conditioned socially, economically and religiously. How will you then bring about a group of people who are helping each other to un-condition themselves?

Are we strong enough, vital enough, to create this kind of school?

Teaching is the greatest profession in the world.

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RV78DS6 - Intelligence is total security
Rishi Valley - 18 December 1978
Discussion with Students
Audio
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What will you do to have security, a life without conflict that is happy, productive and creative?

Have you the capacity or energy to say, ‘I don’t care if it brings me happiness or money, this is what I want to do’?

The world is very difficult, cruel and rather mad. That’s a reality. How will you meet this madness?

Is there such a thing as complete security?

Tradition and culture prevent you from being intelligent. Tradition says to accept authority, and the acceptance of authority is lack of intelligence.

Do you have love?

The whole of life means relationship with humanity, with each other.

Education is to help you put away all problems, understand them, so that your mind is young and not burdened.

Why are you in conflict?

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RV78DS7 - Love means having no fear
Rishi Valley - 19 December 1978
Discussion with Students
Audio
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How can we bring about a human being who has understood activity in the technological field and also is very moral, ethical, aesthetic, with a sense of deep religious life?

It is very important that when you come here aged 5 or 8, you can remain until you have finished college.

What is it to be sensitive?

Can we stop destroying each other?

Q: Have you never eaten non-vegetarian?

Love means to pay attention, to care, and have no fear.

You can listen very well if you are very quiet.

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MA7879T1 - Organisations have not saved man
Madras (Chennai) - 31 December 1978
Public Talk
Video
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There is outer and inner fragmentation. Who is going to change man? Have organisations of any kind helped?

To go very far we must begin very near, which is with ourselves.

Is one aware of one's thoughts, feelings, fears and pleasures?

Can one listen purely, without any distortion? Is there a responsibility to listen to the world and to your own anxiety and sorrow?

Can you observe without any prejudice? To learn, mustn’t the brain be free of knowledge?

What is action in your life?

In relationship, has knowledge any place at all? Can the brain only register what is necessary?

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MA7879T2 - An action that is not the outcome of thought
Madras (Chennai) - 1 January 1979
Public Talk
Video
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Is there an action which is not fragmentary, which has no regrets and no sense of incompleteness?

Is there security in the things of thought? Is all psychological security an illusion?

Can one attend without concentration and effort? Does the very thought which concentrates also distract?

Have you ever given attention in which there is no otherness, deviation or distraction?

To attend implies there is no centre from which you are listening.

When you have an insight into the nature of thought it finds its right place.

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MA79DSG1.1 - What is the nature of the religious life?
Madras (Chennai) - 2 January 1979
Discussion with Small Group
Video
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Does knowledge interfere with a religious life?

The movement away from the fact does not bring about the understanding of the fact.

When there is suffering, is that suffering a concept?

Why does the registration of pain take place?

The field of the known.

Consider a quiet pond, absolutely quiet, and you drop a stone into it. When the waves are over it is completely normal again. The normality is non-registration, because it’s back to its original condition.

A religious life is a life which is holistic, with total insight into the whole structure and nature of consciousness and the ending of that.

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MA79DSG1.2 - What is a religious mind?
Madras (Chennai) - 3 January 1979
Discussion with Small Group
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Thought in itself being a fragment, whatever it does will bring about fragmentation. A religious mind is not fragmentary.

When there is perception without the observer, there is no duality. Duality occurs when there is the observer as the past and the observed.

In religious life there is a total absence of the self.

Can I be free from my daily little rituals, from nationalism and from following an authority?

The very watching is the transformation of that which is being observed.

Examining the fragments in my consciousness is endless.

What is the root of fragmentation?

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MA79DSG1.3 - What is a holistic perception?
Madras (Chennai) - 4 January 1979
Discussion with Small Group
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Is it possible to find a religious way in a modern world with all the technological advancement and crumbling relationship?

We are trying to examine a way of life which is non-fragmentary, holistic, whole. Perhaps that will lead us to a truly religious life.

Can the fragmentary movement end?

Has consciousness the capacity to observe itself?

Can thought become aware of itself?

If there is an observation which is not of the observer, that observation operates on the whole of consciousness.

Can I observe my wife or husband without accumulated memory?

When you put away something false, your mind is lighter.

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MA7879T3 - Is freedom a matter of time?
Madras (Chennai) - 6 January 1979
Public Talk
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Is there psychological time at all?

How do we deal with a problem?

Is time involved in love? Is time, a movement in division, necessary?

Can we change fundamentally, radically, not through evolution or time?

Can hurt be abandoned instantly? Can one act without effort or time?

Is there a perception which ends the image without allowing time?

What takes place when you observe only the fact and do not invent the opposite?

Can you resolve a problem as it arises? Are problems produced from a centre?

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MA7879T4 - What brings about disorder in relationship?
Madras (Chennai) - 7 January 1979
Public Talk
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What is our relationship with each other? In that relationship, is there order? How will you bring order there?

Is desire, the sensory responses with images thought has created, a factor of disorder?

When pain is over, can one totally forget it, totally non-register it?

When there is no relationship, isn't there fear?

Are you aware at the moment of fear, not to let thought come into it, to realize it has no place at the moment of action?

Why has there been so little beauty and communication with nature in our lives?

At the instant of pleasure is there recording?

Culture means to grow, develop the totality of one's life.

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MA7879D2 - Are we aware of division?
Madras (Chennai) - 9 January 1979
Public Discussion
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Q: Can we discuss the control of government and our day-to-day life?

How will you bring about a cessation of the power of the few, and educate or help the vast majority?

In history, only very few individuals bring about a change. Will you have the energy, capacity, drive, love to bring about a different world?

We have accepted the illusion that we are living when we are separate. Are you aware of this division and its consequences? Why has this division existed, why has man accepted it and how has it come into being?

Can you observe your wife or husband without the memory of the past intruding? When you do look in that way, is there no observer, only observation? Is this possible, not in theory but actually in daily life?

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MA7879D3 - Can you understand what a religious life is?
Madras (Chennai) - 11 January 1979
Public Discussion
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Q: Has tradition and culture any part in a religious life?

The word ‘religion’ means to gather – gather all your energy to inquire into what is truth and reality, if there is an end to sorrow, and into what is love, and whether one can live without any effort and control.

You can only find what life is, which may be eternal, or nonsensical, or extraordinary, when you understand your daily living and the beauty of life.

Why does the brain form habits, which is tradition, whether it is ten days old or ten thousand years old?

The brain can only function in security. Is there such security?

Will you throw away your illusions, your habits, because you see the reason, the logical consequence of forming habits?

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MA7879T5 - What is a religious mind?
Madras (Chennai) - 13 January 1979
Public Talk
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Have the gods been created from our sorrow and fear?

In an inquiry, are you free of fear?

Freedom is observation without conclusion.

Can you observe the whole nature of sorrow? When there is no motive in your examination, is sorrow different from you?

Can a new culture only be born out of a religious mind?

Psychological transformation is the only revolution.

A religious mind has no philosophy because it is with that which is eternally sacred.

Sorrow has to end to understand the religious mind.

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MA7879T6 - The movement of meditation
Madras (Chennai) - 14 January 1979
Public Talk
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Putting death in opposition to life, are we afraid to live and afraid to die?

Attachment implies continuity. If it does not end, what happens to the whole movement of consciousness of man?

Is love within this consciousness? Has love a continuity?

Is death the ending of attachment?

When there is complete order in one's life, that can look at cosmic order.

What is attention, inattention and distraction? Does attention have continuity, a centre?

In silence comes that which is eternally, timelessly sacred.

Note: a total of 15 minutes and 48 seconds of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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BO79T1 - Action not based on knowledge
Bombay (Mumbai) - 24 January 1979
Public Talk
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One can observe what is going on in the world, but it is difficult to observe the state of one’s mind and heart.

You are not different from anybody else, psychologically.

Investigation implies a mind capable of observation, action and perception, seeing what is true and false.

What place has knowledge psychologically in our relationship with each other?

The intellect is not the whole nature of man.

Is there a possibility of action without constant battle and desire for something more?

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BO79T2 - Security not based on thought
Bombay (Mumbai) - 27 January 1979
Public Talk
Audio


The art of learning, which is not memorising, comes about by listening and seeing what is false and true.

The self, the ‘you’, is knowledge.

It is possible not to dream when problems are resolved instantly and not carried over.

Fear is great pressure on the brain: it cannot act fully.

Is it possible to be free of fear?

Have you realised thought is never still?

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OJ79T1 - Living in goodness
Ojai - 7 April 1979
Public Talk
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What it is to think together?

Is it possible for a human mind to undergo a fundamental, radical, psychological revolution?

The essence of goodness is a mind that is not in conflict.

What prevents everyone here being utterly good?

You are the world, psychologically, and the world is you. When you understand yourself, you are understanding the whole human structure and its nature; it is not mere selfish investigation. When you understand yourself, you go beyond yourself and a different dimension comes into being.

Note: a total of 21 seconds of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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OJ79T2 - What is the relationship between desire, thought and action?
Ojai - 8 April 1979
Public Talk
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How do we, each one of us, create or bring about a good society?

If you want to know yourself, you have to discard totally, completely what others have said about you.

As long as one or two senses are taking dominance over the others, there must be distortion.

Why has man never been able to understand desire, give it its right place and be free of it?

What is the relationship between desire, thought and action?

When you look at desire completely, without any distortion, that very looking is intelligence.

Note: a total of 1 minute of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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OJ79D1 - Can a conditioned mind free itself?
Ojai - 10 April 1979
Public Discussion
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Can a mind that is not clear transform itself?

What do we mean by being conditioned?

How do I know that my mind is conditioned?

Why have human beings given such extraordinary importance to knowledge?

Is knowledge necessary in the psychological field at all?

What causes hurt, and who is hurt?

Note: a total of 50 minutes of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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OJ79D2 - Is there a way of living in which self-centred activity ends?
Ojai - 12 April 1979
Public Discussion
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What is it that we are wanting, seeking? Why do you come and listen to the speaker?

What is preventing all human beings having plentiful food, clothing and shelter?

Is not the cause of confusion the content of our consciousness?

How deeply do I want to be free of self-centredness?

Can you observe your reactions without the past telling you it is good, bad, right, wrong - just to observe?

When the mind, which is the whole movement of thought, is operating from past knowledge, experience, memory, then it becomes a dangerous instrument that divides and destroys people.

Note: a total of 52 seconds of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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OJ79T3 - What is the root of fear?
Ojai - 14 April 1979
Public Talk
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What will change human beings, their quality, behaviour and deep-rooted selfishness - what will change each one?

Goodness cannot exist as long as there is fear.

What is our thinking process?

There is an art of listening, to listen not only with the hearing of the ear but also to listen to the meaning of the word, and to go much deeper than the significance of the word, to listen totally.

What place has thought if fear is the result of thought? Has thought any place in the psychological world?

Is pleasure related to fear?

Can you observe the beauty of a mountain, of a tree in a solitary field, just observe and not register? The moment you register, thought takes over.

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OJ79T4 - The art of observing the book of mankind
Ojai - 15 April 1979
Public Talk
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Is it possible for us to read the book of mankind, which has been handed down generation after generation for millennia?

Any form of distorted observation will prevent clarity of reading.

When the mind is caught in an illusion, is it aware that it is in an illusion?

One must learn the art of reading, of observing the book of mankind, without the observer.

There is a way of learning which is immediate action. It is not born out of knowledge.

Why has man suffered throughout the ages?

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OJ79D3 - Freedom, love and responsibility
Ojai - 17 April 1979
Public Discussion
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What do we mean by these three words: love, freedom and responsibility?

What relationship has one’s self-centred activity to freedom?

Is striving for individual fulfilment irresponsible?

How will you acquire a depth of inquiry?

Listening implies a tremendous attention.

Why is one incapable of solving a psychological problem?

Note: a total of 4 minutes and 44 seconds of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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OJ79D4 - What is blocking us from change?
Ojai - 19 April 1979
Public Discussion
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What impedes the human mind from bringing about a mutation in itself?

The moment you are comparing, you are not observing, you are caught in the movement of comparison. If you don’t compare, what takes place?

There is no ‘how’, because the moment you have a ‘how’ you have fallen into a system, a direction and you are lost.

Why are you lonely?

Mutation implies non-movement of the activities of the self.

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OJ79T5 - What is disorder in one’s life and what is death?
Ojai - 21 April 1979
Public Talk
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If one understands the relationship between sensation and the activity of thought, one can have a sensation but not let thought create desire.

The whole thinking process may be the cause of disorder.

Is love merely a fulfilment of desire?

How can a man who is suffering love?

What is death?

There is the collective river of human confusion and sorrow. When you have not ended your own sorrow you are part of that stream.

Is it possible to keep the brain young?

Death and living are very close; they are not fifty years apart, but together.

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OJ79T6 - Meditation is the ending of all the content of one’s consciousness
Ojai - 22 April 1979
Public Talk
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Is there psychological time at all?

If you observe closely, without any movement away, the very observation of ‘what is’ undergoes a radical change, which denies time altogether.

As long as the brain is registering, that implies time.

One needs to register - how to drive a car, to learn a language - but why should there be registration of your hurt?

Is it possible not to dream at all?

Lack of space brings about various forms of inhibitions and anxieties. It is important to find out if you can have space without the centre.

Can the mind not be occupied? That is only possible when you end problems.

Can thought come to an end or must it keep everlastingly moving?

Note: a total of 23 seconds of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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BR79DSS1.1 - Preoccupation and security
Brockwood Park - 20 May 1979
Discussion with Staff and Students
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Is it possible for us all to think together, see the same thing clearly together, understand together and act together?

Cooperation can only exist when both of us are together.

Are you aware how your thinking operates, comes into being?

What is the motive that directs me?

Do you actually see the fact that the urge for complete security in the future may not give you what you want?

One who is preoccupied with the future creates fear.

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BR79DSS1.2 - On being good
Brockwood Park - 27 May 1979
Discussion with Staff and Students
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What is a good society? What is a good man or a woman? What is it to have good relationship? What is it to have a good quality of mind that is not broken up, that is whole, harmonious, well put together, that is healthy?

Can we in this small community live a good life? We create the society; society doesn’t come into being by itself. Human beings by their actions, mischief, dishonesty, greed, envy, violence, have created this society. To be educated is to have a good brain, a good heart, good conduct - all that’s implied in the word ‘good’.

How do you look at yourself?

Note: a total of 13 minutes and 46 seconds of missing video is replaced by audio only.

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BR79DSS1.3 - What has man made of himself psychologically?
Brockwood Park - 3 June 1979
Discussion with Staff and Students
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What has man made of himself? What has his mind become?

What are you making of yourself, apart from jobs, money and position? Inwardly, what are you?

What is progress?

Is there a movement, not only in ourselves but also outwardly, that is concerned with the transformation of the human mind?

Is a relationship possible in which there is not a sense of you and me?

Why does the mind hold on to belief and opinion?

Is it possible to live together without any shadow of conflict?

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BR79DSS1.4 - What is the purpose of life?
Brockwood Park - 10 June 1979
Discussion with Staff and Students
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How do we bring about a harmonious life?

Can we have a dialogue so that we discover our own prejudices, idiosyncrasies, absurdities, idiocies?

Is there a way of living without difficulties?

The fact can never vary. What you think about the fact can vary.

Do you want to find out the full depth of the purpose of life?

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BR79DSS1.5 - Why is the mind always occupied?
Brockwood Park - 17 June 1979
Discussion with Staff and Students
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What is right action?

Can we live a life which has no problems whatsoever?

Why is your mind occupied?

Is your mind full of thought?

Is it possible not to create problems in relationship?

Can your life be not self-centred?

What will help you to be attentive?

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BR79DT2.1 - The relationship between teacher and student
Brockwood Park - 17 June 1979
Discussion with Teachers
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Modern education in ordinary schools is merely concerned with giving information, giving a certain amount of knowledge and helping the students to get a career.

What is our relationship here at this school? Is there any deeper relationship?

Are we concerned not merely with the now - the now being good relationship, helping students to understand the whole significance of life - and also concerned with their future?

Psychologically we are on the same level.

How shall we help each other to be free of mediocrity?

How are we to help each other to uncondition ourselves? How shall we begin to free ourselves from the results which society and ourselves have imposed?

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BR79DT2.2 - We have divided life as the outer and the inner
Brockwood Park - 20 June 1979
Discussion with Teachers
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Q: What is education?

Education should be preparation for the whole of life instead of limiting it to earning a livelihood. How will you help the student to come to the understanding of the whole of life?

Are we trying to change the human character, the condition of man, from the outside? Is change not from the outside but psychologically, inwardly? Is there no such thing as division, but a constant moving, outer and inner? Can these two streams be brought together?

Have you a relationship with the student? That means being concerned about his dress, the way he walks, the way he talks, the language he uses, cultivating his taste, manners, politeness, the whole of it - help him to be free of fear, help him to be free.

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BR79DT2.3 - The art of listening
Brockwood Park - 23 June 1979
Discussion with Teachers
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What is the relationship between a teacher and a student, when both realize that they are conditioned?

Wherever we live we are conditioned by society, culture and religion. Part of that conditioning is ambition, which expresses itself in the desire for success. Is conditioning self-centredness?

If I am prejudiced, if I have a certain point of view and stick to it, I can't listen to you. You may be contradicting my point of view and so I won't listen. If I can learn the art of listening, I would solve many problems.

If you are passionately involved, not verbally but wholly, in what you are saying, your very passion makes me listen to you.

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BR79DSS1.6 - Thinking together
Brockwood Park - 24 June 1979
Discussion with Staff and Students
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What does it mean to think together?

Thinking together and thinking about something are two different things.

What does it mean to be in communication with each other?

When one is seeking one’s own fulfilment, ambition, security and success, that must inevitably create division.

A mind that is not divisive in itself has a quality of attention and therefore compassion. From that state, what is relationship?

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BR7879CBS4 - What is truth?
Brockwood Park - 28 June 1979
Buddhist Scholars Discussion
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Q: Is there a difference between reality and truth?

All the things that thought has put together – literature, poetry, painting, illusions, gods and symbols – that is reality for us. But nature is not created by thought.

Can the mind, the network of all the senses apprehend, see and observe truth?

Psychological time is the invention of thought, which we use as a means of achieving enlightenment. Is such time an illusion? Is truth measurable by words? Truth is timeless, thought is of time, and the two cannot run together.

Without love, without compassion, truth cannot be. I cannot go to truth, I cannot see truth. Truth can only exist when the self is not.

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BR7879CBS5 - Is there life after death?
Brockwood Park - 28 June 1979
Buddhist Scholars Discussion
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Q: Is there life after death?

When the body dies the desires, the anxieties, the tragedies and the misery go on. They go on contributing to the vast common stream in which mankind lives. Each of us is representative of the whole of that stream.

By inquiring into the whole nature of suffering can one end it and be out of the stream? The free inquiry into suffering is insight. As long as I accept any authority, Buddhist or otherwise, can there be insight?

For the man who is no longer a manifestation of the stream, intelligence, love and compassion are operating.

Q: How do you discriminate between mindfulness, awareness and attention?

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SA79T1 - Is there a way out of the crisis in the world?
Saanen - 8 July 1979
Public Talk
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Is there another kind of thinking which is not about something?

When you give attention completely, is there a centre from which you attend?

Can self-centred problems be solved without a different quality of thinking?

When there is no tomorrow psychologically, what happens to the quality of your mind? Then what is your relationship to another?

In thinking together, is there opposition? Where does thinking together lead in my relationship to another?

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SA79T2 - Can we together create a good society?
Saanen - 10 July 1979
Public Talk
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When we think together, is there a sense of fulfilment, division or frustration? What happens to relationship?

If there is no psychological time at all, what is relationship between people?

Do you say, ‘I will love you tomorrow’?

Will belief or authority bring us together? Is there security in separateness?

When we think together, out of that a good society will be created.

A good society can only come into being when you are responsible for another.

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SA79T3 - Is there security at all psychologically?
Saanen - 12 July 1979
Public Talk
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Has the desire for security psychologically taken over physical demands?

Is there security in a belief, ideal or experience?

Can you listen so completely that you see the absurdity of living in illusion and end it?

Can we stay with fact and have no relationship to non-fact? What is the quality of the mind that is facing what is happening?

If you have no images, what is your relationship to the mind which is still seeking security?

In thinking together, isn't there total security?

When you put aside choice, is there insight into the whole of illusion?

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SA79T4 - Can goodness, love and truth be born of discipline?
Saanen - 15 July 1979
Public Talk
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Can one act without effort, think clearly without the determination to think clearly, listen without effort and without an image?

Between two people, each seeking fulfilment, with desires, ambitions, doesn't division exist and isn't there conflict?

Has struggle for existence in the outer world slipped into the psychological world?

Has thought invented the idea of the ‘me’ separate from ‘you’, and in this division hopes to find security?

Can you observe the ‘me’ without the movement of thought?

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SA79T5 - Are desire and time responsible for fear?
Saanen - 17 July 1979
Public Talk
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Do we have the urge to find a different way of living?

Has thought created all problems? Has thought created the centre?

Is the root of self-centred activity desire?

Is desire born from the images thought creates?

Can you observe without having desire come into being?

Is time the movement of the image?

When thought realizes it is the active principle in fear, what takes place?

Having listened without analysis, are you free of fear?

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SA79T6 - Intelligence, love, and compassion
Saanen - 19 July 1979
Public Talk
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Is there one insight that will bring total revolution in each of us, one perception that frees man completely from this psychological structure?

Are the outer and inner indivisible, one structural movement of thought?

In knowledge, is there ignorance? Intelligence is free from ignorance and so from illusion. It is not the result of knowledge.

If there is an ideal, is action always conforming or adjusting to the ideal, which is lack of perception?

With intelligence is there a state which can solve our innumerable conflicts and miseries?

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SA79T7 - In total silence the mind comes upon the eternal
Saanen - 22 July 1979
Public Talk
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Why is there constant strife and seeking?

Are we seeking superficial sensory experience or something timeless that thought has not touched at all?

Can thought with its limitation inquire deeply? Is observation the instrument of thought?

When one observes, does the thing being observed undergo change?

Can the mind having understood desire know that its value is relative and be free to observe?

Is there a way of living without any control? Is not the controller the movement of thought?

When there is no conflict whatsoever, what takes place in the mind?

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SA79D1 - Is there an action that doesn't bring sorrow?
Saanen - 25 July 1979
Public Discussion
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Q: What do we mean by action?

Human beings are crippled both physically and psychologically. What is the action that will correct this?

Our action is based on belief, dependence, sex, ambition, achievement, success. Is there an action so complete it does not leave a single shadow of pain or regret?

I want to find out if there is an action which is really whole. Are you giving your life to it or just sitting on the river bank watching the waters go by, never entering the stream?

What makes a dialogue worthwhile?

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SA79D2 - Finding out what love is
Saanen - 26 July 1979
Public Discussion
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Q: What is love and why don't we love?

I must have affection, love, otherwise I can't communicate things which are very serious. I must listen with affection, care.

Through the negation of what is not love you come to that which is love.

Love is not desire, pleasure, possession, attachment or jealousy. Love is not me and my ambition or fulfilment. Everything that thought has created is not love.

In the perception of that, intelligence is taking place, that quality of love, which is compassion – not as an idea but in one's heart, burning, alive.

Compassion, love and intelligence go together. Without intelligence there is no compassion.

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SA79D3 - Meditation is giving thought its right place
Saanen - 27 July 1979
Public Discussion
Video
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What is the relationship of thought to meditation and love?

Thought has its own place. Thought is the process of thinking. Thinking is the movement of memory, experience and knowledge.

Love is free from thought and independent from all chicanery, dishonesty, desires, sensations and sex. Where love is, the ‘me’ is not.

There is a meditation which is totally undesired, completely free of thought. To find that meditation, one has to find out what is reality and what is truth.

First you have to be good, and if you have no love in your heart your meditation will be destructive.

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SA79D4 - What is the central issue of our life?
Saanen - 28 July 1979
Public Discussion
Video
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Q: What is our daily life and what is our relationship to all this?

How is a human being to have clarity about politics, work, relationship with wife or husband, and to the world? How am I to be clear when I am so confused?

Why is there uncertainty in relationships? Is it because we are conditioned, educated that way, or because each one is concerned only about himself?

Can you observe your relationship with your husband or wife without the image or the remembrance of sex; just observe your relationship with another?

There is a way of living in which there is no confusion when the mind is able to observe without direction or motive, just to observe.

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SA79D5 - How can we bring about a good society?
Saanen - 29 July 1979
Public Discussion
Video
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Q: Can people think together?

There is Western thinking and there is Eastern thinking. The world has been divided that way, but the source of the river is the same, which is only thinking.

Thought is measurement. Thought, though it is necessary, is bound by time, the past, the present and the future. This process of thinking will never find that which is inexhaustible, immeasurable, timeless.

We can only think together if we love each other. Do you love your children, husband, wife, or is it always you first and them second?

Where there is division there will never be a good society. A good society can only come if you are good, which means you don't belong to any category of religion, knowledge or conclusion.

Goodness born out of love can happen now. From that, a good society can be born.

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BR79T1 - What will make us change?
Brockwood Park - 25 August 1979
Public Talk
Video
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To think together is only possible if we for the moment forget ourselves, our own problems, our own inclinations, our intellectual capacities.

As human beings living in this terrible world which we have created, can we bring about a radical change in ourselves?

By belonging to something we feel secure. But belonging to something invariably brings about insecurity because in itself it is separative.

Can you look at the fact - anger, misery, loneliness, whatever it is - look at that fact without the observer saying, ‘I am separate’?

In pure observation there is no effort and therefore the thing which has been put together as image begins to dissolve.

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BR79T2 - Is thought the instrument of right action?
Brockwood Park - 26 August 1979
Public Talk
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Can human consciousness be transformed?

Part of knowledge is part of ignorance. When we rely entirely on knowledge as a means of advance, as a means of ascent of man, we are also maintaining ignorance.

Is there an observation which is not the instrument of thought?

Effort implies the action of will. Will is desire, and there are multiple forms of desire. Desire in its activity must create effort.

What is the relationship between the senses and desire?

Is it possible to live a daily life without a single effort?

Our consciousness is the consciousness of mankind, and in freeing consciousness of its content we have responsibility to the whole. That is essentially the nature of love and compassion.

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BR79Q1 - Questions & Answers
Brockwood Park - 28 August 1979
Public Question & Answer
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Q1: Is it possible ever to be free of self-centred activity? Is there a real self apart from the self created image?

Q2: 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?

Q3: Can there be absolute security for man – and naturally woman – in this life?

Q4: Emotions are strong. Our attachments are strong. How does looking and seeing reduce the strength and power of these emotions?

Q5: Why does the mind so readily accept trivial answers to such deeply-felt problems?

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BR79Q2 - Questions & Answers
Brockwood Park - 30 August 1979
Public Question & Answer
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Q1: 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?

Q2: 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?

Q3: You say that organisations will not help man to find what we Christians call salvation. So why do you have your own organisation?

Q4: Is sex incompatible with a religious life? What place has human relationship in spiritual endeavour?

Q5: 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?

Q6: I have tried all kinds of meditation, fasting and a voluntary 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?

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BR79T3 - Can one know oneself completely?
Brockwood Park - 1 September 1979
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Can we know ourselves completely?

Most of us are frightened of not being completely secure physically. Why? Is it because we are always isolating ourselves as a nation, as a family, as a group?

How do you observe fear? For most of us the observation takes place after it has happened. We are asking whether it is possible to observe fear as it arises.

Recognition does not free the mind from fear, it only strengthens the fear.

Is thought, which is time, the root of fear?

Thought takes over an incident that is over, remembers it and pursues it. The pursuit is the pleasure. Why does thought do this?

What is sorrow?

When you climb a mountain you have to leave all your furniture behind, all your problems, because you can’t carry the furniture that you have collected up the hill. Let go and you will discover that there is a quality of mind, being absolutely free, that is able to perceive that which is eternal.

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BR79T4 - Meditation, the timeless and love
Brockwood Park - 2 September 1979
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Guns, submarines, going to the moon, etc., are all actual realities created by thought. Thought has not created nature.

Is there something which is not the product of thought?

Psychologically, thought has invented time as a means of avoiding and postponing, indulging in that which it already has.

Meditation is the ending of time.

In inquiring into something beyond time there must be a complete sense of relationship, which can only come about when there is love.

Can the mind, including the brain, be absolutely quiet?

When you are observing a fact completely, with all your energy, the fact changes.

In meditation, which is to bring about a mind that is absolutely quiet, any form of effort is futile.

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BR79S1 - What is one to do in a world of increasing violence?
Brockwood Park - 13 September 1979
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Q: What am I to do to change this world of increasing violence and disorder?

How do I approach this problem? The approach may decide the quality of my inquiry. There is disorder, disintegration, confusion. We must examine what is happening, the cause of the violence.

I may be having difficulties with my family my wife, keeping a job, earning a livelihood so I am not greatly concerned with what is happening in the world.

Is the world of misery something out there that I have nothing to do with? Why do we lose sight of the understanding, the reality that we are the world?

Do we see the fact that there is terror, violence and disintegration? The fact is what is actually happening, not opinion. Why is it so difficult to see a simple fact?

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BR79S2 - Observing my prejudice
Brockwood Park - 14 September 1979
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Q: What is correct action in a deteriorating world?

The world is me and I am the world.

In this disordered, violent society with its terror, confusion, misery, what am I to do as a human being, what is my action? Is there an action that is accurate, precise and not self-centred?

Can I observe myself, which is the society without any distortion, without any illusion? I have prejudices of various kinds - opinions, prejudgements, experiences - to which my mind in memory is attached. What will make us, each one of us, drop our prejudices?

Is the observer different from the bundle of prejudices? I change completely when I see the truth that the observer is that bundle.

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BR79S3 - What is the root cause of the disorder in the world?
Brockwood Park - 15 September 1979
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Q: Is there an area in my consciousness not put there by thought?

My consciousness is made up of all the accumulated despairs, anxieties, grief, sorrow and violence thought has put there. All that is me. Do I know consciousness with all its content, or only part of it?

Mankind has gone into, asserted and denied that there is something not put together by thought. In the process of examination and investigation are we missing something that has great vitality which will wipe away all this?

Are you observing all this as an idea or as truth that you are an integral part of this whole, vast, decaying humanity? If you realize that, there comes quite a different state and from that there is action.

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BR79S4 - When the illusion of individuality ends
Brockwood Park - 16 September 1979
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Q: What takes place in the mind that sees that it is part of the whole?

What is right action in this world? Is individual action right action? As an individual whatever action I do must be destructive, pleasurable, violent.

When we discover the truth that we are an integral part of this enormous humanity what place has individuality? Is there an action that is not born out of the idea of the individual? I can only find out if I am not living in an illusion.

When you drop the illusion of individuality do you still carry the memories, the structure, your past in your mind or have you lost the remembrance of sorrow? Is your individuality dead? Then what is action?

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BR79S5 - What do I do in a deteriorating world?
Brockwood Park - 17 September 1979
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Q: Can the individual love? Where there is separation there must be the expression of individuality. Can this entity that thinks it is separate, which is essentially an illusion, can this entity love?

Can I have an insight into the nature of action which is not individualistic? Is there an action without the ‘me’?

Can separativeness come to an end through immediate perception which brings about intelligence that is love? When there is love there is care, there is attention, responsibility. An action will arise from your new state of mind which is a state of compassion.

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BR79S6 - Can you have insight if there is a centre?
Brockwood Park - 18 September 1979
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Q: Can the individual ever be complete, whole?

Can we perceive the whole movement of the individual in its activities and its organizations?

If there is that insight and intelligence with love and affection what is the action of the mind in a world of violence?

What is the quality of the mind that is no longer centred in itself? As long as there is self-centred activity occasional insight will not bring about a radical illumination of the centre.

Is there such an action as insight that totally eliminates self-centred activity?

Have I reached the point when I can do nothing psychologically? That means no activity of thought so that my brain, my thinking is entirely different.

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BR79CJLD1 - Thought and observation
Brockwood Park - 28 September 1979
Conversation with J-L. Dewez
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What is thought?

What is the 'me', the 'I'?

Is there an observation without the 'me'?

To study myself, I must be free of all authority.

What is creativity ?

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BR79CJLD2 - Why do we get educated?
Brockwood Park - 28 September 1979
Conversation with J-L. Dewez
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Can we bring about right education so that the educator and the educated bring about a good society?

If once you understand the truth that you are an integral part, that you are the world, in essence, then how can you be alone? You are alone when you are seeking security; that is your isolation.

You are aware that you are conditioned and you will help me to be aware of my conditioning. Before you teach physics or mathematics, can you give ten minutes to this?

The world outside is created by each one of us. To change that and to bring about a good society, each one must change, psychologically. Which doesn’t mean I stand alone, because I am the world.

We human beings are responsible for this mess, this madness that’s going on in the world.

My mind is the mind of the world.

In isolation there is no security.

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BR79DSS2.1 - Freedom and responsibility
Brockwood Park - 30 September 1979
Discussion with Staff and Students
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What is the significance of being free?

When we are living together, each one is responsible.

Where there is division there must always be conflict.

We are neither of East nor West, but human beings young and old, coming together to understand the nature of living.

See the importance of having a very healthy body, with proper exercise, food and sleep.

Smoking and habits.

Freedom and responsibility.

Having information about the external world and also to study oneself, and both of these streams going together all the time.

It is important to grow up, mature very slowly.

Comparison.

Food for your body, your mind and your heart has been put in front of you. Have you eaten it?

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BR79DSS2.2 - What does it mean to live an intelligent life?
Brockwood Park - 7 October 1979
Discussion with Staff and Students
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Do we ever demand of ourselves the very best?

What kind of life does one want to lead?

To be intelligent.

Intelligence implies acting according to the dictates of the fact.

Any urge to become something is a form of greed.

Freedom implies love and responsibility, attachment does not.

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RV79DS1 - To be sensitive is to be aware of what you are doing
Rishi Valley - 17 November 1979
Discussion with Students
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It is very important while young to cultivate the brain’s sensitivity and the capacity to think widely.

How very important it is to cultivate all our senses.

Learn for your own sake to be extremely attentive, to watch people, to listen to people, to see everything around you.

Over millions of years, our brains have passed through many experiences, adversities, troubles, suffering, pleasures and agony. Your brain is not your brain, it’s the brain of human beings.

Why do you eat meat?

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RV79DS2 - Do you lead a life of hypocrisy?
Rishi Valley - 19 November 1979
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As long as you are not expressing yourself and are pretending to be something else, you are a hypocrite.

Education is to cultivate and encourage capacity, skill, endurance, so that you are a total human being with a good mind.

If you live a life which is contradictory, self-deceptive, not consequential, logical, sane, then you are not good or harmonious.

How do you look at your thinking?

Why do so many thoughts arise?

How can you be sensitive if you eat meat?

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RV79DS3 - Can you be free of the image?
Rishi Valley - 21 November 1979
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When the mind and the eye come together instantly you will have an extraordinary quality of attention.

Thought is the movement of words and symbols.

Knowledge can never be complete, so thinking is never complete.

What happens when you do something from very limited knowledge?

What shall we do to be free of hurt?

As long as you have an image, it is going to be hurt. How can you be free of the image?

Society, parents, grandparents, friends, condition you.

You have been educated and have lived with ideas and not with facts.

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RV79DS4 - Do you have confidence or trust in anybody?
Rishi Valley - 27 November 1979
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Do you respect anybody?

Teaching is the greatest and noblest profession in the world, because you are bringing about a new generation of people.

It is the function of a school to help you to be intelligent and you cannot be intelligent if you are frightened. Can the teachers and students help each other not to be frightened?

Unless you know how to live harmoniously without conflict, you will always have fear.

There is freedom in trust.

What has happened to your mind when you trust somebody completely?

We must create in this school people whom you all can trust.

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MA79CPJ - Is there a way which will make man free of suffering?
Madras (Chennai) - 19 December 1979
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Q: Is there a way that will make man free of the load of suffering he has carried through centuries?

How does one begin to inquire into the cause of confusion?

Relationship is a mirror in which one sees oneself. In that mirror you recognize all your reactions.

When you realize that you have inherited a million years of human existence and you are the world and the world is you, then you wipe away altogether the psychological sense of the individual, the ‘me’, who is the essence of this confusion.

Can we look at a reaction and see that reaction contains all reactions?

Any movement away from a problem is an escape. So my approach must be not to evade.

Our mind is full of words. Are my actions and feelings towards my friend, wife, husband, just on the verbal level?

It is possible to be completely free of the self.

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MA7980T1 - The flowering of the seed of a million years
Madras (Chennai) - 22 December 1979
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If we are not capable of listening we are not capable of learning.

Man since the beginning of time has asked if there is a reality, truth, something timeless that cannot be measured, and that inquiry, that seed, is still with us.

Is it possible for that seed to grow and flower, multiply and cover the earth? That is the function, the necessity of everyone.

In this world there is such confusion, violence, corruption, every form of degeneration. If we do not find that seed and let it flower we are going to destroy ourselves.

Thinking is always in a straight line, moving forwards or backwards.

When specialisation takes place the brain becomes smaller; the other parts of the brain become rather dull.

Thought divides itself, one group of thoughts against another group.

The mind, the brain has now reached a point where it is completely confused.

The brain needs absolute security for that seed to flower.

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MA7980T2 - Thought has put together the whole structure of the ‘me’
Madras (Chennai) - 23 December 1979
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Our minds are the result of a thousand experiences and man has been searching for an eternity.

Immortality is merely the continuity of one’s own ignorance.

We are questioning the cultivation through the centuries this idea of the self, the ‘me’ that must evolve through time, many births, or be saved by a saviour.

We must inquire into what has created the ‘me’, the self.

Reality is everything that thought has created. Nature is not created by thought.

Truth has nothing whatsoever to do with thought.

Can thought dissolve the structure which it has created as the ‘me’?

Your approach dictates the resolution of a problem. If you approach it with any motive or try to escape, the problem will always remain.

All society is based on human relationship. Because human beings are immoral, our society is immoral.

We are corrupt beyond measure so we create a society that is utterly corruptible.

Intelligence and love go together. Without love we cannot have intelligence.

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MA79S1 - How can a human being bring about a radical change, not only in himself but outside?
Madras (Chennai) - 26 December 1979
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What is the source of this general human disintegration?

Is the cultural crisis economic, political, religious, social, or is it at much greater depth, in the very consciousness of man himself?

Who created this society in which we all live – deplorable, ugly, cruel, brutal, aggressive and competitive?

Are we the result of million years of human experience, which we have translated as the individual?

Is it possible for human beings to bring about a mutation in their very consciousness?

Every human being suffers.

What am I to do to change myself?

In relation to the society and culture in which I have been brought up, what am I, as a human being to do?

What is action?

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MA79S2 - As a human being caught in the structure of society what is right action?
Madras (Chennai) - 26 December 1979
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Is it possible to bring about a deep psychological revolution?

Human beings in their interrelationship have created this society. Can that interrelationship be transformed?

Can thought be transformed?

Who are the people who are going to change the system?

As a human being, caught in this structure, capitalist or socialist, what is my right action?

Our minds are conditioned to evolution. Is there a different approach to this problem?

We think together when there is a tremendous crisis such as war. That is thinking about. Let us think together, not about something.

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MA79S3 - Can you give all your energy to understanding the image-making machinery?
Madras (Chennai) - 27 December 1979
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Can the brain in itself undergo a fundamental revolution?

Can I look at my wife or husband without the burden of knowledge?

Can the mind, without any pressure or motive, transform itself?

How do you observe? As an outsider observing?

We are wasting energy in conflict, struggle and opinions.

When energy is not wasted as the observer and the observed, that energy explodes any issue.

Up to now my wife and I are two different entities; the exploiter and the exploited are two different entities; the government and I; war and I. This division is most destructive.

Where there is division there must be conflict. Who creates this division?

When there is the realization that the image-maker is himself the image, if you bring your complete attention to that, the image-making ends.

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MA79S4 - Can a human problem be resolved instantly?
Madras (Chennai) - 27 December 1979
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Is it possible to bring about a deep change in the mind?

What is the manner of change taking place?

What is the quality of mind that says, ‘I really don’t know’?

When there is complete understanding of oneself there is no problem-maker.

Can a problem be solved immediately, not allowing time?

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MA7980T3 - Where is security found for the brain?
Madras (Chennai) - 29 December 1979
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Why do human beings with their extraordinary brain and mind live in narrow grooves, with narrow activities, self-centred impulses and urges?

There is no infinite thought, there is no complete thought.

In what manner can consciousness be transformed?

Our brains are trained, subjected, submitted to established outside order or inside discipline; essentially to obey.

The brain has extraordinary incalculable energy and that energy is now being used in a very narrow, limited way.

Intelligence is not the product of thought.

When there is this intelligence there is complete and total security.

What is order?

When the mind is learning it is creating its own discipline, not of conformity but through attention.

The awakening of intelligence is the beginning of total, happy security of human beings.

Our relationship is based on memory so there is no love or happiness, nothing but disastrous division.

What will make you change?

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MA7980T4 - A mind living in control, conflict and desire is never free
Madras (Chennai) - 30 December 1979
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Our minds are chattering, thought moving from one association or desire to another, a contradiction of opposing energies.

Within the mind can there ever be freedom? If not, man is everlastingly slave to the known.

Is it possible to go beyond the process of time?

The immediate is far more important than the future.

The mind has become accustomed, trained, conditioned to time, with no question of immediate action.

The immediate dissolves time.

One has to understand the nature of desire, not suppress it, control it or run away from it.

Desire comes through the movement of thought creating the image. Thought pursues that image which becomes desire.

Why does thought create the image?

Will is the exertion of energy in a particular direction and that energy is the movement of desire.

Is it possible to observe instantly and act instantly, which needs no control?

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MA7980D - Bringing together all one’s energy to look at a problem
Madras (Chennai) - 3 January 1980
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Is our psychological pain as acute as toothache, or are we aware of it after it has taken place?

Do we see the absurdity, the futility of escape?

If one sees that escape does not solve the problem, what does one do with the problem?

What are the implications of analysis?

Who is it that is analysing, thinking the analyser is different from the problem?

Can I decide immediately to end a problem, not take time or move away from it?

Intelligence can only operate in the moment.

Do not allow time as a means of solution of a problem.

It is only when there is inattention that quarrels begin. When there is complete attention on both sides there is no quarrel, no division.

Time is one of the most destructive factors; time is death.

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MA7980T5 - Why does the mind live in concepts?
Madras (Chennai) - 5 January 1980
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Can the human mind be free of concepts?

Is the making of concept an escape from action?

Can you listen and not make a concept but apply?

Is fear the word ‘fear’?

Integrity means saying things that you actually mean.

Time will not solve fear but will complicate the issue.

When you listen completely there is no movement of thought but merely observation.

The mind seeking pleasure is invariably attached to the action that brings pleasure.

Is there time at all psychologically?

Can the brain free itself from its tradition without time?

When there is a clear, total sensory response there is no centre from which you are observing.

Pleasure like fear is the movement of time.

If there is any form of attachment there is no love.

How will you have this flower, the great beauty of love?

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MA7980T6 - Sorrow, death and meditation
Madras (Chennai) - 6 January 1980
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How do you approach any problem, physical or psychological?

What is the relationship between sorrow and passion?

Sorrow indicates a state of mind in which there is pain, grief, tears, a sense of immense loneliness and isolation.

Without passion you can never be free or creative.

Why are we excluding death from living?

Examining your own life, what is your life?

When you realise the fact that you are the rest of mankind, what is death?

To a man whose mind is the universe of humanity there is no death. Whatever he is doing, he is ending, never carrying.

Why is it important to meditate?

There must be somewhere something that is not perishable, that is incorruptible, timeless, eternal. That seed has been sown in man from time immemorial.

Can we end psychological registering?

Meditation can never be conscious, can never be thought out, premeditated.

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BO80T1 - A crowded brain is incapable of being free
Bombay (Mumbai) - 16 January 1980
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Freedom is being denied to humanity.

Your mind is not yours; it is the mind of humanity, grown through evolution in time.

Knowledge can never be complete.

What place has memory and thought in our relationships?

Our minds are so conditioned by education, tradition and books that we cannot break through the limitation of thought.

Conflict is the very essence of degeneration.

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BO80T2 - The tremendous energy of the brain
Bombay (Mumbai) - 19 January 1980
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Your brain is the result of thousands of years of experience, evolution and accumulation of knowledge.

When energy is limited its activity must be limited.

Order based on knowledge inevitably brings disorder.

Release of energy can only come when there is absolute order.

When there is order, there is a totally different kind of action.

Is there an action so immediate it does not allow time?

The brain has unlimited capacity and tremendous energy, which is now limited and so brings about disorder.

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BO80T3 - Learning and desire
Bombay (Mumbai) - 20 January 1980
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Is there a different kind of learning which is the employment of the total mind?

There is fundamental, active learning through observation, which is not mechanical or repetitive.

Our observation is directed by the observer which is the past accumulation of knowledge as experience and memory.

If there is any movement of desire, the source of energy cannot come into being.

We have cultivated one or two senses which dominate other senses.

Will is the essence of desire.

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BO80T4 - Time perpetuates the agony of humanity
Bombay (Mumbai) - 27 January 1980
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Can there be freedom from the remembrance of grief, violence and human problems?

The brain is accustomed to time: I am not, but I will be, time from ‘what is’ to ‘what should be’.

Time is the distorting factor in life. If you act immediately, there is no time.

Is there a possibility of ending fear so completely it never comes back?

Desire is the movement in time that creates duality.

A problem only exists if you allow it to have duration.

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BO80T5 - Self-centred occupation creates sorrow
Bombay (Mumbai) - 30 January 1980
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Loneliness comes about through our daily self-centred action.

Can there be activity not centred around oneself?

As long as we are lonely, sorrow inevitably continues.

Self-centred activity in any form leads to isolation, division and strife.

Can the mind be free of the known?

What does it mean to die?

Are you meditating now?

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OJBR80CB1 - The roots of psychological conflict
Ojai - 1 April 1980
The Ending of Time
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Has humanity taken a wrong turn?

What is the root of this tremendous inward conflict of humanity?

When I am trying to become something it is a constant battle.

Can the brain itself see that it is caught in time and as long as it is moving in that direction conflict is eternal, endless?

Can the mind realise, resolve a psychological problem immediately?

Has mankind journeyed through millennia to come to this: that I am nothing and therefore I am everything and all energy?

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OJBR80CB2 - Cleansing the mind of the accumulation of time
Ojai - 2 April 1980
The Ending of Time
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Time is the enemy of man.

Is there a beginning which is not enmeshed in time?

We said nothingness is everything and so it is total energy. It is undiluted pure, uncorrupted energy. Is there something beyond that?