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The Unburdened Mind, part 2

You cannot possibly look at these problems with an old mind,
living a conditioned, nationalistic, individualistic life.
The word 'individual' means
a being that is not divided,
that is indivisible.
But individuals are divided in themselves;
they are fragmented,
they are in contradiction.
What you are, society is and the world is.
So the world is you,
not something apart, outside you.

And when you observe this phenomenon
throughout the world,
the confusion that is created by the politicians
with their lust for power,
and the priest turning back
to his old responses,
muttering a few words in Latin, Sanskit, Greek or English,
you have no faith or trust
in anything or anybody any more.

The more you observe outwardly what is going on and
the more you observe inwardly,
you have no trust in anything
nor have you confidence in yourself.

So the question is whether it is at all possible
to throw away immediately all conditioning.
That means, as the crises is extraordinary,
you must have a new mind, a new heart,
a new quality in the mind,
a new freshness, an innocency.
And that word innocency means
an inability to be hurt.

It is not a symbol, it is not an idea,
but it is actually to find out
if your mind is capable
of not being hurt by any event,
by any psychological strain,
pressure, influence,
so that it is completely free.

If there is any form of resistance,
then it is not innocency.
It must be a mind that is capable of
looking at the crisis
as though for the first time,
with a fresh mind, a young mind,
yet not a mind that is in revolt.

Students are in revolt against the pattern,
the established order,
but the revolt does not answer the problem,
the human problem,
which is much vaster than the revolt of the student.


Krishnamurti Foundation Bulletin 17, Spring 1973, p 11-12
A talk which K gave in New Delhi in November, 1969.

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