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woensdag 25 juli 2007

The Unburdened Mind, part 3

Can the mind, which is heavily conditioned,
break through, so that it has great depth,
a quality which is not the result of training,
propaganda, of acquired knowledge?
And can the heart which is burdened with sorrow,
which is heavy with all the problems of life --
the conflicts, the confusion, the misery,
the ambition, the competition --
can that heart know what it means to love?
Love that has no jealousy, no eny,
that is not dictated to the intellect,
love that is not merely pleasure.
Can the mind be free to observe, to see?
Can the mind reason logically, sanely, objectively
and not be a slave to opinions, to conclusions?
Can the mind be unafraid?
Can the heart know what it means to love --
not according to social morality
for social morality is immorality.
You are all very moral according to society,
but you are all very immoral people.
Don't smile, that is a fact.

You can be ambitious, greedy, envious,
acquisitive, full of hate, anger
and that is considered perfectly moral.
But if you are sexual
that is considered something abnormal,
and you keep it to yourself.

And you have patterns of actions and ideas --
what things you should do, how a sanyasi should behave,
that he must not marry,
that he must lead a life of celibacy;
this is all sheer nonsense.

Now how are you to confront this issue? What should you do?
First of all, you have to realise that you are all slaves to words.
The word 'to be' has conditioned your mind.
Your whole conditoning is based on that term 'to be':
I was, I am, I will be.
The 'I was' conditions the 'I am'
which controls the future.
All your relegions are based on that.
All your conceptuel progress is based on that term 'to be'.

The moment you use the word,
not only verbally but with significance,
you inevitably assert being as 'I am' --
'I am God', 'I am the everlasting',
'I am a Hindu or a Muslim'.

The moment you live within that idea or within that feeling
of being or becoming oor having been, you are a slave to that word.

The crisis is in the present.
The crisis is never in the future, nor in the past;
it is in the present, in the living actual present
of the mind which is conditioned by that term 'to be'
and is incapable of meeting the problem.
The moment you are caught in that word
and the meaning of that word
you have time.
And you think time will solve the problem.

Are you following all this, not verbally,
but in your heart, in your mind, in your being,
because it is a matter of
tremendous meaning and value and importance.
Because, the moment you are free of that word
and of the significance of what is behind that word --
the past, of having been --
which conditions the present and shapes the future,
then your response to the present is immediate.

If you really understand this,
there is an extraordinary change in your outlook.
This is really meditation, to be free of that movement of time.

How can the mind, being aware of itself,
perceive the truth of this?
Not intellectually, for that has no meaning whatsoever.
You know that when there is danger
your whole response to the danger is immediate.
You see the bus hurtling towards you,
and your response is immediate.

When you say 'I will love' it is not love.
Please don't accept this as a theory, as an idea to think about.
You don't think about danger.
There is no time, there is only action.
A mind that is no longer thinking in terms of time,
which is 'to be', is acting out of time.
And the crisis demands action which is not of time.

This is one of the most difficult things.
Don't say you have understood it.
Don't say let us get on with it,
because, on that word 'I am'
your whole culture is based.
The moment you have this feeling 'I am',
you must be in contradiction, in division --
'I am' and 'you are', 'we' and 'they' --
the moment division takes place,
a fragmentation in the assertion that 'you are',
you are no longer an individual,
that is, a single, whole unit.
Do you know what that word 'whole' means?
Whole means healthy
and it also means holy.
So the individual who is wholly undivided in himself
is healthy, holy, which means he is not in conflict.
Krishnamurti Foundation Bulletin 17, Spring 1973, p 12-13
A talk which K gave in New Delhi in November, 1969.

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