Jiddu Krishnamurti: In Total Silence The Mind Comes Upon The Eternal
“The free mind never asks how, but is always discovering, moving, living.”
Krishnamurti is regarded globally as one of the greatest thinkers and religious teachers of all time. He did not expound any philosophy or religion, but rather talked of the things that concern all of us in our everyday lives, of the problems of living in modern society with its violence and corruption, of the individual’s search for security and happiness, and the need for mankind to free itself from inner burdens of fear, anger, hurt, and sorrow.
In this video Jiddu Krishnamurti speaks how one might actually observe existence without the directive taint of constant thought.
Showing the many ways the mind can trick itself into the unsatisfying illusion of happiness, Krishnamurti’s talk is centered on how one can learn to identify these illusions quickly and whether or not we might transcend those traps.
As Krishnamurti puts it, humans must find an inner observation point that is without reference to past and future, a place that changes the observer as they observe. Krishnamurti’s honest style emphasizes asking the right questions, over finding and stopping at a definitive “answer”.
Jiddu Krishnamurti was a 20th century visionary, thinker, educator and philosopher, spoke about the transformation of human consciousness based on a radical change in the mind and heart of every human being.
He referred to this transformation as ‘the only revolution’.
He traveled the world for 60 years until his death in 1986, addressing groups large and small, to consider the need for a change in our consciousness. Such a change comes into being by ‘direct perception’, not through effort and will, knowledge, reason, or the pursuit of new ideas, ideals, or religious goals.
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Krishnamurti challenges us to approach these questions in a way that defies traditional roles of teacher and student. He does not see himself as someone dispensing knowledge or ideas to be collected, and asks the reader to find a relationship in which there is no following of an authority, only discovery:
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 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?
“First of all to find out one must be free of all illusion. Right? Which means terrible honesty so that your mind doesn’t deceive itself. Right? Not to deceive itself one must understand the whole nature of desire.”
“Right? Because it is desire that creates illusion, through desire one wants fulfillment, one hopes for something more. So unless you comprehend the whole nature and the structure of desire it will inevitably create illusion.”
“And we went into the question of desire. So can your mind, having understood the activity of desire, know its relative value and therefore be free to observe? Which means you observe without any kind of illusion. Nationalism is an illusion. Right? Obviously. That is very easy. The illusions that thought has created – right? – is one aware of the illusions?”
“Oh, come on sirs. And when the mind is free of illusions, and so being absolutely without any hypocrisy, being clear, honest, then we can begin to inquire: inquire into something, asking whether there is a timeless existence – you understand? – a timeless truth. That is, this is where meditation comes into being. Right? You are following all this?”
” …Now if you want to find out what is meditation, not just accept what somebody says, if you want to find out, certain obvious things are necessary. There must be no authority, because then you depend on that. Right? Obviously. Therefore you are struggling, you are imitating, conforming. And one must understand the nature of control. Who is the controller? You understand? You understand this? I wonder if you understand all this. No? Are you interested in all this? Because it is your life, not my life. This is your everyday life we are talking about – what is involved in it, whether one can be free of all this chaos, confusion and misery. And this is the inquiry, you are inquiring, not me inquiring and you accepting; we are together enquiring, we are together taking the journey….”
“We are pointing out something entirely different. Accumulating knowledge and then acting. Accumulating knowledge and projecting from that knowledge the future and acting from the future. So our actions are invariably the result of the past or the future; that is, action based on time – yesterday, today and tomorrow. Yesterday meeting the present, which is today, modifying itself and proceeding. Right? Our action is based on that. So our actions are always incomplete, obviously. Because in that there are regrets, a sense of frustration, they are never complete, obviously. Right?”
“If you ask yourself what is it you are seeking, is it money, is it security, is it to be free from fear so that you can have everlasting pleasure, is it that you are seeking to be free from the burden of sorrow? – not only your burden but the world’s burden of sorrow. Or are you seeking – apart from all the religious nonsense – or are you seeking something which is timeless, something that thought has not touched at all? You understand? Something essentially original, something that is absolutely incorruptible? So find out for yourself, as a human being, like the rest of the other human beings in the world, what is it one is longing, seeking, hungering after.”