On Observing Ourselves – Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti speaks of emptying the mind of the known and recognizing distraction actions. I find that listening this extraordinary man speak for even 5 or 10 minutes changes my day. Enjoy this wonderful excerpt of a talk in deep intensity.

22 thoughts on “On Observing Ourselves – Krishnamurti

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      • I watched his part 1 of 5 with Rinpoche and took some notes today. Very interesting what he says about practicing meditation and classes – which can become another problem to solve rather than being a part of the observed.

        • Yes, it is a very subtle point to grasp – to be aware of the mind wanting to create a problem to be solved…that is what the mind’s program does – can I let the mind do its thing and I step out of that mindstream? 😉 It’s a fascinating journey! thanks for your response. 🙂 tomas

        • My own experience is the only thing I really know about – everything else is someone else’s experience that they are relating to me. I may value their report on their experience but I can only validate it through my OWN experience.

          • One of his comments was that “…personal experience is nothing where truth is concerned… ‘me’ is the essence of experience of the past…” He implies that personal experience puts division between souls when it comes to meditation. My understanding is that he believes that teaching meditation to reach a transcendental state or experience is much like his belief of what missionaries do — it is propaganda – that it is too much trying for stillness without creating a sense of order first; stillness of mind is the result of an ordered mind. It is not a solving of the chaos, which comes from an ordered pattern of habit (which itself originated from disorder). To sum it up, it is to observe without division of the me (essence of the past) is to be the observed — to avoid the idea of ‘I am an orderly me looking at a disorderly world’ because that gets transposed on the inner world. Sorry to be so long!! 🙂

            • Yes, that is one of the central point he keeps coming back to – what is it in us that creates the sense of separation? It can only be that part of us that records all happenings and stores them as memory (the past) and then looks through that lens of the past at the current happening – rather than realizing that I am one with the present happening and I cannot look at it from an imaginary “observer” vantage point as if I were separate from it. This implies “dying to the moment” and “dying to the past” in order to be fresh and one with the present moment. So where does order come from? That is a very powerful thread to follow… Enough for today! btw my new post addresses much of this: Zen: Purpose. Good Night! 🙂 tomas ♥

  3. Thomas, thanks so much for posting. I have never listened to Krishnamurti before, but this talk is quite enlightening. One of my favorite bits:

    “When the observer views the observed as something different than self then it can act. When it realizes it is the observed then all action ceases. Therefore there is no fear at all. This requires a great deal of inner observation without coming to conclusion.”

    Thanks again!

    • I love listening to K. I found that I was able to follow his writings much more easily after I had listened to some of his talks. He has been a constant inspiration for me for many years. I am glad you enjoyed this one. And thanks for the short excerpt, it was just perfect for the post I wrote today 🙂 tomas ♥

        • Yes, indeed! I was just telling a younger friend that I once (1978) had to travel to the university library (in Berlin at that time) and go down to the 4th subterranean floor to find a book on the Yoga Sutras, and now with one click of the mouse I find 642,000 results on Google. 🙂

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