Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Verse 10
CLEANING THE DARK MIRROR
Maintaining unity is virtuous,
for the inner world of thought is one
with the external world
of action and of things.
At 89 years of age, Krishnamurti speaks at a public talk at Brockwood Park in the UK on 26 August 1984: “Seeing Fear as an Extraordinary Jewel”. Krishnamurti died on February 17, 1986.
timecode 101:00 -110:04 “And we were talking about security”:
Negating without resistance
this content of consciousness
is the beauty and compassion of intelligence.
It’s this intelligence that is in operation in the universe
if you leave it alone.
What does it mean to “negate this content of consciousness”? When Krishnamurti speaks of negating my understanding is that he means having the insight from moment to moment that all the content of our consciousness, our thoughts, opinions, fears, desires etc. have been created out of thin air. Our mind has conjured up the entire framework within which all of these concepts are couched. The very foundation of our worldview is something that is based on concepts, which are constructed of the past. Our past impressions serve as the reservoir for our so-called knowledge and on that foundation we build our world. Continue reading
It is confusing to lump all activity of our brain under the term ‘thoughts’. I see my brain carrying out operations similar to a CPU on the computer: it operates according to a program and that program is called ‘survival’. Many physiological/psychological operations are governed by this program and rightly so. It allows our existence as physiological streams of consciousness to function smoothly. This program is fed by the entire pool of human experience from way back and also beyond the circles of cultures in the world – although they make up part of the pool of relevant experiences. Continue reading
“All you need to do is give up thoughts.”
You can give up chocolate, you can give up sugar, you can give up soft drinks, you can give up chips, you can give up cigarettes, beer, wine, texting, sitting in the cafe etc. etc. Anything you feel you are dependent on is something you might consider giving up. But all you need to do is give up thoughts. That takes care of all the rest. Continue reading
I know that it is nowadays a lot to ask you to listen carefully, watching the face and the expression in the eyes when you listen to someone talking. Please give it one more try – listen to this sweet old man, full of love and understanding as he talks about us, you and me, and the ‘book of life’ that each of us is. Enjoy! Continue reading
“This vast, measureless space lies outside the measure of thought, and thought is the known. Meditation is the emptying of consciousness of its content, the known, the ‘me’.”
Pour out all that is being held in your mind,
just pour it out into the vast ocean of space.
That is meditation.
Just let it go…
The selections in this book present the core of Krishnamurti’s teaching on meditation, taken from discussions with small groups, as well as from public talks to large audiences. His main theme is the essential need to look inward, to know ourselves, in order really to understand our own—and the world’s—conflicts. We are the world, says Krishnamurti, and it is our individual chaos that creates social disorder. He offers timeless insights into the source of true freedom and wisdom.
I have known that affectionate solidarity with the people around me and the Universe at large – also the sense of the world’s fundamental All-Rightness, in spite of pain, death, and bereavement.
This statement by Aldous Huxley is found in the wonderful biography by his wife, Laura Archera Huxley: This Timeless Moment (p. 312). It sums up the spirit that Huxley came to embody and exemplify throughout his life. The spirit that I experience as the basic attitude of many here in this community that Alia and I live in is akin to this. Continue reading