the bee whispering

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Krishnamurti:

“Meditation is not words, a mantram, or self hypnosis, the drug of illusions. It must happen without your volition. It must take place in the quiet stillness of the night, when you are suddenly awake and see that the brain is quiet and there is a peculiar quality of meditation going on. It must take place as silently as a snake among the tall grass, green in the fresh morning light. It must take place in the deep recesses of the brain. Meditation is not an achievement. There is no method, system or practice. Meditation begins with the ending of comparison, the ending of the becoming or not becoming. As the bee whispers among the leaves so the whispering of meditation is action.” 
― Jiddu Krishnamurti, Krishnamurti to Himself: His Last Journal

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give ourselves time

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In meditation we give ourselves time to allow the waves of the mind to subside. It can help to regulate the breathing as our breath and our thoughts are connected. But mainly we are patient with ourselves and direct our attention inward as best we can.

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breathing prevents dispersion

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My Comment:

In this section of the wonderful booklet “The Miracle of Mindfulness” the meditation teacher and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh leads us into the value and practice of breathing as a way to re-connect our thoughts to our body again. Much, if not all of our modern-day discomfort has to do with our thoughts being somewhere else than our body. Since we are a body-mind complex, when that happens we lose contact with our Essence. I find that re-connecting with my breath in a very direct way – with no thoughts in the space of breathing – shifts my consciousness immediately.  Enjoy this teaching! Continue reading

the diamond state – vajra

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I first posted this in August of 2014. Now is a good time to remind myself of it again.

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The Sanskrit word “vajra” entered into my consciousness a few days ago accompanied by a vision of a male figure sitting cross-legged inside a diamond-shaped geometric structure standing on end in space. The energy quality of the vision and of the structure with the man inside correspond with the character of the Vajra described below. Continue reading

pour out the contents

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“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’.”

Krishnamurti Journal 10-22-1973

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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…

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awake without any challenge

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“…knowing yourself so completely

that the mind is no longer seeking.”

My Comment: Krishnamurti enters here into an understanding that requires us to use our cognitive faculty of the mind to think logically, but also to allow our direct perception of life to be active at the same time. He explores here what it means to make demands on life and how this movement of ‘demand’ will create its own perception which is limited and tainted by the demand itself.

In the second part of this excerpt Krishnamurti speaks once again about meditation:
“Meditation is one of the greatest arts in life – perhaps the greatest, and one cannot possibly learn it from anybody, that is the beauty of it.”  

So it is about the mind itself learning about its own movement and out of that learning it changes the way it moves.

These passages ask you to let them sink in beyond the surface which wants to know if something confirms its present view of things or contradicts them. Here the outcome is unknown and it is uncomfortable to not be given anything to ‘hold on to’. Krishnamurti asks us to be our own master.

Enjoy! Continue reading

the ending of comparison – Krishnamurti

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To compare ourselves to another is the beginning of insanity, and yet it is highly accepted in most societies of our world. 

Krishnamurti, at the age of  87 dictated the journal “To Himself” using a tape recorder. In this passage he speaks of measurement and comparison and equates them to “becoming” and “the desire to achieve”. These are key concepts that have been instilled in our mass consciousness from our earliest age. Our acceptance of them almost as facts of life have blinded us to the repercussions of these beliefs. K then confronts us with statements that seemingly negate some of our most cherished views, especially if we see ourselves as meditators. For example:

“This meditation must not be a conscious meditation in deliberately chosen postures.”

This meditation must be totally unconscious, never knowing that you are meditating.”

If you deliberately meditate it is another form of desire, as any other expression of desire.”

Meditation is a movement without any motive, without words and the activity of thought.”

Meditation is a movement without any motive, without words and the activity of thought.”

“It must be something that is not deliberately set about.”

These statements are very unsettling, for they do not give us a clear instruction as to HOW TO. He continues:

“Meditation is not words, a mantram, or self-hypnosis, the drug of illusions.”

“It must happen without your volition.”

“It must take place in the quiet stillness of the night, when you are suddenly awake and see that the brain is quiet and there is a peculiar quality of meditation going on.”

“It must take place as silently as a snake among the tall grass, green in the fresh morning light. It must take place in the deep recesses of the brain.”

“Meditation is not an achievement. There is no method, system or practice. Meditation begins with the ending of comparison, the ending of the becoming or not becoming. As the bee whispers among the leaves so the whispering of meditation is action.”

What is K pointing to here? Something that cannot be grasped by our thinking mind? Something we can only wait for, but also without any expectation? Is it possible to receive a subliminal transmission through his words that can catalyze in us a shedding of all that is NOT meditation, and so clear our space for that “other” to enter our life spontaneously, without our volition?

I love the metaphor of “no room in the inn”. If my waking consciousness is occupied already with any number of desires and goals I am pursuing, no matter how sublime and subtle they may be, then that “whispering of meditation” will have no space in my life.

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Here is the complete passage from this journal entry in context:

“To live without comparison, to live without any kind of measurement inwardly, never to compare what you are with what you should be. The word meditation’ means not only to ponder, to think over, to probe, to look, to weigh; it also has a much deeper meaning in Sanskrit – to measure, which is to become’. In meditation there must be no measurement. This meditation must not be a conscious meditation in deliberately chosen postures.

“This meditation must be totally unconscious, never knowing that you are meditating. If you deliberately meditate it is another form of desire, as any other expression of desire. The objects may vary; your meditation may be to reach the highest, but the motive is the desire to achieve, as the business man, as the builder of a great cathedral. Meditation is a movement without any motive, without words and the activity of thought. It must be something that is not deliberately set about. Only then is meditation a movement in the infinite, measureless to man, without a goal, without an end and without a beginning. And that has a strange action in daily life, because all life is one and then becomes sacred. And that which is sacred can never be killed. To kill another is unholy. It cries to heaven as a bird kept in a cage. One never realizes how sacred life is, not only your little life but the lives of millions of others, from the things of nature to extraordinary human beings.

“And in meditation which is without measurement, there is the very action of that which is most noble, most sacred and holy.

“The other day on the banks of a river [this is a memory from when he was at Benares on the banks of the Ganges] – how lovely are rivers; there isn’t only one sacred river, all rivers throughout the world have their own divinity – the other day a man was sitting on the banks of a river wrapped in a fawn colored cloth. His hands were hidden, his eyes were shut and his body was very still. He had beads in his hands and he was repeating some words and the hands were moving from bead to bead. He had done this for many years and he never missed a bead. And the river rolled along beside him. Its current was deep. It began among the great mountains, snow-clad and distant; it began as a small stream, and as it moved south it gathered all the small streams and rivers and became a great river. In that part of the world they worshiped it. One does not know for how many years this man had been repeating his mantra and rolling the beads. He was meditating – at least people thought he was meditating and probably he did too. So all the passers-by looked at him, became silent and then went on with their laughter and chatter. That almost motionless figure – one could see through the cloth only a slight action of the fingers – had sat there for a very long time, completely absorbed, for he heard no other sound than the sound of his own words and the rhythm of it, the music of it. And he would say that he was meditating. There are a thousand others like him, all over the world, in quiet deep monasteries among the hills and towns and beside the rivers.

“Meditation is not words, a mantram, or self-hypnosis, the drug of illusions. It must happen without your volition. It must take place in the quiet stillness of the night, when you are suddenly awake and see that the brain is quiet and there is a peculiar quality of meditation going on. It must take place as silently as a snake among the tall grass, green in the fresh morning light. It must take place in the deep recesses of the brain.

“Meditation is not an achievement. There is no method, system or practice. Meditation begins with the ending of comparison, the ending of the becoming or not becoming. As the bee whispers among the leaves so the whispering of meditation is action.”

  • Krishnamurti: Krishnamurti to Himself, Ojai California Friday 22nd April, 1983

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