A good traveler has no fixed plansand is not intent upon arriving.A good artist lets his intuitionlead him wherever it wants.A good scientist has freed himself of conceptsand keeps his mind open to what is. Thus the Master is available to all peopleand doesn’t reject anyone.He is ready to use all situationsand doesn’t waste anything.This is called embodying the light.…Continue reading ZEN and the great difference between conscience and consciousness
One-pointedness, concentration and meditation are not related to each other at all. This is one of the confusions prevalent all over the world. One-pointedness is another name for concentration, but meditation is just the opposite of concentration. But in most of the books, in most of the dictionaries, and by the so-called teachers, they are used as if they are…Continue reading Concentration and meditation
Gautam Buddha, the founder of Zen, the founder of all great meditative techniques in the world, defines it in one word. Somebody asked him one day, ‘Bhagwan, what is meditation? What is it all about?’ And Gautam Buddha said a single word, he said: Halt! That was his definition of meditation. He says, “If it halts, it is meditation.” The full…Continue reading We have to understand what meditation is
Compassion is the ultimate flowering of consciousness. It is passion released of all darkness, it is passion freed from all bondage, it is passion purified of all poison. Passion becomes compassion. Passion is the seed; compassion is the flowering of it. But compassion is not kindness, kindness is not compassion. Kindness is an ego-attitude, it strengthens your ego. When you…Continue reading The differnece between the practice of “loving kindness” and true compassion
If you want to know what it means to be happy, look at a flower, a bird, a child; they are perfect images of the kingdom. For they live from moment to moment in the eternal now with no past and no future. So they are spared the guilt and the anxiety that so torment human beings and they are…Continue reading Divine discontent
THE PHARISEES SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, “WHY DOES YOUR TEACHER EAT WITH TAX COLLECTORS AND SINNERS?” -MATTHEW 9:11 If you wish to get in touch with the reality of a thing, the first thing you must understand is that every idea distorts reality and is a barrier to seeing reality. The idea is not the reality, the idea “wine” is…Continue reading Fearless and Free
As I was saying the last time we met, the problems of the world are so colossal, so very complex, that to understand and so to resolve them, one must approach them in a very simple and direct manner; and simplicity, directness, do not depend on outward circumstances nor on our particular prejudices and moods. As I was pointing out,…Continue reading We must understand why we are not kind, and not patiently practise goodness or meditate on generosity – which is all absurd
Now, let us look at the way we live daily. On the one hand, we allow ourselves to be victimized by the past, and on the other hand, we go on creating conditionings. We go on conditioning ourselves. We go on limiting, conditioning, polluting ourselves, creating a new Prarabdham, a new destiny for ourselves. How do we do that? See…Continue reading How our own conditionings are created, and is there an alternative way of living?
Before we plunge into the inquiry of what is dying while living, would you please look with me at the phenomenon of life and living? Would you accompany me? Let us see what we imply by the words life and living. Is the earth living? Has the earth life? Do the rivers live? The oceans, the mountains, the trees, do…Continue reading In spite of you it goes on and not because of you
So, the theme is sensitive, and for the next six days we will have to cultivate an austerity of not getting hurt or depressed when we will be exposed, in the dialogues, to certain truths of life. Truth is not a very smooth thing like velvet. Truth, like the rays of the sun, penetrates the darkness not only of ignorance,…Continue reading Need for Austerity
To understand anything – not only what I am saying, but to understand anything – what is required? To understand yourself, to understand your husband, your wife, to understand a picture, to understand the scenery, the trees, what is required? Right attention, isn’t it? Because, to understand something, you must give your whole being to it, your undivided, full, deep…Continue reading The Art of Listening
Question: It seems to me that the movement of life is experienced in relationship with people and ideas. To detach oneself from such stimulation is to live in a depressing vacuum. I need distractions to feel alive. Krishnamurti: In this question is involved the whole problem of detachment and relationship. Now, why do we want to be detached? What is…Continue reading Is relationship merely a stimulation?
What is it that most of us are seeking? What is it that each one of us wants? Especially in this restless world, where everybody is trying to find some kind of peace, some kind of happiness, a refuge, surely it is important to find out, isn’t it?, what it is that we are trying to seek, what it is…Continue reading We have so committed ourselves in different ways, that we have hardly any time for self-reflection, to observe, to study.
“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present.” “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” “People don’t realize that now is all there ever…Continue reading The Reality of the Present Moment – Quotes by Eckhart Tolle