This is Krishnamurti 7th Public Talk at Saanen, 1979 From the Series Meeting Life
Following are Excerpt From Talks
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.
” …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 enquiry, you are enquiring, not me enquiring 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 one is wanting experience because one has had sensory experiences, sexual experiences, the experiences of various kinds, and one has said, ‘That is enough, I have had all those but I want some other kind’ – you follow? Some more. Is that what you are seeking? Some experience which will give you great delight, great understanding, an illumination, a transformation. How will you find out?
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 fulfilment, 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 enquire: enquire 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?
About Jiddu Krishnamurti
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. He explained with great precision the subtle workings of the human mind, and pointed to the need for bringing to our daily life a deeply meditative and spiritual quality.
jKrishnamurti belonged to no religious organization, sect or country, nor did he subscribe to any school of political or ideological thought. On the contrary, he maintained that these are the very factors that divide human beings and bring about conflict and war. He reminded his listeners again and again that we are all human beings first and not Hindus, Muslims or Christians, that we are like the rest of humanity and are not different from one another. He asked that we tread lightly on this earth without destroying ourselves or the environment. He communicated to his listeners a deep sense of respect for nature. His teachings transcend man-made belief systems, nationalistic sentiment and sectarianism. ”
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