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What are actually the K-Teachings ?


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Fri, 11 Sep 2015 #1
Thumb_photo_reduite John Raica Canada 690 posts in this forum Offline

With some support and feedback from our fine readers, we'll try the 'impossible' task of putting together a more coherent version of these Teachings for which K- in his own words- was the 'speaker'. It is a rather delicate task especially since most -if not all- the K talks, dialogues and writings are all contained in one day's work, and...tomorrow is a new day, with a new insight. And since tomorrow's perception may take place in another area or depth, the 'K-Works' seem to be lacking a certain coherence, although they may be 'holistically' consistent if Truth is a living, timeless dimension of Reality

In fact these K-Teachings are deeply insightful perceptions of the open and hidden complexity of human consciousness, throwing light ( from many different angles) on the very actual possibility of a qualitative (psychologically time-free) mutation. Unfortunately, this is generally seen as a major challenge...for the future generations of truth seekers. Now, such open minded new generations may be just around the corner ( leisurely surfing the web while sipping a 'latte' at the nearest Starbucks ?) or many many generations away, after the human race finally succeeds to make peace with itself.

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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 #2
Thumb_de4 Dan McDermott United States 131 posts in this forum Offline

John Raica wrote:
is to provide to this very brain an overall sense of stability and protection- independently of the material circumstances.

What I got from this John, was that the brain is 'automatically' updating the self much in the same way that it controls and oversees the functions of the body. Constantly adding and subtracting to minimise punishment and maximise reward...that's healthy in a way, individually, but a disaster globally. For there to be real change, the brain needs to see that this 'momentum' that it has inherited and fosters is not the 'best' way and that a 'better' way can only come into being when it sees that it no longer has to keep butressing the 'wall' it has built around itself for it's psychological security, safety and 'well-being'. As you say, that could only happen through its realising the situation through a type of 'meditation without a meditator'.

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Sun, 13 Sep 2015 #3
Thumb_de4 Dan McDermott United States 131 posts in this forum Offline

So it follows, does it not, that the place that this psychological creation (continuation) of 'me' takes place is in the present moment, this "unfolding" as Max has called it. This moment is the 'place' that the 'becoming' or the 'what is' can reveal itself to itself. This is the life/death instant where the 'self' appears and disappears. This is where the "passive awareness' of this 'process is present or it is not. And it is usually not. So how does this 'awareness' which is so 'unnatural' come into this process, unforced, uninvited, this awareness without motive?

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Sun, 13 Sep 2015 #4
Thumb_original_avatar max greene United States 12 posts in this forum Offline

Dan McDermott wrote:
So how does this 'awareness' which is so 'unnatural' come into this process, unforced, uninvited, this awareness without motive?

The timeless present unfolds, and this unfolding is the evolution of the physical -- the universe. The universe is caught in sequence and accumulation, but this is not true of the present. Out of the present comes all. The present is before existence; existence is created out of the present.

Life and awareness are neither sequential nor accumulative -- they either are or they are not. Life and awareness are one with the timeless present, so obviously they are before existence.

It might be said that the present is the Real and that existence is Reality.

Awareness is "unnatural" in that it is not of our reality. But awareness, just as is life, is quite real. Awareness is newness and creation. The real -- awareness -- will appear when thought has not brought the past, as image, forward into the present. Thinking occupies the brain and pushes awareness aside. The past distorts and corrupts the flowering and unfolding of the present.

Evolution is not built from, or on, the past. Evolution is built on what is, unfolding, flowering. This is the "natural" way. The "unnatural" is brought in when the psychological (thinking) influences the physical to bring the past back into existence. This can't be done, of course, and the attempt leads to a distortion and corruption of the present.

max

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Sun, 13 Sep 2015 #5
Thumb_avatar david sharma Ireland 5 posts in this forum Offline

Life and awareness are neither sequential nor accumulative -- they either are or they are not. Life and awareness are one with the timeless present, so obviously they are before existence.Max sir this is insight thank you

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Sun, 13 Sep 2015 #6
Thumb_original_avatar max greene United States 12 posts in this forum Offline

David,

This awareness (insight) is with us all, so long as we are alive. It is thinking and thought that smothers it. Our natural being is with awareness, and it is not "my" awareness or "your" awareness.

max

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Fri, 18 Sep 2015 #7
Thumb_photo_reduite John Raica Canada 690 posts in this forum Offline

Meditation as a non-dualistic learning

Questioner: I would like to go into the deeper sense, of meditation. I have practised many forms of it, including a little Zen. There are various schools which teach (a mechanical) awareness so, can we go into it more deeply?

Krishnamurti: We must also set aside the whole meaning of ( accepting a spiritual ?) authority, because in meditation any form of authority, prevents a freshness, a newness. So authority, conformity and imitation must be set aside completely. Then only can one go into this very deep and extraordinarily important thing called meditation. Meditation is the essence of ( awakening one''s total) energy.

Questioner: When you say that meditation is the essence of energy, what do you mean ?

Krishnamurti: Every movement of thought, every action demands ( a certain amount of intelligent ?) energy, but this energy can be dissipated through conflict, through various forms of unnecessary (self centred ?) thoughts, pursuits and sentimental activities. ( Our inner) energy is wasted in conflict which arises in duality - in the division between the observer and the observed, the thinker and the thought. When this wastage is no longer taking place there is a quality of ( intelligent ) energy which can be called ''awareness' - an attentive observation, a seeing of things exactly as they are, both inwardly and outwardly, without the interference of (our self-centred ?) thought, which is the ( conditioned response of our ?) past.

Questioner: This I find very difficult to understand. Recognition is necessary, isn't it, when you look at a tree or the woman next door?

Krishnamurti: When you observe a tree is ( a verbal recognition?) necessary? If you begin to recognise ( and label it as ?) an oak or a mango tree then the (memory of the ?) past interferes with direct observation. In the same way, when you look at your wife, if you look with (through the ?) memories of annoyances or pleasures you are not really looking at her but at the ( vitual ) ''image'' which you have in your mind about her. That prevents a direct perception (and a direct contact?); such direct perception does not need recognition. When you condemn something, that prejudice distorts observation.

Questioner: Yes, I see that all these ( self-enclosing ?) interferences of thought are actually waste of energy, but there is the next point which is the (sense of ?) division, of separateness - the 'psychological ''distance'' that exists between the observer and the thing observed which creates duality; you say that this also is a waste of energy and brings about conflict. I find what you say logical but I find it extraordinarily difficult to remove that 'distance''. How is this to be done?

Krishnamurti: The ''observer'' is always casting its shadow ( of personal expectations ?) on the thing it observes. So one must first understand the structure and the nature of the ''observer'' and in that understanding perhaps the ''observer'' comes to an end. Let's examine what this ''observer'' is: it is the ( active memory of the ?) past, conscious and unconscious, its racial inheritance, its accumulated experience which is called knowledge, its reactions. The observer is really a conditioned ( psychic ?) entity. He asserts that ''I am'' and in protecting himself, he resists, dominates, seeking comfort and security. To be aware of this ''observer'' of his self-centred activity, his assertions, his prejudices, one must become aware of all these un-conscious movements which build the self-separating feeling that he is different. It must be observed without like and dislike in daily life, in its relationships. When this observation is clear, isn't there then a freedom from the ( psychological identification with the ?) ''observer''?

Questioner: So this ''observer''( entity ) is really the ego; you are saying that it must dissolve through an observation in which there is no sense of like or dislike, no opinion or judgement, but only the observing of this "I" in action? And you say this is part of meditation?

Krishnamurti: Of course. This is meditation.

Questioner: Surely this demands an extraordinary self-discipline?

Krishnamurti: The word ''discipline'' ( latin discere ) means to learn and when there is learning, not accumulating, when there is actual learning, which needs attention, that learning brings about its own responsibility, its own activity, its own dimensions: so there is no discipline as something imposed upon it. Where there is ( such free) learning there is no imitation, no conformity, no authority. If this is what you mean by the word discipline, then surely there is this (inner) freedom to learn?

Questioner: From what I have understood you are saying that learning is a constant movement without ( any psychological) accumulation. Is that so? Can learning be without accumulation?

Krishnamurti: Learning is ( can be ?) its own ( rewarding ?) action. But what generally happens is that having learnt – we try act upon what we have learnt. So there is ( a time?) division between the past and action, and hence there is a conflict between what should be and what is, or between what has been and what is. We are saying that there can be action in the very movement of learning: that is, learning is doing; it is not a question of having learnt and then acting. This ( psychological ?) acting from accumulation, is the very nature of the "me", the "I", the ego or whatever name one likes to give it. The "I" is the (active ?) essence of the past and the ( memory of the ?) past impinges on the present and so on into the future. In this there is constant division. Where there is ( an integrated ?) learning there is a constant movement; there is no ( need for psycho- ?) accumulation which can become the "I".

Questioner: But in the technological field ?

Krishnamurti: Of course sir; such practical knowledge is absolutely necessary. But we are talking about the ( inward ) ''psychological'' field in which the "I" operates. The "I" can use technological knowledge in order to achieve a social position or status. So the "I" ( the ego-identified consciousness ?) is not concerned merely with knowledge in scientific fields; it is using it to achieve something else. It is like a musician who uses the piano to become famous. What he is concerned with is fame and not the beauty of the music in itself or for itself. We are not saying that we must get rid of technological knowledge; on the contrary, the more technological knowledge there is the better living conditions will be. But the moment the "I" uses it, things begin to go wrong.

Questioner: I think I begin to understand what you are saying. You are giving quite a different meaning and dimension to the word ''learning'', and say that meditation is a free movement of learning .

Krishnamurti: Also we said that the essence of energy is ( to be found in ?) meditation. To put it differently - as long as there is a ''meditator'' ( a controlling ego ?) there is no (authentic) meditation; he will attempt to achieve a state described by others, or some flash of experience.

Questioner: If I may rephrase what you are saying,( this inward) learning must be constant, a flow without any break, a constant movement, and the moment there is a break ( a time delay ?) between learning, action and meditation, that break is a form of inner conflict. In that break there is the ( separation between the ?) observer and the observed and hence the whole wastage of ( one's intelligent ?) energy; is that what you are saying?

Krishnamurti: Yes, that is what we mean. Meditation is not a ( static) state ( of being) ; it is a ''movement'', as action is a movement. And when we separate ( the inward ?) action from learning, then the ''observer'' comes between the learning and the action and uses action and learning for ( personal) motives. When this is very clearly understood as one harmonious movement of acting, learning and meditation, there is no wastage of ( inner) energy and this is the beauty of meditation. There is only one movement. Learning is far more important than meditation or action. To learn there must be complete freedom, not only consciously but deeply, inwardly - a total freedom. And in freedom there is this ( integrated ?) movement of learning, acting, meditating as a harmonious whole. The word whole not only means health but ''holy''. So ( ''non-dualistic'' ?) learning is holy, acting is holy, meditation is holy. This is really a sacred thing and its ( timeless ?) beauty is ( to be found?) in itself and not beyond it.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 #8
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

Hello.......John...

Are k words a teaching ? perhaps. A sharing for sure...

60 years of attempted unfolding to others of the functioning of thought, which I call analytical process..
Many times k stressed that awareness of the self is vital...this is where I am myself...
the time through sorrow has brought many "things" the surprisingly revealing about much of the program called thought itself is one of them....

It shows why desire there is, how it works for example and more...
We may go a bit into that at some stage...

must go now

Cheers.

Dan ...........

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 #9
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

John Raica wrote:
Indeed, Dan, a teaching based on sharing an extra-ordinary inner experience. So, even if he was constantly denying that he taught a certain approach to one's inner reality, for the good listener there is a learning. Another view of his teachings is that they are an unlearning- in the sense of learning to drop off a redundant psycho accumulations. unfortunately these very accumulations constitute the data base of the ego- which explains the total lack of interest in this deeper investigation of the human psyche. So it is learning in a far more universal sense: learning about life and death and eventually about integrating them and transcending their materialistic limitation

hello John....Is there a learning as such? i think the learning about one's self,thought,brain etc...is personal at this level, then someone like k by telling his path and deep experiences,which had to be as widely as possible said no doubt about that, somehow may be delivering something to someone which can trigger something , many things...here it is , for me from scratch entering into the unknown, or at least be aware that this is what the concern is now..

une parenthèse: it is amazing how we put things upside down, where the global is what matters vitally the most then it includes the vitally needed personal "we" (some ) say the personal is first , I mention the production and sharing of all vital needs by and for all..which is war as k mentioned that, and where the personal is what comes vitally first, then we sort of go along with some global views under the guidance of someone ,anyone , a method,a religion, anything but never me and.....me....

the total lack of interest ,yes indeed John...

Death ,as an absolute fact of the future, for me has a vital role to play mentally in the psyche....thinking expands itself in the future, today is sad tomorrow will be heaven of course, when doing so the analyser meets death, I have seen that alas for us due to our superficiality ,this is happening at a level which has become non conscious for us, yet it is happening and when the analyser meets death , it meets it only when and where it is trying to search for an absolute continuity of any of his rejected or adored desires ...

this is creating ,still unconsciously a mental pain, which of course is a signal of wrongness. never perceived anymore.....etc. etc etc

result is pain, attempt to escape from it, yet I have no clue about what it is....a life of escaping has started the day I really meet death as a fact which disturb me too much, but what I do not know is why it is so disturbing,I think that it is about death itself as a root, not at all, it is because death as a fact of the future is negating continuity, so is negating the leadership of thought in such fields.......

that was two insights which happened....

so yes it is about integrating but the will to do so brings nothing one more time of course..

what is left ? same old story

cheers...

Dan ...........

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 #10
Thumb_de4 Dan McDermott United States 131 posts in this forum Offline

John Raica wrote:
my view is that there is nothing that can be done at this level- the problem is truly insoluble for the traditional self-centred human mind.

I think that this is right, "truly insoluble" in the way that we see the 'problem'. We have unconciously separated 'Life' and 'Death' as if one could be without the other. As if they were opposites. And trying to reconcile them is impossible since the idea of their separation is false. Reason can see that one cannot be without the other but emotion is frightened by the idea of not-being. (which has been separated from 'being').

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 #11
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

John Raica wrote:
Indeed, Dan, this may be the root cause of one's mataphysical sorrow but what you- and K - are calling escaping is what the brain is instinctively doing when faced with issues it cannot fully grasp or understand ( which are beyond its control) . So a fuite en avant time generating process is set going, creating its own continuity; it is self-sustained simply because it has become part of me- I am aware of my mortality. But then, this is describing the whole psychological history of mankind. This being the case, my view is that there is nothing that can be done at this level- the problem is truly insoluble for the traditional self-centred human mind.

Hi John....

Well that is precisely the idea and the fact that it is insoluble, but we do not know that generally speaking;then the analytical mind is so trying somehow randomly , hopelessly ,fearfully etc to solve what is insoluble..in fact here is that, not superficially but beyond that level, the analysing keeps doing its work in secret of this so called "I" , and as I have seen twice in deep real insights, one basement of thought is continuity, in an indirect manner because one of its real concern is not to deal with any end but with good work, steady work ,something which works, which last like a shelter..

Death as a fact of the body for the future is denying thought to play that game of continuity as a PSYCHOLOGICAL self centred game which thought love as it is its main work....

So death as such when those insights happened was perceived as not being a root problem, there is more to it which is continuity is now the problem...and this bring us logically to thought and its set up , its program being the problem , thought as a leader-dictator of the brain is THE problem because it is far too limited to apprehend all what life contains , and now I would even say as I know it for me now that it was not at all meant to function on its own...

We need our other capacities back...I have lived more than deeply some of them so I know about that...as long as thinking is trying to act here, nothing will happen...thought here is already back on the tack to be a problem...

for me of course what we wrongly call sorrow which only is a signal(and a catalyst) unknown as such , is my only help when and if left alone..when I learn that I cannot be willing to leave it alone as this does not work but creates more problem....nor face it and all those analytical nonsense, there is one option left and nothing else left but sorrow itself...then sorrow will take care of itself...

k says so , me too by experience..

knowing the self is vital did he say too....this is more than right according to me..this is happening when the catalyst is left alone,somehow when me as the powerful entity not knowing that it is a program for survival only, when me is defeated.....so far it is the only way I see as a vital step, a vital door...then if this happens, something new enters into being as and when and how it wishes...

it seems to me that at some stage you are naturally and spontaneously because of a deep deep understanding of all that, naturally able to refuse to control life, precisely because you have travelled in the pain created but such nonsense.

We consider pain as an incident when it is a vital repellent thought process..when it goes beyond its limits of competency, this means that the Creator ,the Ground knows that and had no other ways...or is insane so are we !!!

Dan ...........

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 #12
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

John Raica wrote:
Now if the very premises of this collectively inherited tendency for self-centredness are questioned and eventually negated - in the sense of transcended through a direct perception- there is a very definite possibility of not feeling anymore that instinctive craving for la fuite en avant away from what is an absolute fact of life , namely that death is indivisible from life. So that is a self- transcending level of understanding .

What you call instinctive craving for la fuite en avant is as I see it a consequence of how thought works so of its program, which by having many times lived sorrow so having been defeated, has started to reveal itself when and as it wishes. What is important or even vital here is that such non accumulative knowledge is greatly helping to instantly see the trap of thought when happening. For the analytical process too like for the body to be alive contains death in the package, we leave the death of the body and only keep what it mentally means for the analyser, which is always analysing for the future and at first as a child expanding itself to a few hours ahead,then bit by bit at some stage expanding itself to reach the infinite...mental pain says; for god sake this is wrong beware...!!!

who listen to that ? no one...

Pain and beyond that when understood so left totally alone is a signal, a catalyst, a sort of dialogue with X, a helper,and so on,which bit by bit is suggesting ways up to see that I cannot be the leader of a life...."I" is not capable of that....something else must lead our lives....what is left for "I" so ?? many things to do in vital fields, in keeping the body in good shape, in meeting other in peace simply because I is at peace now , working together and sharing everything etc, the only relative security we will ever get....no business, no money, no competition, no value to people, no hierarchical society etc etc all those things are absolutely and definitively beyond the "I" imagination of course..

John: The only difficulty for people like us
is that there has to be created a certain free inner space for letting
this primordial fear of not-being to be exposed and integrated with the
other levels of our consciousness, to unfold itself and tell its story. Mr K
is suggesting that it will flower then wither - but the truth of the matter
may be that those essential energies previously trapped in this time
process (la fuite en avant) are released and get integrated in the
total energy of our being. So this is an understanding of a transformational
nature and it is a process very much related to a meditator-less..

Yes , thought leadership-less in other words ???

Dan ...........

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 #13
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

John Raica wrote:
Well, Dan, this statement that K often uttered did also put me on a loop- it sounds so hopeless for both him and for a better future of mankind. However, to his merit, he was also adding that it was a wrong question. And I can see why, because it is being asked from the perspective of time (dans une logique temporelle). Which is sending us back to the timeless logic of ...meditation. So it may be possible to act in a more direct way on this day-dreaming human consciousness. In fact, the K teachings are taking us only up to this point, but if we've learned our lesson well we might take it from there....

Hopeless it sounds yes because it is right now,is it not ?? ...thought which field of competencies is always in the future has not succeeded to imagine a forever and secured future and never said: may be this does not exist at all???....sort of mixed both psychological and material sort of security, rather steadiness where everything would be certain.....constant, a sort of frozen continuity, which is unbearable at the same time because of the need for more..

Here I stop , for me it goes nowhere, the analysing of that is a dead end, I have learn that for myself.

So yes totally agreed with what you say about une logique temporelle,sign of the dictatorship of the analytical process over the entire brain,never able to be in the present other than mechanically, so is never entirely so superficially only in this present..

meditation is not that then...well agreed so..

Acting in a more direct way, well that is a question I ask myself since I write here,voluntarily not searching for some answers..

You know one of my way to go into that which is to find ways to leave sorrow or pain or frustration or or or etc free to be as a catalyst that would make it a process in fact ...is it the only one? as a mandatory step it could be ..but as I cannot be willing it to be free to act as a catalyst, the subtlety here has to be renewed each time, as what worked once will not work next time...it is entering in a no reproductive method land ..

even solved, such symptom of error still is there in a mild way even sometimes in a nearly imperceptible way..but is there as a warning....it could well be be part of thought itself...that is my view...we could consider it as a program with a precise function so...

As a child it is fine and yet some are already totally loony ,violent, and so on,as an adult meaning here that the brain is entirely formed, this is not good enough..in itself I find that quite simple...

thought deals with practical matter and plan the future so ,having too a mission allowing the body to move into its environment...me, the environment..vital not to fall from the cliff etc

a division found too in so called psychological fields too...me and others, the universe..ending in me fighting others and the universe,that simply would be a misuse of the analytical program in the wrong fields...

etc ..must go now, sorry as this is a bit all over the place...no time for more careful writing

Dan ...........

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 #14
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

John Raica wrote:
I was thinking of this too, Dan, for quite a lot of time. The 'rationale' of it would be the following : if it is true that all humans share the same global consciousness, then within this shared consciousness field, there must be a 2 way interaction: one way is quite obvious; the pressure of the collective thought on each of us- a banal example: if the national soccer or rugby team has a game tonight; chances are that many will feel spontaneously enticed to turn on the TV, etc. But few have noticed the possibility that the same transfer mechanism could work in the opposite direction: the whole nazi hysteria was triggered by a only few mad men in the first place- a very bad example to follow ...K and Bohm were implying the same effect when in The Ending of Time dialogues they were speaking of 'a dozen of us who would not be divided'. So psycho-technically speaking the thing is not impossible..

Hello John....

Global mechanism as thought would I say,same OS with minor non vital differences this does not contradict what you say,we just have different ways to put things in words.Well this have been proven to me ,us probably, many times like same thought at the same time despite the distance...it is about a connection so, interconnection.

What you say here sounds logical to me, and can be factual.

Let me say about myself, I often wonder if this sort of work as it is somehow work , within the core of sorrow, pain and all of that ,which had been constant with me since quite young like since 10 years old ish , having at the same time some energy to counterbalance this up to a point, where the balance was definitively broken , if all that was uncovered by drowsing and being defeated and all that leading to some totally unexpected deep insights and more , if all that does not feed some field where such experience can be there somehow to be seen too by someone, this would mean that k's momentum are still there ,for eventual use...and more..

I do not know, but in my logic based too on weird events ,that is a real possibility....

But I do not know is the fact..

Having said that, as what only prevails in mankind is thought and nothing else,thought is feeding thought....helping to increase the worse up to the level where the balance will be broken....

we may have to reach this momentum globally like one have to ..??? so we clearly would be living ,at last !! such crisis right now....thought has become totally meaningless and a danger despite its machines... for itself leading to suicide intention out of the usual escape of pain...

this is something that k has mentioned about escaping being a suicide...I agree by having seen that clearly too

cheers

Dan ...........

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 #15
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

max greene wrote:
If there is only the present (a "past" and a "future" have never existed, and won't exist) and there is life in the present, how can death also be in the present?

I see death as just the comparison of one present to the memory of a former present.

Hi max....

What i see here is this ...

death is virtually in the present due to thought activity forecasting the potential future , its filed of action....by doing so, this is for me happening quite unconsciously for the superficial thought, when forecasting thought meets death in this future, and this as I have seen it very deeply, is contradicting one of thought base which is continuity ..

death as a fact of the future is denying thought to play games with continuity...

thought get "angry" with that..not superficially knowing it does

usually it is not perceived...this was perceived in one of my passive drowning into deep heavy mental pain, that was so revealed twice insightfully, if i may use k terminology...

when fear of death is there so, this is not a root problem, behind there is the matter of the craving for continuity of thought...

is there more behind? well each one have to go or not into that question is not it ?
For myself behind for sure there is the process itself which craves for continuity...now we are dealing with the program behind thought itself etc etc .....

then will this program reveal itself, in what I live , yes it does by itself..

cheers

Dan ...........

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 #16
Thumb_original_avatar max greene United States 12 posts in this forum Offline

paul daniel wrote (post 49):
...now we are dealing with the program behind thought itself . . .

As I see it, the brain creates the psychological -- thought, thinker, self -- through its mechanical process of thinking. All of this created psychological is a phantasmagoria. It has no reality other than as thought, but it is given life through the belief that it is real, the belief that the "self" is actually the individual himself. It is this belief -- which is acceptance without understanding -- that is behind all of our problems. All the world believes that the psychological is more important than the physical. That's why we are willing to kill and die for it.

max

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Wed, 07 Oct 2015 #17
Thumb_photo_reduite John Raica Canada 690 posts in this forum Offline

Paris meditations ( selected from the K Notebook, 1961)

To deny ( the psychological need for?) power, in every form, is the beginning of virtue; this virtue is ( bringing its own inner?) clarity; it wipes away conflict and sorrow. This corrupting energy (of self-centred thought?) with its endless cunning activities, always brings its inevitable mischief and misery; there is no end to it; however much it is reformed and fenced in, by law or by moral convention, it will find its way out, darkly and unbidden. For it is there, hidden in the secret corners of one's thoughts and desires. It is these ( subconscious recesses?) that must be examined and understood if there is to be no inner conflicts, confusion and sorrow.

To see the 'what is', is the ending of that which is. With the complete ending of this (hidden craving for?) power, with its confusion, conflict and sorrow, each one faces what he 'is' , a bundle of ( active) memories and a deepening loneliness. The desire for power and success is just an escape from this loneliness and the ashes which are memories. To go beyond ( to transcend this psychological condition?) , one has to see them, face them and voluntarily and easily put aside power and success and then in being passively aware, the ashes ( of ) loneliness have a wholly different significance ( are seen in a different light?). To live with the ashes of loneliness there must be great energy and when you have gone through this loneliness, as you would go through a physical door, then you will realize that 'you' and the 'loneliness' are one, you are not the ( isolated?) observer watching that feeling which is beyond the word (non-verbal) . You 'are' that loneliness; there is no way to avoid it and nothing can cover it or fill it. Then only are you living with it; it is part of you, it is the whole of you. The brain can no longer devise ways and means of escape; it is the creator of this loneliness, through its incessant activities of self-isolation, of defence and aggression. When it is aware of this, 'negatively'- without any choice, then it is willing to 'die' ( to its own past and?) to be utterly still.

Out of this loneliness, out of these ashes, a new movement is born. It is the movement of the 'all-one' - a state where all (outer) influences, every form of search and achievement have naturally and completely stopped. It is the 'death of the known'. Then only is there (the new beginning of?) the never-ending journey of the unknowable. Then is there ( the inner) 'power' whose purity is creation.

There was a beautifully kept lawn, not too large and it was incredibly green; it was well watered, carefully looked after, rolled and splendidly alive, sparkling in its beauty. It must have been many ( several?) hundred years old; not even a chair was on it, isolated and guarded by a high and narrow railing. At the end of the lawn, was a single rose bush, with a single red rose in full bloom. It was a miracle, the soft lawn and the single rose; they were there apart from the whole ( Parisian?) world of noise, chaos and ( psychological?) misery; though man had put them there, they were the most beautiful things, far beyond the museums, towers and the graceful line of bridges. They were splendid in their splendid aloofness. They were what they were, grass and flower and nothing else. There was great beauty and quietness about them and the dignity of purity and one could almost smell the perfume of the solitary rose.

On waking so early, with the full moon coming into the room, the quality of the brain was different. It was aware of itself as a part of a whole movement of the Mind. The brain functions in ( compartmented?) fragmentation; it is never the whole; it tries to capture the whole, to understand it but it cannot. By its very nature, ( its self-centred ) thinking is always incomplete, as is ( its self-centred?) feeling; thought, the ( mechanical) response of memory, can function only in the 'known' or interpret (translate?) everything from what it has known. The brain is the product of ( man's evolution and ) specialization; it cannot go beyond itself. It divides and specializes - the 'scientist', the 'artist', the 'priest', the 'lawyer', the 'technician', the 'farmer''. In ( its self-centred?) functioning, it projects its own status, the privileges, the prestige. Function and status go together for the brain is a self-protective organism. From the demand for ( a socially recognised?) status begins the opposing and contradictory elements in society. The specialist cannot see the whole.

Meditation is the flowering of ( self-?) understanding. This understanding is not within the borders of time, time never brings ( a transcending self-?) understanding. ( This self-) understanding is not a gradual process to be gathered little by little, with care and patience. Understanding is now or never; it is ( coming in ?) a destructive ( cleansing?) flash - and it is this ( inner) 'shattering' that one is afraid of, since such 'understanding' may alter the course of one's life; it may be pleasant or not but ( self-) understanding is a danger to all ( conventional) relationship. But without (this self-transcending?) understanding, sorrow will continue. Sorrow ends only through self-knowing, the awareness of every thought and feeling, every movement of the 'conscious' and of that (part of one's consciousness?) which is hidden.

Meditation is the understanding of ( one's self-centred?) consciousness, the hidden and the open, and of the ( creative?) movement that lies beyond all thought and feeling. The specialist ( the specialised brain ?) cannot perceive the whole; capacity, gift, is obviously detrimental, for it strengthens self-centredness; it is fragmentary and so breeds conflict. Capacity has significance only in the total perception of ( one's) life which is in the field of the Mind and not of the brain. ( Mental) capacity breeds pride (and/or) envy, its fulfilment becomes all important and so it brings about confusion, enmity and sorrow; it has its meaning only in the total awareness of ( one's inner ?) life.

Life is not merely at one fragmentary level, bread, sex, prosperity, ambition; life is not fragmentary; when it's made to be, it becomes a ( potential?) matter of despair and endless misery. The human brain functions (safely?) in specialization, in self-isolating activities and within the limited field of time. It is incapable of seeing the whole of life; the brain is a part, however educated it be; it is not the whole. The Mind alone sees the whole and within the field of the mind is the brain; the brain cannot contain the Mind, do what it will. To see wholly, the brain has to be in a state of 'negation' : it must not interfere, with its evaluations and justifications, with its condemnations and defences. It has to be still, not made still by compulsion. When it is in a state of 'negation' ( non-action?) , it is choicelessly still. Only then is there a total 'seeing' . In this total 'seeing' which is the quality of the Mind, there is no 'observer', no 'experiencer'; there's only seeing. The Mind then is completely awake. In this fully wakened state, there is no ( division between the?) 'observer' and the 'observed'; there is only light, ( inner) clarity. The contradiction and conflict between the thinker and thought ceases.

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Thu, 08 Oct 2015 #18
Thumb_photo_reduite John Raica Canada 690 posts in this forum Offline

Roman Meditations (From the K notebook 1961)

Meditation, in the still hours of early morning, with no cars rattling by, was the unfolding of beauty. It was not thought ( the thinking brain) exploring with its limited capacity nor the sensitivity of feeling, it was not the movement of 'time', for the brain was still. It was total negation of everything known, not as a reaction but a denial that had no cause; it was a movement in complete ( inner) freedom, a movement that had no direction and dimension; in that movement there was a boundless energy whose very essence was stillness. Its action was total inaction and the essence of that inaction is freedom. There was great bliss, a great ecstasy that perished at the touch of thought.

To look with (the aid of?) thought and to look without thought are two different things. To look at those trees by the roadside and the buildings across the dry fields with ( the back up of ?) thought, keeps the brain tied to its own moorings of time, experience, memory; the machinery of thought is working endlessly, without rest, without freshness; (and eventually ?) the brain is made dull, insensitive, without the power of recuperation (self-regeneration?) . It is everlastingly responding to life's challenges and its response is inadequate and not fresh. To look with thought keeps the brain in the groove of habit and recognition; it sluggish; it lives (safely?) within the narrow limitations of its own making. It is never free. This freedom takes place when thought (the memory based activity of the?) brain is not looking; to look without thought does not mean a blank observation ; there is only (pure) observation, without the mechanical process of ( verbal) recognition and comparison, justification and condemnation; this ( direct) 'seeing' does not fatigue the brain for all mechanical processes of ( living and thinking in terms of?) time have stopped. Through complete rest the brain is made fresh, to respond without reaction, to live without deterioration, to die without the torture of problems. To look without thought is to see without the interference of time ( of one's past ?) , knowledge and conflict. To see without the mechanism of thought is a total seeing, without particularization and division, which does not mean that there is not dissimilarity. Seeing without thought does not put the brain to sleep; on the contrary, it is fully awake, attentive, without friction and pain. This attention without the borders of time ( without the psychological component of the past?) of time is the flowering of meditation.

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Thu, 08 Oct 2015 #19
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

John Raica wrote:
I can see your point, Dan. But there are 2 possible ways to look at this suffering- with or without the back-up of the past knowledge of it- as the new text above rightfully points it out. One is just giving it 'reality' by verbally recognising and implicitly accepting it as an actual fact, while the second is in a direct contact with the fact, so there is a certain freedom in dealing with its causes.

Hello John, yes this is something I have mentioned from time to time, let me be more define..

one day out of the blue whatever the reasons are you leave suffering alone then something totally unexpected takes place...suffering is immediately gone, there is some very very good energy around, some revealing of the source of one or more problems and a much better vital energy around for you as well as side effects some days if not weeks or month after like some unexpected revelations about one self or of the thought functioning etc etc

Next time suffering is there, of course you know all what took place before...the first situation will never be again..it is gone.

you know as you clearly see what happens that it must be left untouched , but what happened the previous time cannot be reproduced, you know that or you learn it by trying and not succeeding..

Of course there is something left from previous experience, if there was not ,for me it means that I should again wait years before such momentum eventually takes place again , or never, as for many people such momentum never take place...

I know what has to be done, but each time I have to discover how to do it, the how being not good in k's world of course...however there is a gradual learning through personal experience, so much deeper than what thought does of course, and many totally unexpected events take place ...

each learning gives birth to a new situation,some of the past learning can be used,like suffering must be left alone and some cannot be used..like how I did it last time....well I am going to do that again...but it does not work ,it cannot work....if consciously I am not aware that I am trying to reproduce the same trick, unconsciously this is what I am surely doing so perverting the situation where nothing will take place, as the unconscious is involved in this..it must be involved , this is why suffering is for out of more used for it..it is involving the unconscious too

at this level, a method does not work, but to throw away everything is not right for me either...

as i never discovered nor followed what k said about that, I wrote this before then I am going, out of the usual curiosity to read what he said in your last quote..

thanks..

Dan ...........

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Fri, 09 Oct 2015 #20
Thumb_photo_reduite John Raica Canada 690 posts in this forum Offline

More Roman & Florentine Meditations ( from the K Notebook 1961)

In the middle of the night meditation was pure delight, without a flutter of (the self_centred) thought, with its endless subtleties; it was a movement that had no end and the brain was still, watching from emptiness. It was an emptiness that had known no knowing; it was emptiness that had known no space; it was empty of time. It was empty, past all seeing, knowing and being. In this emptiness there was a fury; the fury of a storm, the fury of exploding universe, the fury of creation which could never have any expression. It was the fury of all life, death and love. But yet it a vast, boundless emptiness which nothing could ever fill, transform or cover up. Meditation was the ecstasy of this emptiness.

The subtle interrelationship of the Mind, the brain and the body is the complicated play of life. When there is harmony between the brain and the physical organism the Mind can consent to abide with them; it is not a plaything of either. The whole can contain the particular but the little, the part, can never formulate the whole. It is incredibly subtle (tricky?) for the two to live together in complete harmony, without one or the other dominating. The intellect can and does destroy the body and the physical body can bring about the deterioration of the intellect. The neglect of the body with its self-indulging and demanding appetites can make the body heavy and insensitive and so make for a dull thought. But ( on the other hand?) thought becoming more refined, more cunning can and does neglect the demands of the body which then ( in a feedback loop?) sets about to pervert thought. ( Bottom line:) The body and the brain have to be sensitive and in harmony to be with the incredible subtleness of the Mind which is ever explosive and destructive. The Mind is not a plaything of the brain, whose function is mechanical. When the absolute necessity of a complete harmony of the brain and body is seen, then the brain will watch over the ( needs of the?) body, not dominating it and this very watching sharpens the brain and makes the body sensitive. With the seeing of the ( truth of the inner ?) fact there is no bargaining; it can be denied, avoided but it still remains a fact. The understanding of the fact is essential and not the evaluation of the fact. When the 'fact' is seen, then the brain is ( becoming?) watchful of the habits,f the degenerating factors of the body. Then thought does not ( have to?) impose a discipline on the body or control it; for discipline, control makes for insensitivity and any form of insensitivity is deterioration, a withering away.

It was deep in the night when meditation was filling the spaces of the brain and beyond. Meditation is not a (silent?) war between 'what is' and 'what should be'; there was no contradiction between the 'thinker' and the 'thought' for neither existed. There was only a 'seeing' without the observer; this seeing came out of emptiness and that emptiness had no cause.

How strange love is and how neatly it has been divided, the profane and the sacred; the priests talk of it and so do the politicians and ( while) the housewife everlastingly complain about ( the lack of ) it. ( Trying to give?) continuity to love is ( transforming it into?) pleasure and with it comes always pain. This continuity is the ( result of the brain's need for?) stability and security in relationship, and in ( such) relationship there must be no change for in habit there is security and also sorrow. To this unending machinery of pleasure and pain we cling and this thing is called 'love' and to escape from its weariness, the ultimate refuge and hope is God. But all this isn't love. Love has no ( temporal ?) continuity; its (memory?) cannot be carried over to tomorrow; it has no future. What has continuity is the memories (of it) and (these) memories are ashes of everything dead and buried. Love has no tomorrow; it cannot be caught in time and made respectable. It is there when ( the mentality of?) 'time' is not. It lives and dies each minute. It is a 'terrible' thing, for love is (also implying ?) a destruction (of 'yesterday'?) , without ( expecting a?) tomorrow. Love 'is' (undivided from this psychological ?) destruction ( of past memories?)

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Fri, 09 Oct 2015 #21
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

John Raica wrote:
Well, Dan, that's why we are all here, to learn. For me the 'K experience is definitely of a transcendental nature, even if at this point in time it has no appeal for practically anybody..........

hello John...

Yes , no doubt for me...the time we live seems special yet it is not, because modern man had lived since the end of WW2 ( yet for me it is still on ,not the subject here) as if all his future could be secured for good ( how can it be where there is competition is ? this is nonsense) ,full of potential future events to cherish, absolute happiness and contentment would be joining too , never-ending entertainment etc etc ,and secretly au usual had been avoiding death, the real one to come as well as death as a psychological subject having a remarkable effect on our mental capacities ,forcing the brain working in the known to stop its activities where it shall never go...

so we are living the fall of a way of no life...thought only based..

as a help we have what we wrongly call suffering which is for me the only "trick" able to act here as a catalyst, in order to start another process able to stay with the unknown, like a sort of ignition ; for me it is the process to be used here in order to freeze somehow , more less , the never-ending activity of thought ..

then anyone sees for him-herself...
K talks from beyond thought...indeed !

So now let me read as I did not get a chance to do so yet ...

;-)

Dan ...........

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Fri, 09 Oct 2015 #22
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

to look without thought does not mean a blank observation ; there is only observation, without the mechanical process of recognition and comparison, justification and condemnation; this 'seeing' does not fatigue the brain for all mechanical processes of time have stopped. Through complete rest the brain is made fresh, to respond without reaction, to live without deterioration, to die without the torture of problems. To look without thought is to see without the interference of time , knowledge and conflict. To see without the mechanism of thought is a total seeing, without particularization and division, which does not mean that there is not dissimilarity. Seeing without thought does not put the brain to sleep; on the contrary, it is fully awake, attentive, without friction and pain. This attention without the borders of time is the flowering of meditation.

Hello John,as you know...I had lived that, that was long ago,deeply twice....I mention in order to say if someone else but you read :I do not go into that intellectually ,analytically, logically but by looking at what is left of it,as there is something left, not about the content ,about the container ...

What I sense is clearly that another process of some sort turns itself on all of a sudden, thought sees it coming up then stay far away from it as a very remote spectator, but it is there...something it seems not to be there, because parts of a full day were clearly not memorised , hours are missing........

total seeing yes , k has this remarkable way to describe what cannot be described ..

no division , no particularization , yes absolutely no hierarchy would I add to that

fully awake ,yes indeed....

no reaction ,again true , no fatigue either..no problems, no fear etc etc..

This is not even surprising, nor is there any regret when it is gone...this is out of many more reasons why I know about another process not being thought..because thought is always sad ,disappointed,depressed when something big ,huge and so on ends...when this involuntary contact with this weird energy is nothing big ,huge when it is happening etc, it is just entirely of a different nature where division is not , problems are not,fear is not,and I would ad that in such moment the question of the meaning is not asked, because this is asked by a brain who is suffering,as another escape from it, than what we known by living, or rather surviving with thought only..

this is not my actuality for 40 years...I am just in the process of curing my own brain mind from years of wrongness so of wounds ....:-)

this need the revealing of what is still unconscious and so on....

Dan ...........

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Sun, 11 Oct 2015 #23
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

John Raica wrote:
The 'seriousness' of ( self-centred?) thought is fragmentary and immature but there must be a Seriousness which is not the product of desire. This Seriousness has the quality of a light that has no shadow; this seriousness is infinitely pliable and therefore joyous. It was there and every tree and (the perception of?) every blade of grass and flower became intensely alive and splendid; their colour intense and the sky immeasurable. The earth, moist and leaf-strewn, was life.

Desire would be one of "my" new uninvited topic...since I have deeply seen out of the blue that without desires ,thought would not be functioning ....desire is a complex incentive, to make our thinking process which by many aspects is just a calculator, calculating....the process needs goals to function...so desire provide them....

I say that it is complex because the word desire again says too little...there are a lot of others sub incentives behind like self reward,self pride,self satisfaction and so on....what we call fear is part of it too, frustration not to reach too etc ad libitum, then all this is creating discontentment ,sorrow and suffering...

not bad at all..

when one sees that one may say that the Origin is not that great so are we...

then I leave that here for now....yet I could go more into...later on..not a day to write a lot..

I Will come back to it , by finding more accurate sayings by k about desire too, not too simple ones as I am not interested in that any more, but deeper ones..and see his experience on that...

thanks

Dan ...........

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Mon, 12 Oct 2015 #24
Thumb_photo_reduite John Raica Canada 690 posts in this forum Offline

Rishi Valley meditations ( From the K Notebook)

Time ( the spatio-temporal human consciousness?) is always repeating its problems; its responses and answers are concerned with the immediate . The immediate answer to the immediate call is ( resulting in?) worldliness , with all its indissoluble problems and agonies, following the pattern of likes and dislikes, of prejudice and malice.
To turn your back on it all is not to end it. It is there whether you deny it or not; whether you have critically analysed it or whether you say the whole thing is an illusion, maya. It is ( the attachment to?) these immediate answers to a series of immediate calls that has to come to an end. Then you will answer from the inner emptiness of no time ( of a time-free consciousness?) to the immediate ( pressures and?) demands of 'time' or you may not answer at all
which may be the true response. All reply of ( the self-centred?) thought and emotion will only prolong the agony of ( trying to solve) problems that have no answers; the final answer is beyond the ( limitations of the?) immediate (reality) . In the (knowledge of the?) immediate is all your hope, vanity and ambition, whether that immediacy is projected into the 'future' of many tomorrows or in the 'now'. This is the way of sorrow. The ending of sorrow is never in the immediate response to the many challenges. This 'ending' (of time ?) is in seeing ( the truth of ) this fact.

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Mon, 12 Oct 2015 #25
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

John Raica wrote:
just today in the Jardin du Luxembourg I had this quite profound insight on the nature of our 'psychological' memory: a subliminally sticky memory of which we are no more aware simply because it has become part of our 'known' background- and of course, it acts as an independent 'thinker' or 'observer'; It is very likely that this 'imprinting' is taken place very early in our life and once set in place it is becoming our active interface with the world. Can the brain relate to its surrounding reality without it ? It can...but it doesn't even try it because of its inbuilt blinding need for safety .

Hello John, yes I get that....analysing is constant, based on a set up program analysing a stored memory of various goals,desires, knowledges etc etc

as such this is normal and logical as such for a program .Nothing extraordinary !

Then your question is : Can the brain relate to its surrounding reality without it ? you say it can, I say too having lived it too.

For my it appears to be involuntary, yet all this is so fast, instant and out of the control of thought which sees it happening, that in fact the right answer here is that i don't know if it is involuntary...that was too why I am here writing away , as I came with such questioning of a right doing wherever it must happen...of course with sorrow is clear for me ,but there is more to that I guess..

then you add: but it doesn't even try it because of its inbuilt blinding need for safety

I still question the safety thingy thing....it could be more simple like when the analyser meets the unknown, in that field as it has no capacity at all, it simply cannot go into it , all what it analyses is previously recorded ,its desired future as well ! .....then it should leave that alone so which it does not, possibly in the absence of our missing capacities like the one to live the unknown ,then as k mentioned it clearly , it is attempting to turn what it does not know into something known of its own making..take death for example...that is a perfect example..

John: So once the basic imprinting is done, the 'me versus world' interface is getting constantly updated while remaining the basic reference for each and every conscious response.

indeed....what will shake this world is pain..is not it ?

so the outer pain and disaster,nonsense and machines etc is clearly our personal one multiplied by X billion..

Dan ...........

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Tue, 13 Oct 2015 #26
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

John Raica wrote:

paul daniel wrote:

indeed....what will shake this world is pain..is not it ?

May be so, Dan, but as K was often saying, man has suffered since immemorial times and it just got accustomed with it- 'l'angoisse existentielle' has become part of the globally accepted human condition.

Well John, even pain will not shake this species right NOW, or after 2 world wars, earth would be crowded by million of awakened people !! it is just not a subject at all, never had been apart with Mr Buddha and k in between so 2500 years there is an empty nothing especially in Europe and generally what is called the occidental world busy with science, so where the intellect only prevails, yet the middle ages contrary to what people "think they think" was for me interesting, how many people walking by Notre Dame in Paris, know that they are looking at one of numerous middle ages construction..?? ...thinking in terms of global seems to lead nowhere when it is about my own brain,each item must undergo its own radical awakening, that would not be the first step for one to go global , the first step being , if this means anything at all, with oneself , as an unhappy creature, suffering yet negating it.....

Since living analytically leads to a nonsensical life, ...that probably ""why"" we are alive is even gone in my view, to machines all over the place and pain, yet in this nonsense some, many will find a wooden branch to help them to stay physically alive like money, power,possession,beliefs, etc.....we keep feeding our own meaning in it....there is no need to describe what sense ,meaning is given...not to mention some elected by the grace of god..honestly earth is a gigantic mental asylum...with not one single movement of change in sight...

perfect conditions for suicide or a massive awakening....suicide ( like war) being like I see it and described by k too a movement of escape .....

but all this is guesses...facts are less bright...yet most of human being never had so many toys to play with and so much poisoned food either..

whatever happens, whatever I possess, I is unhappy..pretending that all is fine...

even thought the entire planet got accustomed to it as you say, is not my own problem yet of course the analytical system thinks that it is,shaping the entire universe to fit my desires is its main and only work ....if people act as if they enjoy a nonsensical life but really sad in fact, well good luck with it so..

One of my daughter she is now 19, she is really light years away from such subjects , entirely adapted to that superficial world of entertainment was inclined to mentally suffer much somehow since she is 2, so trying to get at all of us,to any one in her way .. kind of "I suffer so will you " ...

slowly we passively went into one of my pet subject as you say (in a sort of shamanistic way, so hard to say what happens), and after a good while she got something vital about it but I had to force her to go into, really forced her somehow into it, like there is nothing to do at all when I feel some mental pain....yesterday as she does from time to time she told me that in the morning she was really awful again and that as now she got by herself through experiment that this must be left alone, expecting nothing out of it, all of a sudden it was gone without any explanation one more time...then she was "good"....

this I say is so simple, does not need any intellectual capacities, and does not interest anyone at all, apart from exceptions...

why ? honestly I have enough with myself...:-))

Dan ...........

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Tue, 13 Oct 2015 #27
Thumb_picture0122 Daniel Paul. Ireland 190 posts in this forum Offline

John Raica wrote:
So, it may not be working that way at all. Basically it should be a simple act of a mature mind...except that this collective mentality of getting more and more, better and better in terms of time is putting practically on a loop. From where a certain lassitude which goes along with...self-indulgence, resulting in the present cultural standardisation at the lowest psychological common denominators- greed, violence, self-interest etc.

John, why would a mature mind come out of the blue by doing nothing or by thinking, or by having a proper education as who is going to educate and to try to convey what..out of which bases ?

So far the outer is totally hopeless , the mass ,the good people want this life ,with all of what there is in it....fine...if there was no war crime all over the place ,war lead by the occidental thieves, I would not care one second at all...but there is, we are criminals, anyone accepting or praising competition and hierarchies is this world ..

when there was some revealing of the analytical program I have clearly seen for myself that competition does not exist, what is taking place is elimination, the analytical process is eliminating people like it eliminates ideas, theories, guesses etc

this came without searching or even thinking about this because I live suffering when it is there..

a guide we have....suffering is a process ,an ignored one..Buddha knew this in his own experiment....
today in so called Buddhism, dukkha is not a subject...

greed ,violence, self interest have not changed since long time....there were people in some different time who were different, we have inherited their brain, but some of it does not function any more...

the missing capacities, the keys to life,when we only try to survive in total blindness..

Dan ...........

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Tue, 13 Oct 2015 #28
Thumb_photo_reduite John Raica Canada 690 posts in this forum Offline

Madras Meditations ( From the K Notebook, 1961)

Walking and talking, meditation was going on below the words and the beauty of the night. It was going on at a great depth, flowing outwardly and inwardly; it was exploding and expanding. One was aware of it; it was happening; one wasn't ( consciously?) 'experiencing' it, it was taking place. There was no (personal?) participation in it; thought could not share it nor could emotion get entangled with it; it was too disturbingly active for either. It was happening at such an unknown depth for which there was no measurement. But there was great stillness. It was quite surprising and not at all ordinary. Waking, the Otherness was there and waking up was necessary, not sleep; it was deliberate, to be aware of what was happening, to be aware with full consciousness of what was taking place. Asleep, it might have been a dream, but fully awake, this strange and unknowable Otherness was a palpable reality, a fact and not an illusion, a dream. It had a quality of weightlessness and impenetrable strength. It was there with such incorruptible strength that nothing could destroy it for it was unapproachable. You can approach something with which you are familiar, there must be a mutual recognition. There was none. This Otherness is without relationship to any thing and so there was no understanding of it or relationship with it. It was an unapproachable flame and you could only look at it and keep your distance. And with it came an unexpected ecstasy, an unreasonable joy and continued for a lengthy period of time.

Of a sudden it happened, coming back to the room; It was there with an embracing welcome, so unexpected. One had come in only to go out again; we had been talking about several things, nothing too serious. It was a shock and a surprise to find this welcoming Otherness in the room; it was waiting there with such open invitation that an apology seemed futile. Several times, along a path that was used by so many, it would be waiting just as the path turned; with astonishment one stood there, near those trees, completely open, vulnerable, speechless, without a movement. It was not a fancy, a self-projected delusion; the other (person) , who happened to be there, felt it too; it was there, with an all-embracing welcome of love, something totally new and wholly unexpected. It was its beauty that made the entire mind still and the body without a movement; it made the mind, the brain and the body intensely alert and sensitive; it made the body tremble and in a few minutes that welcoming otherness was gone, as swiftly as it must have come. No thought or fanciful emotion could ever conjure up such a happening; the thought-feeling can play every kind of clever and fanciful trick but they cannot invent or contain the otherness. It is by itself and nothing can touch it.

Sensitivity is an integral state, there is no 'partial' ( cultivated ?) sensitivity, either it is the state of one's whole being, a total consciousness or it is not there at all. It is not the result of experience and thought, it has no overtones of romanticism and fancy. Only the sensitive mind can face the actual, only the sensitive mind can be alone ; this all-oneness is stripped of all (expectations of? ) pleasure and so it has the austerity of seeing and understanding. Sensitivity and refinement are two different things; one leads to isolating death and the other to life that has no end.

The (dinner table) conversation was not too serious, but in the midst of this casual atmosphere, something tremendous was taking place. One went to bed with it and it went on as a whisper during the night. There is no 'experiencing' of it, since to experience there must be a (knowledge loaded?) 'experiencer' but when there is neither, it is simply there, as a fact. This 'fact' ( of the Unknown?) had no value in terms of utility and profit, it was there and by its very existence there was love, beauty (and a sense of?) immensity. Without It, there is nothing. Without rain the ( life on?) earth would perish.

( Thinking of one's life in terms of continuity in?) time is illusion. There is (a physical) ) tomorrow and there have been many yester-days; this ( objective?) time is not an illusion. But ( the self-centred process of?) thought which uses ( this ) time as a means to bring about a continuity of what has been; such thinking
takes shelter in the illusion of gradualness, in ideals, in time. Through ( an inner mentality based on?) time ( an inward?) mutation is not possible. The very denial of 'time' is ( the way of?) mutation; when the things which (our evolution in?) time has brought into being : habits, traditions and (utopian?) ideals, are denied. Deny ( this inner process of ?) time and ( a qualitative?) mutation has taken place, a 'total' (holistic?) mutation. ( Nevertheless) acquiring knowledge, learning a technique, do require a time which cannot and must not be denied; they are essential for existence. The time necessary to go from here to there is not an illusion but every other form of time is illusion. In this (time-free?) mutation, there is ( the awakening of a total?) attention and from this attention there is a totally different kind of action. Such action does not become a habit, a ( routinely) repetition of a sensation, of an experience, of knowledge which dulls the brain (making it?) insensitive to ( the possibility of a qualitative inner) mutation. Virtue then is not ( the result of cultivating?) better habits and a better conduct; it is not a tame thing of society. To love then is a revolution of ( one's?) total consciousness.

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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 #29
Thumb_photo_reduite John Raica Canada 690 posts in this forum Offline

Rishi Valley Meditations ( from the K notebook 1961)

Every prayer is (basically a form of ?) supplication, but there is no (need for such ?) asking when there is ( a total inner?) clarity and the heart unburdened (of psychical-problems?) . With the fury ( urgency?) of ( an insight- based ?) understanding only can sorrow end but the other ( the way of prayer) is easier, respectable and less demanding. But ( the accumulations of?) personal and collective ?) sorrow wears away the brain and the ( psycho-somatic) body, makes it dull, insensitive and weary. Understanding (the nature of this sorrow?) demands a self-knowing which is not an affair of the moment; this learning about oneself is endless and the beauty and the greatness of it is that it is endless. This self-knowing is only in the active present; it has no continuity as ( an accumulation of self-?) knowledge. What has continuity is the mechanical ( repetitive?) process of ( self-centred?) thought. ( Insightful?) understanding has no ( time-binding?) continuity.

There is a red flower among the dark green leaves, so gay, so full of colour (that) it fills the whole sky and the valley; it will fade and fall away, but this morning it was (a moment of?) eternity, it held all love and joy; it was the complete Meditation of life, and illusion exists only when the impact of fact ceases. That cloud so full of light is a reality whose beauty has no furious impact on a mind that is made dull and insensitive by its everlasting search for security. ( The search for psychological ) security in our relationships, or in knowledge destroys sensitivity and deterioration sets in. That flower, those hills and the blue restless sea are 'the' challenge of Life and only the sensitive mind can respond to them totally; such a total response leaves no marks of conflict, and conflict indicates a partial response. Sensitivity is absolutely essential to look deeply within; this movement of 'going within' is not a reaction to the outer; going within has its own action, expressed outwardly but it is not a reaction of the outer. Awareness of this whole movement is sensitivity.

The sun was setting in a tumultuous fury of clouds. To the east, clouds shot up full of evening light; each one was a different shape with a light of its own, towering over the hills, immense, shatteringly alive, soaring up into high heavens. As the road turned, there was an altogether different beauty and feeling about it, for the Otherness was there, coming as a ( psychic?) breeze , soft and gently and it was there inside and outside. Each time it is so new and amazing, the pure strength and vastness of It that there is astonishment and joy. It is something totally Unknown and the known has no contact with it. The known must wholly die for it to be. Experience is still ( rooted ) within the field of the known, you can only recognize as an 'experience' something which you have already known. But this was not experienceable, knowable; the totality of consciousness must be free of the known and be empty without any form of effort. It was there, inside and outside; one was walking in it and with it.

Meditation is not a 'practice', the following of a system or a method; these only lead to a (mental?) movement within the boundaries of the known; there is ( lurking?) despair and illusion within that activity. Meditation which began at unknown depths and went on with increasing intensity and sweep, carved the brain into total silence, scooping out the depths of ( self-centred) thought and feeling, emptying the brain of the 'known' and its shadow. It was a (like a surgical?) operation but there was no 'surgeon'; and it was going on, cutting out every ( psychic) 'tissue' which has been contaminated, lest the contamination should again spread. It was a meditation without a ( contolling?) 'meditator'. The 'meditator' is ( the active interface of?) thought, but in meditation ( the self-identified?) thought must totally cease. This is the foundation for ( the authentic?) meditation.

The brain is essentially (usually dealing with the?) superficial (aspects of life) ; its ( daily) activities are superficial, almost mechanical; its activities and responses are ( mostly?) on the surface, though it may think and feel far into the 'future' and way back into the 'past'. But this brain being still and turning upon itself, it was no longer 'experiencing' outwardly or inwardly. ( The self-centred human?) consciousness (containing ) the fragments of many past experiences, compulsions, fears, and despairs of the past and (its projections of the?) future, the contradictions of the race and its own self-centred activities, was not there. The entire 'being' was utterly still and as it became intense there was an entering into a depth (or a depth which came into being?) which ( the self-centred?) thought, feeling and consciousness could not enter into. It was a dimension which the brain could not capture or ( verbally ?) understand. Every part of one's whole being was alert, sensitive but intensely still. This depth was expanding, exploding, but out of time and beyond time and space.

It was a beautiful evening and along that quiet and deserted road Meditation came like a soft rain over the hills; it came as easily and naturally as the coming night. There was no effort of any kind nor any continuity of memory in this meditation. The brain was aware of its (natural) environment, recognizing without responding. It was very quiet and words had faded with thought. There was that strange 'energy', call it by any name ( such as...kundalini?) , deeply active, without object and purpose; it was ( the energy of?) Creation, not the thing of human brain, of self expression and decay. It was not approachable : thought and feeling are not the instruments of its comprehension. It was completely unrelated to everything and totally alone (All-one?) in its vastness and immensity. And walking along that darkening road, there was the 'Ecstasy of the Impossible' (of the Uncreated?) , the all-oneness of the impossible. ( Recap:) The 'possible' is ( material and?) mechanical and its 'impossible' can be envisaged, tried and perhaps achieved which in turn becomes mechanical. But that Ecstasy had no cause, no reason. It was simply there, as a fact, not to be accepted or denied, to be argued over and dissected. It was not a 'thing' to be sought after for there is no path to it. Everything has to 'die' for It to be, a destruction which is ( an act of Creation and ?) Love.

It was a 'meditation in emptiness', an (inner) Void that had no borders. Thought could not follow; it had been left ( behind) where ( its ) 'time' begins, nor was there feeling to distort love. This was an emptiness without ( time and?) space. The brain was in no way participating in this meditation; the totality of the Mind was being aware of what was taking place and it was not 'outside' of itself, something foreign. ( Self-centred?) Thought is an impediment in meditation, (however?) only through meditation can this impediment be dissolved. For ( the 'thinker' and its?) thought dissipates energy, while the ( spiritual?) essence of energy is freedom from ( the self-centred?) thought and feeling.

It was a pleasant ( country) road with hardly any cars and the villagers with their oxdrawn carts going from one village to another; in rags but these people had a smile, though their eyes were weary. The road went on and joined at the mouth of the valley the big road with few buses and cars but here on this open road, there was solitude and the many hills, full of age and indifference. Meditation is the emptying the mind of all thought, for (the self-centred?) thought and feeling dissipate energy; they are repetitive, producing mechanical activities ( a necessary part of existence though...), but they cannot possibly enter into the ( inner?) immensity of life. ( For this) quite a different approach is necessary, not the path of ( mental) habits, association and the known; there must be freedom from these. ( Put in a nutshell?) Meditation is the emptying of the mind of the known. It cannot be done by thought nor by desire or through the "self"-effacing hypnotism of words and images. All these have to come to an end, easily, without effort and choice, in the flame of awareness. And there walking on that road, there was complete emptiness of the brain, and the mind was free of all the 'knowing' of yesterday. Time ( the 'time' creating engine?) of thought, had stopped; literally there was no 'before' and 'after'; no 'going' or 'arriving' or 'standing still'. The totality of the Mind, in which is ( contained ) the brain with its thoughts and feelings, was empty; and because it was empty, there was a deepening and widening Energy without measure. The 'Otherness' was this mind without time; it was the breath of innocence and immensity. (These) words are only means of (literary?) communication but they are not ( conveying?) the innocence and the immeasurable. This emptiness was alone (All-One?)

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 #30
Thumb_photo_reduite John Raica Canada 690 posts in this forum Offline

More Rishi Valley Meditations ( extracted from the K Notebook)

How easy it is to degenerate, in every way, to let the body become sluggish, and the mind allowing itself to become shallow, petty and dull. A, (intellectually bright or ?) 'clever' mind is a shallow mind- it cannot renew itself and so it decays by its own ( selfish) thought. Every thought shapes the mind in the mould of the known (and then) every feeling, every emotion, becomes wasteful and empty and the body loses its sensibility. It is ( the self-centred activity of?) thought which is the disintegrating factor; for thought has its roots in the (memory of what has been previously?) 'known'. A life based on ( self-centred?) thought becomes (repetitive and predictibly ?) mechanical; however smoothly it may run, in that life there is no (spiritual?) renewal. Freedom from the ( illusory psycho-safety of living in the?) known is the ending of ( self-centred?) thought; to die to thought, from moment to moment, is to be free from the known. It is this (psychological) 'death' that puts an end to decay.

Meditation is not a ( process of) self-hypnosis by word repetition or imagery; all these must be set aside and then Meditation is the understanding of the facts and so going beyond them. Self-knowing (knowing the inner facts?) is the very beginning of meditation. It was early and the ( Rishi's?) valley was asleep. The brain was watchful, without any sensation; neither feeling nor thought existed. And a timeless (inward ) movement began. This 'movement' was not born out of the known; and because it was (non-directed?) , it was the essence of action. This 'energy of love', has its own movement.
( Recap:) There is only the (contemplation of this inner ?) fact : freedom from the known. Meditation was the ( unfolding ?) 'explosion' of the fact.

Sensitivity and sensation are two different things. Sensations, emotions, feelings always leave a ( psychical?) residue, whose accumulation dulls the mind, and perverts (the direct ) perception. Because sensations and feelings (eventually?) breed conflict, discipline and self- control have been advocated and to make the mind more stupid and dull, (the psycho-) 'ideals' and conclusions are invented and spread around. However, ( the total?) sensitivity is ( found in?) the 'dying' to every residue of sensation; to be sensitive, utterly and intensely, to a flower, to a person, to a smile, is (requiring) to have no scar of memory, for every ( psychological wounds or?) scars destroy sensitivity. To be (to become?) choicelessly aware of every sensation, feeling, thought as it arises, is to never allow a scar to be formed. (Recap:) Sensations, feelings, thoughts are always partial, fragmentary and ( potentially psycho-?) destructive. Sensitivity is a total (integration?) of body, mind and heart.

It was an evening of light pink and dark clouds and the moment one stepped out of the house, that Otherness, that Unknowable, was there. It was so unexpected and with such urgency that all talk came to an end, very easily and naturally. We walked that whole mile almost without a word and we walked with it and in it. It is wholly ( a first degree encounter with?) the Unknown ; all recognition has stopped for recognition is still the way of the known. Each time there is "greater" beauty and intensity and impenetrable strength. This is the nature of Love too.

Questioning (authority ?) has become merely a ( form of social ?) revolt, the refusal to accept the norms, (expecting ?) to break through the ( limitations of) economic and class bondages. Instead of the old patterns, new patterns are created in the mind and so destroying it, This endless revolt within the (perimeter of one's inner ?) prison is the reaction of the immediate, and remodelling and redecorating the prison walls seems to give us such intense satisfaction that we never break through the walls. This questioning discontent within the walls ( of the known?) doesn't get us very far; it would take you to the Moon and to the neutron bombs but all this is still within the field of sorrow. The questioning of the ( inner) structure of sorrow is far more urgent than going to the moon and it is this (inner) questioning that tears down the structure of our ( psychological) prison, with its gods and saviours, with its economists and leaders. This questioning destroys the very machinery of (self-centred) thought not the substitution by another thought, conclusion, theory. This (inward) questioning explodes the respectable self-centred activity; what has a ( psychological) causation or motive inevitably ( sooner or later ?) breeds agony (frustration?) and/or despair. We are ( subliminally?) afraid of this total destruction of the ( safety of living in the?) 'known'- the( psychological) ground of the 'me' and the 'mine'; ( living in?) the known seems better than ( what) the unknown (may bring) ; freedom from this ( comfortable living in the?) 'known' may destroy what we call 'love', 'relationship', 'joy' , but freedom from the known, the explosive ( self-) questioning ends sorrow, and Love is then something that ( the self-centred?) thought and feeling cannot measure.
( Recap : ) Our (inner) life is so shallow and empty, petty thoughts and activities, ( intricately ? ) woven in conflict and misery, always journeying from the known to the known, psychologically demanding security. There is no ( authentic?) security in the known however much one may want it. The (psychological) security is ( our own projection in?) time, but this 'psychological' (subjective?) time is an illusion ; there is nothing 'permanent' now or in the future. By right questioning and listening, the ( temporal?) pattern moulded by ( the self-centred?) thought and feeling, the pattern of the known, is shattered. Knowing the ways of one's thought and feeling, listening to every movement of thought and feeling, ends the ( psycho-attachment to the?) known. (Living in ) the known breeds sorrow, while love is ( to be found in?) the freedom from the known

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