Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening
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Ommen Campfire Talks 2

Krishnamurti Early Writings | Ommen, Holland 1926

For Self and Truth cannot exist together. The path of self leads to sorrow, to pain, and to those fleeting pleasures which we call life, which we take for reality and for the permanent. But Truth leads to the Kingdom of Happiness, because there is forgetfulness of self - that absolute oneness of life, both mental and emotional, which makes you feel and think that you are part of the world, whether moving or non-moving, whether active or inactive.

But he who would walk to that Kingdom of Happiness, if he would be great, must learn to sacrifice the self, however difficult, however impossible it may be for the moment, however wearying, however painful. He must sacrifice it in order to gain and give greater pleasures, greater Happiness, greater ecstasy, and greater glory, which are lasting.

Since it has been my dream, since it has been my Happiness, since it has been my delight to see that Kingdom, to breathe those scented airs, let us walk there together, let us see it together and let us explore it together.

Before you can see it with my eyes, before you can think of it through my mind, before you can feel it through my heart, you must have the capacity, you must have the strength, to shatter all prejudices. For what we perceive, shall be the essence of intelligence, the essence of thought, the essence of devotion, the essence of love. And those of us who are prejudiced, those of us who are trammelled, cannot see it in all its beauty. in all its greatness, in all its nobility. For prejudice distorts the vision, as coloured glasses dim the sunshine of the world.

For this reason, those of you who would see it as it should be seen, who would see it as it is, must come freely and fearlessly, exultant and controlled. But you must have obeyed the Voice within to arrive at that growth; and having for the moment shattered those walls of prejudice, those narrow limits that bind you, let us examine it, let our minds - and not only our hearts - examine it.

When you see a statue, which is the perfection of human art, or a fair vision on the mountain top in the light of the evening sun, or the sheen on the wing of a fast-flying bird, or a lovely flower in the field, or a strong tree set apart - when you have seen such phyisical glory, and when you can retain that vision and keep it, and make use of it at those times when you have tumultuous emotions both of depression and of great ecstasy, and when that vision can give you Happiness, satisfy your fleeting disturbances with it physical appearances of beauty, of divinity, and of pleasure - it shows that the mind and the heart can react to that for which each one of us is craving, for which each one of is asking.

Likewise the Vision of Eternity, this Truth. You must live with it. Every moment you are not occupied with the fleeting, that you are not occupied with the passing - that very moment you must dwell with that beauty, take it and keep it as a precious jewel. If you have seen the ordinary, physical vision of beauty, it often recurs in moments of trouble. It is the feeble mind and the weak heart that soon forget the beauty of it, and so eventually forget that beauty which is lasting and that Happiness which is permanent.

If we are wise, if we have a heart that is not prejudiced and a mind that is pure, then the physical vision of great beauty always remains. You can always go back and live in it, and you can forget the outer world. You can always breathe that air which is ecstatic. And likewise, when once you have seen this Kingdom of Happiness, this garden of many roses, this abode of ecstasy and immortality, when once you have grasped it with a pure mind and a clean heart, then you can always live in that Kingdom. And then from that reality you can go back and wander forth into the unreal, from the real to the unreal; whereas most of us live in the unreal and wander seldom in the real.

It is always the transient things which we take as the reality; and for this reason, that vision of greatness, that vision of nobility, is rare because we are surrounded, dominated, by passing things. For this reason, it is much more difficult for a mind and for a heart that is not peaceful, that is not quiet, that is always agitated, to retain that vision which it has once seen - which every one of us has seen, since to see it is not the exception.