Ommen Camp, Holland | 4th Public Talk 5th August, 1937
Ignorance is the unawareness of the process of one's own thought and emotion. I have tried to explain what I mean by awareness.
Will experience dissolve this ignorance? What do we mean by experience? Action and reaction according to conditioned thought and emotion. The mind-heart is conditioned through conclusions, habits of thought, preconceptions, beliefs, fears, wants.
This mass of ignorance cannot be dissolved merely by experience. Experience can give to ignorance new meaning, new values, new illusions; but it is still ignorance. Mere experience cannot dissolve ignorance; it can only reform it.