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Feb 18, 2024
Order can only come into being when there is pure observation. When the mind observes its own disorder. To observe disorder without any motive. If you have a motive in observation, that very motive brings about disorder. That motive is put together by thought. So that is a factor of distortion because the mind is incapable of observing if there is a motive. That is, I live in disorder, my motive is I want to bring order, because I hope then I will be free and have moksha and all the rest of it. That motive is the movement of time, of desire, and therefore thought brings this motive into action and therefore there is distortion. So can the mind observe the disorder it lives in, without saying 'I must get out of this disorder, I must suppress it, run away from it'? Just to observe. Please do it as we are talking. First be aware of your life as disorder, which it is, and observe it without a single motive, without the interference of thought saying, 'I must get beyond this'.

So we are asking, what is observation? What is the nature of looking, observing? To observe without any reaction to that which you are observing. Are you doing this as we are talking? Or are you all meditating? Are you watching yourself and therefore you see your life in disorder? That observation, if it has a motive, distorts, and therefore creates more conflict. So, can the mind observe very closely, purely, actively the disorder? Just to observe. If you so observe, that very observation, which is total attention, and therefore all the energy is applied in that observation. When there is that great attentive observation, the thing that you are observing undergoes a change. That change is order. 
Public Talk 4 Bombay (Mumbai), India - 31 January 1979 Read full text