In complete attention there is no time

Public Talk 1

Conditioning disappears at the moment of attention

Public Talk 1 Madras
January 06, 1971

Can one listen without conclusion, comparison and judgment? Can the brain cells, which contain memories, undergo radical mutation? Can thought cease to create separation? Time is a barrier and doesn’t bring freedom, because time is thought. What prevents perception? Why don’t we see things clearly and act instantly? Can you see anything without an image? Time is inattention. When you are completely attentive, there is no time.


Public Talk 2

Why are we fragmented?

Public Talk 2 Madras
January 10, 1971

One needs intense unfragmented energy to understand and end the structure of conflict. The division between the observer and the observed is the very essence of conflict. When the observer responds to an emotion, the response is always old. How do you observe ‘what is’? Do you observe with your conditioned mind? We have made love into a mechanical, pleasurable affair, but is that love? To find out what love is, you have to completely deny what it is not. Don’t accept what another says about death but find out what it means.


Public Discussion 1

What is the place of memory in daily life?

Public Discussion 1 Madras
January 12, 1971

Is it possible to live without the burden of the past and so live every day anew? The past and memories are in contradiction to the present. Your insulting me has left an image of you that interferes in the observation of you now. Wilful discarding of memories does not work. What shall the mind do not to record insults? How are the brain cells not to record but yet observe and look? Each time you are completely attentive, there is no recording.


Public Talk 3

Attention, meditation and understanding oneself

Public Talk 3 Madras
January 13, 1971

Meditation perhaps covers the whole field of life. Nobody can teach you about yourself except yourself. What you learn from another is not truth. Awareness is not a matter of accumulation; be aware from moment to moment. When you are not aware, begin again so that your mind is fresh. Avoid all systems of meditation; a mechanical mind can never find out what truth is. In the state of non-attention is conflict. To see anything clearly your mind must not chatter. Out of aloneness, there is a quality of silence which is not the result of practice or the opposite of noise. Silence is without cause and therefore it has no beginning and no end.


Public Discussion 2

Burdened with habits we are not capable of awareness

Public Discussion 2 Madras
January 15, 1971

What do we mean by awareness? We are aware of our environment through conclusions. What does it mean to be partially aware? There is no awareness as long as there is habit. Can habits be freed without any effort at all? If there is an effort, there must be will, resistance and conflict. Can the old brain be quiet when there is a challenge? That is meditation.


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