Bangalore Talks

Public Talk 1

What is fear and what is pleasure?

Public Talk 1 Bangalore
January 30, 1971

No book can teach you about yourself, no psychologist, none of the professors or philosophers. What they can teach you is what they think you are or what they think you should be. To understand fear and pleasure, one has to observe them in oneself, not theoretically but actually see them operating in yourself. Freedom and the beauty of freedom comes when you understand actually ‘what is’, when you really understand your own confusion, callousness and brutality. Where there is attachment there must be the uncertainty that the person to whom you are attached may turn to another or may die. So where there is attachment there must be fear. What is the function of thought, knowing that fear and pleasure are two sides of the coin? To observe without the observer.


Public Talk 2

How does the observer come into being?

Public Talk 2 Bangalore
January 31, 1971

How do you look at your life? As long as there is an observer and the thing observed there must be conflict in you. When there is conflict in you, you project that conflict outwardly. When you are seeking power, is there a possibility of love? A mind that has been hurt must die to the hurts every day so that the next morning there’s a fresh, clear mind, which has no scars. Q: When you say the one who says he knows doesn’t know, what do you mean? Must you not know yourself to say that? Q: You don’t want us to read the great Indian epics. What’s wrong with them? Why are you so hostile towards our great saints? Q: What is the reason for the grievances that sex has brought to the world in spite of the fact that it is the greatest energy of man?


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