Can there be complete freedom from thought?


Public Talk 1

Complete freedom from thought

Public Talk 1 Brockwood Park
September 09, 1972

Learning is instant perception and action. What place has thought in learning? To learn about freedom must thought be completely silent? Does insight into freedom take time? Can thinking, however rational, bring about a psychological revolution in us? Is thought always conditioned? Is freedom the non-existence of thought? My very being is related to thought. If you want to see something new, what do you do? To have insight, let go of the old and listen. Learning is not memorizing. Q: Is feeling another way of thinking? Q: Isn't the need to love and be loved essential? Needing love is love of self.

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Public Talk 2

If I don’t change now what will the future be?

Public Talk 2 Brockwood Park
September 10, 1972

Is thought responsible for fragmentation? Does fragmentation have its own activity? What is the energy that perceives the total and doesn't live in fragmentation? Does comparison bring about fear and pleasure? Is thought seeking security in belief and dogma? Can the mind learn instantly all the content of the unconscious in which there are deep, secret fears? Does analysis imply time and division? Is consciousness separate from its content? To get at the root of fear means learning about not being. Q: What about guilt?

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Public Discussion 1

You can learn only if you do not know

Public Discussion 1 Brockwood Park
September 12, 1972

Q: Does learning require thinking, or only awareness? To be aware is to be conscious, to be in relationship with what you observe outwardly and also our inward reactions. Awareness reveals that I have a conclusion from which I act, which prevents the free flow of energy. You see that you have many opinions and conclusions. You don't know why you have them or how to be free of them. Start with not knowing. Knowledge is in the past whilst learning is vital, in the present. In learning, which is a constant movement, can opinion and conclusion ever be formed? Can thought be slowed down naturally? In learning about the function of thought, slowing down takes place without control or effort. Can the mind empty itself without effort? Q: Do LSD and other drugs slow down the mind?

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Public Discussion 2

The action of intelligence

Public Discussion 2 Brockwood Park
September 14, 1972

Q: Why don't we see the division between the observer and the observed? How does the division come about which causes conflict and misery? Are we aware that we are fragmented? Why does contradiction exist? Can we have a mind that is not fragmented and contradictory? Can the mind live without comparison? The brain sees that nationalities and religious divisions are disastrous for human relationship. What is the capacity that makes the brain see this? Is this awareness? Is this intelligence? What is the relationship of intelligence to all that is taking place? Intelligence operating has its own action. When there is that intelligence, there is sanity. Is intelligence operating in you?

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Public Talk 3

If freedom is responsibility, how do I act?

Public Talk 3 Brockwood Park
September 16, 1972

Q: What is the action that will be a total response to the world around us? Can one respond totally without learning about love and death in relation to daily life? Do we live, or do we tolerate living? Do we live according to ideas and conclusions based on belief, dogma and memory? Is there an action which dissipates all images? Is love relationship in which there is no image? Is disorder relationship in which there is the image? Can a mind seeking comfort learn about death? Find out whether death is something to be avoided or to be lived with naturally. Can the mind free itself from the known? Q: What relationship has literature, beauty and art to our daily life? Q: Were you conditioned by the Masters? Q: Can one help someone in distress?

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Public Talk 4

To come upon the new, thought must be quiet

Public Talk 4 Brockwood Park
September 17, 1972

If one is serious, one must learn for oneself if there is such a thing as the immeasurable. Thought cannot find the immeasurable because thought is measurement and time. Can thought, realizing its limitations, be quiet? Can the mind without effort see its content clearly, and the limitation, lack of space and time-binding quality of its consciousness? When you say, ‘I do not know,’ does the content have importance? There are various systems of meditation, gadgets, yoga, to make the mind quiet. These are unimportant. Is truth the very perception of the false? When the mind has perceived the truth of something, what is time? Is there a different dimension which thought cannot touch?

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