Can the mind be free of its content?


Public Talk 2

Observing fear without any movement of thought

Public Talk 2 Madras
December 10, 1972

When the mind tries to control or suppress the fact, the ‘what is’, that is a wastage of energy. Can the mind look at envy without the opposite of not being envious or controlling or suppressing envy? If there is no opposite at all, there is only ‘what is’, and therefore no choice. When you are observing the fact, there is no confusion, no choice, no opposite. The mind living in fear becomes violent. Violence is not merely physical violence; violence is conformity. Why does fear exist at all? Thought has been conditioned to suppress fear. Can you observe fear completely, without any movement of thought, which is past, which is time?

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Public Talk 3

Freedom, order, love and death

Public Talk 3 Madras
December 16, 1972

Can the mind be free or must it always live within the prison of the known? Relationship implies responsibility, as does freedom. To be related is to live; that is life, existence. If in relationship there is disorder, society and culture goes to pieces. When the mind understands what brings about disorder, order comes naturally out of that insight, awareness, observation. At the moment of insult or flattery, can the mind not record it? When you don’t know how to love man, you love God. Can a man love if he is envious, greedy, ambitious, violent, conforming, obeying, totally in disorder? Can the mind ever be free of death? The mind can be free only when there is complete observation of facts as they are, and going beyond them.

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