Is it possible for the stream of selfishness to end?


Public Talk 1

Reality and truth

Public Talk 1 Saanen
July 13, 1975

What will resolve our problems fundamentally if thought cannot? Are you aware of the movement of thought as time, measure, the real and the unreal? What is my relationship to actuality? Is there a division between me and the thing which I observe? Is thought different from the observer or is the observer thought? Can thought be without measurement? Knowing the realities of the irrationality and rationality of thought, one asks if there is something beyond it.

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Public Talk 2

Can love exist in the field of reality?

Public Talk 2 Saanen
July 15, 1975

What is the rational and irrational reality that thought has brought about which confuses man and distorts activity? Does belief prevent clarity of perception? What value has a human being who thinks correctly in the field of reality, in the face of this monstrous confusion? What is order in the world of reality? Without analysis can I see the whole structure of suffering, fear and the pursuit of pleasure? Is suffering an act of love? Can thought bring about in the field of reality a sense of complete compassion?

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Public Talk 3

Is there suffering when there is no attachment?

Public Talk 3 Saanen
July 17, 1975

What is freedom in the field of reality, between two human beings who love each other? Does emptiness make man cling to something? Is that attachment love? In the field of reality there is confusion when there is attachment. What is the relationship between two human beings with no attachment? Where there is no attachment in relationship there is total responsibility for the whole of mankind. This may be called love. If your suffering has ended how does it affect the suffering of humanity?

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Public Talk 4

Time, action and fear

Public Talk 4 Saanen
July 20, 1975

Our consciousness is its content. Is that consciousness within the area of time? Is the mind to unravel deeply hidden fears through dreams? How does one see the whole of fear, the whole of the ‘me’, constructed, isolated, fragmented by thought? Can the mind be free from the desire to control in order to see or listen totally? Does fear arise from the mind not having total psychological security? If you are nothing psychologically and so are completely secure, you will affect me who is uncertain, lonely, despairing and attached.

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Public Talk 5

Freedom, pleasure and joy

Public Talk 5 Saanen
July 22, 1975

If I want to be free from something, it is a reaction which cultivates the opposite. Does orderly action in the field of reality bring the intelligence to perceive? Is beauty within the world of reality? Beauty is both an outward expression and an inward feeling of extraordinary relationship which is there with the complete cessation of the ‘me’. Is a creative mind one that is whole, not contradictory in action, self-centred or caught in thought as time? Are joy, love and intelligence related to pleasure? Is love to be hunted by thought?

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Public Talk 6

Can one living in the world of reality end selfishness?

Public Talk 6 Saanen
July 24, 1975

Both at the conscious and at the deeper levels can time totally come to an end? Can thought stop but not consciously or through the action of will? Death is not separate but a part of living. Is death the ending of all that one has experienced? When there is suffering is there a ‘you’ or a ‘me’ or is there only suffering? If there is no naming of suffering as belonging to me then what is the individual? When one is whole, healthy, sane, rational, holy, does the movement of the stream of time and suffering end? Out of suffering comes compassion, when not identified as ‘me’. When you change deeply it affects the whole consciousness of mankind.

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Public Talk 7

The quality of energy which comes about through meditation

Public Talk 7 Saanen
July 27, 1975

Is there another kind of energy than thought to solve the complex problems of human existence? Order is the total comprehension of the activity of thought. Can this energy uncover something that is sacred? What place has will in meditation? In meditation, when the mind is totally quiet and therefore compassionate, is there something sacred? What is the quality of energy that comes through meditation? Is there a mystery thought cannot touch?

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Public Discussion 1

Stepping out of the stream of selfishness

Public Discussion 1 Saanen
July 30, 1975

Q: How can one step out of the stream of selfishness? Are we aware of the stream of selfishness in which we live our daily life? Our response to life is according to our conditioning. We are looking with the knowledge of the past. We are caught in the superficiality of words. If you are aware, words are necessary to communicate but the words don't block you. Human beings live in the stream of everlasting suffering. Whatever you do with regard to the stream is still within the stream. If the brain cells have shaken themselves free from tradition how does the brain act in the world of reality?

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Public Discussion 2

Thought and the centre

Public Discussion 2 Saanen
July 31, 1975

Q: How is the mind to see the totality of anything? Can thought see the whole movement of existence including thought itself, what it has put together, its gods, hell, heaven and misery? There is a centre in me and you trying to unify. Are you aware that thought has created this centre? Thought being fragmentary cannot perceive the whole. Is there a perception that can see the whole? To learn about this implies leisure. To perceive there must be space. There can be space only when there is no image, symbol, word or movement of thought.

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Public Discussion 3

What is the relationship between truth and reality?

Public Discussion 3 Saanen
August 01, 1975

Q: Is there such a thing as truth? Is truth within or outside reality? If it is outside, what is the relationship between that and reality? We live outwardly and inwardly in the field of reality, which is fragmentary and divisive. One of the symptoms of division is the centre trying to control thought and desire. Conflict is one of the principles of reality, conflict between the centre which thought has created and thought itself. Is it possible to live in the world of reality without control? Can there be no interference of thought but only observation and sensation? Only when there is a total comprehension of the movement of thought as time and measure can we begin to inquire into truth. Q: What is the function of a teacher?

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Public Discussion 4

Responsibility and meditation

Public Discussion 4 Saanen
August 02, 1975

Q: Do you feel responsibility for what is happening in the world? What is our responsibility to our children, neighbours and to all the things that are happening in the world? Who is responsible for making this mess in the world and what is the action of that responsibility? Do you attribute the chaos in the world to environment, society, priests and politicians? Who brought these into being? Do you feel utterly responsible? Meditation is the understanding of the whole structure and nature of thought. Is it possible for a mind that has evolved for centuries to instantly transform itself radically? It is the responsibility of the parents and teachers to see that transformation takes place in the child.

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Public Discussion 5

Space, love and compassion

Public Discussion 5 Saanen
August 03, 1975

Thought has created the centre and the centre thinks it is free of thought. The centre creates a space for itself, of me and the family, me and the nation, and within that limited space I live. If you listen to music without any association then music itself creates a great space. There must be space inwardly. It comes about naturally when there is the complete observation of seeing the whole. Does responsibility come into being only when there is compassion? When there is vast space there is compassion. Compassion comes when you understand the whole meaning of suffering. It is only the compassionate mind that can meditate and find that which is eternally sacred.

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