When there is freedom

Public Talk 1

Why is there such chaos in the world?

Public Talk 1 Saanen
July 06, 1980

Is separation and individuality the cause of the eternal demand for personal security? What has gone wrong with the human mind? Has knowledge been translated into concepts, into your belief and my belief? Psychologically is knowledge necessary at all? Is your brain the result of time? Is thought the cause of the spreading complex cruelty of man, his behaviour and his vanity? Meditation comes naturally, uninvited, when you have finished with all cause.


Public Talk 2

The movement of thought and becoming

Public Talk 2 Saanen
July 08, 1980

In analysing that thing called anxiety, how do I know that it is anxiety? Is the analyser different from the analysed? Has the very movement of thought brought about this present chaos in the world? Thought has built the psychological structure based on being something other than ‘what is’. In becoming is competition, ruthlessness and violence. Is it possible to live without any movement of thought building a structure of becoming?


Public Talk 3

Action that is always correct

Public Talk 3 Saanen
July 10, 1980

Is there an action which is incorruptible? If I am tied to a belief, my action will be according to that belief and therefore limited and corrupt. The result is conflict. When one observes attachment and its consequence, is the observer different from what he observes? Can you have, without analysis, a perception of the whole consequence and cause of attachment immediately?


Public Talk 4

Breaking the pattern of conditioning

Public Talk 4 Saanen
July 13, 1980

Why has the brain, with such immense capacity, not solved its own problems? Can we see that as long as we are committed to something there must be corruption? As long as there is contradiction in ourselves between action and the fact, there is disorder. Can the mind live with and observe only the fact, without moving away? Can the mind observe without the translator, the thinker who says, ‘I remember that, it has happened again’? If there are no opposites, there is no violence.


Public Talk 5

The relationship of desire, will and love

Public Talk 5 Saanen
July 15, 1980

What relationship have desire, pleasure, will and love? Is will the essence of desire? Can thought, which is also sensation, realize that when it creates the image, conflict begins? Does fear exist because of time and thought? Moving away from ‘what is’ is time. Is there an action which is complete, without regret, looking back or forward, or any strain?


Public Talk 6

The ending of sorrow brings love and compassion

Public Talk 6 Saanen
July 17, 1980

Does listening with complete attention break down the pattern of the brain? Why has mankind lived with sorrow and with fear, outwardly and inwardly, never free of it? Is sorrow the concentration of the isolating activities in life? Can the isolating process, the cause of this isolating movement, come to an end, not just at the moment of death? You end something painful easily, but will you end something which gives pleasure, without projecting and accepting that projection? The image thought has built for years is consciousness.


Public Questions 5

5th Question & Answer Meeting

Public Questions 5 Saanen
July 27, 1980

Q1: I have a young child. How do I educate him so that he will live a different sort of life without being so different from society which will destroy him? Q2: Can you share something measureless to man, something that has great depth and beauty? Q3: What is our consciousness? Are there different levels of consciousness? Q4: Why is it that almost all human beings, apart from their talents and capacities, are mediocre? Q5: Attachment brings a human warmth; detachment a coldness. Something seems wrong in this approach. What do you say? Q6: Being uncertain we seek certainty through different channels, trusting them. Is there an absolute, irrevocable certainty? Q7: Are there different paths to truth?


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