Can the brain ever be free from knowledge?

Public Talk 1

What is the cause of the present crisis?

Public Talk 1 Madras
December 27, 1980

If one is merely concerned with one’s own particular salvation then that salvation is the furtherance of selfishness. Why is it that human beings, living in this marvellous world, have not this sense of love, compassion, care, deep affection? What is our responsibility in saving this country? It is your responsibility and yours alone. Corruption is the exercise of thought for its own benefit. Our brains are programmed like a computer. The responsibility is yours, to be absolutely incorruptible.


Public Talk 2

What is our relationship to another?

Public Talk 2 Madras
December 28, 1980

What is our relationship to another, actually not theoretically? If that relationship is corrupt, dishonest, exploiting, corruption comes into being in the world. There can be wholeness only when there is love. The word ‘whole’ means healthy, sane, rational, and also it means holy, sacred. Can relationship be totally transformed so that there can be love? Intelligence is not knowledge. Is there an action, a way of living, which is not based on memory, experience or knowledge? What is the difference between the human brain and the computer? There is a difference between optical observation and the observation of thought. Which is it that you do?


Public Talk 3

Salvaging the brain

Public Talk 3 Madras
January 03, 1981

Co-operation can come only when there is love. We are concerned with the salvaging of the brain, of the human mind. There is no individual brain; it is the brain of humanity. It is only a confused mind that is caught in the trap of choice. Thought dictates our action. Conflict must exist when there is a division between thought and the psyche. Why has thought separated itself from something which it has created? As long as there is self-centred activity there must be loneliness. When there is no contradiction between the observer and the observed, what takes place in the brain?


Public Talk 4

Is there order which thought has never touched?

Public Talk 4 Madras
January 04, 1981

Why hasn’t the brain been able to function in an orderly way? We are afraid to be radically, deeply free of mediocrity. The search for certainty is a form of mediocrity. Excellence is not achieved through competition. If thought is responsible for disorder, then what is the relationship of thought to our daily life? When you say, ‘How am I to stop thought?’ it is a wrong question because thought is the controller and the controlled. Can there be order without the movement of thought? This is real meditation. When we are inquiring into order and disorder, your whole brain is active, there is no sluggish part in it. That means your whole brain is alert, not caught in a particular groove.


Public Talk 5

Is thought the cause of the decay of man?

Public Talk 5 Madras
January 10, 1981

Why has man after so many millions of years come down to the lowest point in his existence? We like to attribute disorder to some fantastic cause, but actually the disorder is in our brains. The knowledge that we have acquired through education, experience, generations upon generations, may be the cause of our disaster because we are burdened with the past. What is man? If the machine can do everything even better than you, what are you? Time is the movement of thought in consciousness. There is the art of listening, seeing and learning. With that you approach yourself, are watching yourself. It is not your own psyche, because wherever you go in the world human beings are suffering.


Public Talk 6

Can the brain ever be free from the known?

Public Talk 6 Madras
January 11, 1981

Is there a freedom that is independent, complete, total, not associated with any cause or motive? Can right action take place when there is the operation of thought? What is the difference between the computer and the brain? Having time as a factor in the resolution of a problem is unintelligent. Is fear a movement of time? What is sorrow? Why do human beings go through tortures? Because we suffer, fear, are pursuing pleasure, we invent gods. Meditation is unpremeditated art. The mind is entirely different from the brain. The mind cannot be understood, known or perceived unless the brain with all its sensory responses is understood.


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