The turning point

Public Talk 1

What is the nature of our consciousness?

Public Talk 1 Saanen
July 12, 1981

If robots and computers can do all that human beings can, what is to become of man as a social entity? How shall a human being face this crisis, this turning point? Can you look at yourself not as a separate human being but as actually the rest of mankind? We have to examine the whole of thought because it is responsible for deeper as well as superficial layers of consciousness. Thought is limited, being a reaction of memory, so its action is limited and creating conflict.


Public Talk 2

Learning that transforms consciousness

Public Talk 2 Saanen
July 14, 1981

Are we programmed to believe that consciousness is individual? What will happen if I am not individual? Something totally different may happen. The response of thought is experience, knowledge, memory. Then thought acts and from that you learn more and repeat the cycle. Is there another form of learning? There is group consciousness, national, linguistic, professional and racial consciousness, with fear, loneliness, pleasure, sorrow, love and death. If you keep acting in that circle you maintain the human consciousness of the world. Can you move away from this? Then you affect the whole consciousness of mankind.


Public Talk 3

The ending of conflict

Public Talk 3 Saanen
July 16, 1981

Will better organizations or institutions solve our human conflict? Conflict has many factors; can the analytic mind end it? Is there a perception not born out of knowledge that sees the whole nature and structure of conflict? Is that very perception the ending of conflict? Once you see time is not a factor, you begin to see cracks in the enclosure of the brain. Can one look not only at a person but also at ourselves, without naming, time and remembrance?


Public Talk 4

Living without images

Public Talk 4 Saanen
July 19, 1981

Is there relationship between two images? Every reaction is stored up in the brain. If there is a constant recording of everything, the brain begins to wither away. Is that old age? What is the source of desire and how does it flower? Can one observe desire as it arises? Is there beauty only out there in the hills, valleys and running waters, or does beauty exist only when the ‘me’ is not? Is love something outside of human existence? Has it really no value at all?


Public Talk 5

Can the brain be totally free?

Public Talk 5 Saanen
July 21, 1981

With specialization, does the brain become limited? Can the human brain be totally free? The brain is kept active solving problems. Will it deteriorate when computers take over? Is the central content of human consciousness fear, pleasure, pain, sorrow and death? Is fear the reaction of memory holding on to the past? How can the brain not register yesterday's incident which gave delight? In listening to the speaker are you listening to yourself and so bringing about freedom in which the whole brain can operate?


Public Talk 6

Love and freedom

Public Talk 6 Saanen
July 23, 1981

Is sorrow the essence of isolation? What is our relationship to the sorrow of mankind? Is love devotion to a person or symbol? Without ending sorrow, how can there be love? If a few have brought about the end of fear, will it affect the whole consciousness of mankind? Am I afraid of ending psychologically the life which I am leading, with its pain and sorrow? What happens when I am living in disorder and I meditate?


Public Talk 7

To live without a shadow of control

Public Talk 7 Saanen
July 26, 1981

Is there something beyond the contagion of thought and the corruption of time? To understand oneself, must not all authority be set aside? Can I understand the significance of meditation if I am anchored in anything? Meditation demands attention while concentration is thought focussing its energy on one point. Is not quietness, stillness of the mind and brain necessary in order to perceive?


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