Compassion is freedom from sorrow


Public Talk 1

Thought and time are the root of fear

Public Talk 1 Amsterdam
September 19, 1981

The crisis is not in the economic world nor in the political world, but in our consciousness. We have been trained, educated, religiously as well as scholastically, that we are separate souls, individuals, striving for ourselves, but that is an illusion because our consciousness is common to all mankind. We are mankind. We are not separate individuals fighting for ourselves. Why have human beings, who have lived for over a million years, not solved this problem of relationship? Thought is born of experience, knowledge and so there is nothing whatsoever sacred about thought. It is materialistic, it is a process of matter, thinking. Knowledge always lives within the shadow of ignorance. What is the relationship between desire and will? Psychologically, inwardly, what is the root of fear? Meditation must begin with bringing about complete order in your house; order in your relationship, order in one’s desires, pleasure and so on. Compassion is freedom from sorrow.

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Public Talk 2

A religious mind is a very factual mind

Public Talk 2 Amsterdam
September 20, 1981

Can we observe together what is living and what it means to die? Is it possible while one is living, with all the turmoil, with that energy, capacity, to end attachment? Why has religion played such a great part in our lives from the most ancient of times until today? A religious mind is completely without disorder. In meditation there is no system, no practice; but the clarity of perception of a mind that is free, that has no direction, no choice, and is free to observe. Conflict exists only when there is division. Where there is nationalistic, economic or social division there must be conflict. Inwardly, where there is the division between the observer, the one who witnesses, the one who experiences, different from that which he experiences, there must be conflict. A mind that is practising, struggling, wanting to be silent is never silent.

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