A religious mind has great sense of beauty
There is beauty only when the self is not
2nd Public Talk Rajghat
November 12, 1984
May we continue with what we were talking about yesterday morning? We were asking, what is a religious mind. And may we go into that? What does the word 'religious' mean, the word? What does that word mean to you or how do you react to that word? The origin of that word, the etymological meaning, is not very clear. And an enquiry into a religious mind, if we are at all serious, and I hope we are, one can see obviously that the present structure or the nature or the organisation of religions throughout the world have really no meaning at all. They are a lot of jumble of words either in Sanskrit or in Latin, if you happen to be in Greece, Greek and so on. They have really no meaning. The present hierarchical structure of Catholicism or Buddhism or the many aspects of Hinduism or Sikhism and so on, they have no depth. They are rituals, a kind of emotional stimulation, and a lot of words that have no significance at all. So can we, in enquiring into what is really a religious mind, brain, could we put aside actually, not verbally, all the implications of organised, sectarian, limited religions of the world? Could we do that first? Not accept any guru, because in the world of religion there is no authority, neither of the book, nor of a person, nor of an idea, a concept. So could we put aside all that, the authority in spiritual matters with all its tradition. And when we can put aside all that, literally, not verbally, not follow any guru - sorry, this might be rather troublesome for most of you - not accept any book as the authority, according to the Christians the Bible, the Islamic world the Koran, or Europe, India with their own many other books. I think it is important to realise, I think, that in spiritual matters, in matters of the psyche, in matters of the subjective understanding, there is no authority. Would you agree to that? Do we see the truth of it? You have to have the authority of a surgeon, of an expert in computer, or the authority of a policeman, limited though they be, there we have to have the authority of one who knows technological subjects. But in the matter of psyche, in the matter of so-called spiritual world there is no authority. The authority is only that which is true. And we are going to find out for ourselves in enquiring into what is a religious mind, we must discover for ourselves what is truth. And we are going to enquire into that
You don't mind talking about all these matters? Or would you like to talk about politics? Or yoga, or some particular idol you worship. But if we are serious and go into this question, which we must, because religion has been the origin, the beginning of a new civilisation, new culture. And all the present day cultures are falling apart, being destroyed. We must enquire, it seems so urgently important to understand, to discover and to live it, the truth of religion. And if we go into it we must ask what is the first most important thing in a mind, in a brain - here let's differentiate between the brain and the mind. The brain is all the reactions, nervous responses, biological urges, and all the fears, human hurts, anxieties, loneliness, all the activity of thought is centred in that which is called the brain, which is within the skull. That is the brain. And the mind surely is not all that. The mind is something unrelated to the brain. That's what we are saying, what the speaker is saying. We have discussed this matter with many scientists and biologists and so on, but they are rather hesitant about it, naturally. To them it must be a proof either under the microscope or destroying some animals and so on, so on, so on. To the speaker the mind is entirely different. Please don't, as we said, don't accept anything the speaker says - question it, doubt it, but enquire, go into it. Otherwise it becomes meaningless
As we were saying, the first demand, or the urge, or the necessity to have a religious mind is beauty. Beauty not in a particular form, a beautiful face, beautiful way of living and so on. What is beauty? Without that there is no truth, there is no love. Without beauty there is no sense of morality. Beauty in itself is virtue
Now, we are going to enquire together what is beauty. I may the speaker may put it into words, but you have to take the responsibility of enquiring for yourself what is beauty. Is beauty in a painting? In marvellous old sculptures of the Egyptians, the Greeks and Mahesha Murthi of Bombay and so on? What is beauty? What does it mean to you? The dress, the beautiful patterns of a sari, or the beautiful sky in the evening, or early in the morning, the beauty of the mountains, the fields and the valleys and the meadows and the streams. The beauty of a bird, of the marvellous old trees. So, does beauty depend on a particular culture or a particular tradition? The weavers of India have a tradition. They produce marvellous cloth, designs. Is that what is beauty? Or beauty is something totally different. When one observes the great mountains with their snow cap, the eternal snows, and the glaciers and the deep valleys, the outlines of magnificent, majestic mountains against a blue sky, and when you perceive that for the first time, or a hundredth time what actually takes place?
Are you, are we going together or am I talking to myself? I don't mind talking to myself, but if we are listening to each other, we must naturally ask this fundamental question: what takes place when you see that river in the morning light, with the sun just coming up and making a golden path along the waters? When you look at it, what takes place? Or are you repeating some mantra, or some words, or some Or for the moment you are completely silent. The beauty of that light on that water pushes aside all your problems, all your anxieties, everything else for a few seconds or a few minutes or for an hour, which means the self is not there. The self, the egotistic self-centred activity, the self-interest - all that is banished by the great beauty of a cloud, full of light and dignity. At that moment the self is absent. So is not beauty - does not beauty exist when the self is not? Would you - don't agree with it, or nod your head and say, 'It's quiet right, how marvellous!' - and then go on with your ugly ways. Go on with our selfishness, self-concern, and then talk logistically or theoretically about beauty. Beauty is something that must be perceived and not held in the mind as a remembrance. So beauty is something far deeper, much more profound and extensive than the mere picture, a design, a beautiful face, or graceful manners. There is beauty only when the self is not. And that is the first thing that is required in understanding what is a religious mind
And also in enquiring into it, one can see it must be a global brain, not a provincial brain, not a sectarian, limited brain, it must be a global understanding the vast human, complex problems. That is, a holistic mind, a brain that comprehends the whole of existence. Not your particular existence, your particular problems, because everywhere you go, whether in America, Europe, or in India or Asia, we human beings suffer, we human beings have so many destructive and creative problems. We are lonely people, we are anxious, fearful, seeking comfort, unhappy, sad, depressed, elated - the whole human existence is this, with their occasional joy, the pleasures - sexual and so on. So to live with this feeling of wholeness - do you understand all this or am I Are you being mesmerised by the speaker? Are you sure that you are not being overwhelmed by words? And we are saying a brain that is holistic is concerned with the whole of humanity because we are all alike, similarly whether we live in America or in England or in France or in Italy or in this country. We may express it differently - different gods, different angels, but we human beings suffer, whether you suffer, or an American suffers, or the European, or the Russian, or Chinese - we all suffer, it's common to all of us. And therefore a religious brain is concerned with the holistic way of living
And also we must find out for ourselves what is the relationship between nature and each of us. That's part of religion. You may not agree but consider it, go into it. Have you any relationship with nature, with the birds, with the water of that river? Not that the river is holy - all rivers are holy, getting more and more polluted. You may call it Ganga, or the Thames, or the Nile, or the Rhine or the Mississippi, or the Volga, but they are still rivers. What is your relationship with all that? With the trees, with the birds, with all the living things which we call nature. Aren't we part of all that? So aren't we the environment?
I wonder, am I talking nonsense and you are listening casually? Does it mean anything to you, all this? Or I am a stranger from Mars talking about something with which you are not really related at all. Does it mean anything all this? It's up to you
Questioner: We have a relationship with nature but unfortunately...
Krishnamurti: What, sir?
Q: We have relationship of exploitation with the nature.
K: We have a relationship - I can't hear.
Q: We have a relationship of exploitation.
K: What, sir?
Q: Exploitation. Relationship of exploitation with nature.
K: Relationship of pleasure?
K: Exploiting. Obviously. That's nothing new - nature has been exploited by man for thousands of years. They are destroying the forests, they are polluting the rivers, they are polluting the air, they are killing animals for pleasure, for food. This has been going on for millions of years. And so when one asks, what's your relationship with nature, is it merely exploitation that you are interested in? Digging coal, getting gold out of the earth or finding diamonds, or cutting down trees to build houses. Is that all your relationship with nature? If you have no relationship with nature, have you any relationship with your wife, with your husband, with your neighbour? Have you any relationship at all? Have you enquired into that? Oh lord! Isn't that part of religion to find out what is true relationship?
You all look so dazed, are you all asleep or what? I don't know why you sit here.
Let's enquire what is relationship. To be related to another. Not only with nature, with all the beauty of the earth, but also what is relationship - what's your relationship with the speaker? What's your relationship with your neighbour, with your wife, with your daughter, with your husband? Have you any relationship? Have you ever asked this question? When you say, 'Yes, she is my wife', or my husband or my girlfriend - what does it mean to be related? How can there be a relationship with another, however intimate or not, when each one of us is pursuing his own way? Right? The husband goes to the office - god! - aren't you all familiar with all this? The husband goes to the office from nine to five - working, sweating, being bullied, insulted, adding up figures or being bureaucratic, or ambitious, seeking more money, higher position, concerned with his own activity - aren't you doing that? No? And the wife either is cooking, bearing sex and children, or goes to an office too. So husband and the wife are running in parallel lines - perhaps they meet in bed - don't be shocked - or occasionally or daily quarrel, nagging, bullying each other, saying, she is my wife, my husband, you mustn't look at anybody else, jealousy. This is your life. So where is your relationship with your wife when each one is pursuing his own line of thought and ambition and desires. In that is there any love? Oh, for god's sake, what are we talking Is there love in life, in your life? If there is no love there is no religion. You may go to the temple three times a day, if you are a Muslim pray five times a day, and worship all kinds of silly gods, but if there is no love, life has no meaning
So we also have to find and what is love. Is love desire? Is love pleasure? Is love sorrow and pain and anxiety, jealousy, hatred? Or is love something totally divorced from all this?.
You see, you hear all this, if you do hear at all all this, and you know this is a fact, not an imagination, not something that thought has invented, and you will go back to your old life, to your old ways. You say it is too difficult, we cannot live in the modern world with all this. Right? And so you carry on. Then what's the point of listening to all this? Have you ever thought about all these matters? Or is all this something totally new, somebody talking in Greek? So let's proceed. At least some of you will give attention to what is being said
So a religious mind, or religious brain is that which has great sense of beauty. Beauty is truth, beauty is morality - the way how you behave, how you talk, how you walk. Beauty is that which is eternal, everlasting, is beyond time. And also there is beauty in relationship, not attachment. There is no beauty in attachment. Do you understand this? Probably you will repeat this, saying beauty has no attachment, love has no attachment - you will repeat it and it becomes a slogan. And you think by repeating you will reach heaven. (Laughs) It's quiet funny, isn't it, all this? So a religious brain has this quality of beauty. And also it implies a relationship that is true, that is real, not selfish, not limited. I may love my wife, but that doesn't mean I only love my wife. I doubt if you love your wife. You are all so - I won't Again without love there is no religion. Love has compassion. Where there is compassion there is intelligence, not the intellectual, cunning intelligence of thought, which is limited. Where there is love, compassion, there is limitless intelligence. And when there is that intelligence whatever is does is right, correct, precise
And also, as we said, most human beings are frightened. And when there is fear there is no beauty. So can one, can human beings free of fear? We went into it briefly yesterday morning. As we said, fear is time and thought. You know, just to look at it, not say how to stop time and thought - it's impossible, you can't stop time and thought but you can observe it. Do you understand what I am - the word 'observe', what it means? Oh good lord! Have you ever observed, looked, looked at your wife? Have you ever done it? You shake your head sir, all the time. Have you ever looked at your wife?
Q: No, sir.
K: Now you stop shaking your head. I'm glad. Have you ever looked at a tree, the clouds, the rivers, the child on the road? Have you ever looked at this, observed it? So one has to enquire into what is observation. Sir, please, to observe without prejudice, without opinion, without any judgement, without any value - just to observe. To observe how you sit. To observe your own thoughts - not condemn your thought, right and wrong, I shouldn't think this, this is ignoble thought, this is noble thought - just to observe your thinking. To observe the way you dress and so on. When you so observe your fear, not condemn it, not run away from it or transmute it to something else but just to observe it. In that observation you bring all your attention in that. Observation means complete attention. Can you so observe? Observe a tree completely, listen to the sound of the breeze in the tree, the birds fluttering, landing on the trees, calling of an evening - just to listen, to observe. When you do that, the implication in that observation is that you bring all your attention to it. It's like focussing strong light on something. Then that very light, that very flame destroys that which is turned on. You understand what I am saying? Lord! Will you do it or you just shake your head and carry on? If you give your whole attention to fear then you will find fear goes completely. But if you try to escape from it, try to run away, try to avoid it and say, 'How terrible to be afraid', then it is that activity is lacking attention. But when you give your complete attention, it is like turning on a great light. Then the whole pattern of fear is shown, the beginning and the ending of fear
And attention is not something to be practised. Have you noticed how we are becoming mechanical? Does this interest you? Have you noticed in yourself how your brains are becoming mechanical? You repeat, don't you? You are traditionalists, aren't you? And where there is tradition in this limited sense or in extensive sense, it's constant repetition; you get up in the morning at a certain time, go to bed at a certain time, repeat, repeat, sexually, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat. Are you acquainted with computers, some of you? The modern computer does almost everything that the human brain can do. It's a machine put together by thought. And that machine, mechanical intelligence, in certain ways is far superior to the human intelligence. It can calculate, remember on a little chip million memories. You people don't know. And the computers with robots are building cars. They can write poems, paint, do extraordinary things. I won't go into all that because that's a different matter
So our brains have become are mechanical. This is a fact. You are a Hindu, you repeat that everlastingly, or you are an English or French, or this or that. So our brains have become mechanical. And as we said, thought is limited. And to find out for ourselves the limitations of thought and go beyond it, not imaginatively, fantastically, or romantically, but actually find out - that's part of religious activity. We have to do certain things mechanically. All our responses, biological and nervous responses are mechanical. I say something to you. You call me a fool, I react. Or you put a pin into me and I react - that's mechanical, that's natural. Not when you call me a fool and I call you another. That is based on not - that's partly mechanical too. But to be aware of all this, not practise. You understand? You know this - oh, for god's sake are you are all so childish? I mean to pay attention to your toe and gradually become, you know - haven't you, some of you, do all these kind of tricks? No? Awareness, it's called - practising awareness. You are all smiling, some of you. Can you practise awareness? If you do, it becomes mechanical. When you kind of sit down and concentrate on your toe, and then from your leg and all the rest of it, your breath - it's a kind of monkey trick. I am not insulting you, please. Practise about twelve hours a day - think of your brain, what's happening to your brain. You are becoming dull. Your brain has got extraordinary faculty. Look what they have done, they have gone to the moon. It's the activity of the brain. The extraordinary surgery that's going on, transforming hearts and livers and so on. The brain has the capacity, immense capacity. What they have done in the technological world - incredible. We were at one of the - oh, I won't go into all this, it doesn't interest you
So. But if you do, if you become if the brain becomes mechanical then that mechanical attitude limits the activity and the faculty of the brain. It becomes conditioned, limited. And where there is limitation there must be conflict. Don't you know all this?
Would you like to discuss conflict? Why human beings live perpetually in conflict, perpetually have problems. Have you gone into it? Shall I also sit like you apathetically and just listen casually? (Laughs) Why do we live in conflict? What is conflict? Your lives are in conflict, aren't they? Honestly, be simple - aren't you in conflict, sir? Aren't you? Be honest, simply for once. Why? What is conflict? Opposing desires. Right? Right, sir? Opposing demands, opposing opinions - I think this and you think that. Right? My prejudice against your prejudice. Right? My tradition against your tradition. And deeper still - my selfishness against your selfishness. No? Yes? My meditation against your meditation! (Laughter) My guru is better than your guru. God! So there is this contradictory process going on in us, which is the dualistic attitude towards life. Right? The good and the bad. Right? Have you ever enquired whether there is a relationship between the good and the bad? Is all this something new? I am asking you, gentlemen and ladies: is there a relationship between the good and the bad? That is duality - you understand? - hate and not hate. Let's take one thing, violence and non-violence. Right? Is there any relationship with violence, and a brain that has no violence? You understand? Is there a relationship between the two? If there is relationship between violence and that which is not violent, then that relationship implies a connection between the two. Right? You understand what I am saying? If there is a relationship between violence and that which is not violent then one is born out of the other. Right? I wonder if you see this. Do give your mind to this for a while, will you? Two opposites: violence - or if you don't like violence - envy and not envy. Right? If there is a relationship, envy has a relationship with non-envy - right? - then one is born out of the other. Right? Is this clear? Is this clear, sir? (Laughs) Are you sure? Look sir, if love is related to hate or to jealousy - that's better, let's take a very ordinary daily fact. If love is related to hate, then it is not love, is it? Is it?
K: I beg your pardon?
Q: She says that in love there is the absence of hate.
K: That's just an idea. For god's sake, don't say things that you don't know what you are saying. God! Look, sir, if violence is related to that which is not violent, violence is still part of that which is not violence. Do you understand some of this? So violence is something entirely different from that which is non-violence which is not violent. So, if you see the fact, then the conflict ceases. Look, if I see that I am blind, I accept it. I can't keep on struggling - I must have more light, I must see - I am blind. But if I don't accept it and say, 'I must see, I must see, I must see', then there is conflict. You understand this - very simple fact. I accept I am blind. And then that acceptance that I am blind, the fact that I am blind, then I have to cultivate different senses. Right? I can feel how closely I come to a wall. Accept, seeing the fact that I am blind has its own responsibility. But if I constantly say to myself, 'I must see, I must see, I must see', I am in conflict. This is what you are doing. If I accept that I am dull (laughs), if I accept that I am dull, not because I compare myself with you who are clever - you understand what I am saying? I know only dullness through comparison, don't I? I see you, very bright, very clever, intelligent, blah, all the rest of it, and I say compared to you, how dull I am. But if I don't compare, I am what I am. Right? I can then begin from there. But if I am all the time comparing with you who are bright, intelligent, nice looking, capable and all the rest of it, I am in perpetual conflict with you. But if I accept what I am, I am this, and from there I can begin. Do you see this?
So conflict exists only when we deny the actual fact of 'what is'. Look, I am this but if I am trying all the time to become that, I am in conflict. Right? But you are like that because you all have a psychological becoming. You all want to become holy, saints, or business, or meditate properly. Don't you? So there is conflict only when you realise the fact and not move away from the fact - I am violent, but when I pretend not to be violent, conflict begins. Right? So will you stop pretending and say, 'I am violent, let's deal with violence.' It's like when you have a toothache you go to a dentist, do something about it. But when you pretend I have no toothache, I am... So conflict ends when you see things as they are, not pretend something which is not. It is a much more complex problem, conflict - we won't go into it much deeper
And so we are saying, as this is the last talk here - last discussion rather, communication - we ought to talk briefly about sorrow and meditation. Man has lived with sorrow from the beginning of time. Right? Man has suffered, he is in sorrow, and nobody has faced the fact - asking whether sorrow can end? Your sorrow - you understand, sir? If I have lost a son, or a child whom I love or have affection, I suffer. Don't you suffer? Is this something strange to you?
K: Then what do you do about it? No, I'm not - sir, this is a serious question, I am not trying to harass you, but we suffer and we go on suffering. Right? We never ask whether suffering can end. And so when you suffer all the time, your brain becomes dull, your life becomes dark, ugly. When you suffer you can't love. So can you find out whether sorrow can end. Sorrow, part of sorrow, is self pity. Right? Isn't there in sorrow self pity? That means you are concerned about yourself. I lost my son in whom I have invested a lot of money. My son, and he dies. I am becoming old, nobody to look after me. I hope my son will grow up and look after me. Don't you know all this? And he goes, he dies and I suffer. In suffering there is loneliness, attachment, feeling that I have lost something which can never be replaced. And loneliness is emphasised, brought into my consciousness directly - all that, part of suffering. So can all that end? Can you end your attachment - to your gods, to your beliefs, to your faith, to your house, to your - attachment - you understand, sir? Can you end it? That's what death means, doesn't it? Death means the ending, not the continuity, next life, that may be, that may be a theory. And if you like theories and that gives you comfort, all right, but there is nothing real about theories or beliefs. What has reality is your attachment to your family, to your belief, to your gods, to your tradition. And death comes along and says, 'Wipe it.' Right? So can you while living be free of attachment - to your guru, to your belief, to your bank account - you must have, if you are lucky enough to, or unlucky enough, to have a bank account - can you be detached, be free of all attachment and live in this world, be free of attachment. Can you? That means living with death all the time. Oh, you people don't know anything about this. Not fifty years later or frightened of death. I won't go into the question of death because that's too complicated. We have no time this morning. But death means not only biological, physical ending of the organism, but also to all the memories, the attachments, to your reputation, to your fulfilment - that all ends. So, can you live with death. Not commit suicide - I don't mean that. Live with death, ending every day all the things that you have psychologically accumulated. That requires tremendous care, attention to every thought so that you are living all the time with that shadow, with that thing that's called death, which becomes then you have immense vitality. Not to do more mischief, not to get more money, more fame and all that rubbish, but a brain that becomes extraordinarily alive, free
And also we ought to talk for a few minutes about meditation. You want to talk about it? Are you sure? Because what I am going to say about your meditation is nonsense. What's the difference between a man who wants to accumulate money, working, working, working, getting richer and richer or poorer, whatever it is - working day after day to be rich, famous, as a politician, as guru or something or other - what's the difference between that and your practising daily to become something, to achieve enlightenment? What's the difference? Is there any difference? The man who pursues day after day to acquire money, position, status - status, you know as a big man, reputation, works, works, works; and the other man who says, I am going to meditate in order to achieve something or other. What is the difference between the two?
K: None. Then why do it? Sir, don't agree with this, this is a very, very serious subject. Don't play around with this. I say conscious meditation, deliberate meditation, which means daily practice, daily repetition of a mantra - right? - all that is like any other business, like any other activity. Nothing nobler about it. So, deliberate, conscious practice, following a system, repeating some words in order to pacify the mind to become quiet, pay attention, is like any other man who says I am going to be, I must have status. Right? So we are saying - please, listen carefully - we are saying that any deliberate, conscious meditation is no meditation at all. Do you like what I am saying? No, you don't! So we have to find out what is meditation, which is not deliberate action, sitting in a certain posture, breathing regularly and following a system. Have you observed what happens to your brain when you do all this? It becomes more and more mechanical. Right? You so easily agree, but you don't really agree at all. You just play with words
So there is a meditation which is totally different. Which is not - if you put aside the deliberate activity of meditation, which is to say, I will do this - meditation is not the activity of will or determination. Right, sir? So is there a meditation which is not all this? We are saying there is. Totally different, because this is all rather immature, rather obvious, and you have practised, practised for generations this kind of meditation - where are you at the end of it? Right? Where are you? On the contrary your brains have become extraordinarily dull. So we are saying there is a meditation - meditation implies a state of the brain in which there is no measurement. Understand? No measurement. That means no comparison, that means no becoming - you don't become enlightened. That's a horrible idea: I am going to become enlightened. That's a reward. You understand? If I do this, I'll get rewarded. If I don't do it, I'll get punished. You see that brings in another - we live on reward and punishment
Sir, after all, to have great silence, and that silence is not brought about by deliberate, purposeful activity. Without having a silent brain there is no meditation. Meditation is giving attention to everything daily, to everything that you do. You begin there. How you're dressed, how you talk, how you eat, how you walk - pay attention to all that. Then as you pay attention, you will know what it means to give complete attention. That is, to observe, to watch, to listen, thereby you become highly sensitive - not become - you are highly sensitive when there is attention. And that is why beauty is important
Q: Will death grant me automatically freedom from pain and sorrow and attachments when I die?
K: I don't understand.
Q: Will death automatically grant me freedom from pain and sorrow.
K: Who are you?
Q: He is asking.
K: Who are you, sir? Are you different from sorrow?
Q: No, sir.
K: Are you different from your anger?
Q: No, sir.
K: Are you different from your greed?
Q: No, sir.
K: So if you end your greed now, that's part of death. Are you different from all this?
Q: No, sir.
Q: Suppose I am unable to do that.
Q: Suppose I am unable to do that just now, then I die
K: No, no, that's a wrong question. You are saying, if I don't do it now...
Q: I am unable to.
K: Yes, same thing, sir. Are you unable? Be honest, sir, are you unable?
Q: I am trying meditation
K: Ah! When you have toothache or pain you go to the dentist, don't you?
Q: Yes, sir.
K: You don't say, I am trying to go to the dentist. (Laughter) Yes, sir, you are all playing with words.
Sir, we have the idea, a concept, a tradition that I am different from my anger. I am the atman and all that kind of stuff, I am different from everything, I am the watcher. Right? I am the controller. As that gentleman points out very clearly, that if I don't do anything now, that is, I won't be attached, I won't do anything about my attachment, I won't do anything about my anger, envy, will death end all that? That is his question - right, sir?
Q: Yes, sir.
K: Yes, sir. That means if I don't stop all that now, I will be like this tomorrow, won't I? I will be like this till I die. Right?
Q: Yes, sir.
K: Then what happens after that?
Q: That I don’t know, sir.
K: Then why - as you don't know, why don't you do this first? Do you understand my question, sir? You don't know actually what happens after death. You may believe in reincarnation, you may believe in the future. Right? You may believe, I am not sir, please, I am an ordinary person
Q: I believe it may be total annihilation.
Q: It may be total annihilation.
K: May be.
Q: I don’t know.
K: You don't know. So why not begin now? Sir, if I don't know what I am going to be in a year's time - I may die, and if I am going to die in two years time, why not begin now, which means don't be attached. Can you, will you? Not try. Do it!
This is our trouble. You always say, 'I am going to try'. You don't say that when you are hungry, when you are sexually demanding, you don't say, 'I will think about it'. So, sir, don't play with this kind of thing.
Q: So I have to become a dead body just now? (Laughter)
K: Do we realise what our life is? What is your life, sir?
Q: Hunger, anxiety, fears.
K: All that - why not end it now?
Q: I can’t end hunger.
K: I never said - those are biological demands, but psychologically - anger, envy, jealousy, hate, attachment - can't you end all that? Of course, one can. Then do it! Talk to your wife or your husband, to your neighbour, gently, quietly, with affection, with care. Sir, you make me cry! You don't listen to all this
Well sirs, sit quietly, shall we, for a few minutes?