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Is Freedom from Conditioning Really Possible?
Talk 39 min.
2 minute K anecdote: conditioning and time
Prof. Krishna: Are K's Teachings Practical?
May 2, 2010 - 52 min.
Certainty, Mind, and the Brain
Dr. Robert Burton & Prof. Frode Steen - November 14, 2009
Part 1, Dr. Burton - 55 min.
Part 2, Prof. Steen - 63 min.
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Goodness shows itself in behaviour and action and in relationship. Generally our daily behaviour is based on either the following of certain patterns – mechanical and therefore superficial – or according to very carefully thought-out motive, based on reward or punishment. So our behaviour, consciously or unconsciously, is calculated. This is not good behaviour. When one realizes this, not merely intellectually or by putting words together, then good behaviour comes out of negating what it is not.
The Whole Movement of Life is Learning, chapter 2: Freedom is essential for the beauty of goodness
It is not a myth or a false statement to say that some medical professionals are using vitamin C in their hospitals as one of their treatments to help patients with the Covid -19 virus and their promising results are verifiable when vitamin C is used in the very high dosages that they recommend.all the medical treatment centers, and medical community adhere to if they want to see the same positive results. They generally allege vitamin C is an effective tool in their treatment of patients,…Continue
Posted by Daniel Dano west on April 8, 2020 at 6:24am
Not just now, when you are not able to go out anywhere, but all the time, it is noticeable how the mind is restless. It is always looking for a place, as if it isn't here now. There are thoughts about visiting someone, attending a meeting, shopping, going to an activity and you want to be able to talk to someone. Then you think, but I can’t, and I have to stay at home. Then there is dissatisfaction and unease. All this is in the field of thought.
When I look at the garden I see…
A somewhat long essay by Charles Eisenstein. I have excerpted a few striking passages.
//We are right to stop, stunned at the newness of our situation. Because of the hundred paths that radiate out in front of us, some lead in the same direction we’ve already been headed. Some lead to hell on earth. And some lead to a world more healed and more beautiful…
"We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one. We see the world piece by piece, as…Continue
==In dialogue, we often encounter an obstacle whenever someone's counter-experience is introduced and we feel interrupted, off-center, impeded and have the reflex to foreclose on what is in offering as just another piece of conditioned knowledge. So what does it mean to dialogue without any trace of the past? What does that mean? Is it possible to get clear on what is meant by "leaving knowledge behind" or "freedom from the known" in order to inquire?
Page 269 of Essential…Continue
Down here in Australia, the days are getting shorter. What with the virus restrictions, and social distancing, there is this wondering what to do with yourself. I see from a point of view, and the mind is concerned with keeping itself busy. A wider view of the world not something understood, except conceptually. I think about doing things, but now it is advisable not to be in close physical contact. Then I am thinking of some activity by myself, for which I have lots to do, but it seems to…Continue
Posted by Peter Stephens on March 23, 2020 at 3:30am
No Gurus Please.
The mind automatically finds thoughts according to the situation. I can drive a car. I can go to a supermarket. I can meet socially. The mind is using thought to manage the situation. Thought is both adding to the way we see, and to controlling what we see.
When I meet with a doctor the doctor has a medical authority because I am meeting with a medical condition. When I meet with people to discuss matters thought has an authority according to the field of thought,…
Posted by Peter Stephens on March 17, 2020 at 3:00am
What is clarity? Is asking what it is, or what it is not, all there is to it? That is a thought process trying to establish by choice, the knowledge to stand by, and be certain. Faced with all our doubts and troubles, certainty is what we want, and we have devised a method of positing uncertainty, to be resolved with choice. We administer what we know, and use parts of it, as answers and solutions. We invent sophisticated methods of self-examination and self-knowledge, and maintain these as…Continue
Posted by Peter Stephens on March 14, 2020 at 11:53am
The brain is busy, occupied with thoughts. Sitting quietly the tendency is to generate thought looking for an end to the thoughts. Thought is active in an effort to control thought. It appears as though this is a complete activity and this is the only way to deal with it. Thought is diversionary. It will present a lot of ideas, theory, and clever logic, giving a false sense of ability, or false instruction. What to do? Remember we are talking about meditating.
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We are always using nature, either as an escape or for utilitarian ends - we never actually stop and love the earth or the things of the earth. We never enjoy the rich fields, though we utilize them to feed and clothe ourselves. We never like to till the earth with our hands - we are ashamed to work with our hands. There is an extraordinary thing that takes place when you work the earth with your hands. But this work is done only by the lower castes; we upper classes arc much too important…Continue
Started by Si. Last reply by kant on Monday.
To observe oneself is the best means in relationship in a family, society & the world in general .Then only one can find out probably where he or she is moving! Thereby understanding comes up!otherwise ego persists on!!Continue
Started by kant. Last reply by kant on Sunday.
As long as one has desires he or she has to fulfil the same and get fulfilment of the same, one gets happiness out of fulfilment of desire, so he contines this process again & again till one is fed up with this process. this continues till body&mind are fit for the same. A an moment comes when one is fed up.what is this desire? what is its nature? why this must persist on?Probably it gives more suffering instead of joy. Must this continue with man? is not this a factor of…Continue
Started by kant. Last reply by kant Mar 31.
K: We are talking about radical change of human behavior so that man is not self-centered as he is, which is causing such great destruction in the world. If one is aware, then we can begin to ask whether that conditioning can be totally changed so that man is completely free. We are going into this step by step, if you are willing, if you are serious. You must have great alertness, attention, capacity, sensitivity, you cannot be committed to any group, to any belief, to any dogma. You have to…Continue
Started by Howard Ward Mar 27.
Sorrow - a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others.K: So in investigating this question of sorrow we are going to investigate not only your personal limited sorrow but also the sorrow of mankind. So please in investigating this don't let us reduce it to a personal thing, because when you see the enormous suffering of mankind, then in the understanding of the enormity of it, the wholeness of it, then our own part has a role in…Continue
Started by Howard Ward. Last reply by Howard Ward Mar 27.
Meditation is a movement of self understanding and the more it goes the more it tears the self apart. Meditation and the understanding therein are not a desire disguised as passion, a desire to achieve freedom or enlightenment or any of that sort. It is rather a movement of destruction, a destruction of the known. If it is ever a desire, then it is an object of desire, as money, fame, power are objects of desire, no difference. Thought is aware of what it is doing and as soon as it sees that,…Continue
Started by Si. Last reply by kant Mar 26.