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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.
New Videos from Oak Grove School
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
"Krishnamurti: When the mind is silent that silence is a new dimension, and when there is any rampant pettiness it is instantly dissolved, because the mind has now a different quality of energy which is not the energy engendered by the past. This is what matters: to have that energy that dispels the carrying over of the past. The carrying over of the past is a different kind of energy. The silence wipes the other out, the greater absorbs the lesser and…Continue
New Focus: Conditioning
as of January 14, 2020
My comments on conditioning will follow as a separate message.
If not obvious, what I’ve been writing about recently is about my own “journey”. I’m sharing at least some of what I see as is possible with words. You might say I’m taking at least some of you that is, those interested, with me.
I am opening up this blog again to allow…Continue
Most of us are eager to step up to square two, most of us are so eager to take that first step. We read a few books, read up on certain traditions, memorize certain words we call ‘teachings’, compare them, pick one or a few, and then imagine we have taken that first step and left square one behind us.
Some of us make it a religion, reading thousands of books, organizing them neatly in their (this time) computers, so they can elicit the right answer, according to the…Continue
Ending of Time Chapter 1 4/1/80
K: I understand that. But I am trying to find out the origin of all this misery, confusion, conflict, struggle - what is the beginning of it? That's why I asked at the beginning: has mankind taken a wrong turn? Is the origin, `I am not I'.?
DB: I think that is getting closer.
K: Yes, that's it. And the `I' - why has mankind created this `I', which must, inevitably, cause conflict? `I' and `you', and `I' better…Continue
Apparently, inwardly choice means a confusing process is taking place, which may indicate a failure to understand the relationship between the observer and the observed. Outwardly we choose according to like and dislike, reward and punishment, pleasure and fear, taste, preference, appetite, practicality, security, etc, etc. And inwardly, it seems that when "what is" is approached with thought, analysis, judgement, choice, then we are into the area of cause and effect. I think that the…Continue
Can I ask silence to find you, as inquirers, fellow inquirers receptive to questioning idealism, and addictive thought and help you remain in silence, rather than as a friend trying to give silence a purpose of creating individuals without wanting, or needing the credit for any good thing that comes to you or me as far as freeing us from time, in a life trapped in the whole matrix of deeply flawed addictive belief systems, invented by thought? Guru's promise things like thi…Continue
Seeing that living in the opposites means contradiction I think it will be worthwhile to look into this topic and see if we can share an insight. Of course there exists in nature night and day, male and female, east and west, north and south, hard and soft, hot and cold etc. Nevertheless, there is a need to look into a deeper process going on in consciousness that is responsible for disorder? Apparently, there are opposites in ourselves when we have some intention to be or become…Continue
My mind is especially drawn to the fact that we generally fragment all of life into holidays week ends, and work days and traditional ritualistic national and religious events and worship days. Looking forward to our next holiday generally not factually inquiring into whether we could ever find work that we loved as much as we seem to love weekends and holidays, and vacations, or getaways? I wonder if it has something to do with religions and their utopian beliefs and ideas? A sacred river.…Continue
The equation, freedom and equality equals order in relationship, is not an ideal or a supposition, it is actually a fact that can be seen when one has no image of oneself and no image of another. Or you can state the equation, no image of oneself and no image of another equals order in relationship. Significantly, this would engender a transformation of society, as society is nothing more or less than our relationships with each other. In reality and especially politically, freedom and…Continue
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K: Can the mind totally disassociate not only with the knowledge which it has acquired and stored up to which it becomes attached, but also can the mind remain not in isolation. Because when one thinks, if one is not occupied oneself you have no relationship to others, you are so totally isolated. Those are all concepts, conclusions, theories. So what we are saying is: can the mind, including the brain, the senses - when we use the word 'mind' I am including all that, the brain, the movement of…Continue
Started by Paul Dimmock. Last reply by Paul Dimmock 38 minutes ago.
Is there anything to say? You see the state of the world, watch TV, read books, go on the internet, join groups of some kind, and see the madness. We pick up some words, phrases, ideas, and want to make a point of them, to repost. Is this getting anywhere? We start a conversation, but then we lecture people about how to read, how to think, what the message is, and generally try to correct them. The freedom to think and inquire is restricted to the context, to the verbal meaning, and the…Continue
Started by Peter Stephens. Last reply by Howard Ward 23 hours ago.
There is a question of authority. What is it? It comes from the word author. I am the author of what I read, think, write and say. Is it enough to leave it as words, and then add more words, without thinking about this author, this self, insightfully? The author says, I, you, can not think about self. The author says there is only this ability to read the words and then respond with an opinion. What's more the author has in its writings, many arguments for not being able to look beyond the…Continue
Started by Peter Stephens. Last reply by Chris Dent yesterday.
What makes for fragmentation? We have discussed fear when we find ourselves attached to something and the cultivation of detachment in order to overcome fear. That is fragmentary thinking. What is it that makes for fragmentation in our life? Please Sirs, don't draw any conclusions from what you hear. I really want to communicate with you to tell you that one can become completely, r, totally and utterly free of fear; not only of the biological, physical fears, but of the deep down psychological…Continue
Started by Howard Ward. Last reply by Howard Ward on Wednesday.
K: So if thought is the origin of all this mess, and it looks like it - don't accept what I am saying - our misery, our war, the division amongst people, the division of religions, the division of professions, the division of this whole becoming is the movement of thought. I do not know if you have observed how in the physical world the man becomes a clerk, or a priest, or a foreman, or a business man, and is climbing the ladder. He is all the time becoming something, physically. The parish…Continue
Started by Howard Ward. Last reply by Howard Ward Jan 17.
K: So we are asking why most human beings right throughout the world are so concerned with themselves - with their relationship with another, with their unhappiness, their psychological ugliness, their schizophrenic or various complexes - or they are asking themselves if they can ever find something everlasting, beautiful, true. And in their search, those who are serious get caught up in things like religion, caught up with the various gurus, caught up in some belief or in some idea or in some…Continue
Started by Paul Dimmock. Last reply by Paul Dimmock Jan 16.
K: The undoing of knowledge is the fundamental revolution; the undoing of knowledge is the beginning of humility. Only the mind that is humble can understand what is true and what is false, and is therefore capable of eschewing the false and pursuing that which is true. But most of us approach life with knowledge - knowledge being what we have learned, what we have been taught, and what we have gathered in the incidents and accidents of life. This knowledge becomes our background, our…Continue
Started by Howard Ward Jan 14.
K: Sir, can one understand one's own brain and the activities and the complexity of the brain without operating on animals, dead bodies and so on? Can one observe the very complex structure and nature of the brain in oneself, rather than seek it externally, outside? Is that possible? I feel it is possible if one can watch very carefully, objectively, without any bias, the reactions, the biological responses and the inward urges and temperaments and idiosyncrasies, the whole complexity of human…Continue
Started by Howard Ward. Last reply by bruce sean Jan 11.
B: Yes. The memory is continually reacting, moving, as does the air and the water, everything around us. Now if nothing happened we should say, why would it ever stop?K: Quite. After all sir, physically if I don't react I am paralysed. One is paralysed. But the reacting continually is also a form of paralysis.B: Yes, well the wrong kind of reaction.K: Yes.B: Reaction around the psychological structure.K: Yes, we are talking psychologically always.B: But now assuming that the reaction around the…Continue
Started by Howard Ward. Last reply by Peter Stephens Jan 10.