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4 years ago

change is inevitable, nothing is permanent.
when i was a kid i stole. I stole candy and cigarttes fro mthe store, pens and embroidery floss. and as a cashier, I stole food from the convenience store where I worked.
But I cahnged, i learned, i stopped stealing. how did Icahnge?
In all of honesty it was ignorance which caused me to steal, ignorance that it affected anyone, until, one day I was informed by my supervisor that the store where I worked had actually LOST money that month, due to all the theft. LOST money, wow, I said. It was just the thing I needed to change, and I never stole again.
it jsut goes to shopw you how true buddhsim is when they say even the evil will go to the land of light.
I was not intentionally evil, although my acts were, I was ignorant, and learned my lesson.
we can say the same for others who commit, evil acts, war and murder, are they really brainwashed into believing that they are doing the RIGHT THING, by MURDER ing others?
these people then also can change.
thats why I like buddhsim, nothing is permanent, people CAN and DO learn and grow.

Real Change
4 years ago

A change is possible only from the known to the unknown, not from the known to the known.


Do please think this over with me. In the change from the known to the known, there is authority, there is hierarchical outlook of life - "You know, I do not know.


Therefore, I worship you, I create a system, I go after a guru, I follow you because you are giving me what I want to know, you are giving me a certainty of conduct that will produce the result, the success and the result."


Success is the known.


I know what it is to be successful. That is what I want.


So we proceed from the known to the known in which authority must exist - the authority of sanction, the authority of the leader, the guru, the hierarchy, the one who knows and the other who does not know - and the one who knows must guarantee me the success, the success in my endeavor, in change, so that I will be happy, I will have what I want.


Is that not the motive for most of us to change?


Do please observe your own thinking, and you will see the ways of your own life and conduct....When you look at it, is that change?


Change, revolution, is something from the known to the unknown in which there is no authority, in which there may be total failure.


But if you are assured that you will achieve, you will succeed, you will be happy, you will have everlasting life, then there is no problem.


Then you pursue the well-known course of action, which is, yourself being always at the center of things.

[Taken from 'The Book of Life', daily meditations with Krishnamurti.]

Can A Human Being Change?
4 years ago

One must have asked oneself, I'm quite sure, whether one changes at all. I know that outward circumstances change; we marry, divorce, have children; there is death, a better job, the pressure of new inventions, and so on.


Outwardly there is a tremendous revolution going on in cybernetics and automation.


One must have asked oneself whether it is at all possible for one to change at all, not in relation to outward events, not a change that is a mere repetition or a modified continuity, but a radical revolution, a total mutation of the mind.


When one realizes, as one must have noticed within oneself, that actually one doesn't change, one gets terribly depressed, or one escapes from oneself.


So the inevitable question arises, can there be change at all?


We go back to a period when we were young, and that comes back to us again. Is there change at all in human beings?


Have you changed at all?


Perhaps there has been a modification on the periphery. but deeply, radically, have you changed?


Perhaps we do not want to change, because we are fairly comfortable....I want to change.


I see that I am terribly unhappy, depressed, ugly, violent, with an occasional flash of something other than the mere result of a motive; and I exercise my will to do something about it.


I say I must be different, I must drop this habit, that habit; I must think differently; I must act in a different way; I must be more this and less that.


One makes a tremendous effort and at the end of it one is still shoddy, depressed, ugly, brutal, without any sense of quality.


So one then asks oneself if there is change at all.


Can a human being change?

[Taken from 'The Book of Life', daily meditations with Krishnamurti.]

Outside The Field Of Thought
4 years ago


You have changed your ideas, you have changed your thought, but thought is always conditioned.


Whether it is the thought of Jesus, Buddha, X, Y, or Z, it is still thought, and therefore one thought can be in opposition to another thought; and when there is opposition, a conflict between two thoughts, the result is a modified continuity of thought.


In other words, the change is still within the field of thought, and change within the field of thought is no change at all.


One idea or set of ideas has merely been substituted for another.


Seeing this whole process, is it possible to leave thought and bring about a change outside the field of thought?


All consciousness, surely, whether it is of the past, the present, or the future, is within the field of thought; and any change within that field, which sets the boundaries of the mind, is no real change.


A radical change can take place only outside the field of thought, not within it, and the mind can leave the field only when it sees the confines, the boundaries of the field, and realizes that any change within the field is no change at all.


This is real meditation.

[Taken from 'The Book of Life', daily meditations with Krishnamurti.]

Deliberate Change Is No Change At All
4 years ago


In the very action of the individual changing, surely, the collective will also change.


They are not two separate things opposed to each other, the individual and the collective, though certain political groups try to separate the two and to force the individual to conform to the so-called collective.


If we could unravel together the whole problem of change, how to bring about a change in the individual and what that change implies, then perhaps, in the very act of listening, participating in the inquiry, there might come about a change which is without your volition.


For me, a deliberate change, a change which is compulsory, disciplinary, conformative, is no change at all.


Force, influence, some new invention, propaganda, a fear, a motive compels you to change - that is no change at all.


And though intellectually you may agree very easily with this, I assure you that to fathom the actual nature of change without a motive is quite extraordinary.

[Taken from 'The Book of Life', daily meditations with Krishnamurti.]

Complete Emptiness
4 years ago


For the complete mutation in consciousness to take place you must deny analysis and search, and no longer be under any influence - which is immensely difficult.


The mind, seeing what is false, has put the false aside completely, not knowing what is true.


If you already know what is true, then you are merely exchanging what you consider is false for what you imagine is true.


There is no renunciation if you know what you are going to get in return.


There is only renunciation when you drop something not knowing what is going to happen. That state of negation is completely necessary.


Please follow this carefully, because if you have gone so far you will see that in that state of negation you discover what is true; because, negation is the emptying of consciousness of the known.


After all, consciousness is based on knowledge, on experience, on racial inheritance, on memory, on the things one has experienced.


Experiences are always of the past, operating on the present, being modified by the present and continuing into the future.


All that is consciousness, the vast storehouse of centuries.


It has its usefulness in mechanical living only.


It would be absurd to deny all the scientific knowledge acquired through the long past. But to bring about a mutation in consciousness, a revolution in this whole structure, there must be complete emptiness.


And that emptiness is possible only when there is the discovery, the actual seeing of what is false.


Then you will see, if you have gone so far, that emptiness itself brings about a complete revolution in consciousness: it has taken place.

[Taken from 'The Book of Life', daily meditations with Krishnamurti.]

4 years ago

This requires a great deal of insight, inquiry. Don't agree with me, but go into it, meditate, tear your mind apart to find out the truth or the falseness of all this.


Does knowledge, which is the known, bring about change?


I must have knowledge to build a bridge; but must my mind know towards what it is changing?


Surely, if I know what the state of the mind will be when it is changed, it is no longer change.


Such knowledge is a detriment to change because it becomes a means of satisfaction, and as long as there is a center seeking satisfaction, reward, or security, there is no change at all.


And all our efforts are based on that center of reward, punishment, success, gain, are they not?


That is all most of us are concerned with, and if it will help us get what we want, we will change; but such change is no change at all.


So the mind that wishes to be fundamentally, deeply in a state of change, in a state of revolution, must be free from the known.


Then the mind becomes astonishingly still, and only such a mind will experience the radical transformation which is so necessary.

[Taken from 'The Book of Life', daily meditations with Krishnamurti.]

This post was modified from its original form on 04 Nov, 5:57
4 years ago
Our initial mental intention is a crucial key toward creating a firm group foundation, which will lead us further to higher levels that produce a strong and unified objective and non-objective focus (a field of mental energy).

This is commonly known as the social group Gestalt, which is the group's conscious and subconscious intention magnifying human will over design.

*In Other Words:

If you can believe in this hard enough, then you can cause it to happen!


Ratnasingam Yookarajah November 1 at 9:16am

To transform the world, we must begin with ourselves; and what is important in beginning with ourselves is the intention.

The intention must be to understand ourselves and not to leave it to others to transform themselves or to bring about a modified change through revolution, either of the left or of the right.

It is important to understand that this is our responsibility, yours and mine; because, however small may be the world we live in, if we can transform ourselves, bring about a radically different point of view in our daily existence, then perhaps we shall affect the world at large, the extended relationship with others.

[Taken from 'The Book of Life', daily meditations with Krishnamurti.]
Daily Food For Thought
4 years ago
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Oct 23: If the mind is occupied
Ratnasingam Yookarajah November 1 at 9:37am


Whether change is brought about consciously or unconsciously it is still the same. Conscious change implies effort; and unconscious endeavor to bring about a change also implies an effort, a struggle.


So long as there is a struggle, conflict, the change is merely enforced, and there is no understanding; and therefore it is no longer a change at all.


So, is the mind capable of meeting the problem of change, - of acquisitiveness, for example, - without making an effort, just seeing the whole implication of acquisitiveness? Because you cannot see the whole content of acquisitiveness totally so long as there is any endeavor to change it.


Real change can only take place when the mind comes to the problem afresh, not with all the jaded memories of a thousand yesterdays.


Obviously you cannot have a fresh, eager mind if the mind is occupied. And the mind ceases to be occupied only when it sees the truth about its own occupation.


You cannot see the truth if you are not giving your whole attention, if you are translating what is being said into something which will suit you, or translating it into your own terms.


You must come to something new with a fresh mind, and a mind is not fresh when it is occupied, consciously or unconsciously.

[Taken from 'The Book of Life', daily meditations with Krishnamurti.]