1. Can the mind bring about a radical change in itself ? 9-Dec-1972 (76 min.)
Is it possible for the mind to transform itself totally?
If thought cannot bring about a radical change in the mind, then what is the mind to do?
When there is an image about somebody, you are not seeing the person but the image which you have built about them.
Acquiring knowledge is mechanical, learning is non-mechanical.
Can the mind sustain the moment of learning all the time?
Do you observe through knowledge, which is the past, or do you observe without the past?
There is a way of looking in which thought as time, knowledge and experience doesn’t enter, looking as though for the first time. Therefore the mind has completely changed.
2. Observing fear without any movement of thought 10-Dec-1972 (60 min.)
When the mind tries to control or suppress the fact, the ‘what is’, that is a wastage of energy.
Can the mind look at envy without the opposite of not being envious or controlling or suppressing envy?
If there is no opposite at all, there is only ‘what is’, and therefore no choice.
When you are observing the fact, there is no confusion, no choice, no opposite.
The mind living in fear becomes violent.
Violence is not merely physical violence; violence is conformity.
Why does fear exist at all?
Thought has been conditioned to suppress fear.
Can you observe fear completely, without any movement of thought, which is past, which is time?
3. Freedom, order, love and death 16-Dec-1972 (75 min.)
Can the mind be free or must it always live within the prison of the known?
Relationship implies responsibility, as does freedom. To be related is to live; that is life, existence.
If in relationship there is disorder, society and culture goes to pieces.
When the mind understands what brings about disorder, order comes naturally out of that insight, awareness, observation.
At the moment of insult or flattery, can the mind not record it?
When you don’t know how to love man, you love God.
Can a man love if he is envious, greedy, ambitious, violent, conforming, obeying, totally in disorder?
Can the mind ever be free of death?
The mind can be free only when there is complete observation of facts as they are, and going beyond them.
4. What is religion, what is truth ? 17-Dec-1972 (96 min.)
If one is deeply seeking reality, the idea of a path leading to truth is an abomination.
Can your mind put away all desire for experience, put away all myths?
Can you put away the authority of another completely, including that of the speaker?
Is there a way of action in which there is no control at all?
Meditation implies the establishment of right relationship with others.
A mind that is still is not distorted. If you make the mind still, if there is a controller, then this product called a quiet mind is a distorted mind.
Silence is completely necessary. Not induced silence or brought about through self-hypnosis but silence that comes naturally, easily, when you have understood existence without conflict.
A mind is silent only when it has established itself in relationship in which there is no conflict, when the mind is free from all control. This means that the mind is learning all the time.
A religious mind is a mind that is attentive to ‘what is’, not attentive to ‘what should be’.
Public Discussion 1
5. Why does the mind get hurt ? 12-Dec-1972 (85 min.)
How do we have an insight to a problem?
What takes place when there is a screen between you and me?
Memory of past incidents, experiences and knowledge, which is time, divides people. Why does the mind gather this memory?
How is the mind to be free of hurts?
Investigation is not a matter of choice, decision or will. Investigation implies attention, observation.
See what takes place when there is complete attention, in which there is no observer.
When one finds security in the past, what takes place?
Conclusions have no validity. Security is in attention. Attention is order.
There is no habit in attention.
Public Discussion 2.
6. Meditation, freedom from the known, and suffering 14-Dec-1972 (92 min.)
Why should one meditate at all?
Not knowing what meditation is, not knowing its implications, not having read books or wanting to imitate what others have said, where does one start?
Can the mind free itself from its own knowledge?
Consciousness is its content. The content makes up consciousness. Without the content there is no consciousness as we know it.
Self-pity, anxiety and loneliness is the content which makes for sorrow. When the content is not, is there sorrow?
How is the mind to be free of the content? This is meditation.
Can the mind, the heart and the body function in complete unity, complete harmony, as a whole?