What is the mind?
2 May 1961
What is the mind? How do you observe? From what centre do you observe?
Do I see the totality of the mind?
Experience is always in terms of what is known.
Q: Will understanding come through self-awareness?
Do you see that a mind which is a slave to words is incapable of looking, observing, feeling, seeing?
What is thinking?
4 May 1961
Most of us live in a state of self-contradiction, not only collectively but individually. From this contradiction there is conflict.
Q: Is thinking entirely the result of conditioning?
The totality of consciousness is conditioned. Any response from the unconscious is not a liberating influence or a liberating factor.
Is it possible for an action to take place which is not within the field of consciousness or of limitation and conditioning?
Can the conscious mind investigate something which it does not know?
Q: Can we become completely free beings?
Can the mind experience without leaving a residue as memory?
7 May 1961
Can the mind understand the nature of conflict and come out of it renewed, fresh, young and innocent?
Everything we do is action: every movement of thought, every gesture, every idea, every wave of the mind. Every action breeds a reaction, and from that reaction another action tales place. So our action is reaction.
Each experience leaves its residue as memory, a scar. So memory is the problem, not desire or resistance.
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Why has the mind to be occupied?
9 May 1961
Why is there the compulsive urge to commit oneself to an idea, a group, a certain way of thinking, to the course of a particular action?
Is it possible for the mind to stand completely alone?
Have we ever lived with something without resistance?
Can the mind free itself from fear?
11 May 1961
What does inquiry imply?
The so-called positive approach is essentially a prolongation of fear
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Can the mind wipe away entirely the conditioning of centuries?
14 May 1961
Can the mind understand the limitations of imitation and conforming to a pattern?
Attention is not concentration.
In the very act of listening there is a revolution, a fundamental transformation.
A mind that sees the truth of something false or true is perceiving immediately, without any conflict, cause or after-results.
Q: How does one know whether one is seeing the whole volume or only a page?
What is the state of the mind that sees the whole?
What significance has desire?
16 May 1961
One can see very clearly that every form of discipline, control, suppression, perverts the beauty of desire and therefore makes the mind and the heart hard, incapable of being young, swift.
Can one live in this world without ambition?
Q: Is it possible to get rid of the object and stay with the essence of desire?
Can the mind be free from conflict?
18 May 1961
The mind must be totally empty to see something new.
Why does conflict arise?
Through one escape, can the mind see the futility of all escapes, and therefore have no conflict?
Time and death
21 May 1961
Learning implies a state of mind which is never gathering or accumulating.
Has the mind invented a time which is psychological as a means of achievement, becoming something?
It is only something that dies that has the possibility of creation, newness, freshness. Is it possible to die while living, with the vitality, energy, senses fully awake? What does that death mean?
There is a dying and a living where time as space and distance are understood.
What is the quality of the mind that is capable of meditation?
23 May 1961
Sensitivity is essential. A mind that has frontiers, that is conditioned, is not sensitive.
A nationalist or a believer obviously hasn’t a sensitive mind: his belief or nationalism limits his mind.
The perception of what is beautiful demands the passion of austerity.
When there is this deep, inward look, inward pursuit, inward flow, the mind is not anything apart from that which is sublime. Therefore all searching, seeking, longing, comes to an end.
The truly religious mind is not a slave to time
25 May 1961
Progress in certain ways is very good, essential; but progress also destroys freedom.
Despair exists only when there is hope.
The energy that is generated by the self for the things it desires, is entirely different from the energy that has no cause.
Creation is disorder. But that disorder has order because it is creative.
Q: Does the same mind create disorder and order?
How is one to understand the totality of suffering?
28 May 1961
A religious mind brings about a total revolution, not only within but without. It is only a religious revolution that can solve the problems of human existence, no other revolution.
Suffering perverts the mind, distorts the mind. Suffering is not the way to truth, reality, God.
Through the part, one can never feel the whole. How does one feel the whole of mankind?
What creates conflict?
Is there a thinker apart from thought?
Q: Would you tell us a little more of what love is?
Q: You said that only a mind which is cleansed will arrive at this quietness and feeling. Is the process of cleansing a process of thought?
Q: Can there be thinking without memory?