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Thought, stillness and time (MP3 Disc)

Thought, stillness and time (MP3 Disc)

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Is thought detrimental?

15 August 1965

Why does one seek pleasure?

Can the mind only face facts and not thought?

Why have I never said, ‘Thought is poison,’ to myself?

Meeting something one doesn’t know, facing something which has no answer.

Acting without knowing.

What is a state of mind which is silent?

Time is detrimental.

Are we twisting everything to our core of pleasure?


Am I aware of the process of thinking?

18 August 1965

Can I see that thought is destructive, except where it is essential?

Why is it that we don’t see something immediately?

Do you know when you are thinking?

Is the thing that we call thinking, thinking at all?

Do you think from the background noise when a problem arises?

When the mind becomes totally aware of the background, is there thinking when a problem arises?

What happens when I am aware of this hum, this noise incessantly going on?

Is the background noise different from the observer?

How am I to live an everyday life with complete silence?


What will make me see that thought breeds frustration?

21 August 1965

What is the function of thought?

Can the mind see the fact that thought will always breed frustration?

Function is necessary, but function with status, position and power must breed frustration.

Without frustration thought says to itself, ‘I am not seeking. I don’t want anything.’

If there is no thought, what happens?

The very perception of the limitation of thought is the act of opening the door, rather than thought opening the door.

To function without prestige, without frustration, that itself is an extraordinary state, meaning to function without self-centred activity.


From where do attachment and detachment come?

24 August 1965

What is the relationship of the brain to the totality of the mind?

Fear of not being, fear of isolation, fear of not having pleasure, fear of having no relationship, is the soil from which the stem of contradiction grows.

I want to be free of this stem to see what happens if there is no attachment, no detachment, because I am not afraid.

Is there a peace with no entity saying, ‘I am peaceful’?


A complete stillness

25 August 1965

Is there a single movement that will completely transform my whole way of life?

The passion is there but the perfume doesn’t take place. What am I to do?

Am I in a position of a man who for the first time is walking on a road by himself and discovering?

Does one know what a complete stillness means?

It is only from a very still mind that a mutation takes place.

Is there an ending to thought, therefore an ending to time?

If I have no thought and therefore no time, and so no wasting of energy, there is no movement, therefore there is complete stillness.

Is it possible to look at everything without thought, therefore without time, and so walk with silence?


When the mind is completely quiet, how can there be time?

29 August 1965

What does time mean to you, as a human being?

Is there such thing as existence?

Quietness has come because I have understood the nature of time, function, thought and pleasure.

What takes place when there is great intensity?

Thought has a movement in function. Here there is no movement which thought can recognise, because thought is not coming into this at all.

When time comes to an end, is there distance and space?

If you look at the mountain without the layer of thought as function, as the experiencer, what is space?

When there is no experiencer, no thinker, in that stillness is there time?

Time exists only when there is an observer.


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