Can we radically bring about a change in ourselves?
Public Talk 1 - Madras (Chennai),India - 31 December 1983
Where there is division and fragmentation there must be conflict.
From childhood and through education your brain is trained to solve problems, so you treat life as a problem to be solved.
A new culture or civilisation cannot come about through economic or political action. Religion is the only factor, and that religion is our inquiry, to find out whether the brain can be really religious.
Self-centred thinking is limited.
Whatever is limited must bring about conflict and division.
Living is relationship.
Why has thought become so important in our lives?
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What relationship has time to fear?
Public Talk 2 - Madras (Chennai),India - 1 January 1984
Technologically we may be marvellous but psychologically we are barbarous, violent, cruel, and lacking any sense of beauty and moral rectitude.
What we are now, we will be tomorrow. If we change radically now, psychologically, then the future is now.
The analyser of violence is also violent. One violence examines another violence and so there is contradiction.
Thought is not separate from the thinker.
What is the cause of fear?
How can you love if you have fear?
If you look with all your senses at a tree, the sky or a cloud full of light, then in that observation there is no self or ‘me’.
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1st Question & Answer Meeting
Public Question & Answer 1 - Madras (Chennai),India - 3 January 1984
Q1: How can mere individuals change and affect the whole?
Q2: Is mutation purely a psychological happening?
There is a radical change or mutation when the chain of conditioning is broken.
Q: You claim to have love and compassion. What have you done about poverty?
2nd Question & Answer Meeting
Public Question & Answer 2 - Madras (Chennai),India - 5 January 1984
Q1: Whatever work I have attempted has ended in failure. What is the cause of this state of affairs and what is the remedy?
What is the origin, the beginning of desire?
Q2: How can we gather our entire energy to see ‘what is’?
To live means also to end
Public Talk 3 - Madras (Chennai),India - 7 January 1984
Art is to put everything in its right place.
The art of listening, learning and perception.
Why do human beings throughout the world get hurt psychologically and carry this burden of pain all their life?
When I say, ‘I am hurt by what you said yesterday,’ who is the ‘I’ that is hurt?
The image is the recording process in the brain.
Is it possible to end sorrow?
Why is it that all human beings are frightened of death?
Love is not of time nor put together by thought. Love is something outside of the brain.
What has religion to do with your daily life?
Public Talk 4 - Madras (Chennai),India - 8 January 1984
What is religion?
What is peace?
Conflict arises when there is separation, duality and the opposite.
Can you hold that fact that you are violent and not move away from it?
Our brains have become like the computer.
The total abandonment of all authority, including the authority of knowledge, is to find out the true significance of meditation.
Meditation is when the brain is completely unconditioned, totally free from all tradition and from all sense of becoming.