What is the root of the crisis in mankind?
Public Talk 1 - Ojai, California,USA - 2 May 1981
The crisis is not political, economic or religious, the crisis is in consciousness.
What is the origin of the terrible confusion, the total disregard for human beings, for another?
This consciousness with its crisis is not mine or yours but global, part of all human beings.
Why has thought become so extraordinarily important in life? Is there another instrument apart from thought?
Life is a movement of relationship
Public Talk 2 - Ojai, California,USA - 3 May 1981
Thought is a material process. There is nothing sacred whatsoever in the movement of thought.
The crisis is in the very nature of thought.
What is beauty?
Why have human beings who are so clever, so erudite in other directions become what we are?
Self-education is the beginning of wisdom; the understanding of our own selfish, narrow, distorted activity that is going on day after day.
Can the mind ever be free from problems?
Relationship is life; one cannot exist without relationship.
1st Question & Answer Meeting
Public Question & Answer 1 - Ojai, California,USA - 5 May 1981
Q1: You talk about the ill-effects of conditioning. Yet many psychologists and philosophers say that only through proper conditioning can man think and act clearly. What’s your answer?
Q2: Is there a difference between the brain and the mind, and if so, what is that relationship?
Q3: I have been deeply hurt in childhood. In spite of trying to understand what happened that hurt remains. What am I to do?
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2nd Question & Answer Meeting
Public Question & Answer 2 - Ojai, California,USA - 7 May 1981
Q1: I realise I act neurotically and I have had psychotherapy, but the neurosis is still basically there. What can I do?
Q2: Why is human behaviour in this country degenerating so rapidly, and what can one do to change it? What can this country give to the rest of the world?
Q3: Though attachment is not love, in some mysterious way the two are linked. They seem self-contradictory. Please go into this apparent paradox.
Q4: One cannot live outside of relationship, and yet in all forms of it there is conflict. Why is this so?
Q5: You have said that when one gives complete attention to a problem then the problem flowers and withers away. Can you explain this further?
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Can thought bring about right action?
Public Talk 3 - Ojai, California,USA - 9 May 1981
Knowledge is always incomplete, always within the shadow of ignorance.
Is there an action which is not limited, that does not bring conflict?
Insight is not the remembrance of things past, but seeing something directly, purely, without any direction. That seeing, perception, is total action.
Do we have the patience to listen to ourselves?
Public Talk 4 - Ojai, California,USA - 10 May 1981
Patience is timeless, impatience is full of time. One must have patience to listen to oneself.
Conflict indicates disorder. Choice indicates disorder. A man who chooses is not actually free, he is confused.
Is there a different approach altogether, which is not analysis but pure observation?
Discipline is the learning of the whole movement of desire, how it arises, its nature, how it operates. In the fullness of that understanding comes order in desire.
Desire and time are the factors of disorder.
3rd Question & Answer Meeting
Public Question & Answer 3 - Ojai, California,USA - 12 May 1981
Q1: What is the relationship between intelligence and responsibility?
Q2: How does one tackle the dormant seed of fear?
Q3: How would you define and value the quality of modesty?
Q4: Show me how to dissolve the ‘I’, the ‘me’. Without that, everything else is futile.
Q5: What is the difference between insight and enlightenment?
4th Question & Answer Meeting
Public Question & Answer 4 - Ojai, California,USA - 14 May 1981
Q1: Is it possible to achieve a constant attention so that one can always see the fine line between the necessary use of thought and where images lead to illusion and conflict?
Q2: What is right action for one who sees or understands something but whose understanding isn’t total?
Q3: What is the role of questions in life?
Q4: Is there love between people only when they are physically present?
Q5: The essential response to the conflict in the world is a revolution in consciousness, in each individual, but does this mean that without that total action all lesser but perhaps helpful actions are useless?
Q6: I am appalled at what is happening in society today. I do not want to be a part of it. Yet I realise I am not separate. What is my relationship to society?
Q7: There is a deep root of violence in me. I know it is there behind my other feelings. How do I deal with it?
Remaining with sorrow
Public Talk 5 - Ojai, California,USA - 16 May 1981
How does fear arise and how is it met?
Thought is the remembrance of things past or the projection of what might be. Thought is movement of time.
Fear is another form of pleasure.
What is suffering?
In ending, which is death, is great beauty
Public Talk 6 - Ojai, California,USA - 17 May 1981
How can there be love when there is fear?
Can sorrow ever end?
Death has an extraordinary sense of beauty. The ending of something is the beginning of something else, which is love.
The whole idea of personal immortality becomes nonsensical when we realise that our consciousness is the consciousness of the rest of mankind.
Is there something that is beyond all time and all corruption?
The silencing of thought means the ending of time.