Jean Klein quotes are being posted in the
Nonduality Highlights Group on
Facebook, mostly by Tony Cartledge, and
Christopher Chase found what is so
far the only known video in English on
Youtube. Don't miss this, the last 20
seconds are the clearest words
Jean Klein has been oft quoted here over the years, a search on
turns up 121
results. The first is included, from 2002,
as it strangely happens to be
mentioned in the video. Time is looping back
in circles quite often these days. ~ Gloria
True detachment comes when things leave us of themselves.
And they leave
us as soon as we have really understood that they never keep
The natural state of the relaxed brain is
multidimensional attention. It does
not need viewpoints, data, opinions,
memory to be alert. When all the
directions cease, an organic, non-directed
watchfulness remain. This is the
threshold of "I am."
"Taking oneself to be a person is a habit just like any
other. It is the desire to
be distinct from one's surroundings, different
from others. The person exists
when it is formulated as a thought, so we can
see that it is nothing but a
memory. Repetition gives it a hold, a locality
in which to situate itself."
"Where there's an ego there is purpose. And when there is
no sense of "I"
there is no purpose. Life is purposeless. There's only
beauty in living in the
eternal. If you believe you are the individual "I"
you are isolated from your
surroundings, and this isolation brings feelings
of insecurity, fear and anxiety.
Then you look for goals. You worry and
anticipate. Life doesn't need a reason
to be. That is it's beauty."
~Jean Klein, Who Am I? The Sacred Quest
"What any desire really aims at, is a state of non-desire. This
non-desire is a
state in which we demand absolutely nothing. Thus it is a
state of extreme
Yoga teacher Lilias Folan interviews Jean
Klein with basic and practical
questions about the search for truth
and the direct path as well as questions
about Jean's own background.
Today's Jean Klein for a lovely spring day
Having often sat at the feet of various teachers, listening to them
about "enlightenment" and wondering what this might be "like" - although
cannot be like anything...here is a short bit from Jean Klein, from
book, "Transmission of the Flame", that perhaps gives a sense of it,
perfume. -Joyce Short
"Student: And during this stay there was a moment of enlightenment?
Jean Klein: Yes, it was a total switch-over from the residual
state to the unconditioned state. Awareness expanded
completely and I felt
myself in globality.
Student: Had this ever happened before?
Jean Klein: No. There had been glimpses, but this was more than a
There was no going back. I had found my real ground.
Student: Did you know in the moment that it would be permanent or did
discover this in the days that followed?
Jean Klein: Because of the quality of the switch-over there was no
that I could be taken again by duality, and this was confirmed in the
and weeks that followed. I felt a rectification in my body and in
brain, as if all the parts had found their right place, their
comfortable position. I saw all events spontaneously appearing in
non-state, in my total Absence, real Presence.
Student: Could you say what were the exact conditions, physical and
before this moment?
Jean Klein: There had been, for two years, a retreat of all the
commonly used in becoming, so that when some birds crossed my
instead of becoming lost in them, they were lost in me and I found
awareness free from all objects. This time, what I admired,
dissolved in my admiring, in Presence. And admiring
dissolved in the
Admired. Before the birds appeared, I had been in a
profound and prolonged
state of being open to openness. Now I found
myself AS the openness,
identical with the openness. Openness was my
being. There was no more
Student: Was there any other difference between this time and other
when you had looked at birds?
Jean Klein: Before, there was a looker looking at something. This was
moment when there was simply looking without a looker. Previously, it
been my nature to live in pure perception with objects, not living in
divided mind. I had for a long time ignored the arising of
Jean Klein: It belongs to the traditional approach, and so that of
teacher, never to refuse or indulge in the coming up of qualifications,
simply to ignore, and eventually forget about them. neither to look
freedom nor avoid non-freedom. The mind simply ceased to play a
in a purely functional way.
Student: How is life different now?
Jean Klein: There is no more identification with time and space,
senses and mind. All events simply happen in awareness.
Student: Did your relationships change?
Jean Klein: There was no more relationship. As there's no longer an
there is not another.
Student: Can this non-dual state be described at all?
Jean Klein: It is love where the mind is dissolved in love. The
the sought, and is always so very, very near.