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    #2644 - Friday, November 17, 2006 - Editor: Jerry Katz The Nondual Highlights ... This issue is the second part of selections from The Other Side of Belief:
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      #2644 - Friday, November 17, 2006 - Editor: Jerry Katz

      The Nondual Highlights
       
       

       
       
      This issue is the second part of selections from The Other Side of Belief: Interpreting U.G. Krishnamurti, by Mukuna Rao.
       
       
       
       

      The Other Side of Belief: Interpreting U.G. Krishnamurti
      by Mukunda Rao. Penguin Books India, Rs 350.00. ISBN: 0144000350

       
       

       
       
       
      We are no more purposeful or meaningful than any other thing on this planet… We are not created for any grander purpose than the ants that are there or the flies that are hovering around us or the mosquitoes that are sucking our blood.

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      The plain fact is that if you don’t have a problem, you create one. If you don’t have a problem you don’t feel that you are living.

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      When you are no longer caught up in the dichotomy of right and wrong or good and bad,

      you can never do anything wrong. As long as you are caught up in this duality, the danger is that you will always do wrong.

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      In nature there is no death or destruction at all. What occurs is the reshuffling of atoms. If there is a need or necessity to maintain the balance of ‘energy’ in this universe, death occurs.

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      An artist is a craftsman like any other craftsmen. He uses that tool to express himself. All art is a pleasure movement.

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      There is more life in the chorus of the barking dogs than in the music or singing of your famous musicians and singers.

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      A messiah is the one who leaves a mess behind him in this world.

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      Religions have promised roses but you end up with only thorns.

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      It is terror, not love, not brotherhood that will help us to live together.

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      Meditation itself is evil. That is why you get evil thoughts when you start meditating.

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      Anything you want to be free from for whatever reason is the very thing that can free you.

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      Atmospheric pollution is most harmless when compared to the spiritual and religious pollution that have plagued the world.

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      Going to the pub or the temple is exactly the same; it is quick fix.

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      The body has no independent existence. You are a squatter there.

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      God and sex go together. If God goes sex goes, too.

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      When you know nothing, you say a lot. When you know something, there is nothing to say.

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      You have to touch life at a point where nobody has touched it before. Nobody can teach you that.

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      All I can guarantee you is that as long as you are searching for happiness, you will remain

      unhappy.

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      Understanding yourself is one of the greatest jokes perpetrated not only by the purveyors of ancient wisdom– the holy men– but also the modern scientists. The psychologists love to talk about self-knowledge, self-actualization, living from moment to moment, and such rot.

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      The more you know about yourself the more impossible it becomes to be humble and sensitive. How can there be humility as long as you know something?

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      It is mortality that creates immortality. It is the known that creates the unknown. It is the time that has created the timeless. It is thought that has created the thoughtless.

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      You actually have no way of looking at the sunset because you are not separated from the

      sunset. The moment you separate your self from the sunset, the poet in you comes out. Out of that separation poets and painters have tried to express themselves, to share their experiences with others. All that is culture.

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      All experiences however extraordinary they may be are in the area of sensuality.

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      Humility is an art that one practices. There is no such thing as humility. As long as you know, there is no humility. The known and humility cannot coexist

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      Man cannot be anything other than what he is. Whatever he is, he will create a society that mirrors him.

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      Inspiration is a meaningless thing. Lost, desperate people create a market for inspiration. All inspired action will eventually destroy you and your kind.

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      Love and hate are not opposite ends of the same spectrum; they are one and the same thing. They are much closer than kissing cousins.

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      It is a terrible thing to use– somebody to get pleasure. Whatever you use, an idea, a concept, a drug, or a person, or anything else, you cannot have pleasure without using something.

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      Hinduism is not a religion in the usual sense. It is a combination and confusion of many things. It is like a street with hundreds of shops.

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      Gurus play a social role, so do prostitutes.

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      Society, which has created all these sociopaths, has invented morality to protect itself from them. Society has created the ‘saints’ and ‘sinners’. I don’t accept them as such.

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      By using the models of Jesus, Buddha, or Krishna we have destroyed the possibility of nature throwing up unique individuals.

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      As long as you are doing something to be selfless, you will be a self-centred individual.

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      The subject does not exist there. It is the object that creates the subject. This runs counter to the whole philosophical thinking of India.

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      When thought is not there all the time, what is there is living from moment to moment. It’s all in frames, millions and millions and millions of frames, to put it in the language of film.

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      The man who spoke of ‘love thy neighbour as thyself’ is responsible for this horror in the world today. Don’t exonerate those teachers.

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      Life has to be described in pure and simple physical and physiological terms. It must be

      demystified and depsychologized.

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      Society is built on a foundation of conflict, and you are society. Therefore you must always be in conflict with society.

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      You know the story of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The red queen has to run faster and faster to keep still where she is. That is exactly what you are all doing. Running faster and faster. But you are not moving anywhere.

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      The appreciation of music, poetry and language is all culturally determined and is the product of thought. It is acquired taste that tells you that Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is more beautiful than a chorus of cats screaming; both produce equally valid sensations.

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      The peak of sex experience is the one thing in life you have that comes close to being a first-hand experience; all the rest of your experiences are second-hand, somebody else’s.

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      The problem with language is, no matter how we try to express ourselves, we are caught up in the structure of words. There is no point in creating new language, a new lingo, to express anything. There is nothing there to be expressed except to free yourself from the stranglehold of thought.

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      What you call ‘yourself’ is fear. The ‘you’ is born out of fear; it lives in fear, functions in fear and dies in fear.

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      It would be more interesting to learn from children, than try to teach them how to behave, how to live and how to function.

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