Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - Editor: Jerry Katz
Editor Mark should be back this week. We miss
him. Happy Birthday wishes to Sam Pasiencier, his 77th. Sam is
a long time beloved member of Nonduality Salon.
Clifford Shack submits the following quotation by
Never forget the purpose of why you're here. It is true in the
Reality there is no purpose. The universe has no purpose for
have no purpose for existing, in the Absolute Reality.
But as long as you
believe you have a body or a mind, then your
purpose is to become no
purpose. You spend your energy becoming
nothing. But do not believe your
nothing when you haven't become
Be honest with
yourself. See where your coming from by the way you
react to life situations
every day. This will tell you where you are
at, by the way you see yourself
reacting to life's predicaments. Life
will present to you many predicaments,
and it's up to you to see
these things in the right perspective: never to be
to believe anything is wrong, always to know, even though
you are a body, you are not alone. There is the Pure Awareness
is with you all the time, just awaiting your recognition, awaiting
your understanding that you are not the body, that you are a spirit,
called the Atman, Brahman, Absolute Reality. This is who you really
This is your real nature.
– From Robert Adams' Silence of the Heart
Watch the mind – but don't judge what you see it doing. Neither berate
yourself nor congratulate yourself. Don't beat yourself up for what you "catch
yourself" doing, even if it's for the umpteenth time. It isn't a tender-hearted,
self-forgiving stance that leads me to urge this nonjudgmental approach. I'm not
saying "love and accept yourself for all your warts." The point is, it's neither
here nor there, how your mind judges what you do. It's the judging that's the
problem: because it indicates you're taking too seriously the life of the mind.
If you are hard on yourself (or praise yourself) for the activity in your head,
you are giving your mind power over you. The point is to not invest any of it
with substantiality. Any kind of judgment only feeds the ego with the illusion
that this stuff is valuable. Starve the ego to death: its ongoing vitality is
like a wall that keeps you from seeing clearly who you really are.
Learning to laugh at the antics of the blustering, self-important ego will
probably get you farther than all the heartfelt, earnest, self-flagellating
striving in the world. Never forget that you have built that wall, just by
participating in the human condition (which includes the mind, with its enormous
power to delude, and all the conditioning that tells us untruths about who we
are). You can destroy the wall – not brick by brick but all at once. This
From the introduction to the website:
This new website is a different approach to the scientist of the mind, J.
Krishnamurti (1895-1986). The approach is from a holistic and integrated
standpoint, as far as that is possible. It is not just taking a fragment here
and there, a well-worn catchphrase or two. It is an exploration into the
totality of the work - the books, dialogues and the public talks covering in all
around 38 years, from 1948-1986 (hereinafter referred to simply as ‘the
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From the website, a selection from J.
We complicate things. Unnecessarily. This is because we have been
conditioned from the earliest to believe in a superior authority, in the rigid
social hierarchy of a society which consistently devalues the individual and
considers only the mass, the so-called ‘greater good’. We look to political
leaders, to experts, to books, to ideological systems and philosophies to solve
all our problems, never realizing that we can solve all our problems. We think
that in this complex world, with all its political, economic, social and
environmental problems, what we need is a super-expert, a grand guru, or savior
- one who comes in and has the ultimate answer to everything. Or we cling to the
persistent notion that, one day, some clever technological advance will occur
that will do it. In both cases, the solution is bound to be complex, in order to
match the complexity of the myriad problems.
So the solutions to the problems themselves become complex, only really
understood by others who have done all the appropriate academic study.
Forgetting that all the experts, lawyers, economists and academics in history
have never solved a single thing; they have improved things materially to be
sure, the standard of living has demonstrably risen and medical advancement and
overall material progress has undeniably occurred, yet all our human problems
Hence the authoritarian approach may in fact be all wrong. And authority
includes all our own recorded experiences stored as memory. So the only approach
to the talks is to put aside all authority, including all one's experiences and
conclusions. When you do that, you can then actually listen.
It’s entirely possible the central point behind the talks is so simple we
have entirely missed it. This really is an extraordinary proposition. At the
very heart of the talks, is what they are saying so simple we have entirely
missed it? Is this possible? Is this the real secret to why ‘no-one has got it’?
Has anyone actually listened, not to the noise of one’s own conclusions and
judgments, but carefully, simply and openly, without
choice or selectivity,
to what has been said across all the talks?