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Jiddu Krishnamurti on the Beauty of Meditation

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    Meditation is one of the most extraordinary things, and if you do not know what it is you are like the blind man in a world of bright colour, shadows and
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 18, 2009
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      Meditation is one of the most extraordinary
      things, and if you do not know what it is
      you are like the blind man in a world of bright
      colour, shadows and moving light.

      It is not an intellectual affair, but when
      the heart enters into the mind, the mind has
      quite a different quality: it is really, then,
      limitless, not only in its capacity to think,
      to act efficiently, but also in its sense of
      living in a vast space where you are part of everything.

      Meditation is the movement of love. It isn't
      the love of the one or of the many. It is like
      water that anyone can drink out of any jar,
      whether golden or earthenware: it is inexhaustible.

      And a peculiar thing takes place which no
      drug or self-hypnosis can bring about: it
      is as though the mind enters into itself,
      beginning at the surface and penetrating ever
      more deeply, until depth and height have lost
      their meaning and every form of measurement ceases.

      In this state there is complete peace not
      contentment which has come about through
      gratification but a peace that has order,
      beauty and intensity. It can all be destroyed,
      as you can destroy a flower, and yet because
      of its very vulnerability it is indestructible.

      This meditation cannot be learned from another.
      You must begin without knowing anything about
      it, and move from innocence to innocence. The
      soil in which the meditative mind can begin
      is the soil of everyday life, the strife, the
      pain, and the fleeting joy. It must begin there,
      and bring order, and from there move endlessly.

      But if you are concerned only with making
      order, then that very order will bring about
      its own limitation, and the mind will be its
      prisoner. In all this movement you must somehow
      begin from the other end, from the other shore,
      and not always be concerned with this shore or
      how to cross the river. You must take a plunge
      into the water, not knowing how to swim. And
      the beauty of meditation is that you never know
      where you are, where you are going, what the end is.
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