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Jiddu Krishnamurti on Meditation

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  • medit8ionsociety
    What is important in meditation is the quality of the mind and the heart. It is not what you achieve, or what you say you attain, but rather the quality of a
    Message 1 of 3 , May 1, 2010
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      What is important in meditation is the quality
      of the mind and the heart. It is not what you
      achieve, or what you say you attain, but rather
      the quality of a mind that is innocent and
      vulnerable. Through negation there is the positive
      state. Merely to gather, or to live in, experience,
      denies the purity of meditation.

      Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both
      the means and the end. The mind can never be made
      innocent through experience. It is the negation
      of experience that brings about that positive state
      of innocency which cannot be cultivated by thought.
      Thought is never innocent. Meditation is the ending
      of thought, not by the meditator, for the meditator
      is the meditation. If there is no meditation, then
      you are like a blind man in a world of great beauty,
      light and color.

      Wander by the seashore and let this meditative
      quality come upon you. If it does, don't pursue it.
      What you pursue will be the memory of what it was -
      and what was is the death of what is. Or when you
      wander among the hills, let everything tell you the
      beauty and the pain of life, so that you awaken to
      your own sorrow and to the ending of it. Meditation
      is the root, the plant, the flower and the fruit.
      It is words that divide the fruit, the flower, the
      plant and the root. In this separation action does
      not bring about goodness: virtue is the total perception.
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    • medit8ionsociety
      Meditation is something extraordinary, if you know how to do it. I am going to talk a little about it. First of all, sit very quietly; do not force yourself to
      Message 2 of 3 , Jun 13, 2012
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        Meditation is something extraordinary, if you know
        how to do it. I am going to talk a little about it.
        First of all, sit very quietly; do not force yourself
        to sit quietly, but sit or lie down quietly without
        force of any kind. Do you understand? Then watch your
        thinking. Watch what you are thinking about. You find
        you are thinking about your shoes, your saris, what
        you are going to say, the bird outside to which you
        listen; follow such thoughts and enquire why each thought
        arises. Do not try to change your thinking. See why
        certain thoughts arise in your mind so that you begin
        to understand the meaning of every thought and feeling
        without any enforcement. And when a thought arises, do
        not condemn it, do not say it is right, it is wrong,
        it is good, it is bad. Just watch it, so that you begin
        to have a perception, a consciousness which is active
        in seeing every kind of thought, every kind of feeling.
        You will know every hidden secret thought, every hidden
        motive, every feeling, without distortion, without saying
        it is right, wrong, good or bad. When you look, when
        you go into thought very very deeply, your mind becomes extraordinarily subtle, alive. No part of the mind is
        asleep. The mind is completely awake.

        That is merely the foundation. Then your mind is very
        quiet. Your whole being becomes very still. Then go
        through that stillness, deeper, further – that whole
        process is meditation. Meditation is not to sit in a
        corner repeating a lot of words; or to think of a picture
        and go into some wild, ecstatic imaginings.

        To understand the whole process of your thinking and
        feeling is to be free from all thought, to be free from
        all feeling so that your mind, your whole being becomes
        very quite. And that is also part of life and with that
        quietness, you can look at the tree, you can look at
        people, you can look at the sky and the stars. That is
        the beauty of life.
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      • medit8ionsociety
        Have you ever sat very quietly with closed eyes and watched the movement of your own thinking? Have you watched your mind working? Or rather, has your mind
        Message 3 of 3 , Oct 12, 2013
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          "Have you ever sat very quietly with closed eyes and watched
          the movement of your own thinking? Have you watched your
          mind working? Or rather, has your mind watched itself in
          operation, just to see what your thoughts are, what your feelings
          are, how you look at the trees, at the flowers, at the birds, at
          people, how you respond to a suggestion or react to a new
          idea? Have you ever done this?
          "


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