I begin with simple things

October 3, 2013 Comments Off on I begin with simple things

Seeing the world, seeing humanity, the “me”, and the necessity of a total,  radical revolution, how is it possible to bring it about? It can only be  brought about when the observer no longer makes an effort to change,  because he himself is part of what he tries to change. Therefore all action  on the part of the observer ceases totally, and in this total inaction  there is a quite different action. There is nothing mysterious or mystical  about all this. It is a simple fact. I begin not at the extreme end of the  problem, which is the cessation of the observer; I begin with simple  things. Can I look at a flower by the wayside or in my room without all the  thoughts arising, the thought that says, “It is a rose; I like the smell of  it, the perfume,” and so on and so and on? Can I just observe without the  observer? If you have not done this, do it, at the lowest, most simple  level. It isn’t really the lowest level; if you know how to do that, you  have done everything.  – Krishnamurti, The Collected Works vol XVI, p 205

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