December 4, 2013 Comments Off on The higher you rise
The higher you rise, the wider becomes the margin of your view.
Bowl of Saki, December 1, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
No doubt, life is difficult for many of us, but very often we make it even more difficult for ourselves. When we do not understand the real nature and character of life we make our own difficulties. I can assure you that in every man’s life five percent of his difficulties are brought about by the conditions of life, and ninety-five percent are difficulties caused by himself.
Now you will ask: When the difficulties come from ourselves, where do they come from? We do not like struggle in life, we do not like strife, we only want harmony, we only want peace. It must be understood, however, that before making peace, war is necessary, and that war must be made with our self. Our worst enemy is our self: our faults, our weaknesses, our limitations. And our mind is such a traitor! What does it? It covers our faults even from our own eyes, and points out to us the reason for all our difficulties: others! So it constantly deludes us, keeping us unaware of the real enemy, and pushes us towards those others to fight them, showing them to us as our enemies.
Besides this, we must tune ourselves to God. As high we rise, so high becomes our point of view, and as high our point of view so wide becomes the horizon of our sight. When a person evolves higher and higher his point of view becomes wider and wider, and so in all he does he strikes the divine note, the note which is healing and comforting and peace-giving to all souls.
October 15, 2013 Comments Off on Education is the understanding of oneself
The ignorant man is not the unlearned, but he who does not know himself, and the learned man is stupid when he relies on books, on knowledge and on authority to give him understanding. Understanding comes only through self- knowledge, which is awareness of one’s total psychological process. Thus education, in the true sense, is the understanding of oneself, for it is within each one of us that the whole of existence is gathered.
What we now call education is a matter of accumulating information and knowledge from books, which anyone can do who can read. Such education offers a subtle form of escape from ourselves and, like all escapes, it inevitably creates increasing misery. Conflict and confusion result from our own wrong relationship with people, things and ideas, and until we understand that relationship and alter it, mere learning, the gathering of facts and the acquiring of various skills, can only lead us to engulfing chaos and destruction. – Krishnamurti, J. Krishnamurti, Education and the Significance of Life
October 7, 2013 Comments Off on Wisdom can only be learned gradually,
Wisdom can only be learned gradually, and every soul is not ready to
receive or to understand the complexity of the purpose of life.
Bowl of Saki, October 6, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:
Man likes complexity. He does not want to take only one step; it is more
interesting to look forward to millions of steps. The man who is seeking
the truth gets into a maze, and that maze interests him. He wants to go
through it a thousand times more. It is just like children. Their whole
interest is in running about; they do not want to see the door and go in
until they are very tired. So it is with adults. They all say that they are
seeking truth, but they like the maze. That is why the mystics made the
greatest truths a mystery, to be given only to the few who were ready for
them, letting the others play because it was the time for them to play.
Truth is simple. But for the very reason that it is simple, people will not
take it; because our life on earth is such that for everything we value, we
have to pay a great price and one wonders, if truth is the most precious of
all things, then how can truth be attained simply? It is this illusion that
makes everyone deny simple truth and seek for complexity. Tell people about
something that makes their heads whirl round and round and round. Even if
they do not understand it, they are most pleased to think, ‘It is something
substantial. It is something solid. For, it is an idea we cannot
understand, it must be something lofty.’ But something which every soul
knows, proving what is divine in every soul, and which it cannot help but
know, that appears to be too cheap, for the soul already knows it. There
are two things: knowing and being. It is easy to know truth, but most
difficult to be truth. It is not in knowing truth that life’s purpose is
accomplished; life’s purpose is accomplished in being truth.
September 21, 2013 Comments Off on Changing your relationship
To live is to be related. So I have got to understand it and I have got to change it. I have to find out how to bring about a radical change in my relationship, because, after all, that produces wars; that is what is happening in this country between the Pakistanis and the Hindus, between the Muslim and the Hindu, between the Arab and the Jew. So there is no way out through the temple, through the mosque, through Christian churches, through discussing Vedanta, this and that and the other different systems. There is no way out unless you, as a human being, radically change your relationship.
Now the problem arises: How am I to change, not abstractly, the relationship that is now based on self-centred pursuits and pleasures?
– Krishnamurti, The Collected Works vol XVI pp 34-35
September 9, 2013 Comments Off on Who is the analyzer?
The division between contradiction and complete integration cannot be drawn intellectually, verbally. Integration comes into being only when there is the total understanding of oneself. And that understanding of oneself does not come through analysis because the problem then arises: Who is the analyzer? The analyzer himself is conditioned, obviously, and therefore that which he analyzes is also the result of conditioning. So, what is important is not how to eradicate self-contradiction but to understand the whole process of the conditioning of the mind. That can only be understood in relationship, in our daily life-seeing how the mind reacts, observing, watching, being aware, without condemning. Then you will see how extraordinarily difficult it is to free the mind because the mind assumes so many things; it has deposited so many assertions, values, beliefs. When the mind is constantly aware, without judging, without condemning, without comparing, then such a mind can begin to understand the total process of itself and therefore become still. Only in that stillness of mind can that which is real come into being. – Krishnamurti, Amsterdam,Talk 1
July 21, 2013 Comments Off on A study of life is the greatest of all religions
A study of life is the greatest of all religions, and there is no greater or more interesting study.
Bowl of Saki, July 21, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
There are two ways in which we may attain control over our activity. The first is confidence in the power of our own will; to know that if we have failed today, tomorrow we will not do so. The second is to have our eyes wide open, and to watch keenly our activity in all aspects of life. It is in the dark that we fall, but in the light we can see where we are going.
So it is in life: we should have our eyes wide open to see where we walk. We should study life, and seek to know why we say a thing, and why we act as we do. We have failed perhaps hitherto because we have not been wide awake. We have fallen, and felt sorry, and have forgotten all about it, and perhaps may have fallen again. This is because we have not studied life. A study of life is the greatest of all religions, and there is no greater and more interesting study. Those who have mastered all grades of activity, they above all experience life in all its aspects. They are like swimmers in the sea who float on the water of life and do not sink.
If we only knew how much the study of life can tell us! One could go into the British Museum and read every book in the building, and yet not obtain satisfaction. It is not study, it is not research, it is not inquiry which gives this knowledge; it is actually going through the experiences of life, witnessing life in its different aspects and in its different phases or spheres; that is what reveals the ideal of life. … Look not on life as a person would watch a play on the stage. Rather look upon it as a student who is learning at college.
It is not a passing show; it is not a place of amusement in which to fool our life away. It is a place for study, in which every sorrow, every heartbreak brings a precious lesson. It is a place in which to learn by one’s own suffering, by the study of the suffering of others; to learn from the people who have been kind to us as well as from the people who have been unkind. It is a place in which all experiences, be they disappointments, struggles, and pains, or joys, pleasures, and comforts, contribute to the understanding of what life is, and the realization what it is. Then do we awake to the religion of nature, which is the only religion. And the more we understand it, the greater our life becomes, and the more of a blessing will our life be for others.
July 9, 2013 Comments Off on MENTAL FACTORY
Now I will take you to the most wonderful mental factory. It is very close to you; it is a wonder of wonders. Even a rank materialist, if he is very sincere, will be turned into a perfect theist, instantly, if he closes his eyes for a moment and seriously reflects on the working of this marvellous factory. The Kena Upanishad opens with the following lines: “Who is the Director of this mind? Who gives Light and Power to this mind?” It goes on “Brahman is the Mind of minds, the Prana (life) of pranas, the Eye of eyes, the Ear of ears.”
What a bold philosophy. At once it raises man to an unerring solution for all the different problems of life. The four mahavakyas (great utterances): “Prajnanam brahma” (consciousness is the Absolute); “aham brahma asmi” (I am the Absolute); “tat twam asi” (that thou art); “ayam atma brahma” (the Self is the Absolute), infuse power and joy into the hearts of all hearers. They produce drastic changes in your life. Then you will laugh at the vain pomp, the empty glory and the artificial and miserable life of a rich man.
The eyes and the ears are the gate-keepers of this mental factory – they are the ‘way in’ and mouth is the ‘way out’. Eyes and ears bring inside the mental factory matters for manufacture. Light and sound vibrations are brought inside through these two avenues.
First of all they are made into ‘percepts’ by the mind. They are then presented to the intellect. The intellect converts these ‘percepts’ into ‘concepts’ or ideas. These ideas are expressed by the outside gatekeeper, the organ of speech.
The external physical eyes and ears are mere instruments. But the real visual and auditory centres are in the brain and in the astral body – these are the real senses. Understand this point well. The intellect receives these materials from the mind and presents them to the purusa or Atman (the Self), who is behind the screen.
The mind is the head clerk of this mental factory. He has ten clerks, the five jnana indriyas (senses) to bring news from the facts outside. The facts are placed by the mind before the intellect, who places them before the purusa (inner self). A message comes back from the purusa to the buddhi (intellect). Buddhi decides and determines, and then gives the answer back to the mind, for execution. The five karma indriyas (organs of speech, hands, feet, genitals and anus) execute the order of the mind who is their master. – Swami Sivananda