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But is that happiness?

“If you want to do something pleasurable, you think you will be happy when you do it. You may want to marry the richest man, or the most beautiful girl, or pass some examination, or be praised by somebody, and you think that by getting what you want you will be happy. But is that happiness? Does it not soon fade away, like the flower that blossoms in the morning and withers in the evening? Yet that is our life, and that is all we want. We are satisfied with such superficialities: with having a car or a secure position, with feeling a little emotion over some futile thing, like a boy who is happy flying a kite in a strong wind and a few minutes later is in tears. That is our life, and with that we are satisfied. We never say, “I will give my heart, my energy, my whole being to find out what happiness is.” We are not very serious, we don’t feel very strongly about it, so we are gratified with little things.

But happiness is not something that you can seek; it is a result, a by-product. If you pursue happiness for itself it will have no meaning. Happiness comes uninvited; and the moment you are conscious that you are happy, you are no longer happy. I wonder if you have noticed this? When you are suddenly joyous about nothing in particular, there is just the freedom of smiling, of being happy; but, the moment you are conscious of it, you have lost it, have you not? Being self-consciously happy, or pursuing happiness, is the very ending of happiness. There is happiness only when the self and its demands are put aside.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

How does one perceive the whole of anything?

“How does one perceive the whole of anything? The whole of fear, not the broken up of fear in different forms or the fear of the unconscious and the conscious – in the conscious and in the unconsciousness – but the whole of fear. You understand? How does one perceive the whole of fear? How do I perceive the whole of me – the ‘me’ constructed by thought, isolated by thought, fragmented by thought which in itself is fragmented? So it creates the ‘me’ and thinks that ‘me’ is independent of thought. The ‘me’ thinks it is independent of thought but it has created the ‘me’ – the ‘me’ with all its anxieties, fears, vanities, agonies, pleasures, pain, hopes – all that. That ‘me’ has been created by thought. And that ‘me’ becomes independent of thought, it thinks it has its own life – like a microphone which is created by thought, and yet it is independent of thought. The mountain is not created by thought but yet it is independent. The ‘me’ is created by thought and the ‘me’ says: “I am independent of thought”. Now to see the totality – you understand – is this clear now? So what is fear totally – not the various forms of fear, not the various leaves of this tree of fear but the total tree of fear? Right? How does one see the totality of fear? To see something totally or to listen to something completely there must be freedom, mustn’t there? Freedom from prejudice, freedom from your conclusion, freedom from your wanting to be free of fear, freedom from the rationalization of fear. Please follow all this. Freedom from the desire to control it – can the mind be free of all that? Otherwise it can’t see the whole. I am afraid. I am afraid because of tomorrow, losing a job, afraid I may not succeed, afraid I might lose my position, afraid that there I will be challenged and I’ll not be able to reply, afraid of losing my capacity – all the fears that one has. Can you look at it without – please listen – any movement of thought which is time, which causes fear? Have you understood something?”

Saanen 4th Public, 1975 ~ J Krishnamurti

Would you argue with a raindrop?

Thoughts aren’t personal. They just appear, like raindrops. Would you argue with a raindrop?

There are no new stressful thoughts. They’re all recycled.

Stress is an alarm clock that lets you know you’ve attached to something not true for you. Until you look forward to criticism, your Work’s not done.

We do only three things in life: we sit, we stand, we lie horizontal. The rest is just a story.

The teacher you need is the person you’re living with.

– Excerpt from “Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life” by Byron Katie

Indeed!

Never regret being a good person, to the wrong people. Your behavior says everything about you, and their behavior says enough about them. ~ Unknown

THE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN

Broader than space, and deeper and clearer than the ocean, the round sun in our hearts rises high to shed its light on the universe. The noble world spreads out before us: a castle of glittering gold appears, and the earth is covered with white jade. Mystically beautiful flowers bloom, and the precious birds and beasts dance in joy.

All worlds are adorned with peace and freedom. There is no suffering, and these worlds are filled with happiness. Paradise and heaven lose their sparkle, and the Buddha is left speechless by such a sight.

Both including and transcending time and space, everyone is eternal and everything is infinite and equal. Yet it is difficult to describe this mysterious world: steep cliffs flee as a red column of fire shoots up from blue waves, and the wooden roadside totems sing joyfully. What a marvelous sight! Such terms as “saints” and “devils” are insignificant in this world: Confucius and Tao-ch’il clasp hands as they bless the age of peace and prosperity.

These are not wild fantasies, but the true reality of the oneness of everything. To those of you who close your eyes only to bemoan the fact that it’s dark, please listen:

The door to the Great Light is always open. In this world overflowing with peace, there are no dualities, there are no conflicts. So let’s raise our eyes, look at this world, and praise it all together!

 

(New Year’s Message, January 1, 1985)

Ven.Tong Songchol (1912~1993), also SeongCheol, one of the great Zen masters in the last century.

Food For Thought #12

Life has become so busy since last some months for writing blog posts, and yes, again, I’m not writing any of my own thoughts or post here but with this post I’m just sharing an excerpt from J Krishnamurti’s speech:

​”We are so very seldom alone; always with people, with thoughts that crowd in, hopes that have not been fulfilled, or are going to be—recollections. To be alone is essential for man to be uninfluenced, for something uncontaminated to take place. For this aloneness there seems to be no time, there are too many things to do, too many responsibilities and so on. To learn to be quiet, shutting oneself in one’s room, to give the mind a rest, becomes a necessity. Love is part of this aloneness. To be simple, clear, and inwardly quiet, is to have that flame.

Things may not be easy but the more one asks of life, the more fearful and painful it becomes. To live simply, uninfluenced, though everything and everyone is trying to influence, to be without varying moods and demands is not easy, but without a deep quiet life, all things are futile.” – J Krishnamurti

Let there be Light

​We are the darkness and we are the light. Light precedes darkness and dark shadows merges with light each with its own distinct traits. Our soul embodies both. Let the light of our soul burn bright.

Food for Thought #11

​”Now, there are many people who will tell you the purpose of life; they will tell you what the sacred books say. Clever people will go on inventing various purposes of life. The political group will have one purpose, the religious group will have another, and so on and on. And how are you to find out what is the purpose of life when you yourself are confused? Surely, as long as you are confused, you can only receive an answer which is also confused. If your mind is disturbed, if it is not really quiet, whatever answer you receive will be through this screen of confusion, anxiety, fear; therefore the answer will be perverted. So the important thing is not to ask what is the purpose of life, but to clear away the confusion that is within you. It is like a blind man asking, “What is light?” If I try to tell him what light is, he will listen according to his blindness, according to his darkness; but from the moment he is able to see, he will never ask what is light. It is there.

Similarly, if you can clarify the confusion within yourself, then you will find out what the purpose of life is; you will not have to ask, you will not have to look for it. To be free of confusion you have to see and understand the causes which bring about confusion; and the causes of confusion are very clear. They are rooted in the “me” that is constantly wanting to expand itself through possessing, through becoming, through success, through imitation; and the symptoms are jealousy, envy, greed, fear. As long as there is this inward confusion, you are always seeking outward answers; but when the inward confusion is cleared away, then you will know the significance of life.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

And Then It Snowed

I’ve been on a trip with 3 of my friends last month to the scenic Parvati Valley, have already uploaded few snapshots in one of my earlier posts, and now sharing a small clip from the trip.

On 11 Mar 2017, we went to Tosh and as soon as we reached there, snowfall has started. Tosh is 1-2 miles ahead of Barshaini, and Barshaini is a starting point for one of the famous trek in his area, that is Kheerganga Trek. Our plan was to stay at Kalga, it’s a village near Barshaini, and then to cover the Kheerganga trek next day, but due to heavy snowfall we had to cancel our plan, and had to returned from there without trekking to Kheerganga, back to Manikaran.

If you love to be in the mountains and nature, this could be one of the best places for you to explore.

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Excerpt From J Krishnamurti’s Talks

This is our problem, whether the mind, which is so burdened with past memories and traditions, can without effort, struggle or conflict, bring about the flame of change within itself and burn away the dross of yesterday. Having put that question — which I am sure every thoughtful, serious person asks — where shall we begin? 

Shall we begin with change in the bureaucratic world, in the social structure, outwardly? Or shall we start inwardly, that is psychologically? Shall we consider the outside world, with all its technological knowledge, the marvels of what man has done in the scientific field, shall we begin there and bring about a revolution? Man has tried that, too. He has said, when you change the outer things radically, as all the bloody revolutions of history have done, then man will change and he will be a happy human being.

The Communist and other revolutions have said: bring about order outside and there will be order within. They have also said that it doesn’t matter if there is no order within, what matters is that we should have order in the world outside — ideational order, a Utopia, in the name of which millions have been killed.

So let us begin inwardly, psychologically. This doesn’t mean that you let the present social order, with all its confusion and disorder, remain as it is. But is there a division between inner and outer? Or is there only one movement in which the inner and the outer exist, not as two separate things but simply as movement? 

If you say that it is impossible to change human beings, who have been like this for thousands of years, you have already blocked yourself, you will not proceed, you will not begin to inquire or to explore. Or if you merely say that this is possible, then you live in a world of possibilities, not of realities.

So one must come to this question without saying it is or it is not possible to change. One must come to it with a fresh mind, eager to find out, young enough to examine and explore. We must not only establish clear, verbal communication, but there should be communion between the speaker and yourself, a feeling of friendship and affection which exists when we are all tremendously concerned about something. When husband and wife are deeply concerned about their children, they put aside all opinions, their particular likes and dislikes, because they are concerned about the child. In that concern there is great affection, it is not an opinion that controls action. Similarly there must be that feeling of deep communion between you and the speaker, so that we are both faced with the same problem with the same intensity at the same time. Then we can establish this communion which alone brings about a deep understanding. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti