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Passion The Book of Life

Lost Passion

April 29th ~ The word is not the thing.  The word passion is not passion.  To feel that and to be caught in it without any volition or directive or purpose, to listen to this thing called desire, to listen to your own desires which you have, plenty of them, weak or strong–when you do that, you will see what a tremendous damage you do when you suppress desire, when you distort it, when you want to fulfill it, when you want to do something about it, when you have an opinion about it.

Most people have lost this passion.  Probably one has had it once in one’s youth–to become a rich man, to have fame, and to live a bourgeois or a respectable life; perhaps a vague muttering of that.  And society–which is what you are–suppresses that.  And so one has to adjust oneself to you who are dead, who are respectable, who have not even a spark of passion; and then one becomes a part of you, and thereby loses this passion.

March 31st, 2020 ~ This is interesting.  Yesterday, I put the definition or a comparison of passion to desire.  Here, K is saying the word is not the thing–the word passion is not passion.  There are a few statements that K made that convey what he was trying to say.  The word is not the thing  is in the Top 5–maybe top 2.  If there is one word that I am most passionate about in terms of wanting to understand as a professional, it is Desire.  So, I feel very fortunate to have found Krishnamurti’s work.  I have done all he is mentioning in terms of dealing with desire.  In terms of work, I have struggled with finding a job that I am passionate about where I could make a living.  Although fame was not a huge issue for me, I did want to make a mark.  In terms of money, I wanted to make 100,000 per year.  This in not wealthy, in today’s standards.  

He says: “And Society–which is what you are–suppresses that.  And so one has to adjust oneself to you who are dead, who are respectable, who have not even a spark of passion; and then one becomes a part of you, and thereby loses this passion.”  We adjust to each other.  The self-made individual is a fallacy.  Jeff Bezos doesn’t exist without the warehouse workers  making enough for housing and food, but not healthcare and not for any expense over 400.  He doesn’t exist without the authors selling their books and discounted prices.  He doesn’t exist without the Internet technology and booksellers’s market share developed years before him by the government, military and retail employees and customers.  We adjust our dreams to others in society’s dreams.  We adjust our dreams to what the market will bear, so to speak.

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Passion Without a Cause

April 30th ~ In the state of passion without a cause there is intensity free of all attachment; but when passion has a cause, there is attachment, and attachment is the beginning of sorrow.  Most of us are attached, we cling to a person, to a country, to a belief, to an idea, and when the object of our attachment is taken away or otherwise loses its significance, we find ourselves empty, insufficient.  This emptiness we try to fill by clinging to something else, which again becomes the object of our passion.

Examine your own heart and mind.  I am merely a mirror in which you are looking at yourself.  If you don’t want to look, that is quite all right; but if you do want to look, then look at yourself clearly, ruthlessly, with intensity–not in the hope of dissolving your miseries, your anxieties, your sense of guilt, but in order to understand this extraordinary passion which always leads to sorrow.

When passion has a cause it becomes lust.  When there is a passion for something–for a person, for an idea, for some kind of fulfillment–then out of that passion there comes contradiction, conflict, effort.  You strive to achieve or maintain a particular state, or to recapture one that has been and is gone.  But the passion of which I am speaking does not give rise to contradiction, conflict.  It is totally unrelated to a cause, and therefore it is not an effect.

March 30th, 2020 ~ Passion totally unrelated to a cause.  What does that mean?  I am reminded of Krishnamurti’s book “The Kingdom of Happiness.”  He talks about having a vision.  I often remind myself of this.  It feels like ultimately the only way to live a happy full life is to help others, not just a few but as many as possible.  That has been my goal for a long time.  Specifically in business, work and spirit.  In the second chapter, Interest and Enthusiasm, page 23, he writes: “Because then I am able to forget the “I” and identify myself with the rest of the world–with every kingdom, vegetable, animal, and human!  I am then nearer the Truth, nearer that perfection.  It is the separate self, it is this narrowing down of the self, this division which self creates that stands in the way.”  

There is desire here.  There is passion here.  Perhaps it is coming from a different place.  In Buddhism, the desire to become a Buddha or to wake up.  Yes, it is a desire, but not your typical desire.  Is passion the same as desire

From Quora:
“Even though both passion and desire mean that you want to have or to be, passion expresses the condition of a very strong and even overwhelming feeling. … It would be called a burning desirePassion can also mean erotic and strong romantic feelings. To desire is to want as well, but the intensity is much less.”
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Intelligence The Book of Life

A Mind Rich with Innocence

May 1st ~ Truth, the real God–the real God, not the God that man has made–does not want a mind that has been destroyed, petty, shallow, narrow, limited.  It needs a healthy mind to appreciate it; it needs a rich mind–rich, not with knowledge but with innocence–a mind upon which there has never been a scratch of experience, a mind that is free from time.  The gods that you have invented for your own comforts accept torture; they accept a mind that is being made dull.  But the real thing does not want it, it wants a total, complete human being whose heart is full, rich, clear, capable of intense feeling, capable of seeing the beauty of a tree, the smile of a child, and the agony of a woman who has never had a full meal.

You have to have this extraordinary feeling, this sensitivity to everything–to the animal, to the cat that walks across the wall, to the squalor, the dirt, the filth of human beings in poverty, in despair.  You have to be sensitive–which is to feel intensely, not in any particular direction, which is not an emotion which comes and goes, but which is to be sensitive with your nerves, with your eyes, with your body, with your ears, with your voice.  You have to be sensitive completely all the time.  Unless you are so completely sensitive, there is no intelligence.  Intelligence comes with sensitivity and observation.

March 29th, 2020 ~ The current situation with Covid-19 and being advised to stay home, is as many are saying surreal.  The death of war has been over there in other countries apart from us.  They are calling this a war against a virus.  So it is close to home.  As Albert Low mentions in a chapter titled Center and Periphery in the book Zen & Creative Management, the closer tragedy comes to us, the more we feel it.  Over there in another country makes it harder to feel.  When it is a family member or someone in our town or county, we feel it.  What K is saying is that all of this doesn’t matter.  We feel over there like it is here.  He has said we stop loving an individual and love the whole world.  Can we feel what is happening in Italy like it is here in our hometown?  Sooner rather than later, here could be like Italy.  War is still happening in the Middle East.  More will follow.

 

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What Role Has Emotion in Life?

May 2nd ~ How do emotions come into being?  Very simple.  They come into being through stimuli, through the nerves.  You put a pin into me, I jump; you flatter me and I am delighted; you insult me and I don’t like it.  Through our senses emotions come into being.  And most of us function through our emotion of pleasure; obviously, sir.  You like to be recognized as a Hindu.  Then you belong to a group, to a community, to a tradition, however old; and you like that, with the Gita, the Upanishads and the old traditions mountain high.  And the Muslim likes his and so on.  Our emotions have come into being through stimuli, through environment, and so on.  It is fairly obvious.

What role has emotion in life?  Is emotion life?  You understand?  Is pleasure love?  Is desire love?  If emotion is love, there is something that changes all the time.  Right?  Don’t you know all that? 

. . . So one has to realize that emotions, sentiment, enthusiasm, the feeling of being good, and all that, have nothing whatsoever to do with real affection, compassion.  All sentiment, emotions, have to do with thought and therefore lead to pleasure and pain.  Love has no pain, no sorrow, because it is not the outcome of pleasure or desire.

March 26th, 2020 ~Emotions.  Desire.  Pleasure & Pain.  Love is not connected to these.  Thought is connected to these things: Emotions, Desire, Pleasure & Pain.

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Freeing Intelligence

May 3rd ~ The very first thing to do, if I may suggest it, is to find out why you are thinking in a certain way, and why you are feeling in a certain manner.  Don’t try to alter it, don’t try to analyze why you are thinking in a particular groove and from what motive you act.  Although you can discover the motive through analysis, although you may find out something through analysis, it will not be real; it will be real only when you are intensely aware at the moment of the functioning of your thought and emotion; then you will see their extraordinary subtlety, their fine delicacy.  So long as you have a “must” and a “must not,” in this compulsion you will never discover that swift wandering of thought and emotion.  And I am sure you have been brought up in the school of “must” and “must not” and hence you have destroyed thought and feeling.  you have been bound and crippled by systems, methods, by your teachers.  so leave all those “must” and “must nots.”  This does not mean that there shall be licentiousness, but become aware of a mind that is ever saying, “I must,” and “I must not.”  Then as a flower blossoms forth of a morning, so intelligence happens, is there, functioning, creating comprehension. 

March 25th, 2020 ~ To observe is a very subtle process.  No doubt about this.  And by noticing the “must” and “must not,” it is condoning behavior.  This is not easy to accept.  No licentiousness.  I like that word.  I must or must not act, as K said in the video “What is Guilt.”  Just notice.  At the top of this, it seems like K contradicts himself:  seek out why you are thinking and feeling, he says in the first sentence.  In the second sentence, he says “don’t try to analyze why you are thinking in a particular groove.”  See why but don’t follow up with more why’s and don’t judge the why. . .  Don’t analyze the why, perhaps, is more accurate.

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Intellect vs. Intelligence

May 4th ~ Training the intellect does not result in intelligence.  Rather, intelligence comes into being when one acts in perfect harmony, both intellectually and emotionally.  There is a vast distinction between intellect and intelligence.  Intellect is merely thought functioning independently of emotion.  When intellect, irrespective of emotion, is trained in any particular direction, one may have great intellect, but one does not hav intelligence, because in intelligence there is the inherent capacity to feel as well as to reason; in intelligence both capacities are equally present, intensely and harmoniously.

. . .  If you bring your emotions into business, you say, business cannot be well-managed or be honest.  So you divide your mind into compartments: in one compartment you keep your religious interest, in another your emotions, in a third your business interest which has nothing to do with your intellectual and emotional  life. Your business mind treats life merely as a means of getting money in order to live.  So this chaotic existence, this division of your life continues.  If you really used your intelligence in business, that is, if your emotions and your thoughts were acting harmoniously, your business might fail.  It probably would.  And you will probably let it fail when you really feel the absurdity, the cruelty, and the exploitation that is involved in this way of living.

Until you really approach all of life with your intelligence, instead of merely with your intellect, no system in the world will save man from the ceaseless toil for bread.

March 24th, 2020 ~ In times like this, it really shows how challenging owning a business is. Out of no fault of their own, businesses are on the brink. This is not new, though. Most businesses fail. It just takes longer and it happens sporadically, so we don’t notice it. This probably won’t provide any solace. Capitalism is brutal. It’s out of balance. This is a fact. Can we just sit with this without resisting it or trying to fix it? Can we see how we separate are means of making money with our feelings about it?

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Sentiment and Emotion Breed Cruelty

May 5th ~ One can see that neither emotion nor sentiment has any place at all where love is concerned.  Sentimentality and emotion are merely reactions of like or dislike.  I like you and I get terribly enthusiastic about you–I like this place, oh, it is lovely and all the rest, which implies that I don’t like the other and so on.  Thus sentiment and emotion breed cruelty.  Have you ever looked at it?  Identification with the rag called the national flag is an emotional sentimental factor and for that factor you are willing to kill another–and that is called the love of your country, love of the neighbor . . . ?  One can see that where sentiment and emotion come in, love is not.  It is emotion and sentiment that breed the cruelty of like and dislike.  And one can see also that where there is jealousy, there is no love, obviously.  I am envious of you because you have a better position, better job, better house, you look nicer, more intelligent, more awake and I am jealous of you.  I don’t in fact say I am jealous of you, but I compete with you, which is a form of jealousy, envy.  So envy and jealousy are not love and I wipe them out; I don’t go on talking about how  to wipe them out and in the meantime continue to be envious–I actually wipe them out as the rain washes the dust of many days off a leaf.  I just wash them away.

March 21st, 2020 ! 

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We Must Die to All Our Emotions

May 6th ~ What do we mean by emotion?  Is it a sensation, a reaction, a response of the senses?  Hate, devotion, the feeling of love or sympathy for another–they are all emotions.  Some, like love and sympathy, we call positive, while others, like hate, we call negative and want to get rid of.  Is love the opposite of hate?  And is love an emotion, a sensation, a feeling that is stretched out through memory?

. . . . So, what do we mean by love?  Surely, love is not memory.  That is very difficult for us to understand because for most of us, love is memory.  When you say that you love your wife or your husband, what do you mean by that?  Do you love that which gives you pleasure?  Do you love that with which you have identified yourself and which you recognize as belonging to you?  Please, these are facts; I am not inventing anything, so don’t look horrified.

. . . . It is the image, the symbol of “my wife” or “my husband” that we love, or think we love, not the living individual.  I don’t know my wife or my husband at all; and I can never know that person as long as knowing means recognition.  For recognition is based on memory–memory of pleasure and pain, memory of the things I have lived for, agonized over, the things I possess and to which I am attached.  How can I love when there is fear, sorrow, loneliness, the shadow of despair?  How can an ambitious man love?  And we are all very ambitions, however honourably.

So, really to find to find out what love is, we must die to the past, to all our emotions, the good and the bad–die effortlessly, as we would a poisonous thing, because we understand it.  

May 19th, 2020 ~ Recognizing and knowing seem different than understanding.  

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One Must Have Great Feelings

May 7th ~ In the modern world where there are so many problems, one is apt to lose great feeling.  I mean by that word feeling, not sentiment, not emotionalism, not mere excitement, but that quality of perception, the quality of hearing, listening, the quality of feeling, a bird singing on a tree, the movement of a leaf in the sun.  To feel things greatly, deeply, penetratingly, is very difficult for most of us because we have so many problems.  Whatever we seem to touch turns into a problem.  And, apparently, there is no end to man’s problems, and he seems utterly incapable of resolving them because the more the problems exist, the less the feelings become.

I mean by “feeling” the appreciation of the curve of a branch, the squalor, the dirt on the road, to be sensitive to the sorrow of another, to be in a state of ecstasy when we see a sunset.  These are not sentiments, these are not mere emotions.   Emotion and sentiment or sentimentality turn to cruelty, they can be used by society; and when there is sentiment, sensation, then one becomes a slave to society.  But one must have great feelings.  The feeling for beauty, the feeling for a word, the silence between two words, and the hearing of a sound  clearly–all that generates feeling.  And one must have strong feelings, because it is only the feelings that make the mind highly sensitive.

March 18th, 2020 ~  This is a motivation to lessen our problems–to not see things as problems but as facts of which they are.  The more important the situation or difficult the scenario, do we see the petty issues more of what they are? 

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Observation Without Thought

May 8th ~ There is no feeling without thought; and behind thought is pleasure; so those things go together; pleasure, the word, the thought, the feeling; they are not separated.  Observation without thought, without feeling, without word is energy.  Energy is dissipated by word, association, thought, pleasure, and time; therefore, there is no energy to look.

March 17th, 2020 ~ This is quite fascinating and helpful.  We make the mind and the observation of mind tricky and confusing.   Knowing pleasure is in the mix is important.  Dissipation of energy is also important to know.  Energy leaks out when we are not still, when we fidget.