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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?