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Understanding Words

May 15th ~ I do not know if you have ever thought out or gone into this whole process of verbalizing, giving a name.  If you have done so, it is really a most astonishing thing and a very stimulating and interesting thing.  When we give a name to anything we experience, see, or feel, the word becomes extraordinarily significant; and word is time.  Time is space, and the word is the center of it.  All thinking is verbalization; you think in words.  And can the mind be free of the word?  Don’t say, “How am I to be free?”  That has no meaning.  But put that question to yourself and see how slavish you are to words like India, Gita, communism, Christian, Russian, American, English, the caste below you and the cast above you.  The word love, the word God, the word meditation–what extraordinary significance we have given to these words and how slavish we are to them. 

March 10th, 2020 ~Word is time.  Word is thought.  Thought is memory, which is the past and the past is time.  Word is time.  It is very challenging to express one’s experience through words.  There is a delay and we guess at it.  This is one of the reasons that relationships are so difficult.  Trying to express how we feel becomes a most challenging experience. 

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Memory Clouds Perception

May 16th ~ Are you speculating, or are you actually experiencing as we are going along?  You do not know what a religious mind is. do you?  From what you have said, you don’t know what it means; you may have just a flutter or a glimpse of it, just as you see the clear, lovely blue sky when the could is broken through; but the moment you have perceived the blue sky, you have a memory of it, you want the word for storing it as an experience, the more you are lost in it.

March 5th, 2020 ~ I am speculating, I’m afraid.

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Words Create Limitations

May 17th ~ Is there a thinking without the word?  When the mind is not cluttered up with words, then thinking is not thinking as we know; but it is an activity without the word, without the symbol; therefore it has no frontier–the word is the frontier.

The word creates the limitation, the boundary.  And a mind that is not functioning in words has no limitation; it has no frontiers; it is not bound. . . . Take the word love and see what it awakens in you, watch yourself; the moment I mention that word, you are beginning to smile and you sit up, you feel.  so the word love awakens all kinds of ideas, all kinds of divisions such as carnal, spiritual, profane, infinite, and all the rest of it.  But find out what love is.  Surely, sir, to find out what love is the mind must be free of that word and the significance of that word.

March 4th, 2020 ~ Even technology is delayed, as are words.  You never really convey what you mean through words.  Technology is pernicious.  It is enticing.  But as with words, it can only go so far.  Silence and stillness–let’s get to that.

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Going Beyond Words

May 18th ~ To understand one another, I think it is necessary that we should not be caught in words; because, a word like God, for example, may have a particular meaning for you, while for me it may represent a totally different formulation, or no formulation at all.   So it is almost impossible to communicate with each other unless both of us have the intention of understanding and going beyond mere words.  The word freedom generally implies being free from something, does it not?  It ordinarily means being free from greed, from envy, from nationalism, from anger, from this or that.  Whereas, freedom may have quite another meaning, which is a sense of being free; and I think it is very important to understand this meaning.

. . . . After all, the mind is made up of words, amongst other things.  Now, can the mind be free of the word envy?  Experiment with this and you will see that words like God, truth, hate, envy, have a profound effect on the mind.  And can the mind be both neurologically and psychologically free of these words?  If it is not free of them, it is incapable of facing the fact of envy.  When the mind can look directly at the fact which it calls “envy,” then the fact itself acts much more swiftly than the mind’s endeavor to do something about the fact.  As long as the mind is thinking of getting rid of envy through the ideal of non-envy, and so on, it is distracted, it is not facing the fact; and the very word envy is a distraction from the fact.  The process of recognition is through the word; and the moment I recognize the feeling through the word, I give continuity to that feeling.

March 3rd, 2020 ~ As K mentions, communicating through words is a pernicious endeavor.  Words are so personal. so subjective that usually results in mis-communication and breakdowns.

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Extraordinary Seeing

May 19th ~ So we are asking, as at the beginning, can the mind come to that extraordinary seeing, not from the periphery, from the outside, from the boundary, but come upon it without any seeking?  And to come upon it without seeking is the only way to find it.  Because in coming upon it unknowingly, there is no effort, no seeking, no experience; and there is the total denial of all the normal practices to come into that center, to that flowering.  So the mind is highly sharpened, highly awake, and is no longer dependent upon any experience to keep itself awake.

When one asks oneself, one may ask verbally; for most people, naturally, it must be verbal.  And one has to realize that the word is not the thing–like the word tree is not the tree, is not the actual fact.  The actual fact is when one touches it, not through the word, but when one actually comes into contact with it.  Then it is an actuality–which means the word has lost its power to mesmerize people.  For example, the word God is so loaded and it has mesmerized people so much that they will accept or deny, and function like a squirrel in a cage!  So the word and the symbol must be set aside.

March 2nd, 2020 ~

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Perception of Truth Is Immediate

May 20th ~  The verbal state has been carefully built up through centuries, in relation between the individual and society; so the word, the verbal state is a social state as well as an individual state.  To communicate as we are doing, I need memory, I need words, I must know English, and you must know English; it has been acquired through centuries upon centuries.  The word is not only being developed in social relationship to the individual; the word is necessary.  The question is, it has taken so long, centuries upon centuries, to build up the symbolical, the verbal state, and can that be wiped away immediately? . . . .Through time are we going to get rid of the verbal imprisonment of the mind, which has been built up for centuries?  Or must it break immediately?  Now, you may say, “It must take time, I can’t do it immediately.”  This means that you must have many days, this means a continuity of what has been, though it is modified in the process, til you reach a stage where there is no further to go.  Can you do that?  Because we are afraid, we are lazy, we are indolent, we say, “Why bother about all this?  It is too difficult”, or “I do not know what to do”–so you postpone, postpone, postpone.  But you have to see the truth of the continuation and the modification of the word.  The perception of the truth of anything is immediate–not in time.  Can the mind break through instantly, on the very questioning?  Can the mind see the barrier of the word, understand the significance of the word in a flash and be in that state when the mind is no longer caught in time?  You must have experienced this; only it is a very rare thing for most of us.

March 1st, 2020 ~  Tonight, I watched 60 minutes.  One of the segments was on the Bahamas and how they are placing solar panels to help with their electricity.  The Bahamas are a place that is being impacted by global warming in a huge way, even though their footprint is relatively low.  They are now asking for help, which they should receive.  Will they continue to build houses in a place where the storms will continue to come?  They have been doing this on the eastern coast in the US for decades.  It is not clear who is funding this.  I am drawing a parallel to my own behavior around cleaning.  It is something that should be done rather then put it off.  I tell myself I am building up my motivation.  At least, that was my plan in the past.  What I am really doing is building motivation to sit down and see what is going on.  My sense of busy’ness keeps me from doing this.  I am looking for the right time.  In the story above, K wonder if we can”no longer be caught in time.” 

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Subtle Truth

May 21st ~ You have the flash of understanding, that extraordinary rapidity of insight, when the mind is very still, when thought is absent, when the mind is not burdened with its own noise.  So, the understanding of anything–of a modern picture, of a child, of your wife, of your neighbor, or the understanding of truth, which is in all things–can only come when the mind is very still.  but such stillness cannot be cultivated because if you cultivate a still mind, it is not a still mind, it is a dead mind.

 . . . . The more you are interested in something, the more your intention to understand, the more simple, clear, free the mind is.  Then verbalization ceases.  After all, thought is word, and it is the word that interferes.  It is the screen of words, which is memory, that intervenes between the challenge and the response.  It is the word that is responding to the challenge, which we call intellection.  So, the mind that is chattering, that is verbalizing, cannot understand truth–truth in relationship, not an abstract truth.  There is no abstract truth.  But truth is very subtle.  It is the subtle that is difficult to follow.  It is not abstract.  It comes so swiftly, so darkly, it cannot be held by the mind.  Like a thief in the night, it comes darkly, not when you are prepared to receive it.  Your reception is merely an invitation of greed.  So a mind that is caught in the net of words cannot understand truth.

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All Thought Is Partial

May 22nd ~ You and I realize that we are conditioned.  If you say, as some people do, that conditioning is inevitable, then there is no problem; you are a slave, and that is the end of it.  But if you begin to ask yourself whether it is at all possible to break down this limitation, this conditioning, then there is a problem; so you will have to inquire into the whole process of thinking, will you not?  If you merely say, “I must be aware of my conditioning, I must think about it, analyze it in order to understand and destroy it,” then you are exercising force.  Your thinking, your analyzing is still the result of your background, so through your thought you obviously cannot break down the conditioning of which it is a part.

Just see the problem first, don’t ask what is the answer, the solution.  The fact is that we are conditioned, and that all thought to understand this conditioning will always be partial; therefore there is never a total comprehension, and only in total comprehension of the whole process of thinking is there freedom.  The difficulty is that we are always functioning within the field of the mind, which is the instrument of thought, reasonable or unreasonable; and as we have seen, thought is always partial.

February 26th, 2020 ~