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One sees or understands only when the mind is quiet.: Eight Public Meetings - Amsterdam The Netherlands 1967
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1. To look without a concept is to be aware of the observer and the thing observed
- 20 May 1967
Duration: 88 minutes
• Violence and sorrow are not limited to the West or the East; it is part of the
human structure, psychologically.
• Is it possible to bring about a change radically, a total revolution in the psyche
itself, not through time?
• The first and last freedom is when the mind is totally free from concepts and
the mechanical process of building a formula.
• It is an art to look, which is much more important than any art in the world, any
painting, music or book; because when we can look so totally and completely,
being directly in contact, there is an ending.
• Q: If one has cancer, how can one be free from death?
2. Where there is pleasure there is the shadow of pain - 21 May 1967
Duration: 83 minutes
• The whole movement of living, which is relationship, is a movement in action.
• What is consciousness? When do you say, ‘I am conscious, I am aware, I am
• Is there actually a division between the conscious and the unconscious, or it is
a total movement, operating all the time?
• The mind that pursues pleasure must inevitably invite its opposite, which is
pain. The two go together; they are not separate.
• You cannot see totally when you are making effort.
• Q: If you love your own child, your attention to your child is fairly complete, but
if you are a teacher you cannot give attention to all the students.
3. Is it possible to renew the mind? - 24 May 1967
Duration: 81 minutes
• When the mind is living through imagination and thought, it is incapable of
living in the complete fullness of the present.
• Thought has created time, not chronological time but psychological time. That
is, ‘I will be,’ ‘I should be.’
• Is it possible for the brain to be quiet, to give an interval between the old and
the new? This interval is the timeless nature in which thought cannot possibly
• That which has continuity is repetitive, which is time. It’s only when time
comes to an end there is something new taking place.
• To die every day to every problem, every pleasure, and not carry over any
problem at all; so the mind remains tremendously attentive, active, clear.
• Since love is not desire or pleasure, how does one come upon it?
• Q: Is the feeling of responsibility a part of the order and discipline you were
• Q: Why don’t people get angry with what you are saying?
4. Can thought stop? - 28 May 1967
Duration: 72 minutes
• When there is a process of recognition it is the projection of the past. The mind
is always functioning within the field of time, which is of memory. Can the
mind go beyond that?
• What is pleasure and what is desire?
• How is it possible, without control, subjugation or denying, for thought not to
allow itself to interfere?
• When all authority of every kind is put aside, denied, then you can find out for
• When you are completely attentive, you see. It is only love that sees - not
thought, the mind or the intellect. One has to learn how to look, how to hear.
• Q: Could you distinguish between what you mean by the word ‘recognizing’
and ‘being aware’?
• Q: How is one to break off a concept that one has carefully built?
5. It is only a very silent mind that can actually see - 30 May 1967
Duration: 82 minutes
• Conflict exists only when there are two opposing things: fear and non-fear,
violence and non-violence.
• A mind that is in a state of inquiry is entirely different from a mind that is
seeking. Seeking implies effort, conformity, authority and therefore conflict.
• Without space in which there is no boundary, the mind is incapable of coming
upon immeasurable reality.
• It is only a silent mind that can perceive, actually see, not a chattering mind, a
controlled mind, a mind that is tortured, suppressed, yielding or indulging.
• When one has totally denied the psychological world which man has created,
and the psychological structure of society of which we are, then there is space
• Q: Could you define contemplation and meditation?
• Q: It is not possible ever to observe totally one’s own irrational thoughts.
• Q: What does it mean to stand alone?
6. What does it mean to be totally free? - 24 May 1967
Duration: 96 minutes
• What takes place when one falls in love?
• Why has sex taken on such extraordinary importance?
• How will you know that it is stupid to be a nationalist?
• You see or understand only when the mind is quiet, when you are aware
without any choice.
• When I say, ‘I love you,’ I have blocked myself from looking at you. Is it possible
to look totally impersonally and yet be completely intimate?
• One takes a drug and has an extraordinary experience. At the base of this is the
demand for wider and deeper experiences. Why do you want experience?
7. When one observes a fact without knowledge then one can learn - 28 May 1967
Duration: 82 minutes
• Why do we dream at all?
• Isn’t dreaming at night a waste of energy, when the brain needs to be
completely at rest?
• When do you actually learn?
• When I learn through Freud about myself I am not observing myself, I am
observing the image which Freud has created about me.
• Can you do nothing, psychologically?
• If two people are quarrelling and one stops, what takes place?
• The more we talk together, the more we communicate together, the clearer it
8. Is there such thing as free will? - 31 May 1967
Duration: 80 minutes
• Is freedom partial?
• Why should I be bound to destiny? Born in India with the tremendous cultural
traditions, why should I be caught in it?
• Man is more important than the frame into which he is put.
• Is it possible for a human being to free himself from society, psychologically?
• Human beings have to change, and will thought change us?
• Man is society, has created the society in which we live.
• Are you influenced to change from outside or do you change from yourself?
• To change according to a pattern is no change at all.
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