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Thought, stillness and time: Gstad small group Discussion 1965
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6 hours 54 minutes
1. Is thought detrimental? - 15 August 1965
Duration: 63 minutes
• Why does one seek pleasure?
• Can the mind only face facts and not thought?
• Why have I never said, ‘Thought is poison,’ to myself?
• Meeting something one doesn’t know, facing something which has no answer.
• Acting without knowing.
• What is a state of mind which is silent?
• Time is detrimental.
• Are we twisting everything to our core of pleasure?
2. Am I aware of the process of thinking? - 18 August 1965
Duration: 60 minutes
• Can I see that thought is destructive, except where it is essential?
• Why is it that we don’t see something immediately?
• Do you know when you are thinking?
• Is the thing that we call thinking, thinking at all?
• Do you think from the background noise when a problem arises?
• When the mind becomes totally aware of the background, is there thinking
when a problem arises?
• What happens when I am aware of this hum, this noise incessantly going on?
• Is the background noise different from the observer?
• How am I to live an everyday life with complete silence?
3. What will make me see that thought breeds frustration? - 21 August 1965
Duration: 78 minutes
• What is the function of thought?
• Can the mind see the fact that thought will always breed frustration?
• Function is necessary, but function with status, position and power must breed
• Without frustration thought says to itself, ‘I am not seeking. I don’t want
• If there is no thought, what happens?
• The very perception of the limitation of thought is the act of opening the door,
rather than thought opening the door.
• To function without prestige, without frustration, that itself is an extraordinary
state, meaning to function without self-centred activity.
4. From where do attachment and detachment come? - 24 August 1965
Duration: 65 minutes
• What is the relationship of the brain to the totality of the mind?
• Fear of not being, fear of isolation, fear of not having pleasure, fear of having
no relationship, is the soil from which the stem of contradiction grows.
• I want to be free of this stem to see what happens if there is no attachment, no
detachment, because I am not afraid.
• Is there a peace with no entity saying, ‘I am peaceful’?
5. A complete stillness - 25 August 1965
Duration: 65 minutes
• Is there a single movement that will completely transform my whole way of
• The passion is there but the perfume doesn’t take place. What am I to do?
• Am I in a position of a man who for the first time is walking on a road by
himself and discovering?
• Does one know what a complete stillness means?
• It is only from a very still mind that a mutation takes place.
• Is there an ending to thought, therefore an ending to time?
• If I have no thought and therefore no time, and so no wasting of energy, there
is no movement, therefore there is complete stillness.
• Is it possible to look at everything without thought, therefore without time, J. KRISHNAMURTI
and so walk with silence?
6. When the mind is completely quiet, how can there be time? - 29 August 1965
Duration: 85 minutes
• What does time mean to you, as a human being?
• Is there such thing as existence?
• Quietness has come because I have understood the nature of time, function,
thought and pleasure.
• What takes place when there is great intensity?
• Thought has a movement in function. Here there is no movement which
thought can recognise, because thought is not coming into this at all.
• When time comes to an end, is there distance and space?
• If you look at the mountain without the layer of thought as function, as the
experiencer, what is space?
• When there is no experiencer, no thinker, in that stillness is there time?
• Time exists only when there is an observer.
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