Friday, July 04, 2008

Independence Day Greetings

Today is our national holiday. It is a day on which we celebrate liberty. But it strikes me that to celebrate liberty in an authentic way is to recognize reality. How can we be free if we do not know what is real? And that's where meditation comes in. By that I mean true awareness - not zoning out or inducing artificial bliss. Here is a good explanation:

Meditation demands an astonishingly alert mind; meditation is the understanding of the totality of life in which every form of fragmentation has ceased. Meditation is not control of thought, for when thought is controlled it breeds conflict in the mind, but when you understand the structure and origin of thought, which we have already been into, then thought will not interfere. That very understanding of the structure of thinking is its own discipline which is meditation.

Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching you begin to understand the whole movement of thought and feeling. And out of this awareness comes silence. Silence put together by thought is stagnation, is dead, but the silence that comes when thought has understood its own beginning, the nature of itself, understood how all thought is never free but always old —this silence is meditation in which the meditator is entirely absent, for the mind has emptied itself of the past.

-- Krishnamurti

Rob Nairn, one of my meditation teachers, used to say that "meditation is knowing what's happening while it's happening no matter what it is." Actually, that's about as good a description of responsible citizenship as I've ever come across.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:53 AM

    I've always wondered how to reconcile these kinds of messages with ones like Cheri Huber's a few posts earlier. It seems like Krishnamurti would say that Huber's plan feeds the ego and blocks clear thinking, no?


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