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Fourteen Public Talks in Ojai, USA, 1949

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Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom - Volume 1
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Fourteen Public Talks - Volume 1, in Ojai, USA, 1949


Aproximate Duration:5 hours 45 minutes
Audio Format: MP3 CD


Content:

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Seven Public Talks

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1. Does self-knowledge come through searching?
16 July 1949

- What is it that most of us are seeking?
- Does clarity come through searching and trying to find out what others say?
- Can incessant search and longing give you the extraordinary sense of reality or creative being that comes when you really understand yourself?
- Without knowing your background and the substance of your thought, where it comes from, surely your search is utterly futile and your action has no meaning.
- The responsibility for any action depends on ourselves, not on others.
- Q: Do I have to be at any special level of consciousness to understand you?
- Q: The movement of life is experienced in relationship to people and to ideas.

Duration: 00 minutes

2. Relationship has significance only when it is a process of self-revelation
17 July 1949

- Where there is authority there can be no discovery of something new.
- Relationship based on an idea cannot be a self-revealing process.
- Self-knowledge is understood, uncovered and its process revealed through relationship.
- Is it possible to love without the interference of the mind?
- When the mind becomes supreme, all-important, then there can be no affection.
- Q: What is that thinking that must come to an end? What do you mean by thinking and thought?

Duration: 37 minutes

3. If we had no belief what would happen to us?
23 July 1949

- Without self-knowledge we cannot go beyond the self-projected illusions of the mind.
- It’s only in relationship that one can know oneself as one is.
- A mind that is filled with beliefs, dogmas, assertions and quotations is an un creative, repetitive mind.
- Can we look at ourselves without beliefs?
- A mind that is quiet because it understands fear and understands itself is creative.
- Q: Our mind knows only the known. What is it in us that drives us to find the unknown, reality, or God?

Duration: 39 minutes

4. Simplicity cannot be found unless one is free inwardly
24 July 1949

- Only when the mind and heart are really simple is one able to solve the many problems that confront us.
- A religious man is he who is inwardly simple.
- Q: I have been a member of various religious organizations but you have destroyed them all. I am utterly bored and work because hunger forces me to it. I am afraid to commit suicide. What on earth am I to do?
- Q: What have you to say to a person who, in quiet moments, sees the truth of what you say, who has a longing to keep awake but who finds himself repeatedly lost in a sea of impulse and small desires?

Duration: 57 minutes

5. How is one to be aware?
30 July 1949

- Does the understanding of ourselves demand a specialization?
- What is it that we need capacity for?
- How is one to be capable of meeting life as a whole?
- How are we aware of something?
- To understand relationship there must be an awareness which is not aggressively positive.
- Q: All religions have insisted on some kind of self-discipline to moderate the instincts of the brute in man. You seem to imply that such disciplines are a hindrance to the realization of God. Who is right in this matter?

Duration: 62 minutes

6. What is true religion?
31 July 1949

- Is religion a matter of sensation?
- Religion is not ceremony, dogma nor the continuation of tenets or beliefs inculcated from childhood.
- Belief in God does not make you a religious person.
- Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom.
- Q: Will you please carefully explain what is true meditation?

Duration: 47 minutes

7. To understand ‘what is’ there must be no prejudice
6 August 1949

- To understand reality, or for that immensity to come into being, one must understand the process of one’s own thinking.
- How is it possible to go into the deeper layers of consciousness?
- If we do not name then perhaps it’s possible to go into the deeper layers of consciousness.
- To see things as they are requires enormous alertness of mind.
- Q: I understand intellectually that I am the resentment and hatred I feel, but I cannot cope with it. Can you show me a way?

Duration: 40 minutes

Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom - Volume 2
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Fourteen Public Talks - Volume 2, in Ojai, USA, 1949


Aproximate Duration: 7 hours
Audio Format: MP3 CD


Content:

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Seven Public Talks

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8. Experiencing the state of immortality without ideation
7 August 1949

- There is no mind without idea, thought and verbalization.
- There is no experiencer and the experience; there is only a state of experiencing.
- One cannot think about immortality. If one can live in the state of only experiencing then there is a state in which ideation has stopped altogether.
- Is it possible to have direct experience of that which is not thinkable and which cannot be put into words?
- Q: Is there a way of knowing what is the truth about myself, without illusion or self-deception?
- Q: Is effort a necessary preliminary to tranquillity?
- Q: I no longer suppress my thoughts and am I shocked by what sometimes arises. Can I be as bad as that?
- Q: Why is it that certain undesirable conditions in oneself do not vanish as soon as they are observed?
- Q: Is the artist or musician engaged in a futile thing?

Duration: 73 minutes

9. Ideals and ambition
13 August 1949

- Q: In listening to you, I feel that the distinction or space between ideal and practice is illusory. Is this so?
- Q: I am free from ambition. Is there something wrong with me?

Duration: 53 minutes

10. Without self-knowledge there cannot be complete action
14 August 1949

- Can we act without ideation?
- Immortality is not an idea. It is something beyond ideation, thought and the bundle of memory which is all the ‘me’.
- Love is not a thought process.
- Q: What place has criticism in relationship?
- Q: When you speak of timelessness, it seems you must mean something besides a sequence of events. Do you perhaps mean that by knowing what part of you is eternal, then time no longer becomes a means to an end, or a means to progress?
- Q: Is there a gulf, an interval of any duration, between my perceiving something, and being or realizing it?
- Q: You often speak of living, experiencing, and yet being as nothing. What is this state of being as nothing consciously?

Duration: 75 minutes


20 August 1949

- Why is it that we dominate, consciously or unconsciously?
- To submit oneself to another is the negative form of domination. We shall not be able to solve this problem by thinking in terms of opposites.
- Is not domination a process of isolation, which denies relationship?
- Can there be relationship between two people if there is any sense of domination or submissiveness?
- Q: Is not the experience of the past a help towards freedom and right action in the present?
- Q: Is my believing in survival after death a hindrance to liberation through self- knowledge?
- Q: Why is it certain individuals identify themselves with you or with your state of being and thereby gain authority for themselves?

Duration: 64 minutes

12. Why do we seek a method or technique?
21 August 1949

- The problems of life do not demand a method, because they are so vital and alive that if we approach with a method we totally misunderstand and don’t adequately meet that problem.
- Where there is efficiency there is ruthlessness.
- The means and the end are not separate.
- Reality or God is something that cannot come by a technique, a means, or through a long, determined practice and discipline.
- Aloneness implies no means. You are not alone when you have a means.
- Q: What is the right relationship, if any, between the individual and the collective, the mass?
- Q: What is the significance of pain and suffering?

Duration: 43 minutes

13. Simplicity comes into being when there is freedom from the desire to achieve
27 August 1949

- One who is sincere can never be simple because he who is trying to be sincere always has the desire to pattern or approximate himself to an idea.
- Self-knowledge can be discovered more fully, deeply, widely, only when there is passive awareness, which is not the exertion of will.
- In the search for self-knowledge we get caught in self-consciousness. Being caught we make the thing in which one is caught the most important thing.
- To go beyond self-consciousness there must be freedom from the desire to achieve a result, because the achievement of a result is what the mind wants.
- Q: Would you please explain what you mean by dying daily?
- Q: How does a truth when repeated become a lie? What really is a lie?
- Q: I think I can help, but whatever I say or do to another is interpreted as interference and as domineering. Why does this happen to me?
- Q: What is aloneness? Is it a mystical state?

Duration: 74 minutes

14. Why do we seek?
28 August 1949

- Q: Ideas do separate, but ideas also bring people together. Is this not the expression of love?
- Q: Would you kindly explain the distinction you make between factual and psychological memory?
- Q: Are we not seeking, really, happiness, and is there not serenity in life, that true being of which you speak?
- To understand something, must there not be a passivity of the mind?
- The mind can be empty only when the whole content of the mind is understood.

Duration: 63 minutes


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