Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom - Volume 1
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Fourteen Public Talks - Volume 1, in Ojai, USA, 1949Aproximate Duration:
5 hours 45 minutesAudio Format:
--------------------------------------------------------Seven Public Talks
--------------------------------------------------------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 minutes2. 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 minutes3. 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 minutes4. 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 minutes5. 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 minutes6. 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 minutes7. 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: