Sunday, August 13, 2006

Freedom From Fear


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It is said that there are those who hate us because "we are free".

But how do we free ourselves from fear?

Here is Krishnamurti on Freedom and Fear

We all want to be safe; we all want to be secure in our petty little world, the world of `well established order' which is disorder, the world of our particular relationships, which we do not want to be disturbed - the relationship between wife and husband in which they hold together tight, in which there is misery, distrust, fear, in which there is danger, jealousy, anger, domination.

There is a way of looking into ourselves without fear, without danger; it is to look without any condemnation, without any justification, just to look, not to interpret, not to judge, not to evaluate.

To do that the mind must be eager to learn in its observation of what actually is.

What is the danger in `what is'?

Human beings are violent; that is actually `what is; and the danger they have brought about in this world is the result of this violence, it is the outcome of fear.

What is there dangerous about observing it and trying to completely eradicate that fear? - that we may bring about a different society, different values?

There is a great beauty in observation, in seeing things as they are, psychologically, inwardly; which does not mean that one accepts things as they are; which does not mean that one rejects or wants to do something about `what is; the very perception of `what is' brings about its own mutation.

But one must know the art of `looking' and the art of `looking' is never the introspective art, or the analytical art, but just observing without any choice.

Questioner: Sir, what do you want us people here in this world to do?

Krishnamurti: Very simple, Sir: I don't want anything. That's first.

Second: live, live in this world. This world is so marvellously beautiful. It is our world, our earth to live upon, but we do not live, we are narrow, we are separate, we are anxious, we are frightened human beings, and therefore we do not live, we have no relationship, we are isolated, despairing human beings.

We do not know what it means to live in that ecstatic, blissful sense. I say one can live that way only when one knows how to be free from all the stupidities of one's life. To be free from them is only possible in becoming aware of one's relationship, not only with human beings, but with ideas, with nature, with everything.

In that relationship one discovers what one is, one's fear, anxiety, despair, loneliness, one's utter lack of love.

One is full of theories, words, knowledge of what other people have said;

one knows nothing about oneself,

and therefore one does not know

how to live."

I'm going to Barton Springs.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my favorites yet

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, this was a good one. MS

11:07 AM  
Blogger OZ said...

this line may be my favorite..

what is; the very perception of `what is' brings about its own mutation.

11:10 AM  
Blogger gmoke said...

Four Freedoms

...freedom of speech and expression --everywhere in the world....

freedom of every person to worship God in his own way-- everywhere in the world...

freedom from want, which, translated into world terms, means...
to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants --everywhere in the world....

freedom from fear, which, translated into world terms, means...
that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor --anywhere in the world....

Delivered by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on January 6, 1941, eleven months before Pearl Harbor.

Part I of my long term strategy to reduce world terror
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/8/11/192149/371

I attended your presentation at Building Energy in Boston last March and am working with Werner and Julie of Videosphere on solar video.

1:16 PM  

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