Can there be a knowledge which no longer reiterates the past?

The problem with knowledge is that “to know” is synonym with “accumulation” of dead facts. With experience. Experience which is always old – a constant reiteration of the past.

You think you´ve seen it, tasted it, lived it, understood it. You´ve seen in fact nothing, as you are constantly biased. Being invariably caught in lifeless images. In obsolete patterns.

Knowledge is the answer of you conditioning, meaning that the more you know, the more conditioned, stuffed, sufficient, arrogant and life-alienated you become. You are conforming to a lifeless past which virtually destroys and devours everything alive. Life is always new and pristine but your conformity and knowledge kills everything around you.

What is nauseating, is that behind knowledge hides your fear, insecurity, insensitivity.

You are a slave to what you think you know. You see nothing, you hear nothing, disregard everything alive. “New” is only a nonsensical word for you. A mad repetition of something bland, tasteless and idiotically subjective.

What I am really wondering here is whether we can discover a “knowledge” which no longer is tributary to and no longer conforms with the past; a knowledge which is to be found in the fathomless non-reportable silence of each moment…

Memory Negates Love

Is it possible to love without thinking?

What do I mean by thinking? Thinking is a response to memories of pain or pleasure. There is no thinking without the residue which incomplete experience leaves.

Love is different from emotion and feeling. Love cannot be brought into the field of thought; whereas feeling and emotion can be brought. Love is a flame without smoke, ever fresh, creative, joyous.

Such love is dangerous to society, to relationship.

So, thought steps in, modifies, guides it, legalizes it, puts it out of danger; then one can live with it. Do you not know that when you love someone, you love the whole of mankind? Do you not know how dangerous it is to love man? Then, there is no barrier, no nationality; then, there is no craving for power and position, and things assume their values.

Such a man is a danger to society.

For the being of love, the process of memory must come to an end. Memory comes into being only when experience is not fully, completely understood. Memory is only the residue of experience; it is the result of a challenge which is not fully comprehended. Life is a process of challenge and response. Challenge is always new but the response is ever old. This response, which is conditioning, which is the result of the past, must be understood and not disciplined or condemned away. It means living each day anew, fully and completely. This complete living is possible only when there is love, when your heart is full, not with the words nor with the things made by the mind. Only where there is love, memory ceases; then every movement is a rebirth.

 J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

Can we break free from inner and outer blockages through Art?

Nothing is definitively said or done.

To dare consider everything anew, to “seize” the moment
as an inspired improvisation – to question and examine it all out of a sense
of freedom and not going by the rule.

Life is about jazz, nay, LIFE IS JAZZ, yet very few seem to see or want to understand this.

Sadly, everyone wants to play it safely, and the consequence is that true expression
has become almost anarchic in our days.

Heidi:
Conformity is safety… I want to ‘play jazz’ yet how can I when I do not where the notes start, how the tune goes…? :-)

I have been more aware, and as you say, aiming for true expression recently… it is harder than it seems, when you are consciously aware of behaviour/thoughts/feelings, because past patterns are so tightly held that is hard to see past them, to understand where and how to break free.

First we must see, before we can change.

Me:
Take the Change and in the process you begin to see – that´s the way it goes.

Who in you wants “to understand”?…Give it thought…

It is in actual fact the “inner authority”, this thief in you which is the past, the ubiquitous conditioning, the societal voices keeping you captive, hating change, preventing you from letting go and finding out.

These patterns are terribly difficult to break, I know that well.

Please listen!

YOU HAVE TO STOP BEING “AWARE”…WHAT WE IMAGINE BEING AWARENESS IS AN ILLUSION. That because “True Awareness” is beyond any conscious pursuit, it actually belongs to the so-called unconscious mind.

So…DO IT FIRST AND UNDERSTAND AFTERWARDS!

Write first and analyze after! – that´s the way it goes.

Trust your gut feeling IN THE SECOND! Only in total spontaneity you can fathom something…

You don´t need to know HOW THE TUNE STARTS, or how it goes…just start.

Hum if you have to, hear the sounds around you, talk senselessly, hit any rhythm with
your fingers…

This is the ultimate truth: LIFE OBEYS NO PREDICTABLE PATTERN…simply dare admit that.

Don´t try to break free – you are actually free. You just are finding out this now.

Too much benevolence scares them

Punishment and retribution – this entrenched conditioning is what people
take for life.

Consequently what is easily given is not taken seriously, it is hardly accepted. If you don´t believe me, ask what women think of men who give themselves too easily…

That is so, most humans suppose they always have to fight, to strife; indeed to break their necks in order to reach a valuable result is the thing.

Twisted and paradoxical human nature:
The worse the fight, the more desirable the outcome…

Ask me, I´ve been there: it is really counterproductive to be all too nice and gracious with people – as they think you are an easy catch and thus might not appreciate you. In fact, they most likely will disregard you, taking you for a fool.

So don´t sell yourself too cheaply, put a high price on yourself and give moderately. Above all, don´t forget to punish them, otherwise they won´t endorse you. 😉

What if there was nothing to problematize on?

Arindam:
What if you woke up and saw that there were no ‘problems’?

It points to the attachment to problematize, which is another form of conditioning. Closely related to ‘seeking’.

It is simply attachment.

Me:
Having nothing to “problematize” on, can be very disruptive.
Indeed, for many, the absence of problems would be devastating. :D

It´s obvious: seeking reinforces the ego.

That´s why, almost no one is interested to find…or find out…

Can we grasp Reality in a direct, immediate, unconditioned way?

Every opinion, no matter how “right”, is a just a fragment of reality. Can a fragment ever understand the whole picture?

Can we see clearly that, without exception, every definition or explanation deprive us of our freedom to explore?

I could give you “explanantions” as to why Life shuns all definitions, but that won´t bring you any real benefit as you will most likely begin to compare with what you already know, and this creates more confusion. I think is far more important fo find out for yourself.

If you read this, you may have come to the point of realizing that all definitions are senseless, and this is a good sign. You seem to heed your inner urge for real answers.

The quest is about emptying the mind, as only a clear mind is able to have a direct experience.

How can we have a clear mind when education, school, society has had us follow and conform only to given patterns?The whole idea of teaching and learning is built on conditioning, can you see that?

Real answers will come to you only if you start to question your conditioning, if you have the guts…

To be happy is your true obligation to yourself

jonedae:
I wonder, is ‘happiness’ necessary? Paraphrasing the Tibetan Buddhists, they say that, we all have “entitlement issues” when we think that we *ought to* be happy, or that we’re entitled to be happy. For instance, Pema Chodron asked, where is that written? Show me where the wisdom traditions promised you, that you would get to be happy..

Me:
Let´s make it clear:

No tradition, no dogma or authority can ever point to what Happiness is.
That because Happiness is Aliveness, that is, something that cannot be either
labeled or “derived from”.

Doubtlessly, most of us have “entitlement issues” – but that is not the issue here.

The fact is that everybody answers according to his conditioning which they
take for “truth”.

The question is:
How can we ever find something objectively, if we are prejudiced by
other people´s premises? Are we to believe any authority if we engage
in a real quest?

Pema Chodron said this, whoever else – christians, jews or atheists – said that,
but what eventually counts is – WHAT DO YOU SAY YOURSELF?

What do I say?…

So I ask you: Is happiness necessary?

Or let me put it this way: Is conditioning necessary?

If you ask me, whether it is necessary to be happy, I would say that
not only it is necessary, but that IT IS FUNDAMENTAL TO BE HAPPY!
To be happy is our true “obligation” to ourselves.

As it is an inseparable part of Who We Really Are, Happiness is not a goal to be reached, as conscious pursuit and goal-setting only breeds and enhances further conditioning.

The more I strive to be “happy” – or anything for that matter -, the more prone I am
to “entitlement issues”.

Consequently, the only thing we “ought” – our only true obligation – is to fully and
impartially 
investigate into the nature of Conditioning.

And where Conditioning ends, Happiness begins…