Fear Is Not Merely On The Surface Of The Mind

=== JKrishnamurti.org – Daily Quote ===

Fear is not merely on the surface of the mind

To understand this problem of fear, you have to go into it most profoundly, because fear is not merely on the surface of the mind. Fear is not just being afraid of your neighbour or of losing a job; it is much deeper than that, and to understand it requires deep penetration.

To penetrate deeply you need a very sharp mind, and the mind is not made sharp by mere argumentation or avoidance. One has to go into the problem step by step, and that is why it is very important to comprehend this whole process of naming.

When you name a whole group of people by calling them Muslims, or what you will, you have got rid of them; you don’t have to look at them as individuals, so the name, the word, has prevented you from being a human being in relationship with other human beings.

In the same way, when you name a feeling, you are not looking at the feeling, you are not totally with the fact.

The Collected Works, Vol. XI – 151

=== Thoughts ===

Let’s continue our discussion of “conceptualization”, or conceptual thought (as Tibetan Buddhists would call it). The giving of names, the formation of images, and the use attachment to ideas unavoidably lead to marginalization, misinterpretation, and divisions between the “ourselves” and “our environment” (a division which in fact does not exist- but we’ll get to that later).

It’s useful to return to the same subject, repeatedly, and to discuss it with different examples and different words to remind ourselves that the words themselves and the “ideas” expressed are not the important part of the conversation. The important part is that we sit still for one second, forget about ourselves, and listen to something that someone else has to say.

Keep in mind that no matter how beautifully expressed the idea, no matter how persuasive the argument, and no matter how much you might agree or disagree with it- the description is not the described! If you are hungry and I explain to you the existence of a fantastic meal, would it do you any good? If we are lost, and someone describes to us how to get out of the forest, but we simply agree with them and leave it at that, does it do us any good?

If we explain an idea to someone a fantastic idea- with terrific examples, beautiful language, a flowing cadence and amazing metaphors, but they simply agree with it rather than live it, has it done them any good?

The mere intellectual understanding of an idea, the formation of knowledge as memory of a fact- such as the fact we’re presently discussing- and the agreeing or disagreeing with that idea leads to nothing more than adding another link in the chain of attachment to our endless process of categorization, conceptualization, and divisiveness.

Rather than simply memorizing an idea, a string of words, or a conceptual theory, it’s our duty as responsible human beings to LIVE the described action in our daily lives. Stop creating images, stop conceptualizing everything, and stop dividing yourself from all that exists around “you”.

It’s not important that we can repeat Krishnamurti’s words, or the Buddha’s, or Jesus’s, or anyone else’s for that matter- but it IS important that we can live those ideas out in our daily routine, in our daily living.

By living them out in daily life, in our behavior, ideas become action; unrestrainted by thought, conceptualization, and the divsion of the self. And only action has the power to change the world, by first changing “ourselves”.

That is true meditation. That is real living. And that is what it’s all about.

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