Are You Anything In Yourself?

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

Are you anything in yourself?

Questioner: If I have no image of myself, then I am nothing.

Krishnamurti: But are you anything anyhow? [Laughter] Please don’t laugh, this is much too serious. Are you anything in yourself?

Strip yourself of your name, title, money, position, your little capacity to write a book and be flattered – and what are you? So why not realize and be that?

You see, we have an image of what it is to be nothing, and we don’t like that image; but the actual fact of being nothing, when you have no image, may be entirely different. And it is entirely different.

It is not a state that can be realized in terms of being nothing or of being something. It is entirely different when there is no image of yourself. And to have no image of yourself demands tremendous attention, tremendous seriousness.

It is only the attentive, the serious, that live, not the people who have images of themselves.

The Collected Works, Vol. XV – 196

=== My Thoughts ===

Perfect timing, as usual, Mr. Krishnamurti.

What am I? Am I my job? My camera? This blog? My cat? My salary, my car, guitars, or this computer that I’m typing on? Forget possessions, that obviously not “me”.

Am I my family? My friends? Ex-girlfriends? The people I’ve loved, hated, helped, or betrayed? Closer, but not quite there yet.

Am I this body? These memories? Past experiences, current thoughts, and future expectations? Closer still, but isn’t there more?

Where does the summation game end and the “I” officially begin?

We live in a universe with just a single constant: change.

Everything is governed by that one simple rule to rule them all: Impermanence.

You, “me”- all of us- are governed by that same rule.

I’m not the “I” from yesterday, nor the “I” of tomorrow. And neither of those “Me”s could ever meet- they’re mutually exclusive beings- separated by an infinite progression of different “self”s along the way.

The “self” – the “I”- is a psychological state of being dependent on past events, current environment, and the anticipation of the future. It’s a fluid, formless entity, existent only in terms of nanoseconds.

So why do I place so much importance on it?

And when I look back in that log of events known as my “memory”, what does all of it really mean?

Did anything “I’ve” ever done make even the slightest bit of difference? Perhaps not.

Or perhaps every little thing I’ve ever done has made all the difference? Definitely not.

Either way, who am “I” to judge the “good” from the “bad”? In the end, it’s all relative anyway, right?

So why do I insert this image- the “self”- that tangled web of previous experience, physical matter, and my current thoughts, into each and every moment of “my” life? Why do you do it?

For me, it’s the result of Fear. The Fear of not existing. The Fear of not fulfilling. The Fear of not arriving. The Fear of not becoming. The Fear of not concluding, achieving, or reaching “my” goals and aspirations (though who’s to say they were “mine” in the first place?).

Take away the goals and plans. Forget about both the future and the past. Remove the subjective, and simply sit still for just a moment, in total silence.

Observe your surroundings.

Listen.

Look.

Feel.

Wipe out the “I”, and live in Total Freedom.

Or as Roger Waters put it:

“All that you touch
And all that you see
All that you taste
All you feel
And all that you love
And all that you hate
All you distrust
All you save
And all that you give
And all that you deal
And all that you buy
Beg, borrow or steal
And all you create
And all you destroy
And all that you do
And all that you say
And all that you eat
And everyone you meet
And all that you slight
And everyone you fight
And all that is now
And all that is gone
And all that’s to come
And everything under the sun is in tune
But the sun is eclipsed by the moon”

-Eclipse, from Dark Side of the Moon

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