Is There Seeing Without Preconception?

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

The dictionary meaning of the word ‘perception’ is to become aware of, to apprehend. That is, you see the cupboard, you have a preconception of it; that is not perception. Is there seeing without preconception?

Only the mind that has no conclusion, such a mind can see. The other cannot. If I have previous knowledge of that cupboard, the mind identifies it as cupboard.

To look at that cupboard without the previous accumulation of prejudices or hurts, is to look. If I have previous hurts, memories, pain, pleasure, displeasure, I have not looked.

Tradition and Revolution

=== Thoughts ===

When we attempt to perceive without first negating our prejudices, our conceptions, and our beliefs, we limit perception and see only according to our ideas. We see only according to our self-constructed images, based on previous experience.

We meet nothing anew. We don’t see things as they actually exist, but translated through that fogged lens of our personalities and subjective mental conceptual structures.

When we walk down the street to look at the flowers, we’re no longer amazed by their beauty and spontaneity, but rather, we become selfishly satisfied with their habit of conforming to our expectations. “There is the Rose,” we say, “I have been expecting it, and it has come. How marvelous.” And how sad.

We lose that essential capacity to find real joy in the simple things, in the beauty and the glory of the natural environment, in nature. We lose that ability to appreciate the small things and become focused on abstract ideas like “happiness”, “success”, and “prosperity”- all of which mean nothing!

We divide ourselves from the actual, from real living, and from ourselves. We become disillusioned, despondent, and depressed. Our lives become a chore; repetitive, and routine.

And it all stems from that initial division, from that subtle and seemingly innocuous maneuver, from that movement out of the universal, and into that divided conceptual structure between the “self” and “other”.

And what’s the solution?

Don’t merely tell yourself “I should not do this”. Don’t simply say “I will not divide”. When you bring in the “should” and the “will”, you bring introduce the element of time.

You fall back on that familiar habit of procrastination. You separate yourself from action by introducing the future, idealized state. And you doom yourself to failure.

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