=== JKrishnamurti.org – Daily Quote ===
Have you ever sat very silently, not with your attention fixed on anything, not making an effort to concentrate, but with the mind very quiet, really still? Then you hear everything, don’t you? You hear the far-off noises as well as those that are nearer and those that are very close by, the immediate sounds—which means, really, that you are listening to everything.
Your mind is not confined to one narrow little channel. If you can listen in this way, listen with ease, without strain, you will find an extraordinary change taking place within you, a change which comes without your volition, without your asking; and in that change there is great beauty and depth of insight.
This Matter of Culture, p 32
=== Thoughts ===
Like seeing or feeling, listening completely, with one’s total attention, with all of one’s energy, is an equally effective way of erasing the “I”. We usually listen through the screen of our ideas and what we hear is thus an interpretation, rather than an actuality. We hear according to our beliefs, according to our predispositions, to our patterns of thought, and our previous history.
But when you can put all of that aside, not by thinking it away, but with action, hearing takes on an extraordinarily different quality. Hearing becomes a perception that is real, complete, total, and all encompassing.Hearing is no longer according to an idea, but according to the surroundings, according to the environment. Hearing becomes a form of action, an end in itself, rather than a means, and you will hear things as they actually sound, which is quite different, and quite invigorating.
And in that silent space of unlimited attention, when one is really listening, great beauty unfolds, along with all the secrets of the universe, and the secrets of our lives. We enter a space beyond answers, because there is no longer a “me” to ask any questions. There is great certainty, absolute knowledge, incredible bliss and joy. All of our burdens quite naturally fall away, and we exist in a realm of pure being, or total attention. It’s not easy, but it’s possible, and it’s entirely worth it.
Try it and see for yourself.