The Act Of Listening Is The Soil

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

Just listen, because if you are capable of listening and seeing the truth of what is being said, then thought will not act. If you are in that state of listening, the fact, the truth, will act. If a seed is planted in the earth and has vitality, it will grow. In the same way, the act of listening is the soil.

The act of listening is only possible when there is attention, and attention does not exist if there is interpretation, evaluation, condemnation, or judgement of that to which you are listening. If you listen completely, attentively, without any observer who is the thinker, then that very act of listening will put away what is false, and you will listen only to what is true.

The act of listening is the field. In that field every kind of seed is sown, and only the seed that has vitality, energy, strength, will come up, will flourish. That’s what we are doing now.

We’re actually listening, neither accepting nor disagreeing nor judging. We’re actually listening so completely that the very act of listening destroys what is false and lets the seed of truth take root.

The Collected Works vol XVI, pp 146-147

=== Thoughts ===

To understand Reality, to find Truth, to know God, or to reach Enlightenment- call it what you like- requires a supreme act of attention. It has nothing to do with muscular movements, physical exertion, lighting incense, offering prayers, collecting up enough spiritual points to ascend to the next level, or any of the other rubbish commonly prescribed by “priests”,  “gurus”, “meditation experts”, and “spiritual coaches”- charlatans, all of them. It does, however, require that you initiate and continue to perform an endless series of  subtle actions. You must execute a perpetual series of entirely selfless observations.

Reaching Truth is not like flicking on a light-switch, lighting a candle’s wick, opening a door, or any of those other absurd metaphors, because it is certainly not a one time deal. You do not “arrive”, you do not “transcend”, and you do not become anything different from what you already are. Reality will not unfold before you all at once for you to understand forever, because reality itself is in a constant state of evolution.

If you have any sense at all, if you are at all aware of yourself or your surroundings, you should also be aware that absolutely everything is in a state of constant change. It should be obvious that the universe exists in an endless state of transformation, revitalization, and renewal, as explained by the elegant Buddhist concept of Impermanence.

Understanding impermanence, the concomitant fact that the nature of reality is essentially empty, you should see that attachment to fixed conclusions- like your identity- is absolutely absurd. In fact, when viewed under the illumination of impermanence and emptiness, you will see that attachment to anything becomes quite obviously insane.

Thus, to find Truth, to know God, or to experience Reality for what it is, you will have to first put aside your attachments, your clinging, and your identification with the “self”. You will have to abandon your beliefs, your ideas, and your conceptions.

You will have to make a supreme act of attention which requires unwavering dedication to diligently observing the perpetual evolution of both yourself and your surroundings, allowing you to remain aware of the relationship between the two. And if you want to see Reality, you will not be able to stop making this act of observation, since everything is in a permanent state of flux. You must remain in a constant state of alert, astute, and attentive observation, following along with the movement of the universe.

Now please don’t confuse what I’m saying here. I am not making the claim that the “you” (the ego) must do anything in particular, because there is nothing to accomplish, there is nothing to complete, and there are certainly no goals, tasks, nor any paths for you to follow. There are no predetermined movements, no mantras, no meditations, nor any books to guide you to this understanding.

As Krishnamurti says, “Truth is a Pathless Land“. It can’t be taught, it can’t be given, and it most certainly cannot be bought. It’s not listed on Amazon, it’s not on a shelf at Barnes & Noble, it’s not chanted at the Meditation Center, nor written on the scrolls stored in the Temple.

Because Truth is a living, breathing entity. It is an endless flowing motion, following along with the rest of Reality in a constant state of change. It is that ceaseless movement, that triumphant progression, and boundless transformation of energy, flowing throughout the universe, through each and every one of us, and everything else that exists.

And to see it, to listen to it, to follow along with it, requires intelligence. It requires a mind that is still, whole, holy, undistracted, and undivided. And intelligence can only flower when the mind is still, when “self” has dissolved, along with all of its trappings. The “ego”, and that accumulation resulting from a lifetime of conditioned learning- your beliefs, prejudices, distortions, and interpretations- must all be put aside.

To execute this complete act of attention, you must first face the fact that you have been brainwashed to perceive the world in a certain way, you must accept the reality that you distort, interpret, and pervert the things you see, feel, hear, taste, and touch, and you must make yourself capable of looking at it all in an entirely new light.

You must abandon your attachment to all of that, without bringing in the idea of “control”. Because the controller is the same as the controlled. After all, who is controlling your behavior? Isn’t it simply another fragment of thought? And isn’t it ridiculous to assume that any one fragment of thought has any right to control the rest? Which fragment is most important? Which fragment is the real you? None of them, obviously.

At each and every moment, your world is made up of the sum of its constituent parts. Your personal reality is determined by the behavior of those parts, by the relationships they share, and by their individual movements in action. Your world undergoes a state of constant evolution, as those parts move around, redefine themselves, and mix with each other in different ways.

Because of this, there is no difference between the internal “you”, and the external “other”, because even your smallest actions will eventually cascade into an avalanche, affecting everything else that exists by way of the interconnectedness of all things, by way of the Butterfly Effect.

When you can put aside your ego, your accumulated knowledge, your convictions, conclusions, and subjective beliefs- that illusory division between “self” and “other” will be exposed in the light for what it really is; a complete and utter falsehood.

It’s no more than a superstition; the product of centuries of societal brainwashing, the accumulation and obsession with knowledge, with achievement, with goals, and with plans, driven by the desire to find some assurance of security. You attempt to fill up the void and establish an enduring form of the self, in order to protect yourself from fear of non-existence. And it all rests on that futile , yet most fundamental of all human drives, the urge to immortality.

But exposed in the light of Truth, this false construction of the “self”, and the division between “internal” and “external” collapses, and the world comes rushing in.

In that moment, all the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place. You will find order, confusion will dissolve, and you’ll get a glimpse of what it means to be “awakened”. But remember, it’s not like flipping on a switch. In a few days, a few hours, or perhaps even just a few seconds, you’ll lose that clarity, and fall back into the shadow.

Something will happen that pulls you back down into the darkness, plunging you into the confusion, chaos, and disorder. And until you can adapt to each and every moment, remaining in a state of limitless, unfocused, and undivided attentiveness, you will never be able to see the Truth.

But you can do this, if you’d only try.

Just listen, because if you are capable of listening and seeing the truth of what is being said, then thought will not act. If you are in that state of listening, the fact, the truth, will act. If a seed is planted in the earth and has vitality, it will grow. In the same way, the act of listening is the soil. The act of listening is only possible when there is attention, and attention does not exist if there is interpretation, evaluation, condemnation, or judgement of that to which you are listening. If you listen completely, attentively, without any observer who is the thinker, then that very act of listening will put away what is false, and you will listen only to what is true.    The act of listening is the field. In that field every kind of seed is sown, and only the seed that has vitality, energy, strength, will come up, will flourish. That’s what we are doing now. We’re actually listening, neither accepting nor disagreeing nor judging. We’re actually listening so completely that the very act of listening destroys what is false and lets the seed of truth take root.                       The Collected Works vol XVI, pp 146-147
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