“We were saying how very important it is to bring about in the human mind a radical revolution. The crisis - and there are always crises in the world, especially now - it seems to me, is a crisis in consciousness, a crisis that cannot any more accept the old norms, the old patterns, the ancient traditions, a particular way of life, whether it is the American way, or the European way, or the Asiatic way. And consider what the world is now, with all the misery, conflict, destructive brutality, aggression, tremendous advancement in technology, and so on, it seems to me though man has cultivated the external world and has more or less mastered it, inwardly he is still as he was; a great deal of animal in him, he is still brutal, violent, aggressive, acquisitive, competitive, and he has built a society along these lines.
“...when one is listening to this talk one hears a lot of words; and hearing many words is not listening. It is like a noise among the leaves. It soon passes away. When we hear, we either accept or reject; or we translate what we hear according to our knowledge, our background; or we compare what is being said to what is already known; or we oppose one idea by another. All these characteristics of hearing denies the act of listening. The act of listening is entirely different. When one listens, there is no comparison, there is no acceptance or rejection. The quality of listening is attention; and when you attend totally with your whole mind, with your heart, with your nerves, with your eyes and ears completely, in that state of attention there is the act of listening. And that act of listening puts away anything that is not true, when you give your whole attention to something; that is, when you are completely listening. You listen to the totality of the thing. When you attend, there is no borders of inattention. When you so intensely listen, you are listening to the birds, to the wind, to the breeze among the leaves; you listen to the slightest whisper that's about you. So, in the same way, when one listens, that very act of listening brings about a total attention in which you see the totality and the whole significance and structure of what is being said.”
J.Krishnamurti, Ojai Talk 3 November 5, 1966
(Also in the first
Real Revolution video)
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