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Sun, 24 Jun 2018 #1
Thumb_avatar idiot ? United States 382 posts in this forum Offline

For someone with "no beliefs," K was certainly sensitive to all kinds of stuff that many would consider utter nonsense and superstition. Read Mary Z.'s book! Here are some examples:

He drew circles around the places he would stay, evidently to spiritually create some kind of protection field.

He said things like, "I've met very many distinguished people on the astral plane."

Elsewhere, in her book:
Krishnaji then said, “It is strange. Four days ago when I was going down to lunch, the thought came. I said, ‘Nitya, do something about Arya Vihara. They are such silly people. See that something happens about this.”
(I take this to mean that he was summoning the spirit of his dead brother to do something about the Rajagopals.)

Elsewhere, I [Mary Z.] was reading Castaneda’s Journey to Ixtlan’ ‘and Krishnaji asked me about it. I told him the part about “entities” in the wilderness and at night, which are dangerous in the book. Krishnaji nodded. He told of the sense of antagonism in the park in Madras when he went there at twilight, and at Ashdown Forest years ago, and Jayalakshmi’s going to an ancient temple at night and the sense of evil there. I asked if darkness opens the mind to such perceptions because the limited senses make one feel more vulnerable and also because of the recognition of known things fills the perception and one doesn’t see other things. Partly, he said, but there is more than that. He said he wouldn’t walk on the path we take every afternoon if it was night. Many forests have a menace at night. I asked about Sequoia, where he lived alone in a cabin. He said he never felt it there. It was a friendly place. “But I never went out at night. I was always back by six.”

Elsewere, September twentieth, 1974. Not much happened for Krishnaji other than an interview with a woman and her daughter. The mother felt she was possessed, and the daughter brought her to Krishnaji. Krishnaji talked to her, and then told her to send him something that belonged to her, like a ring or a piece of jewelry or something that was hers. And she did; she sent some sort of a silver pin or a ring; and he kept it on his bedside table, and periodically touched it. Then he sent it back.

Was K really kind of whacky when it came to the supernatural? It sure seems so to me.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 #2
Thumb_img_0244 Jack Pine United States 5233 posts in this forum Offline

These posts about K with regard to suggesting he may have been instructed in his "spiritual" understanding by someone else or that he may have been deeply superstitious based on second hand reports taken out of context all seem to fall into the category of gossip.

These posts seem more appropriate for a muckraking reporter's filler story for the grocery store rag sheet NATIONAL ENQUIRER than for a serious topic on this forum.

How many times did K say he was not important? Don't dwell on the man but what was pointed out. Is what K said about consciousness, thought, conditioning and all the rest any less valid because of personal things said about him that may or may not be true? Are we here to dissect Krishnamurti the person or are we here to understand what he pointed out?

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 #3
Thumb_stringio Huguette . Canada 468 posts in this forum Offline

Yes idiot, I think one cannot “overlook” such things - “overlook” meaning pretend not to see them. But do we have to justify, analyze, explain or rationalize them? My feeling is that it is not necessary to do that. In reading or listening to K, all that matters is the validity of his “teachings”, the things he pointed out that every human being can see if he looks inwardly.

Can one say that he did not “live his own teachings” because of the foibles you cite, or because he combed his hair over, or because he was competitive with respect to other gurus? Maybe one can. But in my case, I feel that all that matters is the truth that shines out from his “teachings” - not his eccentricities. We tend to put him on a pedestal, as he himself pointed out. But he was a human being living in turmoil and he understood that turmoil.

I once saw K saying in an interview that he had never known conflict. I don’t know what kind of conflict he was referring to in that interview. Maybe he was talking about anger or aggressive feelings, which he possibly never felt. I think he certainly did feel inner conflicts fueled by inner contradictions, as we all do. But he did not approach that turmoil in the traditional way, which is the way of analysis, repression, rationalization, justification, pretense, and so on. And because he did not approach it in that way, he came upon something sacred. Or maybe not.

That’s my take on it and I’d be interested in hearing other points of view about it.

K, as told to Doris Pratt - from “K - 100 years” (I never read it):

"By Jove, I had a myth once," he said, "I had the myth that I was to be the world teacher when I really was an ordinary young man. At that time - and I wanted to do everything that a young man wants to do: fall in love, get on a motorbike, race around - I was just a young man. I had a struggle between the myth and the fact.”

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 #4
Thumb_avatar idiot ? United States 382 posts in this forum Offline

Jack Pine wrote:
Don't dwell on the man but what was pointed out.

Well, sir, I will continue to be interested in the man and his teachings. I think both are important and very interesting. You, of course, are free to only focus on the teachings.

I'm sure you have noticed that unrepentant Trump supporters seem to always focus on what he has "accomplished" and are willing to overlook his personality and temperament: his constant lying, insults, cruelty, extra-marital affairs, rashness, lack of empathy, and on and on. They think the man is unimportant. Whereas you and I agree, I think, that both Trump the man and what has happened while he is in office are important. I am completely appalled that an apparent psychopath is in charge of the largest nuclear force in the world. Who he is matters very much.

So, with K, you can support his teachings and pay no attention to the man. Or you can look honestly at who the man was. As touched as my life is by K teaching, I don't want to become superstitious. I don't want to have an affair with a married woman (or man). So I will not turn a blind eye. I see what K taught as profound teaching, shared by someone who was human and had human foibles.

A Trump supporter seems capable of being willfully blind. A K interested person need not close his/her eyes. "Truth is not exclusion."

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 #5
Thumb_avatar idiot ? United States 382 posts in this forum Offline

Huguette . wrote:
I think one cannot “overlook” such things - “overlook” meaning pretend not to see them. But do we have to justify, analyze, explain or rationalize them?

Yes. I'm saying that it makes no sense to ignore what various bios and accounts say. Of course, to justify or rationalize these matters is to try to make them fit into a view or ideal about K that they just may not fit.

To me it is remarkable that someone with such deep insights also had certain curious perceptions that sure look like superstitions.

Is it relevant? Well, for example, K talked about sensitivity. And obviously he talked frequently about awareness. Does true awareness include awareness of psychic entities?

Does being free of self nevertheless involve what appears to be protection of self in drawing a circle around a dwelling?

For K, evidently, this was all part of "awareness of what is." But for me, I have to ask if imagination was sometimes, in some way, in play. And if imagination may have been involved in certain sensitivities, was it also involved in "the benediction" or "the process," some of the deepest experiences that K described?

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 #6
Thumb_avatar idiot ? United States 382 posts in this forum Offline

Huguette wrote:
I once saw K saying in an interview that he had never known conflict.

Yes, you can find this in the book Questioning Krishnamurti, the chapter What Is Your Secret?

From Questioning Krishnamurti, page 190:

K: I have never had conflict in my life.

BL: No conflict? You must be almost unique among human beings if that's so.

K: It's not because of circumstances, because I was protected, because of any outside influence that kept me safe. I think it was a realization that conflict destroys not only the mind but the whole sensitivity of awareness. So I've never had conflict; which seemed quite natural to me, it wasn't an effort not to be in conflict.

In K teaching, conflict implies conditioning. Since K claims to be free of conditioning, this is the same as being free of conflict. No conditioning, no past, no conflict.

Of course, outwardly he sure seemed to be in conflict, for example with the Rajagopals, such that it escalated to a court case. But you have to ask, was he inwardly untouched? Was the no-self, free of the past and conditioning, in awareness and love of this moment, completely without any friction at all?

Personally I don't know. I have my doubts. But I do think if you are serious about K teaching, you have to investigate if it is possible to be completely free of conflict and conditioning. And what that really means.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 #7
Thumb_stringio Huguette . Canada 468 posts in this forum Offline

idiot ? wrote:
Of course, to justify or rationalize these matters is to try to make them fit into a view or ideal about K that they just may not fit.

Isn’t that what you ARE doing? Aren't justifying, rationalizing, analyzing, explaining the efforts of the intellect to find an answer within the known? Which is ok if that’s what it wants to do.

Do the things K points to about the mind reflect what you see going on inwardly or not? Will the outcome of such an analysis determine whether or not you look inwardly to learn about the workings of your own mind? Can the outcome of such analysis validate or invalidate what K points out about the psyche?

idiot ? wrote:
For K, evidently, this was all part of "awareness of what is."

Can we know that with certainty? I don't see that it follows.

idiot ? wrote:
And if imagination may have been involved in certain sensitivities, was it also involved in "the benediction" or "the process," some of the deepest experiences that K described?

Isn't understanding oneself in itself a benediction of sorts? Maybe not the benediction that K spoke of, maybe not the reaching of "the ground", bliss. But, for me at least, there is undeniably a freedom, a release, in self-understanding which is a benediction in itself.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 #8
Thumb_stringio Huguette . Canada 468 posts in this forum Offline

Oops I see that our messages crossed paths. I have to go out for a while.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 #9
Thumb_avatar idiot ? United States 382 posts in this forum Offline

idiot ? wrote:
Isn’t that what you ARE doing? Aren't justifying, rationalizing, analyzing, explaining the efforts of the intellect to find an answer within the known?

I'm pointing out that Mary Z.'s book about K has many moments where K seems superstitious. Some may argue that psychic entities really exist and he was simply in touch with those. Many of us are skeptical and question such things.

I hope that we are discovering together what these apparent superstitions mean and if they have any significance.

As to the unknown, which of course is central to K teaching, anything that can be said is going to be thought and therefore off the mark.

So primarily, in dealing with K's apparent superstition, we're mostly working with the known, such as statements that Mary Z. made in her book. But we can jointly investigate this without preconception.

Huguette . wrote:

idiot ? wrote:

For K, evidently, this was all part of "awareness of what is."

Can we know that with certainty?

Well, of course, we cannot look into K's brain. But I don't think Mary Z. was lying either. She was faithfully reporting what K actually said, just as K instructed her to do! If she reported that he said these things, and he did say them, can we not look into what they mean, their relevance if any, and what they imply?

Huguette . wrote:
Isn't understanding oneself in itself a benediction of sorts?

Understanding oneself is essential. Definitely! But what K described as "the benediction" was a kind of sacred presence that arrived, almost like a cloud or an atmosphere, when the mind was completely silent, open, present. When the self was not.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 #10
Thumb_img_0244 Jack Pine United States 5233 posts in this forum Offline

idiot ? wrote:
I'm sure you have noticed that unrepentant Trump supporters seem to always focus on what he has "accomplished" and are willing to overlook his personality and temperament: his constant lying, insults, cruelty, extra-marital affairs, rashness, lack of empathy, and on and on.

So you're comparing Krishnamurti to Trump? Why would anyone do that? It is difficult to believe someone who posts on here went that low. I must have hit a nerve. I know you have a fascination for rumor and gossip. I assume it is due to being bored with just reading or listening to what K has pointed out. Is it that you require more entertainment than just simply focusing on what K pointed out about life?.

I'm not the one who originally came up with the point that one should focus on the teachings and not the man. Krishnamurti is the one who came out with this statement. I heard and watched him say it on a couple of different occasions and I believe he was serious. Therefore I will respect his wishes and sage advice and focus on the teachings.

Why would you want to mention Trump and K together for any reason? It's rhetorical. I don't expect an answer

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 #11
Thumb_img_0244 Jack Pine United States 5233 posts in this forum Offline

J. Krishnamurti Last Talks at Saanen 1985 2nd Public Talk Wednesday, 10th July, 1985

May we continue with what we were talking about the other day? I think it is important to realize that this is not a personality cult. The person called K is not important at all. What is important is what he is saying, not what he looks like, his personality, and all the rest of that nonsense. So please, if one may point out carefully and definitely, the person who is speaking on the platform is in no way important.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 #12
Thumb_img_0244 Jack Pine United States 5233 posts in this forum Offline

Ken, you have a bombastic way of posting and your graffiti-like posts have a tendency to overwhelm what others are trying to point out on this thread. Can you restrain yourself a little bit and not dominate the threads and instead share this thread with others?

Yes you're very good at posting all sorts of complicated graphics. Hurray! Does it help you understand K better?

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 #13
Thumb_img_0244 Jack Pine United States 5233 posts in this forum Offline

Thanks Ken I knew I could depend on your maturity and consideration for others. How old are you anyway? And can you do anything worthwhile besides play with computers? Are you one of those unfortunate persons who have become completely enslaved by electronic gadgets? So it appears.

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 #14
Thumb_donna_and_jim_fb_bw Tom Paine United States 3125 posts in this forum Offline

Ken D wrote:
.there are numerous accounts in Zimbalist's book of Krishnamurti conversing with Rajagopal over the telephone and then having to lie down in bed because he was shaking so much from the abuse Rajagopal dished out. He could be a nervous wreck, just like anyone else.

My take on this is that K wanted to protect 'the teachings' and he saw that R. was a threat to that. He wasn't shaking from some feeling of threat to his ego, but rather a threat to the teachings. There's a huge difference between wanting to protect the 'teachings' and wanting to protect one's ego or self image.

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 #15
Thumb_img_0244 Jack Pine United States 5233 posts in this forum Offline

Dan McDermott wrote:
Does all this mean, that the observer isn't the observed?

I have no idea how you even yanked this question out of what Tom wrote. I agree with Tom. I think he made a very valid point.

I was going to write that this thread has become quite the circus but then I realized it was a circus from the very first post.

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 #16
Thumb_img_0244 Jack Pine United States 5233 posts in this forum Offline

Tom Paine wrote:
My take on this is that K wanted to protect 'the teachings' and he saw that R. was a threat to that.

I think it was that and more. Rajagopal not only had control of all of the irreplaceable manuscripts but all of the money; donations for the work, money brought in from the talks and books and the real estate which was worth a considerable amount by the mid 1970's. Ojai is a very upscale place. K, according to what has been printed about this mess with R, felt like he was letting people down who supported the teachings and the existing schools. R was basically stealing everything that had been given to K and refused to even give K an accounting of what had been taken. K was summarily thrown off the K & R Board of Directors without recourse or appeal. K was essentially excluded from his own organization. What R did was truly outrageous.

I remember an instance around 1978 or 79 during a private discussion with teachers and some others at Pine Cottage or Arya Vihara someone asked K what had gone wrong with Rajagopal. Essentially the question came out (I can't remember the exact words of the questioner) like what makes a person act like that? K's unhesitant response was, "Some people just flower from the other end". You could have heard a pin drop for a few seconds before people burst into hearty laughter. K never even cracked a smile that I recall.

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 #17
Thumb_donna_and_jim_fb_bw Tom Paine United States 3125 posts in this forum Offline

Jack Pine wrote:
I think it was that and more. Rajagopal not only had control of all of the irreplaceable manuscripts but all of the money;

Thanks for filling in some of the details Jack. It makes sense that K would be shaking after some of his conversations with R. I read Mrs Z's book but I didn't recall all the details, but was left with the impression R. was a definite threat to the teachings.

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 #18
Thumb_stringio Huguette . Canada 468 posts in this forum Offline

idiot ? wrote:
I'm pointing out that Mary Z.'s book about K has many moments where K seems superstitious. Some may argue that psychic entities really exist and he was simply in touch with those. Many of us are skeptical and question such things.

I hope that we are discovering together what these apparent superstitions mean and if they have any significance.

As to the unknown, which of course is central to K teaching, anything that can be said is going to be thought and therefore off the mark.

So primarily, in dealing with K's apparent superstition, we're mostly working with the known, such as statements that Mary Z. made in her book. But we can jointly investigate this without preconception.

I’m just sharing with you how I see this issue which you brought up, because I too am disturbed by it. I don’t know what to make of it, and yet there it is --- if we are to believe the accounts. They seem believable.

What I'm saying IS the result of my own investigation, such as it is. Can you show me the necessity for further investigation? And what do you mean by “investigate”? Read more books, watch more videos about K to see if there’s more information there? Talk about it, analyze it, measure it, exchange ideas about it? Is there anything more we can unearth that can explain this strange behaviour, or that can invalidate what K pointed to? Isn’t it there before us as it is - incongruous, puzzling, creepy, disturbing? Isn’t it clear as it is?

For me, what K pointed out about the mind remains unmovable, like the mountain in the hurricane. K’s incongruous behaviour doesn’t shake the solidity of it. I don’t say this out of loyalty to K, or out of attachment or anything else of the sort. It is so, like K’s strange behaviour was so. Neither one can be denied. Can you show me how an investigation into K’s strange behaviour can move that solidity?

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 #19
Thumb_donna_and_jim_fb_bw Tom Paine United States 3125 posts in this forum Offline

Ken D wrote:
Fear is fear.

Are you certain? One other question...are you judging....or comparing K against some ideal of perfection?

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 #20
Thumb_avatar idiot ? United States 382 posts in this forum Offline

Ken D wrote:
KRISHNAMURTI IN LOS ANGELES WITH RAJAGOPAL AND ROSALIND IN THE 1920'S

An interesting video of K in the 1920s. I think they are in Beachwood Canyon near where the Theosophical Society Headquarters was. I'm wondering if the elderly gentleman that K is meeting is Luther Burbank, wealthy donor to Paramahansa Yogananda's Self Realization Fellowship, and the man for whom the city of Burbank was named.

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 #21
Thumb_avatar idiot ? United States 382 posts in this forum Offline

Huguette . wrote:
For me, what K pointed out about the mind remains unmovable, like the mountain in the hurricane. K’s incongruous behaviour doesn’t shake the solidity of it. I don’t say this out of loyalty to K, or out of attachment or anything else of the sort. It is so, like K’s strange behaviour was so. Neither one can be denied. Can you show me how an investigation into K’s strange behaviour can move that solidity?

I appreciate where you are coming from.

However, some here are defensive of K. They are perfectly happy to talk about biographical details that support him, but if anything comes up that is at all questionable about K, then it must be gossip. Then suddenly the teachings matter but nothing about the man matters. This, despite the fact that K instructed people to record biographical information. The whole reason Mary Zimbalist kept her diary was that K told her to!

Anyway, to me, part of the way to not put K on a pedestal is to face head on that he had certain peculiarities. If the teaching really is separate from the man, we can look straight on at his personal idiosyncrasies and his teachings remain what they are.

On the other hand, there is the question of hypocrisy. Did how K lived always match his teachings? Was there a public K and a private K? Radha Sloss certainly thought so. And Mary Zimbalist seems to show differences, too.

The Zen master Shunryu Suzuki said, "There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity." Understood cleverly, this means that the self is dissolved in enlightenment so there is no enlightened person. But it could also be understood to mean that even a so called enlightened person may sometimes go astray. When they do, we can question, and not immediately jump to their defense.

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 #22
Thumb_stringio Huguette . Canada 468 posts in this forum Offline

idiot,

I understand what you’re saying about K’s puzzling behaviour. As for me, the issue of K’s superstitions is not essential to understanding my own mind. Can I be misled by someone like K who himself does not “live the teachings”? It doesn't seem so to me but I don't know.

But it seems to me that now you have introduced yet another element when you say that some here are defensive of K - which I’m also not denying.

If you bring in that others put K on a pedestal, what is the significance of it in the context of investigating K's strange behaviour? Is my question legitimate? Putting myself in your shoes, I would have to ask myself why it matters to me that some are defensive of K; I would have to ask myself what the significance is of my caring about that. Do I want to prove something to those who put K on a pedestal? I ask myself such questions when I see such reactions arising in me. I’m not saying it’s a right or good thing to do. I’m just putting forward how I see it as part of us looking into this together.

Ultimately, as I see it, we are here because we’re interested in understanding the human condition, the human mind, in what underlies relationship, action, behaviour. And this can only be done by looking inwardly, no?

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 #23
Thumb_1507053_1_ Jayaraj Kapila Kulasinghe Sri Lanka 1206 posts in this forum Offline

Huguette . wrote:
For me, what K pointed out about the mind remains unmovable, like the mountain in the hurricane

For me too.
I think this attempt to judge K's behaviour is a futile exercise. How do we judge what & what responses are possible in a transformed person.
The teachings are truly incredible. As we go on inquiring each person will be able to see the truth of the teachings. But for that we have to inquire. Not make some flimsy attempt-if I use this word- & then start criticising K.

I feel this is falling very low. Shame.Like a bunch of some blind gossiping people.

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 #24
Thumb_stringio Huguette . Canada 468 posts in this forum Offline

Jayaraj Kapila Kulasinghe wrote:
I feel this is falling very low. Shame.

Jayaraj,

You probably spoke in the heat of the moment but is there a necessity to shame anyone into conformity? Isn't this an effort to pressure someone to ignore or repress his inner responses and conform to an ideal? This does not bring about understanding, does it? Aren't we all in the same boat, confused and conflicted?

Added:

So I have the same question for you as I did for idiot. Don't I have to understand my own inner movements? Why does it matter to me whether or not someone else conforms to my idea or ideal?

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 #25
Thumb_stringio Huguette . Canada 468 posts in this forum Offline

Reading today’s quote, I am struck once again by the necessity of actually living with death, facing the inevitability and finality of it, of leaving all that I know. When I am at death’s door, can I still be concerned with the shortcomings of others? Of course, I don’t know the answer but I venture to say that, no, that will not be my concern. I can see that I might in the ultimate moment of life regret having squandered my life in vain pursuits. But of course, I don’t know that either.

Quote of the Day (2018 06 26) - Bombay, India | Sixth Public Talk, March 7, 1962:

A mind that would understand time and continuity must be indifferent to time and not seek to fill that space which you call time with amusement, with worship, with noise, with reading, with going to the film, by every means that you are doing now. And by filling it with thought, with action, with amusement, with excitement, with drink, with woman, with man, with God, with your knowledge, you have given it continuity - and so you will never know what it is to die.

You see, death is destruction, it is final; you can't argue with it, you can't say, 'Nay, wait a few days more.' You can't discuss, you can't plead; it is final, it is absolute. We never face anything final, absolute; we always go around it, and that is why we dread death. We can invent ideas, hopes, fears and have beliefs, like ''We are going to be resurrected, be born again'' - those are all the cunning ways of the mind, hoping for a continuity, which is of time, which is not a fact, which is merely of thought. You know, when I talk about death, I am not talking about your death or my death - I am talking about death, that extraordinary phenomenon.

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Wed, 27 Jun 2018 #26
Thumb_img_0244 Jack Pine United States 5233 posts in this forum Offline

Huguette . wrote:
Jayaraj Kapila Kulasinghe wrote:
I feel this is falling very low. Shame.

Jayaraj,

You probably spoke in the heat of the moment

No I think he spoke the truth. Idiot is filling his mind with all this supposed knowledge of K and forming an image of K that he, apparently, wants the rest of us to share with him. The more he, Idiot, adds to his image of K and his image of himself as the "expert" on K and the one who knows the farther he is from understanding what K pointed out. Idiot's rampage on this forum with useless information is doing nothing to further the understanding of what K pointed out. There are always weak minded people who will follow someone like this because they too would rather gossip than see for themselves what K was talking about. The latter is very much more difficult than the former.

This whole gossipy discussion is low and unworthy of the purpose of this site and forum.

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Wed, 27 Jun 2018 #27
Thumb_donna_and_jim_fb_bw Tom Paine United States 3125 posts in this forum Offline

idiot ? wrote:
But it could also be understood to mean that even a so called enlightened person may sometimes go astray. When they do, we can question, and not immediately jump to their defense.

But if we haven't put them on a pedestal in the first place, we'd have no problem with them going 'astray'. What does it mean anyway to go 'astray'? Does it mean to act in some way that doesn't conform to our ideal, or to some yardstick by which we measure 'enlightened' behavior? So what if K was superstitious. How does that impact me and my life? It's my own conflict that is making my life miserable, not the fact that K did some ritual to clear 'negative energy' when he entered a strange hotel room for the first time. If he helps me to free myself from conflict, what do I care that he had some peculiar beliefs?

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Wed, 27 Jun 2018 #28
Thumb_1507053_1_ Jayaraj Kapila Kulasinghe Sri Lanka 1206 posts in this forum Offline

It is not a question of conforming. I feel this criticism or observations are without investigating our consciousness enough.

For example this statement K was superstitious is invalid to me. We can only see a limited range of light. So how do we know what lies on other ranges? Are some born with a very slightly different visibility range?

I was once with a group who did tumbler talking. What took place was simply incredible to say the least. Some higher intelligent being without a tangible body seen to us clearly communicated.Pieces on the board simply went flying. There were several others there. Personally too I have some experiences.

No this shaking someone is explaining as fear. K shook for the slightest sound also. After watching Entebbe K had been shaking so much that he couldn't get up for 5 mts Mary wrote somewhere. So is that fear? I have not awakened love & compassion or touched that sacred K talked about. But studying K I have lost fear. I don't have ecstasy or bliss but I have peace most of the time.That happened studying K.I have found everything K said to be valid.

So these observations are without investigating the consciousness enough.As I said I am not enlightened but I have seen somethings which can get me labelled as superstitious if I try to discuss those things.

See this is just escape. It is easy to find fault than do the hard work of discovery.

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Wed, 27 Jun 2018 #29
Thumb_stringio Huguette . Canada 468 posts in this forum Offline

Jayaraj Kapila Kulasinghe wrote:
It is easy to find fault than do the hard work of discovery.

That's what I'm saying, Jayaraj. It is so for you, for me, for Jack, for idiot, for all who post here.

A story told by K comes to mind of the devil watching a man finding a piece of the Truth on the ground and putting it in his pocket. A piece of the Truth is not the Truth.

Who among us has seen the whole Truth? Whoever sees only the part obviously does not see the whole. So with our partial understanding, we are perhaps partly in the light, and certainly also in the dark. To organize partial understanding - meaning to dictate authoritatively what is true and what is false - is to seek control. To organize partial understanding is divisive. To organize partial understanding is to seek conformity and sow dissension, as I see it. Authority does not lead to understanding.

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Wed, 27 Jun 2018 #30
Thumb_stringio Huguette . Canada 468 posts in this forum Offline

Tom Paine wrote:
So what if K was superstitious.

There is nothing about this information of K's strange behaviour that changes the facts K points to. The facts are immovable. They are earthquake proof. They cannot be tampered with.

Nonetheless, isn't superstition muddied disordered thinking, irrational thought? It is not necessary to deny, rationalize or excuse it, just as it is not necessary to dwell on it. Why not simply acknowledge that it is incongruous in light of K's clear, rational, sane thinking. It contradicts what he himself said about superstition, for example:

True education is to learn how to think, not what to think. If you know how to think, if you really have that capacity, then you are a free human being—free of dogmas, superstitions, ceremonies—and therefore you can find out what religion is.

—Think on These Things

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