Reality Based Perception
J. Krishnamurti goes into detail about Reality Based Perception, discussing slaves to ideals and a look at external & internal laws.
Reality Based Perception
J. Krishnamurti: “Like most people, you have read, listened and imitated; you have tried to find out what others have said concerning truth and God, concerning life and immortality. So you have a picture in your mind, and now you want to compare that picture with what I am going to say. That is, your mind is seeking merely descriptions; you do not try to find out anew, but only try to compare. But since I shall not try to describe truth, for it cannot be described, naturally there will be confusion in your mind.”
This article goes into more detail about J. Krishnamurti’s take on an “Experienced” reality, slaving to authority through ideals, and external laws & internal laws.
Reality Based Perception: Not a Perceived, but An “Experienced” Reality
- According to J. Krishnamurti, life (and reality) cannot be described. We must experience it, see it, feel the whole “atmosphere of it.”
- When we seek answers to questions(about life and reality), we create a picture (through reading, listening and imitating.) What is really happening is a comparison and not necessarily a process of learning something new.
- The actual urge to seek truth about life is born out of suffering. Unfortunately, when an individual suffers, they look for quick remedy and comfort.
- The individual is always searching for a compensation for their pains. A compensation for the effort they will be forced to make.
Reality Based Perception: Slave to External Authority Through Ideals
“When you feel that you are incomplete, you feel empty, and from that feeling of emptiness arises suffering; out of that incompleteness you create standards, ideals, to sustain you in your emptiness, and you establish these standards and ideals as your external authority.”
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
- J. Krishnamurti urges us to find out what we are really thinking and feeling by becoming AWARE of our whole life. Doing so will give us an opportunity to see the extent to which we are a slave to our ideals. Once discovering this, we can see that we have created ideals for our own consolation.
- Our mind is always caught up on opposites such as good and bad, punishment and reward, past and future, gain and loss, etc.
- This DUALITY can lead to an “incompleteness in action” and can create suffering and a conflict in choices. Unnecessary effort and false authorities would be the result; leading to a longing to escape from the unessential to the essential.
- When we feel incomplete, we feel an emptiness which leads to suffering. Out of that incompleteness, we will create standards and ideals to HELP OURSELVES SUSTAIN in our emptiness, This will lead to establishing and accepting standards and ideals as an external authority to follow.
- When we feel this emptiness, we will make an effort to get rid of that emptiness. However, that just creates opposites (a duality which increases the incompleteness and the emptiness.)
- J. Krishnamurti warns that we shouldn’t be developing, evolving, and growing through external standards such as religion, politics, morality. This will inevitably create an INNER STANDARD as a means of liberating ourselves from these external standards. (we can call this our “spiritual reality”)
Reality Based Perception: J. Krishnamurti’s take on External Laws & Internal Laws
“To me, the man who is bound either by an external or an inner law is confined in a prison; he is held by an illusion. Therefore such a man cannot understand spontaneous, natural, healthy action.”
- J. Krishnamurti
- In reality, what we are really doing is creating an external law (through external standards such as politics, religion, morality, etc.) . This will subsequently create an inner law that aims to outgrow the external law.
- J. Krishnamurti asserts that we create this inner law because the struggle in everyday life can be so great and inharmonious. Escaping it and creating/living with this inner law provides comfort. (having these inner laws makes it easier to reject the external laws)
- Krishnamurti believes that a person who is bound by an external or inner law is a person confined in a prison. This person is held by an illusion.
- It will be difficult to find the truth when we are incomplete because we will feel suffering. This suffering will be the consequence of the battle between the inner and external laws. This suffering will lead to making a choice, and that will lead to duality and eventually a dual life. A life of pretense, of hypocrisy, a life in which there is no moment of completeness.
Reality Based Perception: Solutions to Acquire It
J. Krishnamurti: “How can you find out what you really feel and think? From my point of view, you can do that only by being aware of your whole life. Then you will discover to what extent you are a slave to your ideals, and by discovering that, you will see that you have created ideals merely for your consolation.”
- Learn to find out what YOU really think. Avoid pretending to think the way you believe you “ought” to think.
- J. Krishnamurti states that once we becomes fully responsible in their acts, there is no need for self analysis. The acts itself should send a clear image of our desires.
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