Social Condition’s Freedom
This article looks into Social Condition’s Freedom and how we can acquire it according to Jiddu Krishnamurti. Topics such as Evolution through Awareness, constraints of choice, freedom, and self-discipline will be looked at from Krishnamurti’s perspective.
Evolution through Awareness
- Krishnamurti states evolution can be summed up as continuous movement through choices to what we consider the “essential”. One which leads us to pursue greater and greater achievement.
- However, if we live with this understanding, then we are a slave to “action”. Action and achievement are not the same. Action represents continuous, constant, ceaseless, infinite effort whereas achievement is a finality.
- So in our lives, when we try to advance to ACHIEVEMENTS using “ACTION”, our lives become a ceaseless struggle. This creates a continual effort and not a free, spontaneous flow of action.
The Constraints of CHOICE
- The way Krishnamurti sees it is as follows: one of the highest bliss of life is living without effort. Effort in this sense can be defined as choice. We live by choice and we have to choose. However the question becomes “why do we have to choose?”
- The necessity for choice comes from an emptiness or loneliness within an individual. The incompleteness is what forces us to choose and therefore make an effort.
- Once we understand this, we can ponder on how to fill that emptiness. Or we can look at it in a different way: what is the cause of this emptiness.
Emptiness in a Person
- Emptiness is created when an action is born of choice.
- A void in an individual leads to “how can I get rid of that loneliness or feeling of incompleteness?” (how do you fill the void?)
- Krishnamurti states we can’t question if you can fill the void because we can never fill it. Even through sensation, excitement, or pleasure through tenderness or forgetfulness, we can not fill that void. (feeling of emptiness)
- The reason we can’t fill the void is because we are trying to fill it with action born of choice. Emptiness exists as long as we base actions on choices depending on our likes/dislikes, attraction and repulsion.
Our Demise through Likes/Dislikes
- We choose what we do like and what we don’t, or what satisfies us or doesn’t. we choose to be afraid of something and run away from it. For most people, action is based on attraction and repulsion, and therefore on fear.
- By following this behavior, Krishnamurti states we are basing our actions on what we find attractive and what we find repulsive. This leads to creating an opposite and therefore becomes a continual choice which implies effort.
- We may think we have chosen the essential. However, when we act to what attracts/repulses us along with our wants and fears, we are just creating another unessential.
Our Choices and Wants
- One day we will want something and the next day it means less to us. Therefore, we discard it for something else. So our choice is based on a continuous sensation.
- Our choice and therefore efforts become ceaseless and our effort is continuous. All this is because we choose between opposites without “any efficient evaluation.”
- we will always feel the emptiness because it always exist. This is due to the fact that our actions are finite and always in terms of achievement.
- if we live a life where we say “i want this thing”, we are creating an opposite. After that choice, we create an opposite to that choice. Then we move through life from one opposite to another opposite through a process of continual effort.
- Krishnamurti claims that once this process becomes our life, there will be ceaseless struggle, pain, conflict and suffering. We must realize and really feel with our whole being (that is mentally and emotionally.) This will lead to an opportunity to no longer choose.
Forget About Choice
- At a point where there is discernment (the ability to judge well) arises an INTUITIVE RESPONSE. This type of response will come through awareness and free of choice.
- The difficulty with understanding the FUTILITY of choice is that we want sensation and we want to choose between opposites. Unfortunately, this leads to a loss of discernment. Inevitably, we then lose an opportunity to attain a “rich, full awareness that liberates the mind from opposites.”
- Importantly though, when we get the freedom from choosing opposites, ACTION is no longer an ACHIEVEMENT. It instead becomes a FULFILLMENT: infinite and born of discernment. The action that comes out of us is from our own fullness. This leads to an action with no choice and hence no effort. (a free flowing action from intuition)
- Crises give us an opportunity to be in intense awareness because we are put in a position to choose, and decide, rather than want. Beware though that your decision may still come forth from want, sensation, or fear.
- We have a likelihood to choose what is convenient and pleasant. These can just lead to postponing and creating a shadow through which we must pass. So when dealing with a crisis, recognize wants for sensations and fear and go past those constructs.
Using Crises to Evaluate
- Crises are great to test our intuitive decision making. We are put in a position where an insistent demand for decision occurs. If we realize with our WHOLE BEING the futility of choice, then out comes intuition, the flower of discernment. Action is born that can be looked as infinite which will leads to “action is life itself.”
- According to Krishnamurti, awareness does not result from a struggle to be aware. Instead it comes on its on accord when we are conscious with our whole being. This can be attained when we realize the FUTILITY of choice.
- Presently, we choose between two things, or two different actions. We make a choice on one or the other, one we understand and one we do not. The result of such a choice is the hope to fill your life.
- So when we act with our wants and desires, and achieve the desire, it comes to an end. At this point we are still lonely, and so we look for another action for another fulfillment.
- When we are trying to discipline ourselves, we hold ourselves in front a STANDARD we feel we need to CONFORM to.
- It can also be said that self-discipline exists because we want to fill the emptiness within us.
- when we take into account our description of what god is, our description of truth, and our set of moral standards, a clear structure for our self-discipline can be created. However, this means we are making our action regulated or controlled by the desire to conform.
- One must not confuse “study of technique” with “discipline.” Questions like “I have learnt to play the piano. Doesn’t that involve discipline?” or, “I have studies mathematics. Is not that discipline?” don’t arise.
- Krishnamurti is trying to say is when there is discernment, there is no need for self-discipline and therefore no self-discipline.
Illusions of the Truth
- We have a mental picture of what is right, what is true, and what good character should be. We use the habit of discipline to fit our actions to this mental picture.
- as long as we have a preconceived idea of what the truth is, we act according to them. We then fail to realize that we are unconsciously acting according to a pattern.
- We must be aware about this ACTING pattern that drives towards a preconceived idea of what the truth is. Once we are aware of this, it becomes easier to not copy it or imitate it. This will lead to our OWN ACTIONS leading us to the truth.
Krishnamurti vs. Social Conditioning
- Throughout life, we have been trained to fit into a pattern through social, religious, and economic factors. Unfortunately, most of us are unconscious of it.
- Discipline has become an unconscious habit that disciplines us to a preconceived pattern. A place where sound discernment (the ability to judge well) is distorted.
- Through the centuries, self-discipline (confirming to a mental picture established either by us ourselves/by someone else) has made men and women more machine and less human being. This does not bring harmony and instead creates chaos.
- When we try to discipline ourselves, our action is actually creating infinite emptiness inside of us. We are striving to fit our actions to a pattern. A pattern that was influenced in creation by a combination of us, someone else, factors of society, economics, and religion.
- Mentally we all want to act in a certain way. However, emotionally we may not have that same desire. This leads to conflict so we look upon an authority to seek security. That authority becomes our pattern.
- Instead of acting how we really think and feel, we are actually motivated by fear and desire. This is of course a feeling of security, and from this action comes self-discipline.
- It is also important to remember we cannot free ourselves from the habit of self-discipline from just an intellectual manner.
- We cannot examine every action to see if it is ours or of self-discipline. Our actions face limitations, hindrance, and resistance. This unfortunately leads to NOT acting truly at all. The more we analyze our action, the less you act. Is this not true with you?
- What frees our mind is BEING AWARE WITH OUR WHOLE BEING (MIND, BODY, SPIRIT) in our actions, rather than imitate, conform or self discipline.
- According to Krishnamurti, self-analysis frustrates action and destroys complete living. A continuous process of self analysis (which is self-discipline) will lead to constantly putting a limit on the FREE FLOW OF LIFE (action.)
- Self-discipline is centered around achievements and does not base itself on the idea of the completeness of action.
- Self-discipline relates to a series of achievements and leads to a finality. The alternative can be action born of discernment and this type of action will be harmonious and infinite.
- Krishnamurti suggests when making decisions on particular actions (tasks), try to realize the futility of achievement. Remember that achievement in this sense is based upon a pattern that was created by outside factors, not particularly by ourselves.
- Once we realize this with our whole being (emotionally and intellectually), the necessity for “I must” and “I must not” is gone. We must try our best to become aware of ourselves when making the decision to act. This will lead to a discerned path to the truth and freedom from the “I must” and “i must not”.
- We can’t make someone into an artist. We can provide that individual paint, brushes, and canvas. However, the individual themselves need to become the artist, the painter.
- We must have the flame of desire in ourselves when it comes to anything BEFORE a technique can be applied. So if we want to become a painting artist, no amount of books describing technique can make you a creative painter.
- We must stand alone, without technique and without masters, and find the truth: our flame of desire.
- Now let’s take this idea and examine it with truth and conformity. When it comes to conformity, we think there is a standard way by which we can find truth. But if we take the time to examine, there is no PATH that leads to the truth.
- To really BE TAKEN to the truth, we must know what the truth is and our leader must know what it is. However, our leader may only think to know the truth. If he/she offers to lead us to it, both leader and follower may be in illusion.
- Truth expresses itself and no one can be lead to truth (which itself is infinite). It is a pathless land, and no one can tell us how to find it.
Solution To Helping Others
- When it comes to helping others, we can’t help someone and teach them technique. The help receiving individual must know what their flame of desire is. Once they realize what that is, all we can do is give the brushes, the paint, and the canvas. The individual must then BECOME WHAT HE/SHE DESIRES.
- According to Krishnamurti, The flame of desire will only be achievable when we are free from techniques, and free from all teachers.
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