Thursday, November 10, 2005

To Live Without Comparison

find out for yourself whether you can live, not theoretically but actually, without comparison, measure, never using the words 'better' or 'more'. see what happens

so is it possible to live without comparison of any kind, never translating yourself in terms of comparison with another or with some idea or with some hero or with some example? because when you are comparing, when you are measuring yourself with 'what should be' or 'what has been', you are not seeing what is.

now to live without measurement, to be totally, completely, free of all measurement, is part of meditation. not that 'i am practicing this, i will acheive something in a year'. that is measurement which is the very nature of one's egotistic activity. meditation is the ending of measurement, the ending of comparison completely.

one is everlastingly comparing oneself with another, with what one is, with what one should be, with someone who is more fortunate. this comparison really kills. comparison is degrading, it pervertsone's outlook. and on comparison one is brought up. all our education is based on it and so is our culture. so there is everlasting struggle to be something other than what one already is.

the understanding of what one is uncovers creativeness, but comparison breeds competitiveness, ruthlessness, ambition, which we think brings about progress. progress has only led so far to more ruthless wars and misery than the world has ever known. to bring up children without comparison is true education.

the immature mind compares itself with what is and what should be, but it is only the immature mind that compares. the mature mind has no comparison, the mature mind has no measure. i don't know if you've ever looked into yourself and watched how you compare yourself with another, saying "she's so beautiful, so intelligent, so clever, so prominent; and i'm nobody, i would like to be like her." or , "she's so beautiful and has a great figure, blah, blah, blah, . (grammar error -1pt) we think and function in this comparative, measuring world and that to me is not right. and if you have ever questioned and observed maybe you have said "no more comparison, no more comparison with anybody, not with the most beautiful actress." you know that beauty is not in the actress, beauty is something total, not in the face, in the figure, in the smile, but where there is a quality of total comprehension, the totality of one's being; when that is what looks, there is beauty. ever hear, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder?" i'm sure you have. that's what that means. the beholder is observing beauty with total comprehension and has totality of mind. (i think i'm going to write further on that, but not now.)

do watch it in yourself, please, do yourself a favor. when you use the word 'try', you know how such a mind is the most deplorable, foolish mind; when it says, 'i am doing my best, i am trying', this indicates a mind that is essentially bourgeois, capable of measuring, which is doing better every day; so, find out for yourself whether you can live, not theoretically but actually, without comparison measure, never using the words better or more. see what happens. it is only such a mature mind that is not wasting energy, only such a mind can live a very simple life, i mean a life of real simplicity, not the so-called simplicity of the man who has one meal, or one set of clothing - because that's exhibitionism - but the mind that has no measure and is therefore not wasting time or energy.

why do we compare ourselves with the ideal? and does comparison bring understand? is the ideal different from ourselves as we are? is not comparison an evasion of the understanding of ourselves? there are so many ways of escaping from ourselves, and comparison is one of them. surely, without the understanding of oneself, the search for so-called reality is an escape from oneself. without self-knowledge, the god that you seek is the god of illusion; and illusion inevitably brings conflict and sorrow. without self-knowledge, there can be no right thinking; and then all knowledge is ignorance which can only lead to confusion and destruction. self-knowledge is not an ultimate end; it is only the opening wedge to the inexhaustible. find out what that is and you've made it to the starting blocks. the race hasn't even begun yet. sorry but i find it to be true. maybe not for you, but for me.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Structured Beliefs

is it possible to live in this world without a belief? not the changing of beliefs mind you, but be entirely free from all beliefs, so that one meets life for the first time each passing moment?

when you admit or call yourself a christian, a muslim, a numerologist, a ba'hain (sp?), or a dolphin, or a believer of aliens, you're being a violent human being. how so? when a belief is solidified within the mind it seperates "you" from the rest of mankind. when you seperate yourself by belief, by nationality, or by tradition, it breeds violence. so a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.

we never give up all our beliefs; we never give up all the formulas and the things that we have learnt from books, and form teachers. we are never, inwardly at any moment simple. we are never, at any moment, not asking or not seeking. only when there is no catholocism, hinduism, or buddhism, can their be peace.
you can only find out if you deny totally all the present religious beliefs and ideas, because:

It is only a free mind that can find out what is the quality of the religious mind.

if we had no attern of action, based on belief, either in god, or in communism, or in socialism, or in imperialism, or in some kind of religious formula, some dogma in which we are conditioned - we should feel utterly lost shouldn't we? is this not acceptance of a belief the covering up of that fear - the fear of being really nothing, or of being empty?

to escape from that fear, that fear of emptiness, that fear of loneliness, that fear of stagnation, of not arriving, not succeeding, not achieving, not being something, not being something - is surely one of the reasons, is it not? why we accept beliefs so eagerly and greedily. and through acceptance of belief, do we understand ourselves? on the contrary i'm afraid.

a belief, religious or political, obviously hinders the understanding of ourselves. it acts as a screen through which wea are looking at ourselves.

rigid and solidified beliefs are denying the truth, belief hinders truth; to believe in god is not to find god. neither the believer nor the non-believer will find god; because reality is the unknown, and your belief or non-belief in the unknown is merely a self-projection and therefore not real.

we're all believers in different ways, but our beliefs have no reality whatsoever. reality is what you are, what you do, what you think and your belief in god is merely an escape from your monotonous, stagnated, and cruel life.

furthermore, belief invariably divides people; there is the hindus, the buddhists, the christians, the communists, the socialists, the capitalists and so on. belief, idea, divides; it never brings people together. you may bring a few people together in a group but that group is opposed to another group. therefore your belief in god is really spreading misery in the world; though it may have brought you momentary consolation, in actuallity it has brought you more misery and destruction in the form of wars, famines, class-divisions and the ruthless action of seperate individuals.

you can change your mind, your opinion, but the truth or God is not a conviction: it is an experience not based on any belief or dogma, or on any previous experience. if you have an experience born of belief your experience is the conditioned response of that belief.

think about this for one moment: we cannot act without belief, because it is belief that gives us something to live for, to work for. to most of us, life has no meaning but that which belief gives it; belief has greater significance than does life. we think that life must be lived in the pattern of belief; for without a pattern of some kind, how can there be action? hmm.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Top S.A.P Quotes:

1. Remember that all true knowledge is ultimately self-knowledge if applied through the individual and void of repetitive duplication.

2. It is only a free mind that can find out what is the quality of the religious mind.

3. The mind that has no measure wastes not time nor energy.