Yes it’s total. There is no one (nobody no-thing) to ‘reject’ or ‘accept’ …that is all part of the conditioning. I think that was the point when K spoke about the necessity for having a silent brain in order for it to ‘be’ the ‘universal’ Mind …was that the silence had to come from an “understanding “ of the brain’s total “conditioning “, not a ‘doing’. The necessary silence couldn’t come from the desire or will of one of the conditioned ‘I’s or fragments. The brain is totally conditioned, there is not one part (me) that is outside of that conditioning. The illusion is, (at any moment) that there is.
I sat for 5-10 minutes, eyes closed, not trying to do anything mentally. I experienced thoughts and feelings arising, sometimes coherent, sometimes chaotic. Things slowed down, but thought persisted, images, feelings. A few times I felt a pull towards sleep, unconsciousness. For a moment, awareness seemed revealed, but it faded quickly. Will repeat the experiment at various times throughout the day.
I think that’s valid: My view, whatever it happens to be, is largely the result of my conditioning.
The reason I went along is it seemed and still seems to get ‘closer to the truth’ than any other way of exploring I’ve run into.
The reason I believe what I believe is because what I have been conditioned to believe seems more believable than the stuff that I don’t believe. / We are here because this seems to be detrimental on a planet run by such ways of living -
I wouldn’t say that’s why I’m here, though I agree that following your conditioning, especially if you are unaware you are doing it, can lead to conflict on all levels, from individual to collective.
What is looking cannot be seen.
Why do you say this?
The reasoning is very simple: In order that X is seen (perceived, sensed), X must be an object. The seer is by definition not an object but a subject. X can only be seen if it is ‘cast’ as an object, as when the eye sees the eye cast as a reflection in the mirror, or a photograph, or a thought.
When the I is functioning - then I creates both inside and outside. (there is no inside or outside without the I)
The presence of the I/me process creates the imaginary division…an imaginary reality, of which it is the center. I/me is a misplaced process of thought that occupies the brain and prevents it from being silent. Having heard of ‘silence’, it can desire it, seek it, practice it etc but it’s attempts are all only more ‘noise’.
The situation is ‘damned if you do and damned if you don’t’…understanding the situation may be the only way it ends.
Sit with eyes closed for 5 minutes. Don’t use your phone, don’t read newspaper or book or listen to radio or watch TV for those 5 minutes. Don’t try to do anything mentally. See if there is an awareness which is not reaction of thought.
If you think you can do this, you’re deceiving yourself because so much of the conditioned brain’s reactions are too subtle and subliminal for it to be aware of. The conditioned brain is dulled by its reactive response and psychological thinking, and is not aware of all of its reactions.
See that state of mind which is without conflict. You have discovered choiceless awareness which is not thought. An awareness which is not thought.
This is an example of what the conditioned brain can (and in your case, does) believe about itself.
Anyone have experiments to explore things Krishnamurti talked about? ‘Explore’ can have different meanings for different people. Exploring X might mean verifying X (for yourself), seeing what the key consequences of X are, directly experiencing X, finding out what happens when X is seen from different points of view.
Keep observing what-is without using any words or images.
Keep observing what-is without using any words or images or ideas.
Keep observing what-is without using any words or images or ideas or sensations.
Keep observing what-is without using any words or images or ideas or sensations or feelings.
Observe what is left to observe.
This is actually what classical Buddhist meditation involves. They split this process up into distinct ‘dhyānas’ (or ‘jhānas’) - as you have implicitly done here - in which there is progressively less and less cognitive and affective activity; until the mind is completely empty (sometimes referred to as ‘nirodha samāpatti’, a state of “cessation of perception, feelings and consciousness”).
I guess ‘samadhi’ is being used in the context of Advaita or Yoga here?
I haven’t really studied the usage and meaning of the term ‘samadhi’, but I take it to mean a state of contemplative absorption. If so, then nirodha samāpatti might be understood to mean the ultimate or most complete state of contemplative absorption (though people may object to the word ‘absorption’ in this context).
In the language of the Yoga tradition asamprajñata samādhi (or nirvikalpa samādhi) would be the equivalent of nirodha samāpatti. This would make sense because there is strong evidence that Patanjali’s Yoga system was influenced by Buddhism.
If there is a strong feeling or emotion in the mind, then thought is not able to solve it, escape from it or supress it.
In silence the emotion flowers, moves. In silence the feeling or emotion does not have an effect on the mind, otherwise if thought is active, thought is affected by the feeling. Observer is affected by psychological observed, experiencer is affected by experience psychologically.
In silence there is no effect, no observer.
We feel cause is the observed. Cause and effect is observer. Without observer, without thought, without psychological centre there is no cause and effect, the observed flowers in the space of silence
If you ask question, Who am I?
What is answer to this question?
Who is asking the question?
Who is answering the question?
Is it thought asking the question?
Is it thinker answering the question?
If it is thought asking and answering, then that is the ego, identity.
Answer will be out of conditioning.
I am Indian, Hindu, Muslim, American, Russian or what not.
That is ego, conditioning.
If answer is not thought but awareness, space, silence, then that is not ego.
Who am I?
Awareness that is not thought.
Perception silence that is not thought.