I’m re-posting part of a quote from K which Dev posted a few days ago. I found the quote very interesting but it wasn’t possible to respond as it was a closed group thread. Anyway, here is the quote:
“Now, when you say, “I know I am conditioned”, do you really know it, or is that merely a verbal statement? Do you know it with the same potency with which you see a cobra? When you see a snake and know it to be a cobra, there is immediate, unpremeditated action; and when you say, “I know I am conditioned”, has it the same vital significance as your perception of the cobra? Or is it merely a superficial acknowledgment of the fact, and not the realization of the fact? When I realize the fact that I am conditioned, there is immediate action. I don’t have to make an effort to un-condition myself. The very fact that I am conditioned, and the realization of that fact, brings an immediate clarification. The difficulty lies in not realizing that you are conditioned - not realizing it in the sense of understanding all its implications, seeing that all thought, however subtle, however cunning, however sophisticated or philosophical, is conditioned.”
New Delhi 6th Public Talk 31st October 1956
The quote made me wonder if I am aware at all of my conditioning in day to day life, let alone with the same potency with which I would see a Cobra. As an example, I came up with the times I am in the middle of a conversation with a workmate and I realise I am on auto-pilot. I mean, I have fallen into the habitual pattern of communication with this person that I normally follow. I’m not really listening to my workmate fully or observing him/her with real attention. At the moment that this realisation takes place, a change occurs in the dynamic and I am much more attentive. But of course, I am still on auto-pilot most of the rest of the day. How do others see this whole question?