Is it possible to wonder about what can’t be imagined? The mind has its limits, and what can’t be imagined or hypothesized can’t be pondered. Consider, for instance, the radical transformation of the brain K spoke of. We try to imagine it, the absence of self, ego, but it’s impossible because thought personifies itself, and it can’t cease to do so until or if it is supplanted by something not willed or dependent on a mechanical process.
People who have used psychedelic substances claim that they experienced the loss of the ego, psychological death, etc., but whether they had a glimpse of what is possible or an elaborate fantasy, can’t be ascertained because, being temporary, the experience amounts to little more than a waking dream.
The self-centered mind is limited by its conditioning to perceive in terms of what-should/should-not-be. But according to Krishnamurti and others, the mind can cease to be self-centered and limited by its conditioning. This mind, not limited to thought, imagery, words, i.e., language, is what Krishnamurti called “intelligence”, and we can’t imagine what that is because a two-dimensional mind cannot imagine three dimensions.
Upon hearing about this mind, this intelligence, the limited mind wants it because it is inadequate and unenlightened, and it can’t pursue, seek, or strive for what it can’t possibly imagine. Until It realizes this, it is chasing its tale of what-should-be.
Krishnamurti and others say that the limited mind can awaken to its limitation, see its activity for what it is. Thus, the limited mind hopes and strives to awaken, but it can do nothing but move within its limits.
To keep thinking it is an ability, and that there are mitigating circumstances, ways to live as we do, simply absorbing the new ideas, etc, all that, is I, self, ego. We can see this by the way we always think choice is an option, rather than look at this factor called choice. We just don’t see choice is the movement away from a compelling truth, and is distraction.
Always? In every instance? Certainly not. Choosing is necessary. It is the ability to discern and discriminate. Choice is not a problem, “a movement away from a compelling truth” or “distraction” when it is neither, which is more often than not.
Observe yourself closely and you’ll see that you exercise choice constantly because you can’t do anything without choosing.
Why are you still asking this question? Isn’t it clear that the mind is conditioned, and that the conditioned mind can’t do anything it isn’t conditioned to do or not do? All we can do is observe this in ourselves from one moment to the next, and be mindful of what’s actually going on. Then, at least, we’re not foolishly trying to do what cannot de done, and urging others to do the same.