Musings


Thought is transient, changing, impermanent, and it is seeking permanency. So thought creates the thinker, who then becomes the permanent.

– Krishnamurti, The Book of Life


Seems to describe our whole way of living so concisely

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Is the self-centered brain driven by the desire to think so brilliantly that its thoughts outlive the brain that generates them? Is it living to outlive itself by having its thoughts survive its death?

If intelligence is beyond the brain, the brain is no more than the means by which a human communes with intelligence, thereby freeing itself to live entirely in the present with no ambition whatsoever.

Parents find deep comfort and solace in the belief that they live on through their children. Does the brain feel the same about its thoughts, its children?

The seeking of “shelter from the struggles and turmoils of life”, or of whatever comfort life may give, that seeking comes to an end once the illusions created by thought have been deeply understood.

Practical knowledge is acquired through experience (much of which is muscle memory). It’s the kind of content the brain must keep, until/unless it is updated by new developments or discoveries.

Psychological knowledge comes with choosing to be somebody, a person among persons, defined/known by one’s chosen beliefs and preferences.

Practical knowledge isn’t chosen. One must know certain things to survive and thrive, and that knowledge isn’t chosen but allowed for by being empty, open, vulnerable.