The brain uses language to organize what it perceives, so every “thing” is named to distinguish it from other things. The brain knows that this naming process is subject to revision every moment as it learns more about distinctions and how subtle or questionable they can be, so it is careful not to take the words it uses too seriously, and to drop them at times so as to be more open and vulnerable to how words and names can be limiting and misleading. The same applies to images.
For the conditioned brain, it is arduous, counter-intuitive, and maybe impossible to put names and words aside so as to look and listen without them. But it is possible for the conditioned brain to be aware of how its dependency on words and images inclines it to mistake the thing for the word, name, or image it reactively applies to it.
I have an image about my world or the world out there . The image is made of bunch of" should be" and “should be not” I
So conflict is being added to the existing problems of the world . Seeing the logic of this makes the mind free of making images. . Truth liberates the mind , that is the beauty of it.
Yes, fact is not what should be. Being caught in what should be, we are unaware of what is.
For example we are unable to listen to another person, but react. We are not aware of what is.
A person like Krishnamurti says ‘there is no division’.
We don’t just listen to this fact, but react. We don’t accept that there is no division. We don’t listen to fact, but create what should be and look or react to it in terms of what should be. We call it theory or non-fact and that’s the end of it. We never say that there is no division.
If that was the case, Ukrainians and Russians will stop the killing. But that will never happen. Here too, it is the same. No one will say there is actually no division. If mind accepts this fact, there is no more fighting psychologically, but action out of silence. There is no more psychological reaction. Chain of reactions of psyche is broken.
Say your mind suddenly realizes Truth (with a capital T). If it comes to you as a whole, all of it, you would I think be truly liberated, intelligent, beyond suffering. But if, as is way more likely I think, Truth arrives in hints and glimpses, you may be more confused and troubled by it than enlightened. The saying “The truth shall set you free” is not a simple formula. ?
There is the notion of complete or hidden knowledge about the universe which will hopefully confer some power to the knower.
And there is the notion that if you could just see this one simple thing clearly about yourself, your whole experience of the universe would be transformed.
Thinking without an awareness of its own movement is ‘indulgence’? Thought indulging in itself? When there is an ‘awareness’ of ‘HOW’ it is thinking eg., how ‘rigorous’ are its associations, its aim, etc,‘intelligence’ enters the picture. It is seen that the thinker / thought duality is false. There is no ‘thinker’…only thought and there may be no ‘need’ in that moment for thinking at all and it can be still.
And yes there is no Russian and no Ukrainian, that is all mindless thought that does not see that there is no division.
‘Evil’ is the darkness of not being aware of that fact.
We are aware of what is, but we are under the influence of psychological thought, our what-should/should-not-be conditioning, which distorts awareness.
A person like Krishnamurti says ‘there is no division’.
We don’t just listen to this fact, but react.
The brain’s conditioning reacts. “We” are just conditioned brains…we can’t help it.
We don’t accept that there is no division.
We do accept the idea that there is no division. We embrace it, believe it, repeat it constantly, but we can’t see that there is no division because we are divided, confused, conflicted by our conditioning.
No one will say there is actually no division. If mind accepts this fact, there is no more fighting psychologically, but action out of silence.
Acceptance is just belief which is superficial and self-deceiving.
When I see how accepting or rejecting is choosing - resisting choiceless awareness by distorting it - I see how I am conditioned to see everything in terms of what-should/should-not-be.
Insight cuts both ways - Kensho experiences in the zen tradition are closely monitored, not least to impress on the person who’s had the insight : “now let that go too” (it might be the guru’s most important function)
Any amazing experience, even one that shows the self delusion clearly as a delusion, is in danger of being clung to and weaponised by the self as it continues to arise (from this body and this world)
I love that: “weaponized by the self.” Does the self intend to weaponize? Or does it do what it thinks its job is: to protect itself, i.e. that which it takes to be the realest thing of all? Overzealous, perhaps, but utterly sincere and well-meaning. “Just protecting myself, body, mind, and soul.”
Actually what it’s “protecting” at all costs is its ‘divorce’ from everyone and everything else. K has called it “evil” ,this ‘me and mine’,for as
I see it, the self-image creates through its illusory presence this “darkness of division” that he and DB spoke about and which can only be “dispelled” by insight into the truth that there is in fact “no division”.
Say your mind suddenly realizes Truth (with a capital T).
The word is not the truth. The word is false. Thought is false. Truth is the nonverbal understanding of a fact. Truth has nothing to do with organized religions which are based on words. I am not sure how familiar you are with the teachings.
We use the meanings that K gives to the words .