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By J. Krishnamurti

J. Krishnamurti was once some of the most influential and well known religious lecturers of the 20 th century. the following, he inquires with the reader into how remembering and living on previous occasions, either pleasing and painful, provide us a fake feel of continuity, inflicting us to endure. His guide is to be attentive and transparent in our perceptions and to satisfy the demanding situations of existence at once in each one new second.

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See the difficulty. If you didn’t use thought, you couldn’t go home, you couldn’t work in an office. You must have knowledge. But see the danger of a mind that is caught in the perpetual movement of thought and therefore never sees anything new. Thought is always old; thought is always conditioned, never free, because it is acting according to the past. So the question is, Since this movement of thought is absolutely necessary at one level to function logically, sanely, healthily, but not for a mind to perceive something totally new, to live totally differently, how can this movement of thought come to an end?

For the very simple reason that you are tired of your daily experiences; you are bored with the daily experience of sex or no sex, the daily experiences of anger and so on. ” Now, that very word experience means “to go through”—to go through something, finish with it, not carry it over. And who is it that is seeking experience? Isn’t it the entity that says, “I’m tired of all these superficial things and I want something more”? That entity is part of the desire to have more, and that entity projects what it wants.

Thought is the response of memory, which is in the very structure of the brain cells themselves. If you have observed yourself, you will see that in the brain cells themselves is the material of memory and that memory responds as thought. To bring about a total mutation in the quality of the cells themselves, there must be an ending of every perception—understanding, seeing, acting, and moving away from it—so that the mind is always perceiving and dying, perceiving the false or the true and ending it, and moving on without carrying the memory.

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