Scottsdale presents an Extract from 5th Public Talk, Ojai, California 1953, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Vol. VII, p. 314-315 © 1992 KFA. in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 59, Winter 2008:
We have different kinds of fear, have we not?
Because the mind itself is the product of fear, whatever the mind does to put away fear only increases it further. So, can one just be aware of one’s fear without being occupied with it, without judging or trying to alter it? To be aware of fear without condemnation does not mean accepting it, taking it to your heart. To be aware of fear without choice is just to look at it, to know there is fear and to see the truth of it. And, seeing the truth of fear dissolves fear. The mind cannot dissolve fear by any action of its own; in the face of fear it must be very quiet; it must know and not act. Please listen to this. One must know that one is afraid, be fully conscious of it without any reaction, without any desire to alter it. The alteration, the transformation, cannot be brought about by the mind; it comes into being only with the perception of truth, and the mind cannot perceive what is true if it is concerned with fear, if it condemns or desires to be rid of it. Any action of the mind with regard to fear only increases fear or helps the mind to run away from it. There is freedom from fear only when the mind, being fully aware of its own fears is not active towards them. Then quite a different state comes into being which the mind cannot possibly conceive or invent.
That is why it is so important to understand the process of the mind not according to some philosopher, analyst, or religious teacher, but as it is actually going on in yourself from moment to moment in all your relationships – when you are quiet, when you are walking, when you are listening to somebody, when you are turning on the radio, reading a book, or talking at table. To be fully aware of oneself without choice is to keep the mind astonishingly alert, and in that awareness there is self-knowledge, the beginning of wisdom. The mind that struggles against fear, that analyzes fear, will never resolve fear, but when there is passive awareness of fear, a different state comes into being in which fear does not exist.
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Thank you, Mary.
Thank you, David.
Gassho, Namaste, Blessings
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