10. The world is for all
To liberate the human mind is an ambitious mission. Many thinkers have wanted this to happen and have in different ways expressed ways to actualize it.
To Krishnamurti, freedom means to eliminate the vicious circle of our psychological conditioning, which manifests itself in a thousand different ways: fear and hate, desire and sorrow.
Mental freedom cannot come through will, living simply or believing in an idea. There should be no motive behind it, yet exploring our motives might give us a glimpse of what is keeping us in the prison of our thoughts. However it is not important to know what we are attached to, but to see that we are attached.
Krishnamurti wanted us to be free from all our mental cages, not just those that are most unpleasant. He spent over 60 years of his life in trying to get us to be free. Yet two days before his death he felt that no-one had succeeded.
Was there something wrong with his message? Did he admit his failure when he said this? Some say yes, but it is better not to make hasty conclusions about his statement. He was old, very ill and under heavy medication when he uttered this.
There is still a lot to do with human nature and maybe we will never manage to change. Maybe we will never manage to change our human nature. We are still capable of doing cruel things to each other and although we hope for peace and happiness, wars and conflicts are still raging all over the world. We are not free.
Perhaps Krishnamurti underestimated the force of conditioning and could not get his message through so that all our mental chaos would be cleaned. But he surely managed to influence thousands of people and offered a thrilling possibility for us to see life in a new light.
To Krishnamurti the root reason to the miserable state of the world was crystal clear and he pointed it out in his dialogues with David Bohm, in his public talks and in his books more clearly than anyone has ever done. He saw something that we have not seen.
Nobody, not even Krishnamurti, can help us realize the facts about ourselves if we don't want to see. And if we don't passionately want to see, we will never see it.
I am afraid that the trouble with us is that we don't want to see. Perhaps there is only one exit out of this man-made confusion and suffering. Krishnamurti saw it, said it, but it is not his fault that change has not happened!
For over thirty years I have tried to understand what is wrong with us, why are we like this. I don't think we are unintelligent or lazy. It seems that we are drastically misled. The heavy weight of culture and tradition blocks our insight. Perhaps we don't see, because we think we see.
There is an answer to this question that has bothered us for centuries. The modern world view is based on individuality and selfishness. It encourages us to seek our own happiness and fulfilment and the price of it is very high.
Our big mistake may be the assumption that we are individuals. We do share the same world; cosmos does not belong to anyone. We are the world and the world is us.
If we continue to see the world and act through our inward filters, we will never be free. But if we realize that the limits of our thinking are not actual, then we enter a state full of insight and intelligence. In that state life stops being a problem and a human being lives in a direct communion to what Krishnamurti aptly calls 'what is'.
If you cannot answer, change the question
What is left of a person who is stripped from the essence of his identity, thought and images? Krishnamurti says: truth and love.
A world dominated by thinking is self-centred and broken up which will destroy the world slowly or quickly. This thinking dominated world lacks genuine care for other people and a sense of responsibility. It is cold, crooked and calculating, an unsafe and frightening place for a human being.
In their meetings, these two brilliant minds of our species penetrated through consciousness into an area where there are no images, words or explanations.
We happen to live in the embrace of that magnificence but do not see nor feel it except in short flashes, in ecstatic moments of our life.
Inspired by these two excellent guides we searched in this book for an answer to the question: Can a human brain be changed so that it does not live in concepts, beliefs and make-beliefs, but in facts and actuality?
To answer this question, we must understand how our brain and mind works. Our brain is imposing wrong answers on us, because we keep asking the wrong questions. If we ask the right question, we will be free.
Krishnamurti and Bohm say that when the brain is silent, something truly extraordinary happens. The old brain lives in a stuffy prison where the light of life enters only in fleeting moments, as a hint of something that we long for. That brain is programmed to seek solutions from an area where there are only ineffective substitutes.
When one deeply understands that there is no escape from reality for the obvious reason that it pervades everything, the neurotic movement of thinking stops and the structure and function of the brain changes. When images are gone, only the actual is left.
Why is this so difficult to understand?
Why don´t we discard the illusions that make our lives a misery?
Why do we accept brutalities, conflicts, intellectual and spiritual self-deception, the idiocy of isms?
Why do we want to go faster, although our way of life is leading us to global catastrophe? Why don´t we take the map and change direction now?
Is it that we don´t see or that we don´t care?
We use a wrong instrument and keep hammering the wrong nails. We try to change the world, but the world is not the problem. It is our brain we have to change, stop trying and let silence take over.
We still think that our brain is or has the answer, but it does not. On the contrary, the brain is the essence of the problem, because it sustains the issue.
We have totally misunderstood the role of thinking. We keep playing the wrong notes and hope to get the melody right.
As Krishnamurti points out, thought can never realize what is true. Thought has a place in daily life, in learning and expression, but when it enters the psychological area it breeds disorder, self-deception and conflict.
Clarity is necessary
Krishnamurti and Bohm show a solution that may be the only way out of this destructive confusion we create together. Nobody knows if we will manage to face this challenge and find a way to solve our common and colossal problems before it is too late.
The key concepts in their dialogues are intelligence, insight, the ground, order, truth, mind, reality and actuality. They give new meanings to these terms. The point is not to explain but to understand or see.
The conditioning of our consciousness makes it impossible to see things as they are. We think we see, but in fact we don't. The fatal division between me and you is the deep source of conflicts and separation between people. It has severely damaged the brain.
Healing starts when thought stops.
In an interview by Evelyne Blau, Bohm describes how his own states of mind changed in his dialogues with Krishnamurti.
"I had no feeling, but clarity. I said to him, I have no feeling and he said, 'Yes, that's right', which surprised me, because I had previously thought that anything intense must have a lot of feeling. When I went out, I had a sense of some presence in the sky, felt something universal."
Bohm says that the sense of space was present in their discussions and the change in the state of his consciousness happened also in Switzerland, but "it went away by the time he got back home".
Krishnamurti advised Bohm in his scientific work to begin from the unknown. This applies to life in general, too. The insights we get when starting from not-knowing are very important in dissolving the rigid compartments of thought and in finding fresh views to old issues.
The energy beyond matter is something we can't get a grip on. It can be called the truth and truth acts on the material basis of thought and consciousness, changing it to orderly form. So thought ceases to create disorder and leaves the mind empty for something deeper.
We may feel that we lack sufficient energy to break through our conditioning. Bohm regards this as an excuse and it reveals misunderstanding of the nature of the energy needed. The very process of ego wastes energy. To avoid the waste we must see what is essential and universal. The universal belongs to everybody and covers everything.
"If you see yourself as a particular being, you protect that being and your energies will be dissipated."
The observations we make of reality are mainly reflections of our own mind. They are very shallow, and many of them are delusions. When seeing things as they are thought loses its power and an enormous amount of energy is released.
"The minute you see that the whole content of your consciousness is only a show, the brain quiets and is in another state. It is no longer trapped and it sees everything differently. This perception transforms everything and there is no turning back."
So it all comes back to where it all started. When the observer really is the observed, there is no me and you and there is now becoming something else.