To explore to discover there must be a joy,there must be enthusiasm,vitality,especially when going into this complex thing called the mind.
I would like to talk about action which is not partial,which is not the outcome of knowledge,which is not the product of authority but something entirely different-which means,really,action without a center.It must have happened to you that you have done something without calculation,without argumentation,without the cunning machinations of thought,without thinking of what has been or what may be without choice.
You must have done something in your life without this whole process taking place.But to understand this kind of action requires a great deal of self-knowledge,which is to comprehend the workings of ones own mind;because it is so easy to deceive
oneself and say,”I have acted without a center. i have joined a such and such group without the process of thought”-which is idiotic and immature, for what is functioning is ones own hidden desire.whereas,action which is total,and which no center requires exploration into oneself-and this means,going into the whole process of thinking,into the whole mechanism of the mind,without a limit,without an end in view.
I do not know if any of you have ever seriously gone into yourselves with complete willingness with whole heart,with joy without any sense of compulsion,and have tried to discover what you are.Merely to say” I am this ” or ” I am not that”,is again immature and it has no meaning.
To explore, to discover there must joy,enthusiasm,vitality especially when going into this complex thing called the mind.But most of us explore either out of despair, or to find something,which will give us nourishment,stability,an assurance of continuity.Real inquiry must be without any of this tings. One inquires just to find out what is actually taking place.
For example,there is nothing wrong with studying your face in a mirror,which is to see it exactly as it is straight hair,crooked nose and so on.You can embellish it,color it try to make it more beautiful, but that is another matter. Similarly to study yourself is to see what is actually the state of your mind-why you think and do certain things,why you go back to the office, or to the temple,why you talk in a certain way to your spouse,to your servant why you need sacred books,why you attend these talks. You have to know all this from moment to moment,not as accumulated knowledge on the basis of which you function.
Learning is movement of the mind in which there is no accumulation.You can learn only when knowledge is not gathered from the moment of learning. The moment you gather knowledge,add to what you have learned.you have ceased to learned.
A mind that gathers knowledge through learning is driven by the desire of safety and security or is out of some profit.Whereas,in the movement of learning there is no accumulation-and that is the beauty of learning.To learn is just to see what you are -the hate,the calumny,the vulgarity,the fears,the hopes,the anxieties,the ambitions-without judging,without evaluating,without condemning or accepting.
Learning is movement of the mind in which there is no accumulation.You can learn only when knowledge is not gathred from the moment of learning. The moment you gather knowledge,add to what you have learned.you have ceased to learned.