Any movement on…

Any movement on the part of the observer, if he has not realized that the observer is the observed, creates only another series of images and again he is caught in them. But what takes place when the observer is aware that the observer is the observed? … What takes place? The observer does not act at all. The observer has always said, ‘I must do something about these images, I must suppress them or give them a different shape’; he is always active in regard to the observed, acting and reacting passionately or casually, and this action of like and dislike on the part of the observer is called positive action– ‘I like, therefore I must hold. I dislike therefore I must get rid of.’

But when the observer realizes that the thing about which he is acting is himself, then there is no conflict between himself and the image. He is that. He is not separate from that. When he was separate, he did, or tried to do, something about it, but when the observer realizes that he is that, then there is no like or dislike and conflict ceases.

For what is he to do? If something is you, what can you do? You cannot rebel against it or run away from it or even accept it. It is there. So all action that is the outcome of reaction to like and dislike has come to an end.

Then you will find that there is an awareness that has become tremendously alive. It is not bound to any central issue or to any image– and from that intensity of awareness there is a different quality of attention and therefore the mind– because the mind is this awareness– has become extraordinarily sensitive and highly intelligent.”

– J. Krishnamurti

Freedom From the Known

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