December 2013

* death and rebirth

"Uranus is one of the most chaotic and disruptive systems in the solar system."
(Mark Showalter)

A: The only thing one can say about it in terms of the stream is silence. Because it is the silence of the stream, and one can also say it is the death of the stream. Therefore, in terms of the stream it is sometimes called oblivion.

K: You know what it means to step out of the stream: no character.

A: No memory.

K: No, sir, see: no character, because the moment you have character it's of the stream. The moment you say you are virtuous, you are of the stream - or not virtuous. To step out of the stream is to step out of this whole structure. So, creation as we know it is in the stream. Mozart, Beethoven, you follow, the painters, they are all here.

A: I think perhaps, sir, sometimes that which is in the stream is vivified, as it were from something which is beyond.

K: No, no, can't be. Don't say these things because I can create in the stream. I can paint marvelous pictures. why not? I can compose the most extraordinary symphonies, all the techniques...

A: Why are they extraordinary?

K: Because the world needs it. There is the need, the demand, and the supply. I'm saying to myself what happens to the man who really steps out. Here in the river, in the stream, energy is conflict, in contradiction, in strife, in vulgarity. But that's going on all the time...

A: Me and You.

K: Yes, that's going on all the time. When he steps out of it, there is no conflict, there is no division as my country, your country.

A: No division.

K: No division. So what is the quality of that man, that mind that has no sense of division? It is pure energy, isn't it? So our concern is this stream and stepping out of it.

A: That is meditation, that is real meditation, because the stream is not life. The stream is totally mechanical.

K: I must die to the stream.

A: All the time.

K: All the time. And therefore I must deny - not deny, I must not get entangled with - John who is in the stream.

A: One must repudiate the things of the stream.

K: That means I must repudiate my brother.

A: I must repudiate having a brother. You see what that means?

K: I see my brother belonging to this, and as I move away from the stream my mind is open. I think that is compassion.

A: When the stream is seen from that which is not of the stream.

K: When the man of the stream steps out and looks, then he has compassion.

A: And love.

K: So, you see, sir, reincarnation, that is, incarnating over and over again, is the stream. This is not a very comforting thing. I come to you and tell you my brother died yesterday, and you tell me this. I call you a terribly cruel man. But you are weeping for yourself, you are weeping for me, for the stream. That's why people don't want to know. I want to know where my brother is, not whether he is.

(A conversation following the Death of John Field, ft. Sidney Field and J. Krishnamurti)

Rene Descartes


"The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries."

"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things."

"When it is not in our power to determine what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable."

"Doubt is the origin of wisdom."

"The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues."

"Conquer yourself rather than the world."

"Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power."

"To live well you must live unseen."

"To know what people really think, pay attention to what they do, rather than what they say."

"He who hid well, lived well."

Francis Bacon

"A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green."

"It is impossible to love and to be wise."

"Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread."

"Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor."

"In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior."

"Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom."

"The worst men often give the best advice."

"The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors."

"Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority."

"Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion."

"Friendship increases in visiting friends, but also, in visiting them seldom."

"The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses."