You can explore freedom through the soul
By Jiddu Krishnamurti | Express News Service | Published: 10th November 2017 09:25 PM |
CHENNAI: Freedom, health and the quality of energy that comes when one captures or sees, perceives the truth of all time contained in the now. Right? What is freedom? All human beings throughout the ages have sought some kind of freedom, historically, religiously and so on. And freedom is translated as doing exactly what one wants, which you are all doing obviously.
Choice — one can choose to go from one place to another place, from one job to another job, unlike the totalitarian states where there is total dictatorship and everything is controlled. Even your thinking, feeling is moulded according to a pattern. So there is a denial in the totalitarian states of freedom, therefore the totalitarian states are retrogressive — you understand? Going back, not moving.
Is freedom a choice? To choose between two cars, and two materials, to go where you want, to fulfil yourself at the expense of everybody else — right? I hope you are following all this. To try to become much more than what we are — better, nobler, wiser, more — acquiring more knowledge, which is the whole process of becoming, which is called fulfilling. I must fulfil.
The implication of all that is becoming —not only physical becoming, as from an employee to the owner, from an apprentice to a master, but also we feel becoming inwardly. I am this, I will be that. I am envious, greedy, violent — we will use the word violent, that is good enough.
We are violent. I will one day achieve non-violence, perhaps in a year or two, or perhaps at the end of my life when I am just about to die — right? And all this implies a psychological becoming. And is there freedom in becoming?
You understand my question? Or is freedom something entirely different? Let’s investigate together and explore. I am not explaining and you are just receiving. Together we are enquiring...which means that you exercise your brain, and not accept everything the speaker says. Therefore the enquiry must be yours, not the speaker’s.
The speaker may just outline, put it into words but the activity, the penetration, must be on your part. So we are both sharing in this — right? Not I put something forward with which you agree or disagree — that implies no sharing. But if we are both enquiring and doubting everything we think and feel, and its relationship to time, and see if that becoming prevents freedom — right?