A CRUCIAL MESSAGE FOR OUR TIMES (revised)
Within each individual lives an unconscious process which, left to its own devices, has serious implications for the future of humanity. The mind is a hall of mirrors in which each new thought reflects on previous thoughts and thus fancies itself as their “thinker" - a seemingly enduring "I," “observer,” or "self" - separate from the stream of thoughts and emotions. For all its machinations, the “thinker” is just as transient as every other thought - being merely a succession of thoughts about thoughts about thoughts ad infinitum.
That duplicity allows the mind to abdicate responsibility for, and distance itself from, its shadowy, more unpalatable, impulses – its envy, its greed, its fears, its animosities - by fabricating a make-believe "I" separate from "them." It seeks to create a chasm which hides that darker side from itself but which also precludes the light of awareness from reaching, illuminating, and transforming it. "I" do not have "those" reprehensible qualities or, "I" am burdened and distressed by "those" feelings. The "I" can then make half-hearted attempts to modify "those" unwelcome characteristics without fundamentally acknowledging "them" as itself. "They" are not me; "they" are "happening" to me. It is a devilish ploy meant to hamper the disconcerting recognition that the "I" is, in reality, none other than "those" negative attributes. (A recognition that, unimpeded, single-handedly awakens and liberates the mind from its debilitating contortions.)
So long as that subterfuge persists - an "observer" or "experiencer" separate from its "experience" - there is little possibility of integrating and resolving the disowned impulses. The "experiencer," being a fiction, is impotent and has negligible effect on "its" experience. Only a choiceless awareness of the stream of experiences, unclouded by the endless chatter of an imaginary "chooser" or "thinker," can expedite that integration. In that beneficent silence the mind is at once free to perceive and rise above its "self"-created contradictions.
The undivided, “self-less,” mind bestows coherence, integrity, and lucidity to all it encounters. It is the only truly sane mind amongst all. The divided mind, try as it may not to do so, exacerbates the pandemonium, disorder, and confusion in the world via its dissonant oscillations between a nonexistent "thinker" and "its" thoughts. That discordant state is at the core of all inner and interpersonal strife and it is what the 20th century sage Krishnamurti spent a lifetime unmasking and dissecting.
"Is there a division between the thinker and the thought? So long as they are separate, divided, our effort is wasted; we are pursuing a false process which is destructive and which is the deteriorating factor. We think the thinker is separate from his thought. When I find that I am greedy, possessive, brutal, I think I should not be all this. The thinker then tries to alter his thoughts and therefore effort is made to 'become"; in that process of effort he pursues the false illusion that there are two separate processes, whereas there is only one process. I think therein lies the fundamental factor of deterioration.
Is it possible to experience that state when there is only one entity and not two separate processes, the experiencer and the experience? Then perhaps we shall find out what it is to be creative, and what the state is in which there is no deterioration at any time, in whatever relationship man may be.
I am greedy. I and greed are not two different states; there is only one thing and that is greed. If I am aware that I am greedy, what happens? I make an effort not to be greedy, either for sociological reasons or for religious reasons; that effort will always be in a small limited circle; I may extend the circle but it is always limited. Therefore the deteriorating factor is there. But when I look a little more deeply and closely, I see that the maker of effort is the cause of greed and he is greed itself; and I also see that there is no 'me' and greed, existing separately, but that there is only greed. If I realize that I am greedy, that there is not the observer who is greedy but I am myself greed, then our whole question is entirely different; our response to it is entirely different; then our effort is not destructive."
~The First and Last Freedom with an introduction by Aldous Huxley (Free pdf download)http://api.ning.com/files/skXrP2oUReGcIIlX2LtcLkguAjGBZpw2CR-gbN3jskFjUKvLq0VswPC8N4SMyRipV8-S1S5Bc47pfxKC5daGY2r5iIUqspQa/KrishnamurtiTheFirstandLastFreedom.pd