Humanity is in dark state of Self-ignorance.Ego is a product of
this Self-ignorant dark state and the god, religion, poetry, art,
painting it creates are all outcome of this darkness.The culture of
human society, its education, family system, beliefs, dogmas all
add to this metaphysical sleep and keeps the human in darkness
causing lot of misery to him.Because ego state is a dark state we
have to bring in light of "awareness" to know how the the ego is
working and causing suffering to humanity.For this self-inquiry is
the direct method and this book deals with that study of
self.self-inquiry demands psychological energy. But the energy is
destroyed, is wasted when one is in conflict.So when there is the
understanding of the whole process of conflict, there is the ending
of conflict, there is abundance of energy. Then you can proceed,
tearing down the house that you have built throughout the centuries
and that has no meaning at all.You know, to destroy is to create.We
must destroy the psychological, the unconscious and the conscious
defenses, securities that one has built up rationally,
individually, deeply, and superficially. We must tear through all
that to be utterly defenseless, because you must be defenseless to
love and have affection. Then you see and understand ambition,
authority; and you begin to see when authority is necessary and at
what level -the authority of the policeman and no more. Then there
is no authority of learning, no authority of knowledge, no
authority of capacity, no authority that function assumes and which
becomes status. To understand all authority -of the gurus, of the
Masters, and others- requires a very sharp mind, a clear brain, not
a muddy brain, not a dull brain.Is there an action not of desire?
If we ask such a question, and we rarely do, one can probe, without
any motive, to find an action which is of intelligence. The action
of desire is not intelligent; it leads to all kinds of problems and
issues. Is there an action of intelligence? One must always be
somewhat skeptical in these matters; doubt is an extraordinary
factor of purification of the brain, of the heart. Doubt, carefully
measured out, brings great clarity, freedom. In the Eastern
religions, to doubt, to question, is one of the necessities for
finding truth, but in the religious culture of Western
civilization, doubt is an abomination of the devil. But in freedom,
in an action that is not of desire, there must be the sparkle of
doubt. When one actually sees, not theoretically nor verbally, that
the action of desire is corrupt, distorted, the very perception is
the beginning of that intelligence from which action is totally
different. That is, to see the false as the false, the truth in the
false, and truth as truth. Such perception is that quality of
intelligence which is neither yours nor mine, which then acts. That
action has no distortion, no remorse. It doesn't leave a mark, a
footprint on the sands of time. That intelligence cannot be unless
there is great compassion, love, if you will. There cannot be
compassion if the activities of thought are anchored in any one
particular ideology or faith, or attached to a symbol or to a
person. There must be freedom to be compassionate. And where there
is that flame, that very flame is the movement of intelligence.
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