The Awakening of Intelligence

The Awakening of Intelligence

You have to really live it

I honestly never read anybody else who could dismantle our obscured form of existence better than Krishnamurti. I mean when he was asked, if he believes in demonstrations, he illustrates how impotent and even redundant it is to go up and down the streets with a group to demonstrate against a particular war. He replies, “do you want to end the war in Vietnam or do you want to end all wars? Can you demonstrate to end all wars or can you only demonstrate to end a particular war? […] It means no nationality, no frontiers, no linguistic differences, no religious divisions – all that. […] You can’t demonstrate; you have to live it. And when you live it, that in itself is a demonstration” (p. 305)

How simple and obvious. For me it somehow resembles the saying, if voting could change anything, it would be illegal. Don’t give away your vote, but instead, keep it and make it your life’s objective to be your vote in all possible aspects.

But Krishnamurti reveals even more to us than this little anecdote. The awakening of intelligence is the acknowledgement of not knowing, a rejection of previous thoughts, old patterns, traditions, myths, of being prisoner within the borders of ones’ own comfort zone, a refusal of the business as usual. We break with the linearity of thought, the extension of the past as extrapolation into the future, we just end it. That’s it. And where there is an end, there is a new beginning. When the old dies, the new can emerge, which leads inevitably to the awakening of intelligence. “[…] and when you wake up you see things exactly as they are, not your interpretation of them or the desire to change them” (p. 64). See what is, observe without thought. Don’t fall into the trap to judge, to evaluate, to critique, or to comment, which will all throw you back into past thoughts. “Unless you change completely, radically, and bring about a total mutation in yourself, do what you will outwardly, there will be no peace for man. If you feel that in your blood, then your questions will be related entirely to the present and to bringing about a change in the present, not to some speculative ideals” (p. 87).

A totally different dimension

We learn that the conditioning of the culture in which we were born only exists in the observer, not in the observed. When we observe without the observer, without the fears, without the anxieties, the bullying, the nagging, the dominating, the accumulated experiences, then we will see, we will enter into a totally different dimension. And from there onwards we begin to learn. Not in form of education of children as factory learning that consists in training them to be like us, like other monkeys, normed, obedient and submissive to technological instructions, no. That will only hinder us from a deep understanding of the whole neglected field of life. “Learning means a mind that is curious, that doesn’t know, that is eager to find out, interested” (p. 311). “We are not storing up knowledge and then acting according to that knowledge; in that there is contradiction and therefore control, whereas a mind that is constantly learning has no authority, no contradiction, no control, no discipline, but the very learning itself demands order” (p. 310-311). “And a mind that is learning all the time, is actually in a state of order, but the mind that is not learning, which says “I have learnt”, such a mind brings disorder” (p. 309). “In denying totally all authority, you are free from fear, and therefore you can find out what order is” (p. 313).

The paradox of not living all that what can be learnt

These lines are just perfect and paraphrasing would only distort the beauty of its simplicity and obviousness. I personally like to read anything I have from Krishnamurti over and over again, paradoxically through repetitive behavior, I actually act against the message to be learnt from, because one thing is clear to me, the difficulty to live such an alternative in a socio-economic construction, which demands from you to act against your own personal interests, against all our interests regarding a better future in terms of quality, in terms of a different future, different in form. That’s my lame excuse for not constantly being in a totally different dimension. And that’s why I think there is tremendous value in the attempt to carry those lines into our reality, and really make them happen.

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