Too much of the same thing is repetition, they say. But the mind goes on in this mindless crime, in a game of repetition, all to keep its own identity alive… killing the true us.
Yesterday night, I found Krishnamurti speaking on Aastha channel, and he spoke of Problem-solving. He said that the Human mind seeks to solve problem, and in this perpetual state of finding problems and then involving itself in solving it, it continues to live in problems.
The whole of human life, the whole of human kind, each one of us, thus goes through the pain, anxiety and horrendous task of problem solving. We elect leaders and politicians to solve our problems and they create more problems like corruption and wars. We go to the psychotherapists and psychiatrists and counselors and seek to solve our problems. We speak about problems, brood on it. We seek out gurus. But the whole life is spent in problem solving.
He suggests that instead of turning out to look for freedom from problems, one need to look within.
He speaks a parable, of a high mountain, where reside a group of monks, reciting prayers, reading out from little books, trying to focus their mind, engaging in mind-trade with their little gods, all the while as a stream flows nearby, birds chirp in the air, beautiful trees stand around. The nature around them goes unnoticed.
He speaks of awareness. He speaks of looking at each and every thought passing through our mind without judging, analyzing or trying to fix them. He speaks about looking at somebody- a girlfriend, a husband, just looking without bringing in our mind-images of them, being aware of them as they go about their chores around you.
This Awareness, wherein the conditioning of Mind does not take over to seek problems in order to solve them, this state of mind wherein it remains just the watcher- watching each and every thing that happens around, listening to each and every sound around, is Awareness, a state of freedom.
It is in Eckhart Tolle’s words – Living in the present without giving in to mind’s chronic compulsive-thinking disorder, without jumping into the past or future.
Thus living in the present takes us to a brand new Intelligence, a new kind of Intelligence that does not rely on the Scientist’s theories and problem-solving conditioned mind, but utilizes the current resources at hand, the Present as pristine as it is.
With this state of mind, that does not keep one leg in the past or a sight on any solution, what we find is a recognition of what truly is, an understanding of whether there is any problem at all in the first place.
The Mind at this point would interfere with its mind-chatter and tell you endless tales of genocides, climate-change, poverty, psychological hurt, unfinished businesses etc. However, if you can recognize that this is the Mind, a separate entity that is conditioned to pick up problems to try to solve them, we would distance ourselves with a machine that has come to cloud our vision with only problems, so much so that it narrows our vision and does not allow us to see life that is beside the problems there are, the beauty that life is only if one allows oneself to see it.