Tuesday, July 20, 2010

extraordinary concentrated affection


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You know, when you have a small child with you, you listen to its cries, you listen to its words, its murmurs.  You are so concerned you listen; you may be asleep, but the moment he cries you wake up.  You are attentive all the time because the child is yours, you must care for it, you must love it, you must hold it.  You are so tremendously attentive that even though you are asleep, you wake up.  Now, with that same quality of attention, affection, care, you give to every movement of that child, could you watch the mirror which is yourself?  Not me, you are not listening to me: you are listening with that extraordinary concentrated affection and care to the mirror which is yourself, and to what it is telling you.  Will you do it?
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J. Krishnamurti
from a talk at Saanen, July 18th, 1978
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