Monday, December 13, 2010

Bound By Its Own Limitations

It seems to me that the real problem is the mind itself and not the problem which the mind has created and tries to solve. If the mind is petty, small, narrow, limited, however great and complex the problem may be, the mind approaches that problem in terms of its own pettiness... Though it has extraordinary capacities and is capable of invention, of subtle, cunning thought, the mind is still petty. It may be able to quote Marx or the Gita, or some other religious book, but it is still a small mind, and a small mind confronted with a complex problem can only translate that problem in terms of itself, and therefore the problem, the misery increases. So the question is: Can the mind that is small, petty, be transformed into something which is not bound by its own limitations?

Jiddu Krishnamurti was a 20th century writer and speaker on philosophical and spiritual issues. He constantly stressed the need to reconnect with the inner self and he emphasized that this unity cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social.

We are taught that we are in our body and our mind is in the brain. We perceive our world through our senses and consider what we perceive to be reality. That reality is coated with beliefs that create the experiences we call life and we rely on external entities to confirm the legitimate aspects of those experiences. The mind develops a playing field filled with rules, regulations, and restrictions and we fence our self in a closed network of judgmental beliefs that hinder out innate freedom to be one in our multiplicity.

A few simple exercises reveal that we are not in our body; the body is within our consciousness and the mind is within our consciousness as well. In fact the world and universe we perceive is in that same consciousness. Everything is in an ever-expanding consciousness. We are an individual drop in that ocean and that drop can change the course of a wave or the ocean. When we become aware of our own self-imposed limitations we free ourselves and a transformation takes place. The separated self bound by controlling perceptions imposed by a mind that creates through others is transformed through inner self-created awareness.

Transformation of self created fragments is an ongoing process and it happens in different ways and in different space-time sequences for each consciousness unit. When limitations dissolve through enlightenment new awareness manifests and eventually what is known in oneness becomes what is known in fragmentation.

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