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Is Freedom A Matter Of Time?


So, we are saying: observe violence, which is to be angry, to hate, to be jealous – various forms of violence, and don’t escape into a non-violent movement, which is the opposite. So, when you observe the fact, there is no opposite. Are you following all this? I observe violence in me. I am violent. Why should there be non-violence? That’s my conditioning. Right? That’s my hope. That’s my intellectual concept – one day I will be non-violent – to be… what is it, what I was talking about? – violence. So the fact of violence, the fact has no opposite. Right? Do you see that? If you see that, you are finished. You understand? Because all our education, all our religion, everything traditional has said: work at it, gradually get rid of it – you follow?. Which is movement in time, which is division. Time is division. So when there is observation of violence, only violence, the observer who is watching the violence – you follow? – that very observer is violence. Right? Right? So the observer is the observed. Are you getting tired? You understand sir? The moment you have a division it’s the movement in time, and therefore there must be effort which is, the observer is thinking, the observer thinks he is different from the thing he observes, and so the very division brings conflict, conflict, suppression and all the rest of it. But when the observer realises, that which he is observing is part of himself, so there is no division, there is no duality at all. Right? So, can you see this fact that you are violent, and the fact has no division.

Is Freedom a Matter of Time?

J. Krishnamurti

Third Public Talk in Madras

January 1979

The Seven Rays

Seven great energies or streams of force demonstrate the qualities of Deity. The Wisdom Teachings speak of them as the Seven Rays and they are dominant conditioning and qualifying factors in our lives. But not only this; they are, we understand, cosmic elements, reaching us from the unknown spheres of other systems, and no part of the life of our planet is unaffected by them.

In the same way as the seven colours are parts of the spectrum and the seven notes are tones of the octave, so these Rays are differentiations or qualities of the one divine Emanation. In some of the eastern teachings they are called the seven breaths giving life to all forms, and they have been referred to in various ways in different philosophies. It is these great “Energies” that St John called symbolically “the Seven Spirits before the throne of God.”

The Seven Rays, each carrying particular qualities and tendencies, are responsible for the different psychological types. Several Rays will probably influence us, but one usually predominates and gives the main colouring to our character. There is a connection here with astrology … the astrological influences carry these same streams of energy and our alignment with particular Signs puts us more directly in touch with these qualities.

The following summary only gives a very brief idea of each Ray, but serves to indicate their different types of influence.

Robert Anton Wilson: Consciousness, Conspiracy & Coincidence

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