The Spiral Ladder

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Krishnamurti on Meditation I

Greetings patient readers. Thanks for hanging in there during this extended absence. Normal service is slowly being resumed.

A recurring subject on this blog has been meditation. Over the last couple of months one thing has become clearer, namely how important, for a variety of reasons, constant self-observation and being present in the moment is. I’ll elaborate on this another time, and for now share an entry from a 1979 collection of writings by J Krishnamurti that shows how constant self-observation and being present in the moment are actually forms of meditation.

Meditation is one of the greatest arts in life-perhaps the greatest, and one cannot possibly learn it from anybody. That is the beauty of it. It has no technique and therefore no authority. When you learn about yourself, watch yourself, watch the way you walk, how you eat, what you say, the gossip, the hate, the jealousy-if you are aware of all that is in yourself, without any choice, that is part of meditation.

So meditation can take place when you are sitting in a bus or walking in the woods full of light and shadows, or listening to the singing of birds or looking at the face of your wife or child.



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