12 March

Krishnamurti In India: The Last Decade

Rajghat 1985  – 3rd Public Talk

24    So is there an end to sorrow? Or mankind must go through this horror all his life? Yes, sir. The speaker says it can end, otherwise there is no love. If I’m shedding tears all the time because I’ve lost my son and he’s the only son I have, to me the son represents me, my continuity, my property, however small it is, I had hoped he would become prime minister, better house, more learned, get more money. You know? We all think the same way, don’t play around with this. So I suffer. And you come along and tell me, ‘Every human being on earth suffers, it’s not your suffering old boy, we all share it.’ I refuse to accept such a statement because my sorrow – I love my sorrow. I’m happy in my sorrow, and I want to be separate in my sorrow. So it requires a great deal of enquiry, persuasion, talking about it, to say, ‘Look, it isn’t quite yours, have a little bit of it, but it isn’t quite yours.’ That means no self-pity and that means you are really sharing the burden of sorrow for all the rest of mankind. Go on, sir – you don’t know anything about it. Think about it, look at it. You are part of humanity, you are not separate from humanity. You may have a better position, better degrees, better money, professor, you are part of mankind, your consciousness is part of mankind. That is, your consciousness contains all the things that you have thought about, imagined, feared, and so on. Your consciousness is that and that is the consciousness of mankind. Mankind has fear, sorrow, pain, anxiety, shedding tears, uncertain, confused – every human being on earth. And you are like the rest. So you are not – listen carefully – you are not individuals. I know my body is different from your body. You are a woman, I’m a man, and so on. But we are in the world as one unit. That relationship when you feel you are the rest of mankind then something totally different takes place. Not just words, imagination, but the feeling of it, the enormity of it.