To be free is not merely to do what you like, or to break away from outward circumstances which bind you, but to understand the whole problem of dependence.

To be free is not merely to do what you like, or to break away from outward circumstances which bind you, but to understand the whole problem of dependence.

But there is a far deeper kind of dependence

Which one must understand before one can be free:

the dependence on another for one’s happiness!

When we hurt another to assert our power of choice, when we let unjustice occur, when we walk away from helping menkind… believe it or not we are giving up our freedom.
‘Freedom and Love’ by J Krishnamurti

“Whether we call ourselves communists or capitalists, Hindus or Buddhists, Moslems or Christians, whether we are  “… we all have to live together. It is the world of the poor as well as of the rich, of the unlettered as well as of the learned; it is our world, and I think it is very important to feel this and to love the earth, not just occasionally on a peaceful morning, but all the time.
We can feel that it is our world and love it only when we understand what freedom is.
There is no such thing as freedom at the present time, we don’t know what it means.
We would like to be free but, if you notice, everybody—the teacher, the parent, the lawyer, the policeman, the soldier, the politician, the business man—is doing something in his own little corner to prevent that freedom. To be free is not merely to do what you like, or to break away from outward circumstances which bind you, but to understand the whole problem of dependence.
Do you know what dependence is?
You depend on your parents, don’t you? You depend on your teachers, you depend on the cook, on the postman, on the man who brings you milk, and so on. That kind of dependence one can understand fairly easily.
But there is a far deeper kind of dependence which one must understand before one can be free: the dependence on another for one’s happiness.
Do you know what it means to depend on somebody for your happiness? It is not the mere physical dependence on another which is so bind- ing, but the inward, ptychological dependence from which you derive so-called happiness; for when you depend on somebody in that way, you become a slave.
If, as you grow older, you depend emotionally on your parents, on your wife or husband, on a guru, or on some idea, there is already the beginning of bondage. We don’t understand this-although most of us, especially when we are young, want to be free.

To be free we have to revolt against all inward dependence, and we cannot revolt if we don’t understand why we aredependent Until we understand and really break away. from all inward dependence we can never be free; for only in that understanding canthere be freedom. But freedom is not a mere reaction. Do you know what a reaction is? If I say something that hurts you, if I call you an ugly name and you get angry with me, that is a reaction–a reaction born of dependence; and independence is a further reaction. But freedom  is not a reaction, and until we understand reaction and go beyond it, we are never free.

Do you know what it means to love somebody?

Do you know what it means to love a tree, or a bird, or a pet animal, so that you take care of it, feed it, cherish it, though it may give you nothing in return, though it may not offer you shade, or follow you, or depend on you?

Most of us don’t love in that way, we don’t know what that means at all because our love is always hedged about with  anxiety, jealousy, fear—which implies that we depend inwardly on another, we want to be ` loved.` We don’t just love and leave it there, but we ask something In return; and in that very asking we become dependent.

So freedom and love go together.

Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a:thing too be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel tha you are giving something—and it is only such love that can know freedom. But, you see, you are not educated for this. You are educated in mathematics, in chemistry, geography, history, and there it ends, because your parents’ only concern is to help you get a good job and be successful in life. If they have money they may send you abroad, but like the rest of the world their whole purpose is that you should be rich and have a respectable position in society; and the higher you the more misery you cause for others, because to get there you have to compete, be ruthless. ”

“Now, you and I have to understand this whole problem of freedom. We must find out for ourselves what it means to love; because if we don’t love we can never be thoughtful, attentive; we can never, be considerate.

Do you know what it means to be considerate?

When you  see a sharp stone on a path trodden by many bare feet, you remove it, not because you have been asked, but because you feel for another- It does not matter who he is, you may never meet him.

To plant a tree and cherish it, to look at the river and enjoy the fullness of the earth, to observe a bird on the wing and see the beauty of its flight, to have sensitivity and be open to this extraordinary movement called life– for all this there must be  freedom; and to be free you mast love.

Without love there is no freedom; without love, freedom is merely an idea which has no value at all.

So it is only for those who understand and break away from inner dependence, and who therefore know what love is, that there can be freedom; and it is they alone who will bring about a new civilization, a different world.”

 

Silvia Kusada is a GAT Class V Flag trained auditor and a GAT Class VI, and Class IV C/S.

She is available for any help you may need: skusada2010@gmail.com

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1 Comment

  1. You know, is it the influence of the Scientology culture in myself that has sometimes too often made me concerned with exchange before I help someone? When I helped someone even if it was a friend, I was always concerned with the exchange that they were going to offer me. And I always felt that this was the superior way to handle relations over what non-Scientologists were acquainted with and I felt that they needed to learn my superior way. Perhaps I should have thought more im terms of exchange in abundance from my part.


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