How Can You Live In This World And Yet Be Innocent?

J. Krishnamurti

Reading by Liz Helgesen (Download file)

Awakin FeatureHow can you live in this world and yet be innocent? First, be innocent and then you will live in this world, not the other way round. Be vulnerable, be tremendously vulnerable.

You do not even understand what it means to be innocent; if you are innocent, you can live in this world, in another world, in any world. But if you are not innocent you try to compromise with this world and then all hell is let loose. But learn about this sense of innocency. Don't try to get it. It is not the word. It is that state when you have no pretension's, no masks, no conflict. Be in that state and then you can live in this world. Then you can go to the office; you can do anything. If you know what love is, you can do what you will. There is no conflict, no sin . ., no pain.... Then you will live in this world totally, differently.

This is indeed the Mutation of the Mind. This is the fundamental transformation of (a hu)man. The state of innocence is the state of mutation. In mutation is the birth of a new being. He is a being who acts but never reacts, for, by living in the ground of inaction, he acts with charm and grace, a never-ending challenge for all — a challenge that is unexplained and therefore unanswered. Such one lives, just lives, but his very living awakens in others a sense of tremendous urgency. Strange though it may seem, the (hu)man of innocence becomes a potent nucleus for a total and a significant revolution in society. It is not that first there must be the transformation of the individual and then that transformed individual would lead a social revolution. These are not two different processes. In the transformation of the human being there has already begun the movement for fundamental social change. There is no time interval between the two. The process of transformation is just one and integral. The transformed human being represents the beginning of a social revolution. Such a human
being does not become a leader giving a call for social revolution. In such a call there is imitation and therefore an action which seeks to approximate itself to an idea.

But in a (hu)man of total innocence — in the very act of his living, the social revolution has already started. It is only when a time interval is given between the transformation of the human individual and the transformation of a society that the evil of leadership with all its ugly exploitation comes into being.

Excerpt from J Krishnamurti and the Nameless Experience
by Rohit Mehta.

Seed questions for reflection: What does being innocent mean to you? Can you share a personal story of a time you really lived by being innocent? What helps you be a human of innocence?

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    On Dec 7, 2019 presidentescort.co.il wrote:



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    On Nov 27, 2019 Krishna Kadali wrote:
    Living innocently to me means living naturally. As a human being, we are elite species on this earth and we have tremendous potential to make the world a much better place for all other life in this universe. Humans instead have forgotten about their purpose for existence and living in an accumulation mode without realizing what they are really living for. Last few years for mehave been a time of inner change facilitated by my meditation and connecting with inner self. Today I don't see any need for covering myself with any mask. Leading a simple life and find ways to help as many less fortunate people as possible seems to me is the way forward to lead a happy and peaceful life. Thank you Awakin circle members for helping me progress along this way through your reflections. 

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    On Nov 26, 2019 me wrote:
    Dying to self and living in Him.

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    On Nov 26, 2019 Anilkumar Pandit wrote:
    Living in gratitude is being innocent. It's a catalyst for shedding ego, naturally invoking our child-like spirit and be humble to realize our dependency on others and the existence, thereby requesting any help with ease.

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    On Nov 26, 2019 Marianne wrote:
    I am wondering if this post is for males only.

    I appreciate and respect everyone's sentiments HOWEVER, the exclusive language is troublesome.

    If you would like to understand my position please try this: settle-in, close your eyes and have someone read to you Krishnamurti's words using FEMALE pronouns only (that is if you are male).

    I was asked to do the same with the reader using male pronouns. I was forever changed.

    Exclusive language is not acceptable in a society that seeks equality.

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    On Nov 26, 2019 Purus wrote:
    I minimizedmy requirements to live a innosent routine. It took time and I prepared my mind to avoid conflict with close relatives friends and contacts for shake of my share of facilities. Now they are offering me what I compromised and let go my share of things. A wonderful experience of innosence routine. I went through many ups and down, finally I succeed. Meditation, yoga , food style and exercise breathing practices helped me a lot. Thanks my spiritual guides.
    thanks all, who helped me to reach this stage of innosence.

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    On Nov 23, 2019 David Doane wrote:
    Being innocent literally means to cause no harm. Sometimes I am innocent, such as when I am speaking from what I am experiencing, including to say what I see, imagine, fantasize, assume, feel, and/or think, speaking caringly, honestly, directly, and openly, and speaking goallessly, that is, not trying to manipulate or make any particular outcome happen. When so doing, I am confident I am causing no harm -- occasionally the other may feel upset in some way, but that's not my causing harm. What helps me be a human of innocence when I am one is knowing it is the right way to be, trusting the value and benefit of it, and knowing the satisfaction that comes from it.

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    On Nov 22, 2019 Bansi Pandya wrote:
    What does being innocent mean to you? Just living.
    Can you share a personal story of a time you really lived by being innocent? If I try to share a personal story then living is no more that would destroythe living. I have to explain an apparent story in words that is my mind created story in sequential time in subject-object relation. JK has said "Don't try to get it. It is not the word." It is a mutation of mind (Me) or individuality based on past experiences.
    What helps you be a human of innocence? When "Me" is not there than living only happens it is functioning of that energy or consciousness. Energy doesn't need any help.

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    On Nov 22, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    Being innocent means being true to oneself, being authentic, with no pretensions, no masks and no conflicts. Being innocent means revealing our original face with no facade. When we live innocently. it not only creates a fundamental change or transformation in the individual but also in the society at large.The person living innocently becomes a potent nucleus for social revolution. Such a person becomes a dynamic agent of transformation. Living innocently requires awakeningand vigilant awareness of the clouds of fear arising in our mind and heart. I was blessedto have my father who displayed courage to stay firmly on the path of being true to himself. He became the role model not only for us but also for the society he lived in. The other great model for my individual transformation and the transformation of the country was MahatmaGandhi. Both, my biological father and the father of the nation, have had a positive strong impact on my transformation As I have mentioned before,remainin... [View Full Comment] Being innocent means being true to oneself, being authentic, with no pretensions, no masks and no conflicts. Being innocent means revealing our original face with no facade. When we live innocently. it not only creates a fundamental change or transformation in the individual but also in the society at large.The person living innocently becomes a potent nucleus for social revolution. Such a person becomes a dynamic agent of transformation.
    Living innocently requires awakeningand vigilant awareness of the clouds of fear arising in our mind and heart. I was blessedto have my father who displayed courage to stay firmly on the path of being true to himself. He became the role model not only for us but also for the society he lived in. The other great model for my individual transformation and the transformation of the country was MahatmaGandhi. Both, my biological father and the father of the nation, have had a positive strong impact on my transformation

    As I have mentioned before,remainingawake and aware of myself when I walk astray from my authentic self, my true self, helps me to be a human of innocence. It's like being a child again. Living innocently is living fully. I am glad to go through this journey of my life.

    Namaste!
    JagdishP Dave
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