Mass Movement

J. Krishnamurti

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Awakin FeatureWe see throughout the world extremes of poverty and riches, abundance and at the same time starvation; we have class distinction and racial hatred, the stupidity of nationalism and the appalling cruelty of war. There is exploitation of man by man; religions with their vested interests have become the means of exploitation, also dividing man from man. There is anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, frustration. 

We see all this. It is part of our daily life. Caught up in the wheel of suffering, if you are at all thoughtful you must have asked yourself how these human problems can be solved. Either you are conscious of the chaotic state of the world, or you are completely asleep, living in a fantastic world, in an illusion. If you are aware, you must be grappling with these problems. In trying to solve them, some turn to experts for their solution, and follow their ideas and theories. Gradually they form themselves into an exclusive body, and thus they come into conflict with other experts and their parties; and the individual merely becomes a tool in the hands of the group or of the expert. Or you try to solve these problems by following a particular system, which, if you carefully examine it, becomes merely another means of exploiting the individual. Or you think that to change all this cruelty and horror there must be a mass movement, a collective action. 

Now the idea of a mass movement becomes merely a catchword if you, the individual, who are part of the mass, do not understand your true function. True collective action can take place only when you, the individual, who are also the mass, are awake and take the full responsibility for your action without compulsion. 

Please bear in mind that I am not giving you a system of philosophy which you can follow blindly, but I am trying to awaken the desire for true and intelligent fulfillment, which alone can bring about happy order and peace in the world. 

There can be fundamental and lasting change in the world, there can be love and intelligent fulfillment, only when you wake up and begin to free yourself from the net of illusions, the many illusions which you have created about yourself through fear. 

When the mind frees itself from these hindrances, when there is that deep, inward, voluntary change, then only can there be true, lasting, collective action. 

Excerpt from his book, Total Freedom.

Seed questions for reflection: What does deep, inward, voluntary change mean to you? Can you share an experience of a time you were a part of collective action, while personally being awake and acting without compulsion? What helps you awaken the desire for true and intelligent fulfillment within you?

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    On Jun 23, 2020 Florinda wrote:
    True collective action can take place only when you, the individual, who are also the mass, are awake and take the full responsibility for your action without compulsion.
    These words are the ones I live by consciously. I have chosen to speak up and interrupt hurtful and harmful acts. I will always be the the one even if i am the only one speaking up. I have made that commitment to all living things.The phrases, "I'm only one person, what can I do, or "that's just they way it is." Are not true.

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    On Jun 23, 2020 Carol Abdullah wrote:
    Of course anyone with compassion would agree with you including myself! But of course you will have a part of humanity trying their best another part just taking and another part wanting to rule! Bring on the day all people will play an equal non hypocriticalstance ! For me that would only be through God! Cos i sure aint perfect 🌺 70yr old lady

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    On Jun 23, 2020 Sunil Mor, Bangalore wrote:
    First and foremost is to find out "who am I ?"Settlement into this pure,powerful and peaceful original self, connects us with the ONE source seed of which collectively we all are just branches.This awakened intelligence is the secret of a successful mass movement. Gandhiji is the best example. An earnest- burning desire-longing together with honest hard work and persistent efforts may be the starting point for a true fulfillment.

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    On Jun 20, 2020 rahul wrote:
    The alchemy of transformation may lie in the alternating repetition of observing the outside and the inside on the clarified mirror of our consciousness. We see things in the world we find upsetting, disconcerting, not in alignment with our deepest values-- which themselves are often aspirational rather than truly embodied. In witnessing this, we recoil against it, saying "that's not me". If we have the discipline to take a deep hard look on the inside, we find all the garbage, horror, and ugliness that we revile in the world also hiding in the shadows of our mind and heart. Then we must have the courage to say to all that we abhor "yes, that's me". Like an outgoing breath exhaling "not me, not me" coupled with the inhaling breath of "i am that, that is me", the space of stillness at the crossroads of exhalation and inspiration is where the mind settles into a place beyond knowing-- where we have no choice but to bow if our eyes have open... [View Full Comment] The alchemy of transformation may lie in the alternating repetition of observing the outside and the inside on the clarified mirror of our consciousness. We see things in the world we find upsetting, disconcerting, not in alignment with our deepest values-- which themselves are often aspirational rather than truly embodied. In witnessing this, we recoil against it, saying "that's not me". If we have the discipline to take a deep hard look on the inside, we find all the garbage, horror, and ugliness that we revile in the world also hiding in the shadows of our mind and heart. Then we must have the courage to say to all that we abhor "yes, that's me". Like an outgoing breath exhaling "not me, not me" coupled with the inhaling breath of "i am that, that is me", the space of stillness at the crossroads of exhalation and inspiration is where the mind settles into a place beyond knowing-- where we have no choice but to bow if our eyes have opened even a little bit. A place from where we return with the humility of simple recognition that we may be a continuing gesture of an aspiration to know and love all the magnificently horrible beauty nested in a totality that is beyond words.[Hide Full Comment]

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    On Jun 20, 2020 David Doane wrote:
    For me, deep, inward, voluntary change means to let go of conditioning and illusions, to use Krishnamurti's word, and change from deep within myself to be myself, embrace my individuality, and be my own real person. I've been fortunate to be a part of several groups in which we worked together in collective action while I simultaneously was awake and being my real self, free, acting without compulsion. There was true togetherness of we and there was individuality of I, and the we and the I supported one another. What helps me awaken the desire for true and intelligent fulfillment within me is an experience that challenges and provokes me to be myself. What helps me awaken the desire is that the experience of true and intelligent fulfillment is fulfilling, for me and typically for the other. It is its own reward and awakens in me the desire for more.

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    On Jun 19, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    Internal change and external change are interconnected. If I focus my energy in participating in the mass movement or collective action blindly and compulsively, I will not be the true participant or agent of change. The change will be on the surfaceand superficial. The wheel of suffering will continue. Deep, true, inward, and voluntary change happens when I deeply, honestly, intelligentlyand freely explore what fundamentally needs to be changed and how I can be an active and dynamic part of this change. Deep and lasting change takes place when there is an alignmentamong Head-intelligent, honest and clear thinking, Heart-love, courage, and compassion, and Hand- action. The three H's need be harmony-the fourth H. I recall two mass movements in which I had participated-one in India and the other in the USA. The first mass movement was the freedom movement called Satyagraha led by Mahatma Gandhi. It was based on two fundamental principles: Truth and Non-violence. It became a national ... [View Full Comment] Internal change and external change are interconnected. If I focus my energy in participating in the mass movement or collective action blindly and compulsively, I will not be the true participant or agent of change. The change will be on the surfaceand superficial. The wheel of suffering will continue. Deep, true, inward, and voluntary change happens when I deeply, honestly, intelligentlyand freely explore what fundamentally needs to be changed and how I can be an active and dynamic part of this change. Deep and lasting change takes place when there is an alignmentamong Head-intelligent, honest and clear thinking, Heart-love, courage, and compassion, and Hand- action. The three H's need be harmony-the fourth H.
    I recall two mass movements in which I had participated-one in India and the other in the USA. The first mass movement was the freedom movement called Satyagraha led by Mahatma Gandhi. It was based on two fundamental principles: Truth and Non-violence. It became a national movement against the unjust British rulers. Gandhijiwas an earnest truth seeker and peace maker. He embodiedhis message: " Be the change you want to have in the world."

    The second mass movement in which I participated was a movement against Vietnam war. I was very clear about the goal of the movement. The problem I had in fully participatingin the movement was some of the means that were employed by the leaders of the movement. There was no alignment between the means and the end. I am against using verbal and physical use of violence for attaining justice and peace. I could not fully and whole heatedly participatein the movement.

    We all are witnessing mass protest in our country against the injustice inflictedby the brutalpowerused by some police officers against black people. I fully support the mass movement against racial and social injustice. I believein taking a stand for justice and equality. I do not want to standby as an observer.Ihave spent a good amount of time reflecting on what I can do to be a part of this ongoing movement. I am an educator. My work is to educate parents,students, and community about this long standing systemic problem affecting all of us and encourage them for taking action.
    Namaste!
    Jagdish P Dave'





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