I think it is right that we should establish what we mean by « communication. » We – both of us – must understand this question, because it is one of the most difficult things to communicate with another.
Most of us do not listen at all; we naturally have ideas – our own opinions, prejudices, conclusions – and these become a barrier and prevent us from listening. After all, if one is to listen, one must be attentive. And there is no attention if one is occupied with one's own thoughts, conclusions, opinions, and evaluations – then all communication [...]
If we may, we will continue with what we were talking about the other day. We were saying how important it is that there should be a radical revolution – a revolution not merely in the outward structure of society but also deep within the human mind and heart, a revolution that is not planned; that is not an ideological revolution or a revolution brought about by circumstances.
It is really a very complex problem because several things are involved in it. First we must examine the issue and understand as deeply and widely as possible the implications of this [...]
As we were saying the last time that we met here, learning is an important factor in life. Learning can only take place as an action, when there is silence as well as attention – in that state the mind learns. But that word learning generally implies, doesn't it, acquiring knowledge based on experience or study, committing certain ideas or principles or concepts to memory, and acting from that memory, from that knowledge. That is generally implied in that word learning. But we do not mean that at all. We mean something entirely different: learning as we go along, [...]
We would like this evening to go into the question of fear. But before we go into it, we have to understand that the symbol is not the actuality. The word is not the fact. The word fear is not the actual state of fear. But most of us live by words. To us words are very important. They have a certain value in communication. But in themselves they have no great significance. But what has significance is the fact which the word represents.
So we must be very clear when we go into the question of fear and what [...]
The last few times that we met here, we have been talking over together several things, including how important it is that there should be a radical change in the human mind and heart. We went into the question of time, and we said that thought is the product of time, and thought cannot possibly under any circumstances bring about a revolution – thought can only bring about a modification, but not a radical revolution which is absolutely necessary. Also we talked over together the question of fear, sorrow, and death.
Now, this evening, I would like to talk over [...]
This is the last talk of this year. I think the more one observes the world's condition, the more clear it becomes that there must be a totally different kind of action. One sees in the world, including in India, the confusion, the great sorrow, the misery, the starvation, the general decline. One is aware of it, one knows it from reading newspapers, magazines, and books. But it remains on the intellectual level, because we do not seem to be able to do anything about it. Human beings are in despair; there is great sorrow in themselves, and frustration; [...]