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Love, I Assure You, Is Passion

April 26th ~ You cannot be sensitive if you are not passionate.  Do not be afraid of that word passion.  Most religious books, most gurus, swamis, leaders, and all the rest of them say, “Don’t have passion.”  But if you have no passion, how can you be sensitive to the ugly, to the beautiful, to the whispering leaves, to the sunset, to a smile, to a cry?  How can you be sensitive without a sense of passion in which there is abandonment?  Sirs, please listen to me, and do not ask how to acquire passion.  I know you are all passionate enough in getting a good job, or hating some poor chap, or being jealous of someone; but I am talking of something entirely different–a passion that loves.  Love is a state in which there is no “me”; love is a state in which there is no condemnation , no saying that sex is right or wrong, that this is good and something else is bad.  Love is none of these contradictory things.  Contradiction does not exist in love.  And how can one be if one is not passionate?  Without passion, how can one be sensitive?  To be sensitive is to feel your neighbor sitting next to you; it is to see the ugliness of the town with its squalor, its filth, its poverty, and to see the beauty of the river, the sea, the sky.  If you are not passionate, how can you be sensitive to all that?  How can you feel a smile, a tear?  Love, I assure you, is passion.

April 5th, 2020 ~ Comparing the energy it takes to read the NY Times or the Sports Page and that of cleaning my room or the garage.  It is a reality check.  It takes meditation to be in that place of love or no-self.  I am reading about Tantra Tibetan Buddhism.  Tantra is a path toward Enlightenment that is much quicker.  What I am learning so far is that motivating.  What is not new is that we can’t expect to look outside of ourselves for happiness.  Tantra says that our answers are within us–both male and female energy make up our whole being.  There is still no “me” there.  When we look inward, not expecting others to complete us or be the answer to our prayers, is not only liberating for all involved; as K says, we being to love everyone, not just our significant other or family members and those close to us.  This is important now.  We are being reminded daily that loss is around us and that when we are in touch with love, we feel the loss of those we don’t even know.  We don’t gloss over it, resist it or fall into despair.  We see it.  We face it.  

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A Passionate Mind is Inquiring

April 27th ~ Obviously there must be passion, and the question is how to revive that passion.  Do not let us misunderstand each other.  I mean passion in every sense, not merely sexual passion, which is a very small thing.  And most of us are satisfied with that because every other passion has been destroyed–in the office, in the factory, through following a certain job, routine, learning techniques–so there is no passion left; there is no creative sense of urgency and release.  Therefore sex becomes important to us, and there we get lost in petty passion which becomes an enormous problem to the narrow, virtuous mind, or else it soon becomes a habit and dies.  I am using the word passion as a total thing.  A passionate man who feels strongly is not satisfied merely with some little job–whether it be the job of a prime minister, or of a cook, or what you will.  A mind that is passionate is inquiring, searching, looking, asking, demanding, it can fulfill itself and go to sleep.  A passionate mind is groping, seeking, breaking through, not accepting any tradition; it is not a decided mind, not a mind that has arrived, but it is a young mind that is ever arriving.

April 2, 2020 ~ This is great.  It is what we should be looking at–broadening our scope of what passion is.   K mentions sexual passion.  It does feel petty.  I recently heard a woman talk about people with a propensity for “playing the field” as compulsive.  A passionate mind isn’t compulsive, it would seem.

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Petty Mind

April 28th ~ A passionate mind is groping, seeking, breaking through, not accepting any tradition; it is not a decided mind, not a mind that has arrived, but it is a young mind that is ever arriving.

Now, how is such a mind to come into being?  It must happen.  Obviously, a petty mind cannot work at it.  A petty mind trying to become passionate will merely reduce everything to its own pettiness.  It must happen, and it can only happen when the mind sees its own pettiness and yet does not try to do anything about it.  Am I making myself clear?  Probably not.  But as I said earlier, any restricted mind, however eager it is, will still be petty, and surely that is obvious.  A small mind, though it can go to the moon, though it can acquire a technique, though it can cleverly argue and defend, is still a small mind.  So when the small mind says, “I must be passionate in order to do something worthwhile,” obviously its passion will be very petty, will it not?–like getting angry about some petty injustice or thinking that the whole world is changing because of some petty, little reform done in a potty, little village by a potty, little mind.  If the little mind sees all that, then the very perception that it is small enough, then its whole activity, undergoes a change.

April 1st, 2020 ~ Just seeing.  It really is asking to do something very simple.  Very subtle.  It is the subtle aspect of it that is difficult.  Can it be this simple?  Shouldn’t I being doing more?  Before you know, it is gone-slipped away.

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Lost Passion

April 29th ~ The word is not the thing.  The word passion is not passion.  To feel that and to be caught in it without any volition or directive or purpose, to listen to this thing called desire, to listen to your own desires which you have, plenty of them, weak or strong–when you do that, you will see what a tremendous damage you do when you suppress desire, when you distort it, when you want to fulfill it, when you want to do something about it, when you have an opinion about it.

Most people have lost this passion.  Probably one has had it once in one’s youth–to become a rich man, to have fame, and to live a bourgeois or a respectable life; perhaps a vague muttering of that.  And society–which is what you are–suppresses that.  And so one has to adjust oneself to you who are dead, who are respectable, who have not even a spark of passion; and then one becomes a part of you, and thereby loses this passion.

March 31st, 2020 ~ This is interesting.  Yesterday, I put the definition or a comparison of passion to desire.  Here, K is saying the word is not the thing–the word passion is not passion.  There are a few statements that K made that convey what he was trying to say.  The word is not the thing  is in the Top 5–maybe top 2.  If there is one word that I am most passionate about in terms of wanting to understand as a professional, it is Desire.  So, I feel very fortunate to have found Krishnamurti’s work.  I have done all he is mentioning in terms of dealing with desire.  In terms of work, I have struggled with finding a job that I am passionate about where I could make a living.  Although fame was not a huge issue for me, I did want to make a mark.  In terms of money, I wanted to make 100,000 per year.  This in not wealthy, in today’s standards.  

He says: “And Society–which is what you are–suppresses that.  And so one has to adjust oneself to you who are dead, who are respectable, who have not even a spark of passion; and then one becomes a part of you, and thereby loses this passion.”  We adjust to each other.  The self-made individual is a fallacy.  Jeff Bezos doesn’t exist without the warehouse workers  making enough for housing and food, but not healthcare and not for any expense over 400.  He doesn’t exist without the authors selling their books and discounted prices.  He doesn’t exist without the Internet technology and booksellers’s market share developed years before him by the government, military and retail employees and customers.  We adjust our dreams to others in society’s dreams.  We adjust our dreams to what the market will bear, so to speak.

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Passion Without a Cause

April 30th ~ In the state of passion without a cause there is intensity free of all attachment; but when passion has a cause, there is attachment, and attachment is the beginning of sorrow.  Most of us are attached, we cling to a person, to a country, to a belief, to an idea, and when the object of our attachment is taken away or otherwise loses its significance, we find ourselves empty, insufficient.  This emptiness we try to fill by clinging to something else, which again becomes the object of our passion.

Examine your own heart and mind.  I am merely a mirror in which you are looking at yourself.  If you don’t want to look, that is quite all right; but if you do want to look, then look at yourself clearly, ruthlessly, with intensity–not in the hope of dissolving your miseries, your anxieties, your sense of guilt, but in order to understand this extraordinary passion which always leads to sorrow.

When passion has a cause it becomes lust.  When there is a passion for something–for a person, for an idea, for some kind of fulfillment–then out of that passion there comes contradiction, conflict, effort.  You strive to achieve or maintain a particular state, or to recapture one that has been and is gone.  But the passion of which I am speaking does not give rise to contradiction, conflict.  It is totally unrelated to a cause, and therefore it is not an effect.

March 30th, 2020 ~ Passion totally unrelated to a cause.  What does that mean?  I am reminded of Krishnamurti’s book “The Kingdom of Happiness.”  He talks about having a vision.  I often remind myself of this.  It feels like ultimately the only way to live a happy full life is to help others, not just a few but as many as possible.  That has been my goal for a long time.  Specifically in business, work and spirit.  In the second chapter, Interest and Enthusiasm, page 23, he writes: “Because then I am able to forget the “I” and identify myself with the rest of the world–with every kingdom, vegetable, animal, and human!  I am then nearer the Truth, nearer that perfection.  It is the separate self, it is this narrowing down of the self, this division which self creates that stands in the way.”  

There is desire here.  There is passion here.  Perhaps it is coming from a different place.  In Buddhism, the desire to become a Buddha or to wake up.  Yes, it is a desire, but not your typical desire.  Is passion the same as desire

From Quora:
“Even though both passion and desire mean that you want to have or to be, passion expresses the condition of a very strong and even overwhelming feeling. … It would be called a burning desirePassion can also mean erotic and strong romantic feelings. To desire is to want as well, but the intensity is much less.”