Thursday, February 26, 2015

Goodness Has No Motive & Human Evolution


Before Completion
The transition from chaos to order depends upon your achieving your inner calm.

Conflict
The proper response to conflict, whether it lies within or without us, is disengagement. 

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Goodness Has No Motive

If I have a motive to be good, does that bring about goodness? Or is goodness something entirely devoid of this urge to be good, which is ever based on a motive? Is good the opposite of bad, the opposite of evil? Every opposite contains the seed of its own opposite, does it not?

When the mind wants not to want, the root of want, of desire, is still there. So goodness is not the opposite of evil; it is a totally different state. And what is that state?
 Obviously, goodness, has no motive because all motive is based on the self; it is the egocentric movement of the mind, So what do we mean by goodness? Surely, there is goodness only  when there is total attention. Attention has no motive. When there is motive for attention, is there attention? If I pay attention in order to acquire something, the acquisition, whether it be good or bad, is not attention- it is a distraction. A division. There can be goodness only when there is a totality of attention in which there is no effort to be not to be.


Human Evolution

Must we know drunkenness to know sobriety? Must you go through hare in order to know what it is to be compassionate? Surely, this is an utterly false way of thinking, is it not? First you assume that there is evolution growth, a moving from bad to good, and then you fit your thinking into that pattern. Obviously there is physical growth, the little plant becoming the big tree; there is technological progress, the wheel evolving through centuries into the jet plane. But is  there psychological progress, evolution? That is what we are discussing- whether there is a growth, an evolution of the "me," beginning with evil and ending up in good. 

Through a process of evolution, through time, can the "me", which is the center of evil, ever become noble, good? Obviously not. That which is evil, the psychological "me", will always remain evil. But we do not want to face that. We think that through the process of time, through growth and change, the "I" will ultimately become reality. This is our hope, that is our longing- that the "I" will be made perfect through time. What is this "I", this "me"? It is a name, a form, a bundle of memories, hopes, frustrations, longing, pains, sorrows, passing joys. We want this "me" to continue and become perfect, and so we say that beyond the "me" there is a higher self, a spiritual which is timeless, but since we have though of it, that spiritual entity is still within the field of time, is it not? If we think about it, it is obviously within the field of our reasoning. 



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