Restless Monkey Mind.
and that constant search and inquiry, joining one society, then taking
up another society - the monkey goes on endlessly - all that indicates
a mind that is pursuing a way of life in which it is only concerned with
Now when that is seen very clearly, what has happened to the mind that
is no longer concerned with security? Obviously it has no fear. That becomes
very trivial when you see how thought has fragmented the energy, or fragmentation
itself, and because of this fragmentation there is fear. And when you
see the activity of thought in its fragmentation then you meet fear, you
act. So we are asking, what has happened to the mind that has become extraordinarily
attentive? Is there any movement of search at all? Please, find out.
Do you understand my question? When you are so attentive, is the mind
still seeking? Seeking experience, seeking to understand itself, seeking
to go beyond itself, seeking to find out right action, wrong action, seeking
a permanency on which it can depend - permanency in relationship, or in
belief, or in some conclusion? Is that still going on, when you are completely
The mind has seen the activity of the monkey in its restlessness. This
activity - which is still energy - though has broken up in its desire
to find a permanent security, a certainty, safety. And so it has divided
the world as the 'me' and the 'not me', 'we' and 'they', and is seeking
truth as a way of security. When one has observed all this, is the mind
seeking anything at all any more? Seeking implies restlessness - I haven't
found security here, and I go there, and I haven't found it there so I
mind that is without a centre is not concerned with search.
Have you ever known,
walking or sitting quietly, what it means to be completely empty? Not
isolated, not withdrawn, not building a wall around yourself and finding
you have no relationship with anything - I don't mean that. When mind
is completely empty, it does not mean that it has no memory, the memories
are there, because you are walking to your house, or are going to your
office. But I mean the emptiness of a mind that has finished with all
the movement of search.
If you see that you are bundle of memories and words, the restless monkey
comes to an end.
I want to tell you a very simple thing: there is no such thing as security.
This restless demand for security is part of the observer, the centre,
the monkey. And this restless monkey - which is thought - has broken up
this world, has made a frightfull mess of it, it has brought such misery,
such agony! And thought cannot solve this, however intelligent, however
clever, erudite, capable of efficient thinking, thought cannot possibly
bring order out of this chaos. There must be a way out of it that is not
I want to convey to you that in that state of attention, in that movement
of attention, all sense of security has gone, because there is stability.
That stability has nothing whatsoever to do with security - when thought
seeks security it makes it into something permanent, immovable, and therefore
it becomes mechanical. Thought seeks security in relationship. In that
relationship thought creates an image. That image becomes the permanent
and breaks up the relationship - you have your image and I have mine.
In that image thought has established and identified itself as the permanent
Outwardly this is what we have done: your country, my country, and so
on. When the mind had left all that, left it in the sense that is has
seen the utter futility, the mischief of it, it has finished with it.
Then what takes place in the mind which has completely finished with the
whole concept of security? What happens to that mind which is so attentive
that it is completely stable, so that thought is no longer seeking security
in any form and sees that there is no such thing as the permanent? I'm
pointing it out to you; the description is not the described.
See the importance of this; the brain has evolved with the idea of being
completely secure. The mind, the brain wants security, otherwise it can't
function. Without order it will function illogically, neurotically, inefficiently,
therefore the brain is always wanting order and it has translated having
order in terms of security. If that brain is still functioning, it is
still seeking order through security. So when there is attention, is the
brain still seeking security?
If thought sees that there is no such thing as permanency, thought will
never seek it again. That is, the brain, with its memories of security,
its cultivation in a society depending on security, with all its ideas
and its morality based on security, that brain has become completely empty
of all movements towards security.
...you will know what it means to be aware, to be attentive, and therefore
no longer seeking security; therefore you are no longer acting or thinking
in terms of fragmentation.
has happened to the mind...?
First of all, it
has become sensitive, not only mentally but physically. It has given up
smoking, drinking, drugs. And when we have talked over this question of
attention, you'll see that the mind is no longer seeking at all, or asserting
anything. And such a mind is completely mobile and yet wholly stable.
Out of that stability and sensitivity it can act without breaking life
or energy up into fragments. What does such a mind find, apart from action,
apart from stability? Man has always sought what he considered to be God,
truth; he has always striven after it out of fear, out of his hopelessness,
out of his despair and disorder. He sought it and he thought he found
it. And the discovery of that he began to organize.
So that which is stable, highly mobile, sensitive, is not seeking, it
sees something which has never been found, which means, time for such
a mind does not exist at all - which does not mean one it going to miss
a train. So there is a state which is timeless and therefore incredibly
This is something most marvelous if you come upon it. I can go into it,
but the description is not the described. It's for you to learn all this
by looking at yourself - no book, no teacher can teach you this - don't
depend on anyone, don't join spiritual organizations, one has to learn
all this out of oneself. And there the mind will discover things that
are incredible. But for that, there must be no fragmentation and therefore
immense stability, swiftness, mobility.
To such a mind there
is no time and therefore this whole concept of death and living has quite
a different meaning.