Meditative Diaries

TO LIVE IS TO DIE

Awareness and the saving of energy

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Manolis Kritikos wrote:

October 23 at 5:23pm

Awareness is the way of the less to none effort. If one is finding difficulties on being aware one has not understood yet what is awareness. Awareness doesn’t need energy. Out of awareness energy is gathered. Energy is dissipated out of inattention. One prefers inattention rather than being attentive. Continue reading →

On education: Are titles like “teacher” and “student” any necessary?

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The previous diary was about whether compulsion is any necessary in education! This diary was followed by dozens of comments in social media and made other questions appear.. one of the most important was whether there is such thing as a teacher and a student? Whether such hierarchy is necessary.. or maybe its destructive.

So let’s say that there is a school. No matter what the outer rules are, what the curriculum demands, two people enter the classroom. One is called Teacher, the other is called Student. Continue reading →

On education: Is compulsion necessary at all?

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We spent 2 days and 2 nights at Brockwood Park School, a school established by Krishnamurti to see how such an educational structure (established by someone who said that complusion leads nowhere) works. A few words for Brockwood Park School.. you can find it in the English countryside, almost 2 hours from London, very close to the town of Petersfield. This place is probably the most beautiful i’ve ever been.. a sense of peace can be felt in the atmosphere while taking the road to the hill where Brockwood Parks is located, next to a field where sheep were eating grass, in the shadow of gigantic trees.

The reason for writing this diary is to investigate whether compulsion, authorities, rules, cultivating ideals, stereotypes and habits are necessary at all on children education. Or maybe they are completely destructive. Continue reading →

Decrypting Meditation Vol. Dissolving Desire

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So life is like a flowing river. Things are never static, permanent. The most important feature of life is that its an everlastingly changing movement, so no chances of staticness. This is not an idea of the writer about life, this is a fact. Do we all see that? Do we see that every moment is new, unique, fresh, alive? If we see the truth of the previous statement it seems like Life is actually/essentially Unknown!

Having said that, we need to be quite careful once we read descriptions of the experiencing of actual awareness, of actual meditation*. Continue reading →

The Flowering of Thoughts and the Light of Awareness

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floweringManolis Kritikos wrote:

October 10 at 8:33pm

The not knowing is the allowing. As anything is entering in consciousness, there must be absolutely no action upon it, means the flowering is happening in passivenes. We, intentionally , neither we are helping anything to flower nor we are avoiding flowering. As the flowering is happening there is an entering in the heart of the thoughts . For this to happen , there must be identification with the flowering , that means that we must be completely absorbed by the incident, by the remembrances. Being absorbed there must be an unvoluntary focusing on what has the rush to come. Anything that has the rush to come, is free to come, there has to be no suppression upon anything. But as the flowering is evolving, the moment there is awareness of it, there is a light on it. Continue reading →

The mystery of sleep – Touching the untouchable

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A video is the main subject of this diary.. i’ve seen this video in Manolis Kritikos timeline, on Facebook and though there are neither English nor Greek subs (only italian) i was able to watch it. It’s an extract from a discussion of the 76-year-old Jiddu Krishnamurti (aka K) with a small group of people in Malibu California on 29.09.1970. The beauty of  this 25-minute extract has not only to do with the topic of the discussion but also with the marvellous passion, care, compassion and love K is showing. Such a passion to delve along with the rest of the debaters into the mystery of sleep. K has investigated almost all aspects of human life, he has courageously examined, along with long time open minded friends like Dr. D. Bohm the deeper layers of human consciousness, but according to Manolis something very important is shared here which is not recorded in any of K’s Books: touching the untouchable

The discussion starts with a question about sleep: what is sleep, apart from the physical part of the body relaxation. Continue reading →

Once Time Approaches Zero Joy Approaches Infinite

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This insight derived from conversations i had after publishing the previous diary regarding  the question “Does the end justify the means“? Again the conversation was about the possibility of non ideas/opinions/beliefs. A calm and cool debater called Eva gave another aspect to ideas that was quite interesting. She described the possibility that ideas exist only to be examined  in order to find  whether, as statements, they are true or false.

The most dominant aspect of ideas (as most people perceive such terms) is that they are durable in time. Time is the main feature of any idea. Ideas are birth of time, of the past and they grow stronger as time goes by. Do we all see that? Continue reading →

The importance of watching in peace

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Manolis Kritikos writes:

September 27 at 12:56am

What am I doing each moment? I must know , and there is no other way than watching. The watching is not made by a center, the me, but the me, feeling totally safe and by not moving, there is awareness, observation, not directed by the desire to have a result. So , whatever is happening, is happening in deep peace, and there is given to nothing special value to be focused selectively on it. Though the thinking is keeping on , moved by deeper layers, intentions, the clarity ,intelligence of the mind, is timeless, it is happening, it is our presence.

Being conscious , we are also intelligent. One is not conscious when one is aiming to have a result. Then , there is agony, impatience, contradiction with what is happening. Continue reading →

Does the End Justify the Means?

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It was a really emotional week, that started with the occupation with the huge issue of the refugees and ended with the efforts to save a 20-day old cat that my friend found in the waste. So there was no much spare time for sharing experiences. The matter of the refugees crisis (Chios tries to support almost 1500-2500 refugees everyday) as well as the elections that took place recently (with a remarkable 46% abstention – which means the government represents less than 20% of the Greek population – and we call it Democracy) made the writer ask a new question: whether the End justifies the Means or not. Its a cliche phrase but it’s crucial, really crucial, to ask this question before we accept any such approach. So both the writer and the readers (if they wish) should empty their minds from preconceived ideas on the issue and actually ask this question starting from zero.

Let’s say you want to do something in order to improve the conditions of living in your homeland. So you think that the best option is to be a politician.  Continue reading →

Decrypting Meditation vol. Thought is not the Enemy

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A 20′ savasana meditative event after my experimental exercises allowed a rather blurry insight regarding the beauty of perception of thoughts to raise. Then it came Manolis’s post in the quality of complete neutrality of actual awareness (find it here) and another one from Kyle Cease to make the whole picture much more clear. Seems it’s about time to reconceile with thought  and destroy a part of my conditioning which says thought is an enemy, a problem to be solved. Thought is not evil or good, thought is not a monstruous enemy, thought is just thought. And when it takes place, its a part of What Is.

So this insight showed there is enormous sense of beauty when just passively watching a thought appearing, evolving and going by, in a sense of complete freedom. The beauty of perception is the same when you perceive a tree, stars or a thought.

Let’s say there is a thought. Continue reading →