Sir, why do you speak?

Audience: Well, sir, you have been talking about radical change for the last 50 years, and obviously there is not any radical change in the world. My question to you, then, is why do you talk?

Krishnamurti: The gentleman asks, you have talked about fundamental change of human consciousness and so on for the last 50 years and obviously there is no change at all. Then the question is, why do you talk? The speaker is not talking for his amusement, for his fulfilment, for his encouragement. If he didn’t talk, he would not feel depressed, he would not feel lacking something. Therefore, why do I talk? Have you ever asked why the lotus blooms? Have you, sir? Have you ever asked why a flower blooms, why it has so much beauty, why it has such marvellous colour, the depth and the smell and the glory of a simple flower? Maybe the speaker has been talking about compassion.

Acharya Prashant: Reminds of this from just a few days back:
Student: Sir, you said that one must work without motive, without keeping the future in mind. May I ask, Sir, why are you working then? You too must be working for some result, right?
AP: There are two ways of acting; two kinds of actions. The first is to work so that you get something. You are running after a result, you are unhappy and you are chasing an imaginary happiness in the future. You feel incomplete, unworthy and dissatisfied if you donot get that result. You are sick in the present and you seek a medicine in the imaginary future. This is dependence upon time. And there is also dependence upon space, meaning others. There is a void within, and you want something from the world that would fill it. Your happiness is dependent upon whether the world gives you something. Even if you dance, you are looking for applause, for acceptance from others. And if the applause doesn’t come, you feel your dance is of no avail.
There is another kind of action. Have you ever seen a two-year old dancing, a really healthy two-year old? He doesnt dance for your approval. He doesnt dance to get something. Rather, he dances because he ALREADY has something. His dance is abrupt and unpredictable. He is not dancing from memory, so he is not dependent upon time. And he is not dancing to please you, so he is not a slave of space. He will not dance to your tunes. He will not dance a Kathak, a Salsa, or any other type of established, pattern-based dance. You may hence find his dance quirky and eccentric, even if cute. And yes, you cannot order him to dance. His dance has nothing but a fullness of the moment.
Maybe you just saw that two year old dance. I am not here to entertain you, my happiness is self-contained. On several days, you all just disapprove of what I am saying to you. Sometimes some students create trouble as well. Do you think I go back saying that you have spoilt my day? And do you think you make me especially happy when you say nice things about me? I know what I am doing; and I know I must do this. You may not realise what you are getting but I do. You may appluad me or taunt me but I know you more than you know yourself. Sounds arrogant? No, its just a fact. One of you asked me what is love. Another one went so far to ask whether I have been ever in love. Are you so blind? Don’t you see love right here? Why else must I keep speaking infront of ungrateful audiences day-in and day-out? You donot understand, you may not understand. But the child just doesn’t bother!
(From a Samvaad session)
(Dated: 2/12/2013)

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