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“Human beings are hurt from childhood, school, college, you know, the whole business of existence. You are hurt, which means that you have an image about yourself which is hurt. Do you see that as an actuality? If you see that as an actuality, that the very essence of you is hurt, then what will you do about it? There are the past hurts, and you want to prevent future hurts. Can the past hurts be wiped away so that you can never be hurt, which doesn’t mean that you become like a stone – never to be hurt? You have never asked these questions, ask them!
Sir, why are you hurt? You who are hurt, what is the ‘you’? The image you have about yourself, no – I am a Christian, I am a Buddhist, I am a Hindu, I am proud, I am vain, all that is you. Or you think you are God, or a superior spiritual ‘something’ inside you which is above all this – which is again a process of thought. Right? So the process of thought is hurt. And how do you prevent future hurts? Not by resistance, not by withdrawal, not by becoming more and more hard. Do you want to wipe out your hurts, or do you love your hurts?
Do you want to keep your hurts? There is great pleasure in keeping them because that gives you vitality, energy to hurt somebody else. If you want to be free of all hurts what will you do, so that you are never under any circumstances in your relationship with the world, or with your friends, never to be hurt. Do you know what it means? To have a mind that is incapable of being hurt. Hurt – the other side is flattery. Both are the same.
So is it possible to end this being hurt? Do you want to find out?”
Public Discussion 1, Brockwood Park, England – 31 August 1976
Read the full transcript at jkrishnamurti.org/content/how-do-you-observe-your-fears
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