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It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
The highest form of intelligence is the ability to observe without evaluating.
So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.
If you are lucky and work very hard, you may someday get to experience freedom from the known.
Action has meaning only in relationship and without understanding relationship, action on any level will only breed conflict. The understanding of relationship is infinitely more important than the search for any plan of action.
When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely - the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears - when you give your whole attention to it.
If we try to listen we find it extraordinarily difficult, because we are always projecting our opinions and ideas, our prejudices, our background, our inclinations, our impulses when they dominate, we hardly listen at all to what is being said.. One listens and therefore learns, only in a state of silence, in which this whole background is in abeyance, is quite then, it seems to me, it is possible to communicate.
When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important.
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