If we are in a building and want to go up to the next floor, we walk over to the elevator, enter, make our request (push the “up” button), and the door closes, safely taking us up. It would be insane to stand in the middle of the lobby and make a request (nothing would or could happen). It’s the same with the inner life: we must make an effort to change our inner location if we want to truly go ‘up’. Mr Krishnamurti addresses this idea and takes it even further. Blunt? Yes, but oh so very sweet.
(from The Years of Fulfillment)
Is it that you are not serious? Is it that you don’t care? Is it that you have so many problems that you are caught up in them, no time, no leisure to stop, so that you never look at that flower? … Sir, you have not given your life to it. We are talking about life — not about ideas, not about theories, practices, technologies — but looking at the whole of life which is your life. You have a very short time to live, maybe ten, maybe fifty years, but don’t waste it, look at it, give your life to understand it.
Inner Life Exercise
Just like a temperature gauge can be periodically viewed to see what the temperature is, you have an inner trouble gauge which, if viewed (seen), will tell you all about you. It will keep you out of trouble by reminding you to change your inner location if you are somewhere you should not be. About ready to get angry at someone? Catching your own irritability, or that you said something mindlessly dumb –these unpleasant states and actions can be seen — which is the first step towards their dismissal. For the next week, monitor your inner trouble gauge. It’s better to be happy than sad. No brainer! Use your God given gauge.