You're Thinking Too Much...
By Reza Ganjavi
She said her parents were hippies in Ireland and were one of the pioneers of organic farming. She was born on a Demeter farm. She killed a cock by herself. She said it's about compassionate treatment -- I've always had a hard time believing one can kill an animal compassionately! She said she raised them and loved them and told them "I will treat you well but one day will kill and eat you". So when the day came they just followed her. They knew their time is up! Did the animals really live with death -- something most people don't do... and were therefore not scared? Maybe... but I could never kill an animal so I will not eat them. It's cruel and gruesome.
You're thinking too much, I told the French woman with a friendly face on the bus. She said you're right, "I'm alone so I'm thinking"... most people think too much. She sympathized. Thought is a tool - like a hair brush and has a purpose but because of over emphasis of its importance in our education and upbringing it's become a dominant process and enters every corner of life including where it wasn't meant for -- so it creates anxieties, fears, confusion, etc... -- if you brush your teeth with a hairbrush you run into problems!
Our educational systems haven't taught us to be aware of our inner world... "it's very hard to stop thinking" -- the controller is the controlled... the key is for thought to understand its own limitation and find its right place ... -- quietness, space, change, come naturally through understanding and learning.
Life's shown it's also important to not think too little. It's easy to slip off the other end and not thinking becomes a habit -- the key is a balance and applying thought in its right place.
Some of many comments:
• Peyman Azad: “But I could never kill an animal so I will not eat them. It's cruel and gruesome. So appreciated, Reza . You are always active and a very good teacher for all. When i read your post , i enjoy and find something new inside. Your writings are a bell for awakening.”
• Ray Petted: Have you read Krishnamurti? Extremely difficult, I think.
• Reza Ganjavi: Ray, I've read maybe 80 books by Krishnamurti. I do not find him difficult at all. Many people do and that's only because they don't give it time and don't test it in their daily life... or maybe there's a cultural element involved in it as K himself pointed out... for some cultures it's easier. Persians grew up with a lot of mystical ideas... But I also know many people of many other cultures who grasped K easily. Those who think "nobody got it" are just using that as an excuse (I've written a lot about that subject – see writings section on www.rezamusic.com)