Krishnamurti’s Secret Formula

This is a paraphrase of something I read in Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth:

Krishnamurti gathers his followers.

They sit together in silence.  Soon, a follower asks him, “Beloved Teacher, what is the secret of your happiness?”

Krishnamurti replies, “Do you really want to know?”

The followers respond in a chorus, “Yes teacher, please – enlighten us!”

Krishnamurti says, “My secret is this: I don’t mind what happens.”

I like to imagine his followers appear crestfallen.  One timid soul says, “Dude, what else you got?”…

We often want some sexy spiritual secret to “cure” us of our unhappiness.  But simply “Not minding what happens” may be the key.

How do you not mind what happens when you do indeed mind what happens?

I think it’s about complete observational honesty.  You see your objections.  Yet you don’t have to dive into them.  You let everything flow in its natural state of impermanence, like the river in my last blog post.

Here’s some more good news:  If you really do “mind what happens,” you can love that too.  You find a way to not mind the fact that you mind.

This paradox contains an infinite capacity for self-forgiveness.  Forgiveness prevails even when we’re not as “spiritual” or “unflappable” or “not-minding” as we think we should be.

Minding exists for you to practice not minding.  Either way, you’re “doing it right.”

How do you release minding what happens?  Or how do you release minding that you mind? 

 

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5 Responses to Krishnamurti’s Secret Formula

  1. Oh boy, this is a tough one for me because I think of “minding what happens” as the thing that stirs activism that can bring about change that makes the world a better place. If nobody minded, women in this country would still not be able to vote. If nobody minded, gays and lesbians would not be able to legally get married… Not minding feels like not an option, like a cop-out, like assuming someone else will mind enough to make the changes that evolve us into a higher vibrational existence. So, I guess I have to not mind that I mind.

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    • Bonnie says:

      Bless you beloved Celenia. I think it’s what you said and perhaps a definition of “minding.” Not minding may not mean complacency. It may mean seeing what is, fully acknowledging it, and calling forth the better yet to be with grace, tolerance, and the inner stillness that tends to create actual lasting change. Being FOR something new vs. railing against what seems to be. or not. I think it’s all welcome in the kingdom of heaven on earth. I appreciate your comments and learned from them – this act of being human and divine is always an unfolding mystery to be cherished in the spirit of diversity!

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  2. brocktravis3 says:

    Complete observational honesty!
    Infinite forgiveness capacity!

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  3. Paul T says:

    This one really hit home! Thanks for your continued inspiration and being real!

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