not an intellectual process. Acquiring knowledge about yourself
and learning about yourself are two different things, for the knowledge
you accumulate about yourself is always of the past and a mind that is
burdened with the past is a sorrowful mind. Learning about yourself
is not like learning a language or a technology or a science - then you
obviously have to accumulate and remember; it would be absurd to begin
all ways in the present and knowledge is always in the past, and as most
of us live in the past and are satisfied with the past, knowledge becomes
extraordinarily important to us. That is why we worship the erudite,
the clever, and the cunning. But if you are learning all the time,
learning every minute, learning by watching and listening, learning by
seeing and doing, then you will find that learning is a constant movement
without the past.
To understand anything you must live with it, you must observe it; you must know all its content, its nature, its structure, and its movement. Have you ever tired living with yourself? If so, you will begin to see that yourself is not a static state, it is a fresh living thing. And to live with a living thing your mind must also be alive. And it cannot be alive if it is caught in opinions, judgments, and values.
Freedom from the Known