Excerpt About Innocence

The Motiveless Interest in the Truth

At the beginning you use effort, and that is fine. You will continue using effort until you understand at some point that effort is a problem. You’ll see that it’s not a matter of stopping the effort. You cannot stop effort and you cannot stop desire. If you want to stop effort or desire, what are you doing? You’re engaging in the personality’s point of view. The only thing you can do is to understand the movement of effort. What we’re doing here is activating a flame, a flame which loves the truth. I’m not interested in teaching you to reject something or accept something else. There is a possibility of a certain perception, a certain way of living that is not based on anything in the personality—not on desire, effort, conflict, hope, search, past, future, any of that—but is a purely motiveless interest in the truth. That motiveless interest in the truth can be quite a relief. Imagine nothing to do, nowhere to go, nothing to achieve. Imagine yourself sitting sometime with nowhere to get to, no enlightenment to achieve, nothing to get rid of. Isn’t that a carefree attitude? That’s how we were when we were kids. We didn’t think we had a personality to get rid of. We had no idea that there was something like enlightenment or essence. We just did what we did and that was it. That’s the natural state, the state of innocence.

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