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Rather than say, ‘Don’t do this, do that’, say, ‘Be awake’. Then in that wakeful state we tell him about long hair, short hair, and I think he’ll be quicker grasping it rather than taking months over it. If I could, as a teacher, help him to learn what it means to be watchful, the student and I learn together to be watchful, about everything, then in that, while he’s learning, I tell him, ‘Look, watch your hair’, or whatever. T: Are you going to do that? K: I think you can do it if you can teach me how to be watchful, if I can learn to be watchful.

T: Unless there is this depth, it’s rather meaningless. K: It’s meaningless, so we’re both going to learn together what it is to have a motive and what it is not to have a motive. It is not I’m telling you and you’re going to do that with the students. Together we’re doing this. Now, have I a motive in this? Have you a motive in this, a motive in the sense of direction, to be free of violence, deeply? For what? Why? T: You’re saying, ‘So that you will be free of violence’. Doesn’t that imply a motive?

All I’m saying is, are you interested and responsible to see if you realize the world is you and you are the world? And that one of the factors in this monstrous world, of which you are, is violence, psychological violence, from which breeds external violence? How do you help yourself who are the world, and the student, to be free of this violence? How shall we go about it together with those students? You asked me to get off my pedestal, so I have. And so I have established a relationship with the student, saying, ‘Look, we are together in this’.

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