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Bombay , 30 January 1982
We are going to talk over together the question of fear. But before we go into that I think we should learn the art of hearing. How to listen, not only to the speaker but to listen to those crows, listen to the noise, listen to your favourite music, listen to your wife or husband. Because we don't actually listen to people, we just casually listen and come to some kind of conclusion, or seek explanations, but we never actually listen to what somebody else is saying. We are always translating what others are saying. As we talk over together the very complex problem of fear, we aren't going to get trapped in too many details but will go into the whole movement of fear, and how we understand it, either verbally or actually. There is a difference between the comprehension of words and the comprehension of the actual state of fear. We are apt to make an abstraction of fear, that is, to make an idea of fear. But we never listen, apparently, to the voice of fear that is telling its story. And we are going together to talk about all that.On Fear. Copyright © by Jiddu Krishnamurti. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.