Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India

There is Nothing to Defend

Sabyasachi Guha describes U.G. Krishnamurti as someone who functioned in a
harmonious, dynamic equilibrium with society’s relentless pressures and demands;
he had no investment in any concepts or ideas and was not defending anyone or
anything. Guha insists that we too can function similarly, that it is our birthright and
what we truly seek.

With his usual exuberance and focus, in There is Nothing to Defend Guha discusses
the complexity of thought as a myth-making machine at the expense of the body.
He says thoughts are necessary for us to function sanely and intelligently in the world
but within limits. The outgrowth of social justification has resulted in sophisticated and
complex ways for the thinking structure to continue its onslaught on the physical
body causing undue stress and harm. To rectify the imbalance and establish the pre-
programmed order is a “violent process” and cannot be brought about by the intellect:

“It’s almost like dying. In fact, it is a death. It’s a process that makes you feel that you
will never open your eyes again.”

Guha poses a challenging dilemma which seems to indicate that there is no solution.
“As long as you are using that instrument called thinking—and there is no other
instrument—you are demanding something, which is a constant energy drain on the
system.” Nonetheless, his words inspire us to stand alone and to explore our own
notions of truth and reality.