Patti Smith: Peace and Noise album cover.
Patti Smith: Easter album cover shot.
Patti Smith: We Three. from the album Easter. I am currently reading her autobiography “Just Kids,” and it’s really well written and I find the tale of her struggles to become an artist extremely inspirational. This song is one of my favorites songs by her. Listen to that voice soar, it just hits you right here (points to center of chest).
When you say, “I am hurt,” what is this “I” that is hurt? You say, “You have hurt me” - by your word, by a gesture, by discourtesy, and so on and so on - what is hurt? Is it not the image that you have built about yourself? Please, do look at it. That image is one of the factors that society, education, and environment have built in you. “You” are that picture, that image, the name, the form, the characteristics, the idiosyncrasies, and so on. All that is you, the picture, the image which you are. And that image has been hurt. You have a conclusion about yourself, that you are this or that, and when that conclusion is disturbed you are hurt. So can you live without a conclusion, without a picture, without an image about yourself? As long as you have an image about yourself, you are everlastingly hurt. You may resist it, you may build a wall around yourself, but when there is a wall around yourself, when you withdraw, there is a division, and where there is a division there must be conflict - as with the Arab and the Jew, the Hindu and the Muslim, the communist and the noncommunist. Where there is a division, it is the law that there must be conflict.
The man goes to the office where he is brutal and ambitious, greedy; then he comes home and he says, “Darling, how lovely you are.” So there is a contradiction in our life and, therefore, our life is a constant battle and, therefore, there is no relationship. To have real human relationship is to have no image whatsoever, no picture, no conclusion. And it is quite complex, because you have memories. Can you be free of memories of yesterday’s incidents? All that is implied. Then what is the relationship between two human beings who have no images? You will find out if you have no image. That may be love.
Investigate what the mind is and it will disappear,
There is no such thing as ‘mind’ apart from ‘thought.’
There is no use removing doubts.
If we clear one doubt another arises,
and there will be no end of doubts.
All doubts will cease only when the doubter and his source have been found.
Seek for the source of the doubter,
and you will find that he is really non-existent.
Doubter ceasing, doubts will cease.
~ Ramana Maharshi
Thank you, The Beauty We Love.