"There is no effort involved in putting aside the observer"
"So, can you observe yourself in the mirror, not as an observer but only the thing that is being observed, without the observer?"
"This is very important to understand, because as long as there is a division between the observer and the observed – you understand? there must be conflict, there must be effort, there must be a sense of either conquering it, suppressing it, or avoiding it"
"You are nobody – you follow? – this whole division, which is the corridor of opposites"
"So, it is absolutely necessary to understand that there is only observation, not the observer trying to control the observation, that which is observed"
"There is no mirror, you are watching yourself, but, for the moment, we invent the mirror. Who is the observer?"
"The whole observation is the movement of the past. I observe a Frenchman – because I have been told he’s a Frenchman – the conditioning, the past, knowledge. So, this whole movement of observation, is born from the past. Right? So the observer, in essence, is the past"
"The observer is the past– past memories, past experiences, past knowledge. With the past, he’s observing himself in the mirror. Right? So, you have created a division between what you see now and what has been. So, there is a division between the observer and the observed"
"The observer is the past, so the past is always dividing"