Questioner: Shall we not know the true answer when the desire for it is greater than for any other thing?
Questioner: Is the ego always harmful? Is selfishness ever beneficial?
Krishnamurti: Self-centred attention and activity, positively or negatively, is the cause of strife and pain. How seriously is each one considering this problem? How earnest are we about discovering the truth of the nature and activity of the ego, the self? Our meditation and spiritual discipline have no meaning if first we are not clear upon this point. True meditation is not self-expansion in any form. So till we can have a common understanding of our purpose there will be confusion, and right relationship between us will not be possible.
1st Public Talk, 1946