Quote of the Day

by Jiddu Krishnamurti

Questioner: Is not self-knowledge a difficult pursuit?

Krishnamurti: It is and yet it is not. It demands effortless discernment, sensitive receptivity. Constant alertness is arduous because we are lazy; we would rather gain through others, through much reading, but information is not self-knowledge. In the meanwhile we continue with greed, wars, and the vain repetition of rituals. All this indicates, does it not, the desire to run away from the real problem, which is you and your inner insufficiency. Without understanding yourself, mere outward activity, however worthy and satisfying, only leads to further confusion and conflict. The earnest search for truth through self-knowledge is truly religious. The truly religious individual begins with himself; his self-knowledge and understanding form the basis of all his activity. As he understands he will know what it is to serve and what it is to love.

Ojai, California
Third Talk in The Oak Grove, 1946