Quote of the Day

by Jiddu Krishnamurti

So, effort is a distraction from 'what is'. Sirs, if I may suggest, think it over and you will see. The moment I accept 'what is' there is no struggle. Any form of struggle or strife is an indication of distraction and distraction which is effort must exist as long as psychologically I wish to transform `what is' into something it is not. Take for example 'anger'. Can anger be overcome by effort, by various methods and techniques, by meditations and various forms of transforming 'what is' into what is not? Now, suppose that instead of making an effort to transform anger into non-anger, you accepted or acknowledged that you are angry, what would happen then? You would be aware that you are angry, What would happen? Would you indulge in anger? Please follow what I am talking about and you will see. If you are aware that you are angry, which is 'what is', and knowing the stupidity of transforming 'what is, into what is not, would you still be angry? If instead of trying to overcome anger, modifying or changing it, you accepted it and looked at it, if you were completely aware of it, without condemning or justifying it, there would be an instantaneous change. But this is extremely difficult because our whole tendency is to transform or deny. We deny ugliness thinking that we shall achieve beauty.

Surely virtue is not the denial of vice; virtue is only the recognition of vice. The moment I know that I am angry and I do not try to transform my anger I cease to be angry. You try it, you experiment with yourself and you will see how extraordinary it is, how extraordinary is the creative quality of understanding 'what is'. Similarly there cannot be freedom if there is no virtue.

Public Talk 30th November, 1947
Madras, India