Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

December 2009

01 To go beyond the self-enclosing activities of the mind, you must understand them;

02 Instead of addressing heterogeneous crowds in many places and dazzling and confounding them with your brilliance and subtlety, why do you not start a community or colony and create a reference for your way of thinking?

03 Mere reformation of the pattern of society only alters the surface, it brings about a more respectable form of ambition.

04 Thought is the very denial of love, and it cannot enter into that space where the me is not.

05 Can the mind move from the known - not into the unknown, I don't know what that means - but be free and move away from the borders of the known?

06 Until I, in my relationship to you, understand myself, I am the cause of chaos, misery, destruction, fear, brutality.

07 War exists because of psychological and economic reasons. Until those causes are fundamentally altered, war will exist, and praying for peace is of no value.

08 You can never know what the unknown is because the moment you recognise it as the unknown you are back in the known.

09 Life itself has no system, for it is always in movement;

10 It is futile to waste time over what another is thinking, or what you imagine he is thinking - because you can never know.

11 In the confusion and turmoil of life, in its continual bustle and conflict, every individual is caught.

12 Criticism is only of value in so far as it trains your observation so that it can eventually be turned on yourself.

13 Your mind is conditioned right through; there is no part of you which is unconditioned.

14 This is what we mean when we speak of awareness.

15 Man is the only animal that is to be dreaded.

16 There was complete emptiness of the brain, and the mind was free of all experience, the knowing of yesterday, though a thousand yesterdays have been.

17 Philosophy means love of truth, not love of thought.

18 Self-knowledge is only from moment to moment, and therefore there is a creative happiness from moment to moment.

19 Any action born of noise produces more noise, more confusion.

20 We need tremendous energy to bring about a psychological change in ourselves as human beings, because we have lived far too long in a world of make-belief, in a world of brutality, violence, despair, anxiety.

21 Every habit, repetition, rituals strengthened by belief and dogma, sensory responses, can be and are refined, but the alert awareness, sensitivity, is quite another matter.

22 Meditation, along that quiet and deserted road came like a soft rain over the hills; it came as easily and naturally as the coming night.

23 What happens to a mind that lives on books - which we are all doing, not only in the schools, colleges and universities, but also religiously?

24 Man has invented heaven out of hope, for his life has become a hell, an endless conflict from birth to death, coming and going, making money, working endlessly.

25 All our life is spent in struggle, and we think that struggle is a necessary part of existence.

26 The self, the "me," is a network of complex desires, each desire having its own impetus and aim, often in opposition to other hopes and pursuits.

27 Renunciation to gain an end is barter; in it there is no giving up, but only exchange.

28 Meditation as a means to arrive, to gain, to discover, only gives strength to the meditator.

29 There is a common need to escape, and mutually we use each other. This usage is called love.

30 The present social struggle to bring about equality on the economic or some spiritual level has no meaning at all.

31 Is anonymity degrading, and to be unknown despicable? Why do we pursue the famous, the popular?