Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

June 2010

01 If I have the whole picture in mind then I can take in the detail; but if my mind only operates in a detail then I cannot take in the whole.

02 One needs to find that state of mind that is really free from all search, from all belief - without becoming cynical, without stagnating.

03 If you change because of argumentation, because logically it is so, because you are influenced, then you are only conditioned in a different direction, which brings again its sorrow.

04 Are we aware when we are not telling the truth, when we are indulging in double talk, when we are saying one thing and doing something else, when we are quoting others?

05 A mind that is merely occupied is a petty mind, whether it is occupied with the highest knowledge, or with the daily activities of the kitchen, or the job.

06 I feel that a radical change can come only when there is no effort, when the mind is not trying to become something, not trying to be virtuous - which does not mean that the mind must be nonvirtuous.

07 Is there any thought which is not conditioned?

08 Our minds are the result of innumerable and contradictory influences, and any action born of that contradictory state must also be contradictory;

09 See how extraordinarily subtle and difficult it is to have a mind which is not everlastingly full, yet if there is the urgency to find out what is right action in this mad, confused, and suffering world, you have to come to this point.

10 Is there an action which is not the result of effort, which is not the action of will?

11 When you say to somebody `I love you', what does it mean?

12 To look, your mind must be silent, and the very urgency of looking makes the mind silent

13 In the desire to attain there is subtle craving for self-continuance, glorified self-continuance; and every struggle, every effort to attain liberation indicates an escape from the present.

14 Experiencing without memory is one state, and experiencing with memory is another.

15 It is a stupid person that wants to continue - no man who understood the rich feelings of life would want continuity.

16 All humanity, whether they live in India, or in Europe or in America, or in China, Russia, all humanity goes through this terrible struggle of existence, not only physically, outwardly but also inwardly, psychologically.

17 Is our brain capable of totally changing its whole structure, its nature?

18 The self is dividing; the self is self-enclosing; its activities, however noble, are separated and isolated.

19 Can you rely on your experience? Because, when you choose, your choice is based on desire; what you call essential is that which gives you satisfaction.

20 to observe means to observe without the interference of one's background; but one is the background - you follow?-one's whole being which looks is one's background - as a Christian, as a Frenchman, or as an intellectual.

21 If you see very clearly, without any distortion, the psychological structure of the society in which you are born, brought up, educated, then the instant you see, you are out of it.

22 Observation is not detachment because there is no attachment.

23 It seems to me that our problems, whatever they are, can be dissolved totally only by burning away the process of will - which may sound completely foreign to a Western mind, and even to the Eastern mind.

24 Relationship is merely a stimulation, a distraction, as long as we are using another as a means of self-gratification or as a necessity in order to escape from ourselves.

25 Space and time are real for the man who is yet imperfect and space is divided for him into dimensions, time into past, present and future.

26 You see, death is destruction, it is final; you can't argue with it, you can't say, 'Nay, wait a few days more.'

27 If action is conditioned by an idea, by a formula, by a concept, action then is not important, but the idea is important, and therefore, there is a conflict between action and idea.

28 To look at a flower or a marvellous cloud, you must have a clear, unspotted eye, an eye that has lived and seen a thousand experiences and yet is free of all experience;

29 Will is the result of desire, strengthened and hardened, and through will we hope to change.

30 Time is merely the outcome of our not meeting the fact without knowledge.