Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

July 2010

01 If you examine, you will see that your mind and heart are held in a series of standards or values

02 It is only when you are stripped of all hope, in the sense of security, certainty, only when you are completely naked, stripped of all protective measures and reactions, that there is the ecstasy of truth.

03 If I listen to what you are saying - which may perhaps be new, different - with a mind already entrenched in a particular ideology, in a particular experience, in a specific knowledge, can such a mind listen?

04 What is important, surely, is to observe the fact and not cling to opinions or merely discuss the symbol which represents the fact.

05 Is your realization of truth permanent and present all the time, or are there dark times when you again face the bondage of fear and desire?

06 To us, what you say seems very abstract. What is the practical relation, according to you, between truth and actual life?

07 All life is action - speaking, walking, thinking, acting from knowledge, responsibility, friendship, the whole of our existence is action, whether that action is directed by a value, or by an experience, or sanctioned by society or culture and religion.

08 By studying what we consider important in life, those things which we have accepted - the values, the standards, the beliefs, the innumerable things that we hold - by examining them, perhaps we shall find out the ways of our own thinking and thereby know ourselves.

09 I cannot lead you to truth, nor can anyone else; you have to discover it every moment of the day as you are living.

10 It is only when the mind is empty that there is a possibility of creation; but I do not mean this superficial emptiness which most of us have.

11 As long as the mind is a slave to time, there must be the fear of death, the fear and the hope of a future life, and a constant inquiry into that question.

12 Is it possible to observe oneself and the world without any distortion, without any symbol, without any formula?

13 That which has continuity cannot possibly be innocent.

14 The thinker is the thought. They are not separate, they are a joint phenomenon and not separate processes.

15 A man in sorrow cannot find reality.

16 Thought is the outcome of incomplete experience.

17 Can thought realize that whatever it does is limited, fragmented and therefore isolating and that whatever it does will be thus?

18 I compare the present with what has been and I am going to compare the present with what should be.

19 Action according to memory, is total inaction, and therefore there is no revolution at all.

20 I wonder if we really are aware of anger, sadness, happiness? Or are we aware of these things only when they are all over?

21 To understand anything rather deeply, one must approach the issue simply - that is, not verbally or emotionally merely, but rather with a mind that is very young.

22 It is only the frustrated, narrow, shallow mind, the conditioned mind, that is always seeking the more.

23 We are related to someone only as long as that relationship gratifies us, as long as it gives us a refuge, as long as it satisfies us.

24 Why has all of life, the way we live, become a constant struggle, conflict and effort?

25 Freedom comes into being only when we understand, not intellectually but actually, our every day life, our activity, our way of thought, the fact of our brutality, our callousness and indifference;

26 Meditation is the silence of the mind, but in that silence, in that intensity, in that total alertness, the mind is no longer the seat of thought, because thought is time, thought is memory, thought is knowledge.

27 One cannot find out what is true value as long as one's mind is seeking consolation;

28 Until you and I understand the 'me', which is the center of discontent, until we go into it and understand this whole process of becoming, achieving, there must always be discontent.

29 One of the major causes of contradiction is ideals.

30 A fundamental question cannot be answered by somebody else.

31 To understand anything, one must find out what it is all about.