Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

October 2010

01 The mind which is enclosed in its habits of eating, of thinking, in its habit of never looking at anything - such a mind obviously cannot be sensitive, cannot be loving.

02 Because thought is born of memory, it is already contaminated.

03 To examine, explore, anything, there must be the quality of freedom from all your prejudices, conditioning and so on, even from your own experience;

04 Thought is the response of memory, experience, knowledge, the known, in the known is the 'me', though consciously I may not know the 'me' totally, the 'me' lives in this interval.

05 The mind, knowing the ending, begins to have fear, longs to live as long as possible, seeks for more and more palliatives.

06 Sir, have you ever died to your pleasure - just died to it without arguing, without reacting, without trying to create special conditions, without asking how you are to give it up, or why you should give it up?

07 One sees that life has an ending, a sudden ending, what lived yesterday may not live today, and what lives today may not live tomorrow.

08 Is there time to overcome death; or is death always in harmony with life, with love, with pain; or is death something to be put far away, one day we have to face it but not now?

09 Can you invite death? Which means to end that which you have experienced, that which you have gathered, psychologically, so that you become totally inwardly anonymous, so that you are inwardly absolutely nothing?

10 Face what you know, you can't face something you don't know.

11 If we do not think in terms of continuity, there will be an ending, there will be dying, and we would see things clearly, as simple as they are, directly.

12 You must let go, you must be willing to let go, then the miracle can happen.

13 Death is part of life.

14 Time is a movement invented by thought.

15 Though we have theories, speculations, and there are certain observable facts, death is still the unknown.

16 Why is there this incessant and painful struggle to shape action according to idea?

17 As long as we have choice, we are really not free and we are not really individuals.

18 To come to a conclusion is to build a wall around oneself, a protective security which prevents understanding.

19 As long as I accept the dictates of tradition, of a particular culture, as long as I carry the weight of my memories, my experiences - which after all are the result of my conditioning - I am not an individual, but merely a product.

20 I think individuality comes into being only when one is fully aware of this encroaching movement of environment and tradition that makes the mind a slave.

21 Thought itself must deny itself.

22 As long as the mind is active in its desire to transform itself, it can only be a model of its own projection; therefore there is no transformation.

23 Knowledge is never complete, can never be complete.

24 If I was attached to a certain position I would crawl out of it very quickly, I assure you.

25 You may say there is a part of you - the watcher, the super-soul, the Atman - which is not conditioned; but because you think about it, it is within the field of thought, therefore it is conditioned.

26 All men, everywhere in the world have a belief, it does not matter what it is, and that belief guides their mind, whereas life should guide and not belief.

27 The brain needs protection, order, it must be completely secure, to function properly.

28 How can a man that is in prison stimulate the desire for freedom?

29 Do not listen to learn, but listen with self-abandonment so that you see for yourself the true or the false.

30 If I have been brought up with strong religious doctrines or with some particular training, my thoughts and emotions are perverted; with this background of prejudice I go forth to meet life, and this prejudice naturally prevents my complete understanding of life.

31 Is it possible for each one of us to wipe away the past, to put an end to it, not through a gradual process, but to cut it off?