Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

September 2011

01 The expression of creative intelligence is very rare, and though it has the appearance of individuality or separativeness, to me it is not individuality but intelligence.

02 Because what you can now discern as God must be limited, since your mind is circumscribed, held in bondage; therefore I will not describe that.

03 The more you battle against environment without understanding, the more you struggle against circumstances, the more you become conscious, in that effort, of your limitation.

04 Do not suppose the opposite of [the] limited consciousness to be complete annihilation, or mechanical functioning, or group activity.

05 When you understand you don't seek to modify, to alter, to reform.

06 If you don't understand something and merely try to modify it, your action must increase the barriers, must build up new sets of barriers;

07 Without understanding the significance of environment, man struggles to alter, modify that environment, and thereby but heightens the walls of his prison, though he thinks he has removed them.

08 Is not your affection, love, born of fear and hedged about by jealousy, suspicion, and oppressed by possessiveness and sorrow?

09 Not having that creative intelligence which is the comprehension of environment, man begins to play within the walls of his prison, he begins to embellish and decorate the prison and he makes himself comfortable within its walls;

10 Is this not applicable to you?

11 We are discussing what exists, not what should exist.

12 As in a circus the animals are trained to function for the amusement of spectators, so the individual through fear seeks out these spiritual trainers whom he calls priests and swamis, who are the defenders of spurious spirituality and the inanities of religion.

13 You cannot find truth, you cannot find God, because your search is but an escape from fear, your search is but a desire for a culmination.

14 We have glorified our needs so fearfully that our needs for shelter, food and sex, which are simple, natural and clean, have become complicated and made hideous, cruel, appalling, by this colossal and ever-crumbling structure which we call society.

15 When you begin to free the mind and heart from all conflict there is intelligence, and then timelessness has a different significance altogether.

16 Intelligence and conflict cannot exist together.

17 What is living fully in the present?

18 Being insufficient, incomplete, knowing poverty, emptiness, utter loneliness and shallowness of thought and emotion, we depend on other people, on books, on literature, on ideas, on philosophy to enrich our lives, and thus we begin to acquire, store up.

19 An authority seasoned through the mists of time becomes invulnerable, and then man accepts that authority as being final.

20 There is the reaction to environment when the mind does not understand the environment, and acts without understanding, thereby further increasing the limitation of environment

21 The mind can be freed from the sense of valuation.

22 When you talk of reform, you really mean mere substitution.

23 In times of peace and quietness, there takes place a gradual change of values, mostly unconscious, and this change, this gradual change, we term the struggle between the old and the young.

24 Mind demands values so that it will not be at a loss, so that it will always have a guide to follow, to imitate.

25 Reforms are made only because of the need for adjustment between the mind and the environment, not because the mind pierces through the environment, and therefore understands it.

26 Each mind creates a new set of values according to its own reactions to the environment, and then begins the division of peoples;

27 A man who says, "I am free of tradition", has probably another mould of his own to which he is a slave.

28 What you call tradition is merely outer environment with its values, and what you call freedom from tradition is but enslavement to some inner environment and its values.

29 What is it that creates the changing of values?

30 To the majority of people, except perhaps here and there to one rare, happy person, mind is merely a machine, a storehouse of memory which is continually giving values to the things it meets, to experiences.