Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

February 2013

01 There is only one fundamental problem, which expresses itself in many different ways.

02 Life, love, reality are ever new, and a fresh mind and heart are needed to understand them.

03 Is it not absurd, the very idea that you can be made anew by patterns, ideals, standards?

04 Do you make an effort to discover the cause of joy? If you do, then joy ceases to be and only its memories and habits exist.

05 Joy is spontaneous, unsought and uninvited, and when the mind analyzes it to cultivate or to recapture it, then it is no longer joy.

06 Desire cannot exist by itself, it must always be in relation to something.

07 Desire is not emotion; desire is the result of a mind that is ever seeking satisfaction, whose values are based on satisfaction.

08 The desire to be satisfied creates will, which maintains itself by its own continual effort.

09 The very question of how to be free of desire is prompted by desire itself.

10 Only in deep emotion is there no craving for satisfaction.

11 You may have faith in love, another in God, and so on. All such faith is an anchorage for the mind.

12 The conflict between the actual and the illusory must continue till either the unreal overcomes the actual or the actual breaks through all safeguards, all escapes, and begins to reveal its deep significance.

13 Society ... has become an independent machine with a life of its own which merely uses the individual.

14 Desire and emotion are two different and distinct processes; desire being entirely of the mind, and emotion the integral expression of one's whole being.

15 Desire can only recondition itself, reshape itself to a new pattern, but it will still be desire, giving birth to fear.

16 Is not the mind, as we know it, an instrument developed for survival, for satisfaction, for self-protection, for resistance, and therefore the instrument of fear?

17 The mind is ever trying to make itself secure through beliefs, hopes, illusions, knowledge, ideals, patterns.

18 This discriminative power of desire, choice, must cease, and this can happen only when one understands, inwardly feels the blind effort of the intellect.

19 Question: Are desire and interest, as we know them now, the same?

20 Question: How can I attain the quality of desirelessness without having the desire to attain it?

21 War is a symptom, however brutal and diseased, and to deal with the outer manifestation without regard to the deeper causes of it, is futile and purposeless;

22 There can only be peace and happiness in the world when the individual - who is the world - sets about definitely to alter the causes within himself which produce confusion, sorrow, hate, and so on.

23 Why is it that things, property, houses, clothes, and so on, take such a dominant place in our lives?

24 When does need become greed?

25 Great intelligence and deep understanding, not mere assertions, not blind acceptance of any theory, but continual awareness, strenuous questioning with delicacy and care, will create within us abiding peace.

26 To understand yourself you must create a mirror that reflects accurately what you are.

27 Instead of being concerned with the change that must take place in ourselves, let us see if we have preconceived ideas of what we should be.

28 Being poor inwardly, psychologically, spiritually, one thinks of enriching oneself through possessions, with ever increasing complex demands and problems.