Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

March 2013

01 You may be able to overcome greed through the mere exertion of the will of denial, but that does not lead to understanding, to love, for such a will is the product of conflict and therefore cannot free itself from greed.

02 Understanding is not brought about through the mere exertion of a one-sided will but through that experimental approach which has that peculiar quality of wholeness.

03 Do you seriously think there are only a few who are responsible for this social disorganization, these wars and hatreds?

04 In your eagerness you want immediate results, you are concerned with results and not with the ways and means; thus in your haste you become a plaything of empty promises.

05 Lasting order and peace can be brought about only when the individual voluntarily and intelligently consents to think without hate, greed, ambition, and so on.

06 All overcoming is a form of ignorance and violence; only understanding can free thought from bondage.

07 It is only when we are really inwardly free from greed, not merely in our outward relationship and action, that there can be peace and disinterested action.

08 Is not all existence a question of relationship?

09 Relationship instead of being a progressive action of constant awareness, tends to become a process of self-isolation.

10 Not finding satisfaction in human relationship we often try to establish it in the realm of theories, beliefs, concepts.

11 We must begin not from the heights of aspiration, hope and vision, but with things and people with whom we are in daily contact.

12 What we are trying to do here is to understand the process of desire, not to put a boundary to craving.

13 We desire to reform another when we ourselves are in need of it most.

14 Our whole attention should be directed not to what we should do with regard to violence aimed at us, but to understand the cause of our own fear, hate, arrogance, or partisanship.

15 To understand the complex causes of conflict and the desire to be free from it, requires not the mere will to be free, but constant awareness in our daily life.

16 Relationship is now based on dependence, that is, one depends on another for one's psychological satisfaction, happiness and well-being.

17 Life cannot be without relationship, but we have made it so agonizing and hideous by basing it on personal and possessive love.

18 If we can but realize that it is not how another acts that is of primary importance, but how each one of us acts and reacts and if that reaction and action can be fundamentally, deeply understood, then relationship will undergo a deep and radical change.

19 Self-revelation is only possible in relationship.

20 Without fully understanding the process of greed, merely to cultivate kindliness, generosity, is to perpetuate ignorance and cruelty; without integrally understanding relationship, merely to cultivate compassion, forgiveness, is to bring about self-isolation and to indulge in subtle forms of pride.

21 We are not able to perceive because our opinions about ourselves, our fears, ideals, beliefs, hopes, traditions, all these act as veils.

22 I am talking of understanding which transcends reason and emotion.

23 What is of primary importance [then] is understanding, in whose wake follows compassion.

24 When we rely psychologically on another, on a group, or on a leader for our understanding, for our hope, what takes place in us?

25 If I try to express myself as originally and fully as possible, what am I expressing? surely, am I not repeating, perhaps with modification and variations, essentially the limited thoughts and feelings of the past which I consider to be myself?

26 Without understanding the full implication of self-expression, self-reliance becomes merely the means to greater and greater expression of narrow individualistic and ignorant action.

27 To earn a livelihood in a human and intelligent way seems almost impossible, as social organization is based on personal gain, but we cannot hope to bring about a complete change in the system until there is a complete change in our own consciousness.

28 To transcend the conditions that limit thought and hold it in constant conflict, we must understand craving, expressed in our relationship with another, with society.

29 Should we not first discern the origin of our thinking before concerning ourselves with its varied expressions and alterations?

30 As long as thought is preoccupied with its own personal importance and continuity, it is incapable of becoming aware of its own process.

31 Questioner: What do you mean by experimenting?