Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

April 2013

01 Does violence cease through violence, hate through hate?

02 What is known is not reality.

03 Memory, tradition, value imposed by society, religion, and personal experience, influence our discernment.

04 Understanding is not a reward; in the very moment of awareness it is born.

05 The intellect, the faculty to discern, to choose, is influenced by the past, and if we merely rely on that faculty to understand, to love, then our understanding, our love, will be limited.

06 In trying to understand the environment you come upon yourself, the investigator, and you find that you yourself are limited.

07 If you cannot understand the present you will not understand it in the future.

08 Thought cannot escape from its limited action and reaction until it understands deeply and fully the cause and the process of its own bondage.

09 The beginning of awareness is the natural concentration of interest in which there is no conflict of desires and choice, and therefore there is a possibility of understanding different and opposing desires.

10 The motive for cultivating the opposite matters greatly; if it is a desire to escape from the struggle and pain of envy, then its opposite becomes identical with itself and so there is no freedom from envy.

11 War is the result of our daily life, of our acquisitiveness, of our general attitude towards our fellow men in so-called peace-time.

12 Unless you understand why you depend upon sensation, upon this constant search for excitement, which becomes vulgar and degrading, you will ever find new forms of excitement, satisfaction.

13 Do not think by merely wishing for peace, you will have peace, when in your daily life of relationship you are aggressive, acquisitive, seeking psychological security here or in the hereafter.

14 Through self-awareness the repetitive habit of thought which we consider as thinking is brought into the light of understanding; by observing it, examining it with kindly detachment, suspending judgment, we shall begin to awaken creative understanding.

15 Belief and non-belief are definite hindrances to the understanding of reality;

16 What is the relationship between the transient and something which is not? None whatsoever.

17 In awareness there is only the present, that is, being aware, you see the past process of influence which controls the present and modifies the future.

18 When there is a natural concentration of interest, not mere control, you begin to discover that thought is in a process of constant imitation and that it is ever wandering through its many layers of memories, precepts, examples;

19 We hope to have psychological peace through discipline and denial, through imitation and isolation; we begin at the periphery, hoping to create inward peace and compassion but we must begin from the centre, the centre from which arise conflict and sorrow.

20 Creative stillness of the mind is necessary for the understanding of reality.

21 If we, wherever we find ourselves, try earnestly to understand our environment and free thought from our particular tendencies and limited experiences, then we will comprehend life as a whole, and not be bound by the prejudices, the traditions, and values of our particular environment.

22 if thought is limited by memories, traditions, prejudices, by the past, then any action springing from it can only create further ignorance and sorrow.

23 We give such importance to self-expression, without fully and deeply understanding what it is that is being expressed.

24 Instead of converting others to our particular form of limitation we must begin to free ourselves from the pettiness and narrowness of our own thoughts.

25 If we do not find enrichment through possessions, we try to seek it in relationship or in ideas, which leads-to many kinds of delusion.

26 The purpose of these talks has been, not to give a system of thought, but to help each one of us to become aware of ourselves, of our daily action and relationship, and thus naturally discern our prejudices, fears, cravings;

27 To be capable of an original experience we must slough off the many bondages, the limiting influences, on our thoughts and feelings.

28 Intelligence is the discovery, by each one, of what is of primary importance and the capacity to pursue it.

29 If one pursues the path of knowledge - what must I know - one has to submit to authority, which must engender fear and various forms of idolatry;

30 Awareness is not mere analysis or self-examination.