Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

July 2013

01 Questioner: Is not belief in God necessary in this terrible and ruthless world?

02 Questioner: What is the source of desire?

03 In all of us there is the dormant will to destroy like anger, ill will, which extended leads to world catastrophes; and also within us there is the desire to be thoughtful and compassionate.

04 Questioner: Why don't you face the economic and social evils instead of escaping into some dark, mystical affair?

05 The more you comprehend yourself and so bring about right thinking the less you will find that there is any tendency, any ignorance, any force within you that cannot be transcended.

06 Having produced a world in which sensate value dominates, naturally the creative sensibilities are either destroyed or warped or blocked.

07 Craving engenders fear, fear nourishes dependence, dependence on things, people or ideas.

08 Compulsion does not create understanding, whether it is from outside or from within.

09 To develop the perception of truth there must be candor, integrity of understanding, which can come only with humility.

10 Self-discovery brings about freedom from acquisitiveness and from the complex life of the intellect.

11 As the mind is capable of creating illusion this power must be understood before it can be wholly free from its own self-created distractions.

12 The simple life does not consist in the mere possession of a few things but in the freedom from possession and non-possession, in the indifference to things that comes with deep understanding.

13 You will have another war, you are bound to have another war, if you are thinking in terms of nationalities, of racial prejudices, of economic and social frontiers.

14 In opposition there is no understanding.

15 If one wishes to understand, for example, a machine of high revolution one has to slow it down, not stop it for then it becomes merely a dead matter;

16 Questioner: What guarantee have I that the new faculty of which you speak will come into being?

17 Superstition is difficult to throw off for the mind creates it and becomes its prisoner.

18 Talent and capacity have their own dangers and if we are not aware we become slaves to them.

19 A copy, a thing that is put together, the self, can never understand that which is not made up, the uncrated.

20 Memory must become as a shell without a living organism in it.

21 Through constant awareness of every thought-feeling the ways of the self are known, and out of self-knowledge comes right thinking.

22 Gentleness, compassion, is not the result of suppression or substitution but is the outcome of self-knowledge and right thinking.

23 A mind that is formulating, creating, cannot understand creation, the uncrated.

24 You and I are one; there is neither the East nor the West.

25 In each one of us there is a dominant tendency, intellectual, emotional or sensuous; a tendency towards knowledge, devotion or action.

26 We can think - feel completely only when we are not seeking a result, an end.

27 To understand oneself, this complex entity, is most difficult.

28 To understand yourself there must be constant meditative awareness which will bring to the surface the causes of violence and hate, greed and ambition, and by studying them without identification, thought will transcend them.

29 To understand there must be no judgment or comparison, no acceptance or denial, for all identification prevents that passive awareness in which alone the discovery of what is true is made.

30 The self, the result of craving, the cause of ignorance and sorrow, continues, as we observe; but to understand it and to transcend it we must not think in terms of time.

31 Out of formulation, out of imagination, out of the known we experience, but few are capable of experiencing without symbols, without imagination, without formulations.