Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

March 2015

01 All ideals are foolery and without much significance for a thoughtful man.

02 When you do not understand fully "the now" in which you are, how can you know about tomorrow?

03 Mere gathering of knowledge from books really conditions your mind because you search for security in knowledge, and you agree with what is pleasant to you;

04 If you care to analyse the question seriously, you will find definitely that you can understand and face 'what is' without reading a single book.

05 The new cannot be the outcome of the old.

06 An incomplete experience leaves a scar or a residue whereas a completed experience does not leave any residue.

07 Every word has a verbal and a nervous reaction which sets a wave going. Do not allow other's words to react upon you.

08 You should all of you live a personal life of inner awareness which is possible only through love and understanding.

09 I am going to explain presently that truth can be understood instantaneously.

10 To know what something is, what it is exactly, requires research - you cannot translate it according to your moods.

11 To know that one is in a certain condition, in a certain state, is already a process of liberation; but a man who is not aware of his condition, of his struggle, tries to be something other than he is, which brings about habit.

12 You may go to the Bhagavad Gita or the Bible or the latest treatise on politics or psychology, and you will find that they have lost that ring, that quality of truth; they have become mere words.

13 What we are trying to do, is to follow each other's thoughts, to pursue as far as we can, as profoundly as we can, the intimations, the responses of our own feelings.

14 The moment you are aware of confusion, of exactly what is, you try to escape from it.

15 Truth is in what is - and that is the beauty of it.

16 Whatever we do at present seems to lead to chaos, seems to lead to sorrow and unhappiness.

17 Perception can take place only in the present; but if you say, 'I will do it tomorrow', the wave of confusion overtakes you, and you are then always involved in confusion.

18 Our problem, yours and mine, is whether we can step out of this misery instantaneously.

19 True revolution can take place only when you, the individual, become aware in your relationship to another.

20 Transformation can only take place immediately; the revolution is now, not tomorrow.

21 You all look so baffled. Why? Because you say, 'How can I change now? I, who am a product of the past, of innumerable conditionings, I, who am a bundle of mannerisms, how can I change, how can I throw all that away and be free?'

22 The problem at the present moment is: Can I, who am conditioned - whether by the left or by the right is irrelevant -, can I step out of that conditioning?

23 What is it that conditions you? What is it that limits thought? What is it that creates the pattern in which you are caught?

24 You are looking at this problem with the desire for a answer. I do not think you see the beauty of it. Probably you are tired, Sirs.

25 My thought, which is the outcome of yesterday, can respond only in terms of yesterday; and when it asks, 'how can I go beyond?', it is asking a wrong question.

26 Conditioned thought that seeks to modify or change itself merely continues the conditioned state.

27 Freedom is eternal; it is now, not tomorrow.

28 ... it is because there is not this constant inward revolution that society is always becoming static, crystallized and has therefore constantly to be broken up.

29 To bring about a society that is not repetitive, not static, not disintegrating, that is constantly alive, it is imperative that there should be a revolution in the psychological structure of the individual; for without inward, psychological revolution, mere transformation of the outer has very little significance.

30 Outward action, when accomplished, is over, is static; and if the relationship between individuals, which is society, is not the outcome of inward revolution, then the social structure, being static, absorbs the individual, and therefore makes him equally static, repetitive.

31 Negative thinking is the highest form of understanding ... To understand that which is crumbling, we must investigate it, examine it negatively, not with a positive system, a positive formula, a positive conclusion.