Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

June 2015

01 Question: Why is your teaching so purely psychological?

02 There is technological progress, but otherwise there is no progress at all - which we see, obviously, in the world about us.

03 When you love somebody, you love, you give yourself over completely - the you is non-existent.

04 You all want many things. You want fame, you build around yourselves a hood of ideas, of exclusions, and that is why a man who loves is dangerous to society; and so society, which is you, begins to build a thought process, which soon destroys love.

05 To listen truly is to listen without strain, without struggle, without the effort of hearing; it is to listen as we would to music, to something that we know and enjoy, not merely to the repetition of a record, but to something fresh, new.

06 Will the screen of ideals help me to understand my arrogance, my violence, my evil?

07 If you have no ideals, will you collapse, will you become immoral?

08 Can I transcend that which is, and not transform it, not make it into something else?

09 I must give continuity to an experience, otherwise consciousness ceases.

10 If you have a very strong feeling of nationalism, what happens? You give it a name, the thought arises of idealism, love, 'my country; that is, you term it and thereby give it a continuity.

11 And now you will say 'I have learned a very good trick. I know how to deal with unpleasant feelings, how to make them come to an end quickly: I won't term them'

12 You may have understood the verbal expressions of what I have explained, but the living significance, the inward meaning, you will understand only through experimentation.

13 Why do we need leaders? Can anybody, lead you out of your confusion, which you yourself are creating?

14 I refuse to be a gramophone; but you are accustomed merely to listen, which means that you are really not following at all.

15 Question: What is true and what is false in the theory of reincarnation?

16 What is the thing implied in reincarnation? What is the thing that reincarnates?

17 As thought is the process of time, as thought is founded on the past, for thought to speculate about the timeless is utterly meaningless.

18 So, I want to know if the 'I' continues. The 'I', which is a total process, a psychological as well as physiological process, which is with the body and also apart from the body - I want to know if that 'I' continues, if it comes into being after this physical existence ends

19 A man who has a problem, who is continuously worried for a number of years, is dead, for him there is no renewal; he is of the living dead, he merely continues.

20 Life and death are one, and the man who knows they are one is he who dies every minute.

21 Righteousness is a process of self-enclosure.

22 In becoming there is always repetition, and therefore the cultivation of memory, which is emphasis on the self, and the self in its very nature is travail, strife, battle.

23 All that I can do is to be aware, passively aware of my process of becoming.

24 It is only the righteous man that is confused, that is in conflict, it is only the righteous man that develops his will as a means of resistance;

25 Why can't we experience what is, directly, immediately and swiftly?

26 Question: What do you advise us to do when war breaks out?

27 After all, war is a projection of our daily life - only more spectacular and more destructive.

28 The idealist who is seeking non-violence is incapable of being free from violence; because our whole life is based on conflict and violence.

29 Those of us who are seriously intentioned can investigate our own lives, we can see how we are violent in daily life, in our speech, in our thoughts, in our actions, in our feelings, and we can be free of that violence, not because of an ideal not by trying to transform it into nonviolence, but by actually facing it, by merely being aware of it;

30 Peace can come into being only when the confusion which we have created is completely understood, not on the verbal level, but inwardly;