Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

August 2015

01 If there is passive awareness in which the dullness is perceived, and immediately after the perception there is a period of silence without condemnation, then in that period of observation without condemnation, the cause of insensitivity, of dullness, is revealed.

02 Sirs, how very respectful you are to me, and how very cruel you are to your servant, to your wife, to your neighbours?

03 There is a tendency, I think, especially among those who have read a great deal and have experienced according to their reading, to translate what I say in terms of their old knowledge.

04 It will be beneficial and worthwhile to listen and comprehend directly, without translating what is said into your particular terminology of usage of words.

05 Very few of us have self-knowledge, the knowledge of what one actually is.

06 Question: What is it that comes when nationalism goes?

07 Question: What is the difference between awareness and introspection? And who is aware in awareness?

08 Awareness is not self-improvement.

09 At the moment of experience, there is neither the observer nor the observed: there is only the experiencing.

10 Sir, what I am saying is not very difficult, though you may find it verbally difficult.

11 Question: Is marriage a need or a luxury?

12 We give so much importance to outward exploitation; the communist, the socialist, everybody is trying to stop outward exploitation. It does not mean that that is wrong; but we should attack the inward causes of exploitation, which are much more complex, much more subtle, and that cannot be done through mere legislation.

13 Stillness comes to the mind only through self-knowledge - not through denial of the self or acceptance of the self, but through understanding every movement, every thought, every feeling of the self, both the high and the low.

14 Interest comes into being, obviously, when you are suffering, when you want to know what are the causes of suffering because you are caught in it, or because you see another caught in it.

15 The problem itself contains the answer; the answer is not away from the problem.

16 As long as the mind is not understood, obviously there is conflict, there is misery.

17 Happiness comes not in evaluating, but when the mind is not occupied with itself, when the mind is silent, then happiness comes into being;

18 Question: Why don't you do miracles? All teachers did.

19 There can be transformation, resolution of the problem, only when the mind, the thinker who is the creator of that problem, understands himself - which means, when the thought process about a problem comes to an end.

20 As long as we think in terms of transformation, there cannot be transformation, either now or hereafter.

21 In a basically wrong society, there cannot be right livelihood.

22 You must understand where you are limited, the extent of your limitation; you must be passively aware of it, and in that passivity truth comes into being.

23 Surely, attachment is not the problem, is it?

24 if you say, 'I must be aware in order to get a result', then it becomes tedious.

25 To be full of emotion is obviously not love, because a sentimental person can be cruel when his sentiments are not responded to, when his feelings have no outlet.

26 Question: May we request you to state clearly whether there is God or not?

27 Every social change which we all want, is only a modified continuity of 'what is' and not a revolution.

28 Question: Will you please explain modified continuity?

29 Any change which we desire is a modified continuity of the same thing as now exists.

30 Society is static. The individual only is creative and not society.

31 Transformation must be always immediate and not left to time, i.e., to tomorrow.