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by Jiddu Krishnamurti

What then will bring about the immediate transformation of the individual? What is it that is going to bring about an inner revolution, an immediate change in values and directions? Will emotion, feeling, bring about this transformation?

What do you mean by emotion? Is emotion love; is sentiment, feeling, related to love? What is the necessary impetus to bring about a revolution leading to individual action? Ideas breed ideas and may bring about superficial revolution; but, they do not lead to inner revolution. Yet the world is engaged in building up ideas, patterns of action, etc. Since ideas cannot bring about that inward regeneration, what is it that would bring it about? Does emotion or feeling, however vital, bring about this revolution?

Is there a difference between thought and emotion? Is not emotion the same as thought? You can't think about love, but you can think about emotions or about the object of love, desire, sensation and feeling. Is that feeling love? This is important because through a process of understanding you will come to that which will lead to immediate transformation. Since thought is not the medium of transformation, will strong emotions bring about the same?

Question: (1) Is not emotion a feeling of pleasure and pain in experiencing, as a response to a challenge? Is not emotion a sense of fervour? If there is no fervour, there is no possibility of alteration.

Krishnamurti: How do you get fervour? Through ideation?

Question: (2) I want to know if fervour is emotion.

Krishnamurti: What is emotion?

Audience: Emotions are the projections of one's perceptions in the mind, which quicken the sense from within.

Question: (3) When I am angry, is it not emotion?

Krishnamurti: Let us discover it together by going into it slowly and deeply. When do you have emotions?

Question: From the mind, from external stimulants. Do we get this instantaneously?

Krishnamurti: When do you feel emotions?

Question: When you know that some person causes you pleasure or pain?

Krishnamurti: When you see a glorious sunset, is there an emotion? You are only in a state of experiencing. It is only after that state when you record or when you communicate that experience to yourself or to another, you verbalise it. Look at a tree. When you come upon it afresh, what takes place? When do you say "I am feeling, I have strong sentiment"? Is not one part of it due to communication?

Question: When you see a beggar, you may or may not feel an emotion.

Krishnamurti: If that person is dull, he will not feel. When do you feel an emotion?

Question: When you see a cobra and have a feeling of fear, there is no communication.

Krishnamurti: Communication is one part of emotion. When I tell you I love you, I have an emotion. In communicating, that emotion becomes strengthened. When is it that we feel emotion?

Question: When you see a cobra, the mind comes into action and also the process of memory. Then there is emotion of fear.

Krishnamurti: I want to discover it. I should not make a definite statement.

Question: Can you ever predict when you are having emotions?

Krishnamurti: Have you ever had any emotions?

Question: Yes, when I have disturbance of some sort or other.

Group Discussion 18th April, 1948
Chennai, India