Quote of the Day

by Jiddu Krishnamurti

Questioner: You said on Monday that, to have true intelligence, one must have passed through a state of great aloneness. Is this the only way of arriving at true intelligence?

Krishnamurti: Let us consider what we do now. We are seeking security, constantly hedging ourselves in with certainties. Whenever there comes a state of utter uncertainty, doubt, we take immediate flight from it. So we have established comforting securities, certainties. Please think it over and you will see that this is so. And it is only when you are stripped of all hope, in the sense of security, certainty, only when you are completely naked, stripped of all protective measures and reactions, that there is the ecstasy of truth. In those moments of complete aloneness, which only come when all escapes and their significance have been truly discerned, is there the blessedness of the present.

New York City, New York
Third Talk in the Town Hall, March 15, 1935