Quote of the Day

by Jiddu Krishnamurti

Question: When I think of the Christ I feel immense love in my heart. When I am in your presence, I am mentally stimulated. I know this is also the experience of others. Why do we feel this difference if, as you say, thought and love are the same?

Krishnamurti: Because you are dividing life into emotion and thought. If you are looking for comfort, you will have it; if you are looking for stimulation, you will be stimulated. The fullness of life is neither comfort nor stimulation, but the perfect harmony of thought and emotion.

When I am talking to you, I am feeling intensely. Thinking and feeling are to me the same, because I have lost the distinction of what you call thought and emotion. To lose that distinction, you must first become aware of it in yourself, you must know for yourself that you think apart from feeling; that is, you must be fully self-conscious. In that flame of self-consciousness there is utter aloneness, and when you know that solitude, which is an ecstasy, then thought and feeling are beginning to lose their distinction. Though you reflect, that reflection is an emotional awareness; though you feel, it is a mental awareness. Then thought is ever an awareness.

Man in himself is life, and he cannot find it through another. He can realize it through piercing the many layers of his own self-consciousness. All following and looking to another is unnatural. You must penetrate your own mind and heart to realize the ecstasy of life, and you cannot ultimately escape from that effort. There is always escape when you are not free from craving, and no one can deliver it from you except yourself, through your own delight, through your own search. When all craving has ceased, then to think is to feel, there is no distinction between mind and heart. There is then an intense awareness, a concentration which has lost all distinction. It is the concentration of a flower. That concentration is infinite; but what you call love and thought breed resistance, bondage, laziness of mind and heart, and therefore corruption.

Early Writings, Volume VII
Talks at the Ojai Camp 1932