Quote of the Day

by Jiddu Krishnamurti

Questioner: Can there be happiness when there is no longer any 'I' consciousness? Is one able to feel anything at all if the 'I' consciousness is extinguished?

Krishnamurti: First of all, what does one mean by the 'I' consciousness? When are you aware of this 'I'? When are you conscious of yourself? You are conscious of yourself as 'I', as an entity, when you are in pain, when you experience discomfiture, conflict, struggle.

You say, ''If that 'I' does not exist, what is there?'' I say, you will find out only when your mind is free of that 'I'; so do not inquire now. When your mind and heart are harmonious, when they are no longer caught up in conflict, then you will know, then you will not ask what it is that feels, that thinks. As long as this 'I' consciousness exists there must be the conflict of choice, from which arises the sensation of happiness and unhappiness. That is, this conflict gives you the sense of limited consciousness, the 'I', with which the mind becomes identified. I say that you will find out that life which is not identified with the 'you' or the 'me', that life which is eternal, infinite, only when this limited consciousness dissolves itself. You do not dissolve that limited consciousness; it dissolves itself.

Frognerseteren, Norway
2nd Pulic Talk, September 8, 1933