Question: How can I be free of fear?
Krishnamurti: I think the questioner wants to know how to free himself from the deep and significant cause of fear.
To be truly free of fear, you must lose all sense of egotism; and that is a very difficult thing to do. Egotism is so subtle, it expresses itself in so many ways, that we are almost unconscious of it. It expresses itself through the search for security, whether in this world or in some other world which is called the hereafter. It craves to be secure, now and in the future, and thus hinders intelligence and fulfillment. As long as this desire for security exists, there must be fear. A mind that seeks immortality, the continuance of its own limited consciousness, must create fear, ignorance and illusion. If the mind can free itself from the desire for security, then fear ceases; and to discover if the mind is pursuing security, it must become aware, fully conscious.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
2nd Public Talk 15th July, 1935