Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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Commentaries On Living | Series III, Chapter 13

Comfort is one thing, and truth another; they lead away from each other. If you seek comfort, you may find it in an explanation, a drug or a belief; but it will be temporary, and sooner or later you will have to begin over again. And is there such a thing as comfort? It may be that you will first have to see this fact: that a mind which seeks comfort, security, will always be in sorrow. A satisfactory explanation, or a comforting belief, can put you soothingly to sleep; but is that what you want? Will that wipe away your sorrow? Is sorrow to be got rid of by inducing sleep?

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As long as mind is caught up in belief, there is no understanding, there is no freedom.
Truth is truth, one, alone; it has no sides, no paths; all paths do not lead to truth.
Freedom cannot be given; freedom is something that comes into being when you do not seek it;
Every habit, repetition, rituals strengthened by belief and dogma, sensory responses, can be and are refined, but the alert awareness, sensitivity, is quite another matter.
That is the nature of belief: taking for granted, accepting something to be true when your own enquiry, your own vitality, energy, has not found out, you believe.
Belief implies accepting as true what we don't know.
Do you agree with the teachings of Buddha?
By studying what we consider important in life, those things which we have accepted - the values, the standards, the beliefs, the innumerable things that we hold - by examining them, perhaps we shall find out the ways of our own thinking and thereby know ourselves.
All men, everywhere in the world have a belief, it does not matter what it is, and that belief guides their mind, whereas life should guide and not belief.
You have to believe in God only when there is no understanding, and you cannot have understanding by searching for it.
Where there is a search for comfort, security, there must be a pattern, a mould, in which we take shelter, and therefore we begin to preconceive what God must be, and what truth must be.
As beliefs separate people, condition people, keep them apart, so possessiveness, expressing itself as class-consciousness and growing into nationality, keeps people apart.
I hold that to have a belief is a limitation.
To really think, the mind must not be tethered to a belief.
To me, truth has no aspects; it is one, and that which is complete, whole, has no aspects.
To be a theist or an atheist, to me, are both absurd.
Belief is merely an escape from the present conflict.
Most minds have identified themselves with a belief, and therefore their thought is always circumscribed, limited by that belief or ideal;
Self-discipline implies a mind that is tethered to a particular thought or belief or ideal, a mind that is held by a condition;
Both the believer and the non-believer in God and immortality are wrong, because the mind cannot comprehend reality until it is completely free of all illusions.
Should not traditions, beliefs, dogmas be questioned?
Man is almost suffocated in the prison of false values, of which he is unconscious.
Your traditions and your beliefs are shelters under which you take cover in time of trouble.
When the mind is stagnant, drugged to sleep by beliefs, crippled by limitations, and is awakened by the movement of life, that awakening we call suffering.
To understand and awaken [this] harmonious intelligence, one must begin, not with assumptions and authoritative assertions, but negatively.
When people say that they believe in reincarnation, in immortality, in God, these are but emotional cravings which to them become objectified concepts and facts.
If you have beliefs, you are translating and moulding your experiences according to them, and so you are continuously forcing and limiting thought-emotion, and these limitations become the "I" process.
There are three conditions of mind: "I know", "I believe", and "I do not know."
We begin to discern what is true only when all want has ceased, for want creates beliefs, ideals, hopes, which are mere escapes.
For a man who is truly uncertain, there is hope;
Fundamentally, vicarious experience cannot have integral value.
To inquire into the unconditioned state when one's mind is limited is so utterly futile.
Surely that is another form of conditioning. How do you know that there is the real?
Are you conscious with your whole being that you are protecting yourself in some form or other through belief, acquisitions, virtue, ambition?
It is one of the illusions of the mind that creates the hope of something beyond its own darkness.
Both the religious and the materialistic mind are conditioned by their own prejudices which prevent the integral comprehension of truth and the communion with it.
Belief and non-belief are definite hindrances to the understanding of reality;
Surely there is a difference between right thinking and right or conditioned thought.
We cannot assume anything, can we?
Questioner: Is not belief in God necessary in this terrible and ruthless world?
By accepting a belief, you exclude all other forms of thinking.
You believe and your belief is merely a condition imposed upon you because it gratifies you and gives you security in society, factually, psychologically and abstractly.
Question: What is the difference between belief and confidence?
If we recognise we are blind, we would be careful and would not make any dogmatic assertion about anything.
Why do you believe and what is there to believe? Do you believe that you are alive? Do you believe that you hear?
If you know God as an idea or as a formula it cannot be real.
To know that I have realized, you also must have realized.
Essentially we believe in order to be secure, not to get lost in the wood, to have a lighthouse, to have a point towards which thought is culminating, progressing, focussing.
The end is of the same nature as the means; if you use wrong means, you create wrong ends.
Are we aware of the fact that we have belief?
Millions of people can be made, by modern propaganda, to believe in anything - as it has been proved over and over again - in war, in nationalism, in butchery, in calling themselves Mohammedans or Hindus and killing each other.
Belief has no importance whatsoever, it is just a marvellous escape.
We use belief as the most gratifying means to guide ourselves.
In belief is implied authority, an authority either imposed by a society, by a tradition, or the authority through experience in oneself, the authority of memory.
A man who is very firmly fixed in a belief is not pliable; and only that which is pliable, is enduring.
To a man who is believing and seeks guidance, there is never a moment when there is an ending.
... there is no meeting ground between you who are full of beliefs, ceremonies and rituals, and I who am without them.
Beliefs throughout history have acted as a barrier between man and man, and any organization based on a belief must inevitably bring war between man and man as it has done over and over again.
As nationalism divides human beings, beliefs break up friendship and create animosity.
If you experience something directly, it would be experience not based on belief;
When belief becomes stronger than affection, stronger than love, when belief is more important than humanity and your whole make-up is one of belief - whether belief in God or in an ideology, in communalism or in nationalism - , obviously you are the very cause of destruction.
The mind can deceive itself and fabricate anything it wishes.
Please don't be on the offensive or the defensive; because, to understand you must explore, and exploration ceases when you are biased, when you are tethered to a tradition or to a belief.
Question: May we request you to state clearly whether there is God or not?
Comfort is one thing, and truth another;
Whatever you try to do, you do intellectually, and therefore falsely.
When you realize that there is no such thing as comfort, no such thing as security, either in possession of things or of ideas, then you face life as it is, not with the background of intense longing for comfort.
Perhaps you are merely trying to use my words as a means of escape; perhaps you are using my words, my ideas to fill your own emptiness.
We have taken such shelter behind false values that we have ceased to think at all, and then we ask, "What are we to do?
There is no security, no comfort, but only clarity of thought which brings about the understanding of the fundamental cause of suffering, which alone will liberate man.
Should not traditions, beliefs, dogmas be questioned?
The continual process of awakening the mind from its own limitations is true experience.
A man who would understand truth must be free from the desire for security and comfort.
It is easy to perceive what is, but to be free of it is another matter
What is important, surely, is to observe the fact and not cling to opinions or merely discuss the symbol which represents the fact.
The fact is not outside the field of the mind.
Should we not, as the questioner points out, be aware of the two kinds of memories: the indispensable, relating to facts and figures, and the psychological memory?
The problem is that I am only aware of factual memories and I am not aware of psychological memories.
Life has no answer
Why cannot the mind experience something that is true, beyond its own projections?
What is meditation? Why should one meditate? To find that out, stop meditating.
It is easy to perceive what is, but to be free of it is another matter
Sir, what is your idea of a new world?
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Is not your affection, love, born of fear and hedged about by jealousy, suspicion, and oppressed by possessiveness and sorrow?
We do not know how to look at a tree, we merely talk about it.
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Freedom is to stand alone, unattached and unafraid, free in the understanding of desire which breeds illusion.
Meditation is seeing the constant touching the ever-changing movement of life.
For me, revolution is synonymous with religion. I do not mean by the word 'revolution' immediate economic or social change; I mean a revolution in consciousness itself.
One takes comfort, security, in any form of illusion. And man apparently needs many illusions.
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The religious mind does not depend on time for its development.
Instead of discerning the cause, you think that you can comprehend yourself through another. This looking to the example of another only leads to illusion and suffering.
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The power to create illusion is vastly more significant to understand than to understand reality.
That which is real will be known when the various forms of illusions have ceased.
Most minds have identified themselves with a belief, and therefore their thought is always circumscribed, limited by that belief or ideal;
What happens to a house whose walls you are merely decorating though its foundations are rotten?
If you don't understand something and merely try to modify it, your action must increase the barriers, must build up new sets of barriers;
Not having that creative intelligence which is the comprehension of environment, man begins to play within the walls of his prison, he begins to embellish and decorate the prison and he makes himself comfortable within its walls;
Intelligence is the only solution that will bring about harmony in this world of conflict, harmony between mind and heart in action.
There is no security, no comfort, but only clarity of thought which brings about the understanding of the fundamental cause of suffering, which alone will liberate man.
Our present search for reality is nothing but the search for a greater and more magnificent illusion.
The very search for reality is an illusion, because it is but an escape.
When there is true discernment there is the ecstasy of the immeasurable, which cannot be imagined or preconceived, but only experienced.
Illusion divides itself infinitely.
The continual process of awakening the mind from its own limitations is true experience.
We have many stupidities and limitations which are slowly destroying intelligence, such as ideals, beliefs, dogmas, nationalism and the possessive idea of family;
A man who would understand truth must be free from the desire for security and comfort.
In pursuit of an illusion, one often feels an exhilaration, an emotionalism; but when one examines this emotional structure, it is nothing but a limitation, the building up of walls of refuge.
Until the mind-heart is deeply, profoundly conscious of its own process, its own power to create illusions, there cannot be discernment.
To inquire into the unconditioned state when one's mind is limited is so utterly futile.
It is one of the illusions of the mind that creates the hope of something beyond its own darkness.
The conflict between the actual and the illusory must continue till either the unreal overcomes the actual or the actual breaks through all safeguards, all escapes, and begins to reveal its deep significance.
As the mind is capable of creating illusion this power must be understood before it can be wholly free from its own self-created distractions.
In opposition there is no understanding.
We translate all experience in terms of our own conditioning, the deeper it is the more alertly aware must we be not to misread it.
Just as the sensate man creates havoc in the world, the man of ideation with a framework of references also creates mischief; in fact, the latter does more harm.
Since it is extremely difficult and arduous to be aware, you spin out theories, you escape through property, through name and family, and all the rest of the absurdities which bring about destruction.
It is such a phoney superficial world, so ugly if you look behind the curtain; and we are decorating the curtain and hoping that everything will be right behind it.
We have to find out what is the accurate, correct, right action, or right livelihood in the world of reality, and reality includes illusion
Can you and I, live with what we actually are?
You cannot repeat truth, because truth is never constant.
Comfort is one thing, and truth another;
Truth is truth, one, alone; it has no sides, no paths; all paths do not lead to truth.
It is only that truth that liberates, and nothing else. That is why you must stand completely alone.
Freedom cannot be given; freedom is something that comes into being when you do not seek it;
Philosophy means love of truth, not love of thought.
The shallow are ever afraid of what they are; but what they are is the truth.
The more you are interested in something, the more your intention to understand, the more simple, clear, free the mind is.
In spite of your emphatic denial of the need of a guru, are you not yourself a guru?
That you inquire after truth implies that you believe in a path to truth, and this is the first illusion in which you are caught.
That which is real will be known when the various forms of illusions have ceased.
When you see something clearly as being true - and clarity is always true - there is no other action but the action of clarity.
But we do not want the new, we do not want to be reborn. All that we want is to be made certain.
Surely, truth is not something distant; truth is in the little things of everyday life - in every word, in every smile, in every relationship - only we do not know how to see it;
There is only one truth, but you cannot go to it through any sect, through any religion.
You cannot find truth, you cannot find God, because your search is but an escape from fear, your search is but a desire for a culmination.
Question: What is your truth?
Truth is unique; it is not many-sided; it is complete.
Please do not think that by calling me an anarchist or communist, or by giving to me some other convenient name, you have understood what I have said.
If a thing is false, it is false for everyone, under all circumstances.
Truth is to be comprehended, to be discerned, not to be explained.
That which is capable of growth is not eternal.
Question: Is freedom from conflict possible for anyone at any time, regardless of evolution? Have you come across another instance, besides yourself, in which the possibility had become an actuality?
Creative emptiness is not to be run after or sought by devious ways. It must happen. Truth is.
Out of formulation, out of imagination, out of the known we experience, but few are capable of experiencing without symbols, without imagination, without formulations.
It is truth alone that frees, not the activity of will.
Truth can only come to you, you cannot go to it.
The means matters much more than the end.
Is there any path to truth?
To know that I have realized, you also must have realized.
A man who seeks truth must travel the uncharted seas; he has no harbours, he has no havens, he must go out to explore.
To love truth, you must know truth; and to know truth is to deny it.
Question: May we request you to state clearly whether there is God or not?