Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Bombay, India | January 1968

Freedom cannot be given; freedom is something that comes into being when you do not seek it; it comes into being only when you know you are a prisoner, when you know for yourself completely the state of being conditioned, when you know you are held by society, by culture, by tradition, held by whatever you have been told. Freedom is order - it is never disorder - and one must have freedom, completely, both outwardly and inwardly; without freedom there is no clarity; without freedom you can't love; without freedom you can't find truth; without freedom you can't go beyond the limitation of the mind. You must demand it with all your being. When you so demand it, you will find out for yourself what order is - and order is not the following of a pattern, a design; it is not the outcome of habit.

Tags: belief, conditioning, freedom., seeking, truth, will

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I hold that to have a belief is a limitation.
To really think, the mind must not be tethered to a belief.
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Belief is merely an escape from the present conflict.
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Should not traditions, beliefs, dogmas be questioned?
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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.
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Surely there is a difference between right thinking and right or conditioned thought.
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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.
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To know that I have realized, you also must have realized.
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The end is of the same nature as the means; if you use wrong means, you create wrong ends.
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Question: May we request you to state clearly whether there is God or not?
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Can one see that the whole movement of this illusory memory, which appears so real, can end?
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You cannot perceive if you do not ask the right question - and a right question has no answer, because it needs no answer.
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Ignorance is the unawareness of the process of conditioning, which consists of the many wants, fears, acquisitive memories, and so on.
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Desire can only recondition itself, reshape itself to a new pattern, but it will still be desire, giving birth to fear.
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When one has liberated oneself from society, group, race, family, and from all separative conditioning, and has become an undivided, integral being the problems which now torment the citizens of various particularized states will have utterly lost their significance.
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You think that you are thinking.
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With regard to every subject, you are misinformed, you are badly educated and badly conditioned; and you try to interpret life through this misinformation.
When your neighbour and yourself are each behind his own wall, how can you understand each other?
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My thought, which is the outcome of yesterday, can respond only in terms of yesterday; and when it asks, 'how can I go beyond?', it is asking a wrong question.
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With this cycle most of us are familiar, hope and despair.
Effort is the very denial of understanding;
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Questioner: Is it not advantageous to seek?
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Comfort is one thing, and truth another;
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It is only that truth that liberates, and nothing else. That is why you must stand completely alone.
Philosophy means love of truth, not love of thought.
A satisfactory explanation, or a comforting belief, can put you soothingly to sleep; but is that what you want?
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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?
Sincerity can never be simple; sincerity is the breeding ground of the will, and will cannot uncover the ways of the self.
It is only the righteous man that develops his will as a means of resistance, and a man of will can never find truth, because he is never free.
Is silence to be cultivated, carefully nurtured and strengthened? And who is the cultivator? Is he different from the totality of your being?
We are saying: Be dead to love; it doesn't matter. Live entirely in your intellect and in your verbal manipulations, your cunning arguments.
You cannot brush the past aside. It is there.
An ambitious man, whether he be a merchant, a politician, or a so-called saint is essentially a self-contradictory human being.
Have the teachings attributed to the great teachers - Christ, Buddha, Hermes and others - any value for the attainment of the direct path to truth?
The energy which seeks truth creates its own discipline without any form of imposition; and as the river finds the sea, so that energy finds its own freedom.
You can't empty the mind, do what you will you can't empty it, because the desire to empty it is part of the activity of the self.
Is there an action which is not the result of effort, which is not the action of will?
Will is the outcome of the conflict of choice, but discernment is choiceless.
There are two kinds of will - the will that is born out of desire, want, craving, and the will that is of discernment, comprehension.
The change in will is submission to the authority of ideal and conduct. The change of will is discernment, intelligence, in which there is not the conflict of antitheses.
The will to exist, the will to become perfect, the will to succeed, the will to acquire, the will to find God, is the urge of egotism.
Will living according to a pattern, an ideal, following it ruthlessly, meditating upon it, bring you to the discovery of yourself?
Is each one aware of the mechanical process of the intellect, of the will, which destroys the spontaneous, the real?
Creative emptiness is not to be run after or sought by devious ways. It must happen. Truth is.
The desire to be satisfied creates will, which maintains itself by its own continual effort.
Being poor inwardly, psychologically, spiritually, one thinks of enriching oneself through possessions, with ever increasing complex demands and problems.
You may be able to overcome greed through the mere exertion of the will of denial, but that does not lead to understanding, to love, for such a will is the product of conflict and therefore cannot free itself from greed.
Understanding is not brought about through the mere exertion of a one-sided will but through that experimental approach which has that peculiar quality of wholeness.
All overcoming is a form of ignorance and violence; only understanding can free thought from bondage.
It is only when we are really inwardly free from greed, not merely in our outward relationship and action, that there can be peace and disinterested action.
To understand the complex causes of conflict and the desire to be free from it, requires not the mere will to be free, but constant awareness in our daily life.
The motive for cultivating the opposite matters greatly; if it is a desire to escape from the struggle and pain of envy, then its opposite becomes identical with itself and so there is no freedom from envy.
Without self-knowledge, to make a choice between the opposites must inevitably lead to further ignorance and sorrow.
In opposition there is no understanding.
This abandonment of the self is not an act of will;
An intelligence which is the product of desire, of self-expansion, is ever creating resistance, and it can never bring about tranquillity.
It is truth alone that frees, not the activity of will.
[Understanding] involves change of will altogether and not merely change in will.
You cannot overcome a hindrance; the hindrance has to be understood by approaching it without condemnation, without judging, without a desire to alter it.
You will have understanding only when you consider the problem, when you accept it, look at it, become aware of its significance completely, and even love it.
All greatness, like love, comes to you. If you pursue love it will never come, but if you are open, still, not demanding, it will come.
So, as long as the thinker is separate from his thought, there will be problems, one after the other, innumerable problems;