Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

San Francisco, CA USA | 1st Public Talk, 30th April 1983

From the beginning we must be very clear that you are not being told what to do, or what to think. We have been programmed enough. But in this talk, and tomorrow's talk, we should think together, look at the world as it is, what is actually going on, together, without any bias, without any prejudice, to look at the world that man has created; each human being throughout the world has created this society. This society is corrupt, immoral, and it has always had wars. From time beyond measure they have had wars. They used to kill with arrows, now you can blast whole generations, and millions of people. This is called advancement, evolution.

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you will catch what I am saying in the net of words and so cause a new division between man and man. Then you will create a new system based on Krishnamurti's words which you the propagandist will spread among other propagandists who are also caught in words and thereby what have you done?