Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Ojai, California | Fourth Talk in The Oak Grove, 1946

Questioner: Can a petty thought go beyond itself?

Krishnamurti: How can it? Greed is still greed even if it reaches for heaven. Only when it is aware of its own limitation does the limited thought cease. The limited thought cannot become the free; when limitation ceases there is freedom. If you will experiment with awareness you will discover the truth of this.

It is the petty mind that creates problems for itself, and through awareness of the cause of problems, the self, they are dissolved. To be aware of narrowness and its many results implies deep understanding of it on all the different levels of consciousness - pettiness in things, in relationship, in ideas. When we are conscious of being petty or violent or envious, we make an effort not to be; we condemn it for we desire to be something else. This condemnatory attitude puts an end to the understanding of what is and its process. The desire to put an end to greed is another form of self-assertion and so is the cause of continued conflict and pain.

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