Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Early Writings, Volume VII | Talks at the Ojai Camp 1932

Question: I understand that you were helped towards your realization of truth by the experience of death. You have said that death, love and birth are essentially one. How can you maintain that there is no distinction between the shock and sorrow of death and the bliss of love? Could one come to the realization of truth through the experience of love alone? If so, surely there would be a difference in the expression of that realization. Is sorrow a surer path to the realization of truth that the path to love?

Krishnamurti: There is death only when there is the continuance of memory, and memory is but the result of craving, wanting. To a man who is free from craving there is no death, neither a beginning nor an end, neither a path of love nor a path of sorrow. In the pursuit of an opposite, you create resistance. If you are fearful, you seek courage, but fear pursues you still, because you are merely escaping from one to the other. Whereas, if you free yourself from the cause of fear, which is craving, then you do not know either courage or fear; and I say that the manner of doing this is to become aware, watchful, not seeking to grab courage, but freeing yourself of motive in action.

If you understand this, you will see that time as past and future has ceased, and that the sorrow of death has yielded to the ever renewing present. When someone dies whom you love, you are aware of an intense loneliness and, being caught up in it, you desire to be assured that life continues on the other side, or you seek unity with the whole. These are but pursuits of the opposite, and therefore they hold loneliness. Whereas, in facing loneliness and discovering its cause through alert watchfulness, the mind is freed from distinction, in the process of which loneliness is destroyed. All things must wear out. But the mind that is free from distinction, resistance, and from their cause which is craving, shall know immortality. This is not the perpetuation of individuality, the many layers of personal thought and feeling. Immortality is the harmony of complete perception.

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