Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Brockwood Park, England | Krishnamurti Foundation Trust, Bulletin 22, 1974

Meditation is seeing the constant touching the ever-changing movement of life. The man who has progressed through being a sinner to being a saint has progressed from one illusion to another. This whole movement is an illusion. When the mind sees this illusion it is no longer creating any illusion, it is no longer measuring. Therefore thought has come to an end with regard to becoming better. Out of this comes a state of liberation - and this is sacred. This alone can, perhaps, receive the constant.

Tags: evolution, freedom, illusion, meditation, time

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The religious mind does not depend on time for its development.
By adding little by little to the granary in the mind, you hope to become full, and to be able to meet life fully, wholly.
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We are afraid to look at ourselves as we are, we want to run away from the actual and this flight we call "progress" or the search for happiness.
Have we evolved psychologically towards freedom and happiness?
We should go into this question of freedom and enquire whether it is at all possible to be free, or if it is an ideological utopia, a concept which has no reality whatsoever.
Only in total freedom does bliss exist.
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Only the mind that has emptied itself of the known is creative.
Self-knowledge is not a conclusion, an end; it has no beginning and no end.
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.
We have divided life into dying and living. And this division has brought about great fear. And out of that fear we invent all kinds of theories, very comforting, may be illusory, but it is very comforting, illusions are comfortably neurotic.
The 'me' is created by thought and the 'me' says: "I am independent of thought".
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How can one stimulate a desire for freedom?
To live without comparison is to remove a tremendous burden.
To examine, explore, anything, there must be the quality of freedom from all your prejudices, conditioning and so on, even from your own experience;
You may say there is a part of you - the watcher, the super-soul, the Atman - which is not conditioned; but because you think about it, it is within the field of thought, therefore it is conditioned.
I am talking of that living reality in which there is utter freedom from all ideas.
We are influenced not only by external conditions, but also by an inner condition which we develop.
Although you may think that you are experiencing the actual, you are really experiencing your own wishes, and these wishes become so real, so concrete, so definite, that you take them for actuality.
We are here to understand for ourselves that process of consciousness focussed in each individual
There are many organizations for peace, but there are very few individuals who are free, who are intelligent in the true sense of the word.
You will know what is freedom when you are deeply conscious of the walls of your prison, for that very awareness dissolves the self-created limitations.
When you reject authority and seek freedom from it, you are but seeking the antithesis; whereas true freedom, the intelligent and awakened state of mind, is beyond opposites.
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?
The discovery of what is wise and what is foolish is the whole process of living.
if thought is limited by memories, traditions, prejudices, by the past, then any action springing from it can only create further ignorance and sorrow.
Out of formulation, out of imagination, out of the known we experience, but few are capable of experiencing without symbols, without imagination, without formulations.
Freedom must be sought out; freedom from saviours, teachers, leaders; freedom from the self-enclosing walls of good and bad; freedom from authority and imitation; freedom from self, the cause of conflict and pain.
The means matters much more than the end.
The present is the door to time, to the understanding of time and the present exists in what you are thinking, not in the time indicated by the clock, the time-table, or your routine.
A man who seeks truth must travel the uncharted seas; he has no harbours, he has no havens, he must go out to explore.
Freedom is eternal; it is now, not tomorrow.
Either we think and become disillusioned and cynical - or we think and go beyond.
Therefore, we are free of the idea of discipline, of the idea of control - which is an extraordinary revolution, isn't it?
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Can there be honesty - that is, clear insight, seeing things as they are - if there is a principle, an ideal, an ennobled formula?
The craving for experience is the beginning of illusion.
Freedom is to stand alone, unattached and unafraid, free in the understanding of desire which breeds illusion.
A satisfactory explanation, or a comforting belief, can put you soothingly to sleep; but is that what you want?
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.
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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.
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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 never see the world as a whole because we are so fragmented, we are so terribly limited, so petty
We are watching, not waiting, not expecting anything to happen but watching without end.
Demand is born out of duality. 'I am un- happy and I must be happy.'
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Thought shattering itself against its own nothingness is the explosion of meditation.
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Meditation is really very simple. We complicate it. We weave a web of ideas around it, what it is and what it is not.
If one does not know what meditation is, true meditation, I think one misses everything in life.
What is meditation? Why should one meditate? To find that out, stop meditating.
What is the relationship of attention to inattention, and to awareness?
The craving for experience is the beginning of illusion.
The earth and everything upon it became holy.
Thought is the very denial of love, and it cannot enter into that space where the me is not.
There was complete emptiness of the brain, and the mind was free of all experience, the knowing of yesterday, though a thousand yesterdays have been.
Meditation, along that quiet and deserted road came like a soft rain over the hills; it came as easily and naturally as the coming night.
Meditation as a means to arrive, to gain, to discover, only gives strength to the meditator.
Meditation implies a mind that is so astonishingly clear that every form of self-deception comes to an end.
To pursue the known in different forms is a game of self-deception, and then the meditator is the master, there is not the simple act of meditation.
We all need a quiet mind, a peaceful mind, an absolutely silent mind without a murmur of thought. Is that possible? Possible means we don't know.
I hesitate to say this because it sounds extravagant and rather childish: that the source of all energy had been reached.
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.
It is only when the mind is silent that we can understand anything
Meditation is not the pursuit of pleasure and the search for happiness. Meditation, on the contrary, is a state of mind in which there is no concept or formula, and therefore total freedom.
Meditation is not an escape from the world; it is not an isolating self-enclosing activity, but rather the comprehension of the world and its ways.
For the total development of the human being, solitude as a means of cultivating sensitivity becomes a necessity.
Meditation is the silence of the mind, but in that silence, in that intensity, in that total alertness, the mind is no longer the seat of thought, because thought is time, thought is memory, thought is knowledge.
Surely meditation is understanding - meditation of the heart is understanding.
Your task is much greater than the speaker's; it is not the other way round - which most of us are used to; the speaker does all the work and you just listen, agree or disagree, and go away elated, amused, intellectually alerted;
You are forcing your mind to fix itself on an idea which is not born of innate and vital interest, because if it were, there would be no conflict, you would concentrate spontaneously and without effort.
Why do you feel that you must meditate?
You may strive for [that] spiritual height; but I assure you that, though you may appear to attain it, you will still experience the feeling of emptiness.
To live a natural life, full, spontaneous life, creative, intelligent life, you can only do that when you understand the false standards and the true standards of society, and have broken away from it because you understand their significance;
I wonder what people generally mean by meditation.
The intelligent man is the summation of intelligence; his is an absolute, direct perception without twists and perversions which result when memory functions.
True meditation is the discernment of one's own unique process of creating and being caught in ignorance, and being aware of this process.
Meditation is the constant discernment of what is true in the actions, reactions and provocations of life.
I am afraid that many of you who hear me often but do not experiment with what I say, will merely acquire a new terminology, without that fundamental change of will which alone can free the mind-heart from conflict and sorrow.
When there is a natural concentration of interest, not mere control, you begin to discover that thought is in a process of constant imitation and that it is ever wandering through its many layers of memories, precepts, examples;
Creative stillness of the mind is necessary for the understanding of reality.
Awareness is not mere analysis or self-examination.
Control of thought does not bring about right thinking;
You can create noble fixations and wholly be absorbed in them but this does not bring about understanding.
Is it not possible for the mind-heart to stop formulating, to be utterly still and not forced into stillness by an act of will?
There is a vast difference between becoming still and being still.
Many use various techniques to go beyond the reach of the means, but the means shape the mind-heart, and so in the end they become slaves to the means.
Without self-knowledge there is no foundation for right thinking; without right thinking thought-feeling cannot transcend itself.
Instead of trying to control these wandering thoughts become aware of them, think-out, feel-out every thought, comprehend its significance, however pleasant or unpleasant;
I wonder how many of you have really practised meditation? If you have, you will have noticed how difficult it is to be extensively aware without the narrowing down of thought-feeling.
The accumulation of memory is called knowledge; with this burden, with the scars of experience, thought is ever interpreting the present and so giving continuity to its own scars and conditioning.
The purpose of meditation is to be aware of the total process of the self.
... through self-knowledge thought-feeling frees itself from its own self-created impediments of ill will and ignorance, worldliness and craving
Meditation is not for a set period only but is to be continued during the waking hours and hours of sleep as well.
Meditation is not a practice; it is not the cultivation of habit; meditation is heightened awareness.
Without understanding oneself meditation becomes a process of self-hypnosis inducing experiences according to one's conditioning, one's belief.
True meditation is not self-expansion in any form.
You may succeed in forcibly stilling the mind, but what is the outcome of such effort? Death, is it not?
If you have the capacity to allow thought to unroll itself fully then you will perceive that one thought contains, or is related to, all thought.
Meditation as it is generally understood and practiced is a process of the expansion of the self; often meditation is a form of self-hypnosis.
Awareness flows into meditation; in meditation, Being, the Eternal, is experienced.
A man who prays can never understand what is meditation, because he is concerned with gain.
What do we do when we sit down and meditate?
If the means is the known the end is the known.
The means creates the end and if the means is the known then the end also is the known and therefore it is not the unknowable, the timeless.
Meditation is thought freeing itself from continuity and then there is renewal, creation and reality
Meditation is thought freeing itself from continuity and then there is renewal, creation and reality;
As practiced by most of us, meditation is an effort to do something of which you have already an outline, thus forcing the mind along a pre-determined channel.
Meditation is really the thinking out of each thought fully and completely so that you see the truth of that thought.
The purpose of meditation is to discover reality, not to hypnotize yourself about the reality.
Concentration is not meditation, because where there is interest it is comparatively easy to concentrate on something.
What is meditation?
Surely, meditation is understanding - meditation of the heart is understanding.
To know the deeply concealed activities, the hidden motives, responses, thoughts and feelings, there must be tranquillity in the conscious mind; that is, the conscious mind must be still in order to receive the projection of the unconscious.
Without self-knowledge there is no right thinking, and without right thinking, what you do has no meaning, however noble your intentions are.
Understanding the thought process is the beginning of meditation, which is self-knowledge.
Stillness comes to the mind only through self-knowledge - not through denial of the self or acceptance of the self, but through understanding every movement, every thought, every feeling of the self, both the high and the low.
Happiness comes not in evaluating, but when the mind is not occupied with itself, when the mind is silent, then happiness comes into being;
Actually we have no love; we have sentiment; we have emotionality, sensuality, sexuality
The moment you divide up life and think of its goal as something to be attained eventually in some distant future, the sweet purpose of this realisation is lost -
If you and the speaker are the result of forty thousand years or more, and we have come to this peculiar state that we are in, will we, give me another forty thousand years, change?
Breaking through is not a matter of time.
Except for the human beings, it was a new day; nothing was like yesterday.
A mind that is capable of measuring is capable also of illusion
It would be foolish - would it not? - to deny evolution.
Why have we created psychological time?
Personally, to the speaker, there is no psychological evolution;
What is the relationship of attention to inattention, and to awareness?
Self-knowledge is only from moment to moment, and therefore there is a creative happiness from moment to moment.
Can thought be aware of its own movement? Can thought see itself, see what it is doing, both in the outer and the inner?
You cannot brush the past aside. It is there.
Will you please explain what you mean by awareness?
The religious mind does not depend on time for its development.
As long as you think time and thought are necessary, in the psychological world, in the world of the self, in the world of psyche, in the world of inside the skin, then you will be perpetually in fear.
Conflict at any level, at any depth, indicates immaturity.
There is no essential difference between the old and the young, for both are slaves to their own desires and gratifications.
Any change within the field of time is the same movement modified and continued.
It is we human beings who are always concerned about death - because we are not living.
Creative emptiness is not possible so long as there is the thinker who is waiting, watching, observing in order to gather experience, in order to strengthen himself.
The thinker is a fictitious entity, an unreal state. There is only thought; and the bundle of thoughts creates the 'I', the thinker.
To control thought-feeling for a greater reward, for a greater result, is to make it petty, ignorant and sorrowful.
Patience is not time. Impatience is time. Patience has no time.
I feel that a radical change can come only when there is no effort, when the mind is not trying to become something, not trying to be virtuous - which does not mean that the mind must be nonvirtuous.
Space and time are real for the man who is yet imperfect and space is divided for him into dimensions, time into past, present and future.
You see, death is destruction, it is final; you can't argue with it, you can't say, 'Nay, wait a few days more.'
If action is conditioned by an idea, by a formula, by a concept, action then is not important, but the idea is important, and therefore, there is a conflict between action and idea.
Time is merely the outcome of our not meeting the fact without knowledge.
As long as the mind is a slave to time, there must be the fear of death, the fear and the hope of a future life, and a constant inquiry into that question.
A fundamental question cannot be answered by somebody else.
A constant battle is going on within us, wearing us out in the process.
Is there time to overcome death; or is death always in harmony with life, with love, with pain; or is death something to be put far away, one day we have to face it but not now?
Time is a movement invented by thought.
Life is not what we would like it to be; life is not permanent at all.
What I have to say concerns the hindrances which prevent in you the instantaneous recognition of truth.
Consider the working of your own mind and heart and you will see that in the pursuit of achievement and progress you are living in the past and in the future and never fully in the present.
You must realize with your heart as well as with your mind that the cause of emptiness is craving.
Man in general sees life only through the tradition of time which he bears in his mind and his heart; whereas to me life is fresh, renewing, moving, never static.
If you perceive and live completely in the very thing that you are experiencing, then this idea of change from the unessential to the essential disappears
I say that time does not bring you understanding; when you look to time as a gradual process of unfoldment you are creating a hindrance.
The very inquiry into the future shows that you are already dying.
What is living fully in the present?
The future is nothing but an escape from actuality, through an ideal to which we try to adjust the present, the immediate action.
The "I" process that seeks to perpetuate itself is nothing but accumulated craving.
The past is the background of conditioned thought-action which is dominating and controlling the present and thereby creating a predetermined future.
Where there is intense interest there is full awareness.
In your eagerness you want immediate results, you are concerned with results and not with the ways and means; thus in your haste you become a plaything of empty promises.
Through time the Timeless cannot be realized.
Do not depend on time but be arduous in the search of self-knowledge.
The chain of sorrow is broken only when the becomer ceases to become, positively or negatively.
If you saw the truth about self-expansion problems would begin to fade away.
Questioner: Is there anything that one can do to be aware?
The sense of struggle and of not being able to do something creates frustration because there is in your mind an idea of achievement.
We use the present as a passage to the future.
The present is the door to time, to the understanding of time and the present exists in what you are thinking, not in the time indicated by the clock, the time-table, or your routine.
You need not worry about things that are beyond time.
If you consider that the cause is different from the effect, then you accept the time-interval for modification.
I am going to explain presently that truth can be understood instantaneously.
Perception can take place only in the present; but if you say, 'I will do it tomorrow', the wave of confusion overtakes you, and you are then always involved in confusion.
Our problem, yours and mine, is whether we can step out of this misery instantaneously.
Freedom is eternal; it is now, not tomorrow.
Understanding is non-continuous, it is from moment to moment, unresidual.
That which is spirituality, truth, godliness, is beyond time; therefore it is not the continuity we know of as tomorrow and the future.
Is it not possible for us to step out of time - all of us here, not by some self-hypnotic process, but actually?
Transformation must be always immediate and not left to time, i.e., to tomorrow.
Transformation must be only in the Now and any postponement is not conducive to transformation, as such postponement is really avoidance of action.