Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Montevideo, Uruguay | 1st Public Talk 21st June, 1935

To listen properly, there must be neither opposition nor antagonism. Most people have a certain background of tradition, prejudice, hope and fear which they put forward as a defence; and this, which is but opposition, they call criticism. If, for instance, you are a Christian or you belong to some other religion or to some political party, you will try, with your particular prejudices, to oppose what I am going to say. This is not true criticism. But there is an active form of criticism which demands a clear and an open mind - being conscious of one's prejudices, one's limitations, and at the same time trying to find out the intrinsic value of what the speaker has to say. So, putting aside the background of tradition and habit of thought in which mind constantly dwells, pursue critically, without accepting what I am going to say.

Tags: criticism, opposition

Related Quotes
Criticism is only of value in so far as it trains your observation so that it can eventually be turned on yourself.
Questioning is right, but we have been trained not to question, not to criticize, we have been carefully trained to oppose.
If you would understand what I am going to say, I would request you to be really critical, not to be clever in your opposition.
What I have to say is fundamentally simple, and not very philosophical, metaphysical or complicated.
Questioner: Are we worms which must turn into butterflies?
To be aware of what is and not escape into fanciful illusion is the beginning of understanding.