Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Ojai, California | 2nd Public Talk 17th June, 1934

One should bear in mind that what we call accumulation of sorrows does not lead to intensity, nor does the multiplication of suffering lead to its own dissolution; for acuteness of mind in suffering comes only when the mind has ceased to escape. And no conflict will awaken that suffering, that acuteness of suffering, when the mind is trying to escape, for in escape there is no intelligence.

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Our very seeking for God or truth is an escape.
When all the avenues of escape which the mind has invented have been understood and blocked, there remains only suffering, and then you will understand it.
Most of you who are religiously inclined, are in search of truth, and that very search indicates that you are escaping from the conflict of the present
Heaven knows, we have conflicts all day long, but we have trained our mind to be cunning, and so pass over these conflicts lightly, escape from them.
You merely seek to adjust yourselves to a pattern, in order to escape from conflict or from your environment.
To me religion is the false result of a false cause, the cause being conflict, and religion merely a means of escape from that conflict.
Perhaps you are merely trying to use my words as a means of escape; perhaps you are using my words, my ideas to fill your own emptiness.
Explanations and formulas offer only means of escape from conflict.
We have built up through many centuries an environment of such illusions as authority, imitativeness, beliefs, ideals, which give us the opportunity of subtle escape.
The very search for reality is an illusion, because it is but an escape.
The future is nothing but an escape from actuality, through an ideal to which we try to adjust the present, the immediate action.
We have many stupidities and limitations which are slowly destroying intelligence, such as ideals, beliefs, dogmas, nationalism and the possessive idea of family;
The subtle desire for ideals and their permanence indicates that you want to cross the ocean of life without suffering.
Where there is the disturbance of our security through the action of life, that we call suffering.
For most people, what they call reality or God or happiness is merely an escape from suffering, from this continual tension between action and understanding.
[The] process of escape from actuality, from uncertainty, must lead to illusion, abnormality, neurosis and unbalance.
To understand life and to have true values, you must perceive how you are held by the opposites, and before rejecting them, you must discern their deep significance.
Suffering, from which we are ever trying to escape, can lead us to the comprehension of the "I" process, to the profound knowledge of oneself, but all escapes into illusion must cease.
You should not withdraw from life to consider life.
As a man takes refuge in the rationalized conclusion [that all things must decay], and thereby softens his suffering, so by taking refuge in a belief, in a supposed fact, you also deaden the action of sorrow.
You may have faith in love, another in God, and so on. All such faith is an anchorage for the mind.
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It is natural, is it not, to be depressed at this present time when there is so much killing, confusion and sorrow?
Why do we not realise that our pursuit of drunkenness, God or an ideal is only the pursuit of our escape from facing the actual, and therefore reduces us to a state of dullness and insensitivity?
What generally happens is that we become very skilful, very clever in our escapes, but suffering continues and this becoming intelligent in escapes is called intelligent living.
The moment you are aware of confusion, of exactly what is, you try to escape from it.
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To me, all ideals must be the means of alleviation of suffering, and, therefore, cannot possibly explain to you the reason of suffering.
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in that state of acuteness of suffering, in that intensity of suffering in which there is no longer escape, the mind itself becomes intelligence.
If you experiment with this, you will see that I am not giving you theories, but something with which you can work, something which is practical.
If you are in conflict, naturally you must question the environment, but most minds have become so perverted that they are not aware that they are seeking solutions, escapes through their marvellous theories.
If there is intelligence, then environment has no value, no significance, because intelligence is then freed from circumstance, it is functioning fully.
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the individual builds up a romantic haven of escape in which he seeks compensation for the loss and suffering in the outer world.
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Because what you can now discern as God must be limited, since your mind is circumscribed, held in bondage; therefore I will not describe that.
The more you battle against environment without understanding, the more you struggle against circumstances, the more you become conscious, in that effort, of your limitation.
We are discussing what exists, not what should exist.
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To awaken true intelligence we must first inquire into the many stupidities which cripple the mind and heart, and not seek a definition of intelligence;
To discover what is true one requires great intelligence.
Intelligence is the only solution that will bring about harmony in this world of conflict, harmony between mind and heart in action.
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We all desire to help the world, but we never begin with ourselves.
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Intelligence is not a gift but can be cultivated, awakened, through alertness of mind and choiceless life.
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.
The process of choice is merely one want overcoming another, one illusion dispelling another, one set of values substituting itself for another.
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Creative intelligence cannot be invited or measured, but the mind seeks definition, description, and is ever caught in the illusion of words.
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When we are integrally aware of the process of ignorance, voluntarily, spontaneously, there is the beginning of that intelligence which meets all conditioning influences.
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We shall know, as experience, the new form of intelligence only when the self-protective and self-expansive intelligence ceases.
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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.
Become aware of the cause that prevents you from living completely.
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You are not concerned with what causes suffering, but you are concerned with the way of escaping from that suffering into perfection.
That you are awakened to suffering is but the indication that mind is trying to free itself from all standards;
What can one do for another when that person is suffering?
Our very seeking for God or truth is an escape.
When all the avenues of escape which the mind has invented have been understood and blocked, there remains only suffering, and then you will understand it.
When you are awakened there is conflict, struggle. which you call suffering; but immediately you want to put away that struggle, that awakening;
Though we may think we have solved one problem, that problem again arises in a different form, so we go on through life solving problem after problem, struggle after struggle, without fully comprehending the full significance of our living.
Most of you who are religiously inclined, are in search of truth, and that very search indicates that you are escaping from the conflict of the present
in that state of acuteness of suffering, in that intensity of suffering in which there is no longer escape, the mind itself becomes intelligence.
If you experiment with this, you will see that I am not giving you theories, but something with which you can work, something which is practical.
the individual builds up a romantic haven of escape in which he seeks compensation for the loss and suffering in the outer world.
Suffering is merely that high, intense clarity of thought and emotion which forces you to recognize things as they are.
Explanations and formulas offer only means of escape from conflict.
The subtle desire for ideals and their permanence indicates that you want to cross the ocean of life without suffering.
The function of real suffering, which is to awaken intelligence, is denied through the search for comfort.
Where there is the disturbance of our security through the action of life, that we call suffering.
When the mind is stagnant, drugged to sleep by beliefs, crippled by limitations, and is awakened by the movement of life, that awakening we call suffering.
For most people, what they call reality or God or happiness is merely an escape from suffering, from this continual tension between action and understanding.
There are many kinds of suffering, and if you begin to discern their cause, you will perceive that suffering must coexist with the demand on the part of each individual to be secure, whether financially, spiritually, or in human relationship.
All of us are in some measure caught up in suffering, whether economic, physical, psychological or spiritual.
The comprehension of reality, truth, comes with the cessation of sorrow.
Suffering, from which we are ever trying to escape, can lead us to the comprehension of the "I" process, to the profound knowledge of oneself, but all escapes into illusion must cease.
As long as there is a conscious or unconscious craving to escape from sorrow, illusion in many forms must exist.
Is not suffering an indication of ignorance?
If you examine a little more closely you will find that suffering like pain and conflict really dulls what is and to regard suffering as a means to understanding or intelligence is really fallacious.
What generally happens is that we become very skilful, very clever in our escapes, but suffering continues and this becoming intelligent in escapes is called intelligent living.
Suffering is really to be understood and not overcome, because any form of overcoming can be conquered again
Suffering is the state of disturbance. Either you try to avoid it through some system or escape, or you understand its true significance.
Craving is the cause of suffering. Without understanding this, your attempt merely to get rid of suffering is bound to be futile.
Is suffering merely a state of disturbance? Is it not a warning that you should wake up and not sleep?
Being attached, you find pain and strife in attachment; and in order to overcome that pain and strife, you say 'I must be detached.'
Does sorrow, suffering, come to an end through effort, through a thought process?
Does sorrow, suffering, come to an end through effort, through a thought process?