Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

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

Questioner: We do have to make some kind of effort, do we not?

Krishnamurti: The effort that we now make is an activity of the expansion of the self with its particular intelligence. This effort can only strengthen, positively or negatively, the self-protective intelligence or resistance. This intelligence can never experience the real, which alone brings liberation from our conflict, confusion, and sorrow.

Questioner: How has this intelligence come into being?

Krishnamurti: Has it not been cultivated through specialization? Has it not come into being through imitation, through conditioning? The cultivation of the 'me' and the 'mine' is specialization - the 'me' that is special, all-important: my work, my action, my success, my virtue, my country, my savior - this positive and negative striving to become implies specialization. Specialization is death, the lack of infinite pliability.

Questioner: I see that, but what am I to do?

Krishnamurti: Be aware, without choice, of this process of specialization, and you will discover that a deep, revolutionary change is taking place within you. Do not say to yourself that you are going to be aware, or that awareness has to be cultivated, or that it is a matter of growth or craftsmanship, which is an indication of postponement, laziness. You are or you are not aware. Be aware now of this specializing process.

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