Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Rajahmundry, India | 3rd Public Talk, 1949

Religion, surely, is the uncovering of reality. Religion is not belief. Religion is not the search for truth. The search for truth is merely the fulfilment of belief. Religion is the understanding of the thinker; for what the thinker is, that he creates. Without understanding the process of the thinker and the thought, merely to be caught in a dogma is surely not the uncovering of the beauty of life, of existence, of truth.

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To really think, the mind must not be tethered to a belief.
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Man is almost suffocated in the prison of false values, of which he is unconscious.
Your traditions and your beliefs are shelters under which you take cover in time of trouble.
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When people say that they believe in reincarnation, in immortality, in God, these are but emotional cravings which to them become objectified concepts and facts.
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There are three conditions of mind: "I know", "I believe", and "I do not know."
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You believe and your belief is merely a condition imposed upon you because it gratifies you and gives you security in society, factually, psychologically and abstractly.
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If we recognise we are blind, we would be careful and would not make any dogmatic assertion about anything.
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To know that I have realized, you also must have realized.
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Are we aware of the fact that we have belief?
Millions of people can be made, by modern propaganda, to believe in anything - as it has been proved over and over again - in war, in nationalism, in butchery, in calling themselves Mohammedans or Hindus and killing each other.
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To a man who is believing and seeks guidance, there is never a moment when there is an ending.
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Beliefs throughout history have acted as a barrier between man and man, and any organization based on a belief must inevitably bring war between man and man as it has done over and over again.
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When belief becomes stronger than affection, stronger than love, when belief is more important than humanity and your whole make-up is one of belief - whether belief in God or in an ideology, in communalism or in nationalism - , obviously you are the very cause of destruction.
The mind can deceive itself and fabricate anything it wishes.
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Question: May we request you to state clearly whether there is God or not?
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Religion as it exists is not religion at all.
Breaking through is not a matter of time.
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You see man imprisoned by innumerable walls, walls of religion, of social, political and national limitations, walls created by his own ambitions, aspirations, fears, hopes, security, prejudices, hate and love.
From my point of view, religions with all their intermediaries, their ceremonies, their priests, destroy creative understanding and pervert judgment.
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Mere reformation of the pattern of society only alters the surface, it brings about a more respectable form of ambition.
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The religious mind is really a scientific mind - scientific in the sense that it is able to observe facts without distortion, to see itself as it is.
Man has always sought something beyond the physical existence. He has always searched, asked, suffered, tortured himself, to find out if there is something which is not of time, which is not of thought, which is not belief or faith.
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The so-called religions give the pattern of conformity to the mind that is seeking security born of fear, in search of comfort;
Our religions throughout the world keep people apart.
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As in a circus the animals are trained to function for the amusement of spectators, so the individual through fear seeks out these spiritual trainers whom he calls priests and swamis, who are the defenders of spurious spirituality and the inanities of religion.
An authority seasoned through the mists of time becomes invulnerable, and then man accepts that authority as being final.
Curiously, if you consider it, religion which should denounce war, helps its furtherance.
The system which you call religion and which has been created through your own demand for security has become so powerful, so realistic, that very few free themselves from its weight of crushing tradition and authority.
If wisdom could be acquired through a religious society or sect, we should all be wise, for we have had religions with us for thousands of years.
Religions, with their beliefs, dogmas and creeds, have become tremendous barriers between human beings, dividing man against man, limiting him and destroying his intelligence.
Question: What do you mean by "religion"?
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Organised religion has never said that ambition is evil, but has always decried sex. Don't you see the implications?
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