Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

New Delhi, India | 1st Public Talk 14th November, 1948

So, a man who is really earnest must begin with himself, he must be passively aware of all his thoughts, feelings and actions. Again, this is not a matter of time. There is no end to self-knowledge. Self-knowledge is only from moment to moment, and therefore there is a creative happiness from moment to moment.

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Obviously, the problem is not how to be creative all the time, but why there is insensitivity.
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Only in total freedom does bliss exist.
If relationship is based on mere usage, is there any relationship, except the most superficial, between the user and the used?
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Personal happiness does not exist.
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We are going to find out together what is true, and that requires an open mind, an intelligent mind, an enquiring mind, an alert mind;
Self-knowledge is not a conclusion, an end; it has no beginning and no end.
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Until I, in my relationship to you, understand myself, I am the cause of chaos, misery, destruction, fear, brutality.
Man is a total process. The totality must be understood and not merely a part, however temporarily important this part may be.
If you find the garden that you have so carefully cultivated has produced only poisonous weeds, you have to tear them out by the roots;
Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom.
To be fully aware of the present is an extraordinarily difficult task because the mind is incapable of facing a fact directly without deception.
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We are attempting to understand ourselves, to open up the hidden corners of the mind, to see the various escapes, so that spontaneously we shall face life, deeply and fully.
Instead of being concerned with the change that must take place in ourselves, let us see if we have preconceived ideas of what we should be.
If we can but realize that it is not how another acts that is of primary importance, but how each one of us acts and reacts and if that reaction and action can be fundamentally, deeply understood, then relationship will undergo a deep and radical change.
If you can find out what are the causes of your thought-feeling, and from that discovery know how to think-feel, then there is the beginning of understanding.
In understanding myself, I shall understand my relationship with another, with the world; for in me, as in each one, is the whole;
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What is important is to become aware of every thought-feeling, from which arises self-knowledge.
Gentleness, compassion, is not the result of suppression or substitution but is the outcome of self-knowledge and right thinking.
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... through self-knowledge thought-feeling frees itself from its own self-created impediments of ill will and ignorance, worldliness and craving
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Constant alertness is arduous because we are lazy; we would rather gain through others, through much reading, but information is not self-knowledge.
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If you go into this problem [of self-knowledge] and become aware of its significance you will see what it reveals and that is what I have just now shown - a series of imitations, a series of habits, a series of clouds, and memories.
I mean by self-knowledge, not the mysterious, the hidden, the super-self, the higher self, the Atman or anything of that kind;
We use belief as the most gratifying means to guide ourselves.
Mere gathering of knowledge from books really conditions your mind because you search for security in knowledge, and you agree with what is pleasant to you;
Self-knowledge is the beginning of meditation - not the knowledge that you pick up from my books, from authorities, from gurus, but the knowledge that comes into being through self-inquiry, which is self-awareness.
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Thinking is materialistic, it is a process of matter.
Most of us want to be occupied; otherwise we shall feel lost, otherwise we do not know what to do, we will be lonely, we will be confronted with what we actually are
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Only the mind that has emptied itself of the known is creative.
Thought is the very denial of love, and it cannot enter into that space where the me is not.
You have only one head, care for it, don't destroy it. It's so easy to poison it.
An intelligent mind acts in the field of thought intelligently, sanely, without resistance;
To walk alone, unimpeded by thought, by the trail of our desires, is to go beyond the reaches of the mind.
Can thought be aware of its own movement? Can thought see itself, see what it is doing, both in the outer and the inner?
It is odd what importance we give to the printed word, to so-called sacred books.
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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.
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The thinker is the thought. They are not separate, they are a joint phenomenon and not separate processes.
Thought is the outcome of incomplete experience.
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Thought is a very strange thing, is it not?
Thinking and feeling are to me the same, because I have lost the distinction of what you call thought and emotion.
Thought is like the waters of a river. It must be in continual movement. Eternity is that movement.
when thought, which is emotion, which is action itself, is unimpeded in its movement, is not compelled or influenced or bound by an idea, and does not proceed from the background of tradition or habit, then that movement is creative.
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Is the thinker different from his thought?
In right meditation the concentrator is the concentration; as generally practised the thinker is the concentrator, concentrating upon something or becoming something.
Our thought is conditioned by the past; the I, the me and the mine, is the result of stored up experience, ever incomplete.
How is thought which has become the means of self-expansion to act without giving sustenance to the ego, the cause of conflict and sorrow?
How can thought which is the outcome of time, of self-protective activity, comprehend that which is not of time?
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.
What is known is not the Real.
How can the mind which is restless and going swiftly backwards and forwards, be aware of its activities?
As long as the mind is moving from the known to the known, it is 'dead', and a 'dead' thing cannot understand anything.
Continuity implied through a belief or through the soul is the product of thought and therefore it is the result of the known, because thought can only think of something which it knows
When we are thinking about something beyond, it is also the process of the mind and therefore it is unreal.
Thought is always moving from the known to the known, from memory to memory, from continuity to continuity, and it cannot think of the unknown.
If the thinker is the thought, inseparably, then being the creator, he can begin to solve himself without being concerned with the problem, or with the thought.
So, as long as the thinker is separate from his thought, there will be problems, one after the other, innumerable problems;
My thought, which is the outcome of yesterday, can respond only in terms of yesterday; and when it asks, 'how can I go beyond?', it is asking a wrong question.
To be free from the background, from the conditioning influences, from memory, there must be freedom from continuity; and, there is continuity as long as thought and feeling are not ended completely.
If the thinker can understand himself, then the whole problem is solved.
Thoughts themselves are the thinker, they are not separate.
Question: Why is your teaching so purely psychological?
If you have no thoughts, there is no thinker.
Understanding the thought process is the beginning of meditation, which is self-knowledge.
What is the necessary impetus to bring about a revolution leading to individual action?
Are emotions the instruments of transformation?
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?
Meditation is seeing the constant touching the ever-changing movement of life.
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.