Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Group Discussion 16th April, 1948 | Chennai, India

Question: Supposing a man has no factual memory. Can he discover?

Krishnamurti: If a man has no factual memory at all, he is not there. Is cultivation, processes of thinking, necessary for stillness? Can thought-process - investigating, responses of conclusions, - give place to stillness? Stillness comes only when the thought-process comes to an end. The new is seen only when the mind is still.

Question: Absence of thought-process is not necessary for stillness. There can be intelligent activity of mind which is not thinking - for instance, enquiring.

Krishnamurti: Stillness is not the stillness of death. It is passive alertness.

Question: When we are discussing, are we not thinking?

Krishnamurti: In discussing, we have discarded conclusions and adjustment of values. We went through removing the old misconceptions. The process of thinking comes in verbalization.

Question: The process of enquiry, discarding of ideas, is not this a hindrance to stillness?

Krishnamurti: The stillness gives a new answer. For this, thinking is not necessary. We never thought about anything when we discovered that stillness is necessary. Actually, there is no process, we just see it. When once we see the necessity of stillness, we need not go through the thought-process.

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