Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Group Discussion 22nd November, 1947 | Madras, India

We have seen and heard about several revolutions which have all brought about misery. But a revolution which is completely different from the revolution of theory, is a revolution of values, a revolution of thought, which can only come about by the recognition of 'what is'. There is a revolution in thought when I know I am blind. My whole action will be different; Then I will be very tentative, very watchful; I do not accept, but listen, I move very slowly, my whole being is revolutionised. If I do not recognise that I am blind, my actions will be quite different. If we refuse to recognise what is, we cannot find what truth is, because truth may be in that which is and not away from it.

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Isn't there some further step than just this observation that you talk about?
Do you not feel that the darkness is closing in, deterioration is setting in fast in every human being?
For me, revolution is synonymous with religion. I do not mean by the word 'revolution' immediate economic or social change; I mean a revolution in consciousness itself.
Any change within the field of time is the same movement modified and continued.
Don't you also feel that a drastic revolution in the life of the individual is necessary?
Question: Would mere economic and social revolution solve all human problems, or must this be preceded by an inner, spiritual revolution?
Questioner: Why don't you face the economic and social evils instead of escaping into some dark, mystical affair?
We want to bring about alteration through a system or through a revolution in ideas or values, based on a system, forgetting that it is you and I who create society, who bring about confusion or order by the way in which we live.
True revolution can take place only when you, the individual, become aware in your relationship to another.
To bring about a society that is not repetitive, not static, not disintegrating, that is constantly alive, it is imperative that there should be a revolution in the psychological structure of the individual; for without inward, psychological revolution, mere transformation of the outer has very little significance.
The fundamental issue really is whether human beings can exist in identified isolation;
I think it is important to understand that there is being, only when there is no longer the thinker, and it is only in being that there can be radical transformation
Question: Will you please explain modified continuity?
Any change which we desire is a modified continuity of the same thing as now exists.