Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | 1st Public Talk 13th April, 1935

There is no security, no comfort, but only clarity of thought which brings about the understanding of the fundamental cause of suffering, which alone will liberate man. In this liberation lies the blessedness of the present. I say that there is an eternal reality which can be discovered only when the mind is free from all illusion. So beware of the person who offers you comfort, for in this there must be exploitation; he creates a snare in which you are caught like a fish in a net.

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