Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Group Discussion 11th April, 1948 | Mumbai, India

Question: Why did not that person see this earlier?

Krishnamurti: What are the causes that prevent your seeing the obvious things that drop away? What is the element that is required to say "I see it and it is gone". One of the factors is that I must be aware I am suffering, I am in anxiety, in a state of confusion and of fear. To recognize that transformation is essential, I must not be self-contented. There must be real discontent. It must have a quality which is not mere change.

If you see a cobra and know it to be a cobra, you have an instantaneous response. There is the bodily response to the poison and you jump. It is not out of fear that you avoid the poison; but, the understanding of the nature of the poison keeps you away from the poison. Most of us are afraid. Is not fear one of the principal causes that prevent transformation? You are afraid and therefore there is no transformation.

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