Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Ojai, California | 2nd Talk in the Oak Grove 12th April, 1936

Until now it has been said that there is God, that there is truth, that there is something absolute, final, eternal, and on that assertion we have built our thought and emotion, our life, our morality. It has been said: Act in this manner, follow that, do not do this. Most people consider such teachings to be positive. If you examine these teachings, which are called positive instructions, you will discover that they are destructive of intelligence; for they become the frame within which the mind limits itself, to imitate and copy, thus making itself incapable of adjustment to the movement of life, twisting life to the pattern of an ideal, which only creates further sorrow and confusion.

To understand and awaken this harmonious intelligence, one must begin, not with assumptions and authoritative assertions, but negatively. When the mind is free of these ignorant responses, there is then the deep harmony born of intelligence. Then begins the joy of penetration into reality. No one can tell you of reality, and any description of it must ever be false.

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The negation of all values, of all morality, of all beliefs, having no frontiers, cannot be in opposition to anything.
The poison and corruption begin when you look to one person as your authority, your guide, your saviour.
Sir, don't follow any authority. Authority is evil. Authority destroys, authority perverts, authority corrupts;
You cannot perceive if you do not ask the right question - and a right question has no answer, because it needs no answer.
You cannot find out what is true by assertion. You must sweep the slate completely clean of the known before you can find out.
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Life is a battle of ideas, a battle of influences, and your mind is the field of the battle.
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You have rejected only the outward picture, and have created in its place an inner picture to which you are a slave.
I feel that what I have to say is inherently right in itself. It does not depend on titles or degrees, revelation or authority.
We accept thoughtlessly or unconsciously so many conditions imposed by society or by religion, accept them as being true.
Belief is merely an escape from the present conflict.
An authority seasoned through the mists of time becomes invulnerable, and then man accepts that authority as being final.
When you begin to perceive that influence or authority in any form, gross or subtle. must pervert thought, then the mind, in freeing itself from its limitations, is capable of true discernment.
To understand the deep significance of authority and compulsion. you need very delicate and careful thought.
To discuss and intellectually discover what is intelligence would be, I feel, a waste of time and energy, for that would not lift the burden of ignorance and illusion.
You have to understand your own desire, which is creating authority and to which you are a slave;
You are not going to miss a spiritual opportunity by not coming here.
If you follow anybody, it does not matter who it is, you are creating further compulsion, further limitation, and so destroying intelligence, true fulfilment.
Authority is pernicious, not only the authority imposed by another, but also that which is unconsciously developed through the accumulation of self-protective memories, the authority of the ego.
When you reject authority and seek freedom from it, you are but seeking the antithesis; whereas true freedom, the intelligent and awakened state of mind, is beyond opposites.
Freedom from the opposites is only possible when thought-feeling is able to observe without acceptance, denial or comparison its actions and responses;
One might ask what are you doing, are you not a sign post?
Your tendency is to accept authority; you desire to be led; you look to others to direct your conduct.
It is important for us to realize the fact that not someone else but we are responsible for this misery and no leader can transform it.
We are here to find out what is reality, what is love, and not for me to tell you, and for you to follow.
Meditation is really the thinking out of each thought fully and completely so that you see the truth of that thought.
Where there is authority, you do not listen in the same manner as to someone who is talking with you in a friendly manner, and there is little communication.
Authority has bound us mentally and emotionally and therefore you are blinded and blocked there.
When you have given yourself to somebody, whether it is your priest or a political leader or the man who says he is the Messiah or a messenger of God, you cease to feel, to think and as human beings you are non-existent.
If you merely agree with me, you will make me your authority; but if you understand, you will cease to worship authority, because the problem is not a matter of substituting one authority for another, but of being creative.
We are going to examine and understand this problem together, which means you are not going to become the listeners, the observers, and I the one who answers.
Why do we need leaders? Can anybody, lead you out of your confusion, which you yourself are creating?
Question: What do you advise us to do when war breaks out?
Peace can come into being only when the confusion which we have created is completely understood, not on the verbal level, but inwardly;
Religion, surely, is the uncovering of reality. Religion is not belief.
As long as mind is caught up in belief, there is no understanding, there is no freedom.
Truth is truth, one, alone; it has no sides, no paths; all paths do not lead to truth.
Freedom cannot be given; freedom is something that comes into being when you do not seek it;
Every habit, repetition, rituals strengthened by belief and dogma, sensory responses, can be and are refined, but the alert awareness, sensitivity, is quite another matter.
A satisfactory explanation, or a comforting belief, can put you soothingly to sleep; but is that what you want?
That is the nature of belief: taking for granted, accepting something to be true when your own enquiry, your own vitality, energy, has not found out, you believe.
Belief implies accepting as true what we don't know.
Do you agree with the teachings of Buddha?
By studying what we consider important in life, those things which we have accepted - the values, the standards, the beliefs, the innumerable things that we hold - by examining them, perhaps we shall find out the ways of our own thinking and thereby know ourselves.
All men, everywhere in the world have a belief, it does not matter what it is, and that belief guides their mind, whereas life should guide and not belief.
You have to believe in God only when there is no understanding, and you cannot have understanding by searching for it.
Where there is a search for comfort, security, there must be a pattern, a mould, in which we take shelter, and therefore we begin to preconceive what God must be, and what truth must be.
As beliefs separate people, condition people, keep them apart, so possessiveness, expressing itself as class-consciousness and growing into nationality, keeps people apart.
I hold that to have a belief is a limitation.
To really think, the mind must not be tethered to a belief.
To me, truth has no aspects; it is one, and that which is complete, whole, has no aspects.
To be a theist or an atheist, to me, are both absurd.
Belief is merely an escape from the present conflict.
Most minds have identified themselves with a belief, and therefore their thought is always circumscribed, limited by that belief or ideal;
Self-discipline implies a mind that is tethered to a particular thought or belief or ideal, a mind that is held by a condition;
Both the believer and the non-believer in God and immortality are wrong, because the mind cannot comprehend reality until it is completely free of all illusions.
Should not traditions, beliefs, dogmas be questioned?
Man is almost suffocated in the prison of false values, of which he is unconscious.
Your traditions and your beliefs are shelters under which you take cover in time of trouble.
When the mind is stagnant, drugged to sleep by beliefs, crippled by limitations, and is awakened by the movement of life, that awakening we call suffering.
When people say that they believe in reincarnation, in immortality, in God, these are but emotional cravings which to them become objectified concepts and facts.
If you have beliefs, you are translating and moulding your experiences according to them, and so you are continuously forcing and limiting thought-emotion, and these limitations become the "I" process.
There are three conditions of mind: "I know", "I believe", and "I do not know."
We begin to discern what is true only when all want has ceased, for want creates beliefs, ideals, hopes, which are mere escapes.
For a man who is truly uncertain, there is hope;
Fundamentally, vicarious experience cannot have integral value.
To inquire into the unconditioned state when one's mind is limited is so utterly futile.
Surely that is another form of conditioning. How do you know that there is the real?
Are you conscious with your whole being that you are protecting yourself in some form or other through belief, acquisitions, virtue, ambition?
It is one of the illusions of the mind that creates the hope of something beyond its own darkness.
Both the religious and the materialistic mind are conditioned by their own prejudices which prevent the integral comprehension of truth and the communion with it.
Belief and non-belief are definite hindrances to the understanding of reality;
Surely there is a difference between right thinking and right or conditioned thought.
We cannot assume anything, can we?
Questioner: Is not belief in God necessary in this terrible and ruthless world?
By accepting a belief, you exclude all other forms of thinking.
You believe and your belief is merely a condition imposed upon you because it gratifies you and gives you security in society, factually, psychologically and abstractly.
Question: What is the difference between belief and confidence?
If we recognise we are blind, we would be careful and would not make any dogmatic assertion about anything.
Why do you believe and what is there to believe? Do you believe that you are alive? Do you believe that you hear?
If you know God as an idea or as a formula it cannot be real.
To know that I have realized, you also must have realized.
Essentially we believe in order to be secure, not to get lost in the wood, to have a lighthouse, to have a point towards which thought is culminating, progressing, focussing.
The end is of the same nature as the means; if you use wrong means, you create wrong ends.
Are we aware of the fact that we have belief?
Millions of people can be made, by modern propaganda, to believe in anything - as it has been proved over and over again - in war, in nationalism, in butchery, in calling themselves Mohammedans or Hindus and killing each other.
Belief has no importance whatsoever, it is just a marvellous escape.
We use belief as the most gratifying means to guide ourselves.
In belief is implied authority, an authority either imposed by a society, by a tradition, or the authority through experience in oneself, the authority of memory.
A man who is very firmly fixed in a belief is not pliable; and only that which is pliable, is enduring.
To a man who is believing and seeks guidance, there is never a moment when there is an ending.
... there is no meeting ground between you who are full of beliefs, ceremonies and rituals, and I who am without them.
Beliefs throughout history have acted as a barrier between man and man, and any organization based on a belief must inevitably bring war between man and man as it has done over and over again.
As nationalism divides human beings, beliefs break up friendship and create animosity.
If you experience something directly, it would be experience not based on belief;
When belief becomes stronger than affection, stronger than love, when belief is more important than humanity and your whole make-up is one of belief - whether belief in God or in an ideology, in communalism or in nationalism - , obviously you are the very cause of destruction.
The mind can deceive itself and fabricate anything it wishes.
Please don't be on the offensive or the defensive; because, to understand you must explore, and exploration ceases when you are biased, when you are tethered to a tradition or to a belief.
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Don't change. It's very simple. If you want to remain as you are, carry on, nobody is going to prevent you.
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Sensitivity in its highest form is intelligence.
Intelligence does not offer shelter from the struggles and turmoils of life, nor does it give comfort; it only creates understanding.
To understand anything, one must find out what it is all about.
To be integrally intelligent means to be without the self.
When the mind is attached to an idea or a belief, or to a past experience, it reveals the lack of intelligence.
There is a vast distinction between intellect and intelligence
To live a natural life, full, spontaneous life, creative, intelligent life, you can only do that when you understand the false standards and the true standards of society, and have broken away from it because you understand their significance;
To me, all ideals must be the means of alleviation of suffering, and, therefore, cannot possibly explain to you the reason of suffering.
We can talk about tolerance, which is an intellectual invention to keep you where you are and to keep me where I am, and try to be friendly.
When your whole being becomes conscious of something which is poisonous, there is no effort to throw it out; you have already moved away from it.
In the process of discovering, there is born intelligence, understanding; and that supreme intelligence is life itself. You don't want any more.
Exploitation comes into being when individuals seek more than their essential needs;
I do not want to give you examples and similes, because I want you to think it out, and if I give examples I do all the thinking and you merely listen.
in that state of acuteness of suffering, in that intensity of suffering in which there is no longer escape, the mind itself becomes intelligence.
If you experiment with this, you will see that I am not giving you theories, but something with which you can work, something which is practical.
One should bear in mind that what we call accumulation of sorrows does not lead to intensity, nor does the multiplication of suffering lead to its own dissolution;
If you are in conflict, naturally you must question the environment, but most minds have become so perverted that they are not aware that they are seeking solutions, escapes through their marvellous theories.
If there is intelligence, then environment has no value, no significance, because intelligence is then freed from circumstance, it is functioning fully.
The mind which is really intelligent is free of self-discipline, for intelligence is born out of the questioning of environment, and the discovery of the true significance of environment.
Intelligence is not born out of self-discipline or suppression.
The test of right action is in its spontaneity, but to act spontaneously is to be greatly intelligent.
Where there is intelligence, the mind is not conditioned by any environment, because it is all the time conscious, aware and functioning, and therefore discerning, perceiving the full worth of the environment.
Every struggle, every effort to attain liberation indicates an escape from the present.
To me there is no division between mind and intelligence.
the individual builds up a romantic haven of escape in which he seeks compensation for the loss and suffering in the outer world.
The expression of creative intelligence is very rare, and though it has the appearance of individuality or separativeness, to me it is not individuality but intelligence.
Because what you can now discern as God must be limited, since your mind is circumscribed, held in bondage; therefore I will not describe that.
The more you battle against environment without understanding, the more you struggle against circumstances, the more you become conscious, in that effort, of your limitation.
We are discussing what exists, not what should exist.
I am not giving you a mould or a code by which you can live, or a system which you can follow.
There is self-discipline only where there is no intelligence.
To awaken true intelligence we must first inquire into the many stupidities which cripple the mind and heart, and not seek a definition of intelligence;
To discover what is true one requires great intelligence.
Intelligence is the only solution that will bring about harmony in this world of conflict, harmony between mind and heart in action.
Question: How can I awaken intelligence?
To find out your needs requires intelligence, for needs are constantly changing, constantly renewing themselves.
We all desire to help the world, but we never begin with ourselves.
Question: Is man in any sense superior to woman?
Question: How can you prevent people from following you as their authority?
Almost all people are unconscious both of the intelligence and of the stupidity about them.
The function of real suffering, which is to awaken intelligence, is denied through the search for comfort.
Most of us do not realize that we are unique, that the process of creating ignorance and sorrow lies within our own power, and that only through the comprehension of ourselves can there be freedom from them.
Intelligence is not a gift but can be cultivated, awakened, through alertness of mind and choiceless life.
There are many organizations for peace, but there are very few individuals who are free, who are intelligent in the true sense of the word.
The process of choice is merely one want overcoming another, one illusion dispelling another, one set of values substituting itself for another.
If you can perceive for yourself that ideals, beliefs, traditions, values, are constantly twisting your thought-action, then by becoming aware of these distortions intelligence is awakened.
Creative intelligence cannot be invited or measured, but the mind seeks definition, description, and is ever caught in the illusion of words.
To be aware without choice, to be conscious of the many activities of the mind, its richness, its subtleties, its deceptions, its illusions, is to be intelligent.
When we are integrally aware of the process of ignorance, voluntarily, spontaneously, there is the beginning of that intelligence which meets all conditioning influences.
Lasting order and peace can be brought about only when the individual voluntarily and intelligently consents to think without hate, greed, ambition, and so on.
Intelligence is the discovery, by each one, of what is of primary importance and the capacity to pursue it.
If we do not understand our own make up, our own psyche, our own thought-feeling, then how can we understand anything else?
Through constant awareness of every thought-feeling the ways of the self are known, and out of self-knowledge comes right thinking.
If we would understand a problem we must set aside our desires, our accumulated experiences, our patterns of thought.
An intelligence which is the product of desire, of self-expansion, is ever creating resistance, and it can never bring about tranquillity.
We shall know, as experience, the new form of intelligence only when the self-protective and self-expansive intelligence ceases.
Questioner: We do have to make some kind of effort, do we not?
How can thought which is the outcome of time, of self-protective activity, comprehend that which is not of time?
We have spent our days and our energies in transforming what is without understanding what is.
Intellect is producing such havoc, degradation and misery, but that is not reason, it is merely intellectuality concerned only with the superficial, responding to the immediate challenge.
Is not suffering an indication of ignorance?
You are changing. So also is your neighbour. Yet when you meet your neighbour, you have your old picture of that person.
Conditioned thought that seeks to modify or change itself merely continues the conditioned state.
Is it not important at all times, and especially during these critical days, to think very clearly and to know our feelings very intimately?
Intelligence is the understanding of sorrow.