Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Early Writings, Volume VII | Talks at Adyar, India 1932-33

The discernment of values does not come through mere renunciation. A friend of mine said to me the other day: "I have given up ceremonies. I have given up societies, organizations, religions. I have followed you, but I have given you up also. But I am nowhere. I do not understand anything." Many of you intellectually admit that through the complete detachment born of understanding there will come the realization of that ecstasy of life; but emotionally, sensationally, you cling to ideas and beliefs which give you comfort, false satisfaction or momentary happiness.

So I say that there is no renunciation as long as there is no understanding; and to understand truly, the mind must be free from all sense of acquisition. When you are aware of a hindrance as a hindrance, you are able to look at it openly, frankly, without fear; but you can become aware only when you feel with both your mind and heart that it is a hindrance. In mere intellectual perception there is only struggle, toil and uncertainty.

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