Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Public Talk 16th November, 1947 | Madras, India

We seek happiness, do we not, through things, through relationship, through ideas or thought? So, things, relationship and ideas, and not happiness, become all important. That is, whenever we seek happiness through something, the thing becomes important and not happiness. When stated like that it sounds very simple, and it is very simple. Because we seek happiness in property, in family, in ideas, the property, family and ideas become all important; we expect to find happiness through something. Now, can happiness be found through anything? Things made by the hand or by the mind have assumed greater significance than happiness itself, and because, things, relationship and ideas are so obviously impermanent, we are always unhappy. That is, we seek happiness through things and we find that there is no happiness. If we examine a little bit more closely we will find that happiness does not come through things. Then again, if we shift to another level, the level of relationship between ourselves and others, whether it be the society, the family or the nation, we see the enormous difficulty of adjustment between ourselves and others. So, if you observe it very closely you will find that there is an extraordinary impermanency in relationship, though we try to anchor ourselves in relationship and make it a refuge and a security.

Tags: happiness

Related Quotes
Only in total freedom does bliss exist.
Self-knowledge is only from moment to moment, and therefore there is a creative happiness from moment to moment.
If relationship is based on mere usage, is there any relationship, except the most superficial, between the user and the used?
To the majority of people, except perhaps here and there to one rare, happy person, mind is merely a machine, a storehouse of memory which is continually giving values to the things it meets, to experiences.
Personal happiness does not exist.
The search for happiness in relationship without understanding the cause of conflict leads to misery.