Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

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

Question: It seems to us that your statements are tinged with extremism. Is it not folly to throw away the true experience of humanity acquired through the ages and embodied in the divine wisdom of the great sages of the world?

Krishnamurti: I say that it is folly to merely study and not live. You merely imitate your great sages; your study and learning destroy your thinking and your feeling, kill out affection from your heart, create exploitation and greed, and stimulate the search for power. So your sages and your sacred books become your destroyers because they entice you to imitate and not live. But if you live fully and intensely, then you will know the wisdom of all ages in the present, which is the supreme ecstasy; then you will know that wisdom is not acquired but is in the very action of living itself.

Where there is conformity, imitation, or the following of a pattern, there must naturally be the lack of creative life; and it is only in true creative life, that is, in awakened intelligence, that there is joy and the ecstasy of living. Through daily conformity, through continual contraction and imitation, you have hindered the expression of true creative life. I mean by creative life, not only the product of thought as an idea, which you express either in poetry or on a canvas or in action, but that creative urge itself which lies behind all forms, ideas or expressions. If that life is not free, then you become attached to the form or the expression, and thereby there is a contraction, not the fullness of life.

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