Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

February 2010

01 The mind needs to be occupied with something? You understand? It needs to be occupied, whether with god, with smoke, with sex, with something, it has to be occupied, therefore it is afraid not to be occupied.

02 Yoga exercises are excellent; the speaker does them every day, for an hour or more; but that is merely physical exercise, to keep the body healthy, and so on.

03 Imitation is a form of stealing: you are nothing but he is somebody, so you are going to get some of his glory by copying him.

04 Interest, curiosity, is the beginning of acquisition, which soon becomes boredom; and the urge to be free from boredom is another form of possession.

05 Creativeness is not a process of becoming or achieving, but a state of being in which self-seeking effort is totally absent.

06 Can thought be aware of its own movement? Can thought see itself, see what it is doing, both in the outer and the inner?

07 Your business, your religion, your gods, your leaders, your political and economic actions, your escapes, your social activities, your joining one party and rejecting another - all that is emphasizing and giving strength to the 'me'.

08 Desire, which has been the driving force in man, has created a great many pleasant and useful things; desire also, in man's relationships, has created a great many problems and turmoil and misery - the desire for pleasure.

09 Can one see that the whole movement of this illusory memory, which appears so real, can end?

10 It is odd what importance we give to the printed word, to so-called sacred books.

11 To transform, I must look at what is; and I am not looking at it as long as I have an ideal.

12 You cannot brush the past aside. It is there.

13 Let the thing that you are watching tell its story, rather than you tell it what it should be.

14 As fear cannot free itself through any means, for all its efforts spring from its own source, there must be the cessation of all intellectual safeguards.

15 Will you please explain what you mean by awareness?

16 Sir, don't follow any authority. Authority is evil. Authority destroys, authority perverts, authority corrupts;

17 You cannot perceive if you do not ask the right question - and a right question has no answer, because it needs no answer.

18 The religious mind does not depend on time for its development.

19 Until you are committed, dedicated, to eradicating this national, economic, religious division, you are perpetuating war

20 Freedom is born of the perception that freedom is essential.

21 You are always a guest on this earth and have the austerity of a guest.

22 You cannot find out what is true by assertion. You must sweep the slate completely clean of the known before you can find out.

23 Where there is no anonymity there is violence, in all its different forms.

24 An ambitious man, whether he be a merchant, a politician, or a so-called saint is essentially a self-contradictory human being.

25 Instead of discerning the cause, you think that you can comprehend yourself through another. This looking to the example of another only leads to illusion and suffering.

26 If you don't know about yourself, actually what you are, you have no basis for any action which will be true, not fragmentary, not miserable, regretting, and so on.

27 The more you are interested in something, the more your intention to understand, the more simple, clear, free the mind is.

28 Your mind is like a gramophone record repeating a song you have heard. It is not even your song, it is the song of another; and there may be no 'your song', but only `the song'.