Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

October 2011

01 There is no such thing as fundamental security

02 Memory, is caught up in the struggle of changing values, and this battle is called progress, the evolutionary path of choice leading to truth.

03 Memory must exist so long as the mind is seeking a culmination, a goal;

04 The intelligent man is the summation of intelligence; his is an absolute, direct perception without twists and perversions which result when memory functions.

05 What I am saying can only apply to those who are really in conflict, not to those who want to reform, who want to do patchwork.

06 How is one to have this intelligence which destroys struggle and conflict and the ceaseless effort which wears out mind itself?

07 When the mind is not imparting values, which is mere conformity, when there is spontaneous understanding of the prison, which is environment, then there is the action of intelligence, which is freedom.

08 As long as the mind, clouded by memory, imparts values, action must create further walls of prison;

09 There is a great subtlety, an infinite subtlety and delicacy, and if you use words merely as a means of getting to that delicacy, to that simplicity of thought, then I am afraid you will not comprehend what I want to convey.

10 I am not talking of a simplicityI say there is this living reality, call it God, truth, or what you like, and it cannot be found or realized through search.

11 Search implies duality, contrast. Now where there is contrast, duality, there must be identification with one of the opposites, and from this there arises compulsion.

12 When we say we seek out or cultivate a new value, it is but the overcoming of that in which the mind is already caught up, which is its opposite.

13 You cannot lose memory, but by living completely in the present, in the fullness of the moment, you become conscious of all the subconscious entanglements of memory, the dormant hopes and longings which surge forward and prevent you from functioning intelligently in the present.

14 Suffering is merely that high, intense clarity of thought and emotion which forces you to recognize things as they are.

15 Where there is no creative expression of life, we give undue importance to sex, which becomes an acute problem.

16 I am not giving you a mould or a code by which you can live, or a system which you can follow.

17 The true artist is one who lives completely, harmoniously, who does not divide his art from living, whose very life is that expression, whether it be a picture, music, or his behaviour;

18 when thought, which is emotion, which is action itself, is unimpeded in its movement, is not compelled or influenced or bound by an idea, and does not proceed from the background of tradition or habit, then that movement is creative.

19 Creative thinking does not seek in its expression a result, an achievement; its results and expressions are not its culmination.

20 Division exists only when there is the search for a goal, when there is adjustment and the complacency of certainty.

21 There is no art of thinking, there is only creative thinking.

22 Thinking and feeling, without a search for a reward, a result, is true experiment, isn't it?

23 Question: Will you please give an example of the practical exercise of constant awareness and choice in everyday life.

24 If we as human beings saw the intimate connection between all these, between politics, religion, the economic and social life, if we saw the connection, then we would not think and act separatively, individualistically.

25 If you begin to think individually, you will then be able to co-operate intelligently;

26 To free the mind from the subconscious, the unconscious hindrances of the past, is not to roll memory back into the past, but to be fully conscious in the present.

27 There is self-discipline only where there is no intelligence.

28 We have taken such shelter behind false values that we have ceased to think at all, and then we ask, "What are we to do?

29 I think most people have lost the art of listening.

30 Regard life, not as several isolated problems, but comprehensively, as a whole, with a mind that is not suffocated by the search for solutions.

31 Action loses its significance, its value, because you are concerned with the attainment of an objective, not with the fulfillment of intelligence which is action;