Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

July 2012

01 The very desire to be free creates its own limitation.

02 When you perceive that what you thought was a snake in the grass is only a rope, you are no longer afraid, there is no longer a struggle, an overcoming.

03 We are unwilling to think deeply and go through the real agony of being uncertain.

04 In one's life there is the abstract and the actual; the actual being the conflict, and the abstract, the unconscious, made up of those beliefs and ideals, those concepts and memories that one has so sedulously built up as a means of self-protection.

05 The human problems that now disturb us will disappear only when each one is able to discern the self-sustaining process of ignorance.

06 There is no beginning to ignorance; it is sustained by its own cravings, through its own acquisitive demands and pursuits, and action merely becomes the means of maintaining it.

07 Each one of us is unique in the sense that each one is continually creating his own ignorance, which is without a beginning and is self-sustained through its own actions.

08 Choice in action creates duality, and this affirms the process of consciousness as individuality.

09 Those of you who want to experiment with what I am saying will soon discover that there is no such thing as an external entity or environment guiding you, and that you are entirely responsible for yourself, for your own limitations and sorrows.

10 Many of you have very strong beliefs, which you make out to be the result of intuition; but they are not.

11 There are many kinds of suffering, and if you begin to discern their cause, you will perceive that suffering must coexist with the demand on the part of each individual to be secure, whether financially, spiritually, or in human relationship.

12 If there is no reward or punishment, and so the utter freedom from fear, then what is the purpose of living?

13 Most of us do not realize that we are unique, that the process of creating ignorance and sorrow lies within our own power, and that only through the comprehension of ourselves can there be freedom from them.

14 Confusion arises only when you are made incapable of adjustment by your fantastic and harmful conceptions, ideals and beliefs.

15 Before we can understand what is truth, reality, or know if there be such a thing, we must discern what it is that is constantly seeking.

16 Through want we create confusion, ignorance and suffering, and then we set in movement the process of escape.

17 If you can deeply comprehend [this] self-sustaining process of ignorance which gives a solidity to the "I", from which arise all confusion and suffering, then life can be lived fully, without the various subtle escapes and pursuits that, unknowingly, you have created for yourself.

18 True meditation is the discernment of one's own unique process of creating and being caught in ignorance, and being aware of this process.

19 We have many prejudices, subtle and gross, and each individual, being unique, sustains his own ignorance through his volitional activities.

20 We must learn to observe our actions, thoughts, ideals, beliefs, silently and without judgment, without interpreting them, so as to be able to discern their true significance.

21 There are three conditions of mind: "I know", "I believe", and "I do not know."

22 We begin to discern what is true only when all want has ceased, for want creates beliefs, ideals, hopes, which are mere escapes.

23 Pliability of mind is not in becoming something, in worshipping success, but it is known when the mind denudes itself of those resistances which it has brought into being through craving.

24 Sir, merely to know one's limitations is surely not enough, is it?

25 Truth is to be comprehended, to be discerned, not to be explained.

26 Don't you know, cannot you perceive for yourself that you are your own master, that you create your own ignorance, your own sorrow, that no other can by any means free you from suffering, now or ever?

27 Consciousness is composed of many layers of memories, which come into being, or remain present, where there is ignorance, craving, want.

28 The "I" process that seeks to perpetuate itself is nothing but accumulated craving.

29 Life, energy, is in a perpetual state of action, movement, in which there can be no individual continuity.

30 The reality of the permanent can only happen, take place, and is not to be cultivated.

31 To many, what I say will remain a theory, it will be vague and uncertain; but if you will discern its validity or accept it as an hypothesis, not as a law or as a dogma, then you can comprehend its active significance in daily life.