Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

January 2013

01 We are attempting to understand ourselves, to open up the hidden corners of the mind, to see the various escapes, so that spontaneously we shall face life, deeply and fully.

02 Though hate exists in the world, in you and about you, yet you say that it is not an acute problem to you.

03 Whatever effort the mind makes must be part of that from which it is trying to get away.

04 We are in a state of continual effort, because that which to us is light, is not light, it is only the light, the good of the intellect.

05 When reason no longer has the capacity to protect you, through explanations, escapes, logical conclusions, then when there is complete vulnerability, utter nakedness of your whole being, there is the flame of love.

06 What I want to say seems, to me at least, very simple, but when these thoughts and feelings are put into words they become complicated.

07 Please do not [at the beginning of these talks] expect an immediate solution for your various problems.

08 The discovery of what is wise and what is foolish is the whole process of living.

09 Will living according to a pattern, an ideal, following it ruthlessly, meditating upon it, bring you to the discovery of yourself?

10 You can know yourself only when you are unaware, when you are not calculating, not protecting, not constantly watching to guide, to transform, to subdue, to control;

11 Spontaneity can come only when the intellect is unguarded, when it is not protecting itself, when it is no longer afraid for itself;

12 What I am saying is vitally new and cannot be twisted to suit your particular prejudices of the higher and the lower self, the transient and the permanent, the self and the not-self, and so on.

13 The more you force yourself to be spontaneous, the more spontaneity retreats, the more hidden and obscure it becomes and the less it can be understood.

14 Is each one aware of the mechanical process of the intellect, of the will, which destroys the spontaneous, the real?

15 Intellect merely guides fear, controls it, but can never destroy it, for intellect is the very cause of fear.

16 Creative emptiness is not to be run after or sought by devious ways. It must happen. Truth is.

17 To judge another to see if he is spontaneous means, really, that you have a standard of spontaneity, which is absurd.

18 It is futile and a waste of time, leading to mere opinion, to consider what it is to be real.

19 Most of us, if we really think about it intelligently, honestly, will see that our thoughts and feelings usually spring from various standardized patterns, whether they be ideals or principles.

20 Is not the organized love of one's country, with its regimented hate and affection, cultivated and imposed through propaganda, through leaders, merely a vested interest?

21 What is the good of your listening to me if the obvious thing is escaping your consideration?

22 I can give you [also] a very good explanation, but we are trying to go beyond mere explanations.

23 When you are aware integrally, with your whole being, of [this] confusion and suffering, without any hope of escape, then there will arise spontaneously that which is real.

24 All habit must prevent clarity of perception and must conceal one's own integrity.

25 When there is discontentment, sorrow, the intellect mechanically comes forward with solutions, explanations, tentative suggestions, which gradually crystallize and become habits of thought.

26 As long as we do not understand the motive power of [this] mechanism that creates escape, merely to consider the escapes is of little value.

27 I have explained what I mean by understanding. This understanding is not an intellectual, analytical process.

28 When you ask how [to get rid of fear], how to break down habits, you are really approaching it from outside, intellectually, and so your question has no significance.

29 Any process that leads to limitation, to resistance, to cutting oneself off, as it were, in an intellectual or an ideal state, is destructive of creative living.

30 By being aware, both the past and the present are revealed, which is not some mysterious process, but in trying to understand the present, the past fears and limitations are revealed.

31 Morality of will is not moral but the expression of fear.