Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

September 2013

01 Conflict strengthens self-protective capacities, conflict is the substance on which the self thrives.

02 When do you feel that creative overpowering ecstasy? Only when all conflict has ceased, only when the self is absent, only when there is complete tranquillity.

03 Creative, expectant emptiness is not brought about by will or by desire; it comes into being when conflict of the self ceases.

04 Questioner: The present is an unmitigated tragic horror. Why do you insist that in the present is the Eternal?

05 Is not liberation from the cause of conflict and sorrow the primary issue?

06 Questioner: You are very depressing. I seek inspiration to carry on. you do not cheer us with words of courage and hope.

07 Is it not possible for the mind-heart to stop formulating, to be utterly still and not forced into stillness by an act of will?

08 Only experience keeps the mind-heart pliable and alert but experience is beyond and above intellectual and emotional gratification and stimulation.

09 In the outer world there is no hope, no clarity, no creative and renewing understanding, there is only bloodshed and confusion and mounting disaster.

10 Wars do not come into being out of unknown causes, they have definite sources and those who wish to extricate themselves from this periodical madness called war must search out these causes and free themselves.

11 Each one of us is responsible for war for each one has brought about the present condition, consciously or unconsciously by his attitude towards life, by the false values he has given to existence.

12 When acquisitiveness in every form is encouraged, when nationalism and separate sovereign states exist, when religion separates, when there is intolerance and ignorance then killing your fellowman is inevitable.

13 As each one is responsible for the shaping of this culture, if each one does not radically transform himself then how can there be an end to this brutal world and its ways?

14 We have lost compassion, the love of the whole, and without this quickening flame of life we look to politicians, to priests, to some economic planning for peace and happiness.

15 This abandonment of the self is not an act of will;

16 Just as long as effort is made to become, so long will duality exist, the thinker separating himself from his thought.

17 Be aware of your conflict, of how you deny, justify, compare or identify; of how you try to become; be aware of the deep, full significance of the pain of the opposites.

18 There is a vast difference between becoming still and being still.

19 In moments of great creativity, in moments of great beauty, there is utter tranquillity; in these moments there is complete absence of the self with all its conflicts;

20 The craving for fulfillment brings its own frustration and disillusionment, for the desire for self-fulfilment arises from ignorance.

21 Happy is he who sees the false as the false and that which is true as true.

22 The complete integration of the thinker with his thought cannot be experienced if there is no understanding of the process of becoming and the conflict of opposites.

23 Is it possible to think-feel without defence and attack?

24 Through time the Timeless cannot be realized.

25 If thought-feeling is caught neither in disillusionment nor in comforting refuge then conflict will find the means of its own ending.

26 The very nature of the self is to create contradiction.

27 There is no end to conflict and sorrow in becoming.

28 The dead past darkens the ever living present.

29 If we would understand a problem we must set aside our desires, our accumulated experiences, our patterns of thought.

30 Whether we are conscious of it or not, most of us are lonely; the more we are aware of it the more intense, burning and painful it becomes.