Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

October 2014

01 Is not suffering an indication of ignorance?

02 Even in the case of a mother loving her child, either she gives her life to it which is spontaneous, or it may be calculated, because, without the child, she is lost.

03 Has not non-greed the element of greed?

04 You don't know God but you know only the 'me'.

05 As this conflict [of opposites] is wearing you out in your daily life, it is absolutely necessary for you to understand it and thus be free from this conflict.

06 It is only when one understands the centre which is the individual from which the left and the right come into being, there can be true revolution, not revolution to the left or to the right. but, as long as you are thinking in terms of the left or the right, you cannot understand the centre.

07 Should you not question it to find out the reason for this conflict, this ceaseless battle till you die and to be still wanting to continue after death?

08 Our whole existence is this, fighting evil by evil means, but saying, 'Well, I am not evil,' as though we are extraordinarily righteous.

09 You are moving from 'what you are' to 'what you want to be' as the opposite of 'what you are', with a motive for profit.

10 To understand the disturbing state in which you find yourself, you must first stop the fighting with the opposite which is non-existent, i.e. you must give up the struggle to become the opposite.

11 When applied to objective things, the words are quite apart from the things and you don't interpret those things through the words as you can contact those things directly.

12 In actual life, we always name the pleasurable feelings thus giving them continuance, and we always avoid painful feelings.

13 Before we begin with our discussion where we left off, it is very important to bear in mind why we meet as, otherwise, these discussions will deteriorate into mere intellection without any significance.

14 Is life meant to be a series of conflicts in the corridor of opposites or is our approach to the problem of the opposites wrong?

15 If good is the opposite of bad, goodness contains the bad because goodness is the result of its opposite, the bad.

16 The word is not the thing. the word 'God' is not God, and therefore the term is independent of God though you may call it God.

17 If you understand and realise that the term God is not God it has an extraordinary nervous and verbal response in you; you are free of all the implications of the word God being accepted as God.

18 The term is not the feeling though it is made to represent the feeling.

19 What would happen to a feeling if you did not judge it by the frame of reference - i.e. if you do not name verbally that feeling or quality?

20 What would happen to a feeling if you did not judge it by the frame of reference - that is, if you do not name verbally that feeling or quality?

21 We are all accustomed to name every reaction and refer it to the frame of references, memory, almost instinctively. But if you experiment with it and refuse to name a feeling when it arises in you, you will see that there is a time-lag, between the feeling and the naming.

22 When you deny the non-pleasurable, you are really strengthening yourself.

23 The spiritual man is also following the pleasurable, like the man of the sensate.

24 Just as the sensate man creates havoc in the world, the man of ideation with a framework of references also creates mischief; in fact, the latter does more harm.

25 When we do not put a feeling in the framework of references, the feeling comes to an end, withers away.

26 It is always difficult to communicate because the verbal expression and understanding are on different levels, are they not?

27 If we can, at least temporarily, put away our screen, our prejudices, our frame of references, our demands and feelings as though we were really enjoying, hearing things which we really love, which we want to inquire about and discover, then perhaps we will be able to go beyond the verbal level and therefore bring understanding into our daily life and action.

28 If you examine a little more closely you will find that suffering like pain and conflict really dulls what is and to regard suffering as a means to understanding or intelligence is really fallacious.

29 What generally happens is that we become very skilful, very clever in our escapes, but suffering continues and this becoming intelligent in escapes is called intelligent living.

30 Suffering is really to be understood and not overcome, because any form of overcoming can be conquered again

31 Humility is an idea, not an actuality. The actual is the arrogance, the other is not, but I would like to become that other.