Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

December 2014

01 Don't take sides. I am not taking sides.

02 You will not find the truth, because you have arbitrarily decided in advance that there is or there is not.

03 The ideal does not exist nor is it understood. When you understand this and when you don't pursue this 'becoming', then fear ceases and you face 'what is'.

04 The ideal is a real curse because it really prevents you from understanding what is;

05 When your neighbour and yourself are each behind his own wall, how can you understand each other?

06 You do not protect yourself psychologically to be safe outwardly - name, property, bank account, etc.- but in order to be safe inwardly, in order to give you an assurance of self-protection inside.

07 The wall you build around yourself psychologically consists of the values you give to things made either by the hand or by the mind, i.e. of your ideation.

08 What an extraordinary transformation you have made in yourself!

09 To find out what is behind the wall, you have to climb over the wall or go through the wall.

10 When you say you are protecting yourself, you are merely protecting the wall which you have built up.

11 Perhaps if you know what is inside the enclosure, it may not be necessary to protect at all; or perhaps there is nothing to protect.

12 The wall was created out of things made by the mind; therefore, the mind is the wall.

13 . . . the wall is the 'me', the thinker, the thought, the valuation.

14 You are changing. So also is your neighbour. Yet when you meet your neighbour, you have your old picture of that person.

15 The walls which you protect yourself with are built up of the value which you yourself have given to things.

16 Are you aware that you are creating this wall of detachment around you?

17 Desire is the builder of the wall - desire for title, for bank account, for property, for family, for beliefs.

18 In your present state of psychological enclosure behind the wall of your sensate values, your talk of brotherhood has no meaning whatsoever.

19 There is always in the 'thinker' a sense of permanency, a sense of continuity.

20 Whatever you 'the thinker' may do, it is always sensory and therefore impermanent.

21 The 'I' is not actually separate from the thought. It was a clever trick on the part of the 'I' to separate from the thought which is impermanent, assuming its own permanency.

22 Most of you agree with what we have discussed so far in regard to the falseness of the trick played by the mind on itself; yet you have not seen the real depth of this problem and, therefore, it has not brought about clarification and transformation in you.

23 Suffering is the state of disturbance. Either you try to avoid it through some system or escape, or you understand its true significance.

24 Craving is the cause of suffering. Without understanding this, your attempt merely to get rid of suffering is bound to be futile.

25 Is suffering merely a state of disturbance? Is it not a warning that you should wake up and not sleep?

26 You feel disturbed only when you are asleep or when you hold on to something.

27 When you attempt to avoid disturbance you don't want memory; but when you want to improve in the field of your choice you really want memory; thus there is contradiction.

28 These discussions are really meant to be a means of self-knowledge, to discover ourselves as we are talking - not afterwards but as we go along step by step -and to experience directly what is being said, so that we could relate what we are talking to our daily life.

29 The thinker plays an insidious and clever trick on himself and separates himself from the thought and then does something about thought.

30 How does the 'thinker' come into being?

31 The 'I' comes into being through desire; then the 'I' feels established and creates the desire which is outward, the desire and 'I' thus becoming two separate entities, which means that the thinker and the thought are separate.