Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

February 2015

01 In daily life, if you watch yourself you will find that you are not sensitive.

02 Modern civilisation necessarily involves a biological and physical barrier of sensitivity as otherwise existence will be almost impossible. Is it necessary to have also a psychological barrier?

03 Experience is only to the man who is asleep because he is awakened by that experience and he then says that he has had experience.

04 [The] meeting of the past with the challenge of the present which is new, leads to conflict which results in modification of the new into the old.

05 Is today (which is cause) different from tomorrow (which is effect)? Is cause different from effect? Is what we call modification a modification at all?

06 You are the cause and the modifier always living and moving, always going on as one continuous process. If you realise this, then to you, time as a process of understanding ceases.

07 If you consider that the cause is different from the effect, then you accept the time-interval for modification.

08 Your psychological inward intention is to be free so that you may meet a new challenge without any conditioning;

09 Fighting a response always leads to further resistance.

10 To love one another is one of the most difficult things, because there is in it always the shadow of pleasure and pain.

11 We can be sentimental over love; but that is not love.

12 The idea of cosmic love and loving mankind is really a rationalisation of the lack of love in one's heart for another.

13 We know when we love somebody with all our being.

14 You must build around you a wall in order to gain what you want.

15 Being attached, you find pain and strife in attachment; and in order to overcome that pain and strife, you say 'I must be detached.'

16 In the very desire to achieve anything, there is the seed of its own opposite.

17 In 'becoming' there is always the dual; in 'being' there is no duality.

18 To understand the implications of what you actually are now, your mind must be free and concentrated; but if your mind is thinking in terms of the ideal, then it is distracted by the ideal.

19 It is the thoughtless man who is asleep and who is imitative, that wants an ideal, because he has to whip himself up to become something.

20 ... an ideal is really an impediment; the example is a horror to a creative man.

21 ... feeling is always the new, though it is out of an old conditioning; if you treat it as new, then you will understand the old.

22 When you are arrogant, arrogance is the effect, and not the cause;

23 The fact is that you are nobody. Why not start from there and face facts directly without trying to become 'somebody'?

24 A person who is arrogant can never find humility however hard he may try to 'become' humble.

25 When [he] faces 'what is' - i.e. he is lacking in love - and goes deeper and deeper into it, he finds that he is nothing though he has a mask, though he is talking about God and that behind all verbal things intellectually produced there is absolutely nothing.

26 You ask me how you can feel as 'nothing' when you are constantly reminded by others that you are something.

27 Your problem is to be that which you are.

28 Feeling as 'the whole' comes perhaps later. But first, you are nothing and you are not concerned with what comes after.