Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quotes of the Day

May 2015

01 When you talk of the higher self, when you talk about Brahman, it is still within the field of memory; and memory is incomplete understanding.

02 There is no renewal through memory, through continuity - there is renewal only when there is an ending, there is freshness only when there is a death, when idea ceases.

03 Memory is time, and time is not the door to reality;

04 I think it is important to understand that there is being, only when there is no longer the thinker, and it is only in being that there can be radical transformation

05 To love truth, you must know truth; and to know truth is to deny it.

06 Is it not possible for us to step out of time - all of us here, not by some self-hypnotic process, but actually?

07 To be free from the background, from the conditioning influences, from memory, there must be freedom from continuity; and, there is continuity as long as thought and feeling are not ended completely.

08 The unknown, that which is not created by the mind, cannot be formulated by the mind. That which is unknown cannot be thought about.

09 Intelligence is the understanding of sorrow.

10 Does sorrow, suffering, come to an end through effort, through a thought process?

11 Surely, change is a modified continuity, I am this, and I want to become that; that is, I want to become the opposite of what I am.

12 Awareness demands an extraordinarily persistent watchfulness to see how the mind works when there is suffering, to follow the swift movement of every thought and thereby comprehend the whole process of effort, of thought and of memory.

13 Please don't be on the offensive or the defensive; because, to understand you must explore, and exploration ceases when you are biased, when you are tethered to a tradition or to a belief.

14 Does sorrow, suffering, come to an end through effort, through a thought process?

15 You are fully aware, I think, that our existence is very complex and extraordinarily vast and subtle; and like all complex problems, I think we ought to approach it very simply.

16 We have to think of our existence as a whole, as a total process, and not as many unrelated processes at different levels.

17 When right thinking comes into being, there is no contradiction.

18 Right thinking and right thought are two different states, are they not?

19 Right thinking alone can bring about integration and therefore freedom from the conflict of the opposites, freedom from self-contradiction;

20 Question: Is not the longing expressed in prayer a way to God?

21 Can the immeasurable, the unutterable, be concerned with our petty little worries, miseries, confusions, which we ourselves have created?

22 When the mind is supplicating, petitioning, it is comparatively still; and when you hear the inner voice, it is your own voice projecting itself into that comparatively still mind.

23 Concentration is brought about through effort, compulsion, direction, imitation, and so concentration is a process of exclusion.

24 Concentration is not meditation, because where there is interest it is comparatively easy to concentrate on something.

25 What is meditation?

26 Surely, meditation is understanding - meditation of the heart is understanding.

27 Self-knowledge is the beginning of meditation - not the knowledge that you pick up from my books, from authorities, from gurus, but the knowledge that comes into being through self-inquiry, which is self-awareness.

28 To know the deeply concealed activities, the hidden motives, responses, thoughts and feelings, there must be tranquillity in the conscious mind; that is, the conscious mind must be still in order to receive the projection of the unconscious.

29 Without self-knowledge there is no right thinking, and without right thinking, what you do has no meaning, however noble your intentions are.

30 If the thinker can understand himself, then the whole problem is solved.

31 Thoughts themselves are the thinker, they are not separate.