Jiddu Krishnamurti


Indian Philosopher, Holy Man

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It is only in a very quiet mind that great things are born; and a quiet mind does not come about through effort, through control, through discipline.ÿ

When the mind sees itself in the mirror of relationship, from that perception there is self-knowledge.ÿ

Love is the most practical thing in the world. To love, to be kind, not to be greedy, not to be ambitious, not to be influenced by people but to think for yourself--these are all very practical things, and they will bring about a practical, happy society.ÿ

You can be creative only when there is abandonment--which means, really, there is no sense of compulsion, no fear of not being, of not gaining, of not arriving. Then there is great austerity, simplicity, and with it there is love.ÿ

Meditation is the process of understanding your own mind.ÿ

The self is a problem that thought cannot resolve. There must be an awareness which is not of thought. To be aware, without combination or justification, of the activities of the self ? just to be aware ? is sufficient.

Without passion life has no meaning.

All knowledge is of the past, is it not? Knowledge can never be of the now, it is always receding into the past. Knowledge is static; you may add more to it, but it is a dead thing.

Knowledge is absolutely essential. You can add to it, take away from it, but the immensity of knowledge is a human necessity. Now is knowledge necessary in relationship between human beings?... Relationship means to be related, relationship means to respond to each other in freedom, with its responsibility. So what place has thought in relationship? Thought, which is capable of remembering, imagining, contriving, designing, calculating: what place has a human relationship? Has it anyplace at all?

There is no security and belief, in a conclusion, and any person, in any social structure, in any leader, in following anybody... There is security and inside, not in conclusion.

Any form of becoming is an illusion, and becoming implies kind, time for the psyche to change.

Learning means instant perception, therefore learning does not require time.

There is no such thing as living in isolation. The understanding of the process of rethinking comes with me observe ourselves in daily relationship, or attitudes, our beliefs? The very existence of the mind implies relationship, and self-knowledge lies to seeing the facts of relationship as they are without inventing, condemning, or just fine? The mind can just be aware of this whole process, you will find that thought comes to a standstill. Then the mind is very quiet, very still, without incentive, without movement in any direction, and in that stillness reality comes into being.

Attachment to a belief is part of the desire to be secure, and the desire and demand for psychological security in any form brings about this atrophying of the brain.

Memory is the past, which is of time. And so when the brain operates, whether psychologically, socially, economically, or religiously, it must invariably operate in terms of time, the past according to its conditioning? The brain is the result of time, and therefore the past, and with all that structure of thought is in operation it cannot possibly see the whole, so what is it that sees life as a whole, not broken up into fragments?... It is only a mind and a heart and the brain which are broken up his fragments that create problems. The center of this fragment is the ?me?. The ?me? is brought about through thought, which has no reality by itself.

Thinking is a reaction.

Attention is a state of mind in which there is no contradiction? It is a state in which there is no wastage of energy, whereas in concentration always the controlling process going on? Concentration has a relationship to thought: thought directs: ?I must learn, I must concentrate in order to control myself.?

Memory is thought. And knowledge, however wide, however deep, however extensive, must always be limited. There is no complete knowledge. Thought is always partial, Limited, divisive, because in itself it isn?t complete, it can never be complete; it can think about completeness, it can think about totality, the whole, but thought itself is not whole? As knowledge can never be complete, it must always go hand in hand with ignorance.

Thinking is the response of memory, experience, knowledge stored up in the brain cells. Therefore thought is the result of development, evolution, which is time. So thought is the result of time, and it can function only within the space it creates around itself. In that space is very limited, that space is the ?me? and ?not you.?

Be aware choice Sisley of outward things? The inward in the outward are not two different things.

Mind must have knowledge? Knowledge is necessary to function in the mechanical world? There is no contradiction between knowledge and freedom from knowledge when there is an inside? When you have constant insight with that conclusion, that state of mind is created ? not the mind that is in conflict and through conflict produces pictures, books. That mind can never be creative.

Thought ? when I have to build the bridge, write a book, make a speech, calculate Russia go ? I use thought. And in relationship no thought at all, because that is love.

Because compassion is related to intelligence, there?s no intelligence without compassion. And compassion can only be when there is love completely free from all remembrances, personal jealousies, and so on? You cannot be compassionate if you are attached to any particular experience or any particular ideal.

Perception is when there is observation without a movement of thought, when there is absolute silence of memory, time, is thought? When you so watch without prejudice, then there is freedom from that which has been.

Thought can only discover its own projection, cannot discover anything new; thought can only recognize that which it has experience, it cannot recognize that which it has not experience.

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Indian Philosopher, Holy Man