Quotes & Teachings of
Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986)
Truth & Freedom
'It is the truth that frees, not your efforts for freedom' Krishnamurti
'As long as you have concepts, you'll never see what is true' Krishnamurti
'In perception of the false is truth' Krishnamurti
Without freedom from
the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh,
It is no measure of
health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
When one loses the
deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches
J. Krishnamurti, Beginnings of Learning
you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening
not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed,
to the whole of it, not part of it.
What is needed, rather
than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance,
is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly
into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from
In obedience there
is always fear, and fear darkens the mind.
J. Krishnamurti, Beginnings of Learning
there love when each one of us is seeking his own security,both psychological
as well as worldly, outwardly? Don't agree or disagree, because you are
caught in this. We are not talking of some love which is abstract, - an
abstract idea of love has no value at all. You and I can have a lot of
theories about it, but actually - the thing that we call love -
what is it?"
The core of Krishnamurti's teaching is contained in the statement he made in 1929 when he said: 'Truth is a pathless land'. Man cannot come to it through any organisation, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophic knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind . . . Statement by Krishnamurti in 1981.
Jiddu Krishnamurti was born on 11th May 1895 in Madanapalle, a town in south India, the eighth child in a middle-class family. At an early age he was adopted by Annie Besant, then the President of the Theosophical Society, with its headquarters in Madras. She took Krishnamurti and his brother Nitya to England where she had them educated privately.
On Krishnamurti's return to India while still in his teens, Theosophists proclaimed him to be the world teacher whose coming they had been awaiting. They built a large and rich order round him, with many thousands of followers, but in 1929 Krishnamurti disbanded the organisation, returned the estates and monies that had been given to him and declared that his only purpose was to set human beings unconditionally free from psychological limitations. From that time he travelled throughout most parts of the world almost ceaselessly speaking to large numbers of people, until his death on 17th February 1986.
Krishnamurti is regarded globally as one of the greatest religious teachers of all time. He did not expound any philosophy or religion, but spoke of the everyday matters that concern all human beingsthe problems of living in modern society with violence and corruption, the individual's search for meaning, security and happiness; and our need to free ourselves from the inner burdens of fear, anger, hurt and sorrow. He talked of the need to have a deeply meditative and religious quality in our daily life.
Krishnamurti belonged to no religion, sect or country, nor did he subscribe to any school of political or ideological thought. Instead, he stated that these are the very factors that divide us from one another and bring about personal and social conflict and ultimately war. His talks and discussions were not based on any authority of tradition or academic knowledge, but arose out of his own insights into the human mind and his own relation with the sacred. He consistently communicated a sense of freshness and directness with his audiences, although his message remained basically unchanged over the years.
Krishnamurti is unique in having left authentic written and recorded materials of his public talks and discussions and his conversations with scientists, philosophers, educators, children, businessmen and "ordinary" people. Many of these have appeared in books and on audio and videotapes and discs. His teachings are best approached directly and not through any interpreters or commentators.
For most of the 20th Century Millions of people from all over world were drawn to his vision, including:
Mothers, students, farm workers, poets, scientists and heads of state
following statement was written by
Krishnamurti on October 21, 1980.
The core of Krishnamurtis teaching is contained in the statement he made in 1929 when he said:
Truth is a pathless land. Man cannot come to it through any organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophic knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection. Man has built in himself images as a fence of security religious, political, personal. These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The burden of these images dominates mans thinking, his relationships, and his daily life. These images are the causes of our problems for they divide man from man. His perception of life is shaped by the concepts already established in his mind. The content of his consciousness is his entire existence. This content is common to all humanity. The individuality is the name, the form and superficial culture he acquires from tradition and environment. The uniqueness of man does not lie in the superficial but in complete freedom from the content of his consciousness, which is common to all mankind. So he is not an individual.
Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not a choice. It is mans pretense that because he has choice he is free. Freedom is pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment and reward. Freedom is without motive; freedom is not at the end of the evolution of man but lies in the first step of his existence. In observation one begins to discover the lack of freedom. Freedom is found in the choiceless awareness of our daily existence and activity.
Thought is time. Thought is born of experience and knowledge, which are inseparable from time and the past. Time is the psychological enemy of man. Our action is based on knowledge and therefore time, so man is always a slave to the past. Thought is ever-limited and so we live in constant conflict and struggle. There is no psychological evolution.
When man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts, he will see the division between the thinker and thought, the observer and the observed, the experiencer and the experience. He will discover that this division is an illusion. Then only is there pure observation which is insight without any shadow of the past or of time. This timeless insight brings about a deep, radical mutation in the mind.
Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is negation of all those things that thought has brought about psychologically, only then is there love, which is compassion and intelligence.
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The mind creates through experience, tradition, memory. Can the mind be free from storing up, though it is experiencing? You understand the difference? What is required is not the cultivation of memory but the freedom from the accumulative process of the mind.
You hurt me, which is an experience; and I store up that hurt; and that becomes my tradition; and from that tradition, I look at you, I react from that tradition. That is the everyday process of my mind and your mind. Now, is it possible that, though you hurt me, the accumulative process does not take place. The two processes are entirely different.
say harsh words to me, it hurts me; but if that hurt is not given importance,
it does not become the background from which I act; so it is possible
that I meet you afresh. That is real education, in the deep sense of the
word. Because, then, though I see the conditioning effects of experience,
the mind is not conditioned
BOOKS OF U.G.Krishnamurti
[All the works below are placed in their entirety and can be freely downloaded!!.]
[German Translation by Ulla Inayat-Khan]
2. Sage and the Housewife
is a Myth
[German Translation by Ulla Marten]
4. Thought is Your Enemy
5. No Way Out
6. Courage to Stand Alone
Translation by Pierluigi Piazza]
German Translation by Ulla Inayat-Khan]
7. Science and U.G., by Prof. G.S. Reddy
8. Stopped in Our Tracks, by K. Chandrasekhar
9. U.G. Krishnamurti: A Life, by Mahesh Bhatt
10. A Taste of Death: by Mahesh Bhatt
[ German Translation]
11. Il Fiore Raro: A Journal in Italian by Pierluigi Piazzi
on U.G. by Dr. Sistla Sreedhav
Also Second Series
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