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Extract of Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti


We are one. We are one humanity although the artificial frontiers of economics and politics and prejudice divide us. If you kill another you are destroying yourself. You are the centre of the whole and without understanding yourself you cannot understand this unity.

We have intellectual knowledge of this unity but we keep knowledge and feeling in different compartments and hence we never experience the extraordinary unity of man. We judge, we evaluate, we compare, we deny or accept, but we hardly ever observe what is! Free from conditioning the mind is able to discover that which lies beyond the field of thought.

If I begin to understand what crudeness is, observe it in my daily life from day to day. The greedy way I eat. The roughness with which I treat people. The pride. The arrogance. The coarseness of my habits and thoughts, then that very observation transforms what is.

Separation between God, another name for reality, and yourself is brought about by you, the individual soul. By the mind that clings to the known, to certainty, to security. The division is not between the real and yourself. It is in yourself. What is essential is to understand the increasing conflict of desire, and this understanding comes only through self-knowledge, and constant awareness of the movements of the self.

You discover yourself, not in isolation, not in withdrawal, but in relationship. In relationship to society, to your wife, to your husband, your brother, to humanity. But to discover how you react, what your responses are requires an extraordinary alertness of mind, a keenness of perception.

To transform oneself, self knowledge is essential. Without knowing what you are, there is no basis for right thought. Without knowing yourself, as you are at present, there cannot be transformation. If you want to know what you are, you cannot imagine or have belief in something you are not. Understanding WHAT YOU ARE, without distortion, is the beginning of true virtue.

Real virtue is essential for it gives freedom. Self knowledge is the discovery from moment to moment of the ways of the self. There is no 'your' and my' experience, therefore the importance of freedom from the illusion of authority.

The self is a very complex process that can be uncovered only in relationship. In our daily activities. In the way we talk. The way we judge, calculate, condemn others and ourselves. All that reveals the conditioned state of our own thinking. It is only through awareness, of what is true from moment to moment, that there is discovery of the timeless and the eternal. It is only the simple mind, free from the weight of condemning, judging, words, knowledge, information that can realise this.

Without knowing yourself, whatever 'spiritual' practice you attempt, there cannot possibly be the state of meditation.

To observe the mind, without ideal or opinion (ie 'I must', 'I must not'), is true learning.

 


Extracts from
Krishnamurti: 'The Impossible Question'
Penguin Books
ISBN 0 14 00.4477 9


*All emphasis has been added.

 

 


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