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Quotes of the day: Jiddu Krishnamurti

Published Monday, May 12, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
May 12 2014

Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 12 1895 - February 17, 1986) was a speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and disbanded the organization behind it. His subject matter included psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society. He constantly stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and emphasised that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person, because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove.

A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man.

All ideologies are idiotic, whether religious or political, for it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual word, which has so unfortunately divided man.

Do not repeat after me words that you do not understand. Do not merely put on a mask of my ideas, for it will be an illusion and you will thereby deceive yourself.

Do you want to know what my secret is? I don't mind what happens.

Follow the wandering, the distraction, find out why the mind has wandered; pursue it, go into it fully. When the distraction is completely understood, then that particular distraction is gone. When another comes, pursue it also.

Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.

Governments want efficient technicians, not human beings, because human beings become dangerous to governments- and to organized religions as well. That is why governments and religious organizations seek to control education.

Happiness is strange; it comes when you are not seeking it. When you are not making an effort to be happy, then unexpectedly, mysteriously, happiness is there, born of purity, of a loveliness of being.

If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.

Intelligence is the capacity to perceive the essential, the what is; and to awaken this capacity, in oneself and in others, is education.

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

It is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free.

One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.

Order cannot possibly be brought about through conformity to a pattern, under any circumstances.

Passion is a rather frightening thing because if you have passion you don't know where it will take you.

Religion is the frozen thought of man out of which they build temples.

Tell your friend that in his death, a part of you dies and goes with him. Wherever he goes, you also go. He will not be alone.

The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.

The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.

The ending is the beginning, and the beginning is the first step, and the first step is the only step.

The primary cause of disorder in ourselves is the seeking of reality promised by another.

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.

Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.

Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.

Truth is a pathless land.

We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free.

We are very defensive, and therefore aggressive, when we hold on to a particular belief, a dogmas, or when we worship our particular nationality, with the rag that is called the flag.

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 it.

When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.

When you once see something as false which you have accepted as true, as natural, as human, then you can never go back to it

You can only be afraid of what you think you know.

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.

Your belief in God is merely an escape from your monotonous, stupid and cruel life.

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