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364 Inspiring Quotes by Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • Last updated Jul 26 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for Jiddu Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti (11 May 1895 – 17 February 1986) was a philosopher, speaker and writer. In his early life, he was groomed to be the new World Teacher, but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the Theosophy organization behind it. His interests included psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society. He 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.

Krishnamurti was born in south India in what is now the modern day Madanapalle of Andhra Pradesh. In early adolescence, he met occultist and theosophist Charles Webster Leadbeater on the grounds of the Theosophical Society headquarters at Adyar in Madras. He was subsequently raised under the tutelage of Annie Besant and Leadbeater, leaders of the Society at the time, who believed him to be a 'vehicle' for an expected World Teacher. As a young man, he disavowed this idea and dissolved the Order of the Star in the East, an organisation that had been established to support it.

Krishnamurti said he had no allegiance to any nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy, and spent the rest of his life travelling the world, speaking to large and small groups, as well as individuals. He wrote many books, among them The First and Last Freedom, The Only Revolution, and Krishnamurti's Notebook. Many of his talks and discussions have been published. His last public talk was in Madras, India, in January 1986, a month before his death at his home in Ojai, California. His supporters — working through non-profit foundations in India, Great Britain, and the United States — oversee several independent schools based on his views on education. They continue to transcribe and distribute his thousands of talks, group and individual discussions, and writings by use of a variety of media formats and languages.

Krishnamurti was unrelated to his contemporary U. G. Krishnamurti (1918–2007), although the two men had a number of meetings.

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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.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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Can't you fall in love and not have a possessive relationship? I love someone and she loves me and we get married -- that is all perfectly straightforward and simple, in that there is no
conflict at all.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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What is the difference between attention and inattention? What is attention and what is concentration? ...Attention has no centre.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Fear is the destructive energy in man. It withers the mind, it distorts thought, it leads to all kinds of extraordinarily clever and subtle theories, absurd superstitions, dogmas, and beliefs.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Hasn't knowledge only crippled me from seeing truth? Is knowledge itself illusory?

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Die to everything of yesterday so that your mind is always fresh, always young, innocent, full of vigor and passion.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Awareness isn't something mysterious that you must practice; it isn't something that can be learned only from the speaker, or from some bearded gentlemen or other.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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There is no complexity in what is, but only in the many escapes that we seek.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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What you believe you experience.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Meditation is the process of understanding your own mind.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Life is relationship, living is relationship. We cannot live if you and I have built a wall around ourselves and just peep over that wall occasionally. Unconsciously, deeply, under the wall, we are related.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Some go to sleep in an organization and never wake up, and those who do wake up put them selves to sleep again by joining another. This acquisitive movement is called expansion of thought, progress.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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You look to others for hope and guidance because you are empty and poor; you turn to books, pictures, teachers, gurus and saviours to inspire and strengthen you; you are ever in hunger, ever seeking but never finding.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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In relationship there must be affection, consideration, adjustment, self-denial, yielding; not to conquer but to live happily.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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You cannot explain to someone who comes with no idea of what you are talking about without being misunderstood.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgment.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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What sex gives you momentarily is the total abandonment of yourself, then you are back again with your turmoil, so you want a repetition over and over again of that state in which there is no worry, no problem, no self.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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If there is no meditation, then you are like a blind man in a world of great beauty, light and colour.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The ambitious man has never found his true vocation.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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It is very easy to conform to what your society or your parents and teachers tell you. That is a safe and easy way of existing; but that is not living...To live is to find out for yourself what is true.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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There is nobody who is going to solve any of our problems, either political, religious or psychological.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Religion becomes a matter of belief, and belief acts as a limitation on the mind; and the mind then is never free.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

Longer Version:

Religion becomes a matter of belief, and belief acts as a limitation on the mind; and the mind then is never free. But it is only in freedom that you can find out what is true, what is God, not through any belief; because your belief projects what you think God ought to be, what you think ought to be true. If you believe God is love, God is good, God is this or that, your very belief prevents you from understanding what is God, what is true.



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There is only that inevitable danger as long as there is lack of understanding; but the moment the individual understands, there will be no formation of religion.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Without love the acquisition of knowledge only increases confusion and leads to self-destruction.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The problem of sex, which is now so important, so vast in our lives, loses it's meaning when there is the tenderness, the warmth, the kindliness, the mercy of love.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong but just to watch it and move with it.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

Longer Version:

Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong, but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching, you begin to understand the whole movement of thought and feeling. And out of this awareness comes silence.


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A cup is useful only when it is empty; and a mind that is filled with beliefs, with dogmas, with assertions, with quotations is really an uncreative mind.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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Life is both pleasure and pain, is it not? But why should we cling to pleasure and avoid pain? Why not merely live with both? If you cling to pleasure what happens? You get attached, do you not?

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Living in the present is the instant perception of beauty and the great delight in it without seeking pleasure from it.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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One must know oneself as one is, not as one wishes to be, which is merely an ideal and therefore fictitious, unreal; it is only that which is that can be transformed, not that which you wish to be.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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It is intelligence that brings order, not discipline.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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What has validity is your living, not what happens tomorrow.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Though we are all human beings, we have built walls between ourselves and our neighbors through nationalism, through race, caste, and class -- which again breeds isolation, loneliness.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Mere isolation in an enclosing idea is not a release from conflict.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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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.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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To understand what is right meditation there must be an awareness of the operation of one's own consciousness, and then there is complete attention.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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If there is no contradiction whatsoever you have abundance of energy.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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Freedom is now or never.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Look what is happening in the world -- we are being conditioned by society, by the culture we live in, and that culture is the product of man. There is nothing holy, or divine, or eternal about culture.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti





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Contentment is not happiness. Contentment is stagnation and decay, whereas happiness is life and growth.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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If you do not give your children freedom, when they grow up, they will break away from the family, and then your hearts will be broken.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Charity is unconscious of itself, there is no accumulation first and then distribution. It is like the flower -- natural, open, spontaneous.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Intelligence comes into being when the mind, the heart and the body are really harmonious.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Being watchful from moment to moment of all its thoughts, its feelings, its reactions, unconscious as well as conscious, the mind is constantly discovering the significance of its own activities, which is self-knowledge.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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To be conscious of our reactions, of our hidden motives and conditioned responses, this also is part of awareness.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

Longer Version:

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.


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Learning is not the accumulation of knowledge. Learning is movement from moment to moment.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti




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Is insight dependent on a material process? Has insight a cause?

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Meditation is the action of silence.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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I don't mind what happens. That is the essence of inner freedom. It is a timeless spiritual truth: release attachment to outcomes, deep inside yourself, you'll feel good no matter what.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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To learn about oneself, a living thing, you have to watch, learn anew each minute.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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It's beautiful to be alone. To be alone does not mean to be lonely. It means the mind is not influenced and contaminated by society.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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When I understand myself, I understand you, and out of that understanding comes love.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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When I understand myself, I understand you, and out of that understanding comes love. Love is the missing factor; there is a lack of affection, of warmth in relationship; and because we lack that love, that tenderness, that generosity, that mercy in relationship, we escape into mass action which produces further confusion, further misery. We fill our hearts with blueprints for world reform and do not look to that one resolving factor which is love.


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Meditation is freedom from thought and a movement in the ecstasy of truth. Meditation is explosion of intelligence.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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The craving to become causes fears; to be, to achieve, and so to depend engenders fear.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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The immature mind compares itself with what is and what should be.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Imagination builds the image of the self, and thought then functions within its shadows. From this self-concept grows the conflict between what is and what should be, the conflict in duality.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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A mind that has no fear is capable of great love.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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No book can teach you about yourself, no psychologist, none of the professors or philosophers. What they can teach you is what they think you are or what they think you should be.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Space and time are real for the man who is yet imperfect, and space is divided for him into dimensions; time, into past, present, and future.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Truth has nothing whatsoever to do with belief.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Observe, and in that observation there is neither the "observer" nor the "observed" -- there is only observation taking place.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The very attention given to finding out if the mind can be completely quiet is quietness.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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If you would listen, sir, in the sense of being aware of your conflicts and contradictions without forcing them into any particular pattern of thought, perhaps they might altogether cease.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely -- the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears -- when you give your whole attention to it.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Knowledge is an addiction, as drink; knowledge does not bring understanding. Knowledge can be taught, but not wisdom; there must be freedom from knowledge for the coming of wisdom.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Religion, politics, society are exploiting you, and you are being conditioned by them; you are being forced in a particular direction. You are not human beings; you are mere cogs in a machine.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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On the secret to a happy, content life Do you want to know what my secret is? I don't mind what happens.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti





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

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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I admire and respect the tenacity, courage, and patience of the unenlightened in the face of so much overwhelming evidence.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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To live is to find out for yourself what is true, and you can do this only when there is freedom, when there is continuous revolution inwardly, within yourself.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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As we are -- the world is. That is, if we are greedy, envious, competitive, our society will be competitive, envious, greedy, which brings misery and war.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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But if one observes, one will see that the body has its own intelligence; it requires a great deal of intelligence to observe the intelligence of the body.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Learning is possible only when there is no coercion of any kind.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Meditation is not a withdrawal from life. Meditation is a process of understanding oneself.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Are you aware of the significance of every thought, of every reaction that you happen to have?

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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There is an art of seeing things as they are: without naming, without being caught in a network of words, without thinking interfering with perception.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The environment that we call society is created by past generations; we accept it, as it helps us to maintain our greed, possessiveness, illusion.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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There are two kinds of freedom: one is the freedom from something, which is a reaction; and the other is not a reaction, it is "being free."

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Listening has importance only when one is not projecting one's own desires through which one listens.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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It is only the religious mind that is a truly revolutionary mind.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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In the search for reality, energy creates its own discipline. But mere discipline, without full comprehension of all this, has no meaning, it is a most destructive thing.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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All outward forms of change brought about by wars, revolutions, reformations, laws and ideologies have failed completely to change the basic nature of man and therefore of society.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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I am life. I have no name. I am as the fresh breeze of the mountains.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Authority in its very nature prevents the full awareness of oneself and therefore ultimately destroys freedom; in freedom alone can there be creativeness.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Isn't the origin of conflict ego? If there is no ego there is no becoming.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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You may repeat the most marvelous poems. And that is not worth a cent if you don't live it.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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If you leave the pool you have dug for yourself and go out into the river of life then life has an astonishing way of taking care of you, because then there is no taking care on your part.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Why do you want to read others' books when there is the book of yourself?

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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I would teach my child to respect what is right -- the word right is a difficult word to use -- I would teach him to respect the intrinsic value of things. Do you see what I mean? The true proportion of things.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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What religion a man holds, to what race he belongs, these things are not important; the really important thing is this knowledge: the knowledge of God's plan for men. For God has a plan, and that plan is evolution.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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To seek fulfillment is to invite frustration.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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If we want to change existing conditions, we must first transform ourselves, which means that we must become aware of our own actions, thoughts and feelings in everyday life.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Tradition, long conditioned thinking, can bring about a fixation, a concept that one readily accepts, perhaps not with a great deal of thought.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Sorrow is not in death but in loneliness, and conflict comes when you seek consolation, forgetfullness, explanations, and illusions.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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There must be a certain amount of imitation, copying, in outward technique, but when there is inward, psychological imitation surely we cease to be creative.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti





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When you identify yourself with a group of people or a set of ideas, aren't you separating yourself?

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Life is a joyous thing essentially, but when you bind life by all these rigid moralities and traditions, and dogmas and creeds, then there is misery.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, Awaiting to be released through the rhythm Of pain and pleasure.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Nothing can disturb the calm peace of my soul.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Organized murder is war, and though we demonstrate against a particular war, the nuclear, or any other kind of war, we have never demonstrated against war.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Iolence is not merely killing another. It is violence when we use a sharp word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because there is fear.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Despair can never be dissolved through escape, but by observing it.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The flower is strong in its beauty as it can be forgotten, set aside, or destroyed. The ambitious do not know beauty. The feeling of essence is beauty.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Can the mind become completely still without coercion, without compulsion, without discipline?

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

If I want to find out what truth is, not knowing what it is, I must be able to see what is false.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Most people like to live in illusions.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Its beautiful to be alone. To be alone does not mean to be lonely. it means the mind is not influenced and contaminated by society.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Merely to stuff the child with a lot of information, making him pass examinations, is the most unintelligent form of education.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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We are asking a really fundamental question whether thought can ever be creative. If thought is not the ground of creation then what is creation? Is love the only factor that is creative?

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Human beings, each one, right through the world, go through great agonies, the more sensitive, the more alert, the more observant, the greater the suffering, the anxiety, the extraordinary sense of insoluble problems.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Truth is more in the process than in the result.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Control exists only when there is action of will, positively or negatively. Will is resistance. When the mind is learning, there is no resistance.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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That is, sir, there can only be communication, communion, when you and I are on the same level, and with the same intensity, at the same time.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Analysis does not transform consciousness.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect… The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Being fully conscious of one's whole process of thinking, and being able to go beyond tnat process, is awareness.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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What we are trying to do is to understand this confusion and not cover it up with quotations.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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I do not know if you have noticed that faith invariably breeds violence.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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But our minds are bound to the yardstick of yesterday, today and tomorrow, and with that yardstick we try to inquire into the unknown, to measure that which is not measurable.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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I say that when you have perceived or attained the goal, compromises, renunciations, do not exist. If you have seen the goal, compromise ceases to exist. It is then a question of a different attitude.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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Real freedom is not something to be acquired, it is the outcome of intelligence.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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It is only in freedom that you can find out what is true, what is God, not through any belief, because your very belief projects what you think ought to be God, what you think ought to be true.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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If you come across fear, stare it in its eyes. Face it and you will notice that fear fades away.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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One has to be a teacher to oneself and a disciple of oneself; there is no authority, there is only understanding.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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The guru cannot awaken you; all that he can do is to point out what is.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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There is hope in people, not in society, not in systems, but in you and me.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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This is love: the flowering of love is meditation.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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In nothingness, there is everything, energy. The ending is a beginning.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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If you have fear, you are bound by tradition, you follow some leader or guru. When you are bound by tradition, when you are afraid of your husband or your wife, you lose your dignity as an individual human being.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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Constantly to seek the purpose of life is one of the odd escapes of man. If he finds what he seeks it will not be worth that pebble on the path.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Look at that battle you are involved in; you are caught in it: you are it.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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There is no partial sensitivity; either it is the state of one's whole being, total consciousness or it is not there at all.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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We are concerned, not with the development of just one capacity, such as that of a mathematician, or a scientist, or a musician, but with the total development of the student as a human
being.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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This is my secret. I don't mind what happens.

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photography of white sky at golden hour

In awareness there is no becoming, there is no end to be gained. There is silent observation without choice and condemnation, from which there comes understanding.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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You want to be loved because you do not love; but the moment you love, it is finished, you are no longer inquiring whether or not somebody loves you.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti





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It is astonishingly beautiful and interesting, how thought is absent when you have an insight. Thought cannot have an insight.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

Arizona landscape

Goodness, generosity, or love does not come into being save through the search for reality.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Goodness is not in the backyard of the individual nor in the open field of the collective; goodness flowers only in freedom from both.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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You yourself are the teacher, and the pupil, you're the master, you're the guru, you are the leader, you are everything! And, to understand is to transform what is.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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If you realize that the ultimate happiness for all depends not on disorder of the emotions for either sex, but in harmonizing the emotions, all the problems will vanish.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The crisis is not in the outward technological advancement, but rather in the way we think, and the way we live, and the way we feel. I think that is where a revolution must take place.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

green grass field with smoke

Freedom lies outside the pattern of society; but to be free of that pattern you have to understand the whole content of it, which is to understand your own mind.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Suffering is an indication of ignorance, but in seeking an escape from suffering you are only nourishing ignorance.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti





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Freedom lies beyond the field of consciousness.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti






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True understanding is possible only when we are fully conscious of our thought, not as an operative observer on this thought, but completely and without the intervention of a choice.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Conflict exists only when there are two opposing things: fear and non-fear, violence and non-violence.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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As long as the mind is seeking to fill itself, it will always be empty. When the mind is no longer concerned with filling its own emptiness, then only does that emptiness cease to be.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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To be free comes not from changing or fixing this world, but from seeing this world as it is and opening the heart in the midst of it.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

sunset

What matters is to understand pleasure, not try to get rid of it--that is too stupid. Nobody can get rid of pleasure.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Any acceptance of authority is the very denial of truth.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The authority of a belief imposed by religion surely destroys the discovery of reality.One relies on authority because one is afraid to stand alone.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Only the mind that is totally impermanent, that is totally uncertain, can discover what is true because truth is not static.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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Transformation can only take place immediately; the revolution is now, not tomorrow.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Can the mind see the truth of its own incapacity to know the unknown? Surely if I see very clearly that my mind cannot know the unknown, there is absolute quietness.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Acquiring knowledge is a form of imitation.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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In obedience there is always fear, and fear darkens the mind.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


rock formation under starry skies

Energy functioning in a pattern becomes matter. That is all life is... Matter and energy are interrelated.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Sentimentality and emotionalism are the most destructive things.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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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.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Observe your own emotional states and you will see that the moments of great joy, great ecstasy, are unpremeditated; they happen, mysteriously, darkly, unknowingly.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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To understand the present with its full, rich significance, the mind must free itself from the habit of self-protecting acquisition; when it is utterly naked, then there is immortality.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The mind has to be empty to see clearly.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti




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Sentimentality and emotionalism have nothing whatsoever to do with love.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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After all you grow by experience. But while your son is young, you should try to set before him his ultimate goal.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Happy is the man who is nothing.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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To discover and transcend craving, which is the deep cause of all conditioning, is arduous and demands constant awareness.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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So through identification you have pleasure and pain.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The first thing to realize in meditation is that there is no authority, that the mind must be completely free to examine, to observe, to learn. And so there is no following, no accepting, no obedience.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


green leafed plant

You may be reborn a thousand times, but you can never know the real, for only that which dies, that which comes to an end, can renew itself.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Fear is what prevents the flowering of the mind.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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And as we are -- the world is. That is, if we are greedy, envious, competitive, our society will be competitive, envious, greedy, which brings misery and war. The State is what we are.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Truth is not a security, a refuge. Truth is the liberator, sweeping away all refuge and security.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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A mind that is full of conclusions is a dead mind. A living mind is a free mind, learning, never concluding.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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National discord is, like religion, a standardized form of revolt; and the moment a revolt is standardized, it is no longer a revolt.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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In seeking comfort, we generally find a quiet corner in life where there is a minimum of conflict, and then we are afraid to step out of that seclusion.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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If there is no order in your relationship with your wife, with your husband, with your children, with your neighbour -- whether that neighbour is near or very far away -- forget about meditation.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Wherever there is a suitable environment for the fulfilment of Life, it will fulfil itself.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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To follow implies not only the denying of one's own clarity, investigation, integrity and honesty, but it also implies that your motive in following is reward.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The significance of life is living.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Can the mind resolve a psychological problem immediately?

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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You must know for yourself, directly, the truth of yourself and you cannot realize it through another, however great. There is no authority that can reveal it.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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For most of us, relationship with another is based on dependence, either economic or psychological. This dependence creates fear, breeds in us possessiveness, results in friction, suspicion, frustration.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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When we stop learning in our relationship, whether we are studying, playing or whatever we are doing, and merely act from the knowledge we have accumulated, then disorder comes.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Without knowing myself, I have no real basis for thinking.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Intelligence is not discernment and judgment or critical evaluation.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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When the mind goes beyond the thought of 'the me,' the experiencer, the observer, the thinker, then there is a possibility of a happiness that is incorruptible.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

silhouette of mountain during golden hour

A man who says, ‘I want to change, tell me how to,' seems very earnest, very serious, but he is not. He wants an authority whom he hopes will bring about order in himself.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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I think it is absurd to give such tremendous importance to the distinctions between men and women. When I meet someone I regard that person as a human being. I do not say "This is a man; this is a woman."

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Meditation is not following any system; it is not constant repetition and imitation. Meditation is not concentration.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The individual problem is the world problem. Therefore let us return to the problem of individual perfection and the establishing of peace in the heart and in the mind of the individual.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Contentment is never the outcome of fulfillment, of achievement, or of the possession of things; it is not born of action or inaction. It comes with the fullness of what is, not in the alteration of it.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

snow covered mountain during daytime

Conflict is not in the feeling of being in love. The feeling of being in love is utterly without conflict. There is no loss of energy in being in love.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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All tradition is merely the past.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Our conflict is in relationship, at all levels of our existence; and the understanding of this relationship, completely and extensively, is the only real problem that each one has.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Don't we introduce time as a means of becoming more evolved? The brain has evolved but is there evolution inwardly? Can the brain dominated by time not be subservient to it?

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

brown sands

Free yourself from the psychological structure of society, which is to free yourself from the essence of conflict.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



man and woman in cowboy hat

Is it possible to observe without the observer?

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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If I follow a particular method of knowing myself, then I shall have the result which that system necessitates; but the result will obviously not be the understanding of myself.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti




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Freedom comes with self-knowledge, when the mind goes above and beyond the hindrances it has created for itself.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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One society will condemn those who believe in God, and another society will condemn those who do not. They are both the same.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

shooting star in night sky

Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, which is the ending of fear.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Where there is fear there is obviously no freedom, and without freedom there is no love at all.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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As long as the mind is in conflict-blaming, resisting, condemning - there can be no understanding. If I want to understand you, I must not condemn you, obviously.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Can another help bring about a transformation in you? If he can, you are not transformed; you are merely dominated, influenced.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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To live without comparison is to remove a tremendous burden.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

Jealousy implies dissatisfaction with what you are.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

pink concrete wall during daytime

The fact is one thing and the idea about the fact is another.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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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.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

green leaf tree on shore

Identification prevents and perverts the flow of thought-feeling.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

grayscale photography of elephant

To investigate the fact of your own anger you must pass no judgement on it.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti



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If you find out what it is you love to do and give your whole life to it, then there is no contradiction, and in that state your being is your doing.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Truth is a pathless land.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

Longer Version:

Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organisation be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path.


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When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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