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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, Krishnamurti to Himself

It is only those who are in constant revolt that discover what is true, not the man who conforms, who follows some tradition. It is only when you are constantly inquiring, constantly observing, constantly learning, that you find truth, God, or love.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Think on These Things

A mind that is afraid withers away; it cannot function properly.


All tradition is merely the past.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Krishnamurti to Himself

Fear begins and ends with the desire to be secure; inward and outward security, with the desire to be certain, to have permanency. The continuity of permanence is sought in every direction, in virtue, in relationship, in action, in experience, in knowledge, in outward and inward things. To find security and be secure is the everlasting cry. It is this insistent demand that breeds fear.


Without freedom, there is no creation.


The fact is there is nothing that you can trust; and that is a terrible fact, whether you like it or not. Psychologically there is nothing in the world, that you can put your faith, your trust, or your belief in. Neither your gods, nor your science can save you, can bring you psychological certainty; and you have to accept that you can trust in absolutely nothing. That is a scientific fact, as well as a psychological fact. Because, your leaders — religious and political — and your books — sacred and profane — have all failed, and you are still confused, in misery, in conflict. So, that is an absolute, undeniable fact.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Psychological Revolution

Fear is never an actuality; it is either before or after the active present. When there is fear in the active present, is it fear? It is there and there is no escape from it, no evasion possible. There, at that actual moment, there is total attention at the moment of danger, physical or psychological. When there is complete attention there is no fear. But the actual fact of inattention breeds fear; fear arises when there is an avoidance of the fact, a flight; then the very escape itself is fear.


Without total freedom, every perception, every objective regard, is twisted. It is only the man who is totally free who can look and understand immediately. Freedom implies really, doesn't it, the total emptying of the mind. Completely to empty the whole content of the mind--that is real freedom. Freedom is not mere revolt from circumstances, which again breeds other circumstances, other environmental influences, which enslave the mind. We are talking about a freedom that comes naturally, easily, unasked for, when the mind is capable of functioning at its highest level.


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."


Freedom is entirely different from revolt. There is no such thing as doing right or wrong when there is freedom. You are free and from that centre you act.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Freedom from the Known

We know what our relationship is at present: a contention, a struggle, a pain; or mere habit. If we can understand relationship with one, fully, completely, then perhaps there is a possibility of understanding of relationship with the many, that is, with the society. If I do not understand my relationship with one, I certainly shall not understand my relationship with the whole, with society, with the many.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, J. Krishnamurti Second Talk in Ojai, July 17, 1949

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

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, attributed, Provolution: A Guide to Changing the World Through Personal Evolution

Can relationship be based on an idea? And, any action based on an idea surely must be merely the continuation of that idea, which is activity. Action is not based on an idea; action is immediate, spontaneous, direct, without the process of thought involved. But when we base an action on an idea, then it becomes an activity. And if we base our relationship on an idea, then surely such a relationship is merely an activity without comprehension, merely carrying out a formula, an activity, a pattern based on an idea. Therefore, relationship is always restricting, limiting, confining, because we want something out of that relationship.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, J. Krishnamurti Second Talk in Ojai, July 17, 1949

Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay. One must take the journey unburdened, sweetly, without any effort, never stopping at any shrine, at any monument, or for any hero, social or religious -- alone with beauty and love.


I do not know if you have not noticed it for yourself that relationship is very painful. And as long as it's not a revealing process in which you are discovering yourself, then relationship is used as a means of escape from yourself. And I think it is important to understand this, because ... the question of self-knowledge lies in the unfoldment of relationship--whether relationship to things, to people, and to ideas.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, J. Krishnamurti Second Talk in Ojai, July 17, 1949

The very urge to get rid of desire is still desire, is it not?

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Think on These Things


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