Jiddu Krishnamurti quotes, from The Way of Wonder
The following quotes from Jiddu Krishnamurti appear in The Way of Wonder: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas. We consider these quotes to be the quintessence of Krishnamurti's teachings.
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“So now we are going to investigate ourselves together...a journey of discovery into the most secret corners of our minds. And to take such a journey we must travel light; we cannot be burdened with opinions, prejudices, and conclusions. ...Forget all you know about yourself; forget all you have ever thought about yourself; we are going to start as if we knew nothing.”
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“Clarity is essential. I mean by 'clarity', seeing things as they are, seeing the 'what is', without any opinion, seeing the movement of your mind, observing it very closely, minutely, diligently, without any purpose, without any directive.”
“Thought can never bring about innocency and humility and yet it is innocency and humility that keep the mind young, sensitive, incorruptible. Freedom from the known is the ending of thought; to die to thought, from moment to moment, is to be free from the known. It is this death that puts an end to decay.”
“To be full of knowledge breeds endless misery”
“We must only be concerned with wiping away...”
“...to see...with eyes that have been bathed in emptiness, that have not been hurt with knowledge- to see then is an extraordinary experience.”
“It was an emptiness that had known no knowing...”
“...the innocent mind can live in the world which is not innocent.”
“...religion is not only the graven image in the temple, the letters in the mosque, or the cross in the church, not only the graven image made by the hand, but also the graven image made by the mind, the idea.”
“The religious man is he who does not belong to any religion, to any nation, to any race, who is inwardly completely alone, in a state of not-knowing.”
“That is, can I die to each action throughout the day, so that the mind never accumulates and is therefore never contaminated by the past, but is always new, fresh, innocent?”
“...the moment you have a conclusion or start examining from knowledge you are finished, for then you are translating every living thing in terms of the old. Whereas if you have no foothold, if there is no certainty, no achievement, there is freedom to look, to achieve. And when you look with freedom it is always new. A confident man is a dead human being.”
“You cannot live without dying. You cannot live if you don't die psychologically every minute. This is not an intellectual paradox. To live completely, wholly, every day as if it were a new loveliness, there must be a dying to everything of yesterday, otherwise you live mechanically, and a mechanical mind can never know what love is or what freedom is. ...To die is to have a mind that is completely empty of itself, empty of all its daily longings, pleasures and agonies. Death is a renewal, a mutation, in which thought does not function at all because thought is old. When there is death there is something totally new. Freedom from the known is death, and then you are living.”
“...mystery is quite another thing. …to be in communion with that, the mind, the whole of you, must be at the same level, at the same time, with the same intensity as that which is called mysterious. This is love. With this the whole mystery of the universe is open.”
“The mind that is capable of saying “I do not know”, is in the only state in which anything can be discovered.”
“Out of this emptiness the new is.”
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