The following statement, which contains the
essence of the teaching, was written by Krishnamurti
himself on October 21, 1980.
"The core of Krishnamurti's teaching is contained
in the statement he made in 1929 when he said:
'Truth is a pathless land'. Man cannot come to
it through any organization, through any creed,
through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through
any philosophic knowledge or psychological technique.
He has to find it through the mirror of relationship,
through the understanding of the contents of his
own mind, through observation and not through
intellectual analysis or introspective dissection.
Man has built in himself images as a fence of
securityreligious, political, personal. These
manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The burden
of these images dominates man's thinking, his
relationships and his daily life. These images
are the causes of our problems for they divide
man from man. His perception of life is shaped
by the concepts already established in his mind.
The content of his consciousness is his entire
existence. This content is common to all humanity.
The individuality is the name, the form and
superficial culture he acquires from tradition
and environment. The uniqueness of man does
not lie in the superficial but in complete freedom
from the content of his consciousness, which is
common to all mankind. So he is not an individual."
"Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not a
choice. It is man's pretence that because he
has choice he is free. Freedom is pure observation
without direction, without fear of punishment
and reward. Freedom is without motive; freedom
is not at the end of the evolution of man but
lies in the first step of his existence. In observation
one begins to discover the lack of freedom. Freedom
is found in the choiceless awareness of our daily
existence and activity. Thought is time. Thought
is born of experience and knowledge which are
inseparable from time and the past. Time is the
psychological enemy of man. Our action is based
on knowledge and therefore time, so man is always
a slave to the past. Thought is ever-limited and
so we live in constant conflict and struggle.
There is no psychological evolution."
"When man becomes aware of the movement of his
own thoughts he will see the division between
the thinker and thought, the observer and the
observed, the experience and the experiencer.
He will discover that this division is an illusion.
Then only is there pure observation which is
insight without any shadow of the past or of time.
This timeless insight brings about a deep radical
mutation in the mind." "Total negation is the
essence of the positive. When there is negation
of all those things that thought has brought about
psychologically, only then is there love, which
is compassion and intelligence."
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