Jiddu Krishnamurti on Meditation
- What is important in meditation is the quality
of the mind and the heart. It is not what you
achieve, or what you say you attain, but rather
the quality of a mind that is innocent and
vulnerable. Through negation there is the positive
state. Merely to gather, or to live in, experience,
denies the purity of meditation.
Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both
the means and the end. The mind can never be made
innocent through experience. It is the negation
of experience that brings about that positive state
of innocency which cannot be cultivated by thought.
Thought is never innocent. Meditation is the ending
of thought, not by the meditator, for the meditator
is the meditation. If there is no meditation, then
you are like a blind man in a world of great beauty,
light and color.
Wander by the seashore and let this meditative
quality come upon you. If it does, don't pursue it.
What you pursue will be the memory of what it was -
and what was is the death of what is. Or when you
wander among the hills, let everything tell you the
beauty and the pain of life, so that you awaken to
your own sorrow and to the ending of it. Meditation
is the root, the plant, the flower and the fruit.
It is words that divide the fruit, the flower, the
plant and the root. In this separation action does
not bring about goodness: virtue is the total perception.
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- Meditation is something extraordinary, if you know
how to do it. I am going to talk a little about it.
First of all, sit very quietly; do not force yourself
to sit quietly, but sit or lie down quietly without
force of any kind. Do you understand? Then watch your
thinking. Watch what you are thinking about. You find
you are thinking about your shoes, your saris, what
you are going to say, the bird outside to which you
listen; follow such thoughts and enquire why each thought
arises. Do not try to change your thinking. See why
certain thoughts arise in your mind so that you begin
to understand the meaning of every thought and feeling
without any enforcement. And when a thought arises, do
not condemn it, do not say it is right, it is wrong,
it is good, it is bad. Just watch it, so that you begin
to have a perception, a consciousness which is active
in seeing every kind of thought, every kind of feeling.
You will know every hidden secret thought, every hidden
motive, every feeling, without distortion, without saying
it is right, wrong, good or bad. When you look, when
you go into thought very very deeply, your mind becomes extraordinarily subtle, alive. No part of the mind is
asleep. The mind is completely awake.
That is merely the foundation. Then your mind is very
quiet. Your whole being becomes very still. Then go
through that stillness, deeper, further that whole
process is meditation. Meditation is not to sit in a
corner repeating a lot of words; or to think of a picture
and go into some wild, ecstatic imaginings.
To understand the whole process of your thinking and
feeling is to be free from all thought, to be free from
all feeling so that your mind, your whole being becomes
very quite. And that is also part of life and with that
quietness, you can look at the tree, you can look at
people, you can look at the sky and the stars. That is
the beauty of life.
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- "Have you ever sat very quietly with closed eyes and watched
the movement of your own thinking? Have you watched your
mind working? Or rather, has your mind watched itself in
operation, just to see what your thoughts are, what your feelings
are, how you look at the trees, at the flowers, at the birds, at
people, how you respond to a suggestion or react to a new
idea? Have you ever done this?"