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The Core of Krishnamurti's Teaching

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    The following statement, which contains the essence of the teaching, was written by Krishnamurti himself on October 21, 1980. The core of Krishnamurti s
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 9, 2010
      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
      security¬óreligious, 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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