The following statement
was written by Krishnamurti 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 – religious, 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 pretense 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
“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 experiencer and the
experience. 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
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If you are really serious
about anything in life – love, physics, poetry – and you follow it through
from beginning to end, it will inevitably lead you to one place: inner release
or freedom. Once “the light goes on”, that understanding must be embodied in
one’s life. With this nurturing, timely action comes into being. Timely action
is choiceless, inevitable – free from the conflict of self-misunderstanding.
It has no blue-print, no mandate. It does not come with a guarantee. It is the
voice that must be heard and obeyed, It negates all that is false. It recalls
all that is truth. It creates all that is good and pure.
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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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The central issue is the complete, absolute, freedom of man.
was born in India in 1895 and died in the United States in 1986.
‘Truth is a
pathless land. Man cannot come to it through any organisation, through any
creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, nor through any philosophical
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
Krishnamurti was concerned with all humanity and stated
repeatedly that he held no nationality or belief and belonged to no particular
group or culture. In the latter part of his life, he travelled mainly between
the schools he had founded in India, Britain and the United States, schools that
educate for the total understanding of man and the art of living. He stressed
that only this profound understanding can create a new generation, that will
live in peace.
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The Complete Published Works 1933-1986
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