These passages from a talk by Krishnamurti in which he answers a question, focus on the importance of a certain quality of self-observation. When one is able to brings all of one’s attention, with the full passion of one’s body, mind, feelings and soul – all levels of one’s being – to be with ‘what is’, then a transformation takes place. Here is Krishnamurti’s answer to a questioner as to whether it takes time to change:
Can I end psychological things immediately?
I cannot, if I accept the idea of gradually freeing
myself from the past. But what matters is to see the fact as it is
now, without any distortion. If I am jealous and envious, I must see
this completely by total, not partial, observation. I look at my
jealousy – why am I jealous? Because I am lonely, the person I
depended upon left me and I am suddenly faced with my
emptiness, with my isolation and I am afraid of that, therefore I
depend on you. And if you turn away I am angry, jealous. The fact
is I am lonely, I need companionship, I need somebody not only to
cook for me, to give me comfort, sexual pleasure and all the rest of
it, but because basically I am alone. And that is why I am jealous.
Can I understand this loneliness immediately? I can understand it
only if I observe it, if I do not run away from it – if I can look at it,
observe it critically, with awakened intelligence, not find excuses,
try to fill the void or try to find a new companion. To look at this
there must be freedom and when there is freedom to look I am free
of jealousy. So the perception, the total observation of jealousy and
the freedom from it, is not a matter of time, but of giving complete
attention, critical awareness, observing choicelessly, instantly,
all things as they arise. Then there is freedom – not in the future but
now – from that which we call jealousy.
This applies equally to violence, anger or any other habit,
whether you smoke, drink or have sexual habits. If we observe
them very attentively, completely with our heart and mind, we are
intelligently aware of their whole content; then there is freedom.
Once this awareness is functioning, then whatever arises – anger,
jealousy, violence. brutality, shades of double meaning, enmity, all
these things can be observed instantly, completely. In that there is
freedom, and the thing that was there ceases to be. So the past is
not to be wiped away through time. Time is not the way to
freedom. Is not this idea of gradualness a form of indolence, of
incapacity to deal with the past instantly as it arises? When you
have that astonishing capacity to observe clearly as it arises and
when you give your mind and heart completely to observe it, then
the past ceases. So time and thought do not end the past, for time
and thought are the past.
excerpt from Krishnamurti – The Flight of the Eagle