This aloneness implies freedom from the world of greed,
hate and violence with all its subtle ways,
and from aching loneliness and despair.
“Reality, under no circumstances, lies in the direction of withdrawing into a mountain far from man.” This is one of the core statements in this passage. If I attempt to exclude some elements of this life we are in so that I will have more quietude for my peace of mind, I will be identifying myself with the external factor. I am, perhaps unconsciously, then assuming that there are some aspects of reality that do not fit into my life. This is setting limitations to existence: this is good, that is not – this I accept, that I do not. How am I to open to the limitless, the spaciousness and the silence without a center in this way? It will not work. This aloneness then suggest to me that reality is in the way of life that is free from all that I wish to escape from, although I am still in the world. We return to the well-known truth: “Be in the world but not of it.”
The further understanding that Krishnamurti presents to us is that of the innocency. This term is no longer used in colloquial English, however it is the dictionary term for “the state of being innocent”. The term innocency is very beautiful, since it means “lacking all knowledge of harm or evil”. It comes from the Latin root >>nuocere<< (to harm) plus the prefix “in” which means “not”. Basically if is equal to the Sanskrit term “ahimsa” which means: “first, do no harm” – the basic precept for living together peacefully.
We can now bring this understanding together with the ending of the past. We are free from “greed, hate and violence with all its subtle ways, and from aching loneliness and despair” when we can die to the past and be in the state of perception without a center, without the >>me<< as the past. Then is is possible to “live in the world, with all its turmoil, and yet not be of it”.
It is the accepted tradition of the culture that is essentially worldly, and withdrawing into a mountain far from man does not absolve this worldliness. Reality, under no circumstances, lies in that direction.
One must be alone, but this aloneness is not isolation. This aloneness implies freedom from the world of greed, hate and violence with all its subtle ways, and from aching loneliness and despair.
To be alone is to be an outsider who does not belong to any religion or nation, to any belief or dogma. It is this aloneness that comes upon an innocency that has never been touched by the mischief of man.
It is innocency that can live in the world, with all its turmoil, and yet not be of it. It is not clothed in any particular garb. The flowering of goodness does not lie along any path, for there is no path to truth.
(Krishnamurti, The Only Revolution, p. 41)