The following is my transcript of the last few minutes of a public talk that Krishnamurti gave in Ojai, California in the year 1982. He was 87 years old at the time. I encourage you to watch at least this portion of the YouTube clip below (minute 35:55 to 38:50) and feel Krishnamurti’s intensity as he transmits this understanding. Continue reading
“live with delight, with enchantment, with beauty every day”
Now take the question of death which is an immense problem to most people. You know death, there it is walking every day by your side. Is it possible to meet it so completely that you do not make a problem of it at all? In order to meet it in such a way all belief, all hope, all fear about it must come to an end, otherwise you are meeting this extraordinary thing with a conclusion, an image, with a premeditated anxiety, and therefore you are meeting it with time.
“Observe without any movement of thought, observe without time, without past knowledge…”
I offer this contemplation at the start of the NEW YEAR 2016:
“That which is immeasurable cannot be measured by words. We are always trying to put the immeasurable into a frame of words, and the symbol is not the actual. But we worship the symbol; therefore we always live in a limited state. So with the clouds hanging on the tree tops and all the birds quiet, waiting for the thunderstorm, this is a good morning to be serious, to question the whole of existence, to question the very gods and all human activity. Our lives are so short and during that short period there is nothing to learn about the whole field of the psyche, which is the movement of memory; we can only observe it. Continue reading
It is delightful for me to enter into Krishnamurti’s world through this passage of his journal “To Himself”. I hope you may find the time before the beginning of the New Year to contemplate the “New”. Enjoy!
“IT IS A new day and the sun won’t be up for an hour or so. It is quite dark and the trees are silent, waiting for the dawn and the sun to rise behind the hills. There ought to be a prayer for dawn. It comes so slowly, penetrating the whole world. And here in this quiet secluded house, surrounded by orange trees and a few flowers, it is extraordinarily quiet. There are no birds as yet singing their morning song. The world is asleep, at least in this part of the world, far from all civilization, from the noise, the brutality, the vulgarity and the talk of politicians.
“Slowly, with great patience, the dawn begins in the deep silence of the night. Continue reading
Pine Cottage, Ojai California, March 18, 1983
Highlights in bold are mine.
“One wonders what is the future of mankind, the future of all those children you see shouting, playing – such happy, gentle, nice faces – what is their future? The future is what we are now. This has been so historically for many thousands of years – the living and dying, and all the travail of our lives. We don’t seem to pay much attention to the future. You see on television endless entertainment from morning until late in the night, except for one or two channels, but they are very brief and not too serious. The children are entertained. The commercials all sustain the feeling that you are being entertained. And this is happening practically all over the world. What will be the future of these children? Continue reading
“We Move in the Space We Create As We Move”
This is a statement by Krishnamurti that I picked up way back in the 70’s and I repeated it to my yoga teacher, Rajo, who had introduced me to Krishnamurti. Rajo then replied that if we can understand that one statement, that is the whole philosophy. I don’t know exactly where that came from except that at that time I was studying “Freedom from the Known”, I think. Did he really say it? That may not be so very important, as he is no authority (something Krishnamurti impressed upon his listeners time and time again), but my memory back then was pretty good so the probability of me having correctly remembered is high. Especially since I have since then repeated that statement to many, many people over the years since that first time.
I came across another such (for me) seminal statement in his Notebook just recently, during one of the phases of great intensity of ‘the process’ that he described: “… there was no continuity but only being” (July 9, 1961). Which means to me that there is no multiplicity moving from one state into the next state, but only one state that moves as itself as a whole.
Therefore it follows that whatever state I am in now is the state within which I “move”. So he also says “Can you explode from the center?” – to say each of us creates out of ourselves without any pre-condition in every moment. If we can deeply see this, then the known in ended and not brought forward into the next moment. We are free to be fresh out of ourself in every moment divorced from “what was”. The known is not ‘ended’ because ‘we’ end it – but simply because it is seen that existence is fresh and new in every moment, unless we carry over some impression from a previous movement of existence into this present movement of existence. We, therefore, give some previous form of existence a ‘new‘ form (similar to a former form) in this new moment by carrying it over from our memory impression into NOW.
Therefore, we need not ‘do’ anything to ‘end’ the known, but only to refrain from giving it form again by our focusing on it repeatedly. If we were strongly enough in inner awareness to allow every expression of existence to ‘end’, or ‘die’, then we would truly be in an ‘unknown’ new existence from moment to moment, free from all that is ‘known’.
A useful metaphor is the following:
In a dark room I light a torch and swirl my outstretched arm in front of me describing a large circle with the flame of the torch. The fact is the burning flame of the torch. It is at one single point of the circle at any given time. However, the eye sees a complete circle of fire. One could say that the circle is an illusion, created by the eye holding on to the impression of the path of the flame through space in the dark room. Similarly our way of perceiving creates continuity of the movement of the Life Force, whereas in actuality there is only the burning flame of Life’s Energy in the one eternal NOW moment, which is always new and fresh our of itself. That is way some have said the Big Bang is happening now and always. Only when we create an illusory center from which we record the path of this flame of life and store these impressions, are we able to conjure them up before our mind’s eye and let them run like the frames of a film to show a movie, or connected story-line.
There is no problem with that as long as we are aware with our Inner Awareness (which overrides the illusion) that it is WE who are creating the seeming continuity. As long as we are aware of this being our own creation, we are free to NOT MAKE SENSE and to create in each moment free from all supposed ‘predetermined conditions’. Does this makes sense? 😉
The simple statement: “I don’t mind” is very deep when seen in the context of our habitual choosing and rejecting of life circumstances. The modern sage Krishnamurti once asked his audience: “Would you like to know my secret?” It was clear that of course everyone wanted to hear his secret and all were in high anticipation. He then simply said: “I don’t mind.” Continue reading
There is no knowledge of tomorrow.
Observation implies no accumulation of knowledge, even though knowledge is obviously necessary at a certain level: knowledge as a doctor, knowledge as a scientist, knowledge of history, of all the things that have been. After all, that is knowledge: information about the things that have been. Continue reading