Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Ojai, California | Sixth Talk in The Oak Grove, 1952

I am concerned with the dissolution of the 'me', of the 'I', the negation of the self. How is it to be achieved without becoming an end? I see that suffering, frustration, conflict are inevitable as long as my mind is consciously or unconsciously occupied with the 'me' and its activities. Now, how is all that to be resolved? Will the identification of myself with a nation, with an idea, with a belief, with what we call God resolve it? Such identification is an activity of the 'me', is it not? It is only an extension of the 'me', an escape from the 'me' of trivialities to what I call the immense, the universal - which is still part of my petty mind. So, identification does not resolve the 'me', does not break down the walls of the 'me', nor does discipline, the practice of a particular pattern of action, nor does prayer, supplication, nor the constant demand to resolve it. All this only strengthens the 'me', gives it continuity - the 'me' being a bundle of memories, experiences, pleasures, struggles, pains, suffering. Nothing will resolve the 'me' as long as the mind is active in its resolution, for the mind is incapable of breaking down the barriers, the walls that it has created. But when I am aware of this whole complex structure of the 'me', which is the past moving through the present to the future, when I am aware of the inward as well as the outward, the hidden as well as the open - when I am fully aware of all that, then the mind, which has created the barriers in its desire to be secure, to be permanent, to have continuity, becomes extraordinarily quiet; it is no longer active, and only then is there a possibility of the dissolution of the 'me'.

Now, in listening to a statement of that kind, how you listen matters, does it not? Because, after all, what are we trying to do in these talks? We are not trying to superimpose one set of ideas on another or substitute one belief for another or follow one teacher, renouncing another. What we are trying to do is to understand the problem, talk it over, and in talking it over, you are open to suggestions, you see the implications, and thereby you discover directly for yourself the falseness of this struggle. You do not make a conscious effort to change. The transformation comes when there is direct understanding, and therefore there is a certain spontaneity without any sense of compulsion. But that is possible only when you are capable of listening very quietly, inwardly, without any barriers. If you change because of argumentation, because logically it is so, because you are influenced, then you are only conditioned in a different direction, which brings again its sorrow. Whereas, if you understand this problem of sorrow as a whole, as a totality, and not as something to be escaped from superficially, then the mind becomes very quiet, and in that quietness there takes place a transformation which is not induced, which is not the result of any form of compulsion, of desire. It is that transformation which is essential, and that transformation is not possible through influence, through knowledge. Knowledge does not resolve our suffering - knowledge being explanations. Only when knowledge is suppressed completely, when we are no longer looking to knowledge as a means of guidance, only then is there a possibility for the mind to experience the unnameable, which is the only factor that brings about a radical transformation, a revolution.

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