Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Group Discussion 13th April, 1948 | Chennai, India

Question: The fundamental urge is to seek happiness. As long as it gives me satisfaction, is it not happiness?

Krishnamurti: Then, what is your problem? Is it for satisfaction to continue? You can take a drink and be blind to the world, and you can think you are happy. But, the morning after the drink, you pay for it. You cannot maintain the immediate pleasure always.

It is not a question of capacity or gift. On the contrary, we can all do this. Only we must take interest in it, experiment with it and go at it seriously. Asking for a way, etc., is just postponement. A contradictory mind cannot have honest thought. You must have honest direct thinking to bring about transformation.

A simple man does not live in a state of contradiction. Simplicity of heart and mind is the thing to transform you from moment to moment. We are all simple outwardly but complicated inwardly. Simplicity must begin at the psychological and not at the outward end.

Question: When we see the contradiction, we are lost in positive or negative thinking.

Krishnamurti: When you see the contradiction you will not be lost. You go into the problem, look at it and then see what is.

Question: I am not aware of any contradiction.

Krishnamurti: That is it. You can be aware of contradictions only when you are alert; then only you can go into the contradictions.

Question: I don't see any contradiction but I pursue what I like.

Krishnamurti: If you do not see any contradiction, it does not mean that there is no contradiction. You can know for yourself whether you are in a state of contradiction or not. If there is no contradiction, your mind will be still, quiet. Apparently your mind is not quiet, but restless. To know you, I must look at you and focus my attention on you without being distracted. There is no exclusiveness in awareness.

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