Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Ojai, California | Fifth Talk in The Oak Grove, 1946

Questioner: Are you not encouraging separateness, individualism?

Krishnamurti: He who is influenced is separate, knowing the division of the high and the low, of merit and demerit. Aloneness in the sense of being free from influence is not separative, not antagonizing. It is a state to be experienced, not speculated upon. The self is ever separative, it is the cause of division, conflict, and sorrow. Do you not feel separate; are not your activities those of a self-assertive, self-expansive individual? Obviously your thoughts and activities are now individualistic, narrow: it is your work, your achievement, your country, your belief, even your God. You are separate and so your social structure is based on self-assertiveness, which causes untold misery and destruction; you may assert we are all one, but in actual daily life your activities are separative, individualistic, competitive, ruthless, leading ultimately to war and misery.

If we are aware of this self-aggressive process in ourselves and understand its implications, then there is a possibility of bringing about a peaceful and happy relationship between man and man. The very awareness of what is is a liberative process. So long as we are unaware of what we are and are trying to become something else, so long will there be distortion and pain. The very awareness of what I am brings about transformation and the freedom of understanding.

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