Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Group Discussion 11th April, 1948 | Mumbai, India

Question: So far as the individual is concerned, is not change modified continuity?

Krishnamurti: An individual alone can be in a continuous state of revolution, but not society. Any change in society is only a modified continuity. Transformation must be always immediate and not left to time, i.e., to tomorrow. There is no transformation in time, but there is only modified continuity. Time cannot produce revolution or regeneration.

Is not transformation the immediate question and cannot you and I immediately transform? If we cannot, what is it that prevents immediate transformation? To be transformed in the future is a contradiction.

What prevents us from immediately transforming ourselves? We understand something now or never. Understanding is always in the Now and not in To-morrow. Why is that you and I are incapable of immediate transformation? What prevents this? Why do we not see this clearly?

Tags: time, transformation

Related Quotes
Actually we have no love; we have sentiment; we have emotionality, sensuality, sexuality
The moment you divide up life and think of its goal as something to be attained eventually in some distant future, the sweet purpose of this realisation is lost -
If you and the speaker are the result of forty thousand years or more, and we have come to this peculiar state that we are in, will we, give me another forty thousand years, change?
Breaking through is not a matter of time.
Except for the human beings, it was a new day; nothing was like yesterday.
A mind that is capable of measuring is capable also of illusion
It would be foolish - would it not? - to deny evolution.
Why have we created psychological time?
Personally, to the speaker, there is no psychological evolution;
What is the relationship of attention to inattention, and to awareness?
Meditation is seeing the constant touching the ever-changing movement of life.
Self-knowledge is only from moment to moment, and therefore there is a creative happiness from moment to moment.
Can thought be aware of its own movement? Can thought see itself, see what it is doing, both in the outer and the inner?
You cannot brush the past aside. It is there.
Will you please explain what you mean by awareness?
The religious mind does not depend on time for its development.
As long as you think time and thought are necessary, in the psychological world, in the world of the self, in the world of psyche, in the world of inside the skin, then you will be perpetually in fear.
Conflict at any level, at any depth, indicates immaturity.
There is no essential difference between the old and the young, for both are slaves to their own desires and gratifications.
Any change within the field of time is the same movement modified and continued.
It is we human beings who are always concerned about death - because we are not living.
Creative emptiness is not possible so long as there is the thinker who is waiting, watching, observing in order to gather experience, in order to strengthen himself.
The thinker is a fictitious entity, an unreal state. There is only thought; and the bundle of thoughts creates the 'I', the thinker.
To control thought-feeling for a greater reward, for a greater result, is to make it petty, ignorant and sorrowful.
Patience is not time. Impatience is time. Patience has no time.
I feel that a radical change can come only when there is no effort, when the mind is not trying to become something, not trying to be virtuous - which does not mean that the mind must be nonvirtuous.
Space and time are real for the man who is yet imperfect and space is divided for him into dimensions, time into past, present and future.
You see, death is destruction, it is final; you can't argue with it, you can't say, 'Nay, wait a few days more.'
If action is conditioned by an idea, by a formula, by a concept, action then is not important, but the idea is important, and therefore, there is a conflict between action and idea.
Time is merely the outcome of our not meeting the fact without knowledge.
As long as the mind is a slave to time, there must be the fear of death, the fear and the hope of a future life, and a constant inquiry into that question.
A fundamental question cannot be answered by somebody else.
A constant battle is going on within us, wearing us out in the process.
Is there time to overcome death; or is death always in harmony with life, with love, with pain; or is death something to be put far away, one day we have to face it but not now?
Time is a movement invented by thought.
Life is not what we would like it to be; life is not permanent at all.
What I have to say concerns the hindrances which prevent in you the instantaneous recognition of truth.
Consider the working of your own mind and heart and you will see that in the pursuit of achievement and progress you are living in the past and in the future and never fully in the present.
You must realize with your heart as well as with your mind that the cause of emptiness is craving.
Man in general sees life only through the tradition of time which he bears in his mind and his heart; whereas to me life is fresh, renewing, moving, never static.
If you perceive and live completely in the very thing that you are experiencing, then this idea of change from the unessential to the essential disappears
I say that time does not bring you understanding; when you look to time as a gradual process of unfoldment you are creating a hindrance.
The very inquiry into the future shows that you are already dying.
What is living fully in the present?
The future is nothing but an escape from actuality, through an ideal to which we try to adjust the present, the immediate action.
The "I" process that seeks to perpetuate itself is nothing but accumulated craving.
The past is the background of conditioned thought-action which is dominating and controlling the present and thereby creating a predetermined future.
Where there is intense interest there is full awareness.
In your eagerness you want immediate results, you are concerned with results and not with the ways and means; thus in your haste you become a plaything of empty promises.
Through time the Timeless cannot be realized.
Do not depend on time but be arduous in the search of self-knowledge.
The chain of sorrow is broken only when the becomer ceases to become, positively or negatively.
If you saw the truth about self-expansion problems would begin to fade away.
Questioner: Is there anything that one can do to be aware?
The sense of struggle and of not being able to do something creates frustration because there is in your mind an idea of achievement.
We use the present as a passage to the future.
The present is the door to time, to the understanding of time and the present exists in what you are thinking, not in the time indicated by the clock, the time-table, or your routine.
You need not worry about things that are beyond time.
If you consider that the cause is different from the effect, then you accept the time-interval for modification.
I am going to explain presently that truth can be understood instantaneously.
Perception can take place only in the present; but if you say, 'I will do it tomorrow', the wave of confusion overtakes you, and you are then always involved in confusion.
Our problem, yours and mine, is whether we can step out of this misery instantaneously.
Freedom is eternal; it is now, not tomorrow.
Understanding is non-continuous, it is from moment to moment, unresidual.
That which is spirituality, truth, godliness, is beyond time; therefore it is not the continuity we know of as tomorrow and the future.
Is it not possible for us to step out of time - all of us here, not by some self-hypnotic process, but actually?
Transformation must be only in the Now and any postponement is not conducive to transformation, as such postponement is really avoidance of action.
Is there such a thing as transformation? What is it to be transformed?
It is only that truth that liberates, and nothing else. That is why you must stand completely alone.
We need tremendous energy to bring about a psychological change in ourselves as human beings, because we have lived far too long in a world of make-belief, in a world of brutality, violence, despair, anxiety.
The shallow are ever afraid of what they are; but what they are is the truth.
To transform, I must look at what is; and I am not looking at it as long as I have an ideal.
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.
Each one must discover and experience Reality and in that alone is there joy, serenity and highest wisdom.
The mind is essentially limited and whatever it creates is of itself.
The recognition of 'what is' - i.e. to accept and see what you actually are - is in itself a transformation.
What an extraordinary transformation you have made in yourself!
Is it not possible for us to step out of time - all of us here, not by some self-hypnotic process, but actually?
Can I transcend that which is, and not transform it, not make it into something else?
There can be transformation, resolution of the problem, only when the mind, the thinker who is the creator of that problem, understands himself - which means, when the thought process about a problem comes to an end.
As long as we think in terms of transformation, there cannot be transformation, either now or hereafter.
I say it is possible to transform completely now and not tomorrow.
Is it because you have been so long living with the cobra that you are immune to its poison?
Question: How do you find the true cause, not mere intellectualisation, of there being no immediate transformation?
If you can transform intrinsically, then there is sure to be an immediate transformation, not superficially but deeply, in the relationship in your world.
Individual transformation alone will lead to other individuals transforming themselves and this will bring about a revolution in thought and therefore in action.
What is it that brings about a fundamental transformation?
Transformation must be only in the Now and any postponement is not conducive to transformation, as such postponement is really avoidance of action.