Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Krishnamurti Quote of the Day

Ojai, California | 5th Public Talk 11th June, 1944

.... What is important is to become aware of every thought-feeling, from which arises self-knowledge. You must start out on the journey of self-discovery; what you find does not depend on any technique - technique prevents discovery - and it is the discovery that is liberating and creative. What is important is not your determination, conclusion, choice, but what you discover, for that will bring understanding.

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Do not depend on time but be arduous in the search of self-knowledge.
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Constant alertness is arduous because we are lazy; we would rather gain through others, through much reading, but information is not self-knowledge.
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Self-knowledge as distinct from factual knowledge or the knowledge of a technique, is not a matter of learning from another;
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