To understand the confusion and misery that exist in ourselves, and so in the world, we must first find clarity within ourselves, and this clarity comes about through right thinking. This clarity is not to be organized, for it cannot be exchanged with another. Organized group thought becomes dangerous, however good it may appear; organized group thought can be used, exploited; group thought ceases to be right thinking, it is merely repetitive. Clarity is essential, for without it change and reform merely lead to further confusion. Clarity is not the result of verbal assertion but of intense self-awareness and [...]
We are confronted every day, are we not, with dualistic problems, problems which are not theoretical or philosophical but actual. Verbally, emotionally, intellectually we face them every day; good and bad, mine and yours, collectivism and individualism, becoming and non-becoming, worldliness and non-worldliness, and so on – an endless corridor of opposites in which thought-feeling shuffles back and forth. Are these problems of greed and non-greed, war and peace, to be solved within the dualistic pattern, or must thought-feeling go above and beyond to find a permanent answer? Within the pattern of duality there is no lasting answer. Each [...]
Is it not important to understand and so transcend conflict? Most of us live in a state of inner conflict which produces outer turmoil and confusion; many escape from conflict into illusion, into various activities, into knowledge and ideation, or become cynical and depressed. There are some who, understanding conflict, go beyond its limitations. Without understanding the inward nature of conflict, the warring field which we are, there can be no peace, no joy. Most of us are caught up in an endless series of inward conflicts, and without resolving them life is utterly wasteful and empty. We are [...]
Can each one who is responsible for the conflict and misery in himself, and so in the world, allow his mind-heart to be dulled by erroneous philosophies and ideas? If you who have created this struggle and suffering do not change fundamentally, will systems, conferences, blueprints bring about order and goodwill? Is it not imperative that you transform yourself? For what you are the world is. Your inward conflicts express themselves in outward disasters. Your problem is the world's problem and you alone can solve it, not another; you cannot leave it to others. The politician, the economist, the [...]
This morning I am going to answer questions only. These answers and talks will be of little significance if they remain merely on the verbal level. Most of us seek stimulation and find it in various ways but it soon wears out. Only experience keeps the mind-heart pliable and alert, but experience is beyond and above intellectual and emotional gratification and stimulation. Feeling makes reason pliable, and it is this pliability of reason with the vulnerability of feeling that brings experience. It is experience, when rightly understood, that transforms.
At all times, and especially now, there is need for transformation [...]
This morning I shall answer as many questions as possible.
Questioner: If we had not destroyed the evil that was in Central Europe, it would have conquered us. Do you mean to say that we should not have defended ourselves? Aggression must be met. How would you meet it?
Krishnamurti: This wave of aggression, of blood, of organized criminality, seems to arise periodically in one group and pass over to another. This is recurrent in history. No country is free from this aggression. We are all, each in his way, responsible for this wave of mass aggression [...]
Existence is painful and complex. To understand the sorrow of our existence, we must think-feel anew, we must approach life simply and directly; if we can, we must begin each day anew. We must be able each day to revalue the ideals and patterns that we have brought into being. Life can be deeply and truly understood only as it exists in each one; you are that life and without comprehending it there can be no enduring joy and tranquillity.
Our conflict within and without arises, does it not, from the changing and contradictory values based on pleasure and pain? [...]
The problem of relationship is not easily comprehended, it requires patience and pliability of mind-heart; mere adjustment or conformity to a system of conduct does not bring about the understanding of relationship; such adjustment and conformity cloud and intensify the struggle. If we would deeply comprehend relationship it must be approached afresh each day, without the scars or memories of yesterday's experiences. These conflicts in relationship build a wall of continuous resistance, and instead of bringing wider and deeper unity create insurmountable differences and disunity.
As you would read an interesting book without skipping a page, so relationship must be [...]
The desire to be secure in things and in relationship only brings about conflict and sorrow, dependence and fear; the search for happiness in relationship without understanding the cause of conflict leads to misery. When thought lays emphasis on sensate value and is dominated by it, there can be only strife and pain. Without self-knowledge, relationship becomes a source of struggle and antagonism, a device for covering up inward insufficiency, inward poverty.
Does not craving for security in any form indicate inward insufficiency? Does not this inner poverty make us seek, accept, and cling to formulations, hopes, dogmas, beliefs, possessions; [...]
Is there an enduring state of creative tranquillity? Is there an end to the seemingly endless struggle of the opposites? Is there an imperishable ecstasy?
The end to conflict and sorrow is through understanding and transcending the ways of the self and in discovering that imperishable reality which is not the creation of the mind. Self-knowledge is arduous but without ignorance and pain continue; without self-knowledge there can be no end to strife.
The world is splintered into many fragments, each in contention with the other; it is torn apart by antagonism, greed, and passion; it is broken up by warring [...]