Jiddu Krishnamurti, lovingly referred to as ‘K’ by his followers was one of the greatest teachers to have served the mankind. He was a philosopher, public speaker, and writer, who penned many bestselling books around the world.
Krishnamurti was born on 11 May 1895 in Madanapalle town of Madras Presidency, modern-day Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh, India. As a young boy, Krishnaji was groomed to be the new World Teacher by the Theosophical Society, a high spiritual entity.
He graciously took up the role to awaken the consciousness of the human race. But at age thirty-four, K withdrew from the Theosophy organisation. He further went on to become one of the most revered World Teachers of his time.
About J. Krishnamurti:
Krishnamurti’s areas of interest lied in the psychological revolution, nature of mind, human relationships, meditation and inquiry. K often stressed on the need for bringing a revolution in the psyche of every human being.
He believed that a radical change in the nature of mind, cannot be brought by any external entity, whether it is religious, political or social. With his unique approach, Krishnamurti became one of the most influential Eastern thinkers of the twentieth century. He practised and taught meditation as a way of life, as a way to understand the nature of mind.
Annie Besant regarded Krishnamurti to be a ‘vehicle’ for an expected World Teacher:
K was raised and mentored by Annie Besant, a former British socialist. She believed Jiddu had taken birth to become the new World Teacher. Even the famous Physicist, David Bohm was impressed by Jiddu Krishnamurti’s approach towards life.
David Bohm and K held several discussions on various topics such as the nature of the mind. On love and intelligence, attachment and relationships, ego-centred activity and on the ending of time. If you are already impressed by his spiritually uplifting persona, then quickly check out the 30 best quotes by J. Krishnamurti on the Nature of Mind and Life.
Krishnamurti’s Quotes on the Nature of Mind:
Die to everything of yesterday so that your mind is always fresh, always young, innocent, full of vigour and passion.
We carry about us the burden of what thousands of people have said and the memories of all our misfortunes. To abandon all that is to be alone, and the mind that is alone is not only innocent but young. Not in time or age, but young, innocent, alive at whatever age — and only such a mind can see that which is truth, and that which is not measurable by words.
Why does your mind conform? Have you ever asked? Are you aware that you are conforming to a pattern? It doesn’t matter what that pattern is, whether you have established a pattern for yourself or it has been established for you.
A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person, because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove.
And the point is, is it possible for the mind to be totally free from suffering and yet not become indifferent, callous, irresponsible. But to have that passion, the intensity, the energy that freedom brings, freedom from suffering.
It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.
To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.
Follow the wandering, the distraction, find out why the mind has wandered; pursue it, go into it fully. When the distraction is completely understood, then that particular distraction is gone. When another comes, pursue it also.
Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.
Krishnamurti’s Quotes on the Meaning of Life:
When you draw or paint a tree, you do not imitate the tree; you do not copy it exactly as it is, which would be mere photography. To be free to paint a tree or a flower or a sunset. You have to feel what it conveys to you: the significance, the meaning of it.
You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies. That is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.
Happiness is strange; it comes when you are not seeking it. When you are not making an effort to be happy, then unexpectedly, mysteriously, happiness is there, born of purity, of a loveliness of being.
We never look deeply into the quality of a tree; we never really touch it, feel its solidity, its rough bark, and hear the sound that is part of the tree. Not the sound of wind through the leaves, not the breeze of a morning that flutters the leaves. But its own sound, the sound of the trunk and the silent sound of the roots.
Krishnamurti’s Quotes on Human Conditioning:
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Human beings, each one, right through the world, go through great agonies. The more sensitive, the more alert, the more observant, the greater the suffering, the anxiety, the extraordinary sense of insoluble problems.
In seeking comfort, we generally find a quiet corner in life where there is a minimum of conflict, and then we are afraid to step out of that seclusion.
If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.
Krishnamurti’s Quotes on Learning and Intelligence:
The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.
Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.
The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end — you don’t come to an achievement; you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.
There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.
Krishnamurti’s Quotes on Truth:
It is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free.
I maintain that truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. The moment you follow someone you cease to follow truth.
To live is to find out for yourself what is true, and you can do this only when there is freedom, when there is continuous revolution inwardly, within yourself.
Truth cannot be brought down; rather, the individual must make the effort to ascend to it. You cannot bring the mountaintop to the valley. If you would attain to the mountaintop, you must pass through the valley, climb the steeps, unafraid of the dangerous precipices.
Krishnamurti’s Quotes on Fear and Death:
One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.
A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man.
Tell your friend that in his death, a part of you dies and goes with him. Wherever he goes, you also go. He will not be alone.
You can only be afraid of what you think you know.