Simple awareness

Surely
any form of accumulation, either of knowledge or experience, any form
of ideal, any projection of the mind, any determined practice to shape
the mind—what it should be and should not be—all this is obviously
crippling the process of investigation and discovery…

So
I think our inquiry must be not for the solution of our immediate
problems but rather to find out whether the mind—the conscious as well
as the deep unconscious mind in which is stored all the tradition, the
memories, the inheritance of racial knowledge—whether all of it can be
put aside. I think it can be done only if the mind is capable of being
aware without any sense of demand, without any pressure—just to be
aware. I think it is one of the most difficult things—to be so aware—
because we are caught in the immediate problem and in its immediate
solution, and so our lives are very superficial. Though one may go to
all the analysts, read all the books, acquire much knowledge, attend
churches, pray, mediate, practice various disciplines, nevertheless, our
lives are obviously very superficial because we do not know how to
penetrate deeply. I think the understanding, the way of penetration, how
to go very, very deeply, lies through awareness—just to be aware of our
thoughts and feelings, without condemnation, without comparison, just
to observe. You will see, if you will experiment, how extraordinarily
difficult it is, because our whole training is to condemn, to approve,
to compare.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life