Category: aloneness

Aloneness is obviously not isolation, and it is not uniqueness. To be unique is merely to be exceptional in some way, whereas to be completely alone demands extraordinary sensitivity, intelligence, understanding.

It is only when the mind is capable of
shedding all influences, all interferences, of being completely alone,
there is creativeness.
In the world, more and more technique is being
developed -the technique of how to influence people through propaganda,
through compulsion, through imitation. There are innumerable books
written on how to do a thing, how to think efficiently, how to build a
house, how to put machinery together; so gradually we are losing
initiative, the initiative to think out something original for
ourselves. In our education, in our relationship with government,
through various means, we are being influenced to conform, to imitate.
And when we allow one influence to persuade us to a particular attitude
or action, naturally we create resistance to other influences. In that
very process of creating a resistance to another influence, are we not
succumbing to it negatively?
Should not the mind always be in revolt
so as to understand the influences that are always impinging,
interfering, controlling, shaping? Is it not one of the factors of the
mediocre mind that it is always fearful and, being in a state of
confusion, it wants order, it wants consistency, it wants a form, a
shape by which it can be guided and controlled. And yet these forms,
these various influences create contradictions in the individual, create
confusion in the individual. Any choice between influences is surely
still a state of mediocrity.
Must not the mind have the capacity to
fathom -not to imitate, not to be shaped and to be without fear? Should
not such a mind be alone and therefore creative? That creativeness is
not yours or mine, it is anonymous.

– JidduKrishnamurti, The Book of Life

Most of us are never alone. You may withdraw into the mountains and live
as a recluse, but when you are physically by yourself, you will have
with you all your ideas, your experiences, your traditions, your
knowledge of what has been. The Christian monk in a monastery cell is
not alone; he is with his conceptual Jesus, with his theology, with the
beliefs and dogmas of his particular conditioning. Similarly, the
sannyasi in India who withdraws from the world and lives in isolation is
not alone, for he too lives with his memories.
I am talking of an
aloneness in which the mind is totally free from the past, and only such
a mind is virtuous, for only in this aloneness is there
innocence.Perhaps you will say, “That is too much to ask. One cannot
live like that in this chaotic world, where one has to go to the office
every day, earn a livelihood, bear children, endure the nagging of one’s
wife or husband, and all the rest of it.” But I think what is being
said is directly related to everyday life and action; otherwise, it has
no value at all. You see, out of this aloneness comes a virtue which is
virile and which brings an extraordinary sense of purity and gentleness.
It doesn’t matter if one makes mistakes; that is of very little
importance. What matters is to have this feeling of being completely
alone, uncontaminated, for it is only such a mind that can know or be
aware of that which is beyond the word, beyond the name, beyond all the
projections of imagination.

Jiddu Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

Loneliness is entirely different from
aloneness. That loneliness must be passed to be alone. Loneliness is not
comparable with aloneness. The man who knows loneliness can never know
that which is alone. Are you in that state of aloneness? Our minds are
not integrated to be alone. The very process of the mind is separative.
And that which separates knows loneliness.
But aloneness is not
separative. It is something that is not the many, which is not
influenced by the many, which is not the result of the many, which is
not put together as the mind is; the mind is of the many. Mind is not an
entity that is alone, being put together, brought together,
manufactured through centuries. Mind can never be alone. Mind can never
know aloneness. But being aware of the loneliness when going through it,
there comes into being that aloneness. Then only can there be that
which is immeasurable. Unfortunately most of us seek dependence. We want
companions, we want friends, we want to live in a state of separation,
in a state that brings about conflict. That which is alone can never be
in a state of conflict. But mind can never perceive that, can never
understand that, it can only know loneliness.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

Though we are all human beings, we have
built walls between ourselves and our neighbors through nationalism,
through race, caste, and class -which again breeds isolation,
Now a mind that is caught in loneliness, in this state of
isolation, can never possibly understand what religion is. It can
believe, it can have certain theories, concepts, formulas, it can try to
identify itself with that which it calls God; but religion, it seems to
me, has nothing whatsoever to do with any belief, with any priest, with
any church or so-called sacred book. The state of the religious mind
can be understood only when we begin to understand what beauty is; and
the understanding of beauty must be approached through total aloneness.
Only when the mind is completely alone can it know what is beauty, and
not in any other state.
Aloneness is obviously not isolation, and it
is not uniqueness. To be unique is merely to be exceptional in some way,
whereas to be completely alone demands extraordinary sensitivity,
intelligence, understanding. To be completely alone implies that the
mind is free of every kind of influence and is therefore uncontaminated
by society; and it must be alone to understand what is religion- which
is to find out for oneself whether there is something immortal, beyond

– Jiddu Krishnamurti, The Book of Life