Category: innocence

Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it.

freedom from the past there is no freedom at all, because the mind is
never new, fresh, innocent. It is only the fresh, innocent mind that is
free. Freedom has nothing to do with age, it has nothing to do with
experience; and it seems to me that the very essence of freedom lies in
understanding the whole mechanism of habit, both conscious and
unconscious. It is not a question of ending habit, but of seeing totally
the structure of habit. You have to observe how habits are formed and
how, by denying or resisting one habit, another habit is created. What
matters is to be totally conscious of habit; for then, as you will see
for yourself there is no longer the formation of habit. To resist habit,
to fight it, to deny it, only gives continuity to habit. When you fight
a particular habit you give life to that habit, and then the very
fighting of it becomes a further habit. But if you are simply aware of
the whole structure of habit without resistance, then you will find
there is freedom from habit, and in that freedom a new thing takes

is only the dull, sleepy mind that creates and clings to habit. A mind
that is attentive from moment to moment—attentive to what it is saying,
attentive to the movement of its hands, of its thoughts, of its
feelings—will discover that the formation of further habits has come to
an end. This is very important to understand, because as long as the
mind is breaking down one habit, and in that very process creating
another, it can obviously never be free; and it is only the free mind
that can perceive something beyond itself.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life


One of the factors of sorrow is the
extraordinary loneliness of man. You may have companions, you may have
gods, you may have a great deal of knowledge, you may be extraordinarily
active socially, talking endless gossip about politics -and most
politicians gossip anyhow- and still this loneliness remains. Therefore,
man seeks to find significance in life and invents a significance, a
meaning. But the loneliness still remains. So can you look at it without
any comparison, just see it as it is, without trying to run away from
it, without trying to cover it up, or to escape from it? Then you will
see that loneliness becomes something entirely different.
We are not
alone. We are the result of a thousand influences, a thousand
conditionings, psychological inheritances, propaganda, culture. We are
not alone, and therefore we are secondhand human beings. When one is
alone, totally alone, neither belonging to any family, though one may
have a family, nor belonging to any nation, to any culture, to any
particular commitment, there is the sense of being an outsider, outsider
to every form of thought, action, family, nation. And it is only the
one who is completely alone who is innocent. It is this innocency that
frees the mind from sorrow.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti, 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

Innocence alone can be passionate. The
innocent have no sorrow, no suffering, though they have had a thousand
experiences. It is not experiences that corrupt the mind but what they
leave behind, the residue, the scars, the memories. These accumulate,
pile one on top of the other, and then sorrow begins. This sorrow is
time. Where time is, innocency is not. Passion is not born of sorrow.
Sorrow is experience, the experience of everyday life, the life of agony
and fleeting pleasures, fears and certainties. You cannot escape from
experiences, but they need not take root in the mind. These roots give
rise to problems, conflicts and constant struggle. There is no way out
of this but to die each day to every yesterday. The clear mind alone can
be passionate. Without passion you cannot see the breeze among the
leaves or the sunlight on the water. Without passion there is no love.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Bulletin 4, 1969