Category: mind

Freedom from the self

To
free the mind from all conditioning, you must see the totality of it
without thought. This is not a conundrum; experiment with it and you
will see. Do you ever see anything without thought? Have you ever
listened, looked, without bringing in this whole process of reaction?
You will say that it is impossible to see without thought; you will say
no mind can be unconditioned. When you say that, you have already
blocked yourself by thought, for the fact is you do not know.

So
can I look, can the mind be aware of its conditioning? I think it can.
Please experiment. Can you be aware that you are a Hindu, a Socialist, a
Communist, this or that, just be aware without saying that it is right
or wrong? Because it is such a difficult task just to see, we say it is
impossible. I say it is only when you are aware of this totality of your
being without any reaction that the conditioning goes, totally,
deeply—which is really the freedom from the self.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life

The Dhamma has to sink deeply into the mind so…

The Dhamma has to sink deeply into the mind so that whatever we do, the mind has always goodness within it. All the ways of making merit are aiming at this. Goodness lies in the right view that is established in the mind. Then we don’t have to celebrate it or let anybody know about it, simply let the mind have firm confidence in the goodness and keep going like this.

When the wisdom of the heart replaces the chat…

When the wisdom of the heart replaces the chatter of the mind.
The power of Love flows forth.

Know when not to cooperate

Reformers,
political, social, and religious, will only cause more sorrow for man
unless man understands the workings of his own mind. In the
understanding of the total process of the mind, there is a radical,
inward revolution, and from that inward revolution springs the action of
true cooperation, which is not cooperation with a pattern, with
authority, with somebody who “knows.” When you know how to cooperate
because there is this inward revolution, then you will also know when
not to cooperate, which is really very important, perhaps more
important. We now cooperate with any person who offers a reform, a
change, which only perpetuates conflict and misery, but if we can know
what it is to have the spirit of cooperation that comes into being with
the understanding of the total process of the mind and in which there is
freedom from the self, then there is a possibility of creating a new
civilization, a totally different world in which there is no
acquisitiveness, no envy, no comparison. This is not a theoretical
utopia but the actual state of the mind that is constantly inquiring and
pursuing that which is true and blessed.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life

When it’s time to get dressed, put your clothe…

When it’s time to get dressed, put your clothes on. When you must walk, then walk. When you must sit, then sit.

Don’t have a single thought in your mind about seeking Buddhahood. What Dharma do you say must be realized, and what Tao cultivated?

What do you lack in the way you are functioning right now? What will you add to where you are?

Beyond time

The
conditioned mind, surely is incapable of finding out what lies beyond
time. That is, sirs, the mind as we know it is conditioned by the past.
The past, moving through the present to the future, conditions the mind;
and this conditioned mind, being in conflict, in trouble, being
fearful, uncertain, seeks something beyond the frontiers of time. That
is what we are all doing in various ways, is it not? But how can a mind
which is the result of time ever find that which is timeless?

The
house of your beliefs, of your properties, of your attachments and
comforting ways of thinking is constantly being broken into. But the
mind goes on seeking security, so there is a conflict between what you
want and what life’s process demands of you. This is what is happening
to every one of us. I do not know if this problem interests you at all.
Everyday existence, with all its troubles, seems to be sufficient for
most of us. Our only concern is to find an immediate answer to our
various problems. But sooner or later the immediate answers are found to
be unsatisfactory because no problem has an answer apart from the
problem itself. But if I can understand the problem, all the intricacies
of it, then the problem no longer exists.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life

If you work with your mind, instead of trying …

If you work with your mind, instead of trying to change everything on the outside, that’s how your temper will cool down.

Please don’t wait until the doctors tell…

Please don’t wait until the doctors tell you that you are going to have a baby to begin to take care of it. It is already there. Whatever you are, whatever you do, your baby will get it. Anything you eat, any worries that are on your mind will be for him or her. Can you tell me that you cannot smile? Think of the baby, and smile for him, for her, for the future generations. Please don’t tell me that a smile and your sorrow just don’t go together. It’s your sorrow, but what about your baby? It’s not his sorrow, its not her sorrow.

The most important benefit of patience consist…

The most important benefit of patience consists in the way it acts as a powerful antidote to the affliction of anger – the greatest threat to our inner peace, and therefore our happiness. The mind, or spirit, is not physical, it cannot be touched or harmed directly. Only negative thoughts and emotions can harm it. Therefore, only the corresponding positive quality can protect it.

We are to love our enemies that they might be …

We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.