Category: passion

The word is not the thing. The word passion is not passion. To
feel that and to be caught in it without any volition or directive or
purpose, to listen to this thing called desire, to listen to your own
desires which you have, plenty of them, weak or strong—when you do that,
you will see what a tremendous damage you do when you suppress desire,
when you distort it, when you want to fulfill it, when you want to do
something about it, when you have an opinion about it.

Most people have lost this passion. Probably one has had it once in
one’s youth—to become a rich man, to have fame and to live a bourgeois
or a respectable life; perhaps a vague muttering of that. And
society—which is what you are—suppresses that. And so one has to adjust
oneself to you who are dead, who are respectable, who have not even a
spark of passion; and then one becomes a part of you, and thereby loses
this passion.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life

It takes practice to hear your true desires. Your passion will often come as a whisper or serendipitous event that reminds you of what’s important and what makes you happy.

In
the state of passion without a cause, there is intensity free of all
attachment; but when passion has a cause, there is attachment and
attachment is the beginning of sorrow. Most of us are attached; we cling
to a person, to a country, to a belief, to an idea, and when the object
of our attachment is taken away or otherwise loses its significance, we
find ourselves empty, insufficient. This emptiness we try to fill by
clinging to something else, which again becomes the object of our
passion.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life

In
the state of passion without a cause there is intensity free of all
attachment; but when passion has a cause, there is attachment, and
attachment is the beginning of sorrow. Most of us are attached, we cling
to a person, to a country, to a belief to an idea, and when the object
of our attachment is taken away or otherwise loses its significance, we
find ourselves empty, insufficient. This emptiness we try to fill by
clinging to something else, which again becomes the object of our
passion. Examine your own heart and mind. I am merely a mirror in which
you are looking at yourself. If you don’t want to look, that is quite
all right; but if you do want to look, then look at yourself clearly,
ruthlessly, with intensity—not in the hope of dissolving your miseries,
your anxieties, your sense of guilt, but in order to understand this
extraordinary passion which always leads to sorrow. When passion has a
cause it becomes lust. When there is a passion for something—for a
person, for an idea, for some kind of fulfillment—then out of that
passion there comes contradiction, conflict, effort. You strive to
achieve or maintain a particular state, or to recapture one that has
been and is gone. But the passion of which I am speaking does not give
rise to contradiction, conflict. It is totally unrelated to a cause, and
therefore it is not an effect.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life

spiritualgateway:

It seems to me that one thing is absolutely
necessary and that is passion without motive – passion that is not the
result of some committment or attachment, passion that is not lust. A
man who does not know what passion is will never know love because love
can come into being only when there is total self-abandonment.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – Freedom from the Known,86

Most of the world is like a mental hospital. Some persons are sick with jealousy, others with anger, hatred, passion. They are victims of their habits and emotions. But you can make your home a place of peace.

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