Category: self

We know what we are, but we know not what we may be.

search for power, position, authority, ambition and all the rest are
the forms of the self in all its different ways. But what is important
is to understand the self and I am sure you and I are convinced of it.
If I may add here, let us be earnest about this matter; because I feel
that if you and I as individuals, not as a group of people belonging to
certain classes, certain societies, certain climatic divisions, can
understand this and act upon this, then I think there will be real
revolution. The moment it becomes universal and better organized, the
self takes shelter in that; whereas, if you and I as individuals can
love, can carry this out actually in everyday life, then the revolution
that is so essential will come into being…

know what I mean by the self? By that, I mean the idea, the memory, the
conclusion, the experience, the various forms of namable and unnamable
intentions, the conscious endeavor to be or not to be, the accumulated
memory of the unconscious, the racial, the group, the individual, the
clan, and the whole of it all, whether it is projected outwardly in
action, or projected spiritually as virtue; the striving after all this
is the self. In it is included the competition, the desire to be. The
whole process of that, is the self; and we know actually when we are
faced with it, that it is an evil thing. I am using the word evil
intentionally, because the self is dividing; the self is self-enclosing;
its activities, however noble, are separated and isolated. We know all
this. We also know that extraordinary are the moments when the self is
not there, in which there is no sense of endeavor, of effort, and which
happens when there is love.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life

When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness. And when we stop clinging, we can begin to be happy.

The Self is the one Reality that always exists, and it is by the light of the Self that all other things are seen.


A mind that would understand that which is
true, that which is real, that which is good, or that which is beyond
the measure of the mind, give it whatever name you like, must be empty,
but not be aware that it is empty. I hope you see the difference between
the two. If I am aware that I am virtuous, I am no longer virtuous; if I
am aware that I am humble, humility has ceased. Surely that is obvious.
In the same way, if the mind is aware that it is empty, it is no longer
empty because there is always the observer who is experiencing
So is it possible for the mind to be free of the observer,
of the censor? After all, the observer, the censor, the watcher, the
thinker, is the self, the ‘me’ that is always wanting more and more
experience. I have had all the experiences that this world can give me,
with its pleasure and pain, its ambition, greed, envy, and I am
dissatisfied, frustrated, shallow. So I want further experience on
another level which I call the spiritual world, but the experiencer
continues, the watcher remains. The watcher, the thinker, the
experiencer may cultivate virtue; he may discipline himself and try to
lead what he considers to be a moral life, but he remains. And can that
experiencer, that self, totally cease? Because only then is it possible
for the mind to empty itself and for the new, the truth, the creative
reality to come into being.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Collected Works, Vol. X",254,Choiceless Awareness

If you give up now, you will never know what could have been

We think there’s someplace other than here to get to—that’s what drives the whole pursuit. Only when the pursuit ceases, is it possible to recognize what comprises you: pure being, pure consciousness. This is actually the very substance of your own self and being.

I’ve chosen this path, hoping it will be the right way, less painful than the last one

This passing world is as short as a dream. When at play, a person thinks that it would be good to play all night long. Yet every game has its form and measure. Form and measure change according to the times. Suitable form and measure are desirable, and so are games that correspond to one’s own self.

Your Self, Aware Presence, knows no resistance to any appearance and, as such, is happiness itself; like the empty space of a room it cannot be disturbed and is, therefore, peace itself; like this page, it is intimately one with whatever appears on it and is thus love itself; and like water that is not affected by the shape of a wave, it is pure freedom. Causeless joy, imperturbable peace, love that knows no opposite and freedom at the heart of all experience….this is your ever-present nature under all circumstances.