Category: thoughts

Nothing binds you except your thoughts; nothin…

Nothing binds you except your thoughts; nothing limits you except your fear; and nothing controls you except your beliefs.

Thinking without the thinker

The
monkey in the tree feels hungry, and then the urge arises to take a
fruit or a nut. Action comes first, and then the idea that you had
better store it up. To put it in different words, does action come
first, or the actor? Is there an actor without action? Do you
understand? This is what we are always asking ourselves: Who is it that
sees? Who is the watcher? Is the thinker apart from his thoughts, the
observer apart from the observed, the experiencer apart from the
experience, the actor apart from the action?… But if you really
examine the process, very carefully, closely and intelligently, you will
see that there is always action first, and that action with an end in
view creates the actor. Do you follow? If action has an end in view, the
gaining of that end brings about the actor. If you think very clearly
and without prejudice, without conformity, without trying to convince
somebody, without an end in view, in that very thinking there is no
thinker—there is only the thinking. It is only when you seek an end in
your thinking that you become important, and not thought. Perhaps some
of you have observed this. It is really an important thing to find out,
because from that we shall know how to act. If the thinker comes first,
then the thinker is more important than thought, and all the
philosophies, customs and activities of the present civilization are
based on this assumption; but if thought comes first then thought is
more important than the thinker.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life

Above all, don’t wish To become a future Buddh…

Above all, don’t wish
To become a future Buddha;
Your only concern should be,
As thought follows thought,
To avoid clinging to any of them.

The interval between thoughts

Now, I say it is definitely possible for the mind to be free from
all conditioning—not that you should accept my authority. If you accept
it on authority, you will never discover, it will be another
substitution and that will have no significance…

The understanding of the whole process of conditioning does not come
to you through analysis or introspection, because the moment you have
the analyzer that very analyzer himself is part of the background and
therefore his analysis is of no significance…

How is it possible for the mind to be free? To be free, the mind must
not only see and understand its pendulum-like swing between the past
and the future but also be aware of the interval between thoughts…

If you watch very carefully, you will see that though the response,
the movement of thought, seems so swift, there are gaps, there are
intervals between thoughts. Between two thoughts there is a period of
silence which is not related to the thought process. If you observe you
will see that that period of silence, that interval, is not of time and
the discovery of that interval, the full experiencing of that interval,
liberates you from conditioning—or rather it does not liberate “you” but
there is liberation from conditioning… It is only when the mind is
not giving continuity to thought, when it is still with a stillness that
is not induced, that is without any causation—it is only then that
there can be freedom from the background.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life


If you keep your attention in the body as much…

If you keep your attention in the body as much as possible, you will be anchored in the Now. You won’t lose yourself in the external world, and you won’t lose yourself in your mind. Thoughts and emotions, fears and desires may still be there to some extent, but they won’t take you over.

Why is one thoughtless?

The thinker thinks his thoughts through habit, through repetition,
through copying, which brings ignorance and sorrow. Is not habit
thoughtlessness? Awareness creates order, but it never creates habit.
Settled tendencies only bring about thoughtlessness. Why is one
thoughtless? Because to think is painful, it creates disturbances, it
brings opposition, it may cause one’s actions to go contrary to the
established pattern. To think-feel extensionally, to become choicelessly
aware may lead to unknown depths, and the mind rebels against the
unknown; so it moves from the known to the known, from habit to habit,
from pattern to pattern. Such a mind never abandons the known to
discover the unknown. Realizing the pain of thought, the thinker becomes
thoughtless through copying, through habit; being afraid to think, he
creates patterns of thoughtlessness. As the thinker is afraid, his
actions are born of fear, and then he regards his actions and tries to
change them. The thinker is afraid of his own creations; but the deed is
the doer, so the thinker is afraid of himself. The thinker is fear
itself; the thinker is the cause of ignorance, of sorrow. The thinker
may divide himself into many categories of thought, but the thought is
still the thinker. The thinker and his efforts to be, to become, are the
very cause of conflict and confusion.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life

You are not the feelings or the thoughts or th…

You are not the feelings or the thoughts or the contents of your awareness. None of these are who you are. You are the fullness of your Being, the substance of your presence.

There is no stress in the world, only people t…

There is no stress in the world, only people thinking stressful thoughts.

Thoughts in your head are really no different …

Thoughts in your head are really no different than the sound of a bird outside. It is just that you decide that they are more or less relevant.

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as yo…

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts. Develop the mind of equilibrium. You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind: follow the calmness, the absence of pride.