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To Think – Jiddu Krishnamurti - Words Of Wisdom

A collection of words of wisdom of Jiddu Krishnamurti for you to think.

Education has no meaning unless it helps you to understand the vast expanse of life with all its subtleties, with its extraordinary beauty, its sorrows and joys. You may earn degrees, you may have a series of letters after your name and land a very god job; but then what?

What is the point of it all if in the process your mind becomes, dull, weary and stupid?

So, while you are young, must you not seek to find out what life is all about?

And is it not the true function of education to cultivate in you the intelligence which will try to find the answer to all these problems?

Do you know what intelligence is? It is the capacity to think freely, without fear, without a formula so that you begin to discover for yourself what is real, what is true; but if you are frightened you will never be intelligent.

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Thoughts On Sex

Sex is a problem because it would seem that in that act there is complete absence of the Self. In that moment you are happy, because there is the cessation of self-consciousness, of the “me”; and desiring more of it – more of the abnegation of the self in which there is complete happiness, without the past or the future – demanding that complete happiness through full fusion, integration, naturally it becomes all important. Isn’t that so?

Because it is something that gives me unadulterated joy, complete self-forgetfulness, I want more and more of it. Now why do I want more of it? Because everywhere else I am in conflict, everywhere else, at all the different levels of existence, there is the strengthening of the Self. Economically, socially, religiously, there is the constant thickening of self-consciousness, which is conflict. After all, you are self-conscious only when there is conflict. Self-consciousness is in its very nature the result of conflict.

So, the problem is not sex, surely, but who to be free from the self. You have tasted that state of being in which the self is not, if only for a few seconds, if only for a day, or what you will; where the self is, there is conflict, there is misery, there is strife. So, there is the constant longing for more of that self-free state.


Man, in order to escape his conflicts, has invented many forms of meditation. These have been based on desire, will and the urge for achievement, and imply conflict and a struggle to arrive. This conscious mind and in this there is no freedom. All effort to meditate is the denial of meditation.

Meditation is the ending of thought. It is only then that there is a different dimension which is beyond time.

A meditative mind is silent. It is not the silence which thought can conceive of; it is not the silence of a still evening; it is the silence when thought – with all its images, its words and perceptions – has entirely ceased.

Real meditation is the highest form of intelligence.

To be choicelessly aware of everything about you and within yourself, is meditation.

If you are aware of the political and religious propaganda that goes on ceaselessly, aware of the many influences about you, you will see how quickly you understand and are free of every influence as you come into contact with it.

For what you are, the world is.

Your inward conflicts express themselves in outward disasters.

The inner craving ever modifies the outer.

To bring about a radical and peaceful change, there must be voluntary, intelligent inner transformation.

Attention is the flame in which sorrow ends.

The essence of goodness is a mind that is not in conflict.

Truth demands a mind that is totally free.

Observe your attachment or aggression without direction, motive or desire. In that very observation there is an ending of it.

Through negation of all that man has built within himself, the positive comes into being.

A mind that can meet a challenge with total energy is not creating a problem. It is only a mind that is responding to a challenge with a background, with its conditioning which is always inadequate that creates a problem.

We cannot maintain total awareness all the time. How can we? To be aware from moment to moment is enough. If one is totally aware for a minute or two, and the relax, and in that relaxation spontaneously observes the operations of one’s own mind, one will discover much more in that spontaneity than in the effort to watch continuously.

It may last one second – you are completely aware one second, and the next second you may be attentive…. Do not say inattention must become attention – thereby you are introducing conflict, and in that conflict awareness and attention completely end.

When viewed without the twin distortions of love and hate, like and dislike, all forms, all effects, all causes are experienced as Brahman only.

But when the vision is affected by love and hate, each form, each effect and cause appears different from the rest.

When one mediates, the mind is calm and feelings are balanced, only in these conditions can one experience the many as One.

An agitated mind can never have a single vision. It runs along contrary lines, so it experiences the world, nature and the Cosmos as separate from Brahman. Such vision creates division.

A calm vision reveals unity. As the vision, so the impression, and the view of the world.

It seems to me that without understanding the way our minds work, one cannot understand and resolve the very complex problems of living...The mind is the only instrument we have, the instrument with which we think, we act, we have our being...

The mind is divided into the conscious and the unconscious. If we do not like to use these two words, we might use the terms, superficial and hidden...

We are made to believe in certain ideas from childhood, we are conditioned by dogmas, by beliefs, by theories. Each one of us is conditioned by various influences, and from that conditioning, from those limited and unconscious influences, our thoughts spring...Thought obviously springs from the background of memory, of tradition. Our minds are conditioned, held, tethered to dogma.

Thought is really the response of memory and without memory there is no thought, no thinking....

Real meditation is the highest form of intelligence – Jiddu Krishnamurti