Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986) was an Indian philosopher, speaker and writer. As a young man he renounced the role bestowed on him as a world teacher, as he did not wish to belong to any organization of a spiritual kind or have any allegiance to any nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy. He spent the rest of his life travelling the world, speaking to large and small groups and individuals about his own insights into the human mind. He wrote many books, among them The First and Last Freedom, The Awakening of Intelligence, and Krishnamurti’s Notebook. Many of his talks and discussions have been published as well. Krishnamurti also founded several schools around the world based on his views on education.
Quotes by Jiddu Krishnamurti…
The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.
When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence.
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.
There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
There is no path to truth. Truth must be discovered, but there is no formula for its discovery. What is formulated is not true. You must set out on the uncharted sea, and the uncharted sea is yourself. You must set out to discover yourself, but not according to any plan or pattern, for then there is no discovery.
If we do depend on others psychologically, we become secondhand people; which we are. The whole history of mankind is in us… and we don’t know how to read that… You’re not the reader… you are the book. When you read the book as a reader it has no meaning. But if you are the book, and the book is telling you; showing you the story, then you’ll not depend on a single person. Then one will be a light to one’s self.
To be united with the Beloved is to love all, for in all dwelleth the Beloved.
True education is to learn how to think, not what to think. If you know how to think, if you really have that capacity, then you are a free human being — free of dogmas, superstitions, ceremonies — and therefore you can find out what religion is.