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core of Krishnamurti's teaching is contained in the statement he made
in 1929 when he said "Truth is a pathless land". Man cannot come to it
through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophic
knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the
understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation and
not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection. Man as
built himself images as a fence of security - religious, political,
personal. These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The burden of
these images dominates man's thinking, his relationships and his daily
These images are the causes of our problems for they divide man from
man. His perception of life is shaped by the concepts already
established in his mind. The content of his consciousness is his entire
existence. This content is common to all humanity. The individuality is
the name, the form and superficial culture he acquires from tradition
and environment. The uniqueness of man does not lie in the superficial
but in complete freedom from the content of his consciousness, which is
common to all mankind. So he is not an individual.
Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not choice. It is man's pretense
that because he has a choice he is free. Freedom is pure observation
without direction, without fear of punishment and reward. Freedom is
without motive; freedom is not at the end of evolution of man but lies
in the first step of his existence. In observation one begins to
discover the lack of freedom. Freedom is found in the choiceless
awareness of our daily existence and activity.
Thought is time. Thought is born of experience and knowledge which are
inseparable from time and the past. Time is the psychological enemy of
man. Our action is based on knowledge and therefore time, so man is
always a slave to the past. Thought is ever-limited and so we live in
constant conflict and struggle. There is no psychological evolution.
When a man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts he will se
the division between the thinker and the thought, the observer and the
observed, the experiencer and the experienced. He will discover that
this division is an illusion. Then there is only pure observation. Then
only is there pure observation whish is insight without any shadow of
the past or time. This timeless insight brings about a deep radical
transformation of the mind.
Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is negation
of all these things that thought has brought about psychologically,
only then is there love, which is compassion and intelligence.
statement was originally written by Krishnamurti himself on October 21,
1980 for "Krishnamurti: The Years Of Fulfillment" by Mary Lutyens, the
second volume of his biography, published by John Murray Ltd. in 1983
© Mary Lutyens. On re-reading it Krishnamurti has added a few
sentences to the above.
London, October 21, 1980
Copyright © 1980 Krishnamurti Foundation Trust