Asking Questions Beyond Thinking


“All ideologies are idiotic,
whether religious or political,
for it is conceptual thinking,
the conceptual word,
which has so unfortunately divided man.” 
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

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You know, if we understand one question rightly, all questions are answered. But we don’t know how to ask the right question. To ask the right question demands a great deal of intelligence and sensitivity. Here is a question, a fundamental question: is life a torture? It is, as it is; and man has lived in this torture centuries upon centuries, from ancient history to the present day, in agony, in despair, in sorrow; and he doesn’t find a way out of it. Therefore he invents gods, churches, all the rituals, and all that nonsense, or he escapes in different ways. What we are trying to do, during all these discussions and talks here, is to see if we cannot radically bring about a transformation of the mind, not accept things as they are, nor revolt against them. Revolt doesn’t answer a thing. You must understand it, go into it, examine it, give your heart and your mind, with everything that you have, to find out a way of living differently. That depends on you, and not on someone else, because in this there is no teacher, no pupil; there is no leader; there is no guru; there is no Master, no Saviour. You yourself are the teacher and the pupil; you are the Master; you are the guru; you are the leader; you are everything. And to understand is to transform what is.
I think that will be enough, won’t it?

– JIddu Krishnamurti, OJAI PUBLIC TALK, 12TH NOVEMBER 1966”

3 comments

    1. Thanks Denise! Glad you are enjoying the posts. Must have been quite an experience getting to hear Krishnamurti live. I take a great deal of joy in listening to him, Alan Watts, and a few others on the first bit of my morning walks. Then I wander for a little while. Finally, record some words that flow from the morning. Krishnaji & Watts’ words have opened things up a lot lately. Look forward to kicking around your site as well. Some really wonderful photography there. Namaste. 🙂

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