-by Jiddu Krishnamurti (Sep 13, 2012)
I maintain that Truth is a pathless land. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others. This is what everyone throughout the world is attempting to do. Truth is narrowed down and made a plaything for those who are weak, for those who are only momentarily discontented. Truth cannot be brought down, rather the individual must make the effort to ascend to it. You cannot bring the mountain-top to the valley. If you would attain to the mountain-top you must pass through the valley, climb the steeps, unafraid of the dangerous precipices. […]
People longed for certainties, I was offering them surprises. […] [I offer people not an ideal but] friendship, conversation and dialogue, to explore the nature of the reality. Truth is not a ready-made object, which can be given to you by a religion or a guru. Truth has to be discovered. Life is a journey of discovery. Certainty is only possible when there is something fixed and permanent, whereas reality is constantly changing. It is constantly undertaking transformation. If our minds are tethered to a fixed belief, a certain knowledge, the how can we cope with this constant change? Since reality is not static, we need swift minds and pliable hearts. Only then can we be responsive to the dynamic nature of existence. I could not, and cannot, offer anything other than a constant conversation and exploration. Through such exploration we can enjoy total freedom from fear and from fixed ideals. […]
Truth cannot be realized through any creed, any dogma, any philosophical knowledge, any psychological technique, any ideology, any ritual or any theological system. One has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of your own mind, through observation, and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection. Truth is experienced from moment to moment, in the web of relationships.
Do you realise that you are the world and the world is you? The World is not separate from you and me. There is a common thread of relationship weaving us all together. Deep down we are all totally connected. Superficially things appear separate. Separate species, separate races, separate cultures and colours, separate nationalities and religions and politics. If you look closely, you will immediately see that we are all part of a great tapestry of life. When we can see ourselves as part of this glorious pattern of relationships then conflicts between nations, religions and political systems can come to an end. When we are ignorant of the fact that all life is interconnected, then we try to control each other. When there is no understanding that relationships is the basis of our existence, then there is only disintegration in society. Relationship is the bedrock, upon which we all stand. […]
The problem goes much deeper than religion or politics. It starts in our minds, in our habits, in our lives. There is a constant conditioning which has gone on and on for centuries. We are subjected to conditioning and we participate in our own conditioning. Judging, prejudice, likes and dislikes, they are part of the same problem. We have been conditioned to believe that the observer is separate from the observed, the thinker is separate from the thought. This dualism, this compartmentalization, is the mother of all conflicts, basis of all pain and suffering.
For healing to take place, we have to go beyond theories, formulas, and ready-made answers. We have to be silent and pay attention. Silence and attention provide the ground for meditation. Meditation is a process of healing the wounds of fragmentation. In meditation, divisions end and wholeness emerges. Then there is no longer a division between ‘I’ and ‘you’, between ‘us’ and ‘them’, between ‘good’ and ‘evil’.
When there is no ego, no vanity, no fear, no isolation, no insecurity, no ignorance, then there’s healing, and wholeness. […]
Focus on the moment between the in-breath and the out-breath. Observe the subtle point when you are neither inhaling nor exhaling. No need to prolong that moment, no need to hold the breath. Just observe. […]
Breathing connects you with the world. You are sharing the same breath of life, the same air, with all humanity. You are connected with everyone through this invisible medium: you share the same breath with animals, birds, fish, plants—the entire universe. How wonderful that we are all connected through our breathing. Air knows no barriers, no boundaries, no distinctions, no separations. By paying attention to your breathing your sense of separateness is dissolved.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti