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So long as you have a frontier; nationally, economically, religiously, or socially, it is an obvious fact that there cannot be peace in the world. For it breeds isolation and isolation is a process of the search for power. Because you in yourself are empty, dull, and weak, you like to identify yourself with something greater, which is the desire for power, which breeds isolation.
The nationalist is a curse because through his very nationalistic, patriotic spirit, he is creating a wall of isolation. He is so identified with his country that he builds a wall against another one. This very resistance indicates that he is in conflict with the other and this cannot bring about peace in the world. The man who is a nationalist and talks of brotherhood is telling a lie; he is living in a state of contradiction.
Can one live in a world without the desire for power, position, and/or authority? One does when one does not identify oneself with something greater.
on these things- works by J. Krishnamurti
There are other causes also which indicate an unprecedented crisis. One of them is the extraordinary importance man is going to sensate values, to property, to name, to caste and country, to the particular label you wear. You are either a Mohammedan or a Hindu, a Christian or a Communist. Name and property, caste and country, have become predominantly important, which means that man is caught in sensate value, the value of things, whether made by the mind or by the hand. Things made by the hand or by the mind have become so important that we are killing, destroying, butchering, liquidating each other because of them. We are nearing the edge of a precipice; every action is leading us there, every political, every economic action is bringing us inevitably to the precipice, dragging us into this chaotic, confusing abyss. Therefore the crisis is unprecedented and it demands unprecedented action. To leave, to step out of that crisis, needs a timeless action, an action which is not based on idea, on system, because any action which is based on a system, on an idea, will inevitably lead to frustration. Such action merely brings us back to the abyss by a different route. Which means that the regeneration of the individual must be instantaneous, not a process of time. It must take place NOW, not tomorrow; for tomorrow is a process of disintegration. If I think of transforming myself tomorrow I invite confusion, I am still within the field of destruction. Is it possible to change now? Is it possible completely to transform oneself in the immediate, in the now? I say it is.
The point is that as the crisis is of an exceptional character to meet it there must be revolution in thinking; and this revolution cannot take place through another, through any book, through any organization. It must come through us, through each one of us. Only then can we create a new society, a new structure away from this horror, away from these extraordinarily destructive forces that are being accumulated, piled up; and that transformation comes into being only when you as an individual begin to be aware of yourself in every thought, action and feeling."
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is the spectacular and bloody projection of every day life, is it not?
War is merely an outward expression of our inward state, an enlargement
of our daily action. It is more spectacular, bloodier, more destructive,
but is the collective result of our individual activities. Therefore,
you and I are responsible for war and what can we do to stop it? Obviously
you and I cannot stop the ever-impending war, because it is already in
movement; it is already taking place, though at present chiefly on the
psychological level. As it is already in movement, it cannot be stopped
- the issues are too many, too great, and are already committed. But you
and I, seeing that the house is on fire, can go away from it and build
a new place with different materials that are not combustible, that will
not produce other wars. That is all we can do. You and I can see what
creates wars, and if we are interested in stopping wars, then we can begin
to transform ourselves, who are the causes of war.
An American lady came to see me a couple of years ago, during the war. She had lost her son in war and she had another son whom she wanted to save; so we talked things over. I suggested to her that to save her son she had to cease to be an American; she had to cease to be greedy, cease piling up wealth, seeking power, domination, and be morally simple - not merely simple in clothes, in outward things, but simple in her thoughts and feelings, in her relationships. She said," That is too much, You are asking far too much. I cannot do it, because circumstances are too powerful for me to alter."; therefore she was responsible for the destruction of her son.
Circumstances can be controlled by us, because we have created the circumstances. Society is a product of relationship, of yours and mine together. If we change in our relationship, society changes; merely to rely on legislation, on compulsion, for the transformation of outward society, while remaining inwardly corrupt, while continuing inwardly to seek power, position, domination, is to destroy the outward, however carefully and scientifically built. That which is inward is always overcoming the outward.
war - religious, political or economic? Obviously belief, either in
nationalism, in an ideology, or in a particular dogma. If we had no
belief but goodwill, live and consideration between us, then there would
be no wars. But we are fed on beliefs, ideas and dogmas and therefore
we breed discontent. The present crisis is of an exceptional nature
and we as human beings must either pursue the path of constant conflict
and continuous wars, which are the result of our everyday action, or
else see the causes of war and turn our back upon them.
Obviously what causes war is the desire for power, position, prestige, money; also the disease called nationalism, worship of a flag; and the disease of organized religion, the worship of dogma. All these are the causes of war; if you as an individual belong to any of the organized religions, if you are greedy for power, if you are envious, nationalistic, you are bound to produce a society, which will result in destruction. So again it depends upon you and not on the leaders; not on so-called statesman and all the rest of them.
It depends upon you and me but we do not seem to realize that. If once we really felt the responsibility of our own actions, how quickly we could bring to an end all these wars, this appalling misery! But you see, we are indifferent. We have three meals a day, we have our jobs, we have our bank accounts, big or little, and we say, " For God's sake, don't disturb us, leave us alone". The higher up we are, the more we want security, permanency, tranquility, the more we want to be left alone, to maintain things fixed as they are; but they cannot be maintained as they are, because there is nothing to maintain. Everything is disintegrating. We do not want to face the fact that you and I are responsible for wars. You and I may talk about peace, have conferences, sit around a table and discuss, but inwardly we are motivated by greed. We intrigue, we are nationalistic, we are bound by beliefs, by dogmas, for which we are willing to die and destroy each other. Do you think such men, you and I, can have peace in the world? To have peace, we must be peaceful; to live peacefully means not to create antagonism. Peace is not an ideal. Ideal is merely an escape, an avoidance of what is, a contradiction of what is. An ideal prevents direct action upon what is. To have peace, we will have to love, we will have to begin not to live an ideal life but to see things as they are and act upon them, transform them. As long as each one of us is seeking psychological security, the physiological security we need; food, clothing and shelter, is destroyed. We are seeking psychological security, which does not exist; and we seek it, if we can, through power, through position, through titles, names; all of which is destroying physical security. This is an obvious fact, if you look at it.
To bring about peace in the world, to stop all wars, there must be a revolution in the individual, in you and me. Economic revolution without this inward revolution is meaningless, for hunger is the result of the maladjustment of economic conditions produced by our psychological states; greed, envy, ill will and possessiveness. To put and end to this sorrow, to hunger, to war, there must be psychological revolution and few of us are willing to face that. We will discuss peace, plan legislation, create new leagues, the United Nations and so on; but we will not win peace because we will not give up our position, our authority, our money, our properties, our lives. To rely on others is utterly futile; others cannot bring us peace. No leader is going to gives us peace, no government, no army, no country. What will bring peace is inward transformation, which will lead to outward action. Inward transformation is not isolation, is not withdrawal from outward action. On the contrary, there can be right action only when there is right thinking and there is no right thinking when there is no self-knowledge. Without knowing yourself, there is no peace.
an end to outward war, you must begin to put an end to war in yourself.
Some of you will nod your heads and say, "I agree", and go
outside and do exactly the same as you have been doing for the last
ten or twenty years. Your agreement is merely verbal and has no significance,
for the world's miseries and wars are not going to be stopped by your
casual assent. They will be only stopped when you realize the danger,
when you realize your responsibility, when you do not leave it to somebody
else. If you realize the suffering, if you see the urgency of immediate
action and do not postpone, then you will transform yourself; peace
will come only when you yourself are peaceful, when you yourself are
at peace with your neighbor."
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|Question: Belief in God has been a powerful incentive
to better liv1ng. Why do you deny God? Why
do you not try to revive man's faith in the idea of God?
Let us look at the problem widely and intelligently. I am not denying God - it would be
foolish to do so. Only the man who does not know reality indulges in meaningless words. The man
who says he knows, does not know; the man who is experiencing reality from moment to moment
has no means of communicating that reality.
Belief is a denial of truth, belief hinders truth; to believe in God is not to find God. Neither the
believer nor the non-believer will find God; because reality is the unknown, and your belief or nonbelief
in the unknown is merely a self-projection and therefore not real. I know you believe and I
know it has very little meaning in your life. There are many people who believe; millions believe
in God and take consolation. First of all, why do you believe? You believe because it gives you
satisfaction, consolation, hope, and you say it gives significance to life. Actually your belief has very
little significance, because you believe and exploit, you believe and kill, you believe in a universal
God and murder each other. The rich man also believes in God; he exploits ruthlessly, accumulates
money, and then builds a temple or becomes a philanthropist.
The men who dropped the atomic bomb on Hirosh1ma said that God was with them; those who
flew from England to destroy Germany said that God was their co-pilot. The dictators, the prime
ministers, the generals, the presidents, all talk of God, they have immense faith in God. Are they
doing service, making a better life for man? The people who say they believe in God have destroyed
half the world and the world is in complete misery. Through religious intolerance there are divisions
of people as believers and non-believers, leading to religious wars. It indicates how extraordinarily
politically-minded you are.
Is belief in God "a powerful incentive to better living"? Why do you want an incentive to better living?
Surely, your incentive must be your own desire to live cleanly and simply, must it not? If you look to
an incentive you are not interested in making life possible for all, you are merely interested in your
incentive, which is different from mine - and we will quarrel over the incentive. If we live happily
together not because we believe in God but because we are human beings, then we will share the
entire means of production in order to produce things for all. Through lack of intelligence we accept
the idea of a super-intelligence which we call 'God; but this 'God', this super-intelligence, is not going
to give us a better life. What leads to a better life is intelligence; and there cannot be intelligence
if there is belief, if there are class divisions, if the means of production are in the hands of a few,
if there are isolated nationalities and sovereign governments. All this obviously indicates lack of
intelligence and it is the lack of intelligence that is preventing a better living, not non-belief in God.
You all believe in different ways, but your belief has no reality whatsoever. Reality is what you are,
what you do, what you think, and your belief in God is merely an escape from your monotonous,
stupid and cruel life. Furthermore, belief invariably divides people: there is the Hindu, the Buddhist,
the Christian, the communist, the socialist, the capitalist and so on. Belief, idea, divides; it never
brings people together. You may bring a few people together in a group but that group is opposed
to another group. Ideas and beliefs are never unifying; on the contrary, they are separative,
disintegrating and destructive. Therefore your belief in God is really spreading misery in the world;
though it may have brought you momentary consolation, in actuality it has brought you more misery
and destruction in the form of wars, famines, class divisions and the ruthless action of separate
individuals. So your belief has no validity at all. If you really believed in God, if it were a real
experience to you, then your face would have a smile; you would not be destroying human beings.
Now, what is reality, what is God? God is not the word, the word is not the thing. To know that which
is immeasurable, which is not of time, the mind must be free of time, which means the mind must
be free from all thought, from all ideas about God. What do you know about God or truth?, You do
not really know anything about that reality. All that you know are words, the experiences of others
or some moments of rather vague experience of your own. Surely that is not God, that is not reality,
that is not beyond the field of time. To know that which is beyond time, the process of time must
be understood, time being thought, the process of becoming, the accumulation of knowledge. That
is the whole background of the mind; the mind itself is the background, both the conscious and the
unconscious, the collective and the individual. So the mind must be free of the known, which means
the mind must be completely silent, not made silent. The mind that achieves silence as a result,
as the outcome of determined action, of practice, of discipline, is not a silent mind. The mind that
is forced, controlled, shaped, put into a frame and kept quiet, is not a still mind. You may succeed
for a period of time in forcing the mind to be superficially silent, but such a mind is not a still mind.
Stillness comes only when you understand the whole process of thought, because to understand
the process is to end it and the ending of the process of thought is the beginning of silence.
Only when the mind is completely silent not only on the upper level but fundamentally, right through,
on both the superficial and the deeper levels of consciousness - only then can the unknown come
into being. The unknown is not something to be experienced by the mind; silence alone can be
experienced, nothing but silence. If the mind experiences anything but silence, it is merely projecting
its own desires and such a mind is not silent; so long as the mind is not silent, so long as thought
in any form, conscious or unconscious, is in movement, there can be no silence. Silence is freedom
from the past, from knowledge, from both conscious and unconscious memory; when the mind is
completely silent, not in use, when there is the silence which is not a product of effort, then only
does the timeless, the eternal come into being. That state is not a state of remembering - there is
no entity that remembers, that experiences.
Therefore God or truth or what you will is a thing that comes into being from moment to moment, and
it happens only in a state of freedom and spontaneity, not when the mind is disciplined according
to a pattern. God is not a thing of the mind, it does not come through self-projection, it comes only
when there is virtue, which is freedom. Virtue is facing the fact of what is and the facing of the fact is
a state of bliss. Only when the mind is blissful, quiet, without any movement of its own, without the
projection of thought, conscious or unconscious - only then does the eternal come into being.