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The Krishnamurti Lectures

Dualism, Division, Conflict, Separation, Fragmentation





Editor's prefatory comment:

Planet Earth has always been a place of incivility, violence, and war. In the midst of this chaos, how shall we live our lives?

you must teach yourself

In 1000+ lectures, over 60 years, Jiddu Krishnamurti helped us to understand the human heart-of-darkness. He continually asserted that all belief-systems, all methods and formulas, divide people.

The world is filled with tens of thousands of competing doctrines of truth. And this clash of antithetical philosophies isolates and separates people into warring splinter groups; of "my god and your god."

universal experience

What is the solution? - not another method or belief-system, he said, not another set of "one true" doctrines to divide people, but a universal experience, an "instantaneous" knowing, an "immediate" accessing of the answer; immediate in the literal sense of "without mediation."

Always, he maintained that he could be no one's primary teacher but, at best, only one who offered a general direction. Whatever insights or mystical revelations he might have gained were for him alone, and could not be transferred to another; truth is not a spectator sport, we must seek for our own, from the "inner riches" of the soul; we must teach ourselves.

pathless truth

This page features the lectures of Jiddu Krishnamurti. He spoke of a "pathless truth" toward wholeness and personal integration; of finding reality and God within one's inner being. 

Accessing truth, he said, was "pathless," meaning individualized. There is no "one size fits all," you cannot reduce it to a formula, you cannot bottle-and-sell the truth "for $29.95," nor is there a prescribed or best avenue to it - because each of us, if we allow it, will be taught directly and personally, a private tutoring, by Divinity, via "going within."

Jiddu Krishnamurti
1895 - 1986



about Krishnamurti

A Brief Introduction to Krishnamurti's Teachings, by Professor David Bohm, Quantum Physicist

The Core Teachings

Biography: An Overview of Krishnamurti’s Life and Work

Quotes about Krishnamurti

Dissolution Speech, 3 August 1929

Krishnamurti: The Spiritual Force Behind Bruce Lee, by Robert Colet




03.March.1954. A man who is really free has no choice; he is free not to do this or that but to be; where there is choice, there is no freedom because choice springs from our conditioned state.

03.February.1969. Can the mind, conditioned to think that it can gradually resolve fear, by taking time, through analysis, through introspective observation, gradually become free of fear?

04.February.1969. Each generation revolts against parental conditioning but, in this reaction, merely trades old chains for new. To label "this is a rose" already conditions the observation.

05.Februrary.1969. Can we define death, love, and life, but not materialistically? e.g., death is more than the physical organism's demise but an end of the ego's separateness and division.

06.February.1969. Meditation: entering a condition of "no you and no me"; a quality of silence, with no space or separation, beyond that of the mind and thought seeking for silence.

11.February.1969. Is real change possible? Can the mind transform itself, without time? a revolution inwardly, immediately? Can thought be quiet at all? for only then is there actual transformation.



“We are the world. We are society.”

So very often, and rightfully so, Krishnamurti would caution his audiences against blaming others. There’s much aspersion to cast. Right now, we witness the world marching toward totalitarianism, to a degree not seen since the days prior to World War II. Many of us are angry, and we want to believe that if we could just get rid of “the bad guys,” the ones causing all the trouble, then life would be good for all of us “good guys.” But this is gross illusion.

The seeds of evil, not always unsprouted, reside within each of us. If sufficiently provoked, if blinded to the light within, each person is capable of any atrocity, any brutality, and more, that we’ve seen in history. In other words, “We are the world. We are society.” We are not exempt, as we too reflect the human condition, and we take the vectors of perdition with us wherever we go. And until we learn to “go within” to access the inner light, will not find peace and happiness; not on an individual basis nor for the world.



12.February.1969. Love, true romantic love, cannot be cultivated - like a plant, water it, nourish it, look after it. If you could do that, it would be very simple, but unfortunately it does not work that way.

12.March.1969. What is true religion? How to face one's life honestly, without distraction. Is it possible to truly change our lives? Organized belief with dogmas and rituals is not true religion.

16.March.1969. Can the mind be free of fear? The outward expression of freedom is becoming more rare in the world, but most rare of all is psychological freedom, inward freedom.

22.April.1969. Pleasure and pain are opposite sides of the same issue; the ego's desires and cravings are expressed through a filter of past experiences. Must I always live in a pleasure-pain duality?

25.July.1969. Can one's darkness be dispelled by another, by a teacher or guru? What is this craving of the ego to evade personal responsibility, to seek for external authority, on all levels of life?

06.September.1969. Living without resistance: belief systems cause division; when trying to change hate or fear, there is the 'me' changing it; instead, observe hate or fear without the observer.

07.September.1969. We are hardly aware of our inward psychological structure and its dangers, much less so than physical dangers. Our thinking is the result of conditioning by society.

09.September.1969. The world helps me escape myself - the religions, the books, all say, run away; the world makes me a hard, cruel entity, but I can't get rid of it just by knowing this.

11.September.1969. Can I live completely without resistance? the ego makes comparisions to feel "more"; to believe in something is to resist every other form of belief, because I am frightened.

13.September.1969. The exhibition of outward simplicity is not necessarily inward simplicity. That is something different. Simplicity means to have no conflict, no burning desires, no ambitions.

14.September.1969. Meditation: discovering truth by claiming total freedom for oneself from all forms of authority, not necessarily to reject what others have said, but to discover truth on our own.

04.November.1969. How to live in a world in which all philosophies, political systems, religions have failed? How can we change the world when we take the dysfunctional egoic mind wherever we go?

12.November.1969. We are human beings, not of this-or-that group, we are not labels. We are not to face life as a conditioned mind. Is it possible to remove, immediately, all our conditioning?

16.November.1969. Can we observe without seeing the past? the hurtful memories coloring perception, so that when I meet you next time I see you as my enemy? Can the mind break its conditioning?

23.November.1969. Science is based on accumulative knowledge. Is there another way of learning, always moving, but, in its fullness, is never accumulating? to access knowledge instantly?

26.November,1969. Can the mind burdened with the past, with experience, with all that it's acquired through centuries, can such a mind enquire into the unknown? Can one know oneself?

30.November.1969. How to have a whole mind. Can thought and thinker become one? This fundamental mutation can occur only when one allows oneself to enter another dimension of being.

17.December.1969. We find ourselves beset by vanity, pride. This stops us from learning. We must observe vanity in oneself to understand humility. It's only the humble mind that can learn.

28.December.1969Belief is disorder. Your belief, my belief, all belief based on fear promotes disorder. Ironically, we adopt belief systems to give ourselves safety and security in a world of disorder.

31.December.1969. Humility cannot be cultivated but only accessed instantaneously. It is a mind learning, moving, offering no resistance. It cannot say “I am” because it’s a living thing.



The solace of a quiet small room, a sanctum of personal transformation, is a good place to meet the inner state of oneness and non-duality of which Krishnamurti spoke.


Why do family members, old friends, and romantic mates drift apart or even abruptly split?

When my daughter was in high school, she had a girlfriend; the two seemed inseparable. At the time, I decided to offer the caution that “You probably won’t be friends later in life. It’s just the way things happen.” This view seemed incomprehensible to her. Yet, a short time after graduation, the friend made an unconventional choice concerning marriage, and, so it would appear, as a pre-emptive strike against criticism from my daughter, broke off friendship ties and has never spoken to her since.

We all have stories like this. I could give you many. A troubling one comes to mind. In the “Evolution” article I recounted that in senior-high English class I’d delivered a speech on the subject of “Creationism versus Darwinism.” However, a very good friend since childhood did not like what was happening to me in terms of my growing interest in truth and metaphysical issues. I still recall the remark, to the effect, “Ok, you’ve made your point about evolution, so just drop it now, and move on.” But this was no passing phase for me, just the first small step of a life-long pursuit of "what's real." The friend grew more and more distant, turned away, and to this day has not communicated, though I’ve reached out.

Krishnamurti’s teachings on the ego – concerning dualism, fragmentation, separation, division – are not of mere academic interest only to professional philosophers. This information holds the sacred key to understanding why planet Earth is the stage for war and conflict, not just on the international level, nor solely among religious or political groups, but also explains why we lose family members, friends, and lovers.

Why do people drift apart? They become an offense to each other. People identify with, make themselves equal to, belief systems. They say "this is who I am." They do this to satisfy the ego's craving for safety and security.

And if what you represent is deemed to be a threat to the ego's self-image, then you will be rejected - no matter the strength of the former bonds of love.

the carefully crafted self-image

In his 17.December.1969 lecture, Jiddu Krishnamurti offers one of the most clear and insightful explanations concerning the inner workings of this dark dynamic. He said when we feel offended by someone “there is an image about yourself.” It’s an image that we ourselves build. This ego-image reflects one's “conditioning, through ... cultural, social” influences. Why do we build this image? We do so “as a means of security ... of protection ... of being somebody.”

fear is behind the curtain

And what do we find if we draw back the curtain of this ego-image? “Now, if you go behind that," Krishnamurti says, "you will see there is fear.” What is the composition of this fear? It is the existential fear of "I don't have enough" because "I am not enough."

All this negative energy, “is based upon self-protection, resistance. So where there is resistance, there is fear, there is division” and all manner of barrier that keep people apart, disliking and hating each other.

Let’s analyze this ego-image more closely. Why do we build it? What are we protecting? If we allow ourselves to become very still, if we taste and sample the nature of this hidden fear, we will find that we are protecting a self-image, a mental projection of what the ego would like to be, in one of these forms:

“I am the person who needs to be seen as virtuous.”

“I am the person who needs to be seen as right.”

“I am the person who needs to be seen as successful and winning.”

“I am the person associated with the ‘one true’ religious group, with ‘one true’ doctrines, led by the right infallible guru.”

“I am the person associated with the correct political party, with the correct party platform leading to utopia, led by an infallible Dear Leader.”

“I am the person associated with you, and if you disappoint me, if you fall short of my expectations, if you fail to make me happy, or if you begin to go another way in life, then you become a threat to what I want and to the image I’ve created for myself.”

And so if anyone becomes a contrary force to any of these images, or similar, then the offending person will suddenly be counted as an enemy - even if that person has been a loved one or long-time friend. As it's been stated, the ego has no friends, only accomplices.

a closer look at the hidden fear

We find there’s more than one curtain to open. The ego’s need to be seen as right, virtuous, properly religious or political is not the only hidden agenda. As one pierces the levels of self-obfuscation we discover the core terror which vivifies all of the ego’s activities. It’s the fear of death. This is the central terror, as we learn from the great psychologists.

This means that when one is attacked, there may be purported surface issues, but the real reason people rage and become apoplectic is the ego fighting for its life. It's identified with, made itself equal to, "being right, virtuous," and all the rest, and if it fails to promote itself with these "images," then it will face a kind of psychological death. Who will it be? it asks, if these false-security images are minimized or taken away?

the high cost of following the truth wherever it leads

All this is most dire. The reality is, if you assiduously pursue the truth, no matter the cost, no matter where it leads, then you will lose (for a time) almost every last person who was once close to you. Why is this? - because you will become a living, walking threat to carefully crafted self-image.

We, ourselves - not some mythical Satan - are the focal point of all evil in the universe. It’s the pathological ego within; it’s the false self, the ego-images, ever attempting to fill up the inner neediness, the existential emptiness at the core of being. And Krishnamurti performs the autopsy.

We cannot become educated, or reach a good level of wisdom and maturity, in the highest and best sense - or meaningfully prepare ourselves for Summerland - without understanding the wiles and machinations of our own personal “heart of darkness.”

please, it’s very impolite of you to notice that I lack a self

Soren Kierkegaard: “But in spirit of the fact that man has become fantastic in this fashion [i.e., lives unrealistically by denying his own mortality and impending death, the terror of which is covered up by palliatives such as ritualistic, form-based but empty, religion], he may nevertheless … be perfectly well able to live on, to be a man, as it seems, to occupy himself with temporal things, get married, beget children, win honor and esteem – and perhaps no one notices that, in a deeper sense, he lacks [an authentic] self.”




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