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Statements of J Krishnamurti



The Core of his own Teachings was written by Krishnamurti in 1980 at the request of his biographer Mary Lutyens.

             The 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 organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophical knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection.

J Krishnamurti addressing the public

             Man has built in 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 life. 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. 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 humanity. So he is not an individual.

             Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not choice. It is man’s pretence that because he has 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 the 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 man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts, he will see the division between the thinker and thought, the observer and the observed, the experiencer and the experience. He will discover that this division is an illusion. Then only is there pure observation which is insight without any shadow of the past or of time. This timeless insight brings about a deep, radical mutation in the mind.

J Krishnamurti addressing children

             Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is negation of all those things that thought has brought about psychologically, only then is there love, which is compassion and intelligence.

             Towards the end of June of this year, representatives of the four Krishnamurti Foundations met at Brockwood Park, England, to talk over their present and future responsibilities.

             “Today there are four Krishnamurti Foundations. These are Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Ltd. in England, Krishnamurti Foundation of America, Krishnamurti Foundation India and Krishnamurti Foundation Hispanoamericana. They exist only for simple and obvious reasons. During my lifetime they arrange talks, group discussions, seminars and gatherings. They are responsible for the care of archives. They produce films, audio and video tapes, see to their distribution and so on.”

             “The Foundations have no authority in the matter of teachings. The truth lies in the teachings themselves. The foundations will see to it that these teachings are kept whole, are not made Corrupt. The Foundations have no authority to send out propagandists on interpreters of the teachings…. I have no representative who will carry on with these teachings in my name now or at any time in the future.”

                    “The Foundation will not rise to any sectarian spirit in their activities. The Foundations will not create any kind of place of worship around the teachings on the person.”

10 July 1973, J Krishnamurti


            From the nineteen twenties I have been saying that there should be no interpreters of the teachings for they distort the teachings and it becomes a means of exploitation. No interpreters are necessary for each person should observe his own activities, not according to any theory or authority. Unfortunately interpreters have sprung up, a fact for which we are in no way responsible. In recent years several people have asserted that they are my successors and that they have been especially chosen by me to disseminate the teachings. I have said, and I again repeat, that there are no representatives of Krishnamurti personally or of his teachings during or after his life-time. I am very sorry that this has to be said again.

Bulletin No. 7, 1970 of KFT, England

J Krishnamurti teaching

                  The Foundations have no authority in the matter of the teachings. The truth lies in the teachings themselves. The Foundations will see to it that these teachings are kept whole, are not distorted, are not made corrupt. The Foundations have no authority to send out propagandists or interpreters of the teachings.

10 July 1973, J. Krishnamurti

                    So meditation is the understanding of the meditator. Without understanding the one who meditates, which is yourself, inquiry into how to meditate has very little value. The beginning of meditation is self-knowledge, and self-knowledge cannot be gathered from a book, nor is it to be had by listening to some professor of psychology, or to someone who interprets the Gita, or any of that rubbish. All interpreters are traitors because they are not original experiences, they are merely secondhand repeaters of something which they believe someone else has experienced and which they think is true. So beware of interpreters.

6th New Delhi Talk 1956