Frasi di Jiddu Krishnamurti
Data di nascita: 12. Maggio 1895
Data di morte: 17. Febbraio 1986
Jiddu Krishnamurti è stato un filosofo apolide. Di origine indiana, non volle appartenere a nessuna organizzazione, nazionalità o religione. Non va confuso con Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti, anch'egli filosofo indiano.
Frasi Jiddu Krishnamurti
Origine: Da Education and the Significance of Life, Harper, 1953, p. 47; citato in Will Tuttle, Cibo per la pace, traduzione di Marta Mariotto, Edizioni Sonda, Casale Monferrato, 2014, p. 223. ISBN 978-88-7106-742-1
„C'è una rivoluzione che dobbiamo fare se vogliamo sottrarci all'angoscia, ai conflitti e alle frustrazioni in cui siamo afferrati. Questa rivoluzione deve cominciare non con le teorie e le ideologie, ma con una radicale trasformazione della nostra mente.“
Origine: Da Di fronte alla vita.
„Ritengo che la Verità sia una terra senza sentieri e che non si possa raggiungere attraverso nessuna via, nessuna religione, nessuna scuola. Questo è il mio punto di vista, e vi aderisco totalmente e incondizionatamente. Poiché la Verità è illimitata, incondizionata, irraggiungibile attraverso qualunque via, non può venire organizzata, e nessuna organizzazione può essere creata per condurre o costringere gli altri lungo un particolare sentiero. Se lo comprendete, vedrete che è impossibile organizzare una "fede". La fede è qualcosa di assolutamente individuale, e non possiamo e non dobbiamo istituzionalizzarla. Se lo facciamo diventa una cosa morta, cristallizzata; diventa un credo, una setta, una religione che viene imposta ad altri.“
dal Discorso del 3 agosto 1929 ad Ommen, in Olanda
„La scelta c'è dove c'è confusione. Per la mente che vede con chiarezza non c'è necessità di scelta, c'è azione. Penso che molti problemi scaturiscano dal dire che siamo liberi di scegliere, che la scelta significa libertà. Al contrario, io direi che la scelta significa una mente confusa, e perciò non libera.“
Origine: Da Un modo diverso di vivere.
„Se vogliamo scoprire ciò che è vero, dobbiamo essere completamente liberi da tutte le religioni, da tutti i condizionamenti, da tutti i dogmi, da tutte le credenze e da qualunque autorità che spinga a uniformarci; essenzialmente essere completamente soli, e questo è molto difficile.“
da Un modo diverso di vivere
Origine: Da La ricerca della felicità.
Origine: Citato in Michael J. Gelb, Il genio che c'è in te.
da La ricerca della felicità
„It seems to me that the real problem is the mind itself, and not the problem which the mind has created and tries to solve. If the mind is petty, small, narrow, limited, however great and complex the problem may be, the mind approaches that problem in terms of its own pettiness. If I have a little mind and I think of God, the God of my thinking will be a little God, though I may clothe him with grandeur, beauty, wisdom, and all the rest of it.“
Sixth Talk in New Delhi (31 October 1956) http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/krishnamurti-teachings/view-text.php?tid=570&chid=4889&w=%22It+seems+to+me+that+the+real+problem+is+the+mind+itself%22, J.Krishnamurti Online, JKO Serial No. 561031, Vol. X, p. 155
Contesto: It seems to me that the real problem is the mind itself, and not the problem which the mind has created and tries to solve. If the mind is petty, small, narrow, limited, however great and complex the problem may be, the mind approaches that problem in terms of its own pettiness. If I have a little mind and I think of God, the God of my thinking will be a little God, though I may clothe him with grandeur, beauty, wisdom, and all the rest of it. It is the same with the problem of existence, the problem of bread, the problem of love, the problem of sex, the problem of relationship, the problem of death. These are all enormous problems, and we approach them with a small mind; we try to resolve them with a mind that is very limited. Though it has extraordinary capacities and is capable of invention, of subtle, cunning thought, the mind is still petty. It may be able to quote Marx, or the Gita, or some other religious book, but it is still a small mind, and a small mind confronted with a complex problem can only translate that problem in terms of itself, and therefore the problem, the misery increases. So the question is: Can the mind that is small, petty, be transformed into something which is not bound by its own limitations?
„When you think of God, your God is the projection of your own thought, the result of social influences. You can think only of the known; you cannot think of the unknown, you cannot concentrate on truth.“
Vol. VI, p 5, "First Talk in Rajahmundry (20 November 1949) http://www.jkrishnamurti.com/krishnamurti-teachings/view-text.php?tid=335&chid=4655&w=%22You+cannot+find+truth+through+anybody+else%22, J.Krishnamurti Online, JKO Serial No. 491120
Posthumous publications, The Collected Works
Contesto: You cannot find truth through anybody else. How can you? Surely, truth is not something static; it has no fixed abode; it is not an end, a goal. On the contrary, it is living, dynamic, alert, alive. How can it be an end? If truth is a fixed point, it is no longer truth; it is then a mere opinion. Sir, truth is the unknown, and a mind that is seeking truth will never find it. For mind is made up of the known; it is the result of the past, the outcome of time — which you can observe for yourself. Mind is the instrument of the known; hence it cannot find the unknown; it can only move from the known to the known. When the mind seeks truth, the truth it has read about in books, that "truth" is self-projected, for then the mind is merely in pursuit of the known, a more satisfactory known than the previous one. When the mind seeks truth, it is seeking its own self-projection, not truth. After all, an ideal is self-projected; it is fictitious, unreal. What is real is what is, not the opposite. But a mind that is seeking reality, seeking God, is seeking the known. When you think of God, your God is the projection of your own thought, the result of social influences. You can think only of the known; you cannot think of the unknown, you cannot concentrate on truth. The moment you think of the unknown, it is merely the self-projected known. So, God or truth cannot be thought about. If you think about it, it is not truth. Truth cannot be sought; it comes to you. You can go after only what is known. When the mind is not tortured by the known, by the effects of the known, then only can truth reveal itself. Truth is in every leaf, every tear; it is to be known from moment to moment. No one can lead you to truth; and if anyone leads you, it can only be to the known.
"Second Public Talk at Ojai (21 May 1944) http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/krishnamurti-teachings/view-text.php?tid=170&chid=4526&w=%22And+as+we+are+-+the+world+is%22 J.Krishnamurti Online, JKO Serial No. 440521, published in Authentic Report of Ten Talks, Ojai, 1944 (1945), p. 7, OCLC 67727800
Contesto: And as we are — the world is. That is, if we are greedy, envious, competitive, our society will be competitive, envious, greedy, which brings misery and war. The State is what we are. To bring about order and peace, we must begin with ourselves and not with society, not with the State, for the world is ourselves … If we would bring about a sane and happy society we must begin with ourselves and not with another, not outside of ourselves, but with ourselves.
1950s, Education and the Significance of Life (1953)
1960s, Freedom From The Known (1969)
Contesto: Violence is not merely killing another. It is violence when we use a sharp word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because there is fear. So violence isn't merely organized butchery in the name of God, in the name of society or country. Violence is much more subtle, much deeper, and we are inquiring into the very depths of violence.
When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.