KRISHNAMURTI
The Core of the Teachings

                    The following statement, which contains the essence of the teachings, waswritten by Krishnamurti
                    himself on October 21, 1980.

                    "The core of Krishnamurti's teaching is contained in thestatement 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 philosophic knowledgeor psychological
                    technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, throughthe understanding of the
                    contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectualanalysis or introspective
                    dissection. Man has built in himself images as a fence of securityŚreligious,political, personal.
                    These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The burden of these images dominatesman's thinking,
                    his relationships and his daily life. These images are the causes of ourproblems for they divide
                    man from man. His perception of life is shaped by the concepts alreadyestablished in his mind.
                    The content of his consciousness is his entire existence. This contentis common to all humanity.
                    The individuality is the name, the form and superficial culture he acquiresfrom tradition and
                    environment. The uniqueness of man does not lie in the superficial butin complete freedom from
                    the content of his consciousness, which is common to all mankind. So heis not an individual."

                    "Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not a choice. It is man's pretencethat because he has
                    choice he is free. Freedom is pure observation without direction, withoutfear of punishment and
                    reward. Freedom is without motive; freedom is not at the end of the evolutionof man but lies in the
                    first step of his existence. In observation one begins to discover thelack 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 thepast. Time is the
                    psychological enemy of man. Our action is based on knowledge and thereforetime, so man is
                    always a slave to the past. Thought is ever-limited and so we live in constantconflict and struggle.
                    There is no psychological evolution."

                    "When man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts he will seethe division between
                    the thinker and thought, the observer and the observed, the experienceand the experiencer. He
                    will discover that this division is an illusion. Then only is there pureobservation which is insight
                    without any shadow of the past or of time. This timeless insight bringsabout a deep radical
                    mutation in the mind."

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

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