Saturday, 22 May 2010

UG Krishnamurti on Life

THE NATURAL STATE is not the state of a self-realized, God-realized man. It is not a thing to be achieved or attained. It is not a thing to be willed into existence; it is there—it is the living state. This state is just the functional activity of life. By 'life' I do not mean something abstract; it is the life of the senses, functioning naturally without the interference of thought. Thought is an interloper, which thrusts itself into the affairs of the senses. It has a profit motive: thought directs the activity of the senses to get something out of them, and uses them to give continuity to itself.

Your natural state has no relationship whatsoever with the religious states of bliss, beatitude and ecstasy; they lie within the field of experience. Those who have led man on his search for religiousness throughout the centuries have perhaps experienced those religious states. So can you. They are thought-induced states of being, and as they come, so do they go. Krishna Consciousness, Buddha Consciousness, Christ Consciousness, or what have you, are all trips in the wrong direction: they are all within the field of time. The timeless can never be experienced, can never be grasped, contained, much less given expression to, by any man. That beaten track will lead you nowhere. There is no oasis situated yonder; you are stuck with the mirage.

You can never understand the tremendous peace that is always there within you, that is your natural state. Your trying to create a peaceful state of mind is in fact creating disturbance within you. You can only talk of peace, create a state of mind and say to yourself that you are very peaceful—but that is not peace; that is violence. So there is no use in practicing peace, there is no reason to practice silence.

UG Krishnamurti

From the book


  1. Excellent quote, somehow brings to mind a remarkable children's book called "Zoom." There is a picture (I forget of what- a family on a beach maybe). You turn the page and the frame of reference has enlarged to show that it is not really a family on a beach, it is a sticker on an envelope, and every time the page is turned, what had been thought to be reality is in fact an optical illusion, another image...
    When I try to be myself I am less myself. When I look for myself I lose myself. Giving up the chase for experience is the last thing we want to do...Sometimes I feel like a wind-up doll going through the motions of futile seeking that are deeply habituated. U.G. wakes me up from the trance. Thank you for sharing an unusually illuminating quote.

  2. Of all the gurus this world as witnessed, UG perhaps more than any other was brave enough to speak with utter frankness. The key to everything is nondoership (akarma) - once this is realised, everything else becomes trivia and it is all understood. Your blog is cool, you have a no-nonsense approach and I am going to add you. Feel free to add mine if you like it... PEACE:)

  3. we are not awareness, there is awareness but we are not that, we simply are, not.

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