Friday, January 8, 2010

Is there such a thing as transformation?

Q: Is there such a thing as transformation? What is it to be transformed?

Krishnamurti: When you are observing, seeing the dirt on the road, seeing how politicians behave, seeing your own attitude towards your wife, your children and so on, transformation is there. Do you understand? To bring about some kind of order in daily life, that is transformation; not something extraordinary, out of this world. When one is not thinking clearly, rationally, be aware of that and change it, break it. That is transformation. If you are jealous watch it, don't give it time to flower, change it immediately. That is transformation. When you are greedy, violent, ambitious, trying to become some kind of holy man, see how it is creating a world of tremendous uselessness. I don't know if you are aware of this. Competition is destroying the world. The world is becoming more and more competetive, more and more aggressive, and if you change it immediately, that is transformation. And if you go very much deeper into the problem, it is clear that thought denies love. Therefore one has to find out whether there is an end to thought, an end to time, not philosophize over it and discuss it, but find out. Truly that is transformation, and if you go into it very deeply, transformation means never a thought of becoming, comparing; it is being absolutely nothing. - Krishnamurti Foudation Trust Bulletin 42, 1982

To See the Truth in the False

The craving for experience is the beginning of illusion. As you now realize, your visions were but the projections of your background, of your conditioning, and it is these projections that you have experienced. Surely this is not meditation. The beginning of meditation is the understanding of the background, of the self, and without this understanding, what is called meditation, however pleasurable or painful, is merely a form of self-hypnosis. You have practised self-control, mastered thought, and concentrated on the furthering of experience. This is a self-centred occupation, it is not meditation; and to perceive that it is not meditation is the beginning of meditation. To see the truth in the false sets the mind free from the false. Freedom from the false does not come about through the desire to achieve it; it comes when the mind is no longer concerned with success with the attainment of an end. There must be the cessation of all search, and only then is there a possibility of the coming into being of that which is nameless. - J. Krishnamurti Commentaries on Living Series III


  1. Rather than speak for "Us" I will ask and inquire unto my self, each time I feel and believe myself to be above or beyond darker emotions like fear, anger, greed, envy or jealousy, if my sensation/thought of liberation and transcendence is based wrongly on denial and escape or rightly based on an accurate/precise under...standing, following clear seeing and keen observation(s). Letting go without any further resistance.

  2. When exposed to a situation of potential jealousy, for example, I may shrug it off and say "I am no longer affected this way"... if there is a shadow of jealous behavior that follows, maybe not today but soon enough (or a hint of unspoken denial in tone), then there is denial present. Conversely, when one effortlessly shrugs it off, as the ... See Morepotential situation arises, and there is no shadow of doubt or unease THEN you know that this individual has "gone into it" already and thus no longer needs to give jealous feelings any attention. The shrug off is genuine because this individual has already *done the work*...

  3. here is self-centered occupation and then there is meditation on that which is "ultimately true" (and not of Samsara.. or "this world of confusion, desire and sorrow").

    Self centered occupation is to be honored as well, but quite simply is not to be confused with what is true and eternal... that Source from which all individualized activity ... See Moreemanates from which all individual persons ultimately sustain their individual existence(s). We use the power of thought to manifest the Divine Reality upon this Earth, through this Body... yet if one chooses to go deeper it becomes true that "thought is the denial of love"* and that all ego-centric activity must end, even if only for a moment in the day, if one is to know what lies beyond the human realities of mind and creations, at the Source. To end all seeking, cease all desiring, and allow all to happen or unfold as it will, finding in this very process the will to transform or "be the change you want to see in the world" and in your own life.

    * as the Vedas of Vedanta imply, meaning "the end of all knowledge"

  4. While the background (and foreground) of self, its past conditioning and the inspired visions, feelings and higher sentiments, are wonderful inner projections, creations and inventions in themselves... still, the realm of meditation, connecting with "that which is nameless", is independent of all of this... and the first step or beginning of meditation practice is to acknowledge the self or personality and let go with ease.

  5. There is indeed a fine line between the denial and indulgence of a thing... when that thing is perceived as having great unconscious power over one.