Where Can Peace Be Found?
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Widely recognized as one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the twentieth century, Jiddu Krishnamurti taught that in order for there to be peace in the world, we must each first make peace with ourselves. No spiritual path, leader, or personal or political philosophy will guide us in this endeavor, he said; this transformation of the human psyche is a truth that each of us must discover within.
Here, Krishnamurti teaches that the war and destruction human beings wreak on each other and the environment are caused by our misplaced attachment to a sense of self and individuality that leads to aggression, competition, greed, and conflict. When we recognize that our consciousness is not individual but common to all humans, we can work together in a spirit of cooperation and compassion. Krishnamurti shows that taking personal responsibility for our actions and reactions—in our relationships and in our lives—is the necessary first step toward a global view.
journey that is endless, infinite. It implies that where there is intelligence, there is compassion. Now let’s go back to fear. Is there an ending to it? Not for one day, or a few hours, but the total ending of it? I realize what fear does. It darkens my whole life; it cripples my thinking; it’s a physical shrinking, a nervous tension. I know very well what fear is. I know several forms of fear; but I am not concerned about the forms of fear, because if I can root out the cause, then I don’t
continuity of pleasure. And we must ask also if it is possible to end all sorrow, and inquire into what religion is, meditation, the nature of dying, and the whole limitation of time. We must go very deeply into these matters because always scratching on the surface as we generally do, we find very little. Could we go deeply into the whole question of whether the content of our consciousness can ever come to an end? That is, the ending of all our wounds, psychological hurts, fears, all the
or you are that? If you are that, and it is not separate from you, all action ceases, doesn’t it? Before, you controlled, suppressed, tried to rationalize fear. Now you see that you are all that, and therefore the whole movement of time and thought stops. We are all so eager to act. One must act, but here you have to watch the whole thing without any sense of doing something. Just observe without any reaction or response to what you observe. We should also go into why humanity has suffered, and
You know all this if you have read the newspapers or talked to certain scientists. It has been like this for the forty-five thousand years that archaeologists and biologists say human beings have existed on this earth: people have struggled, fought, killed. And as it has been before, it shall be now, and that is the future of mankind—everlasting struggle, everlasting quarrels, destruction. This is what you are facing, not only you but your grandchildren. And we accept it. If you are a Jew or a
concepts, then we can go into it; but if you have opinions about peace, what peace should be, inquiry stops. Opinions have no value, though the whole world is run on opinions. Opinions are limited. Your opinion, or my opinion, the opinions of the totalitarians, or the opinions of the church people and governments are all limited. Your judgments and opinions that give values are all limited. When you think about yourself from morning until night, as most people do, that is limited. When you say