The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
It is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free.
Tell your friend that in his death, a part of you dies and goes with him. Wherever he goes, you also go. He will not be alone.
One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.
Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.
The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end - you don't come to an achievement, you don't come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
You can only be afraid of what you think you know.
To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.
Do not repeat after me words that you do not understand. Do not merely put on a mask of my ideas, for it will be an illusion and you will thereby deceive yourself.
Happiness is strange; it comes when you are not seeking it. When you are not making an effort to be happy, then unexpectedly, mysteriously, happiness is there, born of purity, of a loveliness of being.
If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.
Do it or don't do it but get on with it...
The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.
It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.
If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.
I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. ... The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth.
When you once see something as false which you have accepted as true, as natural, as human, then you can never go back to it.
Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.
It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.
[on the secret to a happy, content life] Do you want to know what my secret is? I don’t mind what happens.
Acquiring knowledge is a form of imitation.
Be a light unto oneself
There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.
All ideologies are idiotic, whether religious or political, for it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual word, which has so unfortunately divided man.
We are very defensive, and therefore aggressive, when we hold on to a particular belief, a dogmas, or when we worship our particular nationality, with the rag that is called the flag.
To ask the 'right' question is far more important than to receive the answer. The solution of a problem lies in the understanding of the problem; the answer is not outside the problem, it is in the problem.
The primary cause of disorder in ourselves is the seeking of reality promised by another.
Analysis does not transform consciousness.
Passion is a rather frightening thing because if you have passion you don't know where it will take you.
When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important.
To understand life is to understand ourselves, and that is both the beginning and the end of education.
The significance of life is living.
From innumerable complexities we must grow to simplicity; we must become simple in our inward life and in our outward needs.
Intelligence is the capacity to perceive the essential, the what is; and to awaken this capacity, in oneself and in others, is education.
The word 'innocence' means a mind that is incapable of being hurt.
And the idea of ourselves is our escape from the fact of what we really are.
Observation without evaluation is the highest form of intelligence.
The very desire to be certain,to be secure,is the beginning of bondage.It's only when the mind is not caught in the net of certainty,and is not seeking certainty, that it is in a state of discovery.
What you are the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.
Order cannot possibly be brought about through conformity to a pattern, under any circumstances.
But if one observes, one will see that the body has its own intelligence; it requires a great deal of intelligence to observe the intelligence of the body.
When we suffer we have made it into a personal affair. We shut out all the suffering of mankind.
Peace is not something petty, created by the mind; it is enormously great, infinitely extensive, and it can be understood only when the heart is full.
Truth is a pathless land.
Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something, and it is only such love that can know freedom.
The ending is the beginning, and the beginning is the first step, and the first step is the only step.
To understand yourself is the beginning of wisdom.
All outward forms of change brought about by wars, revolutions, reformations, laws and ideologies have failed completely to change the basic nature of man and therefore of society.
The only freedom is the freedom from the known.
Happy is the man who is nothing.
But if you have no relationship with the living things on this earth, you may lose whatever relationship you have with humanity.
Fear is the destructive energy in man. It withers the mind, it distorts thought, it leads to all kinds of extraordinarily clever and subtle theories, absurd superstitions, dogmas, and beliefs.
You must look most intimately and discover for yourself; then it is your own, not somebody else’s, not something that you have been told, because there is no teacher and no follower.
Life is a movement, a constant movement in relationship; and thought, trying to capture that movement in terms of the past, as memory, is afraid of life.
If you would listen, sir, in the sense of being aware of your conflicts and contradictions without forcing them into any particular pattern of thought, perhaps they might altogether cease.
The description is not the described; I can describe the mountain, but the description is not the mountain, and if you are caught up in the description, as most people are, then you will never see the mountain
It is only in alert silence that truth can be.
The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, Awaiting to be released through the rhythm Of pain and pleasure.
Happiness comes when you are doing something because you really love to do it, and not because it gives you riches or makes you a prominent person.
An idealist is a hypocrite, because he is always trying to become what he is not, instead of being and understanding what he is.
Living in the present is the instant perception of beauty and the great delight in it without seeking pleasure from it.
Teaching is not the mere imparting of knowledge but the cultivation of an inquiring mind.
Thought is the origin of fear.
What has validity is your living, not what happens tomorrow.
Only when the brain has cleansed itself of its conditioning, greed, envy, ambition, then only it can comprehend that which is complete. Love is this completeness.
In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either they key or the door to open, except yourself.
Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, which is the ending of fear.
No one can describe reality. You must experience it, see it, feel the whole atmosphere of it
A man who lives never asks, "What is living?" and he has no theories about living. It is only the half-alive who talk about the purpose of life.
Do you know what time is? Not by the watch, not chronological time, but psychological time? It is the interval between idea and action.
Peace can come only when there is love.
Peace is the break between two wars.
Freedom from the known is death, and then you are living.
Leaders destroy the followers and followers destroy the leaders.
Most people are afraid to stand alone; they are afraid to think things out for themselves, afraid to feel deeply, to explore and discover the whole meaning of life.
To have intelligence there must be freedom, and you cannot be free if you are constantly being urged to become like some hero, for then the hero is important and not you.
NONE OF THE agonies of suppression, nor the brutal discipline of conforming to a pattern has led to truth. To come upon truth the mind must be completely free, without a spot of distortion.
Love is love, not to be defined or described by the mind as exclusive or inclusive. Love is its own eternity: it is the real, the supreme, the immeasurable.
The Observer is the Observed
The important thing is first to find out what you are afraid of, to understand it and not run away from it.
Love is something totally new every day, but pleasure is not, pleasure has continuity. Love is always new, and therefore it is its own eternity.
The question is not how to get rid of fear, but how to awaken the intelligence with which to face and to understand and go beyond fear.
Authority in its very nature prevents the full awareness of oneself and therefore ultimately destroys freedom; in freedom alone can there be creativeness.
The ambitious man has never found his true vocation...
To understand the whole operation of one’s own mind requires a great deal of insight, a great deal of inquiry without condemnation.
So, while you are young you must begin to find out what is this strange thing called happiness. That is an essential part of education.
When the individual is in conflict within himself he must inevitably create conflict without, and only he can bring about peace within himself and so in the world, for he is the world.
We are so sluggish in our mentality that we think the world's problems are not our business, that they have to be resolved by the United Nations or by substituting new leaders for the old.
Peace is of the heart, not of the mind. To know peace you have to find out what beauty is.
To compare is the very nature of a mind that is not awake to discover what is true.
So as long as the mind is comparing, there is no love, and the mind is always judging, comparing, weighing, looking to find out where the weakness is. So where there is comparison, there is no love.
There can be freedom from fear only when there is self-knowledge. Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, which is the ending of fear.
If I follow a particular method of knowing myself, then I shall have the result which that system necessitates; but the result will obviously not be the understanding of myself.
In understanding what beauty is, we shall know love, for the understanding of beauty is the peace of the heart.
The mind can only gather, accumulate, deny, assert, remember, pursue. Peace is absolutely essential, because without peace we cannot live creatively.
Through a narrow window we can see only part of the sky, and not the whole vastness, the magnificence of it.