Collected Works 15 - The Dignity Of Living by Jiddu Krishnamurti

By Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Is it attainable to reside with out clash? maybe this can be a theoretical query, however it demanding situations the brain that's educated to just accept clash as a average a part of residing. finally, as Krishnamurti explains, the serious value of that problem isn't to respond to sure or no to the potential of a lifestyles with out clash: if you happen to method an issue, you begin with the truth that there's clash, and also you start to inquire if it is attainable to finish it, neither accepting that it may be ended nor announcing that it can't be ended. Your brain is then able to examine the actual fact; and that's what we needs to identify among us."

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So, all around, we are wasting energy. And that waste of energy in essence is conflict: the conflict between "I should" and "I should not", "I must" and "I must not". Once having created duality, conflict is inevitable. So one has to understand this whole process of duality - not that there is not man and woman, green and red, light and darkness, tall and short; all those are facts. But in the effort that goes into this division between the fact and the idea, there is the waste of energy. I do not know if you have not noticed that people indulge in talk - giving public talks, or talks at home or with themselves - always concerned with ideas - the socialist idea, the communist idea, or the capitalist idea.

Obviously not. You are back where you started. " So what is the fact of fear? Now how do you find out? Not by running away from it, obviously - taking to drink, going to temples, turning on the radio, chattering endlessly, or reading innumerable books. Every form of escape from fear is a waste of energy. That is taken for granted; so we won't discuss it; that is fairly obvious. So what is the fact of fear? One is afraid of what another says, or one is afraid of the fact of death. Now, what is fear, what is the fact in fear?

When we are at school, that is the first thing that we are taught: to make an effort. And that struggle, that effort is carried throughout life: that is, to be good you must struggle, you must fight evil, you must resist, control. So, educationally, sociologically, religiously, human beings are taught to struggle. You are told that to find God you must work, discipline, do practice, twist and torture your soul, your mind, your body, deny, suppress; that you must not look; that you must fight, fight, fight at that so-called spiritual level - which is not the spiritual level at all.

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