The Core of the teaching
by Jiddu Krishnamurti
following statement was written by Jiddu Krishnamurti on October 21,1980.
core of Krishnamurti’s teaching is contained in the statement he made in 1929
when he said: ‘Truth is a pathless land’. Man cannot come to it through any
organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not
through any philosophic knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it
through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of
his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or
introspective dissection. Man has built in himself images as a fence of security
- religious, political, personal. These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The
burden of these images dominates man’s thinking, his relationships, and his
daily life. These images are the causes of our problems for they divide man from
man. His perception of life is shaped by the concepts already established in his
mind. The content of his consciousness is his entire existence. This content is
common to all humanity. The individuality is the name, the form and superficial
culture he acquires from tradition and environment. The uniqueness of man does
not lie in the superficial but in complete freedom from the content of his
consciousness, which is common to all mankind. So he is not an individual.
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