We human beings…

We human beings are what we have been for millions of years – colossally greedy, envious, aggressive, jealous, anxious and despairing, with occasional flashes of joy and affection. We are a strange mixture of hate, fear and gentleness; we are both violence and peace. There has been outward progress from the bullock cart to the jet plane but psychologically the individual has not changed at all, and the structure of society throughout the world has been created by individuals.

– J. Krishnamurti , Freedom from the Known



Jiddu Krishnamurti was an Indian speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and disbanded the organisation behind it. Wikipedia

Born: May 12, 1895, Madanapalle, India

Died: February 17, 1986, Ojai, California, United States

Books: Freedom from the Known, The First and Last Freedom, More

22 thoughts on “We human beings…

  1. ‘Krishnamurti belonged to no religious organization, sect or country, nor did he subscribe to any school of political or ideological thought. On the contrary, he maintained that these are the very factors that divide human beings and bring about conflict and war.’

  2. my guru, i learnt choiceless awareness from him and much more. Unfortunately, I missed seeing him when he came to Vancouver.

  3. How true is this? We have changed technology and things, but our minds have not evolved very much overall. Sad 😦

  4. This is a wonderful post – i could not agree with him more.

  5. So truly. People don’t really want to admit though….

  6. He lived in Ojai part time. Before I was here. Terry’s brother was a voluntary gardener for him and Terry went with him to see K. It seems that there’s more awareness of presence and being in moment with new age metaphysical gurus and books, like Tolle with The Power of Now (he attributes his awakening to K in his book) so I would think there have been improvements, in seeing things differently, through the senses and mind the mind. Might be why Rumi is the number one selling poet in the U.S. now, because of the presence of sensuality (not talking about sex) in his writing.

    Here where I live there are regular dialogues that look into the questions of presence and the mind, that one can stop by for free and join in on. I’ve been to several through the years and they’re very nice to partake in and watch what happens.

    ‘nuf from moi.

    • When I read that he had died in Ojai, I was tempted to ask you if you had met him.
      The dialogues sound like they could be very interesting – ‘mind the mind’! 🙂

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