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J Krishnamurti Book of Life

Posted on Mar 25, 2017 by in Krishnamurti Articles | 6 comments

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J Krishnamurti Book of Life


In this article, we explore meditations from the J Krishnamurti Book of Life to understand his wisdom . Topics touched upon include the “illusion of identification” & “Unpremeditated action.”


February 28: “Thinking begets effort”

How can I remain free from evil thoughts, evil and wayward thoughts?” …Is there the thinker, the one apart from thought, apart from the evil, wayward thoughts? Please watch your own mind. We say, “There is the I, the me that says,” “This is a wayward thought,” “This is bad,” “I must control this thought,” “I must keep to this thought.” That is what we know. Is the one, the I, the thinker, the judger, the one that judges, the censor, different from all this? Is the I different from thought, different from envy, different from evil?


The I which says that it is different from this evil is everlastingly trying to overcome me, trying to push me away, trying to become something. So you have this struggle, the effort to put away thoughts, not to be wayward. We have, in the very process of thinking, created this problem of effort. Do you follow? Then you give birth to discipline, controlling thought—the I controlling the thought which is not good, the I which is trying to become non-envious, nonviolent, to be this and to be that. So you have brought into being the very process of effort when there is the I and the thing which it is controlling. That is the actual fact of our everyday existence.”

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  • When we have thoughts we know are wrong, we acknowledge them as such in our mind.  This means there is a separate entity within Self & Ius that observes these thoughts and judges them according to morality.
  • Society has conditioned us so much to believe that we are what we think.  But the above example clearly shows that our thoughts and ourselves are two different entities.  If you can have a thought and realize it is wrong, then the thought is separate from you.
  • Once you realize this, a difficult process awaits ahead.  You are torn between two different entities, one that has thoughts that are not your own and one that is able to judge it. (duality)  This is actually a good thing because once we realize this, we can do something about it.
  • So through effort, we can slowly but surely recognize these thoughts “that are not us” and train our brains to keep these thoughts out.  The end result would be us having thoughts that align with the judge that looks over these thoughts.


March 28: “Fear is non-acceptance of what is”

“Fear finds various escapes. The common variety is identification, is it not?— identification with country, with society, with an idea. Haven’t you noticed how you respond when you see a procession, a military procession or a religious procession, or when the country is in danger of being invaded? You then identify yourself with the country, with a being, with an ideology. There are other times when you identify yourself with your child, with your wife, with a particular form of action, or inaction.


Identification is a process of self-forgetfulness. So long as I am conscious of the “me” I know there is pain, there is struggle, there is constant fear. But if I can identify myself with something greater, with something worthwhile, with beauty, with life, with truth, with belief, with knowledge, at least temporarily, there is an escape from the “me,” is there not? If I talk about “my country” I forget myself temporarily, do I not? If I can say something about God, I forget myself.


If I can identify myself with my family, with a group, with a particular party, with a certain ideology, then there is a temporary escape. Do we now know what fear is? Is it not the non-acceptance of what is? We must understand the word acceptance. I am not using that word as meaning the effort made to accept. There is no question of accepting when I perceive what is. When I do not see clearly what is, then I bring in the process of acceptance. Therefore fear is the nonacceptance of what is.”

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  • In this excerpt, Krishnamurti states that when we identify with a certain label, we are only doing so out of fear.  A fear of identity labelling
    “nonacceptance” of ourselves.
  • Labels such as our nationality, our family, religion, a particular party, and certain ideologies provide us a sense of escape.  A temporary escape from our pains, struggles and constant fears that leads to what Krishnamurti calls “self-forgetfulness.”
  • If we are to surpass this temporary illusion provided by identifying with labels, we need to come to accept ourselves. We must accept ourselves, not through an effort to accept, but to really just accept who we are.  This will provide us an opportunity to face the fears, pain and struggles we perceive to have. Furthermore, we get an opportunity to do something about it rather than run from it.


April 28 Petty mind


A passionate mind is groping, seeking, breaking through, not accepting any tradition; it is not a decided mind, not a mind that has arrived, but it is a young mind that is ever arriving. Now, how is such a mind to come into being? It must happen. Obviously, a petty mind cannot work at it. A petty mind trying to become passionate will merely reduce everything to its own pettiness. It must happen, and it can only happen when the mind sees its own pettiness and yet does not try to do anything about it. Am I making myself clear?


Probably not. But as I said earlier, any restricted mind, however eager it is, will still be petty, and surely that is obvious. A small mind, though it can go to the moon, though it can acquire a technique, though it can cleverly argue and defend, is still a small mind. So when the small mind says, “I must be passionate in order to do something worthwhile,” obviously its passion will be very petty, will it not—like getting angry about some petty injustice or thinking that the whole world is changing because of some petty, little reform done in a potty, little village by a potty, little mind. If the little mind sees all that, then the very perception that it is small is enough; then its whole activity undergoes a change.

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  • In this excerpt, Krishnamurti defines what a “petty” mind is and what a “passionate” mind must be.  A passionate mind is what we passionate mindmust aspire to have.
  • A petty mind is one that is likely to be angry or negative about petty injustices that occurs to itself.  A petty mind cannot be passionate because it will “reduce” everything to its own pettiness.  A petty mind will even recognize its own pettiness and choose to do nothing about it.
  • A passionate mind is one that is ever seeking.  It is always trying to break through the illusions created by tradition, social standards & norms, and religious ideologies.
  • A passionate mind cannot stay decided on one stance and is always “ever arriving” through learning and understanding.  According to Krishnamurti, this is the definition of a “young mind.”
  • We must recognize “the petty mind” as a little mind.   By doing only just that, we will have started the process towards a “passionate” mind.


May 28 – No part of the mind is unconditioned

“Your mind is conditioned right through; there is no part of you which is unconditioned. That is a fact, whether you like it or not. You may say is a part of you—the watcher, the super-soul, the Atma—which is not conditioned; but because you think about it, it is within the field of thought, therefore it is conditioned. You can invent lots of theories about it, but the fact is that your mind is conditioned right through, the conscious as well as the unconscious, and any effort it makes to free itself is also conditioned. So what is the mind to do?


Or rather, what is the state of the mind when it knows that it is conditioned and realizes that any effort it makes to uncondition itself is still conditioned? Now, when you say, “I know I am conditioned,” do you really know it, or is that merely a verbal statement? Do you know it with the same potency with which you see a cobra? When you see a snake and know it to be a cobra, there is immediate, unpremeditated action; and when you say, “I know I am conditioned,” has it the same vital significance as your perception of the cobra?


Or is it merely a superficial acknowledgment of the fact, and not the realization of the fact? When I realize the fact that I am conditioned, there is immediate action. I don’t have to make an effort to uncondition myself. The very fact that I am conditioned, and the realization of that fact, brings an immediate clarification. The difficulty lies in not realizing it in the sense of understanding all its implications, seeing that all thought, however subtle, however cunning, however sophisticated or philosophical, is conditioned.”

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  • Krishnamurti makes some bold statements in this excerpt.  He asserts that every part of us is in some form or another socially super soulconditioned.   From our conscious to our unconscious to even our attempt to free ourselves from social conditioning is all conditioned.
  • Whether we accept that or not is of no concern.  This is an absolute fact.
  • He boldly even states that the “observer of the observer” or the “super-soul (Atma)” is also socially conditioned.  What we know of it was taught to us.
  • It is quite alarming to accept that ANY method we may apply to destroy the conditioning would also be conditioned.  If this is the case, how can we free ourselves from this?
  • Just “knowing” or “acknowledging” social conditioning is not the same as realizing it.    When we see a cobra, we quickly REALIZE it is a cobra and we have what Krishnamurti calls “unpremeditated action.”  Unpremeditated action is the type of action we need when we deal with social conditioning.
  • If we realize we are socially conditioned in terms of our thoughts, actions and beliefs, we are provided with “immediate clarification.” We can then try to apply “unpremeditated action” instead of an action deriving from social conditioning.
  • The main problem we have to face is the implications of the socially conditioned act and how it can harm us.  Also, We have to come to understand no matter how well we can recognize the social conditioning doesn’t matter.  It will always be there for us to have to see through to find “unpremeditated action.”


Source: The Book of Life By Jiddu Krishnamurti


Join in on the conversation!  Please comment on this article and tell me what you think.

What do you agree with and what don’t you agree with?

How do you think we can apply this knowledge in our daily lives to enrich our quality of life as individuals and as a species?



A List of Some of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s Literature:


Life Ahead: On Learning and the Search for Meaning

The Ending of Time: Where Philosophy and Physics Meet

The Collected Works of J.Krishnamurti – Volume IV 1945 – 1948: The Observer is Observed


For more thought provoking knowledge, check out the following articles:

Reality Based Perception Krishnamurti on Love   Self Knowledge Education  Social Condition’s Freedom    
Jiddu Krishnamurti Teachings J Krishnamurti Quotes  ‎Krishnamurti and Authority   J Krishnamurti Teachings 




  1. Great overview of J. Krishnamurti’s philosophy. I think if I remember correctly he was influential in the early Theosophical movement which idolized the Wisdom of the East. I find that there is a lot of similarity between his teachings and Buddhism.
    Thanks for sharing this and keep up the great work!

    • Thank you for your reply. I too see a lot of his teachings relate to Buddhism.

      Have a great day today!

  2. This is an intense blog post! I’m always interested in definitions of fear – this one, “non-acceptance of what is”, is fairly radical. I wonder how that meshes with the biological accounts of fear in the brain. I tend to think of fear as an emotion instead of a rejection of reality, but it’s possible there’s more to it than simply that.

    • Hey Penelope,

      Thanks for the comment.

      I think we can have more than one definition for fear. I too recognize fear as an emotion. I do also see that a lot of my fears may be socially conditioned for me to fear them, as opposed to me INNATELY fearing something.

      A perfect example is snakes. I never grew up around snakes and NEVER ran into one. I have only been told of them and have only seen them on TV and movies. But for some reason, when I seen a snake with a snake trainer recently in Sri Lanka, a rush of fear came over me. I pushed through and paid the trainer to put the snake around my neck and I would have to say it wasn’t as intense as I thought it would be.

      Have a great day today!

  3. I think the concepts you are talking about here are very important. However, I would approach this in a slightly different way. I am a student of “The Law Of Attraction” and the teachings suggests that ‘wrong’ thoughts come in the form of negative emotion, and it is our emotional self that we should pay attention to in order to distinguish whether we are in line with our higher self or not. Positive emotion suggests we are closer to our true self than when we feel negative emotion. Our thoughts give rise to our emotions so when we are feeling negative emotions we should stop and observe what kind of thoughts we have been thinking.

    • Hey Liz,

      Thank you for the detailed comment. I can see you really took in the article.

      I myself am a huge believer of the laws of attraction and I hear exactly what your saying. I actually apply this technique of catching my negative thoughts, dissecting them and understanding their origins, and letting them go. I know repetitively doing this is simultaneously training my brain to eventually keep the negative thoughts out.

      With Krishnamurti, i think what he is trying to say is the “emotional self” part is caused by something that is not innate or “not ourselves” which is the ego. The ego that is, from the beginning, created and socially conditioned by different forms of authority such as educational institutions, laws, religious institutions, media, etc. His take is that naturally we are aligned with the higher self, and that this separate entity being the ego (which was created into us, not something natural innate) is creating the negative thoughts that are coming from our emotion self.

      I agree there are so many different ways at looking at this topic and much more and its great that we as human beings in our species are taking the time to discuss these things and learn from each other.

      Thank you for your input and helping me understand the concepts of the law of attraction better.

      Have a great day/afternoon/night LIZ depending on where you are!

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