J Krishnamurti Quotes
This article talks looks at J Krishnamurti Quotes from the Art of Listening. It walks us through the “screens” we listen through, constant struggles in our minds, and different types of learning. Finally, it breaks down how we can listen correctly according to Krishnamurti.
J Krishnamurti Quotes: “Have you ever sat very silently, not with your attention fixed on anything, not making an effort to concentrate, but with the mind very quiet, really still? Then you hear everything, don’t you? You hear the far off noises as well as those that are nearer and those that are very close by, the immediate sounds—which means really that you are listening to everything.”
The Art of Listening
- According to J Krishnamurti, when implementing the art of listening, one has to understand that we don’t simply listen. We listen with our thoughts, conclusions, and prejudices acting as intervening “screens.”
- If we listen through the “screen” of our desires, then we are only listening to our own voice. Therefore in actuality, we may only be listening to our own desires.
- Listening only has importance when we are not projecting our own desires through which we listen from.
- J Krishnamurti explains that to listen correctly, there has to be an inward quietness. A freedom from the strain of acquiring with a relaxed attention. This alert, even in a passive state, is able to hear what is beyond the verbal conclusion.
Constant Struggle in the Mind
J Krishnamurti quotes: “If your mind is crowded, filled with facts, knowledge, they act as an impediment to the new; the difficulty for most of us is that the mind has become so important, so predominantly significant, that it interferes constantly with anything that may be new, with anything that may exist simultaneously with the known.”
- We are always trying to be this/that, achieve a particular state, or capture one type of experience and avoid another. This keeps our mind so busy and occupied. It may be difficult for the mind to recognize its own struggles and pains.
- We never actually listen to anything because our mind is not free. Our ears are stuffed with those things that we already know. So listening becomes extraordinarily difficult.
- J Krishnamurti claims the biggest difficulty for most of us is that the mind has become so important, so predominantly significant. Therefore, it interferes constantly with anything that may be new, with anything that may exist simultaneously with the “known.”
- We will find that the more we listen to EVERYTHING, the greater the silence in the mind. This silence is then not broken by noise.
- As the speaker is speaking, we must listen to ourselves “listening” (ensure we don’t let the mind run wild.) Out of that listening, the mind becomes healthy and strong. It is neither obeying nor resisting and therefore becomes alive and intense.
- if we can listen to something with all of our being, with visor, with vitality, then the very act of listening is a “liberating” factor. Unfortunately, we never do listen, as we have never learned to do it correctly.
Different Types of Learning
J Krishnamurti Quotes: “Doesn’t learning imply something new, something that I don’t know and am learning? If I am merely adding to what I already know, it is no longer learning.”
- there are two different types of learning:
- learning a skill, language or technique, accumulation of knowledge, of experience, of technology. ( Let’s call this physiological learning)
- learning through experience, through immediate experiences of life, which leave a certain residue of tradition and of society. (psychological learning)
- J Krishnamurti states our main concern should be the psychological learning that we have acquired through the centuries. The learning we have acquired as a species with knowledge being passed down through generations or inherited as tradition.
- We can choose to call this “learning.” Do understand though that this type of learning is not like learning a skill, a language, and/or a technique.
- It is clear to see the mind has learnt and has met the challenges of life. It is always translating life or the new challenges according to what it has previously learnt.
J Krishnamurti Advise on Learning Correctly
J Krishnamurti quotes: “By learning I do not mean the mere cultivation of memory or the accumulation of knowledge, but the capacity to think clearly and sanely without illusion, to start from facts and not from beliefs and ideals.”
- We must learn to inquire and learn and flow with the function of the mind. To do this, we must start with facts and avoid allowing beliefs, ideals and prior conclusions into the equation.
- J Krishnamurti clarifies that an individual must have love for understanding and a love for doing things for themselves.
- Influence, through attachment, threat, persuasive encouragement and subtle forms of reward can all become coercion we must avoid.
- It is easy to learn through comparison, however this can create frustration and envy. This inevitably creates an atmosphere of competition, one which will bring about fear and prevent learning.
Source: Collected Works V1: The Art of Listening By Jiddu Krishnamurti
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