ON IMMEDIATE REALIZATION
we realize on the spot the truth you are speaking of, without any previous
Krishnamurti: What do you
mean by truth? Do not let us use a word of which we do not know the meaning; we
can use a simpler word, a more direct word. Can you understand, can you
comprehend a problem directly? That is what is implied, is it not? Can you
understand what is, immediately,
now? In understanding what is, you
will understand the significance of truth; but to say that one must understand
truth has very little meaning. Can you understand a problem directly, fully, and
be free of it? That is what is implied in this question, is it not? Can you
understand a crisis, a challenge, immediately, see its whole significance and be
free of it? What you understand leaves no mark; therefore understanding or truth
is the liberator. Can you be liberated now from a problem, from a challenge?
Life is, is it not?, a series of challenges and responses and if your response
to a challenge is conditioned, limited, incomplete, then that challenge leaves
its mark, its residue, which is further strengthened by another new challenge.
So there is a constant residual memory, accumulations, scars, and with all these
scars, you try to meet the new and therefore you never meet the new. Therefore
you never understand, there is never a liberation from any challenge.
The problem, the question
is, whether I can understand a challenge completely, directly; sense all its
significance, all its perfume, its depth, its beauty and its ugliness and so be
free of it. A challenge is always new, is it not? The problem is always new, is
it not? A problem which you had yesterday, for example, has
undergone such modification that when you meet it to-day, it is already new. But
you meet it with the old, because you meet it without transforming, merely
modifying your own thoughts.
Let me put it in a different
way. I met you yesterday. In the meantime you have changed. You have undergone a
modification but I still have yesterday’s picture of you. I meet you to-day
with my picture of you and therefore I do not understand you—I understand only
the picture of you which I acquired yesterday. If I want to understand you, who
are modified, changed, I must remove, I must be free of the picture of
yesterday. In other words to understand a challenge, which is always new, I must
also meet it anew, there must be no residue of yesterday; so I must say adieu to
After all, what is life? It
is something new all the time, is it not? It is something which is ever
undergoing change, ‚ creating a new feeling. To-day is never the same as
yesterday and that is the beauty of life. Can you and I meet every problem anew?
Can you, when you go home, meet your wife and your child anew, meet the
challenge anew? You will not be able to do it if you are burdened with the
memories of yesterday. Therefore, to understand the truth of a problem, of a
relationship, you must come to it afresh—not with an ‘open mind’, for that
has no meaning. You must come to it without the scars of yesterday’s
memories—which means, as each challenge arises, be aware of all the responses
of yesterday and by being aware of yesterday’s residue, memories, you will
find that they drop away without struggle and therefore your mind is fresh.
Can one realize truth
immediately, without preparation? I say yes—not out of some fancy of mine, not
out of some illusion; but psychologically experiment with it and you will see.
Take any challenge, any small incident—don’t wait for some great
crisis—and see how you respond to it. Be aware of it, of your responses, of
your intentions, of your attitudes and you will understand them, you will
understand your background. I assure you, you can do it immediately if you give
your whole attention to it. If you are seeking the full meaning of your
background, it yields its significance and then you discover in one stroke the
truth, the understanding of the problem. Understanding comes into being from the
now, the present, which is always timeless. Though it may be to-morrow, it
is still now; merely to postpone, to prepare receive that which is to-morrow, is
to prevent yourself from understanding what is now.
Surely you can understand directly what is
now, can’t you? To understand what is,
you have to be undisturbed,
undistracted, you have to give your mind and heart to it. It must be your sole
interest at that moment, completely. Then what is gives you its full depth, its full meaning, and thereby you are
free of that problem.
If you want to know the
truth, the psychological significance of property, for instance, if you really
want to understand it directly, now,
how do you approach it? Surely you
must feel akin to the problem, you must not be
afraid of it, you must not have any creed, any answer, between yourself and the problem. Only when you are direct1y in
relationship with the problem wil1 you find the answer. If you introduce an
answer, if you judge, have a psychological disinclination, then you will
postpone, you will prepare to understand to-morrow what can only be understood
in the ‘now’. Therefore you will never understand. To perceive truth needs
no preparation; preparation implies time and time is not the means of
understanding truth. Time is continuity and truth is timeless, non-continuous.
Understanding is non-continuous, it is from moment to moment, unresidual.
I am afraid I am making it
all sound very difficult, am I not? But it is easy, simple to understand, if you
will only experiment with it. If you
go off into a dream, meditate over it, it becomes very difficult. When there is
no barrier between you and me, I understand you. If I am open to you, I
understand you directly—and to be open is not a matter of time. Will time make
me open? Will preparation, system, discipline, make me open to you? No. What
will make me open is my intention to understand. I want to be open because I
have nothing to hide, I am open and there is immediate communion, there is
truth. To receive truth, to know its beauty, to know its joy, there must be
instant receptivity, unclouded by theories, fears and answers.