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“Do you have a sense of beauty in your life, or is it mediocre,
meaningless, an everlasting struggle from morning until night?
What is beauty? It isn’t a sensual question, nor a sexual
question. It is a very serious question because, without beauty
in your heart, you cannot flower in goodness. Have you ever
looked at a mountain or blue sea without chattering,
without making a noise, really paying attention to the blue sea,
the beauty of the water, the beauty of the light on a sheet of water?
When you see the extraordinary beauty of the earth, its rivers,
lakes, mountains, what actually takes place? What takes place
when you look at something which is actually marvelously
beautiful: a statue, a poem, a lily in the pond, or a well-kept
lawn? At that moment, the very majesty of the mountain makes
you forget yourself. Have you ever been in that position?
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If you have, you have seen that you don’t exist, only that
grandeur exists. But a few seconds later or a minute later, the
whole cycle begins, the confusion, the chatter. So beauty is,
where you are not.”
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“To bring about peace in the world, to stop all wars, there must be a revolution in the individual, in you and me. Economic revolution without this inward revolution is meaningless, for hunger is the result of the maladjustment of economic conditions produced by our psychological states–greed, envy, ill-will and possessiveness. To put an end to sorrow, to hunger, to war, there must be a psychological revolution that few of us are willing to face. We will discuss peace, plan legislation, create new leagues, the United Nations and so on and so on; but we will not win peace because we will not give up our position, our authority, our money, our properties, our stupid lives. To rely on others is utterly futile; others cannot bring us peace. No leader is going to give us peace, no government, no army, no country. What will bring peace is inward transformation which will lead to outward action. Inward transformation is not isolation, it is not withdrawal from outward action. On the contrary there can be inward transformation only when there is right thinking and there is no right thinking where there is no self-knowledge. Without knowing yourself, there is no peace.

To put an end to outward war you must put an end to war in yourself.”

From Krishnamurti – “The First And Last Freedom”

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